Sapulpa Daily Herald (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 78, No. 264, Ed. 1 Sunday, July 19, 1992 Page: 1 of 24
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SUNDAY 75*—DAILY 35*
Vol. 77—No. 264—24 Pages
Copyright © 1992, Park Newspapers of Sapulpa, Inc.
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July 19, 1992
Birthday greetings today go to
four-year-old Brittany Leathers,
and Billy Potter ... Five part Aire-
dale puppies are available for
giveaway at 224-6253 ... A cream-
colored couch is available for
giveaway at 227-4251 ... Sapulpa
High School class of 1953 will
meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Citizens
Today: Partly cloudy. A 20
percent chance of afternoon thun-
derstorms. High in the lower 90s.
South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wedding bells ring for area
couples... SHS Class of 1967 holds
reunion ... See pages 6,7.
Steven James ponders Ross
Perot’s pullout from the 1992 elec-
tion ... See page 4.
Local baseball teams to compete
in OK Kids’ district tournaments.
See page 8.
Today In History
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is
readying 70 new cars for use by
troopers, some of whom have
complained they are driving patrol
cars with more than 100,000
‘The arrival and entry of these
units into the OHP fleet is a major
step forward in providing our road
troopers with improved equip-
ment,” said Department of Public
Safety spokesman Lee Lamirand.
The department had no fotmal
policy on replacing worn-out vehi-
cles until last year, Lamirand said.
More purchases are planned
later this year.
The new cars have been arriv-
ing over the past week, the patrol
said. Crews can only prepare one
or two of the vehicles a day for
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol
trooper accused of using seized
drag money to buy a pizza has
been cleared after showing inves-
tigators flaws in the evidence
against him, his attorney says.
Trooper Mike Plunkett and
attorney James Moore reviewed
the Department of Public Safety’s
investigative files in the case
They then talked to Public Safe-
ty Commission Dave McBride and
investigators about errors in the
investigators' conclusions, Moore
“Plunkett was able to show that
some of the statements may have
been misinterpreted or people
were not fully informed when they
made the statements,” Moore
McBride confirmed late Friday
that final action had been taken in
Plunkett’s case, but refused to say
what that action was.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
The state Corrections Department
has picked Beaver, Walters, Altus,
Elk City and Hobart as the sites of
new inmate work camps.
Inmates will live in the centers
and work for city, state and county
government. Corrections Depart-
ment spokesman Jerry Massie said
The camps, approved by the
Legislature in the last session, are
Branded to provide labor in the
Oonmunities and ease prison
WOOding. Massie said.
The centers will range in size
Bin 45 to 100 inmates. Massie
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Sapulpa sign painter Larry Downs starts to repaint the sign at the Charles C. Hamilton Municipal Golf Course
(Herald photo by Steve James)
SapulpaFest countdown begins
By the Herald Staff
Only thirty days left until fun-
seekers take to the streets for Sapul-
paFest ’92, to be held Aug. 21 and 22
in downtown Sapulpa.
Miss Oklahoma DuSharme Carter
will be this year's emcee at the Miss
The SapulpaFest committee has
obtained two local bands to perform at
the annual celebration and a host of
Sapulpan Mike Whinery and the
Hickory House Band has been sche-
A famiUar scene
Preparations for SapulpaFest ’92 are in ftill swing. Fun-seekers from
Commissioners set to
discuss McGuire claim
By the Herald Staff
The Creek County Board of
Commissioner^ will meet Monday to
discuss the ongoing claim of McGuire
vs. Burlington Northern Railroad.
Two matters to be discussed in
executive session will be the Randy
Adair vs. M.E. Carter matter and the
tort claim from Lou Ellen White and
Other agenda items to be considered
—Vacation of an alleyway and street
in the Westport Addition.
—Request by Creek County Rural
Water District No. 2 to cross a county
—Request by Associated Natural Gas
Inc. to cross a county road.
