Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 8, 1969 · Page 1
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Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Wednesday, January 8, 1969
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TEMPERATURE Tuesday high 33, low 13. 7:00 a.m. today 29. Downtown at noon today 44. M REGISTER- NEWS MEMBER AUDI* 1 " BUREAI' OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL —SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN NEWSPAPER WEATHER Southern Illinois — A chance of rain beginning early tonight. Colder by early Thursday with rain changing to snow and ending Thursday afternoon. Low tonight mostly in the 20s. VOLUME XLIX—NO. 84 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1969 40c per Week — Single Copy 7c LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES VETO Robbery Victim Leaves Hospital Nobody Is Safe Any More/ 7 Miss Lustig Says "Nobody is safe any more." That was the sad comment today of Miss Sadie Lustig, well known Mt. Vernon businesswoman who was choked, beaten and robbed last Friday at her store on south Tenth street. "It was a frightening experience," said Miss Lustig as she was discharged today at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she had been a patient since the vicious attack and bra zen strong-arm robbery. "I guess I will never be able to get rid of the fear," she said, "and I do not plan to reopen my store for several days." "Nobody is safe in our country when attackers can slip up behind you, start choking you with a tie, knock you down and hit you with their fists." The brutal robbers, two well dressed Negroes, walked into the Lustig Shoe and Clothing Store at 707 south Tenth street about 3:00 p.m. last Friday. At first they said they wan­ ted to buy clothing, then grabbed Miss Lustig and used a man's tie to choke her. After striking her they ripped a $900 diamond ring from her finger and also took a Watch and an undetermined amount of money. Miss Lustig, suffering from shock and facial bruises, was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she remained as a patient until this morning. She also suffered bruises to her neck from the choking. Police have questioned several suspects but no arrests have been made in the case. Miss Lustig, one of Mt. Vernon's best known women, has been in business here for many years. As a young woman she was associated with her mother, the late Celia Lustig, in operation of a shoe, and clothing store in the 100 block of south Fifth street. Later she opened her own store on south Tenth street and has operated it ever since. In Tiny Court SIRHAN PLEA: SET ASIDE INDICTMENT LOS ANGELES (AP) — Defense motions to set aside Sh> han Bishara Sirhan's indictment and; his plea of innocent come before Judge Herbert V. Walker today: as, his trial resumes on charges of murdering Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The .case of the People vs. Sirhan opened . formally Tuesday. Within minutes, one of Sirhan's attorneys asked for a closed session in Walker's chambers to discuss motions. After an hour in chambers, four motions were introduced in open court and Walker—after ruling against two—directed the defense to submit written requests today on the others. Sirhan 24, a Jordanian who came to this country as a boy, was neatly dressed in a gray suit; white, buttoned-down shirt and blue tie. He waved to his attorneys as he entered the heavily guarded, 75-seat courtroom. He sat next to them at the left end of'the long counsel table but made no public statements. The motion to withdraw the plea of innocent is a legal technicality. Under California law, an indictment can not be quashed while a plea standsV After a plea is withdrawn, and if another indictment is returned, the original plea may be re-entered". The motion attacking Sirhan's indictntent is based on a contention the grand jury which indicted him was not composed of a proper cross-section of the community, said Russell Parsons, one of three defense lawyers. Parsons said such juries frequently exclude women, members of minority groups and people of; various professions. Sirhan is charged with shooting Kennedy to death and wounding five bystanders just (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) Says Mayor Reports No Complaints On Landfill Mt. Vernon Mayor Joe Martin said today that he has had no complaints "officially or ev T en personally," on the new sanitary landfill operated by the city south of town., "However, we have had reports of abusive and illegal use of the ground after it had been closed," said Martin, . The mayor's remarks came after Vance Skinner, supervisor of Dodds Township Tuesday told members of the Jefferson county Board of Supervisdrs that he had received numerous complaint recently concerning the operation of the landfill. Martin said that a state inspector visited the landfill Tuesday and "indicated that he was very pleased with the operation of the landfill project Martin said that the inspector made two requests before leaving. (1) He asked that no burning be done unless it were brush and trees that were necessary to be disposed of and (2) that the shelter house be moved nearer the gate for observation purposes. "Other than these two requests, he gave his stamp of approval," said Martin. The mayor said that the request for no burning will be strickly compiled with. Martin also said that the shelter house was moved this morning to comply with the second request. The hew landfill, on U. S. Rt. 460, is across the road from a