Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on September 12, 1973 · Page 2
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Panama City, Florida
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Wednesday, September 12, 1973
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I'»K<' 2A NKWS-IIKRAIJ), Paiinma City, Fla., Wednesday, September 12,1973 City Commission Votes No On Plastic Pipe Use The Panama C i t y Commission voted Tuesday night to continue disallowing in the use plastic pipo construction within the city. Mayor M.B. Miller brol<e a tie Automobile Dealers Get Bribery Conviction ALBUQUERQUE, N.IVI. (UP!) — U. S. District Judge Howard C. Bratton this past weel< sentenced two automobile dealers to five years in federal prison on fheir conviction of bribing a federal official. Robert F^onimerening and Cletus A. Reding, owners of a Ford dealership in New Mexico, were found guilty by a jury Aug. 21 of bribing a former Small Business Administration (SBA) Their attorney announced at the sentencing he would appeal the conviction. Bratton continued bond at $1000 each pending appeal. Bratton also sentenced Pommerening to four other five-year prison terms on convictions of perjury and three counts of using false business records. Those terms will run concurrently with the five-year bribery sentence. Reding was given one five-year concurrent term for the perjury conviction. Pommerening was also found guilty of giving perjured testimony to a federal grand jury and of three counts of using' false business records before the grand jury. Reding was found guilty of one count of perjury. According to the prosecution testimony during the weelc-long trial, Pommerening and Reding had given former SBA official Moses Sanchez a $5,0l)U Chevrolet Blazei' on Nov. 16, 1971 in exchange for his help in getting a $200,000 SBA-guaranteed loan for Big County Ford Inc. Pommerening and Reding are officials of the Ford dealership, having purchased it in 1971. Sanchez testified during the trial he had received the Blazer from the two men, but considered it a "gift" and that it had not influenced him in approving the loan. Sanchez is currently serving a three-year federal prison term for a no contest plea to charges of accepting a bribe. BULLETIN A strong-arm robbery of a Panama City food store was reported to Panama City police late Tuesday evening. The business robbed was • reportedly listed as Ezell's Food Store, located in the 1300 block of Cove Boulevard. First reports of the robbery, given out around 9:30 p.m., said the lone male suspect used brute force to take the money in the store, and said there were no firearms involved. Further details were not available at press time. Oil Spill Law Needs Power TALLAHASSEE (UPI) The official in charge of enforcing Florida's tough anti-oil spill law told a house committee Tuesday the law should be bolstered with more police power to arrest shippers who dump oil into the state waters. Harmon Shields, director of the State Marine Resources Division, said that as a law enforcement official he had no interest in whether the civil portion of the law imposing unlimited liability on shippers for any spill damage was replaced with limited liability. But he told the Oil Spill Committee, headed by Rep. A. H. "Gus" Craig (D-St. • Augustine) that he needs more police power to arrest and hold offending shippers to keep them from "steaming away " before they can be forced to clean up spills and pay for damages to the environment. The only criminal penalty now in the law is a felony for failing to report a spill. Shields said shippers can deliberately spill oil, report it, and sail away. He -said he needs a misdemeanor penalty for the spill itself to allow him to arrest and hold shippers. An oil industry spokesman, Chris Jensen, director of the Florida Petroleum Council, told the committee that shippers are warning they may boycott the state unless the unlimited liability is replaced with some ceiling, such as the $14 million limit in the federal law. "The shippers are indicating to us that they're hesitant to come into Floiida beca e of the unlimited liability ai .J the absence of defenses," said Jensen. He said the shippers want Florida to adopt the federal law's provision allowing them to use acts of God, third parties, or war 'ds defenses to claims of liability. After the day-long hearing, Craig said he had heard nothing to convince him a special .session is needed to amend the law. He said he felt the police powers sought by Shields should t» j)rovided, but that it could be (lone in the r'egular session next year. Eai'iier, a co^isultant to the U. S. Senate Public Works C I) m m i 11 e e urged t h e committee and the legislature "not to be bludgeoned into whittling down" the stale's tough anit-oil spill law. Allan I. Mendelsohn, Washington Attorney who said he works closely with the senate committee's pollution subcommittee, headed by Sen. Ed Muskie (D-Maine) was the first witness to testify before the special house panel studying the oil spill law. He said the legislature had acted in "a whooly prudent and foresighted manner" in adopting the law in 1970 and should not change it. State Senate President Mallory Home (D-Tallahassee) has suggested a special session of the