The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on July 5, 1973 · 39
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Thursday, July 5, 1973
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''Energy Crisis? I f ? 1 $ US. v Y' Woke Me Up r Tomorrow's Music Today On WVXU? STAFF MEMBERS OF Xavier University's FM station are wondering if WSAI has a team monitoring them. The university over station WVXU, says they put on a Beetle Special on February 8 and a month later WSAI had a similar special. . . On May 17 station WVXU says they had a rock special and last Sunday listeners to WSAI were .treated to a rock special . . . Stay tuned to WVXU for coming events on WSAI. AFTER A BUSY Fourth of July readers might enjoy relaxing with a quiz supplied by MRS. ROBERT BALDWIN of Batavia. The quiz is based on the names of familiar candies. The clues are below and the ANSWERS appear at the end of today's column. CLUES 1. A Galaxy 2. A city in Pennsylvania. 3. A type of nut . . . happiness 4. A 1920 slang name . . . beat of the drum 5. God of War 6. Indian Burial Place 7. Color . . . farm animal 8. A small part of a bee's nectar 9. A slang term for marijuana 10. A generating station. HAMILTON COUNTY AUDITOR Joseph DeCourcy was vacationing in Florida when he spotted POLAROID'S new SX-70 camera. He was so impressed with the camera that he purchased one and brought it back to Cincinnati ... All went well until. DeCourcy tried to purchase a reload of film when he got home. The camera is so new that it is only on sale in the south and southeast and auditor Decourcy has to wait for his film until it Is introduced in the Cincinnati area. . OPINION DEPARTMENT: It was good to see all the Flags being displayed on the FOURTH ... but the condition of many left much to be desired. A number of service stations and business places have flags flying that look like they had been up over a battle scene. Most dry cleaners will clean flags without charge. There is no excuse for displaying dirty or torn flags. HERE ARE THE the candy quiz. . 1. Milky Way 2. Hershey 3. Almond Joy 4. Tootsie Roll 5. Mars 7. Black Cow 6. Mounds 8. Bit of Honey 9. Mary Jane 10. Power House. ANSWERS to 'Morally Insanef Says Gift Of Talk Does By KAREN HELLER Enquirer Reporter John J. Irwin Jr.'s luck has finally run out. His self-admitted con man activities, his attorney's Impassioned pleas and his father's money failed to keep him out of prison. Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge Robert V. Wood, in one of the most unusual cases in Hamilton County . history, sentenced Irwin, 21, Tuesday to a maximum 22-year term in the Ohio Reformatory. ' Irwin first made headlines in January, 1972, when Cincinnati police announced that he was wanted in at least seven states and in the West Indies for squandering thousands of other people's dollars by passing stolen checks, defrauding innkeepers, chartering ' executive jets, hiring plush limousines and staying at fancy hotels. After openly confessing his exploits to Cincinnati Detective Marvin Friedman, Irwin surrendered to authorities on January 9, 1972, and was held , in jail for two weeks because no one posted his $4000 bond. In fact, Irwin's case has been handled throughout as if he were a pauper, although his father, John J. Irwin Sr., is an executive vice president of Colonial Stores in Atlanta and, . according to his wife and family friends, is a self-made millionaire. He owned and operated Harvard Construction CO. in Cincinnati for many years. John Irwin Jr., nevertheless, managed to get out of Jail two weeks after he was incarcerated by using his remarkable wits. He impersonated another prisoner, whose $50 bond had been paid by a bail bondsman. THE FIRST PEOPLE who learned about his "escape" were newsmen, whom Irwin called just hours after his departure. The city editor of The Enquirer first notified the jailers that they had re-' leased the wrong prisoner. "Jay (as he is called) just does things like this to get his father's attention," according to Mrs. Irwin, who confided that she believes her son's only problem is the fact that his father never spent enough time with him when he was growing up. "His father is generous with his money but not with his time." ac-. cording to Mrs. Irwin. People who know the family, hut refuse to be quoted, say that John Irwlrt Sr. has paid thousands KcSSf' g dt V Jf ibk zztz nit. Lf irl v- Cyclist's By GEORGE HAHN Police Reporter Two men in a green Chevrolet panel truck were sought in connection w;th a dynamite bombing which caused an estimated $3100 damage to two hemes and three apartment buildings on Shattuc Avenue, Mt. Lookout. The bomb, which authorities said consisted of two to five sticks of dynamite, blew a hole four by leur feet wide and 18 inches deep in the front yard of William (Skip) Sullender, 28, 3646 Shattuc Ave., at 7:30 a. m. Wednesday. Sullender, a member and former officer of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club, was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen goods when police, inspecting his home for bomb damage, found a .45-cali-ber automatic. Cincinnati police Sgt. Leo O'Neill, who made the arrest, said a computer check of the gun's serial number showed it was stolen in a burglary of Roberts Jewelry and Watch Repair Co., 3536 Columbia Pkwy., in April. Capt. Donald Duddey, acting fire marshal, estimated bomb damage at $1500 to the Sullender home, and $1000 damage to a panel truck parked