Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 22, 1974 · Page 1
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ec The tragedy of Man: Ha starts off with a Country—and winds up with a Government! Suspect was mute Hope Hempstead Count/- Bowie Knife Star VOL. 75-No. 265 -.4 Pages " "atures HOPK, ARKANSAS THURSDAY. AUGUST 22.. 1974 Av. net paid rlrrulntfmt 3 monllis ending Mnrrh 31.1974—4.080 As filed with Audi! Bureau of Circulations, subject I" audit. PRICE lOc for years Cyprir* leaders close to meeting LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of being the "alphabet bomber" refuses to talk with police, just as he has for years with other people who thought he was a mute. His landlady, however said he had talked frequently with her and was articulate and police said other persons also had heard him speak. Muharem Kurbegovic's double life came to ligh on Wednesday as authorities prepared to charge him with murder in an Aug. .6 bombing which killed three persons at Los Angeles International Airport. The 31-year-old Yugoslavian immigrant was arrested Tuesday night, and police said they are convinced he is the foreign- accented man who claimed red sponsibility for the airport bombing in telephone calls and tape recordings and threatened a wave of bombings in public places. They said he apparently acted out of vengeance against police because he was arrested once for lewd conduct and because of it was refused permission by the Police Commission to run a dance hall. In his tapes, the "alphabet bomber" demanded that immigration and sex laws be repealed. The muteness Kurbegovic exhibited for years among some people puzzled police. They said he refused to answer their questions and seemed to go into trances* But police sjOri he showed no signs of muteness when he defended himself in court in 1971 against the lewd conduct charge, which was dismissed. At RPM Industries, where Kurbegovic was a blueprint engineer for two years, workers said they had never known him to speak. Immigration authorities also regarded him as a mute. The "alphabet bomber" was so named because he said he was going to plant bombs in locations to spell out the name of an organization he called "Aliens of America." Police said they found "almost a truckload of explosives" in his Hollywood apartment. $ 500 million in farm subsidies WASHINGTON (AP) - Too much rain last spring and drought this summer will mean an estimated $500 million in government subsidies to stricken farmers under a natural disaster clause put into new farm legislation by Congress last year. The Agriculture Department (Continued on Page Two) By ALEX EFTY Associated Press Writer NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) The leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities today neared a face-to-face meeting which President Glafcos Clerides said might be a first step toward a peace agreement. "The cessation of hostilities and the holding of the cease- fire are creating conditions which are conducive toward finding a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem," the Greek Cypriot leader said. Clerides said he was waiting for Vice President Rauf Den- ktash, leader of the isl: Vs 120,000 Turkish Cypriots, to fix a time "when we can begin meeting to deal with a series of humanitarian problems which are of interest to both communities." Denktash said earlier that the meeting could be held by Saturday, but Clerides said no time had been fixed yet. The two men, who negotiated on behalf of their communities for years before the overthrow of President Makarios and still say they are friends, have not met since the collapse of the Gen- eva peace negotiations Aug. 13. Clerides said it was essential to discuss the exchange of prisoners, plight of refugees, r . ration of communication bi tween those persons—both Greek and Turkish Cypriots— who have been separated by the fight) :ig and »V safety of Greek Cypriots Turkish areas and Turkish L>priots in Greek areas. furides talked • lewsmen at the United It Embassy after signing a .ac Covered book r" ondolem o ti .3 slay- in? ot .ibassador Rodger P. 11 ;es. -ho was shot during an an' .uijerican demonstration by Greek Cypriots at the embassy on Monday. "I do not think this sad incident, which I have condemned p..'