The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 7, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 7, 1968
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,LE COURIER NEWS ,VOL. «8—KG. 74 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS French Rioting Again By STEPHEN BROENING Associated Press Writer . PARIS (AP) - Battling with tear gas against a shower of stones, riot police broke up a demonstration by thousands of striking autoworkers and sympathetic University of Paris students today at the Renault auto plant in Flins. A sharp, 20-minute battle ended with the students and strikers split into two groups and pushed right out of the village, 15 miles northwest of the capital. One group sought refuge from the hail of gas grenades in a woods near Flins. The other retreated into fields across a highway. Elsewhere the French strike wave was subsiding rapidly and Frenchmen turned their attention to politics and a televised Interview with President Charles di -"vfmight-. . The Paris stock exchange, clojai for- 16 days, reopened. French shares rallied after ear- ly hesitancy. Foreign stocks drew most attention, however, and. some recorded gains up to 10 per cent early in the trading. The flow of buying orders for the foreign stocks was attirbut- ed to a desire for a hedge against inflation. The Renault plant at Flins was occupied by police early Thursday, and the sit-in strikers who had held it for weeks were expelled. The fighting began after a demonstration in the main square of the viillage. More than 5,000 demonstrators marched on the plant in an attempt to retake it from about 2,0000 riot police. The demonstrators began hurling paving stones and the police replied with tear gas grenades. More than 10. people from both sides were injured in the first clash. Despite a general settlement of the 20-day strike wave, workers hi the automobile, aviation and metallurgical industries were still holding out. De Gaulle is to be interviewed by Michel Droit, editor of th.9 progovernment Figaro Litlefr aire. The president has beeii working on his script sinps Tuesday and it was expected 'to be a major salvo in his campaign to win a majority in the National Assembly in the elections he has called for June. .23 and June 30. Political observers thought De Gaulle might acknowledge the widespread social discontent -that spawned the general strike by promising reforms. But they anticipated that he would cbn.- centrate on his campaign theme of Gaullist "stability" vs. "totalitarian communism" and would play on middle-cjass fears of a popular front government dominated by the Communists. • De Gaulle's interview will be a springboard for the formal See FRANCE on Page t First-Degree By JACK SCHREIBAN Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES .(AP) — The law takes its first major steps today to bring to trial the man accused of, assassinating . Sen Robert F. Kennedy; , Dist. Atty. Evelle C. Younger said he would, ask the Los An- igeles County grand : jury to return a first-degree murder indictment against Sihran Bishara Sihran, 24, a Jordanian. Younger said Sihran would then be arraigned in person within 48 hours in Superior Court, niake a plea at that time or shortly 'after, with trial expected:to begin within 60 days from the time. Should the defense seek a change of venue, Younger said he would not oppose it. ' The public defender's office is "providing Sihran legal advice. The prisoner . originally was held under. $250,000. bond,, hut 'that was' revoked by Superior Court Judge Joan Dempsey Klein after -Kennedy's 'death. California law permits "no bond in 'a'murder case. . ; In addition to, the murder indictment,; . Younger . said; he would ask five additional indictments in the wounding of .five •others who were: in : Kennedy's vicinity at 12:17 a.m. Wednesday morning at the'Ambassador Hotel. ••:,. .-.'.'...".;:' , At that minute, with Kennedy joyous with the victory he had frtshly scored in the California Democratic • presidential primary, a tiny' pellet of lead smashed into, the brain of the 427year-qld senator who hoped to lead .his country: He died a" little over 25 hours later.' And nearly '12 hours after that his body, accompanied by his mourning, family, was- flown east to await honored burial in Arlington National .Cemetery. As the shock .of Kennedy's death, spread through,the country and the world, "the intense young man accused .of tht shooting sat in the bleak cubicle of three square yards in .the coun-. ty's main jail on Bouchet Etreet. First details, of .Stem's imprisonment were disclosed Thursday by Sheriff Peter Pit- chess. . . Sihran's grey-colored cell is on the second floor of the jail in an isolated wing with limited access. An unarmed. deputy is constantly in the cell with him. Outside the steel door with a built-in '• lock, another; guard, peers at air times through an 1 unbreakable glass .porthole in the door. , . ' "We can get to him fast if we have to," Pitchess said. .: Flanking