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Des Moines, Iowa
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Saturday, October 16, 1993
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The Der Moines Register B Saturday, Octorf.r 16,1993 3 M m (ClTYgUMJliB uateiine Iowa 4 Son turns himself in after mother's shooting death TiiKlU:(;isTKR'.sl()WANKreSKHVicE . Lamoni, la. Travis E. Ogier, 23, the son of an employee at Graceland College in Lamoni, turned himself in " to the Decatur County Sheriffs De-. partment Tuesday for the shnntino death of his mother, officials said. Sandra Ogier, 43, of rural Missouri ; died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Harriscn County sher- iffs officials in Missouri. Travis Ogier also told law enforcement officials he burned his mother's house, located 1V4 miles south of the Iowa-Missouri border, ' officials said. He is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and . second-degree arson. Sandra Ogier was a temporary food service employee at the college. Davenport couple sue Davenport, la. (AP) Nathan are suing a Colorado company they ; say knowingly sold a defective baby monitor that they say caused a fire I that killed their 3-year-old son. The lawsuit alleges the Gerry ; Baby Products Co. of Colorado knew its monitor had a tendency to over-', heat, melt and smoke even when it was not turned on but contin- ..,.11 J : Onp nf thp Mprpprc' cnne HioH and , another was critically injured in the Jan. 18 fire at their Davenport du- piex. ine sun niea mesaay m scott ' County District Court seeks unspeci-, fied damages. - Baby monitors function like walkie-talkies and typically are used to listen to an infant's sounds from a separate room. Court records from a similar lawsuit against Gerry Baby Products indicate about 400 customers returned the monitors because of overheating, but the company did not issue a warning. Fire department investigators listed the official cause of the fire as an plwtriral shnrt rirmit in whirh a Gerry Deluxe Baby Monitor, model No. 602, was involved. Company representatives could not be reached for comment. Gilbert woman killed in crash near Ames Ames, la. (AP) Amy Anderson, 29, of Gilbert died Thursday after her car crashed into a grain cart being pulled by a tractor near Ames. Story County sheriff's officials said the accident happened about 1 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 69 north of Ames. Elsewhere: Douglas Doerscher, 29, of Davenport died Friday afternoon when his car crossed the center line east of Montpelier on Iowa Highway 22 and hit another car head-on, according to Iowa State Patrol officials. Chris Street Foundation meets 500,000 goal Tiik Rkoistkh's Iowa News Skrvick Indianola, la The Chris Street Memorial Foundation has reached its goal of raising $500,000 to build a recreational facility in honor of the University of Iowa basketball star who died in an auto accident last winter. Richard Kerr, memorial foundation treasurer, said the group has collected $400,000 and expects another $100,000 to come in over the next three to four years. Street, a forward for the University of Iowa basketball team and a native of Indianola, was killed Jan. 19 when the car he was driving collided with a snowplow near Iowa City. No specific plans for the facility have been made, but Kerr said the foundation is working with other community groups to decide what type of athletic facility would be best. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 40, Indianola, la. 50125. Surge in donations helps keep food pantry open Tiik Ri: iistkk's Ii va Nkws Skkvick Independence, la. The city's food pantry will now be able to remain open because of a recent surge of donations from area churches, organizations and individuals. Juanita Bresson, director of the Independence Area Food Pantry, said earlier this week the pantry was in danger of being shut down. Now, she said, she is hopeful the flood of donations will help keep the pantry open for a while. U of I journalism chief headed for Ukraine Ti ik Rki .istkr'.s Ii va Nkws Skrvick Iowa City, la. Kenneth Starck, head of the University of Iowa journalism program, will help lead a series of journalism workshops in several cities in Ukraine Sunday through Oct. 29. The workshops are part of a journalism education project that brought 15 Ukrainian journalists to Iowa last summer to work as interns at media organizations. D.M. School Board Concerned Administators voi weighted class District officials are drafting a modified list, cut by about two thirds, of courses that will receive extra credit. " By KELLYE CARTER Register StaffWriter Des Moines school district administrators are scrambling to correct an error that would have given the same extra credit to classes in beginning typing and