Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 19, 1976 · Page 3
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Garden City, Kansas
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J News In Brief I .Jiff Viking Awakened |f If , PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists i| :|;|; "woke up" the unmanned Viking 1 land- fj$ |jjj:; ing craft today and found everything in ||i Hi' working order for the craft's historic ||j. |||j descent Tuesday to the face of Mars.- $$ ••4fjf" If a U 8° es as planned, the Viking will ;|| |i$ touch down on the Martian surface at 7:53 • ';$| i|| a.m. EOT Tuesday. . ' :^ ill ;$$: But because of the 19 minutes required jjjii| ;jj|j-' for the craft's radio signals to travel 240 || ;j|j| million miles to earth at the speed of || |j$ light,' Viking officials will have no con- '$% |:j:i -firrnation of the landirig until 8:12 a.m. :•:•:•: gijiii; Prospects for success appeared bright ij|i j:j::| as a test of the 'craft's cameras and ex- •:;:•:• :;:':':;:: perimental equipment was completed $$ lijjjj Sunday. $:$ f$!j "The test has gone by the book," said a :|:j iijij;: spokesman at Jet Propulsion Laboratory |j; :||i here. "The first look (at the cameras and |ii gjiji equipment) went as everyone had ex- ;jij;j |j|, pected." , j|! i Plane Crash Kills 5 | || WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Five | $:$: persons were killed when a single-engine i| |$; private plane crashed 700 feet short of a j| ijijijii runway and exploded into flames near a jljii iji|j drive-through animal'park. jg H Louis Faber, 52, a fifth-grade teacher |j ||j from Sayville, N.Y., was, piloting the jjj: H , white Beechcraft Bonanza' on Sunday jij! •:•:•:•: . when it hit treetops, flipped and crashed i;j: $$! .-in a woods about 50 yards off a former :$ ;•;•;•:• access road to Jungle Habitat. | || Also killed were Michael Caale, 31, of § || Smithtown, N.Y.; his son, Michael Jr., 6,; | II; John Furrevig, 44, an auto mechanic jj: Hi from Deer Park, N.Y.; and Charles | $;•;• Digiorgio, 41, a construction worker from jj: || Huntington Station, N.Y. j? :|| Both Cavale and Digiorgio were also jj 11 licensed pilots. Faber was described by a jj flj friend as an experienced pilot who had ji •jijij: flown for more than 20 years. j! •|j: The group left Islip-MacArthur Airport ; ill in Islip, N.Y., Sunday morning and was j j|il flying to Pennsylvania to pick up Cav- ; 11 ale's plane, which had been undergoing j II repairs -in Hqhesdale. ; ti)^^ BEIROT, Lebanon (AP) — The U.S. Embassy announced today that its evacuation of Americans and others from. ;: Beirut Tuesday would be by road convoy to DXmascus. t X^aHe / E"ed**'pJahes will fly the evacuees - imraedTately* from- the -Syrian capital to Athens, embassy sources in the Greek capital reported. There was speculation that ships of the U.S. 6th Fleet would be standing by offshore to take the evacuees off should the overland route be declared unsafe.' But there was no confirmation of this from the Embassy. , A road convoy also was planned for the Embassy's first evacuation, in mid-June. But because of hostilities along the route, the Navy removed the 110 Americans and 157 other foreigners who wanted to leave. The response to the U.S. government's second warning that Americans should leave Lebanon has not been great. The Embassy said 125 Americans, 36 non- American dependents and 176 other foreigners had registered to go. However, the number was expected to increase.- . Embassy records show more than 1,000 . American citizens still in Lebanon, but . most of them are of Lebanese birth with , dual Lebanese and American citizenship. Garden Sass Most times, Gus Garden says, what we see depends mainly on what we look for. 11 i New Clues in School Children Kidnap Case 'Gut Feeling We're Getting Closer' LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) information by a man in think will take us to — Investigators say they have Sonora, 65 miles northeast of suspect,' said Baugh. compiled new clues which the kidnap scene, "that pin- But desnite - -•-.:.