Traverse City Record-Eagle from Traverse City, Michigan on March 12, 1977 · Page 1
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Saturday, March 12, 1977
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New contaminant found in cattle LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture Friday quarantined seven more Michigan dairy herds which were found to contain pentachlorophenol (PCP) and may be tainted by other toxic chemicals as well. The discovery of the contamination is an outgrowth of the PBB problem which occurred when the toxic chemical, a fire retardent. was mixed with dairy cattle feed three years ago. A combination of penta and dioxin was identified in tissue samples of a herd belonging to George LeMunyon, of Cedar Springs, resulting in the first quarantine. LeMunyon lost "a herd to PBB in 1975. He purchsed new cows from out of state and built himself a new barn treated _ _ - . , K| f* f* r| C \V 1 I f l M.M.\^M.U.Z5 TV i 1,M.M. with PCP, a wood preservative. When his cows began to get sick and die again, LeMunyon Agriculture Director B. Dale Ball said Friday's move was a precautionary measure designed to provide maximum safety to human food supplies. Ball said the additional seven herds quarantined have had extensive animal health problems. Pentachlorophenol has been manufactured since the 1930's and is used primarily as a wood preservative. It is registered suspected PBB, but tests failed to confirm that suspicion. One of the veterinarians who examined the herd, Dr. David Ellis from Michgian State University, suspected PCP and dioxins and sent fat samples from 15 of LeMunyon's cows to the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina. Tests there confirmed the presence of both PCP and dioxins. for use as a pesticide by the Environmental Protection Agency and is commonly used in treating lumber for building construction. Millions of pounds are manufactured annually and dis- trubuted nationwide. All eight herds have penta contamination, but only the LeMunyon herd has been tested thus far for dioxins. Dioxins "are one of the most toxic chemicals known to man," according to Dr. Thomas Corbett, a University of Michigan researcher. "They are dangerous in parts per trillion." The herds quarantined Friday belong to Dale Mice, of 'Morley: Dale Hackenberg, of Marcellus: Spike Farms, of Owoss'o: Ernest Wenkel. of Standishi Robert Curtis, of Nashville and Robert Bergeron, of Sterling. Traverse City Record-Eagle Two Sections, 26 Pages Traverse City, Michigan, 49684 Saturday* March 12, 1977 Price - 2» A FLIGHTING FRIENDSHIP -- Ellle Kortokrax, a waitress at Under the Willow Tree at Logan's Landing, shows visitor Stephanie Haydock a newly-found friend. The wayward goose, suspected to be a rejected farm pet, Is ex- MUIIIBII ' -- tremely friendly. He spends much of his time standing in the restaurant's window, hoping to mooch a meal from one of the patrons within. It usually works. (Record-Eagle photo by John L. Russell.) Legislator to sponsor outlawing child porn From staff and wire reports LANSING -- Calling child pornography "one of the most depraved forms of child abuse" which "can scar a child for life." a freshman legislator said Friday he would soon introduce bills making it a felony to finance, produce or wholesale pornography involving children under 17. Rep. Larry Burkhalter, D-Lapeer, said his proposed legislation would also mak-e it a felony for parents or guardians to encourage or coerce their children to serve as models for pornographic pictures or films. The bills would make those who produce and finance child pornography subject to a prison term of from three to 10 years, and provide lesser terms for other offenders. Sgt. Mike Moves, of the State Police Community and Youth Services Unit, said the so-called "chicken" films and magazines are available in Michigan, but it is not clear whether any of them are actually produced here. But he said two recent incidents in which adults allegedly involved youths in sexually explicit activities have raises serious questions about the situation and police officials are now putting their heads together "to try to Break out the umbrellas. Rain is expected throughout the weekend with temperatures Sunday In the 50s. See page 2 for more weather details. * * * Snow cover may help divert a drought this year like the one experienced in the Grand Traverse area last summer. Page 3. * * * Opening bids for a new Grand Traverse government center are right ^ in line with cost estimates. Page 3. | , . . Glen Lake advances to the Class D b a s k e t b a l l q u a r t e r f i n a l s , w h i l e Traverse City moves into the Class A regional finals. Page 9, Young men's thoughts turn to baseball. Page 13. Calendar 18 Obituaries 9 Club clips 18 Comics 20 Dixon 20 Editorials 4 umtuanes » WTV»77i 1111 4 -fl » 11 iV/ rr.::::v.u -I CALL HIM JIMMY- Sports Stocks... 8 TV 18 Weather 2 Cartoonist Oliphant pokes fun at those fortunate enough to have talked with Pres. Carter last week. Page 4. find out how far this really goes." State police seized 18 rolls of film from a Marine City man who was named in the corporation papers of Brother Paul's Childrens Mission, an alleged homosexual pornography ring involving young boys in Port Huron and on North Fox Island off Grand Traverse Bay. Photographs allegedly taken on the island have been reproduced in hardcore pornographic magazines, police said earlier. Two principals of Brother Paul's, F r a n c i s D . S h e l d e n a n d D y e r Grossman, are still being sought by state and federal authorities on criminal sexual conduct charges. Flint police also confiscated eight rolls of film from Christopher Busch, 25, of Birmingham, one of three men arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct involving 10 to 14-year-old boys. Police there say -as many as 50 youths could be involved. At a news conference Friday, Burkhalter said his legislation, "while aimed at one segment of the pornography trade, is not an anti- pornography bill as such. "Rather, it is a child abuse bill aimed at one of the newer forms of child abuse," said Burkhalter, a 25-year-old father of two. Burkhalter