The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 15, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 81 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS Junior Site Is School High New Snag Although Blytheville voters have approved an $800,000 bond issue primarily for construction of new school buildings, not a bond has been sold as of today. "The bond market is very bad. We think we would have to pay anywhere from 4.8 to 5.2 percent," Supt. of Schools J. K. Williams reported. For this reason, the board, acting on the advice of its financial consultants in Little Rock, is delaying the sale of bonds. "Our advisor — Dabbs, Sullivan, Trulock — feel the market will improve this summer," Williams reported. In the interim so construction can get started, the board is set to borrow some ?400,000. Interest rate on this will be about 4.5 percent, well below the bond market. However, there is another sticky factor facing the board in its school construction program. For nearly a year now, the board has been looking for a • suitable 40-acre site on which to locate a new • junior high school. To date, there has been little success. "We feel as if a junior high should be within walking distance of those students who will attend it and so we can't go out into the country if we wish to make it convenient to the students." Williams also figures that the new junior high will have to be larger than originally planned because of the integration de- • mands which have been put on the district. On June 26, the district will open bids on a new wing at See SCHOOL on Page 2 Kennedy Thank You Via TV NEW YORK (AP) — The Kennedy family broadcasts today via three television networks to thank the American people for their concern during the days of mourning fur Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The message, to be taped at the family compound at Hyannis Port, Mass., will include statements by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the senator's brother, and Mrs. Rose Kennedy, his mother. NBC said it would broadcast the message at 6:55 p.m. and again at 7:25 p.m. EOT. ABC will broadcast it at 3:55' p.m. and probably again during the 11 p.m. news. CBS said it would feed tht message to its affiliate stations for their use at about 3:55 p.m. since the network is not connected at that hourV It was expected the message would be broadcast during the Roger Mudd Evening News at 7 p.m. Fighting Flares Around Saigon By ROBERT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - American B52 bombers pounded Viet Cong infiltration routes around Saigon with 150 tons of bombs today, as the enemy shelled several cities and allied positions and ground forces engaged in sharp clashes. The rolling thunder of the 500-pound bombs was clearly heard in the capital as the bombers made two strikes about 20 miles northwest of the city. Twenty enemy mortar rounds iht the southern fringe of Sai- gon, wounding two policemen and six South Vietnamese civilians. About 60 Chinese-made 107 mm rockets-struck the Bien Hoa airbase 15 miles north of Saigon, but U.S. spokesmen said they inflicted no casualties or damage. Associated Press photographer Dang Van Phuoc reported sharp fighting in suburban Gia Dinh, where South Vietnamese troops tried to root out guerrillas in bunkers. He said the irregulars failed to dislodge the enemy. A South Vietnamese lieutenant was killed and two American advisors were among 17 wounded. , .. A government spokesman said South Vietnamese paratroopers killed 30 Viet Cong and suffered three wounded in an engagement through a string of hamlets five miles northeast of Saigon. Forty-eight North Vietnamese regulars were killed in two actions near the demilitarized zone. Marines of the U.S. 26th Regimental Landing Team counted 21 bodies after repulsing an enemy charge on their night position southwest of Da Nang. Three marines were wounded. Near the South China Sea, other U.S. Marines pinned down a band of North Vietnamese and the cruiser USS Boston was called in to shell the enemy position. A U.S. spokesman said 27 enemy soldiers were killed. While allied troops fanned out within the enemy's seven-mile rocket range of Saigon looking for firing sites, enemy gunners zeroed in on supply points, training camps and civilian targets. The U.S. Marine command reported that 22 of the enemy's 122 mm rockets hit the supply base northwest of Da Nang, inflicting light to moderate damage. Fifty artillery rounds inflicted light damage on the Cua Viet supply point six miles below the demilitarized zone. . Infantry training centers at Quang Ngai and Chau Doc were mortared and light casualties were reported. Mortar rounds See VIETNAM on Page 2 Balky Mule Train Calls Maddox' Hand By HAL GULLIVER . Associate;! Press Writer ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - The Poor People's mule train reached here today with about 100 persons in 13 battered wagons after the threat of arrest from Gov, Lester Maddox failed to materialize. The mule drawn wagons were still on Interstate 20 after 7 a.m., the deadline set by the governor. Prior to the deadline, state troopers accompanying the caravan said the group would be subject to arrest if still on the busy highway. But troopers permitted Atlanta police to take over the supervision of the mule train well outside the Atlanta city limits. State officials, including the governor, personally helped to supervise the mule train, carrying 70 adults and 30 children. State troopers and Maddox left the scene after the governor chose not