Star Tribune from Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 18, 1982 · Page 34
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w i i IOC- Saturday, Sat, Sept 18, 1982 1 -t ' Sheriff asks for grand jury review of boating death on Lake Superior The wind that evening and the following day should have blown the raft to the beach along Duluth's Minnesota Point or on the Wisconsin shore, officials said. Sheriffs deputies searched the shoreline and the coast guard scanned the area from the air and on the lake, but failed to find it Authorities have said Debbie Race would have survived the relatively still night in the raft In the water, she probably would have lost consciousness in about 20 minutes and died in about an hour, the county medical examiner said. When sheriffs deputies retrieved the boat the wood and fiberglass craft contained just a few inches of water. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Mathls, marine safety officer for the coast guard's group Duluth office, said the boat "definitely would not have sunk." Race told Investigators that his wife' was terrified of the water and distrusted the boat which had sunk in Lake Superior In the summer of 1981. Race and two of his three children were aboard when it struck a reef near Split Rock Lighthouse, Sertich said. Race later salvaged the boat and made extensive repairs. .-rt" . TAX V. fT . . Y aJ Jl ar . HI T; vV7 A Vt2tA A I By Jen Holten Northern Minnesota Correspondent Duluth, Minn. The St. Louis County sheriff says be wants a grand jury to look Into the death of a Hoyt Lakes, Minn., woman who died last spring in Lake Superior. Following a four-month Investigation, Sheriff Greg Sertich said In an interview he has asked the St Louis County attorney , to send the file on Debbie Race's death to the grand jury io hopes that it can resolve suspicions surrounding the Incident. Larry Race, 33, reported that his 33-year-old wife was adrift in a raft on Lake Superior following a boating mishap May II. Her body was recovered along the shore the next day. The St. Louis County medical examiner concluded that she died of hypothermia (a drop in body temperature), caused by the lake's 37-degree water temperature. He found no marks on the body. The raft was not found. Kevin O'Connell, assistant county attorney assigned to the case, said that Minnesota Rules of Court prevent him from commenting on whether the case will be taken to a grand jury. "I wish they'd leave the family alone," Larry Race said. "We're trying to start our life over." He declined further comment, referring questions to his St. Paul attorney, William Mahlum. "I think it's an absolute travesty to take it (to a grand jury). They're whipping him," Mahlum said. Debbie Race's body washed ashore in Duluth May 12, 19 hours after Larry Race reported she entered the raft At the time, Larry Race gave authorities this account of the incident: As part of an evening celebration of their 14th wedding anniversary, the couple left the Knife River Marina, northeast of Duluth, about 7:30 p.m. in his 22-foot motorboat. Around 9 p.m. a leak developed and the engine stopped. Debbie Race panicked and insisted on abandoning the boat. Fearing that the Inflatable, two-person raft might capsize, she would not allow him in the raft. Instead, he put on a diving suit and tried swimming with the raft to shore. But he became separated from the raft and returned to the boat. He eventually got the boat engine started again, drove the boat to shore and telephoned the sheriffs office shortly after 2:30 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard coordinated an extensive search for Debbie Race and the blue-and-yellow raft before her body was found. She was wearing a life jacket Sertich said he instructed deputies to continue investigating the incident because of "too 'many unanswered questions." Judge bars press from boy's hearing Mower County Court Judge Paul Kimball Jr. has ruled that the press may not attend a pretrial hearing to determine whether a 14-year-old will stand trial as an adult for the August shooting death of a Lyle, Minn., schoolteacher. Kimball said, hearsay evidence, "police investigation reports and psychological and psychiatric evaluations of the boy" would be presented at the adult reference hearing. '"To allow public consumption of these materials which would not be- in evidence at the final hearing or trial scenes, seems to this court to be highly prejudicial to the welfare of both the child and ultimate fair trial that justice dictates," Kimball said. An attorney for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune had argued against a defense motion on Monday to bar the press from the reference hearing. 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