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A2 NationWeather PALLADIUM-ITEM, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1992 Study: Last year of life often full of poverty, helplessness Palladium-Item wire rsports WASHINGTON - For many Americans, their last year of life is one of loneliness, poverty and physical helplessness, says a government study. About half need help or special equipment to bathe, dress, walk or use the toilet and more than one-third need help eating, according to a nationwide mortality survey conducted for the National Center for Health Statistics. More than one in four had been living alone and more than one in six had family incomes of less than $5,000 and came from households with no property or other assets, the study said. Circus tickets TAMPA, Fla. All babies born in 1993 will have free circus tickets waiting for them. It's a one-time-only offer, good for a lifetime. "Every child should have the opportunity to see 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' " said Kenneth Feld, president and producer of Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The free admission is his way of celebrating 200 years of the circus in America. Parents just have to mail their name, address, newborn's name and date of birth to Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus, P.O. Box 5265, Clifton, N.J. 07015. Children left alone, parents vacation CHICAGO (AP) - Tan from a nine-day Acapulco vacation, a couple were arrested on their return and charged with leaving their young daughters home alone with little more than instructions on when to eat and when to go to bed. David Schoo, 45, and his wife, Sharon, 35, of suburban St. Charles were charged Tuesday with child abandonment and jailed on $50,000 bail after police boarded the couple's plane to arrest them on their arrival at O'Hare Airport. Child welfare officials took custody of the daughters, Nicole, 9, and Diana, 4, after police found them home alone Dec. 21. Nicole had called 911 when a smoke alarm accidentally went off a day after her parents left. "This is a very bizarre case," said David Clark, administrative chief for the Kane County state's attorney's office. Yelled Insults: Eight officers paraded the couple through the airport, where travelers lined the corridor and yelled insults. Police Sgt. Jerry Thornton said the couple did not ask about their daughters at the airport, but did ask when they could get their luggage. Left note: Schoo, an employee of a smoke alarm company, and his wife, a homemaker, left for Mexico on Dec. 20, leaving a note telling the children when to eat and go to bed, and not to answer the phone, Sheriff John Randall said. They were not left the name of a hotel or any numbers to call in an emergency, he said. Arrangements: Authorities said Sharon Schoo's mother, Marie Kuzma, had offered to care for the children while the parents were away, but the Schoos assured her arrangements had been made. Child welfare officials at first turned the children over to Sharon Schoo's mother, but put them in a foster home Tuesday after the woman said she couldn't take care of them. The Schoos will have to go to court to get them back. Clark, at the state's attorney's office, said his office has been inundated with calls from people around the country who want to adopt the children or give them Christmas presents. Corrections People who'want to recycle Christmas trees should take them only to the landfill on New Paris Pike. The mulch will be sold at the Glen Miller Park Golf Course. Information in Monday's editorial was incorrect. The obituary tor Walter Holt Sr. was incorrect in Tuesday's paper. The correct version is on Page A4 of today's paper. Accuracy is Important to tha Palla-dium item and its rsadars. Tha news paper will correct in this space any Inaccurate or misleading information published. To point out an error or request a correction, please call 982-1575 or (800) 686 1330. J , Mil MP W .III I IMIIUJUIIipj IJU, "Sss AII6CH1M mti A pedestrian makes his way past a snow-bound car abandoned in the middle of the road in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday. Several feet of snow has fallen in the area causing road closures. They will receive a certificate good for one ticket to any circus performance during the child's lifetime. 'Very happy' MIAMI The pilot and passengers of a Cuban airliner leapt for joy and exchanged high-fives after they spiked a crew member's coffee, overpowered the co-pilot and put the plane down in Miami in a dramatic bid for freedom. "I feel very happy ... to have been able to ridicule the communist system of Cuba," said the pilot, Carlos Cancio Porcel. "It was a very complex maneuver, a year in the plan- Richmond area Tonight A 60 percent chance of rain. Low in the mid 40s. Thursday Cloudy and colder with a 30 percent chance of rain in the morning. Temperatures falling into the 30s. Indiana Tonight Rain likely north, cloudy with a chance of rain south. Lows from the upper 30s northwest to around 50 south. Thursday Cloudy and colder with a chance of morning rain. Temperatures falling into the 30s north