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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 14, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL.63-NO. 63 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, MAY 14, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS 3ES1 JS33 JB5SJ f' • J "I •??;% J , f r - !r f ,> , Mayor Wiygul—a quiet meeting. Alderman Robbins—Ordinance okayed. D. N. Morris—Decisions, decisions. Osceola Stint a 'Ho-Hummer' MAY U CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS will deal with two resolutions and one amendment to a resolution during their regular monthly meeting tonight, according to a spokes-, man for the mayor. ' One resolution concerns vacating the west end of Jamison and Fulton Streets and the second .will deal with naming a replacement for '.the position of alderman for ward five, left open with the resignation of Byron Moore from the council last month, the spokesman said. The amendment will be sought in connection with the city's Urban Renewal plan, officials said. BLYTHEVILLE POLICE will hold a one-day school tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Police Chief George Ford said today. The purpose of the school is to educate law enforcement officers on the effects and uses of narcotics and other dangerous drugs and to explain the laws governing the .misuse and illegal, possession of these drugs, Ford said. Approximately 100 people are expected to attend and all policemen'from this area of the state are being invited to the meeting, which wlil be conducted in the City Hall courtroom, authorities said. BILL ALEXANDER'S CAMPAIGN headquarters opens tomorrow in Osceola. Hours are 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and the public is invited to the offices in Crain Center, 501 Walnut. ' YOUNG REPUBLICANS at the state convention in Hot prings last weekend elected Ed AllSison'of Blytheville as chairman of the Young Republican League and named Greg Simon, son of .Mr. and Mr,'/. Mike Simon of Blytheville, as the governor of .'the-newly created Arkansas Teen State, a spokesman for the organization announced. ' ; Simon, when contacted this morning, said the teen state organization was formed to educate Arkansas' Republican youth regarding the functions of state gor- ernmen, with the elective offices of; the group patterned See ROUNDUP on Page S By Gary Shipley : Staff Writer Compared to the blood and thunder sessions which for many months characterized Osceola City Council meetings, last night's gathering Was a ho- hum"meeting;; ; .7" ; " . Three primary items were decided during the three-hour stint. ... ..'-.'. •. These included a contract for repairing and paving some Os. ceola • streets, asking for bids on trading in one police car and approving modification of some zoning regulations. Hughes and Company of Blytheville .was awardefi a'$43,432.75 contract to furnish slightly : more than 47,000-square yards of paving asphalt to be used resurfacing some streets and paving others. Hughes' bid was the only one recieved before the May 10 noon deadline. "This is the best .bid we can possibly get. It's about $13,000- less than our estimate. I say we should give Mr. Hughes the contract," Alderman R.E.Pre- witt said. • • . : ' * • * -. * Attorney James E. Hyatt filed a petition with- the council on behalf of Robbins Brothers (of which-Councilman-Garner ^Bobbins is a member) to modify the zoning regulations on zone C-l which includes .the Rustic Inn. They want to: sell property to Marine Petroleum Co. to build a gasoline-dispensary. Present regulations don't permit service stations even though three are in operation and were operating before fhe regulations were passed. Hyatt had previously filed the petition with the Osceola Planning Commission but "they didn't fulfill the requirements by sending us the disapproval within the 15 day limit," he said. Hyatt pointed out, "The owners can't use the present building for a restaurant because of a lack of parking space. So it will continue to deteriorate and become an eyesore, which nobody wants." "I don't think we should overrule the planning commission because that's the reason it was set• • upj - -to.-: decide these : matters," Alderman Ray Morgan said. "It could be compared to appealing a lower court decision to a higher one until eventually the supreme court makes the final decision. The regulations state the council has the final decision on re-zoning and so you might say the council is the supreme court here," Hyatt said. "This is somthing that is done all the time, constantly revising rules and laws to keep them updated. Other cities such as Memphis are doing this and I think Osceola should also. "We can't be right all the time. We have to amend the See OSCEOLA on page 2 City Police Arrest Alabama Constable An Alabama constable was arrested Saturday by the Blytheville Police Department and charged with possession and passing 'of counterfeit currency, Police Chief Okorge Ford reported .today. The man, John Emroy Gabhart, 53, of Warrior, Ala., was apprehended at a police roadblock at the corner of Chickasawba and Division at 8:10 p.m. after a local merchant notified, police that his business had received a bogus $10 note from a man matching