The High Point Enterprise from High Point, North Carolina on February 10, 1971 · Page 23
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^_^^^^ ·· Policeman Shot During Panther Eviction . i . · Dawn Raid By RAY HUBBARD Enterprise Staff Writer A police lieutenant was critically wounded today in a burst of gunfire 'which erupted when police and sheriff's deputies went to a house on Hulda Street to · evict the occupants, alleged lo be members of the Black Panthers organization. · A hail of gunfire from the house at 612.' Hulda and a responding burst from officers followed refusal of the occupants to leave the house at dawn, Police Lt. Shaw Cooke, 45, was rushed'to High Point Memorial Hospital where he remained in surgery for several hours with a severe bullet wound in the chest. One report said that surgeons had to remove oru of his lungs. From neighbors, reporters pieced together this series of events: A large force · of deputies and police officers ~ about 30 -- heavily armcd'and wearing flak vests;- moved into Hulda .Street, a short,.'impaved street In the h'eart of the/southwestern slum sector,' at about dawn.'One officer knocked on Ityj door and asked to be admitted,.saying he had legal papers to be served, Someone inside said there was no one there who had. anything to say. The o'fficcrs said .they would give them 10 minutes : to ; evacuate the'house for which eviction papers had been issued, After 10/minutes, when there was no further response and after a second warning, tear gas was fired into the house through a window. Gunfire erupted from the house, including a shot from a downstairs side window which struck Lt. COoke as he dashed for cover, Another shot struck Officer T. S. Bryant in. the chest, but he waa wearing a flak vest, He-was knocked to the ground, but was not Injured, Police returned the fire and·· the shooting ceased, Pour men camo from the house with their hands up. They included Ltrry Medley, 16,' who was wounded in the shoulder, .and is in Memorial Hospital, Randolph Jennings, 17, George DeWitt, 16, and Bradford Lilly, 19. Medley was not believed to be in serious condition, They had not/been formally charged late this morning. Officers found, at least two high-powered rifles, several shotguns, and large quantities of ammunition in the ·· house, Police Chief Laurie Pritchett said. At a late morning press conference, Pritchett said, "We went lo the house hoping that the use of force could be avoided. "Wo · had' 'prior Information that 'they,,, (B ack Panthers) planned to ''hflvo a Shootout with us,.We did everything we could, to carry out a lawful eviction without violence, We went there to get them out and we did,'" the chief said, Police cpnj,inued to :patrol · this" Hulda Strict':arca closely during the rnb'rning, and there was at least';orte report that there werc : sn)pers in the area, but there wa's no indication of any further gunfire, .At the scene, residents of 404 Ellis St.j which is to the rear of but close by the Hulda Street house, told of crawling under beds to escape a hail of bullets. A woman w h o identified herself as Minnie Brown said.that she was not at home but that her husband and six children dived for cover as a spray of bullets hit the house., Another man, Henry Suber of (102 Hulda, said he was awakened by the roar of gunfire. ',' ' it was learned that there were about 20 children asleep on mats in the house at 612 Hulda until about midnight last night but that they 'had been sent home before the dawn raid, Eviction from the house had been ordered last week when Mendenhall-Moore Realtors, agents for owner Judge Brypn Haworth, asked that the house be vacated. A spokesman said the reason was that the house was rented under f a l s e pretenses, with the claim that it was to be occupied by a family, Reporters have r e c e n t l y visited the house and found posters of national Black Panther leaders displayed.in (Seo HEAVY On 13-C) ARMED OFFICER AT HOUSE Patrols Kept On Duty 'X' MARKS SPOT WHERE LT. COOKE WAS HIT Shot Came :From Circled Window ;', (Slaff Photos By Art Richardson Sonny Hedgecock) About 2 Weeks New Mail Processing System Will Be Used By ROBERT MARKS Enterprise Staff Writer Area Mail Processing, the newest innovation of the United States Postal Service, will lake effect, in High Point in about two weeks. Then, all High Point mail, except local and Air Mail ser. vice, will be processed through the new sectional center facility in Greensboro. And the High Point postmark will disappear, except on local'mail. Inauguration' of the new procedure was a n n o.u n e e d today by postal officials in Atlanta and in High Point, "The program Is intended to speed the ultimate delivery of the mail and to gain maximum efficiency and economy through full utilization, of the Greensboro facility," said J. T.';:Colcman, director of the Atlanta region of the postal service, the region includes North Carolina, South, Carolina, Georgia, ahd'Florida^ 1 ! Ivan Crlsflman; : Hlgh' :: Point. postmaster,X explained ihflt all mall o r i g i n a l I n g In High Point for other destinations 'will bo .dispatched to Greensboro .for processing at the'sectional facility, Local mail will be processed through the High ·' Point off led. for, local delivery, ho ''continued,' , · · · . - ' . ' . . ; ··;;'.' ,'.'