and down to about 40 south. Extended Friday through Sunday Cloudy and colder Friday. Mostly clear and cold Saturday and Sunday. Lows will range from 25 to 40 on Friday and Saturday mornings, falling to 20 to 30 by Sunday morning; daily highs will range from 30 to 45. Western Ohio Tonight Rain or drizzle likely. Low in the low 50s. Chance of rain Is 60 percent. Thursday Cloudy with a chance of rain. High around 55 early with temperatures falling into the 40s. Chance of rain is 50 percent. For the record Today: 6 a.m., 41; 9 a.m., 54. Tuesday: high, 54; low, 40. Precipitation Tuesday, .31; month to date, 1.33; year to date, 44.03. One year ago Dec. 29: high, 37; low, 33. Dec. 29 records: high, 63 (1984); low, -10 (1917). Today's sunset, 5:24 p.m.; Thursday's sunrise, 8:02 a.m. The Accu-Weather forecast for noon, Thursday, Dec. 31. Linos separate high temperature zones for the day. 40srJr7- OS. 20S y-IOS 30s IV J M I I II TTT 1 V- Md ,., SI -4 ni TTPW 0 1 992 Accu Weather, Inc COLD WARM STATIONARY Prtttun H L 0 El El UGH LOW SHOWCRS RAIN TSTORUS FLURRIES SNOW ICC SUNNY PT CLOUOY CLOUDY v,4 AxMnmod Ami Weather hotline: 1-900-370-8728 0 A For the latest weather forecasts, call the Palladium HernUSA Today Weather Hotline. Touch-tone callers only: Follow recorded instructions, entering area code for U.S. city or first three letters of foreign city. Cost: 75 cents for first minute; 50 cents each extra minute Atlanta 404 Boston 617 Dallas 817 Los Angeles 213 Miami 305 New York 212 Washington, D.C. 202 Associated Press Tuesday's high temperature, the overnight low, amount ol precipitation In Inches and outlook tor Thursday are listed: Evansvllle Fort Wayne Indianapolis South Bend Cincinnati Cleveland Columbus Dayton Albany.N.Y Albuquerque Amartllo Anchorage Ashevlile Atlanta Atlantic City Austin Baltimore Billings Birmingham Bismarck Boise Boston Brownsville Buffalo Burlington ,Vt Casper Chrteston.S C CMston.W Va Chartotte.NC Cheyenne Chicago HI Lo 57 56 45 42 51 49 45 42 Ohio 56 54 46 45 50 47 50 46 Others 37 35 54 4f 71 47 19 19 61 33 53 46 52 47 78 69 50 44 04 14 58 40 09 13 40 30 47 36 82 70 44 39 39 26 47 01 Pre Otlk 25 cdy .57 clr 69 cdy .56 clr 22 cdy 42 m 15 cdy 22 cdy 10 08 cdy cdy sn cdy cdy cdy Columbta.S.C. 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Mont ning." All but five of the 53 people aboard requested asylum when they reached Miami International Airport on Tuesday. Granted clemency NEW YORK - Jean Harris, killer of the "Scarsdale Diet" doctor, got the news that she'd been granted clemency just before she was wheeled into the operating room for seven hours of heart surgery. The 69-year-old former headmistress of an exclusive school for girls could be out of prison in a matter of weeks after almost 12 years behind bars for the 1980 slaying of her lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower. droop' e.fcv nn a mtip NEW YEAR'S DAY CARPET l... BWix1 Our annual New Year's Day Sale is our biggest sale of the year and it has just gotten bigger! Instead of just one day of the best prices of the year, we are going to have special prices for 2 days 12 hours! Everything will be marked at fantastic prices that you won't want to miss! 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'HKtKtmmBKtm.iMSistMKM Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1992, PALLADIUM-ITEM A3 LocalState In brief Traffic stop yields 36 pounds of marijuana EATON, Ohio - When troopers stopped a U Haul truck being driven with two flat tires Monday, they found two garbage bags full of marijuana onboard. Melvin Ray Douglas of Washington, D.C, appeared in Eaton Municipal Court Tuesday on a charge of trafficking in marijuana. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 6. Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol post stopped the truck at 11:15 a.m. on the interstate two miles west of the post because it was weaving and had two flat tires, Lt. Tom Perry said. Another trooper's cruiser soon arrived, and a police dog "did a sniff of the rental truck and was alerted to it," Perry said. The bags that contained 36 pounds of marijuana that might sell for about $70,000, troopers estimated. "It was actually the only thing he had in the truck," Perry said. The man was heading from Chicago to the D.C. area, troopers said. - DENISE HARTMAN Sale to aid relief fund ARCANUM, Ohio Clothing and houseware items will be offered at bargain prices during a two-day garage sale in Arcanum Friday and Saturday. The sale will be in the former Hency Farm Implement store on alternate Route 49 E., just outside the Arcanum village limits. The Hency family donated use of the empty building to house the free store created after a tornado damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes in Arcanum on Nov. 22. Free store volunteers have distributed food and clothing items for the past five weeks to tornado victims in Darke and Preble counties. Dick Mathias and Bill Corbin, coordinators, are hoping to sell the rest of the clothing, dishware, furniture and other items during the two-day sale. "The money collected during the sale will go to the Arcanum Disaster