./Jcly, will affect the relations between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus," Clerides said. He noted that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger had said that the Cyprus government bore no responsibility for Davies' death. Greek Cypriot police hunting for Davies' killers held an unidentified person in custody in connection with the riot that led to the shooting. TIGERS IN THE TANK are tame stuff compared to a cougar in the driver's seat. Sundance is the name, bred and owned by Joe Williams of Sharon, Pa. So the time has run out on the parking meter — who's going to argue? Florida Fox is running no more By JOHN VAN GIBSON Associated Press Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — "The Florida Fox will run no more." So said the self-styled "Fox," former Orlando detective Jack Clouser, after turning himself in Wednesday to agents of the Florida Department of Criminal Law Enforcement. Clouser, 42, was a fugitive for 10 years after escaping from the state mental hospital at Chattahoochee in 1964. His name was on the FBI's "10 Most Wanted" list for seven years. Clouser said at a news conference shortly after his surrender that he was tired of running and hoped to make amends to two teen-age sons living in Orlando with one of his two wives. But authorities may have been outfoxed again. State Atty. Robert Eagan of Orlando said today, "There is a likelihood that he might not be prosecuted at all" on nine oustand- ing felony charges. Eagan said the 10 years that Clouser was on the run "have pretty well destroyed our ability to prove the truth." He said he has assigned two investigators to determine whether Clouser can be prosecuted. Clouser was confined temporarily to a criminally insane ward at Florida State Hospital, where Asst. Supt. Albert Fulton said "he's a very good patient." "The fact that I have been a hunted man has never left my conscious or subconscious mind and I have never really known a day of perfect peace or con- tenent," he said. Clouser, returned to Chattahoochee after his surrender, faces several Orange County, Fla., warrants dating from 1964. Florida agent Charles Layman read the charges at the surrender — kidnaping, aggravated assault, breaking and entering, grand larceny, assault with intent to commit murder and two counts each of robbery and conspiracy. "Not guilty to all charges," Clouser said. An Orlando policeman from 1956 to 1961, Clouser resigned under fire for alleged association with underworld figures and for alleged violent tendencies. He was convicted of kidnap- ing, robbery and beating two theater managers, judged insane and sent to the state hospital from which he escaped after a few months. Clouser left a wife, Marlene, in Orlando. Using the alias Dennis Ray Simons, he married another woman in San Francisco. Margaret Simons said earlier this week that Clouser told her he was divorced. He tagged himself as "The Florida Fox" in letters he sent to law enforcement officials, tautning them about his being loose. The former fugitive negotiated through his New York attorney, James Siff, for the post- surrender news conference to promote a biography that he plans in collaboration with author David Fisher. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. Saxbe launches campaign against repeated offenders RIDING HIGH figuratively in the esteem of Spanish bullfight afficionados, Jorge Motril does so literally in a recent encounter in the Madrid ring. WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with rising crime rates, Ally. Gen. William B. Saxbe says the Justice Department is launching a campaign against career criminals "who are terrorizing our communities." The department plans a national effort to identify repeat offenders and insure that they are prosecuted more rapidly than other defendants, Saxbe said in an interview Wednesday. "*•• In addition, the department has quietly summoned big-city police chiefs to a conference in Chicago next week to examine why crime rates are soaring and what should be done about it. Saxbe said details of the new campaign against "major criminals, the repeat violators, the very small fraction of a per cent of people who are terrorizing our communities" are expected to be explained in his speech to the conference Tuesday. The department action comes against the background of FBI statistics showing that the number of crimes reported to police increased 15 per cent nationally in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period a year ago. Taken with a 16 per cent increase reported for the last three months of 1973, the figure indicated the nation may be red turning to a pattern of continually increasing crime rates. On another topic, Saxbe said he considers it impractical to ask military deserters and draft-dodgers to join the armed forces as a condition for amnesty. He said he will present President Ford with a list of alternative proposals by Sept. 1, but that Ford must decide whether his amnesty plan "is going to be cosmetic or genuine." The proposals under consideration range from "extreme leniency ... just the act of coming in and asking to be repatriated," to required service in hospitals or other institutions, similar to the duties required of draftees who gained conscientious objector status, Saxbe said. Discussing past crime-fighting efforts, Saxbe said, "We've been down one road after another for the past 10 years" and none has led to a solution. "I think nationally we're beginning to realize there just isn't any easy way, that the only way we can handle it is just to doggedly catch the criminal and put him in jail," he declared* The attorney general said the campaign against career criminals is "no big