Simpson's Leader-Times from Kittanning, Pennsylvania on January 11, 1977 · Page 2
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Tuesday, January 11, 1977
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2 -- L«ad«r-Tm»s Klttunnlng ,Pm, Tucidoy, Jan, 11, |»77 Plane Accident Probe Planned Info Sinatra r PALM S P R I N G S , Calif. iUPI) -- Federal investigators plan a two-month inquiry to determine why a private jet . c a r r y i n g Frank Sinatra's mother failed to make a turn and flew into a mountain cliff during a snowstorm. - T h e probe into the cause of the crash began Monday as two Investigators were airlifted to the crash site to examine wreckage scattered below a ridge at the 9,000-foot level of snowy San Gorgonio Mountain. :.: The dismembered remains of Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra, her friend Mrs. Anthony Carbone and two pilots were flown from the mountain later in the day and scheduled for autopsies tSefore funeral services this . ~ Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board impounded tapes of conversations between the pilot and the .control tower at the Palmdale Air Traffic Control Center they hoped would disclose why the plane did not make a right swing shortly after its takeoff .from this desert resort on a flight to Las Vegas, Nev. £- Authorities said planes on that course usually fly over the .Twentynine Palms area some :45 miles east of the rugged mountain, and indicated there "might have been a malfunction ;2n navigational, communications or control equipment. '.: Simultaneous rosary services, meanwhile, were scheduled for 'Mrs. Sinatra tonight at St. Louis Catholic Church in nearby Cathedral City and at the Church of the Good Sheperd .in Beverly Hills, Calif. She will be buried Wednesday after a funeral mass at the St. Louis Church. -Memorial services for Mrs. Carbone will be held Wednes- .day at St. Francis Church in Hoboken, N.J. | Judge Upholds I Man's Right I To Kill Self =r NEW YORK (UPI)-- A man ^without home or family and rsuffering gangrene which doc- f tors say will probably kill him :has been declared mentally ^competent to reject a life: saving amputation of part of rhis right leg and left foot. -- State Supreme Court Justice rHilda Schwartz ruled Monday ^that Otis Simmons, 58, 'is ^rational and within his rights to ^reject the operation, despite ^testimony by doctors that he xwill probably die as a result : and a psychiatrist's report that rhe is mentally incompetent. ~ Simmons was admitted to ^Roosevelt Hospital on Dec. 22 .-^suffering from severe frostbite -and doctors said that unless 3hey amputate his right leg and rJeft foot he will die. Simmons - says he can cure himself. ~ Justice Schwartz said her rdecision was based on her "^personal observations of Sim- rmons during a bedside hearing ~on his mental competency last i/Friday. She noted that Sim- ::mons was "quiet, composed -"and observant" during the : hearing and answered questions . "quickly and rationally." Dismembered Woman's Identity Still Unknown r: WHITE HAVEN, Pa. (UPI) r -- Three weeks after the ^discovery of the dismembered -body of a woman and a full- -'t'erm fetus scattered along the nbanks of the Lehigh River, r state police still are sifting -_ through missing persons re- rpprts trying to identify the ;: victims. :- The bodies were found Dec. ^20 by a 14-year-old Carbon r County boy playing along the Driver. -- State Police at Fern Ridge rsaid the dismembered body and .'.fetus had been stuffed into '-'·three suitcases and thrown ^from a 300-foot high bridge on -Interstate 80 over the Lehigh, : where Carbon County meets ; Luzerne County. ~ "We have no idea where "she's from," said Trooper - Frank Grippi, the investigating - officer. 7 According to an autopsy, the -official cause of death was .-.-strangulation. Further tests ^continued by the Philadelphia - Medical Examiner's office. :: When police arrived on the - scene, they found that two of :.the suitcases had burst open, : scattering parts of the woman's ~ body which had been cut into 10 : pieces. They said part of torso -was wrapped in a newspaper r. dated Sept. 26. : Grippi said the woman was in ~ her late teens or early 20s, of : possible Mediterranean extraction, 5'4" and weighed ISO Ibs. ~ She had shoulder length brown, brown eyes and type O ~ blood. :_ He said the suitcases, two ^identical blue cases with red, -'white and blue stripes and a -vblue plaid, had been tossed ^_from about the center of the r bridge. The river, however, ·^does not run under the center ·; of the bridge and they landed * on a rocky access road near the -embankment, two of them breaking open. RESCUED--Police and Coast Guardsmen assist one of rescued crewmen from coastal tanker Chester Poling which split in half six miles off coast of Cape Ann, near Gloucester, Mass., on Monday. One of. eight crewmen on American-registered tanker was lost when he jumped from broken stern wreckage and into water. 