Telegraph-Forum from Bucyrus, Ohio on June 10, 1989 · 1
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Saturday, June 10, 1989
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CO VP 0 A . U i so : - it i'i- -j I J t J Lt TWELVE PAGES Thp TUsnirui TELEGRAP A FRfcEDOM NEWSPAPER T ijS'5Sfs3sr??.sgi;JSSi; v 4 y- Ground turned in historic fi' t tf. .-.r t cm m -.' " '"-m W - ..' f!i t rr A1: 1 l v 'J&i John Breen, left, general manager, GE Lighting Product Engineering Department, and Noriyoshi Kikuchi, manager of Toshiba Lamp Engineering Group, take to the shovels at Fridays groundbreaking for the GE Toshiba joint venture for a new state-of-the-art lamp manufacturing facility at the GE Bucyrus Lamp Plant. The new facility, which will open in 1990, will cost $25 million and is expected to employ 50 people. China hits troops did By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer BEIJING (AP) - China today criticized a U.S. radio broadcast for reporting that troops killed 3,000 residents, and claimed soldiers did not fire even once in their push to drive pro-democracy protesters from Tiananmen Square. The media reports came after Deng Xiaoping, 84, emerged Friday from three weeks of seclusion to praise soldiers who crushed the protest and show who is leading the worlds most populous country. In Washington, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Friday that the Chinese government Weather High Friday Low Friday Rain 79 54 .10 Inch YEAR AGO TODAY High Low 63 42 Four firms bid on I project at airport Four companies submitted bids Friday to install a laxiway extension at the Bucyrus airport and seal cracks on the runway. Only two of the companies submitted bids for both projects. Mansfield Asphalt, Mansfield, bid $4,402 to seal cracks and $79,618.21 to install the taxiway for a combined bid of $84,020.21. The other company bidding for both projects was S E. Johnson, Findlay. The bids were $5,680 for crack sealing and $97,559.60 for the taxiway for a total bid of $103,239.60. The city would have the option of splitting the bids since the other two f - : ' V i vVr9? J i- A t. - A. . ' l'Hr:if Joint venture broadcast, claims not fire even once murdered many, many of its citizens. He said the violence last weekend will affect Chinas relations with all countries of the world for a considerable period of time. The Peoples Daily, quoting a letter from an unidentified teacher who allegedly witnessed the events, accused the U.S. government-backed Voice of America of being irresponsible in reporting that 3,000 people died. The Communist Party newspaper said the U.S. broadcast was aimed at instigating hatred and resistance. Official Radio Beijing said today: In the process of clearing out the square (Tiananmen), the Liberation Army did not fire even once at the crowd of people. The Chinese government has said 300 died in the military assault, and that most of the dead arid injured were Soldiers attacked by rioters. Doctors and witnesses have estimated that thousands were fatally shot along the road and in the square, and U.S. intelligence reports companies each bid only for one project. Bucyrus Road Materials submitted a bid of $77,808.32 to install the taxiway. Slurry Seal, Toledo, bid $4,686 to seal cracks. The combined total to hire those two companies would be $82,494.32. The engineers estimates were $98,573.40 for the taxiway and $4,750 for crack sealing. A grant of $91,091 was received by the city from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, to fund the project. The citys share of the funding is $12,232. This is the second consecutive year airport improvements were funded through the tax grant. ( jJ r ft. v-i Jodi Seif put the death toll at about 3,000. Chinese Red Cross officials estimate 3,600 people were killed and 60,000 injured, according to the Union of Chinese Students in the Federal Republic, a Chinese group in West Germany. Since last weekend, official television and radio have repeatedly praised the military and accused demonstrators of being counterrevolutionaries bent on destroying the socialist system. Three thefts are reported Bucyrus police investigated the thefts of some giftware, housewares, a wreath and a purse Friday and early today. Kim Mollenkopf, manager of Pettys Hallmark, reported at 1:15 p.m. two figurines valued at $555 were stolen from the store. James Coldiron, 5 Lutz Dr., reported at 2:14 a.m. today a television, painting, microwave, stereo system and 50 video cassettes were taken from his home. A water bed also had holes poked in it. The only sign of forced entry, according to the report, was a screen that was pushed in. Chuck Marquis, 527 Prospect St., reported at 9:27 a.m. Friday a wreath was taken from the front door of his home. He also told police his neighbors had decorations taken. Beverly Dyer, 47 Bucyrus Plaza, reported at 9:13 p.m. someone took her purse from an unlocked vehicle at a Hopley Ave. residence. Kerri L. Zellner, 17, 1213 Ohio 100, was involved in an accident at 5.05 p.m. Friday when she was east-bound in the drive beside the Knights of Columbus, was unable to see any traffic when she pulled up to the north-south alley and edged out into the path of a southbound vehicle (Continued On Page 3) GE-Toshiba light BY MIKE REDELSON T-F Staff Writer History was made Friday in the international lighting industry when ground was broken in Bucyrus for the first U.S.