Fremont Tribune from Fremont, Nebraska on December 21, 1979 · 1
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Wumuib A Gannett Newspaper rulay December 21, 199 112th Year No. 192 20 cents tm ' News briefing Fort Calhoun asks to increase output OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The Omaha Public Power District's application to increase power output at the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant was described as. prudent and safe by OPPD vice president Sam Jensen Thursday. . OPPD has asked the Nuclear Reguloatory Commission for permission to increase the power output from its present 457,000 kilowatts to 490,000 kilowatts. OPPD said the move could mean as much as a $4.4 million savings annually for ratepayers. Jensen said the plant was designed for the higher power level and all safety analyses were made. He said OPPD originally applied to operate at a more conservative level with the intent of requesting a power Increase after proving that all design calculations were correct. Iranian charged in Omaha assault ..OMAHA, Neb. (AP) An Iranian student from the University of Nebraska-Omaha was to be charged with second-degree assault F riday for a alleged knife attack on his landlord, Deputy County Attorney Sam Cooper aald. . Bijan Atal Ashtiani, in his mid-20s, allegedly cut Don Taylor, 45, one of the two owners of the Capitol Plaza Building, on the hand with a butcher knife Thursday morning. Ashtiani had been taken to Douglas County Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation but Cooper said he was expected to be released Friday. Area gets warning of high pollution OMAHA, Neb.(AP) Residents of the Omaha metropolitan area were warned of excessive pollution Friday by the Omaha Air Quality Control Agency. The agency said high levels of carbon monoxide were expected in Douglas and Sarpy counties Friday afternoon, and that residents should be alert for the conditions. The National Weather Service said an area of high pressure and its associated light wind produced stagnant conditions over eastern Nebraska. Pollution levels will be improving by midnight and are not expected to re-occur on Saturday as a low presure system now developing over southern Rockies begins to move eastward," the weather service said. Increasing winds ahead of the system were expected to end the pollution problem, forecasters said. Box explodes at Taiwan office WASHINGTON (AP) An explosive device, apparently a bomb, detonated this morning at an office housing Taiwans representatives in the United States, police said. There were no reports of damage or injury. 'Police in suburban Montgomery County, Md., said a security guard noticed a box on a sidewalk near the Taiwanese offices, picked ft up and tossed ft toward some nearby bushes. The package exploded in midair, police said. .The incident occurred at the Bethesda, Md., offices of the Coordinating Committee for North American Affairs, which has represented Taiwans interests in this country since the United States ended diplomatic relations with the island nation at the beginning of this year. (. ' Weather - Partly sunny and mild today. High lower 50s. Partly cloudy tonight. Low mid 20s. Increasing cloudiness Saturday. High mid to upper 40s. Winds today south 5 to 10 mph swinging northwest this afternoon. Tonight light southeast. Ann Landers - 87 Bridge B7 Clneelfled Ad 89-19 Comics 87 Crowward - 87 Day's reoerd DmMIm A2 D ft Umb Ad Editorial ist Lifestyle A Local news Polys Pofatars Ad Markets 811 Carrol RtahSer 9drto!L BU Suae news A2 TV Ustlngs Bd World This is a two-section, 29-page newspaper Ad supplement: Kmart 7. i A By MIKE PATTEN Authorities today suspect a newly-installed water heater may be the cause of a Friday morning fire which destroyed the Lyle and Evelyn Rockwell mobile home at Cedar Lakes. No one was injured in the blaze which took more than four hours to extinguish, but authorities called the home a total loss. The Rockwells were able to save only the clothes they were wearing, a kitten named Smidgen and portions of a smoldering Bible containing $20 and $50 bills pressed between its pages. The home was insured. Cedar Bluffs Fire Chief Jim Penwell said the fire started near a water heater which had been installed two days earlier. Although the actual cause of the fire has not yet been determined, he said the circumstances indicate a electrical short may have been the cause. "They said they didn't smell any leaking gas and there was no explosion," he said. Mrs. Rockwell said they were awakened around 5 a.ra. when the smoke became too thick for them to breath. The crackling of the fire was all you heard, she said. Smidgen ran into the bedroom when it started and then ran to the door to try and get out. When I ran down the hail to the bathroom where most of the smoke was coming from, it looked like all the fire was in the bathtub. Rocky