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K7 shrevkport-bossif.r Thp Times urOcl.20, 1983 If SOUTHSOUTHWEST Rod blamed for crash Sheriff arrested; prosecutor seeks Orsini mistrial "We think it is abundantly clear that the VS. Supreme Court would reject any argument that prohibits TEA and DXPS from requiring that prospective school bus drivers be able to demonstrate some particular level of hearing competency," the opinion said. "The safety of children being transported in a school bus could be jeopardized if the hearing of the driver of that bus were impaired to such an extent that he could not hear automobile horns, sirens, the voices of the children themselves and such." pointed by the governor. But the state claims that it owns the park's land. And the state says its constitutionally granted police powers give it the right to control the park even if the state Supreme Court decides the land belongs to the city. Funds eyed for burials Substance believed plant DALLAS (AP) The crash of a whirling carnival car at the Texas State Fair that killed a young man was caused by a broken rod connecting the car with the ride's frame, an official says. .The head of the fair, Wayne Gallagher, said in an interview published Wednesday that the rod "actually broke out the metal when it came off." However, the cause of the break was not known. "We won't know why until the engineers study it" later in the week, Gallagher said. "We don't know if it Was under undue stress, pressure put on the metal or if we had fatigued the metal." The ride, named the Enterprise, was whirling riders in 20 cars Monday night when one car was tossed loose and slammed to the ground. Killed was William Phillips, 19, of Allen, Texas. Two others were injured. (F air officials said Dan Dudley, supervisor of amusement ride inspections for the state of Maryland and a recognized expert in the field, would head its investigation. i-The popular European ride revolves the cars horizonally then rises and tilts to an 80-degree angle and the riders hang upside down. It is owned by Continental Park Attractions of Farmingdale, N.Y. Election stay denied '"BATON ROUGE (AP) - Three federal judges have refused to stop the Oct. 22 election for St. Tammany Parish police jurors. However, they couldn't reach a decision Tuesday on police jury candidate Jacqueline Carr's challenge of the 1983 reapportionment plan used to qualify candidates for police juror. Carr said the process under which police juror candidates had to re-certify violated the Voting Rights Act and discriminated against minorities. She also said the parish's 1983 reapportionment plan is unconstitutional. Her claim was brought before the three-judge panel of the U.S. Middle District Court because it involves the federal voting act. U.S. District Judges John Parker and Frank Polozola and Appeals Court Justice Alvin Rubin allowed the election to proceed but decided to give the U.S. Department of Justice time to consider the merits of the suit before the judges reach a final decision. Court mulls zoo case NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The question of who will control the Audubon Park and Zoo complex is now in the hands of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The high court took the fight between the city and the state over who owns the park and who has the right to manage it under advisement Tuesday. The city claims a 1983 legislative act illegally seizes city property and authority. That act transferred the park's management from a city-appointed commission to a state commission ap duties, not supporting the constitur' tions of the United States and Arkan-sas, and violating a citizen's rights. At 2:06 p.m. he asked for a mistrial because of publicity about events' Tuesday and Wednesday and what he : said was unprofessional conduct by the sheriff and misconduct by the defense team. It is impossible, he said, for the state to have a fair trial until a new jury can be seated. Defense lawyer Harold Craig had no comment. Langston said Bentley would have to show the jury had been prejudiced by the developments. The panel has not been sworn and he could, he said, replace jurors who cannot give both sides a fair trial. "As far as I'm con-, cerned at this point," the judge said, "no one has disrupted this trial ... As I said, this trial is going to proceed." Farley and Burge, also free on re-i , cognizance, were to appear in munici-pal court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday for a hearing. Bentley said he expects the charges to be dismissed. No hearing was set for Robinson on the perjury charge or on the ouster petition. Nor "l has any hearing been set for Dill. He is ' accused of perjury and of frivolously prosecuting Farley. The sheriff said other persons have periured themselves. He will use his arrest, he said, to force the court to give him more grand jury tapes and use those tapes as evidence. Bentley's ouster motion, the sheriff said, is "garbage and lies." "Bentley is with them. They have to get rid of me because they know I know some things ... Bentley has to get rid of me. He knows I'm coming after him. I'm not going to stop. He knows he's in trouble. He knows it's not going to work. I'm not afraid of Bentley. He knows what he's involved in ... Bentley " is not a big concern of mine." As he was arrested, Robinson said Bentley knows "we are closing in on finding out what's going on in several cases. He does not want us to know the truth ... This is an act of retaliation to try to get me behind bars before we can arrest 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 other people. We are closing in on the courthouse mafia." LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Pulaski County Prosecutor Wilbur Bentley had Sheriff Tommy Robinson arrested, asked a court to eject him from office and sought a mistrial in the Mary Lee Orsini murder case Wednesday. Booked in his own jail for perjury and two counts of frivolous prosecution, the sheriff, released on his recognizance, said Bentley was trying to cover up other perjury. Circuit Judge John Langston said he wants the trial to go forward. As opening statements