The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on June 26, 1953 · 2
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Friday, June 26, 1953
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Virgil Grey of the Sher IfT Offlee announced that a aecond major ground search junct the little girl's disappear ance will be conducted next Sunday-if no trace of her is found before that. Some 250 men on foot and horseback will aearch the area between Stella Darlene'i home, her school (Colin Kelly Elementary School, Compton) and Auction city; . The searchers will include Sheriff's possemen, reservists and deputies assigned to the Norwalk station. The first major search of the area was conducted last Sunday, the day after the girl's disappearance. Charles Henry Moore, 54, arrested in the Santa Catalina Island city Wednesday, was jailed at the Sheriff's Norwalk Station, where detectives reported he formerly was an inmate of Patton State Hospital, released last May 29 after a year in the asylum. Wink and Jib Owen and Ilena Nolan, foster parents of the missing, blue-eyed 8-year-old who vanished last Saturday night from Auc tion City, confronted Moore outside his cell at the substation where the chunky, red-faced suspect grinned widely at Mrs. Nolan, winked and jibed: "Mom, you never saw me before, did you?" Mrs. Nolan's lips trembled as she stared at Moore. She and . her husband made no answer, but slowly shook their heads. . Avalon police took Moor Into custody on the complaints of numerous parents that he had been molesting their children. Among officers who questioned Moore at Norwalk were Det. Sgts. j; G. Lawton and Frank Hedrick, Det. Lt Richard Bennett and Det. Sgts. Norman Peterson and Sid Joli-vette. He was booked as a transient. . Returned to Asylum Official records show he was committed to Patton April 23, 1952, as mentally ill and paroled May 6 of the same year. Nine days later he was returned to the asylum and discharged a year and two weeks later. A long record of arrests dat ing back to 1937 in Long Beach showed only drunkenness and traffic violations. Moore also was confronted by 7-year-old Barbara Ann Churchill, one of two young- Bandits Get $170 in Holdup of Loan Office Two well-dressed bandits; one of them armed, walked into the office of the Domestic Finance Corp. at 6738 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, yesterday shortly after noon, forced four employees to lie on the floor, and escaped with $170. According to Managpr F. G. Morton, 43, of 1028 S Highland Ave., the bandits forced him, his assistant, Ross Reynolds, 32, of 2037 Jolley Drive, Burbank; W. E. Murphy, 38, of 6425 Hol Schary Subpoenaed in RKO Stockholders Suit. Subpoenas calling on Dore Schary and seven other film-producing executives to give deposition testimony for use in a stockholders' suit brought against Howard Hughes were issued here yesterday by County Clerk Harold J. Ostly. Schary, now head of production at MGM Studio, and N. Pe-ter Rathvon, Jerry Wald, Norman Krasna, Sid Rogell, Sam Bischoff, Frank Ross and Jack Skirball, were called upon to appear before a notary public at 106 -W 3rd St at 10 a.m. July 8. ! Suit Filed in Nevada - The summonses were issued at the request of Atty. Henry Herzbrun, representing Eli B. Castleman, Marion Castleman and Louis Feuerman, in a suit pending in Las Vegas, Nev., against Hughes, .1. Miller Walker, Francis J. O'Hara Jr., Noah Dietrich, Ned E. Depinet, the sters who had been playing with ' Stella Darlene shortly before she disappeared. The blond-haired girl could not identify Moore as the man who had spoken with her short ly after the missing girl left tneir play near Mrs. Nolan's refreshment stand at Auction City; Other persons from Auction City also were taken to the substation in an attempt to check on Moore, but none was able to Identify him as having been in the area. Detectives at Norwalk said Moore will be transferred, to General Hospital for psycho pathic examination on the Ava lon charges if he is cleared of all possible connection with Stella Darlene s disappearance. Sheriff's Capt. Floyd W. Ros enberg, heading the investigation, said there are now more than a dozen officers working on the case, with two detailed especially to locate the man who fondled a 10-yearold Para mount girLa't knife-point Tuesday in the Los Angeles River bed near Olive St., Paramount. This suspect, Rosenberg said, has been molesting children and committing other indecent acts periodically in the area in recent months. He was described as about 30, with dark hair and dark complexion and almost always wearing a sales-and-service-type uniform of blue-gray shirt and trousers. v nen lasi seen ne wore a shirt with a red script L embroidered on the back. Digging Observed The search for Stella Darlene also swung into Riverside Coun-tv on the report of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ainze, 1520 Cloverfield Ave., Santa Monica, that they had seen a man digging a deep hole 100 yards off of Highway 71 three miles south of Glen Ivy as they were returning Wednesday from Lake Elsinore. The man was alone, digging near a grove of Oak trees, they said, and a trunk protruded from the rear of his automobile nearby. Capt. . Rosenberg contacted the Riverside Sheriff's Office and asked for aid in running down the site as a possible clue to Darlene's disappearance. 