Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 67
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 67

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 29, 1975
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1§D -June 29,1975 ' Sunday GtaHte-Mai 19 TM - · Chwtefcn, W«t VK^IM Possible Grain Violations Cited Against Official in '72 Searching the Hills for Slayers Three FBI Agents on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation --AP wirephoto SUSPECTS Indian Named in V. S. Warrant Carried by FBI Agents Arrested * AP New York Time* ; PINE RIDGE, S. D.--The FBI revealed ; Saturday it has tentatively identified some * suspects in the shooting deaths of two ^agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and recovered a number of weapons "from the house where the Indians fought t.a gun battle with other agents. 1 Meanwhile, nearly 200 FBI agents fanned out over tbe"sprawling reservation in a continued search for those who made -their escape from the house Thursday aft- -er the shooting. * Late Saturday night, the South Dakota Highway Patrol arrested one of the men 'J named in federal warrants carried by two ;; 'FBI agents who were shot to death on the ' Pine Ridge Indian reservation, .authorities ; announced. 1 Tom Coll, an FBI spokesman, said Her* man Thunder Hawk, one of four persons * for whom agents Ronald A. Williams and T Jack R. Coler had warrants, was arrested ·? Saturday afternoon. , ' _But Coll would not say if Thunder Hawk ', was one of the 16 Indians sought by more ·! than 200 law enforcement officers comb- ·· ing the rugged Indian reservation since 1-Thursday, when Williams and Coler were i shot outside a farmhouse where they had *- gone to serve the warrants. ' , Authorities, using armored personnel r carriers and helicopters, continued their ' search Saturday. Vthundej Hawk, Teddy Paul Fourier, ."'Robert Horse and James Eagle^were ; named in warrants obtained after an inci- * dent last Monday in which a man and his ? son allegedly were held against their will. r Fourier was arrested Thursday at his " home, away from the shooting site. ' * * * '_ ALSO SATURDAY, Dennis Banks, a leader of the Indian movement, was asked C1y fellow Indians to meet with federal r Officials. t» Banks met Saturday with an official of t the Oglala Sioux tribe at a friend's home in JD.A.'s Right ;Of Arrest Is Contested S- /'"' -" ' v ' ' *- PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The attorney por Dr. Candadai S. Rangarathnam ^charged with involuntary manslaughter in «the death of a 5-year-old girl, has contest- led the right of the district attorney to ar*rest his client. '^ Arlen Specter, a former Philadelphia -district attorney, filed charges Friday * that the complaint filed against Dr. Ran- igarathnam is invalid. * Dr. Rangarathnam, *0, and a native of * India',- is chief of pediatric surgery at : Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He ' surrendered to authorities Friday. * The charges stem from the March 20, * 1974, death of Jennifer Newman of Yar- *dley, Bucks County. The parents of the * adopted Korean'girl charged,the doctor | with "gross negligence or recklessness" I after their child died following minor sur* gery. I Dr. Rangarathnam operated on the girl ! to remove fluid from her chest cavity. She idied about 2V4 hours later. An autopsy re- l port showed .the child bled to death inter- Jnally and that her liver had been punctured three times. The report said the * punctures were.presumably caused by the * needle used to extract the fluid. \ The medical examiner's report called ' the death a "therapeutic misadventure." u Specter, in his petition, charged the dis- j' trkt attorney's complaint was invalid be- » cause it was unsupported by the affidavit s of another medical doctor stating whether * Dr. Rangarathnam's treatment was negli- } gait or reckless. r Common Pleas Court Judge Charles L. i Durham delayed arraignment of Dr. Ran- 3 garathnam pending a hearing on Specter's T petitkw Wednesday. as., ·;· -_ ' · ; · ' - ' ·";· »'· · -;'-' ·· '····': · ' · '_"···;;· '. · $" : ' '-'··""··§;····'· the Black Hills, near Custer, to discuss plans for the proposed meeting with the federal authorities. Banks is about to stand trial here on arson and other charges stemming from an incident in February, 1973. He said he was "available to meet with anyone to stop bloodshed." The tribal official, Lloyd Eaglebull Sr., said he had approached officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the FBI in Pine Ridge about talking with Banks, who is a resident of Oglala, the town where the killings took place. An Indian man also was killed in the ensuing gun battle Thursday that lasted sporadically over six hours. The dead Indian was not officially identified, but Indian sources said that he was Joe Roberts, a young man from Seattle 'who had moved to this area after last summer's Sun Dance. A group of Indians who were inside the isolated set of farmhouses where the shootout occurred escaped after law enforcement authorities lobbed tear gas into their enclave. COLL DECUNED to~say what types of automatic weapons were recovered and would offer no information about the nature of the explosive devices at a Saturday morning press conference in Pine Ridge. Coll said agents recovered the paraphernalia when they secured the house early Friday morning after the occupants had eluded capture by slipping away under cover of darkness. Coll said the main thrust of the'search continues to be in the area where 'the gun battle occurred, but he said the investigation also is being actively pursued in areas off the reservation through coordination with local and state law enforcement agencies. - .