Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois on April 16, 1988 · Page 1
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Mattoon, Illinois
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Saturday, April 16, 1988
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. ,,,,,.,,,,,........., ,,..,,,,,,. ii i t . . ....... 1 , Hopper selects Eastern B1 Is income tax hilto needed? Opinion A4 Convention ; support grows State AO Mostly sunny and warmer Saturday. Highs about 60 with west to southwest winds about 10 mph. Fair and not so cold Saturday night with lows in the low 40s. Sunny, windy and warmer Sunday with highs in the mld-70s. Lift 4 kw4 k . j4 Hfl M "9r,'v Copyright 1988 MIcHlllnols Newspapers, Inc. 113th Year, No. 75, 30 Cents ( ilUlMNItMll -aLftlllWlMWMWlP'iiWMlf in IM x I 1 , S , ' t S ' . . ' f . r .-if '- t , , - . " Japanese terrorist sought in bombing Gardener Maurice Crites does his PtMlobyJoalOaxtor will accommodate all gardeners this weekend with temperatures expected to hit the mid-70s today and possible 80 on Sunday. NAPLES, Italy (AP) Police said Friday they believe a Japanese terrorist accused of attacking Western embassies around the world parked a bomb-laden car outside the Naples USO club, killing an American servicewoman and four Italians. Two Arab groups claimed responsibility for the explosion Thursday night in a narrow street that runs past the the club, where a party was being held to welcome destroyer USS Paul to port. Seventeen people were wounded, including four U.S. sailors. All five people killed were just outside the USO. They included Angela Santos, 21, of Ocala, Fla., who held the rank of radioman 3rd class and was based at the Naval Communications Area Master Station in Naples. A man speaking accented English telephoned a French news agency office in Rome on Friday and said the bomb was planted by a group called Organization of Jihad Brigades. "The American imperialists must die today, two years after their barbarous attack against the Libyan Arab state," he said. His reference was to the U.S. bombing of Libya on April 15, 1986, which was intended to punish the Arab nation for alleged sponsorship of international terrorism. In Beirut, a statement signed by a group calling ltselflhe Islamic Jihad Organization for ttefitupDort of the Oppressed on Earth said iljjpims responsibility for the attack launched by our brethren holy warriors In Italy against American targets in the city of Naples in which several imperialist soldiers were killed or wounded." The typewritten statement, in Arabic, was delivered to the Beirut bureau of the Italian news agency ANSA. Its language indicated the group was made up of pro-Iranian Shiite Moslems. Libya's ambassador to Italy denied involvement in the bombing by Col. Moam-mar Gadhafi's government. In Spain, meanwhile, a bomb exploded Friday at a U.S. Air Force radio relay station near an air base east of Madrid. It caused no injuries, a U.S. Embassy of- Illinois sailor ; injured in blast WASHINGTON (AP) - An Einoia sailor was among at least 17 people iiH Jured when a car bomb exploded outside a club for U.S. military personnel at Naples, Italy,; Navy officials said Friday. - 4 ; ! v , y Four men from aboard two U.S. frigates on routine deployment with the 6th Fleet were among the wounded, Navy Lt. Janet Mescus said In Washington. Six said Senior Chief Petty Officer Charles Fifer Roberts, 38, of East St Louis, 111., was treated at a local hospital and later returned to his ship, while three sailors were hospitalized. ' Roberts is a fire controlman aboard the USS Capodanno, a frigate based at Newport, R.I., said David Carle, press secretary to Sen. Paul Simon, who was notified of the sailor's injuries. ficial said. No group claimed responsibility. : A Defense Ministry official was quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE as saying the attack could be related to the anniversary of the Libya raids. CBS News reported Friday night that the State Department sent a cable to all U.S. embassies warning of possible rat-tacks by terrorists, but department spokesman Dennis Harter said he was unaware of any such communication. Italian investigators said Friday that Junzo Okudaira of the Japanese Red