-Japanese joint venture in the world of lighting. City, county, civic and business leaders gathered in what is now a parking area of the Bucyrus Lamp Plant to hear about the addition for the project, which is called the High Speed Horizontal Flourescent Lamp Corporation (HSII). In the words of Mayor Robert Laipply, the addition and partnership thrusts this city into the international marketplace. The facility will produce fluroescent lighting for U.S. and Asian Pacific markets as part of a joint venture established by General Electric Lighting (Cleveland) and Toshiba Lighting and Technology Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) in January of this year. This manufacturing operation combines the resources and expertise of two leaders in the lighting industry and gives the Bucyrus work force an opportunity to increase its role in the world lighting market, said Dr. John Breen, general manager of GE Lighting Product Engineering Department and a member of the GE Toshiba Lighting Corporation board of directors. According to E. Max Correll, Bucyrus Lamp Plant manager, when the new $25 mi lion manufacturing addition is operational in 1990 it wll expand employment at the site by about 50 people. The lamps produced on the site will be sold by both GE and Toshiba. According to Correll, it is the first joint venture of its type in the lighting industry. Correll said the agreement will open up markets formerly closed to U.S.-made Boat may women m ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Now that the bodies of three women found bound, gagged and weighted in Tampa Bay have been identified as Ohio tourists, investigators are turning their attention to a boat that Ynay provide clues. The 25-foot, blue-and-white boat was seen in the parking lot of a motel where the victims were registered. They bodies were identified by authorities Friday as Joan M. Rogers, 36, of Wiltshire in western Ohio, and her daughters, Michelle, 17, and Christie, 14. We have no suspects, no leads, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Wendell Creager. Police have' askec the public for any information about the boat, which sat on a float-off trailer in the Days Inn parking lot. Its a long shot. We dont know if its related, Creager said. But we intend to pursue it. We want to talk to the owner of that boat. We havent ruled anything out. The bloated bodies bobbed to the surface of the bay and were discovered by boaters Sunday. The w Community stunned, shocked WILLSHIRE, Ohio (AP) -Residents of this quiet, northwestern Ohio farming village where stunned by news that the bodies of a local woman and her two daughters were found floating in Tampa Bay, Fla., bound to cinder blocks. Everybody is shocked, said Susan Reynolds, 19, a waitress at the Village Restaurant, a popular place in the Van Wert County community of about 500 people. No one could believe it. Its not that it4couldnt happen to somebody in a small town. The reality is that it did. The bodies of Joan M. Rogers, 36, and her daughters, Michelle, 17, and Christie, 14, were identified from dental records Friday, five days after they were found m the bay gagged, with hands bound and tied to cinder blocks, police said. All were naked from the waist down. Police said they had no leads and no suspects. The victims had been in the Walt Disney World area on vacation and were en route home when they stopped in Tampa on June 1, said St. Petersburg, Fla., police spokesman Wendall Creager. x 1 Mrs. Rogers husband, Hal, who had stayed home to tend the familys dairy farm, reported his wife and daughters missing June 4 when they failed to return. This grief is forever, a scar no one can remove, said the Rev. Forecast Clearing tonight, low 50. Sunday sunny tA partly cloudy, high 74. Low Sunday night 56. Monday possible thunderstorms, high 70. hold clues to Ohio urdered in Florida bodies were nude from the waist down, each tied to a concrete block. Police estimated they died late June 1 or early June 2. The three victims had come from the Walt Disney World area and were headed home when they stopped in Tampa on June 1, Creager said. They checked into the motel, and one of the girls called a boyfriend in Ohio that afternoon. But the women didnt stay overnight in their room. Mrs. Rogers husband, Hal Rogers, filed a missing-persons report after his family failed to return from the vacation on Sunday as expected. The Rev. Gary Luderman, the familys minister in Willshire, in Van Wert County, said Rogers learned from Florida authorities Thursday that the family car was found abandoned on a causeway in Tampa. A handwritten note was found inside with directions to a boat ramp about a mile from the motel where the women were registered. Local police speculated