Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 27, 1977 · Page 14
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 14

Greeley, Colorado
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Friday, May 27, 1977
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MARMADUKE^ by Brad Anderson OFFICIALLY STAMPED -The Supreme Court is still pondering the legality of opening first-class mail without a warrant, but the U.S. Customs Services continues to open thousands of letters each day sent from foreign countries to Americans. Most of the letters are stamped to say they have been opened, but the Customs Service says some are not stamped because of "human error." (AP Wirephoto) letters from abroad opened by Customs ByC.C.MINlCUER Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) - The CIA may have stopped opening first class mail entering the .United States, but not the U.S. Customs Service -- even though a court order prohibits the practice. While a government appeal of the ruling is before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Customs' Service is continuing to open an average of 400 first-class letters a day in Los Angeles. A customs official said similar mail openings without a warrant continue at such ports as San Francisco, Miami, Chicago and New York. .. David Arnon, a Customs Service official in Los Angeles, cited a 1971 ruling by the 10th · Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver which he said permits opening of such mail without permission. In a more recent ruling, however, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., said customs can't open overseas mail without a court order. Justice Department attorneys appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court this spring, saying ; customs officials open more than one billion, pieces of Hrstclass mail, packages and other mail annually^ - - · " · They added that 23 million envelopes from selected countries arc set aside and about 270,000 are opened,'most of them first-class mail. Of those opened, federal attorneys argued, one in six contains contraband. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the question before its term ends in late June. The appeal stems from the case of two Washington,. D.C., men who had allegedly mailed letters ' from Thailand to several U.S. addresses. Customs agents in New York found some which allegedly contained heroin.. . Last month the U.S. Postal Service invited public comment on proposals defining when it is permissible to detain or open mail. . ' ' To date, Waslngton authorities said, they have received only nine responses -- from two private citizens, the fe'deral departments pi justice and agriculture and the'states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, 'Wisconsin andAIabama. A Postal Service official in Washington said the Customs Service Has been permitted to seize and open mail from foreign points only . Since 1971*.-. · -': ."'·. : ';i.; '.."- * Arnon said Custom's.';Service regulations : prohibit, the reading of opened letters, adding; . that ; ,m an y..Recipients, of. first clasiPmai! stamped ''OPENED'iJY'U.S. CUSfOMS'FOn- TARIFF PURPOSES,ONLY" have protested to their congressman^.';'. _,': - '"·". · -· . .y i; ''??Y. .But'.he defended the-practice! citing the opening of 200 letters earlier this nionlh from a South ·American country -- -each of which allegedly contained a gram of roraine. Gerald Hankin, a Customs Service official in Los Angeles, said the agency spot checksrmail from all countries, but mail from countries . known to be drug sources is checked more . ' regularly. ; - r ' u , - /.-. ·· Vj ,:'·'-*'He'' said these "countries include Peru, /Ecuador, Bolivia and_Cplomhia,for cocaine; .Thailand and Burma;',,for ,heroin,."and West Germany and The Netherlands for hashish. Rankin explained that a "hit" -- the finding . of narcotics. '· or 'other contraband -- is sometimes helpful in locating, or adding tot lie evidence against, a domestic drug dealer.'-; ..\^.But:he said manytniCs are small amounts * -sent from one friend to another. The Treasury Enforcement ..Communications''System, a computerized nationwide network, alerts customs' points to watch .for returning Americans who'.are' suspected; of dealing in drugs. - - - . Arnon said such persons may be searched upon return to this country. . - " . Askiid whether computers could, be .programmed to select mail addressed to a . given U.S. resident, several customs officials said they "doubt it." "His-water bed must have broken!" Fri.. May 27.1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 15 Wyoming GOP chairman blasts Nixon CASPER, Wyo. (UPI) - Wyoming Republican Chairman Tom Stroock today said he is outraged former President Nixon is "using (he office he disgraced" for financial gain and believes Nixon was lying during his interviews with David Frost. "I'm offended by many of the quotes that he made," Stroock said. "I wish the man would finally and at last tell the truth." The state GOP head said he had difficulty in believing Nixon's version of conservations held between the former president and only one other person. In Nixon's discussion of the resignation of his former vice presdent, Spiro Agnew, Stroock said Nixon was trying to criticize former Attorney