6 Sailors Rescued, 1 Dies When Tanker Splits in Two BOSTON (UPI) -- Their vessel smashed apart by 25-foot waves, the seven crewmen clung to the sinking wreckage of the tanker Chester A. Poling, expecting to die. But the Coast Guard raced through a raging storm to reach the wreck, and six crewmen were rescued. The seventh drowned as he panicked, grabed wildly for a lifeline, and fell into the icy Atlantic waters. The 281-foot U.S.-registered vessel, which was not carrying any oil, Monday became the third tanker to be lost off the New England coast in less than a month. Battered by the fierce winter storm, it split amidships about four miles off Cape Ann, Mass., shortly after 10:36 a.m. EST, when the captain issued a Mayday signal. "I, myself, and the rest of the crew didn't think we had a chance," said John Gilmete, 47 of Jersey City, N.J., the ship's cook. "But then the captain said the Coast Guard was coming. Ten or 15 minutes later we saw two Coast Guard cutters." "We all had a very close call, I'm very lucky to be alive," he said.. When the Coast Guard arrived two men were clinging to the fast-sinking bow section of the tanker and the others were stranded on the stern section. The two men were pulled off the bow "moments before it went down," Coast Guard spokesman Richard Griggs said. Two men on the stern section, which also was beginning to sink, jumped into the 40-degree waters. They were quickly plucked from the tossing sea. The dead crew member was tentatively identified as Joao Darosa, 41, of Pawtucket, R.I. The* survivors were taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester for treatment of exposure and immersion. Besides Gilmete, the others were identified as Charles Burgess, 56, Charles Lord, 52, Harry Sellick, 45, Guy Crnosiglia, 42, and Phil Becker. Three Coast Guardsmen were injured in the rescue effort, which involved five Coast Guard utility boats, cutters and a helicopter. One of the utility boats was damaged and had to turn back to Gloucester. The Chester A. Poling, which operated only in coastal waters, was carrying only ballast water and was much smaller than two other oil-laden transoceanic tankers that fell victim to stormy Atlantic waters last month.' ' The search continued today for 38 crewmen of the Grand Zenith, which is believed sunk Legislators Grill Bureau On School Subsidy Changes HARRISBURG (UPI) -- The Education Department came under fire Monday for presenting only half of a school subsidy proposal -- it had the theory down on paper but not the effects. And like soldiers under a heavy frontal assault, the department specialists f e l l back, regrouped and promised to provide all of the information by late today. The department was one of the first witnesses at the first of 10 joint House-Senate hearings into education financing. A score of House and Senate members grilled Basic Education Commissioner Frank Manchester and consultant Russell Harris on the proposal, which would change the way the state gives funds to school districts. Currently, the state uses a complicated formula with several layers of factors to determine how much in subsidies each district will get. The districts say they need more money to meet higher operating costs. Manchester said at the close of the hearing he would provide six sets of computer printouts by this evening. They will show six variations of proposed formulas ranging from no change, to $220 million in new money under a legislative proposal that would include special education, vocational education and municipal overburdens. "We can provide printouts of the new formula with no new money -- but you cannot reform a system without new money," Manchester told the committee. The lawmakers have been pressing for solid information on the various school subsidy proposals because they realize that any decision on increases could require an increase in state taxes to cover costs. Earlier this year, the department said various projections, based on possible increases in school aid of $200 to $325 million, contained erroneous information. The joint committee made it clear Monday that it considers accurate information on subsidy proposals a priority. "When these committees