The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 23, 1966 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 23, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL 62—NO. 109 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, JULY 23,1966 TEN CINTS 12 PAGES Pilot Escapes Prison SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - A U.S. Navy pilot, shot down over Communist territory more than six months ago, escaped from a prison camp and was rescued from the jungle after a "one-in-a-million" sight- fag by another American flier, it was learned today. The airman was reported suffering severe malnutrition and 'Shock after his 23-day night across some of the most difficult terrain in Asia. The escape was disclosed by the U.S. military command, but spokesmen would give no details - in an effort, they said, to protect other prisoners who might be involved. The rescued pilot was not identified for security reasons, but his next of kin have been notified, the U.S. command eaid. An informed source said the escapee is a Navy lieutenant who had been held by the Communists for about five months. He was spotted by an Air Force pilot last Wednesday or Thursday in the rugged jungle near the 17th Parallel demilitarized zone, Which separates North and South Viet Nam. Judging from the area of the rescue, the pilot may have been shot down over Laos. U.S. planes make daily sorties on the Ho Chi Minn trail through Laos to cut the flow of supplies to the Communists in South Viet Nam. All the U.S. command would gay was contained in this terse announcement: "A U.S. Navy pilot who was held prisoner of war by the Communists has escaped anc returned to our control in Viel Nam. His next of kin have been notified. The identity of the pilo and all additional details musl be withheld at this time for security reasons." It was learned, however, that after the pilot was sighted, an Air Force "Jolly Green Giant' helicopter was sent from Da Nang to lift him from the jun gle. The pilot was flown to the hospital at the Da Nang air base and placed in complete isola tion. He will remain under in tensive care until he is strong enough to answer questions. His condition was described as satisfactory, although he evi dently is still very weak. He apparently survived in the jun gle trek on a meager diet o roots and whatever edibles his survival training had taugh him to look for. The announcement did no give the location of the prison where the pilot had been held. The Communists are known tc have some small camps in the demilitarized zone. These ar usually way stations where pris oners are held for indefinite periods until they are transferrec to the north. There have been several es capes from such camps an from similar ones in Laos, bu they are rare. So far as i known, no one has managed successful flight from the bette guarded and more distan camps to the north. Japan Fires Rocket KAGOSHIMA, Japan (APj— A three-stage Lambda 3H rock et, forerunner of one Japa hopes will orbit its first artif cial satellite by 1968, was sui cessfully fired today. The Lambda 3H soared to height of 1,100 miles over th Pacific. A spokesman for the In stitute of Space and Aeronaut cal Science of Tokyo Universitj reported the 60-foot, 8.4 - to rocket was launched from th institute's space observatio center in southern Japan. Wreck Kills One MARKED TREE, Ark. (AP —Mrs. Dorothy Rollins, 36, c Marked Tree was killed Frida in a one car accident on Arka (as 140, two miles north of her State Trooper Bob Coope gaid Mrs. Rollins v/as riding • car which left the highwa and struck a culvert. The ca was driven by Leo Franks, 3< «f Riverdale, Cooper said. NEW FRIENDS—Rev. E. H. Rail, president of the 'Mississippi County Retarded Children's Association, helps three youngsters get acquainted. The children were among more than 40 who attended the day camp sponsored by the Association. (Courier News Photo) Door Of Delight Opens By Herb Wight Staff Writer For a week the little people \reigned supreme. Crayolas and a smiling instuctor inched open a door of delight to more than 40 children attending a day camp sponsored by the Mississippi County Retarded Children's Association. For a week the walls of the Women's Exhibit Building in Walker park — accustomed to vibrating to the blast of a rock and roll band — reverberated to tunes such as "The Farmer in th Dell." * * * The experiment in fun was the result of the combined efforts oi the Association, the Blytheville Junior Auxiliary, several