The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 21, 1967 · 13
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The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey · 13

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Friday, July 21, 1967
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V A I f f , ; I 'J I t ' I - , ' , V ' ' 1 t$ ,r ' ' I J ' 4 f Sit i I ; -1 I , i 7?7' iff' - ' i ' - " . j f I i TURNPIKE COMPUTER-William J. Flanagan, executive director of the N. J. Turnpike Authority, inspects a Kartrak Automatic Car Identification computer which records the number of trips a vehicle makes through a toll booth on the turnpike, then records the information so bills may be tabulated. By WILLIAM HEFFERNAN SOUTH AMBOY Frederick E. Hartmann has served as a volunteer fireman for more than 47 years, but when he was asked to evaluate the caliber of volunteer departments throughout New Jersey, he ranked them low in comparison to those in the western states. And Hartmann is in the position to make that evaluation. Presently he is serving as president of the New Jersey State Fire College in Sea Girt, a position that has taken him on inspection tours of many of the nations fire fighting companies. Those in the west have impressed him greatly. But Hartmann said New Jersey fire companies "could stand Hoffman Promises to Air County Probe Findings Middlesex County Counsel Herman Hoffman has promised to make public his findings in an investigation of charges that a county road employe was using county equipment to improve property on which he lived. Hoffman made the promise in response to a question by Republican freeholder candidate Leon Genecki of South River at last night's freeholder meeting. Genecki noted that Road Superintendent Michael Amodio, who had conducted his own probe into the charges, had been told to make no comment on the case until after Hoffman investigated it. He said he felt the public had a right to know all the facts concerning the case. Freeholder Director George L. Burton Jr. and Hoffman both agreed that the results of the probe should be made public. Hoffman said he has advised Amodio not to comment on the case until it was thoroughly investigated. "This is a serious charge," he said, "and it is still being in City Quiet, Police "It was very, very quiet," Police Chief Ralph C. Petrone said this morning when describing the return to calmness on New Brunswick's streets last, night. The chief is hopeful that the calmness will continue through the weekend and that the racial unrest is at an end. The special details from the Detective, Traffic and Juvenile Aid Bureaus which backed up the uniformed and plainclothes personnel called it a night at 2 o'clock this morning. But Petrone said he intends to continue the beefed up night patrols until he is sure that the unrest that broke out earlier in the week has disappeared. The chief, however, noted that the public is still apprehensive of returning to its normal activity during the night time .hours. This was clearly demonstrated by the smaller-than - normal Thursday night shopping crowds. Few cars were parked on Albany Street during the regular shopping hours. The shoppers were found mainly on George Street between Livingston Avenue and Albany Street. The chief said he still has policemen coming in on their days off and from vacations. Police checked out a number of telephone tips about suspicious looking persons in cars. The reports proved groundless when investigated or the vehicles were Veteran Fireman Evaluates Volunteers a great deal of improvement and training." He was quick to add that it was not the willingness to place their lives in jeopardy that Jersey firemen lacked, but rather the interest to learn the techniques and participate in the training that make such an organization truly effective. Lack of Interest "It's certainly not the guts that they lack," he added crustily, "it's the interest. We're training about 3,000 men each year at Sea Girt and there are many more who should be taking part in it." The topic of volunteer as opposed to professional fire departments has been one that has plagued many growing suburban communities throughout vestigated. When it is completed we will make the results public." Burton said that because of the seriousness of the charge, it was necessary that a proper investigation with affidavits taken in a legal manner be made. Hoffman explained that the original complaint was brought to Amodio's attention by a citizen who was repeating what he had been told by another person. "We want to get the specific charge in writing," Hoffman said. But he conceded his investigation could be and would be completed even if this were not possible to obtain. County College In other business, the board adopted an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $848,000 in bonds for the construction of new buildings and purchase of equipment for the Middlesex County College in the Raritan Arsenal. College Board Treasurer Rus gone by the time police arrived. There were two Municipal Court cases relating to separate incidents earlier this week. Reginald Williams, 27, of 31 Albany St., was arraigned before Magistrate Meyer J. Cohn on a charge of receiving stolen property - three television sets. Williams was apprehended at 3 p.m. yesterday at George and Albany streets by plainclothes Patrolmen John J. Feaster and Kenneth Delanoy, The sets, with a total value of $400, had been recovered Wednesday by police in Williams' third-floor room. Police said the sets were stolen from Gabowitz Radio Co. of 204 Neilson St. during Monday night's looting and rioting. Cohn set bail at $500 and said the preliminary hearing would be scheduled at a future date. In the other case, Milton Newman, 53, of 173 Nichol Ave., was released without bail for a future hearing on an attempted assault charge made by James Small of 30 Henry St. Small, who signed the complaint Wednesday, charges that Newman shot at him