Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 23, 1974 · Page 1
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Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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Good Morning! Today Is Sunday, June 23, 1974 No. 54 The World's Most Beautiful Beaches A Florida Freedom Newspaper Panama City, Florida Telephone 763-7621 88 Pages Seven Sections Soy/let Trip Questioned Vacation May Mean Hardship "I need to find my brother who's vacationing in Panama City and let him know our father is extremely ill. The only thing I can tell you is he drives a red car with a Birmingham, Ala., tag." This is one of the most distressing type calls the police department can handle when a person calls looking for a friend or relative vacationing here and an emergency situation has occurred at home. In most of the cases similar to this, the person cannot be located because of insufficient information. Police are unable to poll each motel in the area as the task would be insurmountable. Officers are quick to note a vacation is meant to get away from it all and spend a few days relaxing, but when the vacationer returns home and finds a close friend or relative has met with death, accident or sickness, the vacation is ruined. Before leaving on vacation, police suggest that you advise a close friend or relative where you will be staying. If you know a telephone number where you can be reached, leave it with someone. Also, advise someone of your tag number and a description of your vehicle, along with any other information that would help officials locate you. BRUSSELS (UPI) - Presl- dent Nixon's sudden decision to whip up a giant Western summit here next week left his allies divided Saturday over the question: Is this trip really necessary? Soundings In the capitals of America's 14 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies revealed various reactions to the meeting, with Holland miffed, Britain satis­ fied, Belgium skeptical, West Germany lukewarm, Italy enthusiastic and France blase. Only Iceland Isn't coming because of an election there. Nixon will arrive here Tuesday evening and leave Thursday morning for Moscow. On Wednesday, he will brief the other NATO leaders on the Moscow trip ahead and the Middle East trip just finished, then Join them in signing the NATO Soviets Continue Jewish Crackdown Sailors Misled Says Official TOKYO (UPI) - The U.S. Navy said Saturday 55 sailors who refused to return to {h? aircraft carrier Midway' when it left Japan last week because of alleged' racial discrimination were misled and exploited by Law Effects Doubted CARACAS (UPI) - United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim said Saturday he doubts that the present Law of Sea conference in the Venezuelan capital will be able to draw up an international constitution for the oceans. He said he envisions another conference in Vienna next year to conclude discussions on the problems involved which he called "very complex and very difficult." Waldheim spoke to newsmen as he left Venezuela after a three-day stay during which he opened the U.N.-sponsored sea law conference. The meeting opened Thursday and is scheduled to last 10 weeks. Disputes over voting procedures to be followed have so far held up work at the meeting. private organizations. A navy spokesman dismissed as "unsubstantiated" the complaint of racial discrimination made by the sailors who refused to rejoin the crew of the Midway when it left the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo late last week with some 4,500 men. In the first official comment on the case, the navy spokesman said an investigation had been conducted into the racial discrimination charges and the "allegation was determined to be unsubstantiated." The spokesman said "these men are being misled by private organizations which try to exploit the men for their own purpose." He said a total of 55 crewmen instead of the originally announced 52 refused to return to the ship in protest agalnst'what they called racial discrimination and long duty hours. Twenty-two of them have so far returned to the base and 13 have been transferred to the Midway. Others are In confinement at the base for having broken base restrictions, the spokesman said. Two of them have apparently left Japan before or after the Midway left Yokosuka June 21, and one of them is in custody in Dallas, Tex., the spokesman said. MOSCOW (UPI) - A secret police crackdown on Jewish activists prior to President Nixon's Moscow visit has resulted in nearly 50 arrests to prevent demonstrations, Jewish sources said Saturday. Other Jews have gone into hiding or been summoned by authorities and warned of possible criminal prosecution, the sources