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GOOD EVENING Common sense is the rarest commodity on the market and The Lebanon Daily Times THE WEATHER Central Pa. tool with rain tonliht. Low tonlsht 44 to 5" WnliiPMlay mostly clmidy and coo! with rain or in nifit. High 6(l-5fi. 96th Year No.

224 LEBANON, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 28, 1968 Entered 01 teoond clou matter the oojtofflct of Lebanon, under the Act of March 28 PAGES-TEN CENTS Navy Armada Hunts Over Still Changing Theories Police Against Blank Wall In Search For Killer; Over 50 Persons Interrogated Are police looking for a sex deviate or a cold, calculating revenge-seeking individual as the murderer of attractive school girl Margaret Lynn Reber? This was the unanswered question today as crime investigators frankly admitted they were, in the words of one officer, "up against the proverbial blank wall." District Attorney Alvin B. Lewis Jr. this morning called a police conference on the investigation. Following the meeting in his rfina T.OUTIC cair! hcW6 office very Lewis said, little to announce of- ficially." He went on to explain that the investigation involves the tedious process of talking to people and checking out countless leads. "We've talked to hundreds of people already and we have assembled many boxes of evidence for study in the State Police Crime Laboratory," he added.

Lewis said Capt. Leroy Lilly, training officer of Troop State Police at Reading, has assigned six detectives to the case. He said all available city police and his staff is also involved in the search for the murderer. The search, Lewis said, has 'Never Talked Back 7 Mother Of Slain Girl Describes Daughter As 'Good Kid, No Trouble' By JAMES D. SHELHAMER Daily News Staff Reporter "Peggy was a real good kid she always listened and she never talked back." Platinum blonde and bespectacled Mary Alice Reber drew on her cigarette and leaned forward as she sat on the edge of her bed in the Hotel Walton.

"She was never any trouble. She always told me where she was going," the 32-year-old Mrs. Reber added. These are the memories Mrs. Reber has of her 14-year-old daughter, Margaret Lynn, whose savagely mutilated body she found early Sunday morning in the third floor apartment they shared at 770 Maple St.

The death of the Henry Houck School ninth grader is still unsolved despite an intensive police search that has been underway since Sunday. Reber, a woman whose Former Waitress Found Guilty Of Killing Daughter NEW YORK (AP) Red- haired Alice Crimmins was found guilty today of killing her 4-year-old daughter after a sensation-packed trial marked by the defendant's calm recitation of her extra-marital escapades with a number of men. A jury of 12 married men announced its verdict of first degree manslaughter at 1:55 a.m. and the crowded courtroom gave a collective gasp. The 29- year-old defendant, a former cocktail waitress, sagged into the arms of her attorneys.

A whimper and a sob escaped her bowed head, her shoulders began quivering and a moment later she collapsed completely (Continued on Page 4) Mrs. Reber, a personal life has at times come under police scrutiny, also admitted that her attractive daughter was involved in a "married man triangle." Peggy, Mrs. Reber related In a matter of fact way, had been keeping company for two months prior to her death with Ray Charles Boyer, 19, who Saturday afternoon was picked up by Constable William Kimmel on a nonsupport charge. Boyer's address is listed on county jail records as 770 Maple where the Rebers lived. He was reportedly picked up at the Reber apartment about 1:30 p.m.

Police said that some time after Boyer was taken to jail from, the Reber apartment and 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when Mrs. Reber returned home from New Jersey, someone entered the apartment and brutally killed Peggy. Boyer is a brother of Richard Boyer who is married (Continued on Page 1) Americans Push Anew House-To-House Battle In Suburbs Of Saigon; Reds Shell US Posts The June term grand jury had an extra-long session here Monday. The jurors completed their day's work at 7:30 p.m.

after action on 22 cases. Indictments were returned in all cases. Unless guilty pleas SAIGON house-to-house battle raged in are entered the defendants in- the western suburbs of Saigon today, and the Viet volved will be scheduled for trial at the June term of criminal court, which begins June 10. extended beyond Lebanon County. Lewis said another meeting of police personnel will be conducted tonight.

"At that time we hope to form a pattern silhouette of the person we're looking for, based on the information gathered over the last thrcs days. Assistant District Attorney George E. Christiansen said more than 50 persons have been questioned since the body of the 14-year-old Henry Houck ninth grader was found on the floor of her bedroom in an apartment house at 770 Maple St. "We change our theory concerning the case with every new piece of evidence," Christiansen said. The apartment, police indicated, had been frequented by many persons since Margaret and her mother, Mary Alice, 32, had moved there about four months ago.

