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Intelligencer Journal from Lancaster, Pennsylvania • 44

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rn 1 ry i iy iiii iiy iif'iiiirnari nt 'pwtnnpwwviy 44 INTELLIGENCER JOURNAL, Lancaster, Tuesday, June 14,1 988 Octorara Cant Take 102 Acres From Farmer FBI Urges Discipline Of Agents For Mishandling Domestic Probes 1 VAi 'MM Associated Press Wirephoto plays some silver bars Monday which will be auctioned in New York. Andy Matroci, one of the divers to find upon the Nuestra Senora de Atoche, dis- By Gary Cramer Intelligencer Journal Farm Writer A Chester County Court judge has rejected Octorara Area School District's plan to claim part of a farm adjacent to the high school through an eminent domain proceeding, according to the farmer who owns the land. Atglen potato farmer Naa-man King said Monday that he has received word of an apparent victory in his battle against Octorara board. King said Judge Charles Smith has decided the school districts claim of eminent domain on 102 acres of his 585-acre farm is unsupportable. "1 didn't get official word from my attorney, King said Monday evening, referring to his Lancaster attorney, James H.

Thomas, "but Ive been told by (Chester County) reporters its true. I hate to use the word trauma, but thats what (the whole situation) was you're just waiting and waiting for something to you cant make decisions about the farm. "I had a statement all written out for when I won, but Ive lost it, he said. "I didnt make one out for if I got defeated, because I didnt expect to be defeated. The controversy arose after the board's unanimous decision in November to acquire the land, located just north of Highland Road and the districts high school 53-acre campus.

The land was to have been used for expansion of athletic practice and playing fields, and future school building construction. "It the prime farmland, King said of the tract. Its not woodland plus it fronts two roads. King was supported in his opposition to the move by the Ches-ter-Delaware County Farmers Association, the Pennsylvania Farmers Association, state Rep. Samuel VV.

Morris, D-Chester County, and numerous area citizens. The board offered King $414,357 for the tract, but King filed preliminary objections to the claim in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. According to several school district officials reached Monday evening, the court had not contacted school board members con- Rich Booty From Sunken Galleon Going Up For Bid NAAMAN KING cerning the ruling. I havent heard anything officially, said Richard P. McAdams, school district superintendent.

I dont have a copy of this (ruling). But apparently the judge felt the school district was projecting too far into the future. It sounds as if he can understand the need for 30 acres of ground perhaps immediately, but projecting into the 21st century is perhaps going to far. The state already has agreed with the 100 acres and are willing to pay for it, but (the judge is) saying we should not he projecting our needs that far into the future. Based on population projections, a new elementary school will be needed in the district by the early 1990s.

A new intermediate school may have to be built by the end of the century, and a new high school in the first decade of the 21st century. Clearly if (what King says) is in fact the case, we are disappointed, McAdams said. We felt (our wishes were) reasonably prudent (but), we went through the legal system, so We have to respect (the judges decision). So now the board will have to deal with whether it will purchase a smaller amount of Mr. Kings land, or somebody elses land.

We still need athletic land More OCTORARA Page 32 By Philip Shenon New York Times News Service WASHINGTON An internal report by the FBI has recommended disciplinary action against a number of bureau officials involved in a domestic surveillance campaign aimed at opponents of the Reagan administrations policies Central America, government officials said on Monday. The recommendation, they said, was the strongest indication to date that senior officials in the FBI believe the bureaus two-year counterterrorism investigation of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, or CISPES, was seriously mishandled. Officials said the report, which followed a four-month internal investigation by the bureaus Inspection Division, was turned over late last month to the FBI director, William S. Sessions. They said it was unclear whether Sessions had decided to act on the recommendation and order disciplinary action against FBI officials.

possibly including field agents. Milt Ahlerich, a. spokesman for the FBI. would not comment on the contents of the report and said that Sessions had made no decision on its recommendations. One official said the report urges that bureau employees at bureau headquarters in Washington and at offices elsewhere in the country be punished.

Another official said that more than one FBI agent was facing discipline. The nature of the punishment recommended in the report could not be determined, but one law-enforcement official said that the discipline could be significant there were serious mistakes here, and the report is plenty tough. Disciplinary action at the FBI can range from verbal reprimands to suspensions without pay to dismissal. Ahlerich would not say whether the report recommended disciplinary action but added: This agency has no hesitancy in disciplining its own people. Generically speaking, were very hard on our own when mistakes are made.

Officials said the internal report, as previously disclosed, was critical of the handling of the investigation. They sdid the report concluded that the CISPES investigation was too broad at least 52 of the bureaus 59 field offices became involved and that it had been poorly supervised from Washington. The report, officials said, was highly critical of the bureaus dependence on one informant whose information was instrumental in launching the CISPES investigation but who was later found to be unreliable. According to the bureau, the counterterrorism investigation was begun in 1983 following allegations that CISPES members v.eie providing military support to i ebels in El Salvador who were involved in what the administration considers terrorist activities. CISPES, which has voiced support for rebel groups against tiie American-backed government of El has denied any link to terrorism.

