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Saturday, August 24, 1985
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ftp Lancaster Luncheon Gives Fisher Freedom Fighter Insight (Pg. 12) 'Nature Notes' Unravels Some Bird Migration Mysteries (Pg. 4) Weather Tonight, more showers and occa- sional thunderstorms. Low in the mid-60s. Sunday, showers and thunderstorms likely. High in the mid-70s. The chance of rain is near 100 percent tonight and 70 percent Sunday. Friday's high 80; overnight . low 63. Hancastfer agle FAIRFIELD COUNTY'S ONLY DAILY NEWSPAPER SINCE 1807 ESTABLISHED 1807 Vol. 178, No. 201 Telephone: 654 1321 LANCASTER, OHIO, SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 1985 30c PKR COPY USiSaX 26 PAGES SJLJ ;:..J:V:.:.-:-.''..', ... Scene Is Timeless In Fairfield County This timeless scene of towering twin building and the field covered with Conrad. You can almost feel the trees against layers of puffy clouds, masses of Queen Ann's lace ap- rays of the sun beating down on a the rusting, abandoned farm pealed to the Eagle-Gazette's Larry hot, lazy August afternoon, machine, the weathered old farm Earthquake Hits Agricultural Region Of China; 55 Killed PEKING (AP) - A major earthquake hit a remote agricultural area of western China near the Soviet border, killing at least 55 people, flattening homes and cutting communications, seismological officials said today. Zhu Lingren, deputy director of the Xinjiang Seismological Bureau in the regional capital of Urumqi, said soldiers had been dispatched to help with rescue work. ' Engine Probed LONDON (AP) - Experts probing the fire on a British Airtours Boeing 737 jet that killed 54 passengers say they will call for all 1,200 of the aircraft in use around the world to be grounded if inquiries reveal structural or design faults in the plane or its engines. "If anything comes to light which relates to aviation safety . .. immediate action will be taken to notify all other airworthiness authorities throughout the world, who would take instant action," the Accident Investigation Branch said in a statement Friday. Initial reports have indicated one of the 737's Pratt and Whitney JT8D-15 engines exploded Thursday as the plane was taking off, rupturing fuel gear in the left wing and igniting escaping kerosene. A huge fireball engulfed the rear of the plane and burst into the cabin. Swango Wants To Resume Career After Prison Term QUINCY, 111. (AP) - Dr. Michael Swango, headed to prison for lacing co-workers' snacks with arsenic, says he wants to resume his medical career after he gets out. "I realize it will be a long road back," Dr. Michael Swango, 31, a former intern at Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus, said Friday as he was sentenced to five years in prison. "I will have to rebuild my life from the ground up." Circuit Judge Dennis Cashman rejected Swango's claim of innocence and plea for probation. The judge said he couldn't understand why Swango slipped arsenic-based ant killer into five fellow paramedics' snacks last fall. All five survived. Inside Today YOU'LL READ- Home Room Assignments Pg. 2 Modern Living Pg. 5 Sports '. Pgs. 6, 7 ALSO TODAY- Business, Industry Pgs. 12, 13 Classified Pgs. 8-10 Comics, Dear Abby Pg. 11 Editorials.,...'. Pg. 4 Vitals, Weather . Pg. 3 NO DELIVERY? If you fail to receive your Eagle-Gazette, call your carrier promptly or call the Eagle-Gazette at 654-1324 before 6 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturday. "Eighty-five percent of the houses in the county seat of Wuqia were flattened," Zhu said. "There's no figure on the injured. People have moved out of their houses and are now living in the open." The quake registered 7.4 on the Richter scale, said a bureau spokeswoman who identified herself as Mrs. Gao. Kirghizia, a small Soviet republic, lies across the border about 100 miles west of the earthquake epicenter. The quake struck at 8:41 p.m. (8:41 a.m. EDT) in Wuqia, a sparsely populated area in China's vast Xinjiang Uighur region. . The jolt claimed 19 lives in Wuqia county and 36 on Wupar commune in neighboring Shuf u county, said Zhu. The jolt was also strongly felt in Kashgar and the nearby town of Shule. Wuqia, at the edge of the desert-like , Tarim Basin, is about 80 miles northwest of Kashgar, the population center in the area with 300,000 people. Xinjiang is one of China's most earthquake-prone areas. On April 5, 1983, a quake estimated at magnitude 5.6 rocked the same area. Friday's temblor was China's worst quake since 1976, when a jolt measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Tangshan. Officials said 242,000 people died. "There is no excuse for what you have done, no explanation," Cashman " said during a half-hour explanation of his sentence. "The only explanation that I can come to is that inside of Michael Swango there must be another person. There must be two Michael Swangos." After a bench trial without a jury, Cashman sentenced Swango to five years in prison on each of six counts of aggravated battery, with all sentences to be served at the same time. Swango could win release in less than Vk years with good behavior. Cashman convicted Swango May 3 of spiking five Adams County paramedics' tea, soda and douhgnuts with the