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May 1, 1987

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Former Commonwealth lightweight boxing champion Graeme Brooke of Australia has been diagnosed as having slight brain damage and has been banned from boxing, the Victorian state Boxing Board of Control announced today.

A board doctor Thursday night stopped Brooke from entering entering the ring at Melbourne’s Festival Hall for a scheduled bout against compatriot Ronald Doo.

Officials told Brooke he had slight brain damage which had shown up in neurological tests taken by him.

Brooke, 23, has the right to appeal the ban.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Former Indianapolis 500 race driver David ″Salt″ Walther has been indicted by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court grand jury on charges of writing bad checks.

Walther, 39, of suburban West Carrollton, was indicted Thursday on two counts of passing bad checks over $300. If convicted, he could face from six months to 1 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 on each charge.

Walther is charged with writing bad checks at two supermarkets on Nov. 29 and Feb. 27. There were not enough funds to cover one check, and the other check was written on a closed account, according to court documents.

Walther is free on his own recognizance.

Drug charges still are pending against Walther in Richmond, Ind., court officials there said. He was arrested Dec. 1 after allegedly going to several Richmond physicians trying to get prescriptions for a painkiller.

In 1980, Walther was cleared of drug possession charges in Los Angeles.

Walther, a member of the family that built the Dayton Walther Corp., was severely burned in 1973 at the start of the Indianapolis 500, but recovered and drove in the race for the next five years. He is the son of industrialist George Walther.

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