Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 19, 1976 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Evacuation in Lebanon Delayed BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Authorities today postponed for one day a convoy that was to evacuate several hundred foreigners, including about 140 Americans, from Beirut to Damascus after fighting was reported along the route. The Palestine Liberation Organization told the British Embassy, which organized the convoy, it would not be able to assure safety during the six-hour motorcade. The embassy said the PLO reported heavy shelling duels between Syrian and Lebanese leftist forces near Sidon, 25 miles south of Beirut. The leftist-controlled Beirut radio reported Lebanese Moslems and their Palestinian allies exchanged artillery and mortar fire with Syrian forces in the Moslem-held sector of Beirut. A British-led convoy of about 70 persons that carried Garden City Telegram 15c a Copy Vol. 47 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, SATURDAY, JUNE 19,1976 12 Pages -No. 195 the bodies of the murdered U.S. ambassador and his economic adviser to Damascus on Friday was caught in an artillery crossfire, but nobody was hurt. The Palestinian guerrilla- Moslem leftist command said it had arrested more suspects in its investigation of the deaths of Ambassador Francis E. Meloy Jr., economic counselor Robert 0. Waring and their Lebanese driver. The three were shot to death in the no man's land between Christian and Moslem sectors of Beirut on Wednesday while on their way to a meeting with President-elect Elias Sarkis. The deaths prompted President Ford to order the evacuation of any of the 1,350 Americans in Beirut who want to leave the war-torn city. The leftist announcement said the arrests were made in the Moslem sector of Beirut but did not say how many had been arrested. The Palestinians said three Lebanese arrested earlier had admitted taking part in the killings. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat told reporters he had urged Ford not to intevene militarily in Lebanon after the diplomats' deaths. Sadat also reversed an earlier position and said he would not object to French troops being sent to police a Lebanese truce if Sarkis requested them. Syrian President Hafez Assad said in Paris, where he met with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, that negotiations to end the Lebanese civil war should take place solely between warring Lebanese Christians and Moslems and should not include Palestinians. Assad then left for Damascus. A U.S. Navy task force with 1,800 Marines aboard was standing by several hundred miles off the coast of Lebanon. The attack-carrier America, loaded with more than 90 jets, was ordered to within about 150 miles of Lebanon. Military sources said a U.S. Navy communications plane would be sent up off Lebanon to relay radio messages from the land convoy to the task force. Weather Sunrise 6:22 Sunsrt8:(MI Clear and cool tonight with lows In thr low to mid 50s. Winds light and variable tonight. Mostly tunny and plcaiant Sunday, with hlghi Ms afternoon In tht low to mid 80s. Dodge City Emporin GARDEN CITY Goodland Hill City Russell Man. 74 72 76 70 72 74 Mln. 49 48 44 47 47 48 Prec. T Gas Pump Felled Volunteers douse a fire that Friday evening caused an estimated $3,600 damage to a gasoline pump at the Champlin Station, Main and Kansas. Fire Chief Tommy Thomas said a station employe was maneuvering a pickup truck and knocked the pump over, causing the fire. Police identified the employe as Michael C. Webb, 15,1407 Johnson. Time of the fire was 7:05 p.m. i> av id Williams Four Primary Races— So Far Finney County voters will go to the polls August 3 to decide at least four primary races for county offices. More primary races may emerge, however, because potential office seekers have until noon Monday to file for nomination. As of 5 p.m. Friday, primary contests had been set for the positions of associate district judge, county attorney, and county commissioner for both the 2nd and 3rd districts. All county offices, with the exception of 1st district county commissioner, are up for grabs this year. As it stands now, Republicans Harrison Smith and Michael Quint will square off in August for their party's nomination as associate district judge. A Democrat has yet to file for that post. Smith currently serves as Finney County Probate Judge, and is a former county attorney here. Quint is now Deputy County Attorney. The associate district judge position was created by the 1976 legislature to combine the Downright Brrrrr-y It got downright brrrr-y here this morning. Temperatures dipped to a record-low level for a June 19 today when the mercury plummeted all the way down to 44 degrees. Both the Kansas State University agriculture experiment station northeast of town and the airport 10 miles east of Garden City recorded 44 degrees. The airport is the official U.S. weather-reporting station here. The experiment station 44 was recorded on a minimum- temperature gauge, which lists no exact time. At the airport, the 44 came between 5 and 6 a.m. today. Peak reading yesterday afternoon at the airport' was 76 degrees. Today's 44 was three degrees lower than the previous record for this date. The mercury had reached 47 degrees on June 19, 1920. All-time record high for this date is 106 degrees in June of 1936 — during the Dust Bowl years. county, probate and juvenile judgeships. Don Vsetecka, now completing his first term as Finney County Attorney, is being challenged for that slot by Philip C. Vieux, a Dodge City native now residing in Topeka. Both are running on the Republican ticket. Vieux has expressed