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Wednesday, May 27, 1987 News Journal, Mansfield, 0. House to consider lethal injections bill; Senate to pass budget By Jim Underwood Ntwi Journal Stalehouw Bureau COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Senate will pass its version of the state budget this Thursday, while the House today was expected to take up legislation that will permit lethal in jection instead of electrocution for persons convicted of capital crimes in Ohio. The lethal injection bill, sponsored by State Rep. Ron Mottl, D-Parma, would give condemned convicts the choice between dying in Ohio's electric chair or being executed with high dosages of lethal drugs. The latter means of execution has been instituted in many states since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted its ban on the death penalty in the 1970s. Similar legislation was introduced in the Ohio House in the 115th General Assembly, but failed to gain committee action. Mottl says the lethal injection method of execution is a more humane way of putting condemned prisoners to death. While the population on Ohio's death row continues to climb, the state has not executed a prisoner since 1963. State officials say it could be another two years before a convict is put to death. With the House back in session today following the Memorial Day holiday, the Senate will not reconvene for full session until 9 a.m. Thursday when they will take up the budget. Senate Republicans yesterday unveiled a budget which is $88 million less than the budget passed by the House. But the Republican version contains more money for primary, secondary, and higher education. The additional money for education is funded primarily from cuts in welfare and a 3.5 percent across-the-board reduction In many departmental budgets. If the Senate proposal were to re main unscathed, primary and secondary education would receive $91 million more than is in the House budget and $167 million more than was proposed by the Celeste administration. The Senate budget calls for an increase in basic aid to every school district in the state and creates higher minimum salaries for the state's teachers. Saying they want accountability with the higher level of funding, the Senate bill also includes provisions for student competency testing. Higher education would receive $105 million more than the House proposal and $145 million more than was proposed by Gov. Richard Celeste. Senate Finance Chairman Stanley Aronoff, R-Cincinnati, said the Senate plan for higher education would likely forestall some of the giant tuition increases threatened by administrators of most colleges and universities in the state. One area of the budget that was axed heavily by the Republican Senate is welfare. Although the Department of Human Services would receive $111 million more than it currently receives, the Senate plan is for $248 million less for the department than was passed by the House. Aronoff said the Republican plan does not include projected increases in welfare subsidies now on-line for 1989. The Republican Senate plan also does not include an administration proposal for a tax amnesty. The Celeste administration encountered stiff resistance on the Senate side to a program that would give tax cheaters an opportunity to join the tax rolls without incurring fines and civil penalties. The variance between the House and Senate versions of the budget means the final bill will emerge later this summer in a conference committee between the two houses. Digest Plant restarted after leak found NORTH PERRY, Ohio (AP) - The Perry Nuclear Power Plant is back in operation after a two-day shutdown caused by a steam and water leak In the turbine building, a federal inspector said. Kevin Connaughton, senior resident inspector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said Tuesday that Perry operators on Sunday discovered a large leak from broken weld in a drain line used for maintenance work. He said a supervisor found water and steam near the feed-water pumps and called the control room to order the plant shut down fast. Vibration apparently broke the weld. Connaughton said the broken line and another drain were cut off and capped. Neither is important to the operation of the plant. A second, continuing problem has been a system that automatically controls the amount of steam in the "hot surge" tank, a reservoir for steam pumps. Connaughton said the control level had not been working properly and as a result the. level in the tank had been too low. He said a valve that had been causing the trouble could be operated manually so there was no serious problem. Lottery winners can keep money CLEVELAND (AP) Ohio Lottery winners who have claimed their prizes after losing their tickets are not expected to have to return their winnings despite a ruling last week by the Ohio attorney general, a lottery spokeswoman said. Anne Bloomberg said a few claims a