Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 15, 1988 · Page 1
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9 Weather cloudy, cold tonight, warming up Wednesday 2 convicted murderers executed 11 All-America hoop team announced Founded 1S44 Spelling Winner Back From Coma SUMNER,Wash. (AP)Shane Nicolich's watch stopped at 2:53 p.m. on the day he tumbled 40 feet from a tree behind his home. And for more than a year, so did his life. Doctors and family feared he would never recover from a coma. Last month, the 12-year-old won the Sumner School District spelling bee — by spelling the word "hypodermic." He doesn't remember much, however, about the July 14, 1986, accident at his home in Sumner, about 10 miles east of Tacoma. For the next two months, the comatose boy was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, the trauma unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma and finally Orchard Park Health Care Center in Tacoma. Peking Acrobats Perform Tonight The Peking Acrobats will perform at 7:30 p.m. at McHale Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for adults. The event is sponsored by the Performing Arts Council. Ivy Tech Holds An Open House Indiana Vocational Technical College will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at its Logansport campus at Eastgate Plaza. The open house marks the 25th anniversary of the vocational college. Woodlawn Center Screening Day Woodiawn Center will hold a developmental screening session for all children up through four years of age. The screening will be at the Center, 1416 Woodlawn Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. There is no charge, Red Cross Tests Blood Pressure A free blood pressure clinic and diabetes screening will be held from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday by the American Red Cross at the chapter house, 317 Eighth St. Ann Landers 15 Area/State 6-7 Business 13 Classified 17 Comics 14 Faces 10 Health 15 Heloise 15 ; Opinion A Nation 18 ^Finaltyl • Something to\ carry all my thingiin! / 1975 Melex Electric Golf Cart with batteries & charger. Very good condition. Pharos Iribunt's Class!!itdi I 722-5000 I Longfellow Closing Recommended DThe Logansport School Board will have to act on a proposal that Longfellow close and students attend Columbia next year Logansport School Superintendent Steven Kain proposed Monday night that Longfellow Elementary School be closed at the end of the current school year. Kain said that as part of the Columbia school building project, Longfellow's students could be transferred to Columbia. The building is expected to be completed when school begins in August, If the proposal is approved by the board, Longfellow's 140 students and an additional 83 students from Franklin Elementary School would be transferred to Columbia when classes for the 1988-89 school year begin. Ten Longfellow Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune Longfellow School on High Street could close at end of year teachers, including two gifted and talented teachers, would be transferred to Columbia as well. Principal Dennis Richey, who is currently serving as principal at both Longfellow and Tipton Elementary, would serve as the full-time principal at Tipton. Longfellow had been the site for the corporation's gifted and talented elementary program this year. If the proposal is approved, the program will shift to Columbia this fall. The closing would mark the end of Longfellow as the longest continual school site in the city. The current school building was dedicated in 1939. The site had been used prior to that for an elementary school. Longfellow would be the first elementary school closed since McKinley in 1983. It would leave five elementary schools in the city. Kain said that when he first arrived as superintendent and See School— Page 2 Self-Defense Claimed In Shooting DThe murder trial of Marion Bowers opened today in Monticello with defense saying shooting of son-in-law was self-defense Dave Henson Henson Quits Caston FULTON — Caston High School Varsity Basketball Coach David Henson resigned as coach and administrator today. The board accepted the resignation in a meeting this morning. Henson, who had a 53-52 record while coaching the Comets the past five years, stepped down to devote more time to a business he is operating and to spend more time with his family. "I've been in (coaching) 15 years," Henson stated. "I just feel like I need a break now. I'm going to give this a try." Henson will be working at "The Winning Edge," a sporting goods store in Fulton, which opened last April. He did not rule out returning to coaching in the future. Henson also resigned his duties as athletic director and administrative assistant. The resignations go into effect at the end of his 1987-88 contract. Henson was the target of a petition presented to the school board on Feb. 16, asking that his coaching contract not be renewed. The petition, bearing the signatures of 43 parents, was presented by Michael Babb, Rt. 1, Twelve Mile. Henson said he had contemplated his future as coach at Caston since the beginning of the school year and had actually written his resignation in mid- January. Henson said Caston Principal Robert Huffman and See Henson— Page 2 ByDAVE LONG Staff Writer MONTICELLO - A five- woman, seven-man jury heard opening statements this morning in the murder trial of Marion J. Bowers, 63, 408 Northwestern Ave. Bowers is accused of murder in the Oct. 31, 1987 shooting of his son-in-law, James T. Harris, 36, of the same address. Defense Counsel Jay Hirschauer told the jury that the evidence will prove that Bowers acted in self-defense in the shooting. White County Prosecutor Bob Mrzlack, said the state contends Bowers shot and killed Harris; that the shooting was not in self defense, and that Bowers waited with a gun for