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2B Wednesday, July 31, 1991 OZARKS MISSOURI n nui State pulls funds from reserve earlier than usual By Terri Gleich Our Capital Bureau JEFFERSON CITY - Tight budget times have caused the state to dip into reserve funds during the first month of the fiscal year the earliest it has ever had to do so, State Treasurer Wendell Bailey said Tuesday. Bailey and State Budget Director Former head of Joplin schools joins SMS education department By Robert Edwards The News-Leader Longtime southwest Missouri educator Jack Israel, former Joplin superintendent and once deputy superintendent in Springfield, is expected teach at Southwest Missouri State University this school year. While the hiring process is not yet complete, SMS Acting Dean of Education and Psychology Arthur Mallory said Tuesday, "We're planning on his coming to work." Israel will be a visiting associate professor at $35,000 a year. He will teach education administration courses such as school law, and will supervise school administration interns and student teachers, said Don Keck, head of SMS' Educational Administration Department "I always wanted to teach at the Mother convicted of killing baby released, to get new trail The Associated Press HILLSBORO A mother con-victed of poisoning her infant son with antifreeze two years ago was freed from jail Tuesday to await a new trial based on some new evidence in the case, Patricia Stallings, 25, has claimed her innocence in the September 1989 death of 6-month-old Ryan, who prosecutors say died after drinking a mixture of baby formula and antifreeze. Stallings was convicted of first-degree murder and first-degree assault and sentenced in January to life in prison. On Tuesday, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Gary Kramer re- DAILY RECORD BIRTHS BURRIS, Lynn and Patricia (Graham), Route 19 Box 97, Lebanon, a girl, 9:25 p.m. July ?9, Cox South. COBBLE, Debra and Ryan, John, Springfield, a boy, 6:18 p.m. July 29, St. DEATH NOTICES Hattie Ethel Eaton, 79 COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - Services for Hattie Ethel Eaton, Cofltyville, Kan., formerly of Mountain Grove, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ford-Wulf-Bruns Funeral Home. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Eaton died Sunday in her home, Donald Troy Ethridge, 78 Sorvices for Donald Troy Ethridge, Springfield, will be at 10:30 a.m. today in College Street Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Mr. Ethridge died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday in his home. Albert Fender, 72 BOLIVAR Graveside sorvices for Albert Fender, Bolivar, will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Mount Zion Cemetery, Hamburg, Iowa, under direction of Butler Funeral Home. Mr. Fender, a retired farmer, died at 10:46 a m. Monday in Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility. William 'Biggie' Foster, 80 CASSVILLE Graveside services for William "Biggie" Foster, Cassville, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Carney Cemetery, Cape Fair, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home. Mr. Foster, a retired pipe fitter, died at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday in St John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Section credits Page Ocdgn by: Julia McMahon Headlines by; Jane Bennett, Julie McMahon, Tracy Dreessen Runge, Cheryl Whltsitt, Sandra Woodard, Don Underwood Editing by: Chick Howland, Connie Farrow, Chris Sifford Obituaries, Death Notices: Jan Peterson Tony Moulton said the state began the new budget year July 1 with a lower cash balance than usual. Stagnant revenue collections this month also contributed to the need to borrow from the reserve fund. As a result, the state has already borrowed $85 million from its cash operating reserve fund of $186 university level," Israel said, and he talked with top SMS administrators about the prospects of a job tnere. "It worked out," he said. Keck said he has been asking for an additional faculty member for some time, Israel became available and SMS President Marshall Gordon gave the go-ahead to hire him. Because Israel will be on staff, Keck said he won't have to hire part-time people to help with supervising duties. Israel was dismissed in early July as superintendent of the Joplin Public Schools during a dispute involving the Board of Education and teachers over how to handle the district's financial problems and a tax-levy increase proposal, A teachers' group, the Joplin National Edu 'The lawyers themselves have indicated that they would need additional time to develop complex medical evidence. You don't prepare for a trial like that overnight.' Jefferson County Circuit Judge Gary Kramer leased Stallings on her own recognizance and placed her on house arrest, which means she must remain at her own home, a court clerk said. A trial date was not immediately set. Kramer had ruled the day before that Stallings should have another trial because her defense attorney, John's. COCKRUM, Scott and Angela (Simmons), 2018 W. Webster, Springfield, a boy, 10:28 a.m. July 29, Cox South. COOPER, Steve and Robin (Moore), HCR 81 Box 107-A, Cassville, a boy, 5:07 