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Community Crisis Service Call: 642-9751 Serving Naples, Marco, Everglades, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Bon/fa Springs 50th Year - No. 225 Two Sections -- 24 Pages NAPLES, FLA., MONDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 16, 1973 Associated Press lOc Daily, 25c Sunday Full Value Assessments Urged TALLAHASSEE, F a . A bill to force county lax asse- sors lo raise their assessments to full market value went to committee today, the first measure to develop from ihe special House-Senate Committee study of the education funding crisis. Rep. Carl Ogden, D-Jacksonville, said the hill drawn up over the weekend provided for Ihe auditor general to notify county assessors on Jan. 1 of Ihe expected level of assessment with the Cabinet empowered to refuse to certify a tax foil if it failed to reach that level when submitted in July. The bill sent to the House Finance and Taxation Committee also would provide for administrative appeal by the assessor if he considered the auditor general's assessment wrong. The House and Senate were recessed last week while the special committee examined the effect of the Supreme Court ruling throwing out the old method of forcing asessment at fair market value. The court ruled thai it was unconstitutional for the state to withhold education funds based on the auditor general's ratio study of assessments compared with full market value. Ogden chaired (he special subcommittee on assessments which found that full assessments were needed to equalize MONDAY'S Highlights THE PENTAGON WARNED North Vietnam today that because of new fighting in Laos, it may order U.S. planes to begin a new bombing campaign there. KEY BISCAYNE - Even the animals at the zoo are feeling the pinch because of rising meat prices. Officials at the Crandon Park Zoo here have been forced lo substitute horse kidney's, livers and lungs for the animals' regular fare of horsemeat. MIAMI - Americans are drinking a lot of wine these days, and a man who lectures on the grape at Florida International University says many people are so blinded by wine snobbery they're missing some great buys. "Good wines are coming from many parts of the world today, not just France. That's my forte, digging up wines that are good values for under $5," says David Grier. THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION has arrested three men in connection with an alleged Florida based multi-million dollar slock fraud ring. The FBI said 10 other members of the ring were arrested in Florida. The ring made counterfeit stock certificates and sold stolen certificates of blue-chip stocks, the FBI said. ALABAMA GOV. GEORGE C. WALLACE has dispatched the chief of the state's civil defense to meet with the state's unhappy oystermen who have been kept from making a living in Alabama's gulf waters since the first of the year. Wallace said C.J. Sullivan w i l l meet w i t h the disgruntled f i s h e r m e n at Bayou La Batre today to assess the situation and prepare a p p l i c a t i o n for federal funds lo help the economically stricken oystermen. state funding of education lo the counties. The court ruling set the Legislature buzzing with talk of a special session and impeachment possibilities added to the emotion, with no break in sight. The most emotional issue of the session -- Ihe Equal Rights Amendment -- comes to a showdown vote Tuesday in the House. Women from across the state are expected to again fill the galleries sporting competing "go ERA" and "stop ERA" buttons when House members decide whether to r a t i f y the proposed 27th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "It will be a narrow vote either way," predicted Rules Committee chairman Murray Dubbin, D-Miami. "The way I see it is 45 per cent for, 45 per cent against and 10 per cent swing." Wary of a wild floor scene over the ERA, Dubbin's committee has imposed an hour and 45 minute limit on debate. In addition, no amendments will be permitted from Ihe floor. "We want a well organized, high-level debate," said Dubbin." That's the way it's being planned, at least." A House select committee voted 5-3 last week to recommend approval of Ihe Amendment, but opponents claim they have enough votes to kill it on tha floor. In The Senate, the Amendment, which would end sexual discrimination, is still bottled up in committee. Also set for debate this week is a bill lo give anyone over 18 all rights of adulthood, including the right to drink. The Senate already has passed the bill. Other measures bound to generate conlroversy on this week's calendars are a bill imposing the state cigarette tax on " little cigars" and another approving guidelines implementing the 1972 Environmental Land and Water Management Act. Last week a House committee voted 3-2 to recommend the impeachment of Lt. Gov. Tom Adams and the legislative leaders said a special session may be necessary (his fall to solve a school funding dilemma. /ns/do Today Bridge 7A Horo»cope 6B ClMiified 8-11B Sporti 1-3B Comicf 6B Stock* 7B Crotsword 6B Tel«viikn 6B D«ar Abby 6A Theater* 2A Deaths 7B Tidet, Solar, Lunar... IB Editorial 4A Women'i Newi ... 