glutted landfill the city abandoned several months ago. The landfill is operated by tiie city sanitation division and is used by both city and county. residents. under a cooperative, agreement between the city council and county board. Under the agreement, the county pays the city $550 per month. Farewell Message MUST SOLVE FISCAL CRISIS -SHAPIRO Too High For Measurement Fierce Wind Blows Through Boulder, Colo. BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Hurricane-force winds which peaked at more than 125 miles an hour ripped through Boulder Tuesday night, leaving mangled telephone poles, downed power lines, splintered trees and wrecked homes. The winds were blamed for the death of James A. Madden, 28, of Greeley, Cola, killed when' a pickup camper was I town off Interstate 25 north of Denver and turned over twice. Boulder police said roofs were ripi/ed off more than a dozen homes, countless others were denuded of shingles and several were heavily damaged by falling tripes. Eight single-engine private aircraft were destroyed at the Soulder airport. A prairie fire hear the airport charred a iwath five miles long and turned one unoccupied building. Countless utility poles were blown down and half the city of 50 000 was without power. The ma^n six-lane thoroughfare into the city was closed for several: hours by downed utility poles and power .lines which snapped about. Twenty persons were treated at Community Hospital for cuts itceived either from wind-blown debris or when they were blown about. A spokesman for the National Center for Atmospheric Research at the south edge of Boulder said their instruments could not measure wind gusts past 125 miles an hour. Sik time? the needle was blown oft the graph, the spokesman said. Wind gusts of over 100 miles an hour were recorded more than 125 times, he said. SPRINGFIELD, HI. (AP) Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro told the 76th General Assembly today that unless a long-range solution is found —to the state's revenue problems "Illinois will live from crisis to crisis." Shapiro reported in his farewell message that he has fulfilled his pledge to keep the state finances stabilized until the end of the biennium. He submitted the message in written form to each legislator and did not appear to read it. Shapiro said that although it had been forecast the general revenue fund would have a $42.2 million deficit at the end of last year, it actually had a plus balance of $138 million. — The outgoing Democratic governor recalled he appointed a bipartisan Revenue Study Commission "of distinguished citizens to help plot a course toward long-term solution of the revenue problems. The group will have recommendations in March to add to others that you will be considering." Both incoming Republican Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie and GOP legislative leaders have said they are withholding de- decisions on the revenue crisis until the commission reports. Shapiro declared both the longrterm revenue problem and the implementation of the —call of ...a constitutional convention "make this General' Assembly the most important in the history of Illinois." "My thoughts on a new constitution will be presented, to the convention at an appropriate time," Shapiro said. "For me to discuss programs beyond what I have done would be presumptuous," he added." The new governor will come before you to present his reco- mendations and his request for inonies." Ogilvie will make his first formal statement to the legislature Monday. Shapiro traced the revenue crisis back only as —far as the 75th General Assembly. He said/the administration of Gov. Otto —Kerner sought to broaden the sales tax to include services, but the GOP legislative majority trimmed it to a limited service tax which was ruled . unconstitutional. The assembly also repealed an inheritance tax. "The net results 1 were that the.budget was unbalanced by $180 million and that the need for a long-term solution to our revenue problems remained," he said. "I do not say ours- was the only solution," Shapiro said. As Lieutenant , Governor,, he succeeded Kerner when Kerner was named a federal judge in May. "I do sfly we tried. We took the high road of responsibility." He recalled the legislature authorized borrowing of up to $60 million in. idle motor fuel tax funds and the governor imposed austerity on all agencies under his, control. — "The latter has meant delay and deferral of projects, cutbacks in programs and a freeze on hiring except where absolutely necessary or in emergencies," he said. Shapiro said that had not $30 million of motor fuel tax funds been transferred to general revenue the year-end. balance would have been $108 million instead of $138 million . Shapiro also reported that the economic condition of Illinois is stronger and more vigorous that at any time in hisotry. He said the transition, of -^governments is going smoothly. LIBYA The Explosive MIDEAST MILES The mounting tempo of Arab-Israeli clashes has again brought the tinderbox Mideast to the flashpoint. Recent majw Incidents include the attack on an Israeli airliner at Athens and the Israeli retaliation raid on Beirut airport, repeated shelllngs and air strikes along the Israel-Jordan border, terroist bombing of a Jerusalem market, guerrilla activity in flu. occupied Sinai, snelltajr along the Suez Canal and an Isaell commando raid on Egypt's Aswan power installations. Tuesday Franco cut off delivery of all military equipment to Israel, including Jet fighters and spare parts which it has been