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4A DETROIT FREE PRESSWEDNESDAY, School board files complaint to bar critic from meetings by brenda J. Gilchrist Free Press Staff Writer he Detroit Board of Education is seeking a court order to bar one of its staunchest critics from board meetings, claiming his behavior is disruptive and has some board members fearing for their safety. The complaint against James Wilkins, filed Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, says he has been consistently disruptive, particularly at the board's budget meeting July 1. According to the complaint, Wilkins, when told he would be put out of the meeting if he did not restrain himself, confronted a school security guard and began to "hysterically throw documents about the room." Wilkins regularly attends board meetings and often draws applause with his stinging criticisms. Driver charged in Madison heights Carl Yoder, 28, of Windsor, Ontario, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter in the death of a man who suffered massive head injuries when he fell as he tried to climb from the passenger seat to the roof of Yoder's moving car. The 1985 Camaro was traveling south on 1-75 near John R Sunday at more than 60 m.p.h., police said. Yoder is being held in the Oakland County Jail on $25,000 bond. William Pinard, 22, of Windsor died early Tuesday at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Pinard was believed to have been drinking. Richard Thompson, Oakland County chief assistant prosecutor, said Yoder was charged with a crime for allegedly allowing Pinard to climb out of the car and continuing to drive as Pinard did so. Man dies in plant accident DETROIT Franklin Blair, 54, was killed at Hermes Auto Manufacturing when a machine part fell on him and crushed his chest, police said. Blair, of Detroit, was dead at the scene Monday night in the 2700 block of Twenty-Third Street, police said. ID of slain woman sought DETROIT Police are asking for help identifying a woman who was found fatally stabbed in the neck June 18 in a garbage bin in an alley south of E. Seven Mile between Cardoni and ' Hawthorne. She was described as Sketch ' having a medium-black complexion, in her mid-20s, 5 feet 3 and 117 pounds, police said. PEOPlf .V, .-' 1 j Vannice Boyles of Belleville, a throttleman and ensign second-class aboard the USS Tuscaloosa, has received a letter of special recognition for his contribution in avoiding a collision with the USS St. Louis in the South China Sea during naval operations there recently. NEWSMAKER DR. DANIEL W. BEIIRIHG AGE: 48 OCCUPATION: Interim ; president of Adrian College. He will head the 1,300-student liberal arts college at least until February 1989, when a search committee is to choose a new president. EDUCATION: He holds M.A. and PhD degrees from Ohio ..- University, where he concentrated - on clinical and counseling psychology, and completed his master's thesis and doctoral " dissertation on predicting academic ; achievement. He also holds a B.A. in psychology from Ripon College in Wisconsin. FAMILY: Wife, Nancy; daughters, Deanna, 25, Shelley, 23, and Tanya, 16; and son, Jonathan, 5, WHAT'S NEWS: Behring is leading a school that he says brings out the best in its students. "Because of the college's dedication to helping students achieve high quality, responsible work and personal lives, and because of its commitment to excellence in teaching, Adrian is enjoying increasing recognition as one of the region's very strong and excellent liberal arts colleges," he said. As the college's chief executive officer, Behring is "responsible for everything," he said. Mainly he will work on the curriculum and fund- AUGUST 17, 1988 He could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The complaint asks that he be barred from the meetings pending a hearing on the allegations. Helen Moore, co-chairwoman of a group seeking the recall of the board, criticized the board action and said she has known Wilkins for many years. "The only reason people disrupt meetings is when they refuse to call on us when we have pertinent information or questions to ask," she said. Clara Rutherford said Wilkins has attended meetings since she was elected to the board in 1972. Rutherford was one of four board members who signed affidavits saying Wilkins' behavior made them fearful. "I did fear for my safety because he was throwing things around, and I didn't know it was just papers," Rutherford said. rider's death Anyone with information may call the homicide section at 224-4280, anytime. $100,000 burglary WARREN A lawyer's Twelve Mile Road apartment was burglarized Monday of more than $100,000 in furs, jewelry and other items, police said. Taken from the apartment of Kathryne O'Grady, 29, was a full-length mink coat valued at $8,000, muskrat-fox jacket valued at $6,000, and $85,000 in jewelry, police said. in Brief River Rouge - The Board of Education and the River Rouge Education Association tentatively approved Monday a three-year contract, ending a yearlong dispute that included a two-week teacher strike last fall. P0NTIAC - Rewards totaling $5,000 have been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a rock-throwing incident Saturday night at Pine Knob in which Janet Cowen, 18, of Farmington Hills, was struck in the face by a grapefruit-size stone. Anyone with information may call 858-4960 from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. or 858-4950 after 5 p.m, and ask for Detective Sgt. Doug Hummel or Detective Steve Parker. DETROIT - Wayne County Executive Ed McNamara filed a . motion in Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday asking that he be put in charge of the county jail instead of Sheriff Robert Picano. McNamara said Ficano has not complied with court orders mandating better conditions for prisoners and has not kept costs down. An Aug. 29 hearing date was set. Daniel Behring is interim president of Adrian College. raising, and alumni, student and faculty relations. Behring replaces Dr. Donald S. Stanton, Adrian's president since 1978. Stanton is leaving to become president of Oglethorpe University in Georgia Aug. 15. Prior to his appointment Aug. 8, Behring was Adrian's vice-president and dean for academic affairs. He also served for 10 years as vice-president for student life and associate professor of psychology at Alma College. By Free Press Special Writer Kimberly Margolis i ' - ' . y Vv. J 1 ( 1--:i"",:-""-L- mmiA rni r - it- - ir h L ; ? 