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Horn* Pop«r Of 41 Communities P!!QHP 1 R ruoLib lii IOGANSPO8T, INDIANA 46947 1844— FRIDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 7, 1977 Phon» 219-753-75IT Prle» P»r Copy. Twenty C««ti Figure Killed By Bomb Mark Surface's Welcoming Committee LHS Homecoming finalists are shown above and the Queen will be named at half time of the football game tonight. From left they are: Wendy Wolf, Lisa Wolf, Teri Hunter, Julie Decker and Lori Regan. Former Logansport Coach Mark .Surface will bring his New Castle Trojans to town to face the Berries in the NCC contest. (Staff Photo) Protesters Put Sq On Anita Bryant Rally CLEVELAND <UPI> - Cleveland racketsXigure Daniel J. "Danny" Greene, who survived a bombing that leveled his apartment-office building in 1975, was killed by a remote-control bomb Thursday in suburban Lyndhurst. "At least Iwo of my agents have viewed the body and they tell me they have known Danny,Greene and it is Danny Greene," Robber Hits Peru Store PERU—An undetermined amount of money was taken, from the Farm Store, Peru, during an armed robbery Thursday night. ' According to Peru police, at about 8:40 p.m. a man came in the store located on •the corner, of W. Main and Jefferson Streets. He confronted an employe, saying he had a gun in his pocket, police said. .The man wore a silk stocking over his head and had his right hand in his pocket with something black showing. The.em- ploye gave the paper .money to the man. who seemed nervous and did a lot of yelling, police said. The man left the store through the east door and went around the building on foot. At the scene were Sergeants Herron Hand and C.D. Dawalt', and Patrolmen Herron Beam and D. Hann.Police said a seemingly, related robbery attempt was made earlier Thursday at the; Cardinal Oil Station, E. Main. said Dave Kdmisten of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco and Firearms. There N was no immediate positive identification of the body from'Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr: Samuel Gerber, who went to the bombing scene. Gerber indicated he might make a statement on the killing today. ' ' ' . Greene, 47, former boss of the Cleveland dockworkers union, was killed in a parking lot outside an office building. Edmisten said the bombing was similar to last May's .remote-control bomb slaying of reputed Cleveland Mafia boss John Nardi. • "Danny's car was parked alongside another car, which contained an explosive device," Edmisten said. "According to my reports, the explosive device was triggered remotely, exploding ... when Danny was close enough to be killed." The old Chevrolet that contained the bomb was demolished. It was parked next to a late-model Lincoln Continental that authorities assumed Greene was using, although it was not registered in his name. Nardi. a Teamsters Union official, died in a parking lot hear his office. As he was about to enter his car, a bomb blast demolished'a car — later found to have been stolen - parked next to his. . Greene was questioned about the Nardi bombing and an earlier explosion that killed reputed Cleveland rackets' czar Alex "Shondor" Birns. Large Marijuana Field Found In Miami County INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) - A rally tonight promoting efforts to make sodomy a crime again in Indiana will be picketed by protesters who label-headliner Anita Bryant "a force for evil and persecution." Spokesmen for the Indiana Coalition for Human Rights and the Gay People's Union of Indiana said at a Statchouse news conference Thursday they "are picketing Anita Byrant because she represents a force for evil and persecution." However, state Rep. Don'' Boys, R- Greenwood, one of the organizers of the "right to decency" rally in the Indiana Fairgrounds Coliseum, said he expects more than 10,000 persons to attend the event and to join him in trying to repeal a section of the Indiana penal code allowing sex between consenting adults. Boys also praised the refusal of the U. S. Supreme Court to hear the appeal of a teacher fired because he was a homosexual! "Obviously, those of us who believe in strong sodomy laws are not the bigots and haters we have been portrayed as by liberals," he declared. "We are decent citizens concerned about the effects of immorality on our society and we are doing something about it." * But Gary Chilluffo, Indianapolis, president of the Indiana GPU, said the failure of the U. S. Supreme Court to Gregory Harris Dies Of Injuries On Cycle Gregory Harris died at 2 p.m. Thursday at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, from Injuries sustained in a September 27 motorcycle accident. Harris, 18, of 1503 Pleasant Hill, becomes the fifth motorcycle fatality for Cass County in 1977. Harris suffered a fractured skull and other injuries while test riding a motorcycle in a gravel pit area behind Stoney Pike Trailer Court, 901 E. Main St. His father, Bruce Harris, had gone to Honda Sales of Logansport, 801 E. Main St., to meet his son on September 27. When he was told that Gregory was test riding the cycle, he sent another boy out to find him, police said. The boy found Harris wrecked in the gravel pit area and the Cass County Ambulance Service was called to the scene. Harris was treated at Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Methodist hospital, where he' remained until his death Thursday afternoon. Harris was a 1977 graduate of Logansport High School and was employed as a retail clerk for Sears Roebuck and Company. He was born Aug. 2, 1959. to Bruce T. Harris and Suzanne Burgess Harris. