The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 17, 1976 · Page 1
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Hays, Kansas
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The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 31 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 17, 1976 14 PAGES 15 CENTS Home Sweet Home From her fashionable home, decorated In the Christmas spirit, Tasha, a well-to-do cocker spaniel, awaits the holidays with a Christmas carol. Tasha lives next door to her owners, Mr. and Mrs. William Schneider, at 115 W. 37th. Mrs. Schneider (Dally News photos by Scott Selrer) said the dog's homestead, which even Includes a mailbox and brick patio, has generated considerable comment and the family pet "likes it out there." Miss Hearst Tells Story NEW YORK (UPI) — Patricia Hearst says the six Symbionese Liberation Army members slain in a Los Angeles Shootout "got exactly what they deserved" but a fear that the "same thing •would happen to me" kept her on the run. The 21-year-old heiress, recently freed on bail froin prison while her bank robbery conviction is appealed, discussed her 19 months as a, captive and fugitive in a CBS News interview taped Wednesday at her parents' San Simeon, Claif., compound and shown Thursday night. Many of her remarks covered the same ground as testimony in her bank robbery trial. But her comments about the SLA members who kid- naped her from her Berkeley, Calif., home Feb. 4,1974, were her most bitter ever. She said a taped com- munique she made eulogizing the SLA members slain in a Shootout with police on May 17,1974, had been "written out for me." "After what they had done to me, there'd be no reason for me to eulogize them" she sajd. "I feel that they got exactly what they deserved in Los Angeles, exactly what they'd asked for, and I don't feel sorry for them at all." She said one of the dead, SLA leader Donald DeFreeze, known as "Cinque", was a "complete maniac, alcoholic, egotistical, raping, murdering, horrible person." Yet she said that while watching the Shootout on television from an Anaheim Calif., motel room, she decided she had no choice but to stay with surviving SLA members William and Emily Harris. For so long the SLA had been telling me over and over 'again that my parents didn't care about me, that the police didn't care about me, that the FBI didn't care about me. "And then, to see it on television that they're shooting into a house, setting it on fire, killing everyone in the house, and saying that they think that I'm in there ... I believed them. I believed that if I tried to get away, that that same thing would happen to me." " Miss Hearst admitted she once felt her parents had "abandoned" her. Now, she says, "I love them. They've been so fantastic." "This will be the first Christmas that we've been together since, oh, '74 — no, since '73 — and tomorrow we're getting our tree will be fantastic." It was her first broadcast interview since she was found guilty last March of participating in a San Francisco bank robbery and given a seven-year sentence. Her only previous interview was with her father's newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner. She still faces charges in a Los Angeles sporting goods store robbery, and no questions were permitted about that or other pending legal action. Fatzer Belligerent IRVING, Tex. (UPI) — The chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court was removed from a flight and arrested because of drunken, belligerent behavior, according to a report filed by investigating officers. The incident occurred Nov. 21 at the. Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport, but the report was not released until Thursday. The report said Harold R. Fatzer, 66, "was intoxicated to the point that officers felt he was going to be of danger not only to himself but to others." Fatzer was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, but the charges were dropped by Justice of the Peace Floyd T. Gray after Fatzer told officials he was a supreme court chief justice. Fatzer refused comment on the report. He told a broadcasting station several days after the incident he was roughed up by security police. Airport officials in the weeks following the incident, refused to release the arrest report, called a blotter sheet. UPI obtained a booking sheet in Grapevine which confirmed the charges against Fatzer, but was denied access to the arrest report. Officials released the arrest report Thursday upon demand under the Texas Open Records Act. The report said four officers answered a call of a disturbance in the Braniff terminal at the sprawling airport complex located between Dallas and Fort Worth. "Upon arrival and entering the jetway, officers overheard loud and abusive profane language," the report said. "At the actual, scene of the disturbance, the above actor (Fatzer), was pushing and striking" an unidentified complainant. The report said the incident had begun aboard a Braniff flight which Fatzer was taking to Topeka from a convention in Miami. "Further investigation revealed that the disturbance started aboard the aircraft and therefore Braniff's decision to refuse him flight, due to his intoxication. Vacc/naffons Suspended Flu Worries Grow WASHINGTON (UPI) - An increasing number of cases of a sometimes paralyzing neurological disease—some among persons immunized against swine flu—>was reported today to a Senate Health subcommittee. Dr Theodore Cooper, an assistant secretary of health, education and welfare, said a new count of the Guillian- Barre syndrome since Thursday shows 107 cases. He said 58 