The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 14, 1971 · Page 1
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year Ko. 73 14 Pages Tuiesday Morning, September 14,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Price 10c 37 Men Lie Dead After State Invades Prison Hostage Tells Fears 'I Knew I Was Going To Bleed to Death There (C) 1971 New York Times News Service ATTICA, N.*Y. - "I laid there on the floor and knew I was going to bleed to death right there." As he said this, the only sign that Ron Kozlowski had been one of the hostages whose throats had been slit in the first fierce instants of the assault on the rebellious prisoners here were a small two- inoh bandage at the bass of his neck and a visible shakiness in his knees. "They told us, 'as soon as the first shot is fired, you white blankety-blanks have had it.' I was scared silly up there, I really was. I didn't want them to shoot." Kozlowski, a 23-year-old accounts clerk at the prison, was one of eight hostages who were led Monday morning, bound and blindfolded, out of the jerry-built pen in the center of the prison yard where all the hostages had been held for four days. The 30 others left in the pen were also bound and blmdfolded soon after the ultimatum from state correctional commissioner Russell G. 'Oswald had been delivered. First, Kozlowski said, the eight were taken to a pit partly filled with gasoline and told they would be' burned alive there when the assault began. Then, apparently because their captors felt the pit would not be sufficiently visible to the helicopters circling the prison, they were dragged and shoved to a trench, which was also full of gasoline. Led To Parapet Finally, moments before the two U. S. Army helicopters made their first low passes over the yard to drop their freight of stifling CS gas, the eight hostages were led to a parapet atop a catwalk that crosses the yard. There they were held, each with a stick in his back and a knife at his throat, bsnt backwards in plain view of the choppers so there could be no doubt about their fate. Heard Bullets Kozlowski thought he heard machine gun fire as he collapsed on the parapet. "Ybu could hear the bullets right next to your head on the cement," he said. Newsmen who were later led through the prison were told that the sight .of the hostages on the parapet convinced the authorities to order the assault. The Deputy Di­ rector of Corrections, Walter Dunbar, later said there were four hostages on the parapet. Kozlowski, who was blindfolded, had thought there were eight. The official said that the life of one of these men had been saved by the fast reflexes of a state police sharpshooter on the wall who killed the prisoner just as he started to cut the hostage's throat. Dr. Warren Hanson, who treated the hostages brouatht to the hospital, said that at least one other of the eight held on the parapet had survived. That hostage told the doctor that instead of cutting his throat, the inmate holding him had cut his bonds and pulled him down to the ground. "I didn't feel they were bluffing, not one bit," said Sgt. Gerald Riger, 51, who is in his 21st year as a prison guard. "I knew what they were capable of and what I heai-d of their talk over four days convinced me they were very determined." > The hostages had been told from the first that they would be. kissed as soon as the shooting started. But until the ultimatum, these hostages and others, said, they were treated carefully, at times even solicitously. Protected Them "The inmates right around us were there to protect our lives till just about the end," said Larry Lyons, a 32-year-old guard who was treated at the Genesee Memorial Hospital in Batavia. "They did what they could. I really believe that. We got to eat what they got to eat." The hostages came to depend increasingly for their safety on their guards, fearing the diffuse hostility of the more than 1,000 angry prisoners milling about in the yard. "Some guys started to crack," one of the hostages said. "Quite a few said they were never going back into that prison except to get paid off — if they got out." When they thought about how it all would end, the hostages were torn between their fear atid their incredulity over the liberal concessions the prisoners seemed to be ex- tractmg from the authorities. "Let's face it, you're always flighting for survival," Riger said. "But I didn't want to see them get all their demands. It would st^rt the same thing going in prisons all over the United States.'They^re Still Ujideir Freeze Vern's Opinion No Help to Teachers •I'OPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Attorney general's office held Monday that no precise begkining and end of the contract period for state teacher contracts can be legally ascertained, tossing cold water on efforts by state educational organizations to get Kansas teachers exempted from the federal wage-price freeze. The opinion, issued under Atty. Gen. Vern Miller's