The State from Columbia, South Carolina on April 1, 1987 · 60
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The State from Columbia, South Carolina · 60

Columbia, South Carolina
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Wednesday, April 1, 1987
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2-E The StateColumbia SC Wed April 1 1987 Man confesses in child’s death' Metro Report Chief magistrate wins $6000 raise The state Supreme Court has refused for a second time to consider a salary dispute between Richland County and its chief magistrate Harold Hill The decision gives Hill a 16000 raise for an annual salary of $3592160 retroactive to his appointment in January 1986 He is magistrate in Eastover Hill had filed a lawsuit to get the raise after it didn't show up in his paychecks in the wake of his new appointment He won his case in circuit court and the county appealed The Supreme Court refused to hear the case when the county missed a deadline for turning in its side of the story — a problem that Bill Able lead county attorney blamed on a clerical error Able asked the high court to reconsider but that request was rejected in a one-line order that effectively made Hill's raise official “The importance of the case is (that) it requires council to pay the magistrates according to the ordinance they passed and it doesn't allow for any arbitrary and capricious decisions on salary" said Hill’s attorney J Lewis Cromer Able was unavailable for comment Metts ‘optimistic’ in child search Lexington County authorities remain “optimistic” about their investigation into the 1985 disappearance of 4-year-old Jessica Gutierrez But no arrests have been made and the child has ' not been found Sheriff James R Metts said Tuesday “We still have a suspect and we’re still optimistic” Metts said “There are some legal ramifications to deal with before making an arrest” He refused to speculate about the child's fate She disappeared from her family's mobile hone near Edmond on June 6 1985 Police said someone broke into the home through a window and took the child while her sisters slept in the same room Panel to weigh day-care plans Requests to operate two day-care centers in a St Andrews residents area are on the agenda of the Richland County Zoning Board of Adjustments today The board is expected to consider special exceptions for Jackie S Roberts who wants to open the centers in a neighborhood zoned for single-family housing The centers would care for 30 children at 1431 Means Ave and 12 more at nearby 904 Greenville Circle The board meets at 4 pm on the fourth flow of the county judicial center Tougher litter law to be studied The Columbia City Council will consider a tougher anti-litter ordinance tonight in a meeting designed to accommodate people who cant attend regular daytime sessions The ordinance would make property owners responsible for trash in public rights of way adjacent to their land It also would require trash haulers to cover their loads in transit The agenda for the 5:30 pm session also includes a proposal to consolidate the county’s Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Columbia Foundation Preservation of woods sought Environmentalists have asked the Columbia Planning Commission to take steps that would assure the preservation of a heavily wooded area near a proposed development The South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club asked Monday for revisions in the developer’s plans to preserve about 70 acres of “freshwater wetlands” that are home to a diversity of wildlife that “is extremely unusual to find in an urban area" The proposal planned for surplus property at Fort Jackson is a 237-lot housing area with proposed commercial development next to the planned Southeastern Beltway Developer Arlen Cotter won the commission’s backing for the project Monday night when the group approved a preliminary layout for the proposed neighborhood and a zoning application for the nearby business development The Gregg Investors' projects still need Columbia City Council's approval of the zoning changes Cotter said Monday night that there was no time for major revisions He said he needed local approvals by June 15 to complete the $1467 million land deaL The federal government wont release the surplus property for development without specific plans for how the 300 acres will be used he said Zoo baking up cookie day It’s cookie time at the zoo Rjverbanks Zoo will sponsor cookie day Saturday with cookies and milk available for 25 cents a sample from 10 a m to 2 pm During cookie day Richland Memorial Hospital’s Children Hospital is sponsoring a cookie creation contest with cookies prepared for children and adults to decorate Cookies will be judged and prizes awarded in - the categories of prettiest most original and most colorful Age categories are 9 and younger 10-16 and 16 and older For information call 765-7719 Special Olympics set for Friday More than 800 athletes from Richland Lexington Calhoun and Fairfield counties will gather Friday at Memorial Stadium on Airport Boulevard for Special Olympics track and field event Opening ceremonies are set for 9:45 am and the events should run through 1 pm Students from 50 schools and institutions will participate and more than 450 volunteers will help The event is open to the public The rain date is April 10 The man accused of killing a 3-year-old Columbia girl has confessed to the crime according to affidavits filed in Columbia Municipal Court Larry Donnel Williams 23 also admitted to breaking into Lashonda Randolph's home and kidnapping her according to the affidavits as well as breaking into a Columbia church and stealing the clergy robe in which the child's body was wrapped The affidavits were signed Monday by Investigator Harold Chambers of the Columbia Police Department and they accompanied warrants charging Williams with murder kidnapping grand larceny and two counts of burglary Williams was arrested on those charges Monday morning although he is still in Richland Memorial Hospital being treated for a bleeding ulcer He was