Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 29, 1982 · Page 26
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 26

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, May 29, 1982
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REPUBLIC Siit'.uv. y.r.lay 29, 1982 The Arizona Republic A25 if I don't get what I want, I won't come out . . . aSive' By Randy Collier Republic Staff At 7 p.m., Bill Miller, j: i ufim news uuecuii at. ivuuu-TV nllnwed renorters to - i enter a business office and watch a monitor ; showing anchorman Bill Close in the studio attempting to negotiate with a gunman identified by police as Joe ; Quinn. During the conversation, Quinn told Close, ; "If I don't get what I - want, I won't come out .of this place alive. If ' don't care who else gets it." A camera showed Quinn with one arm wrapped around the neck of technician Louis Villa; in his opposite hand was a ,38-caliber revolver pointed at Villa's head. The man appeared fidgety and impatient as he demanded that Close allow him to go on the air so he could tell the world about imminent war. At one point, he told Close an angel had visited him when he was a child and that he had not done what the angel said. He said he knew what he was doing in the newsroom was wrong but it was something he had to do. Villa was injured when he was taken hostage, suffering a cut on his head. At one point, Close told Quinn that a doctor was outside to treat Villa, and Close offered to trade places with the technician, but the gunman refused. Close kept telling him, "You're a hell of a guy." Several times, Close asked the gunman whether he wanted something to eat or drink, but Quinn refused, saying he wanted to keep his head clear. He told Close he would permit his speech to be put on videotape and replayed to the public. Close told him, "You'll be a one-man show." He told the man that nothing could be done without approval from the Federal Communications Commission. Close said he was having difficulty reach ing FCC officials because it was late at night in Washington and no one, was in the offices. An hour after the hostages were taken, police negotiators Bruce Wise and Rusty Hawkins tried to arrange for a special phone to be placed in the control room, but Quinn re fused. Close became the sole negotiator. At 7:30 p.m., after telling Close he didn't "care who else gets it," the gunman added, "Tell these people, damn it, to get me on television." Close kept repeating, "It's going to happen. It's going to happen." All during this time, special-assignment officers armed with high-powered rifles were around the studio. At one point, the man demanded that no police enter the room. "I'm telling you, director (Close), if they come in, your ass is fired," he said. Elizabeth Mangelsdorl Republic The gunman holds a pistol to cameraman Louis Villa's head in KOOL-TV's production-control area. KOOL Then, still holding Villa, Quinn fired one shot into the ceiling. Police said the shot injured no one. But the assailant then struck Villa on the back of 1 the head, and later, Villa's blood was seen smeared woman and grabbed Villa, holding the gun to his on the man's face as he continued to hold the head as he pushed his way into the news studio. hostage, police said. Continued from Al Mississippi tombstone copy washes up on Texas creek Associat ed Press AUSTIN, Texas The government is trying to help lay to rest the mystery of Wisdom D. Martin's tombstone, washed up by floodwaters of Shoal Creek. Problem is, the headstone put atop the World War II veteran's grave in 1968 is still there in Kosciusko, Miss. The tombstone found in Austin is an exact copy of the one above Martin's grave, including birth date, death date and World War II Army rank, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The inscription "PFC US Army, World War II" indicates it was supplied by the Army, which uses ; its own monument makers. "This whole thing has me bothered since I first heard about it," said Ruth McFadden, Martin's widow. "The only thing I can think of was that Reagan writes to old hound dog United Press International ' r BEVERLY FARMS, Mass. - Gaylord has never ! cast a vote, but President Reagan followed his policy of sending congratulatory birthday cards to those over 80 even though Gaylord is just an old hound dog. ; Gaylord's owner, Sharon Cook, said her 86-year-old father has been getting presidential good wishes for six years under a service in which the White House sends birthday greetings to people 80 or over if it is requested in writing. maybe the people that make the tombstones made the wrong one, sent it to somebody, and they sent it back. ,.' "All I know is that the original tombstone is still there." HPVi n Anii limn tits. Camtiaaa A)tvinift ' a lie waa sciii' lug ucuciai tjcivivico nuiuiuis- tration. 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