go into the field, the taxpayers, s c h o o l superintendents and school boards need dollar answers on what this could mean, not just concepts," said Rep. Samuel E. Hayes Jr., R- Blair. "Here we are starting a series of statewide hearings and our lack of dollar information is embarassing " said Rep. J. William Lincoln, D-Fayette. "The Education Department has provided us a ocncept and little else but useless, sometimes erroneous information on the money effect of the formula." Other hearings will be held in Pittsburgh, Sharon, Erie, Altoona, Williamsport, Scranton, Bethlehem, Newtown and Philadelphia, ending Feb. 11. Continued From Page One his thick black hair and mustache, Daoud noted that he was in Paris as a representative of the Paiestinian Liberation Organization when he was arrested Friday. "I therefore have the right to think that I was protected by a kind of diplomatic immunity " he said. French and Israeli police have identified Daoud, a leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, as the mastermind of the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich. Daoud's lawyer said she did not know the reason for Daoud's- arrest but "I look for an explanation in the ties, always very close, between the Paris special police services and the Mossad (the Israeli secret service)." Israeli sources said Sunday Israeli agents tipped French police when Daoud left Beirut for Paris last week to attend the funeral of Mahmoud Saleh, a PLO official slain last week by unidentified gunmen. The PLO's Paris office said Daoud was Rafi Youssif Hanna, an Iraqi, and "a man of state, not a terrorist." The PLO policy long has been to disclaim any responsibility for terrorist attacks committed by the Black September terrorist group, which Daoud alllged- ly helped organize. The scheduled court hearing came after the interior ministry issued a special alert to airport and border police to guard against possible attacks in retaliation for Daoud's arrest. Orly airport poiice said they had been told to be "extra vigilant." with 8.2 million gallons.of oil aboard. The ship was last heard from Dec. 30 when its captain radioed he was encountering bad weather south of Nova Scotia. The search was extended Monday after a plane spotted four orange objects that resembled life jackets about 50 miles from the spot where other debris from the Panamanian- registered ship was found last week. Even if the crewmen made it into life rafts, hopes are slim that they could have survived the two severe storms, which have hit the New England coast since Friday. The Uberian-registered Argo Merchant was smashed to pieces Dec. 21 on Nantucket Shoals, where it grounded a week earlier. It spilled 7.6 million gallons of oil. Soviets Hunt Terrorist In Subway Blast MOSCOW (UPI) ^Soviet authorities are hunting ~ a terrorist responsible for a bomb explosion on a Moscow subway .train that reportedly lulled at least five persons, according to an authoritative Soviet source. In a highly unusual disclosure, the official Tass news agency announced Monday that an explosion had taken place on the sprawling Moscow metro system last Saturday. It said there were "victims" but did not elaborate. Unofficial sources said between five and seven persons died in the blast and 20 others were injured. Although Tass made no mention of the cause of the explosion, a Soviet journalist said in a telephone interview he had learned a bomb was responsible. "A bomb cannot be peaceful so it was clearly a terrorist's bomb," said .the journalist, Viktor Louis, who maintains close contacts with high Soviet officials. Louis said authorities have been unable to locate the "criminal" who planted the bomb and are still searching. He said they have not ruled out the possibility of involvement by more than one person. The prosecutor's office in the northwestern section of Moscow where the blast occurred said the case was being investigated by the KGB secret police, a further sign that authorities felt a terrorist was responsible. Louis said the bomb exploded on a subway car between stations near Ismailovo Park. He said the train was filled with people traveling to events connected with the Russian orthodox Christmas, although there were few public ceremonies in this officially atheistic state to mark the occasion. It was not clear why officials decided to attribute the blast to terrorism. Acts of violence are rarely reported in the official press and certainly none so damaging. Louis said Soviet officials were blaming "widely publicized news of terrorism" in the West for the violence