The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 4, 1971 · Page 3
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Monday, October 4, 1971
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Pinkston Trial Opens Woman Tells Jury Of Telephone Calls A Hutchinson woman told a district court jury Monday morning how a person made terrifying phone calls to, her home demanding $2,000. On one occasion, "He said he had killed seven people and more wouldn't matter," said Mrs. William Murphy,' 4103 North Monroe. Mrs. Murphy was the state's first witness in the trial of Donald Pinkston, 23, Burrton, which opened before Judge William Gossage. Pinkston is charged with felonious assault and five counts of extortion. He is accused of firing shots into the Murphy home on Dec. 29, 1969, narrowly missing Mike Murphy, 17, who was propped up in bed watching television. Prosecutor Absent Drunk Driving Cases Dismissed City prosecutor Richard Benjes said he will file motions to reinstate three drunk driving appeal cases which were dis-, missed Monday morning by District Judge James Rexroad. The judge dismissed the cases on motions from the defendants' attorneys, because no one appeared from the city US50 Group Has Election George Henrichs, Dodge City was elected president of the US50 Highway Federation at a board of directors meeting at the Hilton Inn Monday. Henry Faussone, Grand June tion,, Colo., was elected first vice - president, Ward Kilpack, Delta, Utah, was named second vice - president, and I. W. (Duke) Parrott, 2803 Madison, was chosen third vice - president. Doyle Davidson, La Junta, headquarters of the federation, is the executive vice - president. Lawrence Myers, also of La Junta, is treasurer. The board members attended the Rotary Club meeting where Bob Slease of the Kansas Highway Commision told Rotarians of projected improvements in the Kansas section of US50. Slease said the by-pass routes around Sylvia and Newton are progressing as scheduled. He spoke of future improvements at Dodge City where a four- lane city route is under construction and improvements are planned on the by-pass. He also outlined the joining of US50 with 135 on the Emporia to Ottawa stretch of highway. A Tree Grows At Laiv Center Three local officials took their turns with a shovel Monday morning on the lawn of the new city - county law enforcement center. Mayor David Mackey, Police Chief Bob Adams and County Commissioner John Sutton dug a hole for a blue spruce tree. The tree, which was donated by the Soroptomist Club, was panted in a brief ceremony. Police and sheriff's officers plan to move into the building Oct. 23 and 24. Guns for Correction "My house number is the same as the famous gun — 30-0-6," said Don Nyberg, architect. His new office location this home, 3006 Cornell, was listed incorrectly in The Sunday News. when the defendants were called for arraignment. The local judges initiated a policy of having an arraignment day on the first Monday of each month to comply with requirements of the new Kansas criminal code. Benjes, who was appointed city prosecutor in August, said he was not in the courtroom because he "failed to recognize it was arraignment day." He noted that he was in municipal court at the police station and would have gone to the courthouse immediately if he had been contacted. The defendants in the cases were Don R. Taylor, 23 West 25th, Charles S. Miller, Wichita, and Bill Weathers, RFD 4. Taylor was convicted in municipal court Sept. 3, Miller, Sept. 10, and Weathers, Sept. 8 Miller was also convicted of having no driver's license. The Taylor case was actually assigned to District Judge William Gossage, but it was given to Rexroad for arriagnment because Gossage was presiding over a jury trial. Mrs. Murphy testified that the shooting was followed by a series of phone calls from a man with a "southern drawl." "He had a different type of voice," she told the four women and eight men on the jury Telephone Lineup Mrs. Murphy testified she identified Pinkston as the telephone caller after hearing his voice in a telephone lineup in the Reno County jail. Pinkston was one of four men who repeated phrases, "I was born in Arkansas, Bell was the inventor of the telephone," and "bridges to cross a river," into a telephone. The speakers were separated from the Murphys by a long hall and a partition. In one call, Mrs. Murphy was told to place the $2,000 in a shoe box and place it in a crack in the bridge on West 11th. Pinkston, who was arrested Jan. 6, 1970, was sent to the Larned State Security Hospital after his preliminary hearing. A, local sanity commission found Pinkston unable to comprehend his legal situation or contribute to his defense. Page 3 The Hutchinson New§ Monday, October 4, 1971 SIGN OF THE TIMES — Billboard