month have been made by people who lost tickets since the lottery was computerized in 1979. Amounts awarded to winners who lost tickets ranged from $2 to $4,000 or $5,000, she said. Last week, Ohio Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze announced that Terry and Steve Adams of Sylvania along with Mrs. Adams' parents, Lucille and John Jones, who live in North Carolina, could not collect $1.78 million in prize money because they could not produce their winning "Ohio Lotto" ticket from the April 19, 1986 drawing. "My sense is that this ruling Is related to that specific instance and now sets the guideline from this point forward," Ms. Bloomberg said. She said the lottery wouldn't issue awards in the future to players without tickets unless state law was changed or the Adamses and the Joneses were awarded the winnings through legal action. Lawmaker cites DWI loophole COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Thousands of drunken drivers are escaping Ohio's tough penalties because their cases are heard in mayors' courts, says a legislator who wants to close the loophole. State Rep. Don Gilmore, R-Columbus, told the Ohio Senate Highways, Transportation and Local Government Committee on Tuesday that his bill, which passed the House 92-1 on May 7, would remove between 12,000 and 15,000 drunken drivers from state roads. The bill would increase the sentencing powers of the 300 to 400 mayors' courts in the state, Gilmore said. The mayors' courts cannot confiscate licenses or Impose the three-day jail term required under state law because they are not legal courts of record, he said. "If a driver pleads guilty and pays his fine, there's nothing to prevent him from leaving (a mayor's court) and driving to the nearest bar," Gilmore said. New juvenile centers proposed COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) At least three state training centers for juvenile delinquents would be replaced at a cost of $5 million each under a plan by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The proposal made Tuesday by DYS Director Geno Natalucci-Persl-chetti. asks the Legislature to replace the Training Institution of Central Ohio, the Buckeye Youth Center and the Training Center for Youth," all in Columbus, and possibly Scioto Village in Delaware County. Juvenile court judges have complained about conditions at the three Celssibus schools. fdsU Village dates to the 19U) century. A t ':V ' jfl Plague of locusts Hundreds of cicadas turned up recently in the yard of a Clark County, Ohio, resident. The occurrence marks the completion of the locusts' 17-year cycle. (AP Photo) Peace activists to picket jail in support of CIA protester CINCINNATI (AP) - Peace activists plan to picket outside a downtown jail this week in support of a protester who was arrested for painting a wall with human blood outside an unmarked CIA recruiting office. Lorry Thomas, 43, of Hamilton, has refused to have a lawyer appointed to represent her when she appears for trial Friday morning in Hamilton County Municipal Court on the charge of criminal damaging, activists said. "She basically feels that she's in a position of non-cooperation, that her arrest was legitimate," Steve Schumacher, director of Cincinnati's independent Center for Peace Education, said Tuesday. Schumacher said pickets will march at noon each weekday this week outside the county jail and outside the court building where Ms. Thomas is to be tried. Ms. Thomas is accused of intentionally damaging public property in the John W, Peck Federal Office Building downtown. She is in the Hamilton County Justice Center, four blocks from the federal building. She and four other demonstrators sat, chanted and sang songs outside the CIA office Friday afternoon to protest CIA covert operations in Central America and elsewhere in the world. Police ordered the demonstrators to leave the building by its 6 p.m. closing time. When they did not, police used wheelchairs to remove four of them. Thomas was the only one arrested. Roger Andrews, a CIA recruiter who works in the office, confirmed Tuesday that it is an agency office for recruiting job applicants. Andrews said it was one of about seven CIA recruiting offices in the United States and began operating in July. Schumacher said the administration's policies and the CIA's involvement require dramatic steps. "Poll after poll shows that the administration's policies are not supported by people in this country, but the administration persists in trying to revive them," he said. Asked why he thought Ms. Thomas was arrested and the others were not, Schumacher said: "My understanding was that what was put on the walls by her was more permanent than what other people did." The protesters used blood they had drawn from them Thursday by a doctor to paint "CIA" on the wall, They also taped a white cardboard cross to the wall outside the office and read statements protesting CIA involvement in Central America. No