The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 20, 1968 · Page 1
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VOL. 63—NO. 32 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS {72315) SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS James Earl Ray Put on. FBI's 'Most Wanted' List COLONEL TO COLONEL—MEugene D. Minietta (right), commander of Blytheville Air Force Base's 97th Bomb.Wing, chatted with Cadet Colonel Carl McPherson of the United States Air Force Acad- emy Cadet Squadron 17 of the academy has been sponsored for three years by the 97th and its 42 members visited BAFB this week. They depart here tomorrow. (Official USAF Photo) April 20 TWO MORE COUNTERFEIT'$20 bills were found to have been passed in Blyttieville Thursday, according to the police department. • The latest businesses victimized 'by the counterfeiters were Roy's Pizza House and the Dairy Queen Drive-. In, both located on south Highway 61. - It appeared : that the bogus bill passers began their brief operation at the Pizza House and moved down the highway arid out of town, police officials said. . ' The two other counterfeit bills were the same 1950 D series .as' the other note discovered, but the serial numbers were, different,• police: said.... . ., The police department requested all. persons holding 1 $20 bills to check them for this discrepancy. and report any of the bogus notes to the department. The other business reported victimized, the Kream Kastle Drive-in, actually, didn't,lose any .money, '• a spokesman for the business, Mrs. Dee Haney, said today. Mrs. Haney said she became suspicious of .the fake note and:was trying,to stall the two men by holding meir change until the-police arrived. The men became worried, however, and drove away without their change before-authorities got there, according io Mrs. Haney. GERALD PEARSON of Jonesborp has filed for reelection as prosecuting attorney for the (iecond Judicial District (Mississippi, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, and.Poinsettcounties). ; NO DRIVER'S LICENSE tests will be given on April 24, as originally scheduled, the, state ploice said today. '••• The next testing date has been re-scheduled for April 26, according to state trooper Bobby G. Love, .license examiner. : , WASHINGTON (P) - Escaped convict James Earl Ray, sought as the sniper slayer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was placed on the FBI's "most wanted" list today. : The FBI said Friday a systematic . search of its vast fingerprint files identified the 40- year-old Ray as phantom fugitive Eric Starvo Gait, charged in Tennessee with murdering King April 4. The FBI action today added formality to what was already fact—the escapee from the Missouri state penitentiary is the nation's most intensely hunted man in years. Ray was described as an avid dancer, a, high school dropout, Army reject, a man who likes to drink beer and vodka, and who tugs his ear when he's nervous. • In addition a-warrant charging Gait with first degree murder has been issued by state authorities in: Memphis. There was no Indication the FBI was ny closer to catching Ray than it was • Wednesday wheii it put the name Gait on a fugitive warrant charging him "and an individual whom he alleged to be his brother" with cnspiring t deprive King f his civil : right 't travel fr'm state t state. Ray fled the Missouri Penitentiary"-where he was serving the seventh year of a 20-year sentence for a 1959 market holdup and auto theft in St. Louis—on April 23,1967. Prison officials, who said a 1966 escape try by Ray was thwarted when he was discovered in a ventilator shaft, indicated he succeeded the next year by hiding in a truck carrying bread from the penitentiary bakery to its honor farms. the earlier escape attempt landed Ray in a Fultn, M. prisn hspital facility fr a mental checkup. "We gave Mm « Gtadi 4» Class I wrkup," recalled,;Dr. Dnald B. Petersn, hspita^s* perintendent. "We fundaiai mental disease r defect with* the law." in.*, Prisn and police records showed Ray was born in Alton, 111., son of a laborer of the same name. . ,-.:•' Records at the Fulton faeiUJy indicated both parents were dead, but the penitentiary^s- See FBI on Page 2 - ™' Two Seek Gosnells Top Post Two men will seek to become Gosnell's first mayor in May 28 elections. Woodrow Cook and Andy Be- vili both have filed for the post. "There will be five alderman- ie positions a n d a recorder post," Dick Reid, attorney for the city, reported, Tom Grimes and Walter Maxwell are candidates for the recorder position. Candidates for aldermen are H u g hi e Hudgings, Norman Shields, -Dewitt-'Berry,, Jim Southerd. and J. C. Bright. - Mississippi County court h a s approved Gosnell's incorporation petition.^ Reid explained that the.Gos- nell community has completed its water system and is pleased with it. . "This was done with the help of Farmers Home Administration^ But the community is not able to get similar assistance for,new sewers unless it incorporates. "This is .the principal reason the city sought incorporation," Reid said. : .Following the May 28 election. Gosnell; will seek a special federal census in order to get state turnback money. "And we'll also file an appli- ' cation for FHA help on a new sewer system, which is badly needed," Eeid said. , i PRE-REGISTRATiON, f or kindergarten arid first grade pupils at Gosnell School will be conducted on May : 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., J. W. Rea, superintendent of schools, announced today. Children who will be either 5 ; or 8 years old on or before October 1 are eligible to register for the kindergarten and first grader classes,; Rea said. ; Parents should bring a certified birth certificate of the children and proof of their immunization to the elementary' principal's office when they come to regis- Gets Warning TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov, Robert Docking has a memento from his visit to Emporia where he attended a dinner for school Street Patrol boys. It is a contagious disease warning form he received in the mail Thursday. One of the boys he shook hands with - Gary Armitage — lias Red Supply Lines Target of 160 Missions 3; 68 Bomb Record Set ' By ROBERT D. Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — U.S. warplanes set a 1968 record for the second straight day Friday as they flew 160 missions to blast supply targets in North Vietnam's southern panhandle. American fliers had set a record for the year Thursday •when they flew 145 missions, the largest number in nearly four months. The Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots on Friday's raids said they encountered light ground tire and evaded several antiaircraft missiles fired at them in the coastal area between Vinh and Dong Hoi. They hit bridges, roads, trucks and supply points in the area left open to them under President Johnson's bombing curtailment order, designed t« draw Hanoi into peace talks. The northeast monsoon over' North Vietnam is .-almost over and with the rapidly improving weather, the nufrtber of American air strikes is expected to increase unless the President orders further curtailment Although Friday's 16B-. missions set-a record for 1968, the number is well below the all- time Vietnam war record of 209 set last Aug. 19 before the monsoon season began. . " - : The U.S. Command said the deepest penetration Friday was about 168 miles above the demilitarized zone against a railroad spur near Vinh. This was below the 19th Parallel, a boundary U.S. planes have been .observing even .though Johnson's public statements gave the northern limit as the 20th Parallel. No American planes were reported shot down, but in a weekly report the U.S. Command said 1,070 American warplanes had been lost in combat as o£ Tuesday—823 over North Vietnam, and 247 in the South. Another 1,002 planes have been announced lost in accidents not involving direct enemy action. The command also announced that 643 helicopters have been shot down, all but nine in South Vietnam, and another 920 choppers have been lost to nonhostile causes. In ground fighting, some ef the 100,000 allied troops in Operation Complete . Victory—the biggest allied campaign of the. war—reported three .. clashes Friday near.Saigon. They said 58 Viet Cong were killed while U.S. losses were five killed and 28 wounded. Along the northern frontier, North .Vietnamese troops struck at the newly reopened overland supply road to Khe Sanh Friday, ambushing a U.S. Marine truck convoy while pinning down Leathernecks on a road clearing operation nearby. '.***'-• SAIGON (AP) —.North'Viet- namese troops struck at the newly reopened overland supply road to Khe Sanh Friday, ambushing a U.S. Marine truck convoy while pinning down Leathernecks on a road clearing operation nearby. An estimated 135 enemy troops, hiding along Highway 9 about eight miles northeast of the .Khe Sanh combat base, opened fire simultaneously on the slow-moving 12-truck convoy. Along the northern frontier, North Vietnamese troops struck at the newly reopened overland supply road to Khe Sanh Friday, ambushing a U.S. Marine truck convoy while pinning down Leathernecks on a road clearing operate nearby. An estimated 135 enemy troops, hiding along Highway 1 about eight miles northeast of the Khe Sanh combat base, epeoed lira ilmultuMuily : M the slow-moving 12-truck convoy and the road-clearing patrol about 200 yards away.- The U.S. Command said the patrol^ called in artillery and air strikes and tried to encircle the attackers, but when the eight- hour, fight ended at dusk the enemy had faded away, dragging their dead and wounded with them. Four Marines were killed and 20 wounded, spokesmen said, and the convoy suffered moderate damage. Highway 9, closed since November, was opened in the allies' Operation Pegasus, which broke the 77-day North Viet- namese siege of Khe Sanh two weeks ago. During the siege, the Marines at the northwest frontier outpost had to be supplied by air. Scattered clashes have continued around Khe Sanh as Marine engineers worked to repair the heavily -scarred highway. Enemy gunners also have been shelling Khe Sanh since the siege ended, although not as heavily as during the siege. U.S. troops sweeping around Khe Sanh Thursday and Friday turned up the bodies of 22 more enemy soldiers killed in sporadic' action since Tuesday, U.S. spokesmen said. They said the latest count put casualties for the last four days in the area at 29 enemy and 19 U.S. Marines Killed and 66 Marines wounded. Other sharp firelights were reported in widely scattered areas of South Vietnam Friday. Units of the U.S. 198th Light Infantry Brigade reported over- runing enemy positions and killing 25 Viet Cong troops with the aid of artillery and helicopter gunships eight miles southwest of Tarn Ky, along the South China Sea coast. Only one American was wounded, headquarters said. • In the central highlands *ieSf '' the Cambodian border, an ..enemy unit in bunkers opened up with small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades on a unit of the U.S. llth Armored Cavalry Regiment. Three Americans were killed and 20 wounded in about five hours of fighting. An American sweep did not turn up. any enemy, dead. U -; L Cavalry elements of the :U;S; 25th Infantry Division openeS fire on what they "area of likely ambush" northeast of Tay Ninh City, then See VIETNAM on Page -*-» Action Line ..... PO 3-4461 Inspector Explains f e Red Tag Program • • " - '"; W : . • • W . . ; -. •- Since the city's office of inspection and code enforcement began designating certain structures within the city-limits: as a fire and health hazard and identifying these buildings by affixing a red tag to them, a number of people