at 3rd and Main was pasted in place Monday morning to reflect the current status of the United Fund campaign. In place of the traditional barometer, this year's sign is in the form of a bar graph depicting the monthly operating cost of the various agencys and the percentage of collected contributions. Guy Spencer gets billboard ready. Little Concern on AEC Disclosure Papers Say Grid Play Ignited Row NEW YORK (AP) - An inmate at Attica State Prison says that a guard's chance misunderstanding of the actions of two prisoners practicing football moves led directly to the bloody four-day rebellion, the New York Times reports. Both the Times and the New York Daily News today published lengthy background accounts of the Attica uprising. Both accounts emphasized that confusion reigned before and during the assault that crushed the insurrection. No Record The News, in the first of a five-part series on the revolt, said there exists "no single objective record" of the events during the assault Sept. 13 when most of the 42 deaths at Attica occurred. Both the Times and News told of prisoners, accused by their fellow inmates of not going along with the rebellion, being found with their throats cut. The Times said its 10,000- word chronology of events leading up to and including the assault was pieced together from inmates, doctors, lawyers and legislators and from tapes, films, letters and notebooks. In July, 1971, officials at Lar ned ruled that Pinkston was now able to stand trial. Jury Members Jurors are Doris Ackley, 1817 Ash, Don J. Alonzo, 536 East C; John P. Fitzgerald,- 618 West 11th; Mary J. Farley, 615 Newport, Donald L. Devault, RFD 4, Scott Clark Jr., 304 Hyde Park, Roberta Crider, 1006 East 31st, Clifford B. Dudley, 804 Hoagland, Marie Benson, RFD 2, Harold Fast, 728 West 20th, Marvin Flanders, 705 West 25th, Roger M. Freeman, 1030 College Lane. Veto Votes Face Action WASHINGTON (AP) House leaders mustered their forces today for a party-line vote on whether to veto President Nixon's proposal to delay a $1.3-billion federal pay raise as part of his economic program. A Senate challenge, however, was put off until Wednesday It would take a vote by only one branch of Congress to block Nixon's action in putting off a scheduled Jan. 1, 1972, pay raise until July 1. Sen. Charles McC. Mathis Jr., R-Md., agreed to hold off on his amendment pending the House action. How Far Lottery Will Go Unknown Mrs. Ethel Ramquist, executive secretary of the local Selective Service board, said Monday it is impossible to know what lottery number will be reached by the end of the year for call up. "Asking me that is just about the same as asking what the weather's going to be Christmas Day," she said. Mrs. Ramquist reported that 10 Reno Countians were inducted in 1971 through June. The county's quota for those months was 21, . but there weren't enough men available With eligible lottery numbers. Mrs. Ramquist said she has not received the October quota, but she doesn't expect it to be large. The announcement that a site in Reno County is one of those being studied for possible use as a nuclear waste dump has apparently not caused much of a stir among local environmental activists or commercial concerns. Mrs. Don Davis, 6601 North Monroe, president of the R e n o County Environmental Action Committee, indicated Monday that she did not take the Atomic Energy Commission's announcement too seriously. "I can't get too shook up about it because one of the AEC's criteria for choosing a site was that it be in a low population area," she said. "I feel just sure that they wouldn't move it to Hutchinson," she added. Mrs. Davis was among those who actively protested the AEC's proposal to establish a nuclear waste repository at an abandoned Carey salt mine in Lyons. The AEC confirmed Friday that it has asked the Kansas Geological Survey to check out other sites in Kansas because of oil and gas well and water runoff problems at Lyons. An area west of Hutchinson in Reno is among seven sites in 10 Oak Ridge Meet Opens OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) The Atomic Energy Commission opened today a two-day study conference on the' possibility of establishing a National Radio-active Waste Repository in Kansas salt mines. The site tentatively selected for the repository is abandoned salt mines near Lyons, Kans Both low-level and high-level radioactive atomic wastes would be deposited in the mines. Under the commission plan, an AEC spokesman said, highly radioactive wastes would be turned into a ceramic-like material, placed in cylinders and lowered about 1,000 feet into holes in the mines.' 