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3 Ex-Cops Get 1 Year In Texas Death Of Prisoner il-4 Pi March 29, 1978 A-1 1 jJ" 'it ff (9; ,4" upi Teiepnoia 4 1 DENSON JANISH death of prisoner. She said "life" would have been a ing. The treehouse was a complete loss after it caught on fire yesterday. HIGH-RISE ON FIRE Despite the efforts of fireman Robert Bogdon, New Castle has one less build- Vies Kincmin On Bond In Slay Conspiracy "Him (Continued from Page A-1) times in a parking lot near a Downtown restaurant where he, DeLucia and Miss Dremsek were eating. Since then, Anthony "Bobby" Pugh, 33, a parlor employee, and Joann "Sasha" Scott, a masseuse and convicted prostitute, were slain. Pugh was shot in the head in the bathroom of an apartment also occupied by Miss Dremsek. Mrs. Scott was the victim of a Christmas package bomb sent to DeLucia's Gemini Spa on Liberty Avenue. Anthony "Nino" Siciliano, a massage parlor manager for DeLucia, is charged with Pugh's death and it was at a hearing last week for Siciliano that Bastian surfaced first as an informant in the vice control war. Bastian was in the county jail when Siciliano arrived there in lieu of bond on the homicide charge. He testified last week that Siciliano told him he shot Pugh and then returned the murder weapon to DeLucia. According to police sources, DeLucia somehow "hired" Bastian, a large, heavy-set man, to watch over Siciliano in the jail, "and make sure he didn't talk to anyone." DeLucia later posted bond for Bastian, who was jailed on a charge of "defrauding an innkeeper." police said. After Bastian was freed, he told police, DeLucia and Marchese approached him about killing Miss Gill. Bastian himself was not charged in the plot and Nee said no other arrests were pending. Including the shotgun slaying of Joann Scott's husband, Glenn, in November 1975, four mob-style executions have been linked to the local massage parlor racket. Siciliano is charged with Pugh's death, but the other three remained unsolved. Nee called the slayings "a gangwar for control of the massage adding, "That's why there are all these unsolved murders in southwestern Pennsylvania, because we've been out chasing these (expletive) around." In addition to the alleged attempt on Miss Gill, Mel Cummings, another contender for Lee's lucrative vice holdings, dodged a sniper's bullet while driving through Downtown to his apartment last August. Cummings has since withdrawn his claim on a Liberty Avenue go-go lounge. ORLANDO their tentis. Torres' mother, Mrs. Margaret Torres, and about two-dozen demonstrators who identified themselves as People United to Fight Police Brutality, were angry. LOSING Former SALT negotiator Paul Nitze said he believes the United States is losing its nuclear superiority to Russia and recommends stepped-up development of the B-l bomber, the MX missile system and the Tomahawk cruise missile system, Man Accused Of Kicking Wife Gets Jail, Exam By ROBERT JOHNSON A man accused of kicking his 8-month-pregnant wife in the stomach received a 30-day jail sentence today and will undergo psychiatric examination. James G. Dixon, about 30, of 401 44th Lawrenceville, had been charged with simple assault. The charge, however, was dismissed at a hearing today before City Magistrate Anthony Troiano. Troiano, acting with the approval of Assistant District Attorney Joseph James, found Dixon guilty of disorderly conduct. James said Dixon was "committed to the county jail for 30 days with the proviso that he undergo behavior clinic examination." Dixon was accused of assaulting his wife, Ollie Mae Dixon, 26, at their apartment last Saturday. He allegedly struck her in the face, knocking her to the floor and then kicked her in the stomach. Dixon's wife reportedly had brought assault charges against him as the result of another incident about six weeks ago, but dropped prosecution when he agreed to leave her alone and seek psychiatric help. N.Y.CWinsOne For Radio City NEW YORK (UPI) New York City has won a first round in its fight with the Rockefeller family to preserve the arty interior of Radio City Music Hall. The world's largest indoor theater closes April 12 after 45 years but the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday designated it a historic landmark-which means owners need city permission to change it. A spokesman for Rockefeller Center, which operates the tourist attraction, said the designation would be appealed immediately. The Rockefellers have announced that the theater, built in 1932, is closing because of poor attendance. Owners expect to lose $3.5 million this year alone. i 1 1 a 4 4 Sentenced in HOUSTON (UPI) The three former policemen, wearing business suits and flanked by their lawyers, stood silently before the bar of justice and awaited their fate. "I deeply regret that the incident happened, Terry Denson told U. S. District Judge Ross N. Sterling in the hushed courtroom. "I hope I've been as honest as possible." "None of us intended or wanted this death," 'said his friend and co-defendant Stephen Orlando. Joseph Janish's statement was inaudible. Sterling listened to the three one last time in the security-conscious