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Wednesday, December 10, 1986
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st loMswediiesday 3A Wed., Dec. 10, 1986 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Panel Proposed 'A Say' On Art N, - 0 L U Uli 1 I fi IU--K. r 7 ; L ' South Side Crash Paramedics reaching through the windshield of a van to treat Gary Moore, 34, of 7117 Michigan Avenue. Moore suffered head injuries in an accident Tuesday morning. Moore was traveling north on California Avenue when his van was Woman Held In 2nd 'Mickey Finn' Robbery By Mary E. Chollet Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A woman from Texas suspected in a rash of so-called "Mickey Finn" robberies nationwide has been charged in St. Louis with another such incident. The suspect is accused of disappearing with about $27,000 in cash and belongings, plus a luxury automobile, after visiting a man in his Mansion House apartment. The suspect, Jacqueline L. Edmonds, 27, was indicted Nov. 25 by a grand jury in St. Louis County on one count of felony theft. The charge arose from an incident last summer in which a visiting businessman was drugged and robbed of $3,200 in his hotel room near Lambert Field. On Tuesday, Edmonds was charged in a warrant in St. Louis with felony theft for a similar incident in the city. Her bond was set at $100,000. In the most recent case, Edmonds is accused of slipping a "Mickey Wife Who Killed Spouse Wins New Trial By Lisha Gayle Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A woman convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband has won a new trial under a ruling announced Tuesday by the Missouri Court of Appeals here. The woman had argued that she had been an abused wife subjected to repeated beatings by her husband and that she had shot him in self-defense. The woman, Judith Mae Goforth, 36, of rural Belgrade, Mo., was convicted in September 1985 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her husband, Joseph Ross Goforth, 52. Belgrade is in Washington County, about 80 miles south of St. Louis. In an opinion written by Judge Kent E. Karohl, the appeals court ruled that the trial court had erred in refusing to give the jury an instruction that would have allowed jurors to consider whether Ross Goforth had a reputation for violence that made Judith Goforth believe that she was "in danger of death or serious physi Suit Against Abortion Clinic Allowed To Proceed By Lisha Gayle Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A woman who says that she found out after she had undergone an abortion procedure that she had not been pregnant has won an opportunity to go to trial on her claim that the abortion clinic was negligent, an appeals court here ruled Tuesday. The woman, Patricia Clair, 22, of St. Louis, had sought an unspecified amount of actual and punitive damages from the clinic, Reproductive Health Services, 100 North Euclid Avenue. Her suit, filed April 26 of last year, claimed that employees of the clinic had told her that she was eight or nine weeks pregnant. She accused the clinic of malpractice for performing an "abortion" on April 16, 1983, that caused her to bleed so much that she had to be admitted to Barnes Hospital for several hours. Clair also accused the clinic of Lotteries ILLINOIS Daily game Tuesday's winning number 494 Pick-Four game Tuesday's winning number 4829 The Missouri Lotto game grand prize is estimated at $1 million. The Illinois Lotto game grand prize is estimated at $2 million. r m i "" y list l ,. it W m -1 . 1 My- u s ... ..w W?-V- . v . .... ... ... "' ' 1 .. ,-. ja.-?af. -ri - a. rir T,m.,-,i..i.iir intir. i i.r.,.r,,iT.i Finn" a fast-acting, potent sedative into the drink of Angelo Wider, 39, an official with the Postal Service. The incident occurred on March 29, said Detective Tony Rice of the Central District. Wider, who now lives in New Jersey, told police that he met a woman during a party some coworkers were having in a lounge at Union Station. The woman went with Wider to his apartment at the Mansion House Center, 300 North Fourth Street. They had a drink and Wider passed out, Rice said. When Wider regained consciousness nine hours later, he was missing about 50 $200 savings bonds, $2,000 worth of jewelry and cash, credit cards and other items totaling $27,000, police said. His 1981 BMW also was gone. The car was recovered later that day at Union Station. But charges for airline tickets and long-distance telephone calls began appearing on Wider's accounts in the months that cal injury" at the hands of her husband. The appeals court also ruled that the trial court erred in refusing to let Judith Goforth's attorney question Marilyn Miller, a neighbor of the Go-forths' and the key witness, about Ross Goforth's reputation for violence. Ross Goforth was shot several times with a semi-automatic rifle on Jan. 5, 1985, in the kitchen of his home in rural Belgrade. Judith Goforth gave this account in her testimony: She had sat down to dinner with her husband and son, Jeff Civey, 15. Ross Goforth who had been drinking heavily became angry with Civey, and he reached across the table to slap the boy. Judith Goforth asked her husband to stop, and he slapped her, sending her stumbling and knocking over a chair. She headed