the' corridor outsidt the cell, .'four other deputies Remain .alert.' AU ths. guards are picked men, Pitchess. said. Sihran is in the medical section of-the-jail because he is under treatment for a -broken index finger and a sprained "ankle —injuries he suffered in his capture at the hotel.; Sihran has'fa- cial bruises as.well from the arrest, Pitchess said. Pitchess said Sihran got a thorough medical examination when he was brought to county "NO, THE DUCKS won't eat the catfish." Mayor Tom Little Jr.; was-delighted by the questions from a crowd of children on hand to witness 360 catfish being dumped into Walker Park pond yesterday afternoon. Stocking the lake with the one-pound catfish was arranged through the efforts of Big Lake Wildlife Club, according to Joe McHaney, Northeast Arkansas Fair Board official. Fishing at the lake will be confined to youngsters 15 years old and under, McHaney said this morning. The fish were donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and. came from Lonoke Hatchery.. (Courier News Photos) . jail, Wednesday morning after his Municipal Court arraignment on the original charges, attempted murder. Sihran is under the care of Dr. Marcus Crahan, jail medical director and also a psychiatrist. Asked whether Sihran un- 'der'went" psychiatric examina- .tioh, Pitchess said yes. The accused man, he said, ' has behaved well and has not asked for any visits from his family. Pitchess repeated what other officers have repeatedly said, that Sihran refuses to talk about the shooting. Sihran is "totaiiy noncommittal to our personnel," the sheriff said. . Sihran learned of Kennedy's death and the worldwide reaction-to it when, Pitchess re- vtaled, he asked for. and received Wednesday and 'Thursday, copies of the morning Los Angeles Tunes and the afternoon Herald Examiner. :'..,.- -' AU security has been; beefed up at the concrete jail, mostly because of. Sihran's presence, some of it due to mailed and telephoned bomb threats — "at least a dozen"—against the-life of Pitchess and department per. sonnel., . .; . , . . "We are ignoring these," Pit- chess, said, adding that most of the calls came Thursday. : -Within a mile'or'so-of the jail, official "activity was at; fever pitch. Four news conferences were held at different times by the sheriff, district attorney, county coroner and Mayor Sam. See MURDER on Page 2 Thousands View Kennedy's Body By ARTHUR EVERETT Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands." of persons from all walks of life filed'past Robert F. Kennedy's body as it lay in state today before the main altar beneath the towering twin Gothic spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. A crowd of about 1,000 persons, many of them teen-agers, was waiting in: the gray dawn light when the massive doors to the'.old cathedral swung open at ' 5:41 a.m. Some had been waiting through the night. • In solemn and somber mood they filed by the dark red wood closed casket in final tribute to the 42-year-old Democratic senator who had aspired to be the second of his family to occupy the White House. Many in the line were Negroes. There were also a number of nuns and two young couples who had attended a prom among the early crowd. Some of the mourners, particularly women, kissed the coffin and ran their fingers slowly across its polished surface as though reluctant to say a final farewell. A candle burned at each corner of the catafalque as friends and relatives of the Kennedy family began a constant vigil, four at a time in half-hour shifts, around the bier. In the early hours of the night Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the sole surviving son of four in his family, had kept watch over his brother whose life was taken, as was the late President John F. Kennedy's, by an assassin's bullet. The cathedral, a Manhattan landmark for 89 years, was closed to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday, while workmen on scaffolding prepared the great nave for Roman Catholic funeral services scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Then Robert Kennedy's body will be taken by train to Washington, for burial at Arlington See KENNEDY on Page 2 Fair, Warm Fair'to partly cloudy and continued warm through Saturday with isolated afternoon and early evening Ihundershowers. Low tonight in th 60s. Saigon fakes Worst Shelling by VC .- . •*j' '.••--. ...,. ••' . .•''••• -*^ • f ' By GEORGE ESPER * Associated Press Writer ; SAIGON. (AP) - Saigon took Its worst'.enemy bombardment of the last five weeks early today. The Viet Cong slammed in 16 rockets which killed 25 Vietnamese civilians and wounded another 43, military officers reported. •.'. :.., . ,:.;...''