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The Scene 2 Business 4 New York stocks 5 American stocks 6 section metropolitan Thursday, December 8, 1977, j By TOM FOX 1 . C it Bambino and the bluenose The fear and hate that Frank Rizzo arouses in some people is unbelievable. It's the weirdest thing that I've ever seen in politics. : The big trouble with Frank Rizzo is that he won't go away. He's pulled some rocks as mayor, but every time they start counting over him, the Bambino gets up. He not only gets up, but he comes roaring back like a fire truck, and when he does the great army of Rizzo haters goes into shock. They wring their hands and talk in inane platitudes and pore over outdated liberal campaign manuals in search of a formula that would rid the city of a public heavy who, curiously, arouses their deepest, darkest motives. It is an amusing exercise to watch. Right now some people say Frank Rizzo is on the bottoms again, but I have to figure he is getting back up because there are shrieks and moans from the Left. These are difficult days for the Left around here. Going to count The recall proposition is deader than McKinley and now the Bambino says he's going to court to test the City Charter's two-term limit on the mayor's office so he can try for a third term in 1979. And this sort of talk has the anti-Rizzos walking the floors. But, Rizzo haters, be of good cheer. Good old reliable Joe Clark, the Nathan Detroit of the Philadelphia Left, has a plan. He wants to deport Frank Rizzo. The old bluenose from Chestnut Hill, a former mayor himself and a two-term U. S. senator, outlined his plan in a letter to me a letter I am passing on to the readers today because I think it reveals something profound about Joseph Sill Clark. Here's the letter: "Dear Tom: "I was enormously flattered by your suggestion in a recent column (In Defense of the Cops, Nov. 27) that I was the only Democrat in Pennsylvania who had any influence with Jimmy Carter. "I certainly wish it were true, but I can assure you that such is not the case, although I did what I could to get him elected and have sent him a good many recommendations, both for appointments aad policy, to my view of which he has not paid the slightest bit of attention. "I read with keen interest your col- limn P niM inlit n t vyntliA nrri n i t -iiu-: J polling vu yuur vian iu v-cuauwa auu your finding that Mayor Rizzo was the hero of the town from which his roots spring. Perhaps you will join me in what I call the Calabria Project: "Buy up the town which I am sure is for sale. "Ship Rizzo and his assorted cabinet of thieves, bums and crooks over there. "Install him as podesta for life..' "The great benefit of this scheme is that it makes everybody happy, including a large majority of the citizens of Philadelphia. It also makes it unnecessary to find a crooked judge (of whom, of course, there are many) who will declare the two-term restriction in the City Charter unconstitutional, without giving the people a chance to vote on recalling Rizzo. I think the plan is foolproof and deserves your strong support. "With renewed thanks for your flattering, if inaccurate, comments, I remain Joseph S. Clark." That's quite a letter. The prose is light and whimsical, but Joe Clark's contempt for people other than his class is obvious. ' New Twist The senator's thoughts are a curious play on the old "Send the blacks back to Africa" theme with a fresh Italian twist. It should win . all the major brotherhood awards, for the year. Of course, it's possible that the letter was a feeble attempt .at humor, that the distinguished senator from Rex Avenue in Chestnut Hill was just joshing about shipping Frank Rizzo to Italy. So, in keeping with the spirit of the Christmas season, I will assume that the senator does not wish to be taken seriously. Ks. Quite honestly, it is an assumption that comes easy for me)(because, you see, I have never, everbeen able to take Joe Clark seriously certainly not since he told Nels Nelson, of the Daily News, in an incredible burst of candor several vears ago; that he always sleeps in the nude. Heard Nauss tell By Linda Loyd Inquirer Stall Writer The former girl friend of a Warlocks Motorcycle Club member testified yesterday that on two occasions she heard Robert T. Nauss Jr. say that he had killed Elizabeth Ann Lande. Nauss, 25, is on trial in Delaware County Court, charged with hanging Miss Lande in December 1971. Kathy Gardner, who at the time was dating Warlock ' Stephen DeMarco, saidk that, before Christmas Western Onion's Bob One of the firm's iwinmrwui'Bwamwaaiiii nmni'iiiinniiiimimt a""1"" "mum in nr n"" i i h-t""""" WHEN YOU CARE ENOUGH TO SING THE VERY BEST. -. Missing executive held in 75 theft of $500,000 By William Weisenbach Inquirer Staff Writer A former official of a Valley Forge corporation who disappeared two years ago with $500,000 of the company's money was arrested yesterday in Seattle, Wash., the FBI said last night. . Robert H. Eagleston, 52, the former vice president and treasurer of Certain-Teed Products Corp., was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to Neil J. Welch, special-agent-in-charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office. A hearing will be held on