signature but written by chief Asst. Atty. Gen. John R. Martin, said that neither the continuing contract law in Kansas nor the state school budget laws can be used as a basis to determine that a teacher may be required to report for duty as early as July 1, . Sends Letter Dr. C. Taylor Whittier, state commissioner of Education, sent a cover letter with the opinion to chief school administrators across the state late Monday, advising them it appears a previous ruling by school officials and the regional office of economic preparedness saying master district-wide contracts apply to all persons under tiie guidelmes of the wage-price freeze is no longer valid. Whittier said it appears to him the , attorney general's opinion and recent statements by federal OEP officials in Washington make it pretty clear that — at the moment, at least — Kansas teachers are under the freeze and will not get their pay raises under 197172 contracts no matter whether any one person began work under a system-wide contract prior to Aug. 15 or not. No Comment Dr. Melvm Neely, executive secretary of Kansas-National Education Association, sounded disappointed over the attorney general's ruling, but said he would have no public comment until he had studied it more carefully. He said the K-NEA position at the moment is that the earlier ruling by OEP that if one person worked under a master contract before Aug. 15 all those working under it are exempt from the freeze. He said until a new directive is issued by OEP, the previous one will dictate K-NEA's position on the matter. State education officials, including the education department, K-NEA and the Kansas Association of School Boafds, had asked for the attorney general's opinion — in the hope it could be used as an Oklahoma opinion was employed to win exemption for Kansas teachers from the freeze. copters against the rioters was a prelude "to make them so sick that they would have no will lo resist." By late afternoon, the violence had subsided and author- itities had regained control of the prison. A roll call showed eight prisoners missing—either hiding or dead, officials said. (Hutchinson Nows-UPI Telepiiolo) AERIAL photo shows layout of Attica State Prison where 37 were killed Monday. A'rnCA, N.Y. (AP) — A four-day riot of mostly black convicts was put down by massed forces of the stale at Attica prison Monday in a furious attack behind shotguns, rifles and tear gas. Thirty-seven persons were found dead—nine white hostages and 28 prisoners. A task force of 1,000 gas-masked, ready-to-shoot state troopers and sheriff's deputies, backed in reserve by 70 Iruckloads of New York National Guardsmen, liberated 29 other hostages, 25 of whom were injured. The survivors filed shakily througii the massive prison gates one by one as the firing subsided. "They had lined us up and wore proceeding lo cut our throats," said one of the cap-; live guards, Frank Wall, wiio slated that sharpshooters saved his life. "They got the man who was going to cut my throat just as he began to pull the knife across." Resistors Killed One stale trooper estimated that most of the action covered an R-to-lO-minute span, although the assault continued for an hour and a half. He said: "Anybody who resisted was killed—and I didn't see anybody get away with anything." "We had a job to do," said another trooper. Vixon Plans Gun Proposal (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service (Sec editorial, page 4) WASHINGTON - A senior Republican senator said Monday that the Nixon administration is planning legislation to deal with the problem of gun crimes in the United States. Sen.. Roman L. Hruska of Nebraska said during a Senate hearing that President Nixon will have such a bill "ready for presentation soon." His statement came during a hearmg at which some of the nation's leading law enforcement and criminal justice experts urged congress to outlaw sales of small-caliber, domestically produced cheap hand-, guns. Spokesmen for two major national commissions w c n t even further, calling for a ban On sak and possession of all handguns for anyone except law enforcement officers. The testimony marked the opening of two days of hearings by the senate judiciary subcommittee on juvenile delinquency considerhig a bill .sponsored by its chairman. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., to outlaw sales of "Saturday night specials.' . Case Continued TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The case of a Baldwin City, Kan., third grader, who was suspended from school last April because of long hair, was continued Monday by U.S. District Court Justice Frank Theis. Clark Cyr, age nine, filed suit through his father in the federal district court .seeking an injunction against the alleged unconstitutional school appearance code. Nashville-Zenda Season Up in Air By JUDIE BLACK ZENDA — Tlie Nashville-Zenda High School football team's 1971 season is in jeopardy because of an incident between townspeople and an assistant coach oiily hours after the team's opening game Friday night. The uicident led to the resignation of the coach, the arrest of one man and charges of disturbing the peace against five other men. Scliool officials say tlie Kansas State High School Activities Association is looking into the matter. Gene Houser, Zcnda was charged Monday with aggravated battery. Bond was set at .