Statesman Journal from Salem, Oregon on July 14, 1989 · Page 25
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Friday, July 14, 1989
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LOG AL Region: 2D Almanac: 2D Classified: 8-1 OD Statesman Journal Salem, Oregon Friday, July 14, 1989 skqI roft giyiB p sis He's accused in Lucas death By Dave Berns The Statesman Journal ALBANY A Salem used car dealer accused of hiring two men to kill Stayton businessman John Lucas in 1987 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated murder and murder. David V. Waldner, 42, who worked as Lucas' used car manager in 1983, was led into the Linn County Circuit courtroom in handcuffs and leg shackles but appeared relaxed during his brief appearance. His lawyer, Ken Morrow of Eu gene, was granted a July 26 hearing, at which time he will argue for Waldner's release on bail from the Linn County Jail until the case goes to trial. That could be as early as October, and lawyers on both sides said the trial could last from two to four weeks. Waldner, who most recently operated Automobile Wholesalers, 724 High St. NE, Salem, has been held in jail without bail since his arrest June 23. He's accused of hiring Donald Chris Soren Lange, 40, an inmate in a federal prison in Memphis, Tenn., to kill Lucas. Extradition proceedings have begun to return Lange to Oregon. Donald Dow, 42, of Salem, is charged with paying Lange money from Waldner. Dow, who operates Capitol Car Wash & Detailing, 608 High St. NE, Salem, and Lange also have been charged with murder and aggravated murder. George Eder, a Linn County deputy district attorney, refused to speculate about a motive for the slaying. According to a court document filed by Morrow, he will argue for Waldner's release on bail because: Prosecutors lack sufficient evidence against Waldner. No criminal convictions appear on Waldner's record. Waldner was born and reared in Salem, and he has hundreds of friends and supporters who live in the community. He must operate his business to support his family and pay for his defense. Prosecutors will rely on testimony obtained by threats and inducements made to Dow. Last month, Dow pleaded guilty to charges that he hindered the prosecution of Waldner and Lange. The murder and aggravat ed murder charges filed against Dow have been suspended until the cases against the two other men are resolved. Morrow said that Dow struck a deal with prosecutors in return for the suspension of the charges. That will throw into question any testimony provided by Dow, he said. Eder refused to comment about Morrow's charge. In addition to Waldner's possible release, the hearing will give the defense a look at some of the evidence against Waldner, Morrow said. He said he was hired by Waldner's family and began working on the case last week. "Lange and Dow have done so many weird things," he said after Thursday's appearance before Linn County Circuit Judge James Goode Sr. "To get a picture of the field, we'll probably have to take some side roads." Lucas' body was found by two of his five sons on Nov. 12, 1987 along a road about eight miles east of Scio. He died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Eder said he has not decided whether he would seek the death penalty. Valley youngsters learn values, fun Outdoor activities highlight camp By Todd J. Behme The Statesman Journal With a safety sling wrapped around her waist and plenty of friends to cheer her on, 10-year-old Gaby Anderson of Corvallis walked along a wire about 25 feet off the ground. She sidestepped along a cable stretched between two trees while a counselor on the ground held a rope looped over a wire above Anderson's head and attached to the sling. "I feel like I'm in a diaper that's pulling me upwards," Gaby said while on the cable. But she covered the short distance just fine in her first attempt at rope-walking, one of the more popular activities of the Salem Family YMCA day camp at the 4-H center near West Salem. The camp provides opportunities for children ages 6 to 13 to spend a week boating, shooting arrows, playing baseball and learning Christian values. Children 6 to 9 years old attend day camp, and older children attend adventure camp for more advanced activities. The group of about 110 children starts each day by raising a flag and attending chapel outdoors. They stay at the campsite from about 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., when they return to the YMCA to swim. Campers this week are learning about other countries. The group from "France" enjoyed a lunch Thursday of croissants, ham and cheese and plenty of "I feel like I'm in a diaper that's pulling me upwards." Gaby Anderson soda pop and horseplay. "This