The Item from Sumter, South Carolina on September 29, 1982 · 5
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The Item from Sumter, South Carolina · 5

Sumter, South Carolina
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Wednesday, September 29, 1982
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I Clarendon Schools Trim Budget THE DAILY ITEM - SUMTER SC WEDNESDAY SEPT a 1MZ PAGE (A By MARIAN MARSH ITEM SUH Writer MANNING — Clarendon School District 2 will have to trim its budget by $151078 because of the 46 percent cutback mandated by the state Budget and Control Board But Dr Carl B Ramsey district superintendent told board members last night that unless further cuts are ordered the district can handle the cut without reductions m personnel reducing the days in the school year or cutting programs Armed Man Robs United Handy Mart A masked gunman robbed a clerk at the United Handy Mart on SC 441 last night according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department The clerk told officers that a man wearing a light green ski mask entered the store about 9:30 a m and pulled a small black handgun from behind his back and demanded the money from the store’s register and safe After taking the money she said he taped her hands put tape across her mouth and then fled across the store’s parking lot She described the robber as a white man about 6 feet tall weighing 180 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans In other reports city police received a disturbance call last night on Watson Avenue from a woman who said there were men in her backyard drinking and making noise When police arrived the men had left and the woman said she had seen the men take beer from the Manning Avenue Social Club the night before police report Police discovered the back door to the club open and when the owner was contacted learned that 15 cases of beer four cases of wine a cash register and about 20 chairs missing Investigation revealed that someone had broken into the club which has been closed for about a year by tearing a hole in the club’s roof police report Two houses were broken into sometime yesterday on Edgefield Road Barbara Bunton of 5331 Edgefield Road reported that someone broke into her house but that nothing was missing Jenny Feather of 5341 Edgefield Road reported someone broke into her house and removed jewelry a camera and $10 in cash Azzie Lee Amos of 10 Milton Road reported that someone broke into her house while she was on vacation and removed two gold chains Milton H Todd of 4237 N Lake Cher-ryvale Drive reported that someone broke into his tool shed and removed tools and fishing gear valued at $750 Maxine Valez of 1732 Oakland Ave was arrested and charged with shoplifting in connection with an incident yesterday at Kmart Reformed Criminal Works For The Law By JIM DURKIN Greenville Piedmont GREENVILLE (AP) -At age 16 Frank Abagnale found himself alone on the streets of New York City He was a child of the ‘60s and had run away from a broken home "back when everybody was running away” He had no money and had been bouncing checks to survive Over the next five years he would impersonate airline pilot doctor lawy and college professor write $2 5 million in bogus checks before spending four years in a federal prison Today Abagnale works on the side of the law giving seminars on white-collar crime across the country — including a stop at Furman University’s McAlister Auditorium But even though he has capitalized on his sordid past he claims he is not an example that crime does indeed pay "When I realized what I had done I turned it around in a positive way so I could help other people" Abagnale said during a telephone interview from Houston last week ‘‘There is no way I can recoup the things I lost in my youth I'll never know what it’s like to go to a prom or a high school football game or be a normal 18-year-old and have family around" It all began one day when he saw a group of airline pilots leave a hotel I thought it would be a great front' Abagnale recalled “I thought it would be great to be able to fly all over the world for free" His devious young mind went to work Once he obtained a uniform learned the airline jargon and had the proper fake identification cards the rest was easy he said During his two years of impersonating a pilot for Pan-American Airlines Abagnale said he never had to fly a jet He simply rode along in the extra seat in the cockpit After two years of that he switched occupations and became a pediatrician at a hospital in Marietta Ga “I'd have been a gynecologist but at 18 (years old) I didn't know any better Abagnale said “I never treated anyone” he said "I was paid $32000 per year From there he went to - Louisiana He passed the state bar exam on his third try He took a job as an aide Correction Three Doberma pinscher puppies were taken from a pen at Yellow Cab Co at 211 S Main St The Item reported yesterday that the dogs were stolen from the home of Otvin