tried to put it out with the fire extinguisher," she added, "and then when that ran out he used water until all the water pipes melted. Iran militants insist captives to stand trial TEHRAN, Iran (AP) A top associate of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was quoted today as calling for release of the 50 U.S. Embassy hostages, but the Moslem militants holding the embassy rebuffed him and Insisted their American captives will go on trial. Meanwhile, a Kentucky couple, John and Louise Smiley .of Mount Sterling, here on a 10-day friendship" visit, visited the embassy and predicted the U.S-Iran crisis would be over within 60 days. In other developments, an Iranian official reported that supreme leader Khomeini and his Revolutionary Council had a very good discussion of the hostage situation at a special meeting Thursday. And the embassy militants said they would allow their prisoners to make special Christmas telephone calls home. Dana Hansen whispers her secret Christmas wishes in Mrs. Santa Claus ear at St. James' Episcopal Church Thursday. Sue Feuerstein posed as Mrs. Santa for the youngsters pre- ) The crackling of the fire was all you heard9 Evelyn Rockwell A neighbor's telephone was used to summon the firefighters who, she said, arrived six minutes later. Penwell said the fire started in the northeast corner of the structure and rapidly consumed the rest of the home. When we got there the northeast corner was completely involved," he said, and just like most trailer houses, it took off from there. Seventeen firefighters using two pumper trucks and one tanker fought the blaze which at one point was so intense the trees surrounding the home were also burning. "We lost everything, Mr. Rockwell said. Our Christmas presents, our wallets, even the keys to my car. When we saw we couldnt put it out we just had time to grab a coat and get out." The Rockwells will stay with their daughter and son-in-law, who live in Fremont, until they decide where to settle next. Its too early to think about it," Mrs. Rockwell said. Were just thankful we werent hurt. I had planned to have all the kids over for Christmas dinner," she added. We had just bought all the food so I had a refrigerator full of food and I was geing to cook a big dinner." Consumer prices rise WASHINGTON (AP) - The prices Americans pay for goods and services rose 1 percent in November, pushing the Consumer Price Index to more than double the level it was a decade ago, the government reported today. The November increase, the same as that in October, marked the 11th consecutive month with an increase of about 1 percent, the Labor Department said. Prices rose by 1.1 percent in May, 1 percent in both June and July and 1 J percent in both August and September. If prices rise as much in December, the nation will end 1979 with prices 13 percent higher than they were at the start of the year. That would be the worst inflation since 1946, when World War II price controls were lifted. The same things that are kicking the index now will be pushing it in December, too, said Labor Department economist Patrick Jackman. It wont edge off for a while. More than half the increase last Whispered wishes school Christmas party. See more pictures of the party on Page A3. (Tribune Photo by Terry Gansebom) Only the frame remains today after an early Rockwells trailer home two miles north of Friday jnoming blaze gutted Lyle and Evelyn Cedar Bluffs. No one was injured in the fire. month was blamed on sharply higher housing costs, Jackman said. Mortgage interest rates and home prices have risen sharply since Oct. 6, when the Federal Reserve Board moved to tighten credit. At the same time, gasoline and fuel oil prices rose more moderately in November than in recent months, the report showed. The Labor Department also reported today that workers average ' earnings decreased 0.2 percent from October to November because inflation outpaced hourly earnings. The earnings a married worker with three dependents had left to spend after taxes fell 0.3 percent in November and were down 5.1 percent from November 1978. The fact that prices consumers are paying have more than doubled during the 1970s could be seen in the Consumer Price Index figure, which is a measure of what has happened to the prices of a fixed marketbasket of goods and services. The index last month stood at 227.5, more than 100 percent above the 112.9 level of December 1969. In dollar terms, this means that Americans last month were paying $227.50 for goods that cost them $112.90 at the end of 1969, or $100 in 1967, the index's base year. The previous doubling of prices took 24 years, from 1945 to 1969. This time, it took just 10 years. Prices have not doubled that fast since the decade of -1910-1920, when World War I caused widespread shortages of goods. Energy problems have been largely responsible for the