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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 229 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Attorneys Say Hawkins Pocketed County Money By GEORGE F. BARTSCH Associated Press Writer MORRILTON, Ark. (API-Attorneys in the taxpayers suit against Conway County Sheriff Marlin Hawkins were to begin calling witnesses this morning in an attempt to prove Hawkins converted as much as $162,640 in county funds to his own use between 1954 and 1966. Richard S. Arnold of Texarkana and Oscar Fendler of Blytheville, attorneys for Ihe plaintiffs, said Monday they would call "50 or 60" witnesses between today and Friday, many of whom would testify they had paid fines and posted bonds far in excess of what Hawkins turned over to the county. In his opening statement as the trial began in Chancery Court here Monday, Arnold also promised to produce an eye wit- ness who could swear he had seen Hawkins and two other men "carefully and systematically falsifying" the sheriff's receipt books and justice of the peace transcripts. The suit, filed by 15 Conway County residents on May 18, 1965, seeks an accounting of t'.ie fines, fees, court costs, salaries and commissions collected by Hawkins during the years in question. The Arkansas Sheriff's Association was permitted to file an intervention Monday on grounds that the suit involved definition of the methods used in computing the maximum salary authorized for county sheriffs under the state constitution — $5,000. Circuit Judge Bobby Steel of Nashville, sitting as a special chancellor because attorneys for both sides failed to agree on 20 other judges, granted the intervention over Arnold's objection. Arnold contended that it would give Hawkins "two voices in the trial, instead of one." The attorneys for Hawkins- former Lt. Gov. Nathan Gordon of Morrilton and former Assistant Atty. Gen. Jack L. Lessenberry—offered no objections to the intervention. Arnold said in his opening statement, which was submitted in writing, that Hawkins had been party to a "scheme" in which he "caused false entries to be made in the justice of the peace dockets and transcripts." He said there would be proof of this in the sheriff's receipt books, but that the books covering the period prior to the last few days of 1962 were "mysteriously 'missing,' " Because all the other records in the sheriff's office still exist, "going back many years," he said, the "inference is inescapable that ihe defendant was engaged, over a period of many years, in a deliberate scheme tr> defraud the people of Conway County." Arnold identified his eye witness to this "conspiratorial falsification" as Jack Stone, a former slate trooper who now is a patient in the Veterans Admin- See ATTORNEYS on Page 2 Future Censure Due Carmichaels Passport Taken By BOB MONROE Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Black Power militant Stokely Carmichael was back in the .United States today, his passport in the hands of federal officials and his presence stirring Congress to consider penalties for U.S. citizens who travel to forbidden nations. Carmichael, whose five- month trip included calls in Vietnam, flew into Kennedy airport Monday and was met by a cheering group of his admirers and by U.S. marshals. U.S. Atty. Joseph P. Hoey of Brooklyn . said Carmichael's passport—issued with the proviso that he not go to either Cuba or North Vietnam—was seized by a marshal executing a federal search, warrant. Shortly before Carmichael arrived, the State Department in Washington asked Congress to authorize penalties of up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines for unauthorized travel by U.S. citizens to forbidden countries. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach termed lifting of a passport to prevent re- peated violations of travel restrictions 'inadequate to secure the foreign policy interests which are at stake." Rep. Emanuei Celler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judh ciary Committee, said "the Carmichael case points up the need to invoke criminal penalties for forbidden visits." "Carmicahel has made statements which have given great aid and comfort to our enemies in Vietnam, Cuba and elsewhere. Those statements well nigh border on treason," he said. "It would be most anamalous if a great country like the United States did not protect itself against flagrant violators of passport laws by desperadoes like Carmichael," Celler said. Sen. Karl