Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 12, 1976 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Garden City Telegram 15c a Copy Vol. 47 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS,THURSDAY, AUGUST 12,1976 14 Pages -No. 240 'Religious Boy' Held as Sniper Dateline -Southwest Kansas ByKATHILOPER A good dose of perfect weather had been ordered — and was duly delivered — for the second night of the Kearny County Free Fair at Lakin. Throughout the afternoon, temperatures had hovered near the 100 degree mark causing flora, fauna and people to visibily wilt. But come suppertime, a gauze of clouds to the west • moved over the sun to provide a welcome filter, and a surprisingly cool breeze revived spirits. A small, raucus carnival was set up at the west end of the fairgrounds, luring young people with the promise of a thrill or a frill at the rides and booths. Business . was so good, in fact, that carnival booth barkers saved their vocal chords and their energies for another time and place. The sights, sounds and smells of a county fair merged to form a smorgasbord for the senses. From the livestock barns, a lonesome goat competed with the grinding clatter of the roller coaster for attention; the roller coaster won, sending flying-haired youths screaming around the turns and dips. A tiny boy sobbed as his weary father lifted him from the merry-go- round. "No!" Dad said firmly, "four times are enough." Near one of the carnival booths, five or six long-legged cowboys hooted in derision as one of their buddies tried to burst a balloon with-a dart while the booth attendant eyed a pair of tanned young girls strolling by. Young and old alike scrambled aboard a "trackless train" for a spin around the fairgrounds, while the engineer tooted the whistle and stifled a yawn. With each cooling drift of breeze, the odor of swine mixed with the smell of brilliant blue wads of cotton candy. In the exhibit buildings, lines of spectators filed past the colorful display of quilts and few could resist the temptation to run their fingers over the handiwork. And there, amidst the pickles and the summer squash, was Satantan Leroy Hayden stumping for a state Congressional seat. Heat, stored in the exhibit buildings all day and shifted around by large fans, soon sent fair-goers outside for a breath of fresh air and most began drifting to a stage set up for the 4-H style revue and Best Groomed Boy Contest. That program was purely corn-pone, with a barefoot "Ma and Pa Kettle" as narrators, but the crowd loved it and clapped for more. There is more in store today as Lakin's fair winds down for another year, climaxing tonight with a free barbecue at 5 (MDT). Weather Sunrise (i: 57 Sunset 8:3!) Clour ID partly cloudy through Friday. Isolated afternoon and nighttime thunderstorm. Low tonight low to mid (ills. Illghs Friday mid to upper IH)«. Variable winds 5 to 15 m|ih tonight. Temperatures for the 24-hour period cndlntt at f> a.m. Thursday. Max. Alin. 1'rec. Dodge Cily 9« M Einpori" 96 70 OAHDKN CITY % qi Ciuodlund . 91 54 IlilK.'ily 94 59 .01 .30 Price-Fixing Alleged Meatpacking Firms Sued DBS MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four meatpacking firms, including two from Iowa, have been named in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the Meat Price Investigators Association. The suit alleges the four conspired to fix meat prices paid lo livestock raisers. Named defendants in the suit are Iowa Beef Processors, Inc., (IBP) of Dakota City, Neb.; Flavorland Industries, Inc., of Sioux City, Iowa; Spencer Foods, Inc., of Spencer, Iowa, and MBPXL Corp. (formerly Missouri Beef Packers, Inc., and Kansas Beef Industries, Inc.). Plaintiffs in the suit are the Meat Price Investigators, an Iowa based unincorporated association and trust, and a number of individuals. No dollar figure is mentioned in the suit, but the plaintiffs claim that together they have fed some 350,000 head of cattle per year during the period from 1968 to the present. Treble damages are asked. The investigators association is the group that last December filed similar antitrust action against a group of supermarket chains, charging them with conspiracy to fix meat prices. The latest suit names IBP and Missouri Beef as the first- and second largest purchasers of fat cattle for slaughter in the United States. In addition to the meatpack- ing firms, the suit mentions unnamed co conspirators and alleges that they also acted to restrain interstate trade in fat cattle. IBP President J. Fred Haigler Tuesday denied the allegations in the suit. "This is a fiercely competitive business, and to allege that IBP has conspired with competitors or anyone to harm or in any way work a hardship upon those who provide us with raw material supplies is sheer nonsense," said Haigler. "The cattle feeders are the very lifeblood of this business. To do anything that. is contrary to their best interest would be to commit economic suicide." Haigler said IBP's attorneys are considering the filing of a countersuit for "malicious abuse of process." The suit, which was filed Monday, lists a number of devices allegedly used to restrain the fat cattle trade. These include: —Manipulation of the carcass, primal and subprimal prices of beef reported in the "Yellow Sheet," which in turn has been used as a basis for exacting unreasonably low prices for live cattle. —Agreeing to quote substantially identical bids for live cattle. —Exchanging market information through oral and written communication in the short run and by interchanging key employes. —Agreeing to divide territories among themselves and other co conspirators to restrict the live cattle market. Kathl Loper COUNTY FAIRS are interesting for adults, but children have a tendency to catch it all at a glance and look around for something new to occupy their attention. That's why