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I *1 i Serving Naples, Marco, Everglades, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Bon/fa Springs 50th Year - No. 224 Seven Sections -- 90 Pages NAPLES, FLA., SUNDAY, A P R I L 15, 1973 Associated Press lOc Daily, 25c Sunday Swamp Buggies Ready To Race A "Mile-0-Mud" and deep sump holes will Â·ake their toll of racing buggies at the first annual Ed Frank Swamp Buggy Derby at the Swamp Buggy Grounds on Radio Road Sunday afternoon. The starting flag of Sheriff E. A, Doug Hendry will send the high-riding racing machines around the swamp-like figure-eight track starting at 1 p.m. So far 37 swamp buggies have been entered. They range from four-wheel drive, big-tired standard Jeeps to modified buggies powered by 625 h.p. V-eight engines. The races honor Ed Frank, the originator of the swamp buggy. He put cleated truck tires with chains on a Model T Ford and went charging into the swamp to hunt bear, deer and wild turkey. Admission is $2, $3, and $4 for reserved grandstand seats and $2 for standing room spots. The big buggies will be raced early in (he afternoon as they were during the winter races. Tickets may be purchased at the Swamp Buggy Grounds. Various area organizations will have booths for (he sale of food and refreshmenls. Â·.SÂ£3mÂ±!ss3L^5xfGs3siSÂ£i Highlights STATE CHAMP -- Naples High sophomore Connie Chillemi, 15, became the youngest golfer ever to win the State High School Championship Friday when she shot a 76-70-215 at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course to win girls medalist honors. (See story, Page IB) TAMPA -- The FBI, announcing 12 arrests and vowing to make 13 more, announced Friday it broke up a nationwide plot involving plans to print phony Walt Disney and TWA securities and to sell stolen blue chip stocks. Agents said the multi-million dollar stock fraud ring was foiled after 23 men were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Tampa. MIAMI - Two grade school boys who disobeyed their parents and went for a swim in a canal drowned in its murky waters after school Friday, police said. Officers said Dade County Sheriff's Department divers recovered the bodies of 8-year-old Donald Grant and 7-year-old Carl Hunt shortly before midnight. DETROIT -- Chrysler Corp. has recalled 854 Dodge trucks for inspection and possible replacement of front wheel hubs which could crack and permit the front wheel to fall off. THE UNITED STATES is pressuring Lebanon to leash the Palestinian guerrillas encamped within its borders, it was learned today. "Try harder," is the nub of the diplomatic campaign waged by Washington daily since the latest round of Palestinian and Israeli attacks in the Middle East, sources said. A STRONG EARTHQUAKE was felt north of San Jose, Costa Rica, Saturday, but there were no reports of casualties, authorities said. Police said they had received unconfirmed reports of damage to a cathedral and some houses in Tinaran, north of San Jose. The tremor was felt only slightly in San Jose. Suwannee Rampage Continues . Â·'' NEWS photos by Nwman QUESTIONERS - Cmdr. Pcler Schoeffel, left, lakes time to answer questions from Joe Knight, left, and David Smollen during receiving line Friday night at reception in his honor given by the Navy League and Retired Officers Association. BRANFORD, Fla. (AP) Some 40 persons left their homes at the juncture of the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers as the rain-swollen Suwannee's crest pushed slowly south, a deputy sheriff said Saturday. Suwannee County Deputy Leon Beach said Ihe river rose 8.5 inches during the night and threatens to close off Slate Road 129, the only direct route between this river community and the county seat at Live Oak % Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol said one northbound and one southbound lane of Interstate 75, North Florida's main north-south traffic artery, remained open. But a dispatcher at Lake City said weekend traffic had placed a heavy burden on the road. GUESTS OF HONOR - Cmdr. Peter Schoeffel, recently returned POW, was guest of honor at the luncheon of the Women's Republican Club of Greater Naples Friday, along with his parents, Adm. and