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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 14, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 68—NO. 77 BLYTHBVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 1966 TIN CINTS IS PAGES ' ' • ' • • B • ' '" Nation's Peace Keepers Attack Court Ruling BY BARRY SCHWEID WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials fired a salvo of'criticism today at the Supreme Court's new decision riveting down strict rules on the questioning of suspects . «• The ruling by the high court Monday covers every police station and sheriff's office in tht land. "It's the damnest thing I ever heard of," said Police Chief Henry C. Ashley of Garland, Tex., when news of the ruling in four confession cases reached the Texas Polict Association convention at Odessa. "We may is well close up shop." What the court did In a M decision announced by Chief Justice Earl Warren was rule cut of bounds in trials all incriminating statements made by a suspect whose constitution- al right against possible self- incrimination are not 'safeguarded by the police. The ruling split the justices Into two camps, and the dissenters fired angry words at the majority. His face visibly flushed, Justice John M. Harlan accused Warren and the four justices who lined up with him of "a hazardous experiment at a time when the crime rale in this country is a problem of growing concern." "The court is taking a real risk with society's welfare in imposing its new regime on the country," Harlan said in a dissenting opinion joined by Justices Potter Stewart and Byron R. White. Then White, in a dissent joined by Harlan and Stewart, said "in some unknown number of cases the court's rule will return » killer, a rapist or other criminal to the sreels and to the environment which produced him, to repeat his crime whenever it pleases him." "As a consequence," the former deputy attorney general added, "there will not be a gain, but a loss, in human dignity." * * * The Supreme Court already has been on the receiving end of criticism from some quarters that it has not been as avid in protecting society in general as it has been in ensuring the rights of individuals in the grips of the law. Warren sought to dispel any notion that Tuesday's ruling will snag law enforcement officials. The decision, he said, "is not Intended to hamper the traditional function of police officers Investigating crime." Still, an obvious byproduct of the decision is that confessions will have to meet a strict test of voluntariness to be of any use in court. This may mean police will have to put greater stress on investigations to solve crimes. "We do not purport to find all confessions inadmissible," Warren said in his 61-page opinion. Confessions remain a proper element in law enforcement, he said, and any statement given freely and voluntarily "without any compelling influences" is admissible in evidence. * * * Yet, in Reno, Nev., Washoe County Sheriff C. W. Young declared: "It's getting to the point where we can't even use * confession if a person wants to confess." Young and Reno Police Chief Elmer Briscoe said the high court already had hampered law enforcement and, Briscoe added, "This decision ebpha- tizes it more." '*' ' * * In Houston, Tex., Assistant Police Chief George Seber said police "will be greatly hindered in solving crimes where there have been no witnesses. You might as well burn up the books on the science of police interrogation." The city's district attorney, Carol Vance, said the decision "certainly would appear to hamper the job the police have." E. L. Giles, Fort Worth deputy police chief, said "it seems to me the courts are making it impossible for a person to plead guilty." "All the emphasis has been on guaranteeing a man his rights, particularly against self-incrimination, and it is our hope and prayer that the courts some day give the same consideration to the public." Many local law officials across the country withheld comment, however, and among those who spoke publicly several said the procedures followed in their areas are consistent with the high court's ruling. In a nutshell, here are the "procedural safeguards" which the court said must be observed by police in questioning suspects: Serve warning at the beginning of questioning that a suspect has the right to remain silent, that anything he says may be used against him and that he has the right to have » lawyer at his side. Also, U the suspect "indicates , -.. in any manner and at any stage" of the questioning process that he wishes to consult with a lawyer before talking there can be no questioning un- . .: til a lawyer is present. And, if "the individual is ;.. alone and indicates in any manner that he does not wish to be. interrogated, the police may not question him." At the same time, a suspect-., may waive his rights — "pro-, vided the waiver is made