The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 17, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 17, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ._ . _r,,,r,T^ A -IT T A UTTT A D V 1 ? 1 OK7 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES VOL. 62—NO. 25S BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72816)' TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1967 •M^M^^^M ' ' ii Arkansas Prison Tagged as 'Worst in Nation .. ,™. TinntaMtar said he didn't phone" - a device described as Rockefeller saidI he^ had1 not By ROBERT t. SHAW LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller has released a state police report in which inmates tell of torture, beatings and extortion at Tucker- State Prison Farm, where one said "almost anything could be had" it the prisoner had the money. Rockefeller called the 67-page report shocking and urged the legislature to create a commission to study conditions in the prison system and recommend improvements. He said he hoped the report would "shock the legislature and the people of this state into action." The report released Monday was based on an inquiry made by the criminal investigation division of the state police last August, when prisoners were reported on the verge of a riot because of conditions. Former Gov. Orval E. Faubus ordered the investigation, but withheld the report. The report was accompanied by pictures of torture devices and confiscated weapons and prisoners who had been beaten. Rockefeller, a Republican who assumed office Jan. 10, said he did not doubt its validity Slate Rep. Bill Wells, however, said in the Arkansas House that he questioned the source of information — "Convicts planning a prison break certainly cannot be considered the- most reliable source." 0. E. Bishop, who became superintendent ef the prison system Jan. I, 1966, declined comment because he said he hadn't read the report. He said, however, that he believed conditions had improved since he became superintendent. He said he wasn't aware of the allegations that prisoners were tortured. Former Supt. Dan D. Stephens, who resigned a year ago after a controversy over the use of a leather strap to punish prisoners, declined comment. Rockefeller said he didn't know how much of the alleged conditions still existed. The report offered a look from the prisoners' viewpoint into one of two Arkansas proson farms that Rockefeller has said penologists have described as the worst in the nation. Convicts told of traffic in liquor and narcotics, sex and filthy living conditions. The investigators quoted unnamed prisoners about being "rung up" on the "Tucker tele- phone" — a device described as a crank-type telephone with two dry cell batteries and electrodes. The investigators said they were told inmates were strapped to a table and given charges of electricity for punishment or to extract information. Investigators said they seized from the main prison building torture devices, whisky bottles, keys to open cell doors, playing cards and loaded dice, narcotics and recording equipment. Rockefeller said he had not planned to release the report so quickly, but decided to go ahead after Eugene Hale, a former aide to Faubus, divulged details of the investigation in a newspaper article. Hale, who was in charge of prison affairs for Faubus, was named an assistant attorney general last week, but resigned the position Monday at the request of Atty. Gen. Joe Purcell. Hale said his story was one rea- See PRISON on Page 7 Jets Raid Rail Yard Near Hanoi By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — American jet bombers returned to the heavily defended Hanoi area today for two raids on a sprawling railroad yard 40 miles north of the Communist captial. A U.S. military spokesman, Dateline Jan. 17 SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) -A captured Viet Cong major reported that a B52 raid near the "Iron Triangle" killed 200 Communist soldiers and dispersed a regiment of enemy troops, U.S. military headquarters said today. A U.S. spakesman said the major was assigned to a rear' echelon service regiment an( was taken prisoner after a heavy bomber raid Jan. 8 near Ben Cat, about 25 miles north west of Saigon. • LITTLE ROCK (AP)-A bil proposing university status fo Arkansas State College a Jonesboro was to come before the Senate Education Committee today, and legislative observers predicted a heated session. • The House has approved the emasure 83-16, and Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said Monday that he would sign such a measure if it reached his desk. • NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United States should undertake "in the most direct and impressive manner" to reach an agreement with the oviet Union on the question of antimissile systems, Sen. Albert Gore, D-Tenn., said Monday. Gore, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Soviet Union is installing an antimissile defense system around Moscow and 26 other cities. Circuit Court Charges Filed Charges of grand larceny have been filed in the crimina division of Circuit Court agains Jerry Lee Dixon. Dixon is accused of the Dec K theft of a 1961 Corvair be to Mrs. Nancy McWher eporting on strikes in the Red i River delta for a third straight ay of clear weather, said Air r orce F105 Thunderchiefs lounded the Thai Nguyen rail yard in the morning and again his afternoon. As the pace of the air war over the north quickened. U.S. leadquarters reported two Air 'orce photo reconnoissance Phantom jets went down over North Vietnam Monday and said the four fliers are missing. A spokesman said one plane was downed by Communist groundfire and the other is missing from unknown causes and resumed down. This brought the number ol U.S. planes reported lost over the Communist north to 459. In the ground war, U.S. headquarters reported the Communists used "what appeared to be riot-control gas" against