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Shreveport, Louisiana
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Wednesday, December 8, 1982
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V Ghr dimes ShreveportBossier AQ3HD) r22-A j IJM'odncsday. Dec. 8, 1982 K liii V i I), -n f. r an.- & ntr: )C1 Strangers mourn John Doe By RAY WADDLE Tbe Times A funeral home donated his casket. A minister prayed for his deliverance. But no loved ones were present who might properly mourn a young man's violent death. Only a handful of strangers, standing in wondering silence, attended at the graveside service of John Doe Tuesday. In the sloping far corner of a pauper's field at Shreveport's Greenwood Cemetery, John Doe, so called for clerical convenience, was buried in an unmarked grave. The young man became John Doe after Bossier City police found his body along Old Minden Road last June. Presumed to be a hit-and-run victim, he died almost instantly of a broken neck. He carried no identification, and a six-month search for clues to his name turned up nothing. John Doe had an olive complexion and was believed to be Hispanic. His estimated age was between 18 and 23. At the time of his death, he was wearing jeans with paint smeared on them. The service Tuesday was dignified and brief, almost as brief as John Doe's file at the Bossier City detective office. The Rev. James Adams, of the First United Methodist Church in Bossier City, read from the 23rd Psalm and offered a prayer for John Doe's soul and unknown family. "We pray Your blessings to the family of this young man, that peace and solace and comfort may come to them," he prayed. Standing quietly to the side of the gravesite was detective John Rutledge, who made the exhaustive but frustrated search for John Doe's identity. "This is such a sad thing, that he's being buried and someone somewhere who loves him does't know what has happened," he said gently. Joining Rutledge at the grave November was wet, hot wild Last month was the wettest Nov-i ember since 1974, bringing above-. normal cloudiness and 11 days of rain to the Shreveport-Bossier City area. 1 The average temperature for the : month was 55.4 degrees, with a varia-lion of 50 degrees between the highest 'J ' and lowest marks. '' ' n In Shreveport-Bossier, the Nov-h:y'ember high was 83 degrees on the ',r.' first day of the month. A low of 33 was Recorded on the 5th, 15th and 25th. ,' . ' According to the National Weather '.y., Service at the Shreveport Regional Airport, the area received 5.72 inches of rainfall last month, an increase of 2.15 inches over November 1981. There were also 19 cloudy days, eight r clear days and three partly cloudy .'L.-cpnes. . r.i It was warm and wet at the begin-Jiing of November, followed by cool :o X mights and mild days in the middle of vx the month with little rain. Frost hit ':'the area in the first week of Nov-ember and again at mid-month. :' The latter half of the month ii si- Glenn launches By ROBERT MOORE Tbe Times ftL John Glenn strode into the banquet ;',jhall, his arrival setting off another in countless string of warm standing f.' ovations that have greeted him for the v'i,if20 years since he became the first ;it.c American astronaut to orbit the .-.rc-earth. ,r f John Glenn, an American hero. A hero in the vein of the World War II general who was the country's political head in the 1950s, Dwight D. Eisenhower. r . .ir.. A hero bearing the mantle as com-vv.'fortably as another warrior, John F. Kennedy, who enhanced his own 'ii-'i hero's status when he succeeded xj ' Eisenhower as the nation's chief ex-'f'N'ecutive. J, And now Glenn is hoping he' can translate his broad public appeal as the country's first real-life Buck Rogers into a base of support for a run in 1984 for that same coveted seat ' V held by his fellow heroes, the pre- ?ff' sidency. -."'J His forum Tuesday was Texarkana, vv U.S.A., those twin cities straddling the "c 'State line separating Texas and ''"'Arkansas. And Glenn, now a U.S. senator from ' ' " t)hio, spent most of the afternoon and Evening doing what he will likely do ; jor much of the next 15 months at '.ii jninimum. .v ' He will be courting Democrats in ''-i.'hPes of garnerning their support for it. iune Party s nomination in a battle ;c!q apaint the likes of other possible T7 i x X X S i X x S x V - k. x X'V-V (V V fx Vx s x x N x x. Xx s xxxv xx . x x XX x XX X "X sxSs V Xx; k xx John Doe's casket site were Charles Boone, owner of Boone Funeral Home, and an associate. A few reporters stood by as well. Rutledge was keeping count, because paying his respects to the deceased mysterious stranger was not the only reason he attended Tuesday's ceremony. "I thought it was possible that someone maybe the driver who hit him might show up. That's happened before, you know. Not with me, but I've heard stories of suspects in hit-and-runs and murders appearing at the funeral," Rutledge said. But Tuesday no one appeared. Another dead end, as he anticipated. "I feel helpless at this point. I've made every check I can think of. But we won't quit the investigation. He's dead, but it would be worth it if we could find out enough to brought rain as well as warm weather and cool weather. Heavy thunderstorms on Nov. 2 and