The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 16, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 28 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1968 12 PAGES TO CENTS Russians Up, Up And Away With Space Linkup By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Western space experts believe the latest linkup of two Russian satellites has provided the.Soviets with technical knowledge to move forward with two programs: to send men to the moon and to build a manned space station for military purposes. The next step, expected soon, should be space dockings involving, was too far off course, ne- complished by America's Gemini astronauts as early as March 1966. It is believed the Soyuz 1 flight last April was to have been the first Soviet space linkup. But the plans were upset when the spacecraft developed control and parachute problems that killed the cosmonaut pilot, Vladmimir M. Komarov. While the Soyuz ship was being redesigned, the Soviets used the unmanned Cosmos 185 and 188 flights last October tp gain their initial docking experience. They duplicated the exercise Monday with Cosmos 212 and 213. The repeat may have been necessary because of problems which cropped up on the October test. American specialists said the Russian radar on the main satellite (186) lacked the long-range precision of that on the Gemini craft. \ • They noted that Cosmos 187, originally intended for the docking, was too far off curse, necessitating the launching of 188. The latter achieved an orbit just 15 miles behind its space partner. The Russians said Monday's flight involved "refinement of new systems," which could indicate improved radar. Gemini pilots, who achieved more than a dozen dockings on four flights, often started out several hundred miles behind See SPACE on Page Two Dogs' Days Numbered ON TAP—This 55-gallon whiskey still was forced to shut down operations last Thursday when raided by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office and Blytheville City Police. .Clyde Stanford, 55, was arrested at the site, about 'five miles southeast of Blytheville and charged with possession of an illegal still and possession of untaxed whiskey. He was fined $100 and costs, and given 30 days in jail for possession of untaxed whiskey, before being bound over to Circuit Court on the second charge. Also arrested was a neighbor of Stanford's, John Anderson Swift,',' 23, who was fined $100 and costs.and sentenced to 30 days:in jail on each of two charges of possession of untaxed whiskey and selling, untaxed whiskey.-Another man, :Tilus Gates, 61j was arrested yesterday in a second-raid and fined $100 and costs and given 10 days in jail for possession of untaxed whiskey. (Police Dept. Photo) 16 ABC Okays * Club Booze THE UNIDENTIFIED BODY of a man was discovered shot to death yesterday afternoon, in a wheat field, three miles east of Holt, Ark., near Bassett, authorities reported today. The man, estimated to be about 40 years old, was found by a youth as he walked through the field on his way home from school. Death resulted from a gunshot wound in the chest, according to Coroner Jim Stovall. N6 gun was found at the scene and the possibility of suicide has be, en ruled out, Stovall said. The body was removed to Northside Funeral Home in Osceola, Stovall said. The investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office is continuing in an effort to establish an identity and develop leads in the case, officials said. O POLICE ARRESTED ANOTHER airman from Blytheville Air Force Base in connection with the burglary last week of Dreifus Jewelry Company, Police Chief George Ford reported today. Charges will''be' filed later today against the 20- year-old airman as an accessory after the fact of grand larceny and burglary, Ford said. The two airmen arrested earlier, William G. Henry, 19, and Denis E. Pettitt, 21, have been charged with grand larceny and burglary and Judge Graham Sudbury set bond, yesterday in Municipal Court at S1500 each, according to authorities. Both men will have a preliminary hearing-tomorrow, and are being held in city jail, Ford added. One more arrest is also anticipated soon in connection with the burglary, police reported. BURGLARS BROKE INTO Bill's Auto Parts Store in Hayti, Mo., last night, the Pemiseot County Sher. iff's office reported today. .: The break-in was discovered this morning and Hayti Police have not-yet determined if anything were taken nor how the burglars got into the building, the sheriff's office said. ,.'•.