The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 3, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS SATURDAY. MAY 3, 1997 AS BRIEFLY Gay affair may have led pilot to kill himself TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Air Force suspects the A-10 pilot whose plane crashed into a mountainside committed suicide for fear his homosexual affair with another flier was about to be exposed, the Tucson Citizen reported Friday. An Air Force spokesman called the story "unsubstantiated." The newspaper quoted an unidentified military source close to the investigation who said Capt. Craig Button, 32, may have flown his attack jet into a 13,000- foot Colorado mountain because an estranged lover was about to reveal the affair. The source said the lover was believed to be another pilot at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson. "The Air Force really believes that this could be the answer," the source told the newspaper. "That's unsubstantiated," said Col. Joe LaMarca, spokesman for the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Jury finds ex-soldier guilty in race murders WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former Fort Bragg soldier accused . along with a fellow ex-soldier of killing two people because they were black was convicted Friday of first-degree murder. After less than a full day of deliberations, jurors convicted Malcolm Wright on two counts. He showed little emotion as the verdict was read. Superior Court Judge Coy •Brewer set a Monday morning sentencing hearing. He also de. hied a motion to rule out the death penalty for Wright, 22. Wright, whose spider web tattoo and involvement in a neo- Nazi skinhead group was central to the case, could face the death . penalty even though triggerman '. James Burmeister was sentenced ^ to life in prison following his con- viction. " On Feb. 27, the 21-year-old '. Burmeister, also was found guilty ; of two counts of first-degree mur- ; der in the shootings of Jackie Burden and Michael James on Dec. 7, 1995. Wright, of Louisville, Ky., and Burmeister of Thompson, Pa., who are white, were charged with murder after six bullets were fired into James and Burden as they were walking down a dim Fayetteville street. Body thought to be girl missing from home GRANBURY, Texas — Searchers found a body believed to be that of a missing 11-year- old girl Friday, two days after her little brother was found beaten nearly to death in a cemetery. Bobby Wayne Woods, an ex- boyfriend of the children's mother, was charged with attempted murder in the boy's beating and is expected to be charged next yveek in the girl's death. >,. Authorities abandoned an early theory that Woods abducted the children to retaliate against their jnother, Schwana Patterson. V'- "It was not a revenge deal. It was not an anger deal. I believe it was an offense involving his need tp want a female child," District "Attorney Richard Hattox said. ;; - Officials could not immediately confirm whether the body was ; -that of Sarah Patterson. The girl Disappeared from her home Tuesday night along with her 9-year- jold brother, Cody. Cody has slipped in and out of consciousness since he was found late Wednesday, urging deputies in wakeful moments "to kill Bobby Woods for him," according to an affidavit. $1.5 million in cash taken from armored car WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Thieves set off a smoke bomb at an armored car yard before dawn Friday and whisked away $1.5 million from one of the parked vehicles. The money was taken at about 5:15 a.m. by at least two thieves, who got away without confronting any guards, police Sgt. Paul Finnie said. Two employees were at the yard at the time. Finnie said the theft was being investigated as an inside job. • It was the second time in more than six years that Berkshire Armored Car Services, based in Pittsfield, has been the target of a big-money heist. In 1991, three armed robbers wearing ski masks confronted guards and stole $1.2 million from an armored car at a Berkshire Armored Car garage in Pittsfield. Four men were later convicted. District Attorney William Bennett said the smoke bomb was apparently used for cover. "During the confusion ... the money was taken," he said. From Wire Service Reports Labor's Day After a big win, Blair takes over as Britain's prime minister By MAUREEN JOHNSON The Associated Press LONDON — Cheered by flag- waving supporters and armed with the enormous power of an unshakeable parliamentary majority, Tony Blair became Britain's first Labor Party prime minister in a generation Friday. Before shepherding his three young children into the official residence at 10 Downing St., Blair promised to stick to a program of modest taxes and modest spending, with which he made Labor electable again. "This isn't a mandate for dogma or doctrine or a return to the past," Blair, 43, declared after being invited by Queen Elizabeth II to form a government. "It is a mandate to get those things done in this country which desperately need doing." John Major said he will step down as Conservative