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Sandra E. Schmidt Harris, 1503 Pleasant Hill; his mother; four brothers, Devon, Daryll and Joel, all at home, and Randy, Lafayette; one sister, Lynne Warner, 619 W. Linden Ave.; his maternal step-grandmother, Mrs. Mary Schmidt. 730'.i> E. Broadway St.; maternal grandparents, Robert and Margaret Burgess, 524 Fitch St.; and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Odell Shriver, 901 W. Melbourne Ave. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Bridget's Catholic Church with Rev. Father James R. Goodrum officiating. • Friends may call at Kroeger Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, or until the time of services at St. Bridget's Saturday. The Rosary will be recited at the funeral home Friday at 7p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. consider the case 'of James uay'iorti,- Tacoma, Wash, social studies teacher, was in line,with the court's history of dealing with controversial issues. . "The Supreme Court never lakes on a. controversial issue :thej first .time "it is heard, like the .blacks," he said. "They, have to present the case about three or four times before the Supreme Court hears it. They've got to hear it, they've got to gel down to the civil rights." :. ••'",. Mary Byrne, co-chairman of the Indiana Coalition for Human Rights, fold the news conference "we will stage a peaceful, non- obstructive picket line on the sidewalks in front of the fairgrounds. We are picketing Anita Bryant because she represents a force for evil and persecution," The Rev. Jeanine C. Rae, an Indianapolis Baptist minister, called the rally, supported by some -Baptist ministers, "a misuse of religion and God . as a means of persecution. Now is the time for all persons to recognize and prevent the potential merger, of government with church by refusing to elect fundamentalist church men and women into governmental positions." Albert Klassen, Bloominglon, president of the Sex Information and Education- Council of Indiana, warned of an "emerging nation-wide network of politically conservative, protestant fundamentalist right-wing organizations which have turned their backs on what America stands for. If they dragged the American flag through the mud and burned the Christian flag on the altar this •rally for decency' would be no more obscene than it already is." Benn Meted 2 Years On 7 ' ' ' Charge DELPHl-Ray •BennT'Si; '•'Logahsport, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections for two years on a. rape charge Friday. "Benn was sentenced by Judge Donald R. Myers Friday after being found guilty of the rape charge on Sept. 23, by a Carroll Circuit Court jury. . Besides the two-year sentence, Benn was ordered to pay court costs of S50, but was not fined, A rape charge carries a two to 21 year sentence and a fine. The jury suggested Benn be sentenced to only two years, Two other rape charges and .a sodomy charge against Benn were dismissed by the prosecutor after Charles Scruggs of Kokomo, Benn's attorney, waived the right of appeal for his client. Although Benn has admitted nothing, Scurggs withdrew his motion for a change of venue in the case and the state moved to dismiss the othdr charges against Benn. During the trial, one 6f the jurors admitted seeing a newspaper article about the case and the defense could have appealed because of an error, but Scruggs waived the right to appeal. Benn, who was arrested on May 6, was given credit for the 154 days he spent in jail before the trial and sentencing. Benn was found not guilty of a sodomy charge by the jury. • State. Pol ice have uncovered the largest commercial marijuana operation- in Miami County in recent history. Public Information Officer Sgt. _Fred Biggs told the Pharos-Tribune late Friday morning that police have picked 800 to 900 pounds of marijuana from a field on 250 S.. a quarter of a mile from the Cass-Miami county line. Biggs said the marijuana picked is only one fourth of the marijuana in the field. The investigation began Thursday when Bunker Hill Town Marshal Hugh Sfapleton brought in a sample of the weed. The sample tested positive on the marijuana test. Biggs stated. 