The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 18, 1975 · Page 1
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WEATHER TODAY Sunny High, 82; Low, 53 The Indianapolis Star Sec."!! Yesterday High, 78; Low, 50 "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty" 11 Cor. 3:17 VOL. 73, NO. 347 J, , A, iF tXi -t t-s. SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1975 St no I Copy ;oc BV31PING UNBEEl WAY AT SPEEDWAY an Em By RAY MARQUETTE The field is filled, Lee Kunz-man already has been knocked out of his spot and there is still one day of time trials remaining for next Sunday's 500-Mile Race. To the surprise of quite a few watchers at the Indianapolis Motor mi i5 r "i ffi m4 rift m ' -''-----'----- .. - (Star Photo) SPECTATORS IN SPEEDWAY'S "SNAKE PIT" TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WEATHER Fans Enjoy The Sun During Final Weekend Of Qualifications POLICEMAN'S APARTMENT REPORTED 'HUGGED'' Former Police Chief Alleged To Have Authorized Wiretaps Former Police Chief Winston L. Churchill allegedly authorized special surveillances that led to illegal wiretaps of telephone conversations between Police Lt. John H. Wise and Indianapolis madam Mary Martin, The Indianapolis Star has learned. A private detective allegedly caught hovering near the phone terminals at Wise's apartment complex is said to have claimed he had Churchill's sanction. The surveillance also included leav- 'Fanciest' Of All I - iV: Napping through the excitement of winning first place in the third annual Cat Fancier Association Championship Show yesterday, this blue ribbon-capturing feline obviously either was lulled to sleep by plaudits Or accustomed to winning top honors. The show, featuring more than 300 entries and sponsored by the Indy Cat Club Inc., is being held in the Horticulture Building of the State Fairgrounds and will continue today. (Star Photo by Greg Griffo) (Related pictures on Page 7, Section 1) Speedway, six qualifiers were added to the 33-car starting lineup yesterday and 1969 winner Mario Andretti became the first man in '75 to knock a driver off the "bubble." Only once before, in 1970 when Jerry Grant threw a "torpedo" at Steve Krisiloff, had anyone recorded an earlier bump than the one Andretti delivered to Kunzman at 12:12 p.m. yesterday. This story is based on an investigation by reporters Harley R. Bierce, Richard E. Cady, Myrta J. Pulliam and William E. Anderson. ing at least one electronic "bug" in Wise's apartment, it is alleged. (SURVEILLANCES are standard police practices. Wiretapping is illegal. Only Federal agencies with court approval can tap telephones.) There is no evidence any action was taken against Wise as a result of "I'm sorry to be the one to knock Lee out," said Andretti, who never before had been in position to accomplish the maneuver, "but that's racing and I'm sure Lee understands." STYMIED FROM qualifying the first weekend because of a commitment to the Monaco Grand Prix, Andretti averaged 188.480 miles an hour the , investigations. In fact, he had been demoted to sergeant for a time and was repromoted by Churchill in 1973. Results of the illegally monitored conversations are on one or more of five reel-to-reel tapes that Police Chief Kenneth B. Hale uncovered as part of an investigation of police espionage, informed sources reported. Some of these tapes reportedly are labeled International Investigators, the private detective agency operated by Timothy Wilcox, who has acknowledged having some of the police department's - sophisticated electronics surveillance equipment in his possession in about 1971. IT WAS DURING this period that Wise was subjected to "bugs," it was learned. Wise was indicted last year-after Churchill had been removed as chief on a bribery charge for allegedly accepting money, food and clothing from Mary Martin. Wilcox maintained he had only "field-tested" the equipment. However, an investigation by The Star disclosed: 1 An Indiana Bell Telephone Company employe stopped a man posing as a telephone company worker near the phone terminals at Winchester Village Apartments, where Wise was living at the time. The man identified himself as Wilcox. 2 The man then told a state trooper he was a "special investigator" for the police department and invoked Churchill's name as authority for his activities. 3 A former International Investigators employe confirmed he was part of the Wise surveillance and said he was paid $151 monthly, which he picked up from a major in the basement of police headquarters. ' 4 A police source said Churchill was Turn To Page 6, Column 1 Inside Today's Star News Summary On Page 2 Star Telephone Numbers Circulation 633-9211 Main Office 1 ..... .633-1240 Want Ads 633-1212 Scores After 4:30 p.m 633-1200 in his Viceroy Eagle to be the fastest traveler of a lovely, sunshiny day and the seventh-fastest of the field. And his removal of Kunzman put Al Loquasto squarely on the "bubble" with his 180.723-mph average achieved as the first qualifier of 1975. Anyone with any ammunition left will be lined up when the track opens for practice at 10 a.m. today with the final six-hour segment of time trials scheduled for a noon start. They'll be going after 33 cars that have a combined average speed of 181.726 mph up almost 3 miles from a year ago and less than a 13-mile difference from Loquasto's "slow" mark to pole-sitter A.J. Foyt's 193.976-mph effort in the Gilmore Coyote. MIKE HISS WAS first off the line yesterday, 31 minutes late following George Follmer spilling a considerable amount of oil on the track during the 90-minute practice session. Driving the No. 94 Ayr-Way WNAP Buzzard, Hiss ended two weeks of frustration with a 10-mile average of 183.754 that "felt just beautiful, even if it wasn't as quick as we'd been running in practice." Dick Simon, working on a shoestring budget and going without