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2-Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, Nov. 2, 1968 Pahokee Audit Indicates Police Finances Short who serves as police commissioner, requested the audit after Brown was relieved of his duties and Frank O'Connell was named acting chief by the council. In some instances, lt was explained, bond forfeitures would be owed the city by the bail bondsman responsible for his client. There was no total on this part of the audit. Six discrepancies were revealed, the report states, after an examination of cross references from the police register, cash receipt records, trial records, arrest cards, clerks records and "miscellaneous other sources of information." The six groups categorized by Rhodes were: Omission of payment of fines or time served in jail; inability to locate official disposition of cases; Inability to locate payment records of bonds estreated; inability to locate time payment authorizations, and discrepancies in payments; miscellaneous discrepancies in time served, and alleged payments, and miscellaneous discrepancies in records. Councilman A. J. Gamot Sr., mAbA k IP 7 Support Given To Kirk On Wallace Vote Effect By JACK HARPER Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE (AFN) Gov. Claude R. Kirk, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond and, by a strange reverse twist, Gov. Lester Mad-dox of Georgia, each In his own way has brought one message to Florida as the presidential election next Tuesday nears. That is that a sentimental The public is invited. Dinners also will be available for eating on the grounds. From left are majorettes who'll be assisting with music and entertainment: Kim Morgan, Mona Tillman, Margaret Flagg and Linda Shear. WANT A TAKE 'EM OUT? Not the girls, silly, barbecued chicken dinners. The to-go dinners will be part of the service at Barton Park on the ocean in Lake Worth this Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. provided by the Lake Worth High School Band Parents Association. New Motion Filed In Thomas Suit Cong Inclusion In Talks Called Defeat For U.S. Bombing Of Trail To Rise Continued from Page 1 been especially heavy over Laos and light over North Vietnam. But the northeast-monsoon is now starting, shifting the heavy cloud to the north and opening clearer skies over Laos. To date most of the bombing In Laos has been carried out by American F-4's and F-103's based in Thailand, with occasional raids by B-52's. From now on, bombers based In South Vietnam will be assigned to missions on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, along with Thai-based planes that hitherto have concentrated on North Vietnam. Defense officials said it has been made clear to Hanoi that Gen. Abrams has been given special authority to retaliate immediately against any serious violation of the demilitarized zone that endangers allied forces. Thus, if North Vietnam decided to fire artillery from its half of the zone, or from North Vietnam into South Vietnam, it would violate the understanding. The same was said to be true of infiltration of troops through the zone into the south. The officials indicated that Gen. Abrams could, if there was such a violation, attack the troops and artillery and presumably other supporting facilities, such as ammunition dumps and truck parks. This, however, does not constitute authority to resume the widespread bombing as it existed prior to the bombing halt. To keep track of enemy military activities In North Vietnam and movements toward South Vietnam, the United States plans a variety of reconnaissance activities. High flying SR-71 and U-2 planes flying from Thailand and other bases elsewhere will step up their scrutiny over the north, supplemented by pilot-less firebee drones launched from C-130 transports. The drones, which fly very low, return to South Vietnam and descend by parachutes so they can be recovered at sea northeast of Da Nang. Land Board Tightens Restrictions TAMPA (UPD-The Florida Land Sales Board adopted a policy Friday insisting on full disclosure by sellers of undeveloped land of any lack of access to the property. The new policy requires that any lack of access must be made known to potential customers in advertising and in telephone solicitations. Former Broward County State Rep. Ben Klassen appeared before the board and argued for registration of his Pines and Palms Ranchos in Collier County. The board withheld registration pending submission of more information. Klassen accused the board of abridging his constitutional rights to do as he wants with his land. He said roads will go by the land "sooner or later" and when they do it will enhance the value of the land. Klassen said the chance of increased