Mrs. Reber told a newsman Monday that two men had keys to the apartment. Police officials believe there were several other keys in circulation. In Court Charge As the search for the girl's brutal and sadistic killer continued, police recalled today that the Reber girl was involved in a criminal court charge against a local man at the February term of criminal court. The man was sentenced on two counts of assault and battery but he had been charged originally with assault with intent to ravish and corrupting the morals of a minor.

charges involved Margaret and her twin sister, Cathryn Reber Boyer. Mrs. Boyer, according city police reports, was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital early this morning after she report- (Conrinued on Page Col. 6) Doily NEWS Photo. MURDER VICTIM'S Mary Alice Reber talks with Detective Clifford Roland about the murder of her daughter, Margaret Lynn, 14, in an apartment where the 32-year-old Mrs.

Reber found the battered and mutilated body of her daughter Sunday morning after returning from a visit to New Jersey where she had gone Friday. Policeman Resigns All-Night Rains Two Tax Bills Approved unip nc At Final Reading; Will Go Into Effect July 1 99 Crewmen Aboard Fear Atomic Boat May Have Suffered Fate Of Thresher WASHINGTON (AP) A small U.S. Navy armada from both sides of the Atlantic combed the stormy ocean today for a clue to the whereabouts of the missing atomic submarine Scorpion and her 99 crewmen. What may have happened to the $40 million U.S. attack sub was a mystery.

An obvious if unexpressed Navy fear was that the Scorpion may have suffered a fate similar to that of the Thresher the worst submarine disaster in U.S. naval history in which 129 men were lost April 10, 1963, when their sub east of Cape Cod, Mass. The Thresher was never recovered. An unspecified number of planes were scheduled to join vessels ordered into a broad search Monday when the Scorpion failed to report in as scheduled at the end of a Mediterranean cruise. A source said Navy attempts to contact the sub which he termed "part of the normal missing sub procedure" were continuing.

Because she was returning to the United States submerged, the Navy had not received any communications from the Scorpion since midnight May 21. This was termed routine. No Message But about noon Monday the Scorpion should have come on the air asking Norfolk, for docking space. Relatives waited at the port. No message came.

She was due there at 1 p.m. The Navy quickly dispatched US Plans To Keep Pressing Hanoi To Admit Troop Use Two Gunmen Hold Up Uptown Harrisburg Bank HARRISBURG (UPI) Two gunmen held up the Uptown branch of the Harrisburg National Bank and Trust Co. today and escaped with an undetermined amount of cash. The bandits, both wearing masks and trench coats, walked into the bank at 2615 N. Front St.

about 9:30 a.m., and announced "This is a stickup." They flashed guns at several tellers and demanded money, and the tellers handed over the money from drawers below their counters. Robert Delaney, vice president of the bank, said a number of customers were in the bank when the bandits, both Negroes, entered. The taller of the two brandished what appeared to be a sawed off shotgun, and the other a pistol. The gunmen ran out of the bank and fled toward Second and Green Sts. City Council Monday night gave the second and final reading to the occupational privilege tax and the one-per-cent earned income tax bills.

The two tax bills will become effective July 1, 1968. The one-per-cent earned income tax affects sal- laries, wages, commissions, compensation, net profits earned from the conduct of business, practice of professions and other income earned during the period from July 1 to December 31, 1968, and every year thereafter, by city residents. The occupational privilege tax will be imposed on all people employed within the corporate limits of the city at the flat rate of $10 for the period between July 1 and December 31, 1968. N. J.

Catalano, 540 Oak voiced opposition to the occupational privilege tax. He said, "This bill is a dastardly bill I urge the council to study a city corporate tax bill and relieve the poor working Grand Jury Ads On 22 Criminal Court Cases man. It is unfair for the working man to pay to go to work." Mayor John L. IVorrilow said, "We are still looking for a tax considered by everyone to be fair, equitable and appealing. This tax is designed to compensate the community for services it renders to persons who use its facilities, protection services, streets and street lights.

We accept your suggestions in our efforts to study other sources of revenue." Councilman Fred Gingrich said that he supported the occupational privilege tax on the (Continued on Page 9 Col. 1) Cong tonight shelled the U.S. military command's nearby overseas satellite communications facility, the largest in Southeast Asia. A U.S. spokesman said communications were not impaired" and damage was slight.

