The State from Columbia, South Carolina on June 7, 1986 · 19
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The State from Columbia, South Carolina · 19

Columbia, South Carolina
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Saturday, June 7, 1986
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MetroRegfam gfre £ State Columbia South Carolina Saturday June 7 1986 4-year-old missing from Lexington home By STEVE HOOK A 4-year-old girl disappeared from her Lexington County mobile home Thursday night authorities said Friday Jessica “Jesse” Gutierres was reported missing Friday by her mother Debra who said she last saw her daughter asleep in a bade bedroom about 11:30 pm Thursday Jesse was reportedly deeping in her bedroom along with two sisters ages 6 and 10 one of whom was in the same bed with her An 8-yearndd brother and Mrs Gutierres dept in adjoining bedrooms Detectives were trying to locate Mrs Gutierrez's ex-husband David Romero Gutienes-Ruix who was reported to be living in Mexico Qtv as late as iw—nir "We’d like to know where he is now" said Capt Bob Ford of the Lexington County i iffs department “We don't know that this i is domestic-related and we don’t know that foul play was involved But we have to consider both as possibilities" Mrs Gutierres told detectives that her ex- ‘ husband has a “green card” which allows hips to enter the United States temporarily but that he has no custodial rights of the four children since their divorce in 1983 he said No property was reported missing from the mobile home and no signs of struggle w ere found None of the other family members recalled seeing or hearing anything unusual during the night Sheriffs investigators found signs that the mobile home located on a secluded private lot between Red Bank and Pelion had been broken into during the night Ford said “We’re going under the premise that she was taken from the mobile home” Ford said “We don’t believe she simply wandered off” A screen was removed from a rear window of the mobile home Ford said and its locked front door was unbolted when Mrs Gutierres woke up about 9 aan Friday Detectives believe the intruder entered through the window and left with Jesse through the front door A team of investigators searched the area around the mobile hone Friday checking abandoned buildings and scanning nearby wilderness from a plane and helicopter The State Law Enforcement Division released notices of the child’s disappearance nationally and other law enforcement agencies in Lexington County offered assistance The child is white with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes She was wearing a sleeveless pink and white flowered T-shirt and white panties when she disappeared Sheriff James A Metis who was attending no0f£d Jessica Gutierrez and planned to supervise the search upon his return late Friday Ford said - Disappeared during night Capital Report - s i ’ ¥ - - a- i J' - ( — ' "wsv'' J - - ' V r S r i Good morning SOME THUNDERSTORMS probably will rumble through the Midlands today but most folks will enjoy a little sunshine too The high today will again climb into the 90s with a low tonight in the low 70s SUN FESTIVAL 36 a family day hosted by the United Black Fund of the Midlands runs from noon until 8:30 pan at Meadowlake Park cm Beckman Road The festival with appearances by Dr Collate Hopkins Sen Kay Patterson and other community -leaders will include music dance performances and loads of games Proceeds will set up youth and community development programs this summer FOOD AND FUN provide the focus for today’s 12th annual South Carolina Food Festival at the State Farmer’s Market on Bluff Road The program includes entertainment ranging from doggers dancers and folk music to clowns doubledutch jump rope exhibitions and a senior dtlzens band For the kids there will be watermelon seedspitting an egg toss and an apple-peeling contest AN EASY WAY to adopt a pet is being offered ’ by the Animal Protection League which is holding Adopt-a-Cat Day from 10 am to 3 pm today at Woodhill MalL Adult cats neutered and with up-to-date shots will be available for adoption HEJAZ AND JAMIL Shrine Temples are honoring Columbia’s Bicentennial with a joint ceremonial complete with a parade down Main Street beginning at 10:30 this morning The World War I Veterans and Auxiliary is holding its annual statewide convention today and Sunday at the Town House on Gervais Street Magpie folk musicians Terry Leonino and Greg Artsner will perform at 8 pm at the amphitheater in Riverfront Park BOYS CLUB MEMBERS — current and former — can meet old friends and make new ones at the Boys Clubs of Columbia’s first Alumni Day beginning at 10 Greenview Park will welcome back the warm weather with a swim party at 5 pm The public may attend THE URBAN LEAGUE is holding