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Tuesday, February 23, 1988 THE PES MOINES REGISTER 3A DATELINE IOWA Vi 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 or Guilty verdict returned in Washington murder trial The Register's lowl News Service WASHINGTON, IA. - A 22-year-old Washington man Monday was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Washington County businesswoman for whom he had worked. A jury, after five hours of deliberation, found Lewis Eugene Anderson III guilty of murder and first-degree burglary, in connection with the death of Ruth Patterson, 74, of Ka-lona. Patterson was found stabbed to death in her rural Kalona home last i August. Anderson had worked for ! Patterson's seed company briefly ' before she was killed. Anderson faces a mandatory life sentence on the murder charge and an additional 25 years on the burglary charge. Sentencing is set for March 25. ! Waterloo man crushed by falling pickup truck ! From Thi Register'! Waterloo Bureau , CEDAR FALLS, IA. - A Waterloo ' man was crushed to death here I Monday when the rear of a pickup truck fell on him as he was attempting to remove its gas tank. Cedar Falls police identified the victim as Ben Zernicke, an employee at the Aikey Salvage Co. here. A fork-lift used by Zernicke to hoist the pickup apparently slipped, dropping the vehicle on him. He was pronounced dead at the , scene, i Police officer suspended; I arrested for shoplifting From The Register's Waterloo Bureau MASON CITY, IA. - A Mason City . police officer has been suspended in-i definitely, without pay, following his ! arrest for shoplifting. Harold Price Jr., 27, a five-year member of the police force, allegedly attempted to steal two compact disc recordings from the Target store here. He was arrested at the store ' Sunday morning. Price, who was released without bond on the fifth-degree shoplifting ! charge, is to appear 9 a.m. Thursday ; in Magistrate Court. . His status with the police depart-j ment will be determined after an in-ternal investigation, said Police Capt. : WaltReindl. ; Waterloo woman pleads guilty in daughter's death WAVERLY, IA. (AP) - A Waterloo woman pleaded guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the death last month of her 17-month-old ' daughter. Katherine Cornish will be sen-' tenced April 4 in Bremer County Dis-: Met Court. She initially was charged with child ; endangerment when her daughter, Bethanv. suffered head injuries last September. The child was later placed witn toster parents ana uieu in January. Bremer County Attorney Law- rpnee Stumme said an autopsy deter- j mined the September head injuries 1 caused the girl's death, and the charge was amended to involuntary manslaughter. ' Former city clerk must ! pay back jobless benefits Rvu.rcviTK IA. In a reversal of ; an earlier decision, the Iowa Employ-! ment Appeal Board has ruled that ! Faye A. Francis, a former assistant i Bellevue city clerk, must pay back $972 in unemployment benefits she I has collected since being fired last Under Iowa law, an employee can be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits if the employer i can prove tne employee was lueuiui misconduct. A hearing officer concluded misconduct was shown by Fmnris when she took home her per sonnel file after she was demoted to an office worker, and by failing to co-nnoratP with the citv administrator. Tho hparine officer dismissed the city's claim that Francis abused the city's sick leave policy, anotner rea- enn oivpn for her firing. Francis had worked for the city for nine years. Illegal muskrat furs garner ion and fine for man probat r.llTTKNBERG. IA. - A Gutten- berg man was placed on probation for five years and tinea aner pmau-ino oiiiltv in federal court last week of illegally taking muskrat furs for commercial uses trom tne upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. During his probation period, Eu oonp P Rehrend. 43. will be prohib ited from entering the refuge, which encompasses a major part of both sides of the river between Davenport and Winona, Minn. Fumes turn vacation trip into tragedy By TOM ALEX Register StaH Writer Thev were crossing Iowa on their way to Las Vegas from southwest Wisconsin three sisters, tneir nus-bands and a friend when their dream vacation became a nightmare. Carbon monoxide fumes were nu- inp a motor home carrying Oris and Ronna Dilley, Donald and Neva Jan- sen, James and Janet bmitn ana .lames Harwick as the vehicle moved along Interstate Highway 80 late Fri day. But no one realized ngnt away that they were being poisoned. Ronna Dillev. 