leader after the catastrophic defeat in national elections Thursday that ended his party's 18-year hold on power. "When the curtain falls, it is time to get off the stage," Major said before going to Buckingham Palace to resign as prime minister. He then took his wife, Nor- The Associated Press Cherie and Tony Blair embrace Friday in front of 10 Downing St. in London. Tony Blair is Britain's new prime minister. ma, and two adult children off to share his favorite hobby, watching cricket. The ranks of challengers to take over the traumatized Conservatives, probably in a July contest, were depleted by the defeats of seven of Major's Cabinet ministers. The party lost half its seats overall in its worst performance since 1832. With the trappings of office stripped from defeated British leaders within hours, Blair returned to Downing Street in Major's prime ministerial Jaguar. Hundreds of supporters chanting "Tony, Tony. Tony" packed the short street in brilliant sunshine. Blair and his wife, Cherie, leaned over police barriers for handshakes, hugs and kisses. The Blairs then led their children, Euan, 13, Nicholas, 11, and Kathryn, 9, through the black door and into the family's new home. Blair, the youngest prime minister since 1812, is the first to have young children in Downing Street since Labor's Ramsay MacDonald in the 1920s, aides said. In Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Army-allied Sinn Fein party made a historic breakthrough by winning two of the province's 18 seats, including one for its leader Gerry Adams. Major's predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, who moved the British political agenda right, congratulated Blair — and noted he'd learned a thing or two from the Conservatives. Thatcher's rigorous policies included emasculating the labor unions and selling off huge state-owned enterprises, including British Airways and British Telecom. Asked if she thought her legacy was safe with Blair, Thatcher said outside her London office, "I shall have something to say if it isn't." Blair inflicted the Conservatives' heaviest defeat since 1832. Labor did even better than its 1945 landslide that swept Winston Churchill out of office right after World War II. With races for all 659 seats in the House of Commons declared, Labor had 179 more seats than all other parties combined. Labor finished with 419, the Conservatives wound up with 165, while the Liberal Democrats, buoyed by a tide of anti- Conservative voting, doubled their seats to 46. Welsh and Scottish nationalists had 10, and the rest were spread among small parties. Domestically, Blair plans to organize referendums to set up separate assemblies in Scotland and Wales, and strip hereditary peers of their vote in the House of Lords. These represent huge constitutional upheavals. V TOBACCO Cigarettes compared to candy By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A top tobacco executive said in a sworn statement that tobacco is no more addictive than Gummy Bears candy. James Morgan, president of Philip Morris Co., also said he wouldn't get out of the tobacco business even if he were convinced that cigarettes cause cancer, according to depositions obtained by CBS's "60 Minutes." Morgan's statements were videotaped by an attorney who is pressing a $5 billion class-action lawsuit in Miami against tobacco companies. Attorney Stanley Rosenblatt, who made tapes of his questions to Morgan available to CBS, also taped depositions last month by the heads of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Brown & Williamson and Lorillard. When Rosenblatt asked Morgan if he believes cigarette smoking is addictive, Morgan replied, "Pharmacologically, my answer is no> "If they are behaviorally addictive or habit forming, they are much more like caffeine, or in my case, Gummy Bears," he said. ., "I love Gummy Bears and I want Gummy Bears, and I like Gummy Bears, and I eat Gummy Bear's, and I don't like it when I don't ^at my Gummy Bears, but I'm certainly not addicted to them." ' , COURTS Fearing impeachment, chief justice steps down ANDERSON'S LEATHER SHOP Illinois judge accused of using position to avoid traffic tickets By The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, 111. — Threatened with impeachment for trying to use his position to avoid traffic tickets, James Heiple stepped down Friday as Illinois' chief justice but will remain on the state's high court. Earlier this week, he was censured by the Illinois Courts Commission. The commission unanimously concluded Heiple tried to use his office to evade traffic tickets. In mid-April, the state House empowered a committee to investigate Heiple and decide if there are grounds to impeach him. Heiple was charged in January 1996 with resisting arrest for driving away from police officers who stopped him on suspicion of drunken driving. A state inquiry subsequently found that Heiple had evaded speeding tickets three times between 1992 and 1996 by flashing his judicial ID. Heiple did not contest the charges. 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