He added that casualties were light and none was an American. At least two rounds of mortar or rocket fire hit the satellite station, which was struck by three rounds of mortar shells early in the day. Heavy fighting raged south of in HIP Cold Wind, Rain Topples Dining Tent In Poor City More On Area May continued on its wet course Monday as soaking rain again began to drench the county. All-night rain? dumped approximately .51 of an inch on the area before 8 a.m. With periodic rains forecast for the remainder of the day and Wednesday morning, the 3.70- inch normal for May could easily be exceeded.

This morning total precipitation for the month which has had only 10 dry days was 3.06 inches. May seems to be making up for the year's deficit due to scanty rainfall during the first four months of 1968. An east-to-southeast flow of cool, moist air is a c- companying the rainmaker, but temperatures are expected to moderate Wednesday. The high this afternoon was expected to range from 54-60. Tonight temperatures will be on the cool side, around the low 40's.

Drizzle should end tomorrow morning and the mercury will rise to about 66 in the afternoon. the first of 9 Atlantic Fleet ships to find the Scorpion, and by 7 p.m. Monday publicly pronounced her "overdue." "The weather is very, very! bad out there," Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, chief of naval operations, told newsmen at a hurriedly summoned news conference.

The submarine Shark repoi-t- ed 15-to 22-foot waves from the area and was rolling to 22 degrees at times. Two Possibilities Moorer offered two possibilities of what may have hap- PARIS said today they plan to maintain a sharp squeeze on Hanoi to force it In admit publicly that North Vietnamese troops fighting in South Vietnam. But North Vietnamese sources said the Communists will not bow to any American high pressure efforts. They also said Hanoi's negotiators are prepared to sit out in Paris as long as necessary to get the United States to meet demands for an unconditional end to all bombing and other "acts of war" against the North. The U.S.

delegation Monday pened to merely delay the Scor- believed it saw the first slight Body Found In Grave Not That Of Jim Ray POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) A body found in a shallow grave near here May 7, is not that of the man charged with the slaying of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King authorities say. They said Monday a comparison of dental charts and skull (Continued on Page 28-Col. 1) ma ke tbet the dead man WASHINGTON Cold wind and relentless rain toppled the dining tent of Resurrection City today and forced evacua- Jhe demilitarized 7onp between launched the new offensive in ild the vfetaVmsTandin the central the central highlands Monday, later than next Monday in the Lebanon County courts.

Harry Fir.hcr, chairman of the county commissioners, announced that a contribution will be made by the commissioners ca'Taignts fLSs Uon costs, swamped by five inches of Wl Scl1 3n Shares standing water. Thirty shares of stock at a The wet misery of the city of i par value of one dollar earh will Amusements 12, 13 the poor grew steadily as a chill be sold. Only the shareholder rain continued to fall from will be able to have a voice ilcnden-grcy skies with noj vote and participate in the elec- of relief in sight. jtion of the directors. Officers Elected For Non-Profit Housing Corp.

Election of officers, signing of the articles of incorporation and selecting the name for Lebanon's first non-profit corporation for public housing highlighted the meeting of the steering committee for the organization Monday night. Community Homes of Lebanon Valley was the name selected by the incorporators. Four officers were elected to head the incorporators. They are: the Rev. Robert M.

Daugherty, Salem United Methodist Church, president; Clyde Miller, president Central Labor Council, vice president; Raymond Bender, president of the Lebanon Jaycees, secretary, and John E. Shipper, Catholic Charities, treasurer. Attorney Frederick S. was retained as solicitor. Fifteen incorporators thus far have signed the articles of in- from 6 p.m.

Wednesday to mid- corporation which, according to night Sunday. Attorney Wolf, will be filed noj The record for motor vehicle 'fatalities during a Memorial Day holiday is 60S. It was set during a four-day observation last year. Pyle said in a statement that accidents during a nonholiday period of equal length probably would cause about 580 deaths and 26.000 disabling injuries. pion in reaching home: may have caused her to slow up, and she may have radioed a message about the delay which was lost in stormy turbulence.

