The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 14, 1971 · Page 29
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 29

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Tuesday, September 14, 1971
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•t The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 73 14 Pages Tuesday Morning, September 14,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Price lOc 37 Men Lie Dead After State Invades Prison Hostage Tells Fears 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- inch bandage at the 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-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 bad been held for four days. The 30 others left in the pen were also .bound and blindfolded 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, bent 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. "You 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 pf 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 brought 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 heard 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 and their incredulity over the liberal concessions the prisoners seemed to be extracting from the authorities. "Let's face it, you're always fighting for survival," Riger said. "But I didn't want to see them get all their demands. It would start the same thing going in prisons all over the United States.' 1 They're Still U?ider Freeze Vern's Opinion No Help to Teachers TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Attorney general's office held Monday that no precise beginning 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 the guidelines 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. Melvin 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 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 posi tion on the matter. State education officials, in eluding the education depart ment, K-NEA and the Kansas Association of School Boafds had asked for the attorney gen eral's opinion — in the hope i could be used as an oklahom opinion was employed to win exemption for Kansas teacher master contract before Aug. 151 from the freeze. ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A four - day riot of mostly black convicts was put down by massed forces of the state 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 truckloads of New York National Guardsmen, liberated 29 other hostages, 25 of whom were injured. The survivors filed shakily tlirough the massive prison gates one by one as the firing subsided. "They had lined us up and were proceeding to cut our throats," said one of the captive guards, Frank Wall, who stated 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 state trooper estimated that most of the action covered an 8-to-10-minute span, al- copters against the rioters was a prelude "to make them so sick that they would have no will to 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. New York Times columnist Tom, Wicker got an inside look at the prison, riots over the jtast several days. See page 3. (Hutchinson News-UPI Tclepholo) AERIAL photo shows layout of Attica State Prison where 37 were killed Monday. Nixon Plans Gun Proposal (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service (See 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. Hmska of Nebraska said during a Senate hearing that President Nixon will have such a bill "ready for presentation soon." His statement came during a hearing 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 handguns. Spokesmen for two major national commissions we n t even further, calling for a ban on sale 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 considering 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 though 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. The assault began at 9:45 a.m., shortly after the expiration of a one-hour urn urging the 1,200 rebellious prisoners to give up the hos- ages and surrender. The riot originally stemmed from an al- Lcrcation between a guard and an inmate and the prisoners atcr expanded their grievance list to include a series of wide- ranging demands. Authorities By JUDIE BLACK ZENDA — The Nashville-Zenda High School football team's 1971 season is in jeopardy because of an incident between townspeople and an assistant coach only hours after the team's opening game Friday night. The incident led to the resignation of the coach, the arrest of one man and charges of disturbing the peace against five other men. School officials say the Kansas State High School Activities Association is looking into the matter. Gene Houscr, Zcnda was charged Monday with aggravated battery. Bond was set at $2,000. Houser is charged with as- Nashyille — Zenda defeated] Cunningham, 14-8, in its opener Friday. Fiegel gave an account of the incident .at the public meeting, saying it started between 2 and 3 a.m. Saturday. Stems From Philosophy Fiegel charged that the altercation apparently stemmed from his coaching rules and philosophy. Fiegel said the school's coaching staff allows no smoking or drinking by players. Larry Bacon is the school's head coach. 