plans to move to Garden City when housing becomes available in early August. There is no residency requirement for county offices. As of Friday, winner of that primary race will enter the November general election unchallenged by a Democratic opponent. Martin Huschka, a Finney County farmer-stockman, will run against former county commissioner Raymond Oyler for the 3rd district county commission seat. Both are Republicans. Winner of that contest probably will face James M. Concannon Jr., a Democrat, in the general election. Democrat Bob Buerkle, now serving the fourth year of his first term as 2nd district county commissioner, will be challenged, in August by farmer-businessman Michael Merrill. A Republican has yet to file for that position. Thus far running unopposed for nomination to office are Donna Bradford, a Democrat, seeking her seventh two-year term as Finney County Treasurer; Margaret Harmon, a Republican, seeking another term as Register of Deeds, a post she has held since 1972; and Carol Brown, a Democrat, seeking her second term as Finney County Clerk after employment in that office since 1963. A November race for Finney County sheriff shapes up between Democratic in- "cumbent Grover Craig, seeking his third two-year term, and Republican Gaylord Cook, a former deputy sheriff. Garden Sass Gus Garden says roses may be red and violets 'blue but they don't get around like dandelions do. Uneasy Calm in S. Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa <AP) — Black mobs today attacked black looters and hoods they believe were responsible for the destruction and violence of recent days, but otherwise an uneasy calm replaced the worst racial conflict in South Africa's history, police said. Two looters trapped iniside a shop in Tembisa, outside Johannesburg, were reportedly beaten to death by other blacks and a third man was injured and taken to a hospital. In Tokoza township, blacks incensed at finding a beer hall burned down stoned a crowd of young gangsters they held responsible. There have been reports that black criminals took advantage of the riots to burn and loot shops and beer halls. Observers said the attacks against black hoods could be the beginning of a black backlash against the widespread destruction of their neighborhoods. Heavily armed black and white policemen continued to patrol the tense, riot-scarred black townships ringing Johannesburg watching for fresh outbreaks of the violence that has taken at least 100 lives and left 1,000 injured since Wednesday. Girl, 16, Said Imprisoned In Bedroom for Four Years LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl who allegedly was kept imprisoned in her bedroom for four years was afraid to escape because of her adopted parents' dogs, her older sister says. Donna Marie Johnson, 19, stepsister of young Laura Johnson who was rescued by police Wednesday, said Friday she escaped similar treatment last month by prying open the bedroom door with a bedpost. She said she and Laura were locked in an 8-by-10-foot bedroom, repeatedly beaten, denied food and left to cower in excrement. Three Great Danes ostensibly purchased for protection against burglars prevented Laura from escaping, Donna told officers. Police freed Laura after Donna told them of her situation. Battered and weighing only 63 pounds, Laura was reported in fair condition at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Police interviewed Donna and her brother, Donald, on Friday, learning that all three adopted children had been subjected to the same treatment. Donna and Donald are of mixed black and Korean heritage. Donald, 22, fled the Johnson home five years ago, police said. Donna said she hesitated to go to police with her tale after she escaped last month. "I was afraid my mother would beat her (Laura) to death. And I was also afraid the police wouldn't believe me. I had run away from home several times before and each time the police would take me back home." She said she had told police she was being beaten and starved but they did not believe her. Donna now lives with an aunt. However, Laura apparently escaped once despite the dogs. Police said they found her seven miles from home on April 12, rummaging through garbage cans. They said she gave no indication of being mistreated and she was returned to Randolph and Willie Johnson. The Johnsons were released Thursday on $2,000 bond each after being charged with felony child abuse. Conviction Hailed as Smut-Deterring Precedent WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The conviction of two New York men Friday on charges of mailing obscene material into Kansas was hailed by prosecutors as a precedent to deter pornography. Alvin Goldstein, James Buckley and the publishing firm Milky Way Productions Inc. were convicted by a federal court jury on charges of conspiracy and mailing obscene publications. "This is the first time a major obscenity dealer has been held accountable at the district of receipt and under local standards of that community," said Asst. U.S. Atty. Larry Schauf. The prosecutor added the conviction means distributors of obscene material could face prosecution wherever they mail their publications. Goldstein and Buckley were indicted 18 months ago on charges of mailing copies of "Screw" and "Smut" magazines into Kansas. Buckley is no longer associated with the publications. The two men, who were released on bond by U.S. District Court Judge Frank Theis could face maximum penalties of up to five years in prison^and a $10,000 fine on a conspiracy count and five years and $5,000 fines on each of 11 mailing counts. Defense attorneys said after the verdicts were read they would ask Theis to set aside the