Nov. 12 produced wind gusts near 50 mph. Over the Ark-La-Tex and extreme southeast Oklahoma, above-average rainfall and temperatures were recorded. In general, only an area near Toledo Bend recorded less than five inches of rain for the month. For the first time in over two years, the entire area is beginning the season wet, National Weather Service officials said. Many small streams were running high the latter part of the month because of the above-normal rainfall. Freezing or below-freezing temperatures were recorded on three days in the first week of the month over the northeast portion of the Ark-La-Tex. The temperatures crept in again at mid-month. Selected reports from the National Weather Service showed that Natchitoches recorded a rainfall total of 7.12 inches while registering a high of 84 degrees and a low of 33. Minden received 6.71 inches of rain with a high of 82 and a low of 30 degrees. In East Texas, Longview showed a 7.79 rainfall total with a high-low temperature range from 85 to 29 degrees. Marshall recorded 7.62 inches of precipitation with temperatures from 83 to 31 degrees. candidates, former Vice President Walter Mondale, Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, California Sen. Alan Cranston, Arizona Rep. Mo Udall and others. He will also be meeting a few Republicans on the chance that his moderate brand of politics would draw them away from their party's nominee, whether President Reagan or someone else, should Glenn be in the running in November 1984. Glenn made his initial pitch to a partisan crowd of about 100 Texas and Arkansas Democrat Party activists at a noon luncheon. Among those in the crowd were Arkansas Lt. Gov. Winston Bryant, Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Lib Carlisle, Bowie (Texas) County Judge Ed Miller, a member of the Texas Democratic Executive Committee, Young Democrats of America President Mark Stodolay of Little Rock, and a number of other county officials. Miller and former Shreveport advertising man, Jim Nicholas, now a radio station executive in Texarkana, hosted the luncheon as a partisan counterpoint to two nonpartisan, but far from nonpolitical, activities held later in the day. Last night Glenn spoke to a crowd at the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce annual banquet concerning the dreary state of the nation's economy. Sandwiched between the luncheon and the dinner was a reception, which was expected to draw both Democrats and Republicans, sponsored Time photoBILLY UPSHAW U-4 3fy , NXjjX WXi XNx t 'JKMtV.. xx ti A y xx s if xx x x x x: cs , XX xxv xx V V8 A XxX-SS&x awaits burial locate and notify the family." The detective volunteered his own hunch about the young victim's origins. "Very possibly he came over from Cuba in that latest wave of immigrants who entered through New Orleans," he said. A check of fingerprints and physical description with immigration officials there yielded nothing, however. John Doe's one distinguishing characteristic an intriguing chained crucifix tatoo on his right ring finger might provide another clue, he added. "I understand similar tatooes are found among Cubans, particilarly in prisons there. They're used as symbols of various trades or habits," he said. "Now, I don't know how we'll ever find out." FOLLOW-UP The Siamese twins born Dec. 1 at Barksdale Air Force Base died at 11:20 p.m. Mondiy at Wilford Hall, U.S. Air Force Medical Center, in San Antonjo, Texas. The twin girls died of cardiac failure, Lila Aguirre, Wilford Hall spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon. The infants shared one heart, which was incapable of sustaining life for the pair, she said. Joined at the chest and stomach, they had been in critical condition since arrival at Wilford Hall last week. Doctors had given them very little chance of survival after running tests to determine if they could be separated. These tests showed that too many internal organs, including the circulatory system, were interrelated to allow for separation, Ms. Aguirre said. The twins had been sent to Wilford Hall for an evaluation to determine if they could be successfully separated. Ms. Aguirre said the parents were at Wilford Hall when the infants died. Their identity was not rplpaspri trial balloons from Texarkana by Texarkana area businessman-farmer Jack Williams. Glenn, who was already being seen as a potential contender for the Democratic nomination, was thrust into the national political limelight last week with the surprise announcement by Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy that he will not seek the nomination. Most observers are placing Glenn in the second spot behind Mondale as the current Democratic favorite. Testimony to the interest afforded Glenn's prospective candidacy at this early stage was given by the presence of two newspaper reporters from New York, one from Cleveland and a fourth from Fort Worth. The Texarkana visit had been planned for several months, the chamber banquet speech being arranged by Arkansas Sen. David Pryor. Absent from the luncheon were other top Arkansas Democrats, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, who himself is reportedly considering a run for the presidency, and Gov.