Sinatra confrontation at Caesars 2
Singer in Card Game Rhubarb Caesars Palace Boss Arrested For Pulling Gun on Sinatra LAS VEGAS, Nev.' (AP) - Entertainer Frank Sinatra stormed out of Caesars Palace casino-hotel early Sunday after a quarrel during a card game that ended when a gun was drawn on him, deputy sheriffs, said. Sinatra did not appear for two shows Sunday night in the hotel's main showroom. He reportedly was making $100,000 a week for a three-week appearance, and hotel executives said they do not expect him to finish the engagement. Sandford Waterman, executive vice president of Caesars Palace, was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, Dist. Atty. George Franklin said. Waterman was released on his own recognizance by a justice of peace. He was not available for comment. The Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted witnesses to the incident as saying it started when Sinatra want- Stray Haven Holds Education Program A humane education program which was carried on at Stray Haven Animal Shelter this summer ended Friday when nine of the children held a "tag day" adding $50.75 to the Stray Haven Humane Society spaying program. A small room with a table and chairs was provided for the youngsters where they could sit and read books and pamphlets pertaining to animals. This they did on their own and they were also allowed to groom, water and walk many of the shelter dogs; and took a batch of friendly, frisky puppies for short jaunts. They entered three shelter dogs in the Waverly Pet Show where they won ribbons. They were told about the balance of nature and the reason for conservation of wildlife in relation to mankind and learned how certain animals through the ages have provided man with food, clothing, transportation and protection, acted as guides and provided companionship. They were shown the proper way to approach a strange animal when necessary and how to handle a fright ened animal. The importance of im munization against canine and feline distemper was stressed and the reas on for rabies shots and regular vet- ernarian care for their own pets. These children thought up the idea of having a tag day and spent days drawing, cutting out and stringing tags in the shape of dog bones in preparation for their venture after having seen first hand the enormous number of unwanted puppies and kittens brought to the shelter. This was their reason for requesting the $50.75 be put in the spaying fund so in small could ed credit to play $16,000 a hand at the baccarat table. "It was just like his wild' night at the Sands Hotel," a witness to the incident told the newspaper, referring to a night in September 1967 when Sinatra quarreled with a Sands executive and was punched in the jaw. Sinatra, who had sung at the Sands for 16 years, has appeared only at Caesars Palace since then. "He was playing baccarat for $8,-000 a pop hand," the witness said in a story written by the newspaper's editor, Don DigUio. "The limit is usually $2,000. And when he wanted to raise the limit to $16,000 and play on credit, the beef started." Witnesses said the 54-year-old singer was playing cards about 5 a.m. Sunday when he began shouting. When the hotel's executive vice president, Sandford Waterman, began talking with him, they exchanged threats, the witnesses said. Then, they said, Waterman ended the commotion by pointing a gun at Sinatra. Waterman could not be reached for comment. Sidney Gathrid, public relations spokesman for Caesars, said he knew nothing of the reported incident. Sinatra began a three-week engagement at Caesars Palace Thursday night. Gathrid said he did not show up for performances Sunday night. Sinatra's agent, Jim Mahoney, said in Los Angeles that Sinatra had canceled his engagement but said he singer had nbt mentioned a dispute. Mahoney said Sinatra canceled for reasons including fatigue and the fact that he is recovering from a hand operation. The casino agreed to postpone the engagement, Mahoney said. Sinarta was resting in Palm Springs ea:t of Los Angeles, Mahoney said. Sinatra will have to get an entertainer's work permit and answer a few questions before he sings in Las Vegas again, Sheriff Ralph Lamb says. ; Waterman was booked Monday for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and released without bail. He declined comment on the incident. "If Sinatra comes back to town," Lamb said, "he's coming downtown to get a work card." And, said the sheriff, "if he gives me any trouble, he's going to jail." The law requires that performers be fingerprinted and photographed for work cards, but Sinatra has been excused the formality until now, as have most other star performers. "I'm tired of him intimidating waiters, waitresses, starting fires and throwing pies," Lamb told newsmen. "He gets away with too much. He's through picking on little people in this town. "Why the owners of the hotels put up with this is what I plan to find out."' Dist. Atty. George Franklin said he also wants to talk to Sinatra. "One remark he supposedly made to Waterman as he was going out the doors was, "The mob will take care of you,' " Franklin said.