said. They said the crackdown was Intended to prevent demonstrations during the visit, beginning Thursday, and to block a seminar planned at the same time by unemployed Jewish scientists. More than 30 persons have been arrested in recent days In Moscow, Leningrad and Odessa and at least 17 in Kishinev, the sources said. Some in Kishinev have since started a hunger strike. Among those arrested Friday were three main organizers of the' planned July 1 seminar by Jewish scientists. Dr. Viktor L. BrailoVsky and Mark Azbel were seized at Azbel's country cottage near Moscow, the sources said. Another organizer, Dr. Alex­ ander Voronel, a physicist, took refuge In a friend's apartment but surrendered to police Friday night, the sources said. He gave himself up after police telephoned and said it would be worse for his host If they had to force their way In, the sources said. The sources said they believed Voronel has since been released but this could not be Immediately confirmed. Jewish activists, who have been predicting a wave of arrests prior to Nixon's visit, said this police crackdown appeared worse than the one before the president's 1972 trip to the Soviet Union. Earlier this week, 80 Soviet Jewish leaders sent an open letter to Nixon saying they did not expect any help from him in emigrating to Israel but begging him not to make their situation worse than it is. They said their previous hopes during the 1972 visit had been dlsap-. pointed a n d criticized Nixon's recent speech . at Annapolis Naval Academy graduation exercises when he said the United States cannot intervene In Soviet Internal affairs. Housf» Probers Eye Witnesses WASHINGTON (UPI) - With a month left before a decision must be made, the House Judiciary Committee is about to call witnesses for testimony which members hope will nail down a case either for or against President Nixon's impeachment. Nixon's committee allies and foes alike are looking for testimony to make a compelling case In support of their own viewpoint. But the President's friends admit privately their need is greater —their last best chance of blocking impeachment in the committee rests with the sworn and probably secret testimony to be elicited in the next few Sheriff's Budget Cites Reasons For increases weeks. First on every list of potential witnesses Is former Nixon confidant Charles W. Colson. On Friday, he told a judge he was acting under Nixon's instructions when he committed the crime to which he pleaded guilty —obstruction of justice in the Daniel Ellsberg case. Colson was reported Saturday to have disclosed that he warned Nixon on three occasions in January and February, 1973, that the Watergate conspiracy went far beyond the seven men convicted in the break-in. Nixon has said repeatedly that such information did not reach him before March 21, 1973, when John W. Dean III talked to him. The Judiciary Committee staff also wants testimony from Henry E. Petersen, head of the Justice Department's criminal division. "Declaration of Principles" approved by their foreign ministers In Ottawa this week. Belgian sources said the government here was happy about the briefings, because of long-standing European demands for more consultations on U.S. policy. Without this, they said, Nixon's visit here would be "useless" because the declaration signing "is not quite necessary." The sources mentioned what most European governments assume—that the summit is planned partially for domestic U.S. political purposes as the president fights against the prospect of impeachment. Unlike most other NATO nations, France is sending its second most powerful man — Premier Jacques Chirac. But French sources said President Valery Glscard d'Estalng's reason for staying in Paris — that the Shah of Iran will be there the same day—is understood and accepted by Washington. The sources said France favors the Nixon briefing. They said Nixon attempts to arrange the summit earlier were vetoed by Giscard d'Estalng's predecessor, the late George Pompidou, ana* it is only because of Glscard d'Estalng's warmer attitude toward the United States that it Is being held at all. West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt held off the expected announcement that he will attend until he saw whether other leaders were going. This hesitancy was seen in Bonn as proof of Schmidt's lukewarm attitude toward the sudden NATO announcement that Nixon wanted a summit and was summoning his allies, in effect, to Brussels. The same attitude prevailed In The Hague, where Premier Joop Den Uyl first considered staying home, then changed his m\nd when he saw leaders of larger nations booking flights to Brussels. Dutch sources said Den Uyl was angered by Nixon's lack of consultation with other NATO nations before springing the announcement. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who has urged better U.S.-Europeam relations since he came to power earlier this year, will lead the British delegation. fcien pettjpies together, w i >#t#f* Roose^el/* Presidents PREOCCUPATION — San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson and Norfolk, Va. Mayor j Roy B. Martin, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, told newsmen at the | start of Saturday's meeting that national preoccupation with Watergate must | cease so domestic problems can be solved. See story below. (By UPI) | • I. Watergate Creates Problem In Cities SAN DIEGO, Calif. (UPI) Watergate and its effect of creating what one mayor called a "vacuum of leadership" in Washington was blamed by some of the nation's mayors Saturday for tying up programs needed to cure the ills of America's cities. • On the opening day of the 42nd U.S. Conference of Mayors, President Nixon was labelled a "complete failure at the domestic level" by Syracuse, N.Y. Mayor Lee Alexander. The federal and state governments provided half the money big cities needed but often were hostile or ignorant about details of programs, Alexander said. San Dlegb Mayor Pete Wilson said: "The past 18 months, critical domestic' issues have been unresolved" by reason of. Killings Continue In North Ireland BELFAST (UPI) — A rooftop sniper killed a British soldier rushing to the aid of comrades under ambush in Belfast and a Strabane civilian was killed when he resisted an army search Saturday, the army said. Earlier In Belfast, a long machinegun burst from a passing car killed a policeman and seriously wounded another In a crowded street, police said. The deaths raised to 1,041 the toll for nearly five years of violence among the majority Protestant community, minority Roman Catholics and security forces in Northern Ireland. The army said a patrol came under a "carefully planned" ambush by gunmen who fired about 20 shots on the fringe of Belfast's Catholic New Lodge area Saturday night. Chipley Features Melons, Beauties 3 I * the Impasse between an embattled administration preoccupied with survival and a congressional leadership preoc* cupied with cyncially exploiting the political weakness of a vulnerable administration." • Mayor Roy B. Martin, Norfolk, Va., president of the conference, said the "illegal and unethical behavior at the highest levels" had sent the public's lack of * confidence In government to "extreme pro- . portions." "Certainly coming out of our deliberations here in San Diego will be a call that the federal government, both the administration and Congress, fill the vacuum of leadership and that it answer the anguished pleas of the American public." Mayor Ralph J. Perk of Cleveland said he was "unalterably opposed" to impeachment because "it would destroy our presidential form of government ... our three branches of government." San Jose, Calif. Mayor Norman Y. Mineta said the actions mayors could make are really * "Mickey Mouse" since the guiding decisions came from Congress and state legislatures. The Panhandle Watermelon Festival's biggest melon was a 66 lb. Jubilee entered by R.D. Peacock of Westvllle. Not only did Peacock receive a $1 per pound from the festival association, but the Florida Bank at Chipley outbid all contenders to claim the huge melon on a $100 bid. At press time, the name o f the Rising costs for equipment and food for the jail, needed salary increases to keep qualified personnel and the anticipated hiring of 12 new persons were cited by Bay County Sheriff Tullis Easterling as the reasons for the increased 1974-75 budget requests for his department. Easterling has registered a budget request of $1,249,855 with Bay County Commission for the coming fiscal year, an increase of $260,525 over 'last year's budget of $989,330. WEATHER Forecast — Partly cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers. Variable winds. High today in to low to mid 90s. Low in the mid 70s. TIDES Panama City: High, 1:04 p.m.; low, 10:41 p.m. Apalachicola: High, 8:45 a.m.; low, 6:35 p.m. Port St. Joe: High, 2:32 p.m.; low, none. RIVER READINGS Jim Woodruff Dam, 45. Blountstown River Landing, 7. Open gulf temperature near 77 degrees. Easterling said at last Tuesday's County Commission meeting that he presently had 36 patrolmen and that with the population of Bay County growing at its pace he would be hiring 10 more patrolmen to give Bay County the law enforcement coverage it needs. The salary of the sheriff will increase from $20,820 to $24,939 for the 1974-1975 fiscal year. It should be noted that the Florida Legislature sets {he base salary for county elected officials such as sheriff, clerk of the circuit court, tax assessor