Tuesday. Newman, a building contractor and enforcement officer of the Middlesex County SPCA, gave himself up at headquarters shortly before noon yesterday. There was no police report on the incident which allegedly happened about 11 p.m. Tuesday in Richmond and Neilson streets. Two shots were heard by those at police headquarters after the The Daily Home News NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J., FRIDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 21, 1967. the state. For many of these areas, the volunteer fire system provides a much needed stop-gap until the town is able to equip and support a professional unit. In most cases it's a plain and simple question of economics, as the initial cost of a professional department is one that renders it unfeasible for most communities. And with the growth expected over the next 10 years it does not appear that the majority of New Jersey communities will be able to afford such a cost in the near future. More Training The solution to the problem, in Hartmann's eyes, rests with more effective training for sell Feakes said the money will enable the college to complete the first phase of its three-part master plan of development. The money will serve for the capital improvements contemplated during the current fiscal year. Besides the $848,000, the freeholders have appropriated $45,-000 in the current capital budget which will be used also for construction to complete the first phase of the master plan. The board also authorized the advertising of bids to resurface the deck of the South River-Sayreville Causeway Bridge to enable it to support the 15-ton load it was originally designed to support. It also look steps to determine what state funds are available for the construction of the new vocational high school in East Brunswick. The action was taken on the motion by Freeholder Frank M. Deienr Jr. who suggested Assemblyman Robert Wilentz be asked to determine the availability of funds. The county is eligible for up Hopeful group of about 50 Negro demonstrators disbanded from in front of the Memorial Parkway building. The shots came from the direction of Richmond and Neilson streets, a couple of blocks from headquarters. Small later came to headquarters and was assured by police and political authorities that he could file a complaint. There were reports that Newman was driving a car and accompanied by another SPCA officer, not identified, when a group of the demonstrators rocked the vehicle. An SPCA official declined to comment to The Home News on the case until the complaint is heard in court. At 9:30 p.m., police wit to Recreation Park, Nichol Avenue and Sandford Street, to check out a report of a fire. There was no fire, but they found an intoxicated youth, Eric L. Pollard, 18, of 30 Conger Ave. He pleaded guilty to the charge by Patrolman Vincent J. DiPane Jr. and received a suspended 30-day term in the county workhouse. A juvenile apprehended at the scene was referred to the Juvenile Aid Bureau. Police investigated a break-in at 6:30 a.m. yesterday at Johnson's Grill of 18 Hiram St. James Johnson, owner of the luncheonette, said entry was made through a rear window. Police said the juke box and cigarette vending machine were broken into. The coin boxes Automatic Toll Collectors: Here's How They Do It EAST BRUNSWICK - New Jersey Turnpike Authority members were given a sales pitch yesterday on a new toll-collecting device which records customers by means of a coded number on his vehicle, then bills him later for his fare. Representatives of Sylvania Electric Products Inc. and Associated Toll Systems Inc., the manufacturer and marketing agency, respectively, made the presentation at the authority's administration building. Look Over Samples Authority members were also taken outside to look at samples of the equipment. The apparatus was not connected to a power source, however, and was not operated. The new system entails the reading of a coded number from a permanent color-pattern chart affixed to the side of a vehicle as it passes through a toll gate, and then the translation of that number into the name of a customer. Numbers taken from the vehicle at points of entry and departure from the turnpike would be compared by a computer, and those who serve in the volunteer units. Presently the Fire College is conducting courses throughout the year in various modern fire-fighting techniques. Included among these are four-story drill training, oil fire training, industrial fires, and modern foam techniques. It is a matter of economics that small volunteer units are not able to provide through in-the-field training in these areas. In most cases they must rely upon printed manuals to substitute for the actual physical training of their men. This, according to most fire officials, is a poor substitute at best. For Hartmann to criticize the effectiveness of New Jersey firefighters was something he to 25 per cent of the cost of such construction from the stale under new legislation sponsored by Wilentz this past session. Also available is 25 per cent of the cost of such construction in federal funds, Deiner said. He said the county coud get up to $2.7 million in federal and state aid for the school, which it is estimated will cost $5.5 million. G. Judson Hamlin ' Named as County Public Defender C. Judson Hamlin, administrator of the Middlesex County Legal Services Corp. in New Brunswick, has been selected to direct the Middlesex County public defender's office. Middlesex is one of seven counties in the state which will have its own public defender's office to handle cases of poor people accused of indictable crimes. Somerset County will share an office with Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. Hamlin of East Brunswick will receive a salary of $14,000 as a deputy public defender in charge of a regional office. His appointment was announced today by Peter Murray, the state public defender. Tha public defender's office, financed