31 More Mau Mau Terrorists Slain NARIBOI, Kenya, June 25 (IF) Kenya's Security Forces reported tonight the killing of 31 more Mau Mau terrorists. Yesterday the government announced the-deaths of 42 Mau Mau In one of the heaviest blows yet against the secret society. Tonight's announce ment added that 14 terrorists surrendered near Embu and said their leader was killed by a military patrol last week. lywood Blvd., and a girl, clerk Miss Esther Halpern, 23, f 1523 N McCadden Place, to lie down. The holdup men were de scribed by Det. Lts. Tom Hut-ton and Charles Jones as being about 5 feet, 8 inches in height and weighing 140 pounds. One of the men wore dark glasses and was armed with a .32-cali-ber automatic pistol. After scooping up the cash they dis appeared among scores on the street.. Hughes Tool Co. and RKO Pictures Corp. Permission to take the testimony here, the petition said, was granted hereto-fore by the Nevada court. With the testimony elicited here, the petition said, the su ing stockholders expect to show that the RKO board of directors took actions which were illegal collusive and negligent, made large illegal expenditures and advanced money to producers "with reckless abandon." Financial Loss Claimed Schary's testimony and that of the other witnesses, all formerly either employed by RKO or producing films for release through the studio, the petition also declared, is expected to show that Hughes and other RKO directors caused the corporation great financial loss by first interfering with production and later stopping shooting of the picture based on the novel, "The Robe." i ill: t ; " - PETS OF MISSING GIRL Mittens the cat and Pol the dog lie beside- play with them os sb did before she vanished In Auction City last photo of Stella Darlene Nolan, 8. and wonder when she will return to Saturday. A second major ground search for the child is planned. r TlmM phots Ms! K H i ' ' ' ': , f J ' I -.. f i- - i" - . v 1 "A r " A BEHIND BARS Charles Henry Moore peers out of cell ot Sheriff's Norwalk station where he was questioned on disappearance-of Stella Darlene Nolan. Tlmn photo Officer Who Trio Tells of Hero, Helping Convict Gunmen, Testifies He Went Home After Deed and Kissed Family "When jt was over I just went home and kissed my wife and my kids all five of 'em." That, according to Motorcycle Officer Sherman J. Thordsen, 37, was the first thing he did after the nervy feat of halting three gunmen fleeing from a robbery last April 21 and disarming them. AH Convicted Thordsen testified yesterday before Superior Judge Thomas L. Ambrose, under questioning by Dep. Dist. Atty. William O. Russell, at the trial of the trio. All were convicted of first-degree robbery. They face possible sentences of five years to life. The convicted men are Wil liam S. Berich, 32, salesman; Robert M. Lucas, 31, machisist, and Paul R. Sweet, 25, carpenter. Thordsen said he was sitting on hi? motorcycle at the exit of a parking lot at 3626 W 3rd St. when he heard Irving Exler, proprietor of a cleaning and dyeing plant, yelling for help in catching the fleeing gunmen,. Exit Blokeil Thordsen flopped his vehicle across the driveway, blocking the exit, and then approached the men, who were getting into their car. They obeyed his order to drop their guns and were taken into custody. Exler said the men forced him into the rear of the shop, taped him up ahd dumped him on the floor. Then, just as they had taken S80 from the cash register, Exler freed himself and gave chae, yelling for help. Thnrrtspn a mpmhor nt tho force for 10 years, formerly taine to dnP in the first dona" was a policeman in Tacoma.jtions. Jean Hersholt, president He has five children, aged 6 to of the Motion Picture Relief lo years. .4 " ft : 1 i s " 1 Disarmed Nervy Feat HERO Sherman J. Thordsen, who single-handed disarmed three gunmen. Times photo Statler Pool Will Be Wishing Well Miss Shirley Thomas, commentator, will be mistress of ceremonies at a dedication pro gram Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Statler in Los Angeles when the "world's largest wishing well" will be given to the Motion Picture Relief Fund. Miss Thomas thought of using a swimming pool in the hotel courtyard as a receptacle for coins. She expects to present Mary Tickford and Joan