Gabharts description-and driving a 1965' Cadillac, Ford said. Following a search of Gabhart's automobile with his consent, law officers discovered 13 more of the counterfeit $10 in a compartment between the seats of the vehicle, authorities stated. Gabhart, who is also an honorary Alabama State Trooper according to his identification, was arraigned yesterday before the U. S. Commissioner in Forrest City and bond was set at: $5,000, Ford 'said. Today he will be transferred to, Little Rock by a U. S. Federal Marshall where he will be held until his trial, officers said A U. S. Secret Service agent from Little Rock, Harold W. Duke, who was called into the investigation praised Blytheville police this morning saying, "This police department is to. be commended for its efficient operation and the apprehension of this individual. "This is the fourth such case recently in which a suspect has been arrested in connection with counterfeiting operations by the Blytheville Police Department and I consider this department to be one of the best in the state," Duke said. Negotiators Plof New Strategy, Trade Charges 9 Lost to Red Attack . By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese forces shot down four American planes .and five helicopters '.during the -attack in which they seized the Khani Due Special Forces camp, military spokesmen said today. Two of the planes were big four-engine Cl» ettgo transports 'evacuating South Vietnamese Irregulars and their families. About ISO South VietnameM to have been killed in one of the CISOs, U.S. sources said. This toll would be more than triple the worst previous crash of the Vietnam war and would also exceed the world's worst civilian aviation disaster,'the collision oi two airliners over New York City on Dec. 18, I960, in which 134 persons were killed. ; The second ClWlcit was just landing to pick up government trpojps when it was hit by antiaircraft fire. The liK American crewmen aboard escaped 1 but Kham Due is 350 miles nortfe east of Saigon, about 30 miles southwest of Da Nang, and 13Vi miles from the Laotian border. American B52 bombers, continued today to pound the enemy, troops around the camp, which was abandoned over the weekend. In the Saigon area, the mop up, of Viet Cong and North 'Vietnamese force* continued in the aftermath of the Communist offensive list /week, 'and allied forces/reported killing 226 enemy outside the capital Monday. i tte QM to wttoh tbtn wu such a large loss of life was shot down Sunday during the removal from Kham Due of the camp's garrison of civilian irregulars, their families, the U.S. Green Beret troops> who led them &nd South Vietnamese army troops stationed there. The U.S. Command announced earlier, that the plane's six American crewmen and an unknown number of South Vietnamese were killed. Other Americans could have .been (board, but it .was believed t BM VIETNAM By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent PARIS (AP) — U.S. and North Vietnamese negotiators mapped their next moves in the Paris peace talks today—and traded verbal punches from their headquarters on opposite sides of Paris. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman, emerging from the U.S. Embassy alter a morning of conferring with his advisers, said he had been going over the North Vietnamese statement at Monday's session with a "microscope" to see whether he could find anything constructive. He indicated he had not had any success so far. . At North Vietnamese headquarters across the Seine, on the Left Bank, a spokesman said his government did not intend to pay "ransom" to the United States to get it to stop ' the rest of the bombing of North X'ietnarn. That was his response to a question whether Hanoi would make a gesture of scaling down the war to encourage the United States to act. The talks go into their second full session at Wednesday. Today's - verbal • punches did not appear to change the mood of what has been described as businesslike start Monday. They did underscore the point that very hard bargaining lies ahead; The two positions on this and other issues were staked out at Monday's opening session in a 4,000-word speech in Vietnamese by Xuan Thuy and an 1,800-word'speech by Harriman. Thuy spoke first at Harriman's suggestion. After three hours of speechmaking and translations in the International Conference Center's grand salon, Harriman reluctantly agreed to the North Vietnamese proposal to skip a meeting today and hold the second session Wednesday morning. Xuan Thuy said there should be time to consult with the governments back home. U.S. offi- • cials speculated that he wanted to give leaders in Hanoi time to study Harriman's statement and send new instructions if they thought it necessary. Since North Vietnam's communications with Paris are assumed to be far less speedy than Washington's, there may be many such gaps in the future meeting program. But the blank days in the calendar will give opportunities for secret meetings and French go-between activities when needed. The need may arise soon on the problem of de-escalating the war, following up President Johnson's partial bombing halt March 31. Since then U.S. bombing has been concentrated on the southbound Communist sup"ply lines