Relief Fund," Mathias said. Items not sold will be distributed to clothing banks. Hours will be 9 a.m until 4 p.m. each day. NANCY HILL Requested OK'd LIBERTY The Union County Zoning Appeals Board have approved two requests for variances. On Monday, the board granted Michael Campbell permission to place a mobile home on 1.05 acres in Union Township and to place a second mobile home on a lot in West College Corner. - PAM THARP Tyson suit settled NEW YORK Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has reached an out-of-court settlement with a former Miss Black America who accused him of improper sexual advances. Rosie Jones, 28, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Tyson in a New York federal court in 1991. Jones' attorney, Irving Pinsky, told USA Today on Tuesday that the sides agreed not to divulge the amount of the settlement. "It was settled to everybody's satisfaction, hers and Tyson's," Pinsky said. Jones accused Tyson of squeezing her buttocks and making lewd remarks to her during the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis last year. Tyson was convicted of raping Desir-ee Washington, 18, a beauty contestant in the Miss Black America pageant held during the Expo. He is serving a six-year sentence. Jones runs a modeling agency in Bridgeport, Conn. - ASSOCIATED PRESS President retiring OXFORD, Ohio Paul G. Pearson is retiring as Miami University's president amid praises from fellow educators. Pearson, 66, is to retire Thursday. Paul G. Risser, 53, will succeed Pearson. He most recently was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Mexico. - ASSOCIATED PRESS Lotteries Ohio In Tuesday's Buckeye 5 drawing, 3 tickets had the exact five-digit number and can claim $100,000. The 482 tickets with four of the numbers are each worth $250; the 14,395 with three of the numbers are each worth $10; the 140,633 with two of the numbers are each worth $1. The Buckeye 5 number: 1-7-9-21-23. Tuesday's Pick 3: 8-4-6; Pick 4: 8-6-6-5. Tonight's estimated Super Lotto jackpot; $8 million. Indiana Tuesday's Dally 3 76; Daily 4; 80-2-4. Estimated Lotto Cash jackpot for Satur day. $2.5 million Estimated Poworball Jackpot: $3 5 million. Designated drivers can get free incentives Coffee, soft drinks on the house at New Year's Eve parties By DENISE HARTMAN Pallidlum-ltm While law enforcement officers are on the prowl for drunken drivers this New Year's Eve, local businesses will offer ways to safely ring in 1993. Many area taverns and restaurants are offering free soft drinks or coffee for people who choose to drive friends home. Lotza Dots Cafe, 5400 E. National Road, will give soft drinks to designated drivers. And free coffee will be available to anyone at Mingle's Lounge, 1117 E. Main St. Motorists should not to plan on stopping at area rest stops for coffee to keep alert on major area roads. Unlike Labor Day or Memorial Day weekends, when roads are traditionally heavier traveled, U.S. traffic deaths expected to hit 30-year low Page A1 "coffee breaks" aren't available for New Year's Eve at rest areas on U.S. 40 near Centerville and the along Interstate 70 east and westbound just across the Ohio line, rest stop workers said. I It working?: Officers in Wayne and Preble counties have different views on whether more people think before getting behind the wheel to drive if they've had a drink. Sgt. Ted Heiser of the Eaton (Ohio) State Highway Patrol post said the number of arrests for driving while intoxicated has declined in the last two years during the holiday season. "People are finally getting to wise up a little bit," Heiser said. But in Preble County, there's been no noticeable decline in DWI arrests, Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Gordon Flora said. Judges in Darke County, Ohio, order $1,000 cash bonds for those picked up for drunken driving from Dec. 7 to Jan. 7. Other times during the year, the bond is $549. "You try to keep people from getting in their cars after holiday socializing," clerk Karen Stubbs said. Wayne County Sheriff's Department Lt. Frank Eason agrees with Heiser that people have a better understanding these days of what can happen if they drive drunk but he said DWI arrests are up this season. Officers have tripled their DWI If you'll be out driving over the holiday, remember these defensive driving tips: If you drink, get someone who is sober to drive you home or call a taxi. Richmond's Safe Way taxi rates start at $2.75 for trips around town. The service's owner, Ken Lunsford, said he'll have eight extra cars operating on New Year's Eve. Wear safety bells. - Don't forget to be cautious of wet, slippery roads. - PALLADIUM-ITEM arrests so far this month, with 15 arrests compared to last December's 5. In December of 1990, 10 DWI arrests were made. "A lot of people become cogni- Santa sends some security Red Cross gets alarm system By LOIS WILSON Palladium-Item Sue Elliott said it was no contest when she had to choose between a VCR and a security system for the Red Cross. She chose the security system after two incidents within days of each other. "There was an attempted break-in. They tried to jimmy