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Friday, December 12, 1986
By The Associated Press
Casey: N.Y. businessman told him of transfers
WASHINGTON CIA Director Wil
liam J. Casey said Thursday he did not
learn of possible diversions of Iranian
arms sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels
until he was tipped by a New York
businessman in early October.
Casey spoke to reporters after he
testified for more than three hours
before a heavily guarded, closed-door
session of the House Intelligence
Committee. A few minutes later, Casey's
purported tipster, Roy M. Furmark,
went before the Senate Intelligence
Committee to tell his version of the
Casey said it was Furmark who first
raised questons in his mind about
transfers of funds from then-secret
arms sales to Iran.
Congressional sources, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said the Senate
Intelligence Committee had learned
before Wednesday of Casey's conversa
tion with Furmark, leading at least
some panel members to question the
Appeals court confirms
Hasenfus' prison verdict
MANAGUA, Nicaragua A revo
lutionary appeals court on Thursday
confirmed the guilty verdict and 30
year prison sentence imposed on
American mercenary Eugene Hasen
fus. The decision upheld the Nov. 15
decision by the three-member
People's Revolutionary Tribunal
convicting Hasenfus of helping to
airlift weapons to U.S.-backed Contra
"This is the definitive sentence
that has been decided. The defendant
Eugene Hasenfus must serve the
maximum penalty of 30 years," the
head of the three-member appeals
court, Arwengol Cuadra Lopez, said
after the ruling was read.
The People's Revolutionary Trib
unal, made up of a lawyer, a truck
driver and a laborer, found Hasenfus
guilty of violating public order and
security, criminal association and
The case was automatically re
viewed by the higher court, known
as the Superior People's Revolution
ary Tribunal. This higher court was
composed of Cuadra, who is a lawyer,
a carpenter and a clerk.
Hasenfus, 45, of Mariette, Wis.,
was captured Oct. 6, one day after a
plane ferrying weapons to the
Contras was shot down by army
troops in southeastern Nicaragua.
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CIA director's claim of Wednesday that
he was unaware of the diversion of
Government sources, who spoke only
on condition that they remain anonym
ous, said Casey told the House Foreign
Affairs Committee on Wednesday that
Furmark had telphoned him Oct. 7 with
word that unidentified Canadian busi
nessmen who had put up the money for
the Iranian arms were complaining
that they had not been repaid ad
equately. S. Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa - The
government imposed severe censorship
Thursday, requiring journalists to get
official approval before reporting on
most peaceful actions against apartheid
as well as violent unrest.
An independent Johannesburg daily,
the Star, said in a front-page editorial:
"This is just possibly the last edition of
any relatively free newspaper you will
read in South Africa"
New rules issued by President P.W.
Botha go beyond press consorship.
They also bar anti-apartheid activists
from making "subversive statements"
that urge resistance to the white
government through many forms of
non-violent civil disobedience.
Among those are rent, consumer and
school boycotts; strikes; protest meet
ings; complaints about compulsory
military service, and establishment of
civic associations and people's courts.
Previous curbs on journalists under
the emergency restricted coverage of
violence and actions by security forces,
but not peaceful protest.
The United Democratic Front, a mul
tiracial alliance that has organized
peaceful protests for two years, said it
would challenge the regulations in
Azhar Cachalia, the national treas
urer, said: "The UDF fears that any
possibility of a relatively non-violent or
negotiated transition to democracy will
now disappear. It is clear that the
Nationalist government has not only
lost control but has gone completely
His statement was issued directly to
foreign news organizations and the
independent South African Press As
sociation. SAPA distributed the item,
but it asked subscribers 90 minutes
later to kill it because of a ban by
The new regulations were issued
under the state of emergency imposed
June 12 because of an uprising against
the apartheid policy of race discrimi
nation that began more than two years
Minor quake shakes Bay area
FREMONT, Calif. A minor earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay
area this morning, but no damage or injury was reported.
The quake struck at 7:18 a.m. and was estimated as having a magnitude
between 3.8 and 4.0 on the Richter scale, suggesting it was capable of
slight to moderate damage. However, it went unnoticed by many area
residents. , . .
The U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake scientists in Golden, Colo.,
said the quake had a magnitude of 4.0 and was centered 12 miles
northeast of Fremont.
The Richter scale gauges energy released by an earthquake as mea
sured by ground motion recorded on a seismograph. Every increase of one
number means that the ground motion is 10 times greater.
