Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 24, 1973 · Page 1
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McCrary guilty of murder, kidnaping ' GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A jury of seven men and five women found a '17-year-old Athens, Tex., 'man guilty '·Monday night of felony murder and 'kidnaping in the death of a 20-year-old · Lakewood doughnut shop waitress. -"·.Under Colorado law, the only sen- -tehce Sherman McCrary can receive '(or the felony murder conviction is life ·imprisonment. The maximum sentence ' for kidnaping is 30 years. Golden District Court Judge Daniel ·Shannon set. May 29 as the date for sentencing on the kidnaping conviction, tor filing an appeal and for additional defense motions for McCrary. ·Z The jury took nearly five hours in ·.teaching its decision but had to wait ''almost an hour for Shannon to return to the courtroom before delivering the verdict. ' McCrary and his son-in-law, Carl Taylor, 38, were charged with murder and kidnaping in the August 1971 Cslaying of Leeora Rose Looney. Her VJJOdy was found in a field in north- astern Colorado three days after she disappeared from the doughnut shop ..where she worked at nights. ;j A hearing has been set. for April :50 to determine a trial date for Taylor ··who was granted a separate trial by ,, Shannon. Defense attorneys for Taylor '.requested the separation of trials because, they said, evidence might be introduced during a joint trial that could be admissible against one of the defendants but not the other. McCrary's court-appointed attorney Fred Myers said .he was "disappointed" with the jury's decision. He indicated that the conviction would be appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. In his summation to the jury, Myers claimed that McCrary could not be convicted of felony murder because there was an interruption in events between the time of her alleged abduction and the time of her death. "Where's the evidence,that Sherman McCrary knew that Carl Taylor was going to do something to the girl?" Myers said. In a tape-recorded statement made at Folsorrf Prison in California before he was returned to Colorado to stand trial, McCrary accused Taylor with robbing the doughnut shop, abducting Miss Looney and killing her in the field. "Sherman McCrary is a tissue of lies," Jefferson County Assistant Prosecutor Nolan Brown said in his summation to the jury. "He participated in this as much as Carl Taylor and, under felony murder, it doesn't matter who killed her. "Sherman McCrary is a lot more involved in the crime than his statement indicates," Brown added. In the tape-recorded statement, which was played to a quiet courtroom by a police officer from the witness stand, McCrary said he was away from the car when Miss Looney was shot and killed. "I heard him (Taylor) holler something back to her. I don't know. He was choking her or something. I was too far away to see. I was disgusted," McCrary related in the recording. A coroner's report said either gun- 'shot wounds or strangulation could have caused Miss Looney's death. McCrary's wife Carylon, 45, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of accessory after the fact of murder in connection with the girl's death and is awaiting sentencing. McCrary's daughter and Taylor's wife, Ginger McCrary Taylor, 22, testified before a grand jury that indicted the other three. Mrs. Taylor is now in jail in Jefferson County awaiting trial on a bad check charge. Following the announcement of the jury's decision, prosecuting attorney Brown said he was "damn glad." ' 'Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 65, NO. 156 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 CONVICTED -- Sherman McCrary, center, was found in August, 1971. McCrary's son-in-law, Carl Taylor, right, also guilty Monday in Golden District Court of felony murder and is charged in the girl's death. (AP Wirephoto) kidnapping in the abduction and death of Leeora Rose Looney E Greeley Gas files rate hike ANDTHEGREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 TUESDAY, APRIL 24,1973 Crazing association members oppose sale of Pawnee lands By RED EDGERTON Tribune Stuff Writer Officers of the Crow Valley and Pawnee Grazing Associations met in Greeley Monday and expressed unanimous opposition to a recent proposal by State Representative Walter Younglund to sell the Pawnee National Grasslands to private interests. Younglund, a New Raymer Republican and himself a member of the Pawnee, said last week that many members of both organizations favored sale of the 192,000 acre grassland area. Younglund also said that many other farmers and ranchers, living on the fringe of the area, favored the sale by as much as 10-1. Officials of the two grazing associations refuted both these claims, saying that they knew of no one in either organization who would favor sale of the area to private interests. While the grasslands have a total area of more than 750,000 acres, only 192,241 acres are open to grazing of cattle. Forest Service figures indicate that 9,302 head of cattle were grazed in the open area last year. An additional 729 head were grazed on private land permits and Forest Service officials present at Monday's meeting said this was the maximum number of cattle the area would sustain during the five month grazing season without doing damage to the range land. Pawnee and Crow- Valley official! backed up this statement and also said that Rep. Younglund's claims that seven or eight times more cattle could be grazed on the land were completely unfounded. Vic Hillman, president of Pawnee Grazing Association, and Darrell Johnson, secretary of that organization, said that Pawnee had members with permits ranging