outside the home. ADDITIONALLY, the blast caused an estimated $100 damage to the heme of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hartcourt, 3642 Shattuc Ave., and $500 damage to apartment houses at 5009, 5015 and 5025 Shattuc Ave., where 14 windows were broken. "I'm surprised it hasn't happened before this," said Sullender, blaming the bombing on a certain rival motorcycle club. Other Iron Horsemen said the bombing may have been done by yet another motorcycle club rival. Doctor John J. Irwin Jr. . . . luck runs out of dollars to the people Jay has bilked. This is the reason, according to these sources, that despite all the Illsgal activities he has admitted, he was indicted by the Hamilton county grand jury on only four charges. When his family refused to hire an attorney to defend him, Judge Wood appointed Albert Mechley Jr., who promptly filed a plea of innocent by reason of insanity. The doctors at Lima State Hospital, where Irwin was automatically sent after his insanity plea, called him sane but described him as "neurotic," "o b s e s s i v e," and "compulsive." They were only the most recent of a long line of psychiatrists who have talked with Irwin since he was first examined when he was 42 years old, according to his mother. Irwin reappeared before Judge Wood in June, 1972, and changed his plea to guilty on all four charges: embezzlement of $1958 from his former employer, Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips restaurant, 8924 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington; insufficient funds for cashing checks for $457 at Central Trust Co. and for $700 at Provident Bank, and escape from restraint. He was placed on five years probation on the condition that he commit himself to Longview State Hospital and remain there until he was officially discharged. After several months at Longview, he started receiving weekend passes to visit relatives in suburban Wyoming, where he was raised. In March, 1973, Longview agreed that he could live at VOA, Volunteers of America, 1340 Clay St., a nonprofit agency which works with j,l'r1"w If Ck 1 , v W Jf Scene Of Dynamiting windows boarded at 3646 Shattuc. Ave., Mt. Yard Bombed $F mi 40Bk IIP;!! "IStfSrl; :p!if s; loll ii. m" " r Ji iSv-iSvS-.-' - . iS. . .iySi-Sv llll !.: :::: ' ; r , William Sullender . . : stolen weapons charge Sullender said he and his wife. Donna, 24, were asleep in an upstairs bedroom anci their sons, Freddie, nine, and Mike, six, in another bedroom when the bomb exploded. No one was hurt. "I HEARD THE blast, grabbed my M-l carbine and looked out the window but couldn't see anyone," said Sullender, standing in his front yard with his .45-caliber automatic in his hand. One witness told police he saw the green panel truck stop at Shattuc and Heekin Aves., and a man get out and place something in the Sullenders' yard. He returned to the truck just before the explosion, the witness told police. Ronald Brigham, a musician who was asleep in his first-floor Irwin In such people as felons and acholics and would rpport back to the hospital once a week for evalcation. "Because of his gift cf talk we put him in the public relations department where we solicit scrap from industry and resell it to provide the only income we have." said Robert Ransweiler, the director of the agency. Ransweiler said that within a few weeks Irwin was able to get 12 new accounts, including one from General Electric. "We'd never been able to get through the door at GE, let alcne get the account," said Ransweiler, who added that the company had so much scrap VOA couldn't handle it and had to reject the account. After he left the agency, Irwin stayed with his grandmother and his mother-in-law and stopped reporting to the hospital for his weekly evaluation. Om April 11, the hospital called the county probation department and reported that Irwin had escaped. MECHLEY CLAIMED in court Tuesday that Irwin went to the hospital the next day with his father, who had flown in from Atlanta, and begged Dr. Sobel to readmit him to the hospital but the doctor refused. Two weeks later Irwin turned himseif in to the police. Judge Wood ordered another psychiatric evaluation and this time Irwin was described by a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Glenn M. Weaver, as legally sane but "morally insane." Judge Wood, who refused to hear testimony regarding Irwin's "escape" from Longview, said he no longer had any choice but to impose a prison sentence. "You have the ability to talk your way in and out of everything," Wood told Irwin. "We tried to make you live by the conventions of society and you have refused. You have completely failed me." Irwin's father was seated in the courtroom but refused to talk about his son with a reporter. Mrs. Irwin maintains that she and her husband have had a happy marriage for 28 years, but she says that "the home situation has contributed a lot to Jay's problems. Maybe it was too much mother trying to compensate for too little daddy." - Enquirer (Gordon Moriok) Photo Lookout apartment at 5009 Shattuc Ave. when his windows blew in, said he was first bewildered, then angry. "I thought my cat had jumped through the window, but then I saw both windows and screens gene, and the cat hiding under my bed," he said. "I've heard of starting the Fourth of July off with a bang, but this is ridiculous. I've only had two hours sleep." At 9:30 a. m., as police, firemen and an agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were inspecting the damage, an alarm clock rang unheeded in the Sullender home. For a brief period Wednesday afternoon, Iron Horsemen guarded the front ot the Sullender home. Labor Strife Forces Club To Work Some members of Maketewah Country Club, 5401 Reading Rd., became the help Wednesday when the regular staff of waiters and bartenders refused to cross a picket line established by the Hotel' and Restaurant Workers Union. A spokesman for the private club said that seme restaurant and bar employees want the union to be their bargaining agent in contract negotiations. The union local could not be reached late Wednesday for comment. The club spokesman said "a very minority want the union recognition." He said the club normally employs eight waiters and two bartenders, but other such workers are added for special events during the summer months. He said the club held a holiday picnic for about 450 people Wednesday, noting that members were tending bar, and wives and daughters of members were serving as waitresses. The spokesman said the board of directors cf the club decided Monday not to schedule talks with the union until it furnishes the number of Maketewah employees who wish to be represented by the uniou. He said the union notified the club board last Wednesday that it wanted to meet last Monday, giving the board little time to consider the matter. Note To 10,000: SS Cheeks Should Reach You Today About 10,000 Cincinnati residents awaiting delayed Social Security checks should get them today, John Maidlow, Cincinnati district Social Security director, said. "The checks have arrived and will be delivered in the regular mail tomorrow (today)," Maidlow said Wednesday. He said a massive snafu sent California checks to Louisville, Ky., but the cause of the error has not been determined. However, United Press International reported that a processing breakdown in Chicago post ollices Monday night delayed the July checks that were to have been home-delivered Tuesday. The breakdown affected 11 Mid-western states, including Ohio, where from one-third to one-half of the .-tate's 1.3 million Social Se- Fireworks No 'Bang' For By GEORGE HAHN Police Reporter Cincinnati police, the noise of exploding fireworks and countless telephone calls from irate citizens ringing in their ears, generally, agreed Wednesday that the problem "seems to be worse this year than last." Although only three arrests were made for possession or sale of fireworks and no injuries from their use were recorded, one harried police district desk man said, "I must have taken a million calls of complaints about fireworks today." "They're driving us crazy out Fred Stratton grabbed the persistently ringing telephone and grudgingly gave his response to the nation's "energy crisis." "You woke me up." he yawned. The reaction of the Mt. Orab man (his residence is 102 Broadway St.) was somewhat typical of 50 Tri-State people spot-checked by The Erquirer this week to gauge puolic cpinion on President Nixon's plea for Americans to reduce their energy consumption. IGNORANCE, disbelief and disinterest generally were expressed by the people telephoned 14 of whom said they didn't believe there Is a crisis. .Myra Stroup, of Morrow, rejected the idea of a crisis and said the problem is "all the state people. They sit around with the lights on, watch TV, etc." Only 10 people were even aware of Mr. Nixon's urging Americans to cut down their personal consumption of energy by 5 in the next year. In his call Friday for an "energy conservation ethic," the President susgested such things as driving cars slower and using less air con-citioning and heating to save fuel and electricity. AFTER MR. NIXON'S request was relayed to them In The Enquirer's spot check, 19 of the 50 residents said they would try to do what they could personally to save energy. "One of the main things I will do is to drive less," John Vanket, 211 N. Campus Ave., Oxford, pledged. "I cock my own meals, and I'm trying to find meals which use my stove less." Mrs. Richard Stegemiller, a young Lawrenceburg, Ind., housewife, (who lives on Belle Aire Dr.) said she already has begun hanging her clothes rather than using her clothes dryer, and "We've shut off our air conditioner. We haven't used it much at all this year, unless it's really hot." MRS. EILEEN Haisley. a Cali-fornian visiting her mother, Mrs. James Anderson, 125 Garwood Rd., Richmond, Ind., said she is controlling her electricity use by turning lights off and closing the drapes to keep the house cool without air conditioning. "There are lots of things people use tco much of that they could do without" George Miller, North Gath Rd., Mowrystown, said. But most of the ideas for conserving energy seemed to center on the automobile, for which fuel shortages have become most obvious to the public. "I BASICALLY agree that there is a limit to the energy sources we have now," Stephen C. Findley, 429 Riddle Rd., said. "We have to start somewhere, and it won't hurt anybody to slow down" on the highways. 