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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 272 3LYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815)! MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1967 14 PAGES TIN CENTS AND THE BANDS PLAYED ON — The concert which climaxed the Region II Band Clinic held at Blytheville High School this week was well attended, and, apparently, well appreciated. The clinic drew some 200 students represent- ing about 35 school bands from throughout Northeast Arkansas. The visitors were guests in private homes while in Blytheville. (Courier News Photo) Arkansas' Cummins, Tucker 5 Escape Prison Farms CUMMINS PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP) — Five convicts escaped from Arkansas prison farms during the weekend, one of whom was serving a. life sentence for first-degree murder. Facts of the escape were withheld from the news media for more than five hours after the first report was received. Details of the escape of four men Sunday were finally released after Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, through an aide, had been informed of Hie situation by newsmen. Previously officials would not confirm that an escape had occurred. Some three hours later Television Station KATV in Little Rock reported that a fifth convict had escaped from Tucker Prison Farm Saturday afternoon. No one at Cummins Prison Farm, Tucker of State Police headquarters in Little Rock would confirm the fifth escape Sunday night. Prison Supt. 0. E. Bishop identified the Sunday escapees as Jerrell Marlar, 36, of Rosston in Nevada County; Ernest Clinton Tunstill, 22, of Bay; Billy Ray Marvel, 20, of Pine Bluff iHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii^ Farm Conditions Still 'Deplorable' LITTLE ROCK (AP) Television Station KATV of Little Rock Sunday night said it had learned from a source close to the governor's office that conditions at Tucker Prison Farm are still "deplorable." The station also quoted its source as saying prisoners are telling of highly questionable activities. The spokesman likened the atmosphere at Tucker to "a powder keg," the station said. KATV also said that the action of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller in firing four persons at Tucker last Friday was aimed mainly at Pink Booher, the as- sitant prison superintendent. Rockefeller called a news conference Friday and said he had fired Booher and wardens J. L. Mashburn, Robert Henslee and H. H. Chadick. The governor declined to give any reasons for the dismissals. He later announced that he would have a news- conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Little Rock television studio. Rockefeller released a State Police report Jan. 10 telling of sordid conditions at Tucker. and James Russell Smith, 25, of Blytheville. KATV reported that Joe H. Men-it 26, of Little Rock, escaped from Tucker Saturday afternoon. The television station quoted Merrit's father, Joe Merrit, as saying a State Police officer at Tucker notified him Saturday that his son was missing and that when he arrived at Tucker later in the day he was told his son had escaped. A spokesman at Tucker, who identified himself only as the "deskman," told The Associated Press, his voice raised in apparent anger, that if any information was desired to con tact Bishop or Gov. Rockefel ler. in niiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiHi iniin i niiiiiiiiiiniiin Dateline Feb. 6 CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The U. S. aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt was readied for an early departure from Cape Town today as its crew grumbled at being denied shore leave because of South Africa's racial restrictions. A U. S. Embassy spokesman gaid the 62,000-ton carrier would sail at 6 p.m. today instead of Tuesday morning on its voyage home to Florida from Vietnam. The spokesman said the ship was leaving early because it had finished taking on provisions and fuel. But it was believed an early departure was ordered because of growing unrest aboard the ship. • WELLESLEY, Mass (AP — Vladimir Kazan-Komarek, "just settling down to this fantastic surprise" of being freed from an eight-year prison term in Czechoslovakia on spy charges, looked forward today to a quiet vacation with his wife. First, however, the travel agent planned a trip to Washington today to discuss the case with State Department officials. PARIS (AP) — The French government, the American Embassy and the North Vietnamese diplomatic mission in Paris today denied a report that Sen. Robert F. Kennedy received a "peace signal" from Hanoi through the French government during his visit to Paris last week. • BERLIN (AP)-Peter Feinauer, 27, an art student from Providence, R.I., has been held by authorities in East Berlin for the past four months, his mother said Sunday night. Juergen Stange, a West Berlin lawyer representing Feinauer, said the East Germans are still Investigating the case and have filed no charges. He said Feinauer was not accused of helping East Germans escape to the West. Two Men, Juvenile Arrested For Blytheville Auto Theft City police worked with Tennessee authorities to recover an automobile stolen from