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Tuesday, February 8, 1983
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f LI Springfield Daily News Tuesday, February 8, 1 983 Obituaries 2 Missouri : page 3 Comics 4 O . , - UK . .. - - " Authorities wait to release autopsy results By Mike Penprase and Pam Maples The Daily News FORSYTH - What caused the death of Springfield resident Rex Smith remained under wraps Monday. Although an autopsy was performed in St. John's Regional Health Center on the body of the 21-year-old man, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney James Justus said he will wait to release the autopsy results. "' ' ' : Dr. Tom Tombridge, who performed the autopsy, said he gave the results to Justus and referred questions to the prosecutor. "I've instructed everyone not to talk yet," Justus said of the case, which began after Smith's body was found Friday on the banks of Swan Creek north of Old Forsyth. Justus said the case might be handled as an apparent kidnapping or an apparent homicide. The Taney County prosecutor said he plans to talk to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Mountjoy today about investigating- Smith's death. Justus also said he has assigned his special investigator to work on the case full-time with Greene County and Springfield authorities. -f Mountjoy said his office will cooperate with Taney County, while Police Sgt. Walt Ayres said the Springfield Police Department is assisting in the investigation. Deciding the role each department will play in the investigation of Smith's death followed some confusion over the weekend as to which county would take charge of the investigation. After Smith's body was discovered, Taney County authorities referred questions to the Springfield Police Department. And although Smith's body was sent to Springfield for an autopsy Saturday, Taney County authorities did not authorize an autopsy. By Monday, however, questions over which county was responsible for the investigation were resolved and the autopsy was performed. Smith, of 2200 W. High, became the object of a missing-person report last week after he failed to keep a date with a woman and after his car was found- abandoned on the North Town Mall parking lot. A co-defendant in a second-degree burglary case, Smith was to have appeared this week for a preliminary hearing. Shortly after the body was found, Taney County Coroner Charles Spears said it appeared Smith had been bound and gagged and shot once in the head. Zoning bill put on hold by council By Jeff Catron The Daily News - The Springfield City Council Monday night tabled for a second time a vote on a proposed zoning change that would allow a commercial devel- , opment to be built adjacent to Interstate 44 between Glenstone and Fremont avenues. The proposed rezoning, which would allow the construction of a 200-room motel, professional offices and retail and commercial facilities, had been tabled at the Jan. 24 meeting so developers and those opposing the development could discuss the pros and cons of the zoning change. However, confusion over who was to set up that meeting kept it from - taking place, said attorney Ralph Hunt, who represents developers .Copeland, Kanan & Associates. Because no meetings were held, the council voted to table the issue again, he said. : "What happened is that (Councilman) Jerry Slavens tabled it two weeks ago in order to set up a meeting," Hunt said. "But I wasn't sure whether he wanted to set up the meeting or whether I should. It was just a misunderstanding." At Monday's meeting, Slavens and Mayor Harry Strawn asked Hunt to arrange the meeting with the area residents. Then, by a 6-3 vote, council tabled the motion. Strawn agreed with that vote. "I think we need more time so Mr. Hunt can explain this to these people," Strawn said. "If we table this for two weeks, we can get a better understanding of the issue.'""" Councilman John Shikany, who voted against tabling the bill, said residents in that area need to have the issue resolved soon. However, only council members Ann Drum-mond and Ann Wilbur voted with him. ' . . " The development is drawing criticism from some area residents because they say it will cause noise and traffic problems. o In other zoning cases, the council heard the first reading of bills that would allow areas on South Fremont and East Jean to be jezoned. Officials from St. John's Regional Health Center are requesting a zoning change to allow the expansion of a medical building under ' construction at Fremont and Cherokee. The zoning change would be from multi-family to office district zoning. On North Jean, Hiland Dairy officials are requesting a zoning change from residential to light manufacturing use so the area can be used for parking trailer trucks. The council likely will vote on the bills at its Feb. 21 meeting. ': Staff PhotosHyler Cooper '.t. i ' X J" J Frantic fans Above, Evangel College students Mark Matthew Drury College at Evangel Gym. At right, Drury 1 (left) and Troy Shivery, both members of Phi supporter A.F. Steager lends vocal support to Delta Sigma fraternity, cheer their team to a 46- the Panthers., A 20-foot desperation shot with 45 victory Monday night in a game against two seconds left provided the margin of victory. House panel refuses to reduce cleanup funds By Keith White Our Capital Bureau JEFFERSON CITY Cities and counties should not have to help pay the costs of cleaning up hazardous-waste sites, the Missouri House Budget Committee voted Monday. Committee members twice rejected amendments that would have cut in half the proposed $1 million state appropriation needed to match $9 million in federal funds. That money will be used to clean up contaminated areas such as Times Beach, the Syntex plant lagoons in Verona and the neighboring farms, said Fred Lafser, director of the state Department of Natural Resources. A committee member also spoke against appropriating any of the new education sales-tax money to schools this year, but he, withdrew his amendment before a vote. Committee members then approved the emergency and supplemental appropriations bill 11-3 and sent it to the full House for debate. Appropriation of the hazardous-waste and education sales-tax funds are its major provisions. Three St. Louis and Warren county legislators first raised the possibility of a contribution from lf we continue with a witch-hunt, all the state could be (considered) contaminated.' S Rep. Russell Brockfeld local governments last week during the hearing on the bill. . . Monday, they were joined by other legislators who argued the state should make local governments help, considering the state's financial plight. "I think we're going to have to take a