jury's decision on grounds the prosecutor had made prej-~ udicial statements in his final argument. Schauf had urged the panel of eight women and four men to uphold "decency" and keep pornography out of Kansas by convicting the two men. "I think we have excellent grounds for an appeal because of the statements made by Mr. Schauf," said attorney Herald Fahringer. "If the judge refuses to set aside the verdict, we will appeal." Theis said he would postpone sentencing for about 90 days to allow time for an investigation of the men's backgrounds and to give the defense time for new motions, Goldstein and Buckley told newsmen they would have no comment on the jury's verdict. Buckley added, "Nothing happened here that was unexpected," apparently referring to defense claims that the trial was contrived in Kansas to give the government a better case. Evidence in the four-week trial indicated Kansas postal inspectors acting on orders from New York and Washington had used fictitious names to obtain subscriptions to the publications. Defense attorneys contended the fake subscriptions had been used to lure the case into Kansas and create difficulties for the defendants by having the trial 1,500 miles from New York. Schauf denied any mis- handling of the case by the government and said evidence proved at least a dozen other subscriptions to the two magazines were being sent to Kansas at the time the postal inspectors obtained subscriptions. The use of fictitious names by postal inspectors, who testified they never opened the packets but put them in new envelopes and returned them to New York, also was defended by the prosecutor. "This has been an approved practice since the turn of the century, not only in mail cases but in investigations of drug traffic and illegal weapons," he said. Schauf said the defendants "flatter themselves" with arguments that the Justice Department had a vendetta against the publications for editorials against former President Nixon. "There is no truth to that at all," he said. "We've handled this case just as we would any other. We're not puppets of Washington." Prosecution records of the case have been submitted to Judge Theis to demonstrate the government did not act unethically in establishing the trial in Kansas, added. Schauf said the conviction is in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held, in his words, that "people in Maine or Kansas don't have to go by the standards set in New York City." Comments by John frazier BUZZARDS on the wing over Scott Park. David wmiamt They'll never write a song about them, but the buzzards which inhabit Scott State Park are just as calendar conscious as those famous commuting swallows of Capistrano. But if someone did, it probably would start something like: "When the buzzards buzz back to old Scott Park. . . " You ask, "Buzzards in Scott'Park? You're putting us on." No rip off here. . . no mix-up. The big birds are in residence there now. Unofficial buzzard observer Milo Smith says you can almost set your calendar by them — when they arrive in the spring, depart at autumntide. For years, Milo, who has been a permanent resident on the east side of the lake since 1969 and a regular commuter from his home in Dighton for years previous, watches — and anticipates — the arrival of the red-headed, black- feathered turkey buzzards. He even keeps a "buzzard log." Typical notations: '"Buzzards came in April 11, 1970." "Buzzards back April 9, 1971." "Friday, Oct. 1, 1974, buzzards left," "October 7, 1972, buzzards departed." You can see the pattern. The only deviation, he can recall, came in 1973 when the birds flew the coop on Sept. 20 —* about a week earlier than usual. Then on Nov. 20, that year, the region had its first snow and blizzard — and Milo thinks that may have been the reason "they took ouUearly." Whatever, the buzzards apparently have been following practically the same pattern of "hundreds of years." Where the birds go after they bid adieu to Scott Park in the fall is a mystery to Milo. "I can't tell you. . . I don't know." One peculiarity is that the buzzards fly into Scott only on a southeast wind. "I can look for them around April 5 every year. And when the wind is in the southeast, here they come. "The current has to be just right for them." On April 3, this year, the first of the birds arrived. They were followed on April 15 by a bigger bunch. Usually, the invaders number about 20-25 in the spring. When departure time rolls around, the count could reach upwards to 70. The birds hatch and raise their young in the rocky bluffs of the park. When they're not roosting in the big cottonwoods across the road from Milo's place, the buzzards are sitting on the rocky ledges or soaring at great heights. "They're the most horrible looking bird, sitting on fence posts, spreading their wings to dry off," Milo says. "But they're the prettiest bird there is when they soar. . . they soar for miles without flapping their wings." Milo first told us about the buzzards three-four years ago and even during our many visits to the park since, we had never seen a buzzard. Rather, we had never recognized a buzzard. The birds are extremely difficult to locate in their leafy roosting spot. Milo figures those "hawks which soar on high" we've written about many times really were buzzards. Now, we think he's right. "Ask most people, even those in Scott City, and they probably don't even know about the buzzards," he says. We took a binocular-closeup of the birds at roost. Gad! they are repulsive. But ugliness is forgotten when they ride the high zephers. A thing of beauty they become. . . a "bird of another color."

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