\ ; , ' . ' - . . The new «yptoin will..require that' ^patrons bo especially carcfid in the addressing and the sorting of their mail when they deposit it in the post office, Crissman said. All mail should be the zip code designation, he said. '.'The sorting machine is programmed lo scan the zip code," he said. "An envelope without the zip code will pass on through and. must then be sorted out by hand." Local mail should be deposited in boxes marked for local mail, Crissman said. "1C a local letter is dropped into outgoing mail, it will, be processed through the center in Greensboro and then back to High -Point," C r i s s m a n explained. Air mail will continue to go directly from the High Point office to the airport at Friendship, he continued. , Only mail deposited in letter drop units marked "Local Deposit" will be postmarked. High Point. Customers should' not use just the address "City" on mail for local deli-, very, but should write out the full address. Mail processed through the ; Greensboro center will bear i the area postmark, "U. S. , PostarService.NC 270." ' The Greensboro center is equipped with a letter sorting machine with a capability of sorting 24,000 letters per hour. It alsto has a machine capable of facing and canceling a total of 30,000 letters per hour. The Greensboro center will service J2G associate . post offices. Mail is to be carried to and from the',a s s o c i a t e s offices and the center by truck. Two Traffic Violations Are Charged High Point police said only two traffic accidents were reported in the city Tuesday. There were no injuries. Beatrice Hooper Dixon of Bethel Drive was charged with a safe movement violation after, a wreck on Hamilton Street near Washington Drive. The other driver was Jacob E. .Auman Jr., 38, of Route 3. Winfred W. Wall, 59, of Carnegie, Pa., was charged with making an improper turn after a wreck on Johnson Street near Guilford Avenue. The other car was driven by Tony Monrowe Brown, 23, of W. State Street. THE HIGH POINT ENTERPRISE Wednesday Afternoon, February 10, 1971 . , . SECTION C e~*f. HOUSE AT 612 HULDA STREET Sign Over Door., Tells Story · . · As President Ran kin To Head i story Group Robert B. Rankin, insurance executive, is the new president of the High Point Historical Society, Inc. Rankin was elected to the office during the annual meeting of the society Tuesday night. J. V. Morgan, chairman of the board of directors- presided at the meeting in the City-County Building. Other, officers of the society for the next year are Bob Culler, vice president; Henry Shavitz treasurer; James P. Armstrong Jr., secretary: and Mrs. Norman Andrews assistant secretary. Ronald Griffith, Mrs. Scott Parker, and Welch Harris were elected new members of the board of directors. Approximately 25 persons were present for the meeting. Armstrong outgoing president, reported on development of the historical park, including the Haley House restoration and the'new High Point Museum, at the corner of E. Lexington A v e n u e a n d McGuinn Street. Youngsters To Attend Council To Decide CIAA Admission Issue By RAY HUBBARD Enterprise Staff Writer ' .Apparently, it.;.iwlli, be' ·.'lift' to' City Council'to decide whether about 300 High Point young-' .stors ; will: j-Vattcnd frcc^ ; of, charge lheVCchtral Intercollegiate Athlctlaj Assn.; (CIAA) Basketball Tournament scheduled for tho Greensboro, Coliseum Feb. 24-20, V \ , ; The Community So r v 1 c e Unit'of the : High; Point Police Dcpt. planned the three-day event for the' youths as part o f . their cadet training program which is" Jointly f u n d e d . through tho Model Cities project and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the U, S, Dept, of Justice, Cost for attending the tournament, including transportation, food, game tickets and, $1 In "spending money"'for each boy, amounts to about $5,400. When drafts lo pay for coliseum - tickets, transportation and other costs reached the city , manager's 'office, pjans hit (it least a temporary snag. Under North Carolina law, , the city manager cannot authorize; such an oxpcndllurO'in an amount. to exceed $2,500 willioiit Council approval. Cost of at least ono of the items exceeds tills amount,',' ,:, Assistant Clty''Managcr l Erlo Scott'a^id' late Tuesday that because of .this, the mailer must bo tflkott to Cpunciil. Ho indicated Hint a apodal meet- ing of Council might be called this week to handle the