to carry put his arrest threat. "We're in good shape. N» traffic backup or anything," said Atlanta police Supt. George Royal, shortly after Atlanta police took over supervision of the mule train. Leaders of the caravan planned a triumphal procession along Hunter Street in the Atlanta Negro community during the day and a mass meeting at the West Hunter Baptist Church tonight. The caravan, part of the Poor People's Campaign, was halted Friday when 67 persons were arrested and later released on charges of violating a law banning pedestrians and nonmoto- rized vehicles from the highway. Four state patrol cars accompanied the 13-mule-drawn wagons and in a surprise move, Maddox joined the troopers about an hour after it began the 30-mile trip to Atlanta. Maddox had promised to allow the mule train to. proceed during the light traffic hours late Friday and early today. "We don't trust Lester Maddox," declared wagonmaster Willie Bolden at an Atlanta meeting Friday night. "We told the state troopers and Lester Maddox we were going to Atlanta on Interstate. 20. We will come to Atlanta on 120. In Mississippi, we did not allow the governor to dictate to us. In Alabama, we did not allow the governor to dictate to us. And, we just flatly refuse to let Gov. Lester Maddox dictate to us," Bolden declared. The mule train members were arrested when they first attempted to enter the interstate highway Friday near Douglasville. Thirty-two juveniles, including the 9-year-old son of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, were also taken into custody. The juveniles were released but chose to remain with the adults. Later Douglas County Sheriff Claude Abercrombie announced See BALKY on Page 2 June. -15 A 20-YEAR-OLD AIRMAN, stationed at BlyttieviTle Air -Force Base, apparently shot and killed himself Thursday night about 8:55 p.m., according to the Blytheville Felice -Department. Dead is Jimmy Elijah Hayes who lived at 700 North Broadway, police said. According to his wife, Mrs. Mackie Lee Hayes, 19, the airman put a .22 caliber pistol to his head saying that he was going to play Russian roulette to see if he would win or lose. • The bullet struck Hayes in the right temple, killing him instantly, police 'said. TWO SHOOTINGS WHICH occurred within a two- hour period were investigated by the Blytheville police department last night. The first shooting happened at 10:30 p.m. in the Pink Pussy Cat cafe at Broadway and Ash, when Marie Williams was wounded in the hand by a .22 caliber bullet, police said. Arrested was John Cottrell, 39, of 1217 South Franklin, who is alleged to have fired three shots at another, man/identified as George Jones, 35, of 368 South Eleventh, authorities said. Miss Williams was treated for her injuries at Chickasawba Hospital and released, police said, and Cottrell who has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and public drunkenness, is being held in the city jail in lieu of $500 bond., A second shooting occured at the residence of Bob Truelove, 32, of 124 West Davis, in which Truelove was shot in the right leg by a .22 caliber pistol, investigating officers said. . . Police were notified of the shooting at 12:15 a.m. and were told by the victim that his wife had accidentally wounded him during a party being held at the home, authorities said. Truelove was treated at Chickasawba Hospital for a flesh wound and released and no charges have been filed, police said. The investigation into the incident is continuing today, the department added. See ROUNDUP on Page 2 Dr. Spock, Others Convicted By WILLIAM F. NICHOLSON Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) — Baby doctor Benjamin Spock, Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr., and two others have been convicted of conspiracy to counsel young men to evade tht draft. A fifth defendant was acquitted. "My main defense," Spock said, "was that I believed a citizen must work against a war he feels is contrary to intarnational law. The court hM decided to feel differently." • After the 'conviction Friday night by an ill-null federal jury, Spock's counsel, Leonard Boudin, and defense 'attorneys, for the other three said there would be an appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The four men were expected to carry their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary, as part of their opposition to the Vietnam war. Convicted with Coffin and the 65-year-old pediatrician were Michael Fcrber, 23, a, Harvard graduate student, and Mitchell Goodman, 44, a writer and teacher from Temple, Maine. Marcus Raskin, 34, a Washington reiMrcb director, wai • found innocent by the jury after seven hours and 20 minutes of deliberation. The trial began May 20 and lasted four weeks. Raskin walked from the: 12th floor courtroom in federal courthouse, his head down and tears in his eyes. : "I feel very good for myself," he said in a choked voice, "and badly for the others." Raskin's lawyer.'Calvin Bartlett, maintained during the trial that Raskin was not part of any conspiracy and barely knew hit co-defendants. U.S. District Judge Francis J. W, Ford ordered Spock and ttie other three freed in personal recognizance until sentencing on July 10. They face maximum sentences of five-year prison terms and $10,000 fines. The jury, in a list of findings on specific charges made in the indictment, found that Spock and the otiier three conspired to counsel, aid and abet Selective Service registrants to refuse or evade duties under the Selective Service Act. "My belief has always been," Coffin