courtroom. Then he sentenced Denson, 27, Orlando, 22, and Janish, 24, to one year each in prison for civil rights violations in the drowning death of a prisoner, Joe Campos Torres, after a barroom drunk arrest last year. When the brief hearing concluded, they were taken to the federal marshal's office, processed and fingerprinted like any other prisoner. At some date in the future, they will surrender themselves voluntarily to begin serving Thornburgh Donations At $409,803 Richard L. Thornburgh reported today he has received $409,803 so far in his campaign for the Republican nomi- nation for governor. He listed 56 contributions of $1,000 or more, and 2,277 of less than $1,000 each. Some sample contributions are from H. J. Heinz II, $25,000 from Henry L. Hillman, $15,000 from Richard Scaife, $5,000 from Helen Clay Frick, $1,000 from Art Rooney and $500 from M.A. Cancelliere. The donations cover the period extending from last July, when Thornburgh began his exploratory travels around the state, to March 17. Donations were received from all over Pennsylvania, and a few from out-of-state, but most came, as might be expected, from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas. Thornburgh lives in Pittsburgh and was U.S. attorney here before he served as an assistant U.S. attorney general in Washington. The minimum contribution was $5. Other major contributors include John W. Walton of Pittsburgh, George D. Lockhart, Pittsburgh, Charles Snelling of Allentown, James Winokur, Pittsburgh, $1,000. Also, Thomas P. Johnson, Pittsburgh, John J. Petrolias, Pittsburgh restaurateur, Gabriele Pendleton, Bryn Athyn, Mrs. Ernest C. Calhoun, Pittsburgh, Neill S. Brown, Pittsburgh, Herbert Imbt, a State College contractor, $5,000. George D. Lockhart, Pittsburgh, Evans Rose, Pittsburgh, Thomas J. Donnelly, Pittsburgh, Theodore H. Harley, Pittsburgh, E. J. Bognar, Pittsburgh, Mervin A. Snyder, Pittsburgh, Charles I. McCune, Coraopolis, Clifford L. Michel, Gladstone, N.J., Helen B. and James F. Malone III, Pittsburgh, $1,000 each; Robert J. Dodds Pittsburgh, $1,500. Also, Thomas R. Milhollan, Washington, Noble J. Dick, Whitehall, Charles H. Norris Philadelphia, Mrs. George R. Gibbons Pittsburgh, Russell W. Haller, Butler, Harry G. Haskell Wilmington, John F. Walton, Pittsburgh, $6,000. Carter Backs City Native For Crime Post By GENE GOLDENBERG Scripps-Howard Staff Writer WASHINGTON-President Carter is expected to announce the nomination today of Philip B. Heymann, a Pittsburgh native and former associate Watergate prosecutor, as the federal government top criminal lawyer. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell has recommended Heymann, a Harvard law professor, be named assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's criminal division and said Carter had agreed to the nomination. As criminal division chief, Heymann would be in charge of the government's investigations of Korean influence peddling and alleged FBI illegal surveillance. He would coordinate all federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. His nomination would be subject to Senate confirmation of the present criminal division chief, Benjamin R. Civiletti, whose appointment to deputy attorney general has been held up by Republican efforts to probe the controversial firing of U.S. Attorney David W. Marston of Philadelphia. While Civiletti is expected to win approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, a vote on his nomination is not expected until next week at the earliest. Heymann, 45, is a specialist in criminal law and currently is a professor both at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Heymann, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney P. Heymann of West Woodland Road, Squirrel Hill, is a 1950 graduate of Shady Side Academy. He graduated with top honors in '1954 from Yale University, served two years in the Air Force, then went to Harvard Law School, where he graduated third in his class in 1960. He then became a clerk for Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan in 1960 and 1961. Heymann and wife, the former Ann Ross of Pittsburgh's Oakland section, live in Belmont, with their two fairer sentence: "They are alive. My son is dead." Torres, 23, was arrested May 5 on a barroom complaint and found floating in Buffalo Bayou downtown May 8. Water Filter Ads Called Misleading WASHINGTON (UPI) A public interest group says advertisements for home water filter devices may be hoodwinking consumers into thinking the devices turn out' safe drinking water when they really do not. The Environmental Defense Fund such devices may not be in contact with drinking water long enough to really eliminate some organic chemicals, and some devices may not be equipped to deal with possible bacterial buildup inside them. In addition it said some manufacturers are promoting the filters as being approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for the removal of "all cancer causing chemicals" when the devices really are not tested by EPA. In a petition filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the defense fund asked for an investigation of the advertising