the front door and broke a window in the front room, but they did not make it in," Elliott said. A day later, Elliott, Red Cross executive director, pulled her car into the parking lot and saw a chair sitting under a window. "A cement block had been thrown through the window and our VCR was stolen and an $85 first-aid tape. That's a lot of money for this chapter," she said. Coincidentally, security had been the topic of discussion a day before at a Red Cross board of directors meeting. One of the members suggested putting a fence around the building, but Elliott said the $10,000 cost was out of the question. Another member, Terry Lain-hart, who works for Sanyo Laser Products Inc., said he would find out if Sanyo could replace the VCR. He came back with an offer Elliott said she couldn't refuse. Palladium llemKEVIN RISCH David Brldgford, Red Cross chairman, left; manager of Hf?"' Terri Ingram, administrative assistant at happy to have had a hand In getting the new Sanyo, center and Jim Gilmore, branch security system installed. "He said, 'I made some inquir- replacing things, we wanted to agreed to install the $850 system stop the break-ins, Ingram ies and it was your choice a VCR or a security system,' "she said. "Of course, I took the security system." Terri Ingram, administrative assistant at Sanyo, said the company decided to make the offer because it didn't want the Red Cross to keep having to replace items at the North 13th Street address. "When we first were thinking about replacing the VCR, we were thinking this could keep going on and on so instead of said. Sanyo's manager of administration and finance, Fred Auster-man, loaned his personal VCR to the agency until the Red Cross one could be replaced. Richmond police recovered the VCR two days after the burglary. And someone who wants to remain anonymous sent the agency $100 to replace the first-aid tape. Elliott said the donor also will replace any more broken windows. Koorsen Protection Service free, said branch manager Jim Gilmore. Elliot said the new system lets her know when the front and back doors are open. An alarm will sound if anyone tries to break in again. "You really get down about things, and then something like this happens," she said. "I think, for the end of the year, this is a good omen." Red Cross chairman David Bridgford agreed. "This is the time of year for good news." Murderer recalls victim's screams MADISON, Ind. (AP) - Autopsy photographs of the burned body of Shanda Sharer reduced torture slayer Melinda Loveless to gasping sobs. She said the victim's screams made the night the 12-year-old died seem endless. Loveless, 17, of New Albany testified for a second day during the sentencing hearing for co-defendant Mary Laurine "Laurie" Tackett, 18, of Madison. Both have pleaded guilty to murder, criminal confinement and arson in connection with the abduction and death of Sharer of Jeffersonville. Each faces a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. Attorneys for Tackett spent much of Tuesday trying to trip up Loveless' account of what happened the night of Jan. 10 and the morning of Jan. 11. Loveless testified Monday that Tackett was the aggressor in the death of Sharer. Ellen M. O'Connor, one of Tack-ett's attorneys, showed Loveless the pictures of Shanda's body as it was discovered along a rural road near Madison. She wanted Loveless to point out knife wounds she claimed she saw Tackett inflict on Shanda's legs. Sitting with her hands tucked in the end of her sleeves, Loveless cried out, "I don't want to," and "Oh God," as the pictures were presented to her. "There weren't any cuts on her legs, were there?" asked O'Connor. Loveless began to cry loudly, and did so again when asked about the photos again following a recess. "They were just slits," she said of the supposed stab wounds but finally acknowledged that she couldn't find any. O'Connor also tried to convince jurors that Loveless' claims against Tackett were made only to escape a more serious sentence. She wrote on a blackboard all of the original charges Loveless faced before her plea agreement, and that if she received maximum sentences on all of them, could have faced 376 years in prison. Under questioning by O'Connor, Loveless admitted that she threw a bottle containing gasoline toward Shanda's burned body, but said she did so only because the other defendants forced her to. She also said she failed to take any steps to notify adults about what was going on. "I was scared, scared of the situation," Loveless said. "I don't know why I didn't" do something to help Shanda. The victim was attacked because she had become close to a girlfriend of Loveless. zant of drinking and driving. Many just refuse to drive if they drink," said Ken Lunsford, who's owned Safe Way taxi service in Richmond for 16 years. Brrrrrrrrr!!! Bears want more to take Jan. 1 plunge BROOKVILLE, Ind. - The Brookville Lake Polar Bears will host their sixth annual swim at noon New Year's Day in hopes of regaining the title as the state's largest such group. The plunge will be in the Whitewater River below the Brookville Dam in the Tailwaters Area just