Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on October 5, 1977 · Page 1
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Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, October 5, 1977
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Coss County Untied Way Today's United Way campaign total Is 170,804, up $4,036 from Tuesday's total. Founded in 1844— LOGANSPORT, INDIANA 46947 WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 5, 1977 Phon* 219-753-7511 \Prlc« P*r Copy. Tw»n*y C»»H Called Two ' To Kill RENSSEI.AER. Ind. lUPl) - Holland- sbure murder defendant David Smith called two companions "chickens' when thev had second thoughts about entering a mobile home where four brothers were killed on Valentine's Day. the prosecutor aeHand Manner said Tuesday he would prove that Smith made that statement as he again unfolds the events of the shotgun slaymgs- of the sons of Betty and Keith Spencer during the cold February morning. . He- presented -four witnesses who repeated the testimony they provided last month during the trial at Hartford City in which a jury convicted Roger Drollmger, 94 Waynetown. on 1 four counts of first-degree murder. Manner told a jury of six men and six women he would "prove beyond a reasonable doubt" that Smith. i«. Wmga e was one of four intruders who blasted' to death Gregory.Brooks. .22. and his teenaged stepbrothers.. Reeve. Ralph and Raymond Spencer on Feb; 14. Smith entered a plea of innocent by reason of insanity. . Smith's trial was being presented in Jasper Circuit Court before Judge Michael Kannc on a change of venue. He is the second and youngest of the four suspects in the case. Hanner said during his opening statement to Ihe jury that Drollinger led the party, but that Smith chided the other suspects - Michael Wright. 21, Crawfordsville. and Daniel Stonebraker 21' Darlington - as being "chicken }ust moments before the shootings when they Reduced Sentences Judge John Sirica reduced prison sentences of John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlicman after hearing taped pleas in Washington Tuesday, in which each confessed wrongdoing in the Watergate conspiracy. (UPI) Caston Tax Levy tut By Field Examiners \ Watergate Defendants Have Sentences Halved i__ „«*;«« *i«H I a*ill c-arrv for the WASHINGTON (UPI) - Their voices once epitomized power in Washington. But from behind prison gates John Mitchell, H R Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were no longer defiant but distant, contrite and at times almost humble. One by one the tape recordings were played in Judge John J. Sirica's courtroom Tuesday One by one Richard Nixon s three most powerful advisers confessed to their Watergate wrongdoings. Repeatedly they used words like -remorse" and "repentance." "I'm sorry, "they said. It was a strange and unusual hearing that dramatically ended the legal case in the scandal that shook the nation and toppled a president.. > . In the end Sirica partially heeded their •pleas. While not freeing them at once as requested, he reduced their original prison terms of 30 months to eight years in jail to one to four years. -That's my last ruling," Sirica said. He is not retiring, just wrapping up the Watergate case that began five years ago when the original burglary crew stood before him. All the cases have been completed, all appeals exhausted. The ruling makes Haldeman and Mitchell eligible for parole next June 20. Ehrlichman has one more step - he must go before Judge Gerhard Gcscll and ask for a similar reduction in his concurrent sentence in the White House plumbers case. If that is granted, hhrlich- man could be freed late this month, since he voluntarily entered jail last Oct. 28, months before his former colleagues. All three men refused comment on the ' "Before he announced reduction of sentence Sirica made clear he would not accept the argument that the three men should be freed because Richard Nixon had been pardoned by Gerald Ford. , v "I cannot condone or excuse. anyone-Just because Mr. Nixon got a pardon. 1 ' Sirica a U.S. District judge, had ordered a federal probation official to interview the three as part of his preparation for considering their sentence reduction requests. The results, made public in a dramatic courtroom scene, produced the first public admission of wrongdoing any of the three has made in his own words. Haldeman, 50, once the most powerful man in the White House next to Nixon, seemed to make the most sweeping acknowledgement of wrongdoing and remorse. "1 have the deepest personal regret for everything I have done," he said. -'I realize the damage it has done to the nation and I will carry for the rest of my life the burden of knowing how greatly my acts contributed to this tragedy." He is serving his sentence in the Lompoc, Calif..prison camp. Ehrlichman, 52, in a prison camp m Safford, Ariz., also expressed remorse, saying, "I made a mistake. I abdicated my moral judgments and turned them over to someon&else. I am guilty in law and in fact and in these months in prison I've come to accept this reality." Mitchell. 