.:..,..,V'-. Gen, William C. Weslrimre- land predicted the Viet Cong would continue its bombard-: ment of the South Vietnamese capital "to grab headlines throughout the world by portraying a facade or aura of strength." ' i 3%t autflftinM •bouttDdtr el U.S.' forces in Vietnam returned from Washington today. ''',-' South' Vietnamese headquarters 'i announced:.tiiai.'ine: nightly barrage of' 100-pound-'Russian rockets set fire to 27 houses today, destroying or damaging them. In terms of casualties and ;damagej,it was theivrorst enemy shelling of Saigon since the Viet Cong began frequent bombardment of the capital 34 days ago in'an apparent attempt to terrorize the; population. The barrage poured In * few hours before Westmoreland returned and some of the rockets landed close to his residence, to that of tbt top U.S. Navy com- wander and to the residence of the commander of South Korea's 48jOOO-man force in Vietnam. y-While none of the commanders was hurt, nine houses' were set 'afire on Westmoreland's street, seven civilians were killed and 15 more were wound. ed there. Most of'the rockets hit in th* central part of the capital. Sporadic street fighting continued in Cholon, Salgon't .Chinese section, and In- tha northeastern suburb of Gia Dinh* . ; .; A ; South, Vietnamese spokesman said government troops bed UM Ml •< UM enemy and taken 26 prisoners during the past three days in Cholon. Government casualties were reported light. The government also announced that since May 5, when the-street fighting broke out in Saigon, government forces have killed 2,776 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers and cap-, fared 313, while government losses have been 245 men killed, 933 wounded and 26 missing. U.S. infantrymen : from tha •15th Division killed 32 of the enemy nine miles north of Salgen, Four Americans were killed and 16 wounded in the bat- lie that raged until ttu> more- ing. :.',; - : " ' .On'the northern front, fight- Ing flared .anew along the demilitarized zone. .Antestimated.iBO, North Vietnamese troops, supported by heavy artillery, attacked U.S. Marines four miles southeast of the Khe Sanh combat base. The Marines reported 49 enemy and 13 Marines killed and 37 Americans wounded. Near Con Thien, at the eastern end of the DMZ, North Vietnamese troops ambushed a Marine patrol, killed 14 Americana and wounded 11. Fourteen enemy soldiers were reported slain, U.S. headquarters announced that enemy gunners shot down three American helicopters in scattered parts of the'country. And said a total crewmen were wounded. Over .North Vietnam, U.S. fighter-bombers flew a total of 131 missions Thursday against enemy supply routes and traffic .moving south. Navy pilots reported destroying or damaging 62 supply barges for a two- day total of 129 supply boats reported damaged or destroyed by Navy pUoti, the Air Foroe al» took tha wraps off the biggest rescue effort of the war, a three-day op- fee VIETNAM oa P»ge 1 June 7 BOBBIE JUNE KILLIAN died last night here. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer and tha late Robert Killian, all of Blytheville. She was a member of First Methodist Church and graduated from ths University of Arkansas. She served as speech therapist in schools in Florida, Seattle, Germany and Blytheville. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Methodist Church with burial in Manila, Howard Funeral Service in charge. The family has requested that any memorials go to First Methodist Church or to the Cancer Society. . STATE REVENUE DEPARTMENT officials are' seeking information on the correct mailing address, of Ernestine M. Sanford and William K. Wyatt, who listed Blytheville as their town of residence on their state income tax return. • .' ; Both individuals have been mailed tax refunds .'.by the state which have been returned to Hie Little RocK office because of an incorrect mailing address, authorities said. . ',.: Persons knowing the whereabouts of either of these two taxpayers are asked to contact Robert Hawkins ;qf the income tax division n the state revenue office, at Little Rock, officials said. SUMMER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES for Blytheville siur dents began Monday, with an announced enrollment of 1,030 pupils, L. D. (Buck) Harris, assistant superintend-! ent for instruction, reported. . , ; ._ Approximately. 400 of these students are taking courses at Blytheville High, including 21 students irjani, surrounding communities, Harris said. - '•;••.•:,;. According to school officials, there is still room.fpr additional students in the art class and in the July driver- education class. A BURGLAR ESCAPED from Blytheville Police shortly after he gained entrance to Montgomery Ward's by breaking out a window in the building, Police Chief George Ford said today. : Police were notified of the, attempted 1:22 a.m. this morning and immediately converged upon the scene, frightening off the thief before any merchandise or money was taken, Ford said. ." ,•. The department's investigation is incomplete and ia being continued today, authorities added, BLYTHEVITXE AIR FORCE BASE will be cloned to all but military personnel on June 17 because of;.an See ROUNDUP en Page » ;g: wa fJSO RH .-Shift

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