Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 18, 1973 · Page 43
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44 GREELEY (CeU.) TRIBUNE Wed., April 18,1171 Nixon changes stand on Watergate investigation BROOKS JACKSON Aisodated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Watergate investigation is gaining momentum after President Nixon abandoned the blanket claim of innocence for White House aides. Nixon said Tuesday he will send his aides to testify publicly as demanded by Senate investigators preparing for hearings next month. He said he launched a new presidential inquiry into the matter last month, about the time Watergate burglar James McCord began telling his story to a Senate committee and a federal grand jury. This time the President's inquiry is being conducted . by persons outside the White House staff, some of whose members reportedly have been implicated in McCord's secret testimony. In a related development, Nixon's re-election committee was reported to have offered the Democratic party $525,000 in damages to settle a multimillion-dollar package of lawsuits over the Watergate raid. But Democratic National Chairman Robert S. Strauss said he wouldn't accept any offer until it becomes clear that the affair will be aired sufficiently in public inquiries. Nixon disclosed his actions in a three-minute statement to newsmen at the White Howe. No questions were permitted. He said he' met Sunday with Atty. Gen. Richard G. Kleindienst and Asst. Atty. Gen. Henry Petersen who gets reports of grand Jury testimony. "I can report today that there have been major developments in the case," Nixon said, "...real progress has been made in finding the truth." He wouldn't elaborate on the development! or name anyone who might be under suspicion. But he also said he has told investigators that no officials are exempt from prosecution, and said he'll suspend any government employe indicted in the case and fire anyone convicted. White House Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said that supersedes Nixon's longstanding claim that administration officials have been cleared, because the latest statement stems from "serious charges" that Nixon said first reached him March 21. The President's original claim was made more than seven months ago on Aug. 29 at a California news conference. Nixon said then that presidential counsel John W. Dean III had concluded an independent investigation of the burglary and wiretapping of Democratic offices. Nixon said then "categorically" that Dean's probe indicated nobody then in the White House or the administration was involved. However, reliable sources say McCord has testified that another conspirator, G. Gordon Liddy, told him that Dean himself helped plan illegal bugging and related activities. Nixon now has abandoned his attempts to keep Dean and other White House aides off the Senate witness stand. He capitulated to demands by a special Senate investigating committee, headed by Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C., that presidential aides testify in public and under oath. "All members of the White House staff will appear voluntarily when requested by the committee," he said. "They, will testify under oath and they will answer fully all proper questions." Nixon said some aides might testify initially in secret, and that they would reserve the right to refuse to answer certain questions on grounds of executive privilege. Ervin, contacted in North Carolina, said the committee would judge whether claims of executive privilege are justified. "We reserve the right to rule on the validity of that privilege and to decide if we want to require the witness to testify," Ervin said. The President insisted that allowing aides to testify in this case wouldn't necessarily set a precedent for other congres-. sional hearings in which no wrongdoing had been charged. "Each of them will be considered on its merits," he said. He also said the arrangement doesn't compromise the doc- trine of separation of executive and legislative powers. !*f Ervin's hearings begin May 15, with live television coverage permitted. Nixon said television publicity wasn't a "central $· sue" behind his reluctance [jo allow testimony by his aides.i'v' ' Ziegler said nobody has left the White House staff becaule of recent Watergate developments. "Everyone in the Whlfci House staff is in their jobl" ;*; Nixon's statement brought murmurs of approval from S publicans, some of whom have warned of looming election djs- aster because of Nixon's 1 half; dlingof the affair. w Ervin himself said he'd heard Nixon's statement on his! automobile radio while driving to Henderson, N.C. He said .of Nixon's reference to major developments, "I don't know what he's talking about, but I'm glad he's talking." ";if Nixon moves to end fuel lack WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pres- 'ident Nixon removed oil import limits today in a wide-ranging energy proposal designed to end fuel shortages that plagued consumers last winter and gasoline shortages that threaten this summer. In his message to Congress, City Council summary Council Tuesday evening: - . _. . . · Slain bank bandit A bandit lies mortally wounded and two policemen take cover behind a car outside the Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Harlem, New York, Wednesday. Inside the bank, two other men held some 20 hostages, police said. This man, not at once identified, was pronounced dead at a hospital after he was shot by police. The other men later surrendered. Associated Press photographer Dave Pickoff took this photo. (AP Wirephoto) Hearing set in suit against Martinez A hearing on motions in a court suit brought against Sheriff Richard Martinez by an Iowa man was set for .2:30 p.m. Dilka returned to Greeley David L. Dilka, one of three escapees from the Weld County jail last month, has waived extradition, and