- . "The longer the search continues, the more diminished the chances are that they' are on the reservation," he said.' . The fatigue-clad agents are using a light observation airplane and a helicopter in their search of the 2.7 million-acre reservation in southwestern South Dakota.; They are armed with automatic weapons. Coll also said two armored personnel carriers were brought to the reservation to aid in the search. The FBI says the two" dead agents were wounded as they tried to serve arrest warrants connected with an alleged kidnaping, then "they were dragged from .the car, and 15 to 20 shots were pumped into them." However, a spokesman for the Wounded Knee Legal Defense Fund and American Indian Movement Leader Russell Means charged the FBI provoked the shootings by killing an Indian. * THE OFFICIAL said an unnamed woman lawyer spent nearly an hour trying to persuade the 16 men to allow, eight women and children in the building, believed to be families of the men, to be removed from the area so they wouldn't be injured in the gun battle. He said the two FBI agents and one Indian already were dead before the negotiations began. ! The attorney was "frustrated and crying" after her attempt failed, said the. official. He said Pine Ridge Acting Supt. Kendall Gumming then entered the house unarmed in an attempt to negotiate with the Indians. His attempt also proved fruitless, said the official. Several hours of gunfire followed the unsuccessful negotiations, said the official,, before the occupants slipped away unde-, tected, probably through a heavily-wooded area behind the house. V : (C) Ni» 1W* Timm JVmw Service V/ASHINGTON - An offkM of the*Agriculture Department's grain division as early as 1972 named a New Orleans executive of Cook Industries Inc. as a figure with "a long history of being involved in apparent irregularities involving grain inspection." A report by J. L. O'Brate, who was acting chief of the division's inspection ranch, to Howard Woodworth, then director of the grain division, also named Cook Industries and several other companies in connection with' the possible violations of the U.S. Grain Standards Act. The act, aunt otter provision, sets standards of procedures in the grading of graii aid provides what amointi to an ethical code for deallagt betwee* grata computes and the Inspectors who grade the grata. The New Orleans executive named "in the 1972 report was Melyin L. Hibbets, who was an elevator manager for Cook in New Orleans at the time but has since been promoted to vice president. Company-officials said they would have no comment on the report until they had a chance to study it. Hibbets could not be reached for-cprnment. The report came to,light in connection with a spreading investigation of 1 alleged corruption in the handling, grading and weighing of grain, which began in New Orleans and spread to other ports: Two Senate subcommittees are also looking into questions raised by the investigation. Cook Industries, along with the Bunge Corp. and Mississippi River Grain Elevator Inc., are reportedly .among principal subjects in that investigation. The 1972 report cited 26 foreign com- plaints "resulting from grain shipped" from the St^Cnartes Grain Elevator Co. during a period when Hibbets was manager of that elevator, before he quit to become manager of Cook's elevator, which is called the Bayside Elevator Co. It said that five foreign complaints had been received about Bayside grain between the time Hibbets went to work there in 1969 and January, 1972. * * * IN ONE INSTANCE at St. Charles elevator, the report said, the division had recommended criminal prosecution against the elevator company "for layering grain sorghum and-pr off-grade grain on export loading belts in such a manner that samplers could not obtain representative samples." · , Such practices are covered in the Grain Standards Act under provisions barring deceptive loading activities. The Justice Department declined prosecution in that case, but the report said that the Agriculture Department's Commodity Credit Corp. had recovered ?40,000 from Bartlett Co. and- $65,000 from Garnac Grain Co., which had shipped the grain in question through the elevator. The report also cited cases in which ships loaded at. Cook's Bayside elevator while Hibbets was manager were found on arrival in foreign ports to contain grain varying in grade from those shown on official inspection certificates. · Grain is graded by inspectors who are licensed by the Department of Agriculture but work for private or state inspection agencies. In the New Orleans area, the agencies are privately owned or controlled. ' A question in the investigation is wheth- er improper influences have been used to induce inspectors to certify higher grades than the grain itself justifies. Any such increase could make a substantial difference in the income of any company benefiting from it. Autumn Foliage Tours Scheduled RONCEVERTE -- The 1975 autumn foliage excursions on the Greenbrier Scenic Railroad will be held on four weekends this year, it was announced Saturday. The 160-mile round trip up the remote Greenbrier River Valley to Cass will be run on Sept. 27, Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18. More than 700 passengers per train may be accommodated on each of the six excursions. Opened in 1900, the Greenbrier railroad line provided access to the vast Greenbrier Valley timber stands. Free maps, lodging, camping directories and Greenbrier railroad brochures,* along with advance ticket reservation forms, may be obtained by writing Greenbrier Scenic Railroad, P. 0. Box 250, Ronceverte, W. Va. 24970. Tickets cost $16 per adult and $5.75 for children. " . The railroad excursions attracted a total, of 2,456 riders from 22 states last year. Excursions were often booked up several weeks in advance. Again, you can get six years worth of 7)4% savings. With an annual yfeld of 790% through daily compounding. *· ' ** f f l i " l . -·'" i, · · ' · - - . . · " - ; , · ' · ' , ? --J f f -a^w ' _ f i A , ^ ^ . -» When Uncle Sam gave us the okay to make you this offer, we made youlhis offer... now we're making it again. An Investment Certificate that pays 7-1/2% a year. For six years. , Here are the terms: A $1000 minimum. The interest will be compounded daily and paid monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually. Whatever you like. These certificates are governed by the federal law and regulation that prohibits the payment of a time deposit prior to maturity unless three months of the interestthereon is forfeited and interest on the amount withdrawn is reduced to the passbook rate. Look over the.chart and see what you can earn, Jn one year. In six years/Then come in and ask a Customer Service representative to fill you in and help sign you up. AMOUNT $1000 OQQ $10,000 $50,000 $100,000 ANNUAL YIELD SIX YEAR YIELD* $79 f3^74 $395 · · · $2370 $790 : $4740 . $3950 $23,700 $7900 $47,400 "Total yield based on annual interest payments. Each depositor insured to $40,000 by FDIC. Comer of Capitol and Virginia Charleston National Bank Member Federal Reserve System. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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