Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 11, 1973 · Page 2
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 2

Panama City, Florida
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Tuesday, September 11, 1973
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PiiK«' -l NKWS-IIKKALl), Piinanin CHy, Flu., Tuesday. Soplfmlxr 11,1973 Murder Case Heads County Court Docket NAIIONAI WIAIHIB sttyici IO»!CAS) to ;fM ISI •) • n _ _ 2977 ?Vi3 Plea Day for Fiay Coiint.\' Circuit Court was lieki Monday, and 22 persons came up foi' action. Included was a Parker woman accused of the fiist degree murder of her husband. Mai-y Virginia Bates, 26, of 120 Blackshear Drive, Parker, was ordered to trial on Sept. 24 on charges of murder in the first degree. Mrs. Bates, accused of shooting her husband of one week three times with a .357 magnum pistol, will be represented by Fred Turner, local attorney. Mrs. Bates' husband, John Smith Bates, was shot in the head, the shoulder and the jaw and was found on the couple's bed. In a crib nearby was Mrs. Bates' child by a previous marriage. Bates was an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Tyndall at the time of his death, Mrs. Bates' trial has been continued three times so far by motion from defense and prosecuting attornies. Four cases that came up for action Monday were either continued until the Oct. 8 plea day, or were ordered removed from court dockets. Removed from dockets by order of the state's attorney were cases against William Charles Hudspeth, charged with buying, receiving or concealing stolen property, and Walter McNeil, charged with attempted robbery. Continued until Oct. 8 were cases against Johnny Lee West, charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemanor, and Lynn Duane Hewitt, charged with escape. Other persons charged all pleaded innocent and were all ordered to trial Sept. 24. Those cases included: Willie B. Johnson, charged with escape, William Alan Wilkersoii and Jerry Douglas Hudson, charged with possession of an hallucinogenic drug, Nora M, Anderson also known as Nora Mae Sullivan and Mickie Lee Simones), charged with buying, receiving or concealing stolen property, John D. Nash, charged with grand larceny, Larry McLain, charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and escape. Edward Henry Williams, charged with grand larceny, Jerome Rock Stevenson, charged with possession of drug Shooting Probe Being Continued Assistant State's Attorney Russ Bower said Monday investigation into last Friday's shooting death of Wayne Mayo, 32, of the Bayou George area, is continuing. Bower said the shooting occurred early Friday morning as Mayo was seen crouching beside a car owned by James F. Little, Bayou George. Bower said an investigator for the state's attorney, Scott Parker, ordered an autopsy performed on Mayo's body. Bower said a final determination concerning the disposition of the case will be made by State Attorney Leo C. Jones after the investigation is completed.No charges had been filed against Little as of Monday night. Old Movie Fans Have Hard Time WASHINGTON (UPI) —Leaving a motion picture theater on a recent evening, I overheard a veteran movie-goer behind me discussing the film with his companion. "These movies today are really something," he said. "They don't have plots any more." He was wrong about that. The ^iot was there, but he was unable to recognize it as such. •Veteran movie-goers have been conditioned by years of exposure to the classic Hollywood plot: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl somehow get back together in the end. If a film doesn't have that particular plot, a veteran movie-goer will conclude that it has no plot at all. In the movie referred to above ("Your Three Minutes Are Up"), the plot was: Boy has already met girl when picture begins; boy loses girl; boy loses boy friend who caused him to lose girl. It's different, .sure. But easy to identify once you get the hang of it. Unless there happens to be a lot of nudity in the film. If there is a lot of nudity, the veteran movie - goer may become distracted and lose the story line. One plot frequently seen nowadays, most recently in the picture "Jeremy," is: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, period. End of film. That one is especially hard for veteran