G Henderson Henderson owns the Yellow Cab Co police reports say ars r ranee w -Abagnale yTr usedany d jnd ferent nar in the civil division of the state attorney general’s office His pay was $16000 annually Brigham Young University in Provo Utah was his next stop There he taught sociology for $2500 per semester Shortly after that he went back to being a pilot and started running from the law "I was arrested in France when I was 21” said "I never disguises just dif-names I served six months for forgery in France and then was extradited to Sweden After six months there I was extradited to the US" While on trial in Atlanta he escaped by impersonating a federal prison inspector He was caught two weeks later however and eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison — 10 years for forgery and two years for escape He was sentenced under the Youthful Offenders Act and served about four years at Federal Correction Institute in Virginia before being paroled in February 1974 le took menial jobs at a restaurant and a grocery store Both times he worked his way up in the business "When I’d get a position for a management job they’d run a check on me find out about my background and I'd be fired” Abagnale said “I told my parole officer I didn't think I'd ever be able to work my way up with my record “I asked him what he thought about me going around and giving talks to businesses about some of the things I knew about forgery fast change artists counterfeiting and con men I started by giving talks to small groups of people who worked in banks It built 775-6331 Just Arrived! New Shipment Boys' Penny Loafers Boys' classic penny loafer with genuine leather upper Vb-D 12Vk-J Jack 9s $22 $20 337 W Liberty St plenty of free pmrkint Ramsey said the 46 percent cut will definitely hurt the district but he said by cutting comers and not spending some budgeted funds the district can survive the cut He said District 2 is not in as bad a shape as some districts in the state which may be forced to cut in all three areas personnel programs and number of school days Pam Cromer assistant superintendent for instruction reported on the results of the Basic Skills Test for district students Grades 1-3 generally performed well on the reading test she said More than 55 percent of students in those grades scored above the state average Test scores in math were even higher In grades 1-3 60 5 percent of students scored above the state average Grades 6-8 performed higher on reading than mi math Fifty percent of sixth graders in the district scored above the state average Forty-one percent of eighth graders scored above the state average In math 43 percent of sixth graders scored above the state average Thirty- four percent of the district’s eighth grade students scored above the state average Robert James architect for the school district recommended that the board proceed with renovation and additions at Alcolu Elementary School rather than renovating and adding on to the Manning High School He estimated cost of adding nine classrooms and renovating Alcolu Elementary at $597634 about half the estimated cost of $1096580 of adding 17 classrooms and renovation work at Manning High School The board took no action on this recommendation Ramsey reported that district enrollment is up by 45 students this year Total enrollment is 3072 he said Meeting in executive session the board approved the appointment of three teachers They are: Sherbie Adams fifth grader teacher at Alcolu Elementary School Kay Young third grade teacher at Manning Primary School and Sharon Dowling speech therapist for the district REVIVAL SERVICES Boulevard Church of the Nazarene f Bhrd d on Woynkk Dr NOW Thru Oct 3rd Rev Dennis Johnson Evangelist 7:30 pm Nightly Sunday: 70:50 am & 6 pm Special Singing Nightly A Cordial invitation is extended to the public to attend ITEM CARRIERS - BUSINESS PEOPLE WORKING FOR YOUI from there" And grow it did In 1976 he formed a business Frank Abagnale and Associates Last year it grossed more than $105 million and employed more than 100 workers "I never committed a violent crime and never ever ripped off any individuals I don’t feel any guilt now because I returned all the money (after his business became a success) and spent my time in prison “When I was young I didn’t think about the consequences When I realized what I had done and how I had hurt other people and myself I began to feel guilty This is my way of paying some of those people back" Abagnale said his seminars are "good for anyone who handles mone ” He has made numerous appearances on television talk shows including eight appearances on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and has written an autobiography entitled "Catch Me If You Can" Columbia Pictures soon will release a movie by the same name The appearance at Furman was the first by Abagnale in South Carolina DAILY ITEM our FASHION for Jsea son s ZJ EVERY SEASON

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