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Zimmerman testified before the Kansas Corporation Commission in the second day of hearings on K.C.P. It L.’s request for permission to increase its customer rates by or 18 per cent in Kansas. Jack Glaves, special counsel for the c o m m i s s i o n , pointed out that the company has experienced “extraordinary costs" that have been included in the rate base under consideration by the com: Man Sent To County Jail In Rape Case Richard L. Frideaux, 26. of 332 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kansas, was remanded to the Jackson County Jail yesterday after failing to post bonds totaling $6,500 on three charges. * Frideaux was charged with rape, crime against nature and car theft. Magistrate Charles L. Stitt ordered him to appear Monday for a preliminary hearing. The man had been sought in connection with an assault on a 26-year-old Kansas City housewife May 27. She was attacked in her car in the parking lot behind a building at 7516 Wornall Road. Police were notified of the incident after the woman es- scaped her assailant and ran nude to a Milgram Food Store near 75th and Wornall. Donald Wilson, detective sergeant, said last week a warrant charging Frideaux with the crimes had been issued. Kansas City, Kansas, police, aided by Bernard Gowin, a Kansas City police detective, arrested Frideaux late Saturday at his wife’s home, 332 N. 7th. A car owned by the victim was found late last week by Prairie Village police in a shopping center parking lot. it was reportedly stolen the night of the rape. Frideaux waived extradition to Missouri. mission. He asked Zimmerman if the company had considered amortizing the costs brought about in the first year of operation over a longer period of time. Zimmerman replied that the costs and problems were considered normal for getting a new plant into full operation. The company president said he believes K.C.P.&L. made “a reasonable economic decision” in constructing and fitting the La Cygne plant. “If we had to do it over, we probably would do it again,” he said. “I think we made a good decision.” Most of the costs to redesign or modify the plant have been absorbed by suppliers, he said. However, Glaves said that under what he considered extraordinary costs the company apparently had included $6.2 million paid to an engineering firm in the rate base before the commission. He asked Zimmerman if the charges paid to the firm were in fact included. Zimmerman said he assumed the charges were included. In addition, Glaves asked about 30 employees Hired by the company to work with the air control system on the plant. He noted that these persons were employed in audition to regular company workers, and that the cost of their employment was $230,109. Glaves asked if the wages for the extra employees also were included in the rate base before the commission and Zimmerman replied: “I guess they have.” The company president said the 30 persons probably would be employed permanently by the company for normal maintenance purposes. Glaves also noted that the La Cygne plant is burning low-sulphur coal from the western U.S. instead of the high-sulphur grade local coal it originally had been designed to burn. He indicated the cost of the low-sulphur coal and of fuel oil for the plant has been high. Zimmerman said the company had determined by studies that the low-sulphur coal would be the most economical to use in the long run. He said the company has the best sulphur removal process in the country. “We are not happy with the problems we have had, but we are not dissatisfied with the progress we have made,” Zimmerman said. Status Quo Pickets again were posted at the Kemper Arena construction site today. The pickets, members of striking Bricklayers Union Local No. 4, took the afternoon off yesterday, leading to speculation that some sort of arrangement had been made between the union and the Builders Association. But the pickets were back this morning, and again only emergency crews of ironworkers crossed their lines. Carlton Wallmark, federal mediator, said the situation in the month-long labor dispute had not changed. No meetings were scheduled for today, he said. (Staff photo by William Kirk) Judiciary Members in on Milk Gifts Washington (AP)—At least 16 members of the House Judiciary Committee accepted political donations ranging Dairy Competitor 'Buying Market' Springfield, Mo. (AP)—The president of Hiland Dairy says his firm is being forced to the wall by rebating and credit costs. Bert Putman told a hearing convened by James B. Boillot, commmissioner of agriculture. yesterday that his main competitor uses “unlimited financial resources” to