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Thursday, July 18, 1985
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jor shift in women's sports: bodybuilding ie Reno-area hospitals step up baby war ic Another record high for stocks 8B Thursday July 18, 1985 Mostly sunny, high 93, low 52 U.S. budget talks break down again WASHINGTON - Angry budget conferees Wednesday broke off their talks for a second time as Senate negotiators, rejecting as inadequate a new offer from the House, said they see little hope of agreement on a plan to reduce the federal deficit. "Everywhere I turn it appears to me that there's no way to go," said Senate Budget Committee chairman Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., whose exchanges with his House counterpart, William Gray, D-Pa., grew increasingly testy. "We'll call you back as soon as we have something to talk about," he told Gray. Details, page 5A. Boys aren't fire suspects Two teen-age boys questioned Tuesday night in connection with a large apartment fire in southeast Reno have been released and are not suspects in the case, city arson investigator Ron Jones said. "We're zeroing in on people who are prime suspects; we have a pretty good description" of them, Jones said. Sunday's fire caused $260,000 damage to the Parkview Apartments on Parkview Street, leaving 38 people homeless. Jones declined to release descriptions of suspects or specific details, but said, "we have a pretty good idea who they are and where they are." Names of the boys questioned Tuesday were withheld because they are minors. The boys never were major suspects and do not fit descriptions investigators have of the arsonists, Jones said. Arrest in child-abuse case SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - Walter Stinnett, director of A-l Children's Center, was arrested Wednesday on a Lake Valley Justice Court warrant charging four felony counts of child molestation, police said. Stinnett, 45, remained in El Dorado County Jail on $25,000 bail Wednesday night, said South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Art Ritter. Names of four victims, ages 4 through 7, were withheld because of their ages and the nature of the crime, Ritter said. The investigation started after parents notified police, Ritter said, adding he does not know when detectives learned of the case or if victims attended the center. "The investigation is still continuing," and the California State Community Care Licensing agency has joined the case, Ritter said. Big fine in odometer case PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A used car dealer Wednesday was fined $260,000, the largest fine ever imposed in federal court for odometer tampering, the U.S. Justice Department said. U.S. District Judge Francis J. Boyle also sentenced Emilio Nicholas DiSanto, 47, former president of Coastal Auto Sales of Warwick, to four years in prison. DiSanto, of East Greenwich, was indicted on 38 counts related to odometer tampering. He pleaded guilty in November to seven charges, including conspiracy and interstate transport of a falsified automobile title. Correction The take from slot machines may be counted any time a casino wants to make a count, as long as gaming control agents are informed of when that will occur. A story Wednesday said casinos are required to count the take three times daily. Wire service and staff reports :eno Gazette-Journal Reno bomb suspect meets press But won't explain airport device; mental exam ordered 35 cents Inside Entertainment section inside Bridge 19C Business 5-88 California 3A Classified ads...11-23C Comics 7D Crossword 50 DearAbtoy 50 Editorials 23A Entertainment 2-80 Health 50 HomeGarden 30 Horoscope 7D Markets 6-7B Nation 4-1 9A Nevada 1-5C Obituaries 3C Sports 1-48 Style 1D TV log 60 Vitals 3C Washington 4-1 9A Weather 24A World 2A Copyright, 1985 Reno Newspapers, Inc. A Gannett newspaper -ft By Michael PhillisGazette-Journal In a rambling jailhouse interview Wednesday, Roger Stockham said he planted a bomb at the Reno airport to Eublicize some wrong being perpetuated y the government but he wouldn't comment on what the wrong was. Stockham said he planned on being arrested and attracting a media "audience" to hear his explanation, but recent government threats against his family now prevented him from speaking out. Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Phyllis Halsey Atkins ordered Stockham to undergo a psychiatric examination in a Springfield, Mo., federal penitentiary to determine if he is competent to stand trial. He is charged with planting a bomb at Reno Cannon International Airport June 27 and with possession of a bomb. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Sullivan made the request for the examination after Stockham's attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Patrick Flanagan, said he saw no need for it. Flanagan told Atkins his client appeared to him to understand the charges against him and capable of aiding in his defense, the requirements for competency to stand trial. However, Flanagan said after court he would plead Stockham, who has a history of mental problems stemming from his service in the Vietnam War, not guilty by reason of insanity. At the hearing, it was brought out that Stockham was captured after planting another bomb July 2 in a stairwell at a veterans' hospital in Long Beach. The 38-year-old Army veteran served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in 1968-69. With an eight-year history of arrests, he See BOMB, back page III in-sriWtid; Jean Dixon AlklnGazette-Journal MEETS PRESS: Reno airport bomb suspect Roger Stockham meets reporters in Sparks City Jail Wednesday. Mewadla abotoini law A i 'A J?" Associated Press JOKING AROUND: President Reagan shares a laugh with Staff Donald Regan, right, during a visit at Bethesda Naval Vice President George Bush and White House Chief of Hospital Wednesday. Reagan on liquid diet, visits with Bush WASHINGTON President Reagan was taken off intravenous feeding and put on a mostly liquid diet Wednesday as he continued what Vice President George Bush, visiting him for the first time during his convalescence, called a dramatic recovery from cancer surgery. Bush said Reagan was "running high and looking good" four days after having a malignant tumor removed from his colon. "It really is dramatic the way the recovery is taking place," the vice president said. Bush spent about 45 minutes with the president in his suite at Bethesda Naval Hospital in suburban Maryland. They discussed foreign and domestic affairs Related stories, page 4A and Bush said the president was "clearly read up" on the issues. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Navy Capt. Dale Oiler, the head of surgery at Bethesda, reported that Reagan's digestive system was beginning to return to normal and placed him on a diet of liquids such as bouillons, apple juice and tea, as well as Popsicles and Jell-O. The spokesman said the president had gelatin and tea for lunch and was to be served bouillion and tea for dinner. He said Reagan "was awake throughout the afternoon, walking around the suite, attending to routine paperwork and reading." Speakes pointedly rebutted criticisms of Reagan's medical care that have been voiced by doctors not connected with the case, contending that "they do not have the detail" of information available to the president's physicians. "We're not talking and answering . . . every doctor out in the country that might presume to throw something up on this," Speakes told reporters. Some medical specialists have suggested that Reagan should have had a thorough colon examination the kind he had last Friday that disclosed the presence of a large growth 14 months ago when a smaller, non-cancerous See REAGAN, back page Judge cites constitutional questions By Michael Phlllis and Courtney BrennGazetteoumai Saying there are "serious questions" of constitutionality, a Reno federal judge Wednesday ordered a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of portions of Nevada's new abortion law. U.S. District Judge Edward Reed banned enforcement of the parts of the law requiring a minor seeking an abortion to either have her parents notified or go through a judicial review for permission from the courts. Reed refused to issue an injunction against a minor part of the law that requires physicians to explain to patients the possible physical and emotional consequences of an abortion. That part of the law will now take effect. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit challenging the law on behalf of Dr. Eugene Glick, a Reno gynecologist, and Planned Parenthood of Washoe County. The injunction prevents enforcement of the law until the constitutional questions are decided after further hearings, which could be months away. State Sen. Raymond Rawson, R-Las Vegas, who introduced the bill in the Legislature, said he was surprised at the injunction because he doesn't believe the law violates anyone's rights. "(The law) doesn't take away their right to an abortion and there are a number of ways they still have access to an abortion," Rawson said. "It simply requires notification (of parents) in order to allow an informed decision." He said parental notification would be in the best interest of a girl and her parents. "A lot of people outside the family will support the abortion but many families with a 14- or 15-year-old will decide it's not in their best interest. It could have a big psychological impact if she carries the guilt all her life of having done it on her own." Rawson said he thinks the state can win the case and the attorney general's office is "prepared to defend it all the way." But James Shields, executive director of the Nevada ACLU, said he expects the See ABORTION, back page J 4. ) 'f 'C 1 Stardust memories filled with skimming, plotting HEARING: Stardust Commission hearing Jean Dixon AiMnGazette-Joumal hotel operators Allan Sachs, left, and Herbert Tobman at a Gaming in December 1983. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth of a 15-part series. The seemingly endless problems of the Stardust that resulted from alleged mob domination are legendary. The ouster of Frank Rosenthal and Allen Glick by the state Gaming Control Board, as well as the subsequent forced sale of the property by Glick's successors, Al Sachs and Herb Tobman, has received national attention, little of which has benefited Nevada 's image. Cmdr. Preston Hubbs Las Vegas Metro Intelligence By Ken MillerGazette-Journal LAS VEGAS It has been called The House the Mob Built. To say it has been skimmed is an understatement. Bloodletting is more like it. Owners and employees have been drummed out of gaming time and time again. The mere mention of its name causes Nevada gaming regulators to roll their eyes with a here-we-go-again look of exasperation. For many, the Stardust Hotel-Casino oozes Las Vegas. "It's been said by knowledge able peo the truelvne ship of tl dust has changed," one Nevada gaming regulator said recently, noting the casino's revolving-door management ill mn II mm Copyright, 1985 The two exceptions would be the Deriod in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when the Factor family had control of the casino, leasing it to the group running the Desert Inn; and today, after the more reputable Boyd family took over the troubled resort. "Some say the best thing to do with it is to bulldoze the whole thing down, whitewash the rubble and start all over again " joked another gaming regulator. Beyond question, no casino in the history of the state has required so much attention from the Gaming Control Board See SKIMMING, page 21 A

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