Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 30, 1988 · Page 1
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 1

Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, March 30, 1988
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Wednesday Weather Clear, cool tonight; cloudy, in 50s Thursday Swaggart suspended for year All-State prep hoop team named Dukakis Wins In Connecticut Associated Press Writer Michael Dukakis today thanked "the people who know me best" for his decisive win in the Connecticut primary, which puts his Democratic presidential campaign back on track for coming contests. Jesse Jackson chalked the results up to Dukakis" regional ties. George Bush, with the GOP nomination all but in hand, called on Republicans to "keep together and get to work." Bush won overwhelmingly in Connecticut —• as he had been expected to do even before principal rival Bob Dole dropped out of the race on primary day. Benefit Supper In Church Hall Branch members of Fraternal Benefits and Financial Services for Lutherans are sponsoring a benefit soup and sandwich supper at 6 p.m. in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church parish hall. A freewill offering wil! be taken. Proceeds will be used to purchase a confirmation picture stand. Meese Attorney General Edwin Meese 1)1 faces an expanded criminal investigation and top Justice Department officials are resigning for fear of being tainted by his mounting legal problems, officials say. PAGE 7 Nicaragua Contra and Sandinista negotiators agreed on the cease-fire areas where rebels will begin gathering Friday, and President Daniel Ortega urged the United States to discuss normalizing relations with Nicaragua. PAGE 7 Chisox Dome A Florida Suncoast Dome contractor has been asked to draw up contingency plans to accelerate construction of the baseball stadium the Chicago White Sox are considering as a future home. PAGE 13 Star Dies Ted Kluszewski, the Cincinnati Reds' bare- armed slugger in the 1950s, died Tuesday night. He was 63. PAGE 13 Agriculture 20 Ann Landers 17 Area/State 5 Business 6 Classified 18 Comics 16 Faces 12 Food 9 Health , 17 Helolse 17 Opinion 4 Nation 7 Sports 13 TV Guide 17 Weather 12 World 7 FBI Raids Businesses Several cities involved in coordinated effort ByDAVEKITCHELL City Editor The FBI is refusing comment on a reported series of gambling raids in Logansport, several other northern Indiana cities and Danville, 111. Logansport Police Chief Bob Rozzi confirmed today that one of his officers, Det. Pat Shively, had been involved in a raid at Logansport's Smoke House, 109 S. Fifth St. Late this morning, Shively said that alleged gambling paraphernalia had been confiscated during a raid at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, but said no arrests were made. Shively said the raid actually involved a second establishment inside The Smoke House known as The Stag Room. Police also had warrants to enter homes on Sherman Street and Princeton Lane. At least three FBI agents were reported to be involved in the Logansport raid. The Cass County Sheriff's Department confirmed that three of its officers had been involved in the case through the Indiana State Police Post at Lafayette. When asked about the investigation, Gary Schoon, a special agent for the FBI in Indianapolis, said that the ongoing investigation "is under court order to be sealed." Agent Frank Fabian of Lafayette who is working on the case could not be reached for comment today. Schoon said more information on the case will be released later this week. In Kokomo, Fabian reportedly told a radio station that several warrants were issued for pool halls. Fabian reportedly confirmed that the warrants were issued from U.S. District Courts in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. See Raid— Page 2 Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune Logansport business on Fifth Street was target 10-Year Sentence In Bank Robbery ByDAVEKITCHELL City Editor A former Grissom Air Force Base military policeman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday afternoon for his part in the July 3, 1987 robbery of the Twelve Mile branch of the First National Bank of Logansport. Jack Wright, 25, the first of three airmen to be tried in connection with the robbery, was sentenced after a three-hour hearing in Cass Superior Court. Judge Douglas Cox suspended "The lost eight or nine months have been a prison for me," said Wright. "I've more than learned my lessons. If there was a way to repay this debt for all three of us, I'd do it." two years of the sentence. A jury returned a guilty verdict in his case March 4 after eight hours of deliberation. Tuesday's hearing took an unusual turn when Cass Prosecutor Rick Maughmer called one of the co-defendants in the case to testify against Wright. Thomas Pezet, 25, a codefendant in the robbery, testified that it was he, not Wright, who was coerced