Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 20, 1988 · Page 1
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Sunday Weather Partly sunny, cold today; warm up coming Tuesday 17 Boilers flex muscle in 2nd round 18 High school final four teams set Imros * Logansport, Indiana, March 20,1988 'Golden Deeds' Tickets For Sale Tickets for the annual "Book of Golden Deeds" awards banquet sponsored by the Ix>gansport Evening Exchange Club are now available. The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Amber's restaurant. Fred Sabatini will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Tickets, $10 per person, may be purchased at McCloskey-Hamilton-Gundrum Funeral Home, Kroeger Funeral Home and Marocco Funeral Chapel. Tickets also are available from Frank Callipo of Cass County Lumber; James Hume, The First National Bank; and Bob Ayres, 753-4326. Local residents are nominated to receive the annual award for community service. Last year's winner was attorney Glenn L. Miller. Seven From LHS Qualify For State Seven Logansport High School speech team members qualified for the state competition Saturday in the regional tournament held at Maconaquah. Logarisport finished third in the Indiana High School Forensic Association's Regional competition. Maconaquaqh won the team award with Rossville second. Chris Miller, Mindy Montgomery, Stacia Siefert, Brad VanHorn, J.D. Butler, Drew Miller, and Dawn Wilkins will represent Logansport in state competition. Miller was first in dramatic interpretation, Montgomery ended second in foreign extemporaneous speaking and Siefert was second in humorous interpretation. VanHorn ended third in U.S. extemporaneous speaking. The team of Butler and Miller was fourth in duo extemporaneous speaking. Wilkins was fifth in original oratory. The top five places in each category qualified for the state tournament to be held April 9 at North Central High School, News Quiz Appearing on today's Young People page is something that not only students will enjoy but teachers as well. It's a current events news quiz that tests your knowledge of the news of the week. PAGES Ann Landers 25 Area.Siate 3,22 Business : 23 Classified ...26-31 Comics 24 Faces 12 Heloise 25 Opinion 4 Nation 32 People 5-7 Sports 17-21 TV Guide 25 Weather 12 Young People B SQLD in 3 hours! Philco 26" console model TV. Excellent condition. $200. Call 000-0000 Classifieds Work! Call us NOW! 72£5fr>0 Nicaragua Reports Air Attack TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Jose Azcona Hoyo said Saturday he was reinforcing his troops along the border to oust Nicaraguan soldiers. Nicaragua reported later that Honduran warplanes had bombed Sandinista positions inside Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan Defense Ministry issued a report in Managua saying the Honduran planes made the bombing attacks in the Bocay region, where Honduras said Sandinista troops crossed into Honduran territory last week to attack U.S.-backed Nicaraguan rebels. The Defense Ministry statement said the air raids were in the same area where Honduran jets dropped several bombs on Thursday. There was no immediate comment on the Nicaraguan report by the Honduran government. Azcona had announced he was sending more troops to the Bocay region and also said he wouldn't hesitate to seek more U.S. help. He earlier had threatened Nicaragua with air raids, but said they would be restricted to Sandinista positions inside Honduras. A few hours after Azcona made the statements and before Nicaragua reported its- territory was being bombed, the Honduran armed forces said the Nicaraguans were pulling back. Col. Manuel Suarez Benavides, the armed forces spokesman, said in a telephone interview "their troops are withdrawing. About 600 Sandinista soldiers are still inside our country, and the rest have abandoned the area during the past 24 hours." "This is a good sign on the part of the Managua regime, so that peace can prevail in Central America," he said. "We hope the Nicaraguan troops definitely leave our nation within the next 24 hours so that we can solve this serious problem of national security." U.S. officials, who have sent 3,200 military personnel to Honduras in the past few days, said they expected approval this weekend for U.S. helicopters to airlift Honduran troops to non- combat areas near the fighting. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said he was appealing to the International Court of Justice for an injunction to prevent action that would heighten tension between the nations, and he asked the United Nations to investigate the border dispute. The United Nations agreed to send a team of observers to Nicaragua. The Soviet media accused the United States of trying to impose its will on Nicaragua and spoil Central American peace efforts by sending in troops. Azcona had said before the armed forces announced the Nicaraguans were withdrawing that the situation in the mountainous Bocay region deteriorated when Sandinista troops re-entered Honduras after having retreated to the Nicaraguan side. He estimated the Nicaraguan strength in Honduras at about 2,000 by Saturday morning. The president told The Associated Press he was reinforcing the 2,000 Honduran troops at the border with several more battalions. He said Honduran warplanes were on standby, ready to bomb Nicaraguan positions in Hon- Continued on Page 2 Associated Press Chinook helicopters transport jeep and howitzers to training site near Tamara, Honduras Retirement Difficult For Veteran Lawman By Pam Parmalee For the Pharos-Tribune FULTON — Although he was required to turn in his badge and his car last January 1, having reached the Indiana State Police mandatory retirement age, Del. Sgt. Don Smith of Fulton is not calling it quits. The son of Harold and Elzetta Smith of Logansport, the 55-year-old law enforcement veteran says he cannot easily put behind him 31'/a years of police work, 18 of them as a detective, "I'll