careful look at all these appropriations," Rep. Vic Downing, D-Bragg City, said. Rep. Russell Brockfeld, R-Warrenton, said he is concerned the state doesn't know how much it will cost to clean up all the potentially contaminated sites. "If we continue with a witch-hunt, all the state could be (considered) contaminated," Brockfeld said. The state could end up spending millions of dollars it can't afford, he added. The state could wait until legislators increase taxes on the companies that create, transport and dispose of hazardous chemicals to provide state money to match what the federal government offers, he said. Brockfeld said he's not sure the state's dioxin contarrinati a -oblem is the dire emergency officials ha beea led to believe it is. "Sometn.ies I wi nder if the state didn't step in too soon on this," Rep. Russ Egan, D-St. Louis, added. However, other committee members said local governments, especially the city of Times Beach, wouldn't be able to contribute to any cleanup. "Times Beach is not in existence," Rep. Fran cis Bud Barnes, R-Kirkwood, said. U can t afford anything on this." "This is not a Times Beach problem. It's spread all over Missouri," Barnes said, and the entire country is now aware of the problem here. If the state doesn't step forward to solve its own hazardous-waste problems, "We're just going to be laughed at," Barnes said. "Let's quit fooling around and trying to kill it." Rep. George Hoblitzelle, R-Ladue, agreed. "I'm persuaded time is of the essence here," he said. ..... - - - - See FUNDS, Page 2B Meal program gets extra funds By Jeff Catron The Daily News The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging will have an extra $9,457 for expansion of its home-delivery meal program thanks to the settlement of an anti-trust suit filed in 1970, Missouri Attorney General John Ashcroft said Monday. Ashcroft presented the money to Winston Bledsoe, the Office on Aging's executive director, at a news conference Monday afternoon. The state received $90,329 in the settlement of the case, which involved the National Broiler Marketing Association and 43 processors and growers of chickens wht were .1st 2d to have conspired to fix prices, Ash croft said. The case was heard by the United States Supreme Court. The money from the settlement is being distributed to agencies that provide meals to the elderly, he said. "The $90,329 we are receiving ... will provide an additional 70,570 meals (per year) to Missourians 60 years and older," Ashcroft said. "Last year, only about 13 percent of our state's elderly population were served by the elderly nutrition program. We need more help." Southwest Missouri's share of that money, $9,457, will allow about 4,500 additional meals to be served this year, Bledsoe said. The Springfield agency works with regional offices to serve about 500 home-delivered meals per day, Bled soe said. The money is being used in this manner at the request of the Court of Appeals judge who ruled on the case, Ashcroft said. Although this is only a one-time boost in funds, Bledsoe said the agency is working to get additional state funding for the home-meal program. Ashcroft emphasized the importance of the home-meal program which serves about 120,000 elderly people statewide. "Home deliveries of meals enable our elderly to con-' tinue living at home, rather than being admitted to nursing homes," Ashcroft said. "It Giving at home) is also cheaper than the cost of nursing-home care." Typo leaves reader lusting after winches Ode of the Week, seeing that Valentine's Day is coming up Monday and winter probably will be afound a while longer, the groundhog notwithstanding ... NO LOVE LOST Noses are red, Fingers are blue. I don't like winter, How about you? Alert colleague noted a Valentine Variety Show lineup in an area newspaper which listed, among the selections, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by Frank Liszt. Colleague said he guessed Franz had a brother who also was a composer. Red-faced colleague meant to write "winch" in a story about cutting firewood. However, because of a typographical error, she got a joshing call from a reader the day after the story appeared, wanting to know where he could "get one of those wenches." There are lunch hours and there are lunch 'hours. News room staffers have been intrigued by a sign taped to a reporter's desk since early February: "Out to lunch. Back Feb. 9." The housewife entered a grocery store to encounter folks offering one of those Pepsi challenge taste tests. "Well, I don't know that this would be a fair test," she said. "I really like Pepsi." But she took the test. And she chose Coke. Sign seen in a Tulsa fast-food restaurant: "No bills bigger than $20s." Must be directed toward Tulsa oil tycoons. L- 11 Off-beat compiled by Hank Billings Unhandy pal defines a tool box: .Where you keep all the tools except the one you need at the moment. Cycling commuter saw a truck the other day that had a sign on one side which read: "Ring Around." He couldn't see the other side of the truck, but it surely must have said, "The Collar." The 5-year-old overheard one end of his mom's telephone conversation with an older brother, who reported he was locked out of the house but was able to enter through a heater vent. The 5-year-old insisted that they just had to get home in a real big hurry. He was so insistent that his mom asked If he had to go to the bathroom. Turned out he was worried about his 10-year-old brother. "We've got to get home and get him out of the washer." Scientists at Kansas State University have crossed a tomato with a potato. The result, reported wire services, will be known as the pomato or the topato. Fellow staffer, father of small kids, wants to know if the popular toy now will be known as Mr. Pomato Head? Graffito of the week, seeing that voters in Springfield, Aurora and Webb City, among others, today will trim the field of candidates for general municipal elections in April: VOTING IS A PRIMARY DUTY . The Willow Springs license office is not just another license office, reports a reader. "It is here local citizens can purchase their car license tags, pay rural fire-protection dues, as well as their Central Telephone monthly bills, or Howell-Oregon Electric Co-op charges or their television cable dues. They can place an ad in "The Horse Trader,' an advertising magazine; visit with a member of the local Police Department, or pay any back ambulance debt they might owe. "If the coffee pot is perking, they can probably even get a cuppa the hot brew all at the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce License Office." Hank Billings Is the regional editor of The Dally News.

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