Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 18, 1988 · Page 1
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 1

Logansport, Indiana
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Friday, March 18, 1988
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9 Weather Cloudy, cold tonight, colder, snow Saturday Purdue gets first victory in tourney 12 Cliver returns to Indiana ort, Indiana, March 18,1988 14* Logans port Team Shows Academics LAFAYETTE - The Logansport High School Academic Super Bowl team finished first in four categories at the Lafayette Jeff Invitational tournament here Wednesday night. The LHS social studies squad comprised of Melissa McLochlin, DesireeHetlinger and Mike! Stoops, won first place, defeating Jeff, Crawfordsville and Southmont. Chris Miller, Dawn Wilkins and Jill Jones led the Fine Arts squad to a first place finish and Alison Frederick, Angie Hamilton, DeanneHall and Jill Jones tied Jeff for first in the English competition. The all-around squad of Jeff | Walters, McLochlin, Wilkins and Jones tied Jeff and Crawfordsville for first. Chris Boyd and Melissa Carmin also competed for Logansport. The academic Super Bowl team is the third of three statewide academic competitions. Fish Tenderloin Dinner At 4-H TheCassCounty4-H Fish and Tenderloin Supper will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H Community Center. Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Rockfield Holds Chili Supper The Rockfield Community Club is sponsoring a chili supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rockfield Fire Station. Ham sandwiches, pie, cake, coffee and soft drinks. Police Officers Serving Breakfast The Twelve Mile Community Breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Twelve Mile Community Center. Cass County Sheriff's Department Reserve officers will be serving the breakfast. Proceeds will go to their summer camp fund. Kewanna School Sponsors Dinner Kewanna Christian Academy will have an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and salad bar supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kewanna-Union Township Fire Station. Home deliveries may be obtained by calling 653-2657. Ann Landers 13 Area/State 18 Business 15 Classified 15 Comics 14 Faces 8 For Your Entertainment —12 Health 13 Opinion 4 Nation 16 People 5 Sports 9 TV Guide 13 Weather 8 World : 11 Jury Finds Walden Guilty DThe jury did not convict Walden on the murder charge, but reduced it to voluntary manslaughter in the Deer Creek shooting ByALVIAFREY Staff Writer DELPHI - Vaughn Walden was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday night in Carroll County Court. The 37-year-old Deer Creek man was on trial for murder in the shooting death of his wife Rebecca, on June 23. The jury decided, however, to convict him of the lesser offense. The verdict, presented to Clinton Circuit Court Judge Jack R. O'Neill at 11:55 p.m. by jury foreman Meredith Miller, came after seven hours of deliberation. Voluntary manslaughter, a Class B felony, carries with it a minimum sentence of six years and a maximum sentence of 20 years. Vaughn's mother, Jeane Norris, his brother, Andrew, and defense attorney Caroline Briggs' parents, kept Vaughn company in a conference room on the third floor of the courthouse during deliberations. Briggs said last night that she was "very pleased" with the verdict. "I'm happy it's not murder because it wasn't murder," Briggs said. "And with good time, the most Vaughn can serve is 10 years." Briggs, who has known Vaughn since childhood when he baby-sat for her, said she almost did not ask the judge to include the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in his instructions. "I threw it in at the last minute," Briggs said. Other than finding Vaughn guilty of murder, a Class A felony, the jury had two other Class B felonies from which to choose — involuntary manslaughter and reckless Vaughn Walden "I'm happy it's not murder because it wasn 't murder," his defense attorney said. homicide. Prior to deliberation, prosecuting attorney Robert Ives presented the jury his closing argument: a short, concise speech in support of why Vaughn should be found guilty of murder. "Is it ever reasonable to shoot anyone?" Ives asked. ''The facts are this: three bullets, three wounds, and one dead woman." Ives told the jury that Briggs was wrong to put the police on trial, and the victim, the one peron, as he said, who could not "defend herself." Vaughn intentionally intended to kill Rebecca on June 23, Ives said, and the evidence presented — the threats, the screams, the gunshots, and the witnesses who saw Vaughn exiting his house with gun in hand — supported that belief. "Rebecca was pushed against the refrigerator, he shot her in the head, she fell to the floor, and he shot her two more times," Ives said. "That's murder." Briggs, whose closing argu- ment lasted OIK; hour, told the jury that Ives did not. prove beyond a reasonable doubt