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Bodies of missing six
found in Pea River
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ' ;
OPP, Ala. - Four months ago, Woodrow Stackhouse stood on
the banks of the Pea River by the Ballard Bridge and had the "funny
feeling" that this was where the bodies of six missing southeast
Alabama residents, including his son, could be found.
On Wednesday afternoon, a muddy 1989 Chevrolet Caprice con
taining six bodies was pulled from that area in rural ColTee County.
Authorities said the vehicle's tags matched the missing Caprice
belonging to Lamar Junior Stackhouse, 25, of Enterprise, signaling
an apparent end to the mystery 6f what happened to a group of
friends who disappeared after a night of partying May 9.
"I stood right there over that spot and I told the police that the
tire tracks were like four feet from the water." Woodrow Stackhouse
said Wednesday night. "Four months later, they went to the same
spot where the tracks were and found them."
Authorities were retracing their steps, checking areas where pre
vious searches had come up empty, when they found the car.
The car, with the remains still inside, was taken to the Alabama
Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery for autopsies, said
Alabama Bureau of Investigation agent Simon Benson. Because of
the decomposed state of the bodies, authorities could not positively
identify the remains Wednesday night.
State police are treating the deaths as an accident but planned to
search the area today.
There was damage to the car. which led investigators to believe it
ran off Alabama Highwa\ 134 at the Ballard Bridge and into the
river, Benson said. The accident occurred near the Ino community,
located between Opp and Enterprise.
A crowd of hundreds, including relatives and friends of the miss
ing. gathered at the bridge Wednesday as authorities prepared to
remove the car from the water. Some cried and sobbed as they wait
The missing were: Stackhouse. Eula Jossett Lee. 27, and Angela
Roberts Young, 26. all of Enterprise; Valerie Jones McCoy, 27, of
Level Plains; James Anthony Reynolds. 28, of Webb; and Tanrara
Monique Ward, 22. of Ozark. Their disappearances were reported
to Enterprise police on May 10. Woodrow Stackhouse said he visit
ed the spot by Ballard Bridge two days later.
The six disappeared after leaving an Opp nightclub in the car
Lamar Stackhouse had recently purchased and which was his pride
and joy. Investigators said they had no idea where the friends were
headed. ? ?<
Two weeks ago. the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People began calling for the FBI to get involved in the
a "I think from thaf day on. there was an urgency on behalf of law
enforcement because we were observing what they were doing," said
the Rev. R.L. Shanklin. state NAACP president. The FBI began to
? get involved<this week.
Enterprise Police Chief T.D. Jones disputed Shanklin's con
"We've been searching since day doe," he said. "There was some
v thing going on all the time.". - , ; ...
"America's Most Wanted" was scheduled to air a segment on the
For the families. Wednesday's discovery.,ended month's of won
"In a way, it's closure but it's heartbreaking." said Cliff Johnson
of Enterprise, whose wifeids the aunt of one of the missing. "It's
been a mental strain the whole time."
takes medical leave
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DURHAM - The chancellor of North Carolina Central University
began a medical leave of absence from the school <
Although the school's news release did not spec
ify the reason, earlier reports said Chancellor Julius
Chambers would undergo surgery for prostate can
Treatment and recovery are expected to take
several weeks, the school said. In his absence, a
team of vice chancellors and the special assistant to
the chancellor will manage the school.
Chambers. 62. was scheduled to have surgery in
August at Duke University Medical Center and
begin a leave of absence of five to six weeks.
Instead, doctors performed an undisclosed medical procedure on Cham
bers and postponed the surgery.
SPORTS ; B1
This Week In Black History...
October 7, 1888 - Sargent C. Johnson is born in Boston. Mass. He
will be a pioneering artist of the Harlem Renaissance, known for his
wood, cast stone, and ceramic sculptures. Among his most famous
works will be "Forever Free" and "Mask."
October 14,1834 - Henry Blair of Glen Ross, Md., receives a patent
for a corn planting machine. .
October 14, 1964 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is announced as the
1964 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights activities.
King is the second African American to win the Peace Prize.