has been brought back to Greeley. Sheriff Richard Martinez said Wednesday that Sgt. C.O. Bennetts flew to Tucson, Ariz. Tuesday, and returned to Greeley with Dilka Wednesday afternoon. The other escapees, Jimmie White and David Knight were captured last week. White said he is going to fight extradition, and is presently in Tucson. Knight was returned to Greeley last week from Cortez, where he was apprehended. Officers took Knight to Pueblo early Wednesday after he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday to charges of burglary, theft, second degree burglary and escape. The plaintiff, Donald A. Fuller of Indianola, Iowa, charges in the suit that his constitutional rights.were violated when he was forced to submit to fingerprinting and being photographed when he came to the county jail last Feb. 12 to post a bond on a traffic ticket. Fuller said in his complaint June 8 by Judge Hugh H.Arnold The plaintiff contends this and photographing were an in District Court Monday. violated his constitutional unlawful invasion of his rights since, if he had paid the fine instead of posting the bond, he would not have been required to be fingerprinted and photographed. Additionally Fuller claims he was unlawfully detained at the jail for a period of time after he had posted bond while he was being fingerprinted and photo- that a highway patrolman had graphed, given him the ticket, and he had He alleges this resulted in been given a choice of putting both he and his wife suffering $25 in cash in an-envelope and severe emotional stress and mailing it to County Court or embarrassment, for which he posting a $50 bond. asks a judgment of $5,000 in He claims that, after posting damages against the sheriff. He the bond at the jail, he was re- also claims the fingerprinting until the June 8 hearing, quired against his will and McArthur shop center OKd Final plans for a proposed B-3 shopping center district, shopping and office center on the McArthur property at the southwest corner of 16th Street and 23rd Avenue were approved DENVER (AP)-The Colora- by city Council Tuesdav evening. The council directed that an ordinance be prepared -- r ,,-insurance bill, laying it over changing the zoning of the 9.4 will consist of one large central until Thursday. acres involved to a permanent building with three clusters of smaller buildings located around the perimeter of the property. The buildings will only occupy 24 of the total 9.4 acres, with landscaping covering 40 per cent and parking the remaining 36 per cent. There will be entrances to the center on 16th Street and on 23rd and 25th Avenues. The council sometime ago zoned the 9.4 acres B-3 conditional, subject to the owners of the property submitting final plans for the development which met with the approval of the City Planning Commission and the council within six months. without just cause to permit his fingerprints to be taken three times and to be photographed twice. No-fault vote delayed do Senate today decided to avoid taking a final vote on a House-approved no-fault auto privacy, for which he asks an additional $1,000 in damages. Motions for dismissal of the suit and for a change of venue to another county have been filed by the sheriff's attorneys, and these are the ones which will be the subject of the June 8 hearing. Judge Arnold, at the time the suit was filed, issued an order restraining the sheriff from transmitting or disclosing Fuller's fingerprints or photographs to any other agencies or persons, and this order will be in effect at least Plans for the proposed center, to be known as "The Plaza," were reviewed for the council by Ron Baker of Phelps- Tointon Construction and Jack Lawler, an architect for the project. They, explained the center 1. Voted 4-to-2 to have ordinance drafted rezoning land at 16th Street and 29th Avenue Place to R-3 residential to permit building of 120-bed nursing home. 2. Referred matter of isolated area of land zoned R-3' in vicinity of 16th Street and 29th Avenue Place to City Planning Commission for rezoning recommendation. 3. Approved final plans for "The Plaza" shopping and office center on McArthur property at 16th Street and 23rd Avenue and ordered ordinance prepared permanently zoning property as B-3 shopping center district. 4. Tabled request for vacation of alley in Block 37 in downtown area for two weeks. 5. Approved transfer of 3.2 beer license from former Safeway Store at 2521 llth Avenue to new store in Greeley Mall Shopping Center. 6. Set May 1 as date of public hearing on request of UNC Vets Club for special 3.2 beer events permit at Jackson Field from 10 a.m. to 10p.m. May 6. 7. Authorized mayor to sign on city's behalf petition for annexation of Westmoor 3rd Annexation and additional lands, including No. 3 Fire Station. 8. Accepted petition for annexation of Westmoor 3rd Annexation and additional lands, consisting of total of 173 acres, and set June 5 as date of public hearing on petition. 9. Approved on first reading ordinance vacating portion of 37th Avenue Court in Edwards Homes 5th Addition. 10. Passed on first reading ordinance requiring applicants for sanitary sewer service to pay extra charge when tapping onto sewer extensions constructed and paid for by private persons. 11. Unanimously defeated on final reading proposed ordinance which would have established street improvement district on 5th Avenue from 22nd to 24th Streets and on 23rd and 24th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues. 12. Approved on final reading ordinance sharply increasing sewer tap fees. 13. Passed on final reading ordinance assessing costs of sanitary sewer improvements against property owners in Improvement District 364. Walk from Hunger May 5. 