Delaware County Daily Times from Chester, Pennsylvania on July 19, 1977 · Page 5
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Venable trial opens-Page 3 Delaware County . · ' - ·*·/ tltw Springfield ' vNewtoum ition HOME DELIVERY 90 CENTS Tuesday, July 19,1977 PUBLISHED IN PRIMOS, UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP, PA., 19018 PRICE 15 CENTS capsule To stay hot The hot, humid weather continues today and is set to last at least through Saturday. The high today will be in the mid to upper 90s, and the low tonight should be in the mid 70s See page 2 for further de^ tails. Friendship Blooms There were two Judge Louis Blooms in Delaware County Court this past week. Senior Judge Bloom had just returned to his chambers when a man asked his secretary, Adele Fulton, to see the judge. When Mrs. Fulton asked the visitor for his name he told her, "Judge Louis Bloom." "Is this a joke?" Mrs. Fulton asked and looking at the visitor's card added, 'If it is you should know that the judge's middle initial is A.notL." · At this point Judge Louis A. Bloom came out of his chambers to meet the visitor who turned out to be Judge Louis L. Bloom of the Allen County Superior Court in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Judge Louis L. Bloom explained that while attending the recent American Bar Association convention a Philadelphia lawyer told him he had a namesake in Delaware County. While passing through the county he said he just had to'stop and meet the other Judge Louis Bloom. Special program UPPER PROVIDENCE One of Delaware County's favorite performers who is also a favorite on the Mike Douglas television show -Julie DeJohn -- will be featured in a special musical program at the Rose Tree Park Festival at 8p.m. Wednesday. "A Night With Julie DeJohn" is billed as an evening of family .entertainment, which will introduce some of Julie's young friends who also entertain with singing and comedy. Among the other performers will be Jim Palo and his Commanders; Miss DeJohn's sons, David and Pat Patterson, John and Madeline Coccagna, Denise Phillips and Rose Harris. Heats on in bar CHESTER -- The heat apparently got to be too much for someone and led to the theft of an air conditioning unit from the wall of the Bel Aire Bar, 2nd and PennellSts. John Johnson, bartender, discovered that theft and others when he opened up the place at 8 a.m. Monday. Patrolman William Bireley who investigated reported that an undetermined amount of liquor, a portable television set from behind the bar and cash from vending machines also was taken. Daily Times. index Amuse. 16 Editorials 6 Bridge 25 Horoscope 25 Classified 18-23 Outlook 10-11 Comics 24-25 Sports 13-17 Crossword 25 Stocks 8 Deaths 4 TV 24 Weather 2 Warlock charged in slaying Hearing postponed ., _ -Upland .Patrolman..;, David. Edwards-^ , .public^drynkeness, underage drinking, re.; escorts Dennis Kerrigan' to. his .... hearing :V''.5istmg-'. 'arrest ' arKi^''"disorderly condiict Monday night before District Justice of following.. a July 4 party in the borough. the Peace Kenneth Mifler. Kerrigan, De- The hearing, postponed because there was nnis Hance and Kevin have been charged no court stenographer, was "'resceduled for with simple and aggravated assault, 7p.m. July 27 before Miller. MEDIA COURTHOUSE - An Aston man, who allegedly is a member of the Warlock Motorcycle Club, has been charged with the murder of Elizabeth Ann Lande of Overbrook, one of six women reported missing or dead in the last six years. Robert Thomas Nauss Jr., 25, of 303 Marianville Road, was arrested at 5:10 p.m. Friday while driving his car on Route 452 in Aston, Delaware County District Attorney Frank Hazel announced Monday afternoon. Hazel said this is the first arrest made in connection with the mysterious deaths of the young women and is the result of an intense investigation by a special prosecution unit headed by John Reilly, chief deputy county district attorney. The unit was organized in April, 1976, to investigate the suspicious homicides and disappearances of the women and the activities of the motorcycle clubs. "LIZ" LANDE, daughter of Frank and Frances Lande, was born and reared in Philadelphia and was a student at the Philadelphia Community College. She was last seen at her home on Dec. ;'llv*i971. After%er^disap- per.ance"~~tief father released a reward poster that said she was last seen entering a car in the company of a male at 2 a.m. Dec. 12. Allegedly she had a date with In Lower Chichester Cleaning lady scrubbed! l LOWER CHICHESTER -- Is Mrs. Ella Warrington fired or is she laid off ? . That is the question that caused tempers to .flare at Monday night's commissioner's meeting here. Fred Thompsen, a Republican candidate for commissioner, asked the board why Mrs. Warrington, his 72- year-old mother-in-law, was laid off as a cleaning lady in the township, saying he felt it was because he was running in November. Commissioner John Lamplaugh, also a Republican and who chaired the beginning of the meeting, until the arrival of President Rocco Gaspari, answered Thompsen "She was fired because she campaigned for you" Lamplaugh said. ' THOMPSEN denied that his mother-in-law actively campaigned for him. Lamplaugh insisted that Gaspari had received complaints that Mrs. Warrington was campaigning for Thompsen. "That's biting the hand that feeds you," Lamplaueh said. Commissioner Harold Coyle, a Democrat, asked Thompsen, " Do you think we can give jobs to people working against us? " Apparently, Mrs. Warrington received a letter saying she was laid off for the summer. COMMISSIONER Herbert Rogers, also a Democrat, said the board couldn't justify paying Mrs. Warrington when 24 boys hired by the township for summer work are "roaming around doing nothing." Thompsen's nephew was one of those hired, according to the commissioner. As citizens began commenting on the action Lamplaugh suggested Thompsen wait for Gaspari to arrive to get his answer. ONE MAN asked, "Is it written in the township rules that it Is illegal to get votes if you work tor tne township? Another man questioned whether the alleged campaigning was "done on township time or the lady's own Lamplaugh explained that the board of commissioners can hire and fire at will without any reason. Mrs. Gladys Mixon asked the commissioners "what happened to freedom of speech in this township? Since when can't you talk about your relatives.?" GENE CHEW, also a Republican commissioner can- Tan elderly lady.