the question of returning Eagleston to Philadelphia, where he faces federal wire fraud charges, Welch said. Those charges stem from the use of the telephone in manipulating company funds, the FBI said. Until his capture, Eagleston was reportedly seen on Jan. 10, 1975. The FBI declared him a fugitive the next ( that year, she and DeMarco were standing in front of her home in Glenolden with Nauss, and she asked Nauss where the girl friend, Miss Lande, was. "He said, 'I killed her,' " said Mrs. Gardner, who was called to testify by the prosecution as a rebuttal witness. She said that several months later, in March 1972, she was at DeMarco's Folcroft apartment when she overheard Nauss in another room telling a group of people how he had killed Miss Lande. Rush-Eisman (left) helps Barbara Belmonte audition Wanted: Two warm personal advertising posters month anil issued a federal warrant for his arrest. , According to the FBI, Certain-Teed, which manufactures insulation and homebuilding products, discovered that the funds were missing in an audit the same month Eagleston disappeared. In the complaint and warrant filed in 1975, Eagleston was charged with transferring $2 million of Certain-Teed's funds into his personal accounts, and then using that money to invest in short-term commercial paper and other securities. After using the funds for about a month, the warrant said, Eagleston returned $1.5 million to the company's accounts, keeping the balance plus the profit on his investments. If convicted on the wire fraud charges, Eagleston, who formerly lived in King of Prussia, could be sentenced to five years in prison and fined $1,000. of killing, He , said she was making him mad,' said Mrs. Gardner, who previously, said she had not told police about "her knowledge of the incident because 'I didn't want to get involved." "He (Nauss) said he couldn't stand her and he put his hands around her throat and strangled her. He said he went too far and killed her." Mrs. . Gardner said Nauss told a gathering of about five people that he haJ "buried her in the back yard with her knees sticking up and later took her boiy,to New Jersey." Philadelphia Inquirer JAMES LINK JR. voices for regards By Edgar Williams Inquirer Staff Writer Somewhere, wherever the real Her-schel Frickie is, his ears were burning yesterday. Western Onion, those wonderful folks who have brought back the singing telegram, held auditions at the Holiday Inn to select two additional deliverers for its Philadelphia operation. Twenty-three aspirants showed up, and each had to wish a melodic "happy birthday" to Her-schel Frickie. When the auditions were over, Jeffrey Andrews, 27, president of Western Onion, founded two years ago in San Francisco, allowed as how the candidates 12 women, 11 men had done "remarkably -well." He said the winners would probably be decided today. "Every one of them gave Herschel Frickie a good ride," he said. "We invented the name, of course, but wherever we go we half expect a real Herschel to appear in person." Andrews and his partner, Donald Currie, 32, founder of the company, have gone a lot of places in the last two years. Western Onion now operates not only in San Francisco but also in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia. The (See SING on 2-B) Philadelphia Inquirer RUSSELL F. SALMON A NEW JOLT for thrill-hunters is promised on the $2.7 million "Loopin' Loops" super roller coaster to be built at Great Adventure Park now part of the Six Flags Inc. chain Jackson Township, N. J. Dutch model builder Arthur Thuijus (left) shows the layout to Larry Cochrane, Great Adventure executive, yesterday. woman says Mrs. Gardner, who looked tense and nervous,' could .riot recall the names of those .who had heard Nauss story. She was called by the prosecution to 'pfcbut Nauss' testimony that he did not kill Miss Lande and did not tell anyone that he had. The prosecution's ; chief witness, William Standen was recalled by the prosecution and denied that he and Nauss were operating a stolen-car business from Standen's Folcroft garage in December" WIS Nauss was living in the garage loft, where Miss Lande was hanged.: "! w EPA starts : gel-lough plan on polluters By Susan Q. Stranahan Inquirer Environment Writer About 175 Pennsylvania companies and local governments that are knowingly violating federal laws on air and water pollution will be the target of a new "get-tough" policy by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Marvin B. Durning, head of enforcement for EPA, announced the new program here yesterday after meeting with about SO state and local water-quality authorities , from five states and the District of Columbia, which comprise the agency's Region 3. Similar meetings are being held around the country to outline the new national enforcement program. Under the program, EPA will take violators to court, seeking fines of as much as $10,00C a day for water-pollution violations and $25,000 a day for air-pollution violations. In the past, EPA has seldom sought court action against offenders, relying instead on negotiated settlements. Among those cited by EPA for major violations of air and water laws is the City of Philadelphia. Durning said that "Philadelphia is a possible target