64, and said-to be in ill health and needingsurgery fora hip ailment said he was "..truly sorry for and regretted those actions of mine that resulted In'my conviction "My reflections since the trial have led me to considerable remorse and distress." 17th Street To Be Paved Seventeenth Street . will be paved Thursday from Market to Erie Avenue. . The work will be done by the McMahan- O'Connor Construction; company, weather FULTON — The tax rate for the Caslon School Corporation will drop 11 cents in' Cass County and 12 cents in Fulton County n< The 1978 rates of $4.45 for Fulton County and $4.21 for Cass County were approved during stale tax hearings Monday. The difference in the rates for the two counties, in' the corporation is a result of Cass County having a local option tax and- Fulton County not havingone. . - ~ The rates approved by field examiners this week reflect a significant drop from the advertised rates which, because of the difference in two counties' formula, are not reduced until the stale hearing. The advertised rates were $4.a9 including $3.44 in the general fund. 90 cents in the debt service-fund and 25 cents in the cumulative building fund. The rates set in the hearing will be 89 cents in the debt service and 25 cents in the cumulative building fund. Those rates are the same in both counties. The general fund for Cass County is i.J-OT and the general in Fulton is $3.31,,, . .-- f The present¥ates;are 88 cents In^hejlebl service, 25 cents for cumulative.building, $344 for Fulton general and $3.19 for the Cass general. The total rates in effect this year are $4.'57 for Fulton and $4.32 for Irfa business session Tuesday night the school board approved a conservation tour for the vocational agriculture department testified* they began to have second thoughts. Hammer also said that he would prove thai Smith agreed wilh Drollinger when the older member of the group explained that even small children would have to die in order to leave none alive who could identify them. He said it was —'too bad" when Slonebraker and Wright said they did not think they could kill small children, Hanner told the jury in the ISminule remarks. ' . Defense attorney John Capper of Crawfordsville, in a iwo-minule talk, lold the panel that each should keep an open mind throughoul Ihe Irial dcspile the volume of evidence the prosecution would offer. ' " . , The first four wilnesses appeared as Hanner began Ihe hour-by-hour playback of the crime. Hanner said that if there was enough time thai Stonebreaker might -testify today.' Slonebraker and Wrighi told their stories at Drollinger's trial, principals. - deaa Kiritsis Jury Faces Month Long Sequester INDIANAPOLIS (UPI).- The jury which will judge the sanity of Anthony Kirilsis when he held a real eslale man captive for more,than two days al gunpoinl in February could be locked up for nearly a month with limited privileges, the judge warned Tuesday. Superior Court Judge, Michael Dugan outlined his, requirements for the sequestered panel while he continued to Tjiuestion prospective jurors: -_ '"'•Later he administered an oath to nine members of the panel - five women and four men— and ordered them sequestered for the night. . • - ,, • The judge said he hoped to select the other three jurors and four alternates, to hear 45minute opening arguments from News Briefs Local A man wanted for a shooting in Fulton County has given up to authorities through his attorney. PAGE 2 National Retail meat prices in the first half of 1978 will be ''modestly" above the same period this year, the Agriculture Department says. PAGE 24 Mayor Maynard Jackson won landslide re-election over four opponents, two of them white, ftesday night as the only black mayor of a major Southern city. PAGE 32 International Justice Minister Hajime Pukuda has resigned in a furious controversy over the government's handling of the hijacking of a Japan Air Lines Jet by Red Army extremists. PAGE 24 Sports Philadelphia rallied to capture the first game of the NL •triMlastnight. PAGE 18 Purdue will have Its hands full on Saturday. PAGE 21 Cos dryer. Maple youth bunk beds springs, mottress. 10 drawer dresser. 5/8" particle board. Phone ooo-oooo. ; EVERYTHING SOLD! THE MORE YOU TELL THE MORE YOU SELL IN THE WANT ADS FOR RESULTS PHONE 753-7511 Etehteen Street and East -Linden Avenue from Third to Sixth Street will be paved later, according to the Logansport Street Department.. . • East Melbourne Avenue was resurfaced Tuesdav from Third to Ninth Street and west from Third to Eel River Avenue. Broadway also was paved a few days ago from Spencer park to 26th Street. . . High Street was resurfaced last Friday from Third to Sixth, The Weather INDIANA: Clearing and cooler tonight. Lows in the_40s. Partly sunny and. cool Thursday. Highs to the 60s. Tuesday's high was 67 at 4 p.m. The 24 hour low was 54 al 7 a.m.Wedncsday. . '••>«i> "."