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Des Moines, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 27, 1981
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II1SI0H TIIE REGISTER Bcnltruplcy clicno sought The credit industry is: lobbying Congress to repeal ' most of the liberalized bank-ruptcy laws passed three years ago. Details: 5B. THE NEWSPAPER IOWA DEPENDS UPON B Des Moines, Disciplinary action mulled in fire probo Ray says it's 'repugnant' that investigator lied By DAVID YEPSEN Rvohttr Stiff Wtfttt State Fire Marshal Wilbur Johnson said Monday that a state investigator may be disciplined for lying to a suspect during an investigation. Johnson said the action may be taken as a result of comments made by Gov. Robert Ray earlier in the day in which he said it was "repugnant to me" 'that investigator Edward Oakie told lies to Bradley J. Mather during interrogation at the West Des Moines police station. Police questioned Mather about his role in the Feb. 27 fire at the Executive Inn in West Des Moines. Two Durant youths died in that fire, and Mather is on trial in Polk County District Court on murder charges. Oakie admitted on the witness stand last week that he lied to Mather. Ray was asked about that during his press conference Monday and he replied, "I can't think of a reason to justify that. That is repugnant to me. I don't know what the circumstances were, but I can't think of a reason why it's justified. I'm going to ask what did happen because I don't approve of lying." After the news conference, Johnson said he discussed the issue with his boss, Public Safety Commissioner William Miller. The two decided they would review the transcript of the hearing before deciding what, if anything, should be done about Oakie's lies. i. But Johnson said lying is wrong and that agents are "always told" that "we don't approve of subterfuge to obtain a confession." ; Miller could not be reached for comment Ray returned last week from a two-week goodwill mission to Japan RAY Please turn to Page 3A Indian summer chases Iowa chill ' Indian summer has paid a call to Iowa after the weekend's preview of , winter. Monday, sunny skies were the rule . across the state. Winds ranged from 10 to 15 mph, and in extreme western Iowa gusted to 40 mph. Highs were in the middle SOs to low 60s. . Sioux City was the warmest city in the state with a 62-degree reading. Waterloo and Mason City reported 51 . as a high and Des Moines' high was 54. , SSsrt , ROBERT RAY til fr i 4 jj im oi Cir il Qn(. 1 A Sri I " IS? m ft V i ' M a LLtf Personal bankruptcy filings and states with largest share Personal bankruptcy StatM wrrh largxt (hart fltrng of told filing oat i. tro-jnm a, m -a- Son, at murder trial, says dad was having an 'affair' By JACK HOVELSON Of Tha Register's Weterlee Bureau WATERLOO, IA. - A prominent Aplington fanner who is accused of killing his wife was having an affair with a younger woman despite efforts by the man's two sons to force an end to the romance, one of the sons said in emotional testimony here Monday. ' Lawrence Hartman, 58, a partner with his sons in an 840-acre farming operation five miles southeast of Aplington, is charged with first-degree murder. He is accused of beating his wife, Esther, to death on Sept. 19, 1980, and then trying to make it appear that she died of injuries suffered in a fall down a flight of stairs at their home. Hartman has claimed he was with a woman at her home in Cedar Falls until the early morning hours of Sept 20, 1980, when he returned home and found his wife's body at the foot of the basement stairs. Broke Down Hartman's son, Rollyn, 27, testified Monday for an hour and 18 minutes in the opening day of testimony in his father's murder trial, which was switched from Grundy County to Waterloo on a change of venue. Throughout much of his testimony, Iowa State official froths over sporty new beer can By RICHARD PAXSON Reenter Staff Writer A new beer touted by its promoter as a salute to Iowa's major university sports teams may be popular among fans and beer can col lectors, but it's got Iowa State uni versity athletic officials frothing. Iowa Sports Premium Beer is about to make its debut in the state's grocery stores and taverns, the cans decorated with the mascots of ISU, the University of Iowa, Drake Univer sity and the University of Northern Iowa. Spokesmen for some of those schools' athletic departments don't mind the idea, but not ISU athletic director Lou McCullough. "I never heard of it, and I certainly wouldn't endorse putting our teams on a beer can," McCullough said Monday. "I don't think that we gave them permission. When it comes to beer, you've got to be careful." The schools' athletic programs are being offered 10 cents from the sale of each case of the beer, but McCullough doesn't want the money. "I wouldn't accept it," he said. "We don't know anything about it. The promoter may have slipped something in on us." No Endorsement And just to make things perfectly clear, McCullough called The Register again to repeat his displea sure for finding his Cyclones on a beer can. "We wouldn't endorse it That's exactly right, and that's my opinion," he said emphatically. The man behind the brewing con troversy is Steve DeBellis, the St. A painting niitfd; The Des Moines Art Center's purchase of a painting for abont $350,000 to $400,000 draws some barbed comments from