42, ot Arena, wis., "was laying in bed in the back," said her husband. "I d been bacK mere with her. Donnv Jansen was driving and I went up forward to take over for awhile. I said something to uonny and I guess I sounded like I was drunk." But Oris Dilley, 45, wasn't drunk; he and the other passengers were suc cumbing to the carbon monoxide fumes. His knees buckled and he went to the floor of the vehicle. "I felt a little sick to mv stomach, but just for a second," he said. "And then I passed out." Ronna Dillev was killed and sever al others became seriously ill after breathing the deadly, but odorless gas. The ordeal ended when Donald Jansen, 48, of Cuba City, Wis., pulled the Jansens' motor home off the highway near Newton and found an Iowa State Patrol trooper. James Harwick managed to stay on his feet and help his friends get out of the motor home. The strain of the effort was too much for his heart, however, and Harwick suffered a heart attack. Oris Dillev said he heard Harwick "running around telling everyone to get out," but by that time Dilley had lost control of his limbs. The state trooper. Webb Groos, said the motor home stopped behind his vehicle, someone honked and l went back and went inside," he said. "It smelled terrible - like it would if you'd put your nose up to an exhaust pipe." A mechanic who later examined the motor home reported that the exhaust svstem was full of holes from the engine compartment to the tail- nine, said Groos. But there were no obvious holes in the floor of the vehicle. Rescue workers took the poison victims to a Newton hospital and then transferred them to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines by heli copter ambulance. Ronna Dilley died Sundav. Oris Dillev. Janet and James Smith and Donald Jansen were re leased from the hospital on Saturday. James Harwick and Neva Jansen still were hospitalized on Monday but their conditions had improved, said Harwick s wife, Jo Ann, who decided not to make the trip. A window in the front of the motor home had been left open a crack "and I think that s what saved tnem, sne said. Carver trust awards $40 million to college By WILLIAM RYBERG Of The Register's Davenport Bureau ROCK' ISLAND, ILL. - A trust named for Muscatine businessman Roy J. Carver has awarded $4.6 mil lion to Augustana College here to help pay for scholarships and a $12 million library, officials announced Monday. The grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is the largest single gift in the history of roy j. the Rock Island col- carver lege. It also is believed to be one of the largest gifts ever bestowed upon a private, liberal arts college in the Midwest, said Augustana President Thomas Tredway. "Augustana owes a great deal to Roy Carver and the L'arver irust, WANDA F. WINTER The Register's Iowa News Service CEDAR FALLS, IA. - Services for Wanda F. Winter, 83, of Cedar Falls, who died of cancer Friday at a hospital here, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Mrs. Winter was a retired administrator at Riverview Park, a Methodist Bible conference center. Survivors include a son, the Rev. Walter D. Winter of Altoona; a daughter, Lavonna Frandsen of Roland; and five grandchildren. ALLISON - Earl W. Caughev, . ALTA - Richard Franti, 51; Evelyn Musbach Bell, 85. AMANA Harold Swanson, 7. ANTHON Florence M. Sawm, 78; Ella Mae Petersen, 90. APL IN&TON Dena Wolff, It. AURFLIA Helen V Howell, 84. AVOCA-NedThles, 57. ,,,., BLOOMFIFLD Edna Llewelyn, 71; Beatrice Knott 80; Lowell Sullivan, 87; Hazel Beiienber-ger, 92; Ralph Newland, 71; Gertrude Mac-Mains, 84. BRONSON - Ernest H Cox, 89. CANTRIL Everell Blair, 72. .inma emu DEATHS Iowa i e '11: I '4 1 1.101' lr Kt r.l Guthrie Center grocer Bill Boyle, left, and farmer Dean Flanery make a winning combination. Boyle owns Bill's Foodland, where Flanery bought the first jackpot-winning Lotto America ticket. It was worth $3 million to Flanery and $25,000 to Boyle's store. Said Flanery: "This will save the family farm." Lotto America winnings save the family farm Continued from Page One million tons lifted off my back. . . . I've