said this legislation would toughen up a 1931 statute which makes it a misdemeanor to "deprave" the morals of a child. He also is introducing a bill which would require employes of the state Department of Social Services to report all sex abuse cases involving children to local prosecutors and a resolution directing the department to immediately begin hiring foster care staffers authorized by the legislature. He said there are 85 unfilled foster care positions in the department. Burkhalter said he was concerned that youth foster care homes, without proper supervision, "could become a recruiting ground" for child pornography. He added there is no evidence that is happening at this time, however. Sentries guard freed terrorist WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Sentries armed with ceremonial swords today guarded the stronghold of Hanafi mastermind Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, freed by the court with three of his disciples who terrorized 134 hostages during a 39-hour siege. Khaalis' freedom was part of a bargain struck by three Moslem ambassadors, the gunmen, and Washington police in exchange for the release of the hostages held at three locations: the Washington city hall, the B'nai B'rith center, and an Islamic mosque on Embassy Row. Khaalis was arraigned in Superior Court before dawn, but it was late Friday afternoon before his 11 cohorts were brought before the bench. All of the gunmen were charged with armed kidnaping, and eight of them were held on bail ranging from $50,000 to $75,000. Those held were the gunmen from two hostage scenes where nine people were injured in the opening hours of the siege Wednesday, Included were the two Muslims at city hall where radio newsman Maurice Williams was slain, The three released without bail were posted during tFTe siege at the Islamic Center where no violence was reported. Reluctant approval of the bargain involving Khaalis came from Superior Court Chief Judge Harold Greene who acknowledged it was part of a condition to free the hostages. "This court," he said, "is not in a position to second guess the government." Wallace D. Muhammad, spiritual leader of the Black Muslims, tells a news conference Friday that Hanafi Muslim leader Khalifa Hamaas Adbul Khaalis should be locked up until a jury decides his guilt or innocence. Judge H. Carl Moultrie presided at the other arraignments and denied each attempt by U.S. Attorney Earl Silbert to have bail set so high the defendants would be unable to raise it. At Hanafi headquarters, scimitar- wielding guardsmen paced the grounds of the house in a fashionable section of Northwest Washington, refusing to answer reporters' questions. Khaalis, smoking a cigar, appeared at Saccharin shopping spree Nine-year-old Mike with some of the $85 worth of Heefarin laden products he and his mother bought on a shopping spreefritoy »fter the U-S. Food and Drug Aministration announced a ban on the art!lc al ·TM*0w. HO"* · diabetic and must eat artificially sweetened foods. Mike's mother, ElolseJW more such sprees are in the offing - «· the it Executive Secretary of the Washington chapter of the American Diabetes AwwctaUon. (UPD ^^ _ _ _ the door briefly Friday to consult with police officer about a bomb threat at the $78.000 home. Like his guards, he had nothing to say to reporters. He apparently will be free until a preliminary- hearing'March 31. But one law enforcement official said for all practical purposes Khaalis will be a prisoner in his own home as police and FBI conduct a round-the-clock surveillance. The Hanafi Muslims apparently were motivated first by a desire to revenge the 1973 slayings of seven of their sect here, and second by outrage over the showing of the motion picture "Mohammad, Messenger of God" -- a work they consider sacrilegious. Once arraignments were underway, distributors of the film announced showings of the movie would resume at locations in New York and Los Angeles today. An explanation of the deal allowing Khaalis to stay at home instead of jail was not forthcoming. But there was little doubt about who was responsible for an end to the terror which lasted from midday Wednesday until early Friday. President Carter, Secretary of State C y r u s V a n c e , M a y Washington and other local officials lauded the service performed by the three ambassadors: Iran's Ardeshir Zahedi. Egypt's Ashraf Ghorbal and Pakistan's Shaabzad Yaquab-Khan. Vance expressed the "gratitude and profound appreciation" of the United S t a t e s , h a i l i n g t h "humanitarians and diplomats in the highest sense." "I think they averted a minor bloodbath," Carter added. Wild chase, brawl lead to 2 arrests By BILL JACOBS Record-Eagle staff writer KALKASKA -- A wild chase and a fast brawl on old Rt. 72, just north of here at about 2:30 a.m. today, led to arrest of two men and { injury to a deputy. According to police, the Kalkaska County deputy and a reserve officer attempted to stop a speeding car but the driver kept going. Police said the chase got pretty hectic but ended within less than a mile. Occupants of the car piled out and started fighting the officers. Sheriff Alan Hart said. The deputy radioed for help and Sheriff Hart responded with two other deputies and two Kalkaska Village policemen. At that point, police said two of the passengers of the stopped car fled into the woods. Officers took the driver and one passenger into custody on the spot. The deputy was treated at Kalkaska Memorial Hospital for a broken finger. The driver complained of injury but was pronounced fit by a physician. The driver was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. The passenger arrested with him was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer. Warrants for the men who escaped were issued this morning by Prosecutor Philip J. Crowley. Arraignments will be Monday morning at 87th District Court. Kalkaska. Names were withheld pending the arrest of those who eluded police. The epitaph on many tombstones should read: "He might have lived years longer if he could have gotten the safety cap off his medicine bottle."

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