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Springfield, Missouri
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Saturday, January 26, 1991
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SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 1991 Daily record OzarksMissouri The News-Leader Marketplace 4-6 To report local news, call 836-1199 SECTION OZARKS By Gloria Sunderman The News-Leader , A federal court jury Friday found four, defendants guilty of conspiring to manufacture and distribute meth-amphetamine. Jurors returned the verdicts at 4 p.m; in U.S. District Court in Springfield after deliberating six hours. The jury convicted Terry Glen Appleby, 31, Springfield; Gary Wayne Badley, 38, Oak Grove, Ark.; Pixie Leva Rippy, 30, address unknown; and William D. Stockton, 25, Dallas, Texas. The jury also convicted Appleby Armed man robs bank in Springfield Bandit well-dressed, about 60, agent says By Kathy Oechsle The News-Leader A well-dressed man, described as about 60 years old, robbed a Springfield bank at gunpoint Friday morning, authorities said. FBI agent Tom Den Ouden described the man as white, about 6 feet tall and weighing 190 pounds. The suspect has black hair streaked with gray and was dressed in a blue suit, blue dress shirt and tie. The suspect was wearing tinted glasses, had an adhesive bandage above his right eye, and wore black shoes with tassels, Den Ouden said. The man fled in an employee's car atter taking an undisclosed amount of money from Mercantile Bank of Springfield, 3810 S. Campbell Ave., just before noon. No one was injured in the robbery. Sgt. Mark Webb of the Springfield Police Department said at the scene that about six employees of the bank and one customer were inside at the time of the robbery. The man pointed a silver-colored pistol at employees and told them to lie on the floor, Den Ouden said. '". He took money from the tellers' drawers, including the drive-in window, and made employees give him their car keys. J He escaped in a brown Ford Pinto belonging to one of the employees. The car was found soon after the robbery in a nearby parking lot where Den Ouden said the man probably had left another car. Den Ouden said the man gave orders verbally and said several times, "I don't want to hurt anyone." The bank is equipped with video cameras, but it was not known if the man appeared on camera. Films were being developed Friday afternoon, Den Ouden said. Den Ouden said the FBI is checking for similar robberies. "He seemed like a professional," he said. - Donald M. Ryan, president of Mercantile Bank, could not be reached for comment. The bank reopened later in the day. and Badley of possessing a flask with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. , The jury found Appleby and Bad-ley innocent of two charges manufacturing methamphetamine and traveling in interstate commerce to aid illegal activities. Judge Russell Clark ordered presentence investigations and allowed the defendants to remain free on bond. The maximum penalty for the conspiracy charge is a life sentence and a $4 million fine. During the two-week trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Miller of Kansas City called 35 witnesses to testify. Witnesses testified about a methamphetamine lab in a house on Allen Drive in southwest Springfield. They also described drug-related items authorities found during searches of motel rooms and a storage locker in Springfield. The convictions resulted from the cooperation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Sheriffs Department, Miller said. "This is what happens when agencies cooperate with each other," he said. The FBI, the Missouri State High- Missouri briefs2B way Patrol, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City Police Department also assisted with the case. Defense attorneys said they plan to ask for a new trial and to appeal the convictions. Attorney A. Wayne Davis of Little Rock, Ark., said he will base his appeal on conspiracy and search-and-seizure issues. The government alleged one over all conspiracy, but the evidence did not support that theory, Davis said. The evidence did not connect Appleby or Badley to the house on Allen Drive or to the storage shed in Springfield, he said. Davis represented Appleby. Attorney Dee Wampler, noting that Badley was acquitted of three of five charges, said he would appeal the conspiracy conviction. Wednesday, Clark acquitted Appleby and Badley of one count of manufacturing and Rippy of two counts of manufacturing. Clark said the prosecution did not present enough evidence to support the charges. Attorney Robert Rose of Dallas, who represented Stockton, said he also will base his appeal on the conspiracy issue. "I don't feel the government provided beyond a reasonable doubt there was a single conspiracy," Rose said. Ron" Conway, who represented Rippy, declined to comment. A grand jury indicted the four defendants Sept. 13, 1990. The investigation started with a call to a police hot line in Kansas City, DEA agent Harley Sparks said. LOTS OF SN017FLAKES Jim MayfieldThe News-Leader Teresa Juillerat, a Southwest Missouri State University student, makes her way to class in the snow Tuesday. Meanwhile, SMS student Jeff Scheets of Houston, above, found that the snow was sticking to more than just the ground. Springfield received an inch of snow Friday. Today's forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with the high in the mid- to upper 30s. Residents describe suspect in slaying of store's clerk By Kathy Oechsle The News-Leader HERMITAGE A composite picture of a suspect in the Trudy Darby slaying was released Friday by the Hickory County Sheriffs Department. Several local residents described a man' they saw sitting in a car near the intersection of U.S. 54 and Missouri 73 during the half hour before Darby a night clerk at K and D Country Corner convenience store was abducted on Jan. 19, a sheriffs department spokesman said. Several" witnesses also described the man as "heavy." A description of the vehicle is not being released at this time, nor is the caliber of the