ant killer on four occasions last September and October. Before sentencing, Swango read a 20-minute statement, pleading for probation and pledging his medical talent for whatever purpose Cashman would deem appropriate. "I am innocent of these charges," said Swango, speaking forcefully. "In no way, shape or form, under no conceivable circumstances am I now or could I ever be, a danger to any human being on the face of the earth. Daniel Cook, Swango's attorney, said he would appeal. The sentencing is not the end of action against Swango. He still could lose his Ohio medical license. He is targeted in an investigation of deaths of patients at Ohio State University Hospitals, where he was an intern from 1983 to 1984. . Don Kelly, a spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington, said Friday's quake was the strongest earthquake in the world since the 7.8 magnitude quake that killed at least 177 in Chile on March 3. The Richter scale is a measure of ground motion as recorded on seismographs. A quake of magnitude 8 is a "great" earthquake, capable of tremendous damage in populated areas. luaomira .qpuMwiiuma i J J i. hum. -' - i i i " ' 1 11 ' -- u.uuiiijiiira.iiii.ii.Mii.iiyi. jiiiiii ALICE J. MORSE (right), who takes over as Fairfield County treasurer Sept. 1 after being elected last November, is seen here being Alice J. Morse Repeats Oath Of Fairfield County Treasurer By Mark Williams Fairfield County residents using the county treasurer's office won't notice much change when they go into the office the next time, but they notice that there is a new boss. Deputy Treasurer Alice J. Morse, who has worked in the office for 28 years, will assume the role of treasurer Sept. 1 after defeating Republican Bob Kindle last November. Morse, who was sworn-in Friday afternoon in common pleas court by municipal court Judge Joseph Ralston, will take over for Sam LeFever who is leaving after 20 years on the job. "I'm scared to death to tell you the truth," Morse said in an interview Friday with the Eagle-Gazette, about her new position. "It has been exciting and a big build up and now here we ae. Thunderstorm Delays Launch Until Sunday CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A fast-developing thunderstorm rolling over the launch area just nine minutes before scheduled liftoff forced postponement today of space shuttle Discovery's launch on a mission in which space-walking astronauts will try to "jump-start" a dead satellite. NASA said another launch attempt will be made Sunday morning, with the launchingsetfor7:57a.m. EDT. The skies above Cape Canaveral had been clear for several hours when black thunderclouds moved in from the south. The launch team had only a 34-minute window from 8:38 a.m. to 9:12 a.m. EDT to launch Discovery. Hoping the storm would clear out, the clock was counted down' to the five-minute mark, where another hold was called. The clouds were beginning to break up, but when it became clear they would not quit the area in time, launch director Bob Sieck called off the effort Local Man Killed On U.S. 33 A 24-year-old Colonial Estates resident was killed early this morning when he was struck by a pick-up truck while trying to walk across U.S. 33 north of Lancaster, according to the Lancaster post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Kevin A. Hanna of 155 Colonial Estates was killed instantly, the patrol said, after being struck by a truck driven by Patrick M. McGee, 27, of 818 Boyd St. According to the patrot, Hanna was walking north along U.S. 33 near the patrol post at 4:55 when he was struck Agents Pulled From East Germany BONN, Welt Germany (AP) - A political foe of Chancellor Helmut Kohl' said the defection of a top counter-spy could be a disaster if he identifies undercover agents, and newspapers said some agents already were being pulled from East Germany. Gerhard Jahn, a leader of the opposition Social Democrat Party, said sworn-in Friday afternoon in common pleas court by municipal court Judge Joseph Ralston. Holding the "I feel like we are ready for it," Morse said, especially after having several months to prepare for her new position. But now that she is the boss, she said, "there will be nobody else to go to and ask 'Is this going to be okay?'" And though she is used to being in the background as an employee, she now will be in the forefront and open to public scrutiny. But one person in particular thinks Morse has nothing to worry about and feels that the office is being left in good hands. "It is honor to me that someone in my office became the first lady treasurer of Fairfield County," LeFever said. "She will be a good treasurer and she will serve with courteous and efficient service. I can't say enough good things about Alice." Running the office always has been a for the day. The launch window is determined by several factors, including the time that three communications satellites are to be deployed by the astronauts arid by the position,of the disabled satellite they will try fo rescue. . The five astronauts had been' in the shuttle cabin for more than two hours when the countdown was halted. They were to return to crew quarters to await another try Sunday. Ironically, 20 minutes after the scrub was called, skies above the launch