$2,000. Houser is charged with assaulting Charles Fiegel, the assistant coach, who told 30O persons gathered in the school gym Monday night that he was resigning his coaching and teaching duties. At a Kingman County courthouse meeting Monday, Zenda officials asked for added law enforcement officers to i^rotect the community. Currently, Zenda has no police force, relying on sheriff's officers and the Kansas Highway Patrol. Law enforoement officers were on hand at the doors dur- uig Monday night's meeting in the gym. Whether the Nashville-Zcnda football team, perennially one of the state's strongest eight- man contenders, is allowed to finish the sea.son will be announced at a school board meetr ing Tuesday night. Nashville — Zenda defeated Cunningham, 14-8, in its opener Friday. Fiegel gave an account of tlie incident at the public meeting, 'saying it started between 2 and 3 a.m. Saturday. Stems From Phllo.sophy Fiegel charged that the altei*- cation apparently stemmed from his coaching rules and philosophy. Fiegel said the school's coaching staff allows no smoking or drinking by players. I^arry Bacon is the school's head ooach. Fiegel's comment that "as long as I'm coach I'll make the rules and that's the way it'll be" brought spontaneous ai> plause from tiio ci'owd. Ficgcl said at one point Saturday morning he called ! Kansas Atty. Gen. Vcm Mll- ' ler. He said Miller told him Weather KANSAS - Fair to partly cloudy Tuesday and cooler northwest. High lower 80s northwest to lower 90s south- cast. Clearing and colder Tuesday night.. Low Tuesday night 38 to 45 northwest and lower 50s southeast. Fair and cooler Wednesday. Highs 60s northwest to 708 southeast. Hutchinson Weather Monday's high 97 from 3:15 p.m. to 6:08 p.m.; low 76 from 6:13 a.m. to 8:29 a.m. Record high 109 in 1893; record low 35 in 1902. Barometer: 28.35, falling. Sunset Tuesday: 7:42 p.m. Wednesday: 7:13 a.m. he "had every right to protect his home and family." FlcgcI has a wife and two- year-old daughter. Fiegel said that about 45 minutes after he was assaulted, five men whom he described as "thugs" came to his house and threatened him, yelling, "We'll get you, Chuckle boy." A high school teacher read a statement signed by all the school's faculty members say- uig, "A real and present physical danger exists lo Zenda teachers and studcnis." The teachers asked the school board of Unified Scliool District 331 to remedy tlic situation. Nashville and Zcnda s t u- dcnts were combined under • a 1964 school unification. Monday night's meeting was the fourth since Saturday's incident. Saturday morning, Iho Nashville and Zcnda city councils, Zenda city marshal, the school board, Kingman County Attorney Bob Wun.scii and s o m c citizens met at the high .school. Sunday afternoon, the Zcnda and Na.shville city councils conferred again. Monday morning at the Kingman County court-, officials and citizens met in an open meeting for an hour and a half. iSciv York Times col II III III sf T<nii Wick' er i>;ol. (in inside look at the prison, riots over the past several, days. See pcf^e 3. The assault began at 9:45 a.m., shortly after the expiration of a one-hour ultima'- tum urging the 1,200 rebellious prisoners to give up the hostages and surrender. The riot originally stemmed from an altercation between a guard and an inmate and the prisoners later expanded their grievance list to include a series of wide- ranging demands. Authorities had agreed to all but two demands—complete amnesty and removal of the prison superintendent. High Toll It was the highest riot toll within prison walls in recent American penal history. In an incident of revenge rather than riot convicts started a fire at the Ohio penitentiary in 1930 which took the lives of 320 inmates. "It resembled the aftermath of a war," said a medical aide, Richard Smith, 30, after the forces of the law shot their way along tunnels and catwalks into a .single Attica cellblock still in the hands of rebel convicts. Long Planning A spokcsinaii said planning for the military-type operation began three days ago. The launching of tear gas from heli- The violence at Attica spread an aura of tension to others of the state's prisons. Some inmates were kept locked in their cells. Precautionary measures were common against large gatherings of convicts. About 400 youths — mostly white— streamiCd through mid- Manhattan and rallied in Grand Centi-al Terminal to protest the blootly end to the prison uprising. They caiTied red flags and signs with such slogans as "Rockefeller Murderer. Tear Down tlie