of them occurred among vaccinated persons and 34 among unvaccinated persons. He said it was not known whether the other cases involved persons who had been vaccinated. Some Locals Were Waiting For Shots Ellis County Health Nurse Mary Englert said she was in the middle of a swine flu immunization clinic Thursday • when the State Health Department told her to close down the immunization program. The federal government has temporarily suspended swine flu. vaccinations because of a possible connection with an outbreak of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a sometimes paralyzing neurological disease. Mrs. Englert said the State Health Department also asked her to notify all area doctors and clinics using the vaccine and tell them to stop administering the shots. Some Ellis County residents were waiting in line to receive the shot when the call came from the health department. "I just told them the state had called and said we were to close down temporarily," Mrs. Englert said. "They took it very well, they turned around, picked'up their stuff and left. "No one said, 'Oh, give me the shot anyway,' " she said. Mrs. Englert said she did not know when the vaccinations would resume. "They told me it was a temporarily close-down yesterday, but I haven't heard from them again," she said. "The Guillain-Barre syndrome has been around for a long time. I don't know how they are associating it with the swine flu vaccine, Mrs. Englert 'said. Many persons who were advised to take two doses of the flu vaccine for full protection have not yet received the second shot, according to Mrs. Englert. Cooper said six persons had died. He did not say whether the six were all immunized.- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., called the emergency hearing of the subcommittee as a result of the government's decision to temporarily suspend swine flu vaccinations because of a possible connection with the paralysis. Through last week, about 40 million persons had received swine flu shots. Cooper said the investigation to determine whether there is a relationship between the flu shots and the disease would take at least a month. He said he was unwilling to conclude there was any relationship and Hoped to be able to give the program ''a clean bill of health" and urge its resumption. If a swine flu epidemic should occur, he replied to questions from lawmakers, and if some association is established, policymakers would then have to determine the relative risks of Gullain- Barre and swine flu. . Reading at 2 p.m.: 66 Low this morning: 27 Record high: 77 in 1939 Record low: -4 in 1964 Year ago today 21 and 9 Thursday's high 66 Sunny and unseasonably warm this afternoon and Saturday. Clear tonight. Highs today and Saturday mid to upper 60s. Lows tonight low . 30s. Westerly winds 5 to 15 mph this afternoon and light southerly tonight. HELLO, PAP / OWLV 7 SHOPPING PAYS LEFT «TIL CHRISTMAS / C 1066 >>r Unlltd Fulwrt Bynflicilr Inc Age No Deterrent A third case of apparent paralysis possibly linked to swine flu vaccinations was reported in Kansas Thursday. Dr. Ray Baker, health officer for Topeka and Shawnee County, said doctors have tentatively diagnosed Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare paralyzing disease, in a Topekan who received n swine flu shot. Baker said further tests rriust be conducted to establish the diagnosis. He added no relationship between flu vaccine and the illness has been established. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment earlier reported two cases of the paralysis at Salina. State health offjcinls are divided on whether the suspended Kansas swine flu program will be resumed, even if approval comes from federal officials. Baker said the Topeka patient, who was not identified, had received a swine flu shot a month before the illness, but also had a cold a week prior to the first symptoms. Dwight Metzler, secretary of health and environment said the state docs not require doctors to report occurrences of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. However, he said H is .estimated that 40-50 cases occur in Kansas each year. Dr. Lowell Wlese, the Kansas director of health, Thursday said he expected state flu clinics to be reopened within a few days after the national Center for Disease Control completes its Investigation of a possible connection between swine flu vaccinations and a rare disease causing paralysis. However, Dr. Don Wilcox, the state epidemiologist, predicted Kansas will not resume the stalled Immunization drive because most counties have completed their programs. "Frankly, I don't think we'll ever begin (the immunization program) again," Wilcox said. "I think most counties have completed the program in the first place. As you know, we have now only vaccine 'primarily for healthy children. Saudis Lead OPEC Split DOHA, Qatar (UPI) — The world's oil exporting countries split sharply Friday over how much to raise prices. Eleven nations agreed on a 15 per cent hike but Saudi Arabia and the United Arab " Emirates decided they would not go beyond 5 per cent. In a decision that followed direct contacts with the administration of President- elect Jimmy Carur, Saudi Oil Minister Sheikh.Ahmed Zaki Yamani said his country, the world's largest oil exporter, will lift all production ceilings while holding its price increase to 5 per cent throughout 1977. The United Arab Emirates joined Saudi Arabia in the 5 per cent limit. The 11 other members of the world oil cartel announced a 15 per cent increase—10 per cent effective Jan. l and 5 per cent July 1. It was the first major split over prices in