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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Hutchinson News Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1971 Page 3 Hostage Says Knew I Was Going to Bleed to Death There' (C) 1971 Ncv; York Times News Service ATTICA, N. Y. - "I laid there m the floor and knew I was going to bleed to death right there." As he said tliis, 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- inoli bandage at tlie base of his neck and a visible shakiness in his knees. "They told us, 'as soon as the first shot is fired, you white blankety-blanljs have had it.' I was scared silly up there, I really was. I didn't want them to shoot." Kozlowski, a 23-year-oId accounts clerk at the prison, was one of eight hostages who were led Monday morning, bound and blindfolded, out of the jerry-bnilt pen in the center of the prison yard w*ere all the hostages had been held for four days. The 30 others left in the pen were also bound and blindfolded soon after tlie ulti- matiun from state correctional commissioner Russell G. Oswald had been delivered. First, Kozlowski said, the eiglit were taken to a pit partly filled with gasoline and told tliey 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. P'inally. moments before the two U. S. Anny 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 the yard. There they were held, each with a stick ill his back and a knife at his tliroat, bent backwards in plain view of the choppers so there could be no doubt about then- fate. Heard Bullets Kozlowski thought he heard macliine gun fire as he collapsed on the parapet. "You 03iild hear the bullets right next to your head on the cement," he said. Newsmen vrho were later led through the prison were told that the sight of the hostages on the parajjet convinced the authorities to order the assault. Tlie Deputy Di­ rector of Corrections, Walter Dunbar, latei- said there were four hostages on tlie parapet. Kozlowski, wlio wiis blindfolded, liad 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 polica shaqyshooter on the wall who killed the prisoner just as lie started to cut the ho.stage',s thi-oat. Dr. Warren Hanson, who tieated the hostages brought to the hospital, said that at least one other of the eight held on the parapet had sun'ived. 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 ieel they were bluffing, not one bit,'" said vSgt. Gerald Riger, .51, who is in Ills 21?t .year as a prison guand. "I knew what they were capable of and what I heard of their talk over four days convinced nic thoy were very delennined." 'Pile hostages had been told from the first timt I hey would be killed iis soon as the shooting started. But until the ultimatum, these hostages and othens .said, they were treated carefully, at times even solicitou.«ly. Protected Them "The inmates right ai-ound us were there to protect our lives till just about the end," sail! l-an-y Lyons, a 32-year-old guard who was ti-eated at the Genesee Memorial Hospital in Batavia. "They did what they could. I really believe that. We got to eat what they got to cat." The hostages came to depend increaang- ly 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 hito that prison except to get paid off — if they got out." When they thought about how it all would end. the hostages were toni between their fear and their mci-edulily over the liberal concessions tlie prisoners seemed to be ex- li'acting from the authorities. "Let's face it, you're always fighting for .survival." Riger said. "But I didn 't want ti) see tlicm gel all their demands. It w'otild start the same tiling going in prisons all over the United Slates."' Will Excuse Students f or Another Delay on Mexican Day Animal Ordinance High school students of Mexican-American heritage may be! excused from school, upon theirj parents' written request, to attend workshops on Mexican Independence Day Thursday. The school board, acting Monday night on a request by Julian Martinez, officially recognized Mexican Independence day and said high school students may be excused on wi-it- ten notes froan tlaeir parents to attend seminars in Wicliita.. Martinez said he was speak- mg on behalf of Mexican-American liigh school students. He asked originally for