south of the 19th parallel, and Harriman said the movement of men and materiel on these lines had been increasing. He called on North Vietnam to show some restraint. Xuan called on the Ut*ad States to end all bombing and "other acts of war" against North Vietnam. He said that was the reason these talks were arranged and other questions- related to peacemaking—could only betaken up after that. But Harriman said Johnson wants some evidence of reciprocity for the bombing he has already halted; Xuan Thuy said reciprocity is out of |he question since the United States is the "aggressor" in air and sea operations against the North. This deadlock has in fact existed for many months, but the effect of the Paris talks 18 to force' the United States and North Vietnam to look at it Jointly in the context of • search —real or pretended—for peace, while the rest of the world watches. diptauto bwt «ig- gested two forms of compromise to break this opening stalemate. One would be for North Vietnam to maintain an unbud|ing See PEACE on page 2 : Japan Bars Nuclear Subs By KO SHIOYA Associated Press Writer TOKYO AP) - Japan has asked the United States to keep Us nuclear submarines away until investigators clear up suspicions that one of them contaminated the waters of a Japanese port. Chief Cabinet Secretary Toshio Kimura said today the request was made Monday, the day after the government scientists said the submarine Swordfish may have caused a radioactivity count 10 to 20 times higher than normal in the waters of Sasebo, site of a U.S. naval basa in southern Japan. The scientists added that the reported radioactivity count was far below the danger level for humans, but initial reports of the possible • contamination • already have set off new demands from the Socialist opposition that U.S. nuclear-powered ships be barred from Japan. The U.S. Embassy declined to comment on Kimura's statement, but the U.S. State and Navy Departments said earlier they were satisfied that the Swordf ish was not responsible for the increase in radioactivity. The submarine was at Sasebo, 550 miles southwest of Tokyo, May 2-11 for a rest and recreation leave for the crew. They took their radioactivity reading May 6. The ship's departure was delayed two days, which the Navy said was due to "mechanical failure", in her radar and communication equipment. The State • Department said three investigators from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission would arrive in Japan Wednesday to help the Japanese scientists investigate the cause of the' increased radioactivity. U.S. nuclear-powered subma- rines have visited Japan to give their crews recreation since "November 1964 under terms of .tha U.S.-Japanese security treaty. Their visits no longer occasion leftist demonstrations. But ^extreme left-wing students battled police outside the Sasebo base during the visit in January of the only nuclear-powered surface ship to enter a Japanese port, the aircraft carrier Enter, prise. . MISS ALFREDA POYNOR Is the first entrant In the Osceola Jaycee Beauty Pageant. The Pageant Is set for June 8 and 7, with a June 1 entry deadline. Entrants should contact Bobby Power at L03-2918 or Terry Reynolds at L03-5291. Miss Poynor is a senior .at Osceola High School and is a majorette in the band. She was selected homecoming queen thii year. » Children Are Charged in Death MILWAUKEE, Wis, AP) Judge George A. Bowman Jr. • gazed for a moment Monday, at the four youngsters, aged 9 and 10, before declaring: "Charge, murder; third degree." The Milwaukee County Court judge then ordered psychiatric examinations for the four youngsters and detention in a .county children's home until their May 29 trial date. The court was told the youngsters—a 10-year-old girl, two 10-year-old boys and a 9-year- old boy—played hooky from school April 23 and "decided to throw stones" at the home of Theodore Werhun hoping he would "come out of the house so; they could get in and take some • money,"Despite Bowman's use of the term "murder," the children technically are charged with aggravated battery in a petition filed in court prior to Werhun's death. The police report which Bowman read to the court said that, when Werhun appeared, the, children "began to throw stones at him. He was struck by a large rock ..'. which knocked him down, All ontiuud fe throw rocks." Werhun died Saturday in a hospital, and death "was due to penumonia and heart failure caused by being hospitalized for a leg fracture," suffered when he was knocked down, Bowman read. "I don't know the answer," Bowman said later, "but I think this community, the parents of this community, better wake up to the responsibility of'children. Maybe the death of an 86-year- old man will send out a messagt this court could never send." During the hearing, social workers offered sketches of the youngsters' backgrounds. "The family;life-they-had was in the street. That's where their real family is," one said. Cloudy, Showers <i , Mostly cloudy with showers and scattered thunderstonnt and not much change in tea* peratures through WednesAp. Showers diminishing awmwlMt Wednesday. High today in<lht 70s north to 80s south, Lnt4» Bight MBbrlh ton HI*,;

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