Blytheville businesses, a handful of BAFB airmen, more than a few teenagers and a host of others. The day camp was a pilol project for the Association and according to President Rev. E. H. Hall, "Next July we plan to hold the camp twice as long and we're going to have twice as many children." Mrs. Rex Maddox, co-director of the project -said the purpose of the program was, "to provide HEAP BIG JOKE-Mrs. Jim Bridges of Leachville and her young "Indian" friend had a .... laugh over the youngster's seat-of-the pants decoration. Children attending the special education day camp were encouraged to be expressive which was part of the leadership training planned by the counselors. (Courier News Photo) Machine Gun Carrying Men Get $147,000 from Brinks BEDFORD, Mass. (API-Police say they have a sketchy description of three bandits and the name "Lennie" as apparently their only clues in the swift, smoothly executed holdup of the crew on a Brink's, Inc., armored truck at Mitre Corp. The bandits, wearing rubber Halloween masks and carrying machine guns, struck shortly before noon Friday as the three- man crew delivered $131,000 in cash and $16,000 in checks to the electronics company. Thomas Horrigan, Brink's assistant manager in Boston, said, "T!ie whole operation took only 15 seconds." The robbery was the third armored truck holdup in metropolitan Boston in four months. It occurred about 15 miles from Brink's Boston headquarters where $1.2 million in cash wat stolen in 1950. Horrigan and police gave this account: Two guards had their service revolvers drawn. One guard carried two suitcases of money. Another car ried a third suitcase. The third carried two canvas bags of money. At one point, a car sped up the driveway from the parking area and screeched to a halt beside them. Three masked men sprang out and waved the guns. One commanded: "Freeze. Hit the ground. Lennie, get their guns." The guards lay face down on the grass 1 and were disarmed. "The guards would have beer crazy 'f they tried anything," Horrigan said, "looking right down the muzzle of a machine gun." )> ATTEMPTED KILLINGS FUEL RACE WARS CLEVELAND By RICHARD H. SMITH CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - A shot fired from a moving car wounded a Negro motorist critically early today in guerrilla rioting that has wracked Cleveand's East Side Negro area for : ive nights. Until the shooting about 3 a.m., police and National juardsmen had kept relative calm in areas hit by fire bombing, shooting and vandalism since Monday night. Shots were fired from the passenger-side window of a car carrying two white youths, police said. Six white youths were rounded up in pairs, within minutes, but police clamped a tight lid on information. The man shot was identified as Benoris Toney, 29, a father of five. His wife said he was on the way to pick up a friend at work on the West Side. He was the 10th victim of gunfire wounds in rioting that has taken three lives and caused heavy damage from fires and looting. Toney was shot in a parking lot of a lumber company two miles outside the Hough (pronounced 'huff') area where most of the rioting has occurred and which police and 1,750 National Guardsmen have sealed off. The victim's car was stil moving after the shots were fired. Police bunting a sniper in the area were,in the parking lol when Toney was shot and took off quickly after the gunman's car. The shooting heightened fears that riot-weary Cleveland is headed into a bad weekend. The violence Friday night movec nearer to white ethnic pockets in predominantly Negro neighborhoods where racial fighting occurred in 1964. Police said Toney was struck in the face by a shotgun blasl and part of his face had been blown away. The fifth night of disorder saw police and National Guardsmen covering wider areas and being tougher about it. More persons were searched A 9 p.m. curfew was rigidly enforced against youngsters under 16. Small groups of three or four men were dispersed. Suspicious persons were photographed by police on file spot. Mayor Ralph S. Locher re- CITY LIMITS OSCEOLA .s get a lot of." A long list of credits could be compiled listing the names ot hose who helped make the experiment a success You would have to mention the airmen who made the games and physical training equipment or the children. Not to be forgotten are the movies the youngsters saw each day, courtesy of the Air Base who flew the films in and Ark- VIo Power who supplied the movie projectors. * * * Walker Park's governing