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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, September 22, 1989, Page 1, Image 1

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Kimi-nn : Strong winds, rain :: High near 80 Weekend: Partly cloudy Highs in low 80s Elton John in concert Saturday, Smith Center Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Volume 97, Issue 55 Friday, September 22, 1989 Chapel Hill, North Carolina NewsSportsArts 962-0245 BusinessAdvertising 962-1163 rfCV rTrKi I ffwettDgaittDiri) of W"""-"'"" ' iiim iiiiii i i.i i lii , umimj. wmmini ii mm ihiiiiii in . i i UmiDveirsDlty poUoce Outside officer to take grievance case By JASON KELLY Staff Writer The University will employ an out side police officer to investigate al leged discrimination and mismanage ment in the University police depart ment. Ben Tuchi, the vice chancellor for business and finance, indicated to the the UNC Affirmative Action Office that he would use the services of an officer unrelated to the University to make recommendations concerning the operations of the University police. Complaints of discrimination have been periodically filed with the Uni versity police, but all except one have been dropped. : Officer Keith Edwards, the only black female officer on the University police force for the past 15 years, has Stolen property probe nearing end By AMY WAJDA Assistant University Editor ; University police officials are hop ing to wrap up a more than four-week investigation of stolen University prop erty by the middle of next week, Robert Sherman, UNCdirector of public safety, said Wednesday. "The detectives and the SBI (State Bureau of Investigation) are still inter viewing folks. As of yesterday they told me they hoped to be able to con clude their report and investigation by the middle of next week." The investigation is running about one and a half weeks behind Sherman's prediction from last week. Earlier he had said he thought the investigation would be completed by the end of last week, or possibly a little later. The delay was caused by the un availability of interview subjects, Sher CD aims By BETH MECKLEY Staff Writer Satiric posters denouncing the CIA Action Committee (CIAAC) were re cently posted on campus by the N.C. Federation of College Republicans. The top portion of the posters re sembled the actual fliers that the CIAAC distributed. Underneath this were claims that the CIAAC's actions include pre NoCo battenine dowim the hatches for HuGTicane By GABRIELE JONES Staff Writer As Hurricane Hugo roars toward the North Carolina coast, local residents and businesses are waiting and plan ning for the worst. ,The hurricane could hit Chapel Hill Friday morning or afternoon according to the National Weather Service. The NWS predicted Thursday that Hugo's I h All I I .. . 1 t"J I ,.1 "J v t , i " L E 4 , JMp.atWfQCWeapaDtlBpil.iailMllge;-1 . ... w . Who was that masked man? Mclver residents applaud as an unidentified Lewis resident streaks across the front porch of Mclver. The tradition continued Wednes- taken her complaint to the step 4 level, which is as far as it can be taken inside the University system. At the step 4 level, an administrative law judge will rule on the complaint. The Edwards grievance will be heard Oct. 9. Edwards is the last of eight Univer sity police officers who charged that the decision to promote 13 white offi cers in June 1987 was discriminatory. The other officers dropped their com plaints after losing in step 1 of the grievance process, petitioning the employees' immediate superior. In her letter to the Affirmative Ac tion Office, Edwards charged that 15 black female candidates had applied for 15 vacant positions, but only two were interviewed and none were hired. The positions were filled by eight white males, four white females and three man said. "Some of the people they may have wanted to interview were not in town." Two University police employees and one SBI investigator are working on the case, Sherman said. University police had begun investi gating the case about two weeks before requesting SBI assistance on Sept. 5. The SBI is usually notified in cases of missing University property. University police officials had re moved three employees from active duty Sept. 6 in connection with the investigation of about $4,000 of miss ing property. One of the employees, Michael P. Curtis, a police dispatcher, and his wife Nancy were found dead the evening of Sept. 6 near their mobile home in the Crawford Trailor Park on N.C. High way 54 in a double suicide. do satire of amito venting students from hearing the truth about the CIA, stopping student job interviews with CIA recruiters and vandalizing private property. The federation is a statewide organi zation, said Sharon Sentelle, president of the UNC College Republicans. The UNC group is a member of the federa tion. Bill Peasley, federation chairman, was unavailable for comment Thurs More storm news eye would pass over the Triangle caus ing heavy rain and possible flooding. A flash flood watch has been in ef fect for all of North Carolina since Thursday night and the threat of torna does is also a concern, especially for areas near Fayetteville. University officials from the Physi Art is anything you can get away with. Marshall McLuKan black males. Since she was hired in 1 974, Edwards claims 1 5 white females have been hired by the University po lice. "They (black female applicants) have no chance," Edwards said. "I've been here for 15 years, and they can't even get an interview. Certified police offi cers are being turned down in favor of a one year clerk in the traffic office." Edwards said she was hired as a token. "When I was hired in 1974, the University was under a consent decree. They had to achieve some racial mix ture. But I'm nothing more than a token I'm used (by the University police) to let people see me, but I'm never allowed to participate in any decision See POLICE, page 