p.m. July 29, Cox South. EBY, Jennifer, Galena, a boy, 10:20 p.m. July 29, Cox South. GRAND, Bob and Melanie (Stephens), 715 S. Missouri, Springfield, a girl, 7:14 p.m. July 28, St. John's. KNIGHT, Stacy and Williams, Ken- James W. Francis, 44 MARSHFIELD - Graveside services for James W. Francis, Webb City, formerly of Marshfield, will be at 2 p.m. today in Marshfield Cemetery under direction of Simpson Funeral Home, Webb City. Mr. Francis, a nuclear radiologist, died at 5:25 p.m. Saturday in Shawnee Medical Center, Lenexa, Kan., of cancer. Frieda Garner, 80 LEBANON - Services for Frieda Gamer, Lebanon, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Brooks Funeral Home, Con-nellsville, Penn. Burial will be in Green Ridge Cemetery, Pennsville, Penn. Mrs. Gamer died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in Lebanon Care Center. Local arrangmenU are under direction of Colonial Funeral Chapel. Paul L Gretz, 83 Services for Paul L. Gretz, Springfield, will be at 2 p.m. today in Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel, Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Gretz, a retired mail carrier, died at 7:65 a.m. Monday in Mercy Villa Nursing Home. Mary Josephine Hesler, 79 BUFFALO - Services for Mary Jo-sephine Hesler, Buffalo, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Charity Christian Church. Burial will be in Charity Church Cemetery under direction of Cantlon Funeral Home. Mrs. Hesler, a homemaker, died at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday in St- John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home, George W. Reed, 66 ROGERSVILLE - Services for George W. Reed, Rogersvillo, will be at 1 p.m. today in Harmony Baptist Church. Burial will be in Smith Cemetery under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South, Springfield. Mr. Reed, a retired farmer, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday in his home. Jim Reynolds, 59 LAS VEGAS, Nov. - Services for Jim Reynolds, Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Springfield, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Davis Paradise Valley Funeral Home. Burial was in Southern Nevada million. In previous years, the state has not needed to use the reserve fund until October or later. Money borrowed from the fund must be repaid by May 15. Gov. John Ashcroft announced last month that $200 million in cuts and 550 layoffs were needed to bal- cation Association, had cast a vote of no confidence against him. Maintaining he did a good job as superintendent, Israel said the board dismissed him to win teacher support for the tax-levy measure. The Joplin board bought out his two-year contract, which had been extended in March, for $152,000, he said. He has enough years in public education to qualify for full retirement, he said. Israel, 57, was Joplin superintendent for four years. Among his jobs in the Springfield Public Schools, he was deputy superintendent for six years and was principal of Jarrett Junior High School for nine years. He is a 1959 graduate of SMS. He has a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in education from UCLA. Eric Rathbone, failed to present evidence that Ryan might have suffered from a rare genetic disease that could have played a part in his death. Stallings had been transferred Monday to the Jefferson County Jail from the Renz state prison. Stallings' family and friends have neth, 41 Stanwood, Lebanon, a girl, 11.05 a.m. July 27, St. John's. NEWTON, John and Terri (Hedg-peth), Route 4 Box 289, Rogersville, a boy, 11:34 p.m. July 28, St John's. SH1MKOVITZ, Bryan and Susan (Lisenbury), 3000 N. Grant, Springfield, a boy, 4:34 a.m. July 29, Cox South. UNUERFERTH, Thomas and Jacqueline (Dunn), 3552 S. Park Hill, Springfield, a girl, 12:65 a.m. July 28, St. John's. Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Reynolds died Saturday in Las Vegas, Vernetta M. Saponaro, 76 Vernetta M. Saponaro, Springfield, died at 2:55 p.m. Monday in her home. The body has been cremated under direction of Ayre-Goodwin Lee Funeral Home at Rivermonte. Family and friends may call in the family's home this evening. Wllmalene Smith, 68 Services for Wilmalene Smith, Springfield, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Burial will be in Springfield National Cemetery. Mrs. Smith, a homemaker, died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday in her home. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home, Gladys Ellen Turner, 82 ADRIAN - Services for Gladys Ellen Turner, Adrian, formerly of the Lebanon area, will be at 2 p.m. today in Harmony Baptist Church, near Conway. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery under direction of Holman Funeral Home, Lebanon. Mrs. Turner, a retired seamstress, died at 3:50 p.m, Sunday in Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Kansas City. Lee Elmer Walker, 63 FORSYTH - Services for Lee Elmer Walker, Forsyth, will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Forsyth Whelchel Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Snapps Cemetery. Mr. Walker, a mining foreman, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday in St John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Other Deaths Listed below are notices of recent deaths of present or former residents of southwest Missouri. More details will be published when information it available, William Henry Dye, 64, Laquey, died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday in his home. Arrangements will be announced by Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Joel Whitlinger, 34, Springfield, died at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday in St John's Regional Health Center. Arrangements will be announced by Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home. ance the state budget. Bailey said Tuesday that having to borrow from the reserve fund so early in the fiscal year indicates the cuts won't be restored. "We're not seeing that upswing that we've been looking for." But Moulton said he doesn't think the early borrowing necessax- Ex-Barry County woman pleads guilty in death i The Associated Press MOROCCO, Ind. Penelope A. Palmer pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless homicide in the shooting death of her husband at an Indiana nudist camp a year ago. A plea bargain worked out between Newton County, Ind., Prosecutor Bill Sammons and Palmer's attorney, Robert Smart, means the former Barry County, Mo., woman will serve 270 days of home detention. Palmer, 51, was charged with the June 25, 1990, shooting death of her husband, Frank Lind, 53, of rural Exeter, at the Sun Spot nudist colony in northern Newton County near Roselawn, Ind. maintained that the baby died from the disorder called methylmalonic aciduria but until recently no medical experts would support the theory. Now, Stallings' new attorneys, Clinton Almond and Robert Ritter, have found an expert who's prepared to testify that the disorder and ethylene glycol poisoning are often confused. "If some expert has come out of the woodwork who could not have been discovered by any other means than trial publicity, then fine," Rathbone said. "As long as Patty Stallings has a new trial, frankly I'm content," he said. Kramer said he agreed to a new Man attacks woman twice in four nights, police say By Robert Keyes The News-Leader For the second time in four nighta a man broke into a Springfield woman's house and attacked her. The first time July 24 she found him in the living room of her home. He cut her face and threatened her before fleeing, police reports indicated. Then on 8unday he apparently returned to her home located in an area near Kearney Street and Grant Avenue. It was about 1 a.m., about the same time he entered the first time. This time he woke her up by rolling Obituaries Claudine L. Hasler Claudine L. Hasler, 82, Springfield, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday in Mara natha Lodge of a lingering illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hasler. She Is survived bv two sisters, Ja-samine Shattuck and her husband BUI, Redding, Calif., and Stella Greenlee and her husband Buck, Springfield; a brother, Troy McDanlel and his wife Dorothy, Springfield; and several nieces and nephews as well as many friends. She was a member of Hamlin Memorial Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star Gate of the Temple Lodge. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday In Greenlawn Funeral Home North with Pastor Calvin Maberrv officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today In the funeral home. Jessie M. Hatcher CARROLLTON Jessie M. Hatcher, 88, Carrollton, died Saturday, July 27, In Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. ily bodes ill for the rest of the budget year. "That money is available to us at ahy time. The reason we're into it earlier is that times are definitely tight" He added, however, that July's revenue figures are in line with his office's projections. Indiana State Police alleged that Palmer shot her husband during a domestic dispute. Lind was found dead at their campsite roughly 500 yards from the pool where the majority of the 30 to 40 colonists had congregated. Palmer testified Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Molter that she had been a battered wife for the seven years she and Lind were married. Molter suspended all but 270 days of a two-year term. "The defendant alleged and apparently proved to the satisfaction of the court that she was a battered woman, a victim of the victim herself," Sammons said. trial in large part because Jefferson County Prosecutor George McEl-roy also was convinced that Rathbone had not done an effective job in presenting a defense. He said he hoped to pursue the new trial quickly, but he said this new development was complicated. "The lawyers themselves have indicated that they would need additional time to develop complex medical evidence. You don't prepare for a trial like that overnight," he said. Last week, Stallings filed a malpractice lawsuit against Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, where Ryan was treated, charging that doctors at the hospital misdiagnosed the disorder as poisoning. her over on her back. He pinned her arms, ripped her clothing and fondled her, according to police. The woman, 19, tried to fight back with a baseball bat that was near her bed. She hit him, but the man punched her in the