'Stapleton and State Trooper James Sullivan went to the .location following the test, and observed a cornfield on the southside of-250S. However, above the corn some 100 yard back into the field the officers could see a tal'e'r green plant. Biggs said upon -investigation it was, determined that the marijuana was being grown as a'commercial operation and the picking began. F o r e c a s t Loganland is in for a damp weekend. Rain is expected-Friday afternoon and night, as well as Saturday. - There is a 40 percent chance of rain and thundersbowers this afternoon with the highs in the mid 50's to the low 60's. The wind will be out of the southeast at 10 to 20 m.p.h, • • • - • Tonightthere is a 90 percent chance of rain with the low temperatures reaching thelowSO's. ' •" Showers and thundershowers are likely on Saturday with a 70 percent chance for precipitation. The high temperature will be in the.mid to upper 60's with the low reaching the high 40's Saturday night. Sunday will-be cloudy and colder with the high's in the low GO'S and the lows in the 40's, .:-... The 800 to 901) pounds of marijuana were placed on a three-quarter ton truck and hauled away from the field, Biggs stated. . An airplann will make an aerial survey of .the. field today. Biggs said there have been no arrests in the case as yet and the matter is under investigation. . The Weather INDIANA: Rain and possibly a tew thunderstorms tonight. Ldws In the SOs. Showers likely Saturday. Highs in the SOs to lowerTOs. • . ERA Records Will Stand-Burrous Cass United Way Has $98,825, 38 Percent The Cass County United Way Campaign has raised $96,825. This amount, which is 38 percent of the goal of $261,401, was announced at the second In a aeries of noon report meetings conducted at the Captain Logan Hotel Thursday. • Those divisions'reporting and the amount of money they reported pledged to date were: major business, 117,878 for 28 percent of Its goal of 184,254; classified 12,161 for 28 percent of its goal of $8.357; education. 15,699 for 54.percent of its goal of $10,4»; government. $420 for six percent of Its goal of $7.078; hospitals and nursing homes, $1,887 for 18 percent of its goal of $10.144. Industry, $50,737. for 44 percent of its goal of $134,554: initial gifts. $18.795 for 79 percent of its goal of $23,614; profouionals, t»15 for 36 percent of its goal of ».«N; special. $4,214 for 41 percent of Its goal of $10.179; town and country, $307 for four percent of .its goal of $7,828; transportation, $2,80) tor 41 percent of its pal of *3»; and, the 300-Pius-Club, $9.438 for 26 percent of its goal of $36.610. Those divisions which did not report were the Mall; and the Unions. John Bailey, general chairman of this year's campaign stated after the meeting: "I'm happy with this second report • meeting, we're on time and on target." "The workers have made their first calls on all of their prospects by now. By next •week's report meeting, they will have made their second call and will be able to report those pledges." Bailey added that next week's report should be a big one: Duncan MacLean, professional campaign-director, closed the meeting by ; pointing out that the race is $2,000 ahead as compared to last year at this time. Logansport High School students under the direction of Janle Homung presented songs from this year's,Winter Fantasy production. "Showboat". Floss Kroeger presented awards. , The Rev. Earl Davidson of Calvary Presbyterian Church gave the invocation. The third, report meeting will,be next Thursday at the Captain Logan Hotel. INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) - Any attempt lo expunge Indiana's legislative record in which it became the most recent slate lo ratify the proposed equal rights amendment will be opposed by House Speaker Hermit Burrous, he said Thursday. Burrous, a Republican from Peru, is the legislature's most powerful officer. Rep, Donald Boys, R-Greenwood. has proposed expungement of the record on the Indiana Legislature's ratification -of ERA. Boys "made reference lo the ex-' pungemenl of the record by the United Slates Senate on Impeachment proceedings for Andrew Jackson back In the 1820s; 1 think." Burrous said. "I do not; think we can expunge the record." „ '. ,- • ' "And if a motion'came in for expunging' of the record, I:..Probably would say that could not be done; because if you followed that type of thinking then.you could expunge from the record anything that's ever happened as far as the Journal is concerned here In the history of the'State No Mall Here Next Monday Most government offices will be dosed .Monday In observance of Columbus Day. . All offices In the courthouse and, city building will be closed. Including utility, business off ices in the city building. There will be no mail delivery and the post office will be closed. Also dosing for the holiday-uv the state auto license' branch. "' r '' All offices • will' resume normal operations Tuesday. , .' , of Indiana, And 1 don't think thai is the thing that we ought to be doing." Indiana was the 35th ratifying state. Three more states must ratify before the deadline next March for it to become the ; law of the land. . : - ;. Burrous made the comment in response to a question on WTTV's. weekly "Report from the Statehouse'" program as it was being taped for weekend radio and television airing. • He said the 1978 session of the legislature .probably will face pressure for numerous changes in the new penal code, but, that he expected few .'if any changes enacted, except perhaps in-one or two sentencing provisions.' . A major push for change will come from "concern about the ordinances at the city, lever-'hejsaid,- alluding to the code's barring jati sentences for violation of city ordinances,' reserving jail terms only for violation of statelaws.