voluntarily, knowingly and intelli-:,, gently." -••-•• The ruling drew praise from ui , the • American Civil Liberties - : . Union in New York though its- '-. executive director, John Pernberton Jr., also said it did not go far enough. Obscene Callers Police Have Their Number That ingenious instrument, the telephone, is perhaps mankind's most useful modern invention, but, until recently, it was also a potential instrument of terror and harassment. But the many anonymous nuisance callers who have used the telephone to injure and terrify are on the run, Sianks to a two-year "all-out war" and a new technique or monitoring calls, says Police Chief George ford and local Southwestern Bell manager Bob Jennings. "We used to have literally dozens of complaints a year," Ford said. "Ten arrests in the last two years under the new monitoring system have really toned these nuisance callers down." Ford explained that it is no longer necessary for victims to attempt to keep their callers on the pbone for long periods of time while police and telephone personnel make tedious, unrewarding attempts to trace such calls. "Now, when we've had a legitimate complaint, we can monitor all calls to the victim's telephone and make immediate identification of the source of a nuisance call," he said. "We've caught several callers with the telephone still in their hands." * * * Ford said local courts "are not inclined to siiow mercy on these offenders." He cited a $100 fine and 30 day sentence recently imposed on an obscene telephone caller who had terrorized a local housewife. Maximum penalties are a $1000 fine and a year's imprisonment for such offenders New GOP Club Set The newly formed teen-age Republican Club of Mississippi County will hold its first meeting Friday at 7:30 p.m. at 1317 East Ash Street. Betty Allison, county chairman, announced that the organization is open to all teen-agers, 13 through 18. According to Miss \A41ison, the purpose of the teen-age Republican Club is to give younger citizens of the area a chance to participate in political activity. AH members and guests are invited. to bring their parents, Miss Ailison said. It Really Happened! , STERLING, Kan. (API- Driving into the country to inspect storm damage the other day, D.D. Hall stopped at the Lou Wikley farm to see.a yard full of big hailstones. Looking them over, he said, "why, here's one as big as a baseball." Hall walked over and picked it up. It wai • baseball. under Arkansas statutes which make it illegal to use telephone company equipment for nuisance calls. Jennings said telephone em- ployes have been specially trained in how to counsel and aid customers who receive annoying and harassing telephone calls. "Line identification is not the only way we can identify the source of these calls," Jennings said. "Our experience has shown us that certain types of nuisance calls follow a definite pattern." Jennings recommended thai victims of such calls discourage the-caller by hanging up if he doesn't say anything, at the first obscene word, or at his failure to identify himself. "Don't keep talking," he advised such victims. "This only encourages him to persist" Jennings also suggested that victims keep a log of dates and times of such calls and that they should try to listen for unusual voice inflections, background noises or other cluos that might aid an investigator. "The volume of these calls is not great in terms of total numbers," Jennings said, "but in case they occur they should immediately be reported to our business office." WHAT A GASSER! — Workmen install segment of a 6% mile natural gas transmission line, which will service the city's prospective industrial park area and will strengthen gas distribution system for future growth areas east of the city, according lo Ark-Mo officials. The line will run east-west . from Arlt-Mo's main transmission line near Highway 18 west of the city. Junta Th Buddhist Rioting By ROBERT MOOREFIELD SAIGON, South Viet Nam (A?) — Government security forces, with orders to give no quarter, laid virtual siege to the Buddhist Institute today. With pistol shots and tear gas charges they choked off dozens of demonstrations after a mob burned three Jeeps and grabbed two submachine guns from American Military Police. Told to arrest draft-aged demonstrators on the spot' and send them off to military service, troops and riot police carted away scores. Some were clubbed, kicked and beaten. Four hundred miles to the norfo the chief of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's Buddhist antagonists, Thich (venerable) Tri Quang, was in the seventh day of an anti-American, anti-government hunger strike. An aide said his condition was "weakening and very serious." On the military front, a spokesman for the 1st Brigade of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division estimated North Viet Nam's 24th Regiment, from 1,400 to 2,000 men