under armed guard Wednesday at the hospital where he was listed in stable condition A bond hearing will be held after Williams is released from the hospital police said Lashonda disappeared from her family’s Jaggers Terrace apartment early the morning of March 24 Her body was found the next day in a vacant lot at Stark and Walnut streets in the Five Points area Richland County Conner Frank Barron III said the girl had been sexually assaulted but city police are awaiting fi nal autopsy results before they decide whether to file additional charges Williams has a criminal history of stolen car and assault charges according to the state Department of Corrections Department spokesman Hal Leslie said Williams was arrested in Richland County four yean ago and sentenced to three yean in prison for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle He was incarcerated in February 1984 and released on supervised furlough in May 1985 He said Williams served time in state prisms under “youthful offender” statutes after being convicted as a juvenile on two other charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature Williams worked several months in the mail room at Columbia Newspapers Inc publishers of The State and The Columbia Record Don Lloyd packaging manager for the newspapers said Williams worked in the mail room several years ago He worked for a temporary employment agency he said Lloyd said he doesn't remember Williams as a good employee “Everything we remember about him is pretty bad He was strange” he said Developer centers on bridge By THOM FLADUNG " sm a— hi Wrtur ‘ Temple Ligon believes he can satisfy the folks who want a convention center on the west side of the Conga-ree River and those pushing for the east side “ Put it in the middle Ligon a Midlands developer with a background in architecture is proposing a convention center and hotel that would be built on a bridge spanning the Congaree between the factions that have had a tug-of-war over the issue for mow than a year “It just seemed a little silly’! to have politicians and business leaders on each side of the river each proposing centers Ligon said “Maybe one big jewel in the middle of the river would mollify both sides” Ligon has invited 75 dty and county leaders to meet and discuss the idea at 6 pm today at the State Museum 301 Gervais St "Nothing is solid” ligon said “This whole thing could fall through in a heartbeat It might not even ever have a heartbeat It's still an idea worth discussion” The Riverwalk Center is a $35 milium convention center-hotel project proposed for the west bank of the Congaree with the backing of West Columbia and Lexington County Across the river Columbia has requested proposals for a convention center and hotel A private group including former Columbia Mayor Kirkman Finlay has paid $10000 for such a proposal Ligon said he has approached both groups and others with his compromise idea which he admits could be perceived as “wild and crazy -And he said he has no figures on what tiie project might cost although he guessed $50 million Nor does he have any exact plans drawn up although Ligon has no doubts that it can be done Ligon does have a vision of a bridge more than 100 feet wide with a convention center and hotel filled with conventioneers and honeymooning couples looking down on the Congaree River rapids “It would be glorious” he said center is dream come true Waiting A pelican patiently sits on a pole looking for fish near Captain Dick’s Marina in Murrells Inlet Scattered rainshowers didn’t seem to bother the bird Bids lack minority companies By MICHAEL LEWIS Saw toff Wrtm Blythe Industries Inc of Charlotte is the low bidder for Columbia’s Sidney Park and Laurel Street projects in the Congaree Vista but the City Council probably wont award the contract until mid-April The Blythe bid fell short of a minority participation goal set by the city although it came closer than the company that last week won a contract to build a downtown parking garage Sidney Park will be built behind the main US Post Office on Assembly Street and Laurel Street will be widened to five lanes between Lincoln and Assembly streets Blythe’s bid cm the double project totaled $7466 million with 148 percent earmarked for minority subcontractors The goal was 20 percent The project also sought 15 percent participation by female-owned companies but Blythe only obtained 002 percent involvement from companies run by women The next highest bidder — Plow-den Construction Co Inc of Sumter at $769 million — had no female participation and less than 87 percent minority participation Officials did not examine the details of the higher bids City spokesman John Spade said the projects were combined because it would be cheaper to have them done at the same time The minority participation goals came from the council’s minority business enterprise resolution passed last summer Council members sought to bolster involvement of local minority companies in the municipal procurement process through informal goals But in the Laurel Street project the city’s minority guidelines will not apply because 75 percent of the money is from federal coffers Federal regulations opened up the bidding process to minority firms all over the country Bidding on the Lady Street parking garage however was restricted to minority companies in Richland and Lexington County That project had a goal of 23 percent minority participation but only 124 percent of the successful $478 million bid entered by McCrary Construction Co will go to minority subcontractors The city’s consultant on Congaree Vista the architectural firm of Robert E Marvin and Associates of Wal-terboro will evaluate the Sidney Park-Laurel Street bids to make sure they meet specifications The consultant’s review will delay the awarding of the bid until April Other bidders Tuesday were: LJ Inc of Columbia $899 million Robert O Collins Co Inc of Barnwell $943 million Ruscon Corp of Charleston $874 million Triangle Construction Co of Columbia $789 million and West Point Construction Co of West Point Ga $954 million