The Crowley Post-Signal from Crowley, Louisiana on July 25, 1984 · 1
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J - - - w n FORECAST ACADIA AREA - Good Afternoon I Partly cloudy tonight. Low in the low 70t. High near 90. n III II" UL o Devoted to the prtytu of Acadia Part acd fch. weat Louidaaa acd ts aarve rapomlbry, eocstructivcly and ImajJoatively. UULJ 85th Year No. 161 Wednesday, July . 1S34 2S Ceata Per Ccpy lSPaa i-v l IL 1 I l I 1 1 II I ar m r 1 r 1 r ir i r 11 1 nun fr Q rz -DC Pod &m$0 Don !02(OT ON WAY TO MOSCOW - Peace walkers Adele Kushner, Dale Outhouse, and Kevin . Shay passed through Crowley on their walk to Russia for peace. The cross-continental walk began March 1 in Pt. Conception, California. (Post-Signal Staff Photo) Peace 7alEiG7s Mode V Appearance On Crowley A trio of cross-country walkers passed through Crowley last week en route to Moscow on a "Walk of the People." The three left Pt. Conception, California March 1 and will wind up in Washington November IS. They will then fly to Dublin, Ireland where their walk will continue on to Moscow. Kevin Shay, 25, of Dallas along with Dale J. Outhouse, 26, of Canadagua, New York and Adele Kushner, 59, of Atlanta are on the walk 15 Dead LEMONT, 111. (UPI)-The death toll in the worst fefinery explosion on record rose to 15 today. Officials said many of the dead were company firefighters racing to contain a gas leak that exploded, leveling the sprawling Union Oil Co. refinery. Twenty people were injured in the explosions Monday night and two people were missing and presumed dead. Their bodies may never be found, said Will County-Coroner Robert Tezak. The blast knocked out one-sixth of Illinois' refining capacity, and caused damage estimated by industry sources at $25 million. The death toll rose to 15 when Perry Parker, 38, who suffered burns over 90 to 95 percent of his body, died at the Bernard Mitchell Burn Unit at the University of Chicago Hospital. Robert Gomer, 32, who suffered burns over 70 percent of his body is in serious condition at the same hospital. Others injured in the blaze were treated for injuries and released or listed in fair to good condition. Nine-month-old Jose Rosiles, who lives more than a mile from the refinery, was struck on the head by a jewel box knocked through 65 MPH Bill Vetoed BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI)-Gov. Edwin Edwards, fearing the loss of federal highway construction funds, has vetoed an attempt to allow motorists to drive up to 65 mph on Louisiana's interstate highways. Edwards issued a statement Tuesday saying he vetoed the proposed law that would have given minimal $5 fines to motorists driving up to 65 mph on interstate highways, 10 mph over the posted 55 mph speed limit. Edwards earlier indicated he would sign the proposal, sponsored in the Legislature by Marrero Sen. Elwyn Nicholson, but rejected the measure for fear it would mean a loss of federal highway funds. The Nichoison bill also would "have prevented such speeding tickets from being used against a motorists by his insurance company in computing car insurance rates. Had it become law, the bill would have found motorists driving up to 65 mph on interstates guilty "of the offense of unnecessary waste of a resource after meeting through a network of peace. The walkers are averaging 20 miles per day starting at 7:90 a.m. and winding down near S p.m. They are collecting a wide array of materials to present the people of the Soviet Union. "We want to show the people of Russia we have nothing against them. It's just the two governments don't see eye-to-eye," exclaimed Outhouse. He said a cross country In Refinery Blast air by the force of the blast. He is in good condition. Tezak said Tuesday most of those killed were com- pany workers, including firefighters, responding to reports of the gas leak. "Some of them never made it out of their trucks," Tezak said. One of the victims was William Daury, 50, a supervisor trapped in the metal walls of a small power station inside the refinery. Co-worker Vincent Lioce, 35, listened helplessly from a windowless refinery control room as Daury called for help on a handheld radio. "He kept saying he was hot. He said, 'You've got to get somebody over here,'" Lioce said. "I don't know how long it lasted. It seemed like forever." "We tried to direct the company firemen to help him, but later we realized it was futile. The fire people were on the scene first and they were most of the dead," Lioce said. It was the worst oil refinery explosion since the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration began keeping records in 1971. "We've had small ones, but never one where more than five people have been killed," OSHA spokesman Len Legon said. expedition is nothing new with the only exception being they were walking. A similar trip was made in 1961-62. They credit people and churches being very helpful on the trip. They are on a low budget selling buttons and tee-shirts along the route for money. "This is a mission for peace. It's peace we seek more than a solution to the arms race. We can't pollute the earth and have peace of mind here," he said. The last of the flames from the explosion that shook houses 50 miles away were extinguished Tuesday. The coroner said two people still were missing. "They haven't shown up yet. We have to assume they're out there," Tezak said. The blast at the 1,030-acre site sent fire and smoke shooting thousands of feet into the air Monday evening in the industrial community about 30 miles southwest