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PAGE TEN THE HERALD-PALLADIUM, BeiUi Harbor - St. Joseph. SATURDAY. JULY t. U7i Fifteen Are Hurt In Eight Crashes By RALPH LUTZ Staff Writer Fifteen people were injured in eight traffic accidents investigated by Twin Cities area police between last Thursday CONVICTED: Three-judge panel in Hamilton, Ohio, Thursday convicted James U Ruppert of 11 counts of aggravated murder in Easter slaying of 11 members of his family In final arguments his defense lawyers described Ruppert as a "sick, psychiotic, mentally dl individual " (AP Win-photo) and this morning. Three were injured about 8:20 p.m. Friday, in the collision of a pickup truck and two autos on Lakcshorc drive at Cleveland avenue, St. Joseph. Released after treatment at Memorial hospital were drivers of the autos, Joseph J. Klackle, II, 29, of 426 East Oak street, Hartford, and Linda Marie Sanford, 21; of 2957 Kirk court, Stevensvllle, and a passenger in the Klackle auto, Linda Kay Klackle, 25, also of 426 East Oak. Police said a pickup truck, southbound on Lakeshore, collided with the two autos in the northbound lane. Drive? of the pickup, James Brian Cobe, 17, of 709 First avenue, St. Joseph, was issued a summons for reckless driving. He was reported unhurt. Berrien sheriff's officers said three people were injured about 12:31 a.m. today, in a one-car roll-over accident on 1-94, Benton township. A passenger, Edward Pullum, 23, Chicago, was admitted to Mercy hospital with rib injuries, officers said Treated and released from Mercy were the driver, Lueie L Banner, 41, and another passenger, Brenda Pullum, 21, botn of Chicago. Officers said the auto went out of control in the westbound lane, crossed the median and landed upside down in the eastbound lane No tickets were Issued, officers said. Holiday Tragedies Claim 14 In State ' By ASSOCIATED PRESS J With the 72-hour July Fourth holiday weekend nearing its midway point, State Police Saturday reported at least 14 perms had lost their lives In traffic and water accidents in Michigan. Seven persons were listed as traffic fatalities with tnc homeward crush of motorists Mill a day away four persons drowned, police Â»akl, while another person was tolled Friday when struck by a -boat. In addition, the cause, of the death* of two men In a single v water accident was not immediately determined. Â· The only double fatality traffic accident occurred Thursday night In Detroit, police said. In What police consider a . homicide, Susie Gadson, 49, and Leo Flack, 59, both of Detroit, 'were struck and killed by a hit- run driver. Police said Flack saw the Gadson woman struck by a car. When he stopped his own car to help her, witnesses told police the driver turned around and ran over Flack before speeding away. Travelers' spirits -- and the distances they drove -- were held down In tome areas by thunderstorms or rain, and by recent gasoline price hikes of 3 to 5 cents a gallon The National Safety Council estimated that between 480 and 580 persons may die 'in traffic accidents during the period from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Sunday. On a typical non- holiday weekend in July'the council said there would be 430 traffic fatalities. During a four-day Fourth of Jury observance last year, the traffic death count was 548. The Independence Day record was 758 in 1172 before the national K-mllc-an-lwur speed limit was adopted. U.S.: Swainson ( Â· Â· Â¥ Â· Case Is 'Solid 9 , i. (Continued. From Page One) can* against Swainson and Detroit bondsmen Charlie Gold, farb and Harvey Wish. "The Justice; Department in Washington went through this case with a fine-tooth comb," the source said. .The source told the News the , bribery scheme began in Dec. MtTI, two months after Whalen , ww convicted in Lcnawce County on a burglary charge. The government contends word Hot to Whalen that the way to get a new trial was to pay Justice Sources said that In August, tin, Whalen asked Goldfarb for help In getting an appeal of his cne. They said Goldfarb Â«reed. Whalen then filed an apppeal with the State Court of Appeals which rejected it. : The Supreme Court's two denials of a' rehearing for Whalen came on Sept. 7 and Oct. 1, 1I7Z. Hog Cholera Warning Issued WASHINGTON (AP) - Hog producers throughout the S**lmtst and in the rest of the nation are being warned to natch for signs of hog cholera in (Mr herds following the first ned outbreak of the e M Ike Dinted States m - . '- Tkt AfTtcuHwe Department ttf*dw**bre*kmn found in * Tw. TlÂ» WM