The Charleston Daily Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 4, 1976 · Page 1
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THE WEATHER CLEAR tonight, low in 50s. Sunny Thursday, high in 80s. Details On Page9A VOLUME 167, NO. 3q gflwrhtfion ftoilii fflail PERSONAL BANKERS One cily bank has developed a one - on - one situation for its customers. Reporter Jeff Kosnetl details the program on Page ID. Without, or With, Offence to Friends or Foes, I Sketch Your World Exactly as It Goes CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUG. 4, 1976 HOME EDITION ** 15{ 'ILL - CONCEIVED ABOMINATION' City Plans Leveling Hanna Drive Project HANNA DRIVE HOUSING PROJECT POSES HEALTH HAZARD, CITY OFFICIALS CLAIM - Daily Mail Photos by William Tiernari By BOB KITTLE Of The Daily Mail Charleston's scandal - ridden Hanna Drive housing project may soon be leveled by city officials, who are preparing to declare the weed - covered ruins a nuisance. The move would enable the city, under ordinance, to demolish the 17 abandoned apartment buildings. The mammoth housing complex, which has decayed from neglect during the Dve years since work on the half - finished project was halted, was labeled an "ill - conceived abomination" today by Mayor Hutchinson. ■ City attorney Robert Harpold has been unsuccessful in attempts to have the buildings torn down by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which became owner of the ill - fated project in 1973, after Parkersburg contractor Theodore Moriang abandoned it without explanation Several hundred housing units, which were never occupied, have fallen into dangerous disrepair, according to First Ward Councilman Y. Howard Quick, who initiated action to remove the dwellings. Walls are caved in, floors are riddled with holes, and rodents have infested the project, originally designed as 50 structures - costing 53.3 million, said Quick. "I have received reports of small children failing through the floors, and during a heavy rain water cotlects underneath the buildings and could result in a child being drowned," said Quick in a letter to the mayor and Dr. Page Seekford, j: • rti.nir - >Ki«rii»_rh.3rW>nn Hpalth tVnarfmpnt. The councilman, who opposed construction of the project during the late 1960s, complained that wines inhabit the dwellings and mosquitos breed in weeds surrounding the structures. Looters have stripped the structures of any valuable building materials, and the dwellings are not salvageable, Hutchinson said. A number of suits stemming from the scandal are pending in the federal courts and have delayed demolition by HUD authorities, he added. "The federal government is sitting on it because it is a can of worms. It's been a great embarrassment to HUD and the FHA," declared Hutchinson. The mayor said a decision to declare the project a nuisance has not been made, but, he added, "We've got to do something with it. It's become a pest hole." Two principle backers of the housing complex, James Frederick Haught, former HUD insuring chief, and Fred Wilmoth of Parkersburg, an associate of ex - governor Wally Barron and federal consultant on the project, received jail sentences for their involvement in the scandal. The Hanna Drive complex was sponsored by St. Paul A ME Church of Charleston, the Prudential Insurance Co. and HUD. Mortgage on the project went into default in 1972 because tenants never occupied. the dwellings as scheduled. HUD assumed responsibility for the complex at a cost to taxpayers of $1 million. 'WHOLE NEW BALL GAME' Holstein Urges Strike Halt By JOHANNA FISHER Of The Daily Mail Staff The president of the United Mine Workers local that precipitated a" three - week old wildcat coal strike said he would urge miners to return to work again today despite previous fruitless efforts Hayes Holstein, president of UMW Local 1759, said members of the union voted 40 to 38 on Tuesday not to return to work at Cedar Coal Co. The local has 260 members. The local has gained notoriety during the past three weeks by being the focus of the strike that has idled an estimated 89,000 miners in seven states. The strike was triggered July 16 when U.S. District Judge Dennis Knapp levied a $50,000 fine on the local for an illegal work stoppage in a company - local dispute over the posting of an outside communications job. The judge Saturday dropped the fine and additional daily charges of $25,000 for continuation of the strike in an effort to make peace. The strike has blossomed however, into a full - scale protest against federal court injunctions and fines, eclipsing the origin - W.VA. DELEGATE ANALYSIS HUNTINGTON OFFICER ThevLean To Ford . . But Softlv CUFFED, FATALLY SHOT By CHARLES KESLER Of The Daily Mail Staff With the Republican National Convention in Kansas City less than two weeks away and the narrow race between President Ford and Ronald Reagan becoming narrower, the 28 - member West Virginia delegation assumes a new importance as one of the largest remaining blocs of uncommitted delegates. Although the final disposition of the state's votes remains a riddle, the rough shape of that disposition is now visible. According to interviews with