legislature later this year to put a $14-million limit in the • law, which now imposes unlimited liability on shippers for any oil spill damage to the environment. But House Speaker Terrell Sessums (D-Tampa) said that . he has not been convinced by warnings that shippers are boycotting Florida to avoid the law and that he is "not inclined" to call a session unless recommended by his special oil spill committee, headed by Rep. A. H. "Gus" Craig (D-St. Augustine). Craig convened the first meeting of the committee by saying he now opposes any changes in the law but is receptive to any proof that change is needed. Mendelsohn told the committee it should recommend that the legislature make no changes in the law. "My modest view on this problemis to let it remain exactly as it is," he said, contending that shippers had been putting off compliance with the law in hopes of "bludgeoning" the legislature into amending it. "I have no doubt that once this state demonstrates that it will not be bludgeoned into whittling down its historic contribution to the environment of this state, the affected industries will sooner or later adjust to the situation and carry on their businesses," Mendelsohn .said. He said the maritime industry had been successful in "whittling down" and "guttin" the federal oil spill law, which he said originally imposed unlimited liability but had been amended under pressure from the shippers down to a $14-million limit. vote by voting "no" on a motion which would have accepted a I 'ecent revision of the Southern Building Code allowing use of the pipe. Miller said he might change his mind in the future. "There arc a few questions I just haven't gotten answered on the pipe," he said. In other business, the commission: — decided to research furthei- the i-equest from Gandy and Sons Enterprises, Inc. for release of certain property located on the East side of Beck Avenue in tlie 1100 block. — passed on final reading of ordinance relating to sprinkler fire protection on multi-story housing units. — awarded a contract of $7,000 to Dixie Sound and Communication of Albany, Ga. for installation of sound system in the municipal auditorium. — heard a request from city attorney Rowlett Bryant asking commissoners to table hearing on zoining of Venetian Villa Subdivision and rezoning property on 8th Street until October. — passed to pay $34,203 to Don R. Sharpe, Inc. for payment of estimate number three covering the Cove Area sewage collection system. — decided to give further study of a request from James L. Kirkland and William E. Volk to close Lombardy Avenue from 20th Street to 22nd Street. — re-appointed L.L. Thompson Jr. to another four year term on the Panama City Recreation Advisory Board. — decided to meet with the Panama City Music Association on Oct. 2 at municipal auditorium to discuss needed repairs at the auditorium. — awarded a 20 year service pin to Captain Owen Whitfield of the Panama City Fire Department. Chamber Wants Money Boost The board of directors of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce voted Tuesday to ask the county commission for $150,000 to support the promotional activities of the chamber's travel development committee. Tommy Coolley, committee chairman, said the commission currently was giving the committee $85,000 a year. Cooley said the commission had been "lenient" in granting ten per cent increases to other groups, but said he felt the committee deserved a larger cut since beach development in recent years had resulted in more taxes being collected by the county. The travel development committee's chief concern is promotion and advertising for Bay County's tourist industry. Chamber officials also said the Panama City and Panama City Beach municipal governments each contribute $15,000 annually to the committee. Cooley said the county commission would be given "full information" on the committee's activities when the $150,000 request is officially made. In other business, Chamber President Gerry demons said that two "experts" employed to analyze the U.S. Interior Department's recent environmental impact statement on proposed offshore oil well drilling in the Gulf would make a report to the chamber's natural resouces committee today at 6 p.m. Clemons said the two, including a doctor of economics and a doctor of marine biology, had "picked apart" the 800-plus page statement. He .said the experts felt the Interior Department's study had "played down" the po.ssibility of damage to the .sea and the beaches. Clemons invited the board members to attend tonight's meeting. Sheriff Charges Local Resident THE FOX FIRE SHOP GRAND OPENING ANTIQUES & GIFTS Registure For Gifts 218 S. PEAR BLOUNTSTOWN, FL. PHONE 674-5811 A Panama City man was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battefy by officers of the Bay County Sheriff's Department. Arrested was Arthur Lee Barton, 45, of 2712 East Ave., Panama City. According to Sheriff Tullis D. Easterling, Barton was arrested Tuesday after a warrant was .signed. The offense took place on Monday, according to Easterling. The name of tlie victim and the circumstances of the attack were not released by the Sheriff. Routine Topics Head Agenda A water pipe line, the garbag(> collection situation and revenue sharing funds