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BECKLEY POST-HERALD Beckley, W. Va., Wednesday Morning, Oct. 12,1977 12-County Regional News Service (RNS) Volume 78 No. 219 3 Sections -- IS Cents Rockefeller Is Worth $19 Million Israel OK's Geneva Proposal JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli cabinet accepted "without any dissenters or reservations" a new U.S. proposal for reconvening a Middle East peace conference at Geneva, Cabinet Secretary Arieh Naor said Tuesday night. Prime .Minister Menahem Begin said the cabinet meeting: "The decision was unanimous." Naor said the text of the U.S. proposal, known as a "working paper," would not be published in order to avoid undermining progress during current negotiations. The working paper now goes to the Arab countries for their consideration. "The government approves the working paper on suggestions for the resumption of the Geneva peace conference," Noar said. It already had been agreed upon by President Carter, Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan. Dayan. who carried the U.S. proposal to Israel Tuesday after his two-week visit to the United States, told reporters before the 4'-hour cabinet meeting that he had recommended its acceptance. Minutes after the cabinet meeting ended, a top Israeli Foreign Ministry official informed the United States of the Israel government's action. In Washington, a State Department spokesman welcomed the decision and said the United States will transmit the working paper to the CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Keeping a promise he made on national television several weeks ago, Gov. Jay Rockefeller Tuesday said his net worth as of July 31 was $19.7 million. The major portion of that includes a $10.6 million trust established in 1952 by his grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and some $7.1 million he personally holds in investments. The Democratic governor told newsmen the timing of his disclosure was prompted by his wife, Sharon's, appearance Wednesday before a Senate committee which will decide whether to confirm her to a post on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. As a part of that proceeding she will be required to document financial interests held by herself and her husband. . In a prepared statement. Rockefeller emphasized that the $17.7 million in the two separate trust funds are controlled by trustees, "and 1 am not provided with any information concerning holdings or transactions by the trustees." ' . Rockefeller also disclosed his 1974. Theft Suspect Nabbed By MIKE HALL'',' r - Staff 'WrileW'~ j Beckley police said it all started when a Fayetteville man made a right - hand turn into oncoming traffic. Nathan Witt, 47, wasn't charged with that, but found himself in the Raleigh County jail anyway -- on charges of grand larceny and driving under the influence of alcohol. Witt is charged with taking a $17,000 , motor home from Recreational Vehicle f World on North Valley Drive earlier this : month. ': Pat. Bob Kent said he saw Witt make the right - hand turn from Prince Street onto North Valley Drive Tuesday evening. After stopping the vehicle, a rental truck, Kent said he suspected Witt was intoxicated and took him to the jail for breathalyzer test. At the jail, deputies informed him Witt was the man they wanted for the theft. The motor home has not been found but sheriff's detectives will interrogate Witt today and he will also have a bond hearing. A passenger in the truck also was arr- rested. Michael David Cardinale, 24, of McFarlan was charged with possession , of a deadly and dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana and intoxication. He remains in jail and will have a hearing today. 1975 and 1976 federal income tax returns, including lists of charitable contributions. "This is the first time in West Virginia history that a governor has publicly revealVd the extent of his assets." he said. Highlights of his net interest statement showed $125,988 in cash, real estate holdings totaling $1.9 million, and furnishings, art and other tangible personal property (including automobiles) worth $684,532. Under debts he listed a promissory note of $850,000 payable to his father and said he was co - signor of three notes totaling $93,500. Included was a $45,000 loan by the West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee at the National Bank of Summers in Hinton. The income tax returns showed that in 1976 his total income was $544,339 and his tax liability was $232,000, but that he overpaid his taxes that year and received a $92,023 refund. He explained the refund by saying he had made a contribution of $250,000 to West Virginia Wesleyan College that year. He is- a former president of the college. In 1975, his tax return showed income of $651.000 