Scorpion may have al(Continued on Page 1) Predict 725 Deaths On Roads Over Holiday CHICAGO (AP) The National Safely Council said today that between 625 and 725 Americans may die in traffic accidents during the Memorial Day holiday weekead. President Howard Pyle estimated that traffic arridents (also could disable 27.000 to Wolf 32.000 men, women and children. The tabulation period will run and that of James Earl Ray were not similar. Two state forestry workers found the decomposed body of the man at nearby Brandonville with four bullet wounds in it. sign that might admit the presence of North Vietnamese troops in the South.

Xuan Thuy, North Vietnamese envoy, said that "since the United States attacked Vietnam, any Vietnamese them has in the any right part to fight of the fatherland." U.S. delegation sources said today, however, closer study of the conference records showed this was not the first time Thuy had said something of this nature. They concluded, therefore, that this was not an indication of any a slight the part of Hanoi toward an admission of military intervention in South Vietnam. U.S. Ambassador W.

Averell Harriman spent this morning working in the U.S. Embassy office and refused any comment to newsmen. The North Vietnamese remained out of sight behind the high walls nf their villa at suburban Choisy-le-Roi, which (Continued on Page 5) Signs Don't Last Long Conservation Efforts At Gov. Dick Mountain Frustrated By Vandals (This is the first in a series of five articles that will reveal the destructive work of vandals on Governor Dick Mountain that borders Mt. Gretna.) By KENT FOX Daily News Staff Reporter Vandalism has taken its toll on a mountain known as Governor Dick that borders Mt.

Gretna. Area 18 8, si In 1934 the lato Clarence Srhock. president of the He urged molonsls who will sjcf) fn pl r( haspd ihe a( TS that make "eekTnd toV-Tke prepSnr i what is own as Dick "for (he philanthropic to make picpaiatmn. i purpose of reserv ng its natural state forever." Classified highlands U.S. forces opened a new drive against the North Vietnamese in an effort to upset an enemy offensive.

Contact was reported moderate in the new U.S. assault in pushing into high ground west! of Dak To in an attempt to en-j velop North Vietnam's 325C Division. The enemy division moved south after participating in the 3UUU1 dliui uai uiiuauiiB, ill uic Qf fte Marme base at Khe Sanh, in January and February. Intelligence sources said main elements of the division were some seven miles west of Dak To. They were reported moving near Saigon Monday and today, while below the DMZ the reported toll was 222 North Vietnamese killed.

Viet Cong gunners also jolted Saigon with 11 Soviet rockets early loday. 22, 23 Editorial 4 I 2 Obituaries 2 Sports Women's Pages 15, 16 i The 15-acre encampment of the Poor People's March is The U.S. 4th Infantry Division I (Continued on Page Look Around! Any Safety Hazards! Lcbonon Volley Safety Council located in a park that was built on fill land in what once was a iPolomac River Bay. Muddy Swamp With a naturally high water table, it turns into a muddy 'swamp with relatively little rain. And Washington has had I continuous rain for the past two days.

The 2.400 rose early this morning to find lliat the big (Continued on Page 5) The organization to which (Continued on Page 1) One-Hour Marlinizing Cleaners Lebaron Ploia Shopping Center Free Storage For all your winter clothes NO LIMIT Free moth proofing mildew, etc. All you pay for the cleaning and preuing whfn you pick it up. fully Incited. Phont 273-61 to make preparation "Preparation of the car, planning of the route, and preparation of the terms of starting in plenty of time, knowing what to watch nut for and understanding defensive driving make a massive difference in the weekend toll," he saiti. OPEN TODAY TILLIE SPANQLER 3rd and Cumberland Sis.

Today 9:30 A.M. to 9 P.M. Wednesday 9:30 A.M. lo 5 P.M., The entire property was drfik-d to She Donegal School District, Mt. Joy, in 1953 as a recreation area to be preserved as a woodland.

But efforts by the schonl district and particular individuals to preserve this woodland as a recreation area, suitable for all, have up to the present limp proven lo bo expensive if in fact nol in vain. Thousands of people in the surrounding comities know (he bcaiily of this mountain and its delightful history, as any i beautiful weekend will testify when hundreds of people wslk its foot paths. At the summit they are greeted with a 2000 square mile view of four counties-. On the summit there are three structures: an abandoned U.S. Army radar structure buiit in a fifi-foot concrete observation tower for sightseers; and a six-story mansion once used by Chironce Schock as a summer residence back in 1S38.

Railway Still Evldrnt Tljrre is still evidence of the (Continued on Page 6 4).

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