erupting here. The most recent outbreak of violence that has been reported unofficially took place in Soviet Georgia, where several fires were attributed to nationalists or disgruntled entrepreneurs who dabbled in forbidden private enterprise and were the subject of a government crackdown. Moscow's metro is said to be the most heavily traveled subway system in the world. It is the source of great local pride and Muscovites boast about the low fare -- about seven cents. Sunday by Ih* ^1^ oqt po-d ai K 16?01 l«0cf*r Ttmtl, Norrh Oiar " K itlonnmg Scco«d tloi ns .01 i Ave Pa i poit Bomb Threat Prompts Arrest Of Plane Rider LONDON (UPI) -- An American claiming to have a hand grenade threatened to blow up a Trans World Airlines Boeing 747 over the Atlantic today but was overpowered by some of the 333 passengers aboard and found to be unarmed, police said. "There was definitely no question of the man carrying any weapons or trying to hijack the jet," a Scotland Yard spokesman said. "He was a simple mental case." The New York-London fliffht, TW700, l a n d e d safely at London's H e a t h r o w airport where the unidentified man was arrested by armed police waiting at the pilot's instructions. Airport sources described him as a tall American. He was taken by ambulance to Heathrow's medical center. "The man was threatening to kill himself but he had no weapon with him," a British Airports Authority spokesman said. One of the passengers was Zaid Rifai, former Jordanian ' ambassador to London who was seriously wounded in a London shooting incident several years ago. "The man said he had a hand grenade and would remove the pin unless he was taken to Uganda," Rifai said. "The cabin crew kept him talking for a couple of hours and then he demanded to address the passengers. They gave him a dead microphone. "An hour before we reached London he became violent and passengers were asked to help overpower him." Other passengers said no announcements were made and most passengers were unaware of the threat. Police who met the plane said the man "was standing in the aircraft shouting he would take hostages. He then changed his mind and shouted that he would take his own life." Utah Lawyers Join Fight To Save Gilmore SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) -Two lawyers representing a pair of inmates on Utah's Death Row have taken over the fight to block the execution of Gary Gilmore. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has been blasted by Gilmore for its interest in the case, decided Monday not to initiate legal action aimed at stopping next Monday's scheduled execution. Instead, the ACLU will file friend-of-the-court briefs ; in .appeals by attorneys Robert Van Sciver and Gil Athay, who represent two of Utah's other five condemned men. "We will ask that Gilmore's execution be stayed until we can have our other appeals disposed of," Van Sciver said. Van Sciver said his strategy for convincing the court to block the death date centers on the expected reluctance of the state courts to declare Utah's capital punishment law unconstitutional after it has been used to execute Gilmore. The 36-year^)ld Gilmore, convicted of slaying a motel clerk, has refused to appeal his death sentence and is scheduled to die at sunrise next Monday before a Utah State prison firing squad. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Aldon Anderson will meet with attorneys for a Salt Lake City newspaper and television station to hear arguments why they should be allowed to witness the execution. The Salt Lake Tribune and NBC affiliate KUTV alleged in their Jan. 7 suit that a provision of the state's death penalty statute limiting the number of persons allowed to. witness an execution is unconstitutional. Under state law, the only persons allowed to view the execution are prison and necessary law enforcement officials, the Utah county attorney, a doctor and seven persons of the condemned man's selection. Czechs Free Dissidents Arrested for Manifesto " PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (UPI) -- Police have released seven dissidents they detained over publication 1 of a manifesto of democratic rights, dissident sources said today. Former Foreign Minister Jiri Hajek, writers Vaclav Havel, Ludvik Vaculik, Pavel Kohout and his wife, and professors Frantisek Kriegel and Jan Patocka were all released late Monday after questioning, the sources said. Kohout said they were informed they were not questioned as suspects but as witnesses. He described their detention by police as "the calling of witnesses