The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 14, 1971 · Page 45
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Hutchinson News Tuesday, Sept. 14,1971 Page 3 Hostage Says 6 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- indi 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 had been held for (our 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. 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 liis 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 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 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 didrrt 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 killed 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 Gencsee Memorial Hospital in Batavia. "They did what. • they could. 1 really believe that. We got to eat; what they got. to cat." Tiie 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 tlie 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 tiling going in prisoas all over the United States.' 1 Will Excuse Students for Mexican Day High school students of Mexican-American heritage may be excused from school, upon their 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 saidi high school students may be excused on mitten notes fran their parents to attend seminars in Wichita. Martinez said he was speaking on: behalf of Mexican-American high 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 oi educators and might Another Delay on Animal Ordinance City commissioners backed ment that would be set by the off their tough stand on animal control Tuesday, and may move to a neutral corner in the bat- lie between pet owners and opponents'. After over an hour of discussion that kept the commissioners 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 controls had suggested some revisions in the ordinance. Commissioner Larry Knipe who has led the battle foi stricter animal control, suggested three changes. ordinance should not apply to dogs in a fenced yard, suggested the ordinance should have some provisions for pups and kittens below weaning age and wanted a clarification on the number of dogs that could be kept. not recognize the importance of | 'He said the distance require allowing their children to leave 1 school for a day to attend a •workshop to reacquaint them with their heritage. Martinez said a similar event would be the coming Black Solidarity Day. The school system policy is to excuse students if they present written requests from their parents. The board also: Accepted "with gratitude" a small piece 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 ordinance to read two dogs per family, but'the first version had family in one section and two per person in another. The ordinance also bans farmyard animals such as swine, cattle, goats and mules. Tuesday's arguments were mostly over dogs and chickens, with both opponents and proponents of the dog section voicing their opinions. Dog lovers outnumbered those who backed the limitations, but not by much. Some citizens called the proposal "dictatorial" and "unconstitutional." New Anthony Store To 'Open' Thursday of land owned by Frank Fee, father of Franklin Fee, school board president, on the northeast corner of the Grandvlew School playground. A hous« will be removed and the 37 by 140-foot lot deeded to 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 $1 higher this year — 8126,599. 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- tlonlaly disturbed and socially maladjusted and elementary instrumental music. Accepted a contract with Bartlett, Settle and Edgerle Accountants for school system audit at S3/3CO, compared to $3,150 last year. Deferred until the next meeting appointment of recreation commission members. Terms of Hod Humlston and Mrs. Ralph Goering ara expiring. Jury Acquits Motorcyclist A 23-year-old motorcyclist who claimed he committed two traffic, violations out of fear was acquitted by a district court jury Tuesday morning. Jack Argo, 1003 West 18th, appealed convictions from magistrate court of riding a motorcycle 95 mph in a 60 mph zone and disobeying 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 the evening at 5 p.m. when the foreman reported a deadlock. They returned at 9 a.m. and reached a verdict 90 minutes later. . Argo admitted 'he committed the violations, but 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 Btihler. 