were to begin Monday, the trial was recessed until Thursday to permit lawyers to examine new evidence. Mrs. Orsini is accused of first-degree murder in the March 11, 1981, slaying of her husband Ron, a North Little Rock businessman. She is serving a life sentence without parole for capital murder in the July 2, 1982, contract killing of Alice McArthur. Mrs. McArthur was the wife of a lawyer who represented Mrs. Orsini during in-tial investigations of her husband's death. Robinson and a deputy, Maj. Larry Dill, got arrest warrants Tuesday evening for T.J. Farley, a North Little Rock police detective, and for William Larry Burge, a Sherwood real estate man. Farley, Robinson said, ppr;-.cu himself five times durir.0 a special grand investigation of Mrs. McArthur's slaying and Burge lied during Mrs. Orsini's trial for that killing. Bentley said Farley, who led the investigation of Orsini's slaying, and Burge, a former friend of the defendant's, are key prosecution witnesses in Mrs. Orsini's current trial. Robinson acted after listening to tape recordings of Farley's grand jury testimony, provided by the court to Mrs. Orsini lawyers to help prepare her defense. Bentley issued arrest warrants for Robinson and Dill early Wednesday and Coroner Steve Nawojczyk served them at about 12:20 p.m. Three minutes later Bentley asked a circuit court to remove Robinson from office for perjury, violating his oath of office, not faithfully discharging his The Associated Press Sen. David Pryor said Wednesday he would introduce an amendment to transfer $1 million from the Defense Department budget to the states for supplementing burial costs of veterans who die as paupers. Pryor, D-Arkansas, said he was shocked to read that a Navy veteran had been buried in a cardboard casket at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia. "I personally do not think that cardboard caskets constitute honorable burial for our veterans," he said in a letter to VA Administrator Harry Walters. There are 4 million veterans in the country over 65, Pryor said, and by 1999 there will be almost 9 million. He said 60 percent of the veterans served by Veterans Administration hospitals make less than J10.000 a year. "There are a lot of poor and elderly veterans in this country and sadly, many who will be unable to pay for their own funerals," Pryor said in the letter. Proposed site tested AUSTIN (AP) University of Texas officials say tests are beginning this week on a proposed site to dispose of low level radioactive waste generated at state medical research facilities, hospitals, clinics and academic institutions. The UT announcement said the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Authority was expected to drill core samples on a 640-acre tract of Permanent University Fund land in Hudspeth County, 20 miles north of Sierra Blanca and 17 miles south of Bell City. Bob Avant, assistant general manager of the authority, said other sites in the state also are being considered. The authority's directors are expected to select a site in December, then hold a public hearing in the county where the site is located. A final decision will not be made until after the public hearing and after the site is approved by the UT System board of regents. Hearing standards upheld AUSTIN (AP) - Attorney General Jim Mattox said Wednesday the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Public Safety have a right to require that school bus drivers have a reasonable level of hearing. ) The opinion was asked by Victor M. Galloway, executive director of the Texas School for the Deaf. EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A sheriff's captain suspended for three days says he told two deputies to destroy a white powdery substance found in the county judge's vehicle because he thought the substance was planted. Capt. Willie Hill was suspended this week after an internal investigation verified that Hill told the deputies to "get rid of" the substance they found Feb. 26 while installing a two-way radio in the car of El Paso County Judge Pat O'Rourke. Sheriff Mike Davis ordered the suspension after the investigation last week. He said he became aware of the incident in July or August but did not initiate an internal investigation until after newsmen began questioning him. The substance was flushed down a toilet in Boykin's home before a chemical analysis could be run, said Chief Sheriff's Detective Fred Bonilla who investigated. Bonilla said a condom half full of an "off-white colored powder with black specks" that could have been cocaine or heroin allegedly was found in the glove compartment of O'Rourke's auto. "I have no earthly idea of how it got there," O'Rourke said this week. 5 students injured FLIPPIN, Ark. (AP) - A semi-trailer truck slammed into the rear of a school bus Wednesday, injuring five Flippin students. Jennifer Wagoner and Jennifer Due, both 7, were taken to Children's Hospital at Little Rock for treatment of severe fractures. Neil Gables, 16, and Mary Gables, 1 1 , were treated at the Central Ozarks Medical Center at Yellville and released. Steven King, 5, was taken to Baxter General Hospital at Mountain Home for treatment of a possible head injury. State Trooper G.B. Harp said the westbound bus, carrying 27 students, had stopped to pick up passengers about one-half mile west of Flippin on Highway 62. The bus, driven by James R. Clark, 59, of Flippin, was preparing to move forward when the truck struck it from behind in heavy fog, Harp said. The truck was driven by Forrest W. Hood, 56, of near Benton. Hood was not injured, Harp said. Hood was cited for driving too fast for conditions and for failing to stop for a school bus, Harp said. Harp said airport visibility at the time of the accident was one sixteenth of a mile. DRS. POU, QUINN, W ATKINS & THORNTON A Professional Medical Corporation OTOLARYNGOLOGY HEAD & NECK SURGERY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY .,- ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF AN OFFICE AT 9334 Youree Drive Suite B FAMILY MEDICAL PLAZA MON.-THURS PHONE: 797-3792 APPOINTMENT ONLY 226-9441 DR. ROBERT E. 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