General Elliott Richardson, who had upheld the Integrity of his off ice, and to defend Agnew, who admitted he cheated on his income tax and took bribes. "He (Nixon) destroyed confidence in elected leaders and in the political party that I believe in,"Stroock said. "It's an outrage that the man is just using the office he disgraced for personal gain," he said. The interviews did not change Stroock's opinion of Watergate. "I don't think Mr. Nixon has yet told the truth about his involvement in Watergate," he said. Barmaid testifies at Borrelli trial Senate rejects Lamm appointment DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Senate has rejected another of Gov. Richard Lamm appointments--that of Larry Hotz to the State Agriculture Commission. By an 11-20 vote, the Senate failed on Thursday to confirm Hotz, a Denver Democrat, to a four-year term on the commission. The nomination was the third to be rejected by the Senate in the past two days. On Wednesday, the Senate voted against the reappointment of Edward Zipser to the Colorado Air Pollution Control Commission, and also rejected Lamm's appointment of Eric Kelly of Canon City to the Colorado Wildife Commission. Hotz' nomination also came u p . on Wednesday, but Sen. Paul Sandoval, D-Denver, moved that action be delayed. He said he wanted to get Lamm to withdraw the nomination and spare Holz the em- barrassment of rejection. "The poor kid's going to go down in flames," Sandoval said. Lamm ; told the American Farm Bureau on Thursday that he would withdraw the nomination, but Hotz apparently informed Sandoval that he,would rather let the nomination stand or fall in the Senate. · The governor called Hotz an "innovative and dynamic marketing man," and said he had hoped he "could initiate a coalition to address the issues which will affect not only agriculture, but all the segments of society with equal severity in the coming decade." : However,. Lamm said that Hotz 1 innovative marketing ideas, which have not been well received by- many farmers, were "enough to make me realize I'll have to again try to form a coalition." Sen. Kenneth Kinnie, R-Jules- burg, called Hotz "a gentleman in every sense," but said, "he simply doesn't have the agricultural experience and background." Kinnie quoted transcripts from Agriculture, Natural Energy-and Resources Committee, hearings on the nbmi-, nation' at which Hotz ;was unable lo answer questions about pesticide standards. . '· "It was-just wrong to put him in this position,"he said. · ;. Hotz'is-a buyer for the Common Market, a Denver cooperative food store. ' .· , Sen. Joe-Schieffelin, R-Lakewood,.argued that the commission needed a consumer on it, and .that even if Hotz lacked knowledge of agriculture, he would make, a good consumer representative. · But. Schieffelin was the only' Republican to vote In faVor of the nomination... Scientists can't area cloud-seeding program FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UFI) -- Two atmospheric scientists say it would be impossible to evaluate accurately the effectiveness of an emergency cloud- seeding program to relieve drought conditions in Colorado because the experiment did not last long enough. "Definitive evaluations require carefully designed and conducted experiments lasting over a number of years," Lewis 0. Grant and John LeCompte said Thursday in a final report on the program. The Colorado State University scientists provided technical direction and management for the program. "Such experiments employ randomization to provide unbiased samples of both seeded and'nonseeded events (storms) and carefully established covarianls for making further comparisons with nearby areas." the report said. Earlier this month, Grant and LeCompte reported that based on "previous long-term research, an increase in precipitation of 13-19 per cent over what would have occurred naturally has been estimated for the cloud-seeding operations." The report also said a detailed evaluation of the program was not possible because the "natural variability of precipitation" is greater than the changes in precipitation which might be caused by cloud-seeding. Positive systems are those determined by scientific meas- urements to be most capable of producing increased precipita- tjon as a result of seeding, while neutral systems may or may not respond,. . ' ' In. their report, Grant and LeCompte said their review of ;the program .-would attempt to 1 determine if seeding materials were reaching the target areas and what precipitation changes should have occurred if results of the program were similar to previous experiments over longer periods of time. _____ tfeiS MISSING GEOLOGIST -- One year after he vanished, authorities say they have little to go on in their search for Paul Hibbard, 25, of Mead, Colo. Hibbard disappeared while on a routine geological trip to the Sundance, Wyo., area, but no body has been found. (AP Wirephoto) Mead geologist still missing after a year SUNDANCE, Wyo. (AP) -- Authorities investigating the --disappearance.of-Coloradan', Paul ^Hibbard, who dropped .-quietly through a hole in society's web nearly a year ago, say there may be new developments in the case this summer. But for now, Paul Hibbard has been reduced to speculation. He vanished. There is no body. 