claims, which it said are misleading. "Misplaced reliance on home water filters, which are more expensive and less efficient than filtration at the municipal treatment plant, is likely to undercut public support for and willingness to finance the program announced by EPA, it said. EPA has proposed the installation of activated carbon filtration systems in some municipal plants and forecasts some consumers will pay $6 to $10 more per year in water bills as a result. "In the context of a national controversy about cancer causing chemicals in drinking water, advertisements promising to provide drinking water that is 'safe' and free of harmful chemicals are violative of the Federal Trade Commission Act and contrary to the public interest," it said. McLOUGHLIN WALTON Lions officials honored here. Dinner Here To Honor Lions Officers Members of 61 Lions clubs will honor James E. Walton, district governor, and Joseph M. McLoughlin, international president, at a dinner at 7 p.m. Friday in the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, Monroeville. McLoughlin, of Stamford, will be the main speaker at the dinner following an all-day tour of Pittsburgh. Approximately 2,300 Lions are members of the 61 clubs in District 14-B, which includes Allegheny County. Walton will be honored for his achievements during his term as district governor, which expires June 30. McLoughlin's visit to Western Pennsylvania will be the first by a Lions International president in several years. Coal-Gas Vote Loses WICHITA, Kan. (UPI) A proposition to build a coal gasification plant was defeated at the polls, yesterday. CRIME ROUNDUP Lucille Baron, manager of the Vann Hotel, 613 Protectory Place, Hill District, said a man came into the lounge early today, ordered a drink, and then held up two patrons and a bartender. Police said the gunman became impatient and fired one shot into the cash register before escaping with $275. Lois Schiffhauer of the 100 block of S. Fairmount Street, East Liberty, told police someone entered her home and took two diamond rings valued at $3,000 and a silver set worth $1,300. NYC Awaits News Strike, Transit Halt NEW YORK (UPI)-In the next few days. New York City is threatened with a string of strikes that would impair its transportation, shopping, health care and even its reading habits. The walkouts-should they occur-could tie up transit in the city and some of its suburbs, hit New York's three major daily newspapers and shut down the world's biggest department store and a number of nursing homes. It there is a bright spot, it's that paperback peddlers, garage and gas station owners, hoteliers and poster manufacturers may have their biggest business boom ever. Unions representing 33,000 New York City bus and subway workers and 1,400 Long Island Rail Road employees have scheduled strikes at 12:01 a.m. Saturday if they do not have new contracts by then. The city's three major newspapers the Daily News, the Times and the Post face the threat of a walkout at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Several craft unions are ready to carry "on strike" posters if ao agreement on a new pact is not reached by then and reporters have authorized a strike at the discretion of Newspaper Guild leadership. And thousands of employees at Macy's, which bills itself as the world's largest department store, may not have to worry about how they will get to work in the event of a transit strike. They are threatening to strike Macy's Herald Square Store in Manhattan and four other stores in outlying areas Saturday morning. Still another union may jump on the bandwagon next week. That union represents 15,000 nurses, orderlies and kitchen workers at 60 nursing homes in the metropolitan area and their strike deadline is 6 a.m. Tuesday if no new contract agreement is reached. About 10,000 patients would be affected by that walkout. Busing Law Called Obstacle To Integration WASHINGTON (UPI) The top-civil rights official in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare contends the anti-busing legislation passed by Congress late last year was aimed at discouraging school integration. "It sends out, and is designed to send out, signals that desegregation is not wanted, said David Tatel, director of HEW's Office for Civil Rights, in a memo to the Justice Department. The Justice Department overruled Tatel's arguments and said in court the law is constitutional even though it limits HEW's authority to require school desegregation when busing would be necessary to achieve it. Court-ordered busing is not affected. Tatel's arguments were made in a Jan. 16 memo to Drew Days, assistant attorney general for civil rights. The memo was released to UPI by HEW in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The legislation, enacted Dec. 9, was co-authored by Sens. Thomas Eagleton, and Joseph Biden, D-Del. It prohibits HEW from using federal funds "to require, directly or indirectly, the transportation of any student to a school other than the school which is nearest the student's home, except for a student requiring special education." Esplen Man Held In Death An Esplen man today was charged with the