movie-goers to adjust to. A veteran movie-goer sits through the entire show waiting for the boy and girl to somehow get back together in the end. When it doesn't happen, he refuses to believe the picture is over. He thinks the projectionist has merely stopped to change reels. So he remains in his seat. paraphernalia, James Leonard Burkett, charged with forger\', David Vincent, charged with po.ssession of morphine, and Johnny Lenway, chai-ged with possession of an hallucinogenic drug. Paul Oral Shaffer, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Kenneth Briker, charged with escape, John Ned Rhead, charged with escape, and Cecil R. Nelson, charged with escape. Accident Witness Found Panama City Police Department investigators have finally discovered the identity of the companion of an 11-year-old Panama City boy who was killed in a train accident Friday. The youth's identity was withheld by police officers because "he didn't do anything wrong except run away from the scene." Officers said the identity of the boy was learned over the weekend, and an interview with the boy Monday morning revealed that the "accidental death" label would stay on the case file. The victim of the accident, John Dykes Dyer, 11, of 1420 Balboa Ave., Panama City, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Bay Memorial Hospital around 1:15 p.m. Friday. Officers said the boy had hitched a ride on the train, and fell beneath the wheels as he attempted to jump off. The youth sought over the weekend was seen fleeing the scene of the accident immediately after it happened, and officers were looking for him to determine exactly what happened when young Dyer died. Officers said Monday the death "was an accident," and provided no further details. Fire Destroys Junk Factory FORT LAUDERDALE (UPI)— A swift-moving fire Sunday night destroyed a junk and salvage company covering nearly a square block and sent eight firemen to the hospital with minor injuries. Mr. and Mrs. John Owens, owners of the Big Chief Demolition Co. for the last 18 years, said their property was "totaled" with the loss to $100,000. Broward County authorities said eighteen firemen, most of them from volunteer companies, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and other minor injuries at Broward General Hospital. Police On Bikes? ATHERTON, Calif. (UPI) Two policemen on the San Francisco peninsula will soon be covering their beats on new 10-speed bikes and wearing whatever they choose. It's all part of an experimen­ tal program in crime control and public relations launched by police forces in Atherton and Menlo Park, two suburban communities south of San Francisco. Patrolmen Kenneth Wells, 3,5, of Atherton and Richard Hutton, 30, Menlo Park, will operate out of their own homes for the three-year experiment and set their own hours. They will spend most of their time riding and walking around their neighborhoods, attending coffee klatches and small informal neighborhood meetings. The policemen will offer tips on how to prevent burglary- one of the most prevalent crimes in the communities. "We haven't been getting close enough to the community, and the idea of this new program is to give the people a personalized .service," .said Atherton police Sgt. Richard Moore, who devi.sed the project. It is funded by a ,'51(iO,0()0 grant from the Califojnia Council on Criminal Justice. Deaths MR. WILBUR(. ROBKRTS Funeral services for iVfr. Wilbur C. itobcrts, n, of \m Marie Ann Itlvd., who died Saturday in Mclarie, La., will Ix' hi'ld Wnlncsday, 1 p.m. in (lie Sniidi Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Clifton Hoffman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the (<ulf Coast C 0 m III unity C o 11 c g <> Foundation. Interment will be in Kvcrgrcen IMciiiorial (hardens Ci'inctery. Smith Funeral HOIIK' m N. MiU'Arthur Ave. mAmi Beach Construction Meet Raps News Media, SOS 90 vj,Q Ull WI AIIIH fOIOCASl ® WEATHER OUTLOOK - Today, showers and thundei'storms will be expected from Arizona, Eastward across New Mexico, Texas, the Gulf coastal states and also in the state of Georgia. Clear to partly cloudy elsewhere. Maximum temperature include." Atlanta 82, Boston 80, Chicago76, Cleveland 73, Dallas 92. Denver 80, Duluth 71, Jacksonville 86, Kansas City 80, Little Rock 87, Los Angeles 76, Miami 88, Minneapolis 