The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 28, 1967 · 1
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Saturday, January 28, 1967
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so so Pair, windy, cold lonh'-t, 0.y under 30. Tomorrow fair, high Temperature by hours' ! 3i S i 7 i 10 11 MlM138;34i3;34;32;32;34!M Yesterday: Max. 45; Min. 39 The Daily Home News Complete Edition NEW BRUNSWICKTn. J., SATURDAY AFTERNOON JANUARY 28, 1967. ! TEN CENTS. WBIK H MflK HI 1 WAfFIIFl yiufM Ml M Jl iufMVillljU' liMlLilii U) tJH flvyjLsivliJLilX 'Sr'" rT: I Mystery Fire Deafh Stalks Apollo Astronauts Roger Chafee, Edward White and Virgil Grit-torn, pictured from left to right, were killed yesterday when a flash fire erupted in their Apollo module during a simulated launch. Photo at right shows them during a recent similar test. (UPI Tele-photo) Probation Aide Indicted In Embezzlement An embezzlement indictment against a former chief bookkeeping clerk in the County Probation Department was handed up yesterday by the Middlesex County Grand Jury. In it, Mrs. Edith Cain. 47, of 314 S. 3rd Ave., Highland Park, is accused of stealing $2,242 between last Oct. 12 and 21. Mrs. Cain headed the Proba tion Department's bookkeeping department for several months last year and was discharged for reasons other than the shortage of funds. Revealed Shortage The Probation Department handles thousands of dollars a month primarily in payments turned over by men ordered to provide support for wives and children. Last Nov. 1 when Freeholder John J. Fay Jr. revealed the shortage of funds, he said that the woman, then unnamed, had already made full restitution for the missing money. Chief Probation Officer Albert G. Waters was listed as the complainant against Mrs. Cain. The shortages were turned up after Mrs. Cain had left the department. Fay said. In another case the grand jury handed up indictments against a sweet shop owner and a youth for exposing obscene motion pictures. Indicted were Anthony Adamo, 46, of 8 Essex Lane, Old Bridge, and 18-year-old Robert Dostie of School House Lane, Monroe Township. Both defendants were charged with showing obscene movies at the rear of Adamo'i Sweet Shop at 531 Main St., Spotswood. Adamo is accused of the crime last March 20 and Dostie on the night of March 19-20. The grand jury indicted two See INDICTED Page 7 Indict Larson in Police Threats By REGINALD KAVANAUGH Swift action by the Prosecutor's Office yesterday resulted In the indictment of suspected bookmaker Edward Larson on charges of threatening the lives of Police Chief Ralph C. Petrone and Patrolman Everett T. James. , The Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted the 36-year-old East Brunswick man of making the threats Sunday night at taverns here and in North Brunswick. Three "Does" Indicted Another indictment made out against three unknown individuals, "John Doe, Jane Doe and Richard Roe," was handed up in the theft of evidence from a safe in the Prosecutor's Office last month. That indictment, which said that the evidence was stolen between Dec. and 12, was sought by Prosecutor Edward J. Dolan for two reasons; To facilitate action on an extradition from another state should such action be necessary. Without a pending indictment, the grand jury would have to be convened before the Prosecutor's Office could initiate extradition proceedings. And to stop the running of the statute of limitBtions on the crime, breaking, entering and larceny. Without a "John Doe" indictment, there could be no prosecution after five years from the date of the offense. The threats indictment against Larson was the biggest of his woes yesterday. About the same .... Klilill - ss SwS- ? lv:. " I , , ' RYY 111 Madison Schools: By WILLIAM HEFFERNAN MADISON - News of the deaths of Astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee struck close to the hearts of township residents yesterday, as many remembered the recent renaming of township schools in honor of the original seven Mercury pilots. To many, the Virgil I. Grissom Elementery School in Sayre Woods South, will remain as a lasting momento of the tragic events of Jan. 27. But to the children of the school, the horror of the day will be even more intimate due to a school project Kheel Opens Teacher By BENNY ST. JOHN WOODBRIDGE Labor mediator Theodore W. Kheel was scheduled to meet today with representatives of striking Local 822 and the Woodbridge Township Education Association in an attempt to iron-out their differences with the Board of Education. The meeting to lay the ground rules for negotiations was