6-8A Tornadoes Kill Eight In Texas By The Associated Pren Tornadoes slammed into three Texas communities, killing eight persons and injuring more than 35. Flash flooding look two other lives. Property damage in nature's rampage Sunday was estimated at several millions of dollars. Photos on 7-B from atop a stalled truck when she lost her grip. The twister struck first in Plainview's affluent Westridge , .. . section, then hit another resi- Thunderstorms, ha,l and strong dentia , sec[ion beforcsmashing Wmds lul almost every section in(0 an induslria | comp , ex . Au . NEWS photo by Norman SWAMP BUGGY KINGS -- Ed Frank, righl, for whom Sunday's Swamp Buggy Races were mmed, presents the .wligte^3^tgipfcy~ta perennial top driver Uen Chester, as K*rl Hodges, '^ president of Swamp Buggy Days, Inc., looks on. Frank is olten referred to as the father of the V swamp buggy because of his early Inlcrcsl in the building and racing of the giant mud-slingers. Through A Smokey Haze Chesser Regains His Title By JEFF COIIANE Sports Editor Neilher fire, high winds, broken-down vehicles or adverse judges' decisions could slop Leonard Chesser from regaining his crown as "King of Ihe Swamp Buggies" Sunday afternoon. Chesser, who lost out in the February races when his big vehicle, "Dal's-Da-One," broke down and he had to settle for second in the smaller "Din Dauber," found the Dauber one of the only two healthy vehicles left for the finals as he won going away over Beno Rowe and "Scrappy." Swamp Buggy Association Full Page Of Race Photos On Page 4-B f |, nals ' due to high winds and =* threatening clouds which promised rain -- although the promise never materialized. The finish was almost an anli-climax, as (he iwo lop racers both broke down al the finish line of their heals. Lee Hancock, the defending champion, blew the transmission of the "Gallman Special" right at the end of his heat race, and barely crawled over the finish line just ahead of ''res which were shooting up Then Chesser, romping flame and smoke just to the home far ahead of the pack in northeast. A number also left before the officials placed the crowd at 3,000. Gate receipts were reported as $5,900, with a purse of $1,700 for the drivers. The crowd's attention was divided Sunday at the "Mlle- O-Mud," as most kept one eye on the first annual spring races, dedicated to buggy- building pioneer Ed Frank; and the other on the sawgrass Charles Tom." Ison in "Spunky MORE SOUTH VIETNAMESE troops were reported moving toward the Cambodian frontier today. The action follows the first known incident of Saigon troops crossing the border since the Vietnam cease- fire. Field reports indicated that the South Vietnamese operations along the border were defensive, aimed at driving Communist forces from the border rather than the start of a major offensive to l i f t the threat to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. THE CALENDAR TODAY LINKED observances of three of the world's major faiths as Christians were in the second day of their pre-Easter Holy Week, Jews prepared to begin celebration of Passover at sundown and Moslems observed the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. SEAN MAC STIOFAIN, FORMER CHIEF of staff of the Irish Republican Army, was freed from jail today still looking pale and drawn from a 59-day hunger strike he staged last December and January. The 44-year-old Anglo-Irishman's health was not good and his future w i t h the guerrilla army was uncertain. His wife, Maire, picked him up at the jail at the Curragh army camp west of Dublin. Local Attorney Seeks City Runoff By MARY ELLEN HAWKINS Slaff Writer A request by local atlorney David C. Spingler for a special act by the Florida Legislature to provide for a referendum lo restore runoff elections to the City of Naples has brought objections from a member of the Voters' League of Collier County, the group that sponsored a successful slate in last year's race for city council. Spingler said he is acting on his own in asking the legislature to allow the citizens of Naples to decide whether [here should be runoffs in city council eleclions. "Bui I'm not alone in my thinking," he said. "There are others who feel as ! do. Rep. (James Lorenzo) Walker and I discussed ihis Iwo years ago when the city's new charier was adopled and we didn't feel this was a proper change at ihe time." Spingler pointed out the charter was adopted "piecemeal" by special act of the legislature without a referendum. "Not since 1957 has the city had a charter commission." Spingler said the charter can be changed either through a charier commission required by Florida Statutes or through special act of the legislature without a referendum. The attorney said he thinks the people shotd have been given a chance to vote on the charter. One reason he is requesting the referendum in regard to (he runoff elections is "I just don'l like minority rule," Springier said. "Last year, a minority of the majority voting elected the city council slate and the highest percentage given to any of the candidates was 35 per cent. I think it's grossly unfair." Spingler contends (he runoff system gives voters a "real" choice. In ihe firsl election, voters can weed out some of Ihe candidates and choose from a smaller group in a second election, Spingler said. The requirement of a runoff in the even! no candidate receives a majority of the voles cast in Ihe first election could also lessen the number of candidates, Spingler said. "They won'l snow, knowing they won't be able lo make it." Also, the attorney said, "Perhaps we can get some younger candidates. 1 have nothing against age -- I'm growing older myself -- but I'm not as sharp as I was at 35." Bruce S. Shannon, vice president of the Voters' League said he has sent a letter lo Collier County's delegation in the legislature registering his objection to the proposed special act. 