were topics of discussion at the Callaway City Commission meeting Tuesday night. A bid from the McCormick Contracting Co. in Lynn Haven was the only bid received by the commission foi- it's proposed water pipe line. The bid of $27,868.80 was deemed to high by the commission and was tabled until the next meeting in hopes that more bids would be received. Commissioner Bill Fox said an estimated $300,000 would be awarded the City of Callaway as it shai'e of tl>e Federal levenue sharing fund. Limited discussion was held on a proposal to use some $200,000 of those funds for a new City Hall. Certain citizens were opposed to this plan, stating the money would be better spent on road improvements, The garbage collection situation will remain as is in Callaway, at least for the' present time. Two bids received by the Commissioners were rejected on the basis that neither company was equipped to handle the collection any better than is now being done. "The bids will be reconsidered at another time,'' Commissioner Tom Shavers said. Some $5,515 is expected from the quarterly allotment of revenue sharing funds and it was decided to use this money towards the purchase of a new fire truck. There was no progress made on the Seneca Avenue paving problem, which pends on a survey not yet completed. Attorney Michael Mann said that there were a number of city ordinances that were inconsistant and at times conflicting. He proposed that a public workshop be held to discuss the updating of all the city ordinances. The commissioners voted to bring this up again at a later date. The city is currently advertising for a qualified policeman and a fireman. tt.: <ONAl WIATH||^«VICI rOIICAd )• ^^"'^^^ * -n.-7«_ F. Lee Bailey To Stand Trial HI MAIMI (OlOCAST * During Wednesday, showers and thunderstorms wih be expected throughout most of the Plains apd the Gulf coastal states. Clear to partly cloudy elsewhere. Maximum readings include: Atlanta 82, Boston 74, Chicago 72, Cleveland 65, Dallas 86, Denver 81, Duluth 70, Jacksonville 87, Kansas City 81, Little Rock 84, Los Angeles 77, Miami 88, Minneapolis 75, New Orleans 86, New York 74, Phoenix 98, San Francisco 72, Seattle 72, St. Louis 79 and Washington 79 degrees. (UPI) JACKSONVILLE, (UPD—A federal judge Tuesday ordered famed attorney F. Lee Bailey to stand trial next Monday along with super salesman Glenn W. Turner on mail fraud charges involving Turner's once mighty financial empire. U.S. District .Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat denied Bailey's motion to have his case separated from Turner's and seven other defendants charged with using the mail to promote fraudulent business ventures. Bailey's attorneys contend that he was only Turner's corporation lawyer and had nothing to do with the business operations. Federal prosecutors say Bailey played a major part in the various promotions of Turner's businesses. The judge ruled on the motion in court following closed door heai'ings at which only the judge, lawyers and court aides were allowed. The 28-count indictment was returned in Orlando last May following an investigation into the operations of Turner's firms, Koscot Interplanetary Inc.,Dare to be Great Inc. and Glenn W. Turner Enterprises Inc. All three firms involved the sale of distributorships in which persons invest money and then recruit others to enter the venture. The Turner operation, which government prosecutors claim resembles the illegal pyramic Club, is now in bankruptcy. The organization has been under investigation or indictment in 40 states. Gas Dealers React To Rollback By Sally Schniachtenberg' Staff Writer Local gasoline dealers elicited varied reactions to the • recent rollback of petroleum prices. When asked his opinion of the Cost of Living Council's ruling, Lionel Young of Young's Exxon Service Station said he felt the decision was unfair since the big oil companies are increasing their fees and profits while the retailers are forced to rollback their prices. Local retailers do not agree with a statement by Jack Evans, stabilization manager for the state of Florida, saying that the rollback would not impose any hardship on gasoline dealers since the gasoline ceiling prices are based on the greater of the dealers' actual markup on Jan. 10,1973, or seven cents a gallon. Lionel Young said his Exxon station is feeling the cost pinch and may be forced to close for the winter. Young estimates his losses resulting from rollback are between $15 to $20 a day. He has been operating at an 8 ^/2 cent markup per gallon for the past ten years but now is making only 6 cents a gallon. Young feels this 6 cent markup can not defray the rise in operation costs. Describing the roUbacki as "unfair," Young says if other stations go on strike, he will follow suit. On the, other hand, Lewis Montgomery of East Bay Gulf Service Station says he has not yet been affected directly by the price rollback on gasoline, but he says he cannot predict what effect this will have on his operation in tlie near future. Eddie Tillerson of Back Beach MOJO Service Station This figure is then added to the says he is "not happy" with the price the dealer paid for his gas rollback and adds that in a few on Aug. 1 to arrive at the ceiling months he expects the prices to price. go