The FBI inquiry was abandoned in 1985; investigators said they found no strong evidence supporting the allegations. During the investigation, members of more than 100 other groups linked to CISPES also came under surveillance by the FBI, including labor unions and college groups. In some cases, agents photographed demonstrators at peace rallies and recorded their automobile license numbers. The scope of the investigation became known last January after the bureau was forced to release case files in a Freedom of Ir.for- More FBI Page 32 back some of the treasures for his museum in this town at the tip of the Florida Keys. Theres been a tremendous amount of paperwork since his crew found the Atochas treasure, said Fisher, 65, who oversees his non-profit Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Inc.

Fisher began his search for the Atocha about 1970. The effort w'as marked by financial troubles and court battlfcs, and Fishers oldest son and daughter-in-law were killed when their tugboat capsized during a 1975 search. In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the state of Floridas bid to keep a quarter of the salvors haul. Fisher estimates there are at least another $100 million worth of artifacts from the Atocha remaining on the ocean floor.

The museums $10 million displays, gleaned from the Atocha, Margarita and from a British slaving ship. KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) It took Mel Fisher 16 years and $16 million to find his sunken Spanish treasure. Now some of the booty is going on the auction block at Christies in New York, as divers continue to comb the site and preservationists painstakingly scrape centuries of marine crust off the riches. This auction is particularly exciting because the pieces recov-' ered enhance knowledge of the New World, said Christies publicist Starr Collins.

Theres been a lot of public interest in the two-day sale which begins today, she said. In July 1985, Fishers crew found the vast mother lode of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the richest of five Spanish galleons dashed to the ocean floor about 40 miles west of the Florida Keys by a hurricane in 1622. So far, the galleon has surrendered more than 4,000 emeralds. 150,000 gold and silver coins, fine jewelry and thousands of ceramic pieces. Also dredged up were thousands of pieces of salt-soaked wood, rusty navigational devices, muskets, tools, pots and pans and other artifacts.

More than 300,000 salvaged pieces of the ship or its cargo have been logged in computer records. Each piece is tagged, drawn to scale, cleaned of calcium and seashell deposits, catalogued, again drawn to scale and photographed. The 389 lots to be auctioned this week belong to Fisher or investors who received the treasures in return for their financial backing. Among baubles up for bid are a 5V2-foot gold chain valued at $200,000, a silver-gilt wine cup and jewelry salvaged from the Atocha or its sister ship, Santa Margarita, also sunk in the 1622 hurricane. Fisher says he hopes to buy Wilkerson Funeral, Groff Now Affiliates Township Wants Developers To Work On Impact Fee Law i Spencer Wilkerson Robert Groff Jr.

if il all, said John Shirk, board chairman. Pointing out that the committee will have only an advisory role, he noted that input from developers is important because they are directly affected and because they have expertise. Commissioner Dennis Jeff, a key sponsor of the impact fee ordinance, said all committee meetings will be held in public and the public is welcome to attend their meetings. We felt the building community had to be represented because they are a force in the township and they have a stake in this, said Jeff. Other feedback from township residents on the impact fee ordinance was positive, including a round of applause when the commissioners took formal action to delete all sections of their zoning ordinance having to do with building permits.

New language will be inserted when the impact fee curative amendment is By David Sturm Intelligencer Journal Staff The Mar.heim Township commissioners on Monday defended letting developers have a role in helping write an impact fee ordinance. The ordinance would assess developers for impact fees to help pay for streets, sewers and other township-wide improvements made necessary by increased development. Last week, the commissioners unveiled a nine-member advisory board that will make recommendations on this ordinance. The nine include two commissioners, the township manager, three planning commission members and three builders. Dr.

John Nernoff, chief organizer for the new Manheim Township Action Group, told the commissioners that the nine-member committee had too much repre-sentat ion by developers We do not feel that way at Wilkerson said. I still plan to take care of the families who have shown me so much love and concern over the years, but Ruby and I would like to find a smaller place to live, do some traveling and relax. Wilkerson will continue to reside at his King Street address for as long as he wants to, Groff said. We still have not determined what we will ask for the building, Groff said. Im just glad we were able to help an old and dear friend With Wilkerson moving his operation to Groffs Orange Street location, there will now be five funeral services in Lancaster City and 35 in the county, Gruff said By Thomas L.

Flannery Intelligencer Journal Staff A Lancaster funeral director has called it quits to his big building, but not to the families in search of his services. On June 1. Spencer F. Wilkerson. owner of the Spencer F.

Wilkerson Funeral Home, 1045 E. King sold the building to Robert F. Groff owner of Fred F. Groff Inc. Funeral Service, 234 W.

Orange Wilkerson said. Ive been a licensed mortician for over 40 years and a funeral director in Lancaster for more than 30 of those years, Wilkerson said. I'm 05 years old and I just want to slow down a little. Both Wilkerson and Groff stressed the association does not mean Wilkerson will leave the business. Both agree he will be just as active, but without a lot of the headaches associated with a one-man operation.