set for 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Edison. . Expect Settlement The disputants reported yesterday they are confident Kheel will be able to settle the dispute. The striking teachers spent more time in court this week than in school, may be back on the job Monday. Joseph Cascella, national representative of the AFT. said last night he will call for the closing of all Woodbridge schools Monday if a settlement is not reached over the weekend. Cascella said in a statement to the press that it was "immoral" for the board to keep schools open simply to get state aid. "We think it's time the state commissioner of education and the governor started to investigate school systems that accept state aid monies for an education that they are not providing. We wonder if this is legal," Cascella said. Could Hold Summer Classes ( But Superintendent of Schools Patrick A. Boylan flatly denied that schools have been kept open solely to qualify for school aid. Boylan said schools need be kept open only 180 das to qualify for aid and that Woodbridge schools could make up days lost during the strike in June and July if necessary. Boylan conceded that instruction in the district has been seriously curtailed during the walkout but added, "In some schools Instruction has been normal." "Anyway, all Joe Cascella has to do is snap his fingers and the teachers will cowrie back," Boylan said. Boylan said that during the past week about 14,500 of the district's 22,000 students have attended school daily and "better that has come to a quick and final end. Throughout the past months, the students of the Grissom School have been designing a flag representing "Gus" Grissom and the school named in his honor. The flag was intended to fly with the astronaut during his first Apollo space flight, scheduled for Feb. 21. May S Letter On May 5. last year, Grissom sent a letter addressed to the "girls and boys" of the school. In the letter he expressed his appreciation for the honor bestowed upon him and then of time the grand jury was taking action, Larson was arrested by Edison police for failure to show up Thursday night to answer a traffic summons in Edison Municipal Court. Larson, who had to post a $25 bond to assure his appearance in Edison court, got the ticket on the night of Jan. 18 at Route 27 and Plainfield Avenue. ' Police said that Larson sped through a red light at the Intersection a few minutes after the breakup of the now famous brawl at a Highland Park tavern that involved two other suspected gamblers and suspended County Detective Robert F. Engel. Left In Taxi Minutes after the last punch was thrown at Santa Maria's Tavern, 1163 Raritan Ave., Engel left In a taxicab for an Edison destination. Larson followed in his own car up Route 27 at a high rate of speed and, police said, went through a red light at the Plainfield Avenue intersection. Engel, who was suspended Monday by the prosecutor on charges that included withholding information about the evidence theft, is also accused of consorting with Larson contrary to Dolan's direct orders. The alleged threats by Larson are supposedly based on a gambling investigation by New Bruns-See LARSON, Page 13 v;- ' .. " Living Memorials Strike Talks Today than half" of the district's 831 teachers have been reporting to their classrooms. Intentions were for Kheel to mediate each dispute with the board separately. The AFT refused to negotiate jointly with the WEA because the association does not support the union strike. Kheel, who gained distinction as a mediator in the New York transit, newspaper and teacher disputes, accepted an invitation Thursday to help settle the twc-week-old federation strike and squabble between the board and WEA. The strike follows a wage dispute. Both unions have rejected the board's final offer made Monday to raise the salary range from the present $5,400-$8,500 to !5,850-$9,330 in 13 steps. Both organizations turned the offer down along with promises of improved school programs and working conditions. 