and taxes of $238,864. . In 1974, his reported income totaled $524,963 and his taxes were $237,369. In responding to a question on "Meet the Press" last month. Rockefeller said he planned to disclose his worth. Later, however, in news conferences, be was evasive on when disclosure would take place. In January'1976, three months after announcing his candidacy for governor, Rockefeller placed all of his personal in- ve5tmeBte4n*tiBnd"tnist"administered by Kanawha Banking · Trust Co of (See ROCKEFELLER, Page 2) $45 Million High And Dry A huge hyudraulic crane jii-lmajmpr) |he^'whit. hy.nng.man and is used to pull boats out of the water monster" transports a 41 -"foot 'Coast Guard boat to and transport them aross land to the work area. (AP the repair shop at the Coast Guard Station in Wirephoto) Portland Tuesday. The "white monster" is operated Appalachian To Ask Refund Stay CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Public Service Commission will be asked to stay its order for Appalachian Power Co. to pay a $45 million refund to its West Virginia customers while new legal remedies are sought, a company spokesman said Tuesday. "We're going to pursue other legal remedies, but that's all I can say," said William McClung. of Appalachian's headquarters in Roanoke, Va. He said a delay will be sought from the PSC when a decision is reached on the nest legal steps. Otherwise, the utility could face a three-week deadline ' for processing the refunds. The state Supreme Court refused to consider Appalachian's appeal of the PSC order Monday on a 4-1 vote, but the case still was pending before U. 3. District Judge Dennis Knapp. The PSC. acting on two rate hikes dating back several years, ordered the utility last May to pay the money to 336,000 of. its customers. Some of them could receive up to $100. In addition to appealing to the Good Morning It's Wednesday There's a chance of showers today and tonight, clearing Thursday. Today's high will be in the mid - 40s and tonight's low in the low - 30s, Wednesday's high will be in the upper - 40s. Winds will be westerly at ten to 25 miles per hour and gusty. There's a 50 per cent chance of rain today and tonight. (Details On Page 3) Inside Breakfast Table 17 Calendar ' 19 Classified :... 30-33 Comics 29 Crossword 29 Dear Abby 29 Deaths - 6 Editorial 4-5 Markets 3 Sports 24, 25, 28 Trends 12-13 3 Stabbing Deaths Silence Playground ELVATON, Md. (AP) - The woods along Cross Creek Drive were once a verdant playground for the children who live in this quiet Baltimore suburb. But not since three little girls were stabbed to death there. Police combed through the mud and leaves Tuesday in an apparently fruitless search for a solid trace of the killer who stalked three neighborhood blondes near their wood - crate hideout in the forest and stabbed' them, over and over again. Theresa Hogan, 8, her sister Deborah Anne, 10, and their friend Ann Marie Brzeszkiewicz, 8, were killed Sunday night as they played almost within sight of their homes. Their bodies were found Monday. The state medical examiner said two of the girls were stabbed a hall dozen times and the third more than a dozen times. He said the weapon was probably a hunting knife with a blade at least five inches long. Police Capt. William Lindsay said the girls were stabbed in the chest, back, face, arms and hands. From the superficial wounds on the hands and arms "it would seem that they had put up some kind of a struggle," he said. The. brutal murders shattered the serenity of Southgate, a community of $55.000" to $65.000 homes. "I think the kids are scared," said Bonnie Meinsler, a neighbor of the murdered children. "I'll just be relieved when they find out who did it." Jonathan Hudson, a fourth grader at the school attended by the three girls, confided: "I'm afraid if I walk in my house and somebody is waiting behind the door, he'll grab me."' Meanwhile, the police search turned up nothing. Metal detectors were used, but they uncovered no clues, police said. A brown, mud-covered knife sheath was found, but its relevance to the murder weapon was left in doubt. Lindsay said the knife sheath was the only evidence although police also were investigating a report of a stranger in the area, a man seen- driving a blue Volkswagen. The three girls were last seen about 7:30 p.m. Sunday by a neighbor who was walking her dog! They were crossing a footbridge that leads into the woods behind their homes. Arab governments. "We believe the Israeli government decision is a further step toward working out practical procedures for convening the Geneva conference by the end of this year." the spokesman said. "We note, however, that what has been accepted is still a working paper which may require further negotiation after the Arab governments have given their views on