Spencer has essentially just moved his license into our building. Groff said. Anyone calling his number will be greeted by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Spencer will continue to service his families as before. We will just absorb some of the more laborious aspects of the business for him Recently, the name Groff-Wilkerson has appeared in several death announcements and was used bv operators answering for Wilkerson However, Groft said that was just an interim step until all the details of the deal could he ironed out Wilkerson said he had tried for the last four years to sell his business, since none of his children wanted the operation. The offer by Groff just seemed logical, said Wilkerson, who added that in the past Groff and, earlier, Groffs father would cover for Wilkerson when the funeral director and his wife.

Ruby, went away for extended periods of time 1 Bob is helping me to retire," Unhid Fox Manheim Township police said Monday that tests performed on the remains of a fox killed at the Lancaster Country Club along the New' Holland 1 ike on June 2 showed the animal was rabid. Country club employ ees destroyed the fox. police said. Anv-ono who might have made contact with the annual or whose pels may have ew wintered the animal should out act police adopted. One resident wondered if the township had concerns over whether the impact fee ordinance will hold up legally Jeff noted that the state has no enabling legislation for such an ordinance, meaning the township is stepping into an area without legal precedent.

And many are watching to see what will happen, he added. We are in a fishbowl on a state and national level, said Jeff. The absence of enabling legislation. we must be complete, thorough and fair, In other business, the board told residents of Grandview Heights that they could, if they wish, be the owners of their own street lights. The issue came up when Mrs.

Kay Gontner, 945 Grandview rose to complain that she and other residents dislike the new sodium vapor bulbs installed in the neighborhood's street lights. They cast an eerie yellow glow to the area. she said. Its like you stepped out onto some planet. She asked if the old incandescent bulbs could be returned to the light standards.

Board chairman Shirk explained that Pennsylvania Power Light Co. was mandated by the state Public Utility Commission to replace all street light fixtures with sodium bulbs, which consume about one-fourth the energy of incandescent bulbs. However, he said measures could be taken to create a lighting district in the neighborhood in which the homeowners would, in effect, take over and operate their own lights, using whatever kind of bulbs they choose. Neighbors would have to buy the lights at a cost of roughly $150, 000, which would moan a bond issue costing about $18,000 a year if amortized over 15 years An estimate of the cost to each homeowner would be between $80 and $120 per year, said Shirk. Shirk said he would entertain a petition for a Grandview Heights lighting district if at least 51 percent of residents signed a petition.

More DEVELOPERS' Page 32 Lightning Fatalities Rise In 1987 lives with a single bolt in New York and Tennessee. Three golfers taking shelter under a tall tree on a hill were killed July 3 at Warrior Path State Park near Kingsport. Tenn And on July 26, lightning killed three campers sleeping in tents at Darien Lake in Genessee County. N.Y. Scorch marks indicated that the bolt first struck the aluminum pole of one tent, killing its two occupants, then jumped six feet to another tent and electrocuted the third person On the same day a 28-year-old man was killed and three others injured at Lake Russell, Ga when struck while in a tent located near a tall tree.

And just four days later a similar instance injured but spared the lives of three campers in New York state. Three' girls were in a tent in New Scotland, Albany County, when a bolt struck a nearby tree and traveled through the root system to their tent where it melted a sleeping hag and left all three with burns Last year's injury list was well ahead of the 250 annual average largely due to a series of instances in which a strike injured a group ol people Some 30 people in Chicago Heights, 111., were injured in a single strike July 29, for example, when lightning hit a tree and then bounced to a metal gate where people were leaving a ball game. Some people were knocked four or five feet and two were seriously injured. In another case, on Aug. 12, 24 were injured in Silver City, N.M., when a bolt hit a high school football field near a group of players.

The injuries, which included 18 football players, were mostly minor burns. And on July 2 four people were hurt when lightning struck a group of soccer players on a field at Boulder, Colo. A 10-year-old boy was critically injured, but recovered. Overall, nearly one-third of the people injured were affected by just nine strikes. On July 11 a father and son were injured by a strike at a boat club in Boone County, Ky The 5-year-old was knocked unconscious and had no pulse or heartbeat.

Fortunately, two nurses were picnicking nearby. They were able to resuscitate the lad More DEATHS Page 32 WASHINGTON (AP) Lightning killed 86 Americans last year, the highest death toll in this decade, the government reported Monday. And the 365 lightning-related injui ies ic-ported natiowidc were nearly 5n percent more than the long-term average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Lightning apparently does not command the respect it deserves us a dangerous killer, E.W. Friday, dweetor of the National Weather Service, said in a statement Among weather-related haaids.

only flash floods kill mop' people annually than lightning, Friday sai I. Lightning deaths had Vtri declining recent years dipping to a record low of 63 fatalities in 1986 before rc bounding last year. Even last year's toll, however, the most since 88 people died lightning strikes in 1978, doesn match the long-term average of 96 annual fatalities That a ei age was boosted by several very deadly yi ars the loiids. including 1961 when 210 people wen killid by lightning Twice last year liplii 1 uiued thiee.

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