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Saturday, September 11, 1982
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IUSIBI HIE REGISTER be Uto THE NEWSPAPER IOWA Record crop of soybeans is predicted USDA boosts estimates for corn, bean production By DON MUHM Iowa farmers should harvest their biggest soybean crop ever this fall, while tackling what should be their third-largest corn crop, the U.S. De partment of Agriculture said Friday In a report indicating that crop prospects have brightened slightly in the past month, the USDA elevated its corn estimates by two bushels per acre and its soybean forecast by a bushel per acre in Iowa. These boosts were enough to create the prospect of a record 333,450,000 bushels of soybeans, and 1,636,800,000 bushels of corn in Iowa. The USDA's second crop report also said the nation wil) see a pair of crop records this year 8.3 billion bushels of corn and 2.3 billion bushels of soybeans. . However, an early frost could bring a disastrously premature end to this year's growing season for both crops in Iowa. A soggy, three-week period beginning in May delayed plantings on about a third of the state's 13.2 million acres planted to corn, while also delaying the planting of thousands of the record 8.2 million acres of soybeans. Killing Frost A spell of warm, dry weather is needed to allow the crops to mature to reach the forecast yields. And farmers are counting on a delay in the first killing frost, which usually occurs from around Sept. 25 in northeastern Iowa to around Oct. 15 in southeastern regions. Normally, the bulk of the state has a killing frost about Oct. 5-10. State officials have said there's a good chance of an early frost. The crop news means plentiful supplies of grain for food production in the United States, as well as a full granary for overseas customers, who generally buy about half of the American soybean crop and about a third of the corn crop each year. The prospect of record and bumper harvests also means a couple of things to the Reagan administration. First, officials will have a bigger problem of finding storage for the grain now under government loan that will be forfeited as farmers decide not to repay costlier loans and interest. Second, the good crop is likely to lead to renewed calls by farm leaders and others for a real crop-cutting federal program in 1983 to bring CROPS Please turn to Page 4A THE UIDEX: Business 5B Movies 4A Classified ads X Obituaries 3C Comics 2C People in the news 1C Editorials 10A TV schedules . . . . 9C Woman, 87, ALLEGAN, MICH. (AP) - An 87-year-old woman who spent two days gouging and kicking through a wall after she was beaten, bound and left for dead by robbers says she's grateful the criminals left her cats unharmed. Ednah Philley, a former music teacher, was cued Wednesday after a telepfr epairman called police when Ir l id muffled moans from inside f rural home in southwest Lo . Michigan, authorities said. I Two men boke into the house Sunday, attacked Philley and beat her unconscious. They tied her wrists, ankles and arms and locked her in a wlndowless 6-by-8-foot second-floor storage room, Detective Sgt. Rick Cain of the Allegan County Sheriff's department said Friday. "I think they thought she was dead," said Cain. Regaining consciousness sometime Monday, Philley spent two days gouging with a pair of scissors and ricking with her bound feet before she was able to break through the room's wooden wall, Cain said. But High court gives short shrift U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, joining a debate over bow be and his colleagues should do their work, admits they sometimes "give short shrift to Important issues." Details: 3C. DEPENDS UPON n Des Moines, Girl kidnapped, found; suspect, 19, arrested By DANIEL CARR Rt9htw Staff Wrtttr Kicking and screaming as she was carried away, an 8-year-old Waterloo girl was kidnapped on her way to school Friday morning. But thanks to alert neighbors, the child was found about 20 minutes after she was carried upside down and screaming to a pickup truck, and a suspect was arrested and charged with kidnapping. The driver of the pickup, William James Nims, 19, of Cedar Falls, appeared at an initial hearing on a first-degree kidnapping charge Friday afternoon. He was ordered held in the Black Hawk County Jail under $100,000 bond. The child was abducted about 8:30 a.m. in a residential neighborhood on Waterloo's west side, police said, as she was walking toward St. Edward's School. Carried to Truck The man got out of his truck and "he picked her up, literally, and carried her upside down screaming to the truck," said Waterloo police investigator Steve Nemmers. Police said the abduction was witnessed by Patricia Rooff, who was waiting at her door for the girl to -accompany her daughter to school. She sent her daughter inside the house and tried unsuccessfully to stop the fleeing pickup. A neighbor, Janece Mohler, was PLO chief may meet with pope ROME, ITALY (AP) - PLO guerrilla chief Yasser Arafat may meet with Pope John Paul II for the first time when he navs a two-dav visit to Rome next week, f W1?"