endorsement of the Wichita workshops by the board. Mexican-American parents, he said, have great respect for educators and bosses of educators and might not recognize the importance of allowing their children to leave school for a day to attend a workshop to reacquaint them with their heritage. Martinez said a sunilar event would be the coming Black Solidarity Day. The school system policy is to excuse s-tudents if they present written requests from their parents. Tlie board also: Accepted "with gratitude" a small piece of land owned by Frank Fee, father of Franklin Fee, school board president, on the northeast corner of the Grandviev/ School playground. A house will be removed and the 37 by UO-foot lot deeded 1o the school system, thereby squaring the playground boundary. Franklin Fee abstained from voting on the acceptance. Agreed to let the Hutchinson. Teachers Association use without charge a school building not in use for regional Kansas- National Education Association meetings. Was notified the Title I federal grant program v/ill be SI higher this year •— 6126,599. Programs supported by it are: learning disabilities center at Lincoln School, perceptual motor training program, summer remedial reading and math programs, classroom for the emo- tionlaly disturbed and socially maladjusted and elementary instrumental music. Accepted a contract with Bartlett, Settle and Edgerle Accountants for school system audit at $3,3CO, compared to $3,150 last year. Deferred until the next mc-cting appointment of recreation commission numbers. Terms of Hod Humiston and Mrs. Ralph Goering are expiring. Jury Acquits Motorcyclist City commissioners backediment that would be set by tlie; off their tougli stand on animal control Tuesday, and may move to a neutral corner m the battle between pet owners and opponents. After over an hour of discussion that kept the commissionr ers in session until 12:23 p.m., they decided not to place on first reading a proposed animal control ordinance. Before the lengthy debate began however, the leading proponent of stricter conti 'Ols had suggested some revisions m the ordinance. Commissioner Larry Knipe, who has led the battle for stricter animal control, suggested three clianges. He said tlie distaitce require- ordinance should not apply to dogs m a fenced yard, suggested tlae ordmance slwuld have some provisions for pups and kittens below weaning age and wanted a clarification on the number of dogs that could be kept. Under the proposed ordinance, residents would be limited to two dogs or cats, and would have stringent regulations placed on keeping of horses. Knipe wanted the ordinajice to read two dogs per family, but the first version had family in one sectioai and two per person ui another. The ordinance also bans farmyard animals such as swine, cattle, goats and mules. Vew Anthony Store To 'Open' Thursday A 23-year-otd motorcyclist who claimed he committed two traffic violations out of fear was acquitted by a district court jury Tuesday monung. Jack Argo, 1003 West 18th, appealed convictions from magistrate court of ridijig a motorcycle 95 mph in a 60 mph zone and disobeymg a stop sign. He was fined $40 July 2. The jurors, three women and nine men, received the case at 3:15 p.m. Monday, but were dismissed for tiie evening at 5 p.m. when the foremiui reixirted a deadlock. They returned at 9 a.m. and reached a verdict 00 minutes later. Argo admitted he committed the violations, b u t he maintained he did so because he was in fear of bodily harm or death. He was ticketed in the early morning hours of June 13 after Douglas Dick, an off-duty sheriff'.s captain, and Leroy Gehring, deputy city marshal at Biihler, forced him off the road west of Buhler. Argo testified he was frightened when the two unmarked vehicles chased him. KU Gets $150,000 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Tlie University of Kansas has received a $m,m bequest from the estate of the late Mrs. Mary Dye McCreery of Hugoton. Kan., for a medical research fund in memory of her and her husband. Mrs. McCreerj' died last year and her husband, Dr. Guy R. McCreery, died in 1933 Anthony's redecorated, remodeled and refurbished store at 22 North Main wiU have a "reopening ceremony" presided over