The Herald-Palladium from Saint Joseph, Michigan on March 5, 1984 · 3
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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Monday, March 5, 1984
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Area Highlights MONDAY, MARCH 5, 1984 BENTON HARBOR STV JOSEPH, MICHIGAN Berrien GOP Mas r Cliance To Size Up Lonntia And Dunn VA LINCOLN DAY PARTICIPANTS : U.S. Rep. Lynn Martin (R-Rockford, III.), guest speaker Saturday aLtheBeiTienRepublican Party Lincoln Day dinner, is joined before the event by James Dunn of East Lansing, a candidate for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, and his daughter Kate, 5. (Staff photo) 1 LOUSMA SUPPORTERS: Area Republican : legislators Saturday-joined former astronaut Jack Lousma (standing), who's campaigning for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. Seated, from left:StateRep. James "Miek'lMid-daugh, Paw Paw; State Sen. Harry Gast, St. Jack Lousma Makes His Campaign Trip To Twin By RALPH LUTZ Staff Writer Jack Lousma, former astronaut who seeks the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, made his first campaign trip to the Twin Cities area Saturday, saying the mounting federal budget deficit is the "fly in the ointment" to economic Lousma', 48, said there must be a "plan" to reduce the deficit, that even de fense spending could be reduced, and that he supports a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. -. He met with newsmen and area legislators at the. Benton Harbor Holiday Inn Saturday and then appeared at the Berrien County Lincoln Day dinner at Lake Michigan College. Lousma's opponent in the Republican primary election is James Dunn of East Lansirigrr7formerton- gressman who also seeks the Senate seat held by Democrat Carl Levin. Dunn has held press conferences twice before in this area, and appeared in a news conference Saturday. Asked about federal i NEW STOIIE IN EH: Tackle Haven, owned by Rex Schuman and his wife, Carolyn, opened with line cutting Saturday in former Gardner's store, 741 Riverview Drive, Benton Harbor. Mayor Wilce Cooke wields scissors. From left: Mr. and Mrs. Schuman; Jesse Price, landscape architect with Abonmarche Consultants, Inc., Benton Harbor; Cooke; Robert Lilly, city community services director ; and City W spending, Lousma said the defense budget must be looked at carefully for cuts, adding "military capability must be tough and ready," but not wasteful. Lousma said space exploration "has had its ups and downs, but is a good investment for all people." He added that NASA, like other eovernment units. U L 1 . KV. jLUI116U, UU9 funds it receives. t A,icma n-,icDH Cod- Presi- dent Reagan's policies that the candidate said helped put people back to work and bring down inflation. However, he said Michigan's economy still needs a boost, including more teelt; nological industry and .de fense contracts. Lousma charged that Michigan now gets back only 69 cents for each dollar it sends to the federal government, and claimed this was the lowest return in the nation. Asked about his long absence from Michigan, Lousma replied he was in the service of the nation. He said he thinks only a few people would object to this. Commenting on his campaign, Lousma said 150-160 prominent GOP leaders of mmmmmmmmmmmmmm . r. i I T Joseph; State Rep. Carl Gnodtke, Sawyer; and State Rep. Lad Stacey, Berrien Springs. Gnodtke said he just met Lousma but "I'm sure I will back him.'' The others said they earlier decided to support Lcusma. (Staff photo) . .. the state have endorsed him, including state senators, legislators and party district chairmen. Lousma also said he has been joined by 1,000 Volunteers during the past five weeks, and is now raising about $25,000-$30,000 in campaign funds per week. Among those endorsing him Are area Rtato Rons ...... w..v v. www ..... miuudugn, Pai Pnw and I.a1 Ktnrsv RMi-ien Knrinffs- arid Stat Berrien Springs; and State Sen. Harry Gast, St. Jo- sepn. Kep. can unodKe of Sawyer said he only recently met Lousma but "I'm sure I'll endorse him." Lousma said r former President Gerald Ford also endorses his candidacy. A native of Grand Rapids, Lousma grew up in Ann Arbor, where he now re- sides. He likened campaigning to training for a Sight: "You work 72 hours aily to lift off. "I-don'tTieed an "ego-trip," Lousma said, adding that his reason for seeking office is to serve "this state and nation." He said his career as an astronaut was filled with problem-solving situations, and he also has served the U.S. State De- ? Commissioner Charles Yarbrough. Schu-mans, formerly of Coldwater, leased store from Mrs. Irma Wise- and also leased boat ramp on St. Joseph River from city. City will set ramp fees and Schumans will receive 55 percent of gross income. Tackle Haven will be a party store and also will offer, bait, tackle and sporting goods. (Staff photo) By RALPH LUTZ Staff Writer Berrien County Republicans appeared harmonious and confident