fought and clawed and kicked, and I'm still here." Flanery knew Saturday night he had won the ?3 million prize after watching the lottery show on television. But he'd kept his identity secret, even though lottery officials quickly knew the ticket had been bought at the Foodland store. Meanwhile, Flanery's son, Patrick, 22, anonymously called the store twice over the weekend to say the jackpot would be claimed. But he didn't give a hint who held the ticket. By Monday morning, the rumor mill in Guthrie Center was in overdrive with folks buzzing about who might be the winner. City Clerk Gary Walter said anybody who called in sick at local businesses was under suspicion. Grocery store owner Bill Boyle said some folks theorized there might be a legal dispute over ownership of the jackpot ticket. "I thought maybe it was somebody who was getting welfare and didn't want people to know," said Mildred Shackelford, who was shopping downtown. Then about 12:30 p.m. Monday, Flanery called Foodland grocery to say he would be there shortly, although he would only identify himself as "a farmer." Bill Boyle came back from his noontime Lions Club meet Tredway said, "and a great deal to the leadership of Martin Carver," a son of Roy Carver and chairman of Augustana's board of directors for the past three years. Roy Carver, an Iowa industrialist and philanthropist, died in 1981 at age 71. He had a long-standing association with Augustana, including service on the college board from 1972 to 1980. He gave $1.5 million to the college in 1974. That gift helped help pay for the college's physical education center, which now bears Carver's name. Of the $4.6 million grant announced Monday, $3 million will go toward construction of a new five-story college library, Tredway said. The remaining $1.6 million will be used for scholarships. The gift, which requires the college to raise a matching amount of money, CEDAR FALLS Donald A. McDermotl, 80; Laura Christiansen, 81; Luella Ackerman, 82; George W. Bailey, 75; Frances B. Averv, 86; Mildred R. Blacktnan, 82; Regina B. Hanrahan, 89. CHARLES CITV Florentine DeBettignies, 66; Orren Funk, 81;. " CHEROKEE Katherine Bverly, 93; Marie A. Linneman, 91; Henrv T. Anderson, 82. "COLUMBUS JUNCTION Iris Reaney, 67. CONROY Ardalh Llenen, 43. CORRECTtONVILLE Edna Strawn, 88; Donald R. Anderson, 76; Paul Sadler, 87 CRESCO Edward Novak, 94; Mary Cassel. 9; Cecelia Puller, 91; Mavme Conry, 96. CRESTON Ecll Anderson, 88, N D. Gandhi, 82. Rav Adamson, 76, Lee Woosley, 70s DECOR AH Miller J. Bergland, 92. . " DELHI Betma Musser, 88. , DENISON Orvllle Christiansen, 65, Mary Lapel, 62; John Curry 86. DES MOINES John C Lands, 55; Vivian M. Danguisl, 97; Jack Sparks, 85. DUNKERTON Esther Telslnger, 95. EARLY lla M. Boyd, 81. ELGIN Ella R Blockhus, 83. ELMA Monica Kinnamon, 77. FAYETTE Eva Andres, 94 GIBSON Loved Middlelon, 77. GRUNDY CENTER Marlys B. Reisinger, 80. HAMPTON Dora Holmgaard, 98. HARTLEY Orma E. Olhausen, 70. HEDRICK Lydia Holihauser, 94; Goldie Walker, 85 INWOOO Larry Peters. 50, Glenn Kock, 6L BOB NANDELLThe Register '7i Tn I ing and a small crowd gathered to await Flanery's arrival, i Finally, after acknowledging his winning ticket and posing for pictures, Flanery said he hadn't been trying to be coy by remaining anonymous for two days. "I had a bad cold and I wanted to have a nice, peaceful weekend," he said. Flanery's jackpot will guarantee him $150,000 a year for 20 years. After taxes, his first check will be $112,500. The winning ticket was bought Saturday morning, when Flanery spent $19 on his second try at the Lotto America contest. The jackpot combination - 3, 9, 13, 18, 20, 29, 31 - represented the birth dates of himself, his wife, other relatives, and two numbers that "I just came up with," he said. ' Income Tax Time Foodland grocery will get $25,000 for selling the jackpot ticket. That prompted owner Bill Boyle to nearly faint Monday when Flanery announced that he didn't intend to claim his winnings at lottery headquarters in Des Moines until Wednesday. "This scares me," Boyle told Flanery. "If I were you, I'd get in there. I'd hate to think if there were any problems over losing that ticket." Flanery pleaded that his wife was busy working on income tax returns. But after thinking it over, they drove to Des Moines later in the day and turned in their winning