Music media Froa Staff Rcporta Columbia Bible College and Seminary realized a 10-year dream this week when the Monticello Road school received enough money to complete a $33 million campaign toward building a media and music center The center to be dedicated May 29 will enable students to advance the Christian gospel with modern technology It will house a concert and recital hall practice and rehearsal rooms a listening lab computer lab and music library The building also will complete the school’s Learning Resource Cento- house CBCS’s radio station WMHK design and produce instructional materials to house the Ministry Development Department and produce video and audio-visual materials “For more than a decade I had felt the pressing need lor more effective learning” said school President Robertson McQuilkin “The Joy Ridderhof Memorial Center will enable coming generations of students to capture the emerging communication tools for Christ” In January 1984 students faculty staff and friends encircled the proposed site and asked God to provide $1 million within a year as a sign before they began construction A year later in February 1985 with $1 million in hand they gathered again for a ground breaking “We will take the first million dollars as a token that God is providing and that we should move ahead in faith trusting him to provide the balance by the time of completion” McQuilkin said then r The remaining $23 million has now beat raised and the school didn’t have to borrow for the project McQuilkin said the fund-raising success achieved without high-pressure tactics was an answer to prayer The Columbia Bible College and Seminary Board of Trustees named the center after Joy Ridderhof who was in the school's first graduating class in 1925 Ministers see chance for Bakker’s return Jim Bakker may make a comeback in Southern California after he completes whatever disciplinary action the Assemblies of God might impose for his 1980 sexual liaison ministers say Bakker “could preach in my pulpit this Sunday” said the Rev EV Hill pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Los Angeles The Rev Fred Cottriel of Costa Mesa Calif said Bakker “would have to fulfill his obligation for disciplinary action if that’s what the North Carolina district decides But when his program of rehabilitation is completed he would certainly be restored to good standing We are not punitive about these matters We are redemptive” Cottriel is the district superintendent of about 415 Southern California Assemblies of God churches Since his resignation from PTL on March 19 Bakker’s ties to California have raised speculation that he might attempt a comeback in the Coachella Valley area south of Los Angeles Bakker quit the South Carolina-based PTL ministry over the sexual encounter seven years ago Bakker tried to resign from the denomination when he stepped down as lead- x rV £ er of PTL But church officials said they would not act on that request until they had investigated Bakker’s future in the Assemblies of God rests with its North Carolina District Presbytery Bakker and his staff have declined to comment on his future Jerry Falwell who succeeded him as head of PTL said Bakker’s return to that ministry would hurt efforts to restore its credibility But the California ministers disagreed “The whole subject of adulterous relationships is not new” said the Rev Steve Mesarch of Desert Hot Springs Conservative Baptist Church “David the Bible tells us had not only adultery to deal with but murder” Mesarch said "The fact is church leadership goes through a lot To us it’s simply a matter of ‘what’s new?’” The Rev Charles Beadle pastor of the Christian Center of Desert Hot Springs said: “I would hope that sanetime in the future he could resume a church role” With 250 members the church is the largest Assembles of God congregation in the Coachella Valley Polls indicate PTL scandal has damaged TV ministries Most viewers say television evangelists are too concerned with raising money and the public expects the PTL sex scandal to shrink audiences and make them less generous according to results of two polls released Tuesday Half the people who watch the programs have an unfavorable opinion of them and three-fourths say most TV ministers place too much emphasis on raising money a New York Times-CBS poll showed A Los Angeles Times poll showed that public approval of former PTL minister Jim Bakker and fellow Assemblies of God preacher Jimmy Swaggart has declined since July The Times-CBS poll indicated that about three-fourths of all viewers expect more accusations against other ministers to follow the scandal which began with the disclosure of Bakker’s sexual encounter with a church secretary seven years ago Bakker resigned as head of PTL on March 19 About one-fourth of the viewers who send money to the ministries said the Bakker scandal would cause them to cut back the Times-CBS poll showed Only one in 25 said they would send more The 505 people who said they “made a point of watching” one or more of the seven well-known television evangelists split evenly when asked if “the devil was responsible for the troubles of the Bakkers and the PTL ministry ” with 43 percent saying yes and 43 percent no The evangelists cited in the Times-CBS poll were Bakker Swaggart and the Revs Jerry Falwell Rex Humbard Oral Roberts Pat Robertson and Robert Schuller Seventy-two percent of the non-viewing public in the Times-CBS poll said they had an unfavorable opinion of television evangelists Only 6 percent said they had a favorable view The Times-CBS poll interviewed 1394 people by telephone Saturday and Sunday The Los Angeles Times said its survey including viewers and non-viewers showed that 53 percent disapproved of Bakker up from 18 percent in July and that 39 percent disapproved of Swaggart up from 24 percent The Los Angeles Times poll was based on telephone interviews with 1268 adults who had been asked a similar series of questions in July The margin of error was 4 percentage points in either direction

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