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Saturday, October 5, 1991 D THE DES MOINES REGISTER I3 IOWA NEWS Test shows driver wasn't drunk when van hit tent, By JOHN CARLSON Reahttr Stiff Writer The 18-year-old Camanche man who has been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of an Illinois family had only a "very, very slight trace" of alcohol in his bloodstream when the van he was driving slammed into the family's tent last weekend, the Clinton County sheriffs office said Friday. The results of the test released Friday showed that neither alcohol nor drugs were involved in the accident that took the lives of Ernest Friis, his wife, Kathy and their two children, Justin. 9, and Jennifer, 5. Jason VanScoyoc is being held on $100,000 bond in the Clinton County Jail. Earlier this week, the Clinton County Sheriff's Department told reporters that a bottle of whiskey had been found in the passenger compartment of Van Scoyoc's van. It was widely rumored in Clinton County that Van Scoyoc was drunk when the accident occurred. Van Scoyoc's court-appointed lawyer, John Wolfe Jr., said it is now obvious his client was not drunk. He also said he was concerned about statements by public officials who spoke openly early last week about the pos Drahesville church burns, dashing restoration hopes By KATHLEEN BREWER RtfUttr Still Wrttw A fiery flash from the sky Friday morning set the Drakesville Christian Church ablaze and torched hopes of preserving the 77-year-old structure. I Drakesville Fire des moines Chief Randv Jnnps said the fire started Draketvlllet) when lightning 0 m" 100 struck the church steeple. Responding to a nearby resident's call, 27 volunteer firefighters found the building's steeple and roof in flames at 5:30 a.m. Volunteer firefighters from Drakesville and surrounding communities fought the fire for five hours in the thunderstorm, Jones said. Drakesville is located in Davis County, south of Ottumwa. The Drakesville church was repainted in July by area residents who hoped to have it approved as a registered landmark. It was built in 1914 and was used for Sunday services until about two or three years ago, said Ted Eaton, a church member since 1956. He said the church closed after membership numbers waned. "Just like a good many country churches, Iowa Democrats study change in caucus voting Continued from Page One sion for reporters to do their own tabulations. . Harkln May Dominate The 1992 campaign is different from past ones because Harkln is expected to dominate the caucus voting. He should be able to control most of the delegates and generate a large home-state turnout And because caucus votes are expressed publicly, most strategists for the presidential candidates say they don't expect many Iowa Democrats to stand up against their senator. Last week, Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska said he'd make appearances here, but his operatives said they doubted much of an organization would be placed in the state. The result of all that should be a big, and expected, victory by Harkln in his home state. That fact has diminished the significance of the caucuses as a fair test for candidates and as a place where news organizations could see how well candidates do with real voters. The candidates have focused more of their campaign efforts on New Changes ahead for Lotto America Associated Fret Changes may be on the way for the multistate Lotto America game. The board of directors of the Multi-State Lottery Association voted this week at a meeting in Washington, D.C., to change the format of the Lotto America game, which offers a large Jackpot and prizes for matching four and five numbers. The vote was announced Friday. The game's overall odds of winning are one in 750. Michael Morris, president of the board and director of the Missouri Lottery, said research shows players want to keep their chance at a big jackpot but also want more chances to win smaller prizes. killing 4 sible use of alcohol by Van Scoyoc. "They shouldn't be prosecuting my client through public news releases," Wolfe said. "Until I was appointed to the case a day or two ago all I knew about it was what I read in the press. And the sheriff's department was dropping all kinds of hints that alcohol was involved. That obviously isn't the case. This is a tragedy for a family and for a community. Things like this only make it worse." Bill Rowe, chief deputy of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, would not discuss earlier comments from the department that alcohol was a factor. "I'm not going to second-guess our investigation," Rowe