E. Mundt, R-S.D., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee to which the administration bill was referred, said he favored.legisla- tion of that kind. He said Carmichael's trip had See CARMICHAEL on Page 2 Gosnell Drive To Aid Mission In co-operation with the Mississippi County Union Mission, students at Gosnell High School are again this year conducting a drive for impoverished persons in the area. The drive is scheduled to end Dec. 19, the day the school adjourns for the Christmas holidays. The following items are being solicited: clothing, non - perishable foodstuffs, toys, games, books, furniture, appliances and cash contributions. Persons wishing to donate may bring their contributions to the office of the principal. Rev. Paul Kirkindall, Mission superintendent, will receive the items during the Christmas assembly program at the high school. The class which collects the greatest number of items will be recognized at the assembly. I City Council | | Sets Agenda j 1 The agenda for tonight's jj a city council meeting sched- B § uled for 7:30 p.m. on the 1 1 second floor of the City Hall | _ will include, in addition to 1 g the regular department _ m and committee reports, the 1 m following: • 1 1) A resolution regarding jj | the Chickasawba Township jj S Planning Commission; | _ 2) A resolution for a 1 1 grant increase for code en- jj j forcement in David Acres; j f 3) The second reading 1 S of a proposed ordinance 1 1 abandoning of a portion of 1 | North Ninth Street; | g 4) An ordinance regulat- S 1 ing city parking lots; jj § 5) And an opinion from jj s the City Planning Commis- 1 j.sion regarding the pro- f 1 posed closing of Carter jjj | Street. | Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil GRAND TOUR - Through the generosity of American and today at the Holiday Inn. In attendance were two regional manager, and Everett Schumacher, local comptroller. In Quality Coach Company, a limousine was provided Columbia sales managers, 13 branch managers and'two warehouse the front row, fifth from left, is Waldo Coiner of American Ribbon and Carbon Manufacturing Company for use during managers. Hosting were Gerald Kogelschatcz, manager of Quality, and at his right is Kogelschatz. (Courier News Photo) its first sales and distribution management meeting Monday the Blytheville plant, Edward E. Pike, local general sales . RED GUNS ALMOST NAIL PERCY By GEORGE McARTHUR Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — Sen. Charles Percy, his wife and seven other Americans escaped injury today when Communist gunners opened up with mortars and small arms during a spur-of- Ithe-moment, unescorted visit the Illinois Republican made to the devastated village of Dak- m. Some of the five mortar rounds crashed within 15 to 20 feet of the 48-year-old senator, who is a potential Republican presidential candidate, and four men inspecting the village with him, but no one was hit. The group took cover, and Percy got some small scratches on his arms as he crawled behind some wood huts. Mrs. Percy had remained in the group's helicopter 75 yards away with the pilot and two crewmen. They flew her to a nearby town and returned with an escort of armed Army choppers to rescue the senator and Old Fire Glows At Council Meet By Herb Wight Managing Editor OSCEOLA — Osceola's city council meetings — which for the past few sessions have been notably quiet — last night again bristled with some of their old Injuries Fatal To Hayti Man A 19-year-old Hayti man died yesterday in a Columbia, Mo., hospital of injuries suffered Oct. 8 in a non-collision automobile accident. The deceased was identified by the Missouri State Highway Police as Cleathous Mclntyre, whose vehicle, a 1962 Buick, left the road and ran into a tree stump inside the Hayti city limits. He had been hospitalized, lince the time of the accident. fire. Not only did members of the council exchange a few heated words with City Attorney Mitchell Moore over the city's electric power problems, but members of the press were barred from an executive session of the council, held after the regular session recessed. Near the end of the regular meeting Mayor Charlie Wiygul announced he would recess the meeting for five minutes and the council would reconvent in executive session. Tliis reporter asked the may- I or if members of the press had the council's permission to attend the session. Simultaneously, the mayor said no and several councilmen said yes. After some discussion Wiygul ruled