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Rutland Bov Dies of Meningitis Page 13 ERALB VOL 129 NO. 16 COPYRIGHT RUTLAND, VERMONT, FRIDAY MORNING. JANUARY 18. 1983 cDeuiU 2 SECTIONS 24 PAGES PRICE 25c Senators Say Dunsmore Should Stay Trapped Fireman Rescue workers use a blowtorch to free Plymouth, I fire in Plymouth. OUerheads foot became trapped when an exten-firefighter Brian Oilerhead who was trapped while battling a house I sion ladder closed on his leg which was broken in the incident.

Asked if the delay in filling the position indicated unhappiness with Dunsmore, Kunin responded: No. It does not indicate dissatisfaction. She said it indicated that the position was being given special consideration because "its a free-standing area, and there has been some controversy there. The department is independent not part of an agency. Kunin said she wanted to ensure that the selection reflected long-term the needs of Vermonts agriculture community.

The controversy she mentioned involved the state meat inspection program, focus of con-, siderable turmoil in 1983 after complaints about poor management and suggestions that bad meat could have been reaching the marketplace. After two separate probes of the program by Dunsmore and by former Gov. Richard A. Snell-ing, Dunsmore dismissed the program supervisor, Dr. David U.

Walker. Walker was given other responsibilities after Snelling was advised by a Boston lawyer that he was fired without just cause. During the incident, Dunsmore came under considerable criticism for not being on top of his department. Dunsmores job is among a handful of commissioner positions that remain to be filled. Howrigan reportedly was among those approached about the job.

He rejected the offer. Other names bandied about as possible candidates in addition to Dunsmore include Howrigan's brother Robert, a Fairfield dairy farmer; and two former House members, Republicans Robert Graf of Rupert and Harold Billings of Rutland Town, both farmers. Billings is husband of Kunins special assistant, Mary Ashcroft. Signing the Howrigan letter this morning were most of the Senates leadership. Among the (See Page 12: Dunsmore) Want Job to Go To Dairy Farmer By ELIZABETH SLATER Vermont Press Bureau MONTPELIER Uncertainty over the appointment of a state agriculture commissioner prompted a move Thursday in the Vermont Senate to retain Democrat George M.

Dunsmore in the post. A letter drafted by the Democratic chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee urged Democratic Gov. Madeleine M. Kunin to "consider retaining Dunsmore, whose term expires in March. "If this is not possible, the letter requested, "please appoint an honest-to-goodness operating dairy farmer to this important position.

At a press conference Thursday, Kunin offered no clue to the selection, other than saying that the choice had yet to be made and that Dunsmore was still in the running. The letter was drafted by Sen. Francis Howrigan, D-Franklin, a dairy farmer, and by midmorning had been signed by 23 senators, including all six members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Howrigan said his committee liked Dunsmore, also a dairyman, and believed he represented the states agricultural community well particularly the dominant dairy sector. Dunsmore reportedly will be meeting with Kunin soon but has not been told whether he will be retained.

That uncertainty about department leadership apparently instigated the Howrigan letter. The letter had not been presented to Kunin by midmorning, but at a press conference to announce another appointment, she said Dunsmore remained a candidate for the farm job. More Salvador Aid Expected to help his son seek re-election San Salvador and the possibility parties could build upon their the legislative assembly in the Reagan administration obtained congressional approval in October for the aid it requested for El fiscal year 1985 the first time not make significant cuts in to El Salvador officials say additional assistance is re- By PHILIP TAUBMAN The New York Times WASHINGTON The Reagan administration, increasingly concerned about political problems facing the Salvadoran president, will probably ask Congress for additional military and economic aid to El Salvador this year, senior administration officials said Thursday. Congress approved $326 million in economic aid and $128 million in military aid to El Salvador for the current fiscal yearr-they believe The officials said the administration would quired. like to bring military aid up to a total of about $200 million, and add at least $100 million in economic assistance.