Bohemian- style." The author said he would file a complaint for injury, since his wife hurt her knee when she was dragged against her will into an official limousine Monday. Kohout said he and other dissidents refused to sign statements about "Charter 77," a manifesto published in Western newspapers by Czechoslovak dissidents, claiming that basic human rights guaranteed by the Helsinki Accord do not exist in their country. CLOSING HER EYES to surrounding cameramen, singer-actress Claudine Longet is escorted from Pitkin County Courthouse, Aspen, Colo., by her attorney, Ron Austin, after testimony was given during opening of her felony manslaughter trial Monday. Oil Pact Pension Clause Raises Strike Possibility DENVER (UPI) -- Negotiators are arguing about a pension clause in an agreement between Gulf Oil Corp., and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union. Union President Al Grospiron was reported Monday to have sent a message to his negotiators during the weekend, describing the dispute and warning once more of a possible strike against the nation's fuel industry. Jerry Archuleta, a spokesman for the Denver-based OCAW, said Monday the problem centered on interpretation of the pension clause -in a contract agreement reached last Friday with Gulf. The clause guarantees that the minimum benefit for retired oil workers will be $12 per month multiplied by the number of years of service. - Archuleta said the--union interprets the clause to mean all years of service, but Gulf means all years of "credited service," excluding strike time,-personal leave and union leave. Indiana, Cambria Miners Still Idle BARNESBORO, Pa. (UPI) -Approximately 1,200 miners have voted to remain on strike at four Barnes and Tucker Coal Co. mines in Cambria and Indiana counties in a work- men'scompensationdispute. The company planned to go into U.S. District Court at Pittsburgh at 1:30 p.m. today and petition Judge Barron McCune for a temporary restraining order against the work stoppage. Officials of the company and Local 1269, United Mine Workers, met Monday and the company issued a statement that injured miners would not be harassed and that all future accidents in the mines would be reported properly. However, the miners met later Monday to discuss the company.statement and decided it was not sufficient to resolve the dispute. The miners wanted a representative of the state Labor and Industry Department to make an on-the-site investigation of the problem. Continued From Page One ter's key aides we're preparing to take over the White House and under the orders' of the president-elect will strip 'it of some of its imperial trappings. Portal-to-portalchauffeurser- vice for White House officials will be eliminated, after years when the presidential fleet would carry staffers to work and back daily. Sources said smaller cars are being ordered for the White House. Stressing the populist image, Carter may replace the armored long black presidential limousine with a smaller -- but still armored -- car. He also plans to cut down the number of welcoming ceremonies at the White House and to reduce the fanfare. One trapping -- security -he cannot cut. The Secret Service is preparing to protect every member of the Carter family, including Jack Carter, 29, a lawyer who will remain in Calhoun, Ga., with his wife and young son. Protection will be extended to two sons. Chip, 26, and Jeffrey, 24, who wil) live in the White House with their wives. Nine- year-old Amy already has a Secret Service guard. The union called off a threatened nationwide strike against the fuel industry Friday night when the agreement with Gulf was r e a c h e d . The proposed Gulf contract affects 5,000 of the union's 60,000 members, and represented only 13 of the union's 400 contacts which expired at midnight Friday. The contract was expected to be used as a pattern settlement which would be followed by other major oil companies. Archuleta said the other companies now are interpreting the pension clause the same way as Gulf. The Gulf agreement offered union members an 18V4 per cent wage increase, with 67 cents an hour raise during the first, year and 75 cents in the second year. Average wages will increase to $8.07 per hour this year and $8.82 in 1978. Gulf also increased shift differentials from 20 and 40 cents to 50 cents and$l. Archuleta said, when the agreement was reached, the pact would serve as a model "and we will not accept- anything less than what the Gulf agreement provides. . James Gatten, a Gulf spokesman in Houston, said "Gulf's position is that we have