murder of another man in the West End. The suspect was identified as James Holman, 26, of 3108 Esplen St. (, The coroner's office said the victim, Sylvester Harris, 34, of 315 N. Beatty East Libertv, died at Allegheny General Hospital March 8 as a result of blunt force injuries to the head, neck and chest. Police said they received initial information indicating Harris had fallen down some steps at 1080 Steuben West End, on March 7, but later determined he Jttad been pushed. Ethnic Village Report Accepted By Kline DANTE 'TEX' GILL Target ol alleged slay plot. Police have conducted numerous vice raids on massage parlors in McKees Rocks and Downtown, operated by DeLucia and Miss Gill. DeLucia also has been arrested for brandishing a loaded automatic rifle outside his Market Square rub parlor. The firearms charge was later dropped, but a search of the Maya massage parlor last week in connection with Siciliano's hearing turned up an arsenal of rifles and handguns. DeLucia and Marchese were subpoenaed in March, 1977, to appear before a grand jury looking into the slaying of Lee, who was under investigation on federal racketeering and tax evasion charges. A state House subcommittee on crime and corrections also has targeted Pittsburgh's massage parlor business for investigation of reports of a mob takeover of the city's sex, massage and pornography market. According to police, DeLucia is related through marriage to Joseph N. "Jo-Jo" Pecora, who was named "heir apparent" to organized crime boss John S. LaRocca in a 1970 Pennsylvania Crime Commission report. Reporters asked Kline if the announcement was "politically timed." "As these things come up I take advantage of them said Kline. "No we didn't hold up on this. It just happened it was approved at this time. Is it advantageous to me politically, sure it is," Kline said. On other matters, Kline said he feels he has "turned the corner on the Shapp thing," referring to the scandal-scarred administration he has been serving as No. 2 man since 1971. He said people are starting to ask questions on the issues. Kline said he would sign a death penalty bill and would not, as Shapp vowed during his terms in office, use the governor office to halt the execution of any persons after all appeals were exhausted. "That's a departure from the governor," he said. Pension Cutoff Bill In House Prits Harriiburg Bureau HARRISBURG The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved a bill seeking to-deny state pension rights to public officials and employees of the commonwealth convicted of crimes involving misbehavior in office. The bill, which now goes to the full House, was prompted by increasing public criticism against the state paying out pensions to legislators and other state officials who have been convicted on corruption charges. IT PAYS TO CLIP food coupons from The Press! They really help you save on your grocery By ROBERT BAIRD There were no observances today marking the birth date of John Tyler, the 10th president of the U.S., back in 1790 no special sales or canceled school classes. But Lt. Gov. Ernest P. Kline chose the day to hold a press conference to announce that he had accepted the final report of the county's Ethnic Village project. The revelation had about as much impact as Tyler's birthday since nearly all of the $100,000 "seed grant" from the state Bicentennial Commission had already been spent by the county. Kline, chairman of the commission, said all but about $25,000 had been advanced for architectural designs and planning for the project proposed for Settler's Cabin Park. He said the commission had been waiting for the commitment of 15 ethnic groups to become part of the project by depositing $5,000 in escrow or posting a similar surety bond. Commissioner Thomas J. Foerster was on hand at the Pittsburgh Press Club to hail the project as "one of the most important things we've done in Allegheny County." He said the village, which was planned as the county's main bicentennial project, will feature outdoor pavilions designed in the various styles of the nationality groups sponsoring construction. Foerster predicted that, in conjunction with the new convention center, the village would bring many visitors and money to the state and county, which boast the headquarters of many ethnic groups. Conspicuously absent were the other county commissioners Robert N. Peirce, and Jim Flaherty, whose brother Pete is opposing Kline for the Democratic nomination for governor. Pastor Forced To Aid Shoplifters7 Escape Two female shoplifters kidnapped a minister and forced him to help thdm escape after one of them stole some clothing last night at The Center, 5430 Centre Shadyside. The Rev. Henry Paylor, 57, of Irwin, told police he had stopped his car in front of the store when the two women, one armed with a gun, ran from the store and ordered him to drive to the Hill District. Paylor said they ordered him to stop at Dinwiddie and Colwell streets and fled. He reported the incident to police and returned to the store where he learned one of the women had grabbed some clothing before he was accosted.

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