14. Approved two-year 24. Denied petition for calling concession contract between of special election on proposed city and William M. Baggot. charter amendment to 15. Authorized city manager establish collective bargaining to advise Roi Davis that city and binding arbitration for civil has not committed itself to service police personnel, provide water and sewer ser- 25. Voted to advise Wheeler vice for proposed Delta Mobile Realty city can't consider Home Park. purchasing offered property on 16. Set May 1 as date of public nth Avenue near Island Grove hearing on recommendation to Park until 1974 budget under increase assesments of persons consideration. obtaining irrigation water from 26. Authorized installation of temporary traffic signals at 17th Avenue and U. S. 34 bypass. 27. Voted to request E. F. Phipps of Northern Colorado Water Conservation District to schedule meeting to give lateral ditches in city from present $7.50 to $61. 17. Authorized creation of improvement district for paving of alley between 7th and 8th Avenues and 18th and 19th Streets. 18. Granted revocable permit council'detailed briefing on to Richard Daniel Wallace to proposed Windy Gap water use portion of public right-of- way for already constructed fence at 3835 W. 7th St. 19. Authorized public works department to build temporary walkway along north side of Reservoir Road from 26th Street to entrance of Belair Subdivision. 20. Approved resolution transferring $47,689 in unexpected water appropriations to other water department accounts. 21. Approved resolution raising from 15 to 25 per cent of one month's rent, the amount to be refunded to persons renting property under city|s property tax refund program to eligible men t elderly individuals. '22. Referred to council's finance committee request of Boys' Club of Greeley for waiver of drainage and other building permit fees on club's proposed new home. , 23. Voted to endorse Greeley project. 28. Authorized public works department to proceed with acquiring land for proposed Bittersweet storm water detention'pond. 29. Accepted annual report of Highland Hills Municipal Golf Course. 30. Authorized city to participate in WIN employment program this year and provide permanent job for one man in 1974. 31. Authorized installation of 12-inch sewer pipe under U. S. 34 by-pass in vicinity of 23rd Avenue at cost of about $10,000. 32. Authorized water depart- to collect drainage; fees on all lots in Highland Hills X Subdivision when building permits applied for. 33. Authorized public works department to proceed with creation of street improvement district on 26th Avenue from 6th to 10th Streets. Nixon also proposed to end federal price regulations on new supplies of natural gas. He offered a variety of measures, all aimed at assuring U.S. energy supplies for the future and avoiding over-reliance on foreign sources. Nixon said deregulation of natural gas would permit prices of new gas to rise. But. the consumer, he said, would be protected against sharp increases because existing supplies would remain at regulated levels until their contracts expire. '','. Nixon made no estimate, however, of the over-all consumer impact of his proposals, some of which would tend to in': crease prices while others would tend to decrease or stab^ lize them. "We should recognize," Nixon said, "that the single most effective means of encouraging energy conservation is to ensure that energy prices reflect their true costs." ' He warned that, if present trends continue unchecked with U.S. energy demand outracing new supplies, "we could face a genuine energy crisis." "But that crisis can and should be averted," he saidj "for we have the capacity ancj the resources to meet our enef j gy needs if only we take the; proper steps--and take them- now." '., The most immediate step tak-' en was his removal, by procla-; mation, of present quotas limit-, ing imports of foreign oil. ; He said oil importers could bring in as much as permitted under current quotas without: paying further tariffs. He said! they may, however, import; petroleum in addition to the; 1973quota levels upon payment- of a fee. I He said the tariff-free imports will be phased out over!, seven years until all oil imports'^ are governed by the fee sched-' ule. Alley vacation tabled for easement right determination Chore done with good taste "Dallas" a Ifrmonth-oid orangutan at the discovered just how good the broom lasted. Marsalls Park 100 in Dallas, T«x,, was Intent (AP Wirephoto) on mrtWrn n otan ftwMO of Ihlnen until he , Vacation of a portion of the alley in Block 37 where the proposed Holiday Inn is to be built was tabled for two weeks by City Council Tuesday evening. The action resulted from a protest by Ben Eckhardt, owner of George's Repair Shop at 825 7th St., that vacation of the alley would, deprive him of access to his property from the rear. Attorney William L. West, who represented Eckhardt, said the alley always has been used to deliver supplies and materials to the repair shop. "We feel there is a need for the alley," he said. However, James Kadlecek of Wheeler Realty told the council that Eckhardt's property does not adjoin the alley but that the Greelev Nftlioal Bank owns the property immediately adjoining the alley. West replied that there are deeded easements giving the Eckhardt property access to the alley. The council decided to table the matter while the parties involved determine what the easement rights are. The vacation of the alley was asked in connection with the proposed Holiday Inn and to control traffic on the portion of the block which is to be developed into a parking lot by the Greeley National Bank. The City Planning Commission has recommended to the council that the east Its feet of the alley be vacated, except for a 20-foot wide utility easement to be retained by the cilv. i. Stews walk out Eastern Airlines'; stewardesses leave the lo strike the airline Tuesday night. (AP company's John F. Kennedy Airport terminal Wirephoto) tft cnt im nlfitrM llmta nffnt* ttiAlr

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