value may be why people want to buy the land. Board Member Eugene M. Toll told Klassen the board wasn't attempting to tell him he couldn't sell his land. He said all the board was doing was "attempting to assure they (customers) enjoy all the rights they are entitled to enjoy ... are aware of all the facts." knew that American troops were staying in South Vietnam, they said. One of the North Vietnamese said: "This is a first step, the essential things remains a settlement of the problem of the South, and the road to It will be long." Another said he was worried about the possible reactions of President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam on the bombing halt. "You must remember that up to the very eve of the capitulation the Japanese emperor was proclaiming his determination to fight to the bitter end." he said. But very few of the people knew of the move. Late this evening the Hanoi radio still had not mentioned it. BylZNACHMAN Glades Bureau Chief PAHOKEE At a special meeting of the city council here Friday, an audit of the police department books for a five-month period prior to the removal from office of Police Chief Charles M. Brown, was made a part of the official records of the municipality. City Atty. Ralph O. Johnson was Instructed by the five-member board to forward a copy of the report to Brown and the American Casualty Co., a bonding concern In Reading, Pa. According to the audit. City Clerk Marshall I. Lair, there is an estimated shortage of approximately $7,000 to $8,000 and the city Is requesting payment from the bonding company in that amount. Brown was relieved of his duties May 11, by Gov. Claude Kirk after being elected to a second two-year term. This was after he was indicted by the Palm Beach County Grand Jury on charges of failing to enforce state gambling statutes. The suspended policeman, who Is now managing a service station near Clewlston, said he was surprised when informed of the action taken Friday by the council. "As I have not seen the audit, nor had a chance to study It," Brown said, "it is impossible to make a statement." After a brief look at the report from William B. Rhodes, Belle Glade accountant, Brown said It "Is funny they would wait until Nov. 1 to adopt the report. It appears to have its political implications." The former chief said he would not be able to make any official comment until he has the opportunity to confer with an attorney. Brown was being represented by Garlon Davis, West Palm Beach attorney, who has been critically ill for almost two months. "As Mr. Davis has been ill," Brown continued, "I have not had a chance to even check with anyone on the progress of the charges pending against me." The deposed chief did say it was "funny I was not called In by the auditor to explain some of the entries made in his report." Brown said a number of employes of the police department have had the opportunity to handle the records since he was relieved of his duties. Firm Votes LeMay Out LOS ANGELES (AP) -Curtis E. LeMay, vice presidential running mate of George C. Wallace, has lost his $50,000 a year job as board chairman of Networks Electronics Corp., the firm's president said Friday. Mihai D. Patrichl, who hired the former Air Force chief of staff three years ago, told newsmen the corporation's stock has dropped from $13 to $3 a share since LeMay decided to run with Wallace, the American Independent party candidate. Elaborating in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said: "We are scientists, not politicians. My obligation as president is to the stockholders, not to LeMay or Wallace." Conrad Starts ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pilot Max Conrad took off in his relatively tiny flying machine Friday to tackle a big undertaking, a flight around the world via the north and south poles. The 65-year-old flier lifted his twin-engine "St. Louis Woman" off, a Lambert-St. Louis Airport runway, shortly before noon. Conrad's planned 33,000-mile route never has been flown in a piston-engine light aircraft. Butler PBIA Lease Still Unsettled Riviera Beach Councilman Louise Kimmlst filed a motion in Circuit Court Friday to block State Sen. Jerry Thomas from removing himself as a co-defendant In a $l-milllon libel suit. The councilman claimed, through affidavits that Banc-stock Corp. of America Inc., controlled by Thomas, was buying the north county week- College Inn Light Crisis Brightens LAKE WORTH - A $250 check for electricity received Friday afternoon by city officials lightened one problem at the College Inn on Congress Avenue. The check was paid by inn manager Mrs. Jan Steel as partial payment on a $2,100 bill owed the city for electric service In a dormitory housing 70 Palm Beach Junior College