The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 11, 1976 · Page 1
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December 11, 1976

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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 1

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Awards WEATHER Partly cloudy and mild through Sunday with a 20 per cent chance of showers. High near 80. Low near 70. Easterly winds around 15-20 m.p.h. Data, A2 VOL. X NO. 16 The Palm Beac h PostTimes Pyle Kennedy Pulitzer 48 PAGES-: -PRICE FIFTEEN CENTS WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 11, 1976 Trucker Seized; $80,000 Load Stolen ried merchandise from Tampa and was to be delivered to Walgreen Drug Stores in Miami, was believed to have a load valued at "between $80,000 and $90,000." Almost immediately, after Kuntz reported hjs abduction, police agencies issued a state-wide, all points bulletin on the truck, described as a white, 40-foot 1976 Ford tractor-trailer. One source said the suspects may have used a Ford Falcon in the abduction-hijacking. Case said investigators believe the hijacking was well-planned. blindfolded for four-and-a-half hours, he was thrown out of the car, still tied and with the hood over his head at 108th St. and Quail Road in Miami. After calling his wife to assure her of his safety, Kuntz called the Miami police, who in turn contacted the FBI, because the pos-siblity exists the truck may have traveled across state lines, which would give the FBI jurisdiction. Because the day's invoice was stolen, the exact amount of the loss and type of merchandise was unknown. A spokesman for the Miami police said the truck, which car been recovered late last night. The truck was owned by Walgreen Drug Stores. The FBI, West Palm Beach and Miami police are involved in the investigation. According to information pieced together from police sources, this is what happened: Kuntz was parked in the lot of Howard Johnson's at 1911 Okeechobee Blvd. at about 5 a.m. and was in the process of transferring the daily invoice of the shipment he was to deliver to Miami from his car to his truck, when two men grabbed him from behind as he was about to enter the cab. "One suspect held a gun to his head and they said 'We want your load,' " Case said. "They then put a cloth hood over his head, tied him up and threw him on the floorboard of the truck." According to a statement by Kuntz, he was driven some 45 miles south on 1-95, where the suspects stopped the truck. "He said it sounded like they stopped at a truck stop or a rest stop, because he could hear other truck engines," Case said. While stopped, the suspects transferred Kuntz to a car, which was driven by one of the men. After being driven around By TIM TUCKER Post Staff Writer A 47-year-old West Palm Beach man was abducted from a motel parking lot on Okeechobee Boulevard yesterday by two armed men, who hijacked his tractor-trailer containing more than $80,000 in merchandise. Truck driver Tony Kuntz was blindfolded, tied up and driven to Miami, where he was released unharmed. West Palm Beach Lt. E.F. Case said neither the truck nor the merchandise had . .1 Gas Leaks; Thousands Evacuated UitVa iff UK W J t From Post Wire Services BATON ROUGE, La. - A deadly green cloud of chlorine gas drifted along the Mississippi River yesterday, driving more than 10,000 persons from their homes and forcing the Coast Guard to close the river from the state capital northward for 50 miles. Residents living near the river were forced to flee from the gas, which leaked from a huge chemical plant tank. No injuries were reported, but authorities were worried 3,000 inmates would have to be removed from the state penitentiary. Officials called out two National Guard units totaling 250 men to patrol the evacuated area, which included Southern University, and to prepare for possible evacuation of the penitentiary 48 miles to the northwest. The gas leaked from a tank at the Allied Chemical Corp. four miles north of the Capitol. It drifted across the Mississippi River toward the university campus and was reported moving in a west-northwest direction at about 10 m.p.h. Officials were unable to pin down the size of the chlorine gas cloud because of weather conditions, but the Coast Guard announced it was closing the river from just south of Baton Rouge to 50 miles north of that point. "We're dealing with too many variables to determine the extent of the hazard area now," said Lt. Richard Ford of the Coast Guard Environmental Division. Authorities said victims of chlorine gas poisoning first experience watering eyes and a burning throat. That progresses to sweating, vomiting, constriction of the chest and high blood pressure which then drops, causing the victim to collapse, they said. State Commissioner of Administration Charles Roemer, who was directing emergency efforts from the Capitol four miles from the plant, said Allied officials told him there was no chance of stopping the leak. Officials said residents in the path of the chlorine gas cloud were moved 10 miles downriver to Louisiana State University. About 6,000 of those fleeing the gas were students of Southern University. The rest were residents of the predominantly black area surrounding the university. "We have activated two National Guard units to protect property of those evacuated from Southern and the area and to be prepared to assist movement of the prisoners at Angola if needed," Roemer said. Roemer said it would take six to eight hours for the leaking tank to drain, and another six to eight hours for the air to clear. Company spokesmen said up to 100 tons of gas may be involved in the leak. The leak occurred about 3:15 p.m. and gas was detected at New Roads 20 miles northwest of the site within two hours. "We're having to evacuate the other side of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge," a state police spokesman said. "They haven't got the leak stopped yet." Allied officials said they did not