into participating in the robbery with a third Grissom airman, Sgt. Craig Chapman. During his trial, Wright claimed that he had been coerced into robbing the branch by Pezet and Chapman. Pezet testified that he had concluded that Wright and Chapman were involved in the May 29 robbery of the Denver branch of the Wabash Valley Trust Bank in Peru. Pezet said he confronted Wright after he found out that he had obtained a new car. "I more or less put two and two together and camt; up with a reasonable assumption," said Pezet. Pezet's testimony was interrupted when Wright's attorney, Kelly Leeman, registered ob jections. Leeman ao' ;sed Maughmer of conducting "a mini-trial" and said Pezet's tes- See Sentence— Page 2 Peru Woman's Body Found JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The decomposed body of a Peru woman was found by two fishermen Saturday on the Intra- Coastal Waterway at Jacksonville Beach. The woman, identified as Navy Airman Anita Mae Carter Lukander, 22, had been missing since March 18. She was stationed at Mayport Naval Air Station, Atlantic Beach, Fla. Lieutenant Park Baledre of the U.S. Navy said today that dental records were used to identify Lukander. The death is being treated as a homicide. When Lukander did not report to work March 18, authorities were sent to her home, where the door was found unlocked and lights on, Baledre said. A few days later, Lukander's truck was found in the parking lot of a local bar. The keys were still in the ignition, Baledre said. A spokesperson from the Duval County medical examiner's office said that the cause of death is still undetermined. Baledre said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the U.S. Navy, and local police, are investigating the murder. Lukander's husband, Petty Officer, Second Class, William E. Lukander, also stationed at Mayport, was on assignment on a ship near Cuba when he learned of his wife's death. Services for Lukander will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, where friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Dole Quits Associated Press Bob Dole and wife, Elizabeth, after announcement WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Bob Dole, who for one winter week looked like a good bet for the Republican presidential nomination, has ended his quest for the White House as much the victim of his own campaign's shortcomings as of George Bush's success. "My friends know that I am a fighter; 1 don't like to lose," the Senate Republican leader said in bowing to the inevitable Tuesday. "I have been beaten before, and no doubt will be again. But I have never been defeated and never will be." In an ad-libbed addition to his prepared speech, Dole promised to do "all I can for our nominee, George Bush." See Dole— Page 9 Horses Malnourished: Testimony At Fulton Animal Cruelty Trial Truck Accident Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident at Ind. 435 and 18th Street at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Robert Perry, 23, 705-12th St., the driver of one of the trucks involved in the accident, complained of ByPamParmalee For The Pharos-Tribune ROCHESTER — The director of the Fulton County Animal Shelter said she had received complaints about the care of horses by Betty Jane Baker dating back to 1975. Baker, 69, of rural Fulton County, is charged with cruelty to animals and is on trial in Fulton County Court. Baker is charged for allegedly not properly feeding or caring for her 26 Arabian horses. Jean Halfast said she received complaints concerning the care of the horses in 1975, 1985, and 1986. While she was a Fulton County animal contro' officer in 1987, Halfast said she received ccm- head pain. A passenger in his truck-, Michelle plaints from the Elkhart Perry, 18, suffered contusions and bruises on her Humane Society concerning the legs. The driver of the semi involved in the improper care of the horses, accident James Larue, 53, Williamsburg, Ohio, was not injured. Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune Baker was arrested Feb. 14, 1987, by Fulton County Sheriff Rich McLochlin. She was re- leased the same day on her own recognizance. At the same time her horses were impounded by court order. Donna Straub, director of the Elkart Humane Society, said she went to the Baker farm on Jan. 30, 1987 in response to complaints and the first thing she noticed was the "quite de- lapidated" condition of the buildings. Straub said four horses in the barn were each standing in a three-and-a-half foot pile of manure. Baker emerged from a pup tent in the barn where it appeared she was living, Straub said. She said the horses in the barn and pasture were extremely thin, showing different degrees of malnutrition. She said she could see the hip bones, ribs and backbones on the animals. There also was no water for the horses, See Horses— Page 2

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