cm- A government source said Whalcn, when all appeals appeared closed, went to the FBI and told a story of an alleged payoff scheme. FBI agents then began a lengthy surveillance of Swainson, Goldfarb and Wish and monitored numerous phone calls. On Oct. 18.1972, the agents claimed (bey monitored a New York call to Detroit between Swainson and Fish in which the alleged bribe was discussed, the source reported. Wish, the report from the source said, agreed to deliver money from Whalcn to Swainson with the understanding the judge would vote in Whalen's favor. In November, HI73, the high court reversed the burglary conviction and ordered it back for the new trial, where Whalcn lost. Swainson, a World War 11 hero who lost the lower parts of both legs when he stepped on a land mine, has, long been regarded as one of the slate' Democratic party's top potential candidates for U.S. senator. With Philip Hart planning to retire at the end of his present term, Swainson had received backing for the nomination. Support from the United Auto Workers, Mack groups and .liberals was especially strong but the indictment has clouded Ms political future. Swainson was accompanied by Ms wife, Alice, at the brief hewing in the federal budding Thursday. rnw MIS been uitDtiiC'Vift* M*," she said. "We are aR M a 1 (Â» |^^^ fc^a li^^aB li mi + r-tmm ^ vVfffH IM* UCCn tfCintng mji wfl. He MB wntcQ MmvHf wMi Mi tffNM MV wHk frytM^ M taMf Â· MUM! fMftljr m," ste MM. Benton Harbor police said Samuel B. Bethea, 21, of 344 High street./was injured, but refused treatment, after an auto he was driving jumped 1 a curb on Jennings near Cross, hit a tree and brushed a house about 10:20 p.m. Friday. Police said Bethea was booked for driving under the influence of intoxicants and ticketed for violating rules of a temporary instruction permit. Police said the permit required a licensed driver to be in the auto, and Bethea was alone. A 72-year-old Benton Harbor mart also received apparently minor injuries and was arrested after a pickup truck he was driving struck a house in the 700 block of Territorial road, according to city police. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday. City Patrolman Kenneth Bartz said he was dm ing a patrol car west on Territorial, when forced off the road by:the eastbound truck Bartz said the truck then veered into the eastbound lane, jumped the curb, knocking down a street sign, and then continued 'northward across Territorial road The vehicle struck the house of Matthew Robinson, 775 Territorial, Bartz said. Bartz said the driver, Valentine bnbera of 380 North Hull avenue, sustained a bruised knee and was booked for being drunk and disorderly Two people were injured shortly after l l p m Thursday, in the collision of a car and van truck, investigated by Benton township police on US-33 North, near Golf road. Treated and released from Memorial; hospital, St Joseph, was Thomas Lee Carlson, 34, of 3800 US-33 North, driver of the auto Moses Dickens, 52, of 940 Closson, Benton township, driver of the van truck,,was injured, but decided to seek his own aid, according to police. Officers said both vehicles were northbound and the auto began passing the van, when the collision occurred.. Carlson was ticketed for carelen driving, police said. St. Joseph police said Mildred Louise Teft, 48, of 120 Lakeshore drive; Stevensville, received apparently minor injuries in a collision involving two autos and a semi-truck at Lakeshore and Hilltop road, St. Joseph. The collision occurred in heavy rain about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.. Officers said the semi, Â·outh- bound on Lakeshore, skidded oh wvt pavement through a red traffic light and collided with the Teft auto. The Impact pushed the Teft auto into another auto, operated by David W, Vlcau, 22, Route 2, Eau Claire. Police said Vlcau was northbound on Lakeshorc, but stopped for the light. Driver of the semi-truck, Louis R. Calaway, 38, Indianapolis, Ind., was ticketed for speed too fast for conditions, police said. Neither Calaway nor Vlcau was reported injured. Benton Harbor police said two people were treated at Mercy hospital for injuries received In a twv-car collision at Pipestone street and East Britain avenue, about 10:25 p.m. Thursday. Injured were a driver, Judy Ann Smith, 26, of 769 Superior, Benton Harbor; and a passenger in the other auto, Ronnie Williams, 29, of 319 High street, Benton Harbor. Williams was reported riding in a car driven by Nora M. Hudson, 20, of 1863 . Eastland, Benton