The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 31, 1979 · 2
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 2

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Wednesday, October 31, 1979
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2 Wednesday. October 31, 1979 THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN Tornado From I where they were in (he trailer." Mrs. Beardon's husband searched and round the bodies, Potts said. Potts said another boy, believed to be another ol the Bearden children, ran from the home during the storm and was "blown into the pond." The youth, however, was uninjured. The family in the mobile home had lived there only for a few months, area residents said, and Were in the process of building a barn, a pumphouse and other outbuildings. The mobile home and all the furniture and clothing inside were either ripped apart or scattered over the prairie and woods for about a mile to the north. Dairy goats and barnyard fowl were the only signs of life around the wreckage. About a dozen chickens were dead, their rain-soaked bodies scattered about. The storm also struck the home of J.C. Christian about a mile north, twisting the house on its foundation and damaging a hay-barn, then destroyed ihe home of his neighbor, Eddie Kyle, across the road. The storm destroyed or heavily damaged a mobile home owned by Butch Rose in the Woodford area about eight miles north, and age 1 blew down the gasoline pumps in front of the tiny Woodford store. T was out of hog feed and my daughter-in-law drove in to get some, then right after I took the feed down to the hogs and came back in the house it hit," said Christian. The north window just kind of sucked out then I knew something was happening. There was trees and pieces of sheet iron flying by and I said, "We better not try to get to the cellar.'" Christian, two family members and Mrs. Kyle and her infant son stayed inside the house where they took shel-ler, he said. . Mrs. Kyle apparently had been one of the few residents in this area who heard a tornado might be on the way, and had come to the Christian home to seek the shelter of their cellar. Numerous residents in this rural area apparently escaped injury, said Leonard "Red" Robinson. "My brother-in-law (Virgil Putman) got blowed off the road he was just driving along," Robinson said. Putman was uninjured. About 25 other residents were working throughout the day trying to make repairs or otherwise help the people whose homes were damaged. Deaths letter before enacting the last step of a macabre, well-planned scenario killing herself, beside her husband's body. It's my thinking at this'time it is a murder-suicide," said Seminole County District Attorney Gordon Melson. "But we haven't ruled out a double homicide or anything yet." investigators have been seeking motives for the slaylngs and gathering information about the couple. The picture is murky. Stevenson, and his wife, who was 60. moved into her small frame home set on an acreage with a few head of cattle shortly after their marriage. Mrs. Stevenson's first husband, Cecil Penick, died more than a year ago, officials said. Stevenson operated his small concrete finishing business out of the house, but business had not been good, those who knew him said. Among their closest friends, investigators said, were Stevenson's children who live near Shawnee. At about 8 p.m. Friday night, Mrs. Stevenson talked with her daughter-in-law and told her she and Gus planned to visit the next day. "The daughter-in-law said Mrs. Stevenson did not indicate anything was wrong during the phone conversation and she seemed like she was very happy," said Seminole County Sheriff Charles Sisco. Stevenson wasn't seen again until Sunday when one of his sons dropped by to see why the couple had not visited them and found the screen slit, the front door ajar and the bodies. Officials said Monday their suspicions about the seeming double murder were aroused by signs of decomposition in Stevenson. "Our belier is that he had been dead longer than she had," said Sisco. ', Also, several witnesses reported seeing Mrs. Stevenson in town Saturday. Officials said they learned she recently consulted an attorney and changed her will and changed the title on some real es- I jatc. ' I'age 1 A search of the couple's pickup truck, parked outside their home, turned up plastic sacks containing an assortment of Christmas presents to various family members from "Mama Dottle." The suspicions and evidence solidified into a theory one of murder-suicide. They suspect Stevenson was shot in his sleep, alone, Friday night. His wife Went into town the next day, apparently to take care of some last details to get her hair done and perhaps to buy the new nightgown in which she would be found dead. After mailing the letter to the newspaper Saturday, investigators said, they believe she got into bed beside the body of her husband, placed the barrel of the shotgun against her and fired it with a too. The gun was found propped against the toot of the bed, perhaps knocked there by the recoil, they said. These and other questions, investigators say, may soon be resolved by the autopsy. The question of a motive, they say, remains a mystery. Michigan Frees Fundmg I a Krtste Wavne County Start Photo by DW Lonotln The Eddie Kyle family's dog watches from their wrecked car as they sort through debris. Road make expeditious decisions," Boren said. "He doesn't beat around the bush." The Central Expressway conciliation agreement signed in Boren's office Tuesday triggers a six-month process of designing a "mitigation plan" to lessen the impact of the freeway on the predominantly black Harrison-Walnut area which it will bisect. '"This agreement means there will be a road to serve Oklahoma City and there will be improvements in the (Harrison-Walnut) neighborhood so that the people who live there won't carry the whole costs of the project on their backs. "That's the meaning of the civil rights