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 $150,000 bequest from the estate of the late Mrs. Mary Dye McCreery of Hugoton Kail., for a medical research fund in memory of her and her husband. Mrs. McCreery died last year and her husband, Dr. Guy R McCreery, died in 1933 Anthony's redecorated, remodeled and refurbished store at 22 North Main will have a "reopening ceremony" presided over by the Ambassadors Club at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. "It's a little hard to say we will be reopening when we never did close," said Lloyd Willett, manager of the store. "But we felt that we should celebrate this addition to Hutcliiiv son City Center." The store lias a new front and has been enlarged by the elimination of the old lobby. Willett 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 interior. "Actually, it looks like a brand new store. We are very proud of it," said Willett. Willett said that tlie Hutchinson store was one of only two downtown stores that the C. R. Looking to the future, the store has installed an alley entrance similar to a store front. "We believe that this is the first such rear entrance actually built into a building here, we want to be ready if any mall-type plans develop at our rear," Willett said. Anthony chain is remodeling, all the other stores that are being improved are in shopping I centers. "But the Anthony officials can get some of our Oklahomi In addition to the improvements obvious to the eye, the Anthony Company made certain the remodeling would comply with tlie new Hutchinson fire code. There are five exits from the remodeled building and it is tlie first store in Hutchinson to have removable panels above tlie first floor on, the store's false front. This was recommended by the fire department in order to "gain access to upper stories in case of a fire. Opened here in 1927 as the 37th store in the Anthony chain, the local store now is one of 311 department- stores. Willett said that the Anthony officers would be busy this week at store buyers' activities at the company's home office in, Okla- City. "But I do hope we In their vote not to place the ordinance on first reading commissioners did not indicate when tlie ordinance will come up again, but observers expect a lengthy delay, and a watered- down ordinance to be proposed Take Boy From Roof Of Church A 17-year-old boy who appar- jentJy was trying to run away I from home was taken from the roof of St. Teresa's church by firemen Monday night. Police were telephoned shortly before 8 p.m. by a priest at the church who told them the boy had climbed to me church bell tower by way of steps inside the building. He was carrying a bundle of belongings. Firemen were summoned when the boy climbed outside to the church roof. Fire Marshal Dick McLeskey said the been and JH card The Hot Line Committee, a group working under direction of the Kingman-Reno 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 committee maintains personnel for a 24-hour phone number handling personal p r o b- lems and emergencies. m"4Mm^^m Inmate Couldn't Do It Three Saved by Acts of Mercy 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 the school building she lias arranged for several of her classes. The project is a means of in- roducing children to their build- ng. They make the cookie dough cut out the gingerbread boy and take him to the kitchen to bake. When they return to the kitchen to take him out of the oven, they find only a note telling them to go to some other location in the school. The tour end.' several days later at the library where the librarian reads them the story of the gingerbread boy. < Several other Hutchinson teachers have used the idea in. A fourth black teacher in the orientation activities for younger Hutchinson schools was ap- Elmcr Huehn: Prisoner Spared Him ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Acts I of mercy spared at least three hostages during the violence Monday at Attica Prison. "The man behind me was an inmate I had known for some time," said guard Richard Fargo, who was a hostage for 98 hours. He was recalling the moment Monday morning when leaders of the rebelling prisoners ordered tlie slaying of hostages before state troopers, prison guards and sheriff's deputie: closed in. Whispered In Ear "He whispered in my cai (hat 1 would not be hurt. He was sup|x>sed to stick a knife between my ribs. He stuck the knife just to prick tlie skin am said, 'Now don't tell them didn't kill you.' Then lie thre\ me backwards and covered my body with his," said Forgo. It was the prisoner's last act "When it was over," said 'argo, "he was dead." Tlie executioner assigned to guard Elmer Huehn told him: 'I don't have the heart to do it. 'm only going to prick you." The executioner drew blood ind then fell on top of him to lide him from other convicts. This wonderful Puerto Rican saved my life," said Huehn, but le mourned other hostages who ivere killed—"Tlie others didn't lave help and they're lying dead." Hud Enough Time P h i 1 i p Watkins, another guard who was a hostage had.a similar experience. "Tlie guy had time to kill me, but he didn't," Watkins said his captor threw him on the ground and fell on top of him as cover. Some prisoners were picked off by police sharpshooters as they tried to kill their hostages. Speech Therapist Fourth Black Teacher in System children. proved formally for em ploy- Jin ent by the school board Monday evening. • »lice also had a report the >oy was carrying candles and might attempt to set the church on fire. No candles were found n the boy's possession, however. have a great deal of confidence in downtown Hutchinson. They admire the efforts merchants and property owners have sought to improve our downtown area and wanted to be a part of it," Willett said. City staff here for the ceremonies Thursday. "This is a real celebration for us, having what amounts to a new store here coinciding will the 50th anniversary of tlie company. 