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Monday, January 10, 1977
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Super Bowt Super Indeed For Oakland.. .Pg. I-B BBS"!- Karri, cl Dssnels mothers January 16,17, 18 101 st Year No. 10 Sentinel mtm Florida 1977 Sentinel Star Company Florida's Most Interesting Newspaper Orlando, Florida, Monday, January 10, 1977 ' WEATHER: Cloudy, rain liketf,-clearing, windy and colder. High ; low 60s, Low in 30s. Northwesterly ' winds. Details, Page 9-B. ' ;" 38 Pages 15 Cents Former Williston Mayor Injured By Pistol Shots Auto Ambush Kills Alachua Mail By BRIAN HOW LAND and M.C. THOMAS ' Sentlnal Star Staff OCALA A masked man ambushed four prominent north Central Florida men Saturday night, killing one of them and critically wounding another. The victims' car was hit by a shotgun blast as they followed a car carrying their wives home from Ocala. Walter H. Scott, 64, of Archer, who was driving the car, was killed by the first shot and the car swerved off the road. Eugene Theon Bailey, 67, a former Wil-liston mayor, was wounded by pistol shots. He was in poor condition and under intensive care late Sunday at Munroe Memorial Hospital. TWO PASSENGERS in the car William 0. Gilreath, 73, and William H. Harris, 66, both of Morriston were not injured, but a source said Gilreath's wife, whose first name was not available, suffered a heart attack after learning of the ambush. She was taken to a Gainesville hospital, but authorities would not say which one. The slaying occurred in Marion County on U.S. Highway 27, 18 miles northwest of Ocala about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Marion detec- Midwest Hit By Record Cold Wave Bit Sentinal Star Servlc Bitter cold temperatures gripped the Midwest on Sunday it was 60 below zero near Rice Lake, Wis. and a snowstorm moved across the West, heading northeastward with snow, sleet and freezing rain. It was so cold that heating gas stopped vaporizing at several homes. CAR BATTERIES froze near the western Minnesota town of Willmar, ice crystals formed in the air near the Mississippi River and a power pole snapped near Chippewa Falls, Wis. Winter storm warnings, snow watches and heavy snow warnings were posted over at least a portion of 20 states, from extreme south Missouri, Arkansas and the Ohio Valley through the Tennessee Valley, much of the Appalachians and parts of the Northeast. A storm hit the central Gulf Coast states earlier Sunday, bringing with it thunderstorms and tornadoes, which touched down south of Jackson and in Canton, in Mississippi. A tornado watcn was posted in tne area ot Belle Chase, La. MASSACHUSETTS braced for tne storm, wniie snow crews worked overtime to recover from last week's 8-18 inch snowfall. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston, which hired snow shovelers off the street Friday, still hadn't cleared part of its subway lines as of Sunday afternoon. Boston's Logan Airport was operating with just one of its four runways open, but was expected to open a second runway late Sunday night. The fierce cold surged in from Canada in the second big freeze of the three-week-old winter. It trailed a winter storm that buffeted much of the nation's midsection with heavy snow, forcing cancellation of church services and meetings and bogging travel. ONE MAN froze to death In Missouri and natural gas service was curtailed to industrial users, including schools, in parts of Texas and Oklahoma by Lone Star Gas Co. because of heavy demand produced by extreme cold. At the time of the announcement, the temperature in Dallas was 14 degrees. The northern storm left a blanket of snow four or more inches deep across much of the (Continued On Page 5-A, Col. 1) tives are working closely with Levy County authorities in what Marion County Sheriff Don More-1 a n d called, "ah intensive investigation." "This is a professional-style hit (shooting). It was deliberate and it's going to be very difficult to solve," Moreland said. "THIS WAS definitely planned, but we don't have a motive yet." Detour Brings Couple To Ambush Scene, Pg. 6-A It was a Saturday night ritual for the four couples to explore new area restaurants. "They were gourmets, they would seek out the best restaurants," said Mrs. Jack Hoy, wife of the Williston mayor. SATURDAY NIGHT the four couples had dined at the Holiday House in Ocala and left the restaurant in two cars, with the husbands following in the second auto. "The women didn't miss their husbands until they got home," Moreland said at the murder scene. "I don't know exactly when they were told (of the shooting)." In trying to establish what happened, authorities said a car apparently pulled up as if to pass Scott's 1976 Buick Sedan along a deserted stretch of U.S. 27, which winds through Marion County thoroughbred farm area. THE SINGLE shotgun blast tore through the left rear window hitting Scott in the back of the head and killing him. Several detectives at the scene surmised there may have been at least two men involved in the shooting since the blast "had to have been fired from the right side of the assassin's car." Scott, a retired employe with the U.S. immigration service, slumped over the steering wheel and the car swerved off the road into a stand of pine trees and scrub forest, missing trees before stopping 500 feet off the road by a fence. Bailey, a wealthy Williston businessman, climbed out of the right rear seat after the car came to a stop. DETECTIVES SAID a masked gunman walked through the swampy scrub land and came up behind the car, shooting Bailey three times with a .25 caliber pistol once in the face, twice in the chest and stomach and fled. Bailey slumped back onto the seat of the car, he told detectives, (Continued On Page 6-A, Col. 1) .i.