Independent from Long Beach, California on May 5, 1964 · Page 1
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Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, May 5, 1964
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FEATURES INDEX Radlo-TV. Shipping.. Sports.... Womea... ..OS C-1,4 S-l lit - The Soulhland's^m. Finest bferning Nmcspapcr " · " LONG BEACH 12. CALIFORNIA, TUESDAY. KMY 5. l?M VOL 24 -- NO. 215 I"? t'' : 7?'^i" _____ ; ' .V-*- T : 7 * ; V. h Considerable doudineii with Hjht shower* \ and gusty wtads.~ High «2. Omplett weather j '"·'? oa Pate A- J. - ' ' - i ; I , ' ' * -S3* ' · ' - , ' " . . ' r ~ . Two Police Fired After Inquest Rules Involuntary Manslaughter in Slaying Wiggins Quits; D. A. Deputies Confer Today on Prosecution * * * * * * By BOB SCHMIDT Two Long Beach Police Department detectives committed "involuntary manslaughter" in the April 23 shooting death of Independent, Press-Telegram reporter William B. Hunter, a coroner's jury decided Monday. Chief Deputy Dist Atty. Manley Bowler was scheduled to meet at 9 a. m. today with Lynn D. Compton, deputy in charge of the Long Beach office, to determine if detectives Creigh-| ton A. Wiggins Jr. and Errol Greenleaf we to be prosecuted. Compton had conducted an investigation into the circumstances of H u n t e r ' s death. 'In subsequent developments Monday, Wiggins and Greenleaf were fired from the force by City M a n a g e r John R. Mansell, and Wiggins wrote * * * City Cites 3 Grounds for Ouster phoned its contents to the toy , were fired Independent, Press-Telegram Beach Police Department. city desk. j The two f o r m e r officers · » » · .earlier Monday heard a coro- HUNTER, 3 5 - y e a r - o l d n e r ' s inquest jury hold that award-winning newsman »**-. . . . , .-.. {hid occurred «i«~u i father of three children. was; tnt press-telegram shot in the chest as hie sat at his desk in the press room of the Public Safety Building. Wiggins' gun. Wiggins, during his emotional William B. Hunter was slain April 23 by a bullet fired from He said his gun discharged accidentally as he and Greenleaf were engaged in "horfe- play" near Hunter's desk. Both he and Greenleaf testified they had engaged in similar "horseplay" prior occasions. * * . * * on TESTIFYING MONDAY at coroner's inquest, Det Errol F. Greenleaf said he lied in his first story on the shooting of reporter William B. Hunter in attempt to conceal gun carelessness. Solons Amend Tidelands Bill By JEW McCAULEY L F-T S«cr»mmtf BartM SACRAMENTO--A Senate subcommittee, meeting in secret session, decided Monday to tack amend-'.tary manslaughter." ments on the Long Beach tidelands compromise biH The inquest verdict by the which city spokesmen say are unacceptable. - five-man, two-woman jury The move raised the possibility that tidehnds-on.f^^w^Jf^ legislation will be buried under controversy at the " **'* " " " special session. The amendments: 1. Strip the Burns-Unruli t WIGGINS and Greenleaf he inquest that they were engaged in 'horseplayTM w h e n Wiggins* gun discharged in the pressroom of the Public Safety Building. Assistant C i t y Manager Robert C. Creighton signed the name of City Manager John R. Mansell to the dismissal a f t e r conferring at length with Mansell by telephone in Sacramento. The letters of dismissal, delivered to the residences of night, specified three grounds: Conduct unbecoming an officer or employe of the city; THE TWO officers also admitted lying when they first reported the shooting. Greenleaf because "I didn't want to admit my carelessness with a gun" and Wiggins because 'I was in fear of probably losing my job." Wiggins broke down twice during his testimony and wept [ (Continued Page almost continually during thej inqutst He sat with his eyes closed as Deputy Coroner Charles G. Langhauser read the verdict, and shook his head violently from side to side when Langhauser pronounced the phrase, "involun- the two detectives Monday DEJECTED DETECTIVE Creighton A. Wiggins Jr. acts amounting to . insub- CoL 6) walks with eyes- downcast after hearing a cor- . oner's jury conclude that reporter William B. Hunter's death was involuntary manslaughter. Officer Calls Paper, Tells of Resignation Creighton A. Wiggins Jr., whose gun caused the death of William B. Hunter, Independent, Press-Telegram police reporter, called the I, P-T city desk Monday night and read the text of a letter to Police Chief William J. Mooney. · . . This is from the heart," Wiggins said. J, The letter follows: '·': William J. Mooney, Chief ',, Long Beach Police Department ;'/ 400 W. Broadway '. Long Beach, California 1 Dear Sin It is with deep regret and sorrow that I hereby tender my resignation as of this date from the Long Beach Police Department, truly a fine organization with the same caliber of men. It is a tragic thing that this must come about in this manner, for I have lost a wonderful friend in Bill Hunter and so have all the police officers,of the department because he was truly the policeman's friend. · . God knows I had no desire in the world for that tragic action to