? the Vatican said 4:Friday- v The Palestine Liberation Organization representative in Rome, Nemer Hammad, said a private audience with the Roman Catholic pontiff would help persuade Western countries that the PLO is not a terrorist group. We need to prove to the West that we are a constructive force in the Middle East," Hammad said in a telephone interview. He said a meeting with the pope had been arranged but the Vatican said only that it was a possibility. "Nothing has been set up yet," said a Vatican official who asked not to be identified. He said "it's possible" the pope will meet with Arafat. Arafat was invited to Rome to represent the National Palestinian POPE Please turn to Page 2A survives 2V2 she still was trapped on the second floor without food or water her assailants had blocked the door at the foot of a stairway. "Will to Live" "I don't want to use the word 'stubborn' but she's got a will to live," said Cain. In a telephone interview Thursday with the Grand Rapids Press from her bed at Allegan General Hospital Philley was philosophical about the ordeal. "It didn't do me any special harm," she said. "But I certainly don't want to go through anything like that again. And I don't want anybody else to have to suffer it either. "I'm just grateful that they didn't harm my pets. I guess the detectives have been feeding them for me." Fair Condition Hospital officials would release no information Friday on Philley, but Cain said she was in fair condition. According to Philley, she awoke late Sunday to find a man holding knife to her throat and another man at the foot of her bed. She said the men demanded money, threatened to YASSER ARAFAT Iowa, Saturday Morning, September 11, 1982 D Three Sections, standing on her porch near the kidnap scene, looked up and saw Rooff chasing the pickup down the street. Mohler's husband, Lee, was pulling into the driveway at the time. "My husband could have stopped him if we'd known what was happening it all happened so fast," she said. The pickup drove past the Mohlers' house and though she was unable to see the girl inside, she saw the driver.. "Looked Clean-cut" "I looked him right in the eye," she said. "He looked clean-cut; he wasn't suspicious at all." The driver squealed his tires against a median, but wasn't speeding, Mohler said. "I saw her Rooff running in her nightgown, barefoot," Mohler said. Rooff then returned to the house and called police, giving a description of the truck and its license number. Police and a Black Hawk County attorney's spokesman credited the alert reaction of the witnesses with the speedy arrest. Police broadcasts carried the description of the pickup, and Nims was arrested at 8:50 a.m., 18 minutes after the first call came in, police said. . The arrest was made on U.S. Highway 63 near Ridgeway Drive, KIDNAP Please turn to Page 7 A Gooncy's son pleads guilty in oil theft case By KEN FUSON The son of West Des Moines Police Chief Orval Cooney pleaded guilty in Polk County District Court Friday to a charge of second-degree theft. Alan D. Cooney, 28, of 4144 Easton Blvd., had been accused of receiving more than 100 cases of oil that had been stolen from the Macmlllan Oil Co. Inc. of 4306 Second Ave. Judge Rodney Ryan set sentencing for Oct. 12. Cooney, who originally pleaded innocent to the charge, faces a possible sentence of up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine. Officials have said the charge stemmed indirectly from criticisms of Orval Cooney. Earlier this year, some West Des Moines police officers said Orval Cooney gave favored treatment to some friends and relatives, including his son. An official in the Polk County attorney's office, who asked not to be identified, said Friday that officials of the oil company originally had reached a "restitution agreement" with Alan Cooney, who had agreed to pay for the stolen property. The county attorney's office learned of the stolen oil and Alan COONEY Please turn to Page 3A - day ordeal kill her and struck her repeatedly, eventually knocking her unconscious. Cain said ' Philley was badly bruised. "There was always the fear and uncertainty of not knowing when, or if, I would get out," she said. Police believe the robbers stayed in Philley's house for several hours. They prepared and ate a meal, stole her wallet, checkbook and keys and apparently took her car from the' garage, Cain said. Police were searching for the car. No arrests had been made. Philley said one of her two assailants had come to the house asking for work earlier Sunday. "He spilt the beans on himself and his partner when he said I live alone," Philley said. "When I asked how he knew that, he said that he and his partner keep track of people like that." The telephone repairman who notified police had gone to Philley's house because the robbers apparently knocked out service to another family on the same party line when they pulled her telephone from the wall, Cain said. Wholesale inflation up The rate of inflation at the wholesale level pushed up to a 7.5 percent anneal rate in August, but some analysts said better days are just ahead. Details: SB. . i . mmmm r Tomato tour n 0 1 3,1 n r it fTi i fti rf fi -,Hr - - J i til I tit- . '-' W - i SSk Jf t, -hot W WSv3y V ' XT if r President Reagan talks to workers Friday at a Mormon welfare cannery in Ogden, Utah. Behind him is Gordon Hinckley, a member of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The women, all volunteers, were canning tomatoes as Reagan toured the facility. Woman passenger crushed leaving grounded liner JUNEAU, ALASKA (AP) - A cruise ship ran aground Friday near a small group of islands in Frederick Sound, and a woman was crushed to death and two other people were injured when passengers and crew fled in lifeboats, the Coast Guard said. The 152-foot Majestic Explorer, carrying 100 people, ran aground about 11:05 a.m. (Iowa time), Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ray