The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 20, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 20, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TDK. «*-NO. 66 BLXTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72816)' SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1967 10 PAGES TIN CINTS No End Seen In Escapes TUCKER PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' trusty •ystem is responsible for the recent rash of escapes from the •tale's prisons, Assistant State tional free world personnel July 1, but Murton said he expected to get only 23 to 25 of these with the remainder going to Cummins Prison Farm, the •laicK prisons, Assistant oiatc ^uuminii 1 i »louu i MI in, «.*• Prison Superintendent Thsmas I state's only other penal institu- 0. Murton said Friday. And furthermore, as long as Irustys are used t« guard other Inmates, he can see no end to the escapes, he said. As Murton delivered his statement to newsmen at a hastily- called news conference, another inmate escaped—the llth to do s» since Sunday. "This Is ludicrous," Murton laid. The escapee, Luther Priest, Cl, of Blytheville, who was serving a five year sentence for burglary and another year and a half for a previous escape, stole an unmarked State Police car for his latest flight to freedom. The flight terminated at England, where a state trooper arrested him at an ice cream stand. "It was just some crazy idea, I guess," said Priest, who had watched part of Murton's news conference through a window. Twenty-seven inmates have shared the same idea since Jan. 1, including 18 who have fled since Murton, a professional penologist, took charge at Tucker 90 days ago. Many of them ,were truslys. The trustys who escaped may have feared for their lives, Murton said, because he was phasing out their authority and privileges and planned eventually to move them into the barracks with, the regular convicts. Statg Police report earlier this year disclosed instances of trusty brutality and extortion, and there have been later reports that new inmates almost certainly will be sexually abused if they are unable to pay for protection. tion. Gav. Winthrop Rockefeller said Friday that he was concerned about the escapes, but that they weren't totally unexpected. He said Murton had told him there would be problems in making the transition to an improved prison system. "We are doing the best we can with the resources available to us," Rockefeller said. Jeff Wood of Cabot, chairman of the state Penitentiary Board, said he believed that the treatment given a recaptured convict played a big role in the possible escape of others. Murton said returned escapees are automatically placed in an isolation cell for 30 days and lose much of their mial privileges. He said they remain on a normal diet. One of the escapees still to be returned is Jackie Lee Wood, 25, of Springdale, who was serving a life sentence in the sex slaying of a Little Rock girl in 1965. He had been acquitted in the slaying of a Fairhaven, Mass., women in 1963. Wood and two other inmates overpowered a trusty, stole his gun and escaped in his pickup truck Thursday night. Is he considered dangerous? "I would say yes," Murton said, "He has a disturbed mind. He and a lot of other people have no business beuig a trusty." S :; ' ' Wood, who had no medical experience, had been serving as a technician in the prison infirmary in his capacity as a trusty. Murton said he seemed quite competent and posed no institutional problem, but that "This is one big funny farm his behavior was "erratic. situated in the middle of Arkansas," Murton said. priated funds to hire 65 addi- "I inherited him and left him there because we had no staff The 1967 legislature appro- position for a medical man," See PRISON on Page 3 Dateline _ May 20 "" WASHINGTON (AP) — The Johnson administration's explanation that a U.S. troop sweep into the South Vietnam demilitarized zone is a defensive move failed to halt criticism that the war is being escalated. A State Department statement Friday that the ground thrust was aimed at countering a Communist military buildup and was in no way an invasion of North Vietnam won backing from supporters of President Johnson's war poli- But senatorial critics of the course Johnson is pursuing voiced fears that the war is being intensified to the point where an invasion of the North could be the next step. In their minds this would trigger Chinese intervention and could lead to World War HI. CHICAGO (AP) - Foreign Minister Chen Yi of Red China is quoted as saying that the world needed "not just one Vietnam, but three or four. And we will get them." The statement was reported by Simon Malley, a reporter for the French language newspaper, Jeune Afrique, and other African papers. He told of his interview in Peking with Chen Yi in a copyright article Friday in the Chicago Daily News. Malley quoted Chen Yi as saying the other Vietnams which Red China seeks will be in Africa, Asia and Latin America. ft fS^ HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese anti-British demonstrations in Hong Kong intensified in their third day today as thousands of students joined the screaming crowds, and some anti- American shouting was added. On one of the marches to the house of the governor of this British colony on Red China's doorstep, several hundred demonstrators paused outside the U. S. consulate. No organized protests developed there, however. GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP)-Forty years ago today at SO seconds past 7:51 a.m., Charles A. Lindberg's single-engine monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, started down the runway at nearby Roosevelt Field on its historic flight to Paris. At 3:30 p.m. today, a marker will be placed near the point where the Spirit of St. Louis became airborne on the first non- stop transatlantic flight by a lone pilot. A transatlantic nonstop crossing by more than one man in » plane had been done as early as 1919 by John Alcock and A. W. Brown, flying 1,960 miles from St. John's, Nfld., to Clifton, Ireland. Lindbergh flew almost twice that distance. SILENT THIEF OF SIGHT - Dr. Jack Webb, one of the physicians participating in tomorrow's glaucoma clinic sponsored by the Lions Club, indicates on the chart the optic nerves damaged by the disease. The clinic will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mississippi County Health Unit on North Tenth and there will be no charge for the examination. .(Conner News Photo) Clinic to Seek Out The Quiet Blinder Five MIGs Are Down In Dogfight By GEORGE McARTHUR [shooting down four MIGs and SAIGON (AP) — U.S. planes 'probably a fifth. Two other « • wit,, Communist MIGs;MIGs were destroyed on the over North Vietnam for the sec- 'ground, spokesman said. ond straight day today and ; The U.S. raids included the American pilots reported they , closest strike yet to the center shot down five, and probably a!° f Hanoi. The target was an sixth. The sky warfare raged about 10,000 U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops were heavily engaged by North Vietnamese in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Vietnam. The swirling dogfight, in wiiich American [electric power plant 1.1 ™™ thc hearl °' ">« miles N ° r ' h blasted Communist forces in the demilitarized zone. The allied line along the Ben ^ a '' ant ' a swee P no 1 "" 1 D . v an ~ : other 5,000 U.S. Marines from outposts just south of the zone, were intended to trap North their second big MIG kill in two pilots made Vietnamese units possibly taken m till in titin _ . . r J by surprise by (he sea and he]j . . days, occurred during a raid on copter ]aDding deep in !))e zone a truck repair facihty eight A ,, ied forces invaded the miles north of the North Viet- souttiem half of me zone for tne namese capital of Hanoi, the U.S. Command said. This brought to 69 the total of MIGs downed over North Vietnam. There was no report immediately of losses. any U.S. plane first time Thursday. Although the zone is supposed to be neutral territory extending about three miles on each side of the border, the United States de- Medical authorities estimate]to manifest itself, by which WASHINGTON (AP) - A $75 million fund aimed at preventing big-city summer rioting has won Senate approval — but still faces a House test. The Senate action Friday came one day after President Johnson said staff reports from 10 cities had prompted him to ask tor tbt extra antipovsrtjr mow*. there are 30,000 persons in America who are now blind as a result of glaucoma, and another 800,000 who have the disease and are not aware ot it. Moreover, whenever a group of persons over 40 years of age is examined for the disease, it is found in two out of every 100, and these are people who are unaware they have the disease. In the interest of sight conservation, ttie Blytheville Lions Club is sponsoring a glaucoma testing clinic at the Mississippi County Health Unit on North 10 Sh, from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow. A number of physicians have volunteered their time for the service, and there will be no charge to the public. All persons over 40 years old are urged to take advantage of the free test. Glaucoma, from Sie Greek "grey eye," Is a condition wherein fluids produced within the organ are unable to drain off normally, resulting in an increase of pressure which damages ttie delicate, optic nerves. It most often occurs in persons over 40 years of age because of increased fibrosis (hardening of the tissue) which accompanies the onset of middle age. Persons born of parents with a history of glaucoma nave a ten-times-greater chance of acquiring the disease themselves. The insidious thing about the affliction is that in only a very few cases does it make itself known. Severe pain occurs in only a- bout 10 percent of the cases. In the other 90 percent, there are no noticable symptoms at all, and it may take as long as 10 years for the disease to manifest itself, by which time permanent loss of much of ume permanent loss ot mucn or affects bofil) ™™., «.