child care as to college-level calculus and English classes. On Friday, a district administrator sent a memo to the high schools telling them to disregard a Sept. 30 memo listing classes to receive extra credit toward their grade-point averages. Barbara Prior, executive director for middle and high school programs, said she apologized that the list went out too early. "We're trying our best to admit we made a mistake and to clean it up and go back and do what's right," she said. Surprised by List The Des Moines school board apparently didn't realize what it was getting into when it approved the change last May, board member Jonathan Wilson said Friday. The board voted to award an extra point of grading credit for students taking college-level courses. For instance, an A in such a class would be worth five grade points instead of the usual four. This covered advanced placement classes, in which Decries 'Dissolved Family' Bennett blames lack of values for decline in education system He noted that teachers in 1940 complained about students chewing gum, while in 1990 the teachers complained about assault. By JESS GOLDMAN RkiiisterStaffWritkr American schools should be teaching values, not keeping them out, former U.S. Education Secretary Wil liam Bennett said in Des Moines Friday. "This is the fight for our culture. . . . This is the fight for our children," Bennett told about 1,100 people at the Des Moines Christian School's annual banquet at the Bennett "Save souls" downtown Marriott Hotel. "Parents should have the opportunity to send their children to schools where the values taught at home are encouraged and reinforced, not undercut and undermined," Bennett said. Bennett, whose conservative views sometimes drew fire when he was Ronald Reagan's education secretary, said that in the past 30 years, Medical Research Scandal? Author: Pets By JENNIFER JACOBS Rmiisti r O ikkksi vm:xT Ames, la. Are family pets being plucked from back yards and front porches and sold as guinea pigs for medical research? The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there is no proof of licensed dealers purchasing stolen animals for resale to researchers. But Judith Reitman, author of "Stolen for Profit: How the Medical Establishment Is Funding a National Pet-Theft Conspiracy," lectured Friday at the Iowa State University Memorial Union about what she says is a multimillion-dollar business of stealing dogs and cats. Reitman said about 5 million pets are reported missing each year, and circumstances of 2 million of those cases suggest "tampering." ' Hcitman said she was profoundly i.i i.ii.w t uuwmi..m ' 1 V V.'; ii Ii La m students can earn college credit after passing national tests. Also included were vocational courses in which students who get a B or better can earn credit at community colleges and training schools that have agreements with the district. Wilson said the board didn't realize that some colleges and schools offer credit for beginning-level high school courses. "My assumption was that in order for a class to be qualified for college credit, it had to be a fairly demanding, higher-level course in whatever field, whether it was academic or vocational," Wilson said. Prior said the list of classes surprised her, too. "We just had no idea when we were talking about this that we were going to come up with a list of that magnitude and with entry-level courses on it, and that's what got everybody concerned," she said. Students Not Affected Administrators are drafting a modified list cut by about two-thirds of courses that will receive extra credit, Prior said. Beginning classes won't be included. Classes to receive extra credit will be determined before semester grades are calculated, she said. Students are not adversely affected by the delay, she said, because they registered for classes before the board approved the weighted system. School Board President Suzette Jensen, who opposes weighted grading, said the board intended to give extra credit to upper-level classes. "But when you start doing that, the United States has seen an economic boom, and has become "the only supreme moral and military power in the world." But the "behavioral and moral conditions have declined dramatically." He said that since the early '60s, violent crime in the United States has risen 560 percent. He pointed the finger at what he called the "dissolved family," referring to the recent increase in unmarried couples, abortions, youth suicides, and number of children on welfare. "We have led the world in making freedom the most valuable commodity," he said. "Now our task is to improve health care, economics, and the educational system." Bennett, who was also drug czar under the Bush administration, said "the purpose of education of the young is to save their souls, and