'A 25-year-old employ of an Adams County, Colo., mineral ; exploration firm, Hibbard, who lived in Mead, Colo., dissap- peared May 29, 1976, while on a routine geological trip in the . : Sundance area. - . Hibbard, the son of a Ford Motor Co. executive, was driving a specialized, $30,000 mineral exploration truck. The truck was ; found three months later in a heavily wooded area near Upton, Wyo., by authorities acting on an anonymous tip. A substance, -, later identified as blood, covered the floor of the truck. But FBI tests could not confirm that the blood was Hibbard's. Josephy Dowdy, 26, of Upton, was sentenced to 1-3 years in " -the Wyoming State Penitentiary in March for grand larceny. · : The charge stemmed from the theft of nearly $9,800 in equipment from Hibbard's truck. Authorities close to the investigation speculate that Hibbard is dead and .they have a suspect, whose name they won't release for attribution. "We still don't know the wherabouts of Paul Hibbard, who we assume to be deceased," said Campbell County Sheriff D.B. Hladky recently. "We'd like to solve and complete the case. But.-it's like a crossword puzzle and^we're missing a piece -the_body." Despite that, Hladky said murder charges might be filed later this year. "We have some evidence and a feeling about the situation," he said..-"It's entirely possible we might try the case late this summer." . Campbell" Courity;Atty. Willis Greer says the investigation into Hibbard's-'disappearance remains-open and under in- .vestiga'tiori.V'I don't know that Hibbard is dead," Greer said. ''I don't -knpw tha't anybody knows." . Following Hibbard's disappearance, there were unverified reports' that he had been seen driving the truck in Canada. However, Hibbard's employer, John S. Berge, owner of Berge Exploration, said he never believed those reported sightings because they were so uncharacteristic of Hibbard. VEGETABLE PLANTS FLOWER BEDDING PLANTS GLAD and DAHLIA BULBS of all kinds. IANDERSON SEED co.[ 714 · 10th St. 353-0188 | DENVER (UPI) -- A barmaid testifying in the murder trial of former restaurant owner Michael Borrelli said Thursday the government's key witness admitted to her his involvement in the slaying. Chris Vogts, a former barmaid at the now defunct Casa Donato restaurant, said Terry Lee D'Prero told her he was involved in the killing of Borrelli's business partner -Harold Levine. However, Mrs. Vogts said D'Prero never said Borrelli masterminded the Oct. 7,1975, slaying of Levine. Levine was killed and his wife, Shirley, critically wounded at their townhouse. Borrelli, a 46-year-old former New York police detective, is charged with plotting the murder of Levine because the victim allegedly used corporate Trio acquitted of fraud NEW YORK (AP) -- A Colorado accountant, a California insurance man, and an Iowa stockbroker were acquitted Thursday of charges they took part in $1.5-million stock promotion conspiracy in 1973. Those acquitted were: Law. rence V. Bialek, a certified public accountant, of Denver; insurance broker Marvin Greenberg, 43, of Los Angeles, and Billy Joe Knight, 47, of Des Moines, a registered representative. A jury in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan returned verdicts on the three defendants, then resumed deliberation about five others accused of a fraudulent scheme to tout stock of now-bankrupt Industries International Inc. of Littleton, Colo., by false boasts and "black market" sales. In less than one month early in 1973, the stock zoomed from 50 cents a.share to $6.50 in over-the-counter trading, mainly through New York brokerage houses. The government' said terest in the stock was inflated by word of purported manufacture of a pneumatic pump. Many of the "victim" investors lived in the Des Moines area, prosecutors said. After a seven-week trial, the evidence went to the jury Wednesday. Several other defendants pleaded guilty before trial. . 7 1 8 I O I h S I . NOTICE We Will Be CLOSED Memorial Day Weekend Saturday -- Sunday -- Monday May 28,29,30 funds to repay gambling debts. Levine also had a $5 million insurance policy which his business partners allegedly hoped to get. Robert Davis, Borrelli's former partner on the New York police force, already has been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the slaying. Prosecutors said Davis and D'Prero carried out the actual shooting. Mrs. Vogts said D'Prero, who has received immunity for testifying, probably "took it upon himself" to participate in the slaying. She said he became involved because "ho was trying to be a big shot. "It was as though Blue (D'Prero) felt he was doing Mike a favor," she said. She said D'Prero told her that he was unable to shoot Mrs. Levine, who has since recovered, and that Davis was the one who actually shot her. *************************** Due to MEMORIAL DAY, our regular Monday routes will be run early on Saturday, May 28th. ·· We ask that all trash be set out Friday We wish all our customers a safe and happy holiday! BUNTING TRASH SERVICE t************************** ATIO SAL) Make your home more livable... at a price that's easy to live with. Northern Colo. Distributor tor Alsideuss Steel Siding Buy from a distributor save! -ALSO- Steel, Vinyl. 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