Mrs. Malcolm Schoeffel. From left, in photo at right, are Mrs. Malcolm Schoeffel, Cmdr. Schoeffel, and Mrs. Clifford Wenzcl, outgoing president of the club. "We've got a lot of flooding south of here," said Beach. "They had to evacuate all down the Santa Fe. It's backing up there." The westward flowing Santa Fe mingles with the Suwannee about five miles south of Branford. At Branford, flood waters had risen under the U.S. Highway The Suwannee River's worst 27 bridge to the point where flood on record had claimed "the game warden couldn't get one life, caused hundreds of his boat under the bridge," said thousands dollars' property the deputy. damage . La Roe Questions Routing Of 1-75 Other Cot;i:at\(i: Stories c..-- UA Schoeffel: POW Story Retold By BOB RICHARDSON Staff Writer Cmdr. Peter Schoeffel, a prisoner of the North Vietnamese for nearly five and one-half years, told members of the Navy League, the Retired Officers Club and their wives and guests in detail Ihe events leading to his capture by the North Vietnamese. It was during a question and answer period Friday night at the Golden Gate Inn reception and dinner held in his honor thai he told the 240 persons present the exact details of his last flight from Ihe carrier USS Intrepid on Oct. 4, 1967. and how his A-4 Navy altack jet was shot down over Haiphong on his 186th combal mission. "I was in a flak suppressor bombing group. It was our job to strike the flak on the grnund. I found the target and rolled in from a high altitude and pulled THE TIDES - It's simple to explain what causes them, but difficult to forecast the timing. The whole explanation is researched by David Armstrong on Page 10B. MASTER PLAN -- A joint meeting between city and county planners April 25 may be the key to an agreement on which of two plans is best, according to county government writer Mary Ellen Hawkins. Page 8D. WATER SKIING SAFETY - One of the most popular sports in this area is water skiing in the bays and passes and off the Gulf beaches. Deputy Sheriff Bert Morris, the Collier County marine patrol officer, has some good advice on how to ski safely and points out less coneested areas that are ideal for skiing. For lack bui couldn't make the al- the story and photos see Page 5B. Â«Â«Â«" Â«***Â« Â» Â«Â«*uÂ«e "Â« Bridge 6C10O Horoscope 4O Sports 1-*B Television 9O Theaters ...3D Tides, Solar, Lunar... IB Weather 2A Women's News ... 1-7C GOP Women lisas Schoeffei, 9B namese Army u n i t . He had parachuted and landed without injury. "The first one that reached me struck me in (he face with a pistol," he said. "At a village later some of the villagers came charging out at me. An old woman began clawing at my face but the soltders pulled her off." In his speech, he avoided much of the horror aspect of his imprisonment but did go into detail about the "!ale-at- night" interrogation that was standard for those captured al the time he was taken prisoner. The North Vietnamese used nylon straps and heavy leg- irons lo break Ihe prisoners, he related. "I was also given indoctrination propaganda, starting within about three days of my capture. I say 'about' because those events, once etched so clearly in my m i n d , have become a bit hazy during later years," he said. Camp regulations, he said, began with a statement that not only were Ihe POWs Naples and Golden Gate, to criminals, but the blackest sort. "The first regulation said thai we must obey all orders of ea'sV'oV "Golden" GaleTh'ere the Democratic Republic of would be fewer harmful effects Vietnam, Ihe second that we on the area, must answer all questions," he The Conservancy has op- said - posed the Alley route from the Because he refused lo owseti preferring the northern originate propaganda for the or Marshall route which would North Vietnamese, w i t h i n a bypass Naples few months of his caplure he was put into solitary confinement for 10 months. He later had to serve another period of solitary confinement, this time for four months. By MARY ELLEN HAWKINS Staff Writer The fight is not yet over in regard to the routing of f-75 according to Dr. Edward T. LaRoe, executive director of Ihe Collier County Conservancy, who urged Friday thai alleviating the pressures