occur. I know that as in the past all my brother officers must suffer for.the misfortunes of another. To me this seems unfair because in any other profession the remaining members would not suffer for; the deeds of another. . I am sorry that because of me, you and other commanding officers have been chastised by certain political powers and news media. : I know our local news media feel grief in their ;- loss but I feel the same grief as Mrs. Hunter must : Probably this kind of publicity should be expected but ; is really unjust '· · You are a" fine chief and the department has progressed under your leadership. I hope by my misfortune that all officers everywhere will realize what could happen to them and form a tighter bond and strive harder for their goals. Again, I express my deep regret and sorrow about the entire tragic circumstances. Sincerely, Creighton A. Wiggins Jr. Sen. Engle Must Stay on Ballot spectators, - including Hunter'* widow. Leela. · LANGHAUSER ' read the bill of a provision -'settling decision at 332 pin. after the a city-state boundary dispute^ . deliberated 56 min- has impounded Ipenditures by the _ . _ ' (UPI^The!auditor g e n e r a l , the office Senate Elections 'Committee that sharply criticized the city dealt a swift death blow Mon-1 °f Long Beach in a 1963 re- day to hopes of removing Sen.i port- Clair Engle's 'name from the Jane 2 primary election ballot w h i c h revenues. V M 1 * verd!ct * lfter dtin S r VTM. . ' . , Hunter's name. age. and the , ZT^* l0t ? nnMl '^(location of the shooting, said of Iceland! .projects and ex- y, AelA ^^ Mused by ". two known parties playing with, ; The jury also, found that there was "involuntary manslaughter on the part of both primary land-sinkage. Under one sec- An administration - backed tion, it provides that a state bfll to allow the ailing tena- executive officer shall be em- tor, now recovering from his powered to arbitrate any dis- s«cond brain operation In'putes between Long Beach eight months, to stay off the'and the state Lands Commis- ballot failed to gain a single sion. Neither Wiggins nor Green- eaf was mentioned by name. Compton to!d newsmen after the inquest was adjourned . (Continued Page A-, Col. 1) vote among the five commit-! tee members present ; FN'CLE announced 4. Eliminate Alamltos State Parks lands from the offshore oil development plan for the Usti'East Wilmington field." The week through his California park tidelands would be put campaign chairman, Assem-'out to separate bid. brymaa Tom Carrell, D-Sanj 5, Reduce from M to 60 Fernlndo, that he was with- percent the amount of prodw- drawing from hij re-election'tion any person or bidding campaign on the advice of group could control doctor*. | «. Provide that oil h to be A few hourt latw, Sen. Ed- m a r k e t e d for the "highest (Continued Page A-5, Cot 1)1 (Continued Page A-3, CoL 4) THERE are some late laws about that, smoggy car TOO may be* fuming around tn. Page B-1. SANDY Koufax proves his arm is sound again, pitching Dodgers to 10-icn- bg win over Chicago, 2-1. Page 01. Dominican Regime Periled by Rioters SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic UP!-- 'roops moved with fixed bayonets into Santo Domin;o's streets Monday in an attempt to crush the mount- ng disorder threatening the country's triumvirate regime. The government gave orders to a mixed force of 2,000 army, navy, air force and police troops "to proceed with itrenie energ/* after, fight ng between police and rioters had erupted in the city. ' r"*" ***« »r sot IHVM»*T POLICE TECHNICIAN Ralph Slmonds shows coroner's jury a revolver that fired shot which killed reporter William B. Hunter. There are two safely de- \ices, he said, and it can be fired only by pulling the trigger. THE RIOTERS hurled rocks, with police responding with airages of tear gas shells. Dockworkers walked off the communities in job to join university students Monday nignt Tornadoes Sir ike in Wisconsin Ir Tl« AlSKiCt* Frits Tornadoes struck two rural Wisconsin turbulent A police cordon was putl* around the dock area and the States from the Great Lakes government said sailors would, to Idaho. ' e csed if necessary to keep lie port functioning. The president of the Do- in Jackson Wk. said a tornado struck tiyny-af| court of appeals, Jose near the village of Melrose, Salvador Velazquez, issued an 'destroying bams and injurioj order to the striking trans- one farm employe, Afl tel«- The newspaper Prensa libre said ft learned that if the drivers fail to obey the order. transit serried -K-a be rcili- TJIpT»*q Feari tn Santo Domingo m- 1 creased that the nation faced a military dictatorship if or der was not restored. At the same time, support' area knocked out ' : Further south, · near ~ the ham]et ^ jy^ s^ wif . ) » _ d * nu 2 ed « injuries were repccted.^ ; Three inches of fresh saoW f eH in Butte," Moot, as winteri Eke weather continued across en of exiled President Joan . . Bosch worked toTchie^e hi* ^ «*««· Temperafuref wer» retcrn. |ia the 30f at mid-day. y ; T " " /

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