that the women may have been thrown into Gary Luderman of Zion Lutheran Church, the familys pastor. This is a small, tight-knit community. Everybody knows everybody. Were an extended family and when one person hurts, we all hurt. He said special services and counseling might be offered, par- Toledo case to be on TV TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The disappearance of a Toledo woman will be the focus of an episode on the Unsolved Mysteries television show. A film crew will be in Toledo until Sunday to interview the friends and family of Cynthia Anderson, who disappeared on Aug. 4, 1981. Producers of the episode will show what police believe Ms. Anderson did the morning she vanished. Its just a hope, Toledo Police Division Homicide Detective Bill Adams said. Id like to get new information; anything to get something going again. Adams has been working on Ms. Andersons case for the last eight years. , Ms. Anderson disappeared while working as a legal secretary in the law office of Neller & Rabbitt. She reported to work on Aug. 4, and was last seen at 9:45 a.m. in the office, i A partner in the firm arrived at noon and found the office locked, the radio, lights and air conditioner on, mail in the door and Cynthias car outside. venture lamps. Participating in the ceremonies were Noriyoshi Kikuchi, manmager of the Toshiba Flourescent Lamp Engineering Group, Mayor Robert Laipply, County Commissioners Thomas OLeary, Bucyrus Area . Chamber of Commerce President Tom Moore and IUE Local 704 President Dwight Leonardt. Kikuchi read a letter from Toshibas president and chief executive officer, Tsutomu Tsuruo. In the letter, Tsuruo called the GE Toshiba project a history maker and praised it as a project where both parties can participate in the marketing and management operation together equally. Tsuruo extended his best wishes to the workers and the community and thanked them for letting his firm become part of the community. Mayor Laippley said the addition shows that the two giants of the industrial community regard the area as a good, solid community. OLeary praised GE for having faith in the community, stating, Industrial expansion doesnt happen without a solid work force. Moore said Bucyrians can be proud that they will be helping light the world, adding that the merger of a U.S. company and a company half a world away signals the coming of one world. Comapny officials took turns breaking ground in a soft grassy patch to the side of the parking lot. The man tud woman with the longest tenures of employment at the lam plant turned the last pile of dirt with the silver shovels: Gene Turney of Chatfield, who has worked there since 1948 and Molly Cress, ai( employee since 1953. the water alive because their bodies showed no sign of trauma, such as shooting or stab wounds. In all probability its going to be drowning, Creager said. We do have a preliminary finding, but its . not conclusive. The information is expected to be released early next week. The family had been rocked recently by the conviction of Rogers brother on a sexual assault charge in a case involving his elder daughter, Ohio authorities said. Charles Kennedy, a Van Wert County prosecutor, said John F. Rogers received a sentence of seven to 25 years in prison for rape. He was arrested in February 1988 for assaulting two teen-age girls, one identified as Michelle Rogers Hal and Joan Rogers eldest daughter, Kennedy said. Officials said Hal Rogers bailed his brother out of jail. Charges for the assault of Michelle were dropped in a plea agreement. John Rogers has been in state prison since April for the other assault, Kennedy said. ticularly for teen-age friends of the victims, to help them come to terms with their grief. Village residents described the Rogers family as hard-working, caring people who spent most of their time on the farm. Ms. Reynolds said Hal Rogers came into the restaurant often with his wife to eat breakfast. They always looked happy but tired, she said. You could see that the hard work took its toll on them Its just so sad what happened. Cindy Baker, a friend of Christies, said she cried all morning when she heard the news. This is the worst thing thats happened. I have lost a friend. Its tragic, she said. Karen Mollenkopf," an adviser to the cheerleading squad at Crestview High School, where Christie attended school, described the teen-ager as a happy person. Rogers brother, John F. Rogers, . is in prison on a sexual assault charge. A second charge against him relating to an alleged assault -against Michelle was dropped in a plea agreement. Luderman said some residents wonder if the killings ' and file assaults are linked. Some of the rumors are ridiculous. We are trying to stop them, Luderman said. HEALTH CHECKS FOR WOMEN LOS ANGELES (AP) Government studies show American women are increasingly using regular blood pressure tests to guard against hypertension, but there is a need for more preventive care against breast and cervical cancers. : r r t )f UMMt) !; ! . I

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