Savannah Morning News • Friday, October 2,1992
LOCAL Section D
Crime Group Ku Klu x Klaii
Meeting Ends In To Hand Out
A Verbal Spat Pamphlets on
By AMY A. SWANN
What began as a budget presenta- By CHERYL LAUER
tion by the Citizens Crime Commis- Staff Writer
sion ended in a verbal war as Alder-
man David Jones shouted down the Members of the Ku Klux Klan are plan-
group after its members called for an ning to hand out literature on Tybee Island
outside review of police corruption. later this month, the same day an island
"If there's corruption, let's get birthday celebration is scheduled.
about city business and put those peo- Tybee Mayor Walter Parker said Thurs-
ple in jail," yelled Jones, a retired Sa- day that the KKK has been given permis-
vannah police officer. sion by the city to distribute pamphlets
Jones took issue with a statement about the white supremacy group on Oct. 24
made by Sheila Morley of the crime at the corner of Butler Avenue and 16th
group that called for a full investiga- Street.
tion of corruption in the Savannah Po- The Indian Summer Festival, an event
lice Department by an outside agen- planned to mark the 105th anniversary of
cy. the granting of the city's charter, is scheoV
"Recent charges and convictions uled for Oct. 24 and 25 in the same area as
within the department for corruption the Klan activity.
have not, in our opinion, been suffi- Parker said he expects no problems, al-
ciently investigated," Morley said. though agents of the Georgia Bureau of In-
"The reputations and good name of vestigation will be on hand and local law en-
many fine officers and the depart- forcement agencies will be on standby.
ment are at stake." "They (the Klan) have been here in
Jones told Morley if she had evi- years past to hand out literature. We've al-
dence of corruption she should take it ways had extra security, and we've had no
to the grand jury for an investigation. problems," Parker said.
The police department was shaken The mayor said he did not know whether
up when members of the Ricky Jivens the festival would be postponed because of
crack-cocaine drug gang testified that the presence of the Klan.
police officer Joe Harris, a 22-year PAULA QOMEZ/Staft The Tybee Council of the Savannah Area
veteran of the department, and Cpl. PLEADING GUILTY: Attorney William Moore, left, flanked by his client, SCAD student Rob Carson, right, walks ahead Chamber of Commerce is organizing the
Robert Maxwell were on Jivens' pay- festival.
roll. of student William Tindal, left, and his attorney Alex Zipperer as they head toward federal court in Savannah Thursday.
Eight to 10 Klansmen are expected, GBI
Harris was convicted in August in agent Steve Brown said Thursday from the
federal court of conspiring with
Jivens, laundering money from drug
profits and obstructing justice by
SCAD Students Plead Guilty to Bombings agency's office in Statesboro.
He would not disclose how many GBI
agents would be on the island.
tampering with a federal grand jury ny showed. "We won't divulge the number of agents
witness. By JAN SKUTCH in advance. It's not good operational proce-
Maxwell's trial ended in a hung Staff Writer 'It was a prank, a lark that The conspiracy involved several bomb-
dure," Brown said.
ings, beginning April 6 at a SCAD student
jury and federal prosecutors decided
Two former Savannah College of Art and
unfortunately got out of con- activities building at 201 W. Charltori St. In similar gatherings of the white su-
not to retry him. premacist organization in recent years,
Less than a year ago, police Cpl. Design students face prison terms after trol.' The final bomb went off May 28 at the Sa-
Brown said, some of the members have
vannah Civic Center, No one was injured in
Julius Hall was sentenced to life in they pleaded guilty Thursday in federal -Attorney Alex Zipperer any of the blasts. worn their traditional white robes. He said
prison after being found guilty in fed- court to making and igniting bombs at five it is against state law for members to don
downtown locations in the spring, a federal to a jury." The May 28 blast in a trash can at the
eral court of masterminding a crack Civic Center occurred just days before the white hoods associated with the Klan.
cocaine ring. judge said. Edenfield allowed both defendants to re- The Kj£K permit was requested by Jack
William Connor Tindal Jr., 19, of Lan- main free on bond pending sentencing. No SCAD's spring graduation, prompting
Police Chief David Geilatly said SCAD President Richard Rowan to cancel Page, a west Chatham County resident who
Thursday his department has fully co- caster, S.C., and Robert Eugene ''Rob" sentencing date was set is known for his affiliation with the Klan,
Carson II, 19, of Blaine, Wash., admitted Under federal criminal laws, each de- graduation ceremonies because of what he
operated in all investigations of cor- said was possible danger to the students Brown said. The GBI expects only local
ruptioa. they conspired to build and detonate the ex- fendant faces up to 55 years in prison and a Klan members to attend the gathering.
plosives between February and late June. $1.5 million fine. But sentencing under the and their parents.