a carnival was scheduled at the Kearny County Fair in Lakin, and this trio of young ladies has found plenty to amuse them while their parents take in the exhibits. WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An 11-minute hail of sniper bullets from the top floor of a Holiday Inn raked shoppers and workers in Wichita's downtown area, killing two persons and wounding seven. The gunfire on Wednesday from the top of the tallest building in Kansas ended when five police officers fired a volley of shots through a wall, wounding a 19-year-old man armed with two rifles. The man, identified as Michael Soles of Sand Springs, Okla., was under guard at a hospital. He was reported in fair condition with leg wounds. Charges were expected to be filed today. Victims of what witnesses said was apparently random firing from the 26th floor of the Holiday Inn Plaza included workmen and office workers, shoppers, teen-agers waiting to buy tickets to a rock concert and a news photographer who had rushed to the scene. Dead were Joe Goulart, 56, a free-lance photographer killed when a bullet smashed through the windshield of his car less than a block from the hotel; and Elmer W. Hensley, 57, a glass company worker, who died after he was struck in the back by a bullet as he stood on the roof of an adjoining building. One of the seven persons wounded was in critical condition and two were listed as in serious condition. Soles was described by relatives in Oklahoma as a "deeply religious boy" who had no history of trouble. A welder by trade, he had gone to Wichita several months ago seeking work, they said. * * Thought It Was a Bank Robbery 7 for a While "We thought it was a bank robbery, and there we were right in the middle of it." That was the initial reaction of two Garden City , men caught in the crossfire Wednesday afternoon between police officers and a sniper, perched atop the Holiday Inn Plaza at Wichita. Jonas Castleberry, 1710 Glenellen, and George Deslongchamp, 615 N. 12th, were in a car 26 stories below the sniper. They did not see the young man accused of firing the shots, but they did witness the activity on street level as police, reporters and spectators scurried for cover. "We were bottlenecked in traffic," Castleberry said today, "and we could see cop cars and T.V. cameras all over the place. Policemen were hiding behind and under everything; in fact, there was a policeman behind a planter, with his gun drawn, not 10 feet from where we were." As the pair was stalled in traffic, Deslongchamp said he noticed a drive-in bank near the Holiday Inn and both thought they were witnessing a bank robbery. Castleberry said the car he was driving was directly beneath the sniper, so they could not see the activity taking place on Jonas Castleberry the top floor of the hotel. They did, however, see one of the sniper's victims, lying wounded or dead on the sidewalk as they drove out of the area. Neither Castleberry or Deslongchamp was injured. When traffic had cleared, Castleberry left the area as quickly as he could, he said, and circled around the block. It wasn't until he turned on the car's radio that the pair learned what they had witnessed was a sniper and not a bank robbery. "I suppose we could have George Deslongchamp With Purchase Option City LeasesNCR Computer Garden Sass Difference between innovation and a dumb idea, Gus Garden says, is found by looking at whether or not it's the boss's idea. City Commissioners voted yesterday to lease with an option to purchase a $48,015 data processing system from National Cash Register Co. The decision came after deliberating the advantages of a similar system from IBM or using the new county computer. Commissioners Tony Jewell and Duane West voted against the NCR system. Jewell said since the city staff recommended the IBM system that one should be obtained. West said he preferred using the county's computer because the city could save money and then determine what their computer needs would' be. The city computer will be used for utility billing and payroll and appropriations accounting. Dean Letourneau, NCR representative, said it could be in operation by Jan. 1. Under the agreement, the city will pay $1,312 each month for four years. It has the option to cancel the contract at the end of each year or to purchase the system with 100 per cent of the payments credited against purchase. The contract includes the cost of training city employes. Payments for a similar IBM system would have been $1,245 oar»h mnnth hut nnlv 7R n*»r payments would credited to the cent of the have been purchase. Finney County offered to lease its computer for approximately 10 hours each week for $35 per hour. Commissioners John Miller and R. H. Calihan Jr. said it would be a waste of time to use the county computer because the city would eventually need one anyway. City Manager Deane Wiley said he and members of the city clerk's office had been studying various computer systems for the past few years. The city's need would best be answered by the proposed IBM system and it would be easier to adapt, he said. In other business, the commission: — Approved a request from Bart Smith, owner of McDonald's restaurant, for a business promotional parade from the high school parking lot to the restaurant on Sept. 11. Smith also advised the commissioners that McDonald's Corporation has purchased 1,776 trees to donate to each state. Smith said 70 trees will be given to Garden City. — Approved a request from Sand Hills Arts Association for use of Stevens Park for its annual Art in the Park on Aug. 21. — Agreed to pay $330 for removal and replacement of concrete driveway at a new residence on 2000 block of 7th Street. The contractor, Bill Earnest, said the . city engineer's office had approved a sidewalk adjacent to the curb at one plot on the block but not another. In order for all the