that. Vaughn intended to kill Rebecca. Briggs stressed once again that the black substance found on Rebecca's right hand after the shooting was gun powder residue. "And if so, it is not murder, and Vaughn should not be held accountable." Once again, Briggs blasted the police for not administering a gunshot residue test on Rebecca. "And why not, you ask? Because it, might help Vaughn Walden in his case, perhaps? And does that make il unnecessary?" Briggs inquired of the jury. When Judge O'Neill was reading the verdict, Vaughn, wearing a gold chain with a cross on it around his neck, sal quietly in his chair. Vaughn was then escorted out of the courthouse by police and taken to the Carroll County Jail, where he will remain until sentencing April 15. U.S. Action Brings Protest Demonstrators stop traffic Associated Press Demonstrators toppled police barricades in San Francisco, burned a U.S. flag in Minneapolis and erected a mock "Central America War Memorial" in Philadelphia as thousands protested the movement of U.S. troops to Honduras. About 25 people were arrested in San Francisco in one of several protests in California on Thursday. At Fort Ord, where 1,200 soldiers of the 7th Light Infantry were among the 3,200 ordered to an area near the Nicaraguan border, wives of some of the shipped-put men joined protesters at the gates, Hundreds of sign-carrying demonstrators marched through posh Beverly Hills shouting Market and the Logansport Mall. The annual "Hands Off" and "No War in Myra Vanecek, President of Cass County Unit of daffodil sale benefits the society. The daffodil is Central America." No one was American Cancer Society, arranges daffodils that the symbol of the American Cancer Society, arrested, although police cited are on sale today and Saturday at D 8 R Fruit representing hope. two motorists for excess.ve ; ' [ honking. Daffodils Are Here Cindy Mills/Pharos-Tribune Protests ;tl Fort Ord Authorities in Phoenix, Ah/,., arrested 24 people for trespassing when they blocked (he entrance to the downtown federal building with a .'{(Moot-long homemade sign reading "U.S. troopsout of Honduras." Honduran Planes Bomb Sandinistas Associated Press An 82nd Airborne trooper boards plane tor Honduras TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran warplanes bombed Sandinista army targets and fired rockets along the Nicaraguan border in raids launched hours after U.S. troops arrived in a show of force against the Sandinistas. The Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry blamed Washington for the Thursday afternoon raids and delivered a formal protest to the United States. There were conflicting reports about the raids. Reagan administration officials said a Sandinista army helicopter in Nicaragua was destroyed, but Nicaragua denied that. Honduras said its air force fired rockets only inside its own territory. Nicaragua's president, Daniel Ortega, said his troops were ready to "combat and liquidate" the renowned 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg, N.C, which began arriving in Honduras along with two battalions from the 7th Light Infantry Division of Fort Ord, Calif. A total of 3,200 U.S. troops were deployed after reported incursions into Honduras by Nicaragua's president, Daniel Onega, said his troops were ready to "combat: and liquidate" the renowned 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg. Nicaraguan soldiers pursuing Contra rebels. The Contras keep secret bases in Honduras from which they launch attacks across the border into Nicaragua in their 6-year- old war against the Sandinistas. Honduran military spokesman Manuel Suarez said the Honduran air force launched air raids inside Honduras, along the border region near San Andres de Bocay, the site of the Sandinista military headquarters in northern Nicaragua. Reporters flown to San Andres de Bocay saw two unidentified jet planes roar in from Honduras just after noon and drop at least five bombs near the border. In a telephone interview, Suarez said Honduras rockets destroyed a Nicaraguan helicopter on a dirt landing strip inside Honduras.. Suarez did not identify the type of helicopter destroyed. He said Nicaraguan forces launched a SAM 7 rocket at (he Honduran jets but the missile missed its target and (he Hondurans fired retaliatory rockets. In Washington, sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said one Soviet-made helicopter was damaged on the ground in Nicaragua. The Soviet Union has been supplying the Sandinistas with military hardware. In Managua, the Defense Ministry denied that any of its fleet of more than 40 military helicopters had been destroyed. , Reagan administration officials say Nicaraguan troops penetrated Honduran territory in pursuit of the Contras late Tuesday. Suarez said about 2,000 Nicaraguan troops remained inside Honduras on Thursday, but he declined comment on whether they were surrounded by Hondurans.

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