has lost more than 1,000 killed in a week of fighting in the central highlands. Brig. Gen. Willard Pearson, the brigade commander, told reporters he expects the kill ratio to be 14 to 1 in favor of American and South Vietnamese troops. He said the enemy Seven Days of Terror A We Lived Like Dogs, He Did Not Attack Me' PHILADELPHIA (AP) —(FBI gent was slain by Hollen"We lived like dogs and we ran around like dogs. . "Once he told mer 'Sooner or later, I might have to kill you.' He was like a wild man. ^Then he would tell me he loved me. He did not attempt to attack me. He just kept pawing at me." This is how Peggy Ann Bradnick, 17, described her seven days of terror as a captive of William D. Hollenbaugh, the Philadelphia Bulletin reported today. The Bulletin sail the girl's account was Jn a statement given to federal and state investigators. • Acting State Police Comis- sioner PaiilA. Rittelman said at Harrisburg the girl was "treated badly," but declined to go beyond that. Peggy Ann was rescued last month after Hollenbaugh was shot to death in the climax of a gigantic manhunt in the mountains near Shade Gap, Pa. An baugh earlier and a former deputy sheriff wounded. : "My first night with him was cold and scared," the girl's account said. "I cried bitterly Two Elected By ALC Two Blytheville <• residents were elected to state offices and next year's convention was awarded to Blytheville when the Arkansas Letter Carriers Association met over the weekend In Fort Smith. Bill Hrabovsky was elected vice president of the group. Mrs. Ernest Baker was reelected state treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Arkansas Letter Carriers. About 175 letter carriers and their wives, plus out-of-state guests, attended the Fort Smih meeting. all night. He had maps of the whole area and kept taking chains out and putting them back in. I think they were logging chains. "We went back and forth over the ridges every night. We slept out most of the time. I think we were inside only once or twice. "He kept going into holes where he kept .clothing .and food.' "• '"' '•••>'• •-. .'"~k She said their food for a day might be "maybe a half can of cold beans or corn." "I was getting more scared and more weak," she went on. "I slept only maybe an hour or two hours a night. He would chain me around my neck so that I couldn't sleep." Hollenbaugh, a former mental patient with a criminal record, robbed a house one night and stole the gun he used later to shoot the deputy, Peggy Ann said. After that, she went, "He jumped at every move." "I don't know what would have happened if this had kept going. Sometimes I prayed. Then I got too tired to do anything. He watched me all the time. "He became more wild-eyed all the time. I think he was scared, too. But he couldn't have been as scared as I was."-.., •;.••: "Peggy Ann retorted to school at Huntingdon, Pa., after a the hospital following her rescue. Bennett Rapt Luck LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Dr. H. D. Luck of Arkadelphia has no legal experience and is not qualified to interpret the law, Atty. Gen. Bruce Benntt said Monday aftr Luck criticized an opinion of Bennett's office. Luck had criticized a ruling that a voter does not have to live in the county in which he it registered. is "no longer a fighting force." One of the vehicles destroyed in Saigon was a U.S. Military Police Jeep. It was burned by an angry mob of 3,000 Buddhists. Rangers and riot police beat them back At least two demonstrators, suffered bullet wounds. The second day of violent an- tigovenment demonstrations by militant Buddhists after two weeks of relative calm in Saigon emphasized the continued, anguished state of Vietnamese politics despite progress by American' troops in the war. Using radar guidance, two U. S. Navy F4 Phantom jets intercepted two Communist propeller planes over the North Vietnamese coast before dawn today and possibly shot one down with a Sparrow missile, Navy spokesman reported. He said the pilots observed an explosion after the missile was' fired and only one enemy contact remained on the radar screen of the guided missile frigate Coontz patroling in the Gulf of Tonkin. * *. * •In South Viet Nam's central highlands, the -battle of the ridges went into the eighth day as units of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division clashed with about 100 North Vietnamese in the jungled hill country blasted Monday by. '•• U.S. Air Force B52s. A U.S. spokesman In Saigon had no word on the outcome but said three Communists killed by an American patrol this morning brought the enemy toll in the 101st Airborne's week of fighting North Viet Nam's 24th Regiment to 465 dead. The U.S. toll is reported less than a tenth tiiis figure. Battlefield reports said the count of enemy dead may go much higher when the full damage of the bombing raid becomes clear. So far 37 enemy bodies have been