its annual bridge benefit at 11 am at the Fountain Bleau on Farrow Road GOVERNOR RILEY is at home for the weekend Forecast calls for state deficit White state revenue roae 102 percent in May over a year ago it is likely the state budget will run a deficit when the fiscal year ends June 30 the Board of Economic Advisors said Friday “It is anticipated that June revenues will rise significantly over the same month last year but the probabilities are low that receipts will be high enough to make the (board's) April 15 estimate” said James A Morris chairman of the economists The board told legislators earlier this week that the state could experience an additional shortfall of $25 million to $30 million caused primarily by lower-than-expected revenue from individual income tax returns ' The news prompted House-Senate budget conferees to cover the shortfall with the $28 million capital expenditure fund in nest year’s budget Earlier thisyear the economic advisors estimated that revenues would be $56 million below expenditures and the Budget and Control Board imposed a 2 percent cut in most state agency budgets Follow the leader Young William Lamb offers his father Bill a few Columbia It was a beautiful day — even for yard work pointers on horticulture Friday as they run their mow- — with temperatures in the 90s and plenty of sunshine ers over the lawn at their home on Wheat Street in and blue sides Fairfield County man found guilty Defendant admits slaying but denies rape FHA : loans : halted Processing requests ' may take more time for SC borrowers By LAURA DANNHARDT — - 1 lir The expiration of Federal Home Administration loan backing author-' ity may increase the waiting period for South Carolina homeowners and ' home buyers seeking FHA-backed mortgages FHA loan applicants in South Carolina already are having to wait two months to get mortgage hacking ' approved but this time period is like-!' '! ly to increase FHA officials said Friday The FHA in Washington halted its popular mortgage-backing program for single-family homes at midnight ” Thursday and FHA offices across the country had to stop making coo-' " ditional commitments for backing '' By JOHN COLLINS Max Spencer Peake is led from trial Sentencing phase of trial scheduled for Monday WINNSBORO A jury deliberated less than 45 minutes Friday night before finding a Winnsboro man guilty of kidnapping raping and murdering a Fair-field County woman Max Spacer Peake 33 admitted on the witness stand Friday that he kilted 44-year-old Ullian Keister by repeatedly plunging a knife into her body “but I didn’t rape her” he said The state is seeking the death penalty in the case The sentencing of the trial will begin at 9 JO Monday in Fairfield County general sessions court Peake who was charged with kidnapping Mrs Keister by tying her up in her home said he “didn't know why” he kilted the divorcee whose daughter he had race dated “I don’t know why I did it” the tall thin bespectacled Peake said softly sobbing under direct examination by one of his court-appointed defense attorneys “I just went berserk” he later told 6th Circuit Solicitor John R Justice: “She was a good woman I liked her” Peake told his attorney Walter & Brown Jr of Winnsboro “We used to talk about the Bible sometimes when I went with her daughter She trusted me “I’m not saying I didn’t kill the woman” Peake told Brown earlier “I just don’t know why It’s not like someone to go out and do something and not be conscious of doing it I’ve had trouble on the inside of me” During cross-examination by Justice Peake said he had gone to Mrs Keister’s during the early morning 8 Sm Guilty 5-B State’s budgeting ‘nonsensical’ Holderman tells USC’s trustees By SCOTT JOHNSON University of South Carolina President James B Holderman lashed out at the state’s “nonsensical” budget process Friday saying a new funding mechanism is needed that recognizes higher education’s contributions to South Carolina Holderman told USC trustees that white the Legislature approved $53 million in new money for USCs Columbia campus for fiscal 1986-87 the increase is miiMiiing and may not be enough to prevent tuition or fee increases next fall “Well know within the next two to three weeks” he said “Well probably have a special board meeting to adopt a budget but we just don’t know how it’s all going to turn out yet” Holderman repeated earlier criticism of lawmakers’ refusal to tap the state’s reserve accounts to fund research at colleges and universities “The major universities in this state must have an appropriation which is at least equal to if not greater than the state’s projected economic growth” Holderman said The state’s economy is expected to grow about 7 percent to 8 percent next year he said but USCs budget will grow only 1 percent to 2 percent under the 1986-87 