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and the Harvard University Multi
disciplinary Program in Inequality
and Social Policy. The Harvard
program includes researchers from
several Harvard graduate schools
Initiated in the early 1990s, the
project attempted to understand
the patterns of racial inequality in
modern, metropolitan areas and
how race has been affected by eco
According to the study, race is
pervasive at many levels, manifest
ing itself in everything from highly
segregated housing to labor mar
kets that prefer hiring some racial
groups over others. Stereotyping is
often at play, particularly when it
comes to where people want to live
and whom they will hire, O'Con
Blacks "continually end up at
the bottom in terms of preferences
for neighbors as well as when
employers talk about hiring prefer
ences." she said.
While the study found that
minorities are doing better in the
strong economy of the 1990s, it
found that they are making less
money and working fewer hours
than their white counterparts. It
also found that they had a signifi
cantly harder time landing a job.
In Detroit, for example, it took
unskilled, unemployed whites an
average of 91 hours to generate a
job offer. It took blacks 167 hours.
"Clearly there is a heavy bur
den that minorities face in the job
market," said Katherine Newman,
an urban studies professor at Har
vard's Kennedy School of Govern
ment. "Minorities are working,
but they're diverging in their good
fortune from whites."
Both the household surveys,
conducted by telephone between
1992 and 1994, and the employer
interviews identified pervasive
stereotypes, particularly targeting
Blacks, many of the respon
dents said, are more likely to be on
welfare, more likely to commit
crimes and harder to get along
with than other groups.
In the work force, where native
born blacks are losing jobs to
recent immigrants, employers indi
cated blacks rank low on their hir
ing preference charts.
"We didn't get a whole lot of
employers coming out and saying.
'Blacks are worthless," O'Connor
said. Employers instead talked in
code and subtext when referring to
minorities, she said.
Employers also were fearful of
relocating to areas that were per
ceived as heavily minority.
President addresses U.N. I
Photo by David Scull, The White House
President Clinton addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21. The
President spoke about the challenges facing the international community in the globalisation, and
urged prosperous nations to continue to support the research and development of vaccines for dis
eases plaguing the developing world. During the day, the president also met with several foreign
leaders, including South African President Thobo Mbeki (Shown in photo).
Florida A&M bomb suspect arrested
BY DAVID ROYSE v
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A
41-year-old white man was
arrested on federal charges in
two small bombings at predomi
nantly black Florida A&M Uni
Lawrence Michael Lombar
di, an unemployed father of two
from Tallahassee, was arrested
last week after agents searched
his home. He was charged with a
single count of manufacturing a
bomb pending formal charges
later, FBI agent Tom Kneir said.
No other information was
immediately made available on
"We are relieved and thank
ful," said Florida A&M provost
James Ammons. "This is a
happy day for Florida A&M
because we can again focus on
our educational mission."
Two small explosions have
gone off at the campus sinee
Aug. 31. No one was injured in
either blast, but strident racist
telephone calls accompanied
each incident and warned of
futher attacks, spreading fear on
the 12,000-student campus.
On Wednesday, the FBI
released tapes of the telephone
calls and a surveillance camera
- photo of a man buying some
. thing at a local home improve
ment store the day before the
They said the man in the
photo could have information
about the case, but said the man
wasn't a suspect. But last week,
the); said the man in the photo
was Lombardi and that tips
from the public after the photo
and tapes were released led
authorities to him.
Officials wouldn't say
whether Lombardi was part of a
larger group, but indicated*hey
think the campus is now safe.
"FAMU today does not face
the threat that it did yesterday,"
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael
Local, state and federal
investigators descended en
masse on the hilltop campus in
Tallahassee after the first blast
Aug. 31. It involved a small
device that went off in a men's
room at an administration
building 10 minutes after a
warning was called in. Damage
was very minor.
The second, larger than the
first, was on Sept. 22. It was in
the first-fibor restroom of Perry
Paige Hall, which has four
floors of laboratories, offices,
, classrooms and the Navy ROTC
office. Again, damage was
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NOTICE MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is seeking minority and women-owned firms
(M/WBE) to bid on upcoming highway projects throughtout the state. The locations of the projects are:
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8.1311801 Johnston 4 Grading, Drainage, Paving. PVT Markings & Strictures Metric 8%
1-95 4 NC-50 Interchange in Benson \ . ?