supplying for years. Lull In War JET CRASHES ON CAMP; 2 YANKS DEAD SAIGON (AP) — The U.S. and I South Vietnamese commands J today reported only two small skirmishes and two shellings in! what appeared to be one of the Vietnam war's quietest days since the Paris negotiations began. The U.S. Command also reported a battle-damaged Air Force Phantom jet crashed into an American artillery camp Tuesday, killing two. U.S. soldiers and a Vietnamese civilian in the camp. . The Command also reported two heilcopters shot down earlier this week, with one crewman killed and two wounded. „ U.S. troops were involved in only one of the two fights Tuesday, a clash, about 70 miles north of Saigon. Artillery and helicopter gunship crews of the 1st Air Cavalry Division sprayed a small enemy band with" rockets and machine-gun fire, and 16 enemy bodies were found. There were no American casualties. In the other action, a South Vietnamese militia force reported it killed 14 guerrillas during a patrol in the Mekong Delta 49 miles southwest of Saigon. The South Vietnamese reported a district town and a Special Forces camp were shelled during the night. Ten mortar rounds hit the town of - Tan Canh, 272 miles northwest of Saigon, wounding one civilian. Ten ronuds also hit a Special Forces camp at Thanh Tri, 43 miles west of Saigon, inflicting "light casualties." The Phantom downed Tuesday was one of two jets hit by intensive machine-gun fire on a Jewel Tea Co. To Close Office In Mt Vernon W. H. Stone, operating manager of the Jewel; Home Shopping Service, located' on the Waltoh- ville Road, said today that the Mt. Vernon office of the company will close February 8. ; Stone said the Mt. Vernon pp- 'eration will be consolidated with the home office in Barrlngton "for a more efficient operation." The Jewel Home Shopping Service has been located in Mt. Vernon for eight years. The company employs 15 people. Dirksen Opposed Filibuster Rule Change Is Unlikely WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Everet M. Dirksen says he is opposed to making it easier to cut filibusters, thus casting doubts on any possible change in debate rules this session. Further dimming reform chances was a statement by Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield who said he believes' the rules of the Senate carry over from one Congress to the next. Dirksen also said Tuesday he thinks most of the GOP senators are opposed to revamping the filibuster rule to restrict debate. This Dirksen-led GOP oppositions, plus the traditional errinity against Umiting debate on the part of most Southern Democrats, indicates an almost impossible task for those who want to restrict filibusters . Mansfield did say he favors permitting debate to be cut off by a three-fifth majority of senators voting and he thinks this change would be adopted "if we could get it to a vote." But both leaders said they agree with colleagues who argue the Senate is a continuing body with rules carrying over from one Congress to the next. In this case, the two-thirds majority would continue to be needed to break a filibuster. (Continued On Page ^2 Col. 5) Mt V. Fire Loss Lower In 1968 Loss from fires in Mt. Vernon in 1968 was estimated' at $51,950 today by Fire Chief Syd ney Burnetts. That was more than $100,000 less than the 1967 fire loss of $159,485. In his annual report Chief Burnette noted' that firemen answered 375 calls i during 1968, considerably more than the .279 calls the previous year. * During 1968 there were 256 fire; alarms, 50 emergency calls and 72 miscellaneous calls. , No lives were lost in fires here last year. Fire caused one death in 1967. Chief Burnette noted that no major fires occurred in Mfc Vernon ir* 1968. From 34th To 42nd Streets BIDS JANUARY 24 ON W. BROADWAY PAVING Shot Dog, Beat Woman Up And Stole 40 Guns EDWARDSVILLE, 111. (AP)An intruder forced his way into the home of Mrs. Herman Rodhe Tuesday night, shot the family dog, beat and handcuffed the woman, stole a collection of 40 guns and drove away in the family car. Edwardsville police said Mrs. Rodhe was pistol-whipped and handcuffed to a pole in the basement while the intruder ransacked the house for about an hour. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of head injuries. Mrs. Rodhe said the assailant --described as a short, stocky wh'te male in his late 20s—sum­ moned her to the door about Si;30 p.m., asked to see her husband and then forced his way inside. When the intruder left, Mrs Tlrihe freed herself by kicking the pole she was handcuffed to until "it broke away from the floor and ceiling. One of the stolen . guns was found a short time later near a Edwardsville shopping center. Chicago Suburb 2 Killed, 30 Hurt In Explosion CHICAGO (AP) — At least two workers were reported killed and more than 30 injured today' in an explosion in an industrial plant in suburban Broadview. Police said the injured were taken to three hospitals in Melrose Park, La Grange and Hines, all in the suburban area west of Chicago. The scene of the explosion was the Chase Products Co., a manufacturer of insecticides and other chemical products. Police said they were told more than 150 persons were employed in the plant. The blast occurred about 8 a.m. shortly after most employes had reported for work. The one-story plant was reported extensively damaged by the blast. Fire equipment from Broadview, Westchester, Maywood and other suburbs converged on the scene. Fire Chief James Cote of Broadview told reporters that there was an explosion and fire but the cause was not known. The