enlarge their minds." He compared nationwide polls of teachers in 1940 and in 1990, saying that teachers in 1940 said some of the biggest problems with students included talking and chewing gum, while teachers in 1990 said the biggest problems included assault and teen-age pregnancy. "This represents an extreme cultural decline that is the result of neglect on the home front," he said. "We have a difficult task before us, but we can do it. There are many exemplary institutions and individuals who can show us the way," he said. stolen, sold affected by this "dog Mafia" and spurred into action after she went to Missouri in 1990 as an investigative reporter to check out a dog auction. She went undercover, dressed in blue jeans and muddy boots. She concealed a tape recorder in her shirt,; and recorded a licensed dealer say-j ing he bought 3,600 dogs per day, which he sold at great profit to medical research labs. She said dogs were separated by size and health into categories for "bait," to be sold for dog fights, or for various short-term and long-term research. "Junk" dogs were sold in bulk by the pound, and were marked for toxicity testing or dissection. Reitman wrote the story about the auction for Penthouse magazine, then continued investigating for her book. Reitman will speak at 10:15 a.m. today at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Ames. 'list where do you draw the line?" she said. "It's not simple." Parents, Principals Worried The board approved the new grading system in response to pleas from parents and students who said students were penalized for taking the toughest classes. They said that although an A is harder to get in such classes, it counted the same as an A in easier classes, for example. Several districts give extra credit for such classes, they said, and Des Moines students were at a disadvantage when competing against them for college admission and scholarships. Diana Phoenix, a Des Moines parent who has pushed for weighted grades, said she was "dumbstruck" when, at a North High School meeting this week, she saw the list of classes to be weighted. "I was horrified," said Phoenix, who is married to Des Moines school board member John Phoenix. "The list I saw, if that was the way it went, would do more harm than good." Roosevelt High School Principal Jerry Conley said principals "were concerned that there were a number of courses there that apparently didn't merit weighting" and the effect that would have on student course selection and class rank. There is a lot of confusion about the new system, Conley said. "We need to get straight what we're going to weight and then share it with the community, and also with our staff," he said. Also, district committees are looking into offering extra credit for honors and accelerated classes beginning next year. Suburban Report Gosch turns himself in; out on bail John Gosch, the father of disappeared newspaper carrier Johnny Gosch, turned himself in to West Des Moines police Friday on charges of harassing his estranged wife. Noreen Gosch told police that between Sept. 28 and Oct. 10 she received several harassing phone calls from John Gosch, according to Sgt. Paul Barrows. The Gosches have filed for divorce. Gosch was released Friday on $260 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 22 on two counts of harassment, a simple misdemeanor, Barrows said. Barrows said that John Gosch did not threaten his wife with bodily harm, but used obscene language in the phone calls. "They were more of a harassing nature than a threatening nature," he said. In August, a friend of Noreen Gosch, Alan Kinsey of Ankeny, complained to police that John Gosch had been following him and making crank phone calls for weeks. No charges were filed in that case. The Gosches' 12-ycar-old son was last seen more than 11 years ago while delivering The Sunday Register a few blocks from the family's West Des Moines home. He is believed to have been kidnapped. The case has baffled authorities, who say they have no suspects. The Gosches have kept up a highly visible search for their son ever since. Ducks found decapitated at Resthaven Cemetery Eight domestic ducks were found decapitated at Resthaven Cemetery, 80 1 1 9th St. in West Des Moines over three days this week. The ducks were found by a Resthaven employee near the duck pond on the mornings of Oct. 10, 11 and 12, according to a police report. The employee told police the ducks didn't appear to have been killed by an animal and could think of no suspects. The value of the ducks was estimated at $800. WE DELIVER FOR YOU. A simple phone call will assure you home delivery of The Des Moines Register. Call 284-8311, or TOLL FREE 1-800-532-1573. 1st vpar with our Now 18,000 sq. 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