students. Because of the overdue bill, the city stopped electric service for a short period, and garbage began piling up outside the dormitory. County health authorities promptly began looking into the situation. They found the Inn had discontinued the service of one collection company and switched to another, the Dolan Corp., and that pickups would be resumed. Some students were reported to have found emergency housing with college faculty members. The College Inn Is not part of the Junior college facilities. Auto Display Halted By City The display of 1969 automobiles on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach was removed Friday nlht at the request of city officials. City Manager William H. Tyre said the presence of the new cars parked In meterd spaces on both sides of the street created a traffic problem. Tyre said the downtown merchants who sponsored the exhibit would pay the city for the use of 54 meters for two days. The display was to have continued through today. southern vote for George C. Wallace for President Is a vote for Hubert H. Humphrey. Kirk is doing it with his formula up and down the state, that reads: "Nixon divided by Wallace equals Humphrey." Thurmond, himself once a third party candidate for President, said on his trip to Wallace country in the Florida Panhandle Friday that "this is no time for a protest or senti- ly newspaper, The Reporter, responsible for the alleged libelous articles. Earlier Mrs. Kimmist filed the lawsuit against the Reporter Inc., Its editor, James Smollon, contributing writer Jack Zeman, and Thomas. She said the articles that appeared In two October Issues of the paper were "false, malicious" and "held her up to public contempt and ridicule." Thomas has denied having any Interest in the paper. The affidavits were signed by Riviera Beach councilman, George Bowe, his wife, Polly, and a friend of theirs, Roy R. Bumsed. The affidavits claim the three Individuals were told by Carl Belles, a reporter for The Reporter, at a social gathering that Thomas was buying the paper. Burnsed quoted Belles as saying that Thomas needed the paper for his election campaign. The Bowes charged that Belles said Thomas was buying the paper because "if you control the newspaper you control the town." Thomas, D-Rivlera Beach, Is the Incumbent senator for District 35 and is running for re-election against State Rep. Robert DeYoung. FP&L Drops Rate Boost Bid MIAMI (AP) Florida Power and Light Co. said Friday lt had abandoned its request for hikes in rates. Robert H. Fite, president of the giant utility company, made the statement as the first witness before a Public Service Commission hearing into the firm's rate structure. The utility executive said the company's decision not to renew its July 2 request for a rate hike despite what he termed "a decline in returns to a point below a fair and reasonable level." He said the company's rate of growth and an all-out efficiency drive would take up the slack. Uobb Promoted WASHINGTON (UPD Charles S. Robb, President Johnson's son-in-law, was promoted Friday to major in the Marines. Robb, currently serving In Vietnam, was among more than 1,000 officers chosen by a Defense Department selection board for promotion. (PMo by OmTathim) mental vote. It is either Richard Nixon or Hubert Humphrey, and a vote for George Wallace will make it Hum-Jhrey." Maddox, although speaking in Florida for Wallace, Is by his own example showing that the Thurmond-Klrk argument is true, for Maddox won his post in the Georgia House of Representatives after trailing i Republican in the popular vote. Newspapers In the Tallahassee area, following his vlilt to the North Florida Fair this week, were quick to pant this out. "The fact Is," StM. Strom Thurmond said In Tallahassee Friday, "Lester vladdox is governor of Georgia only because Democrats .n the Georgia legislature followed the party line rather than the popular vote when no candidate got a majority in th? general election." He said that what happened in Atlanta in 1967 is the very best warning to dissident Democratic Wallaceltes who don't see the prospects of a Democratic House in Washington voting Hubert Humphrey into the White House If Wallace keeps Richard Nixon from being elected Tuesday. "I well know that southern and border state Democrats In the House will vote the party line for Humphrey if Wallace ( throws the election there," Thurmond said. "In fact, the Speaker of the House already has notified them they'll be stripped of their seniority if they don't." The senator said the message Is simple and predicted that southern voters would get it before the general election and take the only practical course left to them, vote for Nixon. "Nixon as president will not give the