deal, it's not another rabbit in the hat that we're going to pull out. We've pulled out too many of them." Though details are to be spelled out later, Saxbe said he envisions a Justice Department unit working with local prosecutors to identify major criminals. "When they're apprehended, rather than getting lost on a chronological order of cases and being delayed and delayed, give them a speedy trial and get them off the streets," he said. Output of services, Inmates take 'freedom walk 9 goods shows decline By G. DAVID WALLACE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The government today revised its latest estimate of the nation's total output of goods and services, listing the drop in output from April through June as less than 1 per cent. The three-month period was the second quarter in a row to register a drop in real output the Gross National Product. Two such quarters of decline are a primary indicator of recession. The Commerce Department, responding to data received since the original second quarter Gross National Product report was issued last month, pegged the three-month drop at eight-tenths of one per cent. The earlier estimate had set the drop at 1.2 per cent. The upward adjustment occurred despite the department's finding that inflation was stronger than originally estimated. The Gross National Product's version of prices showed a 9.6 per cent rise. The original estimate for the quarter had been 8.8 per cent. The nation's real output is determined by adjusting the amount of the output in dollar terms to account for inflated prices. The latest estimate set the Gross National Product for the second quarter at $1,387.3 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, or an increase of $28.5 billion over the first three months of the year. The original estimate had set the second quarter figure at $1,383.5 billion. At the same time, the Commerce Department reported that before-tax profits of corporations rose at a slower rate in the second quarter of the year. The Commerce Department said profits showed a rise of $11.7 billion or 8.4 per cent, to a total of $150.4 billion. Profits had jumped by $16 billion, or 13 per cent, in the first quarter of the year. And the department noted that both increases in profits were due in large part to increased profits on inventories. Such profits occur during periods of rapid price increases because goods on hand rise in value. The Commerce Department also introduced a new measure of national economic output called the Gross Domestic Product, under which the nation showed a real output increase of three-tenths of 1 per cent. The figure contrasted with the decline registered in the more traditional Gross National Product. The Gross Domestic Prbduct figure excludes the effects of business dealings by overseas affiliates and branches of U.S. corporations. Insurance bill stalled WASHINGTON (AP) - It appears only a lame-duck session of Congress after the November elections can rescue President Ford's top-priority plan for enacting a multibillion-dollar national health insurance bill this year. "I would prefer to reconvene following the election," said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark. "We can't be home during that period of time with the problems we have in this country." Mills' assessment came after he and Ford met at the White House just a few hours after the committee failed to reach a quick compromise on health insurance. The failure stemmed from a clash over financing methods of new taxes or another tap on general government revenues. "I told the President the membership of the committee is not in a position to come together on any proposal," Mills reported. Ford did not discuss his own specific desires, Mills said. Mills maintained that some compromise may yet emerge from Congress if we're back in a lame-duck session, but not if we adjourn by Oct. 15," the congressional leadership's present target date. The entire House and a third of the Senate are up for election Nov. 5 but the present occupants, including any losers at the polls, keep their seats until Jan. 3, 1975. Meanwhile, the committee will resume its action on a multibillion-dollar tax revision bill which already has consumed several months of the panel's lime. The committee lacked consensus on such basic issues as whether the plan should be voluntary or compulsory and whether insurance for catastrophic illnesses should be financed from special new taxes or from general government revenues. Mills said HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) "They were going to be released sometime anyway," Connecticut's top law enforcement officer said as the first of scores of inmates whose sentences were cut short walked to freedom. The inmates, serving state Circuit Court terms of more than one year, were freed because the state Supreme Court ruled last month that 12 months was the longest sentence the lower court could impose. The high court ruled that a longer sentence encroached on the authority