"The Savannah Police Department McAbee said the conduct started during Brown said the KKK frequently visits
will not tolerate the misconduct of any They also pleaded guilty to five in- guidelines, which replace statutory penal- small south Georgia towns to hand out liter-
stances in which explosives they manufac- ties in sentences, is expected to be far low- the fall semester 1991.
employees and our history demon- "What he did had nothing to do with any ature.
strates this very clearly," said Geilat- tured from manuals obtained at a gun and er. "They do it about once a year," he said.
knife show were set off. social protest or student protest," Moore
ly. "If anyone has any information of Under sentencing guidelines, probation No violence has been reported at any of
"One of the disturbing features (in the officers will assign a range of punishment. told Edenfield of his client's motives.
any wrongdoing by Savannah police the gatherings.
case) is the purchase of all these destruc- It will be presented to Edenfield as part of In addition to those at the SCAD building Page could not be reached for comment
officers, I encourage them to contact and Civic Center, each defendant pleaded
the FBI or the GBI." tive devices and manuals," U.S. District the pre-sentencing investigation. Thursday.
Chief Judge B. Avant Edenfield said. As part of a plea agreement for each de- guilty to the following bombings: The Klan has asked to hand out its litera-
Morley said it worries her that citi-
zens cannot question city depart- The two defendants were freshmen at fendant, Assistant U.S. Attorney William • May 9 in the gas tank of a 1986 Isuzu ture from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ment's without coming under attack. the college when the bombings occurred. McAbee II said prosecutors will recom- pickup truck belonging to the Seafood Dis-
"We had not intention of coming Neither is enrolled there now. mend that each be given credit for accept- tributors in a lane behind 420 W. Bay St.
• May 9 at the Savannah Theater Com-
here and getting into a battle," Mor-
ley said. "The attack was uncalled
Tindal, who first blamed his conduct on
stupidity, told Edenfield that he acted for
ing responsibility - a concession that
would lower the possible sentence for each. pany, 222 Bull St. City Requires
for, I'm surprised (Jones) reduced entertainment. Attorney William Moore, who represents • May 28 at the carriage house on the
Dray ton Street ramp near Savannah City
this citizen's hearing to this level."
The citizens crime group went to
"This actually was simply a lark," ue
fense lawyer Alex Zipperer said of T'nddl's
Carson, told the judge he has told his client
"to expect to be incarcerated." Hall. Cablevision to
the council Thursday to present its re- conduct. "It was a prank, a lark that unfor- While characterizing the conduct "as a • May 28 at the Savannah Civic Center,
tunately got out of control." 221 Barnard St.
quests for this budget year, asking al-
derman to add 65 patrolmen to the Edenfield, who will sentence both men in
foolish college prank," Moore added, "but,
• these boys let it get out of control." Moore told Edenfield that his client, Pay For Monthly
force. 30 to 45 days, was not amused. Government investigators found that the Carson, was not engaged in any protest
He told Tindal that if probation officers movement in the bombings. At the time of
The crime group's other recom-
mendations included calling on the find his crimes were severe enough, Tindal
Hercules gunpowder, fuses and manuals
were obtained at a gun and knife show at the bombings, students at SCAD were at- Franchise Fee
city to begin enforcing its youth cur- is going to prison. the Savannah Civic Center. tempting to start a student government, de-
few ordinance to help curb what it Zipperer responded that he thinks the Among the manuals retrieved as evi- spite opposition from the college adminis- By AMY A. SWANN
said is a growing juvenile crime prob- crimes will merit a low sentence of less dence was "The Anarchist Cookbook" and tration. Staff Writer
lem. The group also urged aldermen than a year. "The Anarchist Red Book of Explosives Edenfield allowed each defendant to re-
to petition the state for a new youth "Mr. Tindal, you accept the fact that and Demolitions." main free on bond. Cablevision of Savannah will have to pay
detention facility, citing overcrowded you're going to prison," the judge said. Evidence showed the gunpowder and Carson, who admitted his role to investi- about $40,000 to the city because of the addi-
conditions. Edenfield then turned to Carson's case manuals were kept in Tindal's room at the gators in June, then to a federal grand jury tional monthly franchise fee the company
The group has been asking for ad- and told his lawyer, "If this young man Oglethorpe House, a SCAD dormitory on in July, said he and Tindal became friends charges cable customers but has not been
ditional officers since its creation in thinks he's going to get a ... (a low sen- Oglethorpe Avenue. The explosions were at SCAD and went to gun and knife shows including as company revenue.
1986, said Rick Pryor, a group officer. tence recommendation) he might as well go set off during early morning hours, testimo- together. Like other utilities, Cablevision is re-
quired to pay a franchise fee to the city. Ca-
blevision's is equal to 5 percent of the com-
pany's gross revenues.
Cole mail, Wisenbaker Vie In Pooler Forum Tybee Mayor
City Manager Don Mendonsa explained
during Thursday's City Council meeting
that the company was not fulfilling its
the backs of taxpayers." agreement because it was charging each
By RICHARD FOGALEY
"I don't know all the possibilities," Wisenbaker said, but he
vowed to "find out what they are and work together to see what we Calls For More customer a 5 percent monthly franchise fee
and not counting that as a revenue.