Blytheville Jan. 30 and apprehend the two men and a j u v e n i 1 e involved in the theft. In custody in Jackson, Tenn., are Floyd Long Taylor, 19, of Osceola and Charles Barrett, 43, of Cooter. They are being held for the Federal Bureau of Investigation which has charged them with interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle. A 15-year-old Blytheville man is in custody of police here pending his appearance before the juvenile court. He was returned to Blytheville from Jackson by local juvenile officer. According to Police George Ford, the somewhat confused series of events are as follows: Between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 30, Taylor and the boy stole a 1966 Plymouth sedan belonging to the Kraft Foods Company from the Hays Store parking lot on Walnut Street. Near Cooter, the two picked up Barrett, who was hitchhiking, and sold the spare tire for $6 to get money to cross the ferry. Tuesday, Jan. 31, while the three had stopped at a service station in Jackson, police noticed Taylor and the juvenile and began to question them. Barrett, using an assumed name, told the officers he had picked up the two hitch-hiking. They agreed with Barrett's story, leading police to think JC's Meet Is Thursday The Jaycees have scheduled a district meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, in their clubroom. Business will begin at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Yesterday the Jaycees attended services as a group at the First Methodist Church at Seventh and Main Streets at 10:45 a.m. The attendance was in observance of Jaycee Sunday, which occurs annually in Blytheville. Bishop said the four who escaped Sunday left around 10 a.m. He said Marlar jus walked off at Cummins while the three at Tucker fled on horseback. He said the three had been rounding up some cattle. Officers said the horses were recovered, but the escapees remained at large late Sunday night. Bishop said roadblocks lad been set up in the areas of both prison farms, j Tucker is located in Jefferson they were runaways. Taylor and the boy were taken to police headquarters, and Barrett left in the car. i j. u\,ni,i J.LI jvsi.u n^u in u ciici auu At the police station, the two County about 17 miles north of confessed to having stolen the vehicle,- and authorities broadcast a bulletin on Barrett. He was later apprehended in the car in Millegeveille, Tenn., and taken back to Jackson. Audio-Visual Team Will Visit Wilson WILSON - Wilson High School is one of the 300 selected by the National Education Association Department of Audio Visual Instruction for inspection by an observation team. The Wilson School was chosen because of its effective use of audio - visual media. Of the 300 schools, twenty will be selected for the develop-' ment of case studies. Approxi- (foe escape were Deceived State mately 10 Arkansas s c h o o 1 s " " will be visited by the observa- Pine Bluff and Cummins is located in Lincoln County about 30 miles southeast of Pine Bluff. Marlar was sentenced to life in prison in December 1962 for the slaying of Thomas 0. Bond in May 1962. He was charged with kidnaping Bond at Bossier City, La. Bond's body was found in Miller County in a wooded area near Fouke. Marlar was convicted in Lafayette County on a change of venue. Tunstill began a five-year term in 1965 on a conviction of grand larceny from Poinsett County. Marvel was sentenced to three years from Jefferson County in 1966 for breaking into vending machines. Smith was sentenced to three years in 1966 on conviction of forging letters. He was convicted in Mississippi County. Merrit reportedly was serving lime for burglary and grand larceny. Shortly after the reports of tion team. The team will be composed of three members: one from the staff of the state superintendent of education, and two from the state audio - visual association. The program was begun at Wilson about two and one-half years ago under the supervision of Bill Tucuer, who is now with the audio - visual department of the University of Texas. Ralph Thompson, current director at Wilson, spent nine weeks at the University of Texas last summer and is now working to expand the program. Martina Carol Dies MONTE CARLO (AP) French film actress Marline Carol was found dead M a heart attack today In her Monte Carlo hotelroom, her husband reported. Police in Little Rock told The Associated Press that the only persons authorized to release information on the matter were Col. Herman Lindsey and Capt. Carl Miller, both of whom have unlisted telephone numbers. Liu, Teng Get Booted by Mao By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) - Diplomatic sources in Peking say Red China's President Liu Shao-chi and Communist party general secretary Teng Hsiao-ping have been ousted from their jobs, two Japanese correspondents reported from the Chinese capital today. The reports to Asahi Shimbun and Yomiuri did not say how or when Mao Tse-tung's two leading foes were removed. But resistance to Mao's campaign to replace their appointees in the party and government machin ery throughout China was expected to continue unabated. The Yomiuri correspondent said Liu had lost both his government and party posts. Teng could have been expelled