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The Record-Eagle, Traverse aty, Mich. 4MM, Tuesday, Aogmt Z. ItTJ Page 7 potentially dangerous Brand new United PTHI Intenutinul The first 1978 model ear produced in the country, a Ford Fairmont mid-size sedan, rolls off the Ford assembly line Monday in Claycomo, Mo. The first cars off the line are being inspected by special teams brought in from the main plant in Detroit. By week's end, 1,700 new cars will have been produced but unless Congress acts soon, not one of the '78s can be sold.

The Fairmont, like all other Ford cars in production, does not meet-emission standards. Probe of Oakland killings was botched, sheriff says DETROIT (UPI) Oakland County's child kidnap-killer might be in jail today if local police department's had not blundered in their investigations, Oakland County Sheriff Johannes Spreen says. Spreen blamed "fragmentation" and "inter-departmental jealousies" for police blunders that hindered efforts to track down the killer who has kidnapped and murdered four children in the past 20. months. The sheriff's comments came last Friday in a speech to the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association in Atlanta, Ga.

A copy of the speech was released here Monday. The investigations into the kidnap; murders of Mark Stebbins, Jill Robin- son, Kristine Mihelich and Timothy King were mishandled, Spreen said. "A major problem initially was a lack of coordination between the agencies involved," he said. "Information was not shared, offers of assistance (from other police agencies) were refused, each investigator jealously guarded the identity of suspects in order to be the one to crack the case." When the bodies of Mark Stebbins and Jill Robinson were found in 1976 neither the sheriff's crime lab or state police crime lab were called in, Spreen said. Crime lab technicians are trained in preserving and finding evidence left by a criminal.

Spreen said many county police departments haw no experience in handling homicide cases and have no crime labs of their own. An example of the police blundering, Spreen said, was the treatment of the body of Mark Stebbins. "The body was transported to the Southtield Police Department rather than directly to the morgue," Spreen said. "The clothes were taken off the body at the police department. When the body finally arrived at the morgue it was devoid of all clothes." Under standard police procedures, trained morgue specialists pick up a body, being careful not to destroy any trace evidence such as hairs or other materials that might be present on the clothing or body of the victim.

Such trace'evidence has frequently assisted police in solving a crime. WASHINGTON (UPI) A chemical used to inflate automobile airbag safety devices is a lethal poison and, in an abandoned car, can turn into an exp i more i i a nitroglycerine, Rep. Bud Shuster, R- said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in charge of enforcing government airbag requirements -promptly termed the claim a false and misleading "scare charge." Shuster said the chemical, sodium azide, may be placed in millions of cars unless Congress changes or drops proposed 'federal air bag regulations. Sodium azide, sealed in a steel canister, would be ignited in a car crash to produce harmless nitrogen gas and inflate airbags that would cushion the vehicle's occupants.

Shuster, a strong opponent of airbags, said he is concerned about the problems it might cause if a canister is opened or left in an abandoned car. "It presents a serious danger if the canister is opened, broken or leaks, and if someone comes in contact with sodium azide," he said. A mechanic could be poisoned if he got sodium azide in a cut on his hand, or got some oh his food or breathed the dust, said Shuster. "According to the Library of Congress, one part sodium azide per million of air has produced a toxic response in animals; that is, a rapid change in blood pressure, followed by convulsions, followed by death," he added. Shuster cited data from the NHTSA saying sodium azide canisters must not be left in scrapped vehicles.

He said canisters might be successfully removed from the 8.5 million cars a year taken to junk yards, but not from the 1.5 million abandoned cars. People prowling through abandoned cars or stripping them for parts might trigger an explosion with the force of black powder, Shuster suggested, or might expose the sodium azide to Ruppe raps Carter's Seafarer stance Ottaway News Service WASHINGTON Rep. Philip E. Ruppe, R-ll, has blasted President Carter, accusing him of violating a commitment to the people of Michigan on Project Seafarer. President Carter has written Rep.

Elford A. Cederberg, R-10, ranking i a Appropriations Committee, that he favors spending $20.1 million on Project Seafarer in fiscal year 1978, which begins October 1. Cederberg is a key member of house-Senate Conference Committee on a Appropriations Bill, which has approved spending $15 million for Project Seafarer. The controversial project consists of -a underground high-level communications system to communicate with nuclear submarines. The Navy wants to locate the system in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Ruppe said, "The President has clearly broken his promise to the people of President promised on October 25,1976 (during the campaign), very specifically that he would not permit the building of Seafarer in Michigan if the people (of Michigan) objected." The Congressman said Michigan 4 discover they rented same home ROYAL OAK (UPI) Three women, two of them brides-tobe, got acquainted the hard way. They all thought they were moving into a new home the same rented house in this Detroit suburb. A fourth woman, who paid $225 for three months' rent and $225 for security deposit by check, felt something was wrong when the check was returned in the mail uncashed. The other three women each lost $450 and police today were looking for the renter and a female accomplice who pulled off the scheme. It started Sunday morning when Catherine Parker, 27, showed up at the home with a U-Haul trailer to move in her belongings.

"We couldn't believe it," she said. "There we were moving our stuff into the house when another woman shows up and says it was her house. Pretty soon we both realized we had been had." The third woman, Jeannette Ban, arrived later Sunday and was greeted with the news that she had been yet another victim of the phantom landlord. Depending on what alias he is using) police were looking for either Allen Woods or Albert Woods or John Longo. He is said to be in his late 30s and runs his phony rental operation with a woman in her early 20s, believed to be using the name of Christine Yeager.

Each of the women read the adver- tisment for the house in a newspaper last month and made arrangements by telephone to' see the house. The man showed each woman the "house on different days and used a different alias for each victim, said police. citizens have objected to the project in eight separate referendums. In his letter to Cederberg, President Carter said of the appropriated in fiscal year 1978 for the project will be spent for research or test site work in Michigan. The President also promised that before any money is spent in Michigan "for any sort of Seafarer system.

.1 will be reviewing this issue personally." Defense Secretary Harold Brown has termed Project Seafarer essential to the nation's security. But Ruppe claimed the system should be built at the Navy's preferred site in Wisconsin. Governor Milliken invited the Navy to study Michigan as a potential site for Project seafarer, but said he would retain the right to voted the project. The Governor delivered that veto last March. LAST 4 DAYS! ANNUAL SUMMER CLEARANCE Cash in on our Biggest Event of the Year Substantial savings on famous -name suits, blazers, sportcoats, leisure suits and lots of other items in summer wear, it's a great opportunity to update your wardrobe with lots more to come, now's the time to do it! Prices are small but selections are huge.

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