District Fair Board donated the meeting place; the tots had the skating rink at their disposal. And free rides on the top train at the Fcirk evoked more than one squeal of delight from those children hampered by a quirk of nature. There were others who helped. Five nurses were on hand, plus the public school music instructor, mothers of the attending children, but the volunteers who surprised everyone — including themselves - were the 23 teenagers who volunteered. As a 17 = year - old boy put it, "It sure surprised me. I never expected to see so many kids helping out. It's been a lot of fun." From the smattering of conversation gleaned after the camp adjourned, however, the attitude seems to be, "Wait 'till next year, friend. You ain't seen notWn' yet." National Guard .forces augment- The mayor said he expectec increased lawlessness over the weekend, but had decidet against martial law and a curfew, or a call for more guard. Locher said he was flexible on asking for more guardsmen. See CLEVELAND on Page 12 ANNEXATION?—Osceola Kenneth Sulcer, campaigning here yesterday, pOsed with a cardboard facsimile of an Osceola city limits sign. The gubernatorial candidate, who carries the sign as a reply to Governor Orval Faubus' remark that Sulcer won't "get past the city limits of Osceola" in Tuesday's vote, semed ready to annex a tree on the Courthouse lawn to his native city. (Courier News Photo) Sulcer Hits At'Politico's Speaking before a crowd of some 50 listeners on the Courthouse lawn yesterday afternoon, Kenneth Sulcer noted the absence of Mississippi County political figures from his audience and called them "two-bit leaders." The Osceolan pledged an unrelenting struggle against what he called "the political machine which controls your so - called leaders and makes them afraid to come here to hear me speak." Sulcer charged these unidentified politicians with "gutlessness," saying, "I'm the ' only legislator from Mississippi Coun ty who had the guts to fight the machine to Little Rock, and I'm the only one daring to fight it in this campaign." "They are puppets," Sulcer said, "and not even first - class puppets. My fellow legislators from Mississippi County took Bruce Bennett for "following the Faubus line." Sulcer called "nothing short of'disgraceful" a decision allegedly written by Bennett and Farrell Faubus, the governor's son, that declared unconstitutional a 1965 act prohibiting the distribution of campaign literature on election day. "That was just so the machine sheets in front of the polls," Sulcer said. (The voided act was written by Senator Carl E. Sorrels of Atkins last year.) After his speech, Sulcer posed with a cardboard facsimile of an Osceola city limits sign. He has been campaigning with this sign, setting it up wherever he goes apparently in reply to a statement by Faubus several j months ago that "he (Sulcer) 'will never get past the city limits of Osceola." A rumor had been circulated NEW YORK By GIL SCOTT NEW YORK (AP) - Gunfire from a moving auto carrying four Negroes wounded two white men at 2 a.m. today in the racially seething East New York slum area of Brooklyn, police reported. The shots were fired as the two men stood at a street corner n a section where 1,700 police •eported on the streets or held n reserve. Frank Tuledo, 24, was shot in he abdomen and was reported n critical condition in a hospi- al. Gregorio Cruz, 35, was shot in the right buttock and was reported in fair condition at th« same hospital. Scattered disorders broke .out through the early morning. Several policemen were injured and 15 persons were arrested on various charges. The gunfire erupted three hours after police broke up a crowd of 45 Negro youths charg- ng toward a predominantly Italian-American section ol East New York and chanting "Get the whites." Police in five radio cara closed in on the gang of youths — aged 17 to 25 — and chased them back toward the Negro section of East New York and adjoining Brownsville. Early today, roving bands of youths hurled garbage from roofs, threw sidewalk litter baskets into the streets and turned in false fire alarms. At one street intersection, about 30 Negro youths milled did exactly what they were told. Sulcer referred to his 14 years of legislative experience and said,"I just got sick of the type of people we were sending up there. I couldn't serve with them again. I had to get out." Pointing out that he is the second Mississippi Countian. in listory to run for governor, Sulcer told his