1 McLeskey said firemen found he boy lying on the roof as if he were unconscious. "But he quickly came to when we started talking about lowering him on a stretcher," he said. Police took the boy into custody and released him to his parents. All Hospital Officers Stay The Hutchinson Hospital Cor potation re-elected officers to one - year terms at its annua meeting Monday afternoon. Ray E. Dillon Sr. will con tinue as president of the corpo- Still Seek Dog That Bit Girl Winaiis PTA has scheduled a jet-acquainted meeting in tlie chool auditorium at 7:30 p.m. /oniglit, according to Mrs. Wills McNett, 728 East A, publici- y chairman. Investigate Report Of Attempted Rape Police are investigating a reported case of tlie attempted •ape Saturday night of a 15- year-old girl. Detectives were told that the ncident happened while the girl was at her home babysitting with her three younger brothers and sisters. The parents were not at home. Tlie girl said an unidentified man forced himself into the nouse and attempted to rapt her. The three younger children ran to the home of a neighbor to get help. The man fled on foot, before help arrived. She is Ingrid Webber, speech clinician and therapist, who conducts special classes in seven elementary schools, McCan- .11 ess, L a k e v i e w, Winans, Grandvicw, Avenue A, lloose- elt and Lincoln. Miss Webber, a native, of Tulsa, was graduated last spring from Northeastern State College, Tahlcquah, Okla., with a major in speech and hearing therapy. She replaces Amelia Mueller, who is working in the new federally funded program for hard of hearing children. Other black teachers are Lilla King, a McCandless sixll grade teacher who last yeai was named student adviser in the high school and jiinkn highs; Yvonne Johnson, fourll grade teacher at Allen, who was hired at the second semester last year after she had com pie ted student leaching from I them.' <Y)rt Hays State College at Al-i en; and Bernard Williams, Sherman Junior High social studies teacher, who taught in tlie Larned Unified School Di-s- rict two years before coming o Hutchinson last year. At the Monday board meetr ng Julian Marline/,, 108 West 8th, asked for a progress report on hiring of Mexican-American Leachcrs in Hutchinson. He was told that Adrian Filzmnurice, a new social science teacher at Sherman, is of Mexican-French background. A native of Norton, Fitzmaurice spoke Spanish in his home until he was five years old. He is a graduate of Emporia Stale College. "We have every intention of giving fair and adequate treatment to minority applicants," said Lloyd Rages, director of instruction. "Every applicant is considered 011 his merits for a given vacancy at a given time. There Is certainly opportunity and need for minority people in teaching. Wo rccognl/e this need and will be searching for Other new teachers approvec by the board at, the Monday necting arc: Janet Kay Houck, ialson teacher between the regular classrooms and the leaning disabilities center at Lincoln School; Lynn 1/misc Lanius, high school English teoch- >r; Priscilla Mae Morgan, Morgan Elementary Patricia Paleoek School; and Ix»vcndofske, At 4 p.m., Tuesday, 12-year-: old Mitzi Henry was to .receive another shot which she says "feels like liquid fire." It will be her fifth in the required series of 15 rabies shots since she was bitten on the left foot when coming out of a grocery store on East 4th a week ago Friday. Uer mother, Mrs. Roy Henry, 715 East 6th, issued another appeal to locate the dog. If the dog is rabies free, the child could stop the painful series of shots. the daily shot in her stomach and is having a minor reaction. The mother says her daughter doesn't fight about the shot, but "she's not as happy as she normally is" and feels "uncomfortable in the evening" after receiving the shot. Mrs. Henry said the dog had its foot caught in tbc electronic eye door at the store. The dog was freed when the child stepped to the door causing it to open. The dog bit her as she stepped out. ration. Others retaining the! offices are Norman Krause vice president; Robert Gilli land, secretary and asslstan treasurer; Arthur J. Collins treasurer and assistant secre tary; Joe Mackey, executive vice president. Joe Childs was elected to re)lace director Tom Carroll, has moved from Hutchinon. Childs is comptroller at VI. W. Hartmann Manufactur- ng Co. Re - elected to three - year erms on the Board were Dilon, Wendell Holmes and Harry Coberly. The executive committee, consisting of Dillon, Krause, Gilliland, Collins, Holmes, Mackey and Max Ontjes, was re- ilected for a one-year term. Miller's Riding "I feel that wherever thci She described the dog as be dog is, its owner fears his pet)ing 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 could'ears; long tail; and looked like find the dog, the shots could beja puppy. It had no tag or col discontinued," Mrs. Henry said.liar. Mrs. Henry said she be- The Central Junior Highjlieves the dog probably limped School seventh grader receives j after its foot injury College Republicans To Hear Alf Lahdon MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) Former Goy. Alf Landon