his son-in-law to come home. Both Mrzlack and Hirschauer described the events of the evening of Oct. 30 and the early morning hours of Oct. 31. Harris was allegedly killed shortly after midnight on the morning of Oct. 31. Death resulted from a wound inflicted by a .410 shotgun. The victim was shot under the left arm, and the projectile allegedly proceeded through the victim to the right side of his body. Hirschauer told the jury that Harris was very drunk when the murder occurred. He said that Harris went to a Delphi tavern after work on Oct. 30 and continued drinking until approximately 11 p.m. when he finally got a ride back to Monticello with a brother, Joe. Hirshauer said that Harris continually threatened to kill Bowers because Bowers had earlier struggled with Harris' wife. Hirschauer said the Harris carried a loaded gun. The defense counsel said the autopsy report showed that Harris had a blood alcohol level of .25, which is more than twice the level considered to be the intoxication level. Hirschauer said Harris was taken to his home by his brother, and Harris told his brother not to go into the house. "You don't want to have any part of this," he reportedly said. Hirschauer said Harris earli- er telephoned Bowers and threatened to kill him. Hirschauer said Harris entered the house and a struggle ensued. He said the struggle resulted in the gun going off and the fatal wound being inflicted. Mrzlack said the state will prove the fatal shot was fired from two to three feet away from the victim. Both the prosecutor and the defense counsel agreed that Harris had been drinking, and that Bowers was waiting in his home with the .410 shotgun. The gun was owned by Harris' son, Jamie. Mrzlack said the arguments began in the afternoon of Oct. 30 when Bowers and Harris' wife, Jackie, got into a shoving match. Bowers and the Harris family resided in the same home. The prosecutor began calling witnesses late this morning. Urban Schools Failing Carnegie report cites desperate problems WASHINGTON (AP) America's urban schools are in deep trouble, beset by problems ranging from low morale and high dropout rates to dilapidated facilities and crippling bureaucratic regulations, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching said today. The foundation called for a "crusade on behalf of urban education" including greater financial support for inner-city schools and more freedom and accountability for teachers and principals. In a 38-page report called, "An Imperiled Generation: Saving Urban Schools," the Carnegie trustees said: "Many people have simply written off city schools as little more than human storehouses to keep young people off the streets." "We call upon America to commit itself to a crusade on behalf of urban education," they said. Principals and teachers "should be given more authority to run the schools," but if urban schools do not shape up, "there must be outside intervention," the report said. "It is our deep conviction that when schools fail, swift changes must be made. No other crisis — a flood, a health epidemic, a garbage strike or even snow removal — would be as calmly accepted without full-scale emergency intervention," the report said. largely black and Hispanic — in our urban schools. In almost The report said: "We are every big city, dropout rates are deeply troubled that a reform high, morale is low, facilities movement launched to upgrade often are old and unattractive the education of all students is and school leadership is crippled irrelevant to many children — by a web of regulations. THE PROBLEMS —Cleveland's public schools recently produced only one National Merit semifinallst. At one high school, "lavatories for students have no light bulbs, the stalls have no doors and there is no toilet paper in the dispensers." •At a Chicago high school, only 10 percent of the entering 10th graders could read effectively. •In academic high schools In New York City, one out of five students is absent on any given day. •In a Los Angeles high school, only 229 of 1,918 students scored at their grade level in reading. "Each year almost 700,000 students call it quits, forming a group that exceeds the populations of all but the nation's largest cities." THE SOLUTIONS •Setting high expectations for all students. It said 28 percent of urban teachers surveyed thought a 25 percent dropout rate was tolerable. •Freeing principals and teachers "from a system of red tape that causes them to scrounge for chalk and paper clips while bombarding them with a steady flow of procedural directives." •A National Urban Schools Program that would feature expanded federal funds for Head Start, child nutrition, and the Chapter 1 remedial program, as well as loans to refurbish buildings and other new aid targeted at the nation's 100 biggest cities, from Worcester, Mass, (population 180,000) to Los Angeles and New York. •Expanded partnerships between the schools and colleges and corporations. Attacks Triggered Walden Psychologist says ByALVIAFREY Staff Writer DELPHI - Beverly Knox Taylor, a psychologist from Evansville, testified in Carroll County Court today that Vaughn Walden was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder on June 23, the day his wife Rebecca was shot. Defense attorney Caroline Briggs brought Taylor in as an expert witness to show the psychological effect Rebecca had on Vaughn. Taylor testified that posttraumatic stress disorder occurs when the sense of safety between two people has been shattered. Through interviews with Vaughn and a review of police reports and two affidavits, Taylor cited several occasions when Rebecca either stabbed or shot at Vaughn. Taylor testified that the previous stabbings and shootings caused a "trigger effect" in Vaughn's mind on the day of the shooting. See Walden— Page 2

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