—Request to approve site agreement
Continued on Page 2
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Hearing slated on
proposed new tax
By the Herald Staff
Sapulpa city commissioners will
hold a public hearing Monday on a
proposed city tax on vending
machines, video games and
The commission directed City
Attorney Robert DuPriest to draft an
ordinance establishing the tax at the
July 6 meeting.
State statutes allow municipalities
to collect up to 75 percent of the state
tax on most coin-operated vending
machines or entertainment devices.
Most vendors currently pay a $50
state tax. Under the proposed ordi-
nance, owners of machines requiring
25 cents or more to operate would pay
an additional $37.50 tax to the city.
The new city tax would be collected
in lieu of sales tax on items sold via
The proposed ordinance exempts
machines located in churches, schools,
military bases or civic buildings;
newspaper and periodical machines;
and postage stamp machines.
In other action, commissioners are
expected to approve an agreement
with the Oklahoma Department of
Transportation for the installation of a
traffic signal at the intersection of
Hickory and Taft.
The city will pay 20 percent of the
$50,000 project. The rest of the tab
will be picked up by the federal
ODOT officials, in a letter to the
city, indicated the contract will be let
Hickory and Taft is regarded by
police as one of the more dangerous
intersections in the city.
Other items on the agenda include:
—Presentation of reports on the condi-
tion of Canyon and Sahoma IjIm»
Roads and regarding a sewer system
—Public hearing on weed, grass and
trash abatements on properties at 612
and 614 N. Leonard, 122 S. Hickory,
3117 N. Park, 724 S. Main, 742 N.
Ross, 935 W. Springdale, the south-
west comer of 10th and Okmulgee and
the 500 block of north Johannes.
The meeting will convene at 7 p.m.
in the Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 425 E. Dewey.
No pre-meeting agenda discussion
duled to perform the first evening of
the two-day event The Hickory House
band features county and western,
rock and roll and blues.
Scheduled to perform the second
evening is Loose Change from the
Theater 66 Opry House in Depew.
Other local talent will include
dancers from Patti Parrish School of
Dance, Carol T’s School of Dance and
Sandra’s School of Dance.
Making a return performance Satur-
day afternoon will be the Clear Water
Their performances range from
traditional to rock featuring line
dances, couple dances, big-circle
-4anrmg and may include audience
Included in the festival activities
will be a carnival, arts and crafts
booths, food vendors and an informa-
Interested contestants for the Miss
SapulpaFest, Little Miss SapulpaFest
and Little Mister SapulpaFest can
obtain entry forms at the Sapulpa
Chamber of Commerce, 101 E.
Contestants for the Miss SapulpaF-
est must be between the ages of 15 and
18 who are enrolled in high school.
Contestants for the children pageants
must be between the ages of 3 years
and 6 years.
Limited booth space is available by
calling Janet Pitts, 224-2125.
By STEVEN JAMES
Herald Staff Writer
Recent rains have left a lot of stand-
ing water, and, as a result, mosquitoes
are beginning to plague area residents.
Charles Lambert, interim physical
services director for the city of Sapul-
pa, said the city has no plans at this
point to spray affected neighborhoods.
“It wouldn’t do us any good to
spray,” Lambert said. "They’re just
too thick. We could spray and maybe
kill what would be on that block, but
they’d all come back in a few days.”
Lambert said the city hired an exter-
minator to spray one neighborhood
two years ago, but the procedure was
not very effective.
“It would be more effective for
people if they would treat the area
they’re going to be using outdoors”
Continued on Page 2
Summer band program
scheduled next month
By the Herald Staff
The Sapulpa Public Schools' instru-
mental music department will host a
summer band program for students
entering sixth grade and above.
Enrollment will be held in the high
school band room from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Aug. 3. Classes begin Aug. 4 and
end Aug. 17.
Summer band instructors will be
Dean Coale, Mick Meaders, Loren
Pettys and Wade Robertson.