Army, which : has links to terrorists in Lebanon, was the prime suspect in the Naples attack. An international arrest warrant was issued for him Friday. Romano Argenio and Ansoino Andreassi of Italy's anti-terrorist police said they believed Okudaira, 39, had accomplices. They said both claims of responsibility were being taken seriously. Jiy attq ffY fllllTVO part to beautify Coles County with rll CYC 1U1 ttlllUO tulips and a host of other flowers and . vegetation. Apparently, Mother Nature Navy bomber's wreckage found; no word on ShelbyviUe pflot By GARY BURROWS Staff Writer and I the Associated Press OAK HARBOR, Wash. The wreckage of an A-6E Intruder bomber flown by a Shelbyville native from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was spotted late Friday about 25 miles southeast of Chehalis in southwestern Washington, Civil Air Patrol officials said. Th ere was no immediate word on the fate of those aboa rd, who were identified earlier by Mary Ann Heiserman at the base as Lt. j.g. John W. Barker, 28, the pilot, of Shelbyville and Lt. Brian C, Hawley, 25, bombardier and navigator, of Lake Tahoe, Calif. Thi ? main spokeswoman at the base, Mariana Graham, said after the wreckage was spotted, "I just can't confirm anything until next of kin have been notified." Barker is' the son of Wayne and Nancy Barker of Shelbyville. Barker's brother, Don, 27, said, "We haven't heard anything. We're kind of being left in the dark." Parker's brother said the base commander has been keeping in touch with the family regularly, the last time about 4 p.m. Friday. VWe probably won't know anything until tomorrow (Saturday) morning." He said at about 9 :30 p.m. Friday the family had not been notified yet that the wreckage was found. Besides the family's obvious concern, they haye added reason to get in touch with Barker. His wife, Rhonda, gave birth to his daughter Friday. Barker is a 1977 graduate of Shelbyville High School, where he played football and wrestled. He entered the Navy three years ago after earning a degree in business from Southern Illinois University in 1982. ' "When he got out of college, jobs were short. So he thought the Navy was a good idea," Don said. The last time his family saw him was 10 months ago at his wedding, Don said. Since then, they've kept in touch by telephone. For the last several months, Barker was stationed on the U.S.S. Ranger, an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean, his brother said. Despite the tension, "We're holding up real well about as well as can be expected, ' ' Don added. Parker also has two sisters and two brothers besides Don. The plane's last recorded position was south of Chehalis, about 75 miles north of Portland, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Cobb, who cited flight records at King County International Airport in Seattle. . The plane left Whidbey at 8 : 35 a.m. Thursday. Larry Moses of Aero West Aviation at the Cert tralia-Chehalis Airport said CAP search crews summoned a military helicopter "from the Air Force Reserve's 304th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, based in Portland, Ore., and confirmed that the wreckage was from the missing plane. Squadron officials in Portland said they were awaiting word from those aboard the chopper and other search crews. Moses gave the location as a rugged area about 4,000 to 5,000 feet elevation and about halfway between Rif fe Lake and 5,892-foot Sunrise Peak near the Lewis-Skamania county line. The $32 million jet vanished Thursday on a training flight from the base near this island town to the Boardman bombing range in Eastern Oregon. It was last reported just south of Chehalis. At the rescue squadron headquarters, Lt. Col Bill Scarboro said a fixed-wing HC-130 Hercules aircraft and three helicopters had tried to search along a 40-mile corridor from Chehalis to Hood River, Ore., but had only been able to cover the southern half because of low clouds from about Sunrise Peak to Chehalis. By the time the clouds lifted in the north, the search had been turned over to the CAP, Scarboro said. Veteran Charleston cop booked for DUI fjy PEiTER ROONEY Staff Writer ' I CHA RLESTON A 20-year veteran of the Charle ston police department was cited for driving