the Daily Mail, 13 of the delegates say. they support or are inclined to support President Ford, seven support Gov. Reagan, and eight characterize themselves as uncommitted. Of those uncommitted, however, at least two seem strongly to favor Ford, based on conversations with the Daily Mail. The . other six delegates appear genuinely undecided. :" The delegates were asked to locate themselves along a one - to - seven scale ranging from strong support for Ford to strong support for Reagan. They were also asked questions concerning their assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. Though Ford's support among the dele - oatinn is pvtpnsivp. it is softer than Re agan's, according to responses to these questions. Three of Ford's supporters said they were only slightly committed to him, situating themselves at three on the one^ to - seven scale. They are Mayor Richard Robb of South Charleston, Del. Robert A T E« s The swine flu program may a shot 10 the arm. Harmon of Key ser, and Mrs. Jody Smirl of Huntington. Ail of Reagan's supporters and the rest of Ford's declared that they strongly supported their candidate, placing themselves at either end of the one - to - seven scale. Twd issues have stirred up things in the delegation, loosening some of the delegates' allegiances during the past month. The first was Reagan's selection of Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania as his running mate - designate. This has primarily influenced uncommitted delegates who say they haven't made up their minds whom to support. Joseph Laurita of Wheeling, one of the uncommitted, said he was "terribly astonished by Reagan's selection of Schweiker." "It was a wholeheartedly political move." he said, "one not in the best interests of the party. I'm disappointed. Reagan would have been better off to proceed with the orderly development of the conservative cause." Laurita described Schweiker as the "darling of the ADA (Americans for Democratic Action)" and said the Pennsylvan - ian was "a very ardent left - liberal who is not in the philosophical mainstream of the ' Republican Party." (Turn to Pg. IDA, Col. t) Legion Ailment Lab May Get Clue Today H ARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Medical researchers today were still seeking to in - dentify the cause of the "legionnaire's disease," the mysterious flu - like illness that has claimed 22 lives in Pennsylvania and sent more than 140 people to the hospital in four states. There were no signs the outbreak was abating, and officials planned a statewide check of Pennsylvania hospitals today for a more accurate picture of the situtation. "The disease has not leveled off," state Health Secretarty Leonard Bachman said Tuesday. "Apparently both the number of deaths and the number of new cases have increased and are increasing." More than 1,000 federal and state medical researchers have been mobilized to identify the disease. At the federal Center for Disease Control In Atlanta, researchers planned today to examine the first cultures grown from tissue samples taken from victims of the illness. The cultures could provide a clue. ' "We are ruling out nothing," said Dr. Walter Dowdle, director at virology at the center. "This could be anything from an infectious disease to a toxin," All of the known victims of the disease — including two hospitalized in New Jersey and one in New York — attended or were in some way connected with a state American Legion convention in Philadelphia that ended 11 days ago. It was earlier reported a Connecticut man also had the disease, but Connecticut health officials later said he does not have it. A 73 - year - old Philadelphia woman died Tuesday night and a Pittsburgh man, James Sykes, 79, died early today, bringing the death toll to 22.. There has been no confirmed evidence of secondary spread of the disease, Bachman said, but he added that it was still too ■ early to discount the possibility that the disease may be spread to others'. In in interview early today, however, a state health department spokesman said there were six unconfirmed reports of the disease among people in Philadelphia who did 'not attend the convention. "That has not been verified," said the spokesman, Bob Costello. "It looks like it might be so." All of the victims have experienced the same flu - like symptoms: headache, high fever, congested lungs and chest pains Bachman said those symptoms are con } sistent with the swine - type flu that appeared in New Jersey this year, prompting plans for a nationwide immunization program. They are also consistent with viral pneumonia, he said. Congress moved Tuesday toward passage of a federal insurance plan to clear the way for the vaccination program. The House health subcommittee approving a measure, demanded by vacine manufacturers, that would make the government responsble for any damages caused by the flu shots. Bv JEFF KOSNETT Of The Daily Mail Staff HUNTINGTON - Cabell County Sheriff Ted T. Barr said "there is a 99 per cent probability" that Huntington police officer Clemmie Curtis was killed with his own gun."I can't say 100 per cent, since it has to go through ballistics, but there was