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.' . . k w. - w .',.' . - 4A DETROIT FREE PRESSWEDNESDAY, t 4 wSfi: 1& WT&s& Jogger carries good news to saddened Detroit visitor By kery Murakami -Free Press Staff Writer hen 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, Driver charged in rider's death 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 Caniaro 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. His preliminary examination was scheduled for Aug. 23 in 43d District Court. William Pinard, 22, of Windsor died early Tuesday at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was injured about midnight when he and Yoder were returning to Windsor from a David Lee Roth concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills, said Trooper Debbie Lapp of the State Police Pontiac post. Pinard was believed to have been drinking and Yoder originally was arrested on drunken-driving charges, Lapp said. 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. DSO move hoped for DETROIT A member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Hall boards Tuesday expressed optimism that the DSO would make a decision about a move to the historic hall in the next few months. "I'm optimistic something will happen" said Samuel Frankel, a member of the executive committee of the DSO board and vice-chairman of the hall's board. The DSO now plays at Ford Auditorium. He said he was particularly hopeful that incoming DSO Chairman Robert Stevens (Steve) Miller Jr. will move quickly on the '. decision. "He took this job to ; move things along and he wants to get things done," Frankel said. , The move to the hall, DSO's PEOPLE Vannice Boyles of Belleville, a throttleman and ensign second-class alward the USS Tuscaloosa, has received a letter of special recognition for his contribution in avoiding a collision with the USS St. Louii in the South China Sea during naval operations there recently. NEWSMAKER DR. DANIEL W. BEHR1HG 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 Va., where she's stationed 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. first home on Woodward at Parsons, was postponed this fall until at least September 1989, pending fund-raising for improvements requested at the hall. Burglary gets furs, jewelry 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. Ratification votes are scheduled today for the school board and next Monday for the district's 110 teachers. ROSEVILLE - Alan Raymond McRae, 30, of Detroit, was arraigned Monday on firearms charges and two counts of assault in the shooting of John Lenhardt, 34, of Redford Township, Saturday at a Gratiot Avenue transmission shop. Lenhardt was released from the hospital Sunday. McRae is being held in the Macomb County Jail and faces a preliminary examination Aug. 24. PONTIAC - 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. Mi v l K ' ' " - r 1 i , ft"' J, A 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 Lover says Strickland confessed to murder BY GEORGEA KOVANIS Free Press Sufi Writer Jerry Strickland admitted shooting to death oil company courier Elmer DeBoer, the defendant's teenaged lover testified Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court. Melissa Munday, 18, said that Strickland admitted the May 11, 1987, killing because he wanted her to know the truth. Munday testified that Strickland told her several months after the slaying, " Tn 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," she said. Authorities arrested Strickland and Munday in Moses Lake, Wash. a town of 10,500 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 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 the couple planned the robbery for a Monday because she knew there would be more cash at the station since no pickups are made on Sunday. She said Strickland bought a van shortly before the killing so he could take DeBoer to Rose Township. 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. Slate 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 may be able to use some of the analysis" done by Price Waterhouse, said Department of Management and Budget official William Buckley. "But we don't think the system they came up with will work; if we did, we would be using it." When the settlement is paid, Price ; Waterhouse will have received full compensation for the $1.5 million contract it won in competitive bidding in 1985. The system was intended to School board seeks court order to bar critic from its meetings BY BRENDA J. GILCHRIST Free Press Staff Writer The 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 Wil-kins, 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, Wil-kins, 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. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The complaint asks that he be barred from the meetings pending a hearing on the allegations. 4 J DAYMON J. HARTLEYDetrolt Free Press Jerry Strickland sits in court Tuesday, watching while lawyers argue his case. DAYMON J. MARTLEYDeuolt Free Press Melissa Munday walks outside a courtroom Tuesday before testifying. "He told me Elmer was not hurt, that he left him handcuffed to a tree," Munday said. The couple left the state after the robbery, traveling to Seattle before settling in Moses Lake. Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor Charles Spiekerman rested the prosecution's case Tuesday. Defense attorney Elbert Hatchett, who repeatedly asked Munday why her stories about the killing are inconsistent, is scheduled to begin the defense when Strickland's trial resumes Friday. Munday said she originally told other versions of the killing because she was trying to protect Strickland. 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. Price Waterhouse Vice-Chairman Thomas Donahoe would say only that the company was satisfied with the settlement. Chris Dewitt, spokesman for Attorney General Frank Kelley, said the state agreed to settle the lawsuit 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. Buckley said interim steps have been taken to improve retirement record-keeping and that a decision on development of a computer system would be made within the next few months. mi 1 ' ,i 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 been attending meetings since she was elected to the board in 1972. "He's been disruptive for a long time; his behavior is becoming more erratic," said Rutherford. 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. Board member Rose Mary Os-borne. who also signed an affidavit, said she has agreed with some of his criticisms but says his behavior is frightening. Board members Edna Bell and Gloria Cobbins also filed affidavits. f f Adroit 4frcc rcso I TO KNIGHT l4? RJDDLR A Knlght-Ridder Newspaper (U.S.P.S. 155-500) Published dally and Sunday by Detroit Free Press, Inc. at 321 W. Lafayette. Detroit. Michigan 46231. 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