'People don't need to run around (in their cars) for every little thing," Mrs. Albert Harris, 4115 Paddock Rd scoffed. "Walking is good for everyone." Mrs. James Huber, 55 Clertcma Dr.. MUford, said she imagined she'll drive slower. "I guess so, but I don't know that much about it." Mrs Harold L. Sullivan, 43 Townsley Dr., Twenty Mile Stand, said shr plans to save some gasoline, "since I traded a (full-size) Ford for a Maverick." WILLIAM R. Hassert, 407 Windsor Ln., Mt. Repose, said he has "a che:.p car" too, and cutting down on driving is "a good idea. There's too much pollution from autos on the road, and it's too dangerous. And drunkenness." In Northern Kentucky, eight out of the 10 persons called said they believed the energy crisis was artificial, caused by fuel companies trying to increase prices. A Newport man said he would cuf down 'on his personal energy curity recipients failed to receive their checks. The checks, which were delivered by the U. S. Treasury Office in Chicago to the post office Monday, failed to arrive at state postal distribution points ln time for Tuesday delivery. 3ags of the checks arrived Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Postal authorities in Dayton said about 15,000 checks still had not arrived. About 10 of Cincinnati area checks were also unaccounted for. All 49 Cleveland post office branches provided a half-day's special window service Wednesday so an estimated 100,000 area residents cou'd pick up their checks. Several other major Northeast Ohio post offices were also open during the day. here." said a district three (West-wood area) patrolman. "They've had us running all over the district answering complaints." "It's horrible cut here in district six (Hyde Park area)" said a weary policeman. "The phone has been ringing with complaints from angry citizens about every two minutes. I don't know if the kids are finding it easier to buy them or just have more money, but the problem seems to get a little worse every year." In district five (the Clifton area), a policeman said things were "about normal" for the Fourth of July holiday. consumption only If "the whole country was in trouble." Attorney Dale W. Griffin, 8440 Biome Rd., said his family already is trying to conserve energy, "Not because the President asked us to but because we thought it would be the best thing to do for both the country and ourselves." Thursday, July o, 1973 Page 39 'Square Top Attraction, Study Shows Fountain Square is Cincinnati's biggest attraction. At least that's what a recent study made public this week by the Charter Research Institute of Cincinnati states. The report is based on 1049 interviews conducted with residents of Cincinnati during the last latter half of 1972. THE STUDY also found that almost half (49.9) of the people interviewed visit the downtown area at least once a month. Other Cincinnati attractions in order of popularity included the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati parks, downtown movies, Cincinnati zoo, Cincinnati Gardens nonsports events, the Convention Center, the Museum of Natural History and the Art Museum, Cincinnati Gardens sports events, the Bengals, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and summer Opera, Playhouse in the Park, the Contemporary Arts Center and other events at Riverfront Stadium. The report also states that one out of four families used the services of General Hospital and one out of two families made use of University of Cincinnati services. Three-fourths of those interviewed also felt that county tax money should be used to help support the University of Cincinnati if county residents got the same tuition benefits accorded to city residents. A majority of suburbanites (63.1) said, that in general, thcr benefit almost as much as city residents from some of the services and facilities provided by Cincinnati, and 56.6 believed that county tax money could be used to helu pay for Cincinnati services extensively used by surburban residents. Cincinnati roads and highways rated "good," particularly among unincorporated area residents. About three-fourths of those ouectioned said they were satisfied with their local government's services and among various proposals advanced for reorganizing or strengthening local governments, lar;e support was accorded only to ccmbining a few city and county services in the metropolitan service district and having county government do more than it does now. The Charter Research Institute is a nonprofit investivative agency studying aspects of local government not covered by other research agencies. Two Cars Gutted By Norwood Fire Flares were found beside two cars gutted by fire early Wednesday while parked in Norwood. The first apparent firebombing happened at 4 a.m. and Miss Beverley Juilfs' 1960 auto was a total less. The car was on the street, outside her home at 1820 Weyer Ave. IN THE second, 15 minutes later, a witness saw two men, one wearing a wide brimmed hat, run from the burning auto owned by William Smith, 2002 Wayland Ave. Damage to his 1973 vehicle was estimated at $1200. Both incidents were under investigation but police speculated they could be connected to an armed robbery charge on which both Miss Juilfs and Smith may be called as witnesses. Policemen "EVERY YEAR PEOPLE buy them in Tennessee and other states, bring them back and shoot them off. And, sure as shooting, their neighbors call us and complain. This goes on for about three weeks up until the Fourth of July." The biggest fireworks seizure by Cincinnati police occurred on Ferguson Road Tuesday when police cjnfi-cUsd eight gross (over 1100) bott'.e rockets, 27 sky rockets, four Romsn candles, six boxes of sparklers and 65 packages of other fireworks after an arrest was made for their sale. Police made few other seizures of fireworks.

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