South any special consideration," he sid, but he will bring lt Into the Union and give Its people equal treatment." So Kirk and Thurmond, as unlike each other as any two politicians can be, are both delivering the same message to Florida. And Maddox, self termed "people's governor" is, by recent political history, giving them the example they need lo illustrate the point. Percy Calls Halt Late NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) -U.S. Sen. Charles H. Percy, campaigning in Western Pennsylvania for Congressman Richard S. Schwelker, said Friday if there was a halt In the Vietnam bombing a year ago "we could have saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars." The Illinois Republican told about 200 persons in New Castle that the present phase of the war and peace negotiations could have been reached last year. Asked if he thought there were any political motivations behind President Johnson's halt order, Percy said, "I have no personal knowledge of this.' Schwelker, who's trying to unseat Democrat Sen. Joseph Clark, said the de-escalation plan of President Johnson is the same as a plan proposed by he and nine other Republican Congressmen 19 months ago. Kirk To Hold News Parley At Airport Gov. Claude Kirk will begin the final round in his get-out-the vote campaign Monday with a 9 a.m. news conference at the main terminal of the Palm Beach International Airport. The visit here Is to be the first of eight airport news conferences In major Florida cities. Kirk will fly from here to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Sarasota Bradcnton, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. The Palm Beach Post-Times 2751 $. Oii Highway Wt Palm Beach, Flo. 33402 Published every Saturday and Sunday morning by Perry Publications, Inc., at 2751 S. Diiie Highway, West Palm Beach, Flo., 1 combination with The Palm Beach Post ond The Palm Beach Times as The Palm Beach Post Times. Entered as second class mail at West Palm Beach. Subscription rates ond additional information on Editorial Page. facilities at the county-owned Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) accomplished little. County Atty. Bruce Jones Friday afternoon said he was optimistic and that a second session would probably take place the "latter part of next week." "Frankly I think we'll probably be able to work out things at that meeting," Jones said. The major point of contention at Friday's discussion Jones said, was "the question as to whether Butler should be required to rehabilitate Apron C." Butler officials were notified last month that they had until Friday, Nov. 1 to sign the already overdue new lease which had been sent to them. A letter written by Jones and read at the Oct. 15 Palm Beach County Commission meeting, included a strong request that repairs on Apron C begin by Nov. 1. A Post-Times reporter who was admitted to the session after a note had been sent in to County Airports Director Frank Sakser was almost immediately asked to leave after Paul Dopp termed attendance of the press at a negotiations session as "preposterous." Jones then requested the reporter leave saying It would be "necessary under the circumstances." Others present at the meeting were County Administrator Jack Dean, county financial consultant Curt Goss and airports consultant Harold Wilde. HANOI, North Vietnam (AFP) North Vietnamese sources who know of the move Friday welcomed the bombing halt and said that the participation of the National Liberation Front in the Paris talks was a "smarting defeat for the U.S. and a victory of the Vietnamese people in their struggle against aggression." -" They said the United States has failed in Its attempt to support the theory that South Vietnam was the object of aggression by the North. The Americans had finally been compelled to accept the front as an Independent and equal partner in the talks, and this constitutes a great victory for the front, they said. They said, however, there was evidence of "obstlnancy" on the part of President Johnson in his statement announcing the bombing halt. The president talked about the cessation of air and naval bombardments and shellings by artillery, they said, but he did not rule out other acts of' war "against North Vietnam such as reconnaissance flights, commando raids or psychological war, the sources said. Moreover, they said, Johnson laid down conditions for the development of future negotiations. The Vietnamese people also Suffocation Killed Novarro HOLLYWOOD (UPD Silent screen lover Ramon Novarro died from suffocation caused by the savage beating inflicted on him in his $150,0(10 Hollywood Hills home, an autopsy disclosed Friday. The suffocation stemmed from massive bleeding triggered by the bludgeoning, Coroner