Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York on October 24, 1984 · 3
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Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York · 3

Elmira, New York
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Wednesday, October 24, 1984
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Ouur states 3A New York Star-Gazette, Wed., Oct. 24, 1984 Brink's robbery defendant convicted of. murdcfr : NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Weems, already convicted in the bloody $1.6 million Brink's heist in Rockland County, was found guilty Tuesday of murder and other charges in the holdup of a Brink's armored truck in the Bronx in which one guard was shot to death and another permanently disabled. ', Weems, 37, could be sentenced to life in prison in the June 2, 1981, robbery and murder. Sentencing was set for Friday by Judge Ivan Warner of state Supreme Court in the Bronx. ; A second suspect, Samuel Smith, was killed in Queens in a chase and shootout with police a few days after the Rockland County heist. Police head's lawsuit is scheduled for trial NEW YORK (AP) - Saying he didn't know whom to believe, a federal judge on Tues-day scheduled a trial of a lawsuit filed by a former Peekskill police commissioner who wants his job back. "I've concluded the factual differences between the parties are so great . . . that it is impossible for the court to decide" the matter based on the arguments and court papers, said U.S. District Court Judge Morris E. Lasker. The judge scheduled a trial for Nov. 13, after hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the city of Peekskill and Walter Kirkland, the former police commissioner, who was fired Oct. 15. Kirkland, who is black and had been commissioner for Pennsylvania State lottery fund under attack HARRISBURG (AP) - The state has avoided a lottery fund investment "catastrophe" through "luck, not skill," a Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. A top Thornburgh administration official, however, said the lottery fund's investment portfolio is "solid." Revenue Secretary James Scheiner also said the state can improve the way it invests the money and may consider using an "outside" adviser to help make investment decisions. Scheiner spoke at a hearing of a 16-count indictment issued in bribery case HARRISBURG (AP) - Five individuals and two corporations were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of participating in a "large-scale orga-nized effort to bribe Pennsylvania public officials," U.S. Attorney David Dart Queen announced today. The 16-count indictment, unsealed this morning, accuses Corning Community College... "I HAD MO IDEA THERE WAS SO MUCH HERE!' eight years, claimed he was fired in retaliation for filing a federal civil lawsuit in September 1983 against the Peekskill city government alleging racial discrimination. Kirkland, 57, was seeking a preliminary injunction against the city to get his job back. Peekskill officials said Kirkland had no contract or civil service protection and served at the pleasure of City Manager Joseph Seymour. In Tuesday's hearing, Jose Rivera, Kirkland's attorney, argued that his client "was considered a sterling commissioner for eight years until that day when he decided to throw stones at the glass house." Rivera said Kirkland's initial lawsuit was "a constitutionally protected activity." special House committee that was formed after questions were raised about the financial condition of Capitol Life Insurance Co. of Denver, which has received 32 percent of the state's lottery business. The state does not directly pay money to winners of large lottery prizes. Instead, it purchases annuities from insurance companies, which must then make annual prize payments. Capitol Life has sold about $65 million in annuities to the state the defendants of "attempting to corruptly influence public officials by offers of employment, large political contributions, paid travel and cash," Queen said. According to the indictment, $300,000 had been intended as a payment to an individual named "Dwyer." That's the usual reaction of first-time visitors to the Corning Community College campus. A beautiful, modern campus. A new classroom learning center. Outstanding computer facilities. Nature center. Learning labs. All the things you would expect of a quality college plus much more. If you are considering college and would like to be delightfully surprised by the resources in your own the Admissions Office for an appointment and campus tour. You, too, will probably say, "I had no idea..." Call 962-9220 or 734-5132 from Elmira. (SJ corning community Weems was convicted of second degree murder, robbery and the possession of weapons. Weems, also known as Kuwasi Balagoon, was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison late last year for the bungled Brink's robbery in Nyack on Oct. 20, 1981, in which a Brink's guard and two Nyack police officers were killed. Weems and three others were convicted in that case, and a fourth defendant pleaded guilty. Officials have said the Nyack robbery was carried out by a coalition of black militants and white radicals of the 1960s, including members of the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army and the Black Panthers. Operator's NEW YORK (AP) - The Nude-ar Regulatory Commission is investigating why its examiner gave five senior control room operators at the Indian Point 3 plant a final exam drawn up entirely by a consultant for the plant's owners. The NRC licensing examiner who gave the test in the summer of 1983 has been reassigned to an area "not involving