matter, Meanwhile, replies arc pouring in from the 300 letters sent out by the Police Community Service Unit to parents inviting their sons to attend the tournament, ' · · ' Lt. 0. H. Leak, head of the unit, said Hint, so far, the response has bc-Jn'^ntnusiastic. "The ones that haven't been invited want lo know how'thoir son can go," he said. ! Members of the Junior Po-. lice Clubs and other boys that have had contact with ,lho police department are on the In- vitation'list. "Wo want lo show 'the youths that wo care about 'V them all the lime and not just when they are in trouble," Leak said. The cadet project's goal is to foster belter relations between law enforcement officers and the community they serve. . Funds for the project were budgeted mainly to pay the salaries for six cadets who ·wdrfc daily iwith youth of the city and,for some equipment.'. ,Funds', .for the tournament outing are 'available because cadets were not employed until; the first year's budget period was already nearly a quarter past. "This is the kind of Impact .project' which will make a memorable impression upon · f l - our youth, and the kind of project we have been looking for," Don Forney, executive director of the Model Cities project said, "This is a good way to expend these unused funds." In addition to the youths Invited to attend the tournament, members of the football and basketball squads of Central and Andrews'will act as chaparones, Leak said. The CIAA tournament is played between the top four learns of the North and South divisions of the conference. A T Stale University at Greensboro Is'currently on top in Iho South Division. Norfolk (Va.) State Is ahead in the North Division. He noted that Haley House is open -to tours by groups, through appointment w i t h Mrs. Harold Jarrell, chairman of the restoration committee. The appointments may be made by calling. Mrs. Jarrell or the society's office in the museum, Armstrong said. Construction of the museum is complete, Armstrong said. The society owes -approximately $9,500 on the construction costs, he reported. Of next priority in develop- 'ment of the historical park'is paving of the parking lot next to the museum and;. Haley House, Armstrong continued. This is expected to be done during the spring, he indicated. Mrs. Ralph Brooks, chairman of the museum committee, reported that several applications for the position of museum director are being processed. She said one applicant has already been interviewed and that two others are to be interviewed in the next week. A decision on appointment of the director is expected about; March 1, Mrs. Brooks said. Phil Dixon, the outgoing treasurer, reported the society had a balance of approximately $1,400 in its operating account. D u r i n g h i s . r e p o r t , Armstrong showed 15 colored slides of the historical park development and the . Haley House restoration. After the "business portion of the meeting was concluded, ho presented slides of a tour of the Museum of science and Industry in Chicago. PTA Report PARKVIEW VILLAGE Parkview Village Elementary School PTA will meet Monday, Feb. 15, at 7. p. m, in the school auditorium.' A panel discussion will bo hold on "Does My Child Work Up To His Potential?" The four me h ·'· taken into custody today in the eviction of residents at the Black Panther: Headquarters^ ait 612 ^Hulda St. were charged by sheriff's deputies -this afternoon with obstructing an officer in performance of his /duty:.' 1 "" '"· , ."' . · ' ' ' ' . ' Police Chief Laurie Pritchett said that police will, charge each of the four with conspiring to commit murder, although these charges had not been filed at 1 p.m. 'Showboat' Break-In Is Under Probe Guilford County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a breaking and entering at the Showboat Dinner Theater on Old Burnt Poplar Road. Deputies said the building was entered by using a sledge hammer to knock in a door. Missing items from the r e staurant-theater Included two typewriters, an adding machine, a record player, a tape recorder and some beer, wine and soft drinks. Total value of the items taken -was estimated at about$i,394. High Point police reported a vending machine broken open at the United Grocery on W. Green Drive. .About $1.45 was taken from the machine, Arrests Tuesday, and today included Anothony . . C o l i Lowery, 18; of Chandler Street for auto larceny and Edward Ray Demos, 42, of Fairfax, Va., for no operator's license and operating a c a r intoxicated. NGS University Presented Funds '" RALEIGH ; tAPp;'-. "Norlh Carolina State ' University has been, a.wardcd funds to establish' a neyf scholarship, in , tho School of ' Agriculture find UJo Sciences by the 'North Carolina Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association, , ' ; ; . .;;,;._., . '',}'^'\,'.^,.'^

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