1 Local 822 has asked the Board for a $6,000 to $10,800 salary guide. The union originally asked for $6,000 to $12,000. When the board turned the union down, the 400-plus members t refused to go to work. Resignations Threatened Although association members have not supported the strike, they have threatened to resign en masse and conduct a campaign against the school system. A temporary injunction to halt the strike was continued in-1 definitely yesterday by Superior Court Judge David D. Furman, as the strike entered its 10th day, tying the stale record for teacher walkouts. The union did not contest the action. On Thursday, 11 leaders of the strike were found guilty of criminal contempt. The charge was brought after the teachers refused to return to work in defiance of the temporary injunction issued the first day of the walkout. The 10 teachers and one union leader found guilty were released on their own recognizance pending a mandatory pre-sentence investigation. It is expected that they will be sentenced in See STRIKE, Pase 7 OUTER SPACE TREATY Just before yesterday's Apollo disaster, President Johnson shook hands with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynln, left, while British Ambassador Sir Patrick Dean looVtd en during the signing of a treaty barring nuclear weapons from Outer space. Scene was the East Room of the White House. (UPI Telephoto) fered the following advice; "I suggest that you work diligently on your lessons every day and avail yourselves of every opportunity to get a good sound education. Best wishes to each of you." The letter, signed in a bold and steady hand, will be framed by the school as a lasting gift from a not-to-be-forgotten friend. Board of Education member Frances White stated last night that her own personal shock of the tragedy had been magnified by her recent work with the Space Agency, arranging for a See MADISON, Page 6 Y Y V ( A el - , V - ( ''"-'J Lone Gunman Walks Off With $3,600 MADISON A lone bandit eluded police roadblocks and escaped with $3,600, following a hold-up at the Sayreville Savings and Loan Association yesterday afternoon. The robbery took place at 4:18 p.m., when a middle-aged man wearing horn-rimmed glasses, walked quietly into the Ernston Road office, leveled a pistol at the teller and ordered her to fill a white canvas bag with $10 and $20 bills. He fled on foot without attracting the attention of the motorists stopped along the traffic-clogged road. Alone In Office The teller, 'who was alone in the office at the time of the robbery, then pressed a silent alarm to alert police, who immediately set up roadblocks at the area's three main intersections. Police officers, brandishing riot guns, stopped and checked all vehicles passing the intersections of Ernston Road and Bordentown Avenue. Cheese-quake Road and Bordentown and Ernston and Route 9. But no one fitting the bandit's description was found. The man was described as white, 40 years of age, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds. The teller told police the man had dark brown hair and was wearing a fedora and horn rimmed glasses and appeared to have been drinking. The employe added that as far as she could determine, he fled on foot. Police theorized, however, that he had a vehicle parked close by, due to the apparent dryness of his clothing during yesterday's rainstorm. Detective Lt. William Volkert SeelHOLDUP, Page 7 P:1f J Stuns a See other stories, photos, Pages 6 & 7.) By BEN FUNK CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) In a sudden, searing flash of fire, tragedy has cut deeply into America's man-to-the-moon dream quickly and silently killing the first three of the Apollo astronauts. Not a word was spoken as explosive flames fed by pure oxygen ripped last night through the first of the Apollo moonships, taking the lives of two veterans and a rookie headed for his first journey in space. The holocaust on Pad 34, which set the U.S. moon program back perhaps for months, claimed these victims; Virgil I. Grissom, 40, hero of the Mercury and Gemini programs that blazed the first American trails in space. Edward H. White II, 36. first U.S. astronaut to leave his ship and become a human satellite, Roger B, Chaffee, 31, a fledgling spaceman looking forward to his first mission. Board of Investigation A board of investigation was to be named today to seek the cause of the mishap. A NASA spokesman said funeral arrangements would be announced, possibly late today, after consultations with the families. Some day, every spaceman knew in his heart, it was bound to happen. It was too much to hope that the perilious route to the moon could be traveled without loss of life. But when it came, they thought, it would be in the far reaches of space, not this way. Going through a full-scale simulation of the launch that was to carry them aloft Feb. 21 for a two-week ride, Grissom, White and Chaffee were trapped in the spacecraft when it was swept by the flash fire. No word came over the monitors, said Paul Haney, voice of the astronauts. Apparently, all three died instantly from heat or asphyxiation. The emergency escape system was closed to them, because the