fire; he said, was quickly extinguished. Cote said that the blast and flames were in the filling section where cans were filled. He said that the company produces aerosol cans of hair spray, starches and other liquids. The large, one-story plant, made of light-colored bricks, is in a mixed residential and factory section of the suburb. Women office workers told 1 how they took refuge in a bun- The state highway department win receive bids January 24 for widening and paving of west Broadway, from 34th to 42nd streets. It is a portion of the Mt. Vernon access to the 1-57, 1-64 interchange which is already under construction The bids will be opened in Springfield and the low bidder announced. It is expected that a contract will be awarded this winter and construction will start in the early spring. The paving, on U. S. Route 460, will cover a. half- mile stretch. The City of Mt Vernon has already entered into a contract with the state to lower water mains along the route. This work will be started just as soon as weather permits. City officials said that no plans have yet been announced for improvement of the interchange access route on Broadway in the area from 14th street to 34th streets. Project At Ashley Bids will also be received in Springfield January 24 on widening and resurfacing on 1.63 miles of U. S. Route 15 and U. S. Route 460, in Ashley. Continued On Page 2 Col. 6) Men Use Trick To Get Treat Of Whiskey Two men used a trick to treat themselves to a bottle of whiskey last night at a Mt. Vernon tavern. Police said the men ordered a bottle at the drive-in window of the Gingham Kitchen, 306 Perkins. When the clerk put the bottle in the window they ordered a six-pack of beer, While she was getting the beer they took the bottle and ran. Police searched the area but the men were not found. Shapiro Set Back INCREASES OWN PAY BY $3,000 YEAR SPRINGFIELD, HI. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature today overrode a veto of pay increases for lawmakers. It was the —first time in 32 years a governor's veto was cancelled. In a unprecedented one-hour session preceding the new 76th general assembly, the House voted 140-10 and the Senate 4010 to override Gov. Samuel H. Shapiro's veto of a $3,000 annual salary boost. The action gives the raise im- mmediatcly to House members elected in November, making their salaries $12,000 a year. An override of the veto would give the raise immediately to House members elected in November, making their salaries $12,000 a year. Otherwise, any increase voted by the 1969 session would not be effective until represenatives are elected in 1970. Senators would not qualify for the raise in any case until after the 1970 election. At caucuses Tuesday night, top Democratic leaders said they would vote not to override the veto but at the same time left it up to indiivdual members to follow their own course of action. Rep. John Touhy of Chicago was retained as Democratic minority House leader and Sen. Thomas A. McGloon of Chicago was renamed Senate minority leader. Touhy and McGloon reappointed their whips' from the previous session — Rep. Clyde Choate of —Anna and Sen. Alan Dixon of Belleville. Rep. Ralph T. Smith of Alton was slated for re-election by majority Republicans as the speaker and Sen. W. Russell Arrington of Evanston for GOP majority leader. Touhy told —newsmen he personally would not support an override but said sentiment of many Democratic represent- tives favored the salary i n- crease in view of Ogilvie's plan to present yearly budgets which would bring annual sessions. Bipartisan votes are required in the House and Senate to cancel the veto. The Legislature will not begin grappling with state governmental problems until Ogilvie is sworn in Monday and outlines the programs he wants enacted. Four —other state officials also will be inducted with Ogilvie. Ogilvie is expected to withhold his recommendations on solving the biggest question facing the new GOP administration and the Legislature—how to come up with the money to pay for expanding needs of education, mental helath, higs- ways and other programs. After the opening session, the House planned to recess until Monday but the Senate set a haring Thursday on legislation to prepare for a state constitutional convention. Mary J. Resheter Of Buckner Appoint First Woman To Rend Lake District Board The first woman member of the Rend Lake Conservancy District board will begin serving on January 26. Mary J. Resheter of Buckner was yesterday appointed to a five- year term on the board. She succeeds Kenneth J. Cockrum of Sesser, who has been a trustee since 1955. Miss Resheter is currently serving as secretary off,the Rend Lake Association. ' She was named to the board on the recommendation of Cir cuit Judge William G. Eovaldi of Benton, with the concurrence of Chief Judge Charles E. Jones of McLeansboro, and Judge Randall Quinary of Fairfield. Notice of her appointment was filed yesterday afternoon in the office of Franklin Covin- ty Circuit Clerk Eddie Griffin,* at Benton. — Robbers Tie Up 3, Steal Coins SHELBYVILLE, 111. (AP) — Mr. and Mrs. Harry Broverman were robbed in their home Tuesday night of a safe containing an unstated amount of money, two pistols and a coin collection. Sheriff Glenn Wade of Shelby County said he was searching for three armed men who took the safe after tying up the Brov- ermans and their daughter, Jean, 27. DILLIES -LOOK OUT! HERE COMES THE TAX COLLECTOR. • WaiMlnikiini 'ri ri-V'd-^-^'-nirlmrrt'iiiibi

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