Fon 'Fund, will accept the proceeds. . . y i tJ - t : i Irene Albert Charges Ruled Out by Court U.S. Judge William C. Mathei yesterday dismissed charges against Miss Irene Al bert. German -born Beverly Hills and San Francisco social figure, on the grounds that the statute of limitations had run out before her indictment. Miss Albert was indicted last fall by the Federal grand jury here on charges that she made false statements to a consular representative in Germany when obtaining a passport to return to the United States in 1946. According to the indictment, Miss Albert stated she had never been employed by a foreign government, but Federal prosecutors alleged that she had made a number of musical recordings in Germany in 1941 and 1942 which were used by the Nazis and beamed on a radio program to South America which was interspersed with Nazi propaganda. Recordings Defended Defense Atty. Michael G. Luddy argued before Judge Mathes that the statute of limitations had expired in her case and also that she had merely made musical recordings which were used without her knowledge or consent in the Nazi propaganda program. The judge's ruling followed a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in which the conviction of Harry Bridges, Pacific Coast Maritime Union leader, was reversed on the same grounds that the statute of limitations had expired. Miss Albert, daughter of a wealthy San Francisco woman and a German industrialist who died in 1945, is currently suing tne u.b. government for S12,' 000,000 in stock in her father's been seized by the Alien Prop- chemical works. The stock has erty Custodian and is still beinsr neia. , Fishing Boat Burns, Sinks NEWPORT, Or., June 25 U.R The deep sea fishine boat Cant. LudvV sank off Newport today after the $75,000 craft caught fire and was abandoned. The skipper, Nick Zorich of Astoria, and all crewmen were rescued by another fishing boat. The Coast Guard reported that the Capt. Ludvig, one of the finest and best-known drag-boats operating out of Astoria, was burning and down to her gunwales. Then the ship sank as the Coast Guard attemnted to bring her in from off Cas- cade Head. BOWRON Continued from First Page ending the meeting. I apolo gized to him later." Leask originally recommend- jed as City Administrative Offi-cer and after a salary survey tnat civilian city employees should be given salary increases which total $2,200,000 a year but recommended against a proposed 5M increase for policemen and firemen, which I would total another $2,000,000. and Fire Protective League. arguing for "parity" with other city employees, were success- iui recently m naving funds for a salary raise for them in- iduded in the new budget by, a . .. 4- POSTWAR JOB RECORD SET BY PLANTS HERE A postwar record, of 621,600 wage and salary workers employed in manufacturing plants in the Los Angeles metropolitan area was set in April, it was announced yesterday by the State Department of Industrial Relations. The figure was a jump of 3400 from the previous high established in March. Largest gains were recorded in the fabricated metal products, food processing and automobile industries. Average weekly unemployment insurance claims rose slightly in May from 6922 in April to 7441. The total claims, 43,220, remained substantially be low the May, 1952, figure of 47,004, however. STABILITY FOR DOCK LABOR Foreign Trade Group Hears Co-operation Labeled Difficult With Laws Under Fire "It is difficult to accomplish sound co-operative labor relations when they are imposed by law and particularly by laws which themselves become a target for action," Charles L. Tilley told a meeting of the Foreign Trade Association at the Biltmore yesterday. Tilley Is general manager of the Outer Harbor Dock & Wharf Co. at Los Angeles Har bor and is a member of the board of the Pacific Maritime Association. Allay Suspicions "Suspicions and disturbances which followed the organizing campaigns since 1935 must be eliminated," he said. "We cannot continue shifting the balance of power by placing the weight of government protection first on the side of labor, as in the Wagner Act, and then on the side supposedly of management, as in the Taft-Hartley Act. "Each faction Is steadily growing bigger and is in a better economical position for fighting it out. If they do not develop and practice alterna tives to fighting to the end, it must be expected to find gov eminent intervention on a more widening and broadening scale to restrain the fighting. Strikes Costly "Probably the costliest pe riod of strikes was that of 1946 to 1948 when there were eight strikes with a total loss of 4,300,000 man-hours. Out of this grew a new approach by management designed to remove irritants and causes of recurring disputes. This had some success in a period of relative peace, 1949 