Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 31, 1988 · Page 1
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Cloudy, cool tonight; rain, high in 50s Friday Connecticut goes from last to first -10 Plane crash kills 2 in W. Germany Indiana,. March; 3!»1988 Public Offices Closed Tomorrow Some public offices will be closed for all or part of the day on Good Friday. The Logansport Municipal Utilities Office will be closed but the remainder of the building will be open all day. The Cass County Government Building will be closed for the day. The Cass County License Branch also will be closed Friday. The branch will be open tonight until 7 p.m. The Cass County Welfare Department will be closed. Food stamp issuance for the first three days of April will begin April 4. House Approves Contra Support WASHINGTON (AP) House approval of $48 million in humanitarian aid for the Contra rebels and for children injured in Nicaragua's civil war marks the first time in more than five years that lawmakers have been able to set aside partisan divisions on the issue. The House voted 345 to 70 late Wednesday to approve the aid package and send what the chamber's leaders said was a strong signal of support to the rebels and the leftist Sandinista government, which are trying to forge a long-term cease-fire. The winning margin came from 179 Democratic votes and 166 GOP votes. The largest group of dissenters seemed to be liberal Democrats, many of whom oppose any form of Contra aid on principle. Swaggart Return To Pulpit In May BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart will return to the pulpit on May 22, his lawyer said today, defying national Assemblies of God church officials who suspended him for a year. The date co-l ~~ incides with a' more lenient three-month suspension given Swaggart by the church's Louisiana council after his tearful confession on Feb. 21 that he committed sins against his church and family. Meese Republican senators have joined in the criticism of Attorney General Edwin Meese. PAGE? Ann Landers ............... 15 Area/State ................. 3 Business .................. 12 Classified ................. 16 Comics. ................... 14 Faces ..................... 16 Health ..................... 15 Helolse ................... 15 Opinion .................... 4 Nation ...................... 7 People ..................... 6 Sports ...................... 9 TV Guide .................. 15 Weather .................... 8 World ..................... 16 yni didn't im»K Ton Will, wlu»I«ipl«tM iMKMttd PhHM Tribum cl.i.ili.d** you'll imllltl,. "SWItTJWIU Of SUCCESS" btCWH cfalKM »• JfOK'll i«t.MMI» »ll »*•»•««( till Woman Innocent Of Animal Cruelty ByPAMPARMALEE For The Pharos-Tribune ROCHESTER - Humane Society officials in Fulton and Elkhart counties said they are "appalled" at the not guilty verdict in the Fulton County trial of a woman charged with cruelly to animals. Betty Baker, 69, was found innocent Wednesday by a six- member petit jury in Fulton County Court. The jury deliberated approximately 45 minutes before finding Baker innocent of neglecting her stock of 26 Arabian horses on her home southeast of Rochester. Jean Halfast, director of the Fulton County Humane Society Animal Shelter, said she is disappointed with the verdict. But she said some good has come from the situation because Baker has had the opportunity to improve her living conditions and those of her horses. "It (the verdict) is unfortunate for the animals because bad habits are hard to break," Halfast said. "This is the worst case of horse cruelty I have seen in over 10 years," said Donna Straub, director of the Elkhart Humane Society. The horses are the victims of all of this, Straub said. "How can these conditions be tolerated?" said Straub. "It's not over yet as far as I'm concerned." Baker was arrested Feb. 14, 1987. Both the Fulton and Elkhart County Humane Societies had received com- plaints about Baker. The defendant said she purchased her first Arabian horse in 1942. Baker said she lived in a pup tent in her barn last winter because the wiring had gone bad in her house trailer. She said she had electricity in the barn and had no problem keeping warm in her tent with a layer of straw and rugs over dried manure on the floor and a foam mattress and heater. Baker said she is now living in her trailer which has been rewired. Witnesses for the state testified that Baker's horses did not have sufficient water and feed and lived in unsanitary conditions. Testifying for the defense Wednesday, Virginia and Gordon Dewile, who had raised Arabian horses for 28 years, said that on Feb. 23, 1987, they looked at 15 or 18 of Baker's horses at the Dan Blocker farm See Animal— Page 2 Indianapolis Rape Cases Bring Warning Female drivers cautioned about police impersonators Round 'em Up Crystal Loposser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Loposser, New Waverly, musters a smile as Barb Lozier checks her ears at Thompson Elementary Steve Summers/Pharos-Tribune School in Walton this morning. The five-year-old was visiting Thompson during the Southeastern School Corporation kindergarten roundup. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Authorities are warning female drivers in the Indianapolis area to be wary of supposed unmarked police cars after at least 10 women reported being stopped by men impersonating law officers in recent months. Half of the incidents occurred in Hendricks County west of Indianapolis. Each of those victims was the target of a sexual assault by either a fake policeman or a "good Samaritan" who stopped to help a woman whose car had gone off the road, said Lt. Stephen Golden of the sheriff's department there. "It's going to be a tough case," said Golden. "We've never had anything like this happen before." The imposters carried false identification and drove cars equipped with police accessories. They also are undermining confidence in real policemen. "It's certainly not good. It makes it hard on our plainclothes detectives," Golden said. Golden cautioned drivers to beware of unmarked cars, which police have very few of. Detectives often drive such cars and it is unlikely they would make a traffic stop, he said. He also advised women to protect themselves by keeping See Rapes-— Page 2 Study Questions Lower Class Size INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana officials say the state's program to reduce class sizes in public schools hasn't been a waste of money, but instead has helped student learning and achievement. Officials of Gov. Robert D. Orr's administration were quick to jump to the defense of Orr's Project Primetime on Wednesday after a new federal study concluded such programs are a waste of money and effort. "We feel strong about what we've done," said John R. Hammond, Orr's top aide. The U.S. Department of Education released a study that said class sizes would have to be reduced to 15 students to have any noticeable impact on student achievement. The study said lowering class size that much is too expensive. But Indiana officials said the state's Project Primetime, which reduces class sizes in See Study— Page 2 Superintendents say they've seen results ByALVIAFREY Staff Writer Local superintendents, all of whom have seen a significant improvement since Prime Time, disagree with the report on class size. Logansport Superintendent Steven M. Kain said this morning that although he has no data to support his beliefs, personal observation tells him that any reduction in class size can only bring positive results. "I know that Prime Time students and teachers are more motivated," Kain said. "And they should be. Any time a class is reduced from 30 or so students to 20 or 18, gains in all areas are made." Kain said that this year's group of first graders, for instance, will be much better off when they reach sixth grade than those See Results— Page 2 Caston, LHS Students Oppose Drunk Driving Phone 722-5000 Cindy Mitis/Pharos-Tribune Christy Foreman, a sophomore at Caston High School, reads a part in the memorial service for victims of substance abuse Wednesday night.' ByALVIAFREY Staff Writer Carrying signs that read "Celebrate Sober Parties," 25 high school students took part in a Candlelight Walk Wednesday night in memory of teen-agers who have been killed by drunk drivers. The students, from Caston and Logansport High Schools, are members of Students Against Substance Abuse. The trek down Broadway began at Marsh Supermarket, 315-14th St., and ended at the First National Plaza, where a moment of silence was observed for the dead. Mike Miller, social studies teacher at Caston and co-sponsor of the school's SASA chapter, said the students were not only remembering teen-agers who have been killed in alcohol- related accidents, but those who will be killed in the future. "Let's just hope it's never these kids or someone we know," Miller said. Chad Pugh, a sophomore at Caston, said he took part in the walk because a friend of his from Rochester was killed last year by a drunk driver. "And I don't want any of my other friends to die the same way, "Pugh said. Suzy Lovell, senior at Logansport and local SASA chapter president, said participating in the walk was for a good cause. "Maybe an event like this can help to get the message across that lives are taken when people drive drunk," Lovell said. See Students— Page 2

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