^ ^ aCti ° n " V6ry Shabby treatme * "This is not the American way," he said. "There is a line and you guys stepped under the line " Upon his arrival, .Gaspari said Thompsen and Chew were "grandstanding" because of the upcoming election I expect this every two or four years," he said Gaspari claimed Mrs. Warrington is laid off for the summer, saying he expects an apology from Thompsen and Chew if she is called back to work in September "I think she would campaign for you. I don't care what these men (commissioners) said. I'll stand by the letter the lady is laid off for the summer," Gaspair said Lamplugh was quick to add "but she won't be called back in September.'' «-«»«eu THOMPSEN also asked why he is not receiving part of the township towing business -- saying he is a taxpayer and all towing goes to out of town bueiness Gaspari responded by questioning Thompson's bond coverage, insurance and place to keep wrecked cars He also said there had been a problem with'a broken window in a car towed by Thompson in the past "Fred if you weren't a candidate for' commissioner you wouldn't be here. Any other time you would ta k to me after the meeting or at my house," Gaspari said Thompsen then requested to meet with the missioners after the meeting on the towing issue com- Youth sentenced in death MEDIA COURTHOUSE - A 17- year-old Chester youth Monday pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and robbery in connection with an Upper Darby purse snatching last April which allegedly led to the elderly victim's death. MacArthur Brown is expected to be sentenced to two and a half to ten years in jail in the plea bargain. Florence McKeown, 74, of Drexel Hill, the victim of the purse snatching, collapsed and \ V died moments after the incident. MEN WHO responded to Miss McKeo\yn's screams captured Brown in the 69th Street shopping district shortly after the robbery. One of those men, Philadelphia policeman Leland Schwinger, who was off duty at the time, testified during the non-jury trial that he saw Brown taking money from the- purse before he was apprehended. James McLaughlin, a Red Arrow bus driver who also tried to help Miss McKeown, said she identified Brown as her assailant -before she collapsed on the sidewalk. Both men said she was very upset by the attack. She suffered from a serious heart condition to which she succumbed during the stress. MISS McKEOWN'S nephew, William, 24, of East Stroudsburg,' Pa., told Judge Howard Reed that he thought the proposed sentence was too lenient. "Just because she was 74, her life wasn't over," he said. "I don't think the fact that she was old lets him off the hook." Judge Reed responded saying the sentence should be "exactly the same as if it were his own mother. "I'm not very patient with this sort of thing'(robbery). There's too much of it in our society " he added. Asst. Dist. Atty. Edward Weiss prosecuted the case. Donald Slater was the defense attorney. Nauss. HAZEL SAID Lande and Nauss were "acquainted" but would not comment on their relationship. Nauss allegedly killed Miss Lande in a garage-type building at the rear of a home at 1564 Chester Pike, Folcroft. Hazel said Miss Lande was hanged by the neck with a rope and her body was disposed of in New Jersey. He would not comment on the circumstances of the death, when the body was found, or in what condition. Nauss is being held, without bail, at Delaware County Prison, Thornbury. He also faces a rape charge in Delaware County. His, attorney, Malcolm Berkowitz of Philadelphia, was not available for comment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday before Magistrate Anthony Truscello, Essington. HAZEL WOULD not comment on Nauss' connection with the motorcycle gang, but Nauss, who is-married and has one son, is reputed to be a former vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Warlocks. He was arrested in May on drug charges in a federal roundup of 49 alleged gun and drug traffickers, made by the special prosecution unit. · Shortly after that arrest Warlock leader Jay Centurione told the Daily Times that Nauss was kicked out of the club over a year ago. Reilly's task force was formed to investigate the mysterious deaths and disappearances of several young women. The task force is made up of two state police officers, Philadelphia homicide detectives, County Investigation Division detectives, and Upper Darby and Springfield police. THE UNIT initially concentrated its efforts on the broad activities of the motorcycle gangs and their first arrests were made in the May 4 roundup. Since, they honed in on. the Lande murder because information received provided leads for this incident- They will now concentrate on t#e disappearance and deaths of, the other women. Debra Jean Delozier, 20, of 87 Upland Terrace, Collingdale, .a clerk in the Delaware County Court, disappeared in August 1975. Her, case was linked with disapperance of Denise Seaman' 17, of 440 S. 5th St., Colwyn, last seen May 10, 1975. Ms. Seaman's body was found in November, 1976 in the Tinicum marsh near Philadelphia International Airport; she was shot in the head. These two disappearances may be related to the slayings of two other county women, Layne Dorothy Spicer, 16, and Mary Ann Lees, 15, both of the 6900 block of Clinton Road, Upper Darby. Their bodies were foung March 3i in the Schuykill River Philadelphia. They had been shot. ' ALLEGEDLY Miss . Delozier was friendly with the same people that Miss Lande knew and some reports say Miss Lande was last seen in 'an apartment in Folcroft on Dec. 12; not at her home. Another girl, Susan Jamison, 15, also of Colwyn, was found beaten and unconscious, with -a rope around her neck in November, 1975. That incident is still unclear. Hazel would not say that there is a connection between the disappearances or deaths. "They may be all in the same church, but not all in the same pew," he said. "The problem is there are too many generalizations." He also said things would become "abundantly clear" at the Nauss hearing.,.. \

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