up. He says his markup is now 'S^i cents per gallon, in contrast to his previous profits of 4 to &Y2 cents a gallon. "I'm going to write my congressman," says James Gaftman of Jim's Standard Oil Service Station. "The timing of the rollback was especially bad because they caught us at a time when our profits were low due to the gas shortage." On Sept. 17th an appelate court will decide whether to allow an injunction prohibiting the rollback of gasoline prices. If the court upholds the rollback, James Gartman said he will "go along with it "even though he is reporting a loss' of about $325 a month. . Jimmy Lawrence, manager of Art Edwards' LOCO Service Station which has recently reopened a three month shut-down, estimates his losses at $30 to $200 per day. Lawrence plans to start a general store to supplement his income. "Unfair" is Don Miller's response to the rollback on gasoline prices. The manager of Miller's One-Stop Shop says he is making the same profits as he did ten years ago, perhaps less. Like many retailers. Miller says he cannot keep up with the rising cost of his gasoline operation. If this pattern continues, Miller plans to discontinue selling gas and concentrate on his variety store which he has had for four years. On the national scene, scattered service stations closed their pumps in protest against Phase IV price regulations. An appellate court will rule Sept. 17.on the rollback. Nationwide protest shut-downs have been predicted if the ruling goes "against the dealers. Robert Jacobs, executive director of the Illinois and Indiana Gasoline Dealers Association said, "If we lose in the appellate court, stations will shut down from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We can't live with Phase IV even if we wanted to." Continued From Page One CHILE Deaths and Funerals Valparaiso and the cities of Onillota, Quinteros and Talcahuano were under control of the navy. A UPI cameraman reported seeing the bodies of two persons on the streets near the palace, one of them a paralytic; and some wounded, both civilians and soldiers. The overthrow of Allende followed months of crippling strikes by transport workers and other sectors of labor which paralyzed the economy and pushed Chile to the edge of economic disaster. A tank regiment in Santiago launched what turned out to be an unsuccessful coup earlier in the summer. It was quickly crushed when other troops remained loyal. The armed forces in announcinng the takeover pledged to respect the social and economic gains the workers won under Allende. The armed forces in its communique cited what it called "grave economic, social and moral crises" in the country to justify its demand that Allende resign. The communique also cited what it called the Allende government's "incapacity to adopt measures to deter chaos." Allende took over as the Western Hemisphere's first freely elected Marxist president in 1970 when a coalition of his Socialist party, the Chilean Communist party and other leftwing parties won the president but failed in an attempt to get control of congress. The worst of the increasing number of strikes was the walkout by owner-drivers of the trucking industry over the past few weeks and of shopkeepers. Allende attempted time after time to end the strike of the truckers and at one point brought leaders of the armed forces into his cabinet to try to restore order and get the crippled economy moving. He also threatened to seize thousands of trucks and assign to them non-strikirfg drivers. Allende's so-called "national .security" cabinet which included the military la.sted less than' a month before it resigned. Dissident members of the armed forces late this summer suri'ounded the president palace, demanding Allende resign. Loyalist troops put down the -ebellion and restored order. A month ago, anti-AllenOe forces blew up power pylons at several points outside Santiago and plunged the capital and much of the nation's most populous area into darkness in the midst of a nationwide radio and televijonaddress by Allende. The rebels cut power at a point when Allende pounded the desk in front of him to emphasize a point in his speech. The blackout affected not only Santiago but the big port city of Valparaiso and perhaps a third of the population of the country. The 47-day strike by nearly 50,000 truck and other transport drivers brought sympathy from professionals, businessmen and blue collar workers throughout the nation. It resulted In a vast curtailment of food supplies and hurt the economy severely. SGV(?