will keynote the banquet of line Kansas College Republican 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 if sponsored by the McPherson College chapter of the coilegi Republicans. Freeze Hits Most School Employes Allen First grade teacher. Third Parcel Is Eyed By School Board Tlie Hutchinson school district will begin collecting information on acquisition of an additional parcel of land along its border while pushing the proposed transfer of two oilier areas to a State Department of Education hearing. The board Monday evening agreed to nsk n state hearing on transfer of .130 acres In two areas into the Hutchinson district from the Buhler district. A meeting of the two boards last wc«k failed In bring about agreement on | a transfer. The areas are. located on least 17th, silo of a proposed $5 .million shopping center, and on least 30th, west of Ixnraine and i south of 23rd. Holh arc within i the city limits. • Bob r.illilancl, Hutchinson According to an opinion from]chal, began contract periods in the office of Atty. Gen. Vern Miller late Monday, teachers' must have been on the job be- ore the Aug. 15 wage-price reezo to receive wages under new higher contracts for this year. If the requirement of actually being on the job prior to Aug. 15 stands up, most of the 420 xjachers in the Hutchiason system would receive checks at last year's pay schedule. According to Earl Pearce, business manager, about 80 per cent of the school district em- ployes would be affected. These include many building secretaries, as well as teachers, curriculum supervisors and remedial reading and speech clinicians. On the other hand most ad ministrators, including Pearce and Supt. Harland L. R. Pas July or August, under which they had worked, and thus would not be affected by the ree/c. Pearce's contract period begins July I. The contract |>e- iod of Paschal and other lop administrators begins Aug. 1 and of all building principals, Aug. 9. Full-time .secretaries also begin the contract period July 1. They would have been under the new salary schedule and on the job at tlie tune of the freeze. Most school building secretaries began work Aug. 16 and 17, just after the freeze was ordered. Administrative raises, apparently missed tlie free//;, amounted to $18,764. Raises for custodians, which went into effect during the .summer, came to $12,500 and for maintenance personnel $5,130. Teachers given new, additional assignments this year will be paid for the «xtru work, regardless of the freeze, Pearce Bald. The HulchhiCTn school board, discussing the freeze at a meeting Monday night, said Soptem ber pay checks, which must be issued soon, may be sent out at the old pay scale, if the procedure is still under question, and ilhfj balance made up later a* (School board member, suid an ! equally good case could l>c which fiade for acquisition of 80 acres known as the N. F. English Estate, north of 30th and west of Lorraine to a now platted Harold Hahn Kanza Names Executive Harold D. Halm, formerly ol Greeley, Colo., becomes the new scout executive for the Kanza Council of Boy Scouts on Wednesday. He succeeds Wallace McGiU who resigned hero to become the scout executive in Sioux City, Iowa. Halm's 14 year professional career in the Boy Scouts has been in the Longs Peak Council, headquartered in Greeley. He was program director and assistant scout executive there. He has directed camping programs and council shows. Halm will head tlie five-man professional staff of the Kanza Council which represents 5,600 boys registered in the 215 scouting units in 11 countries. Hahn, his wife, and their two children, Howard, 13, and HaLt'igh, II, live at 3101 Prince- Ion. HulchJnson classroom teach-1 permitted when tlie freeze is ers, whose payroll amounts to $3,092,000 in the current budget, were to have shared a $168,000 raise this year. lifted. A special board meetr ing may be required if the guidelines given are not clear cut. area. He said he wanted to throw the matter out for board consideration n ml asked the school administration to collect data on number of students and residents involved and other information the about The case for acquisition of Uils area is just as logical as for Uic! other two areas, he said. Additional transfer requests apparently would have U> go the route of the previous request notification of tlic other school board and a conference to try to work out an agreement and, if none was forthcoming, appeal to the State Department of Education for a hearing. Fair Day For Students Hutchinson students will have their special Fair Day Monday. School will be dismissed at 2 p.m. so that students can take advantage of the School Day free gate at the State Fair. Fair officials have set only one free gate School Day tliis year. Last year, during the first Jong run of the fair, two days were designated, to benefit, students;. The Hutchinson School Board Monday night decided the one day was adequate because Hutcliinson students will have two weekends and after-school periods to visit tlte fair. By having school in session until 2 p.m., Monday will count as a full attendance day.

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