'This two-day meeting is mostly an informational session to find out where the commission stands in picking a National Radioactive Waste Repository," the commission official said. counties being studied by t h e geological survey. The jobs that such a project might create has not, so far, excited Bud Janner, president of the local Chamber of Commerce. "We are not yet knowledgeable of all the things Lyons dealt with," Janner said, "and we haven't been involved in the economics of such a project." "We're not familiar with the good it would do as far as creating jobs or the bad it might do as far as the environment is concerned," he said. Janner said that the chamber plans to make inquiries into the matter. Local School Board Meeting Is Tonight New appointments to the Recreation Commission will be made at a meeting of the school board at 7:30 p.m. today at the Administration Building. The board also will consider reclassification of teachers because of professional training and a revision of the policy handbook regarding substitute teacher rate of pay. The group is expected to discuss the location of school children whose residence will be affected by the extension of Highway K61 and a report on t w o petitions for transfer of property north and east of Hutchinson from the Buhler to the Hutchinson School District. Other reports will deal with Sept. 15 enrollment figures, the hard - of - hearing program, enrollment and placement of vocational education students and the auditors' report for 1971-71. Hospitalized After Golf Ball Hits Him Rolph Albertson, 3007 Farm- Ington, was knocked unconscious by a golf ball Sunday afternoon at Prairie Dunes golf course. He regained consciousness shortly after he was rushed by ambulance to South Hospital and is reported in satisfactory condition. The 59 - year - old Albertson vice president of Kingsley- Wagner, was looking for golf balls with three friends, when the accident happened. He was hit in the head by the ball. Columbus Day Post Office Will Close ~On Monday The nation's new legal holiday, Columbus Day, next Monday will have little effect on Hutchinson's governmental activities. According to Wilma Solander, postmaster, the post office will be closed with only delivery of mail at the post office boxes. Customer service windows will not be open. Reno County offices will remain open. "We checked our calendar and found that we will be closed Veteran's Day, Oct. 25, so we decided not to have two holidays in one month," said John Sutton, chairman of the county commission. City offices will also remain open, said George Pyle, city manager. Pyle said the offices would be closed on Veteran's Day. Even state activities will con tinue, apparently. The Kansas Employment Security Division will be open, according to Gus Moore, who said he had re ceived no word it was to close. A. A. Holmquist said the State Highway Department would be operating. Both men doubted they would receive any informa tion to the contrary this week since they have already been notified to close Oct. 25. Some Recreation Classes Still Open Seen and Heard Paul Reed, associate professor of piano and chairman of the keyboard department at Wichita State University, will present a piano recital at Hutchinson Community College at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the music department, in Lockman Hall. Three local artists received honors at the El Dorado A r t Fair Saturday and Sunday. An oil painting by Pat Potucek captured third place and jewelry and oil painting entrees of Don and Jinx Wright received honorable mention. Rogers Says Ouster Would Be 'Perilous' UNITED NATIONS, N.Y (AP) — Secretary of State William P. Rogers pleaded strongly with the United Nations today not to oust Nationalist China, saying "the path of expulsion is perilous." Rogers also called for an accord to reopen the Suez Canal as a "major step toward peace" in the Mideast, and set forth a six-point negotiating agenda to achieve this. Thieu Foes Charge Vote 'Rigged' SAIGON (AP) - President Nguyen Van Thieu won re-election by a far greater margin that the 50 per cent "vote of confidence" he fought, South Vietnamese election officials announced today. But even as the final vote tally was reported, opposition politicians charged that the election was rigged. An election official in Saigon said he was ordered to replace anti-Thieu ballots with votes for the president. The national election center claimed Thieu—the only candidate—won 91.5 per cent of the votes cast, with 5.5 per cent of the votes against him. They were unable to account for the remaining three per cent of the votes cast. Not Sure "Now, for the moment, we can't say where they are," said government spokesman Vu Khanh. "Maybe later." One election official said the discrepancy could be due in part to the fact that seven ballot boxes were stolen in Da Nang, the scene of bloody anti- Thieu street riots during the election. He added that some voters might have thrown away both the Thieu ballot and the voting envelope after having their voting cards punched, possibly accounting for more of the "missing votes." 