71, New Orleans 88, New York 79, Phoenix 94, San Francisco 71, Seattle 57, St. Louis 82 and Washington 85 degrees. Suicide Studied Calling themselves the Hay C o u n t y P V o g r c s s a n d Development Committee, a group of c0n t rac10rs, construction woikers, heacli property owners and citizens met Monday night to the "truth" on beach condominium construction projects and Quirks VAN NUYS, Calif. (UPI) Playing the electric organ is a good way for a 23-yeai--old law student to relax, but Steve Gail probably will .seek a different way to unwind—at least for a while. Gail eclipsed the old marathon mark of 64 hour.s—set in 1971 by James A. Bari'on of Australia—on Sunday morning. He started playing the organ at 7 p.m. Thursday. CHICAGO (UPI) —Practicing physicians are consulted by most people considering suicide, but a pair of California researchers found few doctors were aware of the most frequent suicide method or the age group with the greatest risk of suicide. Their findings, published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, show only 18 per cent of the doctors sampled realized guns were the most widely used means of suicide. Only 14 per cent knew that those in the 60 years and over age group committed the largest number of suicides. The researchers. Dr. Don A. Rockwell of the medical school at the University of California at Davis and William O'Brien of the public health school at University of California-Los Angeles, said the practicing physician "serves on the front line of defense in the prevention of suicide." They cited other research which has shown that 75 per cent of all suicides have consulted a physician before their act and said perhaps as many as 10 per cent see their physician on the day or just prior to their suicide. ST. STEPHEN'S SQUARE, England (UPI) —Truck di'iver Peter Grosvenor didn't know what it was, but he was proud of it. It was a plant—a monster, eight feet high that towered over his dahlias. The neighbors came around to see it. But nobody knew what it was. So Peter sent off a leaf to the local museum for identification. It was marijuana. Police took it away and told him he was lucky he wasn't arrested. Grosvenor said it must have grown when he emptied out some birdseed from the bottom of his canary's cage. public access (o (he hcaclics. Julian Uenuetl, local lawyer and beach properly owner, addressed the group of several hundred persons and pledged that they would "win or lose on the truth ami the lads." Claiming certain news reports misrcpresenled the facts, Bennett said there was a "callous disregard for the truth". He challanged any member of the Save Our Shores Association (SOS) to publicly "name names of violators to the Bay County emergency ordinance and agreed such violators should be pi'osecuted. Bennett and other members of the committee cited letters from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approving beachfront construction. James Thomas Culpeper, president of Culpepper Construction Co., spoke and read sections of an affidavit, dictated' before witnesses, that included construction permits f.-om the city of Panama City Beach for the Peppertree condominium project and letters from the DNRappioving the Peppertree and .Samlcastle Condiminium prujocts. It was .-ilso noted that Culpepper has deriicaled 350 feet of gulf front to the county in front of the Sea Side Villas. This frontage is .so dedicated that no constiuclion is possible on this site at any time. An official of Panama City Beach, Al Cape, also spoke and stated that "every motel and seawall along the Gulf has received a permit to build by the DNR." Cape said there are at present 6'/2 miles of open public beach out of 24 miles stretching from the gate of St. Andrews .State Park to Phillips Inlet. This does not include all of the unrecorded dedicated areas on which construction will never occur, he said. Panama City Beach Mayor, Dan Russell said an erosion study begun in June, 1969, will be presented to the Bay County Commission September 17 so official steps can be taken to halt erosion of the shoreline. Hodgepodge Answer to Previous Puzzle Rockwell and O'Brien chose as their sample all practicing physicians from Yolo County, Calif., eliminating medical school faculty and administrative physicians who have little access to patients. NEW