The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 24, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, November 24, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER, 24, 1945 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE Prosecution Near End COUNCIL Of Expert Testimony In Sheppard Case CLEVELAND (AP) — The state today nears an end to its expert testimony on fingerprints, bloodstains and foot-| tt j ay ^ w ! lich prints in the sand —testimony it hopes will help convince aj^f ^ u *^ jury Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard bludgeoned his pregnant wife to death. • And as this expert testimony answers some questions, it raises new' ones, perhaps equally puzzling. Yesterday, lor instance, the jury heard; That a left thumbprlnt found on the headboard of the bed where Marilyn Sheppard Was beaten to death was made by her husband, the defendant. No one could say when or how it was made, for it was taken 19 days after the crime. Footprint on Beach That a barefoot print was founc in the sandy beach behind the Ship pard home. The jury spent th first 10 minutes of the afternoon session looking at photographs o the footprint. But no clue wa: given as to who made it, and twc witnesses said there were no foot prints on the beach several hour, after the slaying. That some articles in the Shep pard home bore marks which coul have been "created with a cloth. But there was only an implication that a cloth could have been user to wipe away fingerprints. The trial is in its sixth week with the state contending tha pretty Marilyn Sheppard, 31, wa killed by her husband in a quarre over-his attentions to other women especially auburn - haired Susan Hayes, 24-year-old laboratory tech nician. The defense argument is that an intruder killed Mrs. Sheppard an knocked her handsome osteopath husband senseless when he triec to defend her. Jerome C. Poelkmg, 35, a Cleve land detective for 10 years, testi lied yesterday he found Dr. Sam's left thumbprint on the headboarc of the bed where Marilyn Shep pard died, her head gashed by 2' blows. Only Print That was the only legible prin he found in examining the murder Livestock NATIONAL STOCKYARCiS, 111 I.?)—(USDA)—Hogs 6,500; barrow's and gilts 180 lb' up 25-50 higher lighter weights steady to 25 higher sows 25 lower; trade active; bulk a80-220 lb 19.00-25: scattering 19.35 50; top 19.50 mostly on 180-200 lb, 220-240 lb 18.50-19.00; 240-260 lb 18.00-50; 270-300 lb 17.00-75; few heavier weights 16.50-75; 150470 lb J8.75-19.25; these weights scarce sows 400 lb down 16.25-75; ovei 400 lb 14.25-15.75; boars 12.00-14.50 Cattle 2,000; calves 800; al classes of cattle active and fully steady on moderate supply; one load high choice yearlings at 26.50; several loads choice 24.25-25.50; majority good and choice heifers and mixed yearlings 20.00-23.50; commercial and low good 16.00' 19.00; utility and commercial cows 9.50-12.50; canners and cutter 6.509.00; utility and commercial 11.0013.00; canner and cutter bulls 8.0010.00 ;vealers and calves steady; good and choice vealers 19.0025.00; individual head prime high as 27.00; commercial ant good vealers 14.00-18.00; commercial and good slaughter calves 13.00-17.00; utility and low commercials largely 10.00-12.00. U.5. Continued from Page 1 alive. It contended they were being held by the Reds as political prisoners. The government said these 15 were among a total of 26 Americans missing and demanded Peiping accounting and their return, dead or alive. The downed B29 had been commanded by Col. John Know Arnold Jr., of Silver Spring, Md., said by Peiping to have drawn a sentence of 10 years. His second in command, Maj. William H. Baumer, Lewisburg, Pa., drew eight years. Peiping said three members of the B29's crew died when it crashed, and that the nine other members were given sentences ranging from four to six years. Even heavier sentences were announced for two young New Englanders the Red Chinese said were captured Nov. 29, 1952, while drop> ping supplies to "American espionage agents in northeast China.' Washington said they were lost between South Korea and Japan, and that it does not know how they Tell into Red hands. The State Department said the announcement of the prison terms for these two, John Thomas Downey, 27, and Richard George Fecteau, 27, was "the first word we have had that they are being held by the Chinese Communists." The government said Downey and Pecteau were civilian employ- es of the Army, and it accused the Chinese Reds of deliberately concealing information about them during the Geneva conference, at which the fate of Americans held in China was discussed. Business and Personal CHRISTMAS CARDS Name Personalized or Plain HALLMARK CARDS 10 for 29c, up Unusual Gift Wraps— Party Favors, Special Low Pricei. SAMUEL F. MORRIS Stationer*—Offl«e Ovtfltten— Printers -Across From City Hair bedroom July 23, he said. ' Another fingerprint expert from Cleveland's sciemi/ic crime detection bureau earlier described how he went through the Sheppard home on the morning of the slaying and found no prims of value. That-expert, Michael S. Grabowski, said prints he found were too smudged to be identifiable. But, he added: "I noticed peculiar lines on the dropleaf (of a living room desk), as if I had a rough siindy hand and ran it over.'