pad were clear again. NASA does not want to launch in rain because it could damage the shuttle's fragile heat-resistant tiles. And clouds could block the astronauts' view of a runway in case there as trouble early in the flight and they had to make an emergency landing back here. To avoid possible launch problems like those Challenger suffered last month, each of Discovery's three main engines was fitted with improved sen while attempting to cross the road. Apparently, Hanna was walking home when the incident occurred. Hanna was taken to the morgue at the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Hospital by the Lancaster squad. The accident remains under investigation; no citations have been issued. The post also is investigating an injury accident in the vicinity of Ohio 204 and Cattail Road that occurred at 6:38 a.m. No other information regarding the accident was available at press time. Friday that the defection to East Germany of Hans Joachim Tiedge could have "disastrous consequences" for West German security if he reveals the names of West German agents in the Soviet Bloc. A government spokesman said officials feared his defection would endanger agents in East Germany. Bible is Morse's daughter, Karen Young. (E-G Photo by Dave Saunders) team effort, LeFever said, and it will continue to be that way with everyone working together to provide good, efficient service to the public. The running of the office, she said, "will be pretty much the same. We will be flowing on where we left off." But, she added, if there are changes that can be made that will benefit those using the office they will be implemented. "I'm looking forward to working with the people," she said. "We will do the best we can. We are here for them." She said her only goal is to do as good as job as LeFever did. "It has been an honor to be chosen by the people of Fairfield County to replace Treasurer LeFever," she said. "I only hope I can do as goo job as he did. , sors to measure the temperature on high-pressure fuel pumps. During Challenger's July 29 launch, two sensors falsely indicated an engine pump was overheating and one engine was shut down by a computer, but the remaining engines had enough power to reach orbit. The shuttle crew, including commander Joe Engle and pilot Dick Covey will launch several satellites and guide Discovery through two days of maneuvers to track down the disabled Syncom 3 satellite. Space walkers James van Hoften ana Bill Fisher will move into the open cargo bay and van Hoften will grab the 15,500-pound, $85 million satellite with his gloved hands to stop its slow rotation. Mike Lounge, operating the ship's 50-foot robot arm from inside the cabin, will grip Syncom and hold it steady while Fisher, a physician, attempts to repair it with some space-age "bypass surgery." Funeral service Kevin A. Hanna will; be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Halteman-Fett Funeral Home; the Rev. Stephen Price officiating; burial in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A 1975 graduate of Fairfield Union High School, employee of Sonoco Company and member of Pleasantville United Methodist Church, he is survived by his parents, Floyd Hanna and Janet Hanna, both Lancaster; two sisters Mrs. Terry (Karen) Horn, Pleasantville, Melanie Hanna, Colonial Estates. . East Germany's official ADN news agency announced earlier Friday that Tiedge, who had been in charge of counter-espionage aimed at East Germany, had crossed the border and was seeking asylum. He had been missing since Monday. Government sources said counter-espionage ex-! perts and Interior Ministry officials; were slated to meet in emergency ses-i sions today to assess the effects of; Tiedge's defection. '. Two West German newspapers known for their government contacts said officials were trying to arrange the return of undercover agents in East Germany. Indictments Returned A Fairfield County grand jury returned indictments against 17 people Friday, 14 of whom are charged with drug-related crimes following this week's drug raid by police officials. There names will appear in the Eagle-Gazette following their arraignment in common pleas court. Information Hidden WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is concealing vital information that could help win a new trial for Allen Friedman, uncle of Teamsters Union President Jackie Presser, on a 1983 fraud conviction, a Friedman attorney says. The assertion by attorney Dennis Levin, made during an in-chambere meeting with U.S. District Judge Sam H. Bell of Akron, Ohio, was not challenged by the government, a transcript of the Aug. 16 session shows. Dismissal Expected , '- TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) A State Highway Patrol trooper who shot an unarmed man is in the process of being fired, but he won't face any criminal charges in the death. The patrol Friday began dismissal proceedings against Raymond Flowers, 25, of Swanton, who shot J. Auston Martin, 19, of Seattle, along the Ohio Turnpike Sunday. Martin, also known as Joseph Burkey, later died at a Toledo hospital. WonderfuL Results "WONDERFUL results; hundreds of calls." COUNTRY HOME: 1 brdroom. WHS. 2 -car garage, nice garden. 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