weapon used to kill Darby, the spokesman said. A preliminary autopsy revealed the 42-year-old Darby was killed by shots in the right temple and back of the head about 11:45 p.m. Jan. 19. Darby telephoned her 22-year-old son, Way-Ion Darby, just before 10 p.m. Jan. 19 as she prepared to close the store, Camden County Sheriff Ralph Rider said Waylon Darby told him. She asked her son to come to the store because she had seen a "strange man" outside the store. By the time her son arrived about five minutes later, his mother was gone leaving behind her car, coat and purse. About $220 was missing from the store's cash register, Rider said. Darby's nude body was recovered about 5 p.m. Monday from the Little Niangua River, about five miles northeast of the store in Hickory County. A spokesman for the Hickory County Sheriffs Department said the department was following several leads. Composite of suspect in Trudy Darby case Anyone with information in the case may call the Hickory County Sheriffs Department at 745-6415 or the Camden County Sheriffs Department at (314) 346-2243. Springfieldian home on leave to fly goodies to front By Mike Penprase The News-Leader Capt. Gerald "Jerry" Ward says he's hauled some strange cargo in his C-141 StarLifter, so a load from Sherm Lollar Lanes in Springfield is no problem. Ward's offer to get a couple of boxes filled with fried pork skins, novels, undershirts, toilet paper and other items gathered by Sherm Lollar employees to Saudi Arabia means the goodies will get to the troops gooner than expected. After reading that people who gathered the gifts were warned their packages might be delayed, Ward volunteered. That's been one of the more- unusual aspects of a visit home for Ward who has been involved in the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns since Aug. 6. Ward is a Kickapoo High School and Southwest Missouri State University graduate. He told members of a basic flight class at SMS on Friday he felt he's spent more time in the air transporting troops, munitions, mail and other items between Europe and Saudi Arabia than on the ground. He's "maxed out," or over Air Force flight limits, and has to stay grounded for a while, he said. That's why he was able to leave the war zone six days ago and see his wife, Veronica, through a hospital stay in Springfield. He's also been able to see son Jason and daughter Jessica, parents Max and Dee Ward, along with his brother-in-law Cliff House, head of the SMS Department of Industrial Technology. Ward said he expects to rejoin the 63rd Military Airlift Wing soon. Ward While Ward said he expected students in House's class to ask about flying the Air Force's second-largest aircraft, he said he wasn't surprised most of the questions revolved around what is happening in the war zone. Ward said he thought something was happening the night the war started as he was leaving Saudi Arabia for a flight to Europe. "We didn't know until we got back to Europe the ball had been dropped or the balloon had gone up," he said. "We knew it was hustle time." Asked by one student if he thinks captured allied fliers have been coerced into telling secrets, Ward said it's unlikely the prisoners have given vital information. Pilots concentrating on specific missions don't know enough about overall planning to be able to provide sensitive information, he said. Asked where he'd flown to in Saudi Ara bia, he smiled and said there are a lot of airfields there. Compared to other missions such as flying Special Forces troops on missions or dropping paratroopers in the Panama invasion he's been flying routine seven-hour transport missions during the current operations, Ward said. Ward, who said he could have gone into fighters but finds transport flying more fulfilling, doesn't begrudge fighter pilots the media limelight. But it hasn't been widely reported that transport aircraft have delivered more tonnage to Saudi Arabia in the past few weeks than what was delivered during the entire Berlin Airlift, he said. Being part of that effort provides its own excitement, he said. "Sometimes, I worry more about getting hit by another aircraft than getting hit by a missile," he said. Greene County to tap reserve By Mike Penprase The News-Leader Greene County will have to dip into a reserve fund for its 1991 budget because the county's circuit judges want to give raises to bailiffs and juvenile justice employees, the county commissioners said Friday. While those employees about 40 will get raises, the other 300 plus county employees won't. Unlike other county officeholders, judges can authorize pay raises through court orders. . Those raises and other expenses mean while the overall judicial budget will be $1,722,000 instead of an originally requested $1,840,000, the final figure will put the county's operating budget $208,000 in the red. That means the commission will have to use some of an expected carry-over of $2.9 million to pay for operating expenses instead of for other projects, Presiding Commissioner Mike Compton and Associate Commissioner Jim Payne said. Those funds, carried over from one budget year to the next, could be used for a new courts building, the commissioners have said in the past. The commission has to decide on a final budget by Wednesday. A decision made by the judges Thursday in a closed session to go ahead with their original budget order wasn't surprising, Payne said after he and Compton met with budget analyst Mary Malter and Management Information Services Administrator Bruce Williams. The decision may prompt a change in budget management in the future, Payne said. "We may have to have the circuit court budget first to see if we have the money to open the other offices," he deadpanned. Payne later said he was concerned that judges apparently can make decisions about spending public funds in closed sessions. He said he believes judges would act differently if they were subjected to the same public scrutiny as other officials. Anderson was in court Friday and unavailable to comment on the judges' decision. 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