'Tlfte winner I* Before the election, Thieu told voters he would step down if he did not receive at least a 50 per cent of the vote, he said they could vote against him by mutilating or defacing their ballots or by putting an empty envelope into the ballot box. Heads Statement Thieu's office issued a statement, read over national television and radio, that was described as "the president's first impressions" of Sunday's elections. Thieu noted the official nationwide voter turnout exceeded 87 per cent of the more than 7 million registered voters, while the turnout in 1967— when there were 11 candidates—was 83 per cent. "This proves mat our people as a whole were aware of the election's decisive importance," he said. "And by taking part in large numbers they expressed their respect for the constitution and laws and fulfilled their citizens' right in a free and democratic way." Thieu also congratulated "our soldiers and cadres for having maintained the utmost security on election day." Killed At least 21 persons were killed and more than 100 wounded in enemy shellings, terrorist incidents and antigovernment riots Sunday. There were a number of indications that neither the large voter turnout nor the high number of pro-Thieu votes were entirely authentic. Registration for some Recrea tion Commission fall classes is still open at the Leisure Arts Center. Two classes offered for the first time this year, Small Home Repairs taught by Bob Klein and Mod - Paste Art taught by Doxie Keller are still open. Two popular classes, Beginning Decoupage, taught by Edna Stoelzing, and Beginning Tole taught by Doxie Keller, filled quickly so additional sec tions have been opened. Other classes still open are Art Lecture and Oil Painting, taught by Mrs. Betty Dickerson, Drawing and Sketching by Louise Zink; Ceremics, with Edna Stoelzing; Beginning Sewing with Bonnie Considine; Contract Bridge with Lee Lundman; Ballroom Dancing with Trudy Lovett; Guitar, taught by Chris Allen, and Exercise, with Trudy Lovett. The Dry Land Ski School taught by Cal Unruh, includes ski exercises, terminology and techniques and will condition prospective skiers for the December ski trip to Arapahoe Basin. Registrations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon Saturday. Classes will start Oct. 11. He Likes System MADISON, N.J. (AP) - Abbie Hoffman, a Yippie leader and one of the defendants in the Chicago 7 conspiracy trial, is cutting his hair and telling his youthful followers to take part in the American political system. "I think it's a super idea to register and vote," he told 1,500 students Sunday at Drew Uni versity. The Salt Minors Chorus placed 16th in district chorus competition of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America at Wichita's Century II over the weekend. The Intra - Statesmen Quar tet, of which Jack Curry and Al Albright of Hutchinson, are members, placed twelfth. The Salt Minors will push for new members for a larger chorus and better competition next year, said Chet Regier, of the Salt Minors. .. About 25 youths turned out to hear "Kansas," a rock group from Manhattan, perform in concert at Convention Hall Sunday night. According to a Convention Hall employe, the musical group's gate receipts fell under $30. Rental fee for the hall is $75. Granger Becomes A Full Partner Kerry Granger, former assistant county attorney, has become a partner in the law firm of Hess, Cronhardt, Leslie, Berkley, and Granger, 1201 North Main. Annual Message In a wide-ranging annual policy speech to the 130-nation U.N. General Assembly, the secretary of State in addition —Reported the Russians have agreed to discuss proposed U.S.-Soviet offensive missile curbs in greater detail when the strategic arms limitation talks—SALT—resume in Vienna next month. —Rebuffed the Soviet proposal for a periodic world disarmament conference outside the United Nations, saying such "grandiose schemes ... tend to generate many words and few results." —Called on East Germany to live up to the new big-power agreement on access to Berlin. —Said final resolution of this Berlin issue, in turn, could lead toward an East-West conference on Europe and mutual force cut negotiations. Strongest Pitch Rogers' strongest plea in his 5,000-word address was in behalf of Nationalist China, the long-time U.S. ally which now faces possible expulsion in the maneuvering over seating Peking. A U.S. move to prevent New Law Center Who'll Pay What for Utility Bill? Public officials will have to decide how to split monthly utility bills at the new city-county law enforcement center