••'• e. '•' '•'- - ' AN AUTO ACCIDENT which occurred last night on Highway NN, five miles west of Holland, Mo., resulted in injuries to Jerry Battles, 29, of Stefle, Mo,, according to the Missouri State Police. Battles was a passenger in a 1961 Chevrolet convertible driven by James Henry Brooks, 18, of Tru- mahn, Ark., police said. The convertible was traveling south when it ex- See ROUNDUP on Page 2 " LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved regulations Monday which would permit licensed, private, nonprofit clubs in wet counties to serve mixed drinks to members. Barrel Hughes, director of the ABC, and each member of the board denied that the board was taking it upon itself to legalize the sale of mixed drinks in Arkansas. : Hughes said an opinion handed down' Feb. 28 by Atty. Gen. Joe Purcell.had been used' as the authority to draft the regu- lations. ' The 'opinion said the department . had been given "broad regulatory and rule-making powers." The opinion also said the department could issue six permits, one of which was a hotel, restaurant and club permit which was not defined by statute. Purcell said in an opinion .handed down in March that mixed drinks could not legally be dispensed in private clubs in Arkansas. The ABC raided the plush Top of the Rock in Little See CLUB on Page Two HD Sleuths Spot VD, TB The Mississippi County Health Department recently released its report of activities during the first two months of the year and in the area' of communicable disease control officials found seven new cases of tuberculosis,, investigated four suspected ca'ses, performed 1,313 skin tests, made 365 X-rays, and evaluated 107 contacts and associates in relation to the new cases discovered. There were three cases of venereal diseases reported and an investigation of 22 contacts and associates with these cases. The department also found one case of meningitis, two of salmonellosis, and three of infectious hepatitis. There were 595 diptheria-tet- nus immunizations given, 285 diphtheria-whooping cough-tet- nus combination immunizations administered, 1,126 polio; five typhoid, 236 measles, and S12 smallpox. Thirty-eight special clinics were conducted which were attended by 444 people, including, for the first time, three clinics each for glaucoma and diabetic -tests. ." .•'.....' - •' .-• - ;' Health r, Department mirm See HEALTH on Page > 4 Jets Lost In Raids >"" By GEORGE ESPER 1 Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The air war against North Vietnam cost the United States four more planes Monday, two shot down over the southern panhandle and two lost when they collided in the air, military sources said today. Five of the fliers were rescued and one was lost.' Military sources suggested the North Vietnamese, may be moving more antiaircraft guns south to counter the increase in American- bombing of the panhandle since President Johnson banned raids farther north. The two planes • shot.. down were Air Force FlOSs 'and both were hit near Dong Hoi/ about 40 miles north of the demilitarized zone. The U.S. spokesman said antiaircraft fire around Dong Hoi was extremely heavy and possibly the enemy had been installing new weapons positions in the panhandle area. Since President Johnson halted U.S. bombing north of the 20th Parallel on April 1 in an attempt to open peace discussions with Hanoi, U.S. pilots have more than doubled their usual number of daily raids on the panhandle. One of the F105 pilots, Col. David W. Winn, 44, of Minneapolis, Minn., maneuvered his crippled Thunderchief 100 miles south over the South China Sea, bailed out at 18,000 feet, and was picked up by a "jolly green giant" helicopter. The pilot of the second F105 is listed as missing in action. Military sources said two Navy F4 Phantoms from carriers in the Tonkin Gulf collided southeast of Vinh, a North Vietnamese city about 145 miles north of the demilitarized zone, but all four crewmen parachuted into the gulf out of reach of enemy' ground troops. Navy helicopters quickly rescued them. The four planes raised the to-, tal number lost in the air war against North Vietnam to 825. They were the first planes reported down in the North in two weeks, since an Air Force F4 was downed April 2 the day after Johnson's curtailment order. Overcast skies spawned the lingering northeast monsoons limited U.S.. pilots to missions against North Vietnam Monday, a big drop from the 143 the day before. For the 12th consecutive day, the American bombers stayed below the 19th Parallel, with the northernmost penetration a strike by Navy > bombers on a causeway one mile below the parallel. • Other attacks were made on supply routes, antiaircraft sites, and truck convoys. Over South Vietnam, Air Force. B52 bombers flew nine missions against enemy buildup, supply, service and recuperation areas along the Cambo- din border 56 to 59 miles northwest of Saigon and, in the A *hau Valley west of Hue. South of the A Shau Valley in the