buy customers and shelf space at Hiland’s expense. Putman said the competitor is the Springfield Dairy’s subsidiary of the multinational Foremost-MeKesson Foods-Liquor-Hospital Supplies-Chemicals conglomerate. Putman said Hiland. locally owned and organized in 1938, does $1 in business for every $100 run up by the Foremost conglomerate. Hiland was described as the No. 2 dairy in the Ozarks. Putman said if Hiland folds, it would leave the Ozarks with a milk monopoly controlled by Foremost. He estimated that concern would end up with 90 per cent of the market in southwest Missouri. Putman also said his dairy has engaged in rebating and credit extensions, viewed by investigators as violations of the 1959 Missouri milk law, and has done it only to remain in business. He said profits do not justify present investments. Putman estimated that as much as 80 per cent of Hiland’s milk carries discounts and that money owed by food stores for 30 days or more exceeds $700,000. He added that extra costs are reflected in higher wholesale prices. Putman said it “would he reasonable to assume that food stores pass the excess cost along to the public.” Bond Upsets Officer Bv Bill Norton A Member of the Staff A man sought by the FBI and police for five months is free on $500 bond and one police officer here says the bond is too small. Albert W. Greathouse, 37, of Levasy in Jackson County, was arrested by the FBI last week in Wichita. He was extradited to Kansas City Thursday and arraigned here Friday afternoon on a charge of committing a crime against nature. He had been sought since about January 22 in connection with the homosexual rape of a 16-year-old retarded youth. Greathouse was arraigned before Magistrate Harry S. Davis, who set bond at $500. Greathouse made bond and was set free. Donald Wilson, sergeant in­ charge of the police department’s sex crimes unit, said he felt the bond was set too low. “Obviously we felt the crime was serious enough to get an unlawful flight (to avoid prosecution) warrant. And we went to the extent of going to get him and bringing him back here; then the court doesn’t see fit to keep him,” Wilson said. Wilson said Greathouse knew he was being sought because Greathouse sent several lawyers to police headquarters several times to negotiate a surrender. Wilson said Greathouse never appeared in person. Bond usually is set to guarantee a person’s appearance in court. Wilson said the magistrates sometimes set low bonds if they are reasonably sure the charged person does not need substantial financial motivation to appear in court. When informed of Wilson’s remarks, Magistrate Davis said, “Sergeant Wilson should tend to police matters and I’ll handle my court matters.” He defended the amount of bond, saying, “This is not an unusual case. Greathouse has a responsible job at a hospital here and his family (which paid the bond) lives here. Five hundred dollars will assure his appearance as well as $1.000 would and i f Sergeant Wilson felt higher bond was needed he should , have recommended that at the arraignment.” “I’ve been a judge for 16 yearsDavis said, “and I know I’m a better judge than Sergeant Wilson.” Warrant in Cruelty Case from $100 to $11,000 from the same three dairy farmer cooperatives the panel is investigating as part of its impeachment probe. Two members, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Thomas F. Railsback (R-Ill.), decided to return the money after being questioned about it by the Associated Press. Rangel got $100 from Associated Milk Producers, Inc., last March, and sent it back yesterday with a letter saying it would be improper for him to accept it. An aide to Railsback said he would give back $500 that he received from the same group in 1972 “because he wants to be free of any conflict of interest.” The others, including the committee chairman, Peter W. Rodino Jr., who got $4,100, said they saw no conflict. The biggest recorded donation went to Rep. Edward Mezvinsky (D-Iowa) who got $11,000. According to public records going back to April 7, 1972, these committee members were given money by one or more of the co-ops. Associated Milk Producers, Inc., Dairymen, Inc., and ^id-America Dairymen, Inc.: M. Caldwell Butler (R-Va.), $1,500; William S. Cohen (R- Maine), $3,000; John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), $100; David W. Dennis (R-Ind.), $500; Walter Flowers (D-Al a.), $1,000; Harold V. Froehlich (R-Wis.), $100; William L. Hungate (D- Mo.), $2,300; Robert W. Kastenmeier (D-Wis.), $2.650; Trent Lott (R-Miss.), $2,500; Robert McClory (R-Ill.), $500; Mezvinsky, $11,000; Wayne Owens (D-Utah), $2,600; Railsback, $500; Rangel, $100; Rodino, $4,100, and Jerome R. Waldie (DCaJif.), $200. Kastenmeier, Hungate and Flowers also were among sponsors of legislation to raise the federal support price for milk in 1971. The White House has cited this legislation, sponsored eventually by 121 House members, as a key reason President Nixon over- ruled the Agriculture Department and raised milk price supports in March, 1971. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin within a week or two a formal inquiry into allegations that Nixon raised prices because of a promise of $2 million in political donations from the dairy co-operatives. The White House has said Nixon knew about the promise of money but wasn’t influenced by it. By Tom H. Thompson A Member of th« Staff A 21-year-old soldier today told a Jackson County circuit court jury he was present when Joseph M. Sellaro was slain Nov. 19 because of an alleged narcotics transaction. The testimony was in the second-degree murder trial of Stephen W. Brinton, 22, one of two men charged. Shannon Caldwell, who is stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, testified that Richard Dunn called him the day before the fatal shooting and asked him to help him find Sellaro. Caldwell said, “Dick said lx>retta’s boyfriend took him for $35 and he wanted to find him.” Caldwell was referring to Ms lioretta McFall who was living with Sellaro at 7201 Hullwood, where the fatal shooting took place “He said a fellow at work, Brinton, could go with us—he had a shotgun,” Caldwell said. ‘ ‘We met the next day—the day of the shooting—at Dunn’s house on Brush Creek and I saw Brinton walking around with a shotgun under his coat. “Dick said Sellaro had ripped him off for some heroin, and Brinton had the shotgun in case Sellaro started any trouble.” Brinton drove a car to the Hullwood address and the weapon was behind the front seat disassembled, Caldwell said. It was not loaded at that time The three men went inside, Caldwell said, at the invitation of Ms. McFall’s brother, Gary McFall. The shotgun, now loaded, was un­ der Brinton * coat. “Dick asked if we should give Sellaro two hour* to “come up with the money,” Caldwell said. When the question of resistance on the part of Sellaro came up Caldwell quoted Brinton as saying, “It don’t make any difference to me— the bigger they are the harder they fall.” Caldwell said that Sellaro came into the room and Gary McFall said, “There’s the guy.” “Sellaro said, ‘Hi, how’s It going?’ and someone said, ‘Oh, nothing much, and they talked about heroin and then Joe Mike (Sellaro ) said he didn’t have the $35 and someone else had it and he wasn’t responsible for it.” Caldwell quoted Brinton as saying.” It looks like Someone is being ripped off, too.” “Sel 1 aro said. ‘I don’t know who you are and you’d better keep your mouth shut,” Caldwell said. Caldwell said Brinton replied. “You want to make something out of it.” The shotgun in Brinton’s hands, Caldwell said, was aimed at Sellaro. “I don’t care about that gun,” Caldwell quoted the victim as saying. I’ll take it and shove it up your rear.” Caldwell testified that Brinton said, “Before you get over here I’ll waste you,” as Sellaro was getting out of a chair. “Brinton fired a warning shot,’’ Caldwell said, and then I saw Sellaro fall. I Was in a state of shock and Dick and Brinton got in the car and I went the other way.” A bench warrant was issued this morning in Municipal Court for the Sonny Myers Amusement Company of St. Joseph and Willie J. Jones, a sideshow proprietor, for failing to appear for trial on charges of cruelty to animals. The charges stemmed from an incident May 4 at a carnival on the Rockhurst High School campus in which an animal, described as a Wild Borneo Bearcat, was displayed in a sideshow tent. Charges of willfully and needlessly causing the animal to suffer by prodding it with a coathanger were brought against Jones by a member of the municipal animal shelter staff who was called to inves­ tigate the si/ieshow by several members of Animal-K i n d , Inc., an animal protection group. The carnival company was charged with overlighting the cage of the animal, described as a nocturnal creature. Judge Thomas Sims said in ordering the bench warrant, “It is incredible there was no bond required in spite of the fact that the individuals indicated they were nonresidents.” He ordered the defendants arrested and held on $250 bond if they enter Kansas City. H. C. (Sonny ) Myers, ousted Buchanan County sheriff, operates the carnival. June 4, 1974. Vol. 94. No. 255 Subscriptions to The Kansas City Star •very morninq, evening and Sunday (13 issues a week) are available either bv home delivery or by mail. 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