administration of licensing examinations," according to the NRC. The federal agency also has ordered that the five senior reactor operators take new examinations. Inspector slams sloppy track checks NEW YORK (AP) - Despite a year of warnings, subway track is continuing to deteriorate because of sloppy inspections, the inspector general of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday. Transit Authority officials said lottery and, in return, became responsible for making about $160 million in prize payments. Committee chairman Rep. Gerard Kosinski, D-Philadelphia said he was pleased that Scheiner was willing to consider a different method. But Kosinski also said he was "very disappointed" to learn from Scheiner that the state could not withdraw or renegotiate the annuities already bought. Briefly A 19-YEAR-OLD live in gardener pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in Greenburg and was sentenced to 7Vz to 15 years in jail after admitting he killed a woman who police say was his employer and lover. Thompson said he shot Pamela Hood, 37, in her South Huntingdon Township home June 3. A STRIKE FORCED Old Original Bookbinders in Philadelphia to shut its lours to lunch customers Moaaay for the first time in its " Vj year history, locking out rich and famous and who ' .e made it famous. college In the Bronx robbery, two Brink's guard were shot as they took money bags out of the truck, which was parked at a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in a shopping center at 4022 Boston Road. William Moroney, 58, was killed, and Michael Schlachter, 46, was severely wounded and remains permanently disabled. After the shooting, the gunmen took $292,000 and fled in a car, which was found abandoned a few blocks away in the parking lot of a motel. Weems had been identified by witnesses, the Bronx District Attorney's office said. test under In the meantime, they will not be assigned any duties requiring a senior reactor operator's license, according to the New York Power Authority, which operates the unit in Buchanan, 25 miles north of the New York City border. The test that was given to the workers was drawn up by a consultant for the Power Authority. He had given the workers some of the questions during practice tests, NRC spokesman Frank Ingram said Tuesday. Usually, Ingram said, NRC examiners make up their own test, the report by Inspector General Sidney Schwartz was based on outdated information that did not reflect dramatic improvements made in the track department since June 15. Where a year ago one-third of TA track workers had to be diverted to emergency repairs, almost Tsr.".' ,"M" 1 -i I CAMERAS J HE-RflAN, SKELETOR & ORKO IN PERSON Meet Them In Person & Receive a Free MASTERS Gift While Supply Lasts. i it -4 K3 We have in stock NOW ... Trivial Pursuit, Glo-Worm, Gobots, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Master of the Universe & other allocated items sure to be sold out later. 3 mffiiffttttfttttfmi question drawing from an extensive pool of questions submitted by the utilities, from other examiners, from other plants and some written expressly for a particular exam. "We expected him to draw up his own exam, not take one exam and pass it along," Ingram said. The NRC said that "30 far" it had found "no indication of wrongdoing or impropriety" by cither the Power Authority, the five senior reactor operators or the con-sultant who prepared the examination. all 774 are now returning to their scheduled duties, they said. "Our goal by the end of the year is to have the crisis situations the areas that won't last the winter without major work under control," said Charles Stanford, the authority's chief engineer. Sat. Oct. 1 :00-2:00 Register Saturday for Free Drawing 1 st Prize - Snake Mountain 2nd Prize - Attack Trak 3rd Prize - Road Ripper (No purchase necessary, need not be present to win) Bring Your Camera & Meet Your Favorite In Person O CDAS6D.E "SOT HAYAUJAY "Go Will hold any amount. Pick up or pay off as late as 10:00pm Christmas Eve. AND NEVER A SERVICE CHARGE! rrrr Briefly A MAN CHARGED WITH STABBING a vacationing bank executive to death during a robbery in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1982 pleaded guilty Tuesday just before jury selection was to begin in his case. Juan Robles, 21, pleaded guilty to murdering Kathleen J. Williams, a 30-year-old Chase Manhattan vice president who lived and worked in Mexico City. THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS a 50-story hotel nearing completion in Times Square in New York City, was hailed Tuesday as the cornerstone of reclaiming 42nd Street. Recalling battles with opponents of the hotel, John Portman, its designer, asserted that the building "was right for New York and right for Times Square." A SLIGHT EARTHQUAKE shook parts of New York from Saratoga Springs into the Adirondacks this morning, causing no damage but jolting some northeastern residents from their sleep, officials said. The tremor measured 3.2 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was 65 miles north of Albany, according to Frank Baldwin, a seismologist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. FOR THE MAN OF ANY SIZE NEW YORK STORE We havt the largest (election of name brand BIO n TALL Clothing in the area Siiei to 6X (34 neck) In third, 68 wall! In panti, tleeve length to 38 inchei 339-341 Broad St., Wmrlj (607) 565 8571 Big Store in a Small Town 27 PM DOWN Monaay-oaiuraay mm. A 1 . i 7 j? JUl J 1 10-10 Sundays 12-5 1163 E. 14th, ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. 733-4665:

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