Tucson Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 21, 1977 · 1
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SiPEfl STOCKS VOL 107 NO 147 1 " TUCSON ARIZONA TUESDAY JUNE 21 1977 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER ltd STOCKS 40 PAGES PAGE5D IS CENTS $60000 death contract? Wo - -' f trying am §ay§ Morgan Md9 life By RICHARD WOOD - CitiiM Soft Writer Slain Tucson businessman Charles C Morgan was in hiding at a West Side motel trying to make arrangements to buy off a "contract" on his life claims a woman who visited him several times daring his 11-day disappearance The woman who refused to identify herself made the statement in a telephone interview last night with Clarence Dupnik chief deputy of the County Sheriff's Office Morgan according to Dupnik told the woman be had raised $80000 in cash and was going to use the money to pay off someone who was planning to kill him "If they accept this then everything will be all right" the woman said she was told by Morgan She said Morgan whose body was found in the desert Saturday did not reveal airy names to her or tell her why someone would want to kill him the telephone conversation between Dupnik and the woman Was arranged by a Tucson Citizen reporter who received several calls from her yesterday Shesaid she was afraid for her life and refused to meet with investigators in person The woman who said she met Morgan about a month ago and had been seeing him socially from time to time said she visited him at the E-Z 8 Motel' 720 W Suverlake Road on four occasions over the last two weeks She said Morgan showed her a stack of $30 and $50 bills be had in his briefcase Dupnik said his investigators have confirmed that Morgan was staying at the motel He said a briefcase Charles C Morgan: To some a man of mystery to others a solid citizen Page2A matching the description provided by the woman was tound in Morgan's car but it contained only business papers The woman told Dupnik that her last meeting at the motel with Morgan took place Wednesday and that be telephoned her at noon Thursday two days before he was found dead west of Tucson with a bullet in his head ' - L In their final conversation he asked her to telephone his wife who had no word from him since he DuDnik said the woman orovided him with enough key information to indicate that she was telling the truth that Morgan was not really miss- This p t— i j uig lie suu Pies °OAM SWEEPSTAKES Look inside for a winner! disappeared June 7 and tell her he was "okay" The woman said she made the call about 6:30 pm Thursday and Morgan's widow confirmed that she received such a call Morgan apparently was expecting an attempt on his life His body was found wearing a bulletproof vest and his car contained a police monitor a citizens band radio and several weapons one of which may have been the death weapon Investigators also said that they found a $2 bill pinned to Morgan's shorts — a bill that Mrs Morgan said belonged to her husband She identified it through some writing that he had penned on the bill Meanwhile the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death Leon Gaskill special agent in charge of the FBI's Arizona office said agents are conducting a preliminary investigation to determine whether a full investigation should' be conducted under the organized crime statutes Morgan was a witness last month in a secret state investigation into possible illegal business activities in-Tucson according to State Atty Gen Bruce Babbitt He said Morgan gave a sworn deposition under subpoena but refused to say anything about the probe except that it was on behalf of the State Banking Department He said he offered Morgan "physical protection" but Morgan refused it Babbitt was in Tucson today and met with sher- Conttnued page 2A Where there 's smoke Cltizea Phot by Bruce Hopkins Huge clouds of smoke boil out of the Can Canyon area of the Coronado National Forest south of Sierra Vista where about 809 fire fighters worked through the night to contain a fire that has burned more than 1000 acres of ponderosa pine and under- brush The fire swept over the 1466-foot Miller Peak in me Huachuca Mountains and threatened about 35 homes and a bnmmlngbird sanctuary Stories page 1C Baboon heart fails her Transplant attempted CAPE TOWN South Africa (AP) — Heart transplant pioneer Chris tiaan Barnard's first attempt to bolster a human heart by grafting a baboon's heart onto it ended with the death of the patient a 26-year-old Italian woman early today "I think I will use chimpanzees next time" the surgeon told a news conference Looking haggard after the 10-hour operation yesterday at Groote Schuur hospital and the losing battle for the life of his patient Barnard said the transplant of the baboon's heart was a "last resort" He said the woman's death was certain without a transplant and a human heart was not available The woman's husband was reported under sedation at Groote Schuur and the hospital refused to release her name until he gave permission Barnard said the baboon's heart proved too small to keep the woman's circulation going when her own congenitally defective heart began failing The 53-year-old surgeon told an Interviewer in March that a human patient could be expect: ed to reject a transplanted animal heart eventually But he said the alien organ might work long enough for the patient's heart to make some recovery or might keep the patient alive until a human heart became available He told the news conference today that the baboon and the woman had the same blood type but matching of tissue types was not possible He said he would not know whether the woman's body rejected the heart until laboratory tests were completed but he said no evidence of rejection was apparent 1 Some money restored Council backs down on bus cuts By MARK KIMBLE " " ' Clttaa Suit Writer Bombarded with bitter criticism from angry and determined bus riders