Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 23, 1974 · Page 8
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 8

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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p aB p8A NEW&HGRALtr, PttMimfc City, Klft. ( Sunday, Juno 23,1914 Former Gurney Fund Raiser Receives Commuted Sentence JACKSONVILLE, Fta. '(tJPI) — A fofrmer volunteer fund raiser for.Seh. Edward Gurney, R-Fla,, has had his federal prison term for bribery and income tax evasion commuted and will be eligible for parole next month. U.S. District Court Ju^ge Charles R. Scott reduced the sentence of Larry E. Williams, Orlando, from one year to six months. The reduction will mean that Williams must be released in September even If his parole is refused. Scott said he acted for "good causes," which he said were listed In motions filed by Williams' attorneys. The attorneys said Williams is being harassed and assaulted by other Inmates at the minimum security prison at Eglin Air Force Base. The attorneys said the inmates considered Williams "a snitch." Williams had pleaded guilty to aiding In a $10,000 bribe between Miami builder John J. Prlestes and William Pelski, former director of the Federal Housing Administration office at Coral Gables. Both Prlestes and Pelski are serving prison terms. Priestes has admitted taking part In bribes totalling $175,000. Williams, 30, pleaded guilty on Feb. 21 and was sentenced to concurrent one-year prison terms for income tax evasion and aiding and abetting a bribe. He went to prison March More than 5,000 U.S. soldiers and their leader, Gen. George S. Patton, are buried in Luxembourg, Belgium. Their graves are carefully tended by the grateful citizens whom they liberated from the Nazis. 21. He was a central figure in the Investigation of a $300,000 slush fund collected in Gurney's name in 1971-72. Gurney acknowledged the existence of the fund in a telecast last December. But the senator said he did not authorize it, was unaware of its existence until June of 1972, and ordered solicitation stopped Immediately when he learned of it. Both Gurney and Williams testified before a federal grand jury in Jacksonville last month. The Income tax evasion charges against Williams stemmed from diversion of about $40,000 from the slush fund to pay Williams' legal expenses. The Indictment, of Pelski charged that he had agreed to pay $500 for every FHA com- Juvenile Center Action Prompts Court Threat DADE CITY, Fla. (UP1) The case of a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly kept in a juvenile detention center aftera judge ordered his transfer to a more suitable facility has prompted a threat of contempt of court citations against three top state officials. O. J. Keller, secretary of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Joseph Rowan, director of the Division of Youth Services (DYS), and Robert Marshal, regional DYS supervisor, Thursday were ordered to appear before Circuit Court Judge Robert L. Williams July 2 to show "why they should not be held in contempt for interfer- rlng with the administration of this court's lawful order of Juvenile probation." Williams said the division had failed to supervise the child's probation and place the boy in a residential camp program where he could undergo necessary treatment as ordered by the court last month. Williams said the boy, who was found to be delinquent on Dec. 5 and again March 11, had been placed on probation, then placed in Tampa Heights Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and In Hillsborough County Hospital for treatment. Details of the boy's case were not released In keeping with Florida law which states juvenile matters are not public record. Ths judge said the youth, whom he said was "an emotionally sick little boy," was placed in a foster home on his orders May 21 because placement had not been provided by the Division of Youth Services. The child's behavior at the home, however, resulted In his being ordered held in the detention center after a few days. But Williams said he only ordered the child's detention at the center "after assurances by the DYS that suitable placement was imminent." Tuesday the boy was still being held at the detention facility and Judge Williams ordered him released to his parents. mltment Gurney 's office could get for him. Indian Fights Feather Rule PUEBLO, Colo. (UPI) - A Delaware Indian medicine man says Christians don't have to register their Bibles and he shouldn't be required to register his eagle feathers. "My feathers play a very Important part In my life," said Billy Lee Littlesoldier. "As a tribal medicine man, being without my feathers is like going to a Bible-reading without my Bible." A case, testing a state law requiring eagle features to be registered with the Interior Department if they are in the possession of anyone other than the bird, is scheduled for trial June 27 in Pueblo County Court Charged in the case was Carolyn Myers, 17, who said she and Littlesoldier plucked the features from the carcass of a dead eagle lying along a Kansas highway. "The bird was on private property and had apparently hit a barbed wire fence which decapitated it," Littlesoldier said. He said he had planned to use the teaters for ceremonial purposes. Last March while Littlesol­ dier, a self-employed trucker, was out of town, state division of Wildlife Conservation Officer James Goodyear went to Mrs. Myers' home, told her possession of the feathers was lllega and confiscated them. "All wildlife is the property of the state," said Goodyear. "It is my job to put out a complaint when a person has a part of an eagle in his or her possession." Littlesoldier, h o w e v e r, is upset that charges have been filed against Mrs. Myers since the feathers were his, not hers. "Secondly, the eagle was Kansas, not a Colorado, bird,' he said. "And thirdly, Goodyear entrapped Mrs. Myers by leading her to believe that she was safe in handing in the feathers." He said if the state persisted in prosecuting Mrs. Myers, he would gather all the Shawnee tribes and declare war on the Colorado Division of wildlife. "This is a mockery to my people," he said. "It is just part of the red tape that an Indian has to put up with in this coun try-" ON STRIKE — Striking nurses of the California Nurses Association pass French Hospital in San Francisco in route to a rally in the Civic Center. At this point some 80 women in white and one male nurse, left, had joined the parade. Some 4400 northern California nurses walked off the job in 41 hospitals 17 days ago primarily in a demand for a voice in the decision making process on the staffing of hospital units. (UPI) SAVE $5.70 to $9.60 monday only! State Pride 'Velplush' BEDSPREAD Plush velvet flocked throw style spread with matching windowpane fringe. Machine washable rayon, cotton, blend. Orange, blue, red, plum, gold, avacodo, lemon. it Size usually Sale $19 ... 13.30 full $22 ... 15.40 $29... ,20.30 $32... ....22.40 fuel adjustment fuel adjustmei fuel ad|a^W v fuel adju fuel adju fuel adjus fuel adjust fuel adjustment fuel adjustment fuel adjustment fuel adjustment fuel adjustment fuel adjustment Beginning this month, your electric bill will have a new look. No—not a new charge— just a new way of showing the charge you have been paying. This charge is not a profit. It is only a partial offset to an expense already paid for by Gulf Power in order to generate the power you needed. In the past, this adjustment has been shown in cents per killowatt-hour. This adjustment is calculated only on the quantity of electricity actually used, from now on, this calculation will be done for you and the fuel adjustment amount will be itemized on your bill. You can see the total amount of the adjustment as a separate line item as illustrated at the top of this page. We think this will be he! .'ul to you in understanding your ele. . c bill. VENETIAN VILLA UNIQUELY DESIGNED HOMES WITH THREE TO SIX BEDROOMS. ALL UNDERGROUND CITY UTILITIES. POOL, TENNIS COURTS, AND CLUB HOUSE - ALL JUST FOR YOU FINANCING AVAILABLE AT 814% WITH 90-95% LOANS VENETIAN WAY (OFF HWY. 390) 265-3569 IMPERIAL CONTRACTORS, INC. 769-4380 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT VENETIAN. VILLA OR: Tommy Tucker Homes, Inc. 769-5096 C-WAY RESORTS CONSTRUCTION CO. PILCHER CONSTRUCTION CO. WEST FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION CO. 234-5068 763-1922 265-3569

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