9.8043143 Nash 4 Widening, Grading, Drainage, Paving & PVMT Markings Metric 8% 4%
NC-43 from SR-1613 (Woodnitl Ave.) to SR-1535 (Peele Rd.)
8.1351302 Durham 5 Grading, Drainage, Paving, Pavement Markings, Milling 4 Structures Metric 8%
NC-157 (Guess Road) from SR-1407 (Carver St) to SR-1449 (Umstead Hd.)
8.1511401 Rockingham 7 Widening, Grading, Paving & PVMT Markings Metric 8%
NC-87 from SR-2598 (Cook Florist Rd.) 4 SR-2594
(Holiday Loop Rd.) To US-29 m RetdsvAe - ?
82510501 Rockingham 7 Grading, Drarage, Paving, PVMT Markings 4 Shuctures . Metre 5%
Bridge over Dan River 4 approaches on 5R-2145 <
6.529001B Randolph/ 8 Grading, Drainage. Paving, PVMT Markings 4 Culverts
Chatham US454 tram East of intersection with SR-2628 on West Glenn Ave. in Siter City Metre 8% 4%
8.2623301 Forsyth 9 Grading, Drainage, Paving, PVMT Markings 4 Structures Metre 5%
Bridge over Winston-Salem Southbound Railway 4 approaches on
8.2662601 Cabarrus 10 Grading, Drainage, Paving, PVT Markings 4 Structures Metric 5%
Bridge over Coddle Creek 4 approaches on SR-1621
8.U671615 Mecklenburg 10 Grading, Drainage, Paving, Pavement Markings 4 Structures Metre 8%
Charlotte outer loop from south of SR-2808 to south of SR-2802
(Rocky River Church Rd.) in Charlotte
8.U672209 Mecklenburg 10 Gradtog, Drainage, Paving, PVT Markings 4 Structures Metre 8%
West Oiartotte outer loop from North of US-29/74 (Wlkinson Blvd) to North of 1-85
6.678005B Mecklenburg 10 Grading Drainage. Pavings 4 Structures West Charlotte outer loop from Metre 10% 5%
Brown Gner Rd. Extension to"0.507 km North of US-2974
82311901 Johnston 4 Grading. Drainage, Paving 4Stnjctures English 5%
Bridge over Hannah Creek 4 approaches on SR-1171 (Hannah Creek Rd.)
82451001 Harnett 6 Grading, Drainage, Paving, PVMT Markings 4 Structure English 6%
Bridge over Black River 4 approaches on SR-1735
6.529006T Chatham 8 Widening. Gracing. Drainage Paving, PVT Markings 4 Structures Engksh 7% 3%
US-64 from Glenn Ave. to ext 5-lane section West of
N. Cottage Grove Ave. in Siier City
8.T520806 Chatham' 8 Grading, Pavng, Guardrail 4 Pavement Markings Engksh 8%
US454 (Pittsboro Bypass) from 1.15 miles East of SR-1514 to east of US-15/501
82700201 Alleghany 11 Grading Drainage, Paving, PVMT Markings 4 Structure English 5%
Bridge om IMe River 4 approaches on SR-1172 and cukert on Pine Swamp River.
82741301 Surry 11 Grading, Draxiage, Paving PVT markings 4 Structures English 6%
Bridge cxrar Little Fisher raver 4 approaches on SR-1350
82870601 McDowell 13 Grading Drainage, paving 4 Structure English 5%
Culvert 4 Bndge over Crooked Creek 4 approaches on SR-1123
LETTING DATE: Tuesday, October 19, 1999
*** MONDAY, October 18,1999 6 PM - MIDNIGHT ***
North Raleigh Hilton - 3415 Wake Forest Road - Raleiph. N.C.
Prime contractors will be available to receive quotes for trucking, sub-contracting and
materials. MAVBE's needing more information and/or technical assistance may come to
Room 522 to meet with representatives from the Bennington Corp., NCDOT's Supportive
NCDOT Office of Civil Rights & Business Development l*800?522-0453 VJV
Certification of highway contracting firms Richard Chrisawn HA, Jjf g
Certification of supply/service/engineering firms: Robert Mathes ^
Comments or concerns: Delano Rackard: Director