Carrol Daily Times Herald Carroll, Iowa Friday, December 13, 1963 p1
Carroll, Iowa, Friday, December 13, 1963—Eight Pages Evening for 40 Cents Per Week IQc Copy Report Movie Camera Filmed Men at Pickup— FBI Distributes Numbers of Ransom Bills By JAMES BACON AP Movie-Television Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) — The FBI, mum here on its investigation of the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnap case, began distributing in Washington today serial numbers of bills in the $240,000 ransom. Numbers on some of the bills, ranging in denomination from $5 to $100, were photographed hurriedly at the bank which prepared the ransom package. The list is being distributed nationwide. The Washington development came after a day and night in which FBI agents ransacked a home in the San Fernando Valley suburb of Canoga Park, removing boxes. And, in Oakland, a man calling himself a friend of Frank Sinatra Sr., said he was told the FBI had a movie camera trained on kidnappers who picked up the ransom. The unidentified Informant told the Oakland Tribune that Sinatra Sr. identified one or two of the kidnapers from the movies as men he knew. The raided home is a ramshackle frame and stucco place set apart from others in the er the raid was related to the area. Sinatra case but neighbors questioned by federal agents said they surmised it was. Cartons were carried from the home and agents reportedly dug a metal box from the yard. But no arrests were announced. Newsmen at the scene got the impression the house had been abandoned. The FBI would not say wheth- re- declined coordinator No Blizzard ButWeather to Stay Cold By The Associated Press The Weather Bureau hauled n its blizzard warnings Friday cold weather should remain into the weekend in Iowa. The weatherman explained that a low system over northern Minnesota and a high pressure area near Montana unexpectedly weakened late .Thursday and spared Iowa the rough weather that had been forecast. Carroll and Sibley had the apparent state low readings of 5 below zero. Skies were moslty clear Thursday night and temperatures dropped to the zero level. Charles City and.Lenox had overnight lows of 4 below, Mason City 3 below, Spencer 2 below and Des Moines and Dubuque had 1.below. > It should be even colder Friday night with lows from around 10 below in the north to near zero in the extreme south. The mercury worked up to 10 at Mason City to 25 at Council Bluffs Thursday for the state dany i and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to average 5 to 10 degrees below normal into the middle of next week. There should be occasional More Military Base Closing Moves Likely Krieg Named Engineer of Story County Russell Krieg, Nevada, who has been assistant Story County engineer years, was for the named past five engineer Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors. He is a son of Mrs. Alice Krieg of Carroll. Mr. Krieg's term is scheduled to begin Jan. 1. The new engineer will be 34 shortly after assuming the job. He came to Nevada as assistant engineer in June, 1958, shortly after By FRED S. HOFFMAN A.P. Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon pushed ahead today with studies likely to lead to more military base closing moves in the year ahead — an election year in which such actions could be politically risky. The studies are being conducted under the direction of Thomas D. Morris, quiet-spoken assistant secretary of defense in charge of installations and logistics. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, who announced a new batch of 33 base shutdowns and cutbacks Thursday, leaned on the methodical surveys and analyses of Morris' experts in deciding which installations to keep and which to drop. Over a SVz-year period, the move will cut off about 8,500 civilian jobs and result in a reduction of-about 7,800 military personnel, McNamara said. The defense secretary In* dicated there's more to come — that some of the Navy's shipyards may fal victim to he McNamara efficiency test and the • J o h ns o n administration al publicity, although there were local announcements. Why, then was it decided to deal with the latest 33 base cutbacks in a group? And why with a blare of trumpets? Some Pentagon officials said the appraisal of base efficiency comes to a sharp focus at the end of the budget year—that is, when the new budget is being put in its final shape. This is such a time, and could explain the decision to lop off a number of bases in a search for the last measure of economy. As for the wide publicity, this likely stems from the Johnson administration's demonstrated desire to impress its frugal-minededness on the .country. While economy in government is politically appealing, it carries certain risks. Thus, a community which loses a military base and several thousand jobs could resent such economy at is expense — and vote accordingly. Nor would the FBI comment on the Tribune story. An Associated Press reporter who tried to reach Sinatra Sr. during the night at his ex-wife's home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles was told by an FBI man that Sinatra would not comment on the Oakland report. The Tribune identified its Informant only as a director of one of the San Francisco Bay area's largest liquor distributorships. He said he was told a camera with a telescopic lens was used to photograph the pickup of the $240,000 ransom package in West Los Angeles. Sinatra Jr., 19, was abducted Sunday night from his motel room at a Lake Tahoe resort on the California - Nevada border and was released unharmed not far from his mother's home early Wednesday morning after the ransom money was dropped at the pickup point. While the FBI would not discuss the raid in Canoga Park, newsmen picked up scraps of information from others in the area. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Belford owners of the raided home, said they rented the place Nov. 14 to a man who identified himself as Frank Long. Mrs. Belford said the man was about 30 years old, about 5 feet 9, slight of build, light complexion, and blond. She said she saw him only once, when he rented the house. Neighbors said he was seen in the area as late as Tuesday. Nick Belter Dies; Carroll The neighborhood postman, Cletus Scollon, said he delivered no mail to the most recent occupant of the home until Wednesday, when he left .a package. He said the package was not in the mail receptacle when he made his rounds Thursday. He couldn't remember the name on the package.