from four head of cattle to 125 head, with 125 head being the maximum number allowed on the federal land. Hillman and Johnson also noted that the upper limit for members of their organization was 300 head total, or 125 on government land and the balance of 175 head on their own land. They said that when the number exceeds that figure, a member's federal grazing allotment is cut down, according to the rules and by-laws of the organization. During the meeting it was brought out that Rep. Younglund's federal grazing permit last year was cut from 88 head to 83 head, under the rules set out above. Russell Peterson, president and Clyde S. Diehl, secretary of Crow Valley, said that their organization, with fewer members than Pawnee, allowed a maximum of 300 head per member to be grazed on the federal land contained in their section of the grasslands. Crow Valley p*jraits range from a minimum of 11 head to the maximum of 300 head. Peterson also noted that grazing fees in the area will increase over the next eight years and the federal government share is expected to increase from the present $1.34 per head per month to $3.87 per head per month. Peterson also offered evidence to refute Rep. Younglund's claim that the county would get increased taxes for schools if the grasslands were sold to private interests. Peterson said he lived in the Highland District and the county tax levy there was about 14 cents per acre, while income to the county from grazing permits and oil and gas leases in that district amounted to 17 cents per acre in 1972. Peterson said he was sure that figures from other districts would show a similar ratio as the Highland District. Federal statistics show 568 miles of fence, 90 cattleguards, 169 wells, 17 .dams, 2 springs, 7 reservoirs and 73 miles of pipelines in the Pawnee National Grasslands. It was pointed out that these facilities are maintained by the Pawnee and Crow Valley Grazing Associations and figures from 1972 show that Crow Valley paid $17,047 for development work and Pawnee's share was $15,367. Continued on page 28 Watergate coverup attempt linked to White House aides By BROOKS JACKSON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON ( A P ) - The Watergate scandal continues to boil after fresh reports of evidence that the White House tried to cover up the facts behind the wiretapping. There were these new developments: --Sources close to the Senate's Watergate investigation said President Nixon surely was aware of a coverup, and that evidence indicates top presidential aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman participated in the coverup. --A lawyer for Nixon's campaign finance committee gave court officials three cartons of secret campaign spending records which had been withheld in apparent violation of an agreement to furnish them last November. He said they include payroll records containing the names of two of the Watergate conspirators. --Transcripts of testimony before the W»ttrg»te gruix) jury quoted convicted wirtUpper Jtmei W. McCord Jr. »s Mylng under (rath that he hud been offered executive clemency if he would remain silent about the conspiracy and serve more than a year in jail. --White House spokesman Gerald Warren again denied that Nixon had advance knowledge of plans for wiretapping Democratic headquarters last June. The Senate sources Monday declined to go into detail about evidence of a coverup, but said the operation included "attempts to pressure other officials in the government to go along." The sources said these other officials included ranking members of the Justice Department and of the FBI. Ehrllchman and Haldeman, who the sources said appeared to be part of the coverup operation, have hired a lawyer to represent thorn in the Watergate case. The sources said there are indications that Nixon found out about the r«ld on the Dcmocr*t«' Watergate offices only «fter it took pl»ce, but was aware earlier that his campaign included a political-espionage operation. Recently Haldeman told a group of Republican congressmen that he had set up such an operation, but that it was supposed to include purely legal tactics such as clipping newspapers and recording speeches by the other side. Records that might shed some light on the size and purpose of this Haldeman operation were given to the clerk of the U.S. District Court Monday by Daniel Webster Coon, a lawyer for the Finance Committee to Re-elect, the President. The documents cover secret campaign spending for 1971 and early 1972. They will be kept under lock and key, available only to lawyers for the Nixon campaign and the citizens' group Common Cause, pending settlement of a lawsuit to force public disclosure of the secret campaign finances. The weather NORTHEAST COLORADO -- Variable cloudiness through Wednesday. Chance of scattered showers, along with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High Wednesday mostly 55 to 65. Low tonight in the 30s. Winds variables to 15 miles per hour. Precipitation probabilities 20 per cent tonight and 30 per cent Wednesday. Egypt preparing for possible war By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Egyptian Cabinet has adopted a series of measures, including establishment of an operations room, to prepare the country to face any emergency that may arise from a battle with Israel, the Egyptian press said today. Reporting on a four-hour Cabinet meeting Monday, the controlled Cairo newspapers said the major decision was to "place all the resources and institutions of the state" at the service of the armed forces. Operations rooms for all ministries will also be set up as well as a separate operations room for the Cabinet, the report said. Other reported measures call for regular Cabinet