The class schedule is as follows:
— Beginning band for new students
only, 8 a.m.;
— Intermediate band for students
entering 7th grade, 9 a.m.;
— Junior high band for students enter-
ing 8th grade, 10 a.m.;
— Marching percussion, 11 a.m.;
— Senior high band for students enter-
ing 9th grade and above, 12:30 p.m.
Each student will need to furnish
their own instrument, with the excep-
tion of beginning students who can
secure an instrument on a rental-
Details of the rental-purchase prog-
ram will be discussed from 3 p.m. to 5
p.m. Aug. 3.
A road crew from Bailey Paving spreads new asphalt on
Dewey Avenue. Work is expected to continue on Dewey
for about six more days. (Herald photo by Kathleen
Two court rulings set the stage for abortion restriction bills
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The
actions of two supreme courts, one in
Washington, D.C., and the other in
Oklahoma City, make it a virtual
certainty that the 1993 Legislature will
be flooded with anti-abortion
Longtime backers of efforts to
restrict or outlaw abortion say the U.S.
Supreme Court’s ruling in a Pennsyl-
vania case opens the way for them to
push for a tighter abortion law in
“I’m not sum, if we’ve still got the
present leaden, or union their atti-
tudes ne changed, how much good it’s
going to do, “said Rep. Bill Graves, R-
Oklahoma City. “But we’re sure
going to try to get something done."
The Pennsylvania decision, while
proclaiming that the Roe vs. Wade
ruling legalizing abortion remains ths
Isw of the land, held that a stale may
place some restrictions on abortion.
But, the court said, a state cannot
impose an “undue burden" on a
woman seeking an abortion.
Another factor that may prompt
more legislation next year is the state
Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday
calling for briefs from both sides on
State Question 642. That proposal, the
result of an initiative petition, would
prohibit abortion except in four
narrowly defined instances.
A five-justice majority signed the
order calling! or the brief*. One dissent
stated that the court had been prepared
to put the state question out to a vote of
the people prior to the Pennsylvania
”1 wu real surprised they would
delay a decision on that to look at the
constitutionality,” Graves said. He
noted that ChiefJustioo Marian Opala,
in another dismal to the majority
order, pointed out that “it wu prema-
ture even for them to look at the consti-
tutionality. I think he wu entirely
The state question would prohibit
abortions except to save the mother’s
life or to avoid a grave impairment of
her physical or mental health; when
the pregnancy resulted from rape;
whan the pregnancy resulted from
incest; or when the child would be
bom with a grave physical or mental
It would provide a prison tarm of at
leaat four years for anyone committing
or aiding hi an illegal abortion, and a
fine of $10,000 to $100,000 for the
faogitywlwra an illegal abortion wu
No penalty would be levied on a
woman whs received an illegal
The proposed state question also
imposes strict record-keeping and
reporting requirement on doctors who
perform abortions and facilities in
which abortions are performed.
A brief filed fay the attorney gener-
al’s office on Friday states that the
narrow limits on when an abortion
would be allowed is unconstitutional.
The brief wu filed in answer to the
state question’s backets seeking to
keep the attorney general’s office from
further participation in die case.
Graves said the stale court’s delay
“kind of leaves it hangfe*" And, he
said, he feared the action “jeopardises
any chance to get it on the ballot in
Several attempts were made in the
past legislative session to pan bills to
restrict abortion in one way or another.
Most were sidetracked without ever
making it to a floor vote.
One that did get a floor hearing,
however, wu an amendment by Rep.
Frank Davis, R-Guthrie, that would
have required the consent of one
parent or a guardian before a «n«vw
could have an abortion.
The bill with the amendment passed
the House. The Senate removed the
amendment and the entire bill ulti-
mately died in a joint House-Senate
conference committee after the House
insisted the amendment be restored
“I think there will be several’’ abor-
tion bills introduced in the 1995
session, Davis said “At this time I am
not planning any."
Sen. Triah Weedn, D-Puroell,
whom parental notification bill failed
the past session, hu said she will bring
a similar bill at the forthcoming
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