against members of the press attending, and this reporter and Mary Pigford, head of the Blythevillt bureau of the Commercial Appeal, were escorted from the city hall and the door was locked. What was discussed at the meeting probably wasn't as interesting as what was discussed after the executive session concluded. According to highly reliable sources, after the executive session there was some discussion about a lawsuit that has been filed against the mayor and council for allegedly doing business with the city as private citizens. Filed in chancery court Dec. 7, the suit names the mayor and six aldermen as defendants and claims they either have sold the city goods, services or nave "voted to expend tax money for a private attorney for no justifiable reason." According to the Courier's news sources, four of the coun- See COUNCIL OD P»ge t his companions. "This is closer to action than I got in three years of World War II," Percy, a U.S. Navy veteran, told a news conference after he returned to Saigon. Meanwhile, the U.S. Command announced that 471 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars—the equivalent of a batlle-ready battalion—were killed in a six-day battle that ended Monday along the narrow coastal planes near the pivotal town of Bong Son. Gallied casualties were 33 Americans and 30 South Vietnamese soldiers killed, and 147 Americans and 71 South Vietnamese wounded. The battle erupted when two companies of the helicopter- borne U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division began a sweep of the scrub land along the coast about 300 miles north-northeast of Saigon. Just to the north a battalion from the South Vielnamese 40th Infantry Regiment was pushing south. of stand-and-fight engagements provoked in recent days by erwise, the Communist troops See VIETNAM on Page 2 Both allied groups ran into The .battle on the Bong Son (American and South Viet- fortificalions manned by Ihe'plain was Ihe latest in a series j namese sweep operations. Oth- seasoned 22nd Regiment of the North Vietnamese 3rd Division. Over the next six days the allied troops pushed forward, then pulled back while planes, artillery and helicopter gunships pounded the enemy over a five- mile stretch of Ihe coast. Stovall Named Y President Bill Slovall was elected presi-1 The Y board is being expand- i dent of the YMCA Doard of di-1 ed from 23 members to 28, ac- Dateline — December 12 — NEW YORK (AP) — Selective Service Director Lewis B. Hershey says differences remain between faimself and Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark over whether youths who disrupt draft processing and military recruiting should be conscripted, The New York Times said today. According to the newspaper, Hersiiey said in a telephone interview that he had no intention of recinding his earlier recommendation to local draft boards to induct youths who carry out ttiese acts. Last Saturday Clark and Hershey issued a joint statement to the effect that persons who obstructed the draft or military recrpiting process would be prosecuted in the courts by he Justice Department and not punished by induction. WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey proposed today legislation designed lo get people out of teeming, trouble-plagued U. S. cities and into the undeveloped countryside. He compared the plan to the law which opened the West to pioneers. He said "new cities" legislation could do for modern-day Americans what the Homestead Act did for their 19th Century ancestors— "move people out to the rich areas of this nation that are still waiting to be developed." Humphrey's proposal was outlined in a speech prepared for a "Comunities of Tomorrow" symposium sponsored by six Cabinet members. DENVER, Colo. (AP) - A group of little girls - the only known survivors of liver transplant operations—dwindled to three Monday with the death of 2-year-old Paula Kay Hanson at the University of Colorado Medical Center. Another of the group, year-old Carol Lynne MacCourt, died last week. Paula Kay, Carol and two of the three survivors all surpassed the previous known survival record of 34 days, established here during an earlier series of operations. The fifth patient received her new liver Nov. 25. ft FRANKFURT, Ky. (AP) - As many as 40,000 persons are expected to pour into this city today to witness the inauguration of Kentucky's first Republican governor in 24 years. But Louie B. Nunn took the oath of office at 6:04 p.m. Monday in a brief, quiet