said. He also said he did not anticipate a reduction in the charge against Van Scoyoc. "The charge is based on a wanton and willful disregard for persons and property. We still believe that is the case." Wolfe said he believes the charges should be changed. "An investigating officer told a reporter the van was traveling no faster than 20 miles per hour," Wolfe said. "I'm not sure how they can consider that being reckless." some people died and others moved " Eaton said Darryl Downing of St. Louis, Mo, instigated the repainting. Downing's great-grandfather, Samuel Downing, was one of the church's "pioneer preachers," Eaton said. Darryl Downing "and I visited quite some time and decided we'd fix up the church," Eaton said. Darryl Downing returned to Drakesville this summer to help paint, Eaton said. The Drakesville Christian Church began holding services at the site in 1846. Eaton said the land where the original log structure was built was donated by the town's namesake, John Drake. John Drake came to Iowa in 1846 and was the father of Gen. Francis Marion Drake, founder of Drake University and Iowa governor from 1896 to 1898. Jones said the church is in a P. Buckley Moss print called "Christmas Carol." He said there was talk of holding services at the church again. "The community was really proud of the church," Jones said. "I guess one way you could describe the town is 'heartbroken.' " Hampshire. While Roehrick said he is discussing changes with party leaders, he said he's not sure any changes finally will be made. Harkin aides have said they want the caucus procedures to remain the same as in the past, precisely so they cannot be embarrassed In their home state. An Alternative Roehrick said one alternative that might satisfy everyone is to report both the initial preferences of caucus-goers, as news organizations have requested, and the total delegate counts that have historically been collected and announced. The caucus procedures would not change, which would keep faith with the agreements made with New Hampshire and with the national party. Also, the support shown for the other presidential candidates would be measured, as would Harkin's overwhelming victory in delegates. Roehrick said Iowa might then become a contest for second place, as it was in 1984 when Minnesotan Walter Mondale was virtually a favorite son. Gary Hart finished in second place and used that as a springboard into the New Hampshire primary, which he won. Charles Strutt, Lotto America spokesman, said the new game would offer nine prize levels. Those will include the multimillion-dollar Jackpot that is paid out over 20 years and eight other prizes, including $100,000 paid in cash. Lottery officials said the chance of winning one of the prizes would be expected to be less than one in 40. According to the lottery association, the new game will be presented to each member lottery's governing authority for approval. It is not expected to go on sale until 1992. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia belong to the Multi-State Lottery Association, including Iowa. P 0 & i VSPV f J Tee time Bob Tays, teaching pro at Blank Golf Baby sitter gets 22-year jail sentence By CHRIS OSHER Rtflstar Stiff WrMr A Polk County District judge on Friday sentenced Susan Ericson, who was convicted of four counts of deliberately injuring infants in her care, to 22 years in prison. Ericson, 34, declined to make any comment to Judge Robert Hutchison during the sentencing. She wore jail clothing and was handcuffed. As Hutchison imposed the sentence, she held the arm of her lawyer, Robert Rigg. In September Hutchison convicted Ericson, who had a baby-sitting service in her Urbandale home, of four counts of child endangerment. Authorities had charged that four youngsters, ranging from 2 ft months to 2 years old, suffered injuries while under her care. Two of the toddlers suffered broken legs. Ericson also was convicted of a fifth charge, fraud, for posing as a licensed practical nurse when she had no such professional standing. Hutchison could have given Ericson a 10-year prison sentence, but he decided to order her to serve three of the sentences consecutively. The maximum sentence would have been 25 years in prison. Before announcing the sentence, Hutchison said that in reaching his decision he had placed special importance on Ericson's need and potential for rehabilitation. None of Ericson's family members were present for the sentencing. The parents of the children who had been injured were present, but they declined to comment. Assistant Polk County Attorney Melodee Hanes said she