from the party secretary- ship by the central committee's plenary session last August. But Liu could be legally removed from the presidency only by the National People's Congress which elected him and which is not known to have met since 1965. Neither Liu nor Teng have' publicly exercised their official duties in Peking since last November. But continuing reports from Peking of resistance to Mao's purge indicate that their supporters retain control of wide areas of China. These other developments were reported from turbulent China during the weekend: The New China News Agency, controlled by Maoists, acknowl- edged that Mao's opponents still control the party machinery in southwest China, a vast area Orbiter 3 to Get Scrutinizing Squint PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Lunar Orbiter 3 raced toward the moon today to find the safest landing sites for U.S. astronauts. Hurled from Cape Kennedy, Fla., Saturday night on a path that would take it within 49 Another steerj maneuver is to miles of fte moon he 850-pound d it wjthinE28 mjles of the spacecraft nonetheless faced a! sur f ace gund and ^ ^ three to four seconds to aim at a point 295 miles above the northeast edge of the lunar disk," he said. The spacecraft, pulled by lunar gravity, was to swing behind the moon Wednesday and go into a 125 by 1,150 mile orbit. minor but tricky steering maneuver at 10 a.m. (EST) today. "It could go into orbit without a course correction," said a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where scientists are controlling the quarter-million-mile flight. "The launching was fantastically accurate. We want a higher initial orbit for maneuverability, however, so we will burn the steering rocket about should begin taking the first of up to 400 pictures Feb. 15. The flight brightened hopes for the U.S. man-to-the-moon program, delayed indefinitely by the death of three astronauts last month in a launch-pad fire. Lunar Orbiter 3's task is to photograph a dozen potential landing sites. Among them are 10 found most promising by scientists studying photographs of millions of square miles of the lunar surface taken by Lunar Orbiters 1 and 2. iiiuiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHM including Tibet, Kweichow, Szechwan and the World War II stronghold of Yunnan. The agency said the pro-Mao party headquarters in Kweichow Province reported the southwest bureau of the central committee "actively implemented and stubbornly clung to the borgeois reactionary line." It appealed for unity "to recapture power held by the handful of persons within the southwest bureau in authority taking the capitalist road." Red Guards demonstrating at Peking airport delayed for six hours the departure for Moscow Sunday of 90 wives and children of Soviet Embassy officials. Women in the group said on arriving at Irkutsk That some of Moscow Radio reported. Dem- them were pushed and beaten, onstrations continued outsida the Soviet Embassy today for the 10th day. The Chinese government issued a new protest to Moscow, accusing the Soviet government of "outrageous acts" of violence against Chinese in Moscow. The protest resulted from Soviet removal of a display of anti-Soviet photographs from the Chinese Embassy on Feb. 3. Mao's supporters took step's to set up "city communes," emulating the 1871 Paris commune, to take over Shanghai an Taiyuan, the capital of Shansi Province adjacent to Peking. Camthersville to Greet Barry Goldwater in June The m a n who made the GOP's unsuccessful bid for the White House in 1964 has agreed to be the principal speaker at a June celebration in honor of Caruthersville's World War Two flying ace, Col. John England. The announcement was made today by Henry Tipton, president of the Caruthersville Chamber of Comerce. ; Goldwater was a close friend of Colonel England in the Air Force and that's the reason he accepted our invitation. "The arrangements were made through Jack Hutchison who is a friend of Goldwater's," Tipton said. Hutchison, owner of Ward- Coppedge cotton gin at Caruthersville, is attending a cotton convention in San Francisco and could not be contacted this morning for comment. Tipton said plans are incomplete but, "With Goldwater coming we hope to be able to get the governor (Warren E. Hearnes) and s e v e r a 1 of the (Missouri) senators." Plans also are in the offing to get an Air Force honor guard and an aerial demonstration team, according to Tipton. At the celebration a T-38 jet Youths Held for Burglary A series of 12 daylight residential burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of two Negro youths Saturday noon. In custody for investigation are Robert Alexander Young, 17, West Cherry and Ray Charles Morris, 17, Chickasaw Courts. The two were arrested specifically in connection with the Friday burglary of the Barney Crook residence at 1600 Holly. Taken from the house were several dollars cash and a quantity of rare coins of considerable value, according to George Ford, chief of police. Some of the coins were recovered with the arrest of the two and Ford believes there is evidence to link them with the other break-ins. The burglaries started in December, adds Ford, and all were private homes. The case is still