by tine Ambassadors Club at 9:15 a.m. Thm-sday. "It's a little liard to say we will be iieopenmg when we never did dose," said Lloyd Willett, manager of the store. "But we felt that we should celebrate tills addition to Hutciiin-^ son City Center." Tlie store lias a new front and has been enlarged by the elimination of tlie old lobby. Wdlett said that all the fixtures on the first floor have been replaced) and both the first and second floor completely redecorated. Tlie ceilings have been dropped six feet to modernize the Ulterior. "Actually, it looks like a brand new store. We are very proud of it," said Willett. Willett said Uiat the Hutchinson store was one of only two downto\vn stores that the C. R. Anthony chain is remodeling, all the oUier stores that are being unproved are in shopping centers. "But the Antliony officials have a great deal of confidence in downtown Hutchinson. They achnire the efforts mercliants and property owners have souglit to improve our do^vn- town area and wanted to be a part of it," Willett said. Looking to the future, the store has installed an alley entrance sunilar to a store front. "We believe that this is the first such rear «i- trance actually built into a buildmg here, we want to b« ready if any mali-typie plans develop at our rear," Willett said. In addition to the improvements obvious to tlie eye, the Anthony Company made certain the remodeling would comply with tlie new Ilutcliinson fire code. There are five exits from the remodeled builduig and it is tlie first store in Hutchinson to have removable panels above tlie first floor on, the .store's false front. Tins was recommended by the fire de- pailment in order to gain access to upper stories in case of a fire. Opened liere in 1927 as the 37th store m the Anthony cliain, Uie local store now is one of 311 department' slx)res. Willett said that the Anthony officers would be busy tliis week at store buyers' activities at the company's home office hi Oklahoma City. "But I do hope we can get some of our OkltilMna City staff here for the core- monies Tliursday. "Tills is a real celebration for us, having what amounts to a new store here coinciding with the 5001 anniversary of tlie company." Tiiesday's argumi'nts were mostly over dogs and chickens, with both opi>onents and proponents of the dog section voicing their opinions. Dog lovers outniunbered those wlw backed the limitations, but not by much. Some citizens called tlie proposal "dictatorial" and "uncon'- stitutional." In tlieir vote not to place tiie ordinance on first i-eadirg commissioners did not indicate when tile ordinance will come up again, but observers expect a lengthy delay, and a watesred- down ordinance to be proi»&ed. Take Boy From Root Of Church A 17-year-old boy who apparently was trying to nui away from home was taken from the roof of St. Teresa's church by firemen Monday night. Police were telephoned sliort- ly before 8 p.m. by a priest at the diurdi who told thean the boy had climbed to the chiu^h bell tower by way of steps inside tb2 building. He was carrying a bundle of belongmgs. Firemen were summoned when the boy climbed oaiteide to the churcii roof. F^re Marshal Dick McLeskey said the police also had a report the boy was earning candles and might attempt to set the church on fire. No candles were found in the boy's possession, however. McLeskey said firemen found the boy lying on the roof as if he were unconscious. "But he quickly came to when we started talking about loweiing liim on a stretcher," he said. Police look tlie hoy into custody and released hun to his parents. All Hospital Officers Stay Seen and Heard i The Hot Line Committee, a [group workhig under direction I of the Kuigmaii-lleiio County Mental Health Center, will meet at 8 p.m. today at the center, 415 West 2nd. Dr. Frederick Moe. center director, will be in charge. The conmiittee maintains personnel for a 24-hour phone number handling personal p r o b- lems and emergencies. Still Seek Dog That Bit Girl An article by Jeanette Beard, McCandless kindergarten teacher, appears this month in the national publication. Grade Teacher. Miss Beard describes the gingerbread boy tour of tlie school building she luis an-anged for several of lier classes. Tlie project is