it." Landfill May Go To State By TONY BAZZIE Staff Writer The Raleigh County Commission may be able to turn over to the state one of its biggest annual expenses -- the county landfill -- as a result of a state law the commission only recently learned exists. Commissioner Jack Roop said he recently came across a copy of a bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rockefeller in April. The legislation deals with solid waste disposal and became effective July 1. There is some confusion, however, as to whether the legislation would allow a state resource recovery - solid waste disposal authority that has been created to take over a county's landfill operation if a county commission so requests. Roop said he interprets the bill to mean the state can take over the operations of a count)' landfill if a county requests it. One of the bill's sponsors. Sen. W. Walter Neeley, D - Harrison, said that action may be possible if an agreement can be worked out between the state authority and county commission, but a Southern West Virginia Regional Health ..GouireH-ofjiciaJfiRichar.dJi'lanagan. said he doesn't interpret the bill that way. A spokesman for the Legislative Ser- (See LANDFILL, Page 2) Supreme Court. Appalachian sought temporary and permanent federal court injunctions against enforcement of the refund order, the second largest in PSC history. Appalachian, which has another rate hike pending before the PSC, contends (See APPALACHIAN, Page 2) Novelist Kantor Is Dead SARASOTA. Fla. (AP) -- MacKinlay Kantor. one of America's foremost novelists, died Tuesday after a long bout with a heart ailment. He was 73. Kantor received worldwide acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize for "Andersonville." a 1956 novel about a Civil War prison camp. Two decades later, he received the Freedom Foundation award for "Valley Forge," a historical novel of the American Revolution. He was.a prolific'writer, with 32 novels and hundreds of short stories, poems, essays and articles to his credit. His magazine reports of the air war in Europe have been cited as classics in war correspondence. At various times he worked for all the major film studios in Hollywood. His poem. "Glory for Me," became the Oscarwinning film. "The Best Years of Our Lives." Disney's "Follow Me, Boys" was based on Kantor's "God and My" .Country." Labor Rejects Patterson Appeal WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Labor Department has rejected an appeal of the June election for president of the United Mine Workers, a department spokesman said Tuesday. The appeal was filed by Lee Roy Patterson, an unsuccessful challenger to . UMW President Arnold Miller, who was reelected. Patterson, a former Kentucky member of the union's International Executive Board, filed the appeal in August. Patterson, who has returned to his job as a strip miner, had said that he would pursue the matter through the courts. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday. City Eyes Winter Salt Spending Estimates Up Daughter Murdered Jacob and Judy Brzeszkiewicz, whose eight - year - old daughter, Ann, was stabbed to death, stand on the front porch of their home in the community of Southgate between Baltimore and Annappolis. With them is their son, Paul, 4. Police continued their search Tuesday for the killer who stabbed Ann and her two friends, Deborah and Theresa Hogan Sunday night. Bodies of the. three elementary school girls were found in a shallow creek about one - quarter of a mile from their homes. (AP Wirephoto) By RUTH SWATZYNA Staff Writer Beckley Mayor John H. McCulloch told Common Council Tuesday night that the city estimates it will spend $55,000 to $70,000 for salt to put on streets this winter. The cost is up substantially, he said, because the salt costs more this winter and because the city now has nearly nine more miles of paved streets than it had last year. Street Department Director Bob Leeber said a minimum of 3,000 tons of salt will be needed this winter, depending on the severity of the weather. He said he was leaving after council meeting for Cleveland, Ohio, where he and others would pick up 500 tons of salt,.which was cheaper if picked up by the city than if shipped by the company. In preparation for the winter, Leeber requested permission to advertise for bids for two salt spreaders to put salt on the additional paved streets, and a hot patch machine, which would make it possible to fix immediately and permanently the potholes created by the weather. Council voted to advertise for the bids. Halloween will be celebrated in Beckley until 9 p.m. on Oct.'Sl, council decided. Council voted to adopt ordinances which would restrict parking on Meadows Court and on North Oakwood Avenue. Action on an ordinance restricting parking on G Street was (See SALT, Page 2)