township. She was reported unhurt. Police said it was raining at the time and the traffic light at the intersection was not operating properly. No tickets were issued, police said. Benton Harbor police said two people received apparently minor injuries in a two-car collision on Colfax avenue, near Hlnklcy street, about 5:25 p.m. Thursday. Injured,,but reportedly not hospitalized, were a driver, Donna Marie Rikkers, 311, of 813 Wisconsin avenue, St. Joseph, and her passenger, Charlotte Kickers, 12, of the. same address. Mrs. Rickcrs was southbound on Colfax and stopped before turning into Â« driveway, when struck from behind by an auto operated by David S. McGee, 35, of If* East Britain, Benlon Harbor, according to police. McGee wm ticketed for careless driving, police said. HELPING HANDS: Ambulance attendants gently place Linda Marie Sanford, 21, of 2957 Kirk court, Stevensvllle, on stretcher, following collision of pickup truck and two autos in St Joseph Friday night Neck brace was applied as precautionary measure Mrs Sanford and two others were treated and released from Memorial hospital Collision was on Lakeshore drive near Cleveland avenue (Staff photo) OBITUARIES Supervisor At Hospital Dies At 32 MRS. LEE WILLIAMS Mrs. Lee (Lcola) Williams, 32, P.O. Box 173, Moore street, Sodus, died at 6:25 p.m. Friday at Berrien General hospital, Berrien Center, where she had been a patient since undergoing surgery a month ago. Mrs. Williams was employed as supervisor of the housekeeping department at Berricn General hospital and was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist church, Nlles. In addition to her husband, survivors Include her father, Joe Lawshca of Blytheville, Ark.; three sons, Lcc Edward Jr., Ellis Douglas and Jeffrey Â· Glenn; four daughters, Brenda Jean, Ora Lee, Joyce Ann and Bessie Lynn; two brothers, Charles Lawshca of Berrien Center and Albert Lawshea with the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Tex.; and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Mac West of Chicago. She was preceded In death by a brother, Jessie Lawshea, In 1968 and a sister, Lcssie Lawshca, in 1967. Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning at the Finch funeral home, Benton Harbor. Waller Kuchl WATERVL1ET - Walter Kuchl, 63, of County Line road, Watcrvliet, died at .his home Friday. He is survived by a son, Darrell, of Hartford; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Gloria) Rider, Slockbrirtgc, Mich.; three brothers, Robert, Coloma, Fred, Watcrvliet, John, Brazil, Ind.; and two sisters, Mrs. Lena Rochau, Benton Hartior, Mrs. Clifton (Elsie) Nygren, Lake Worth, Fla. A brother, Raymond Kuchl, preceded him in death April 21, 1975. Funeral services will IK held Monday, at 1 p.m., at Ilutchins funeral home. Burial will be in St. Paul's cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home will begin Sunday afternoon. Worry Wilson Harry Rice Wilson, 75, of 4010 Red Arrow highway, St. Joseph, died Thursday evening at Memorial hospital. He retired from Whirlpool Corporation in 1962. He was a member of Benlon Harbor ROIIINS MOS. FUNHU1 NOMI IM M, tut* AvÂ», Moose lodge Survivors include his* wife, Iva, three sons, Richard, of 1 Bloommgdale, Gordon, Stevensvllle, Lorcn, St Joseph, a daughter, Mrs Thomas (Patricia) Banner, South Bend, a brother, Howard, Watervlict, and'three sisters,' Mrs. Nilmah Vanderlyn, Hartford, Mrs. Irene Phillips, Gardens, Calif., Mrs. Edna Hill, Coloma. Funeral services will be held Monday, at 2 p.m., at Kerley and Starks funeral home. Burial will be in North Shore Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. VitiHon Ritas Set Funeral service 1 ) for Mrs Georgia Vlnson,. 73, 266 Chestnut street, Benton Harbor, arc scheduled to be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Baptist church, Benton Harbor. Burial will follow in Crystal Springs cemetery. friends may call at Robbins Brothers funeral home, Benton Harbor, after noon on Sunday. s Mrs. Myrle Kcoler CASSOPOL1S - Mrs. Myrle Keelcr, 70, of Church street, Jones, Mich., died Friday evening, at Three Rivers General hospital. Funeral arrangements are . incomplete at Connelly funeral home, Cassopolis. Mrs. Annie Jackson CASSOPOLIS -- Mrs. Annie Jackson, 94, of route 2, Edwardsburg, died Thursday evening at Cass County Medical Care facility. Her husband, Henry, preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters; Miss Missouri Jackson, Edwardsburg, Mrs. Hatlic Barron, Chicago, and a son, Arthur .'Jackson,' Chicago. Funeral