toward a bedroom and he followed, pushing, shoving and cursing her. The couple returned to the kitchen, where Ross Goforth threatened to kill dragging its feet on releasing her medical records until it was too late to sue for malpractice. Judge George Adolf of the St. Louis Circuit Court dismissed the suit in September of last year; he said it had been filed too late. But on Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the case should proceed. Sylvia Hampton, director of community education for the clinic, declined to comment specifically on Clair's case. But she says the typical procedure for ending a pregnancy of eight or nine weeks is to use suction to remove the contents of the uterus. "We never suction an empty uterus," Hampton said. She said that sometimes a doctor will suction an unidentified mass to remove it from the uterus. Frank Susman, attorney for Reproductive Health, denied that the clinic had dragged its feet in getting Clair's records to her attorney, Robert A. Hampe. Corrections Revenue from the sale of $470 million in industrial revenue bonds in East St. Louis will be used to build a resource recovery plant, port facility and apartments, according to Stephanie Anthony, press aide to Mayor Carl E. Officer. Anthony was quoted inaccurately on Tuesday about how the bond revenue would be used. Survivors of Elmer Harris, a St. Clair County sheriffs deputy who was fatally shot Friday night, include two . daughters, Christina and Brandi. The survivors were misidentified in Tuesday's editions. struck by a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Gravois. The truck, traveling east on Gravois, ran a red light and knocked Moore's van into an electric traffic signal, police said. Moore was in stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center. followed. The investigation stalled when police were unable to find any suspects in the St. Louis area who fit the woman's description half-black and half-Japanese, petite, young, articulate and well-spoken. But an article Nov. 26 in the Post-Dispatch about Edmonds' indictment led police to suspect her. And on Dec. 5, Wider positively identified Edmonds in a police photo spread in San Antonio, Rice said. Edmonds lives alone in a $200,000 home in Universal City, Texas, an affluent suburb of San Antonio. Authorities say she has no known job. When police arrested Edmonds, they found in her home numerous plane reservations, notes and calendars of conventions and meetings for every major convention city in the country. Since Edmonds' arrest last month on the St. Louis County charge and a Civey. She ran back to the bedroom, saw the gun and thought she could scare her husband so that he would let them leave the house. When she approached the kitchen, Goforth turned toward her, "mad and wild." Judith Goforth testified that she didn't recall shooting her husband, but Civey testified that she had held the rifle at her hip and fired. Miller, the neighbor, testified that she had got a call for help from the Goforths at 7 that evening. Miller, a nurse, found Ross Goforth dead on the kitchen floor. She testified that Judith Goforth had said that her hus band "would have killed us this time." The trial judge, Kenneth Pratte of Washington County, should have al lowed Judith Goforth's attorney to question Miller about whether Ross Goforth had a reputation for violence in his family, Karohl wrote. Concurring in the opinion were Presiding Judge James A. Pudlowski and Judge William H. Crandall Jr. State law allows malpractice suits to be filed no longer than two years after the date of the incident. Clair's deadline was April 16, 1985. Susman said that when Hampe had first requested Clair's records, Hampe had neglected to get a "notorized medical release." The clinic finally received the release sometime after April 5, 1985, he said. He said he had sent the records on April 18. The request "wasn't delayed intentionally; nor did (Hampe's office) Indicate that there was any urgency," Susman said. In an opinion written by Presiding Judge Carl R. Gaertner, the appeals court noted that the law allowed suits to proceed after the limit expired in cases "where a defendant fraudulently conceals the existence of a medical malpractice cause of action." Gaertner wrote that "we find particularly noteworthy the allegation that the records were withheld until two days after the expiration of the statutory period and then furnished by the defendant's lawyer." Clair's attorney said: "If health care providers can get away with avoiding litigation by not providing records, nobody would ever get any records." He said Clair had failed to consult him until the month before the suit was filed. On the day that the procedure was performed, "she tfas told before she left Reproductive Health Services that she hadn't been pregnant and she said that (authorities at) Barnes had confirmed this," Hampe said. Concurring with Gaertner in the opinion were Chief Judge Robert O. Snyder and Judge Gerald M. Smith. Ted DarganPost-Dispatch similar charge in Dallas last year, more than a dozen police departments nationwide have been investigating her. The departments all reported Mickey Finn-style robberies in their area. But they saymost such incidents have gone unreported because the victims usually are married or