a means of introducing children to their building. They make tlie cookie dough cut out the gingerbread boy and take him to the kitchen to bake. Wlicn they retum to the kitchen to take him out of the oven, they find only a note telling them to go to some other location in tlie school. Tlie tour ends .several days later at Uie library where tlie librarian reads Uiem the stoiy of the gingerbread boy. Several other Hutchinson teachers have used the idea in InmateCouldivi Doll Three Saved by Acts of Mercy lUWiilttlllHKSUlUU Elmer Iliichn: Prisoner Spared Him J. ATITCA, N.Y (Al ^i - Acts of mercy spared at least three liostnges (luring the violence Aloiiday at Attica l"*ri,son. "The man behind me was an inmate T had known for some time." said guard Richard Fargo, who was a hostage for 98 hours. Ho was recalling the moment Monday morning when leaders of the rebelling prisoners ordered the slaying of lio.stages before .state li-oopcr,s, prison guards and .sheriff's deputies closed in. Whispered In Ear "He whispered in niy car that 1 would not be hurt. He was supiiosed to stick a knife tetween my ribs. He stuck the knife just to prick the skin and .said, 'Now don't tell them I didn't kill you.' Then he threw me backwards and covered my body with iiis," said Fargo. It was the jirisoner's last act. "Wien it was over," said Fargo, "he was dead." The executioner assigned to guard Elmer Huehn told him: "I don't have the heart to do it. I'm only going to prick you." The executioner drew blood and tlien fell on top of him to hide him from other convicts. "This wonderful Puerto Rican saved tny life," said Huehn, but he mourned other hostages who were killed—"The others didn't have help and they're lying dead." Had Enougli Time P h i 1 i p Walkins, another guard who was a hostage had a similar ex]>erience. ""Tlie guy had time to kill mc, but he didn't." Watkins said his captor threw him on the groiuid and fell on top of him as cover. Some ims- 011 crs were picked off by police shar|3shooters as they tried to kill their hostages. Speech Therapist Fourth Black Teacher in System A foui-tli black teacher in the orientation activities lor younger i Hutchinson scrliools was ap- At 4 p.m., Tuesday, 12-year- old Mitzi Henry was to receive another sl»t which she says "feels like liquid fire." It will be her fifth in the required series of 15 rabies sliots since she was bitten on the left foot when coming out of a grocery store on East 4th a week ago Friday. Her mother, Mrs. Roy Henry, 715 East 6th, issued an- otfier appeal to locate the dog. If the dog Is rabies free, the child could stop the palnftd series of shots. the daily shot in her stomach and is having a minor reaction. The mother .says lier daughter doesn't fight aboxrt tlie .shot, but ".she's not as happy as ste normally is" and feels "uncomfortable in the evening" after receiving the shot. Mrs. Henry said the dog had its foot caught in the electronic eye door at the store. The dog wais freed when the child stepped to the door causing it to open. The dog bit her as she stepped out. "1 feel that wherever thcl She described the dog as be- dog is, its owner fears his petiing a mixed breed; long leg- will be killed, but it won't bc'ged; short brown hair; floppy hurt if it's located. If we aiuld'ears; long tail; and looked like find the dog, the shots could beja puppy. It had no lag or col- discontinued," Mrs. Henry .said, Tlie Central Junior High .School seventh grader receives lar. Mrs. Henry said she believes the dog probably lunped after its foot mjury Tlie Hutehin .son Hospital Corporation re-elected officers to one - year terms at its annua i meeting Monday afternoon. Ray E. Dillon .Sr. will continue as president of the corjx>- ration. Others retaining their officCiS are Norman krause, vice president; Robert Gilliland, secretary and treasurer; Arthur J. Collins, trea .