U.S troops for the second tune in less than three months, but the Americans didn' even have to put on their masks. A spokesman said the Vie Cong tossed gas grenades a_ pursuing infantrymen of the 4tt Division in a small action 27 miles north-northwest of Saigon Monday. Area Sportsmen Meet Tonight Persons interested in hunting the Arkansas section of the g Lake project are invited to tend a gathering of area ortsmen to be held 7:30 to- ght in the cafeteria of the anila school. According to Roy (Bill) Samps, who is helping to organize le group, the purpose of the eeting is to form a permanent ssociation to lobby the Arkanas Game and Fish Commission assign a full time manager the area. Samples and his associates el that the lake is being im- roperly managed, to the detri- nent of wildfowl hunters in the rea. Junior College: Chamber Goal ter. Ronnie D. Brewer has appealed a municipal court con viction for disturbing the peace On Dec. 10,1966, he was founc guilty and fined $50 and $21.2 costs with a 30 days suspended jail sentence. He is free on $100 bond. In another case Billy Wayn Brewer is appealing a munic pal court conviction for aggra vated assault. Dec. 20 he was fined $100 an $12.75 costs and sentenced t 90 days in jail. He was grante a $500 appeal bond. Lettie Ann Hinton has bee charged with grand larceny. She is accused of stealing tw wedding rings from Linda Nielson on Jan. 4, U67. . "The gas had no serious effect md protective masks were not equired," the spokesman said. "There were no U.S. casualties. Two of the enemy were killed." In other developments: -U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge returned from five weeks in the United States and said the American people "want to do everything possible to support the young Americans who ire here." —Pentagon officials in Washington disclosed that 10,000 more U.S. troops will be sent to South Vietnam this month to boost American troop strength to 405,000. By the end of 1967, the officials predicted, there will be 475,000 American troops in Vietnam, in addition to between 50,000 and 60,000 offshore with the 7th Fleet and about 30,000 in Thailand, mostly airmen. Jvemier Nguyen Cao Ky left fo ra 10-day trip to Australia and New Zealand during which he is expected to encounter hostile demonstrations from Laborite opponents of the war. Ky is going to express appreciation for the support in troops and material the two countries have given his governmen. South Vietnamese military headquarters reported 10 mortar and small-arms attacks against outposts, camps and one airfield in widely scattered sectors. In three of these actions, a Vienamese spokesman said, US to Push Troops Up To 405,000 government troops killed 82 of the enemy. The largest of these engage- See VIET NAM on Page 7 Missco Men Named by NCC Harold Ohlendorf of Osceola, Foy Etchieson and William H. Wyatt of Blytheville and Ralph Woodruff of Wilson have been named to the Arkansas State Unit of the National Cotton Council. Their appointment was announced by Lon Mann of Marianna, unit chairman. FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD — Thus reads the motto of the newly-formed Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, displayed on the official seal adopted at an organizational meeting Jan 5 The seal, pictured above, was designed by Airman 2 C. Robert E. Tabor of Blytheville AFB. The design is one of four submitted by Tabor, an air policeman. (Courier News Photo) South Vietnam boosting 405,000, today. Asian country. B HORTON | Force, based in neighboring ON (AP) — Ten Thailand. e GIs will go to am this month, J.S. force there to gon sources said als predicted that the year the Unit- 1 be supporting a JO in the Southeast there are 395,000 •vicemen in South over-all Southeast Q, including 50,000 f men aboard ships et off Vietnam plus men, mostly Air The steadily expanding buildup was signaled Monday by Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told a Pentagon news conference there has been no change in President Johnson's policy stated in 1965. That policy, he said, is that Gen. William C. Westmoreland, commander of U. S. forces in South Vietnam, will be supplied the men and materials he needs. Published reports have said that the Joint Chiefs of Staff disagree with what was de- scribed as an administration-set ceiling of 460,000 to 480,000 men n Vietnam. Wheeler said Gen. Westmoreland does not differ with Washington officials over what force is needed in South Vietnam. . Wheeler, a four-star general, said he would "slick his neck out" by saying flatly the Com-, munists have lost any chance they once may have had for a military victory in South Vietnam. Does this mean the United States is bound to win, Wheeler was asked. "I think so," he replied, declining to pick a date when the moment of victory will come. Mao in Control As Riots Wane By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) - Mao Tse-tung and his faction appear to have gained the upper hand in Communist China's power struggle and there are signs the threat of violence in Peking and other major cities is dissipating, the Peking correspondent of the Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri reported today. The Japanese correspondent said the chaotic situation on the mainland appears to have "passed its peak and the tense situation prevailing over Peking, Shanghai, Nanking and other major cities appears to be subsiding following Mao's personal leadership of the purge." Wall newspapers in Peking last week reported Mao had returned to the capital, quoting Premier Chou En-lai and other high Communsl party offfcials. "There is no doubt Mao's ap- pearance played a decisive role to turn the tide of the crisis," the Yomiuri report said but added that the 73-year-old party chairman has not made any public appearances. He reported tht 30,000 anti- Mao workers left their jobs in See CHINNESE on Page 7 Book Controversy