of Chicago's Loop. It shattered windows in businesses three miles away and shook houses as far as 50 miles away, police said. The first explosion occurred in a catalytic cracking unit that distills crude oil into propane and various chemicals. Other fires and explosions broke out in nearby storage tanks. "Some of the bodies were in areas of intense heat and suffered considerable damage," said Bill Ferguson, deputy lieutenant coroner. "Some (Continued On Page 2) Obituaries Mrs. Elvina A. Bertrand Alice M. Credeur Curtis Hoover Berlin Joseph Venable currently in short supply." "While I earlier indicated that I would sign this bill, it has been brought formally to my attention by the Federal Highway Administration that this bill, if enacted into law, could jeopardize federal aid highway funding in the future," Edwards said in a statement. "Because the state of Louisiana can ill afford at the present time to lose federal funding for highway construction, I must veto Senate Bill No. 74." Edwards has in the passed criticised Congress for what he considered interfering with state affairs by such actions as the national speed limit. During the days of gasoline shortages, Congress tried to cut consumption by threatening to cut off highway construction money to states who failed to impose a 55 mph speed limit. This summer, Congress took similar action and attached a condition on the latest highway con-" struction program that will cut off funds, to states who fail to raise their drinking age to 21. A homicide In Midland and a multiple shooting in Rayne were linked together today by officials from the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Deprtment and the Rayne City Police. In a prepared statement today, Sheriff Ken Goss said his department was called to Rayne Tuesday evening to assist with a multiple shooting reported at the corner of Jeff Davis Street and Holt Street near Phillips Tax BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) A month before a penny-per-dollar increase in sales taxes took effect, Louisiana took in an additional $10 million in sales revenue, tax collection figures show. Figures released Tuesday indicate the state took in $126 million more by June of 1964 than it had by the same month in previous year. The Legislature, acting at the request of Gov. Edwin Edwards, has raised about $1 billion in higher taxes so far this year, but most of the higher levies were not to take effect until July 1. Reagan WASHINGTON (UPI) -President Reagan, signaling the start of a rough-and-tumble campaign against Walter Mondale, is ruling out tax increases and announced . an effort tc preserve cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients. At a nationally televised news conference Tuesday evening, Reagan displayed a new fighting stance in the aftermath of the harsh criticism that emerged from the Democratic National Convention. He managed to touch on virtually every major issue raised by the Democrats during their almost non-stop four-day attack against turn. The president denied Treen Decides Against Running NEW ORLEANS, La-Former Gov. David C. Treen said Tuesday he will not oppose U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, D-La., in the Sept. 29 primary election for the Senate. Treen had qualified as a Senate candidate a minute before the 5 p.m. deadline Friday, saying he would make a final decision this week on whether to remain in the race. At the time, he said he was talked into qualifying by friends and supporters. In a prepared statement issued Tuesday, Treen said, "Many of the arguments Lounge. On arrival, deputies learned that a Rayne Police officer had allegedly shot Cleveland Freeman, 49, in self-defense. Freeman had earlier shot the owner of the lounge, Phillip LeBlanc along with a customer identified as Olen White with a 4-10 shotgun. During the course of the investigation, information was received regarding a fourth party being mur Collections The Department of Revenue and Taxation figures showed the sales tax take for June was $10.1 million higher than the total for May. Figures showed the state collected $70.1 million in sales taxes in June, compared to $59.9 million in sales taxes collected in June 1983. So far this fiscal year, collections of sales taxes were up by $30.9 million. Tax collection figures showed that even before the tax increases approved the by the Legislature, the state had taken in $126 million Pledges Mondale' s charge during his acceptance speech last week that he secretly is planning to raise taxes next year if re-elected and accused his Democratic rival of voting repeatedly to hike "taxes.-" In northern Minnesota, Mondale interrupted a fishing trip to restate his charge that Reagan's denial of a tax hike means he "is planning a December surprise if he is re-elected." "I took a break from fishing to listen to Mr. Reagan," Mondale said in a statement. "I've been hearing fish stories all week, but tonight Mr. Reagan told a big one.". "Mr. Reagan should show leadership, but his budget advanced are persuasive: that a real choice should be provided to voters of Louisiana in the Senate race; that the chances of winning are good, as evidenced by the polling data and political developments nationally and in Louisiana during the last several months... "On the other side, there rK: (fo5 THE COMPUTER GENERATION Youngsters got an early start learning the basics of computers in an LSU at Eunice summer enrichment class for gifted students. Shown from left are Cory Menard, Cullen Meche and Chad