- (the which they believe will lead to the capture of three men who kidnaped 26 Chowchilla school. , children and their bus driver; '"•'• The-27, escaped unharmed • about 28 hours later. . "W.e have a gut feeling'that we'.are getting , closer.," Madera' County Sheriff Ed Bates 'said Sunday. At the Alameda ~ County sheriff's office, Lt. Ed Volpe ' said detectives had been given *.' points where (the suspects) were on specific dates last year. 1 .' \\ . • And Jack Baugh, criminal division chief for the Alameda sheriff's'.office, predicted. authorities liyoiildLbe able to identify one or m6re of the abductors today, OY Tuesday. "Right riow we're optimistic that our investigative leads are developing toward some positive information that we * * - * * But despite "an astronomical amount of physical evidence," Baugh admitted that investigators still had not established a motive.', "The only thing we have at this time is'a kidnap," he said. "As to whether it was by terrorists or for ransom, I don't know." The 26 children and their driver, on a homeward-bound run from summer school, were forced at gunpoint from One Clear Fact: the Crime Planned Months in Advance their bus and herded into two small vans near the Madera County town of Chowchilla, a small farming community in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. • Their captors drove them nearly 100 miles to a gravel quarry near Livermore in Alameda County in the southern San Francisco Bay area and forced them into an underground bunker constructed on an old truck bed. The captives dug their way out Friday night after the three masked men left. Composite drawings of two suspects and detailed descriptions of all three men believed responsible for the kidnaping were released Sunday along with one complete and one partial license number of the two vans. While investigators searched for three suspects, Bates would not rule out the possibility "four were involved." He declined to elaborate. Despite progress, Bates was angered by the FBI's withdrawal from the case Saturday. "Their sudden and unexpected withdrawal in the middle of the investigation left a vaccuum that was very difficult to fill and taxed the resources of the state and county and hindered our in- vestigation," Bates said in a telegram Sunday to U.S. Atty. Gen. Edward Levi and President Ford. The FBI said the case was not in its jurisdiction since no state lines were crossed or a ransom demanded. Bates received three photographs from Alameda County which Baugh said were of "possible suspects." Baugh believed there was a "good possibility" one of the three was involved in the kidnaping. Bates held off showing the three photos to any of the children, however, until more photographs of possible suspects from the Chowchilla area could be gathered. CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) — The motive is still a mystery. But the methods used by three silent, masked men who kidnaped 26 children and their bus driver make one thing clear — it was a crime planned out to the fullest, months in advance. < But it didn't work. The children escaped. Still, that'the captors could snatch a busload of mostly tiny children in daylight from a town where everyone seems to know everyone else, and then frustrate extensive search efforts by FBI, state and local law officers for more than 24 hours, testifies to their thorough preparation. When the plan was hatched is unknown. As far back as November 1975, however, one of the suspects is known to have bought three government surplus vans, one of which authorities have traced to the kidnaping. He paid with cash.. Two of the three he bought were never registered. The other was registered two days before the crime in Los Gatos, near San Jose. Because of that, investigators said they had to search for records of the van by hand since the information hadn't been filed in the Department of Motor Vehicles computer. The name and San Jose address the van was registered under turned out to be phony, according to Madera County Sheriff Ed Bates. The vans were well equipped for a flight from the scene of the crime. They carried: Patrols Guard Visitors from US TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Armed Mexican troops patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border and tourist-filled Pacific Coast • beaches this weekend in efforts to half a wave of terrorist, attacks on American visitors. Officials called—out '-the- troops; Friday ^c : .^pwts., mat': American citizens*'had been assaulted, terrorized and robbed, the soldiers roamed the border and the popular beaches of the Baja peninsula. "The greatest danger' has been during the night hours," said Ensenada Mayor Jorge Moreno Bonet, "so the patrol has been set up for after dark duty." Moreno Bonet said at least two million Americans visit Ensenada each year. The militiamen drove along the beaches in jeeps to discourage attacks on tourists camped along the beachfront. The patrols have been spurred by recent reports of armed gangs attacking unsuspecting tourists who traveled south to enjoy the Baja sunshine' and scenery. Nd new incidents have beeri rep6rted;;i,sinqe v the patrols "went on duty.' '••'-'. In a major incident 45 days ago, a commando-style raid was carried out at Punta Banda against six groups of California residents and an entire busload of University of Illinois biology