much sleep four nights this week, then became the 30th qualifier with a 181.892-mph average in his Eagle and said, quite frankly, "I gave it all I had. I just thank God we made it." Then came one of the real surprise performances of 1975 as Larry McCoy, a 30-year-old rookie, made the race for the first time in three tries. He had his ouickest lap on his second circuit at 183.076 in the Shurfine Food entry and ended up with a strong 187.760-,mph average that had both he and his Dad beaming with happiness. RICK MUTHER, working with his fourth car of the month, lost 400 rpms on the engine of the No. 46 Thermo-King Eagle and still managed a 181.726-mph average that he wasn't too happy with. "I can't figure it out," he said. "We turned up the boost before getting the popoff valve put on and then lost rpms. There's no way you can under stand that." That put the field-filling issue squarely up to Krisiloff, a man who four days earlier had been pronounced "out" of the '75 race because of a broken left heel, but fought his way back through a battery of medical tests and was wearing a plaster cast on his left leg when he pulled away from the starting line. .He started with a 182.149-mph average in the No. 98 Leader Cards-Lodestar Eagle and ended up at 182.408 'Wit 4, ' tfi'. ; ... WELL DONE-Mike Hiss is congratulated by teammate Johnny Parsons Jr. after Hiss qualified the No. 94 Ayr-Way WNAP Buzzard with an average speed of 181.754 mph. (Star Photo) ii'' if I 1 I M l WANT FEDERAL INQUIRY Negro Policemen To Seek Probe Of Shootings By Police: Larkms By WILLIAM E. ANDERSON . Patrolman Willie N. Larkins, who said he represents 80 Indianapolis policemen, will ask for a Federal grand jury investigation into shootings involving policemen and Negro citizens. Larkins, a Negro, said policemen have shot 38 persons (12 of them fatal ly) since January, 1974. Ten of the 12 killed were Negroes. THE LATEST FATAL shooting by police occurred Wednesday at Weir Cook Airport. Byron L. Richardson, 19, 4200 block of Londonderry Court, was shot by Patrol- w. N. LARKINS man Richard L. Blake, who said his service revolver 3 . j-dA v b.?.v-av-x' r:J wC '"-"si Mario Andretti places the No. 21 Viceroy Eagle in the qualifying field with a four-lap average of 186.480 mph, bumping Lae Kunzman's No. 55. mph after "the most cautious qualifying attempt I've ever made in any kind of a race." "BUT THE BIG thing is I had no pain or trouble driving with the cast," beamed Krisiloff, who had demolished an Eagle on May 6 and watched the team bring in Bill Simpson from California as an alternate driver just in case Krisiloff didn't get medical clearance. Stevie got his final OK yesterday morning, put his mount squarely in the field, and then relaxed for the first time in more than a week and began worrying about the race itself. Since Andretti was next off the line and he - had been running at 189 mph during practice, it was absolutely inev- Pafiff of IMe(iirs Page .1, Section 3, Ollipr Slorios in Sports Section ?75 Assembly's Work Reported Action of the 1975 Indiana General Assembly is summarized in today's editions of The Indianapolis Star. Included in the summary are digests of 350 bills and 16 resolutions acted upon by Governor Otis R. Bowen. Pages 4 and 5 Section 2. Today's Chuckle One of the most exciting ways to travel is by wet soap. "discharged" during a struggle with the victim. The shooting is being investigated by police officials. Larkins claims the investigations should not be conducted by police officials because "There is too much chance of a cover-up" by investigators. v Larkins said 80 of the city's 105. Negro policemen have urged him to seek the Federal investigation. He said most will sign a formal petition and deliver it to James F. Martin, special agent in charge of the FBI office here. "Sure, I'm going to get into hot water for sticking my neck out but someone has to do it," he stated. "Since the latest shooting the policemen have talked to me about taking some action." A former official in the Black Guardians, composed of Negro policemen seeking to "obtain equal rights," c (S!ar Photo By Frank H. F'sse) Order Of The Day GATES OPEN - 9 a.m. Fi:Acr:c. - n e.m.-ii .;"). TVT. ??J'.Z i: n?n o 6 p m. ADMISSION - $2. itable that the first "bump" of '75 was upcoming. Mario made no bor.3s about his intentions with a 184.838-mp'i opener in the Viceroy "backup" car he had switched to after giving up on a new Parnelli-Cosworth. He turned the day's fastest lap at 187.461 the next time around and finished at 185.632 that may be good enough only for a 28th starting position his "worst" since he's been running at the Speedway. Billy Scott, another rookie who had been over 132 in practice, couldn't even complete his warmup laps before losing another engine in the Webster Turn To Page 7, Column 1 The Weather Joe Crow Says: Putting a "win" bet on the Preakness "place" horse was a Foolish Pleasure. Indianapolis Sunny today with a high of 82; fair and mild tonight with low of 55; tomorrow partly cloudy with a high of 83, low 58. Indiana Mostly sunny today, partly cloudy tonight; highs 78-84, lows 55-62. Larkins has been outspoken in charg ing illegal activities by police officials. "NOW THE MAYOR and chief of police both admit illegal wiretapping was done by someone in the department. They want the Feds to investigate-well, we want the Feds to investigate our charges." There were 27 shootings by policemen in 1974 and there have been 11 so far this year. During that period two Indianapolis patrolmen, Robert E. Schachte and Ronald Manley, were killed. Suspects in both shootings were Ne-Turn To Page 6, Column 1 Today's Prayer Lord, if we can help comfort one person in distress, we thank You for directing us to that person, Grant us the enthusiasm needed to serve others. Amen.. if

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