numbers. will be given over a five-year period, beginning with an initial installment of $1 million by the end of April. William Cory, the chairman of the trust, said the gift is a dual expression of Roy Carver's commitment to Augustana and 61 his intention that the trust "support the advancement and development of young people through educational opportunities and the maintenance of quality institutions of learning." Martin Carver, chairman of Ban-dag Inc. of Muscatine, one of the companies that Roy Carver founded, said he was "absolutely thrilled" about the gift. Tredway said the college is free of debt and the gift will help it keep costs down so it can continue to attract students from a wide range of groups IOWA CITY Eugene Stanfield, 67; Mary Maher, 79; Charles Mott, 83, Lois Gallon, 89, Floy McWane, 75 JESUP Cora Brownell, 75. KALONA Al Yoder, 78. KEOSAUQUA Willard Carrulherj, 73. KIRON Mabel Lundberg, 82. LA PORTE CITY Eva L. Powers, 7; Leila B. Brandt, 86. LAWLER Marvelene King, 54; Hugh King, 59. LAWTON Frederick W. Fowler, 59. LONE TREE Greg Heilland, 52. MANCHESTER William Tlmmons, 61. MARCUS Ellen Nelson, 84. MAURICE Anna DeJager, 100. MILTON Harlan Mellotl, 73. NEW HAMPTON Stella Kalkbrenner, 76. NEW PROVIDENCE Eileen Rogers, 71. OLLIE Lloyd Ryder, 72; Grace Relnler, 75. ONAWA Beulah C. Convers, 82. OITUMWA Cecil Steele, 84; Roheln Carnes. 70, Beverly Ceilings. 61; Vivian Snyder, 93; Raymond Traxler, 75; Forest Chaplin. 79; Lillian Llndsey, 85; Eugene McClelland, 79; Harold Slagle, 67; Isabeile Hulin, 80; Raymond Ham-merslev Sr., 78; Mabel Reeves, 83; PELLA Zwaanlie Van Elswyk, 91; Marvin Ver Meer, 58, Helen Van Maanen, 83. PRIMGHAR Jean Petersen, 63; Verness Tanner, 84. RANDALIA Lawrence Evans, 71. RICKETTS Delmar Clausen, 51. RIVERSIDE Fern Stransky, 75. SERGEANT BLUFF Grace 0 Aalseth, 72. SHELBY - Chester K. Midyetl, 79. SIGOURNEY Hazel Greenlee, 95. : Two arrested in slaying of D.ll teacher Eaton By TOM ALEX Register StaH Writer Two men were y arrestea wonaay and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Des Moines teacher Franklin "Ken" Eaton Jr. The death of the well-known member of Des Moines' gay com munity had led to concerns that a "gay basher" who hated homosexuals might have killed him or that he had been killed by a sex partner who was a stranger. But Polk County Attorney James Smith said investigators had not established any link between the victim's sexuality and the crime. The apparent motive for the slaying was robbery, Smith said. Some items belonging to Eaton were found at the home shared by James Michael Green, 20, and Gary Ray Titus, 18, who were arrested there Monday, Smith said. Arraignment Today Green and Titus, who live at 3221 Harding Road, were being held Monday night in the Polk County Jail under $100,000 bond each. They are to be arraigned in Polk County District Associate Court today. Earlier in the investigation, West Des Moines police officials said they were not aware of anything missing from the Eaton apartment, and they said there were no signs of a struggle in the apartment. But Smith said Monday that several items had been taken from the Eaton apartment, including jewelry, cash, clothing and some cassette tapes. Smith also said there had been "some evidence of a slight struggle" it aj, v & Vi 4 I FRANKLIN GARY RAY eirnil id TITUS Iowa Assemblies pastors upset by Swaggart scandal By TOM CARNEY Register Staff Writer Assemblies of God pastors in Iowa say they are upset by revelations of sexual misconduct by TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, coming less than a year after the sex scandal involving Jim Bakker. "It's the most tragic event in Pentecostal circles in the decade," said the Rev. Alec Rowlands, senior pastor at the First Assembly of God Church in Cedar Rapids. Swaggart is an Assemblies of God pastor. Allan Ullestad, superintendent for the 127-church Iowa district of the Assemblies of God, said he received a telegram Monday from the church's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo. It said allegations against Swaggart are being investigated by officials of the church's Louisiana district, to whom Swaggart confessed in a 10-hour meeting last Thursday. Ullestad said he made a passing reference to Swaggart, though not by name, in a sermon Sunday at the First Assembly of God Church in Newton. Commenting