students. A pregnant woman had a machete held to her throat and rubbed against her face. The attacks on tourists and visitors appear to be part of a mood of increasing tension and ill feeling along the border. < —CB radios, ideal for monitoring police activity, but made even more useful by the gabby "CB volunteers" who blasted out from Chowchilla nearly every tidbit of information known about the investigation. —Painted windows, so no one could see out — or in — and a tent-like tarp made the roundabout route to the gravel pits 100 miles away-a mystery to those inside. —A good supply of extra gasoline which kept the kidnapers from having to pull into a service station and taking the risk of an attendant being tipped off. California Highway Patrolmen had quickly alerted gas stations on the major routes in the San Joaquin Valley about the kidnaping and had told them to report any suspicious looking vans. ' The nearby creekbed where the bus was taken made an ideal hiding spot. Authorities said they could not see the bus at all from the road during daylight hours. It took a hastily organized air search to spot the big yellow bus in a thicket — and just before dark. In .the gravel pit hear Livermore, the kidnapers had an excellent, hideout. The children were buried for' nearlyilB Hpiu;sirt a World War II vintage, military moving van about 25 feet long. It was buried in a spot in the quarry that was not being worked. The spot was surrounded by brush up to six feet tall. Tests of soil samples taken from the site show the truck had been buried there less than a year, Alameda County investigators said. They added that there are numerous back roads to the spot and kidnapers could have easily driven in to work on the cavern at night without being seen. '•^I'iJI f- Garden City Telegram GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, MONDAY, JULY 19, 1976 Vol. 47 22P«ges -No. 219 Fiery Crash Kills Lamar Pilot Sunday Two-Vehicle Crash Kills Syracusan; Charges Filed SYRACUSE — Charges have been filed against the driver of a car involved in a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning that claimed the life of 20-year-old Duff Butts, Syracuse. Allen D. Moulder, who gave addresses of both Syracuse and Lamar, Colo., was to be arraigned in Hamilton County Court today on charges of vehicular homicide and possession of hallucinogenic drugs, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office here. Moulder was not injured in the mishap. Kansas Highway Patrol said the accident occurred a mile east of Syracuse on US50, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Both cars were east bound, the Moulder vehicle in front of the Butts vehicle. According to KHP reports, Moulder turned in the path of the Butts car, with the left front of the Moulder car striking the right front of the Butts car. Exact details of how the cars collided are not known at this time, KHP said. Butts was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is still under investigation. Vote Michael Quint for Associate District Judge. Paid for by M. Quint. - Pol. Adv. LAMAR, Colo. — Officials here today were still investigating a Sunday-morning plane crash which took the life of a prominent young Lamar man. Killed in the mishap was 26- year-old Gary A. Hofrrieister. Th> crash, occurred only a few yards from the crowded- Cow Palace Inn at Lamar's north edge: a short distance south of the Arkansas River. The popular motel and convention center was packed for the weekend with numerous softball players and their families, including many from Garden City. Lamar played host to its annual men's slow-pitch softball invitational, taking in 32 teams from two states. Hofmeister was landing the family plane on the Cow Palace airstrip, just to the west of the big motel. The craft crashed and exploded into flames after missing the northwest corner of the structure. Hofmeister was killed instantly and was burned in the craft. His father, Ernest Hofmeister, is president of the Pleads Innocent LEOTI — Richard McCowan, 31, Leoti, entered a plea of innocent this morning in Wichita County District Court during his formal arraignment on first degree murder charges. He is charged with the May 25' shooting death of Leoti's police chief, Carl Simons. During today's appearance before District Judge Bert J. Vance, McCowan's court- appointed attorney, JJ D. Muensch, Scott City, was granted a continuance to prepare for a motion for a change of venue. That motion will be argued Aug. 18. No trial date has been set. Simons' body was discovered in a weed-filled ditch a mile north of Leoti the night of May 25, across the road from his patrol car. McCowan was arrested a few hours later just east of Eads, Colo. McCowan remains in Scott . County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. board of directors of the Cow take off again, but; the craft Palace, Inc. The father struck an embanknrjent at ttie arrived at the motel a short east end.of the^airstfip withjts tfrne after the mishap oc- tricycle-nose wn^eeK •'?'