<5uror and assi^stant secretary; .loe Mackey, executive vice president. Joe CliUds W "as elected to re-, place director Tom Carroll, '• who has moved from lliit (;liiii- j .son. Chilis is coniptix)ller alj M. W. Hartmann Manufacturing Co. Re - elected to three - year terms on the Board were Dillon, Wendell Holmes and Harry Coberly. Tlie executive committee, consisting of Dillon, Krause, Gilliland, Collins, Holmes, Mackey and Max Ontjes, wa.s reelected for a one-year tenn. College Republicans To Hear Alf Laiulori MCPHERSON, Kan, (AP) Former Gov. Alf Landon will keynote the banquet of the Kansas College Rejniblican Federation's two-day meeting at McPherson College Sept. 18-19. The banquet will be called a "Tribute to Alf Landon" dinner and will be held Saturday night, Sept. 18. The event is sponsored by the McPherson College chapter of the college Republicans. cliildi'en. Winaiis PTA has .scheduled a get-acquainted meeting hi the school auditorium at 7;30 p.m. tiOnight, according to Mrs, Willis McNctt, 728 East A, publicity chairman. Investigate Report Of Attempted Rape Police are investigating a re- {xirted case of the attempted rape Saturday night of a 15- year-old girl. Detectives were told that the incident happened while the girl was at her home babysitting with her three yoimgcr brothers and sisters. The parents were not at home. Tlie girl said an unidentified man forced him.'ielf into tlie bou,se and attempted to rape her. The three younger children ran to the home of a neighbor to get help. The man fled on foot before jhelp arrived. proved formally for employ- .'ment by the scJiool board Monday evening. • She is Ingrid Webber, speech clinician and therapist, who conducts special classes in seven elcmenUiry ,schw>Is, McCan- Winans, ll(X)«;- dlcss. Lakevicw, Grand view. Avenue A velt and Lincoln. Miss Wchhcr. a aativc of Tiilsa, ^vas graduated last spring from Northeastern State College, Tahlcquah, Okla., with a major in speech and hearing therapy. She rc- pi.accs Amelia Mueller, who is working in the new federally fmiM program for hard of hearing children. Other black tead>ers are Lilla King, a McCandless sixth grade tcfichcr who last year was named student adviser in Uie high .school and junior liigh.s; Yvonne John.'^m, fourth grade teacher at Allen, who i vva,s hiix;d at the second .SWIKSS- tcr year after .s-lrt- had completed student teachuig from Fort Hays Stale College at Allen; a,nd Bernai-d Williams, Sherman Junior High social studies teacher, who taught in the Uirneci Unified Scliool District two years lx>.fore coming to Hutchinson la.sL year. At the Monday board moetr hig .Julian Martinez, 108 West 8tli. asked for a pi-ogi"cs.s reixirt on hiring of Mcxican-Amencnn teachers in Hutclvin.son. He was fold that Adrian Filzmaurice, a new social science teacliicr at Shcnnan, is of Mexican-French background. A jwtivo of Norton, Fitzmaurice spoke Spanish in his home until ho was five years old. He is a graduate of Emixiria Stale College. "We have every intcnlhwi of giving fair and adequate lix'jitmcnt to minority appli- ciints," said Lloyd Rages, director of Instruction. "Every applicant is considered on his merit."; for a given vacancy at a given time, 'llicrc Is certainly opfwrlunity a,nd need for minority people in Uwich- ing. We recognize this need and will he searching for them." Millers Rulina; Freeze Hits Most School Employes According to an oj)inirm fromjchal, Ix^'an contract jwriods the office of Atty. Gen. Vem ' ' .Miller late Monday, teadiers must have been (m the job before the Aug. 15 wage-pri(X' freeze to receive wages luider new higlier contracts for this year. If the requirement of actually lx!]ng on the job prior U; Aug. 15 .stjinds up, most of the 420 tcacliers in llic Hutchinson .system would receive checks at last year's pay schedule. According to Earl PearTX', ness manager, about 80 per cent of the .school di.'.'tric-t em­ ployes would be affected. These include many building secretaries, as well us teachers, curriculum supervisors and remedial reading and speech clinicians, On the other hand administrators, including Pearce land Sujrf., Harland L. R. Pa.s- III July or August, luider which tlicy had worked, and thus woiuld not be affected by tlic freC7x;. Pearce's contract period begins July I. The contract pe- ri()d of Pa.schal and other lop administrators hogin.s Aug. I and of all building prin<"ip<'ils, Aug. 9. Full-time .secretaries bivgin tiie contract periud July 1. They would have iK -en tuider the new salary sc^iedule and on the job at tlie tuiiio of the freeze. Most school building secretaries began work Aug, 16 and 17, jiist after the