-elect Bill Clinton. Glenn has been criticized for his less-than-inspiring speaking style. Aware of that weakness, he tried to turn it to his advantage by starting his talk with a light-hearted self-ribbing quip about his "dynamic, effective" delivery. The mock lectern-pounding political performance turned out to be the only time Glenn raised his voice during the lengthy talk and question-and-answer session, devoted J: M any drivers will be aslkd for autograph By KEVIN DOYLE The Times , , " Getting j B traffic ticket in Shreveport involvei a new wrinkle now. - ; f "Sign here," Shreveport police are saying starting this week. They ard, carrying new traffic tickets that require a . signature from the naotoris't who is being fined. The tickets look like the tickets formerly Jssued. But they include a space for a signature. Motorists must;sign their tickets or post bond to jguarantee they'll show up in court.! The new! ticketing system is aimed at reducing the number of people who skip paying their fines and never show tip at court. They also face additional penalties under the new system. Madison Box, chief deputy marshal, said about 6,000 of the 44,000 traffic tickets processed annually wind up as no-shows. No money is ever collected on about 3,000 of those, he said. "We're hoping more people will pay their tickets or come to court. We don't want their driver's licenses," Bex said. Failing to pay the ticket or show Lake consultant picked Shreveport has picked a consultant to help draw up guidelines for development around Cross Lake, its source of drinking water, and find ways to protect water quality. The nine-month study, designed to come up with' guidelines for future development around Cross Lake and estimated to cost about $60,000, is xpected to be under way by Jan; 1. An Austin, Texas.-based consulting engineering firm, Espey-Huston and Associates, was picked to conduct the study. Future development in the Cross Lake watershed and the quality of lake water will be the focus. "What we're really trying to get is a set of development guidelines to protect the lake in the future," said Dick Tuttle, assistant director of water and sewerage for Shreveport. The firm will take a look at several different development scenarios, Tuttle said. It will examine how those different scenarios affect watier quality. And it will come up with recom Open drink law passes study panel By PAUL HILBUN The Times An open container law could help deter drinking and driving, a special committee reported Tuesday to the Bossier City Council. , Joe D. Waggonner Jr., chairman of the committee appointed by the council to study the proposed law, delivered the oral report. "We agree that in the state and iji Bossier City there is a problem of drinking and driving," Waggonner said. to a large degree to! an exercise in shadowboxing, with Reagan as his target. But Glenn, tanned and trim from five miles of running daily and looking a decade younger than his 61 years, was far from1 boring in his speech. i He kicked it off with several jokes, including an appropriate Longhorn-Razorback please-'era-all politician's stance of "hook 'em, i Hogs." And he displayed a wide range of emotions, accompanied by quiet shouts of displeasure over the performance of President Reagan. , He sprinkled his talk with catch phrases, again many of them being targeted at the president. "If the administration is calloused enough to think of a plan for taxing unemployment benefits on Thajiksgiving Day," remarked Glenn, wryly, "I hate to think what's going to come on Christmas." The economy was a focal point of Glenn's message, not surprising coming from a politician whose home state's 14.2 percent1 unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation. I He conceded that some of Reagan's economic policies are "correct in direction, but the excesses have gotten us in trouble." But last month's mid-term elections, he said, while a welcome sign to Democrats, could not be interpreted as "a ringing endorsement of past Democj-atic policies in SHREVEPORT up in court won't mean that licenses are automatically revoked. But it may jeopardize the license. By signing, motorists acknowledge "the terms and conditions" of the ticket and promise to appear in court. "Failure to appear will be a cause for the suspension of my driving privileges and the imposition of an additional fine by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety," according to an explanation printed on the ticket. But signing doesn't mean you' admit guilt, city court officials stress. The ticket carries a disclaimer saying "This signature is not an admission of guilt." The "suspension" is done away with as soon as the motorist pays his bill. The bill, however, includes not only the fine but also a $25 fee for reinstatement of the license. The system works this way. A failure to pay the ticket or show up in court means a bench warrant is automatically issued. If the case involves a Shreveport resident, the city marshal's office will contact the person and try to get payment. If the warrant is ignored, however, the clerk of court's office mendations and "help us draft up some legislation," Tuttle said. He said the study is "pretty closely tied" to problems that the city has had with its drinking water this