Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 8, 1977 · Page 52
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 52

Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 8, 1977
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52 GREELEV (Colo.) TRIBUNE Wed..June 8.1977 First Lady to see jailed missionaries By CHERYL ARVIUSO.N RECIFE, Brazil tUFIl Rosalynn Carter agreed today to meet with two American missionaries who were jailed and held incommunicado (or three days in an action that prompted the United States to file a "note of concern" with Brazilian authorities. Mrs. Carter changtxi her schedule to confer with the missionaries before she lef! Drasilia, but reporters did not learn of the action until shortly before the First Lady's arrival. Mrs. Carter said she received a message from the Americans -- Lawrence Rosebaugh, a Roman Catholic priest, and Thomas Capuano, a Mennonite lay worker -- who were arrested in Recife's central market area last week while trying to gather leftovers to feed the poor population of this coastal city. Mrs. Carter was to meet with (he missionaries at the U.S. Consulate here before heading to the beachfront home of friends, Mr. and Mrs. Camillo Steiner, where she will spend the night. The First Lady, further detailed her talks with Brazilian President Ernesto Geisel during the flight from Brasilia to Recife. She described her talks with Geisel both at his office and at his official residence during dinner Tuesday night as "some of the best discussions I've had so far." During the morning meeting at the Planalto Palace, Mrs. Carter said Geisel wanted to talk at length about relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, while she kept irying to bring the discussions hack to the issue of human rights. "I had to let him know in detail about how we felt on human rights which is so important," she said. The discussion was cut short when Geisel had to leave to attend a family gathering relating to his sister-in-law's funeral, she said. But in the evening at Geisel's official residence, Mrs. Carter said, the Brazilian military leader told her, "You don't mind if 1 am frank. I'm oldsr, and we waste too much time in generalities and I want to get to the point." "I said, 'That's exactly what I want,'" Mrs. Carter said, and the two then turned their talks to detailed discussion of nuclear proliferation and the Carter administration's disarmament policies. She said she also raised human rights again, and although "we have some points of disagreement, I really believe he listened carefully to what I said." Observers noted that Mrs. Carter appeared to go out of her way during two days of talks with Geisel and other officials to avoid offending Brazil, whose relations with the new U.S. administration have been strained. "I had excellent discussions with your leaders, and I was able to tell them about the priorities and goals of the Carter administration," Mrs. Carter told Brazilian reporters at the Brasilia air base here. "In turn, I was able to hear your points of view and concerns and. they will be directly transmitted to my husband." The official purpose of the First Lady's visit to Recife was a social call on family friends, Mr. and Mrs. Camillo Steiner. S. Moluccans allow mediators to return to train PLANE CRASH SCENE -- This overhead picture shows where a light plane carrying four persons crashed in an apartment here Tuesday morning. Officials at scene said one other person on the ground was killed in the crash.. The plane was reportedly on a flight to · Mexico where the owner was going fishing, when it developed engine trouble and crashed. (AP Wirephoto) By ROON LEWALD Associated Press Writer ASSEN, The Netherlands (AP) -- South Moluccan terrorists holding S3 hostages on a'hi- jacked train in northern Holland agreed today to allow two Moluccan mediators to once again try to negotiate an end to the 17-day-old siege, the Dutch government announced.' Earlier today, the terrorists released a 46-year old man from the train, stopped in pastureland outside Assen, and said he needed immediate hospitalization. He was the third hostage released by the gunmen, since the early moments of the hijacking May 23. The gunmen initiated the new contacts and said the mediation efforts should resume Thursday, officials said. A govern- ment spokesman said Premier Joop den Uyl and his cabinet agreed to the request after 5(i hours of discussion overnight and this morning. Another group of South Mo- luccan gunmen were holding four hostages at a school in a nearby village. The mediators, Josina