Thomas T. Noguchi said. The actor also suffered a broken nose and gashes in his mouth and lips In the beating. The autopsy followed police disclosure that the probable murder weapon had been discovered in the bedroom where Novarro's body was found Thursday. Friday that Johnson might attend. The President will speak on television for the Humph-rey-Muskie team Sunday night. Johnson was accompanied on his trip by his wife, his daughter, Luci Nugent, and his grandson, Lyn Nugent. Luci and her son decided to spend the night at her Austin home after more than a week at the White House where she was on hand when her sister Lynda Robb gave birth to Lu-cinda Desha Robb, one week old Friday. Lynda remained at the White House with her daughter. Johnson will decorate astronauts Capt. Walter Schirra, Lt. Col. Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham for their flight at 10:30 a.m. CST Saturday. The astronauts will then hold their first post-flight news conference in the President's rennovated hanger at his ranch. The President will also present the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to James E. Webb, NASA administrator who retired from the post last Oct. 7. The Johnsons were expected to vote in Johnson City next Tuesday. A meeting of Paul S. Dopp and Willard Dopp, representing Butler Aviation Inc., with five Palm Beach County officials Friday afternoon to negotiate a new lease for Butler's Investigation Of Gerstein Broadened TALLAHASSEE (UPD -Gov. Claude Kirk said Friday that an investigation of allegations of bribery against Dade County State Atty. Richard Gerstein had turned up information on "other matters" bearing on Gerstein's conduct. Kirk announced he was expanding the scope of the investigation to embrace this "additional information" and issued an executive order to incorporate it. Without saying what the other matters were, the governor said It was imperative that the people be fully and properly informed of any and all matters relating to the conduct of its elected officials. His new order said the Investigation, which he assigned last month to Stale Atty. Dom-inick Salfi of Sanford was to cover "any and all other matters pertaining to the conduct of Richard Gerstein . . , and to the proper discharge and faithful performance of the duties of said office . . ." The allegations of bribery were leveled by Gerstein's Republican opponent, Shelby Ilighsmith. Highsmith produced affidavits from two men who said Gerstein accepted a $1,500 payoff in a Miami bar in connection with a 10 criminal case. Gerstein called It a "last desperate attempt In a political campaign that is foundering." The office is to be voted on next Tuesday. Unidentified Woman Reported Murdered West Palm Beach police late Friday reported an unidentified woman was murdered in a house In the 1400 block of Henrietta Avenue. Officers said the woman apparently was the victim of shots from a rifle. They said they were searching for a man seen running from the house moments after the shots were fired. Cover Issues WASHINGTON (UPI (-Secretary of State Dean Rusk Friday conferred with Indian Ambassador AH Yavar Jung at the State Department. The meeting covered points of mutual interest, including the Vietnam war. Johnson To Honor Apollo Astronauts AUSTIN, Tex. (UPI (-President Johnson Friday flew to Texas, where two presidential candidates have scheduled late campaign political rallies during the weekend, and planned to stay at his ranch through election day next Tuesday. Johnson looked like a man who was just beginning to unwind after three grinding w eeks of hard bargaining with the North Vietnamese which resulted in a bombing halt announced Thursday night. The first outinfl at the ranch will be a Saturday morning ceremony at which Johnson will honor three Apollo 7 astronauts for their 11 day flight in space. The ceremony will be at the same time Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon had scheduled a rally in Austin. While Johnson was at his ranch Friday, Nixon was just some 65 miles away in San Antonio speaking to a political rally. He earlier spoke at Fort Worth and Lubbock in an attempt to win Texas' crucial 25 electoral votes. Vice President Hubert Humphrey was scheduled for a rally in Houston's Astrodome and there was some speculation WJritwmmiiiTmmtmkfwmmam M& iwyt .jew-",. . , . W. - &naMf, - from the high school to the downtown shopping plaza Friday afternoon. Climax of the homecoming week was the football game Friday night with Palm Beach Gardens Gators. BOCA HOMECOMING - Some 15 floats, the school band, majorettes, pom-pom girls plus queen candidates made up the Boca Raton Homecoming parade which followed a route

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