audience, "They said I was from the wrong part of the state. I'm tired of Miss- Mrs. Dye's Rites Sunday Mrs. Annie Crews Dye, pioneer resident of the Crews Lat- ral Community, died yesterday at Osceola Memorial Hospital. She was 83. Born in Wayne County, Tenn., she had lived in Mississippi County since 1916. She was an active member of the Church of Christ. She leaves two sons, Harley Crews, Lake Providence, La., and W. A. Crews, Bakersfield, Calif.; Two daughters, Mrs. Nona Smith, and Mrs. James Wood ard, both of Osceola; Sixteen grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. Services will be Sunday at ! p.m. at Osceola Church ol Christ and will be conducted by L. H. Fielder, assisted by E. C. Gilbert, Jr. Burial, Swift Funeral Home in. charge, will be in Ermen Cemetery. issippi County being a shild of Little Rock." ;ion prohibiting Sulcer from showing the sign. The rumor proved groundless, but Sulcer offered some explanation for it. "When I was campaigning in Mt. Nebo, I got a gag telegram from the Dardanelle Jaycees claiming to be from the Osceola step- Sulcer apologized for not campaigning more extensively in Mississippi County during recent weeks. "I've been out in the western part of the state where they didn't know me," he said. "You know me here. I have every confidence in my own people." Continuing on the theme of Mississippi County's subservience to Little Rock, Sulcer said, "It's a disgrace the way the so- called leaders of this third largest county in the state bow down to the state machine. They have free government in Pulaski County (Little Rock). Why can't we have it here?" Sulcer continued to hit at alleged Faubus administration scandals, including pay raises for members of the Highway Commission, state over • payments for asphalt, and a so- called "Pension for Pals scheme that he said would give friends of the administration life time subsidies. H* attacked Attorney, General mention Osceola Mayor Ben Butler in his address here, afterward cracked, "I'm not sure Osceola is big enough for both me and Ben Butler, wherever I put the sign down." Sulcer flew from here yesterday to Little Rock, where he I together along the street, en- appeared in another of his "An- -^ "" '-—'—'— -•••- swerathons" on Little Rock tele- Council," he laughed. The candidate, who, did not shouting curses,' police They allegedly hurled about said. , _ . bricks and bottles at passing cars. Youths cursed five reporters — four of whom were Negroes — and threw bottles and rocks at them. None of them was injured. The Negro reporters were called "Uncle Toms" — a Negro word of derision charging subservience to whites. The 15 persons arrested in the area included 12 Negro men, one Negro woman and two white men. Among the charges were felonious assault, unlawful assembly, violation of the anti- weapons law and turning in a false fire alarm. Police said virtual calm had been restored ' / 4 a.m. There has been racial disorder in East New York almost nightly for a week — the worst in the city since the Negro riots two summers ago in Harlem and the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The Negro gang was broken up about eight blocks from the scene of racial turmoil Thursday night, during which an 11- year-old Negro boy was killed by a sniper's bullet. Police feared violence Friday night from about 200 Negro and Puerto Rican youths at an East New York street corner. But the youths suddenly ran into the street peace! shouting, "We want We're all brothers." They joined hands and walked vision. It's On The House FRESNO, Calif. (AP)-A man released recently after a 15-year prison term for forgery went to the sentencing judge for help. Wayne L. Houser, 48, said he needed a hotel room and a job. Superior Court Judge Milo Popovich room said and he'd pay for gave Houser the the couraged by bystanders who waved at them and clanged garbage can covers. At 3:30 a.m., today, police jarred autos and pedestrians from a two-square block area because the streets and sidewalks were covered by debris hurled from windows and roofs. A squad of police, investigating a report of early morning gunfire, found 10 fire bombs on a roof. A policeman suffered a knea See NEW YORK on Page 12 names of three hotels. Houser went to one, checked in and then went down to the bar. Friday Houser was back in jail. The hotel bartender told police he was ordering drinks for everybody in the house and charging the tab to the judge. 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