freeze wa.s ordered. Hutchinson classroom teach- er.s, who,sc payroll amounts to $3,092,000 in the current budget, were to have .shared a $168,000 this year. Af 1 m inistra ti vo raises, appar<!ntly niis.sod tJie frocw, nmounUHl to $18,7f>'l. lUiises for cu.stodian.s, which went Into effect durijig the .sununer, came to $12,Ijf)0 and for maintenance personnel $.'j,l'}0. Teachers given new, additional assignments this year will be paid for the extra work, regardless of liic frce7 ,e, Pearce fiuUi, Th(» lliitchiiw.)n .school Iward, flisciu-ising tlio freeze at; a meeting Monday night, .said .September pay checks, wliJch mast bo issued stx >n, may be .sent out al Ihc old pay .s <7ile, if the proce- [diire is .still under question, and the balance made up later as permitlcd when tlie frcez<; is lifted. A .sjiecial board meotr ing may be required if the guidelines given are not clear- cut. Other new teachers approved by the Iward at the Monday meeting are: Janet Kay Houck, liaison teacher between the regular cla.ssrocflns and (he learn ing disabilities center at Lin- cohi SclMwl; Lynn 1/JULSC l«ini- us, high schwl English tciich- er; Priscilla Mac Morgan, Morgan Elcmcntiiry School; and Patricia l^alocck Ix-vcndofsko, Allen First grade tcaclwr. Third Parcel Is Eyed By School Board Tlie Hutchinson .scliool district will begin collectang infonna- lion on acquiisition of an additional paj'ccl n! land along its tordor while pushing tliic pro|)0 .sed transfer of two otlier areas to a State Deiiartmcni of I']ducation hearing. TJie board Monday evening agreed to ask n state licar- Ing on Iransi'cr of 31)0 acres in two areas into the Hutchinson district from tiie Biriilcr district. A niccUng of the two l>oards lust week failed (4) bring about agreement on a transfer. ' The areas ;ire located on. I east 17tii, .site ot a proposed ?5 million .slio|)]ying center, and on U 'a.s-1 rjOlli, of Ixirraine and i. south of 2;ir<l, I'rf)lh aixi within lliie city liniil.'i. • fioi) (fillilaiid, Hutchinson ISCIKIOI Ixiard meiiil)(.'r, s;iid ;in ;eqi);illy gwxl case could wliicliimadc for ;icqiiisilioii of 80 acres kiv>wii as the N, F. English, IO,st*itc, north of 'M\\ and west of Lorraine t<^ a now platted area. He said he wanted io tlirow the mattcT out for Iwiard consideration and asked the schfxil Jidmlulstralion to collect data on number of students and residents hivolvcd and other information about tivc arcit. The case for acquisition of this area is jast iis logical as for tli(! other two areas, Ite -said. Additional tran.sfer requests apparently would have to go the i-oulc of the previous re» ciuest notificjition of tJie other .school hoard ami a conference Io ti-y to work out an agreement and, if none was forthcoming, ap[K?ai to tlvj State Ete- parianent of liklucalion for a lioaring. Harold Hahn Kanza Names Executive Harold D. Halin, formerly ot Greeley, Colo., becomes the now .scout executive for tlie Kajiza Coundl of Boy Scouts on Wednesday. He .succeeds Wallace McGlll wlio resigned liere to l>ecome the scout executive hi SioiLX City, Iowa. Hahn's 14 year professional career in the Boy .Scouts has been in t .lic Longs Peak Council, headquartered in Greeley. He wa.s pi-ogram director and assistant sennit executive there. He has diixx'ted camping pro- gr .'im.s and council sliows. Hahn will head llie five-man professional st ^iff of tlic Kanza Council which repixisents 5,600 Ixiys registered in tlic 215 .scouting uiiiks in il countries. Hahii, his wife, and tlieir two cliildrcn, Howard, 1.3. and Hat ^'igli, II, live at .'1101 Prince- tun. Fair Day For Students HutchuLson .sludcnt,s will liave tlu'ir .special Fair Day Monday. Scliool will bo dismissed at 2 p.m. .so that student.s can take advantage of the Sclwol Day fiw gate at the State Fair. Fair officijds have set only one free gate School Day this j-car. Liust year, durmg the first long nin of the fair, two days were designated to benefit .students. The Hutdiinson School Board Monday night decided the one day was adequate because Hutcliinson students \vill have two weekends imd after-school periods to \'isil tlie fair. By having school in session until 2 p.m., Monday will count as a full attendance day.

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