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The Michigan Daily

Vol. XCI, No. 41-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, July 16, 1981

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Police testify
at Leo Kelly's
pre-trial exam

By ANN MARIE FAZIO
Daily staff writer
Ann Arbor police officers testified in
court yesterday that a sawed-off
shotgun and many containers of
shotgun shells were found in murder
defendant Leo Kelly's dorm room shor-
tly after the April 17th Bursley Hall
shootings.
The police testimony was given at the
second session of the Bursley murder
pre-trial examination, held yesterday
in 15th District Court. Kelly, a 22-year-
old psychology major, is charged with
the Good Friday murders of two
University students, Edward Siwik, 19,
and Douglas McGreaham, 21, in a sixth
floor Bursley hallway. The two were
gunned down as they attempted to warn
residents of a fire set after Kelly
allegedly threw a firebomb down the
hall early that morning.
POLICE FOUND a "military-type"
gas mask, a home-made "facsimile of a
gun," and a shoulder holster, along
with shotgun shells on the bed and floor
of the room, a "skeet shooters-type"

bag full of shells, and a sawed-off
shotgun on the bed, according to Officer
Elbert Barbour, one of the arresting of-
ficers.
The other arresting officer, James
Stimac, testified that they also found a
round of .32 automatic ammunition in
the room. He, along with Barbour,
testified that the handmade pistol-type
gun was "inoperable," and that its
stock was made of wood.
Stimac also identified the shotgun
found in Kelly's room as the one that
was in court (which had previously
been identified as the gun that shot the
bullets which killed McGreaham and
Siwik). He added that the shotgun was.
loaded with one round of ammunition
and that the safety was off.
' BARBOUR SAID he could tell the
shotgun had been fired recently by
smelling the gun's barrel after he en-
tered Kelly's room. Barbour also said
he detected a strong odor of gas fumes
in the room, and an open window with a
removed screen.
See POLICE, Page 2

PIPES FROM THE University Hospital heating system. Older, asbestos-
insulated piping may pose serious health hazards during the demolition of
medical center structures in preparation for the new University Hospital,
one former health planning official said.
ASBESTOS CITED AS HEALTH HAZARD:

'U' Hospital
By LOU FINTOR
Daily staff writer
This article is the second of a three-part series
on disputes surrounding the University Hospital
Replacement Project.
As medical center planners begin preparing for the
new University Hospital complex with the demolition
of North Outpatient Building and the possible razing
of Main Hospital, public health workers have raised
serious concerns about safety hazards.
According to a former health planning official at
the Comprehensive Health Planning Commission of
Southeastern Michigan, unless University planners
follow strict guidelines for the demolition of the
buildings and subsequent disposal of asbestos in-
sulation materials, environmental contamination
and employee health will be in jeopardy.
"DURING THE demolition of the buildings, there
will be a substantial risk to both employees and the
surrounding community from friable asbestos
materials used in the heating and cooling systems
being demolished. Studies have demonstrated that
people need not be directly exposed to asbestos
materials before suffering the adverse health effects
of exposure," the official wrote.
"That's a screwy concern. It's off the wall. It's
from out in left field," responded University Hospital

demolitions questioned
Splanner Marcia Bremer, adding that although she for its ability to resist heat and acids.
feels demolition of the Main Hospital Building (where 'Of the almost 3000 asbestos products manufactured
most of the asbestos is) is eventual, it's still "many, today, approximately two-thirds are used for con-
many years into the future." struction-including insulation, cement production,
Bremer maintains that she is certain all floor tiling,.roofing, and plastics.
precautions will be taken during the demolition DURING THE construction boom of the 1930s and
proesain that a stipulation will probably be in- 1940s, asbestos was commonly used in building
process, addingthatmotipcnat r because of its reputation as an inexpensive, sturdy,
cluded with the demolition contract. fire-resistant heat insulator.
"During the demolition of the In 1955, a definitive link between asbestos and
asbestosis (a disease in which the lungs are irritated
buildings, there will be a sub- by inhaled asbestos dust) was established.
stantial risk to both employees ASBESTOS EXPOSURE has also been linked to
three other diseases: cancer of the respiratory
and the surrounding commu- system, "asbestos corns" (small skin lesions resem-
bling blisters), and mesothelioma-a rare cancer of
nity. the chest and abdominal lining which is usually fatal
-A former CHPC-SEM within one year of the first symptoms.
Douglas Sarbach, director of planning, research,
health planning official and development for University Hospital said that
normal precautions will be taken and will be written
ANDREW PARKER, a plant engineer at Univer- into the specifications involving demolition of the
sity Hospital, described the demolition precautions North Outpatient Building, also built with asbestos
on North Outpatient Building by saying, "They'll just materials.
swing a big ball ... the asbestos will probably fall into According to Sarbach, though the demolition con-
a heap and then they'll just cart it away." tract will be given for October 1, and the actual
Recent literature describes asbestos as a fluffy, demolition will take place within the month, to be
fibrous material produced from rock and well known See ASBESTOS, Page 9

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