Massey said. The dead and injured were flown by Coast Guard helicopter to Petersburg General Hospital, where Dr. D.A. Coon identified the dead woman as Frances Lawson of Bellevue, Wash., and one of the injured as her husband, Harry, both in their 60s. Lawson was described as in critical condition. The ship was pulled off the rocks about 8 p.m. (Iowa time), when the tide came in. It was sailing for Petersburg under its own power after a Coast Guard cutter got it free, and apparently had little damage, said Massey. Lawson and James Greenough of Sitka, the other injured person, were flown to Juneau. Coon said Greenough suffered minor injuries. Robert Giersdorf, president of Exploration Cruise Lines Inc., said the victims were sitting in an inflatable 25-seat lifeboat when a second lifeboat that had not been Inflated crashed down on top of them. By late morning, the remaining crew and passengers were aboard rescue vessels, including two large commercial fishing boats and several pleasure craft. The survivors later arrived in Juneau, about 60 miles to the north, after a stop at The Five Fingers, a group of islands about five miles to the east of the grounding. is 1. , ij. price 25 cents m mmmL m AP PHOTO ft. The Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse there. Massey said there were 100 peole aboard, 79 passengers and 21 crewmen. The injured received medical attention from physicians and nurses who were on a pleasure boat in the area, he said. Massey said the ship had been LINER Please turn to Page 9A D.M. reservist talks Navy into letting big model By CHARLES BULLARD Ntflsftr Staff Writer Thanks to the efforts of a Navy reservist from Des Moines, a $250,000 scale model of the battleship USS ., Iowa will remain anchored in the rotunda of the Iowa Statehouse. The Navy had threatened to remove the , 1,300-pound model, but James Jackson a commander in the Navy Reserve and a Des Moines lawyer persuaded Navy brass to leave it docked in Des Moines. "I feel confident Iowa will be able to keep it for time Immemorial," Jackson said Friday. The 18-foot-long model, moored in a glass case on the first floor of the Statehouse since 1967, is a favorite of the thousands of schoolchildren who f - J AMIS JACKSON Tc!ciii3 heart from old rats If old rats can remember, so can old people, and they're "just dumb" to think otherwise, says UNI researcher Dr. Julia Wallace. Details: 1C. THE weather: Partly cloudy and humid today. High in mld-80s. Cloudy with a chance of showers and thundershowert tonight and Sunday. Low around 60. High Sunday in low 70s. Sunrise: 6:50; sunset: 7:31. Details: Page SB. CwvrHM INI (USPS IS4-7M) On DWm NntoMr and Trftum Ctmm Senate action passes by slimmest vote Big economic defeat leaves president 'terribly hurt' From The Register's Wire Services WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Senate on Friday handed President Reagan the worst legislative defeat of his 20-month administration, overriding his veto of a $14.2 billion spending bill. The vote was 60 to 30, exactly the two-thirds necessary to override the veto. Senators Roger Jepsen and Charles Grassley, both Iowa Republicans, voted with the majority. The House had voted 301 to 117 on Thursday to override the veto, and the Senate's action Friday means that Congress has enacted the spending bill into law. Only once before has Congress overridden Reagan's veto, and that was on a relatively minor copyright protection bill. "It's a disappointment," Reagan told reporters Friday while campaigning in Utah. But he declared that "we're going to have a lot more chances, 'cause I'm going to do a lot more vetoing. ... It doesn't change my mind any about what I'm going to do. "Any time there is an attempt to bust the budget, I will veto," Reagan said. "Terribly, Terribly Hurt" Asked if he were angered by the outcome, Reagan said: "I'm not angry. I'm just terribly? terribly ' hurt." As for the Republicans who voted to override his veto, Reagan ; said: "I wish they'd behaved differently, but then everyone makes mistakes." One source who asked not to be ' identified by name said that Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker (Rep., Tenn.) made a last-ditch effort to sustain the veto by asking several senators to withhold their votes and ; agree to a "live pair" with Senator John Tower (Rep., Texas), who missed the vote but who would have supported the president. Tower left Friday before the Senate vote to attend the Texas state Republican convention, despite Baker's request 1 that he remain in Washington. This source said that three Republi can senators Grassley, Jepsen and CONGRESS Pleose turn to Page 6A tour the Capitol each year. That's why Jackson, who assists j Navy recruiters as a civilian, was : shocked when be learned that the ' Navy wanted it back. "It didn't give us a very good image," he said. The Navy wanted the model returned because the state had allowed its loan agreement to lapse, and because the state could not provide evidence of appropriate insurance coverage. The state is self-insured, but state ' officials had trouble explaining that , concept to the Navy, which remained unpersuaded that the federal govern- . ment would be reimbursed if the ; model were damaged or if a visitor . were injured while viewing it State officials fired off letter after letter to the Navy, and the Navy returned the barrage. The exchange escalated until the Navy threatened SHIP Please turn to Page 8A

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