-,, • Money probably" will be the crux-of the session, "particularly in tight of the fiscal' soundness of' the. state and what many consider to be a surplus or working balance far beyond what we had anticipated..-: "Burrous said. • • He said he doubted there will be a 5 per cent tax rebate as tentatively suggested by Gov. Otis Bowen.^ ~ * "I don't think,it's hardly a significant enough amount of money to use that avenue ... I'm. not certain that he's following that up as maybe he would under •different set of circumstances." ' 1 There, are plenty of places lo put that "extra" money, be saidr "We Just lost a lawsuit here in the state on freeport legislation that the range of estimates Is anywhere from $3 million to $107 million. I suspect that it's somewhere around a $30-$» million figure," Alluding to a decision that,,in effect, ended property taxing of some, business inventories, he said legislators might feel obligated to help out local governments that lost revenue by the decision — money they had counted on for their operations. , There will also be highway maintenance funding, a new'funding scheme for comprehensive mental health centers and centers for . the retarded and developmentally disabled, "and maybe some for additional school funding at the local level and you've simply wiped out any extra money that you thought you might have had." On 'the chance of an economic downturn, "I think it's not too bad an idea to keep a little extra around, "he said. \" . About 400 pieces of legislation already are in the drafting stage or ready for introduction when the 30-day 1978 session convenes for its one-day startup meeting •. Nov. 22, Burrous said. Chances of another special session "are very minimal for the express reason that we have a budget we can operate under for the biennium," the speaker said. He said there undoubtedly will be legislation concerning collective bargaining for police and' firemen and other public employes. Burrous said he does not believe such employes have the right to strike and he believes a.poll of,Hooslers would show "they do not believe in the right to strike forpubltcemployes ...talking about public safety and public welfare." A recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision voided the state law under which ; local human rights -commissions were established. Asked If the legislature will redraft. the -law, Burrous said more knowledge is needed before the assembly acts: • "1 don't look for that in the "78 session. I think there's no question but what in the'» session that that question will be addressed.' News Briefs Local v Smokey Stover was an inspiration to a Francesville man. Can you believe a.two wheel, automobile? PAGE 2 .,-„. State Charles Colson, whose career as former President Nixon's special counsel led to prison, . told an Indianapolis rally the entire prison system is a "total failure.!'PAGE 18 Anthony Kiritsls wanted revenge on officers of the loan company where he got a mortgage on some westside land up to four years before he abducted Richard Hall at shotgun point, according to statements he made to police. PAGE 24 National Spending less than two hours in deliberation, a jury late Thursday convicted 15-year-old Ronny Zamora of first degree murder in the ''television addiction" case that drew nationwide attention. PAGE 3 Sports -.-. The New York Yankees evened the American League playoff series at one game each last night. PAGE 13 It'll be BurtHooton and Larry ChriBtensen on the mound in the National League playoffs today: PAGEH I The United States might just I have the answer to some of the' I tough foreign gymnasts. PAGE I _J \ Finish Paving On 19 Streets Paving has been completed on '19 city streets during the; fall street resurfacing project: and several more will be paved before it* completion. The number of streets yet to be paved will/depend on funds still available, 'according to Mayor Eugene Monahan. Those streetsj.which will probably be resurfaced yet' this'year include part of 17th Street, part of 18th Street near the bridge. Huber, Reynolds and Dizardte Streets on Biddle's Island, a half-block stretch of Cole Street and short sections on Erie.and Pleasant Hill: ? , • Streets, which have had resurfacing work, done already this year include Water, Cliflbn Avenue, Mobley. Monroe. 'Aster. Sixth, Columbia. 22nd, Roselawn -Avenue, Haney Avenue. Emmett Drive, . 'East Broadway, Spencer Park Drive, 23rd. Murphy, Fountain. 25th. and High Street. According to ,the, mayor, the street paving-it financed -by a combination of revenue, snaring money, gasoline-tax funds, public improvement funds and fundf from the'street department budget. The toll paving will be terminated when the funds are exhausted. . • J-.

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