Soumokil and Dr. Hassan Tan, members of the 40,000-strong South Moluccan community in The Netherlands, said they were willing to try again, the government said. But the two said they wanted to consult first with other South lloluccan leaders. The mediators' first round of face-to-face talks, with the terrorists last Saturday produced no progress toward a settlement, officials said. The spokesman said the government had wanted the talks to begin today but agreed to the delay so the mediators could consult with other Moluc- cans. Public pressure has been building for an end to the twin sieges. The government feels "the moment is ripe for some fruitful talks," Justice Ministry spokesman Wim van Leeuwen said a few hours after the gunmen freed Thco J. van Hattem today for medical treatment. Two pregnant women had been released Sunday. Dutch officials said they did not know what was wrong with van Hattem. The terrorists had telephoned the government's crisis center here and asked for an ambulance. "They told our listening post that in their opinion the man needed immediate hospitalization," Justice Ministry spokeswoman Toos Faber said. The ambulance drew up about 500 yards from the train. Van Hattem stepped off alone and walked down the embankment but "couldn't go any further," an official said. A stretcher was brought, and he, was taken to a hospital in Groningen. The cabinet met in The Hague after Justice Minister Andries van Agt conferred with Josina Soumokil and Dr. Hassan Tan, the two leaders of the South Moluccan community who met last Saturday with the gunmen on the train. The meeting produced no progress to- ward a settlement, officials said. Authorities said an increasing number of citizens are demanding decisive action to end the twin sieges, which began May 23. Van Agt said Sunday if the terrorists held out much longer, the government would consider "hard action." Letters, telegrams and telephone calls were'pouring in demanding that the government get tough. Police Capt. Ap Fol- gerts said suggestions ranged from dynamiting the train to snaring Uie terrorists in man- size mousetraps. The gunmen have demanded the release of 21 other South Moluccans held in Dutch jails for terrorist activities and a plane to fly them out of the country. Five killed and four injured as plane slams info building Murder for hire plot revealed UPLAND, Calif. (UPI) - A twin engine plane, its pilot wildly seeking a place to land in heavy overcast, crashed into an apartment building Tuesday 'like an incoming artillery round," killing five persons on the plane and injuring four on the ground. The plane slid off the roof of the building and exploded in flames which engulfed and burned a man running to the rescue of the passengers. The six-seat Aero Commander had just taken off from Cable airfield,' carrying Pomona Cadillac dealer Joseph T. Tate and three friends on a trip to Mexico when the pilot radioed "he was in difficulty shortly after takeoff," a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration sairl. "We don't know what the trouble was. Indications were he was trying to return to ; ir sT'f ·M\ Cable. There was a ceiling of less than 200 feet and visibility was less than a mile." Witnesses said the plane was circling low over a heavily populated area of this city 35 miles east of Los Angeles, darting in and · out of clouds and, at one point, flying upside down. Kirk Winter, 19, working at a construction site, said the pilot appeared to be aiming for the grounds of Sycamore Elementary School, but' was four blocks short. The plane sounded 'like an incoming artillery shell" as it plunged into the roof of the two story apartment building, said Carl Rotondi, 28. "It hit and burst all over.". The wreckage slid between two buildings and Kenneth Black, 20, dashed toward it, hoping he could pull survivors to safety. "He turned back when he saw the gasoline leaking out of the plane," said his wife, Julie, 20. . "Then there was an explosion and it threw him to the ground. When he came to me his shirt was glued to him and the skin was hanging off his arms." Black was in satisfactory condition at San Antonio Hospital. The impact hurled an occupant of the top floor apartment out of the building, and a woman leaped from a window a few moments later, a neighbor said. The San Bernardino Coroner's office identified the dead as Tate, the owner of Tate Motors; Dale Gibson, 40, of Arcadia; his wife Susan Elizabeth, 32; and pilot William Miller. The fifth victim, a woman, was not immediately identified. By JOHN MOODY NEW YORK (UPI) - A retired New