The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 25, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 25, 1967
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BLYTHEVDLLE COURIER NEWS ,VOL. 63—NO. 7 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 1967 10 PAGES TIN CENTS Convoy Ambush Kills 24 Marines By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) - Communist forces in the northern sector of uth Vietnam shot up a 121- uck convoy Friday. In skir- ishes and mortar attacks, the eds killed 24 U. S. Marines and ounded 140 more. LEGISLATIVE LEADERS - This quartet, including Rep. Walter Day (left) of Blytheville, make up the leadership for the Arkansas Legislature's two committees which are in vear-around session. Day and Sen. Thomas Penn are vice- chairman and chairman of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee. Sen. Clarence Bell (right) and Rep. Marion Crank are vice-chairman and chairman of the Legislative Council. (Gazette Photo by Prescott) Aftermath of Florida Beach Riots 200 Youths to Be Tried FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — City Court worked overtime today as more than 200 vacationing collegians — and nonstudent Infiltrators — went on trial for shenanigans on the beach. As court opened at 8 a.m. sunburned youths were still being booked. Charges were mostly drunkenness, disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly. Paddy wagons cruised at the beaches and picked up troublemakers. When police ran put of official vehicles, they put a truck into service, and took 33 persons to jail in one load. The trouble began with rioting Friday afternoon. Thirty were arrested. About half of these were students. Friday night several hundred youths threw rocks and bottles at cars. They broke the windshield of a police cruiser. Police set up a command post on top of a restaurant at the beach and cautioned frolicking vacationers to "be calm." Students continued to arrive from campuses of many states. Police said the total could reach 30,000 by Easter Sunday. Police gave the students this message: Have a good time but obey the law. The warning followed a Good Friday riotous rampage quelled by helmeted police. "We want you to have fun, but we are not going to condone what went on out here yesterday," said Police Chief Robert Johnston. "We are not trying to threaten anybody, but we are going'to protect our city." Johnston said his men, who have been reinforced, would take precautions today to prevent another rampage. About 30 students were under arrest. Their inhibitions peeling faster than their sunburns, husky students attacked . a passing bakery truck Friday and began taking cakes and bread. As Bik- inied coeds cheered and jeered, a soft drink truck was looted and bottles and their contents hurled at onlookers. "I saw them coming this way and I went that way," said the driver of a fruit truck he left behind. His fruit was the ammunition against police in 30 minutes of violence that made the two-block area off the beach look like a garbage dump. At the height of the turmoil, a chanting group lifted an empty foreign car and paraded through the palm-lined street. The Bikini-clads again cheered. The men also rocked a bus, nearly causing it to overturn. They climbed on board and broke windows and harassed the frightened driver. During the melee a plane circled overhead with a sign reading: "Welcome collegians — John Gilbert, bail bonds." jnvoy near Da Nang, leaving eavy South Vietnamese casual- es and 57 trucks wrecked. In the same battle zone Com- nunist mines twice hit a U. S. arine convoy, leaving three ucks burned and abandoned iree Leathernecks dead and 10 ounded. The ground fighting swirled round 514-foot Con Thien Mountain just south of the de- militarzied zone separating orth and South Vietnam. The ugged area is developing into a major trouble spot between the [arines and North Vietnamese eguhi-s filtering down from the [orth. Much of the ground action sted in Saturday's commu- ique took place in Quang Tri Dateline March 25 WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is pumping money into the economy at the fastest rate since early 1964, according to an index President Johnson has called highly reliable. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the deficit in the national income accounts budget ran at an annual rate of $3.6 billion during the last three months of 1966. • WASHINGTON (AP) - The billion dollar electronic computer industry, already the target of an investigation by the Justice Department's antitrust division, is coming under the scrutiny of the House Antitrust subcommittee. • WASHINGTON (AP) - Bones of what may be the second-largest creatures ever to live on earth reportedly have been uncovered in Mexico's Baja California. The bones are believed to be those of vegetarian dinosaurs, 60 to 90 feet long, that lived about 80 million years ago. • OCCOQUAN, Va. (AP) — The discovery of a man's body, hacked into more than 60 pieces, in a Northern Virginia reservior system has touched off a hunt for. the slayer in three Virginia counties and the District of Columbia. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Folks with swimming pools in their yards may be splashing about in some of the best earthquake recording da- vices there are, a seismologist from Columbia University reports. Arthur McGarr of the university's Lament Geological Observatory said Friday that certain kinds of waves in 'streams, reservoirs and backyard swimming pools are sensitive and ytluibli recording tooli. Prayers for Peace Mark Easter Rites By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS From the serene St. Peter's Basilica in Rome to the battle- scarred rice paddies of Vietnam, Christians the world over observed Holy Saturday today in preparation for the Easter celebration of Christ's resurrection. They prayed for peace in Vietnam and social justice. Holy Saturday recalls the period of Christ's entombment and leads to the rejoicing of His resurrection. The Holy Saturday rites included the "blessing of the new fire," which starts a three-hour evening vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica led Caruthersville Lads Put Camera on UFO Two Caruthersville boys claim they have movie film of several unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the film has been given to authorities at Blytheville Air Force Base. Officials at the base said yesterday the 8mm film has been examined but "we can't identify the objects so we are sending the film to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, where it will be examined." The Ohio base is headquarters for "Project Blue Book," the Air Force team assigned to study UFOs. It is not known when Wright- Patterson will return a report on the film. The boys, Edward Dickey and Lonnie Kennedy, claim to have taken the pictures about two weeks ago south of Holland. The boys received their processed film Monday and say it contains scenes of bright, saucer- shaped objects traveling in the vicinity of the glide path used by the Air Force craft. However, both boys say they are convinced what they saw were not conventional aircraft. They had teen th« objects before, reported the boys, anc when they informed Blytheville Air Force authorities, they say thuf wm iutnetod to MM photographs the next time the claim they took a camera to the same location and were able o get the things on film. The Communists are believed to have about 35,000 men in Quang Tri, the demilitarized ' zone and just to the north of it. The military spokesman said battles over the previous 48 Province which borders the 1 inland. It is from these two that zone . U.S. 175mm guns shell North Vietnam across the buffer zone. Whether .the Reds were attempting to drive a wedge between the two camps and set up a base on Con Thien Mountain for artillery spotting was not :lear. Marines moving around the mountain had to fight regular North Vietnamese units half a dozen times in the past 48 hours, and in almost every battle the enemy called in its own mortar supporting fire from inside the demilitarized zone, sometimes unloading 200 to 300 rounds. Communist commanders also launched mortar attacks in War Zone C near the Cambodian border west of Saigon, where U. S. forces are conducting the biggest ground sweep of the war. Men of the U. S. 1st Infantry Division scored another significant find in War Zone C when they uncovered a massive Communist underground camp, all booby-trapped. The camp consisted of seven large bunkers, with underground mess halls, assembly rooms and a complete The Communists ambushed hours in Quang Tri killed 146 e big South Vietnamese army Communist soldiers. The South Vietnamese convoy which was ambushed had delivered an army battalion at Quang Ngai City and was returning empty to D Nang along coastal highway No. 1 — South Vietnam's main national highway. Details of the ambush were sketchy, but a spokesman said the lead trucks were evidently stopped by mines and the Reds then opened up with machine- gun fire and grenades. There was a military escort unit accompanying the convoy. The battlefield around Con Thien Mountain is about midway between a Marine artillery camp at Gib Linh near the coast and a larger artillery base at Camp Carroll about 15 miles printing press among other items. The camp was destroyed. The military spokesman said that despite continued heavy weather over North Vietnam American pilots flew 94 missions Friday, including two carrier-based strikes at electric plants near Hanoi. Flying all-weather Intruder jets in radar-directed strikes, pilots from the carriers Enterprise .and Kitty Hawk hit the Thai Nguyen power complex 39 miles from Hanoi and the Bac Giang power plant 25 miles from the capital. Most of the other targets were supply facilities to the south, but one flight struck at suspected storage sites near Dien Bien Phu. Other flights from the Enterprise winged into South Vietnam to help Marines fighting in Quang Tri Province with ground support strikes. Hanoi's official Vietnam News Agency today quoted the president of South Vietnam's National Front for Liberation — political arm of the Viet Cong — as saying he supports North Vietnam's