Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on April 20, 1967 · Page 14
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 14

Cumberland, Maryland
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Thursday, April 20, 1967
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Most Wanted Fugitive Terms Self 'Florida Fox' William Clouser, one the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives," is : considered an extremely dangerous escapee from a Florida mental hospital who has vowed not to be taken alive and who has- reportedlj termed himself the "Florida Fox." On the night of April 2, 1964 Clouser and three other inmates fled from the mental ward o, the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida. .They allegedly crossed the near- y state, line into GeorgitTand armed with a knife,- accosted two hospital employees. The es- capees reportedly forced their way into the employees' car and forced the couple to accompany them to the Columbus, Georgia area. The hostages were robbed but released unharmed and their car was recovered aban- doned at Montgomery, Alabama, several days later. Three of the escapees have been apprehend- ed but Clouser remains at large. A Federal warrant, charging Clouser with the interstate trans- portation of a stolen motor ve- hicle, was issued at Montgom- ery, Alabama, on April 9, 1964. Clouser was admitted to the Florida State Hospital in Feb- ruary, 1964, after being ad- judged legally insane following a breaking and entering charge in Orlando, Florida. Prior to his admittance to the- mental hospital, he had been charged with a large number of crim- inal offenses. In October of 1951, Clouser was arrested by the Knoxville, Tennessee, Police Department and charged with criminal tres- passing. This case was later dismissed. In 1956, he was employed as a police officer in Florida, but resigned with prejudice in August, 1961, when questioned about suspected participation in criminal offenses. In September of 1961, Clouser was arrested by the police de- partment that formerly employ- ed him and charged with par- ticipation in the robbery, kid- napping and beating of two Or- lando, Florida, theater mana- gers. In January, 1962, he was convicted on these charges and sentenced to thirty years in the Florida State Penitentiary. Clouser was not behind bars for long, however. In July, 1963, he appealed this conviction and, ELUSIVE FUGITIVE--John William Clouser, an escapee from a Florida mental hospital, has been added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. An expert pistol shot and proficient in Jiido and Karate, Clouser has vowed not to be taken alive. The FBI reports he must be considered armed and extremely dangerous. which he brutally beat two of his victims. Clouser was apprehended by Knoxville, Tennessee, police on September 29, 1963, and return- ed to Orlando, Florida. On Feb- ruary 14, 1964, he was adjudged .egally insane and committed to the Florida State Hospital rom which he and three other inmates eventually escaped. John William Clouser is a whittf American born on March 29, 1932, at Chicago, Illinois. He .s 5'9" tall, weighs from 175 :o 200 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. His hair has re- jortedly been dyed black and he las been known to wear a eard, wig and mustache. He ias a stocky build, ruddy com- lexion and carries a tattoo of a panther on his right shoulder and one of a heart pierced by an arrow on his left shoulder. Known as a wearer of consider- able jewelry, he reportedly of- en has a brown wooden "tiki" loll on a chain around his neck. Clouser has been married hree times, likes constant fe- male companionship and con- iders himself a "ladies' man." Acquaintances have accused :louser of being a braggart, a 'mama's boy" and a sadist who likes to start fights when he is Irinking and would not hesi- ate to beat a victim to death. He reportedly likes to play pok- er, eat steaks, watch football reads Spanish, associates with homosexuals and hates law en- forcement officers. He has been employed as a clerk,' shoe salesman, iron worker and police officer. Clouser has reportedly sent threatening letters to various officials and boasted that he will never be taken alive. He is said to be an expert pistol shot, to exercise and lift weights' regu- larly and to be, proficient' in Judo and Karate. In view of this and his past criminal and men- tal history, he' must be consid- ered armed and extremely dan- gerous. If you receive any informa- tion concerning the whereabouts Togetherness SLOUGH, England (UPI) -- Walter Mills. 22, may have carried togetherness to a new peak when he % invited his mother-in-law along on his honeymoon. The day Mills married Sylvia Gardiner her mother, Hilda, also was mar- ried. Mills suggested a joint honeymoon and that's how it was. due to a state error was re- and baseball games and drink leased from prison and granted! beer or bourbon whiskey. a new trial. Clouser appeared in I Clouser, known as a neat Florida State Court on August 21, 1963, and was granted a continuance until September 9, 1963. He failed to appear on this date. It has been alleged that fter his release from prison t louser committed two burglar- ies and two armed robberies in FINE QUALITY DIAMONDS WATCHES JEWELRY of this fugitive, you are request- ed to immediately contact the nearest office of the FBI, the telephone number of which may be found on the front page of local telephone directories. More than half the present population of the United States is less than 30 years old. Churches Ask British Halt Nuclear Arms LONDON (AP) - The British Council of Churches--without ,a single dissenting vote--called today for Britain to give up nu- clear weapons to keep them from getting into hands of na- tions now without them. The council, representing 27 of the nation's" Protestant churches, also urged the United Sftates to stop bombing in North Vietnam as a contribution to peace-even if this means loss of some military advantage. A resolution said Britain should, as a step towards inter- national control and ultimate abolition of nuclear weapons, strive for the possession of them to be restricted to the United States, the Soviet Union and China. · It considers that a conditional offer by Britain to forego pos- session of nuclear arms would promote adherence by non-nu- clear states to a nonprolifera : Lion treaty. Also, if Britain en- ters the European Common Market, such a move would help ensure development of that community on a non-nuclear basis, the churchmen said. 15-Cumberland Evening Times, Thursday. April 20. 1967 Mayor Asks New Yorkers To Be Sweet By JEAN HELLER NEW YORK (AP) -- Over the years New York City has been declared, officially, to be every- thing from "A Summer Festi- val" to "Fun City." Unofficially,'it has been called other things to, most of them unprintable. Now, comes Mayor John V. Lindsay, determined to dispel the unprintables with a cam paign to promote "Sweet City." He means sweet as in nice. Lindsay wants everybody to be nice to everybody, at all times and in all circumstances. "Courtesy begins in the home," declared -Lindsay, and that's where he started. The first target of his courtesy cam- paign was his official family, the employes of the city. Mind your telephone manners, Lindsay urged those on the city payroll, 'speaking especially to employes who deal directly with the public. Don't let yourself be goaded into anger, he advised. Be as helpful as possible. An Associated Press survey reveals that the idea, if not ex- actly soaring, is at least off the ground. Informed of the survey's re-- suits, Lindsay replied: "You're kidding!" It's true though. For example, there was a telephone call to the Transit Authority that in bygone days, might have set off a less than gentle exchange. "I'd like to buy a subway train," the caller said. "I think that could be ar- ranged," the TA official replied politely. "But you'll have to lay your own tracks." And a Health Department of- ficial, kept his composure when a man insisted upon permission to keep a goat in his Manhattan apartment because he preferred goat's milk to cow's mUk. "The health code only permits dogs and cats," the department employe told him. "However, there are a number of stores that sell goat's milk and, if you'll give me your name and address, I'll be glad to send you a list of the stores in your neigh- borhood." Week-end Specials Peanut Butter PIE South Pacific Cake Try a taste of th« Tropics -- chock-full of real fruil flavor, and eovtrd with our delectbale Pineapple Cream icing. $ 1 69 CLINEBELL'S LaVale Shopping Center Mon. thru Fri. 10 'til 8 Sol. -- 9 'til 9 Phon. 729-299J 32 N. Centre St. Daily 9:30 til 5:30 Phon* 724-4250 't y. 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