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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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-- August 10,1975 Sunday Gasette-Matt Hoffa Case Discussed by Fitzsimmons -APWirephoto Frank Fitzsimmons Rests After Golf He's in Dallas Conferring With Teamsters Officials ByJiaBrfea DALLAS (AP)-Teamsters Union President Frank Fitzsimmons denied any knowledge Saturday of the whereabouts of former Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa, who has been missing since July 30. "I have no idea where he is," Fitzsimmons said in an interview on the 18th hole of the Canyon Creek Country Club golf course. "1 couldn't guess." Asked if he thought Hoffa is dead, Fitzsimmons said, "I don't want to comment on that. But he's been missing, what, 10 or 11 days now?" Hoffa vanished in Detroit and has not been publicly heard from since. FITZSIMMONS SAID there is "no power struggle in the union. How could there be? Hoffa isn't eligible to run for office anyway because of the restrictions on him. But I'll tell you this and you can quote me in my own words. And be sure you quote me right. You can be goddamned sure I'm going to be a candidate for president of this union." Fitzsimmons, smiling though reserved, said he has been in Dallas for three days of discussions with regional Teamsters officials regarding relocation of the union's Southern regional offices from Dallas to Miami, Fla. He was golfing with Vince Rego, president of U.S.. Industries plant in Piano, Tex.; Brownie Huffhines, president of Chief Freight Lines, and businessman George Hunter. Fitzsimmons said that reports of underworld involvement in Hoffa's mysterious absence is "a bunch of bullshit. What would the underworld have to do with this? I don't know where you guys get all this. Why all the publicity? Jimmy and I have been frieads for 40 years. We've had oar differences on philosophy but there's been nothing personal. No falling out. If we had, then, well, it would be different. B u t . . . I just don't know where all this comes from. "I've been in touch with Jimmy and Barbara (Hoffa's children). No one from the FBI or anybody like that has contacted me. Not one of them has contacted me," Fitzsimmons said, squinting from beneath a golf cart umbrella. THE TEAMSTERS leader said there was no collusion between former President Nixon and Hoffa when Nixon obtained Hoffa's release from prison. "That's nonsense. Nixon was our best president. I voted for him. There was nothing under the table. I don't believe in being down on a guy just because somebody took a swipe at him. He was my friend, still is a good friend," Fitzsimmons said with a smile. "We are working with the legislators on Doctors, Lab Aides Rescued From Fire MUNICH, West Germany (AP) - Firemen rescued 11 doctors and laboratory assistants from the flaming technical department of Munich's Gauting Hospital Saturday. Police said the fire, caused by sparks during welding operations, ruined valuable electronic and laboratory equipment in a section of the hospital where no patients are kept. The damage was estimated at $2 million. that (increasing highway speeds and truck load limits). We believe in working things out. So I can't see there is any problem in the union leadership. The membership certainly seems to be happy. How can you think Hoffa is trying to regain control? He can't." There were no signs of the union official's bodyguards that country club members said had been around Fitzsimmons. His rented black limousine was parked outside the sun-drenched club located in a swank area of North Dallas. Fitzsimmons smiled, shook hands and suddenly broke off the interview, driving away alone in his golf cart. Minutes later .he appeared in the club dining room where he loaded a lunch plate, grabbed a beer and vanished into the company of several men. National Public Radio presents a Self-port fait of Georgia on THE TATES OFTHE^ffNION ^ TODAY at 1:00 p.m. I WVPB-FM91.7 ·FBI Makes Predawn Seizure of Car To Examine Bloodstains on Seat the low price leader.. ·- By Brooks Jackson DETROIT - iji - FBI agents investigating the James R. Hoffa mystery made :la predawn seizure of an auto belonging to ·-the son of a reputed Mafia kingpin Satur;"day. Sources said the FBI sought to exam- · ;ine blood stains on the car seat. r The car was driven the day Hoffa · jdropped from sight by Hoffa's foster son, · Charles L. "Chuckie" O'Brien, who 'sources said is a key figure in federal ef- ;.'forts to find the missing ex-Teamsters i president. N Sources said O'Brien told the FBI he borrowed the car and was delivering a fish to the home of a Teamsters official. Westinghouse Broadcasting said O'Brien told the FBI the stains on the car seat were dried fish blood. * * * THE FBI REFUSED to confirm or deny that it had the car, but sources close to the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that the FBI grabbed the auto and took it to a crime laboratory for analysis. Several residents of an apartment complex told reporters that a handful of FBI agents showed up at about 3 a.m. and took possession of a maroon 1975 Mercury be- % t . ' Hoffa Mystery Subplot Surfaces in Pennsylvania longing to Joe Giacalone. He is the son of Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone, the alleged Mafia figure who Hoffa said he was waiting to meet just before he vanished July 30. O'Brien reportedly has told the FBI he was in the area where Hoffa was last