at their Lincoln Day dinner Saturday night, but politics heated up between two GOP contenders for the U.S. Senate. James "Jim" Dunn, in his third campaign swing into this area as Republican candidate lor U.S. Senate, took a swipe at GOP oppo- nent Jack Lousma during a news conference at Lake 1 First Cities partment as a goodwill ambassador, traveling throughout the world, including the Peoples Republic of China and the Soviet Union. t Lousma joined the Marine Corps as a pilot in 1959 and became an astronaut in 1966. He served as pilot of the Skylab HI mission and fiinkt it,. k..i. y from NASA last December -and came to Michigan. Lousma holds numerous awards, including the Johnson Space Center. Certificate of Commendation, NASA Distinguished Ser vice Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Navy Astronaut Wings. He also received the City of Chicago Gold Medal; and Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Lousma graduated from Ann Arbor High School and received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, the former Gratia Kay Smeltzer of Ann Arbor, have four children, age 3 to 20. 1 Michigan College. Lousma shortly before held a separate news conference at Benton Harbor Holiday Inn. During the dinner both men spent much time shaking hands with party members. Dunn, a former congressman, said that while Lousma talks about bringing more jobs to Michigan he allegedly had his campaign bumper stickers made in Washington, D.C. Lousma, a former astro- : naut, and Dunn agreed' on one item: the need for a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Dunn at his news conference was joined U.S. Rep. Lynn Martin of Rockford, 111., who was guest speaker at the dinner. . Mrs. Martin charged that while Democrats advocate an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, her findings show that there are no equal rights for women on congressional staffs. She claimed that on Democratic congressional staffs, 70 percent of those paid under $20,000 are women, and 80 percent paid over $40,000 are men. Mrs. Martin said federal deficit budgets are a problem for all citizens, and Republican and Democrats must join in Congress to solve the matter. - Mrs. Martin and Dunn before the dinner were also joined by Congressman Mark Siljander, Three Rivers, who introduced Jacqueline -McGregor oX Lan- sing, GOP candidate f or the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Howard Wolpe of Lansing. At the dinner, Siljander also introduced the guest speaker.' - About 375 people attended the dinner at .the LMC Community Center, including federal, state and local officeholders, and guests from Van Buren and Cass counties. Dunn and Lousma each spoke briefly during the program, but not in debate. Timothy Horan III, former South Haven mayor Mollberg Kesigns In Galien .a "1 DEWEY MOLLBERG I . , Announces plans 1 . GALIEN Dewey Moll-I berg, a member of the Gal- ien School Board and com- mander-in-chief of American Legion Post 344 in Galien, announced Sunday morning that he has resigned from .both positions. ' Mollberg, 54, of Elm Valley Road, Galien, said in a telephone report that he was resigning the posts because "I am tired of people playingypetty " has really gotten to me and - I've had it." Mollberg was elected to the school board last June to fill the remaining year of a four-year term. He was elected last June to a one-year term as commander-in-chief of the Legion post. He said he would notify both organizations by mail and does not intend to go to any more meetings. , Mollberg, a lifelong Gal-ien-area resident, is the owner of Mollberg Con' struction Co. in Galien. who will oppose Siljander in the August primary election, was among those introduced, but did hot speak. Dunn at his news conference reminded listeners of his earlier announced backers including Carol Stockman of Berrien County, who is 4th Congressional District Republican committee chairmanjand Vir- ginia Antonson, Berrien County Republican chairman. . Dunn said he' holds a 2-1 lead over Lousma and is gaining strength. He cited his business experience as a builder and said while he was in Con- (See back page, sec. 1, coL 1) Local Medic Demands Prosecutor Retraction By SCOTT WILLIAMSON Copy Editor . An attorney for Dr. Vaughn Cornell of Benton Harbor has demanded a retraction from Berrien Chief Assistant Prosecutor Dennis Wiley and his office for statements made during the trial of a man later convicted of arson. " The letter claims Wiley, in his closing arguments, made statements which "accused Dr. Cornell of participating in a fe!ony." The letter calls that an "unfounded, - malicious and wholly false accusation." Cornell has not been charged with any crime. The letter is signed by attorney Gary Hosbein of St. Joseph. Berrien Prosecutor Paul Maloney this morning said "it would be inappropriate to make any public comment at this time other than to indicate that should legal proceedings be instituted they will be vigorously