Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 28, 1988 · Page 1
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 1

Logansport, Indiana
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Monday, March 28, 1988
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Monday 8 Weather Qoudy, rain tonight; warmer, windy Tuesday. 2 tourneys trimmed to ''Final-Four 9 11 Hijacking victim recovering Logansport, Indiana, March 28,1988 Founded 1844 Driver Killed In Miami Crash PERU — A Miami County man was killed in a one-car accident at 11:45 p.m. Sunday on River Road near Miami County Road 400W. Bob L, Hewitt, 38, Rt. 4, Peru, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident 3V 2 miles west of Peru one-half mile east of400W. State police said Hewitt died of internal head injuries after his westbound pickup traveled off the south side of the road and struck a large tree broadside on the driver's side of the vehicle. An autopsy on Hewitt is being conducted today. Hewitt's death is the third fatality in the county this year and was the second in two days. Saturday, Ryan Musselman of Mexico was killed in a motorcycle accident in Peru. Stress, Burnout Rochester Topic David Spencer, of White's Institute, will speak on "Stress and Parental Burnout" at a Fulton County Foster Care Association meeting at 7 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church basement, Sixth and Jefferson streets, Rochester Parents To hear Koala Speaker The Concerned Parents' Group will meet at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room in Flora. A speaker from the Koala Center will be featured. The public is welcome. Cass Parents Discuss Fling All parents of Lewis Cass High School seniors are asked to attend a 7 p.m. meeting in the high school cafeiera concerning the Spring Fling party. Dawson's Pact Andre Dawson, the National League's 1987 Most Valuable Player, has gotten his wish for a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to published reports. PAGE 8 Players' Win Mark McCumber doesn't always agree with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, but he liked what the commissioner said at the presentation ceremonies following the Players Championship. PAGE 9 Ann Landers 11 Area.State 3 Classified 12 Comics 10 Faces 14 Health 11 Heloise 11 Opinion 4 People 6 Sports 9 TV Guide 11 Weather 14 Jury Recommends Death RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) Discounting Marvin D. Castor's testimony he was sorry he killed a former Hancock County sheriff, a jury recommended he be put to death. Prosecutors said Sunday's verdict by a "courageous jury" reinforces their claim that killers who take aim at police should pay the maximum penalty. The jury was the same seven men and five women in Wayne Superior Court 2 who convicted Castor, 47, Friday of murder and carrying an unlicensed gun that he used 22 months ago to shoot sheriff's Capt. Malcolm E. Grass. The former two-term sheriff died May 8, 1986, in a Shootout at Castor was convicted of shooting the Wayne County sheriff to death during an attempted arrest north of Greenfield. a service station two miles north of Greenfield. The shooting occurred while federal agents tried to arrest Castor and his brother, Gerald Castor, 38, for an alleged extortion scheme. "It was a very hard decision for everyone on the jury to make this recommendation," said a juror who asked not to be identified, adding that some were relieved Wayne Superior Court Judge Robert L. Reinke has the final sentencing authority. No sentencing date was set. "We didn't want to make another family suffer" by voting to execute the 47-year-old former Mormon church chapter president and father of six children. "But Captain Grass' family already is in deep sorrow," the juror said. The juror said that during deliberations over the death penalty, "someone mentioned that Marvin didn't seem sorry, and then we all realized it. He barely showed any remorse. I'd think that if he had any, he'd state that first." Castor did sob on the witness stand while testifying for less than a minute Saturday. Answering only "yes" to two questions asked by defense attorney Mark Maynard of Anderson, Castor indicated he was sorry for killing Grass and wanted to avoid the electric chair. The juror also said, "I just don't think he (Castor) took the time to know who he was shooting at. The evidence showed he fired first and emptied his gun. That's what did it for me." Castor claimed he only fired twice, even though all five bullets in his .357 revolver were spent and fragment s of one were found in Grass' head. "But they (Grass and several FBI agents) didn't sneak up on him. It was broad daylight. He was trying to tight his way out," the juror said. Castor, a former salesman and bill collector for Sugar Creek Resort Club near Greenfield, claimed self-defense and insisted he did not know those confronting him were officers. He claimed he thought they were killers hired by his employer, which was the target of his $250,000 extortion scheme. First Troops Home From Honduras Associated Press Troops from the Florida National Guard returned to Florida Sunday after two weeks in Panama Jackson Being Taken Seriously PALMEROLA AIR BASK, Honduras (AP) — The first battalion of U.S. troops deployed here in a show of force against Nicaragua is heading home. About 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division were expected to load onto transport planes at midmorning t ...^ and head for an airdrop into their home base of Fort Bragg, N.C. They are part of a force rushed to Honduras for 11 days of training exercises to flex U.S. military muscles after a reported incursion by about 2,000 Nicaraguan troops chasing U.S.-supported Contra rebels. "I'm sure they'll be home for a late dinner at least," Maj. Gary Hovatter, the U.S. military public affairs officer at this base 40 miles northwest of the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, said Sunday. He said the soldiers would probably parachute into Fort Bragg at about 5 p.m. EST today. "It's great to be going home," said Sgt. Dale Taylor, 22, of Red Springs, N.C. "It's going to be a sis-boom-bah occasion. They're going to have a band and our families will be there." President Reagan ordered 3,200 paratroopers and light infantry to Honduras on March 17 and 18. Honduran President Jose Azcona Hoyo asked for a show of force after the reported incursion. WASHINGTON (AP) — Jesse Jackson's win in Michigan has sent a message to the Democratic Party that it can no longer ignore — at the rate he's going, Jackson just might wind up as its presidential nominee this fall. Political analysts say Jackson's almost 2-1 victory over erstwhile front-runner Michael Dukakis in Saturday's Michigan caucuses is a clear signal that the preacher- turned-politician is a very viable contender for the nomination. Jackson, treated as an also- ran in 1984, has won in eight states so far this year —. Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, South Carolina, Alaska — and in Puerto Rico's non-binding contest. The string of victories is forcing the party to re-examine the theory that a black cannot be nominated for president in 1988. "The Democratic voters are sending a very strong message to the party," said Ann Lewis, a Democratic strategist and informal adviser to the Jackson campaign. "The quality of leadership is something they like and Associated Press Rev. Jesse Jackson works the crowd at a rally in Connecticut Sunday admire. This is a referendum on him and a referendum he's winning." The campaign-watchers also said the Michigan win could translate into victories in other high-stakes contests, including the New York primary on April 19. "I don't believe Dukakis can stop him," said David Garth, a New York media consultant who is working for Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore Jr.'s campaign, "unless something different happens." New York, which has 255 delegates at stake, represents a serious challenge for Dukakis, who has failed in the major industrial states of Illinois and Michigan. "The stakes could not be more critical," said Paul Maslin, pollster for Illinois Sen. Paul Simon's campaign. "He can't just finish second to Jesse Jackson. He can't say I'm the leading white candidate. It's not going to work this year. "Dukakis has got to win big to even say 'This is the guy the party wants,''' Garth said.

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