Clipped From Statesville Record And Landmark
a Arrests Made By State Police For Questioning BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPD — Two white men were jailed early today in connection with a church bombing that killed four Negro girls. Col. Al Lingo, head of the Alabam;! state police, refused to identify the suspects who were held on an open charge, but • high city police official said two man identified as R. E. Chambliss and Charles Cagle were being held for state authorities. Both were previously connected with Ku Klux Klam activities ia Alabama. Chamblifis, in his 50s, was one* arrested for smashing a photographer's camera at a klan rally in the Birmingham area. He was one of the signers of papers to incorporate * klan group in the 1950s. Cagle, 22, lives in a rural area near Birmingham. He was one of six men arrested near Tuscaloosa, Ala., last June 8, three days prior to the first racial Integration at the University of Alabama. Police said all six wore enroute to a klan rally. Cagle was charged with carrying * concealed weap- on. The two suspects, their face* covered with small laundry pack* ages that appeared to contain clean shirts, wore hustled into the city jail during the pre-dawa hours. Lingo declined to elaborate on the arrests and countered all quea» lions vv.Ji a terse, "no statement.' "We're questioning them M hard as we can," Lingo said. "That's something you can't rash." He indicated others had been questioned about the bombing! during the night. Rewards totaling nearly $80,000 had been offered in th« bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, including $5,000 put up by the governor. City and federal authorities, who have been conducting an in* tensive investigation into the bombing, apparently were caught by surprise by the announcement. Police Chief Jamie Moore said his department knew "absolutely nothing" about the arrest* by state police.