Carriere, all of Church Point. Kourosh Mor- dered in Midland that af- ternoon. Deputies were dispatched to the residence of Freeman's girlfriend Betty Simmons, 37, and found her the victim of a stabbing, Acadia Pariah Coroner Dr. Mark Dawson was called to ' the scene and said she had been dead for sveral hours. Her body was sent to Lafayette for an autopsy. In further investigating the Rayne shootings. Show Gain more so far this year than it had by this time in 1983. Collections of individual income taxes, increased in December, were up by $13.1 million in June and oil and gas severance taxes had increased by $8.2 million. However severance income, a major source of state financing, was down by $31.7 million for the fiscal year. The personal income collections, however, were $167 million higher so far this year than at the same point last year. Collections of corporation franchise taxes, which were Mo Tan plan on the table as I have and debate it with me. The American people don't want a fish story. They want the truth from their president before the election.'1 Reagan, at his 26th formal . news conference, also rejected as "demagoguery" charges thai his programs have hurt the poor and favored the rich and denied he is conducting a "trigger-happy" foreign policy in Central America or elsewhere. He said he would "turn the other cheek" to Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro's remark that he was "not a good Christian" because of his cuts in social programs. He also said he "wouldn't are strong personal considerations that argue against making a race at this time.... I feel an intense need and desire to devote myself primarily to my family. Political campaigns, as well as service in public office particularly in Washington put enormous strains on family life." Treen, 56, took office in sheriff Goes and Rayna Police Chief Peter Haure learned that a call came in at 10:30 p.m. concerninj a abootinf at the liquor store. Patrolman Ed Beooit was first on the scene and was confronted by a black male carrying a shotgun. The officer took cover behind his unit as another Police Department vehicle arrived. . As the officers cautioned Freeman to drop his gun, he increased by the Legislature this session, were down $1.2 million in June from the previous month. Corporate income taxes, which may be increased if the voters approve a constitutional amendment in October, were down $10.6 million in June and had declined by nearly $60 million for the year-to-date compared to this time last year. Total revenue figures showed June collections up $22 million ahead of what had been collected by this time last year. Unities touch that question with 10-foot pole" when asked about a remark by Edward Rollins, his re-election campaign director, that Ms. Ferraro's nomination to the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket "could be the biggest bust in history. Rollins apologized aa soon as he said it, calling it "Freudian slip." Reagan has been accused of trying to cut Socia Security ever since 1964 when he suggested it be put on a voluntary basis. But in a seemingly political gesture, Reagan promised to ask Congress to give the 36 million recipients a cost-of-living increase this (Continued On Page 2) 1960 as Louisiana's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. His withdrawal leaves Johnston with two lesser known opponents - both Republicans in his bid for a third six-year term. The challengers are Larry "Boo-ga-loo" Cooper of Shreveport and Robert N. Ross of Mangham. tezapour, LSUE computer science instructor, taught the computer courses. A total of 25 classes in a variety of subject areas was offered in the enrichment program. The second pf two three-week sessions concluded July 19. walked toward them stating he had nothlss to loee and he was gdc to ktil them. When fee sdbjact continued to walk toward the Ponce can, Officer Lonis Domlngue shot Freeman three times and he fell to the (Continued On Pa-e 2) njwo NOCSAnSZS CIO STRING, Texas (UPD-Ksarard County Sheriff A.N. Standard! today said no cbarps were at j anted to stem from interviews cssuues had I with aerial murderer ilenry Lee Lucas In GearratewB Tuesday. Standard said deputies! Interviewed Lucas about the K3 beatifis death of an I O&asa shoe salesman and aleo questioned him about I other matters. "Wehad entered in other ares, but we have nothing I tscstie to resort from the I Interview" Standard said. refudsi to diacuss the other matters. Lucas' travcr com panion otss Toole was indicted in Howard County I for the beattKi death of I Harry Howry of Odessa. Lucas, sentenced to death in Texas, has claimed klllicl more than 380 people across the country. DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE BATON ROUGE, La (UPJ) The secretary of fce Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said a portion of waters from South Pass of the Mississippi River to the Louisiana- Mississippi state line will be closed to shrimping this weekend. Secretary J. Burton Angelle Sr. said the major portion of zone one will dose to shrimp trawling at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 28 in conjunction with the department's ongoing (Continued On Page 2) In Washington, Johnston's office said Treen advised the senator of his decision earlier in the day. "I am delighted with his decision," Johnston said in a brief statement. "He would have been a formidable candidate." A Senate campaign would have been Treen's second (Continued On Page 2)

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