YORK (UPI) -Neighbors heard Lillian Merchant arguing with a man who hit her with an iron pipe and called police. But when two officers came to assist her, they said Mrs. Merchant threw a "hot pot of something" on them. ACROSS 1 City in Ontario 7 Sailor 13 Disinclined 14 Prepare as silage 15 Animals 16 Bed canopy 17 Adjeclival suffix 18 Greek letter 20 Genus of willows 21 Guarantees 24 Squander 27 Disposed of in a will 31 Yellowstone, for instance 32 Burnishes 33 Saul's uncle (Bib.) 34 Etruscan goddess 35 Whacks (slang I 36 Fewer 37 Redye 39 Girl's name 40 Recounted 42 Tocanlins estuary 45 Permit 46 Article 49 Ignores 52 Achieve by effort 54 Victims of leprosy 55 Cauterized 56 Scottish girl 57 Mistakes DOWN 1 Implement (comb, form) 2 Baking chamber 3 Tidy 4 Physicians (ab.) 5 Belgian seaport 6 Arboreal homes 7 Coterie 8 Compass point 9 Help lOBaseballer's glove 11 Nautical term 12 Tiber tributary 19 Of the fall . 21 Writing fluid 22 Insurgents (coll.) 23 Sigmoid curve 24 Stimulus 25 SUr facet 26 Goddess of discord 28 The dill 29 School exam 30 Gaelic 32 Wading bird 35 New Guinea seaport 36 Conducted 38 Barters 39 Improve 41 Pester 42 Parchment record 43 Athena 44 Tears 46 Poi source 47 Sacred (comb, form) 48 Concludes 50 Son of Gad (Bib.) 51 Mariner's direction 53 Pitch 'Save Our Shores' Hears From Hutto More than 70 citizens, attending a joint meeting of Save Our Shores (SOS) of Bay County and the Environmental Council Monday night at Gulf Coast Community College, heard Jay King, chairman of the environmental council, state that although the council is primarily concerned with offshore drilling and the SOS's main objective is to save the beaches from becoming "concrete junkyards", the two organizations can work together for the good of the community. State Rep. Earl Hutto, appointee to Beach and Shore Line Development Committee, said in reference to the developers that "some disregard everything in an effort to make money." Hutto said: "We can have our cake and eat it too," by working together with condominium developers. According to Hutto, the projects can be allowed if the developers respect the set-back line of the sand dunes. Hutto said, however, that so far the developers have not cooperated and have organized an opposition movement. Hutto reported that developers have disobeyed the emergency ordinance forbidding the beginning of new Cedar Grove Cutoff Listed Thursday is the cut off date for Cedar Grove residents to pay their water deposits, .says City Clerk Vera Davis. Rates are $10 for residences and .$25 for commercial concerns. The cut-off date is in accordance with a recent ruling of the city commission. construction or disturbing of sand dunes at Gulf beaches from the land side of the primary dune line. Hutto's talk was followed by the presentation of slides depicting the destruction of sand dunes at St. Andrews State Park. A movie entitled "Rivers of Sand" illustrated the total process of beach movement. A mem"ber of the audience from the Naval Coastal Laboratory explained that beach action is comprised of the whole area of 'the beach, including the sand dunes. He said "although our beaches are deteriorating naturally at an extremely slow rate, developers are compounding the situation by speeding up the rate of deterioration." John Johnson, president of SOS, said Bay County must make a choice now, and that "all the money in the world, will do no good to anyone if we do not have beautiful beaches to walk on, clean air to breath, and clean water for recreation and drink." 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 • r 19 H20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 31 ••32 m 33 34 • 35 ••36 37 38 40 41 42 43 44 45 • 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 54 55 56 57 11 •••4 License Law REALTY COURSE PREPARATION FOR SALESMAN 4 BROKER STATE EXAMINATIONS PANAMA CITY (lAMADA INN 3001 Wast 10th FIRST CLASS SESSION AND RiGISTRATION SATURDAY SEPTIMBER 15 ^ 8:30 A.M. ^ For compltto Intormalion call COLLECT (305) 855-5441 S6990 Lohi tkm Orivt OHondo. FtorMi 32809 ^ BERT RODGERS SCHOOLS OF REAL ESTATE iNrowrortAriu Remember! Beginmng October 1, we can help you get up to $2500. Before October 1, loans up to $600 V/AVCQ FINANCIAL SERVICES 556 Harrison Ave., Panama City 763-2826

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