1 ii. . ... r -rii-. WHf PATRICIA BECKDetrott Free Press Frederick Sauls, 17, and his mother, Karen Hunt, on the porch of their Detroit home. Sauls returned a wallet he found Sunday while jogging. Sw Stolen wallet returned to out-of-towner BY KERY MURAKAMI Free Press Staff Writer When Karen Woodson saw the window of her friend's car shattered and her purse gone early Sunday morning, she figured the horror stories she'd heard about Detroit were true. Frederick Sauls, 17, proved her wrong. On Monday, Sauls and his mother, Karen Hunt, returned Woodson's wallet with credit cards, driver's license and U.S. Army identification intact. There was no money, but there hadn't been any in the wallet when it was stolen. "I was really disillusioned. My family had warned me a number of times about the crime here. I figured I was just another victim," said Woodson, 29, of Alexandria, Va., where she's sta Lover says Strickland admits '87 Waterford Twp. shooting BY GEORGEA KOVANIS Free Press Staff Writer Jerry Strickland admitted shooting to death oil company courier Elmer DeBoer, the defendant's teenaged lov er testified Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court. Melissa Mun-day, 18, said that Strickland admitted the May 11, 1987, killing because he wanted her to know the truth Munday testi- Strickland fied that Strickland told her several months after the slaying, " 'In case anything should ever happen, I think you ought to know that I did it.' "Jerry told me that when things got rough to tell the truth and that he would stand up and tell the truth." Authorities arrested Strickland and Munday in Moses Lake, Wash. about 100 miles southwest of Spokane in February after NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" program broadcast an episode about the slaying. Strickland is charged with the robbery, kidnapping and murder of 38-year-old DeBoer, a Leemon Oil Co. courier who picked up cash receipts r 1 " " 1 State to pay accounting firm $306,000 to settle records suit BY DAWSON BELL Free Press Staff Writer A Chicago-based accounting firm will receive $306,000 from the State of Michigan to settle a lawsuit over its bills for a never-completed effort to computerize retirement records for state employes and public schoolteachers. The settlement with Price Water-house, reached earlier this month, ends nearly 18 months of legal wrangling over who was to blame for failure to complete the computer system, which cost more than $3 million. State officials said most of the money was wasted. "We don't think the system they came up with will work; if we did, we would be using it," said William Buckley, of the Department of Management and the settlement is paid, Price Waterhouse will have received full compensation for the $1.5 million contract it won in competitiv bidding in prise tioned as an Army sergeant. Sauls, a Mumford High School senior, said he was jogging at about 8 a.m. Sunday along Clarita near Washburn, when credit cards scattered on the grass caught his attention. After searching further, he found a wallet with a Virginia phone number in it. After a phone call to Woodson's aunt in Virginia who told them Woodson was staying with a friend in Detroit, Sauls and Hunt returned the wallet Monday. "I was very elated to find honest people here," said Woodson. She and a friend had been dancing and found the car broken into when they returned to it at about 1 a.m. "I didn't expect to see any of my belongings again," Woodson said. from the Waterford Township Union 76 service station where Munday worked. Police estimate DeBoer was carrying about $10,000 when he was killed. DeBoer's body was found in a marshy field in Rose Township in northwest Oakland County. Murder and kidnapping charges against Munday, now living in Maryland, have been dropped in exchange for her testimony against Strickland. Munday said she helped plan the 1987 robbery but knew nothing about the killing. She told the court that Strickland originally planned to "handcuff me and Elmer together, take us out to the land in Rose Township, hit Elmer over the head and rape me." Munday said Strickland lured the courier outside the gas station that May 11, saying he wanted to show DeBoer his van, then handcuffed him and forced him to lie down before driving to the field. "He told me Elmer was not hurt, that he left him handcuffed to a tree," Munday said. Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Charles Spiekerman rested the prosecution's case Tuesday. Defense attorney Elbert Hatchett is scheduled to begin the defense when Strickland's trial resumes Friday. 1985. The system was intended to replace retirement record-keeping that relied on outdated computers and manual operations. It was to be completed by June 1986. In its lawsuit, the company said state officials misled them about the scope of the project and provided inadequate supervision. Chris Dewitt, spokesman for Attorney General Frank Kelley, said the state agreed to settle the suit to avoid the cost of "protracted litigation." Price Waterhouse sued the state in March 1987 for what it claimed was $776,000 worth of unpaid work. The Department of Management and Budget terminated the company's contract less than a month later and counter-sued. 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