probably always think like an investigator," Smith said. Since retirement, he has been doing private investigative work for a Peru attorney. And he has "not ruled out" the possibility of seeking the Democrat nomination for Fulton county sheriff two years down the road. A familiar figure in Cass, Fulton and Miami counties, Smith has worked out of the Peru District since 1962. The post is hosting a retirement party for him Monday at The Siding Restaurant in Peru, where he expects to rub elbows once again with retired and active state police, local law enforcement officers, at- Det. Sgt. Don Smith torneys and "special invited friends." Smith first became fascinated with police work through a state trooper, Bernard "Bub" Leavitt, whom he and many of the kids in his westside Logansport neighborhood idolized. "I used to watch him clean his car and equipment and he'd explain things (about police work) to me. Once in awhile, during inclement weather, he'd drive me to school. I thought that was great," Smith laughed. After graduating from Logansport High School in 1951, Smith worked several years for the Logansport Spring Co. before enlisting in the U.S. Marines. He applied to the state police just prior to his discharge. "Everything just fell into place. I was discharged and a week later the state police were taking physicals and I was in, "Smith said. He graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on the Indiana University campus in July 1956 and was assigned as a probationary rookie at Ligonier. Less than a year later, the Indiana East-West Toll Road opened and he was one of 20 troopers assigned as "pioneers on the turnpike patrol." "I opened the toll road," Smith laughed. In 1962 he was transferred to the Peru District where he was assigned to Fulton County, which he has covered for the past 26 years. He was promoted to detective in 1970. Smith said most people are under the impression police detectives investigate only the big problems, but such is Continued on Page 9 Cass Woman Dies In Crash A Walton woman was killed and her father seriously injured in an accident Friday afternoon in Cass County. Charlotte E. Russin, 48, Walton, died at 5:56 p.m. in Memorial Hospital of massive internal injuries, according to Cass County Deputy Coroner John Zartman. Russin was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her father, Chester E. Corn, 71, Walton. Investigators said the accident occurred at 4:22 p.m. at the intersection of County Roads 500 South and 800 East. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Department, Corn was southbound on County Road 800 East when he failed to yield and drove into the path of a vehicle driven by Rob- ert D. McKinley, 30, Peru. Polices said McKinley was traveling east on County Road 500 South when the accident occurred. The Corn vehicle, upon impact, slid on its side and came to a rest upside down. McKiniey's vehicle struck a utility pole and came to rest in a field, investigators said. Corn was taken to Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he was listed in serious condition Saturday evening. McKinley was admitted to Memorial Hospital and released on Saturday. The fatality is the eighth traffic death in Cass County this year. (Obituary is on Page 2) Bowers Found Not Guilty By DAVE LONG Staff Writer MONTICELLO - Marion Bowers, 63, 408 Northwestern Ave., is a free man today. Bowers was found not guilty of murder Friday afternoon by a White Superior Court jury. The five-woman and seven- man jury deliberated nearly four hours before returning the verdict at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Bowers was charged with the murder of his son-in-law, James (Terry) Harris, 36, of 408 Northwestern Ave. on Oct. 31. Harris and his family resided in the same home as Bowers. Bowers sat calmly throughout the four-day trial. He was not called on to testify in his own defense. Defense Counsel Jay Hirschauer said he did not call Bowers to the stand because all of the information relating to the shooting was in evidence. Hirschauer said he was very happy about the outcome of the trial. "I felt the jury ought to acquit him," Hirschauer said after the verdict was returned. "It was a clear case of self defense. The jury did its job," he said. Jury members rushed from the White County courthouse following the trial. None of the jury members would discuss the deliberations. White Superior Court Judge Robert Roth said the jury members had a very difficult decision, and that they were very attentive during the trial. The jury received the case at 11:30 a.m. Friday following closing arguments by Hirschauer and White County Prosecutor Robert Mrzlack. Mrzlack told the jury that Bowers had been drinking and that he waited in his home for Harris. Mrzlack said Harris was going into a home in which he belonged when he was shot by Bowers. Bowers contended through his attorney throughout the trial that the shooting was self defense. Witnesses testified that Harris had been drinking throughout the day and night on Oct. 30 and that he had consumed several beers and numerous other drinks prior to making a telephone call to Bowers late on the night of Oct. 30. The argument between Bowers and Harris was initiated through Harris' wife, Jackie, who had been in a scuffle with Bowers earlier in the day. Jackie Harris reportedly was upset about the scuffle and went to a tavern in Delphi to tell her husband that she was in a fight with Bowers and that she was fed up with living in the same home as Bowers. Jackie's conversation with James Harris in Ben's Tavern in Delphi resulted in a change of mood in Harris which precipitated a scuffle in the tavern and Harris' eventual banning from the establishment by the bartender. Harris then allegedly went to another tavern and attempted to call Bowers in Monticello. He reportedly was unable to make the call and he then went to a Continued on Page 2

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