of (he road in Collier County be development -- are indications routed east of Golden Gate. of the magnitude of his corn- Speaking at the Conser- mitmenl lo save the wetlands," vancy's annual meeting held al he said. the Beach Club Holel, LaRoe The routing of 1-75 was one of said he had been assured by (he "biggest issues which "stale officials" that construe- faced us locally" during the tion of 1-75 -- "contrary' to the belief of some" -- would nol be delayed "if we request t h a t routing (within Collier County) be changed". LaRoe said he disagreed with the governor's decision to route the highway over Alligator Alley, but if the road could be moved from its currently proposed location, between "It was during this period of solitary confinement that I (Continued on Page 3A) LaRoe commended the governor for his concern for the environment in connection with 1-75. "The millions of dollars he allotted to rectify the hydrological problems which the Alley created and his decision to omit an interchange at State Road 25 - thus Date Set For Rockfeld Quiz C m d r . Schooffe| s a j d ,, e climbed lo begin another ai- Classified 11-15B Comks 9D Crossword 9D Dear Abby 4C Deaths 13A Editorial 4A maneuver according lo standing operations. "Rather Uian lake Ihe lime lo gain Ihe required altitude, I rolled in low and Ihe flak got me," he said. When questioned in delail later, Cmdr. Schoeffel said he was captured by a North Viet- A New Jersey Superior Court judge yesterday approved final arrangements for the lawyers of Linda Rockfeld's family lo lake depositions from her husband, Dr. Robert Rockfeld, Altorney Arnold Stream of New York, who will conduct the quiz, said Ihe proceedings are expected lo take Iwo days to complete. "We are going to attempl to determine all of the concerning her disappearance facts and all of the circums- four months ago while boating lances surrounding Mrs with him off Ihe Florida coast. ~ Judge Irwin Kimmelman set April 23 as the date for Ihe queslioning of Rockfeld in Ihe Rockfeld's disappearance," he said. Newark offices of Donald A. Robinson, the family's New Jersey lawyer. Linda, 27, the daughter of millionaire coffee vending executive Sollie Small of Shnrl Hills, N. }., vanished last Dec. 16 after going on a pleasure ride in a 14-foot boat with her husband in the waters off Naples. NeilherMrs. Rockfeld, who was six monlhs prcgnanl at .the time, nor Ihe boat have been found. In his court papers, Ihe surgeon conlcnded (hal the two of them Iried lo swim lo land after the motor became inoperable but thai Linda was unable to make headway and he swam ahead. He was picked up the following morning. Rockfeld has obtained new council to represent him in the case, Theodore Geiser, a law partner of former New Jersey Governor Richard .1. Hughes. Ijsl month, Rockfeld, 31, an orthopedic surgeon at Bronx Municipal Hospital, filed suit seeking to have her declared dead and to prohibit )ier father from a f f e c t i n g her personal estale valued nt $500,00(1 to $1 million. past year -- along with Del- (ona's proposed development of Marco Snores -- LaRoe said. And he cited the Conservancy's activities and accomplishments in regard to Ihe proposed federal purchase of the Big Cypress watershed, the controversy over the beach construction setback line in Collier County, work at Rookery Bay Sancluary, participation in a water manag- ment study of the county's Wa.ter Management District No. 6, and the donation of the county's first mini-park by Conservancy Chairman and Mrs. Willard V. Merrihue. Investigators Continue Marco Probe Investigators continued their probing into the shooting deaih of (wo teenage Marco Island girls found shot through Ihe head on a lonely road near an old cemetery Wednesday. They are attempting to find out who owned the ..'ifl calibre revolver believed to he the death weapon. The weapon was found beside (he bodies of Linda Walters, 16, and Lisa Nankivcll, 15, shortly after noon Wednesday. Two shots had been fired from Ihe gun. Each girl died from a single shot through the temple. Police and the medical examiner said Ihe deaths appeared 10 be Ihe result of either a murder-suicide or a double suicidee pact. No fnul play is suspected.