rapid price rises of the 70s. Inflation began to rise rapidly after the oil embargo of 1973-74. Higher crude oil prices set by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries helped account for a blistering 12.2 percent inflation rate in 1974. This years round of OPEC decisions coming on top of stubbornly high food and housing costs could lead to a record 13 percent yearly increase, analysts say. October prices Cindy, Mark will return for holiday By ELLEN TRAHAN Cindy Capps and Mark Peterson have been in similar settings, hoping for the same thing. And both will soon attain it. Cindy and Mark have been recover ing in hospitals, and hoping they would be able to come home to Fremont for Christmas. Cindy will be driven home Sunday afternoon, and Mark is expected to arrive Christmas Eve. Mark was paralyzed from the neck down following a diving accident near Fremont in July. He has been in Veterans Administration Medical Center in North Wood, Wis. Cindy was run over by a string of railroad boxcars in Fremont Nov. 5, resulting in the amputation of her right leg beneath the groin, and her left leg below her knee. Cindy has been allowed to spend Sunday through Wednesday with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Capps, 529 W. South St., and her sisters. Mark left the hospital Saturday and flew to Sioux Falls. S.D., to visit his mother and stepfather. He will be driven to Fremont Monday where he will spend Christmas with his stepmother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William Peterson of rural Fremont. Donation jars were placed in 63 Fremont businesses for collections to help defray Marks coming home expenses. His medical expenses are covered by the Army, because Mark, an Army mechanic, was home on leave at the time of his accident. But the Christmas trip will not be financed with Army funds. Cheri Beller of Fremont has been spearheading the effort to raise money for Mark, and she reports that $161 has been deposited into an account at Equitable Federal Savings and Loan Association from the donation jars. Miss Beller said persons may also make direct contributions to the Mark Peterson Christmas Fund at Equitable. A fund also was established for Cindy at First State Bank shortly after her accident to help pay expenses that might not be covered by insurance. Contributions to that account have totaled $3,795, a bank spokeswoman said today. Cindy has begun therapy and tutoring in the past couple of weeks at again rose 1 percent from the preceding month, the 10th straight month with an increase of that size or larger. Independent pricing decisions by OPEC members in the wake of this week's meeting in Venezuela, which failed to produce a unified agreement on 1980 crude prices, could further affect consumer prices through the end of next year. The index is not a perfect measure of how consumers react to inflation and consequently has been criticized. For example, if beef prices rise rapidly, many consumers switch to lower-priced protein substitutes, such as poultry, pork and eggs. The index doesn't reflect this kind of change. Critics also maintain the index tends to put too much emphasis on bousing costs. Still, the index is a well-recognized measure of price changes for a set group of goods and services that constitute the bulk of consumer spending. University of Nebraska Hospital in Omaha. She was permitted to go on her first outing since the accident the other day when a hospital volunteer and her nurse took her shopping to the Westroads Shopping Center. Mrs. Capps said doctors will fit a temporary artificial limb on Cindys left leg next week. Boys report plane crash near Herman TEKAMAH The Burt County Sheriffs office abandoned a search this morning for a plane that was reported to have crashed Thursday evening near Herman, said Sheriff James Elliott. A ground and aa air searcb was unable to turn up any evidnece of a downed plane, he said. Two youths claimed to have seen an explosion in the sky about 150 to 200 feet off the ground at 5: 30 p.m. Thursday, Elliott said. They then saw a stream of black smoke trail downwards, he said. We feel they were definitely telling the truth, Elliott said. He refused to release any Information on the youths, except to say they were two farm boys. uvui ure nines souia ana two east of Tekamah airport Thu night until 10 p.m. The police we into the fields with four-wheel vehicles and spotlights, Elliott but couldn't find anything. Early this morning, a one-pla search was conducted by Schroeder, Director of Burt C Civil Defense and a sheriffs d Schroeder also found no aim plane, Elliott said. The matter has been reported Federal Aviation Administratk said, but the agency has receiv reports of a missing or aa ov The sheriffs department has doned the searcb until they hea plane U missing, Elliott said

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