of the Superior Court and violated the state Constitution. In special proceedings on Wednesdayn Hartford Superior Court Judge Walter J. Sidor declared the sentences of the affected inmates illegal. Circuit Court Judge Nicholas F. Armentano then resentenced each inmate to one year from the time each began serving his original sentence. James W. Greene, a lawyer for the federally funded Legal Assistance to Prisoners, presented petitions for reductions in sentences from 198 affected prisoners. He said 19 of these had' served 10 months, long enough to make them eligible for immediate release. The rest will be eligible as soon as they serve an equivalent period. Greene said he was checking to see whether there were other prisoners who had been given sentences of illegal length under the Supreme Court ruling. Connecticut prison officials reported that 21 inmates had left correctional centers around the state on Wednesday and that the processing of inmates eligible for immediate release would continue today. State Police Commissioner Cleveland B. Fuessenich said that he would be reluctant to comment about the release without knowing who the freed inmates were and what they were charged with. But Chief State's Atty. Joseph T. Gormley Jr. said, "It is purely a technicality. The people are receiving a benefit they are really not entitled to. "There is no point in being upset about these technical decisions. There is nothing we can do about them. "I don't regard it as any grave problem to the people of the state. In most cases these people would have been out within six months anyway." "We're going to party. Me and my mother, we're going to party tonight," said 20-year-old Randy Williams as he was released from the Cheshire Correctional Center. Williams, who had served 10 months of a 2-to 5-year prison term on a larceny conviction, said he would move to Greenville, N.C., with his mother. Ford inarching with measured stride to solidify his presidency WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford opened his door to congresswomen, more mayors and governors and another union leader today in his measured march to solidify the political foundation for a 1976 bid for a full four-year term. He arranged to discuss foreign affairs with two liberal senators and pose for Campaign photographs with House Republican candidates. The schedule also includes a political meeting with GOP national chairman George Bush and the chairmen of the party's two congressional campaign committees and a private dinner with his vice presidential nominee Nelson Rockefeller and key congressmen. After a meeting with Sens. Frank Church, D-Idaho, and Charles McC. Mathias Jr., R- Md., Ford scheduled a ceremony to sign a proclamation on women's equality with a number of congresswomen present. Before a private meeting with Seafarers Union president Paul Hail, he was signing an $11.9-billion Housing and Community Development Act with an audience of more than 30 mayors and an assortment of governors and county officials. The private dinner with Rockefeller will be his first since moving into the White House on Monday. The full schedule today followed free-wheeling display of presidential politics which carried him through bureaucratic corridors and congressional halls Wednesday, the day he disclosed a change of position in his 1976 plans. Through White House Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst, Ford declared he "probably will run" in two years for a full term in the job he has held less than two weeks. As vice president Ford said he could not envision being on the 1976 Republican ticket under any circumstances. But ter- Horst said "now his position has changed. Therefore, his view has changed." l^ter in the day, Ford laughingly deflected questions on the subject from newsmen who approached him outside the Oval Office as he was returning from a visit to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and Capitol Hill. "I want you to worry about that," he said when prodded to declare his 1976 intentions. But his reticence seemed motivated more by jest than anything else. i ( uniiiiucd mi Pugi- TW<M Fair Queen, Miss contests Sept, 10 The Optimist Club will sponsor the Hempstead County Fair Queen and Little Miss Hernpstead County Contests on Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., at Red River Vocational Technical School. Winners in each contest will represent Hempstead County in the Fair Queen and Little Miss Contests held in conjunction with the Third District Livestock Show, September 23. Fair Queen contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 21, and must not now be nor ever have been married. Any pre-schooler is eligible to compete in the Little Miss Contest. All contestants must reside in Hempstead County. Anyone wishing to enter should contact either Mrs. Elsie Huckabee at 777-5722, or Mrs. Ben Gee Waller Jr., at 777-5001. The deadline for entering is September 3.

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