have the mistaken idea:'that the red tag fs connected in some way with the Urban Renewal Agency. The following question was received by Action Line arid in an attempt to clarify much misinformation about the city's condemnation procedure, this col- unin approached Bill Afflick, director of the office of inspec- tin and. code enforcement, for the answer. "Why are they getting these houses (with the red tags) for free that should have been bought with urban renewal money? We have worried for the last five years that the Urban Renewal Agency was going to come down here (south Blytheville) and make us move. Most of us didn't want to move even if we got paid for it, but to think about not getting one red cent seems like robbery." — Anonymous, City. "In the first place," Afflick began, "this has nothing what- so-ever to do with the Urban Renewal Agency. "All of these structures that have red tags on them, have .been red tagged by tire city of Blytheville, and these tags are put there to show that this office, acting under the authority of city ordinance 656, has declared these buildings to be a fire and health hazard to the public and are below the city's minimum standards which must be met before the structure can be used a* a dwelling. • Giving a more detailed explanation Afflick said, "These buildings are all unoccupied and no families have been displaced because of the red tags. "The tag is only a warning to the owners of the property either to upgrade the structure through Improvements, so that it meets the standards get by the ordinance, or to demolish the building. "K the owner dow not Improve or demolish the structure himself within a specified length of time after he Is notified of the ectlon taken by this office," Afflick sooUnued, "the* we ask the owner for his'writ- ten consent to demolish the building ourselves. ' "I might add here," Afflick said, "that no building has been destroyed-by this office to date without first g'etlmg the • written permission of the owner. '/However if : an owner of one of these red tagged structures does .not respond within 10 days after we notify him by registered mail, then all avenues have been •exhausted, and we begin condemnation proceedings," Afflick added. - • Rats Wreck Roads? LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Rats cause trouble in a lot of places, but would you believe rats in the roads? Or rats under the roads. The Arkansas Department said Friday that rats are causing problems by burrowing into road shoulders and embankments on Interstate 40-55 between Lehi and the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge. J. E. Lowder, a maintenance engineer with 18 years experience said he had never encountered this problem before. Tests are being made to determine whether the rats have burrowed under the nine-inch concrete paving. If they have, Lowder said, the problem is complicated. Lowder said the rats apparently have been attracted to the roadbed from nearby fields by grain dropping off trucks. (lllllillllljflH "This: condemnation- process requires that I go before the city council and explain that the owner has been contacted and that no action has been taken.by,the owner.to. upgrade, demolish, : or give ' this office permission to "demolish th« building in question," he said. "I also show- the council a picture of the structure so that they can see for themselves what kind of shape it is in, and if a council member isn't satisfied with a photograph, ha can get the address and go take a look first hand. : "After the council is satisfied with my report, then a vote is taken to determine if the building will be condemned or "nbfj and if there is a.majority vote: for condemnation, I can starf procedures to demolish : .the' building without the owner's" written consent," Afflicfc said. "As I said before," Afflick- repeated, "so far we have ; not had to take this action,'-"-be- See ACTION on Page I County OEO Gets ency Cash A federal grant for $54,280 to be used by the Mississippi County Office,of Economic Opportunity Commission, to continue the Emergency food and .medical program through the summer months has been approved, according to Roy Bean, Arkansas analyst from the regional OEO. office In Austin, Tex.. Bean added that he thought the program would be re-funded and continued on a regular basis after August. In addition to these funds, Mississippi County OEO has been given the responsibility'of coordinating another $22,000 grant to be used by Polniett County to conduct the tune program there. ' Polntett County does not Have in operational community action program of «* own at Into time, Bean said. . .,'•*** Allocation of these funds will create the need for a component project director, who will.be hired by the Mississippi County OEO at an approximate salary of J550 a month, according to Gary Jumper, Blytheville OEO director: Educational requirements as outlined by the regional OEO in Austin states that to be eligible for this position, an .applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree, preferably in home economics, Juniper said. The individual hli'sd will serve K the administrator of the emergency food and medical programs In both Poinsett and Mississippi County, and interested persons should apply before May IS, Jumper added. Two other positions u per- sonnel workers for the Multipurpose Neighborhood Service Centers in Poinsett County'-are also being sought by the Oeo, Jumper continued. ,'jl These positions have a beginning salary of ?278 a m,onttv>M applications are being accepted from persons living in Poijisett County to fill them, Jumper See COUNTY on Page *""* ••••iiiii Weather Forecast Partly cloudy to clear th...^.Sunday. Cooler most sections.to- night. Mild Sunday. Low tonight •bout 42 northwest to M southeast. High Sunday mostly in the 70s.

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