north of Brookville on Indiana 101 . Polar Bear Marshall Graham of Brookville said 120 to 150 people are expected to take the plunge Friday, depending on the weather. "If the weather's nice.. .we'll have probably 150 people," said Graham. If the weather's cold, he expects about 30 swimmers to back out. But the warm weather that's being predicted for New Year's Day may put a damper on festivities, he added. "I'm kind of disappointed," he said. "I hope it's real cold. It's kind of bad to be a Polar Bear and the outside weather is 40 degrees." The local Polar Bear Club had the state's largest number of participants in 1991 with 139 swimmers. About 600 rowdy well-wishers lined both banks of the river recording the "posterior-ity" of the event with camcorders and cameras. The group lost the title in 1992 when the Fort Wayne club recruited 150 swimmers to Brookville's 132. The local club noted that amenities are few and far between as it should be at its swim. Participants in Fort Wayne sprint to a heated environment following their excursion. And unlike the Cincinnati club, wet suits are not allowed at the Brookville plunge. Brookville Polar Bears can wear whatever they want. Ages of previous local participants have ranged from 7 to Vu. And they have come from as far away as North Dakota and Germany. There is no fee. But registration is required so everyone's name can be placed in The Brookville DemocratAmerican, the official record-keeper of the Brookville Polar Bear Club. After registration, swimmers are given a ticket that must be deposited in a bucket on the other side of the river. A good time is had by ail, and many claim it is a "sure-fire" cure for New Year hangovers. For more information, call Gary Wolf or John Estridge at The Brookville DemocratAmerican, 647-4221 or 647-4811. Experts try to pinpoint what prompted killing spree DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Misguided friendship, a bad childhood or peer pressure may have motivated four people charged in a killing spree that left five people dead. It was more than a simple lust for killing that provoked the 40-hour spree that also left three people injured, three mental health specialists said Tuesday. Two adults and two juveniles are charged with aggravated murder and robbery in connection with the shootings that began Thursday. The Dayton Daily News reported today that Marvallous M. Keene, 19; Heather N. Matthews, 20; a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were part of a gang that called itself the Downtown Posse. The Families angry about "joy killings" Page A5 newspaper said the group hung out downtown and at a house where a victim, Joseph Wilken-son, was found dead. Police have said greed motivated the four to begin the shooting spree that ended when they were arrested on Saturday in a car stolen from Wilkenson. But Charles Bensonhaver, a psychiatrist and professor at Wright State University in Dayton, said there may be more to it than that. Any of the four may have been victims of child or drug abuse or their sex may have motivated them in part, he said. "These young fellows get out of control. They have too much of a primitive, aggressive ego that hasn't been civilized and that all gets reinforced with their peer relationships," he said. "They push each other and bring out the worst in each other." The females involved may have been "wrapped up into this Bonnie and Clyde sort of thing" to impress their male friends, he said. Don Gordon, a professor of psychology at Ohio University in Athens said peer pressure could have provoked the violence. "It's a shared adrenalin experience," he said. The fact they are all so young also may be telling, he said. "They are adolescents forming their own identity. These kids are not threatened by the loss of ap proval of a parent figure," he said. Patrick Donnelly, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Dayton, said that those who commit such crimes "are very much on the margins of society. "They are experiencing a great deal of hopelessness and despair," he said. These suspects "don't place an awful lot of value on their own lives, so they don't see other peoples' lives being as any more valuable," he said. The beginning of what could be a lengthy legal process began Tuesday when all four suspects were arraigned. Dayton Municipal Judge Daniel Gehres set $5 million cash bonds for Matthews and Keene. Both are charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. Neither showed any emotion during their arraignment before a courtroom packed with friends and family of the victims. The juveniles appeared in separate hearings in Montgomery County Juvenile Court. Innocent pleas were entered on their behalf and both were ordered held without bond. Police Sgt. Larry Grossnickle said the four had been planning more shootings before they were arrested. He said they had targeted others who knew too much about the shootings. "They had a tendency to talk about their crimes," Grossnickle said in an interview published today in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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