— ^^^^ „ i,, u ,, a..u one's vision may already have .,, ., „,„„„ ..,,,. ,,_,, destroying two on the ground as —,— A Af ter the anesthetic has had seven ,, s „, „ , , occurred. There are two methods of dealing with glaucoma. In the great majority of cases, the disease can be controlled by means of medication applied to the eye or taken internally. In a few cases, surgery is necessary. Testing for glaucoma is a simple and painless procedure taking only a few minutes. A few drops of a local anesthetic are placed in Three of Hie MIGs and the one probably destroyed were credited to Air Force planes from the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing based in Thailand. The planes were said to be the MIG17 model, an older version of the jet fighter. Pilots flying swift Phantom jets out of Da Nang, i n the northern part of Vietnam, got ttie other two. The Air Force in Da Nang said both MIG21s, the newest and best in the North Vietnamese air force. This sky battle occurred about 25 miles northwest of Hanoi. Both MIGs were brought down by air to air missiles. On Friday, American pilots reported shooting down four :, and possibly a about a minute to take effect, the doctor measures the pressure within the eye by means of a device called a tonometer, which is placed against the eye. The entire test takes about three or four minutes. pll[[lllllll[|[llllll[[lllll[|[|ll[lilllllll[llllll[lll[llllll[|[[lll!l!l[» Walker Park's Loop May | [Have Concrete Future ( 1 Two Blytheville trucks and street crews finished patch-1 • ing the potholes on the loop in Walker Park yesterday. | I The city is examining the possibility of concreting the | 1 now-blacktopped section of the loop, according to Mayor j % Tom A. Little Jr. ' | 1 He said more than $5,000 would be needed just to pur-1 1 chase the concrete, and, "The fair board doesn't have enough 1 1 in excess funds to match city money." | 1 In an interview with the Courier News this week Joe | | McHaney, secretary of the Northeast Arkansas District | a Fair Board, said the group only.has enough funds to carry i 1 them through the fall fair. | 1 Little said it may be necessary to try and concrete just | ~1 a portion of the loop this year—since the city does not have | 1 an abundance of street funds either—with the thought of com- s seven U.S. planes were downed by intense antiaircraft fire in a raid on Hanoi, the North Vietnamese capital. Aground the fighting centered in the demilitarized zone, with the Americans determined to root out ttie North Vietnamese who have been shelling them from that supposedly neutral zone. The allied forces bad formed a line along the Ben Hai River, which divides North from South Vietnam in the middle of the zone. U.S. Marines were under intense mortar and artillery fire and South Vietnamese troopers on their left flank were engaged in fierce jungle fighting. The allied troops have reported killing 232 Communist troops. U.S. Marines have lost 36 dead and 290 wounded and a South Vietnamese spokesman said government troops took light casualties. U.S. spokesmen announced that heavy raids over the North Friday cost seven planes—four lost in dogfights with MIGs and 1 pleting the job in 1968. 1|three hit by ground fire. The § Little also said he may approach City Council on ban- ll b J6Sf s { !o ss j n a *'"£'* <J av was • ning heavy trucks from using the Park as a thoroughfare to | """'"* '""' """ j the east side of the city. | F.iillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIllllllllllllIllllllllllllllllffl eight last Dec. 2. Total losses over the North now are 552 U.S. planes. American fliers reported scribed the action as a defensive measure against the buildup of North Vietnamese forces ithere. A fresh Marine battalion went iinto the Ben Hai line today, completing occupation of 15 i miles along the southern river bank from the South China Sea. : On the left flank coming up Highway 1, about 1,000 South i Vietnamese airborne trodps •were trying to cut through-a i strong North Vietnamese force, ! Two Communist battalions [totaling about 1,000 men attacked SouKi Vietnamese troops : a few miles south of the zone, near Quang Tri City, capital of jthe Souih's northernmost province. The fighting, involving several government battalions and a tank force, began at dawn today and still was going in midafter- noon. Naval gunfire and allied See VIETNAM on Page 3 Political Schism New Viet Threat By JOHN T. WHEELER SAIGON (AP) — Fears of a crack in the unity of South Vietnam's military rose today with the announcement that Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu has decided to run against Premier Nguyen Cao Ky in the presidential elections this September. A contest between Thieu, an army lieutenant general, and Ky, an air vice marshal, could badly divide Saigon's military hierarchy at a time when Communist pressure is increasing. Ky refused to comment on the announcement of Thieu's candidacy, saying