I Democrat Tom Coleman and Republican Gary Wisenbaker de- can do." In an agreement reached Thursday, the
bated their abilities and values in a civil exchange Thursday night
that contrasted with their last one-on-one dialogue, an acrimonious
Coleman said no one state can solve the health care problem.
"It's going to have to be handled on a national level." Police Testing cable company will change the method its
uses for figuring the franchise fee and will
frrum two years ago. He urged the audience to support Constitutional Amendment No. pay the city the shortfall in earnings retro-
I The two candidates for State Senate District 1 were the fourth 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot which would help continue the Indigent Care By CHERYL LAUER active to Jan. 1, 1991.
pair of candidates to appear before more than 100 citizens at a fo- Trust Fund. With the passage of the amendment, hospitals like Me- Staff Writer The franchise fee is charged to the com-
£um at the Pooler Ramada Inn sponsored by the Pooler Area morial Medical Center, which cares for a majority of the indigent pany by the city to compensate for the use
Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by the West Chatham Ex- patients in the county, would continue to receive federal assistance. Tybee Island Mayor Walter Parker of the public right-of-way.
change Club and the Garden City Business Association. The funding this year would amount to about $17 million, he said. is calling for the reinstatement of "This is a cost of doing business," Men-
I At the previous meeting, the bitter confrontation resulted in the Coleman said he would not support any consolidation of local more extensive psychological testing donsa said, adding that the franchise fee is
two candidates calling each other liars. governments that did not have the consent of all the governments of applicants for the island's police being presented by the cable company as a
• This time, Coleman, who is seeking his seventh term in the involved. department in light of recent allega- city tax on the customer.
Georgia Senate, focused on his record. Consolidations costs and who will pay for them must be deter- tions involving police misconduct. Cabievision itemizes its monthly bills to
• He alluded to his tenure as chairman of the Senate Transporta- mined, Wisenbaker said, and he would not support the move unless "When I left office before, it was customers and tacks on a 5 percent fran-
tion Committee by noting that the Crossroads business complex it is "what the people want." part of the routine employment proce- chise fee at the bottom.
was "initiated because of the interchange I got on 1-95." Wisenbaker said he would support a ballot referendum on term dure, and it worked very well," Park- Cathy Cooper Long, the city's public in-
; Coleman also referred to the "tremendous growth in infrastruc- limits so the citizens of the state could decide the issue er said Thursday formation director, said her office regularly
ture, primarily roads and highways," that have helped to make Coleman, noting that the State Senate has had a 75 percent turn- The mayor said he would like po- receives calls asking about the fee
West Chatham County the "most logical place for future growth in over in the last ten years, said he would introduce a constitutional tential officers to submit to a written 'It's explained to them by the cable com-
(Jhatham County in economic development." amendment to allow such a referendum on the November 1994 bal- psychological examination adminis- pany as a city tax." Ixjng said
• Wisenbaker, who challenged Coleman in 1990 and came within lot tered by a local psychologist or psy- Beth Scarborough, president of Cablevi-
4000 votes of defeating him, said economic development will come In his closing remarks. Coleman talked about his representation chiatrist. sion of Savannah, said the company is al-
through working with local officials to get what they see is needed, of the district, which, under the recent redistricting, now includes A job applicant would also have to lowed by federal law to itemize the fran-
*not what the best interests are of lobbyists or the governor " portions of West Chatham County. agree to one counseling session with chise fee on the customer's bill
,' An atmosphere to allow economic growth must be created, using "I believe in Chatham County, I believe in the people of Chat- the doctor. Parker said, as was the "I don't understand (he logic other than
^ate budget and tax reform, educational reform and welfare re- ham County," he said. "This is not an ego trip, it is a labor of love ' procedure during his administration you can palm it off on the city." said Men-
form, Wisenbaker said "Working together we can achieve our future goals, growth and in the mid-1980s donsa. referring to the itemizing
> With these, "business and industry will be breaking down doors" prosperity for our children and grandchildren," Coleman said. Parker said that he was unaware For example, if customers pay $20 a
to locate here, he said. Wisenbaker said he reflects the interests and concerns of West until this week that the hiring proce- month for cable service, they pay an extra
Asked to discuss specific proposals to insure access to health Chatham County and feels it is "tijne for change and reform on the dure had been eliminated by former $1 a month for the franchise fee
care. Wisenbaker noted that President Bush had a plan that would state level." police Chief David McCutcheon The company has been paying the city
allow the deduction of health insurance premiums to help make He noted the 18 percent increase in government employment "1 thought it was a good idea the 5 percent based on the charges for ser-
protection available. since 1989 and the more than 200 percent increase in bond indebted- that's why we had it I don't know why vice but had not been adding in the extra
H« also noted the need to streamline the Medicare process, but • See POLICE, Page 20 charged by it to the customer for the fraiK
slid be had no specifics other than that the cost not be "borne on • See FORUM, Page 20 chise fee