rejection of President Johnson's recent peace offer. FBI Finds Gangland Cemetery? Two Bodies Exhumed * * * The objects are described by the boys as very -small and moving erratically. The things are said to be a bright white, except for one which was red. There were lights around the edges of the objects and all emitted a bright glow, according [o the boys. They added the objects on the film are so small it is difficult to determine anything other than their roundness. However, the boys say at one time the objects were about a quarter of a mile from them and appeared to have some sort of opening on the underside. The youths did not explain how they estimated the distance or say about how long the objects remained in view. According to Caruthesville's newspaper, about the same time the UFOs sped out of sight to the east, riverboatmen reported seeing several fast-moving objects fly.above the Mississippi River. The film report comes on the heels of several accounts from the Northeast Arkansas area, notably Osceola, of elleg- *d dibtiiw tt OTOf. by Pope Paul VI. The vigil service will be cl maxed with a Papal Mass of jo shortly before midnight comnn morating the resurrection i Christ. At the same time, th bells of Rome's 400 churche will ring, led by the 10-ton ma ter bell atop St. Peter's Basilic at the Vatican. About 10,000 Easter Pilgrin were in Old Jerusalem. In the United States, Ameri cans will celebrate Christ's resurrection in hundreds of sunrise services on mountain tops, in park grottoes, i ntiny churches and in huge auditoriums. The Pope will celebrate two Masses Easter Sunday. At noon he will deliver his Easter mes- age in which he will announce hat he has prepared an encyclical on social justice. In Good Friday services, many Christians in the United States took note of contemporary social issues and the war in Vietnam. Four Methodist churches in Chicago sponsored a "Good Friday fast" to protest slum housing. The war in Vietnam was the ;heme of services at two Lutheran churches in New York City. "Christ was crucified in this neighborhood this year," cried more than 200 Christians in Washington who followed such symbolic stations of the cross as racial trife, poverty, slum housing, crime and war through the poverty-stricken Mount Pleasant section of the capital. In Milwaukee, Irish-born Michael Cullen has been sitting alone in a Roman Catholic cathedral pew, awaiting Easter morning and the end of his fast and vigil in protest against the war in Vietnam. Since Tuesday, the ex-semiarian has taken only water and a half-bowl of rice. Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and IM PEACE M Pa* I . By DAVID ROSENZWEIG JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — FBI agents using bulldozers churned up the muddy grounds of a suspected Cosa Rostra cemetery today in the search for more gangland murder victims. Two bodies already lave been dug up. In disclosing the probe Friday, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued a statement saying the search was the product of an extensive two-year investigation of the Cosa Nostra in New York and New Jersey. Hoover said the investigation "specifically concerned a number of individuals who had disappeared, allegedly as a result of having incurred the disfavor of Cosa Nostra officials or leaders as far back as 1960, and who are thought to be buried on these sites." The two bodies, which were found Thursday night in this sparsely populated area 60 miles from New York, were little more then skeletons in tat- Police Graduate Two members of the Blytheville Police Department have successfully completed the Basic Police Training Course at he Arkansas Law Enforcement [raining Academy at Petit Jean. James A. Tankersley and Carl ?. Yeates, patrolmen, received heir certificates of proficiency after receiving training from qualified law enforcement personnel drawn from the state_and co-operating federal agencies. The class was composed of 30 municipal law officers from throughout the state and two deputy sheriffs. Col. George V, Armstrong, di rector of the academy, presided ar the graduation ceremon tered remnants of clothing. The I FBI made identification on the basis that it had expected to find two specific bodies at two specific points. It declined to say how it knew where the bodies were buried. One body was tentatively identified as that of Angelo Son- nessa, who was 48 when he disappeared in September 1961. His skeleton was turned over to Dr. Milton Helpern, chief medical examiner for New York City and one of the nation's foremost medical sleuths, for postmortem examination. The remains of the other vic- im, tentatively identified as Kenneth Later, were shipped ;o the FBI laboratory in Wash- ngton for tests. Later, who was 55 when he disappeared on March 29, 1963, was identified as a New York City stockbroker. * * * The bodies were found on what was once a.20-acre chicken •arm. Later's body was found in an oil drum filled with hydro- cholric acid and was largely disintegrated. The owners of the farm, Joseph Celso, 49, and his wife Rose, 46, were arraigned Friday ic