laws that people who are powerless, poor and minorities nevertheless have the law behind them," said Ellen Fein-gold, the director of the federal Department of Transportation's Office of Civil Rights whose objections made the six months of negotiations necessary. David Holliday, Boren's staff member working on the project, said approval of this conciliation agreement was "the most difficult step" in getting approval for the highway, which will link the Broadway Extension with the 1-35, 1-40 junction. He expects it to be easier to get approval of the mitigation plan the last major federal approval needed before the road can be built. Oklahoma Transportation Department Director R. A. Ward said unless there are difficulties in designing ROCK ISLAND HEARING NOTICE A Public Hearing to consider the need for continued service over specific Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad lines will bo conducted November 1 and 2 in Room 911 ol the Federal Office Building, 200 NW Fifth Street, Oklahoma City. The initial sixty day period of directed service ends December 3, 1979, and persons wishing to testify at the hearing regarding the need to continue directed service should call the Interstate Commerce Commission's section on Rail Services Planning through Iheir toll free number 1-800-424-5204 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Central Time). The ICC is interested in hearing testimony regarding: -the volume and type ol freight affected by the loss ol service; -the availability ol other rail service; economic impact; impact of the Rock Island strike last summer, -and success of the current directed service to date. The Oflice of the Rail Public Counsel (phone 202-254-7803) and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (phone 405-521-2175) will be available to assist anyone in participating in the public hearing. OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION R.A. WARD DIRECTOR Blizzard From Page 1 that plan, construction could begin in 1982 or 1983. with most of the land acquisition beginning next fall. Under the agreement, in hardship cases, the state can immediately begin acquiring some land and relocating some residents in the Harrison-Walnut area. The agreement signed Tuesday by Ward and Ms. Feingold commits the city and state to a list of activities favoring the residents of Harrison-Walnut, including assistance relocating, providing east-west pedestrian access across Lincoln Blvd., providing publicly, sponsored housing construction where necessary, giving priority (or employment, training and contracting opportunities on the project to qualified Harrison- Walnut residents, giving residents priority for reuse of publicly held land. Also, bringing city services (including streets, sidewalks, lighting, curbs, police and fire protection) in Harrison-Walnut up to par with other neighborhoods, developing a neighborhood redevelopment plan, setting aside housing in the area for low and moderate income people and taking action to assure equal opportunity for mortgages, loans and interest subsidies. a.m., destroying two mobile homes and one house, and damaging several other buildings in the Newport and Woodford communities. Initial damage estimates were $122,000, but were expected to go higher. Heavy wind damage was also reported at nearby Lone Grove. No blizzard-related accidents had been reported, a patrol spokesman said, but troopers were continuing efforts late Tuesday to rescue a number of motorists stranded on the closed highways. Heavy snowfall and strong northerly winds were expected to continue over the western two-thirds of the panhandle until this morning. Other sections of the state Tuesday were soaked with up to S inches of ' rain "and lashed by winds gust-ingup to 50 mph. The storms were especially severe in southern and south eastern sections where straight winds reportedly overturned a mobile home in Pittsburg, caused minor damage in Hugo and destroyed a barn and other outbuildings at the Lazy-S Ranch near Davis. A spokesman for the Pittsburg County Sheriff's department said 60 mph winds flipped an unoccupied mobile home in the town of Pittsburg on its top. In Hugo, heavy thunderstorms blew down trees and power lines, police there said. ,- Late Tuesday, Sequoyah, . McCurtain and LeFlore counties in extreme eastern Okla-. homa remained under tornado "watches, as showers and- scattered thunderstorms 'continued to fall over most of. the eastern half of the state. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue across central and eastern portions of Oklahoma today. DETROIT (AP) -While officials in debt-ridden Wayne County feuded over money for their courts Tuesday, the state Legislature acted to free up to $7.5 million in funds for the nation's third-largest county. On a vote of 100-0, the state House gave final approval to a bill allocating 54.5 million to Wayne County for recent operations at the Walter Reuther Long Term Care Facility. The funds are to help pay for operations ending Sept. 30. Meanwhile, the Sen-ate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill paying the county $12.2 million for complete state takeover of the center. State budget officials said Wayne County must retire about ' $9 million in bonds, however. The effect of the legislative moves, they said, will add between $6 million and S7.5 million to the county's bare coffers. Gov. William Millik-en, at his first news conference since returning from a trade mission to China, refused to budge from his position that the debt-burdened county must reorganize before the state provides any special aid. Money for the Reuther facility was planned long ago and is not jeopardized. "We can put money into Wayne County, I could have signed bills, -but that would only buy , time. That's all we're going to buy," he said, Meanwhile, Wayne County officials wran gled over funds to run county courts. Chief Wayne Circuit Judge Richard D. 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