2 . Another of the employees, Officer Elliot W. Edwards, was charged Sept. 11 by University police and the SBI with two counts of breaking and enter ing and larceny. The break-ins occurred Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at the UNC Physical Plant's Electric Distribution Center, at the inter section of Airport Road and Estes Drive. Three answering machines and two telephones, together valued at about $720, were stolen. Edwards was released under $2,000 unsecured bond. Sherman said the third officer was still off active duty, and Sherman would not release his name. The investigation has not affected morale in the police department, Sher man said. "I think the officers are pro fessionals in the field! They are being as cooperative as they can be." day. But most of these claims are lies, said Dale McKinley, a member of the CIAAC, and he said he felt the reason the College Republicans did this was because "that's the only way they know how to respond to something they don't agree with. "It's indicative of the closed-minded-ness of the College Republicans in cal Plant, the Health and Safety Depart ment, Health Affairs Department and the News Bureau met Thursday to dis cuss emergency procedures. Univer sity police Chief Charles Mauer said the group decided to relay emergency information through local radio station WCHL 1360 AM. Larry Stone of WCHL said the sta tion had received numerous calls con day night, although the University story, page 3. fc rffi1 ' :''-',;';:;::::::-::::'':, V.V.---.---.-.V.V--A I - , v, , ,- sv f V"-H , w i " " I f 1 ' ssec " I -v - - . -' .HA' I Yl ' feffi 'i'--" MX. - .Axs.,-r ,Wr . ug Water wonder Christina Bidmon, 1 6 months enjoys one of the last days of summer and the last day before - OA general. First of all I think it's juvenile, and it's a misrepresentation of what the CIAAC has done in the past." Although the CIAAC does demon strate that it thinks it is wrong for CIA agents to interview students, it has "not once prevented someone from inter viewing," McKinley said. "The College Republicans' depic tion of the CIAAC may prove to be a cerning the hurricane. "People are worried and getting a little bit nervous. They have asked everything from where Hugo will hit to if the State-Carolina game wiH be af fected." Schools in Orange and Durham counties will open two hours late to day, Stone said. WCHL is preparing to handle traffic DTHKathy Michel had threatened to end it. See Hurricane Hugo Apartments with 1 1 u violation of the Campus Code, said Gene Davis, speaker of Student Con gress. If the CIAAC were to press charges, it could have a case either because of slander or because of the unauthorized use of the name of an organization in the University commu nity, he said. McKinley offered an open invitation to the College Republicans to publicly reports and plans to keep an eye on the station's generator in case of power failure, he said. "We will still be on the air if anything goes wrong." Duke Power is also getting prepared for Hugo. Engineer Superintendent Larry Touchstone said the company was getting ready for a widespread power outage should the hurricane come through. The forecasted 40 to 50 mph winds could cause extensive damage that would take three to four days to recover from, Touchstone said. The power outage could last from several hours to days depending on how many lines come down. Southern Bell spokesman David Lane said that their backup generators were ready to go and that teams had been formed to tackle any damage caused by Hugo. Crews can be brought in from around the state to fix lines that are down. Lane said there shouldn't be any major outages because most of the main wires are underground. But just in case, trailers equipped with public pay phones are ready for emergency service. If lines do come down, they will be fixed as soon as it is safe for employees to go out and work, Lane said. Lines downed by fallen trees will be fixed quickly. The Chapel Hill Public Works De partment has provided a sandpile for area residents who want to bag sand to prevent flooding, but spokesman Tommy Tapp said the department's main objective was to keep streets open. Trucks and other equipment are ready in case of flooding or fallen trees, Tapp said. "We're expecting and setting up for the worst." Capt. Ralph Pendergraph of the Chapel Hill Police Department said the Red Cross had set up shelters for those coming from the coast seeking safety. Shelters are also available at the local nop cauueoj uoes DTHJodi Anderson hits in the pool at Foxcroft. her mother Brigitta. discuss their conflicts with the CIAAC. "I'm sure there are several members (of the CIAAC) that would be more than willing to engage in a public debate or public forum." Speaking for the organization, McKinley said, "I issue a challenge to the College Republicans to tell me what the truth about the CIA is, in a public forum." community center, Orange High School, Chapel Hill Senior High School and at the Inter-Faith Council Center. The police department is suggesting that people park their cars in high areas and avoid parts of town that have al ready had flooding problems, Pender graph said. People should expect the worst and prepare for Hugo before it gets bad. Mike Ferlotti, manager of the Harris Teeter in Carrboro, said people had been stocking up on groceries since Thursday morning. Staple items have been going fast, he said. ! "We've made sure to order and stock enough of theseitems and we will try our darnedest to stay open." Taking out the trash North Carolina developing hazardous waste plan 2 Money, money everywhere Finance Committee discovers $28,000 windfall 3 Noteworthy performance Juilliard String Quartet to per form at N.C. State 4 What's in a name? Student Psychological Serv ices has a lot to offer 4 University news 3 Features ........iU. 4 Sports.... 5 Comics 7 i 1 1 1 11 . - ' " V ' ''. . ' .V. r " . Hug Snside

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