U.S. intelligence assessments have reported that El Salvadors president, Jose Napoleon Duarte, is confronted by the most serious threat to his government since he took office last June, the officials said. The problems include tenuous support in the military command for his peace initiative, resentment among civilian leaders over an effort as mayor of that right-wing control over March elections. Although almost all Salvador in Congress did proposed aid L. Craig secretary of in an interview with assistance, He added, final decision, budget Other aid to Congress part to demonstrate strong support for Duarte.

Last year, the presidents commission on Central America, led by Henry A. Kissinger, the former secretary of state, recommended providing El Salvador with a total of $400 million in military aid in 1984 and 1985. Johnstone said any additional military aid would focus on trying to improve the mobility of Salvadoran forces and enhance battlefield communications. Last year, the United States doubled the size of the Salvadoran helicopter fleet. In fiscal year 1984, Congress initially made deep cuts in the administration's request for El Salvador, but ended up approving two supplemental appropriations that brought total economic assistance to $329 million and military support to $196 million.

The level of military aid was more than double the amount approved in 1983. The outlook for congressional approval of added aid this year appears uncertain. Rep. (See Page 12: Salvador) Johnstone, deputy assistant state for Central America, said that a supplemental aid request, an emphasis on economic would clearly be desirable. however, that there had been no partly because of overall constraints.

officials said a request for additional would almost surely be submitted within the next two months, in Woman Tells Legislators Of Assault by Husband Would-Be Buyer in the bill, the prosecutor noted. Illuzzi said he included the criteria since an earlier legislative proposal died because of objections by more conservative lawmakers that wiping the exemption completely off the books would tamper with the sanctity of marriage. White said that way of thinking was outdated and encouraged the notion that rape victims often seduce their attackers or get sexual pleasure from the assault. The prosecutor said protecting the notion of the sanctity of marriage makes no sense if married women go unprotected from sexual attacks by their husbands. The need for protection for these woman is a paramount consideration.

A woman has a right (See Page 12: Rape) By KATHLEEN M. NORTON MONTPELIER (AP) A young Lyndon woman described for legislators Thursday a nightmarish sexual assault by her husband. And she urged them to adopt legislative changes that would make marital rape a crime. After reading a lengthy and detailed description of the attack, in which she was tied to the bed and stabbed with a long metal spike while her young son slept in an adjacent room, the woman told the Senate Judiciary Committee it was ironic that she could press charges if her husband had slapped her, but couldnt do anything about the sexual assault. Just because youre married doesnt make it less of a crime, the woman said.

Vermont rape laws have long exempted from prosecution sexual assault committed by a spouse against his partner. The Senate panel is considering a bill sponsored by Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans, that would lift the exemption when it can be proved the marriage is in trouble, such as during a divorce or annulment. The committee also heard testimony from Essex-Orleans States Attorney Philip White. He praised the bill but said it doesnt go far enough in protecting married women.

In the case of the Lyndon woman, the proposal would not apply since the rape was not preceded by a separation or did not meet any other criteria listed Californian Donald C. Hoodes, who is negotiating to purchase the Jones Lamson machine tool firm from the Textron conglomerate on behalf of a group of investors, met with top officials in Springfield Thursday to discuss his plans. (Story, Page 5) Measure Will Ask Vermont to Divest Pact Seen Over Use Of Polls By REGINALD STUART The New York Times WASHINGTON The House Task Force on Elections will hold hearings on the merits of adopting a standard law on poll closing hours in national elections, leaders of the panel announced Thursday. The stage was set for the hearings, the leaders said, when news executives of all three major broadcasting networks gave written commitments not to predict election results in any state until the polls had closed. Previously, only ABC News had announced such a policy.

Last November none of the networks characterized results in the presidential election in a state before the polls in that state closed. They often did so in the spring presidential primaries, on the basis of questioning of voters leaving the polls. In 1980, before the polls had closed in any state, all three projected that Ronald Reagan would win. Many politicians and nonpartisan voter groups had complained that network coverage early on election nights influenced those who had not yet cast their ballots, and in presidential elections often discouraged Westerners from voting at all, affecting results in local contests. Major are among those who assert that the problem would be solved by a law requiring polls to close simultaneously across the nation.