one shell fired from his gun and one bullet in his body. Of course, we don't have the bullet back yet, so I can't say for sure," said Barr. Cabell County sheriffs' authorities have taken over the investigation since the shooting took place just outside the Huntington city limits. Curtis, 30, a nine - year veteran on the force, was shot in a heavily wooded area known as "Shangri - La" or "Snake Road" yesterday afternoon, according to Barr. Exact time of death is unknown, but Barr said Curtis was seen buying lunch at 2:30 and the body was found about 6 p. m. Barr said Curtis had been shot once in the chest, his hands were handcuffed in front, and was found lying on his back about two feet from the municipally owned unmarked white Dodge he had been driving. His .38 caliber police pistol lay alongside. Huntington police said Curtis was bound with his police handcuffs. Barr believed Curtis had stopped in the area to eat lunch. A partly - eaten hamburger, box of French fries, and a soft drink, with napkins and food wrappers, were found in the auto. Barr said Curtis bought the meal at the Frostop drive - in on 16th Street, about a mile from the scene of the shooting. "One would assume he pulled in there to eat lunch," the sheriff said, noting the employees of the hamburger stand were apparently the last people to see Curtis alive. The body was taken by the Huntington police to Cabell - Huntington Hospital at 8:00 p.m. An autopsy was performed today by State Medical Examiner Irvin Sopher. Barr said there was no possibility Curtis had been shot elsewhere and a set - up created because enough rigor mortis had set in around the neck and shoulders to indicate the body had been lying still. However, Barr could not estimate the time of death. Huntington Police Investigations Bureau head Capt. Norman Noble said the last radio contact with Curtis was at 2:19. He said a deputy saw Curtis turn south from 7th Street onto 16th Avenue, just (Turn to Pg. IDA, Col. 2) CLEMMIE CURTIS al dispute that began earlier at the Cedar Coal Co. mine. "That's why I don't think our going hack to work would really have any effect on helping to make peace in the strike, anyway," Holstein said "It's a whole new ball game now. The striking miners are concerned about coal companies constantly going to the courts now." Holstein said he notified a company foreman yesterday before the negative vote was taken that the men might return to work with the 4 p.m. shift, He said he has urged the men back to work "two or three times. I've got the right to order my own local back to work, but I don't want to get into another local president's business. My efforts haven't worked an yway, "he said. Holstein' fears the UMW International " Executive Board will discipline him under guidelines of the union's 10 - Point Program if a reconciliation is not reached soon, The program, an agreement made last year between the union and the Bituminous Coal Operator's Assn. (BCOA1, was designed to end wildcat strikes. The program calls for district officials to assume principal responsibility for ending wildcat strikes and provides a disciplinary mechanism for punishing strikers who protest in defiance of union back to - work orders. In a related matter, Ivan White, District 17 representative on the UMW's International Executive Board, said he received a telegram from District 31 in Fairmont stating that a majority of its members have voted to place District 17 in a trusteeship to be administered by international officials. Such action could not take place until a hearing is conducted to air the position of the district in question as well as the findings of a three - member panel composed of executive board members, according to a UMW spokesman in Washington, D. C. The executive board has not taken any (Turn to Pg. MA, Cat. 1) Top Of The Evening. BOTULISM One ttaspoon could kilt the entire population of Charleston, says county home demonstration agent Camille Stewart who is sometimes appalled at the ways of many home canners. Her warnings and tips are given in a LifeStyles layout , . . Page J C. FURNACE SHOOTER His name is Stud Holland and his job is to dean the gunk out of a furnace fcrfm - ming with molten metal. He does it. with explosives and that's what makes this Robert Kittle story interesting. Page IB. BACKYARD OLYMPICS NVtro has its own Olympic village on DuPont A venue, where discus throwers, hurdlers and vaulters keep the neighborhood lively. Sports Writer Don Hager does a portrait on Matt Graver, 54 - pound athlete. Page IE. LAUGHING GAS Widely used in dental surgery and in hospitals, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has become a dangerous, new "In" agent to produce o "high" in the user. Reporter Paul Akers writes about the problem today an Page3R. NADER WORKERS They're called Nader's Raiders and there Have been rumors that their boss is a taugh man to work for. How do they feel about him? The final installment of a series answers this question. Page I2B. ,.5B Hot Line IB HA Jumble 4B ..2D LifeStyles 1C ..8E Obituaries 7E ,.4B Sports IE 4B Theaters 7B „3C TV 5B 4A Your Health 10B

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