said, "that th« issues we wanted to bring before the court were never argued, That's the CM CONVICTED w Page I , A FRISCO TRAIN slammed into this 1967 Chevrolet last night around 10:30 dragging the vehicle and its driver, Claude Brothers, of Luxora, down the tracks approximately 150 feet from the point of impact at Walnut and Railroad. The train, operated by E. H. Ryan of.Chaffee, Mo., was halted at the intersection of Main and Railroad. Witnesses said- the auto, which was traveling east on Walnut, stopped at the crossing then proceeded across'the tracks into the path oE the oncoming train. Brothers was taken to Chickasawba Hospital for treatment. (Police Department Photo) Gasket Bearers Protest Wallace By BOB GILBERT Associated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police rescued 11 casket-bearing demonstrators—most of them Negroes—from an angry, advancing crowd of George C. Wallace supporters Friday night following the presidential candidate's rally. Wallace had left the auditorium just before the fracas erupted and did not see it. The demonstrators carried a child's white casket, a sign saying "Wallace is a Hitler. Crime, Murder, Injustice and Hate Follow Wallace." They carried, too, a picture of four children killed in a Birmingham, Ala., church explosion in 1963. "The crowd was tense," said Police Maj. Joe Casey. "We didn't arrest the demonstrators. We just brought them in for their own protection and then released them without charges." . A helmeted policeman who reached the surrounded demonstrators said, "I had to knock down one man to keep him off a big Negro. The crowd was going to kill them." A young white man, not with the demonstrators, was arrested as he walked into the auditorium shortly before Wallace began his speech. Police said the man,'identified as George W. Dehoff, 25, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., had a loaded pistol tucked in his belt. "There was one round in the chamber and about seven or eight rounds in a clip," said Asst. Police Chief Donald Barton. "He was charged with carrying a pistol and released on $50 bond." Barton said Dehoff identified himself as a "special deputy sheriff" in adjoining Rutherford County and said he had "a permit to carry a gun in that county." The gun was confiscated. Tha demonstrators—one of them a Negro man in a wheelchair - were parading in front of the auditorium as Wallace concluded his speech Inside by calling for strict .law enforcement and asking for the support cf all Negroes in Tennessee. The crowd filing out of tht »«• ' ' ditorium met the demonstrators and the shouting and cursing began. Police converged on the area, drove through the pressing crowd and pushed the demonstrators toward the jail two blocks away. "Communists!" one bystander shouted at the demonstrators. "We had planned a peaceful demonstration to put some light on law and order," said Bill Gregory, 25, of Nashville, who identified himself as a volunteer worker tor the National Association for the Advancement of Col- Sec WALLACE on Page 2 it on the Chi NEW YORK (AP) — A cowboy actor hung up his guns. A newspaper discontinued. two comic strips with a high biff- bam content. A re-enactment of a gangster massacre was canceled. These were some of the reactions this week against guns and violence in the wake of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Rex Allen, a veteran Hollywood and rodeo star, in the business IV years, told an audience at the 27th annual Midwest Horse Show in Springfield, 111., he was convinced Western movie and television performers had given guns too good an image. Removing his own, Allen declared: "I will never put them on again in my life." The Greensboro, N.C. Daily News notified its readers it would no longer publish Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie. The newspaper cited what it described as the "constant exploitation and advocacy of violence" in the two strips. The re-enactment of the 1929 St. Valentine's Day gangster massacre, scheduled for a shopping center show in Burnaby, B.C. was called off by promoter George Patcy. He said he bowed to phoned objections by citizens who felt it would glamorize violence. A Western store chain put its toy guns under the counter and said make-believe weapons for tots henceforth would be pro- duced only upon parental request. The Dayton store chain, which has outlets in Minnesota, Missouri, California, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado, said it would henceforth push peaceful toys, such as steam shovels. Two of the four biggest department stores in Minneapolis reported they had quit selling toys keyed to violence. The other two said they planned to follow suit. In Richland, Wash., Donnie Einan, 7, suggested to his father, Duane, that both turn" in their guns to the police. The elder Einan gave up a .32-caliber revolver. Donnie parted with an air gun and four toy pistols. Law enforcement officers-at Tampa,.Fla., destroyed 300 guns seized in various criminal investigations by dropping them into a vat of acid. Previous practice was to sell such weapons at pub,- lic auction, but Sheriff Malcolm Beard said, "There are already See VIOLENCE on Page 2 Cloudy, Warm Partly cloudy to cloudy and warm through Sunday. Scattered showers and a few thuni}6r> storms mainly In the west Sjld north portions and mostly early tonight, diminishing late tonight but increasing Sunday over much of the state in the afjjfcr- noon. Low tonight 60s to tow T8*. «*««•

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