Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 1967 · Page 3
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 3

Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, May 17, 1967
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1967 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE.l Paper Says Extortion Hit Officials Homosexuals Were Trapped NEW YORK (AP) - A Congressman, a general, an admiral, a British producer and two well-known American singers were among several thousand victims of an extortion racket that preyed on homosexuals over the last decade, The New York Times said today. The newspaper said ~ authorities that provided the information are withholding the victims' names to keep them from being "professionally and personally destroyed." The report said many are married men with families. The existence of the ring was first disclosed Feb. 17, 1966, when 17 persons were indicted and nine arrested. Since then, The Times said, Jay Fires Volley At JP Johnson For Leniency To Illegal Dumpers After High-Speed Chase This was the scene last night after this police car rammed a sports car in an effort to stop it during a chase at speeds between 60 and 70 miles per hour. The patrolman in the squad car, Donald Mumphrey, said he started pursuing the car at Speedway near Forgeus Ave. at 11:17 p.m. After going along Speedway and through side streets, Mumphrey said, the car headed south on Country Club, then turned and came towards the patrol car. Mumphrey said he deliberately rammed the car to stop it. The car driver, Cristobal Santiago DeLa Rosa, 21, was charged with reckless driving. No one was hurt, but both vehicles were damaged. (Citizen Photo By Bruce Hopkins) Officials believe Puma County's all-out war on illegal trash dumping will be lost if one justice of the peace -- Clark Johnson -- continues to let violators off without fines. Chief party upset is Thomas Jay, chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. He fired a broadside at Johnson yesterday for not heeding his request to get tough. "All three justices of the peace promised they would cooperate and for a week they levied fines," explained Jay "On May 11, Johnson turnet several of them loose with sus pended sentences even though one of them apparently was go ing to dump a truckload o trash in an unauthorized place.' Records forwarded to Jaj show that four were let off afi er pleading guilty before John son last week. All were caugh in the area of Valencia an Mission roads. Two were cite jy County Health Department mployes, two by sheriff's de- luties. One got off with a suspended 30-day sentence, two with suspended 10 day terms and the "ourth with a suspended one- day sentence. The man with a truckload of trash was one of :hose who escaped with a 10- day sentence, suspended. Also miffed which Johnson over the light treatment given in Justice 1 lourt 2 is Kenneth Scharman, manager of Puna County Sanitary District 1. He brought county departments together last month to declare the war on littering. At the time, Scharman pointed out the number of unauthorized desert dumping areas were growing and action should be taken to stop the practice. He termed the suspended Car Injuries Death Cause An autopsy has revealed that Mrs. Margaret M. Kass, 44, died as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident Monday and not from a heart attack as police at first thought. Mrs. Kass, of 1801 E. Water St., died at Tucson Medical Center after the wreck at N. Cherry Ave. and E. Hedrick St. Coroner's pathologist Dr. Louis Hirsch said a heart condition may have caused the woman to be involved in the accident. He added, however that injuries caused her death. Police are expected to nov list the mishap as a traffic (a tality. If they do, it would h the 35th traffic death in Pirn County so far this year. erms given by Johnson "dis- ouraging." This was, Schar-, man said, the "first real ajy impt" to crackdown on the mi' awful practice wtih everyww n the county pledging coopefd- ion. ' ' ' "I talked to Johnson about hese cases because I was curious to see if the badc-^ jround (of the campaign) we" lad given him was complete and if the citations were exe cuted properly. He told nie they were," Scharman said, adding: . .-· "In two of the cases, JoRi^ ;on said he felt sorry for this' individuals involved. In another case, though the man had a truckload of debris, he toltf Johnson a few boards had falJU en off the truck. This was. a ; quarter of a mile off the road" in an illegaly dumping areav And we had two witnesses whb- saw him throw the boards off." at least 30 persons have been convicted and imprisoned on charges of extortion and impersonating a police officer. Authorities said a decoy, usually a young man, would lure the victim to a hotel room and get him in a compromising situation the report stated. Then one or more bogus policemen would enter the room and threaten the victim with arrest and disclosure as a homosexual unless he paid. The Times said this scheme was used to shake down a congressman from an eastern state for §40,000; the general and the admiral for amounts of $2,000 and §5,000; and the British producer for $3,000. The latter extortion occurred in England with two gang members posing as New York detectives, The Times said. The newspaper account added: "One victim of the ring, who was highly placed in the armed services, committed suicide the night before a scheduled New York County grand jury appearance, after ring members IMPLEMENT LAW Pollution Control Boards Selected PHOENIX (AP)--A 16-meni- ber advisory board and a five- man hearing board have been named by Gov. Jack Williams in a major step toward implementing the state's new air pollution control law. The advisory board will help in formulating regulations for smog control in the state, and posing as detectives threatened to expose him." The Times said the suicide r i c t i m had been "called directly out of his Pentagon office in Washington' under the impression he was dealing with legitimate policemen." The story said a nuclear scientist in a California plant compromised the plant's security by arranging for two extortionists, whom he believed to be New York City detectives, to tour the premises when they showed up to blackmail him. The scientist had been found In a compromising position with a ring member in a New York hotel room a little more than a year ago, the account added. PROFOUND ANALYSIS of the news Holmes Alexander in the CITIZEN Perez Burglary Count Dropped An 8-year-old burglary charge against Francisco Flores Perez tias been dismissed in Superior Court on the ground that he didn't get a speedy trial. The action was taken yesterday by Judge Mary Anne Richey on a motion by Perez' attorney, Maurice Stern, who said Perez' constitutional rights were violated. No objection was offered by the county attorney's office. Perez was scheduled to go on trial next month. Perez, now 42 had been accused of breaking into John Lee's Market at 474 S. Meyer Ave. on Sept. 11, 1958. the State Health Department will enforce such standards. Appeals from accused violators of the law will be heard by the five-member hearing board. The state machinery will oversee enforcement of the law, and is empowered to,step in where counties fail to act. The bill is intended to give the counties a chance to set up their own smog control system. Where the state is forced to take over such smog control, the cost will be assessed against the county involved and the money will be withheld from the county's share of state tax revenues. Advisory board members are: Joseph G. Sterz. State Board Arabs Say No To U.S. Fleet CAIRO (UPI)--The United Arab Republic has denied a request by the United States for permission to let the U.S. 6th Fleet call on Egyptian ports, the newspaper Al Ahram said. The newspaper said the United Arab Republic would not let 6th Fleet ships into Egyptian ports because of a statement allegedly made by Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. of Health, Phoenix; Dr. Stanford F. Farnsworth, Maricopa County Health Department, James Barkley, Yuma; E. G. Drewry Phoenix; Ben R. Coil, Miami. Maurice R. Tanner, Scottsdale Andrew Pollina, Tucson; Nor man B. Conkle, Phoenix; Will G. Coffin, Phoenix; John J. De- Bolske, Phoenix; Tom Mason, Oracle. H. Stan Sibert, Phoenix; Dr. Otto Franz, Flagstaff; John Yellott, Phoenix; Dr. Quentin Mees, Tucson; Sen. Isabel Burgess, Phoenix. Named to the hearing board were: Louis R. Jurwitz, Phoenix; Karl N. Stewart, Phoenix; Willard L. Groene, Scottsdale; Donald E. 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