walkways to conform, one driveway would have to be replaced to adapt, he said. — Approved placement of stop signs at intersections of 9th, 10th and llth with Santa Fe, with the numbered streets having the right of way. Police Chief Dick Colwell made the recommendation because of increased traffic to and from the fairgrounds and sports complex. — Discussed sending a letter to County Commissioners asking them to act on three-mile zoning regulations. "Three mile zoning is not going to be done unless we do it," West said. — Discussed sending a letter to Alabama trustee bank advising that if nothing was done within 30 days to housing project at Third and the citv would take action to purchase the building or have it demolished as a nuisance. City Attorney Clyde Daniel advised against the action saying the city has no business in the matter. A move like that would be the rashest decision the commission could make, he said. "It's time we did something rash," Jewell replied. been shot," Castleberry said, "but things were happening so fast we really didn't think about it at the time." He added that he and Deslongchamp had not planned any form of evasive action, other than leaving the area as quickly as traffic flow would allow. After they learned about the sniper from the car radio, Castleberry went to a telephone and called KIUL Radio Station here to give them an eye-witness report of the incident. "I like to let people at home know what's going on," he explained. Had it not been for an errand that needed attended to, a third Garden City man would have been with Castleberry and Deslongchamp. Monte Boultinghouse, 704 Center, was in Wichita with them, but Castleberry had let him out just two blocks from the Holiday Inn with intentions of circling back to pick him up. The three are salesmen for Great Plains Wholesale, and had been attending an educational meeting, connected with their work, in Wichita. Friends and neighbors in Wichita described Soles as friendly and personable, a chunky, red-haired young man who helped one man fix his car and was a babysitter for the children of the minister with whom he was staying. The minister, the Rev. Timothy Hutton, would not talk with reporters. Scores of police converged on the Holiday Inn within minutes of the first shooting report at 2:54 p.m. Wednesday. Shots were already raining down on the street as police opened fire. Bullets spattered buildings and streets during a light drizzle. "I must have heard 30 or 35 shots," said Dan Bachmann, an attorney in a neighboring building. "Then I saw him (the gunman) throw down what appeared to be two rifles. The next thing I saw up there were two or three police officers." Among the seven wounded was Mark Falen, 23, a bank loan officer, who was in critical condition with a neck wound he received while walking to his office. In serious condition were Arnold Merritt, 51, another glass worker who was hit in the chest and knee, and Denise Guseman, 16, of Derby, Kan., who was hit in the neck. Penny Guseman, 17, sister of Denise, was treated and released after receiving superficial wounds on her right arm and left leg. Also released were Janice Goodwin, 14, Chris Hoy, 24, and Larry Ade, 25, of Augusta, Kan. At least two other persons were injured by flying glass during the shooting. Witnesses said later they had seen a man carrying two weapons, identified as a 30-30 boltaction rifle and a .22 caliber semiautomatic with a telescopic sight, from a car to the hotel. More Riot Deaths CAPETOWN, South Africa (AP) — Tension mounted again today in Cape Town's black townships, where police said 23 blacks were killed in rioting Wednesday night. Police Commissioner Gert Prinsloo issued the casualty report, correcting an earlier police report that 33 had been killed. He said 70 persons were seriously injured, but he did not know how many of the dead or wounded were hit by police gunfire. It was the first serious outbreak of violence in the southern part of South Africa since the black upheaval against the white minority government's apartheid policy of racial separation began in mid-June in the Johannesburg area, 800 miles to the northeast. The deaths in Cape Town brought to at least 212 the number killed since the first riots in Johannesburg's Soweto township. Thirty-four deaths have been reported in the past week. College Concerned About Bill For July Utilities Too Garden City homeowners aren't the only persons concerned about high utility rates. The Board of Trustees at Garden City Community College are trying to explain a $4,004 water and electric bill at the college dormitory for the month of July. The bill is more than $1,000 than the June bill and nearly $2,500 more than the same period a year ago. Earl Pearce, business manager, told the Trustees Wednesday evening that three different groups used the dorm for short periods in July and three offices or rooms are used throughout the summer. Nevertheless, the number of kilowatt hours of electricity consumed in July was more than doubled from the same period a year ago. The bill isn't in line with other buildings at the campus, Pearce said. The July utility bill for seven other buildings on campus — many of which are used throughout the summer — totaled $5,508. That's up from $4,360 a year ago. The problem may be with the present system, the entire buildine is air conditioned even though only a few rooms are used. "When that building was built," President Tom Saffell said, "they weren't concerned about conservation of energy." The trustees are still hoping an error may have been the cause or the meter reading for July was just estimated — a situation that will correct itself this month. But in the future, those single offices in the dormitories should probably be cooled by single refrigeration units, the Trustees said.

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