defended." Wiley's remarks came during the trial of Richard Satonin, 40, of Benton Harbor, who was convicted Feb. 2 of arson of real estate: The charge involved a fire Dec. 30, 1982, at a house at 8065 Shady Lane in Wa- tervliet Township owned by Cornell. Satonin was convicted of planning and aiding two other men in setting the fire. The blaze was discovered by police and extinguished before it caused any major damage. But the house was destroyed eight days later in a second fire which authorities also believe to have been arson. Satonin is still awaiting sentence on the conviction, and awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy to commit arson in connection with the second fire. During the trial there were a number of references to Benton Harbor insurance agent Dan Flaugh. In his closing arguments, Wiley argued Satonin acted as the "link" between St. Joseph, Coloma Win In Radio Quiz St. Joseph and Coloma were winners Saturday in a WHFB Academic Challenge doubleheader at the Orchards Mall, broadcast over radio station WHFB. The two teams will face each other in a quarterfinal match April 14. St. Joseph topped River Valley, the round one champion, 350-220. Team members for St: Joseph were captain Keith Johnson, Ed Martin, Rob Ni'ewyk, Sue Gano, and Joe Hollomon. Timm Pschigoda is the team adviser. Team members for River Valley were co-captains Alan Sutton and Mike Dimmitt, Jensine Kendall, Tom Whitt, and Dan Killips. Team advisers are Don Bussler and Tom Shook. In the second match Saturdayj Coloma edged Eau Claire, 235-205. Team members for Coloma were captain Lance Howley, Tim Kelm, Scott Rush, and Sandy Walke. Barbara Robinson is the team adviser. Team members for Eau Claire were captain Steve Peppel, Herbert Shep-pard, Lori Nimtz, and Allen Metz. Team advisers, are Ruth Hahn and Rod Kutz. St. Joseph and Coloma each received $30 scholarships, while River Valley and Eau Claire received $20 scholarships. Funds were provided by the sponsors of the Academic Challenge: Lake Michigan College, Whirlpool Corp., Indiana & Michigan Electric Co., and the Berrien Teachers Credit Union. There is no contest scheduled for this week. The next scheduled match will be a quarterfinal between Berrien Springs and Lake Michigan Catholic, broadcast at 10:30 a.m., March 17, from the Orchards Mall Community Room. ' ! INCUMBENT AND CANDIDATE: U.S. Rep. Mark Siljander-(R-Three-Rivers)-1s-shown-with Jacqueline McGregor of Lansing, a candidate for "3rd District congressional seat, which includes Lansing, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. She seeks the seat held by Democrat-Howard Wolpe. Siljander introduced Mrs-McGregor during a news conference before the Berrien Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner Saturday at Lake Michigan College. (Staff photo) - Flaugh and Cornell and the two men who set the fire,. "Satonin was the link to Flaugh and these two guys and the doctor," Wiley told the jury. Wiley previously said Flaugh is the insurance agent for Cornell's home in St Joseph but was not the agent for the house that burned. That house was insured for abut $160,000, Wiley said previously. Neither Flaugh nor Cornell have been charged with any offense. Wiley outside of the courtroom during the trial said that an investigation was continuing, but "I really can't comment on the nature and extent of the investigation that is going on." Maloney this morning said he had "no comment" when asked if there was a 1 continuing investigation.1 Cornell testified during the trial as a prosecution witness that the house was unoccupied and up for sale at the time of the fire. He said the last time he visited the house prior to the fire it was secured. Wiley asked if he had sought anyone to burn his house for him, and Cornell replied he had not. Following is the com- - plete text-of the from Maloney ; BH Water Users Should Shut Off Taps Benton Harbor Water Department customers who have, left inside water faucets on to prevent water pipes from freezing should turn the faucets off, accord- inS to John Gregory, acting city water superintendent. In addition to Benton Harbor, residents in portions of St. Joseph Township and Benton Township are served by the Benton Harbor Water Department, Gregory said. ' "On March 5.1984 this office received a letter from attorney Gary Hosbein on behalf of Dr. Vaughn Cornell seeking retraction of comments made by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Dennis Wiley during his closing argument in the trial of DR. VAUGHN CORNELL Demands retraction ' V V DENNIS WILEY Chief assistant PAUL MALONEY 'Vigorous' defense People versus Richard Satonin held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2, 1984. "Given the forum in which the remarks sought to be retracted were made, i.e. the courtroom in a ju1 dicial proceeding and the legal defenses available to Mr. Wiley and this office, it (See back page, sec. 1, col. D '

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