solely by state funds, was created this month. Its budget for this year is $2 million. Murray also named John P. Russell, assistant Hudson County counsel, to direct the Hudson office, and Eugene M. Friedman, a Dover attorney, to head the regional office for Morris, Warren and Sussex Counties. In addition to Middlesex, other counties which will have separate public defender's offices are Monmouth, Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Essex and Union. BLAME SHIFTED LONDON (AP) - Most of the oil that fouled beaches in southwest Britain after the supertanker Torrey Canyon ran aground last March 18 was released when British pilots bombed the tanker in an effort to sink it, lawyers for the ship's owners contend. were stolen. At 1:50 a.m. today a burglary was investigated at Helen's Bake Shop at 47 Hiram St. at Dennis Street. A door was forced. Stolen were 20 cartons of cigarettes, $10 from the cash register, four boxes of cigars and ice cream. Police reported that at least 15 windows were broken by BB pellets or slingshots at Sacred Heart School on Commercial Avenue. The vandalism happened Wednesday night. the fare calculated. The customer would then be billed periodically for his accumulated fare and the money would be collected under normal credit agency methods. The authority presently has a credit system for some major customers, but requires a human toll collector to record the credit number from a card provided by the driver. Joseph F. Morecraft, authority chairman, asked on completion of the presentation that the industry representatives provide a summary of the information in a letter and invite the members later for a demonstration. Potential Seen Me said the program had "potentiality" for the turnpike, and should be explored further. The recording system was developed by Sylvania for keeping records on cars for railroad companies, eliminating the need to have individual inspectors keep tabs on each car location by walking along the track. The Associated Toll Systems representative said his company worked with Sylvania to modify "hated to say," for he has served in that capacity for more than 47 years in South Amboy as an active member of the Progressive Fire Co. In addition, Hartmann has been a member of every major firemen's association and, in many cases, an officer as well. Hartmann admitted that it is a difficult task for a volunteer fireman to take the time necessary to engage in full-time training. Most of those men involved, he said, are working men, with full-time jobs. For them, the time devoted to volunteer service is time away from their family and the leisure so sought after in today's society. But fire officials are quick to point out that the work they do is of such magnitude and importance that interest in adequate training to improve their individual and collective skills is highly necessary. Fred Hartmann is a good example of the interest of which they speak. Since his retirement recently, he has devoted his efforts full-time to the improvement of training facilities available to New Jersey firemen. His expressed hope is that others will follow the path to that training he has attempted to provide. Top Court n n i Un rohce TRENTON (AP) - A police informer's identity does not have to be disclosed in court if he only witnessed a crime, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. In a unanimous decision, the court overruled an appeals court panel which dismissed the conviction of a Middlesex man on charges of bookmaking. Disclosure has been required when the informer took part in a crime. The defendant, Chester Oliver, was arrested following surveillance by a state police undercover agent and an informer in a tavern. He was convicted by a Middlesex County Court jury and sentenced to 1-2 years in prison. The Appellate Division of Superior Court reversed the conviction because County Court Judge John P. Molineux refused to order the state to disclose the informer's identity. But the Supreme Court said the defense could put forth no IATE ooooooooo Newark Bartenders Appeal to Hughes NEWARK (AP) Members of a bartenders union appealed today to Gov. Richard J. Hughes for financial assistance if and when the state appropriates relief funds for persons who suffered monetary losses as a result of the riots. Plane Crashes in Belleville BELLEVILLE (AP) A small private plane crashed today near Belleville High School, in this Newark suburb police said. Police believed there was only one occupant in the plane and that he was injured. Pomona Police Arrest Two Women POMONA (AP) Two Charleston, S.C., women, charged here with breaking and entering and carrying concealed weapons, have been released on $2,500 bail, according to Galloway Township police. Flemington Firm Hit on Pollution TRENTON (AP) United States Bronze Powder, Inc., plant that manufactures powders and pigments near Flemington, has been charged with polluting a tributary of the South Branch of the Raritan River. h the equipment for toll road use in response to inquiries from toll road authorities and installed a pilot system on the Laurentian Auto Route in Canada in the fall. He said Canadian authorities were "very pleased" with the equipment, but found it was not economical for such a low-volume road operation. The industry spokesmen said the device would probably find its heaviest use with big users of the turnpike, such as bus and trucking companies. They said, however, the color chart could be produced in the size of a punch-card for use on private autos. The colors would be photographed by a camera device mounted at the side of the toll-lane, translated into a number, and fed into a central computer. Would Sound Alarm Customers who attempted to forge their number by changing the color scheme, they said, would be rejected by the decoding equipment in most instances for lack of a workable number, and could be flagged down by police alerted by an alarm. I ft Ji- ,1'.; ' ; lllBlltf vi IM" ' SeAffi: , X.. . FREDERICK Backs County s Stand i c ik : informers Anonymity more than an "ungrounded hope" that the informer, if called to testify, would say something that would lead to an acquittal. The Supreme Court also upheld the convictions of two other Middlesex County men sentenced to 1-2 year prison terms for bookmaking. The men, Albert Bacsko, 50, of 16 Brookside Ave., New Brunswick, and Walter Krempecki, 41, of 17 Wilson Ave., South River, were arrested in similar circumstances with the aid of unidentified informer. All three were arrested on May 26, I9H4, in a series of raids by detectives from the N.J. Stale Police Criminal Investigation Section. Simultaneously detectives hit taverns, newsstands, restaurants, and other businesses here and in South River and Perth Amboy. Krempecki was tending bar at the Three Club Tavern, 3 Thomas St.. South River, at the ooooooooooo r f3 i ' vA - I .. I L. J . ISC A E. HARTMANN time of his arrest. Bacsko was arrested at his tavern, the Melody Bar, at 106 French St., New Brunswick. The Supreme Court added: "We recognize, of course, a remote possibility that an informer's testimony might serve some defendant. The dilemma is that ordinarily a defendant cannot know unless the informer is marie available, while to require him to be made available will end the prosecution and deny society the services of informers." County Prosecutor Edward J. Dolan hailed the opinion as "one of the most, important in the continuing fight against organized crime, gambling and narcotics trafficking." "We deal with informers known only to individual policemen who talk only to mem. My -men have sources who wouldn't give me the time of day and yet, their information has proven invaluable. Echoes Prosecutor "Not infrequently an informer is known only to a single police officer and would not consent to a disclosure of his identity to a superior officer or even the prosecutor." according to the opinion which was written by Chief Justice Joseph Weinlraub. The court said it had asked opposing attorneys for their views of whether the "knot could be cut" by allowing a trial judge to question the informer privately or to obtain a written statement from the informer. This, involved too many apparent complications, the court observed. 'Step Backward' Dolan. in appealing the appellate division's decision on Bacsko, described the action of the state's second highest court as "a step backward in the fight against crime. Informants fear reprisals and won't supply information if their names are going to be revealed." In taking the appeal to the supreme court Dolan said the appellate division's opinion would have seriously affected investigations on narcotics and gambling cases. Weintrauh's opinion said that a policy decision must be made in ruling on informers and must rest upon probability. jy !lJ ! f : JU!Bawi8W&w& -Wife A jijjS I COMPUTER TARGET Turnpike em-ploye demonstrates the position of the target used to record the number of trips vehicle makes through a toll plaza and relays it to a computer which stores the information for invoices. 13 Government Tries to Block IT&T Merger WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department moved to-day to block a proposed merger of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and the Interna-tionnl Telephone & Telegraph Corp., contending it would hurt the public. First ihe department filed with a U.S. Court of Appeals notice that it will seek to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's approval of the merger. A short time later, it filed a request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the merger from being put into effect tonight . The companies' earlier agreement to delay the merger expires then. Hearing Today A hearing on the request for delay was scheduled for this afternoon. In previous instances in which the department has asked it, the two companies have voluntarily agreed to hold off the merger. But an official of one of the companies told a reporter that the era of cooperation is over and Ihe Justice Department now will have to fight for what it wants. Police Trace Tape Recorder stolen by Boy An expensive tape recorder, stolen yesterday from a Douglass College office, was recovered at noon today by city police and Rutgers University's campus patrol. The tape recorder, valued at $.500, was found under a bed at a Bishop Street home, a short distance from where it was stolen. The recorder was swiped hy a 12-year-old boy shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday from the Speech and Therapy Builriins, 135 George St., police said. The theft occurred while a woman employe was out of the office for a few minutes. When she returned, the woman saw the youth walking away with the recorder. She gave the boy's description to the campus patrol, who notified police. Sgl. Francis Cosgrove of the Juvenile Aid Bureau and campus patrol Detective Lt. Michael Borden learned the boy's identity from the description They wenl to the boy's home and saw him standing oulsirip. "Where is Ihe tape recorder?" they asked. "Under the bed," the boy answered. NEGRO TEENS, MAYOR CONFER About 20 Negro teen-agers met with the mayor and two city commissioners for one hour last night at the Neighborhood House, 184 Commercial Ave., to air their grievances. The youngsters asked the commissioners to help them gai;: employment and to improve recreational facilities in the city, according to Allen Cohen, director of Neighborhood House. Mayor Patricia Q. Sheehan and Commissioners Aldrage B. Cooper and William J. Cahill, who met with the group, agreed that problems exist in the com-nuinity and said they intend to do something about them. Cooper explained that the city has received a federal grant to set up sex oral centers for teenagers and work has already been started on this program. In the meantime attention is also being devoted to finding summer jobs for city youths.

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