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St. Louis, Missouri
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Saturday, October 3, 1998
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mil KETC gets OK id bar candidate from Reform Partv from debate Law & order The following were reported to police departments or involved action in an area court: 8 3rOCT Wtt A federal judge agrees that the televised debate may involve only the mainline candidates for the U.S. Senate. By Tim Bryant Of the Post-Dispatch A televised debate among U.S. Senate candidates will happen without Reform Party nominee James Newport, who was unable Friday to persuade a federal judge to force KETC (Channel 9) to allow him to take part. But Newport is expected to be in the audience. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., is flying Newport in for the debate. Newport will sit with Bond's staff in the press area, said Bond spokesman David Israelite. The one-hour debate is scheduled Nixon goes on the attack against Bond in new TV ad The ad, part of a series of increasingly personal exchanges between the two, is Nixon's first that focuses entirely on Bond. ByJoMannies Post-Dispatch Political Correspondent Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's latest ad for the U.S. Senate gets personal against incumbent Republican Christopher "Kit" Bond, bringing up the senator's high-profile suit a few years ago against his stockbroker. Nixon campaign manager Chuck Hatfield said the ad is fair because it showed that Bond sued when it was to his personal advantage, at the same time that he has backed bills to restrict the public's right to sue. But Bond campaign manager David Israelite said, This unquestionably is a violation of the clean-campaign pledge" that both candidates signed, which pledged no personal attacks. "This is below the belt" The ad is the latest salvo in a series of increasingly personal exchanges between the two cam-naiens. Hatfield said Nixon remains angry over recent-Bond ffier'.-dis-' for Sunday. The election is Nov. 3. Newport, a steelworker from Blue Springs, Mo., went to court to fight a decision by KETC to limit debate participation to Bond; Attorney General Jay Nixon, the Democratic candidate; and Libertarian Party candidate Tamara Millay. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel denied Newport's request for a restraining order that would have compelled KETC to allowed him into the debate. Sippel cited a recent Supreme Court ruling that public television stations need not invite marginal candidates to political debates they sponsor. KETC, the public TV station in St Louis, said it had invited Millay to take part in the debate because, for years, the Libertarian Party has fielded candidates for numerous offices. Newport got no invitation, the station said, because the Reform POST-DISPATCH AD CHECK Candidate: Jay Nixon, Democrat Office: U.S. Senate Ad: A 30-second spot that begins with a black and white video of Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., and newspaper headlines. An announcer somberly speaks: "The Kit Bond lifestyle. It gets expensive. So ; when Bondwasn't pulling in enough from his trust fund, he sued . his stockbroker for $10 million. Meanwhile, when it comes to your money. Bond sided with the big insurance companies who finance his campaigns and against you, deny- ing you the right to hold your HMO accountable if they botch your medical care. That's Kit Bond: One set of rules for him, another set of rules for you." Aim: To portray Bond as a wealthy hypocrite in the pocket of special interests. Accuracy: The ad improperly im-: plies a link between two divergent matters Bond's personal finan- tributed mainly to the press, which jabbed at Nixon's status as an Eagle Scout Nixon's wife, Georganne Nixon, held a news conference complaining about the flier because it was circulated in her grandmother's mid-Missouri neighborhood. Bond then offered to refrain from mentioning Nixon in future ads, if Nixon would do the same for Bond. Instead, both have begun running even harder-hitting ads. Nixon's ad is his first that does not mention Nixon and focuses entirely on Bond. Bond has run at least two attack ads that only talk about A Party lacks a history of candidates and is primarily a political vehicle for Ross Perot Sippel said he found no evidence that KETC excluded Newport because of his political views. The judge also found a lack of evidence to support Newport's claim that Nixon conspired with KETC to keep Newport out After hearing the judge's decision, Newport said he would "keep plugging away" at his campaign. He was unclear on whether he would drop his claim against KETC and Nixon. Bond indicated recently that he might skip the KETC-sponsored debate if Newport were excluded. Catherine L. Hanaway, a political adviser to Bond, attended the hearing before Sippel. She said afterward that she would tell Bond of the judge's ruling. . "7" d cial troubles and his public position on health care reform. Bond did sue his stockbroker, William J. Reik Jr., for mishandling his money, as did a number of other Reik clients, in- eluding the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and the city of Houston's pension fund. Bond had sought $11 million and ended up settling for $900,000. Regarding health care, Bond supports the GOP "patients' bill of rights" that does not allow patients to sue their health maint- nance organizations. Insurance companies are among Bond's major donors, while trial lawyers' groups back Nixon. -Jo Mannies Outstate television viewers will be the first to see Nixon's new attack ad. It won't begin airing in St Louis until later next week. St Louisans, who have seen few of Nixon's ads so far, will first see his health care ad that focuses on his support for the Democratic "patients' bill of rights and attacks the GOP version backed by Bond. Nixon has held off airing many ads in St Louis because the local television market is the most expensive in the state. Bond, with more money, has been airing ads on St timis stations fimonthst1-- VIOLENT DEATHS St. Louis: Police were looking for a gunman who fatally shot a man in the 1 000 block of Cook Avenue on Thursday afternoon. John Blockton, 47, was shot once in the side. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives said Blockton was talking with another man about 4:45 p.m. when the man pulled out a gun, shot him and fled. Blockton lived in the 4000 block of Cook Avenue. COURT ACTIONS St. Louis County: A St. Louis man found guilty in August of assault, robbery and weapons violations won a new trial Friday In St. Louis County Circuit Court because hearsay testimony from a police informer was admitted. Ricardo Elliott, 28, is accused of shooting Thomas Franklin, 27, in a parking lot behind the Esquire Theater in Richmond Heights in an attempted robbery in April 1997. Franklin, who was shot three times, recovered and testified against Elliott in his first trial. Elliot's new trial is set for Nov. 9. Dellwood: Patrick McDowell, 24, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for his role in the murder of a suspected drug dealer outside a music store in Dellwood In February 1997. McDowell, of north St. Louis County, was convicted Sept. 3 of first-degree murder and armed criminal action after a trial before county Circuit Judge Steven H. Goldman. McDowell had pointed out the victim, James Thomas Jr., 23, of Tupelo, Miss., so another man could shoot him. That man, Samuel D. Martin, 22, also of North County, was convicted Sept. 1 6 of first-degree murder. Martin Is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30. The man accused of hiring McDowell and Martin was acquitted in August. University City: Harry A. Coleman, 17, was acquitted Friday of supplying the .38-caliber revolver used to rob and kill a University City man in his apartment last year. A jury In St. Louis County Circuit Court deliberated for five hours Thursday and one hour Friday before returning a not-guilty verdict on charges of second-degree murder, robbery and armed criminal action. Coleman, of the 1100 block of George Avenue in University City, was one of three people charged in the July 1997 murder and robbery of La-verne Hazlett, 41 , of the 7200 block of Olive Boulevard. Ronnie Lamont Gray, 22, who lived a few doors from Hazlett, Is accused of firing the shots. He awaits trial Nov. 5 on charges of first- Man pleads guilty to selling Daniel Rick, 20, of Leesburg, Ohio, will serve 30 months in prison for providing a machine gun to a white supremacist group accused of planning racial assassinations and bombings. Rick, a tattoo artist whose body is covered with white supremacist and Nazi designs, pleaded guilty in fed p eral court in East St Louis of three degree murder, robbery and armed criminal action. Giordano Vann, 17, of the 1200 block of Waldron Avenue in University City, has pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. St. Louis County: Kenneth Pace made it through his sentencing hearing Friday without passing out. Not so his first time. On Aug. 28, Pace staggered and slurred his words as he stood before St. Louis County Circuit Judge Barbara Wallace. When she told him to sit down, he promptly passed out at the defense table. Paramedics determined that he had overdosed on heroin. Pace was taken to a hospital and later to St. Louis County Jail. On Friday, Pace, 41, of Berkeley, was sentenced to seven years for felony theft, his third. Pace apologized for passing out. Wallace said that if he passes a special two-year drug rehabilitation program in prison, he could be eligible for release. ROBBERY St. Louis County: James Gregory Elking, who already faces one federal bank robbery charge, was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree robbery by the St. Louis County prosecutor's office. Elking, 34, of the 3400 block of Illinois Avenue in St. Louis, was arrested Wednesday night by St. Louis police and was charged with state charges in connection with the robbery of an Allegiant Bank on Sept. 28 and the robbery Sept. 30 of the Anheuser-Busch Credit Union at 3805 Union Boulevard. Elking is also a suspect in the robbery of a Commerce Bank on Sept. 23 and a robbery of a Royal Bank two days later. ACCIDENT Mascoutah: John Biekert, a Mas-coutah alderman, was issued two traffic tickets after his car hit a 13-year-old girl on a bicycle Thursday night, police said. The girl was treated and released from Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Lt. Dave Nester of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said Biekert's car left the pavement on County Road, south of Perrottet Drive, about 7 p.m. as the girl rode alongside the road. Biekert, 70, stopped, and the girl told him she was not hurt, Nester said. He then left but was located later by Mascoutah police. The case was turned over to the Sheriff's Department, and Biekert was issued citations for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Nester said the case is still under investigation. The girt is the daughter of an Illinois State Police officer, said Mel Hutnick, a lawyer representing Biekert. gun to white supremacists charges for traveling to Effingham, LI., to sell a .45-caliber Cobray machine-gun pistol. He was videotaped selling a machine gun to an individual cooperating with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. During the transaction, Rick tried to acquire shoulder-held anti-tank tYVlrtc inHirntinij hp rff(eA tn Vill someone,1 prosecutors said.01"

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