central highlands, a North Vietnamese attack wai reported near the Cambodian border and a U.S. spokesman warned "This is a potentially hot area." After a heavy five-minute mortar barrage, the enemy "opened up from all sides" with automatic weapons and small arms Monday on a company of American infantrymen. The Americans pulled back to their patrol base half a mile soutlr of : the spot where they came under'attack in mountainous jungle 19 .miles west of Kon- tum City and 15 miles from the Cambodian border. American, artillery and Air Force fighter-bombers i .hammered at the enemy positions' during the 2%-hpur battle, in which nine Americans and at least nine ; enemy, soldiers were reported killed and 4 Ameri- ans wounded. ...--. "We don't want to destroy the animals (dogs running at large), but,we're going to have to "People that .have a dog they want to keep are going to have to comply .with.the law," Police Chief George Ford said this morning. "The.law" to which Ford referred is.tlie.so-rcall dog law — passed .January.of. this year — that prohibits.any dog running at large, within the city limits. Ford • defined "at large" as meaning that an animal must either be confined on the owner's property or • — when off the property — must be on a leash, chain or cord. "Some people still believe that an animal with a license and vaccination tags can roam the city but that's not true," Ford said. Dog owners must either obey the law or run the risk of having their animals shot on sight, according to the police chief. "We have been getting complaints of dogs on school grounds. We are reluctant to shoot the animals on" the grounds because of the children, but the dog catcher has been bitten and that means the dogs will bite children, too." Some dog owners have been trying to outwit the police and bypass the dog ordinance, according to Ford. ::•"We can't have the dog catcher on duty 24 hours a day and it is the practice of some people to keep their dog up during the day and turn them loose,-.at night. , ...-S. "If that doesn't cease;" it might become necessary for police to destroy the dogs at night when they see them," he said. * * * ;:-.-; .. Dog owners have another'inis- conception, the chief said: ; "Many people think tb.afe.if,-a dog bites or scratches someone they can keep the animal penned up on their own property. That is not true. ' ,'• ; . "When a dog bites or scratches someone it must' be imp&und- ed by a licensed veterinarian and the owner is liable fofcthe See DOG on Page Two;-:?; Holiday Bill On Lumpy Road ,..,., ''>:''' ' : • " *!•'.' New Program AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Trustees of the University of Massachusetts have approved a new program to attract underprivileged Negroes to the cam- would lower admission stand- pus. The plan, approved Monday, would lower admission standards for Negroes from ghetto areas, set up a tutorial program for entering Negro students and provide financial grants. The university now has 85 Negroes among its 10,600 -students, a school spokesman said. By'JOHN BECKLER Associated Press Writer : WASHTN.G'TON (AP) Around the House Judiciary ; Committee^ they call it the Co, lumbus Day caper and if it succeeds, four national holidays ' will provide three-day weekends each year. A bill calling for the observance of Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day on Mondays has been approved by the committee. But don't pack that weekend bag yet. A favorite of the business community, which thinks it would make for more efficient work and production schedules and less absenteeism—and strongly backed by the travel agencies and airlines—the bill hasn't stirred much enthusiasm among the general public. And it has' aroused surprising] Jy 'strong opposition from pa'•' triotic,societies.'and veterans organizations with an interest in * specific holiday, ; and church groups with an interest In Sunday church attendance. They've expressed fears that regular three-day holidays would lure people into unpatriotic and impious endeavors on those- oc- See HOLIDAY on Page Two Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy and continued warm tonight and Wednesday with widely scattered showers and thundershowers. Low tonight low 50 north to low 60s south. . ONE KILLED _ A 17-year-old Hayti boy, Bobby Dunn, was killed Saturday when this 1965 Pontlae crashed into the side of • truck, about three miles south of Haytl on Highway 81. A ; passenger in the Pontiac, Georga Lyons, 18, also of Haytl, was hospitalized and _ 'released from Pemiscot County Memorial Ho*, pital yesterday.' The driver of the truck, .11- year-old Medford Grecmore of LUboura, Mo* was not injured, (Pboto by Taylor) _^_^

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