Traverse City Record-Eagle from Traverse City, Michigan on May 18, 1977 · Page 1
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Wednesday, May 18, 1977
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Traverse City Record-Eagle Two sections, 36 pages Wednesday, May 18, 1977, Traverse City, Mich. 4MM, Price 2«e Rightists win-Israel vote TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) -- Right- wing leader Menahem Begin, the upset victor in Israel's national elections, today said he would go to Washington as soon as he is named prime minister to confer with President Carter on Middle East peace proposals. Begin, whose rightist Likud bloc ended the Labor party's 29-year domination of Israeli politics in Tuesday's election, also said the forthcoming change of government would not.curtail peace efforts because "the entire nation craves peace." Begin's victory brought angry Arab reaction. The official Damascus radio said Begin's win means "the area is heading towards war," because the rightist leader "refuses the idea of a Palestinian state and rejects any withdrawal from occupied Arab territory." The official Syrian newspaper Al Baath called Begin "an extremist and a terrorist." Begin led a Jewish underground group, the Irgun Zvai Leumi during Israel's 1948 war of independence. Begin told newsmen, "It will be a pleasure and a great honor to visit President Carter." "We shall have many, many topics to dwell on and we shall do so as free men with a sense of responsibility for the future of our nations," he said. Begin said the victory of his Likud bloc was "a s u p e r i o r act of democracy." The Likud won 41 seats in the next parliament, a gain of two compared with the 18-seat loss suffered by Labor, which will be left with 33. Begin spoke with reporters in Tel Aviv after the executive committee of the Likud endorsed his appeal to all parties except the Communists to join a wide-ranging coalition. "We have only a few weeks to deal with this problem,'! he said, calling for the installation of a new government by June 13, as required by law. Labor party leaders said it was unlikely they would join Begin's proposed coalition, but Likud sources said they expected to put together a government representing at least 70 votes, a clear m a j o r i t y i n t h e 1 2 0 - m e m b e r parliament. The extent of Labor's unprecedented defeat came as a surprise to Likud politicians as well as almost everybody else in a country that has seen no other party in control since Israel was founded in 1948. Politicians and newspaper editorials agreed the Likud victory was due as much to the 38 per cent inflation rate and a series of strikes as well as to the readiness of Labor to give up occupied Arab land in exchange for peace. The Labor party has also been rocked by a series of Watergate-style scandals, culminating in the withdrawal of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as Labor's standardbearer just prior to the election. The Likud is pledged to keeping all the occupied West Bank of Jordan. "This is a genuine political earthquake and shows a distinct move to the right," the Labor federation newspaper Davar said. The afternoon daily Yedioth Anronoth said, "The Israeli voters have given their verdict, and they did so first and foremost because of Labor's domestic policies." Begin told reporters he would meet with Defense Minister Shimon Peres Thursday or Friday to discuss defense and foreign policy issues. WEATHER BEATERS -- There are several good ways to cool friend Deb Kirt while lying on the Clinch Park beach. And 3- pected tonight, though -- a thunderstorm with temperatures off when the weather is hot and dry. Joyce Hay wood sprays year-old Ryan Bennett of 1123 Randolph St. sprints through a In the 50s. (Record-Eagle photos by Dann Perszyk) sprinkler on his parents lawn. A natural weather beater is ex- Carter supports health plan President Carter . . maps strategy WASHINGTON (UPI) -- President Carter, following a pledge to implement a national health insurance system during his term, plans a meeting this week with an advisory committee to map strategy. On a one-day trip to California Tuesday, Carter told 6,000 delegates to a United Auto Workers convention in Los Angeles, "I am committed to the phasing in of a workable national health insurance system." The promise won the President the loudest ovation of his appearance before the auto workers. Union members we're less enthusiastic about Carter's vow to impose a federal tax on gas guzzling cars. Back in the Oval Office today, Carter planned to unveil proposals for foreign intelligence surveillance legislation. It would require court approval before a president could place wiretaps on any individual or group. And he arranged to brief congressional leaders on strategic arms limitation proposals as Secretary of State Cyrus Vance prepares to return to Geneva to resume negotiations with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Before flying back to Washington after midnight, Carter held a televised one-hour question and answer session with Los Angeles residents on a wide range of subjects and toured a drought- stricken area of California's central valley. The President saw the impact of a two-year drought first hand, walking the parched earth of an almond and olive grower. "What we see here is a problem of national severity -something I didn't understand before," Carter said. Carter had