France isn't quite as peaceful as the real one," counselor April Atwood, 18, said. Just a few steps away from France was the China group. While they waited to eat rice and fortune cookies, Matthew Welch, 6, of Salem, and a couple of friends flicked away at the dirt in hopes of building a railroad track. A few girls galloping and whinnying interrupted his plans. But no matter. Archery and shooting were his favorite activities anyway, he said. "I hit it on the targets a lot of times," Welch said. The outdoors isn't without its perils. Chris Althouse, 10, of Monmouth got an armful of stinging nettles while searching for an arrow that went astray. Michael Loos, 11, of Salem, filled in as an herb doctor, rubbing pieces of a Horsetail plant on Chris' arm to ease the swelling. And it's not only the campers who learn from the experience, another counselor, Jessica West-fall of Salem said. "I'm learning a lot from them, and it's encouraging because you know they're learning a lot from you, she said. X YMCA camp is open for 6- 13-year-olds The Salem Family YMCA activities are available until The Salem Family YMCA Camp Greider is open to students ages 6 to 13. Campers ar-k rive at the Salem YMCA between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. to the YMCA, where activities are available until 5:30 p.m. The campsite is the 4-H Center near West Salem. Each week costs $53; financial aid from the Y is available. Students may attend more than one week. f S- ' ' .1. M I Wr ; . ' . 1- fir I 7v: I X"ytu&:':: ' r . "S" YTS ; l ? rti-i ' , v.,' f: : VM , M : f 1 1 rf:. . " , J if! . it, . v. " r . ' 4 - ATI S 1 Ron CooperStatesman Journal Gaby Anderson, 10, of Corvallis walks along a cable suspended 25 feet above the ground during a confidence-building exercise at YMCA Camp Greider. mi B M ,i ti .'".fflfcl.. W i'rJ'irlf' 'i'''"rNr. 'I ''ttlb.iii Family reunion in Mount Angel features mountains of food, hundreds of guests ..... BMK Melaney MoisanStatesman Journal Unloading supplies for the Sander family reunion are (from left) David, Vern, Teresa and Gretchen Schmidt. By Melaney Moisan The Statesman Journal MOUNT ANGEL - Dave and Gretchen Schmidt flew 2,000 miles from Honolulu to make dinner for their family this weekend. For the two dinners, they'll use 150 chickens, 400 ears of corn, 160 pounds of sausage, 50 pounds of bean salad and 25 German chocolate cakes. More than 450 members of the Sander family, to which the Schmidts belong, gather here to celebrate their family heritage and tradition. Trudy Sander of Beaverton, said hundreds of the family members have helped plan for the Second Sander Sommerfest. The first was in 1984, and members of the Sander family traveled to Germany for a reunion in 1987. Plans for the reunion rival any local Fourth of July or small town festival. Besides dinners, there will be a talent show, golf tournament, 2.5-mile fun run and a tug of war. Many of the events will be in or near the 10,000-square-foot Ok-toberfest building, which the family rented for the event. Father Bernard Sander of the St. Benedictine Abbey in Mount Angel said the family has a tradition of closeness and Turn to Family, Page 3D. Inspectors order berry pickers out of dirty barn Health and safety violations could bring fines for owners By Christine Decker The Statesman Journal WOODBURN Twenty-six migrant berry pickers got a safe and clean home after the fly- and feces-rid-den barn they were living in was closed down by State Accident Prevention officials. It was the first closure of farm labor camp this year. The operators of the labor camp, Cesario and Maria Flores, 1270 Cooley Road, were cited for health and safety violations and could be fined thousands of dollars. They live in a yellow house on the property. Their labor camp was closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The workers, with the help of Yamhill Community Action Program, moved to a Salem-area farm which had state-approved migrant housing. "It was one of the worst living conditions I've ever seen," Tomas Schwabe, the agency's agricultural health supervisor said. Inside the split-level red barn, Flores said, there was an infestation of flies. Mattresses, blankets, auto parts and garbage were strewn across the floor. The electrical wiring was exposed and spliced together in an Turn to Camp, Page 3D. Oregonians buy tickets for $40 million dream at record-setting pace By Christine Decker The Statesman Journal Oregonians are shoveling out more bucks than ever before in hopes of winning $40 million in Saturday's Lotto America game. That's $1.6 million a year or $4,383 a day for 20 years. The odds of winning are one in 12.9 million. It is the largest lottery pot ever offered in the Northwest, Steve