York City police officer has been charged with taking $25,000 from a wealthy Queens woman to kill, her Israeli son in4aw and dump his body in Long Island Sound. Bronx District Attorney Mario Merola said the officer, Patrick Simone, 47, a 21-year veteran of the city Safe and Loft Squad, and the woman, Helen Kitz, 55, were arrested after authorities learned of the murder contract and staged the man's abduction to convince Mrs. Ritz the "hit" had been carried out. When asked why Mrs. Ritz wanted her son-in-law killed, Merola said, "I don't know what goes on in the minds of mothers-in-law, but apparently she feared he would take (his) child and make for Israel." The intended victim, Merola said, was Dr. Avner Keggev, 30, an Israeli citizen who lived in the Bronx. Merola said Mrs. Ritz hatched the plot because she feared Reggev, separated from her daughter in 1973, would return to Israel with his 4-year- old daughter. Merola said Reggev married Mrs. Ritz's daughter, Marsha, now 29, in 1971 and they separated two years later with Mrs. Reggev winning custody of the child. ' Last April, Merola said, Mrs. Ritz offered Simone, who runs a detective agency, 525,000 to kill her son-in-law. Simon agreed but recruited another man to do the actual killing, Merola said. That man, in turn, unknowingly subcontracted the job to a police informer who alerted the district attorney's office. Merola said it was decided to fake Reggev's kidnaping, using detectives posing as hit men. The. doctor, who had been alerted, agreed to take part and was grabbed in front of his home, beaten and thrown into a car. . "We had to make it look real because we were afraid someone was watching," a source said. The undercover cops then drove Reggev to the Whitestone Bridge in Queens, where one of them had docked his boat, Merola said. Reggev and the detectives then sped away to New Rochelle, N.Y., where, according to the murder plot, Reggev's body .was to be dumped in Long Island Sound. When the police "hit man" produced Reggev's wallet, Simone allegedly paid him · $14,000 and told Mrs. Ritz the murder had taken place. Mrs. Ritz and Simone were arrested Monday night and charged with second degree attempted murder, punishable, by up to 25 years in prison.. Merola said a third man involved in the plot still is being sought. Merola said Mrs. Ritz owned a considerable amount of property in Manhattan. Sources close to the investigation estimated Mrs. Ritz' wealth at between $3 million and $4 million. Castro stopping troop withdrawal in Angola WASHINGTON (UPI) - Fidel Castro told ABC News he has stopped withdrawing his soldiers from Angola and admitted it will be a long time before Cuba and the United States can have a normal diplomatic relationship, according to an interview released today. The 10,000 to 15,000 Cuban troops who helped the proSoviet faction in Angola win a three-way civil war, and stayed to help Premier Augustinho Neto consolidate' his power, is one requirement President Carter says must be met before full diplomatic relations are established. Another is human rights. Castro admitted still holding up to 3,000 political prisoners. Castro, president of Cuba's Council of State, gave an interview to reporter Barbara Walters on May 19. It will be broadcast Thursday. ABC released the text today. The United States and Cuba took a first step toward normal-relations last week in agreeing to exchange diplomats, but Castro clearly discouraged any ..hopeful diplomatic links will come soon. "I believe that depends on the good will of both parties," he said. "I believe that it also depends on time. I don't think they could be re-established during Carter's term. Maybe in Carter's second term, between 1980 and 1984." A year ago, Castro announced that he was slowly withdrawing the Cuban soldiers in Angola. U.S. officials say they have no evidence any Cuban troops were removed. Thousands cheer Queen Elizabeth II Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to thousands of cheering spectators as members of the Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Tuesday for their final public appearance after atteriding Silver Jubilee celebrations in London. From left to right are, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew, Lord Mountbatlen, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Capt. Mark Phillips and Princess Anne. A flag wavingspectatorgetsaview of the Queen from an unusual vantage point to get above the mass of people that gathered to celebrate Ihe Silver Jubilee. (AP Wirephotos)

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