Others, such as Rep. Timothy W. Wirth, who is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance, argue that more restraint by the networks would be a better answer. Rep. A1 Swift, who is chairman of the task force, and Rep.

Bill Thomas, the ranking minority party member (See Page 12: Networks) Unsolved Murders Baffle Authorities Inside Story The Weather Cloudy Friday and Friday night with occasional flurries and not too cold. Snow likely on Saturday. (Page 12) Dizzy Spell Miami quarterback Dan Marino suffered an unexplained dizzy spell Thursday prior to a practice session in Oakland. (Page 18) Calendar Page 6 Classified Pp. 20-23 Comics Page 10 Crossword Page 10 Dear Abby Page 16 Financial Page 4 Editorial Pp.

14, IS Horoscope Page 10 Movies Page 17 Obituaries Page 6 Region Pp. 13, 24 Sports Pp. 18-20 Television Page 10 Weather Page 12 WdsrWndhm Pp. 5-7 The investments are in five funds, the largest of which are the Vermont State Retirement Fund and the Vermont State Teachers Retirement Fund. In the state retirements $109 million fund, $44.8 million is invested in companies with South African 'relations, he said.

The teachers $102 million retirement fund includes $43 million tied up in South African investments. State Treasurer Emory Hebard said he would not back a divestiture bill. The primary purpose of the pension fund is to look after the pensioners, not to engage in political legislation, Hebard said. The treasurer also said he feared if several states and universities sold off their shares in firms with South African investments, there would be a marked change in the United States economy. The stock isnt going to disappear," Hebard said.

Somebody is going to buy it. Would you rather have a company owned by the U.S. or by some foreign country? (SeePage 12: Invest) By JOHN DONNELLY MONTPELIER (AP) A bill outlawing the states $92 million in South African-related investments will be introduced this legislative session. 1 Chris Wood, a spokesman for the Vermont Committee on Southern Africa, said Thursday the bill would require that Vermont divest itself of those investments within two years in protest of South Africas racially separatist apartheid policies. The historic example in Vermont is the pro-abolitionist movement, the history of helping the blacks escape from slavery in the South, Wood said.

Thats what apartheid is all about: slavery in one form or another. Lawmakers in Massachusetts and Connecticut two years ago passed bills forcing a divestiture of companies with South African investments. Three other states have passed such a law. A South African divestiture bill has never been introduced before in Vermont. Wood said 41.8 percent of Vermonts investments are in companies with South African ties.

By LOIS WEBBY One of the most shocking murders in recent years was that of 18-year-old Pamela Brown of South Barre, found strangled to death behind St. Monicas School during Barres Ethnic Heritage Festival in July 1982. Investigators were faced with an unusual problem: An estimated 30,000 people had come to Barre from all over Vermont and New England for the festival. The murderer could have been anyone, from anywhere. At one time police said they had four suspects, but one by one their leads dissolved.

Barre Police Det. Brent Curtis said this week that the case was no longer being investigated on a daily basis. We have pretty much exhausted all leads received until now, he said. It is one of the nine unsolved murders of the 1980s in Vermont, and most of those have no known motive, no murder weapon and no suspect. Last September, Roland Hanel, 49, and his wife of three years, Maram, 32, were found shot to death in their Jay chalet.

Roland Hanel was found in the living room, lying on his stomach; his wife was in the kitchen on her back. Each had been shot eight to 11 times. They had been dead at least 24 hours before they were found by a friend. Police said there were no powder burns, indicating that the couple had not been shot at close range. Roland Hanel had been shot in the chest, stomach, head, arms, legs and back.

His wife, a Canadian citizen, had gunshot wounds in her chest, both arms and her stomach. Police at first thought the (See Page 12: Murders).

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