services will be held Monday, 12 p.m., at Connelly funeral home. Burial will be In Prospect Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday. Abrttliuin Harris CASSOPOLIS -- Abraham Harris, 59, of 515 South O'Kccfc street, .Cassopolis,, died Wednesday afternoon at Lcc Memorial hospital. i . He had lived in the Cassopolis area since 1968, coming from Greenwood, Miss. Survivors include his wife, the former Luccnthia Gray; five sons, Abraham, Jr., Cassopolis, Willie, U.S. Navy, Mclvin, Cassopolis, Larry, U.S. Navy, Lee, . Cassopolis; three daughters, Mrs. Vcrna Hardy, Three Rivers, Mrs. Dcloyce Harris, Itta Bcna, Miss., Mrs. Cynthia Hunt, Cassopolis; and a sister, Mrs. Fannie Sfapleton, Detroit. Funeral services will be held Monday, at 3 p.m., at Connelly funeral home. Burial will be in Prospect Hill cemetery, Friends may call after Noon Sunday at the funeral home where a Wake will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. FLORIN fMWUMNCIMPIl Survives Air Crash In Canada (Continued From Page One) ten by insects but was doing well His son said his father "is doing fn.e now, but is still a little shook up " The two men Were the only passengers On a 1956 Piper Super Cub carrying them to a six-day fishing vacation in the Red Lake area of northern Ontario. The plane took off Tuesday from a seaplane base on the Detroit mcr, and the search began after the single-engine craft failed to arrive at Thunder Bay, Ont., for a scheduled stop late in the day. A helicopter "pilot whiTworks for the Pukaskwa National Park spotted the plane floating upside down'hear the shore on Thursday, according to Cpl. Tom Wall of the Ontario police. Scrawled on (he side of the plane was the message "7-1-75 2:35 p.m. N4488A Crash" - the date and time of the crash and the planc.'s registration number, Wall said. Nearby, searchers found the word "HELP" spelled but on the shore with cigarettes, he said. Juros was found a day later about a mile from the wreck. Wall said the plane, fitted with pontoons, landed in 'the lake and was attempting to take off when a wing tip hit rocks or water and the craft overturned. lie said it was not known why the men landed at the desolate spot. \ Wall said Juros reported that both men survived the crash. But Juros said Thoma decided to swim for land and apparently drowned. Juros told police he took a boat toward another section of the shore. Wall said the area was "about as rough a country as you're going to find," and accessible only by boat or plane. Luke Temperature The temperature of Lake Michigan at shoreline today is 51 degrees. REQUEST DENIED BANGKOK (AP) - A Bangkok civil court has rejected a complaint filed by exiled former strongman FIchT Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn iind his wife for the return of nearly $5 million worth of assets seized by the civilian government after Thai students toppled Thanom In 1973.; POLICE ROUNDUP Straight Razors Come Into Play In 2 Robberies Mrs. Gwirgto Vimon 1 p.m. MoWlty 91* Mare S BM|MM CMHt!n WMON t.tmTÂ»Â« Two armed robberies, several burglaries and other kept Twin Cities area police busy during the Fourth of July holiday Area police also reported widespread shooting of firecrackers, but received no report of resulting injuries Benton Harbor police investigated reports of two armed robberies by assailants using straight razors One of the victims, Wayne Bell, 36, of 2515 Barbara drive, Benton Heights, was treated at Mercy hospital with 18 stitches for cuts about the head, neck and body, and released Bell told officers he was robbed about 12 30 p m Friday by two men who fled into a ravine off Vineyard with his wallet containing between $60 and $70 ,Bell seized the razor during the struggle and turned it over to police Bell told police two mÂ°n came to his place of work in b 'nlon Harbor Thursday concerning a car they had for sale On Friday, Bell said he went to an address on East Britain and drove the pair to Vineyard, where the car offered for sale allegedly was parked Bell said he was attacked in the auto but struggled free, grabbing the razor. Eric Mallen, 22, of 2931 South: Lakeshore drive, St Joseph, told Benton Harbor .police Thursday evening he was robbed of his wallet, containing $13 and papers, by a man wielding a straight razor Mullen said he was seated in his auto, parked behind the First Congregational church, 292 Bcltview street, when the assaulanl reached through the open window. Mallen was reported unhurt and notified police at 5:29 p.m. Benton township police early Friday