-s.;::::;.:v. .... '.V. vw U'.WWIW W m .'3K TfSt W - m , -rr- JO . ' ;.' aw .. . I i 1 , iwrrrrT'r!!Mi ' sC gy srs&fr , . , ' . . km r A fc W - --rrfjth A WtH 1 Of Mrs. Sinatra, Others JSfT M ,,'Mb ., i ...V-WltJ J', ' fly "t'JW! n nr iiilny ., V.. (Sentinel Star Photo by Brian Howland) MARION COUNTY DETECTIVE LOYD ADAMS EXAMINES WINDSHIELD PELLET HOLES . . . Car is one in which Walter H. Scott of Archer was shot to death Searchers Find Bodies x fl2v (UPI) Iiiiir Denied Membership Reverend Clennon King of Albany, Ga., stands outside the Plains Baptist Church as he hears the verdict of the entire congregation, which rejected "without opposition" his membership in the church. "Unwillingness to cooperate" and the distance of his home from the church were reasons given for the denial. Pastor Bruce Edwards said he was satisfied King was not rejected on racial grounds. Story, Page 5-A. A Super TV Blach'Out It wasn't a vengeful plot by radical housewives, but a blackout that hit cable-c o n n e cted television sets across Orange County Sunday People Delert Orlando Malls, Streets For Super Bowl, Pg. 8 A minutes before the 11th annual Super Bowl kickoff. According to James Juer-gens, Orange Cablevision maintenance technician, power to the company's tower on Palmer Avenue in Winter Park went out about 3:40 p.m., blacking out coverage for all 20,000 cablevision subscribers. Juergens, who was called from home to make repairs, said he didn't know the reason for the outages. He said power was restored by 4:05 p.m., but that the sudden surge of power on the line burned out some of the company's operating equipment. Juergens said power was supplied by Florida Power Corp. William Johnson, director of public information for Florida Power, said a fuse faulted in the area of Lake-mont Avenue at 3:41 p.m. affecting service to 12 customers. He didn't know which 12. PALM SPRINGS, Calif, iff) A crumpled fuselage and the mangled bodies of singer Frank Sinatra's 82-year-old mother and three other persons were all that remained Sunday when searchers found the wreckage of a private jet plana that disappeared last week. "The bodies were pretty well dismembered," said San Bernardino County Sheriff Frank Bland. He said that because of approaching darkness, freezing temperatures and rugged terrain at the snow-covered crash site, it would likely be today before the remains were brought down from the slopes of 11,502-foot Mt. San Gorgonio. He said the crash apparently occurred as the plane flew at about 375 miles an hour into a sheer cliff at the 9,000-foot level of the east slope of the mountain, Southern California's highest. HE SAID the plane slammed into the ridge Thursday night just minutes after it took off from Palm Springs on a flight to Las Vegas, where Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra was going to watch her son's opening show at Caesars Palace. The remains of the victims will be flown to Palm Springs for positive identification, Bland said. Sinatra has a home there. The sheriff said officials spoke with a Sinatra family attorney soon after the bodies were found, and the attorney said that the family had "expected it." RESCUERS, WHO reached the site after a grueling three-day search, said both wings and the tail were sheared off the plane by the impact of the crash. They said those sections of the plane were nowhere in sight and that parts of bodies were found both in and around the debris. Authorities said the plane was found Sunday morning by a helicopter sent aloft by the owner, Jet Avia. Inc. of Las Vegas. After the wreckage was sighted, a ground party was landed by helicopter to check the site and, after a four-hour struggle, reached the wreckage and confirmed that no one was alive, officials said. , In addition to Mrs. Sinatra, the crash victims included the plane's pilot, Donald J. Weier, 36, and ' co-pilot, Jerold Foley, 43, both of Las Vegas. The fourth victim was believed to be a friend of Mrs. Sinatra's, Mrs. Anthony Carboni. (However, Mrs. Bruno J. Antoinetti of 657 Blairshire Circle, Winter Park, said Sunday she is certain her cousin, Mrs. James Carbone, a dentist's widow from Cliffside Park, N.J., and a close friend of Sinatra's mother, was on the plane. (She said she talked to her uncle, Alfred Sirna of New York, earlier in the day and that "he was certain" Mrs. Carbone, his niece, was on the plane. ("We've lost all hope right now. We're waiting for further word. I'm positive my cousin is one of the victims," she said.) MEANWHILE, THE Federal Aviation Administration said the Lear Jet appeared to be heading in the wrong direction at the time of the crash, which occurred during a snowstorm after darkness. FAA spokesman Dick Hallen said the plane was about 40 miles off course. He said it did not make (Continued On Page 5-A, Col. 1) mm Pk' S. m- im . 'itfH. i'fri. Iw'uf iX (UPI) ARROW POINTS TO PIECE OF VRECKAGE FROM PLANE . . . Mrs. Sinatra and three others died in crash i

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