are prominent businessmen. A married businessman from New York who lost about $6,000 in cash and jewelry in a Mickey Finn robbery to a woman at an airport hotel here last March refused to prosecute because he was embarrassed, police said. Authorities in Nashville, Tenn., have been investigating the drugging and robbery of two businessmen at a hotel in October. The men were robbed of about $12,000. In Dallas alone, authorities have reported more than 50 such incidents in the past year. And in Greeley, Colo., a 63-year-old man died in February after being slipped a Mickey and robbed, police said. UYANY 2 SWEATERS AND SAVE AN EXTRAS SAVE UP TO 50 NOW $16.99-34.99 NOBODY SELLS THESE SWEATERS FOR LESS. WE GUARANTEE IT. WHERE SMART WORKING WOMEN PAY LESS FOR FASHION. WENTZVIUI-Belz Factory Outlet Mall WARSON WOODS-Warson Village Ctt, 9983 Manchester Rd. . CREVE COEUR-Wsst Oak Square 1 1421 Olive Blvd. FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS.IL-Plaza St. Clair, (next to Schnuck's) Open 7 We welcome The American Fioress" Card By Frank Peters Of the Post-Dispatch Staff The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis has adopted a public art policy, designed to defuse wrangling over controversial works of art, such as the Serra sculpture. The policy announced Tuesday calls for the appointment of an advisory board that would make recommendations on the purchase of public works or on the removal of an object already installed. The new review process would be voluntary, with area governments invited but not required to submit projects for approval. Under the policy, the commission would appoint a review board for public art whenever requested to do so by a governmental body, corporation, institution or other organization. A separate board would be appointed for each case taken up. The board would consist of "artists, art professionals, persons representing the general public, community representatives, governmental officials and the Regional Arts Commission," the policy statement says. It adds that the regional commission "strongly supports the inclusion of persons representing the views of the general public" on all panels. The subject of disposing of or "deaccessioning" public art takes up more than two pages of the six-page policy statement that was made public Tuesday. Fourteen conditions are listed, any one of which might cause a work of art to be "considered for deaccessioning." The second condition applies to a case in which "the work has received consistent adverse public reaction for an extended period of time." One of the most criticized pieces of public art work in St. Louis in recent history has been "Twain," Richard Serra's arrangement of eight large steel plates in a four-sided enclosure on the downtown block bounded by 10th, 11th, Market and Chestnut streets. It was installed in the spring of 1982. Bob Rocca, community programs director for the Regional Arts Com: mission, said hostility to the Serra sculpture had been only a marginal factor in the agency's formulation of a public-art policy. He said the experience and recommendations of ''4- .wm$MMMKMx No sale is ever final! days, 6 nights-Major credit cards accepted many arts agencies around the country went into the St. Louis policy, and that tie expected to see much more activity in acquiring public art than in getting rid of it. "I wouldn't be surprised to get a request for an advisory board in the Serra matter," he said, "but I'm not sure there's really that much hostility to it in the community. Our reason for wanting public participation in the planning of an acquisition is that experience has shown repeatedly how much better a work is received when people have had a say in it from the beginning." The new policy was greeted with skepticism by Howard F. Baer, a retired businessman in St. Louis who has been associated with public art here. Baer and his family donated two sculptures by Henry Moore to St. Louis in 1660; the works drew some criticism when they were placed at Lambert Field. One has since been moved to Shaw's Garden, the other to the St. Louis Art Museum. Baer's mother-in-law, Edith Aloe, helped finance construction of the Milles Fountain in front of Union Station in the 1940s. . "I think the whole proposition is silly," Baer said. Baer said he wasn't opposed to having a group of qualified experts review the appropriateness of public art works. But he objects to having non-professionals deciding whether to remove art works on the basis of uninformed public opinion. "On that basis the Milles Fountain wouldn't have been built, the Arch would not have been built and Michelangelo's David would not have been built," Baer said. "People said the Milles Fountain had too much nudity," he said. "A lot of people thought the Arch would be a big wicket. It's one of the greatest things in the U.S. "I don't object to things being gotten rid of," he said. "There are lousy things in this city. But I feel a committee like this would dissolve into chaos." The Regional Arts Commission was formed in 1984 to administer about 25 percent of the revenue from a hotel-room sales tax approved by voters earlier in the year. Its full name is the Regional Cultural and Performing Arts Development Commission.

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