meetings in the operations room and establishment of ministerial committees for information, foreign affairs, internal security and public services. Inside the Tribune (28 pages, 2 sections) Abby 13 Hospital 6 Agri-news 20 Markets 27 Classified 24-27 Obituaries 6 Comics 16 Sports 22-23 Crossword 16 Theater 21 Editorial 4 TV log 16 Heloise 14 Weather 6 Horoscope 19 Wm'spgs. 12-14 Today's press run: 18,384 The Greeley Gas Co. gave notice Tuesday that it has filed proposed rate changes with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission which would boost its total gas revenue from its Weld County service area by approximately 4 per cent. The new rates would become effective .June 1, unless suspended by the commission in accordance with provisions of the state public utilities law. "The proposal contairis increases in residential, commercial and interruptible service classifications," the notice said. "The revenue increase in all customer service classifications will be approximately 4 per cent." Copies of the proposed and present rates, rules and regulations are available for examination and explanation at both the Greeley and Denver offices of Greeley Gas, and also at the offices of the PUC. Anyone desiring to protest the proposed increases in rates must file a written protest in duplicate with the PUC, 1845 Sherman St., Denver 80203, at least 10 days before June 1. If the proposed rates, rules or regulations are suspended, the PUC will hold a hearing to determine what rates, rules and regulations will be authorized which may be the same as or different from those proposed. Anyone wishing notice of such hearing must request such, notification by writing the commission at least 10 days before June 1. Greeley Gas Co. officials advised members of City Council here April 10 that the company's rate of return from its Greeley division had dropped below six per cent and that, consequently, the company planned to apply for rate increases. The division · here serves about 18 communities and 19,000 customers. The 4 per cent increase would boost the division's revenue about $145,000 a year. The proposed rates would hike the average residential customer's gas bill about 17 cents a month in the summertime and 6IJ cents a month in the winter, the officials reported. To offer water to Latham City Manager Jack Huffman reported Monday that he is planning to recommend to the City Water Board that the city rent 3,000 units of its Big Thompson Project water to the Lower Latham Ditch Co. Huffman said he would recommend the action "as a means to assist farmers served by the ditch company to get through the upcoming irrigation season." Much of the farmers' normal supply of irrigation water was lost when the north dike of the Latham Reservoir east of La Salle broke April 12, flooding farmlands to the north and the town of Kersey. Huffman said the city has surplus water available which it can rent to the ditch company. He added the water would be rented at the rate the city pays the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The city manager said he would make the recommendation to the Water Board at its next regular meeting May 7. Weld to get county judge DENVER (AP) - Adams, Pueblo and Weld counties will each get one new county judge under a bill given final approval, 59-2 in the Colorado House of Representatives today. The sponsor of the bill Rep. Ron Strahle, U-Fort Collins, said Monday those are the counties which have experienced the heaviest caseload increase, primarily because of traffic offenses on Interstate 25 which runs through their counties. The additional judge for each of the counties will cost $203,082. City panel urges Boys' Club donation City Council's finance committee decided Monday to recommend to the council that the city contribute $2,500 for the new home of the Boys' Club of Greeley at 23rd Avenue and 4th Street. The recommendation will be made to the council at the council's next regular meeting May 1. The Boys' Club of Greeley had asked the city to waive about $2,250 in drainage and building fees the club will be required to pay the city in obtaining a building permit for its new home. Dr. Harold Jourdan, president of the club, told members of the finance committee at a meeting with them Mondny morning that the $287,000 building would be paid for entirely by donations. The Boys' Club now has a membership of over 500, Jourdan said. He added that, with the new facility, the club will be able to serve over 1,000 youths. Regarding the waiver of the fees, he said ithad occurred to the club's board of directors that the city might be willing to help the club by waiving the fees. Dr. Jourdnn pointed out the new facility will add to the youth recreational facilities in the city and the home also will be surrounded by a large park-like area which will enhance the environmental qualities of the neighborhood, without any cost to the city. Councilman Gld Gates said the only comment that he had heard In regard to the club's request was that the council had no legal basis to waive the drainage and building fees. City Manager Jack Huffman suggested that, instead of making an exception for the Boys' Club, the city could contribute an equivalent amount, then require the club to pay the drainage and building fees. The city manager said the $2,500 could be taken from the recreational capital improvement fund, for which $25,000 was budgeted this year. He added money had been taken from this fund for a similar use in the past, so the Boys' Club donation would not set a precedent. As a result, the committee decided to recommend to council that the city donate the $2,500 and require the club to P*y the feet.

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