•.. Senior Citizen ,- . - -- • -.;-. •-. '-. . <-. "''::•• Housing Center Permit Issued - A $1,2 million -building- permit for the conduction of the Senior Citizen Apartment Village was issued Wednesday Transport Building Commissioner Lawrence Brenner issued the permit to the Monticello Housing Company, for the construction 'of nine buildings at JM» vyjighl- Construction- of Monticello will serve as general contractors for the project which will stand between the Neal. Home and Eastgate Shopping Plaza. - Eight of the buildings will contain eight apartments each. The ninth building in Ihe M unit senior citizen center will be for a community building. Laundry facilities will also "be, placed in .the community 'building. All! nine buildings will be one- story structures. The village will contain horseshoe pits and shuffle board lanes,. : The entire project contains 6 74 acres 01 land. Both prosecution and defense lawyers had several peremptory 'challenges left when they agreed to Ihe first; nine jurors, who will be locked up for as long as a m Sugan told the jurors they would be sequestered at the downtown Columbia Club and would be" allowed only brief phone calls and visits with their families during the case. He said they could not read newspaper accounts of the trial or watch television news shows. , , Th^nuie m«nbere ol ^ Jury^ne Jronvtne:flrst 42;pewnw who answered 77 question submitted by-attorneys. • Most of those disqualifledisaid they d already made up their minds about Kiritsis' guilt or his sanity after seeing the abduction on television. , Defense lawyers Nile Stanton ami Richard Kieffer have conceded Kintsts abducted Richard Hall at the point of the shotgun, but said he was not In control of his actions at the time. .-. Dugan warned potential jurors that the panel will be Isolated during the trial, J-which may last three or four weeks. John Keeler Electrocuted While Working With City Power Crew \ ^ _ ^ n t *.r iitViirtVi* ho \L'flQ Report On UW Due Thursday The second United Way report meeting is scheduled Thursday -at the Captain fn^ampaign workers are invited to > luncheon meeting which is to Persons planning to attend •-—-»'i Ihe United. '•' For the second time^in 1977, a Logansport Electrical Departmenl worker has been killed on Ihe job. John Edward Keeler. 48, of 725 North St. was pronounced dead ai2-25p m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital by the attending emergency room doctor and Cass County Coroner Louis Marocco Marocco said Keeler died of accidental electrocution. The cause of death was determined by an autopsy performed at Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, Marocco stated. Keeler was working with a five man crew at Erny's Fertilizer Service. Clymers, at V, pm Tuesday when the accident occurred. According to Robert Loposser, line foreman, Keeler was working with Gene Fouls. s Jim Boland. Steve Smilh and David Nitzschke, installing a metering system. Keeler was on the ground working and was standing a 22-foot conduit pipe up next to a transformer bank-to determine how much of the pipe would have to be cut off. contact with the 7,200 mryine, police said Worker^tdd Lt Woolley at the scene tha Keeler held ^onto the pipe for approximately two 'seconds Afler dropping the pipe. Keeler staggered around for a moment and then dropped to the ground, workers told Lt Woolley. The LogansBort Fire Department, Fire Chief Frank Murray, and-the-Cass County "Ambulance Service were called, to the scene. Emergency Medical Technicians, Diane Sanders and Larry Smilh worked lo revive Keeler en route back lo the hospital and emergency crews at theJwsP' td ' worked until 2:25 p.m.. when Keeler was officially pronounced dead. -i ^,«,.««*sirt IllllltlPS S Legion Post of which he was past commander. Also, he was a member of the survivms *.u, the wife are two sons Edward. 324 N. Hillcrest Dr.: and John lJO e), al home, one daughter, Pamela Clem 1925 Woodlawn'Ave . one brother. Russell 800 VanBuren: and one grand- Funeral services will be at I p m Friday at the Kroeger Funeral Home with the R^V Fatter Maunce Miller-officiatfng The services will be under the auspices of the American Legion Burial will be a Mount Hope Cemetery- • , Friends may call from - to 9 p.m Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 lo 9 p.m TtaS The Elks will conduct sen-ices at 7 p m. Thursday at the funeral home. ~ jo^C^nwar'not'avaUabfefor-com- j^J^dlcftcaf Department, ment Wednesday morning, .but J**£"'<* f ^U was electrocuted while working on ' ' - ^" - 1 - 1 """ Puh " c power lines at tl« rear of the r^idence of James C. HeimUdU20Orchard Hill. KloU ^ . »i_^i MM .nbA^inrimary line not, . «*f «k. . and that Born Oct. 7,..— was the son of Ora ano m» •* * •—> *"~~ • He was married Sept. 12.1953. to,Lois M.. James u. neinmwu.i*" «• «•- — was attempting^ make* pnrna"? to 1 when he apparently grounded himself with I his right leg agstosUWwire. and then -. .caroeta contact with>M wire with his Accident v \ Scene John Keeler, 48 of72S NorthSt. was.etectnwrted Tuesday wWJe working near , he w« boMtof <m the

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