under investigation. Autry to Retire As School Head Ex-Resident Is Promoted Jerry R. Strickland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Strickland of 716 Walnut, has been promoted to product manager in the industrial marketing department of Polaroid Corporation. He will be responsible for marketing programs. He Is married to the former Jinunie Lee Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Moore of 1518 Chickasawba. They presently reside in Wellesly Hills, Mass., and Strickland works in Boston. L. H. Autry, one of the deans f Arkansas public school administration, is retiring. Autry advised the Burdette School Board today that he will etire at the end of the current school year. He has been in public school education for 53 years, 39 of which have been spent as superintendent of schools at Burdette. Autry has held only two full- time school positions. He was at a rural school in Lonoke County prior to coming to Burdette in 1928. Actually, however, Autry began teaching while still a high school student ... and he used his $30 a month salary to finance his high school education at Clinton, Ark. He taught during the summer and attended classes during the winter. Following a period of service in the Navy during World War I, he applied this same formula In a successful attempt at get- ting a college education: he taught school in Faulkner j County and attended (summers only) Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway. After ten years of dogged persistence, he won his degree (in 1932). His career in the Arkansas Legislature has been nearly as long as that in public school education. He first was elected to the Arkansas House in 1937. He served four years and then was out of the county political picture until 1947 when he began a ten-year stint in the House. Since 1962, he has been a legislator, also. During most of these years, he has been a member of the prestigious Arkansas Legislative Council. Currently, he is the senior member of the Arkansas House. Autry also is chairman of the Northeast Arkansas District Fair Board and Is a longtime member of the Southern Regional Education Board. COLD: MEASURE OF MISERY The cold front which came into the area last night brought a measure of misery with it. "We've been getting calls this morning from the people whose homes burned over the area last night," Mississippi County Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall reported today. "The calls have come from as far away as Bassett and Steele." Kirkindall explained that when the heating devices of the poor are fired up again following a warm spell, they sometimes malfunction and cause home fires. "We now are in desperate need of stoves — gas stov.es for cooking, coal stoves, coal heaters — just about any type of cooking or heating device." Other household furniture and children's clothing also are needed. Police Car In Collision A 12-year-old girl and an 18- 1 year-old youth were issued traf-1 fie violation tickets Saturday afternoon when their vehicle was involved in a collision witli a city police car. The girl was charged with failure to yield right-of-way and her companion in the car, Dan Wy Jr., 18, of 1054 South Clark, was charged with permitting an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle. The collision occurred on Lilly and Patterson at 2:22 p.m. and the driver of the police car was listed as Floydel Haley, 31, of 1713 Jackson. No injuries were reported. trainer, presently on display at the Caruthersville city park, will be dedicated to the Colonel and the day will be proclaimed "Col. John England Day." England was killed in France on a routine mission. He was returning to his base when his jet developed engine trouble and he was forced with the prospect of ditching the failing craft or attempting a crash landing. If he bailed out the jet might have crashed into a barracks killing an untold number of men. Colonel England stayed with his airplane and was killed in the crash, according to Air Force records. England Air Force Base at Alexander, La., was named in his honor. Scout Camp Drive Begins Eric Whitley has been named co-chairman of community solicitation in the Boy Scout summer camp fund drive. Eastern Arkansas Boy Scout Council is taking on a large capital improvement project.'in the construction of a new camp in the foothills of the Ozarks;.. near Lake Norfork. Max Hefiey joins Whitley in heading the comunity division Toler Buchanan, general fund chairman for north Mississippi County, said this morning. . ; Nick Rose and Ross Hughes are special gifts chairmen; for Blytheville,.Buchanan said. A meeting is being set up for 7:30 tomorrow night, Buchanan said. illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliillllilili Weather Forecast Near cold wave warning. Mostly cloudy and much colder with snow flurries this afternoon. Partly cloudy and much colder tonight. Partly cloudy and continued cold Tuesday. Highs this afternoon In the 20s. Lows tonight 10 to 16. Probability of measurable snow 'this afternoon 20 percent. Outlook for Wednesday partly cloudy to cloudy and not quite so cold. jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiininiM

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