ratified contracts at three of four refineries (Port Arthur, Toledo and Cincinnati)." The fourth is at Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Gatten said there's really nothing to negotiate right now on the pension clauses because there is a ratified contract in effect. Claudine Weeps During Spider Trial Testimony ASPEN, Colo. (UPI) . Entertainer Claudine Longet wiped tears from her face while prosecutionwitnessesrecounted the night her lover was killed, but she remained composed during testimony that she fired the fatal shot from a .22-caliber pistol with a faulty safety catch. "It does not matter on this weapon whether the safety is on or off. If you pull the trigger the weapon will fire," Detective Robert Nicoletti of the Denver Police Department testified Monday. Nicoletti was one of 11 witnesses as the prosecution started trying tO: prove the shooting death of former World Pro skier Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, 31, was not an accident but the result of Miss Longet's recklessness. Nicoletti said powder patterns on Sabich's thermal underwear showed the former Las Vegas showgirl was at most six feet away when she pulled the trigger. : Miss ,;Longet, 35, has said Sabich was shot accidentally while he was showing her how to use the gun. The French- born actress-singer, who faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $30,000 fine on the felony . manslaughter charge, said she asked Sabich to .explain how the gun worked because he was leaving for a Las Vegas business trip. Chief prosecutor Ashley Anderson said 'Miss Longet had been told about the safety catch and believed it was working when she pointed the gun at Sabich and said "'bang, bang."' Defense- attorney Charles Weedman said he probably would begin his case Wednesday with Miss Longet's testimony about her love affair with Sabich, with whom she had lived for 18 months. "We will show the'shoo ting was a simple accident and nothing more," he said. Miss Longet wept as eight witnesses testified about the night of March 21, 1976, when sheriff's officers and an ambulance were summoned to Sabich's $250,000 home. Equitable Cuts Back Industrial Gas Sales PITTSBURGH (UPI) - The Equitable Gas Company of Pittsburgh has announced it will increase existing curtailment levels for'two industrial customers in West Virginia. The two companies are Westinghouse Electric in Fair- · mont and Corn art Refractories in Buckhannon. The curtailment to Westinghouse, which has been 10 percent since Dec. 1, will be increased to 14 percent starting Jan. 17. Corhart's curtailment goes from 13 percent to 16 percent. B.C. Alcorn, manager of industrial services for Equitable, said the additional curtailments are due to the same factors that necessitated the earlier cutback in December. · -These include an increased demand for gas due to the extremely cold heating season; continued curtailments of gas from two southwest pipeline suppliers; and a reduction in deliveries from Equitable's strikebound K e n t u c k y sidiary. Leader-Times Weather Roundup NAltOWAl WEATHtlSttVICr FOCECAS1 f. 7AM 1ST I - ti - 77 1 !· TO 77 'ia oo SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?-- Snow activity is ; expected tonight over northern Rockies and portions of north^ em Plains, as well as in eastern area of Lakes, while snow mixed with rain will fall in mid Gulf coast. ' - · Local temperatures and other weather data for the 24- hour period ending at noon today, as compiled by The Leader-Times, are: 2p.m. Monday ....... 21 Forecast: Western Pennsylvania--Mostly cloudy tonight with chance of flurries north. Diminishing winds. Lows zero to 10 below zero. Variable c l o u d i n e s s Wednesday with chance of flurries. Highs 5 to teens. Extended Outlook: Western Pennsylvania Extended Outlook T h u r s d a y through Saturday--Very cold with flurries. Highs in teens and lows 5 above to 10 below zero. .................. 6p.m .................. 14 8P-m .................. 14 lOp.m ................ 14 Midnight ........ '. ...... 14 2a.m. Tuesday ........ 13 4 a.m. .................. 12 6a.m .................. jo 8a.m ................ "10 10 a. m ........... ...... i0 Noon ............ ....12 Winds: 8 lo 10 miles an hour (west) Barometer: 29.89 inches (nsing). Chance of precipitation: '20 per cent tonight, 30 per cent Wednesday. i Year ago: high 35, low 18 Allegheny River Stages - Lock No 7, Kittanning: upper pool -- 12.4 feet, stationary (fall of o.l foot) lower poo) - n.s feet! stationary (fall of 0.1 foot)

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