oar readers. See the letters to the editor in the opinion section, 7 A. Iowa, Tuesday Morning, October Rollyn Hartman struggled to maintain his composure. At one point he broke down and was excused from the witness stand. "I told my father that someday he would burn in hell for this," he said. Under questioning by Richard Pilcher, assistant Grundy County attorney, Rollyn Hartman said his parents had a good relationship until about two years before his mother's death. "I noticed that my father took less interest in the farm, and he seemed to be gone many nights. I didn't think too much of it at the time," said Hartman, who testified that as time went on "we all knew what was happening, but we just didn't want to talk about it." His father's affair with a woman identified as Katherine Sunderman, who is in her "early 30s," was suspected when the sons matched telephone numbers on billings to the Hartman home to a listing in the Cedar Falls directory, Rollyn Hartman said. He testified that when the woman HARTMAN Please turn to Page 3A Louis, Mo., distributor for Iowa's Pickett's beers. DeBellis' Spirits of St Louis Distributors has also marketed athletic team beers for Purdue, Notre ' Dame and the University of Missouri Pickett's Dubuque brewery canned the first 5,000 cases of Iowa Sports Premium Friday, and they were being shipped out Monday. DeBellis said he's Sorry McCul lough is upset, and he doesn't under stand why. The beer can doesn't claim the schools endorsed the beer, DeBellis said, and each bears a dis claimer (although a bit hard to read) that says the product is "not associat ed" with the universities. "We want to make sure everyone knows the universities are not in the beer business," he said. "We're adamant about making sure we get no endorsement from the universi ties." Cy,Herky A beer drinker, just eyeing the cans, could think otherwise. On one side, ISU's Cy and Iowa's Herky hold up a map of the state, upon which sprawls UNI's purple panther, balancing a mug of suds and a football. Below, Drake's bulldog dribbles a basketball. On the reverse are the team names in star-spangled letters. DeBellis said he really didn't need permission to use the mascots or team names, and the schools generally agree. But just to avoid copyright problems, DeBellis said he BEER Please turn to Page 3A Jl tip'-. 1 tiSBp?5 y 27, 1981 0 Three Sections, price 25 cents National emblem 33 desperate Haitians die in sight off shore IB INI KnHM-RkMar Nawtsapan HHJLSBORO BEACH, FLA. - The bodies of 33 Haitians were washed onto the white sand of Hillsboro Beach Monday morning after their overcrowded sailboat, abandoned by its captain and crew, capsized only 50 yards from the Florida coast Their voyage, begun nearly two months ago in search of a new life, ended in a nightmare of terror and death. There were 30 survivors. Four men, the captain and crew, were unaccounted for. In all, 67 people had been aboard the 25-foot-long Nativite. As dawn broke, residents of $500,000 beachfront condominiums looked from their windows at bodies washing ashore in the four-foot surf. "Ghastly Thing" "It's the most ghastly thing I've ever seen,".said resident Mary Shea. Thirty-four of the Haitians packed in the foundering homemade craft, which some said had sailed from the Bahamas a week ago Sunday, swam to shore about two miles north of the Hillsboro Beach inlet. Police later rounded up 30 of the Creole-speaking survivors and sent them to the Krome Avenue refugee processing center near Miami. But the captain, identified as Charles Joseph, and the three-man crew were not found. Authorities fanned out through the waterfront community hunting for them. Hillsboro Beach Police Chief R.W. Dunn said the captain might be charged with negligent homicide. Leonard Rowland, assistant district director for detention and deportation for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said survivors reported the captUn and crew anchored the , boat just offshore in the dark early Monday. "The captain and crew swam ashore," he said, "telling everyone to stay put" They told the passengers they were going to arrange transportation to the beach and bring the boat in, Rowland said. "About an hour later, two or three big waves came along and overturned them. Those who could swim made it. Those who couldn't, didn't," Rowland said. The tragedy, coming a day after the first successful interception of Haitian refugees by the Coast Guard near Cuba, began unfolding' before dawn. 'We received a call at about 5:30 HAITIANS Please turn to Page 2A TIIE index: Business 58 Obltuvlet 2C Chsslfled ids 4C Prat In the mwi 1C Comics 108 TV schedules .... 