was pleased with the sentence. "There was no question about it, he was sending a message because of the force used and the age of the children involved," Hanes said. Rigg said his client would appeal. "In terms of the court's sentence, the judge can do whatever he feels necessary," Rigg said. "I would have decided otherwise, but nobody put me In a black robe and my opinion is not worth a bucket of spit." Grinnell to host lectures on reproductive ethics TM RMfitifl lw Ntwt Srvtc GRINNELL, IA. - Jana Sawiki, associate professor of philosophy at Williams College, will present the first in a series of five lectures on ethics and reproductive technologies at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Alumni Recitation Hall at Grinnell College. The public talk, titled "Disciplining Women: Feminism and the New Reproductive Technologies," is free. s W 9 5 . . i a. Course in Des Moines, chips a few "eggs" under the shade of a maple tree. Cocaine habit cost G.R. man stock worth $1 million today Tht Rtelittf lwa Ntwt Srvtct CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. - If a Cedar Rapids man had not sold his stock in Teleconnect Inc. to buy thousands of dollars worth of cocaine in the mid-1980s, the stock would have been worth more than $1 million today. That information was revealed Friday when Kevin O'Neil, 30, pleaded guilty of willfully failing to file a federal income tax return for 1986. That year he had an income of $145,975, mostly from the sale of Teleconnect stock that had skyrocketed in value since he obtained 200 shares in a payroll deduction plan while working for the Cedar Rapids telephone company in 1980. In 1984, '85 and '86, he cheated the government out of $41,500 by failing to report sales of the stock. The money from the sale of the stock "went up (O'Neil's) nose" in the form of cocaine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy. At Judge David Hansen's suggestion, O'Neil, who lost his house, car, boat and wife as a result of his drug DEATHS Iowa ANN B. COCHRANE LOMAS TM KwUtor't Ntwt Strvlet RED OAK, IA. - Services for Ann B. Cochrane Lomas, 95, of Red Oak, who died of a respiratory ailment Monday at a hospital here, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Lomas was a past member of the Republican National Committee and served four times as a delegate to the GOP national convention. Survivors include three daughters, Mary Jo Van Druff of Red Oak, Louise Bastron of Rochester, Minn., and Margaret Brandt of Council Bluffs; and a sister, Frances Crofts of Nokomis, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. ALBIA - Wtrv YcCombt, 96; MIntrvt Btrnti, II; Dorothy Btary, 66. ALEXANDER - Lloyd Bradlty, 72. BELMOND - R until E. Porttr, 71. BRITT - Albtrt Ratmuion, II. CHARLES CITY - Nalhan Byrnt, lllllborn; Gladyl Fltillmmom, IS; Irma Mtvtrt, ti. CLEAR LAKE - Edward Ltlnlnstr, 12; Kalhryn Sivmtczak, 75; Mtrrlll Surtict, IS; Ntal Millar, 60. COULTER - John Aalfi, 41. DALLAS CENTER - Dorothy Watttrt, 66. DEI MOINES - Henry J. Arndt, 61; Haltn D. Clancy, 17; Dala B. Frtv, 9S; Hazal L Howtll, 17; John Krahir, 17; Gtoroa J. Latham, II; Marsarat C. Llpovac, 79; Edith E. Looiion, 75; Phillip H. Smallwood Jr., 10; Mtrgartl Slrunct, 12; William R. Thomas, 73. EARLHAM - Rulll Walkar, 69. FOREST CITY - David Carton, 74. GARNER - Maxlnt Tavlor, 69. GREENE - Guttot Johnton, 91; Dorothy Whltton, 67. HAMPTON - Arthur Schuli, 13; Jant Dannon, 14; Minnie Moore, 96; Jtnnlt Rector, 91; Vtra Koek, 67. HUMBOLDT - William Garrison, 59, Elnora Chrlstensen, 10; Harriet Lonnlng, 74; Nlelt Srhui'l, 101; Donald Gthrlno, 76. JOHNSTON - Eleanor F. Ntu, 71 KLlMwe - Harley Rockbow, 70. KENSETT - Frenclt Rothove, 76. LAKE MILLS - Simon Winder, 13; Ola Void, 97. LIVERMORE - Donald Holmet, 72. LOVILIA - Jamet Heycock, 72. MANLEY - Wllford Finch, 17 MASON CITY - Addie Newton, 76; Lortt Wll-iimt; Dorothy Mix, 74; Eleanor McLaughlin, A. BOB MODERSOHNThe Rwli!r 1 KltS 41, at Tit "-m i problem, agreed to speak to groups at schools about the dangers of cocaine. Hansen placed him on probation for five years on the condition that he serve 60 days with work-release privileges in the Community Corrections Treatment Center here. He must also make restitution on the taxes and civil penalties on the taxes and continue in a substance abuse program. Colorado man to speak at Alzheimer's conference "New Heights of Understanding" will be the theme for the fourth Governor's Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders at the Des Moines Airport Hilton on Monday and Tuesday. The keynote speaker Tuesday will be Don Campbell, director