A quake with a magnitude of 4 can cause moderate damage in a
populated area, while a quake of magnitude 2 is the smallest normally felt
Prison disturbance injures eight
TUCSON, Ariz. Inmates who went on a three-hour rampage when a
prisoner refused to give up an orange were under control Thursday after
causing $200,000 in damage to a new prison unit, officials said.
A corrections officer and seven inmates were injured in Wednesday
evening's disturbance, which involved 137 prisoners at the Arizona State
Prison Complex, said Corrections Department spokesman Michael Arra.
Two of the prisoners, whose names were not released, and officer Ernie
Trujillo were hospitalized in satisfactory condition today, suffering from
smoke inhalation. The other injured prisoners were treated and released.
Artificial reef attracts marine life
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla, With a 1967 Rolls Royce, a plastic dinosaur
or an 80-foot ship to choose from as home, marine life is proliferating at a
2-year-old artificial reef.
Palm Beach County's Artificial Reef Committee took newspeople a mile
out into the Atlantic Ocean and took those who could dive 90 feet down
Wednesday to show off the first such reef.
The reefs provide breeding and feeding areas to attract marine life.
"It's nice down there, and animals everywhere," said Ed Sobey, director
of the South Florida Science Museum and prime mover behind the reef
The reef was fashioned from the ship, a 30-foot-long plastic dinosaur
that once stood over a minature golf course, and the brown-and-gold 1967
Rolls, which was in need of repairs when a resident donated it last year.
Newborn infant found dead in dorm
BEATRICE Law enforcement officials are investigating the death of
a newborn infant at Southeast Community College, Beatrice Campus,
sometime Thursday morning.
Gage County Ambulance crews were called to a college dorm room at
11:25 a.m. Thursday and found the baby and mother in the dorm room.
Ambulance crews unsuccessfully tried to revive the child. The mother,
Sherie Nedza, 20. of Bruning, was transported to Beatrice Community
Hospital where she was admitted. Her condition was not available.
Gage County Attorney Richard Smith said an autopsy would be per
formed on the child in Lincoln today. A cause of death will be determined
at that time.
Smith said the Nebraska State Patrol, the Gage County Sheriffs
Department and the Beatrice Police Department are investigating the
Thursday was Nedza's 20th birthday, Smith said. ,
$700,000 cash bond set in
shooting at City Council meeting
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Don Walton. 473-7301
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa Flags
were lowered to half-staff Thursday, as
a man who fought City Hall over a sewer
flooding his home faced charges he
opened fire on a City Council meeting,
killing the mayor and wounding two
Ralph Orin Davis, 69, was ordered
held on $700,000 bond Thursday on
charges of murder and attempted
Davis had complained twice pre
viously to the council and sought reim
bursement for water damage to his
basement, city officials said. On Wed
nesday night he walked into the coun
cil chamber, muttered "You sons of
bitches," and began shooting a pistol,
Edward King, mayor of this south
eastern Iowa city of 7,300 people for a
decade, was shot once in the head. He
was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. at
University Hospitals in Iowa City, about
60 miles away.
Councilors JoAnn E. Sankey, 39, and
Ronald Lee Dupree, 44, were flown by
helicopter to the hospital. Sankey was
in critical condition with a head wound
and two chest wounds; Dupree was in
serious but stable condition with
wounds to the head, neck and arm, said
hospital spokesman Dean Borg.
Other people in the chamber took
cover or fled, and when the gunman
stopped shooting, he walked to the
first row of audience chairs and sat.
When police moments later shouted for
him to drop his gun, he put it on the
floor and put his hands on his head,
Davis, handcuffed and shackled at
the waist, wore orange jail coveralls
during his 10-minute court appearance
His lower lip trembled, and he
responded "Yes, sir" to questions Mag
istrate David McCoid, who set bond at
$500,000 on the murder charge and
$100,000 each on the attempted murder
Asked if he could pay the bond,
Davis laughed and shook his head He
made no plea and said he did not want
a court-appointed lawyer immediately.
McCoid scheduled another hearing for
Flags at City Hall were lowered to
half-staff Thursday and city offices
were closed as word of the shootings
spread through the community.
Public Works Director Roger Grunow
said Davis had complained about the
sewer backup and was unhappy with
explanations that steps were being
taken to correct the problem.
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