one emerged from the CIA office during the two-hour protest. "It's all been washed off," Andrews said, referring to the blood. "There was no permanent damage done." . RegionOhio 9-a Few clues yet in '83 murder WYOMING, Ohio (AP) - Neither police nor the friends of Dorothea Irwin have given up trying to find her murderer, four years after she was stabbed to death in this affluent Cincinnati suburb. Mrs. Irwin, 59, a millionaire, was slain Sept. 11, 1983. She was stabbed repeatedly in the chest and midsection with a small, sharp blade, and was found by a boarder slumped in the first-floor hallway of her home. "I've been to Florida two or three times and to several other states," said Detective Jack Roy said. "We try to keep in contact with any witnesses." Ralph Lottes, one of Mrs. Irwin's friends, said he would never rest until those responsible were found and brought to justice. "It was a very, very brutal murder, and it takes a long while to get over something like that," said Lottes. "I pursued it about as long as I possibly could, and I know the Wyoming Police have devoted a considerable amount of time to it. For me, the investigation has become a blind alley." When Lottes visits Naples, Fla., a Gulf Coast retirement city in which Mrs. Irwin owned property, he telephones mutual friends to see if anything has developed. "I was in Naples this winterand I called several of her former acquaintances and friends," he said. "I wanted to see if they had any names. I called to find out anything." The calls were fruitless. He is baffled by the case but suspects that one individual, whom he would not name, knows more about the murder than has been revealed. Lottes, 77, met Mrs, Irwin on a trip to Manzanillo, Mexico, in 1976. They were members of a private travel club. "She had a real outgoing type of personality," Lottes said. "She was a person who was easy to meet and feel comfortable with. She was secure and confident. "To me, her most outstanding characteristic was that she was a businesswoman, and she just loved to buy and sell real estate. Obviously, she was a wealthy woman." . But Lottes has had to curtail his detective efforts. "My resources are limited," Lottes said. "I'm retired and on a fixed in come, " Mrs. Dole praises deregulation YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Secretary of Transpora-tion Elizabeth Hanford Dole hailed deregulation of the transportation industry during a speech Tuesday night at Youngstown State University. "We've learned the hard way that government solutions can often be worse than the problem and government often can do a great deal of good simply by doing less," said Mrs. Dole, who was appointed to the cabinet post by President Reagan in 1983. Mrs. Dole estimated that airline travelers have benefited by about $6 billion annually in lower costs and more frequent flights since passage of the 1978 airline deregulation act. She said the number of passenger boardings has grown by over 100 million, a 40 percent Increase. "I'm proud to say that the Department of Transporta tion has taken the lead in the federal governments's efforts to reduce regulation that impedes American competitiveness," said said. Since the deregulation of railroads, rail lines and shippers have entered nearly 50,000 new contracts tailored to the specific needs of individual shippers, she said. Such contracts were prohibited under regulation, she said. Mrs. Dole called on the federal government to return some rights to the state and local governments. "We're going to have to simplify our bureaucracies in both Congress and the agencies and continue to decentralize government by returning rights and responsibilities to cities, states and the people," she said. Mrs. Dole also suggested that much of the highway program be turned over to the states. . Invest in yourself , Amewlkir-iMpBtstWt I HIT 1B n tmK,(WHH0 taemfcie I V 'it , . 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The day I was licensed to take in girls (in November 1986), within 24 hours my beds were committed." Condo wrote about the shelter's space problem to Bruce Boswell, president of Westinghouse Materials Corp., which operates the uranium-processing plant at nearby Fernald. FACTS OF LAW T JOHN TARKCWSKY In Common law, a wife wot entitled to a lift ttat in ont-third of hr ttut-bond'i property, which could not b denied by either a transfer of prop' erty by the huvbond when living, or by a will. Thii win colled "dower right." Although mil wot once in existence in the law of moit ttotet, obout three-fourtht of the itatef have now obol-iihed the concept of dower. However, it i stilt difficult to disinherit a spouse totally! most states give the surviving spouse o fight of election ogatnst will. In oil states, the spouse must shore the state of on intestate spouse with the children of the morrioge; the amount of the shored portion varies front state to state. 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