Jails." Rockefeller charged that "the tragedy was brought on by the highly organized, revolutionary tactics of militants who rejected all efforts at a peaceful settlement, forcing a confrontation, and carrietl out cold­ blooded killings they had threatened from the outset." Probe Ordered The governor ordered a complete investigation "includuig tlie role that outside forces would appear to have played." Organizations representing con'ection officers in New York State strongly supported the governor's action and sent him telegrams saying so. Sen. James L. Buckley, R- Con-N.Y., called for "swift and aulhorilalivc" punishment of • those I'csponsibe for tiie ui> rising. "There are times when the law ought to be merciful," he said. "This is not one of them. It must be made abundantly clear that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the prisons of New York." today • Deaths :j, 11 • Sports !), 10 • Women's News (», 7 • Kdltorlals 4 Scotland Yard Embarrassed While Police Search Bank, Vault Looted (C) 1971 New yar\<. Times News Service LONDON — A bizarre weekend bank raid left Scotland Yard embarrassed Monday in an off-beat drama whose cast of characters included Cockney ' burglars who chatted over walkie-talkies, a radio ham who recorded their conversations, and policemen who went to the bank but failed to find the raiders. The r{*bery, at a Lloyds Bank branch on Baker Street, was one of the most daring thefts in Britain in years. It took place while the amateur radio operator listened to the two-way conversation between the gang, which included a woman, and a lookout man on the roof with binoculars. Loss Even Higher? Although the robbers said at one point; "We're sittmg on 500 grand" (about $1,2.35,000), there were estimates Monday that the value of the theft may be even higher. Bank officials said that about 250 private safe deposit boxes ui the bank's basement vault had been raided, including "a fair amount of jewelry and other valuables." The police said the ham from Wimpole Street, about a half-mile from the bank, picked up the walkie-talkies conversation about 2 a.m. Sunday. The ham, who declined to be identified, started to make a tape recording of the conversation, and then called the police. The transmis^on lasted several hours. One of the raiders, known ai "Bob," was on the roof an lookout. Another gang member, "Steve," was in the bank. Police .said the raiders — "Steve" and about six others — had broken into an empty handbag shop next door to the bank, cut an 18-inch hole in the basement floor, burrowed 40 feet toward the bank and then opened a 15-inch- wide hole in the floor of the vault. The taped extracts toll of complaints among the thieves in the vault. Parts of the dialogue ran as follows: FIRST VOICE: ". . .My eyes are like organ stops, mate. I'm not going to l>e any good tomorrow, . .1 can hardly see now unless I. . .do something, SECOND VOICE: "But you can go to .sleep tonight," FIRST VOICE: "How am I going to sleep tonight? For a start off I won't wake up . . .You have got to experience exactly the .same position as me, mate, to understand how 1 I'eel. My eyes are so bad they are blurred and I've been using bins (Cockney slang for spectacles or binoculars) all night." SECOND VOICE: "You can have .some sleep." FIRST VOICE: "Where am I going Ui .sleep, mate? Who wakes me up?" SECOND VOICE: "If you don't wake up after eight hours you arc not a normal per- .son, are you? Listen, it is not a bad rate of pay, is it?" The conversation, including a woman's voice, broi<e off .several moments later until the morning when a voice asked: "How'.s everything?" The reply came: "Everything's fine. No intriiders what.s/jever." The police checked banks Sunday within a 10 - mile radius of the Marylcbone area of I.^mdon — and none of the banks visited was the raided branch. A Scotland Yard s|K)ke.sman .said: "At 3:;}0 p.m. yesterday (Sunday), bank reprc- .sentatives logclhcr with police entered the bank and made a .search. The strongroom door was .secure and everything seemed to be okay." At that moment, the raiders were inside the bank, on the other side of the strong- r (K )m door. iiiiliii (Hulcliinjon Nows-UPI Tolcpliolo) HE Vl'AS SFARKD—Elmer Hiiehii embraces Ws wife. Ex-La Crosse Woman SAUNA — Mrs. Ilaru M. Gels, 86, Salina, ona- a teacher for President Eisenhower, was buried here Saturday. Mrs. Geis died two days cariler at St. John's IIo.spltaI after suffering a heart attack. The widow of J.U. Gels, a member of a pioneer Salina banking fumily, Mrs. Geis was Iwni Oct. 16, 1884, at La Crosse. After graduating from the University of Kansas, she became an Abilene teacher. Among her pupils were two Who Taught Ike Dies Of the ELsenbowcr brothers, Dwight and Ed. Intercepted Letter VERN MILLER Toiwka, Kan. Dear Vern, If your legal opinion had been submitted as a class theme, we suspect a lot of teachers would have given you an "F." Yours, Hutcli

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