California's Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. by his side most of the day. T h e o n e r t i m e r i v a l s f o r t h e Democratic nomination were friendly. Carter said he saw no "political wounds" and Brown said "I don't sense there is any dissension" in the party. Although Carter had expected a mixed reception at the UAW convention, he was applauded 36 times in a 43-minute speech, in which he outlined domestic policy goals. Carter conceded "honest differences of opinion" with the union on the need for a new federal tax on inefficient cars, but said he would stand by the proposal. Carter was asked to drop the proposal by Leonard Woodcock, the outgoing president of the union and Carter's choice to head the U.S. liason office in Peking. Woodcock was an early Carter supporter. He said he believes there is no more "disastrous assumption for the American automobile industry than that we cannot successfully compete with foreign companies and produce and sell such cars." - ,(! Carter's running theme throughout his one major speech was that he intended to balance the budget, fight inflation and still remain committed to social programs he promised during his campaign. Chicago pair held Porn suspects tied to state camp By MARILYN WRIGHT Record-Eagle staff writer ' TRAVERSE CITY -- Two men arrested by Chicago police Monday in connection with a nationwide child pornography and boy prostitution network have been linked to a children's summer camp in Michigan. · And sources close to the investigation have told the Record-Eagle that names ·of "several" Michigan men appear oh" the list of 5,000 network "clients." Chicago youth officers today plan to view 69 rolls of pornographic film confiscated-from the home of Dr. Lloyd Lange, 42, a dentist from the · Park Ridge suburb of Chicago. One of the films seized by police is reported to bear the label, "John Bell -Michigan trip." Lange was arrested along with Bell, 19, David Welch, 26, and David John Berta, 32, and charged with taking indecent liberties with children and contributing to the sexual delinquency of minors. Lange and Bell are reported to be part owners or directors of a summer camp near the Yankee Springs Recreation Area located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Sgt. Mike Moyes, with the Community Affairs Division of the state Police in Lansing, said there are several camps in that area. State police are working with the Department of Social Services, he said, in an effort to · trace the camp allegedly owned by the two men. Monday's arrests are part of a growing crackdown by law enforcement officers investigating the sexual exploitation of children across the Francis D. SheUea Several links to the nationwide network were exposed in Michigan following a four-month investigation 'by the Record-Eagle. That investigation revealed that four so-called charitable organizations which had been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service allegedly were being used as "fronts" for the pornography racket. Named were the Church of the New Revelation and Ocean Living Institute, both New Jersey organizations; Brother Paul's Childrens Mission, on North Fox Island off Grand Traverse Bay;and Educational Foundation for Youth, in' Chicago. The first thread in the pornography network began to unravel last July when state police in St. Clair arrested a 36-year-old Port Huron teacher, Gerald S. Richards, on charges of criminal sex- ual conduct with a 10-year-old boy. Pornographic material confiscated from Richards led police to suspect that North Fox Island, in Leelanau County and Boys Farm, Inc., a rehabilitation center for runaways and juvenile offenders in Alto, Tenn., were being used as sites for. illicit sexual relations with and between children. In September, two months after his a,rrest, Richards pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to 2-to-10 years in Jackson Prison. That same month, New Orleans . a u t h o r i t i e s raided the headquarters of a Boy Scout troop and arrested the Scout leader, Richard Halverson, and charged him with running a homosexual pornography operation.- · In all, 19 men have been charged in connection with the New Orleans ring. Three of the men have either pleaded guilty or been convicted, one is presently on trial, and four are fugitives. Evidence seized in that raid also pointed toward the boys farm in Tennessee a n d , i n N o v e m b e r , authorities there raided the farm and arrested its director, The Rev. Claudius I. (Bud) Vermilye Jr. The Episcopal priest was indicted on 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct and will go to trial May 31. One of the sponsors of the Tennessee farm was Ann Arbor millionaire Francis D. Shelden, the owner of North Fox Island. That information gave added drive to the Michigan State Police investigation into Brother Paul's ' Childrens Mission. Shelden, 42, and a New York mail, Dyer Grossman, 35, have been charged with two counts each of criminal sexual conduct and are presently fugitives from justice. Both were listed as officers and directors of Brother Paul's Childrens Mission on North Fox Island where sonie of the aliened sexual mis- conduct is reported to have taken place. Prior to warrants being issued for his a r r e s t and his subsequent disappearance from Michigan, Shelden served on the board of directors at Cranbrook Institute of Science and Boys Republic, Inc., and was a volunteer with the "Big Brother" program sponsored by the Ann Arbor YMCA. Grossman taught science at two private boys' academies on the east coast. Terming child pornography "an outrage," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino, D-N.J., has scheduled hearings next week on the issue. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime will meet May 23 and May 25 to explore all aspects of child pornography and prostitution. The hearings will be chaired by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., subcommittee chairman. "The child pornography rackets have aroused great outrage among the people," Rodino said. "This is a matter to be dealt with as quickly as possible." Chance of thunderstorm tonight, with lows in the mid-50's. Warm and humid Thursday, with a high of around 80. Full weather report on Page 2. * « * A Garfield developer wants public support .of his Silver Lake recreational complex, even though he didn't get it once before. Page 3. . ' · * · · Has the fun gone out of baseball? UPI Sport Editor Milton Richman takes a look. Page 14. * · * The Traverse City Trojan tennis team hangs onto first place in the Lake Michigan Athletic Conference with a ' win Tnewlay. Page 14. Calendar 36 Landers 20 Classified . . 30-35 Obituaries . . . . 25 .23 Shimon Peres . . .-stunned by defeat Late petitions for sewers peril funding By DAVID HAYES Record'Eagle staff writer TRAVERSE CITY -- Federal sewer construction grants totaling more than $2 million could go down the drain if residents in East Bay and Garfield townships fail to file petitions for the funds by June 1. Petitions are being circulated in only three of 13 subdivisions in Garfield Township proposed to be served by the federal Environmental Protection Agency-financed sewer grants. Although petitions are being circulated in all of the areas proposed to be included . in East Bay Township, petitions have been completed and filed in only one of five areas proposed to be served through the funds. Petitions also are being circulated, but have not been filed, for grants totaling an additional $2.5 million in Peninsula and Acme townships. . The petitions must be submitted to the townships and reviewed by June 1 . be eligible for grants. Areas which do not submit petitions will not be included in the grant. Petitions are available from officials in any of the four townships, and must be submitted before June 1. The petitions are being taken door-to-door, and must include the signatures of the owners of 70 percent of the property to be served by the extensions. Names of those circulating petitions are available from township officials. A grant for step two financing -- actual plans and specifications ready for construction bidding for the projects -have been submitted and are expected to receive federal approval by June 1. If the petitions are not submitted, portions of the grant would be canceled. The new sewer lines would extend existing sewers in three of the townships, and provide sewer service in Peninsula Township for the first time. The projects, which would serve more than 1,500 families, would be financed by grants totaling 75 percent of the project costs. The remainder of the project costs would be financed through user fees. Public hearings were held on the projects in all four townships in March. Although residents questioned the costs of the projects, there was little opposition to sewer construction. ; Grand Traverse County public works officials have said in the past that the federally-financed projects would be one of the "best buys" the property owners could find. Township officials say the petition drive is going slowly, but blame the slow process on poor organization rather than opposition to the project. Garfield Township Supervisor Lee Wilson called progress on the petition drive "terrible," but said the poor response is not because of opposition to the projects. Because all four townships decided to allow township residents to conduct the · drive, the petitioning process has been disorganized, Wilson said. The sewer in Garfield Township would serve portions of. West Front Street, a portion of the Vista Manor Subdivision, the Orthwood and Orthwood Pines subdivisions, all lots fronting Concord Street in the Cross subdivision, Keystone Road, Woodmere Avenue, portions of South Airport Road, and portions of Cass Road. Petitions are being circulated in only'. the Orthwoods, Forest Lane and Vista Manor areas. Bohemians were "Pilgrims," who helped pioneer the area. Traverse Citian, »1, recalls the early days. Page in Comics . . . Dlxon .... Editorials. Farm and Orchard . . "j · ... .28 ....28 .....4 ....21 ·*!· Sports Stocks TV. ...... Weather .. 14-18 9 ....24 . 2 In East Bay Township, Supervisor George Shimek said petitions have been submitted to the township board for the Four Mile Road Area, and are being circulated in the township's other project areas. Shimek called the response to. the drive "fair," but said that he'd "like to see a little more action" by petitioners. "I would like the people to take advantage of government funding for these projects," Shimek said. The funding is available now, but may not be available in the future, he said. ' Homeowners in areas to be included in the projects should contact Lee Wilson in Garfield Township; James' Maitland in Acme Township; Donna Finnila in East Bay Township; or Harold McManus in Peninsula Township for further information. V-

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