he would have to talk first with Thieu. The premier had said earlier, when announcing his own candidacy, that he would withdraw if Thieu decided to run for the sake of unity. It was felt, however, that Ky was marking time until he could find out how much support he had among military leaders. The ruling military junta backed Ky 40-2 in an informal vote last Sunday. In an earlier straw poll Thieu had won 27 votes to 15-20 for Ky. Until Thieu's decision was announced, Ky had been looked on as a sure bet for the presidency. A spokesman for Thieu discounted the danger of a split in the military which has been the power behind the government in South Vietnam since the November 1963 overthrow of the Diem government. The spokesman said the junta has decided not to back any candidate formally and no military machinery would play a part in the contest. Thus, he claimed, everyone from gener- for the man of their choice. It was believed, however, that the military's willingness to g« along with the prodding of both the people and the United States to hold popular elections stemed mainly from its confidence that it could control tha choice of president and premier in any new regime. A pre-election battle between Thieu and Ky could split the proadministration vote and let a civilian win the presidency. Two Injured In Accident Two persons were injured as a result of injuries received In a two-car collision at North Tenth and Dixie Streets at 5:01 p.m. yesterday. Injured were Russell Chapman, 19, of Route Three, Box 600-C, who was taken to Chickasawba Hospital with contusions and lacerations of the head, and Mrs. Ruth Ray, 38, of 916 Dixie, who was taken to Doctors Hospital for X-rays for undetermined injuries. The accident is still under Investigation and no charges have been filed. als to privates could vote freely Ithree days. Buddhist Hunger Strike Begins SAIGON (AP) - Thirfi Tri Quang, leader of Vietnam's leftist and most militant Buddhist faction went on a hunger strike today with 200 followers to protest the war. Buddhist spokesman said the strike, called part of a prayer for a cease-fire and negotiations to end the conflict, would last Israel Girds for Egypt-Syria Thrust BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Israel readied its troops for action today against the massing troops of Syria and Egypt as a top Syrian military leader called for war. Egypt took over patrolling its border with Israel as the 3,400- man U.N. peacekeeping force that has been declared disbanded prepared to leave the tense area. The force was set up in 1956 after the Suez war. The U.N. troops were ordered withdrawn by U.N. Secretary. General U Thant at the request of Egypt. In calmer days Syrian chal- •f war M Israel hive been dismissed outside Syria as exaggerated. But in the present crisis tha words of Syria's defense Minister, Maj. Gen. Hafez Assad, took on added gravity. "In my opinion as a military man," Assad said in the Syrian government newspaper Al Thawra, "the time is ripe to begin the battle of liberation" against Israel. "Our forces are not only completely ready to repel aggression, they are also fully prepared to start the liberation operation. 1 ' Western diplomats in Palestine feared that one overt incident could lead to a foll-bUwa Arab-Israeli war. Should the crisis come to a showdown, Israel could send its 300,000 troops against about 260,000 Egyptians and 115,000 Syrians. The three countries have enough military hardware to fight a war of unprecedented dimensions in the Middle East's bloodstained history, American officials say. Syria had 40,000 troops on alert along its border with Israel. At U.N. headquarters in New York Security Council members were discussing whether to hold a council meeting on the Arab- Israeli situation. Hunt appealed to Egypt and Israel to "exercise the utmost calm and restraint." Increasing military traffic was noted on the streets and highways of Israel today and some reservists moved to pre- designated rendezvous to report for active duty. No panic was evident. The general attitude from the average Israelite and in military and political circles was: "Let's wait and see what Egypt really intends to do." Tension was mounting in Cairo, where Moslem leaders were blaring calls for a "holy war on Israel" over loudspeakers on their mosques. Student* and workers flocked to registration points to sign up for what is now called "the sacred march on Israel." Some Arab leaders have charged that the United States is an accomplice to Israel. Gen. Assad said Syria "has considered the possibility of intervention by the U.S. 6th Fleet" if the Middle East crisis flares into war. But he added, "Any operation by the enemy will be an abortive adventure.." The Voice of Arabs radio said Arab-Israeli conflict held the chance "to wipe out American influence in the Arab world, to wipe out Israel, to turn Into ashes the great hopes of Israel ant America IB tbe ana." •lBte*fciMM**ri »i

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