Settled By GEORGE ESPER NEW YORK (AP)-Many changes made in settling the Kennedy book controversy out of court with Harper & Row in- ter's book "The Death of a suit to block publication of the ' book was wihtdrawn Monday when Harper & Row and Manchester agreed to delete or modi- President." "Many changes involved the children and their reaction in the period of the assassination and what they said and did," volved what the late president's [the source said. "It was nothing two children said and did in the immediate period following his assassination it was learned today. A source close to the Kennedy family said that in all roughly 6,000 to 8,000 words figured in the changes in William Manches- The development of Blythe- ille as a trade center and a easibility study of the much- discussed junior college are the irimary goals of the Cham- >er of Commerce this year as outlined by Dr. John W. Hard, president, at an executive luncheon yesterday noon at the Holiday Inn. Of the expansion of trade facilities within the city, Hard mildly debunked what he considers a defeatist attitude of some local businessmen and citizens. Hard said that the proximity of Memphis, Jonesboro, the Mississippi River and the Missouri state line was being used as ?,n excuse for doing little or nothing to promote Blytheville. He added that the city has the potential to become the dominant trade center of northeast Arkansas. It has already become a medical c e n t e r ol some note, he said. Although the chamber recog nizes the desire for a junior college In the city, Hard stressed that a detailed study if ill IHMCU tf fiM quuUoo embarrassing, but it was very sensitive and could be difficult for the children in the future." An official of Harper & Row said that t!ie changes involve a cumulative total of about 8 pages out of 654. Mrs. John F. Kennedy's law- fy certain personal passages of concern to President Kenndy's widow. The settlement, which came after nearly a month of negotia- tons, clears tiie way for Harper & Row to go ahead with its scheduled publication of a hardcover edition in April and a paperback edition to be pub- See KENNEDY on Page 7 must be made before a course f action can be decided upon. Among the questions which Hard indicated must be looked into are the following: How large should the pro- losed college be? How many students should it accomodate? How many persons would benefit from such a college? Where should the school be located? Should it be placed in existing buildings or should new struc- ,ures be provided? Should the college be run on night or day basis, or both? How much would it cost? Could the people afford the tax increase? How would the school relate to the Cotton Boll Vocational Technical Schol? Hard told the luncheon group that the prospects for bringing new industry into the city were better now than they had been in a long time. However, he added, the allure of new industry should not lessen efforts to expand existing manu- itcturmc- Motel Study Ii Underway Blytheville may be getting another motel. Although it's too soon to tell, Camelo Motor Lodge and Inn is having a feasibility study conducted by International Economic and Market Research The research company's representative, Bernard Slutsky Jr. said the motel chain is affiliated with the S & H Green Stamp Company and would ave at least 100 rooms. He said the facility, if ap- roved by the chain, would be ocated about one mile south of le city limits on highway 61. The survey should be com- leted this week, according to lutsky. BUT, BOSS, IT'S COLD OUT HERE Progress or no, this street crew completing the drainage installation on East Walnut at Laclede this morning was not exactly delighted by ftt icy. winds. They finished ther work in about an hour, which means that the eastern end of the street is now ready for paving when the weather permits. (Courier News Photo) College Registration s 8-9:30 Tonight Pre-registration for college ourses sponsored by Southern Baptist College is being held hrough Wednesday from 8 to :30 p.m. in building 604 on Ely- heville Air Force Base. A re- ease from the college originally i 'e the time as 8 to 9:30 a.m. Classes will start next week and will be held Monday through Thursday nights. Formal registration will be Thursday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m. at the same location. As the college is under contract to the Air Force, military personnel will be given preference in enrollments. Civilians may enroll for classes not filled by military personnel. Cost per credit hour it $19. James Logan Moultrie, longtime Blytheville resident, died last night at Chickasawba Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 69. Born at Hornbeak, Tenn., he moved to Blytheville with his parents in 1912. He was a Baptist. . . He had been a member of the Blytheville police force in the 1920s, was associated with Lee Wilson and Company of Wilson and organized Moultrie Courts, one of the city's motels, in 1931. He operated the facility until his retirement in April, 1966. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Grace Patton of Blytheville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cobh Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Paul Kirkindall officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lloyd Kolwick, Alvin Huffman Jr., Fred Stevens, Joe Shanks, Mason Day, Oliver Coppedge Jr., Ben Hall and Johnnie Johnson. Weother Forecost Cold wave warning tonight. Cloudy and turning much colder this afternoon with a few light snow flurries. Cloudy and much colder tonight. Wednesday partly cloudy and continued rather cold. High early this afternoon in the 20s. Lows tonight 10 to 18. Highs Wednesday 20 to 28 Probability of measurable precipitation this afternoon 10 percent. Outlook for Thursday partly cloudy and cold. jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiii

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