under the Influence, Thursday following a Cwo-ca r collision on Dlinois 16. Gale, of the same address, were treated and released from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center before it was established which of the two was driving the car, state police said. Charleston Police Chief Maurice Johnson said Friday he was "terribly disappointed" when he heard of the incident. No decision has been made about what disciplinary action, if any, will be taken, he said. "It's a case-by-case thing," he said. "I've never had to deal with a DUI (among police of ficers) before. Different things will be taken into ? Earl T, Ashmore, 46, 2 Hickory Ridge, a Juvenile officer since 1984, was cited by an Illinois ctotn c nia tmnnor at nhnut 8:38 D.m.. after the 1983 WflcrfouT-10OTlwwas-iirrv wlthui the next few days near S arah Bush Lincoln Health Center drifted there should be a decision about what needs to Into the right lane and hit the rear end of a bedone." J t t , , 4 u Dodge I Hatchback owned by Judy Dobbs. , Johnson said he hadn't spoken to Ashmore, y Dobbs 420 N. 20th St., Mattoon, and James who was on vacation this past week. !ix-piece liands, cake awaited some late tax filers "He's due back to work on Monday,' ,he added. ( Ashmore, reached at his residence Friday afternoon, declined to comment on the incident. Johnson, saying he was "very upset about the whole matter," made it clear he feels that though they are "only human," police officers should uphold the laws they are hired to enforce. "I expect them to uphold the same standards that they expect other people to (hold)," he said. "But at the same time, they are only human, and we've got to try to remember that." Johnson said any-punishment-decision will-come from me." "I'll be taking input from possibly the mayor (Murray Choate) and the city attorney (John Dively)," he added. , By the i Associated Press Aa in jvitable as death and taxes, procrastinators and folks simply waiting to pay at the last minute made their annual trek to the post office Friday to deposit their 1040, forms. ' "This happens every year," said John Tobias, mail supervisor at ' the WlMies-Barre, Pa., post office. Postal Service consumer advocate Ann Robinson in Washington said the posit office expected to handle 30 million tax returns nationwide in the "last couple of days" before- the deadline. , ' : ' t , ' ' ' . 1 1 , ' . .... , 4 , V Post offices' across the country were open until midnight to place the all-important April 13 postmark on tax returns, or on envelopes containing Form 4868 requesting an automatic four-month extension of the deadline. It was party time in Springfield, Mass., where the post office laid on a six-piece band, dancing raisins and a singing letter carrier in a costume which was half Elvis Presley, half regulation blue. His song: "Return to Sender." "It's become a tradition." said Springfield Postmaster Jon Steele, , who decided in 1983 to liven up a long night and ease the pain of tax time by offering free coffee' and band music at the post office on April 15. In Atlanta, the Westin Peachtree Plaza concocted an 800-pound cake decorated like an 11-foot-long Form 1040 and invited people to "take a bite" out of the IRS. Top This... It's a Ford, model elm INAVALE, Neb. (AP) it looks like someone drove a car Into a tree and left It there. Mrs. Wilson, of Inavale, - bought the used Ford in 1944 for $125. She was working as a waitress for ' $4 a week. She married Wilson In 1945 and three years later he gave her a 1948 Studebaker. That's when the Ford got the shaft. "We built a new garage for the Studebaker to go in and I drove it (the Ford) out there (in the field)," she said. "It wasn't long before a tree grew up In the middle of it. The transmission is In the tree. W Jfflttfflfiir1(-"iii(itifiifiiwiTiitiaiiMiyi Inside... News About People A2 Local State A3 Opinions A4 Markets A5 NationWorld C8 Records-Aa School news... . A9 Sports Scoreboard .B2 NHL playoffs. B2 LLC tennis .BS Tatelines 77. B4 Showcase Weddings ........ .....C2 Erma Bombeck ........ C2 DearAbby.............C2 Bob Greene C3 Sandy Rives ..C3 Comics................ C4 Entertainment ...C5 Classifieds ........ C8-C1 2

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