through 1951. j "However, the Korean war, IN ROW a close vote in the City Council. The provision caused one of the bitterest budget controversies in recent years and resulted in the new budget having one of the lowest reserve funds in recent history. , The City Council at long last yesterday put final approval on the 1953-54 budget, the resolution getting only enough votes eight to pass. Five negative votes were cast. The budget in its final form reflected a record total of $130,363,588. The budget provisions are ex pected to result in an 8 to 13- ;cent Increase in the city tax rate, lareelv due to the salarv increases. URGED with its resulting wage -price controls, soaring inflation, concentration of war production and expansion of Pacific Coast shipping provided the impetus for a series of major and costly demands by unions. Then, in 1952, we had a strike period. The West Coast maritime In dustry last year had a loss of 546,000 man-days." New State Patrol Position Filled SACRAMENTO, June 25 (JP) B. R. Caldwell, California High way Patrol commissioner, today named Ross R. McDonald, law enforcement chief for. the State Office of Civil Defense, deputy commissioner of the patrol. McDonald, 58, former Deputy Los Angeles Police Chief, will be the first person to hold the position. Cardinal to Officiate at Ann Blyth Wedding Screen Actress Ann Blyth and Dr. James V. McNulty, Los Angeles obstetrician, will be married by James Francis Cardinal Mclntyre, Archbishop of I Los Angeles, at 10 a.m. tomor row in st. cnanes cnurcn, North Hollywood. More than 6G0 guests, including many of the biggest names in the film industry, are ex pected to attend the wedding ceremony and Nuptial Mass. Later the newlyweds will be entertained at a reception in the Beverly Hills Hotel. The marriage will be the first for the 24-year-old dark-haired actress and her 35-year-old husband-to-be, brother of Singer Dennis Day. Cardinal to Preside Cardinal Mclntyre will offici ate at the marriage ceremony and preside at the Mass which will be celebrated by the Rev, harry Meade, pastor of the church. Following the reception the i couple will leave for a three- week honeymoon and will make t.'ieir home later in Toluca Lake Estates. Miss Blyth said she plans to schools budget of $122,939,. 032 was adopted by the Board of Education yester day. Approval of the tentative budget is a legal formality, It is now subject to upward revisions, and the revised budget must come up lor vote before July 15. Ai It stands now, the budget, although $6,277,524 greater than last year's, would provide a cut of 34 cents per $100 in th com bined school tax rata. Any additions to it will eat into the tax cut proportionate ly, but Budget Director Harry M. Howell has said som tax reduction will bt possible. Tht board's budget and finance commutes, headed by Harry Hillman, will hold a number of hearings befora the revised edition Is adopted. Other Board Action ' Among Its other actions yesterday the school board: 1 Awarded a $183,687 contract to the Hight Construction Co. for additional classroom facilities at Canoga Park, San Fernando, Van Nuys and Ver-dugo Hills High Schools. 2 Awarded a $95,500 contract to the Carter-Mack Builders for new classroom units at Nar-bonne and University High Schools. 3 Suspended Saturday operation of nine child care centers Aliso Village, Fremont Avenue, Gates Street, Logan Street, Pueblo del Bio, Rancho San Pedro, Rosemont Avenue, Sylvan Park, and Vine Streetafter Superintendent Stoddard reported that "enrollment on Saturday has so diminished that continuation of service is impractical." 4 -Approved the sala of $30,. 000,000 worth of schools bonds. leaving a balance of $70,000,000 from the original 1952 issua of $130,000,000. Gloria Swanson Wins Suit, Kiss From Loser NEW YORK, June 25 (yR Actress Gloria Swanson today won a legal fight against a movie producer, who promptly kissed her on the cheek. The friendly loser was Paul R. Thoma, whose claim for half the $500,000 he estimated Miss Swanson made in her movie comeback was tossed out of court. Thoma contended that Miss Swanson, a star of silent films, was out of vogue and unable to get movie parts in 1946, and ha made a deal with her to star her in a movie short. The deal provided, ha claimed, he was to have an op tion of putting her in six more movies and splitting the profits. Instead, he claimed, the actress used screen tests he made of her to sell herself to others until she finally got a movia lead in "Sunset Boulevard," which returned her to stardom. As Thoma gave her a peck on the cheek, Miss Swanson smiled, "Please, what will your wife say?" BRIDE Actress Ann Blyth will be bride of Dr. J. V. McNulty tomorrow. continue her film career buf, also hopes to rear a large fan ily. J

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