7C Editorials 6A Weather 9B c!ones climb! Iladceps plunge Iowa State moves from 14th to 11th in the AP's college football poll, while Iowa plunges from sixth to 16th. Details: IB. Church rally assails states on schools By JONATHAN ROOS Regtetar Staff Writer The growing confrontation between fundamentalist church groups and public school officials over regulation of church-operated schools drew church members from throughout Iowa and surrounding states to Des Moines for a rally in support of their cause Monday night. -, The rally was called to marshal support for the Christian Law Association, a group based in Cleveland, Ohio, that has furnished legal help to fundamentalist church schools that have refused to obey state education regulations, such as teacher certification or attendance reporting requirements. Among the 550 people attending the service at Capitol City Baptist Church were several state legislators, a rep resentative of U.S. Senator Roger Jepsen, and the Rev. Everett Sileven. Sileven is pastor of a Louisville, Neb., Baptist church that was ordered closed except during religious services because it refused to agree to state requirements that the church's school use certified teachers. Sileven said the government is trying to control Christian schools, not merely to ensure the students receive a quality education as public school officials contend. He said the RALLY Ptease turn to Page 4A Will computers bend, fold, spindle the Bill of Rights?; WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - A study prepared for Congress on the impact of forthcoming technology asks: When computers can accurately predict who is most likely to commit crimes, should society closely watch those people? Deny them jobs? Jail them? The study, published Monday by the Office of Technology Assessment, said computer technology raises that question and a host of questions like it that must be answered soon. "These technical advances are gen erating public policy issues at a rate that may be outstripping the federal government's ability to respond," the OTA said. The office is an analytical agency of Congress and did not recommend answers to its questions. Constitutional rights are being jeopardized by new technology, the report said, especially by the enhanced ability of computers to record people's activities and nterests and to predict future behavior. For example, with a device that records what books someone checks THE WEATIlEKITvg Mostly sonny today. Highs in npper SOs to upper COs. Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday. Lows is npper SOs to mid-40s. Highs Wednesday in SOs. Sunrise 6:40, sunset 5:10. Details: 9B. CopvrtaM mi (USPS 154-70) On MeMei Reeiiter and Tribune Company Senators suggest list of excise increases WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -Senate Republicans intend to seek between S50 billion and $70 billion in tax increases as part of their attempt ' to cut budget deficits by 8115 billion over the next three years, sources said Monday. Congressional sources said Majority Leader Howard Baker has spoken with President Reagan about the GOP plan, although there has been no official White House reaction. Baker and other key Republicans in Congress are expected to meet with the president later this week. The 850 billion to $70 billion figure, these sources said, is contained in a memorandum drawn up for Baker and House GOP Leader Bob Michel of Illinois. The memo evolved during their private meetings last week. No Commitment The sources stressed that there is no commitment on the part of House Republicans to push for a tax increase of any given size. Instead, the House Republican leadership promised only to seek higher taxes and more cuts in benefit programs if the budget deficits for 1982, 1983 and 1984 appear to be higher than the estimates contained in the budget outline passed by Congress earlier this year. According to one source, the Senate Budget Committee has drawn up a list of 24 possible tax increases that the Treasury Department says would raise 384.4 billion in revenues during 1983 and 1984 combined. Six of the Budget Committee proposals sent to Treasury for analysis would double excise taxes from 4 cents to 8 cents a gallon on gasoline, from 2 percent to 4 percent on telephone bills, from 8 cents to 16 cents on a package of 'cigarettes, from $10.50 to $21 on a gallon of liquor, from $9 to $18 on a barrel of beer, and from 17 cents to 34 cents on a gallon of wine. The other 18 proposals would reduce or eliminate certain deductions or exemptions. Proposed Tax Increases Proposals affecting individuals include: eliminating interest deductions other than on home mortgages and auto loans; limiting home mortgage interest deductions to $5,000; taxing a portion of employer-paid health insurance premiums; 1 eliminating employee-paid medical insurance premium deductions; taxing all unemployment insurance compensation; taxing half of any individual's Social Security when income exceeds $20,000 a year or a couple's over $25,000; eliminating dependent student exemptions, and BUDGET Please turn to Page 5A BOP maps $00 billion Sax boost out of a library "an accurate profile of an individual's interests and attitudes could be provided by a complete dossier on that person's reading habits," the report said. Information that is now unrecorded will become available in computer data banks, the report said. "Electronic mail and electronic point of sale systems which record a customer's purchases, for example, collect and store more data than the systems they replaced." Under current law, police are permitted to watch "public activity" without a warrant They can examine the envelopes in a person's mailbox, for instance, because the envelopes are considered public. But if that examination is extended to surveillance of electronically delivered mail where there Is no distinction between the outside envelope and the inside message and financial transactions, recorded through electronic funds transfers, "much more data, some of it of a COMPUTER Pleate turn to Page 5A 3

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