•'. curred. Friends of the victim said he enjoyed Sunday-morning ' flights — and apparently was on such a jaunt a,t tlie time. Clocks in the Cow Palace Inn were stopped at 9:05 a.m., (MDT) the time of the crash. That was caused by ruptured power lines. The plane had been purchased by the Hofmeister family only about one week ago. The family has extensive farming and ranching interests in the Lamar area. Less than two years ago the airstrip was built behind the motel. The landing strip runs in an east-west direction. Witnesses indicated the craft came in from the west, headed in an easterly direction. It touched down, but apparently at too high a rate of speed. Reports also said a strong wind was also blowing at the time. But the big motel blocked off much of the wind at the east end of the strip. The pilot apparently tried to That impact threw the craft back into the- air, and 'the plane missed the northwest corner of the motel. It sheared off one metal pole holding lights for the parking lot. TJheh it ^crashed through pd,wer lines, struck another metal pole, and crashed down north of the motel in a- parking lot. It exploded on impact (some 30 yards west of US50-287) and burst into flames. Falling debris struck some cars in tlie lot. '• Hundreds of persons from the motel and from throughout town came to the crash scene. But nothing could be done because,of the intense heat. Hofmeister was alone at the time. The plane was a Cessna' 182 single-engined craft capable of carrying four persons. The victim was a 1969 graduate of Lamar High School. He was not married. Funeral will be Wednesday at id a.m., with burial at Fairmoimt Cemetery in Lamar. Weather 'Dragging Main" A National Guard Jeep marks the,back door of this convoy rolling north on Main Street Saturday afternoon. Guardsmen from Garden City and Telegram Photo Liberal left for a two-week training camp at Ft. Carson, Colo, Sunrise G-.37 Sunset 9:01! Clear to partly cloudy with isolated late afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Lows tonight In the upper 60s to low 70s. Hot Tuesday with highs In the mid to upper Ms. Southwesterly winds tonight 10 to 20 niph. Temperatures (or the 24- hour period ending at 6 a.m. Monday. Max. Mill. Pree. Dodge City 98 70 Bmporla 88 69 GARDEN CITY 99 67 Responsible Enthusiasm Philip I' Vieux tor County Attorney. I'd for by P. C. Vicux. — Pol Adv. CB Insurance Change Soon? TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)—Owners of citizens' band radios may soon have to purchase separate insurance coverage if they want their radios insured. The cost of such insurance probably will be $10 per $100 of value, not to exceed $200, said Richard Brock, administrative assistant in the office of Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell. This means that a person with a citizen's band radio valued at $300 would have to pay $30 for insurance coverage. Insurance Department officials said separate CB radio coverage has been proposed by most of the insurance companies operating in Kansas. Applications from 20 companies, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of the insurance business in Kansas, have been approved, Brock said. He said the rates approved on these requests were on the basis of $10 per $100 of valuation. The CB radios have been covered under comprehensive insurance on motor vehicles, but thefts have become so common that the insurance companies have been pictured as "losing their shirts" under the comprehensive auto coverage. The figure of $200 as a maximum for CB coverage premiums aroused some CB owners who apparently thought that would be a common insurance rate. The $200 would apply only to CB equipment valued at $2,000 or more, Brock said. Bruce Hudson, vice president of the Capital City Cit- zen's Band Radio Owners Club, said "I think $200 a year for premiums is a bit out of line and I doubt that any CB owner would be willing to pay such a price for protection." "There is no way I could see the majority of the CB owners in Topeka going along with those prices," Hudson added. "It wpuld be unfair and inequitable." Kansas Insurance Department officals said insurance companies estimate about one, of 3034 10 CB units is stolen. The losses on CB radios have compounded problems faced by the nsurance companies in paying out increasec auto collision and comprehensive damage claims.

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