found, although the bulk of the Red Forces appeared to have fled bfore the bombing. * * * Intelligence sources reported that another North Vietnamese regiment — possibly 1,000 men — had crossed into the highlands from Laos Sunday either to reinforce the battered 24th Regiment or to begin a drive of its own. one theory said the Communists may be planning to seize a provincial capital, such Oddfellow Head Here Ernest H. Taylor of Texarkana the Grand Patriarch of the Encampment Branch of the Odd- fellows NcArk Chapter 40, will make an official visit here Friday night.. The Oddfellow chieftain will appear before assembled me- bers at the Oddfellow Lodge Hall on Second. Meeting time is t p.m. as Kontum City, 35 miles south of the battle site, to provide a showplace base for the National Liberation Front, tiie Viet Cong's political arm. In the only other major ground action reported, 85 Viet Cong were reported killed by Vietnamese marines in a two- day operation in vjuang Ngai Province, 317 miles northeast of Saigon, one of the northern areas where government military activity has been reduced because of the political crisis. * • * * ' " U.S. pilots flew 60 multiplane missions Monday -against North Viet Nam, while American and Vietnamese airmen combined for 609 combat sorties — single strikes — in the south. Toe pilots reported hitting North Vietnamese bridges, buildings, cargo junks, radar sites, ferries, storage areas and antiaircraft sites. Radio Hanoi charged that intensifying American air raids niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii PARK FUND GETS $525 DONATION A contribution of $525 in honor of Johnny Marr, local real estate man who was killed in an accident earlier this year, has been made to the Industrial Park fund drive by the Blytheville Real Estate Board, announced President Cecil Earls. "This small gift to this project expresses- the Board's appreciation of the many years service Johnny gave to the City, the Chamber of Commerce, the Blytheville Real Estate Board, and the Arkansas State Real Estate Association, of which he served as vice-president," Earls Said. The memorial donation is in addition to slightly over $6,000 already contribute individually by members of the board, Earls said. Knowledge Flow Growing "Mankind will amass more information in the next' 50 years than in the previous millenia of its existence," Lions Club members were told today. Curt Johnston, science demonstrator for Southwestern Bell of Arkansas, said.the Bell System is doing its part 'to manage this "information explosion'.' Demonstrating experimental equipment, Johnston showed how information ranging from simple payroll data to.cardio- graphs and legal signatures can be transmitted by telephone from coast to coast. "This equipment will be operative sooner than you think," Johnston said, "and if it seems fanciful now, it will one day be taken for granted — like picture phones." against North Viet Nam had begun hitting the huge irrigation and dike system of the Bed-River delta, threatening "the Byes of millions of people" by "flood and drought." "' Ford Studying Integration JJTTLE ROCK (AP)—Education Commissioner A. W. Ford is studying six suggestions of the Arkansas (Negro)' Teachers Association designed to increase school integration in Arkansas. Ford said Monday he would have rib comment on the suggestions, which he received at a state Board of Education meeting ISien, until he has. studied them for some time. The suggestions ranged from applying for federal aid to finance planning for desegregation to equalization of teacher salaries, regardless of race, by this fall. * * * The board also: —Approved $7.5 million worth of bond issues and loans submitted by various districts, with $6.2 million of it marked tfor new construction. ; ;: ! —Named Rabie Rhodes!'.of Harrison chairman of the boa'rd, succeeding the late Marvin Bird of Earle, and chose R. A. Lynch of Tyronza vice chairman to succeed Rhodes. —Received a request from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy for a permanent site at the proposed Vor cational Training Institute at Camden. The board hired John Abbott, an El Dorado architect, to design the facility, contingent on the federal government's approval of the project. The six suggestions submitted by the ATA were: 1. Expand integration of the state Education Department staff. . 2. Upgrade the quality of Negroes on the staff as vacancies occur. 3. Support new federal guidelines on desegregation. 4. Seek funds to aid teaciiers whose jobs are eliminated by desegregation. 5. Equalize salaries of teachers of both races. 6. Seek federal funds to aid In planning for desegregation. Weather Forecast Fair through Wednesday. No important temperature change. High today In the 80s. Lows, tonight 55 to 60. High Wednesday In the 80s. Outlook Thursday fair and warm. , •

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