face and ribs, police said. He ordered her not to tell the police what happened and he left. The woman was not seriously injured. There have been no arrests. The man is described as white, in his 30s and possibly driving a 6mall, red Chevrolet pickup. There's no indication he is tied to any of the other recent sexual attacks in Springfield. The investigation is continuing. Paid announcements are arranged through southwest Missouri funeral home directors. Among her survivors Is her daughter, Charlotte Cochran, Kimberl-Ing City. Graveside services will be at 1 1 a.m. today In Oak Hill Cemetery under direction of Gibson-Rice Funeral Home. Betty Louise Sothern Betty Louise Sothern, 61, Springfield, was found dead at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 28, in her home. She was born July 20, 1930, in Springfield to Mr. and Mrs. Avery Lowery, A former dental technician, she is survived by her husband of 15 years, Don; a daughter, Beccl Spear, Virginia Beach, Va.; a son, Terry Patton, St. Augustine, Fla- three brothers, Ted and Eddie Aggee, both of Springfield, and Averv "Bud" Aggee, the state of Arizona; two sisters, Velta Mae Melrose and Elea-nore Calloway, both of Springfield; and four grandchildren, Anthony, Jennifer and Matthew Spear, Virginia Beach, Va., and Katy Patton, St. Augustine, Fla. The body will be cremated under direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday In Greenlawn South with Judge Donald Burrell officiating. Internment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Missouri. m ' i t f I ( ' v K Paul B. Starks Dr. Paul B. Starks, 74, Springfield, died at 8:53 p.m. Monday in his home. The son of Eli and Ruth Starks, he was born In Marshall County, Ken., May 11, 1917. A retired professor of animal science at SMSU, he was a graduate of Western Kentucky State University, received his masters from the University of Kentucky and his doc Bias Task force approves hate-crime rulings FROM PAGE 1B them: In what part of the city did the crime occur? Was there an assault or other actual crime that accompanied an ethnic slur? Had there been previous alter- , cations and did ethnic intimidation enter into them? Sometimes police make a judgement call, he acknowledged. "It's rarely completely black and white. ... In my opinion when you couple (biased) language and overt acta ... you're leaning toward a bias crime." The task force is taking that into consideration as they study the reports. But some members wanted . more background on what led up to the altercations. Sometimes, said Clutter, the information simply is '. not known. As a result, police sometimes make an arrest for an alleged ethnic intimidation and the charge is dismissed. "We would rather error that way than error the other," Clutter said. "I think the police are doing a good job of interpreting the reports as filed," said task force chairman Bob Scheid. The task force will meet again in October to review more reports and -to continue on its information gathering path, which could lead next ' summer to recommendations on a city bias crimes ordinance. The City Council defeated a bias crimes or-dianance in May. There probably were more incidents than these, Scheid said after the meeting. Unfortunately, they '. went unreported. Records confirm identity of body found in trailer The Associated Press HOUSTON Authorities have confirmed the identity of a woman whose decomposed body was found in a trailer home south of Mountain Grove on July 23. Texas County Coroner Jim Gentry says dental records show the body to be 33-year-old Valerie Taylor, who had been missing since July 10. Officials said Taylor was . killed by a shotgun blast to the head. Taylor's boyfriend, John Gordon, 25, of Mountain Grove, has been ' charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the woman's death. Gordon, formerly of California, " was scheduled to return to court Aug. 7 for a preliminary hearing. . GETTING IT CORRECT The News-Leader strives for accuracy and fairness. We will correct any errors . or misunderstandings created by stories, ' headlines and photographs. Readers may request a correction by calling the ! metro editor at 836-1199, day or night. torate from the University of Illinois. He taught at the University of Tennessee 13 years prior to coming to Springfield. He was a member of American Society of Animal Science and an honorary State Farmer In Missouri and Tennessee. He had designed the SMSU University flag, He was a World War II veteran, serving over three years with the U.S. Air Corp. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He Is survived by his wife, Mary D.; a son, James Starks and his wife Pam, Lenexa, Kan.; three sisters, Maude Deason, Owensboro, Ken., Evelina Thompson, Hardin, Ken., and Ruby Russell, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Melissa Kay and Kaielln Marie Starks. Services will bt at 11 a.m. Thursday In Greenlawn Funeral Home South with the Rev. David Collum and Dr. Lyndon Irwin officiating. Burial will be in Springfield National Cemetery with military services provided by personnel from Fort Leonard Wood. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Greenlawn South.

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