Asbury Park as material wit- The FBI said Sonnessa was a business partner of the late Joseph Vecchio in the All State Asphalt Co., a -contracting firm in Nutley, N.J. Vecchio was indicted in May 1960 with 29 other men alleged to be the prime distributing organization for heroin in the United States. The FBI said Sonnessa "had alllegedly gained the disfavor of an identified member of the Cosa Nostra who is presently serving a term in a federal penitentiary on a narcotics violation." The FBI declined to identify the narcotics violator by name. An FBI spokesman would not say what, if any, link had been established between Later and the Cosa Nostra, but it is known that the crime syndicate has infiltrated some brokerage houses and has the money to manipulate some stock prices on various stock exchanges. Sonnessa's body was found in a mash pit on the site of an abandoned liquor still. A plastic bag was tied around the head with wire and the ankles were bound. The remains of a sport shirt also was uncovered. Election Could Get Powell's Seat Back By JACK MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) - The House will reverse itself and seat Adam Clayton Powell if the Harlem Democrat wins a special election next month, Rep. Emanuel Celler predicted today. Celler, chairman of the select House committee that sat in judgment of Powell earlier this year, said his prediction was based on private talks with other members. He said many members who voted March 1 against seating Powell have had second thoughts and now believe "it would be more expedient" to seat the Negro preacher-politician. Celler, D-N.Y., said in a telephone interview from his New York office that he's "quite sure there would be more than enough members changing their County 40th Nation New C'ville Bridge Design Is Submitted The Memphis Corps of Engineers has submitted new recommendations for the planned bridge across the Mississippi River between Caruthersville, Mo., and Dyersburg, Tenn., according to Warner Dunlop, stale operations engineer of Nashville, Tenn. Originally slated to have 800- foot spans, the Corps suggested UM bridge be redesigned to con- tain 900-foot spans after river concerns protested the initial design at a hearing in Carulh- ersville last fall. According to Dunlop the Washington decision should be forthcoming within two weeks. After that Missouri and Tennessee highway department engineers will have to form a contract with consulting en- ginners for the final bridge de- *ign, Dunlop said. Farm Income In terms of dollars worth of arm products sold, Mississipp County ranks 40th in the nation laving yielded more than 56 million dollars worth of farm products in the last year studied 1964. According to statistics com piled by the U. S. Department of Commerce, Mississipp County is the only county in the (op 50 list, but of the highest 100 counties, Washington County is also listed, giving Arkansas tw counties in the top 100. Washington County produced over 50 million dollars of farm goods in 1964. Within the top 100, only two other counties made the list. They are Bolivar and Sunflower Counties, Mississippi which ranked 69th and 76 respectively, having produced 46 and 42 million dollars in farm income in 1964. 'iewpoint" to assure Powell's eating if Harlem voters elect lim once more. Powell is a leavy favorite to win the April i special election. "Suppose we refused to ac- ept him again and they elect lim again and he comes in a .bird time?" We would make a arce out of this thing." The one Negro on Celler's se- ect committee, Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., said in a separate telephone interview he also is sure the House would change its mind and seat Powell. "A number of members realize that in trying to deal him such a grievous blow, they inadvertently did him a big favor," Conyers said. "And there isn't going to be a mood as vindictive as, before." The Celler committee found that Powell, former chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, put government funds to personal use. It recommended his seating but said he should be censured and docked ?40,000 in salary. In voting to exclude Powell, the House went against the leadership of both parties as well as the committee. Powell has brought suit in federal court seeking to force the House to seat him, and Celler previously said he thinks Powell has a solid case. House Democratic Leader Carl B. Albert of Oklahoma told reporters Thursday "it would be my judgment that the House would seat him," and follow the Celler committee's punishment recommendation. But in a separate news conference Thursday, House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford said lie believes the House is just as adamant on barring Powell as it was. An aide later said Ford See POWELL on Page 5 Weather Forecast Cloudy and mild with showers and thundershowers tonight and Sunday. Low tonight 5864. High Sunday in the 70s. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIUIIIUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIWIIIIIHIUIIIM

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