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 applause from the crowd. Fiegel said at one point Saturday morning he called Kansas Atty. Gen. Vcrn Mil- Weather saulting Charles Fiegel, the as sistant coach, who told 300 per-! ler. He said Miller told him sons 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 protect the community. Currently, Zenda has no police force, relying on sheriff's officers and the Kansas Highway Patrol. Law enforcement officers were on hand at the doors during Monday night's meeting in the gym. Whether the Nashville-Zenda football team, perennially one of the state's strongest eight- man contenders, is allowed to finish the season will be announced at a school board meeU ing Tuesday night. KANSAS — Fair to partly cloudy Tuesday and cooler northwest. High lower 80s northwest to lower 90s southeast. Clearing and colder Tuesday night.. Low Tuesday night 38 to 45 northwest and lower 50s southeast. Fair and cooler Wednesday. Highs 60s northwest to 70s 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. Sunrise Wednesday: 7:13 a.m. he "had every right to protect his home and family." Fiegel has a wife and two- year-old daughter. Fiegel said that about 45 minutes after he was assaulted five men whom he described a* "thugs" came to his house anc threatened him, yelling, "We'l get you, Chuckie boy." A high school teacher reac a statement signed by all the school's faculty members saying, "A real and present physical danger exists to Zenda teachers and students." The teachers asked the school boarc of Unified School District 331 to remedy the 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 inci dent. Saturday morning, the Nash ville and Zenda city councils Zcnda city marshal, the schoo board, Kingman County Attor ncy Bob Wunsch and some citizens met at the high school Sunday afternoon, the Zenda and Nashville city councils con ferred again. Monday morning at the Kingman County court house, officials and citizens me in an open meeting for an hour and a half. today Deaths 3,11 Sports 9,10 Women's News 6, 7 Editorials 4 Scotland Yard Embarrassed While Police Search Bank, Vault Looted (C) 1971 New York 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 robbery, 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 sitting on 500 grand" (about $1,235,000), there were estimates Monday that the value of the theft may be even higher. Bank officials said that about 250 private safe deposit boxes in the bank's basement vault had been raided, including "a fair amount of jewelry and other valuables." The police said the ham from Wlmpole 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, start*! ^ make a tape recording of the conversation, and then called the police. The transmission lasted several hours. One of the raiders, jbiown, as "Bob," was on the roof as 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 tell 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 be 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 I feel. My eyes arc 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 to sleep, mate? Who wakes me up?" SECOND VOICE: "If you don't wake up after eight hours you arc not a normal per- son, arc you'.' Listen, it is not a bad rate of pay, is it?" The conversation, including a woman's voice, broke off several moments later until the morning when a voice asked: "How's everything?" The reply came: "Everything's fine. No intruders whatsoever." The police checked banks Sunday with* in a 10 - mile radius of the Murylcbone area of London — and none of the banks visited was the raided branch. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "At 3:30 p.m. yesterday (Sunday), bank representatives together 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- room door. 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—streamed through mid- Manhattan and rallied in Grand Central Terminal to protest the bloody end to the prison' uprising. They carried red flags and signs with such slogans as "Rockefeller Murderer. Tear Down the Jails." Rockefeller charged that "the tragedy was brought on by the highly organized, revolutionary tactics of militants who rejected all efforts at a peaceful had agreed to all but two de- j settlement, forcing a con- mands-complete amnesty andifronlation, and carried out cold- removal of the prison superln.- blooded killings they had threatened from the outset." Probe Ordered The governor ordered a com- tendent. 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 s|x>kcsman said planning for the military-type operation began three days ago. The launching of tear gas from hcli- plete investigation "including the role that outside forces would appear to have played." Organizations representing correction 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 authoritative" punishment of • those responsibe for the uprising. "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." (Hutchinson News-UPI Tolepholo) HE WAS SPARED—Elmer Huehn embraces his wife. Ex-La Crosse Woman Who Taught Ike Dies of the Elsenhower brothers,, Dwight and Ed. SAUNA - Mrs. Raru M. Gels, 86, Salirai, once a teacher for President Eisenhower, was buried here Saturday. Mrs. Geis died two days earlier at St. John's Hospital after suffering a heart Attack. The widow of J.R. Gels, a member of a pioneer Sallna banking family, Mrs. Geis was born Oct. 16, 1884, at La Crosse. After graduating from the University of Kansas, she became an Abilene teacher. Among her pupils were two Intercepted Letter VERN MILLER Topeka, Kan. Dear Vcm, If your legal opinion had been submitted as a class theme, we suspect a lot of teachers would have given you an "P." Yours, Hutch

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