ceremony in the Capitol. nine suei.LH Ul me v.uaai. j ueill Ul Ulc I m^fl UUdlu Ul Ul- The Communists made a final j rectors yesterday at a noon stand in the fortified village of Truong Lam, which was overrun Monday. In it the cavalrymen found about 60 new graves in which the Reds had hastily tried to conceal some of their dead. Many more of the veteran Communist troops evidently meeting of the board at Ihe Ra- orback Restaurant. Other. officers elected are Dr. D. E. Newberry, vice - president; Martha Wbitsitl, secretary; and Mike Terry, treasurer. Board of director nominees are: slipped away to the south. | Dr. Newberry, Jerry Halsell, Pedestrian Is Killed BUI Williams, Martha wniisitt, Ed Ertel, Joe Gude, Alvin Huffman Jr., Walter Jenkins and Dr. Lloyd Godley. A letter containing the nominees' names will be mailed to the Y membership this week. A space will be provided for At Manila nl • KWIIIIIM The investigation is still con- lintiing into the death of a 63- year-old Mississippi County man who was killed when struck by an automobile yesterday evening. The viclim was identified by Trooper Tom Crye of the State Police as James McKinney. The accident occurred about 6:40 p.m. seven miles south of Manila on State Highway 77, he said. The fatalily occurred with in a short distance of McKinney's home, Crye said. The driver of the vehicle which struck McKinney was identified as Robert E. Taylor, 26, of Memphis. He was released last night by the prosecuting attorney's office in Osceola and is to return Friday for further investigation. N o charges have been filed as yet, according to Crye. Evidence indicates, Crye continued, that the accident was unavoidable, that McKinney walked directly Into the path of Taylor's automobile. Crye was assisted in the investigation by Constable Lee Baker of Manila and Deputy Bill Amos of Reiser. Howard Funeral Service of Leachville is in charge of arrangements, wttch are incomplete. write-in candidates and the nominees will be elected. CU I1UIII 4-tl IMClllutlo LM f.u, 1.^. cording to Y Director Major Caldwell. Dr. Ncwherry also was appointed chairman of the Y membership drive, to be held sometime in January. Co-chairman is Bob Gardner, Caldwell said. He said the 1968 Y banquet will be held in January, at the time of liie membership drive. Caldwell also said a Y committee was scheduled to meet today to discuss financing building a sleam room at the facility. Committee members are Charles Crigger Jr., Charles W. Afflick Jr., R. D. Hughes Jr., Charles Langston, Bill Tegethoff and Mike Terry. 200 May Be Dead In Indian 'Quake BOMBAY, India (AP) - The earthquake toll in southwest India rose to 115 today as search parties fanned out to isolated hamlets in the Western Ghat mountains. There were estimates as many as 200 may have died. More than 1,600 injured persons were seeking treatment. Among the dead were M. P. Sarnaik, executive engineer of the dam, and his wife. Mild earlh tremors were felt again early today in Poona and Bombay but there was no report of addilional damage. Convoys carrying medical personnel, relief workers, food and medicine proceeded slowly Hospitals in Karad Sangli and | today over badly damaged Satara, Ihe towns closest to the disaster area, were unable to take more palients. The quake rocked the Koyna- nager area 150 miles southeasl of Bombay before dawn Monday. Many were killed when houses built of granite blocks collapsed on them as they slept. Only a few tin sheds were reported left standing in Koy.ia, a town of 10,000 near the Koyna Dam. The dam, one of (lie largest hydroelectric projects in Asia, apparently was not damaged, but transmission lines to Bombay were broken and 700,000 factory employes were put out of work, perhaps for several days. roads into Ihe quake area. The quakq, which was recorded by the New Delhi meteorological station at 7.5 on • the Righler scale, rocked a 400-mile strip of India's southwest coastal area from Surat, in Gujaral stale, to Mangalore near the Kerala state border. iiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiniiiiniiiiniiiiniiiiiiiniiiiiiiiilHniiii) Weather Forecast.. Cloudy with not much change in temperatures tonight 'and Wednesday. Rain developing tonight, spreading over most' of the state Wednesday. Low tonight mostly in the 40s. 1.', tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBMiiiiiiiiittiiBiiiiaiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiilliiiillll

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