year. The problems are blamed on algae in the lake. The algae build-up in turn is blamed at least in part on a buildup of nutrients in the lake. Tuttle explained that the buildup of nutrients is directly related to development. Water runs off developed land far more quickly than off undeveloped land, carrying nutrients with it on its way to the lake. A significant source of nutrients is the fertilizer used on lawns. There may be several ways such a problem can be dealt with, Tuttle said. They range from limiting development to building places where runoff can be detained. "We're going to look at everything," Tuttle said. He said the consulting firm will look at how development will affect the lake, what the most effi The committee was unanimous in finding that an open container law could be a useful weapon in the war against drinking and driving, provided that: Such a law is well-written and easily understandable. It is properly enforced. The public is properly educated about provisions and intent of the law. Council members agreed to hold a work session at 4 p.m. Tuesday to iron out some potential problems with language and interpretation of the law. Councilman Buzz Wojecki, a chief proponent of the ordinance, said the work session will be a step toward putting the matter back before the City Council for consideration. As written, the law would prohibit anyone from having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. Violators who are convicted could be penalized with fines of their entirety, either." Elements in his own economic recovery package include eliminating next year's planned 10 percent in-come tax cut, keeping the money supply at a reasonably high level but avoiding another round of inflation, bringing runaway federal spending under control and improving conditions for increased U.S. foreign trade. In a press conference, he hit the president for "flip-flops" on critical foreign policy issues, said he favors lighter, more versatile missiles over the president's MX missile system John Glenn (left) liim'nrmr - - - - w x . a will eventually send an affidavit to Baton Rouge giving the driver's name, the ticket number, the charge and the date the ticket was due. The information is listed on computer and will show up whn police run checks on a driver'.) license. Or, somebody who is trying to renew his license will find that he'll have to pay up on his outstanding tickets before he can renew the license. "It may take two or three years," Box said, "but we'll get our money back." For out-of-city drivers, the affidavit will go out as soon as a bench warrant is issued. What gives the new system extra bite is the fact is that Louisiana is one of 23 states which have agreed to share information on traffic tickets. Texas and Mississippi are two others. Tickets issued to a Texas driver in Louisiana, for example, will show up on computer listings in Texas as well. For that reason, Box said, city court officials hope the new ticket system will have an effect on out-of-state drivers as well. cient way to protect the lake is and what laws are needed to protect it. The need to extend some type of control west to Texas, upstream of Cross Lake, will also be looked at, Tuttle said. Concerns include not only runoff but also the effect of private sewer systems. Additionally, the firm will look at ways to rehabilitate the lake, including dredging. Dredging has been suggested as a way to rid the lake of some of the silt that has built up. Whether that would do any good and whether it would be cost efficient are questions the city hopes will be answered. It is one of a handful of wat.-r studies under way or soon-to-bt: under way. Two other studies are looking at the use of the Red River as a source of Shreveport water and at the quality of Cross Lake water. Information from the two studies will be available in time to be used in the third, it it hoped. $200 and 60 days in jail. Under the proposal, both drivers and passengers would be prohibited from drinking alcoholic beverages in vehicles on streets, highways or public parking lots. But the driv er, or vehicle owner if present, would be liable. The ordinance was drafted for council introduction in September. After intense debate, the City Council decided to appoint the special committee to study the matter. In four meetings, the special panel has heard from proponents and opponents of such a law. Those in favor have made the point that tougher laws are needed to help cut down on deaths and injuries caused by drinking drivers. Opponents of such an ordinance cited potential problems with enforcement and added that weapons already exsit to combat the drinking driver hazard. proposals and scoffed at the military's "rapid deployment force." He also called for U.S. approval of the SALT II treaty with the U.S.S.R. and outlined a "do-able" nuclear arms control program, noting he was principal author of the 1978 Nuclear Non-proliferation Act. Glenn is still trying to hedge his bets, refusing to say whether he is definitely in the race. But, he noted, he must decide "fairly early in 1983, at the very latest." And 1983 is only about three weeks away. Times photoLANGSTON McEACHERN and Judge Ed Miller I

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