and tax collector. These salaries then rise with increased population in the counties. Costs that the sheriff's department are required to bear are retirement and social security payments for employes. These payments are expected to jump from $74,500 to $97,100. General expenses budgeted for the department were $169,226 this fiscal year and the requested amount for expenses Is $199,140. The'general expenses include: telephone and telegraph, auto, travel, radio, food for the jail, care of prisoners, some administration, office supplies and jail needs, such as utilities and supplies. Food expenses for this year are $28,000 and a request of $33,000 is being made for next year, an increase of $5,000. The increase asked for telephone and telegraph services is $4,524, up from the present $10,116 to $14,640. The department is also asking for an $800 Increase in travel expenses from $800 to $1,600. One of the biggest expense increases for the department is for automobiles. This year's expenses were set at $61,200 and next year's expenses are anticipated to be $72,000, an increase of $10,800. To fill 12 new positions with the sheriff's' department, $82,410 must be added to the budget. Two of these positions are administrative and the others will be patrolmen. Equipment needed for these positions include two typewriters, five mobile radios and five new fully-equipped patrol cars. The amount sought to but this equipment is $32,350. Before the budget becomes official it must be approved by the Bay County Commission. The commission in the next three months will be considering the budget request for all the county departments under its jurisdiction. It is anticipated that if budget requests are very high, a millage increase will be necessary to meet them. In the past month the county commission has said it will critically eye each budget request this year. r NEWS ROUNDUP No Secret Pact ~l winner of this year's Panhandle Watermelon Festival Queen's title was unavailable. Eddie Scuriock of Cottondale entered a 60-lb. Jubilee which was taken by Chipley Livestock Company on a $75 bid. Veteran melon grower L.V. Corbin of Chipley claimed first spot in the Charleston Grey variety with a 48-lb. gem that sold to Evergreen Construction Company of Chipley for $60. Second place in the Charleston Grey category went to Otis Gibson with a 46 lb. entry which was purchased by Carl Young of Chipley's Plggly Wiggly for $50. A 59-lb. Jubilee entered by Hubert Smith of Bonlfay went to First Federal Savings and Loan of Chipley on a $50 bid. Archie Sapp of Youngstown entered a Jubilee that went to (See MELON, Page 2A) T/iere's More Memorial Hospital, will be better able to keep pace with the area's population influx if a $6 million projected expansion plan comes to fruition. See details on Page 2A In today's News-Herald. Abby Classified Crossword Deaths Editorial Local Society Sports INDEX 9A 2-8D 2D 2A 4A ID 1-8B 1-8C WASHINGTON (UPI) - The State Department Saturday denied reports that Secretary Henry A. Kissinger secretly agreed more than a year ago to allow the Soviet Union to increase its missile force beyond ceilings approved by Congress inl972. Department spokesman Robert Anderson declared the reports to be "totally without merit or any foundation whatsoever." Captive Nurse Freed ADDIS ABABA (UPI) — Eritrean Liberation movement guerrillas Saturday freed a 24year-old pregnant American nurse they kidnaped four weeks ago from a mission hospital, relatives said. But a Dutch nurse kidnaped with her was killed and the guerrillas said they would put on trial two Americans and a Canadian whom they have held since March. Gasoline Use Increased WASHINGTON (U P I) — Gasoline consumption in the United States hit a new record in 1973 despite a supply crimp, the president of the American Petroleum Institute (API) said Saturday. Frank N« Ikard said Americans used 106 billion gallons of gasoline last year, or 4.3 per cent more than in 1972. The increase was a slight drop from the 5.5 per cent rise in 1972. Crime Figures Slain NEW YORK (UPI) — Two men believed to be connected with the Joseph Colombo crime family were gunned down gangland-style early Saturday on a Brooklyn street. The victims, each killed by a shotgun blast in the chest, were identified as John Coiro, 35, and Thomas Babuska, 35. Police sources said they were believed to be soldiers in the Colombo family. BEAUTY AND A BIG 'UN — Panama City businessman Charles Hilton, hoists one of the two prize melons he purchased at the Panhandle Watel Festival in Chipley Saturday. With Hilton are last year's festival queen! Quick of Marianna and veteran Washington County Agent J.E. (Red) Chipley. See story above. (Staff Photo) '

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