the 16-year history of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and left open the question whether OPEC could maintain its current stranglehold on' oil prices.. Yamani predicted it would be impossible for the 11 nations to sustain their 15 per cent increase, and said the expected overall increase would work out to no more than 5 per cent. In Washington President Ford denounced as "irresponsible" the decision by a majority of oil exporting nations to raise oil prices by 15 per cent. Ford said the their action should remind Americans "of the need to take urgent action" to conserve and develop U.S. energy resources. He praised Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for choosing to limit their increase to 5 per cent. "Unfortunately, however, 'the majority of OPEC members, citing artificial economic justifications and ignoring the destructive consequences of their actions, chose to take a course which can only be termed irresponsible," Ford said in a statement released by the White House. G//more Recuperating SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) — Condemned slayer Gary Gilmore, who faces execution by a firing squad in one month, Friday came out of a coma caused by hjs second suicide attempt. University of Utah Hospital said the condemned killer was improving, with his condition listed as serious rather than critical, and doctors were clearing up pneumonia in his lungs. "He is semi-conscious," said hospital spokesman John Keahey. "He is gradually waking up and nods his head in answer to questions. But he still spends most of the time sleeping." Gilmore was held in a heavily guarded ward at the hospital, where he was rushed Thursday after taking a drug overdose. The hospital said he would be transferred back to the prison infirmary as soon as his condition allowed. The 36-year-old killer, depressed by a judge's refusal to schedule his execution next Monday, swallowed "a lethal dose of a barbiturate" one month to the day after his first suicide attempt, and also a month before he is to be shot at sunrise. Gilmore, already weak from a 25-day hunger strike, developed "aspiration pneumonia caused by breathing the contents of his stomach into his lungs," said hospital spokesman John Keahey. The convict's breathing was being aided by a respirator, but doctors said they believed Gilmore would survive if further complications did not develop. "His condition is critical, but stable, and he is responding well to treatment," said Keahey. Warden Sam Smith said in both suicide attempts Gilmore ingested the pills about 30 minutes before the medic was scheduled to make his daily "sick call" round. The warden said he had no idea how the killer obtained the drug. "It could have come from anybody," said Smith. "It could have come from in- mates and he was In court Wednesday. We haven't excluded anyone or any avenue." "Blood screening indicates he took what can be considered a lethal dose of a barbiturate, such as phenobarbital," the hospital spokesman said. "His level of the drug is at the midpoint of what can be considered the lethal range." , When a prison sergeant and the medic couldn't wake Gilmore after finding him unconscious in his Death Row cell, they called a doctor who gave the convict emergency treatment and then sent him to the hospital 25 miles away. On Nov. 16, Gilmore and his fiancee, Nicole Barrett, both swallowed overdoses of secenol, a sleeping pill. Guards found Gilmore in his cell and a neighbor discovered Mrs. Barrett in her Spanish Fork apartment. The 20-year-old mother of two . small children was committed to a mental hospital after she recovered. Tower Climber Won't Stop Tower Climber Melchlor Gobel, 65, scurries up a steel windmill tower to find a fault. The Mun|or-area farmer hoi repaired hit neighbors' windmills for more than 30 years. BySCOTTSEIRER Of The News Staff Despite his wife's insistence that he keep his feet on the ground, 65-year-old Melchior Gabel continues to climb windmill towers to ply his trade as a repairman. The, ,job is potentially dangerous because the repairman, while clinging to the steel at the top of the tower in winds that are most often strong, could fall if his mind slipped from his work. "You've got to he very careful," says Gabel, who always wears a safety belt and has avoided accidents in his long career. But his safety record doesn't impress his wife, who feels the job calls for a younger man. "She gives me hell every time I get a call" to repair an inoperative mill, he explained. But he always answers the call. Qabel, who farms east of Munjor, says repairing windmills "is, my sideline job, next to farming." He began the work decades ago after helping another man repair a windmilk In the early years, "there wasn't much pay" but he commands decent fees now. Windmills are not difficult to repair and many farmers do that work themselves. But, he added, "a lot of farmers can't go up (to the top of the towers)." The pull rod that plunges in and out of the earth to coax the precious liquid from the ground is the part most apt to fail. "I've replaced a lot of them. They wear out easy." But, he adds, windmills are well- made machines. Most in this area- are -made by the Dempster company at Beatrice, Neb. Even so, farmers are turning a cold shoulder to the mills that use the wind to pump water. Farmers "have all that electricity" to bring water to stock tanks. Looking Up A Mun|or-area farmer who repairs windmills as a sideline, Melchlor Gabel, looks upward to Inspect one of the man,y windmills that dot Western Kansas landscapes.

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