'There are already too many elections occupying Ihe time and attention of election officials, candidates, political workers, and voters," said Shannon, citing six eleclions in which residents of Naples voted in 1972. Elections are becoming too expensive, particularly from the candidates' standpoint, Shannon said, and a runoff election would add to Ihe expense. "There is no evidence that runoff eleclions really accomplish the purpose for which they are designed - that is, to assure that the candidate represents the majority of the people," Shannon said. "In (Continued on Paga 3A) "Dai's Da One" in his heat race in the eight-cylinder class, lost his left front wheel after he crossed the finish line and was about to head up the bank. Chesser asked to run Ihe three-wheeled vehicle, and turned "Dirt Dauber," which had won the six-cylinder race, over to Hancock so the two perennial champions could have it out once again. But the judges ruled lhat it would be loo dangerous to run the D-D-1 without a wheel, and Scrappy was no match for the Dauber. The Powderpuff Derby again was a family affair. Defending Queen Bonnie Hancock didn't run, but Liz Chesser and Din Dauber finished far ahead of Fay Colson and "Papa Bear." Other action saw Lou Graham and "Ground Hog II" win the four-cylinder race, although his vehicle was also unable lo run in the finals due to motor troubles. John Lange in "Water Witch" was the only driver able to run and finish the course in the 2-cyUnder class. Jim Stewarl and "Sugar Bar" took ihe honors in the jeep class. Scrappy won the honors in four-cylinder, wilh the fans giving a large hand to Bill Brennan of St. Petersburg, .who drove "Frogie" to a third-place finish despite being paralyzed from the waist down. The 6-8 cylinder, 4-wheel drive and tandem race finals between Jay Rowe in "Rock 'n Roll" and young Jeff Smith in "Slow Poke" was a heartbreaker, as Ihe Slow Poke, only six-wheeled vehicle in the competition, washed out at the "Sippy Hole" just as the race started. The driver and mechanic frantically swam lo shore and raced to get another batlery while Rock 'n Roll made the first turn successfully - hut then il sputtered and died about 20 feel from Slow Poke, and neither vehicle was able to gel moving before time ran out. of the stale. The first lornado hil before dawn in the north and west sections of Plainview, a city of about 20,000 persons. A newsman, David Bryant, 30, of the Plainview Daily Herald, was killed while helping with civil defense efforts during the twister. Kevin Lewellen, about 2, died when his family tried to reach a storm cellar. The third P\aiTwiew victim was not identified. About an hour before sundown, another twister struck the South Texas town of Pear- sail, killing five persons and injuring eight. Two of the injured were in serious condition. "Four houses were demolished, Ihe airport and about eight planes were destroyed," said state police patrolman Bill Rowan. He said Ihe five killed there were believed to be from out of town. The five were found in a field, apparently blown off a highway. The Ihird tornado touched down Sunday nighl in Corsicana, aboul 56 miles south of Dallas. Three persons were injured. Police said the twister damaged homes, power and telephone lines and even rup- lured some gas lines. In San Antonio, two persons died in flash flooding caused by heavy rains. Roy Buerrero, 15, drowned when he was swept away by heavy currents of a creek. Dew Wertheim, described as being in her 20s, drowned when she slipped into flood waters. She and two companions were awaiting rescue thoritiesestimaied Plainview's damage at $4 million. Man Treated For Gun Wound A man who was shol in Hie chest Saturday night was released from Naples Com- mumty Hospital Sunday alter lie was held overnight for observation. He was identified as Donald J. Reinholt, 24, ol Lorado St., I^high Acres. No details of the shooting were released by investigators al Ihe Collier County Sheriff's Office. Hospital officials would only confirm thai Reinholt was admitted to the hospital aboul 7:50 p.m. Saturday and was released Sunday after treatment. Tot Nearly Drowns In Pond A one-year-old boy, rushed to Naples Community Hospital Saturday after almost drowning, was treated and released. Sheriff's deputy Jackie Kline rushed the boy, Robert Wilson, I, of 1948 Shadowlawn Ave., to the hospital shortly afler 8:30 a.m. Salurday after a resident of the area called the sheriff's office and reported ihe child had fallen into a nearby pond. No further details were available. U.S. 41 Crash Claims Two Lives Death slruck again on U. S. 41 Sunday, bringing the total deaths on that highway in Collier County lo eight for Ihe year lo date. Dead on arrival at Naples Community Hospilal were Ebaldo M. Cruz, 40, and his wife Maria T. Cruz, 37, of 750 NW 113 St. Miami. Six other persons were injured in the two-car collision which occurred about 1.3 miles easl of Monroe Station, shortly alter 3 p.m. Admitted to the hospital in serious condition with possible internal injuries and cuts and bruises was Anna Cruz, 40, who is confined lo the intensive care unit of Ihe hospital. In f a i r condition is her daughter, Maria Christina Cruz, 14, with possible head injuries. Also in fair condition are Melitla Dukeshire, 43, and her daughter, Iris, 11, both of Miramar. Mrs. Dukeshire suffered multiple culs and bruises and her daughter suffered head, chesl and arm injuries. Treated and released were Roberto Cruz, 42, and Roberto Cruz, 7, for multiple cuts and bruises. Stale Trooper Gary Shiver, who invesligated, said the Cruz car was eastbound on U. S. 41 when it made a led turn into a private road and was slruck on the left side by a car driven by Mrs. Dukeshire, also eastbound and attempting to pass ihe Cruz car when the accident occurred. Damage in the collision was sel al a total of $7,000. U.S. 41 BOX Score- Year To Dale April, 15, 1J73 Accidents Injured D«ad $ Damage County 81 63 7 $ 83,950 00 City H9 34 1 $ Total 230 97 8 $159,217.50