/al new.spaperH In Santiago reported Monday that Allende's government had been considering use of Soviet and Cuban pilots to man jetliners of the nationalized airline LAN Chile, which was on strike. The government responded that the reports were a damnable, lie." \ews Briefs space sovereignty Vietnam." of the Republic of NEW YORK (UPI) -Former Chilean foreign minister Gabriel Valdes Tuesday night denied reports that the military junta will appoint him chief of state to replace ousted Marxist President Salvador Allende. "That is absolutely false," said Valdes, now a member of the executive staff of United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. Valdes said he was flying to Lima, Peru, later Tuesday night but said this had no relation to the overthrow of Allende's his Socialist Coalition government in Chile. "I am not going to Chile," said Valdes, a member of Chile's Christian Democratic party. "I have nothing to do with Chilean politics." Valdes said his trip to Lima, the first South American capital north of Santiago, Chile, was scheduled 15 days ago. He said would attend a meeting there with United Nations officials. Valdes declined all comment on the developments in Chile. Valdes was foreign minister during the six-year Christian Democratic administration of President Eduardo Frei, which preceded Allende's government. Allende, the first Mai'xist to be freely elected president in the Western Hemisphere, took office in 1970. Valdes came to New York the same year and is an assistant U.N. .secretary general, responsible for Latin America in the organization's development program. ALBERT C.HADLEY Mr. Albert C. Hadley, 69, Bay Harbor, died Monday evening in a local hospital. He was born in Atlanta but had been a lifelong resident of Bay County and was a self-employed refrigeration mechanic. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Kathryn Hadley; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Alice Miller, Hiland Park and Mrs. Shirley Ann Ellis, Springfield; two sons, Robert Charles Hadley, Lynn Haven and Marvin D. Hadley, Springfield and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Southerland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. U. Roy Chewning officiating. Burial will be in Callaway Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Smith, Earl Owens, Mike Whitfield, Arthur Banks, C.W. Scott, Gene Adkins and Hozie Barfleld. Southerland Funeral Home 1123 Harrison Ave. 785-8532 Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will be at the residence of Mr. Harvey Mathis,603Dewitt. Smith Funeral Home 505N.MacArthurAve. 785-464G HOWARD LEON PAUL Mr. Howard Leon Paul. 77. of Rt. 1, Box 315, Fountain died 1:40 p.m. in a local hospital. He was of Baptist faith and a member of Masonic Acme Lodge 222 F.&A.M. Mr. Paul was a warehouseman and had resided here for fourteen years, having come from New Jersey. He was also a World War One Veteran. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Eula Lowrie Paul of Fountain; one son Howard L. Paul, Jr., of Tampa and one daughter, Mrs. Vivian Fisher of Fountain; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Smith Funeral Home 505 N. MacArthur Ave.- 785-4646 By United Press International Grocers and processors predicted Tuesday the increase in beef prices because of the lifting of the price freeze will not come this week and when it comes it will be less than once expected. Walter Johnson, packing manager for Armour Co. in Liltlt- Rock, Ark., said he expected prices to bo 5 to 8 per cent higher rather than the 2030 per cent some had predi(;lo(i l)ecause "there ai'e more cattle ready to hit the market than we had thought," P r i c e s in supermarkets showed little change fi'omi last week before the ceiling was lifted at midnight Sunday. Many retailers said they did not expect any major change until at least next week. "We don't foresee any drastic price changes," said Edwin Sieveklng, a vice president of Kroger Co, "It's going to be ;i .supply and detnand thing in the end. Ultimately the consumer will make the decision," William llamady, president of Big Stai' food markets in West Virginia, said his stores would start raising prices in a few days to test consumer' r(;action. MRS. ANNIE ADCOCK MATHIS Mrs. Annie Adock Mathis, 84, died in a local hospital, 8:20 a.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Mathis had resided here for five years having come from Tallahassee. Mrs. Mathis was of Baptist faith faith and was the mother of the late Leon Mathis. She is survived by two .sons: Harvey D. Mathis and A.E. Mathis, Jr., both of Panama City; two daughters, Mrs. Edson •Xndrews and Mrs. Owen Gramlin, Iwth of Tallahassee; one brother, Frank Adcock «)f Freeport, La.; one sister, Mrs. Ollic Trotter of Baltimore, .Maryland; one nephew, W.J. Mathis of Panama City and thirteen grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m. at graveside, Forest Lawn Cenu'tcry with the Rev. B.G. Ilickem officiating. MR. WILLBURC. ROBERTS Funeral services for Mr. Willbur C. Rolierts, 43, of 1218 Marie Ann Blvd., who died Saturday, will be held Wednesday, 1 p.m., in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Clifton Hoffman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Gulf Coast Community College Foundation, Inc. Smith Funeral Home 505 N. MacArthur Ave. 785-4616 Charles A. Wilson, M.D., P. A. Announces the removal office to the Tollohossee Plastic Surgery Clinic, 1704 Riggins Rood, Tallahassee, Fl. Phone 904-877-2126 BATON TWIRLING INSTRUCTION LEARN TO BE A MAJOREHE OR CONTEST TWIRLER UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF: JERRY WILLIAMS South Carolina Slala Champion (4 (lmo») Florida Stata Champion Gmrglo State Champion National High Toti Chompion (2 tlmoi) Formar Foaluro Twirlar at F.S.U. RiOISTRATION SiPT. 12 6iOO-li00 r.M. SiPt. 2i004i00 P M CARTIR GYMNASTIC SCHOOL 2046 N. SMRMAN AVI FOR FURTWR INFORMATION CAll JmJtyZ . OR 763-2464 AFTIR 5:00 P.M. ^

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