entire craft was locked in a protective gantry. SeeTRAGEDY, Page 7 Looters Follow Big Snowfall in Chicago By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Looters roamed Chicago's streets today and all police leaves were canceled as Illinois, Indiana and Michigan struggled free of a suffocating blanket of snow. The record storm left at least 37 dead in Illinois 28 in Chicago as well as 10 in Michigan, 5 in Wisconsin and 3 in Indiana. Hits Canada The storm whipped across the border into Canada, spraying rain and snow on Toronto and pelting the Laurentians of Quebec with what was expected to be a foot of snow, but its main force had been spent. The Weather Bureau called the storm "one of the biggest snowstorms of the century." The 23 inches dumped on Chicago in 29 hours and 8 minutes surpassed the 19.2-inch record for a single storm set March 25-26, 1930. The worst single snowfall was in Kalamazoo, Mich. 28 inches. The snow blanket, averaging two feet in depth, stretched in a hundred-mile-wide band from northeast Missouri to Lower Michigan. Chicago was hardest hit. Civic leaders estimated the storm would cost the city $35 million in lost business. Low Temperature Temperatures tumbled toward zero in Chicago as police chased looters from the streets. The bone-numbing cold made it harder to get the snow off the streets so residents could get back to their cars, their jobs, their schools and their families. A 10-year-old girl was shot to death in a West Side storm during an exchange of gunfire between police and about 50 looters. A security guard was shot in the wrist during another looting episode in the same neighborhood, an area of West Roosevelt Road. Space Peace Pact Heads for Senate WASHINGTON 'AP) - The administration plans to ask the Senate soon for its approval of the newly signed treaty designed to preserve outer space for peaceful uses. Although officials predict Senate ratification, they anticipate considerable questioning in the Foreign Relations Committee and on the Senate floor particularly about safeguards for the treaty's ban on nuclear weapons in space. The United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain led 60 nations in the historic and colorful ceremony at the White House yesterday. President Johnson told the audience of 350 ambassadors and Washington notables that while disarmament on earth is still unfinished business, "we ccn at least keep the virus from spreading." Nation Gov. Otto Kerner authorized the use of National Guard vehicles to help clear the streets. Iowa and Wisconsin lent equipment and crews. But most cars were stalled in snowdrifts. Families walked through four-lane arteries usually clogged wilh motor traffic; greeting neighbors with not a car in sight. One newspaperman used skiis to get to work in the pancake-flat city. It took him two hours. He said he spent three hours and 15 minutes riding a bus back home. Just about every city and suburban school closed, as did See LOOTERST Page 7 Judge Hands Over Baker Tax Case To Jury Today WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bobby Baker case is slated to go to the jury today. If convicted on all nine counts, the former secretary to Senate Democrats could be sentenced to 48 years in prison and fined $47,000. U.S. Dist. Judge Oliver Gasch begins at midmorning delivering his voluminous instructions to the six-man, six-woman jury. It appeared virtually certain the panel would begin its deliberations before nightfall. Baker, 38, is charged with larceny, tzx evasion, conspiracy and other offenses, but the central accusation in the three-week trial has been that he stole most or all of $100,000 in "senatorial campaign contributions" made by California savings and loan executives. Magnavox annual ! atari Mon.. Jan. .10. RuiKfrt TV aV Appliance. Highland Park. Jan. 2-27 M M Signing for the Soviet Union, Ambassador Anatoly F. Dob-rynin said, "Let us hope we shall not wait long for solution of earthly problems." Prominent among the nonsign-ers were Red China and her Communist European colleague, Albania. Secretary of Slate Dean Rusk and Arthur J. Goldberg, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, signed for the United States. The treaty calls for free and peaceful exploration of outer space, including the mm end other celestial bodies, lt prohibits national territorial claims on celestial bodies or their resources. It also provides for prompt return of astronauts inadvertently landing in other countries and sets forth some broad legal principles concerning space affairs. l

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