seen at the time Hoffa was last seen - driving the younger Giacalone's car. He told reporters he was delivering a frozen salmon to the home of Robert Holmes, a powerful Teamsters vice president who heads local 337 in Detroit. The 41-year-old O'Brien, raised since he was a boy by Hoffa, is an international Teamsters organizer. Sources close to the investigation said recently that O'Brien has undergone a shift of allegiance from Hoffa to Hoffa's arch-rival. Teamsters President Frank Fitzsimmons. He was questioned for :)'/;· h o u r s Wednesday by the FBI. Sale prices effective through Tuesday. See our big ad m WED.A.M.ft P.M. Chas. Dales. WE REDEEM FEDERAL IfOODSTAMPSJ I I I I BEEF CHUCK GEMIME I J«L A BAKING Idaho Steak :''· WILKES-BARRE". Pa. (AP) - A mys- ;t'ery subplot about the missing Jimmy jHoffa is surfacing here in Pennsylvania leoal country. ·", The unanswered question is whether the iformer Teamsters president put a big .chunk of money during the past two years 'into an anthracite mining venture involving people who have long borrowed big 'sums from the biggest Teamsters Union -pension fund. ".-· Hoffa told a magazine editor shortly be- iore his disappearance that his money was ^involved in a holding company called IGreat American Coal Co. Inc. -'. The listed principals in that firm, who ^themselves have been undergoing a lead- ^e'rship change, aren't talking. To inquiring ·state officials, they implicity deny any ·Hoffa ownership role. '. ; A CONFUSING array of records exists on the coal firm. It includes close ties to a pension fund-financied harness racing opr ·eration now in bankruptcy court and state 'action to correct violations of strip mine reclamation law. The pattern is familar to investigators of other deals involving the Teamsters' Central States. Southeast and Southwest .Area Pension Fund: reports of hidden interests frequently abound and projects -sometimes wind up in financial difficulty. The Hoffa involvement was reported in ·the August 1975 issue of Overdrive, a na- "tional for independent truckers magazine ·published in Los Angeles. ; Editor Jim Drinkhall quoted Hoffa as saying he had put money into the Great -American Coal Co. through its then-president James J. Durkin Sr. of Dallas. Pa. ,Hoffa wouldn't say how much he'd invested, but did say it was less than a rumored SI .5 million. Urinkhall said he talked to ·Hoffa six times during July. . A 1973 annual report on file with the Del- .aware secretary of state listed Durkin as president but showed Great American had at that point issued no stock. A1974 annual report is now four months overdue in Del- ·a'ware. Great American's state of incorporation. · About the same time Hoffa was telling Overdrive about his investment. Great "American officials were telling Pennsylvania environmental investigators that 100 per cent control of the firm had passed to ·Hyman Green. Green is a New York and Florida based businessman who has utilitzed Central States Fund financing over a number of years. James Millard. a New York attorney for Green, told Pennsylvania officials he was the new president of Great American. Millard was a person of record in a Los Angeles County land development project which went bankrupt after receiving more than S13 million in pension fund financing. " Neither Miilard nor Green has respond;ed to reporters" inquiries. - · "The coal company has at least 15 other 'firms under its corpoate umgrella. Some _of the anthracite hard coal mines are "being operated by leasees. Others are .closed. A New York real estate investment "trust. Institutional Investors Trust (IIT) holdings in late 1973. An official of IIT said the loan is being paid back through sales of heavy equipment, old mine wastes and some land. The official said land held by Grezt American is appraised at more than $20 million. He said he has no' knowledge of , any-other fnancing involved in the project, nor of any Hoffa involvement. According to Overdrive, when Durkin first began to put together the Great American project in 1972, he obtained a Central States Fund commitment for a $13 million mortgage, but the commitment expired and he could not get another. Durking could not be reached for comment. He is presently ihvolved in a court fight to regain controlling stock of Pocono Downs Inc.. a harness racing enterprise operated on land once owned by coal companies now under Great American. The pension fund loaned Pocono Downs $4.5 million while Durkin was its president. A federal bankruptcy court is now trying to sort out Pocono Downs' belea- gured finances. LATE SATURDAY O'Brien said that bloodstains found on the seat of a car he drove the day ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared were from a 40-pound salmon. "If everybody would get over this Ellery Queen stuff and get serious about finding the man who's missing, we'd all be better off." O'Brien said, alluding to the crime fiction writer. Early Saturday, the FBI impounded the car -- a late model Mercury owned by the son of. a reputed underworld figure that Hoffa said he was going to meet the day he disappeared -- the sources said technicians would determine if the blood was human. O'Brien, an international organizer for the union who served as Hoffa's bodyguard, refused to discuss what else he did July 31. the day Hoffa vanished from a restaurant parking lot in Detroit. 10 IB. BAG POUND FRESH WHOLE FRYER Legs or Thighs SAVE 70' LB.! 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