before police and sheriff's departments can move in. Police chief Bob Adams expects to discuss the matter in detail this week with county commissioners. The final decision on dividing the bills for water, sewage, electricity and gas at the joint police - sheriff facility, however, will be made by county and city commissioners. A 40 - 60 per cent split with the county paying the greater amount was considered at a meeting Friday between city and county officers. City Clerk Milt Martin explained that these figures were based on the fact that the sheriff's department will occupy about 60 per cent of the building and the police department only 40 per cent. The building was constructed on the same basis — the city paying 40 per cent and the county 60 per cent. Tentative moving date is Oct. 23, however Adams says one bottleneck has developed. It has been necessary to re-order a track for the electrically operated door through which prisoners will be brought. The out- of-town suppliers of the track are on strike, Adams said, but it is not known whether the order will be delayed. The police chief said his force will not move in until the door is operating. Head of ABA To Talk Here Leon Jaworski, president of rthe American Bar association, will speak Friday at the mid - year meeting of the Kansas Bar Association at the Hilton. The meeting will coincide with the seventh annual conference of Kansas Supreme Court and district court judges which will open Wednesday at the Hilton. Jaworski, who became ABA president in July, is expected to speak to more than 400 Kansas lawyers and judges at a noon luncheon. Other activities Friday will bet meetings of all 37 Kansas Bar;. Association committees, the third annual conference of the- local bar association officers, and a look at the proposed Kansas Corporation Code. A graduate of Baylor U n i- versity and George Washington this is facing tough going, a University schools of law, Jaw- showdown vote is due late this orski is a senior partner in a month. Houston law firm. Kerry Granger Granger, a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D. C, practiced law in Wichita for a year before moving to Hutchinson three years ago. He came to Hutchinson as an assistant county attorney under Ray Berkley. After he left the county attorney's office six months ago he became associated with the Hess, Cronhardt, Leslie, and Berkley firm before joining the firm as a partner 1 . Granger lives in the Riverside Apartments, South Hutchinson. Correction Bennie L. Ferguson, 233 Shadduck, was found innocent of a disorderly conduct charge in a municipal court hearing Friday. It was incorrectly reported that Ferguson was found guilty of the charge. The 18-year-old youth was, however, found guilty of shop|lifting and resisting arrest. Six Convicted of Unlawful Assembly RUSSELL — Six Russell County adults have been found guilty of an unlawful assembly law that apparently was passed by the state legislature as an anti-riot measure. Originally charged on a Class C misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace, the six adults, five men and one woman, and three juveniles later faced the amended charge of unlawful assembly. "I really wanted to try thein on disturbing the peace charge," said Mike Holland, Russell County attorney," "but their attorneys pointed out that we would have to prove an overt act on the part of each one to find him or her guilty, so we amended the charge to the unlawful assembly." The charges grew out of a dis- j turbance Aug. 14, near the post office in downtown Lucas, when a number of young people gathered and ignored requests by Wilbur Davis, Lucas marshal, to disperse. Davisi later signed the complaints against the nine charged. "To prove that there is an unlawful assembly under this law all we have to do is prove that two or more people were in the assembly, that they were engaged in an illegal act, and that they failed to disperse when requested to ; do so," said Holland, in explaining the little used law. "We were able to get witnesses to affirm each of these requirements." Holland said there had been a tendency to "challenge the authorities" among a group of young people at Lucas. "We have made it clear that there will be no double standard for law enforcement and no breaking of the law," he said. Holland promised to enforce all laws equally, even if it would be necessary to set up a sheriff's patrol or call in state troopers. At the county court hearing, Eric E. Smith, county judge, fined each of the adults $10 and assessed $27 court costs against each of the defendants. Holland said the three juveniles had had a hearing in juvenile court. Any disciplinary action taken against the juveniles wai not publicized.

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