know what caused the leak and had not been able to shut it off. Staff Photo by Giorgo Wodding A shroud of fog lends a misty beauty to Lake TUn. I7nl iHhiI Worth early in the morning along Flagler Drive in 1 ne nuny Uiru West Palm Beach. A solitary wading bird and serene palm trees accentuate the stillness of the morning. Carter: Creating Jobs Top Priority jor industrial executives met with Carter Thursday and recommended a $23-billion program including $15 billion in tax cuts, $3 billion in investment incentives and $5 billion in job creating programs. Carter had a full day of meetings yesterday before heading to Plains, Ga., for the weekend. He met with almost every Democratic member of Congress during the morning, asking for authority to reorganize the government quickly, and then spent the afternoon being briefed at the Pentagon. Turn to CARTER, A1S Carter declared he probably would name the same person to head the Federal Energy Administration and the Energy Research and Development Administration. Such a double appointment might run into trouble in Congress, which established the two agencies under separate laws and where Senate confirmation is required for each of the two administrators. Carter confirmed reports his staff had recommended a tax cut of $15 billion "among other options." A group of ma "Disarm now, disarm now" from behind police lines. "If the amount of stimulus is more than the jobs can implement, I will make up the difference from taxes," Carter said. However, he said, "the size of an economic stimulus, if it is needed, still remains to be decided." Carter, renewing his promise to develop a unified energy policy by April 1, said he probably will appoint one person to head two energy agencies. From Post Wire Services WASHINGTON - Jimmy Carter said yesterday he will give first priority in stimulating the economy to programs to create jobs, then will make up the difference with a tax cut if it is necessary. Carter said, after visiting the Pentagon, he still had not decided whether to ask for a tax cut, but he revealed more about his thinking on economic stimulus than he had previously. "My first priority is toward jobs," Carter said in answer to a question as a small band of demonstrators chanted t 1 Kidnap Suspects Cleared. Face Extortion Charges etTr : . i. - . i i , , in ' r i .n"'" Inside Today llecall In an unprecedented action, the Environmental Protection Agency orders Chrysler Corp. to recall almost one-fourth of its 1975 cars because they may emit too much carbon monoxide. Story, A4 Playoffs Atlantic and Pahokee advance to the finals of the state high school football playoffs. Story, D1 - f 1 J , I , V J .'iff 'I - w - 1 ( ci" " '; 4W " "r ' 'It's a pretty bad system when a guy gets kidnaped, the kidnapers are caught red-handed and they get off. The best thing you can do is laugh about it and put it behind you and go on.' Samuel Bronfman .in ... ii ill l(T - fc&(5!..fe3 i t H From Post Wire Services NEW YORK - Mel Patrick Lynch and Dominic P. Byrne were acquitted yesterday on charges of kidnaping Samuel Bronfman II in August 1975, but were convicted of grand larceny for extorting a $2.3 million ransom from Bronfman's father, Edgar, who is chairman of Seagram Co. Ltd. Defense lawyers and the defendants' families hailed the acquittals on the kidnaping charges, but a Bronfman family representative described the verdict as a "shocking and outrageous mockery of justice" that would deter victims of serious crimes "from coming forward." After the verdict was announced in a hushed White Plains courtroom jammed with spectators, three jurors said they believed the defense contention that the 23-year-old heir to the Seagram Liquor fortune had "masterminded" his own "phony abduction," perhaps for "personal reasons." At a news conference after the verdict, the young Bronfman gave what a family spokesman said would be his final words on the matter. "It's unbelievable," he said. "You're at the mercy of the system, the press, and the defense lawyers. "It's a pretty sad system when a guy gets kidnaped, the kidnapers are caught red-handed and they get off," he said. "The best thing you can do is laugh about it and put it behind you and go on. But I hope this doesn't stop other people who are victims of violent crime from taking the witness stand and helping prosecutors." With his wife, Melanie and his father at his side, Bronfman said they Smoke The government releases test results on cigarettes for tar and nicotine yesterday. Several brands come out cleaner than in earlier tests. Story, A1S and his "thousands of friends" knew he was not a homosexual and "what people who don't know me believe doesn't bother me." Asked about a juror's statement that his testimony was "too well rehearsed," Bronfman said firmly, "None of the jurors were sitting up there reliving a kidnaping." The three jurors, who stressed that they were speaking only for themselves, declined to say whether they accepted the contention by Lynch, a 38-year-old fireman, that he had had a homosexual relation ship with young Bronfman before the alleged kidnaping. Most of the jurors, who had deliberated for 21 hours after eight weeks of testimony, hurried from the courthouse and refused to talk to reporters. But one juror, Steven Nahmias, said he did not believe any of the "key witnesses" in the bizarre and complicated case. Nahmias, a programmer for the International Business Machines Corp., said he "did Turn to BRONFMAN, A15 Amusements B4,5 Business A7 Classified C3-16 Comics B6,7 Editorials A14 Letters A14 Obituaries C3 Religion A12,13;B2 Stocks DS-7 TV Column B8 AP Wlrephato GRABBED A lone demonstrator who shouted 'Long live the people of Chile' is grabbed by security men in the Concert Hall in Stockholm, yesterday. He shouted his protest moments before America's Milton Friedman received his Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics from Sweden's King Carl Gustaf. Story, A2 Wiggins Bl

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