.' He said he found fine lines "about the same as the other" on two broken statuettes and two metal boxes in the den. These, he said, looked "as though someone took a piece of sandpaper and scratched it right through." Assistant prosecutor Thomas J. parrino asked : "Could marks of that kind, in your opinion, be created with a cloth?" "Yes sir," Grabowski answered. Regarding the barefoot print in the beach sand, Grabowski said he photographed it at the request of Detective Patrick Gareau. Continued from Page 1 mercial purposes. Intervention Promised Mr. Reid promised intervention in the Chancery on the part of the group lie represents. Utnge Parent-Teni-her Association's stand on the routing of High- 18 which now runs in front of ,tuted by Mrs. Wal- ,ge PTA president. 'We have taken action only recently," she suited, "because we have assumed that the safety of Blytheville children would be the Number One consideration of the city in any such project. "We consider it a primary aim of all PTA's to act in behalf ot the welfare of school children and we feel selfish desires have entered into this highway situation. "But \ve rest our case with the Council. . ." Mayor Jackson replied "I want to make it clear Unit my sole in- vei-esi in Urn highway is to bvlnfi 11 to town. I "It's no secret that T own property in this area. Some people want highways by their property, others do not. But as Mayor, I'm merely interested in seeing this highway completed and brought into town. j'l'd also like to point, out that the city is hardly in a position to I tell the Arkansas Highway Depart- I nieni where to build its roads. "I'm afraid il we don't act on this current- offer .they'll leave the highway just as it is now , . . unfinished." The Mayor requested that no action be taken by the Council "until we have a chance to thrash this thing out with the Highway Depart- ment'." To AMD? Councilman Rupert Crafton suggested the PTA take its case to the Highway Department. "I think it has been assumed the Council Is locating this liighway approach. We don't have anything to do with It." O. \V. Coppedge sflid he Vmri talked with department personnel and it is ready to locate a southern approach to intersect with Highway 61. -They told me they'd locate the highway where people of Blytheville want it." he told the Council. Question of censorship took only about 20 minutes of the session. The Rev. J. H. Mellon, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and a leader in movie censorship activity, I .spoke for five minutes . before the. ! Council and. asked the group to amend the section of the city's censorship ordinance which deals with the censorship body. He said persons anxious, to serve on such a group should be named to it and pointed out that many now or. the board have little time to devote to it or, in some cases, want nothing to do with censorship. Under the current ordinance, board chairmen of various churches, Chamber of Commerce president, Superintendent of schools and Red Cross secretary, all are es-offlclo members. Max Logan, Blytheville realtor, arose and, "speaking as a private citizen with no other interest in this," suggested that the current ordinance is sufficient to meet the city's censorship needs. •it's certainly a powerful enough law and the men it names to the board are all good men. I'm sure they will act whenever they feel anything is serious enough to demand action. "As far as my family Is concern- ed, I do a litle censorship of my own whenever 1 feel It necessary." That led to remarks by O. S. Davis, C. S. Basgett, Robert Purtle and B. D. Becker .owner of Mox Theater. All, but. Mr. Davis, aimed their mnarks at, tile idea that Hollywood movies in general are unobjectionable and not a cause for worry. Mi'. Davis made reference to the Rev. Mr. Melton's conduct of church affairs, which he attacked. Owner Speaks . Mr. Becker said he brought the show here after seeing it. "It was a first-run movie. I had a chance to got it so L took it." "I'm not going to bring anything into Blytheville which will disgrace the town, because I'm here to stay and will run a legitimate place of business.' ' Mayor Jackson said he would get ih touch with members of the censorship board and see if they will serve on such a board in the event such services are deemed necessary. In other business, the Council voted to ask lor joint use of Blytheville Air Force Base. Civil Aeronautics Authority asked the Council to request Joint use for civilian airplanes. I Tlie matter now will go before a I CAA-Alr Force Joint use board • which will aette the issue. { Council also approved terms of a legal agreement with the Air Force.' whereby the latter gets a City Hal! room to use as recruiting office for 1300 per annum. ! With The Courts CIRCUIT — {ClvlU—Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. vs. R. H. (Tcd> Green, $1,396 and interest on debt. Dell Man Returns Pfc. Ruben Perry o! Dell was one of 27 Arkansas servicemen arriving in Scuttle, Wash., yesterday from the Far East aboard the trop transport Gen. W. M. Mitchell. Thanksgiving Special Fresh Pom-Pon Chrysanthemums for Centerpieces $1.00 and $1.50 per bunch African Violets 3"Por-77c McAdam's Greenhouses h. 3-8121 "Cash & Carry" 206 E. Davis The most Lasting gift of all .... A Christmas Portrait bv CHILD ART STUDIO Blytheville, Ark. Phone 3-8666 DIAMOND SOLITAItl Ik. Convenient Terms Easily Arranged H I A I T t I N • .t r i« «* j an MIH'S WAUITS k *5" PENCIL AND r i N SITS Guard's Jewelers "S«rvln 9 llyrluvill. Since 190B" Happy Tkmtejirfig ... and Thanks for Your friendship and patronage i ^ Showing At the Ritz Theatre Thanksgiving Day and Friday NOVEMBER 25 & 26 *'/ DICK ! DEBBIE POWELL! REYNOLDS SjJSariSieptHere "".' TECHNICOLOR t ANNE FRANCIS Sc...npl<>v b, ALEX GOTTLIEB • Ritz-Roxy-Starvue

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