the City Council has agreed to partially restore proposed cuts in the bus system's budget for the next fiscal year The council which earlier wanted to trim the system's budget by about $400000 agreed to restore $100000 of that cut after a 3i-hour public bearing that frequently was interrupted by jeers boos shouting and cheering Following the hearing the council adopted the $208 million city budget for the 1977-78 fiscal year which begins on July 1 Other than the bus funding compromise no other changes were made in the budget last night An estimated 800 persons — including one group that chartered a city bus — packed the council cham-' ' '' W " ' ' bers and spilled outside where two television monitors were set up to broadcast the proceedings to those unable to find seats And marry of them were around until shortly before midnight — more than four hours after the meeting began — when the compromise was finally hammered out ' The large crowd turned out to protest a preliminary decision by the council last month to cut the city's subsidy of the bus system by about $400000 After 42 speakers paraded to the podium last night — most of them to condemn the bus cutbacks — the council decided to restore about half the proposed cutback The compromise — proposed by Concilman Schuyler W Linlnger — trims the funding cut from $400000 to about $300000 That will partially be offset by $118000 in additional revenue from higher fares leaving another' $182000 that still must be trimmed Councilmen Rudy A Castro and Richard E Amlee voted against the compromise — Castro because he felt the cut was still too big and Amlee because be believes the cut is too smalL The partial restoration of funds came after Vice Mayor Ruben Romero twice failed In attempts to get the entire $400000 cut restored Democrats Romero Castro and James A Hooton supported restoration of the full amount but they were outvoted by Republicans Linlnger Cheri J Cross Amlee and Mayor Lewis C Murphy The crowd which was packed tightly Into the council chambers heated to uncomfortable levels by television lights was rowdy from the beginning of the meeting When Murphy emerged from an anteroom to open the meeting he was greeted with boos and jeers Bus " Continued page 2A o o o Navy plane Crash — A Navy C130 airplane crashed early today in the Pacific shortly after takeoff from Wake Island AFB-apparemly killing all 16 military personnel aboard A search by Air Force and Coast Guard rescue planes was suspended because of high winds But medical personnel were dispatched from Hawaii to the scene ' The plane based at Agana Guam was en route home when it crashed about a mile offshore Sewer fees — Tucsonians will pay 5 to 10 per cent more per month starting in July for sewage treatment under rate increases authorized because of the opening of the $31 million Ina Road plant The minimum fee will remain at 75 cents per month for a single family home but the maximum fee will increase 10 per cent from the current $6 to $660 Residential sewer user fees are based on the amount of water used by a household Death sentence — a young Tucson man was sentenced to death today for the 1974 murder of a 70-year-old man who died of a heart attack after a gun was pointed at him during' the holdup of his tavern Details page 8A GaSOlbie tax — Rebuffed two weeks ago in his attempt to get a 5-cent gasoline tax through Congress President Carter may ask the House and Senate to approve a 3-cent levy ' A 3-cent tax introduced by an Illinois congressman was defeated the same day the House Ways and Means Committee killed the 5-cent proposal But a Carter aide said yesterday "We're starting to regroup" The president had asked for a 5-cent tax every year the nation failed to reach his energy conservation goals Rebates would have gone to energy savers Higher prices — Americans received some moderately good news today about the economy Increases in workers' income more than offset the May rise in prices adding a little to the average consumer's purchasing power While prices rose 06 per cent the factory worker's take-home pay increased 07 per cent But the May inflation rate was still considerably higher than increases in the last half of 1976 and offered no permanent comfort Summer's here Although the heat has long been a bummer It's only today that it's officially summer —SolStice Summer arrived at 5:14 am today as the sun reached its farthest point north of the Equator making this the longest day of the year Sunset will be at 7:34 pm The cloud cover should dwindle tomorrow although it still will be partly cloudy The high tomorrow should be in the upper 90s — not quite as warm as yesterday when it hit 100 The overnight low yesterday was 67 with tonight's low expected to be near 70 Full weather report page 4A Where to find it tar Bridge 12C Clt Charlie SA Classified 4C Comics 7D Crossword JC Deaths 4C Editorial ZC Financial 5 ID Aim Landers IC Mendelsohn 12A Movie Times IB PubRec 4C TV-Radio 7B Weather 4A Your Stan 2B Fun in the sun — Swimming was just part of the fun Amy Carter had during a one-day tour of the Tucson area while her mother was busy working For more photographic glimpses of the President's daughter see page 1C What's inside - MATADOR Diego O'Bolger whose sword has slain many brave bulls has a great love for animals His pets include an opossum sloth ocelot and lion Page IB - GOLFER Jeff Kern can hit the ball long and more importantly straight and the 19-year-old Tucso-nian would like to pit his game against the professionals Page ID 3 Sit 7 ? - 1 CIUm not by torn Uadta j Disgruntled riders Bernard and Bertha Jacoby 1451 S Jones BlvtL were among an - estimated 100 Tucsonians who attended a City Council meeting last night most to protest proposed cuts in the dry's bus system budget They're sitting on the edge of the speaker's podium In the crowded council chambers J - '

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