investigated a reported burglary at Napier Manor apartments, 777 East Napier avenue, that netted thieves personal property totaling an estimated $1,44s. The burglary was reported at 2:37 a.m; by Mary Poolc of apartment W-4, who listed stolen Items including- a television set, stereo equipment, three tables, four chairs, two lamps and a training bicycle. ' A 1970 Bulck Skylark reported stolen from Benton Harbor Thursday morning was discovered destroyed by fire seven hours later on Â» farm nouth of St. Joseph. The car, owned by Aaron Handle, Uenton Harbor, was reported stolen from the'400 hktck of Washington street at 11:22 a.m. At 4:30 p.m., Edward Krelchmari notified Berrien sheriff's deputies after discovering the vehicle on his farm, SM East John Beers rood. Berricn sheriff's Deputy Larry Morrow late Thursday night arrested two men in connection with a fight he said drew a large crowd near Angelo's party store Â»l Fairplaln plaza. Booked on charges of disorderly conduct were Dennis Bradford,, 22,. of 289 Prospect street, St. Joseph, and Larry Street, 23, of Z077 Peterson drive, Benton .township. "Â·' An electrically-operated front door and * handrail were reported broken at Wolf's .supermarket, 448 Pipestonc, Benton Harbor, by a man who apparently was Irate over the store being closed about 7:10 p.m. Thursday. George Wolf, store owner/told LMC Trustees To Meet Lake Michigan college trustees will I.old a special board meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the college. Main item of business will be to accept bids for construction on the campus vocational wing, according to Dr. Walter Browc, executive vice president. Gets Degree In Texas HOUSTON, Tgxas -- Peter A. Dual, 2Â», Benton Harbor, Mich., received hit master of science degree in public health during recent graduation ceremonies at the University of Texas here. He, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Dual, 1235 Broadway, Benton Harbor. , - ATTENTION UNION MEMBERS The ipeciol' bÂ»rtÂ»(itÂ»' ond Â«i-vicÂ« of iM Union Optieoj Pton ore opÂ«n to union mÂ«mbÂ«rÂ», ttitir fomi(iÂ«*, diptnd- FOR MMftY m CAK CAU W^W^WBH ^VMM Â· vW^V MBH ^* MtMMV ^^v*vVl IT MMMPM -,i9*m.rm .9M*tm city police the door that opens and shuts automatically' for customers was shut and the electricity turned off Wolf told officers the man yanked it open and then broke a rail between an inner and outside doors The man then left. Thefts reported to Â· Benton Harbor police --A purse containing |23 and papers from the auto of Laura Vest, 2026 Reggie drive, Benton township, parked at the K-mart lot --An undetermined number of sack lunches from a storage building at Broadway park ,,--A charcoal grill, valued at $60, from the back yard of Herschel Ball, 824 H Ogden ~* --Two fishing poles from a porch at the Calvin Moore residence, 711 Riverside avenue . , DISBARRED: Former tii Atty Gen John Mitchell, a key figure in the Watergate scandals, was disbarred in New York State Thursday. (AP Wiruphoto) TODA Y In History By ASSOCIATED PRESS Today Is Saturday, July i, the 186th day of I97S. There are 179 days left In the year. 'Â·' Today's highlight in history: , ."i On this date in 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare its independence from Spain'. On this date: In 1830, the French 'occupied the North African city of Algiers. ' . ' ' ' ' ' In 1885, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in Lon,don. ' ' . ' Â· ;; In 1940, Britain adopted the National Health Service Act, providing free medical service. In I960, Sen. Lyndon Johnson announced he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President." In 1971, the American jazz musician and composer, Louis Armstrong, died at the age of 71. Ten years ago: France began" a boycott of the European Common Market in an effort to Impose French President Charles *Â· Gaulle's wishes on the organization's future policy. Five years ago: Mexico elected Luis Echevcrria its new president in calm and peaceful balloting. One year ago: There were strained relations between the. U.S. and Turkey because of Turkey's decision to resume gnnMng opium poppies, and the American ambassador, William Macmnber, was called back for consultations. a , : Today's birthdays: Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 27 years old. Former Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. is 73. r Thought for today: II there't a .job to be done, select a busy man; the other kind has no time - anonymous. ". mtm*. Harry WINon Monday 2 p.m. MWM rttc* at ?:* p.m.