for enforcement action." According to Region 3 administrator Jack J. Schramm, however, EPA and the city are close to a negotiated agreement on correcting the city's water-quality violations. A decision in the lengthy dispute is expected in about two weeks, Schramm said. The city will be required, to make $450 million worth of improvements in its three sewage treatment plants to comply with federal laws. Of the total cost, 75 percent will be financed by EPA. About 50 lawsuits have been filed by EPA against major air- and water-quality violators around the country, Durning said. In Region 3, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, 10 cases already have been referred to U. S. attorneys for action. The new EPA enforcement program comes long after deadlines for compliance, set by Congress. The deadline to clean up air pollution, for example, was 1975. In the case of water, all municipal and industrial dischargers were supposed to have installed secondary sewage treatment facilities by July 1. But statistics released yesterday by EPA for this region show that in Pennsylvania there are about 75 major violators of water-quality laws and 100 air-quality violators Who are subject to legal action under the new "get-tough" policy. Among those cited for water violations, in addition to Philadelphia, were Lukens Steel Co., BP Oil Co.. Sun Oil Co., Scott Paper Co., the boroughs of Media, Kennett Square, Nauss had testified on Tuesday; that he and Standen, after an all-" night foray iit which they looked un-successfully for a car to steal, found ' Miss Lande hanging by the neck at the Folcroft garage loft apartment. Nauss testified that he and Standen' removed the rope from her neck, wrapped her body in a sheet, and placed it in 4 car and drove to the1 New Jersey Pine Barrens to bury it. Nauss. a former Warlock, said yes-! terday on cross-examination that he did not notify police of her death be- (Sfce NAUSSon 3-B) Souderton and Marcus Hook, the, Central Delaware County Sewage Authority, the Lansdale Sewer Author-'' ity, the Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority and the Abing-' ton Township water treatment plant. ' Among those cited for air-pollution violations were the Delaware County Disposal operations in Folcroft and Broomall, Cheyney State College, the Frankford Arsenal, Haverford State Hospital and the U. S. Naval Hospi-, tal. 1 "Not a single pollution source on the list will be surprised," Durning said. All had been notified of the vio-' lations, he said. However, not all of those named by EPA yesterday for violating the standards will be taken to court, Durning said. About 150 Pennsylvania violators have already begun to comply with the law. In the past, it has been cheaper for , business and government to delay in- stalling pollution-control devices on, the chance that the law would not be enforced. I Insurance man guilty in thefts By Elizabeth Duff X Inquirer Staff Writer '' ) Edward J. Yeakel, a Jenkintown insurance agent charged earlier this year with keeping his clients' insurance premiums for himself, has pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to stealing more than $190,000. Judge Horace A. Davenport sen- tenced Yeakel, 48, to 14 years' probation on Tuesday and ordered him to begin repaying the money immediately. Yeakel's plea came as part of an agreement with the office of Montgomery County District Attorney William Nicholas, who said yesterday that he was "pleased that restitution, at least, will be paid." TheN money is to be repaid over the term of his probation. Nicholas said that his office decided to accept a plea-bargain because the case was "complicated and would have required finding "hundreds" of witnesses. Yeakel was ordered to pay $20,000,-the first installment, to the probation department immediately. About $9,-500 of that will go to Philadelphia, service station owner Anthony Russo, ' for an insurance settlement he did not receive. It was Russo's complaint in February that led law-enforcement officials to investigate Yeakel. Most of the remaining creditors are -insurance companies to which he did not remit insurance premiums paid, by his customers. Until February, Yeakel appeared' to be a highly successful insurance, agent with few problems. He owned a 15-room home near Abington, a yacht named after his girl friend, a sum-, mer home in New Jersey and a Lincoln Continental. He was separated' from his wife and lived with his girl ' friend in a plush Willow Grove apart-' ment complex. After Russo's complaint, Yeakel and his girl friend told acquaintances that they were leaving for a Caribbean vacation. The fraud was dig- closed while they were gone, and he surrendered to authorities when he' returned in April. Judge Davenport said mat he was placing Yeakel on probation "reluctantly" but said he feared that none of his victims would ever be repaid . if Yeakel were sent to jail. He could have received a prison term of 66 years. Yeakel was also ordered to sell his ' suburban home, his summer home ' and his office building. Asked how he would repay his creditors, Yeakel told the court: "I'll work hard. I'll try to get a job as a manufacturer's rep in the area." ' r

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