Caputo, the Oregon Lottery Commission deputy director, said. The next highest Lotto America amount was a $16 million prize last year, won by a Washington, D.C., man. More than $8.5 million has been spent on the multi-state Lotto America tickets in Oregon since this game began May 7. Sales are up 100 percent from the same day last week. Total sales by Saturday's 5:59 p.m. deadline are expected to reach about $10 million, Caputo said. Wednesday's ticket sales were $1,082,000 when the jackpot was up to $35 million an all-time high for sales in a single day. Saturday's sales are expected to beat that record at about $1.5 million in ticket sales, Caputo said. That's good news for Oregon. Thirty-four percent of lottery ticket sales, or $3.4 million out of $10 million, goes to state economic development. People in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., also are buying their share of Lotto America tickets. The largest U.S. lottery prize was a $115,578,980.14 Pennsylvania jackpot that was shared by 14 people. r Tell us how to spend $40 million Imagine you've won Lotto America's $40 million jackpot $1.6 million a year for 20 years. Pretend your house is big enough, and the car runs well enough to get you to the lottery office. Collect the first check, and you already are a millionaire. How would you spend your winnings? Call the Statesman Journal at 399-6721 before noon today and tell us about your dreams for all that lotto loot. Please keep calling if the line is busy. Leave your name, daytime telephone number and the name of the city where you live. Salem Collection agency gets non-payers of support The state Adult and Family Services Division this week began reporting delinquent child support payers to a consumer credit agency. An announcement from the agency said 4,140 people at least $15,000 delinquent in their child support payments would be reported in the initial notification. Payment in full of the arrearage is the only way that a payer can avoid being reported to a credit agency, the announcement said. The child support program has about 80,000 payers. Region Crews seek lost hiker in Breitenbush area Marion County rescuers were searching Thursday night for a Eugene hiker who was missing in Jefferson Park in the Breitenbush area, dispatcher Jerry Martin said. Friends of Kyle Smith, 25, told deputies at the Marion County Sheriff Department that Smith left Eugene on Saturday, planning to hike four days and return by Wednesday afternoon. Smith has two years of outdoor hiking experience, but none in the Mount Jefferson wilderness area. Oregon Crater Lake Rim Drive opens for summer EUGENE Warm weather has allowed maintenance crews to finish clearing snow and open the 33-mile scenic Rim Drive around Crater Lake for the summer, Robert Benton, the superintendent of Crater Lake National Park, said. The road, opened July 7, allows access from both the north and south entrances of the state's only national park, located in the Cascades southeast of Roseburg. The Rim Village visitor center is open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Liver recipient's son also gets a transplant EUGENE - The 2-year-old son of the first recipient of a liver transplant in Portland underwent the same operation Thursday in San Francisco. Joshua Heinke of Eugene was born with malformed bile ducts that kept his liver from functioning properly. He was put on a transplant waiting list in March and was flown Wednesday to Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center in San Francisco when his family learned a donor organ had become available. Joshua is the son of James Heinke, 47, a millworker. Crash kills 2 children, critically injures mother BEND Two children were killed and their mother critically injured in a two-pickup collision on the Old Culver Highway about three miles southwest of Madras, authorities said. Tasha Rohde, 7, and her brother, Elijah Rohde, 4, died after the accident at 5:56 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy John Martinez of Jefferson County said Thursday. The children's mother, Janet Marie Rohde, 32, of Metolius, was taken by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, where she was listed in critical condition Thursday in the intensive care unit. From staff, wire reports Morning Salute J A great, big salute to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren for getting together and having their picture taken for me. Every time I look at it, I say to myself, "There is my heart and soul." Dora Dozler Stayton To thank someone, write Morning Salute, Statesman Journal, P.O. Box 13009, Salem, Ore., 97309. Please include your name and address.

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