on a Bible passage from the prophet Isaiah, he reminded the congregation that "people fail." Ullestad said he believes Swag-gart's television program has the highest viewing audience of any religious program in the state. Janis Marvin, program director at WOI-TV, where Swaggart is seen in central Iowa, said the program's distributor hasn't told the station whether the show will continue. Marvin said that as far as she knows, the station has received no calls about the program from viewers. Better Known to Public Rowlands of Cedar Rapids believes Swaggart is more associated in the public mind with the Assemblies of God than Bakker, whom he describes as "much more flamboyant." "For a while, we will all be suspect," Rowlands said, "especially regarding our faithfulness and fidelity to family. That's what makes me mad." He said Assemblies of God members feel "disappointed, betrayed, hurt." Rowlands said he was especially surprised about the Swaggart situation because his visit to a prostitute allegedly came last fall, well after the scandal involving Bakker, who was an Assemblies of God pastor at the time of that scandal. "It absolutely blows me away that that wouldn't have scared him enough," he said. Two Iowans, David and Jean Ohl-erking, work in Swaggart's ministry in Baton Rouge. But David Ohlerking was said to be out of the office Monday and Jean Ohlerking said she was under church orders not to talk to the press. She refused to say what their jobs are. David Ohlerking, from Eagle Grove, was a staff member at an Assemblies of God church in Council Bluffs before joining Swaggart's Outreach Missions in the Philippines. Jean Ohlerking, who is from Des Moines, would only say that people at Swaggart's Baton Rouge headquar- It JAMES MICHAEL GREEN in the apartment. Eaton may have been killed during the robbery because he struggled with the bandits, Smith said, Officials said sources had told agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and West Des Moines police detectives that Eaton may have been with Green and Titus the night ha was killed. One of the locations was said to have been in the area of Eighth and Crocker streets, which is part of an area of Des Moines known as the "gay loop." That is an area where homosexuals gather to socialize and make sexual contacts after taverns close.- Officials said it was not known when Titus and Green allegedly arrived at Eaton's apartment, whether they arrived at the same time as Eaton or whether they showed up later. ; Relationship Unknown Police have not been able to establish a relationship between Eaton and the two suspects prior to the night he was killed. Eaton's body was found in his West Des Moines apartment the morning of Feb. 13 by his teen-age daughter, Jennifer, who lived with him. He had taught speech, English and drama at Brody Middle School in Des Moines for several years and was a popular member of the faculty. Green is on probation following a burglary conviction, officials said. ii For awhile, we will all be suspect, especially regarding our faithfulness and fidelity to family. That's what makes me madJ) the Rev. Alec Rowlands, First Assembly of God Church in Cedar Rapids. ters were "kinda standing back and waiting to see." Disappointment While pastors were careful not to condemn Swaggart. they didn't hide their disappointment. "It's sad when something like this happens to anyone in our family," said the Rev. Janie Moore, assistant youth pastor at the First Assembly of God in Des Moines. "It hurts all of us." The Rev. William Larson, a Baptist minister and president of the Iowa Association of Evangelicals, said the Swaggart situation will "give ammunition" to people who are already cynical about religion. He said he is "appalled but not surprised" by the revelation. "Like a lot of people in high visibility positions," he said, "weaknesses overcame him." r;or ' -V Second trial Jury selection began Monday in Des Moines for the second trial of James Corder, 17, of Maquoketa, who is accused of stabbing his stepmother to death last March. His first trial ended in December after a jury was unable to reach a verdict. Corder is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree arson in the stabbing death of Marsha Corder, 37, and the fire that followed at their house.

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