of the Institute for Music, Health and Education at Boulder, Colo., who will demonstrate techniques to reach out to people with dementia and to help caregivers relieve stress. MELVIN - Mabel Dlckman, 92. NASHUA - Wilbur Lacour, 75. NORTHWOOO - Mildred Nette, 10. OCHEYEOAN - Ray Vender Mtulan, 71; Ll Vtra Hatttndorf, 73. ORCHARD - Veronica Coonradt, 75. OSAGE - Hulda Guv, 102; Maurlnt Early, 16. PERRY - Benlce Gllenkt, 77. PLYMOUTH - Dean Rowton, 57. RED OAK Anna Lomas, 95; Joseph Senders, 79; Olga Bruner, 90; Merv Bechand, 14. ROCKFORD - Sadie Warner, 12. SWALEDALE - Opal Farthing, 94. THOR - Frede Olson, 68. VAN METER - Lisa Connelly, 20. WEST DES MOINES - U.J. Farrell, 15. WINTERSBT - Nell Hlldebrand, 69; Lydla Gruike, II; Neola Sllllman, 92. WOODWARD - Helen Gtntstr, 16. CORRECTIONS CLARIFICATIONS A Today section article Friday erred in reporting the date for the American Girl Tea Party for mothers, daughters and dolls. The tea and fashion show will be Oct. 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. An article in Thursday's Sports section inaccurately described the number of people laid off from an Iowa Department of Transportation roadside management program. Department officials said three persons who worked with the program were laid off. Two other jobs are vacant because of a hiring freeze. A map accompanying an article on the business pages Wednesday contained incorrect retail sales figures for Black Hawk County. The correct figures, adjusted for inflation, are $772.7 million for 1980 and $637.2 million for 1990. The Register ttrtvet far accuracy end tatmett. Errors In tur newt columns wM be cerrectoe) In this space. Reedert who believe the paper hat erred may requett cerredlen by telephoning the Met tf T.e editor at (515) 2I4-U02. Amnesiac, kin are reunited after TV show By LIL GOMEZDELCAMPO Register Staff Writer A story on "Unsolved Mysteries" about an amnesiac found near the Nevada desert has reunited the son of a Burlington resident with his family. Last Wednesday, a close high school friend of Paul Beal's watched as "Tyler Doe" who looked remarkably like Beal told the nation he was found by Las Vegas police nine months ago, unconscious on the side of the road. The man said he couldn't remember who he was or where he was from. The friend made a few phone calls and that same night Paul Beal's mother, Lynn Beal, a Burlington resident, was notified that her son had been on "Unsolved Mysteries." "She was overjoyed and elated that they had found him and he was OK," said Pat Beal, Paul Beal's stepfather. There also were mixed emotions, he said, when they realized he didn't remember anything about his family. Lynn Beal was in Las Vegas Friday with her son. "It was really good to hear his voice and confirm that it is him," Pat Beal said. "Still, it was kind of scary to realize that he didn't know who I was." The family had been looking for Beal, 23, for months. Pat Beal and his wife had tried calling Las Vegas nine months ago. "We knew that's the last place where he was." Before he disappeared, Beal had been working for a gourmet food distributor in Boise, Idaho, and had been In Las Vegas on a business trip. His stepfather said they found out Beal was missing when his employer called asking about Beal. Beal grew up in Montana, stayed for a few months with his mother and stepfather in Burlington when they moved, but then went back to Boise with his father. Beal, who is separated from his wife, has two young children, his stepfather said. And though no one knows what happened to him nine months ago, at least now his family knows where he is. "I was just totally relieved that he was physically OK," his stepfather said. Human Services appeals decision The Iowa Department of Human Services has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn a decision made late last month by a Polk County District Court Judge preventing the agency from going ahead with a major reorganization of its field offices. The agency's lawyer, Assistant Attorney General John Parmeter, said Friday the department has asked the Supreme Court to overturn the injunction issued by Judge Rodney Ryan at the request of the Iowa State Association of Counties. St. Paul orchestra appearing at Northwestern The Register's Iowa Newt Strvlet ORANGE CITY, IA. - Music by Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Mozart will be on the program when the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra plays here Nov. 9. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Northwestern College's Christ Chapel. 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