appropriations Mil approved Thursday by the General Assembly Sm USC 5-B James B Holderman Higher tuition fees possible The Senate voted Friday to restore operating authority to the Fed- eral Housing Administration which had halted its widely used mortgage insurance program a day earlier The House has passed similar legislation but the two versions are at odds and the Senate version has been t threatened with a presidential veto'--' Falling interest rates and an avalanche of home buying and home fi- i nancing have triggered the increased 4 demand for FHA loans Authorities at the Columbia office' of the UX: Department of Housing k and Urban Development where the FHA offices for the state are housed are hoping that the halt will be cleared early next week to prevent f an increase in the already two-month s wait each owner and buyer has to ’ endure to get FHA mortgage backing The FHA office in Columbia' which is staffed by about 20 people is digging its way through 600 back-logged applications dating from May 20 said Bill Nixon director of housing development at Columbia HUD "We’re getting requests for about ' 2500 appraisals a month” Nixon said Only a year or two ago the ( ' office received about 200 a mouth ‘ “We are staffed for 200 or 300 a ' ’ month” The department will meet Mon- day to look into hiring more help he ' ’ said A shutdown lasting a week would keep the FHA from extending $3 bil-” lion in mortgage insurance to about ‘ 50000 homeowners and home buyers across the nation FHA officials in Washington estimate Such a shutdown in South Carolina would keep about $30 million' from 600 home buyers and owners whose applications are backlogged plus the additional requests that will continue to be submitted and accepted by the office Nixon said The average request is for mort-gage backing on a $50000 home Nix- 8 Sm Loans 5-B k 300000 expected to jam Grand Strand for Sun Fun’s fun i By BRUCE SMITH v MYRTLE BEACH - Sunshine was generally of the liquid variety as Sun Fun Festival weekend began Friday but rain didn’t dampen predictions of weekend crowds of up to 300000 and another banner year for Grand Strand tourism - Those optimistic feelings were echoed by officials in Columbia who forecast the biggest tourism season in state history About 250 people braved showers spinning in from Tropical Storm Andrew to catch a glimpse of television star Vanna White during welcoming ceremonies at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion The blonde North Myrtle Beach native who appears on the television game show Wheel of Fortune wore a green and white floral print dress and was hounded for autographs after giving brief welcoming remarks She later stood under an umbrella as she played checkers The moves were translated to “human checkers” — beauty queens and servicemen from the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base who stood in the drizzle on a large checker board nearby On Wheel of Fortune Ms White discloses tetters to the audience as contestants try to solve word puzzles “It’s not that easy” she quipped to reporters “You have to know the entire alphabet And you have to pay attention too” Ms White 29 who will serve as grand marshal of today’s Sun Fun parade said she auditioned for the job before Menr Griffin as did hundreds of other hopefuls “I asked him why did he select me and the only answer he gave me was I turned the tetters better than anyone else” said Ms White who once entered the Miss Sun Fun Pageant but didn’t win “I don’t know why he chose me but I'm very glad he did and I hope the show will be on for a while because it’s a lot of fun” she said It’s the 35th year for a festival that has been a weekend affair in the past This year the 70 events ranging from sandcastte building contests to beauty pageants were spread over an entire week so there would be fewer schedule conflicts Ashby Ward the executive director of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce said about 175000 people were on the Grand Strand this week white weekend crowds were expected to read 300000 A typical weekend at the height of the summer attracts about 325000 to the Strand’s 60 miles of" beaches Ward said business is up primarily because of the bright economy An estimated 12 million tourists are expected to spend a record $12 billion on the Strand this year Ward said ’ ' “People tend to be very positive about the way the country is going We drat have the massive layoffs we had a few years ago” he said In Columbia Fred Brinkman said that 1988 should : be the biggest year we’ve ever had” fra tourism across the state Brinkman executive director of the SC Department ' of Parks Recreation and Tourism said an estimated $1 billion will be sprat statewide on new tourism facilities7 m -JT - 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