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WEATHER FORECAST FTl National wtathtr Strylct Predldl: TM * Fair Tonight . Rain Tomorrow' IKE BRIDGEPORT POST FINAL EDITION * * · * · * Late Local and Wire Newt' VOL. XC1, NO. 290 Publish^ Dolly ot 410 Slots SI., Bridgeport, Conn. 06WJ ·BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1974. Second Class Fostas* Paid ct Bridgeport, Conn. SEVENTY-TWO PAGES FOUR SECTIOKS 8 INMATES HOLDING 3 HOSTAGES 'WILLING TO DIE' FOR DEMANDS WALPOLE, Mass. (AP) Eight Walpole State Prison inmates who took three hostages Tuesday night told a state legislator "they were willing to die before being dehumanized any further." Later on in tho morning a group of people entered the pri. son apparently to negotiate with tha inmates. Prison authorities said the group .included two state legislators and a deputy Corrections Department commissioner. The department said the hos- on, reported that the list of 18 demands included full amnesty for those involved, meaningful prison programs, due process for accused inmates in disciplinary proceedings, an end to "harassment of inmates' visitors" and a public investigation into the administration of the prison. The inmates also demanded the release from the segregation unit of three prisoners held Tuesday night when "authorities allegedly found contraband weapons in their cells during the shakedown. Officials said the eight inmates began by seizing guards Robert Pierce and John Kelly in a third-floor area. When prison physician Ernest 5 Pasterello and an assistant, Dennis Spencer, were allowed to examine the guards, Spencer was taken hostage. Dr. Pasterello was allowed to leave. He later told officials that some of the inmates were armed with knives. The eight inmates were identified by prison officials as: John Clinkscales of Roxbury, convicted of murder and sentenced to death; William J. Johnson of Mattapan, murder, death; Enfrid Brown Jr. of Norwood, murder, death; Peter J. Ladetto of Cambridge, murder of a policeman; James McAlister of Boston, murder death. Also Hush Johnson of Boston, armed robbery, 8-10 years; Curtis J. Johnson of Boston', Vice President-Designate Gets Pat on the Back AP Wlrtphoto ; President Gerald Ford (left) pats the back of Nelson RobRe- feller, vice president-designate, yesterday in New York city. The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm the nomination of Rockefeller. A vote in the House is expected next week, Ford was in New York to confer.with Rockefeller and experts on nuclear energy and space from Rockefeller's Commission on Critical Choices for Americans. ! tages--two guards and a medic--had been tied at the wrists and ankles and were held at knifepoint by the eight, who included five convicted murderers. The hostages had not been larmed and had been fed, the department said. The group included Rep. Bill Owens, D-Boston, a black state senator-elect who had met with the inmates earlier. Deputy Corrections Commissioner Joseph Higgins, Sen. Jack Backman of Brookline and the Rev. Edward Rodman were also in the group. The prisoners, the department said, seized the civilians late Tuesday night in a minimum security area of the 500- inmate maximum security facility. Owens, a former Walpole convict himself, said alter his earlier meeting with the insurgents that they were "willing to T armed robbery, 4-7, and Robert Thompson of Boston, armed assault with intent to rob, 10-15, The inmates held in the segregation unit were identified as Ralph Hamm, president of the National Prisoners Rights Association; Aaron Parker, and William Summers. The inmates also demanded, proper clothing, bedding and toilet articles for all prisoners and the placemen of U.S. government mailboxes and pay telephones in all cell blocks. irumbull Students Deny 'Big' Drug Use; Okrepkie Deplores Public Nature of Charges Albert Predicts House Will Follow Senate's Example OF Voting Overwhelmingly to Confirm Rockefeller WASHINGTON- (AP) -House speaker Carl Albert predicts the House will follow the Senate's example of voting overwhelmingly, to confirm,Nelson A. Rockefeller as the na- non elected yice Judiciary Com- tiqh's ^'second president The 'House mittee ; is scheduled to, vote Thursday on whether to recpm- iriend-. that the nomination be approved,^The .full House is expected tp vote next week. Albert i made" his 'unofficial prediction at a'-news conference: after the Senate voted 90 to 7 Tuesday to confirm the- nomination. The 66 year-old former, New York governor was nominated by President tord 114 days ago, a time lapse that, caused several senators to question the workability of the 25th amend ment to the .Constitution'which governs presidential'succession, Ford became the first ^nbn- PUG Denies Hearing Plea On feHG Land in Sfielton By STEPHEN J. WINTERS HARTFORD--The state Public Utilities commission has denied a request, by Westport First'Se- lectman Jacqueline P. Heneage to conduct .hearings, in a Fairfield county community on a petition of. the Bridgeport Hydraulic company to. sell two parcels of its watershed holdings,in Shr'- ton. , : - ' . PUC\ Chairman, Howard --E. Hausman cited : a .state, statute which allows : a hearing ,to take Weather Data 1 DaJq from Natlcxial'v/wiher Servlc* U.S. D*pl. of Ccmmerea BRIDGEPORT AND VICINITY --Sunny this afternoon with high temperatures in low to raid 40s. Fair.early tonight and increasing cloudiness after midnight. Low temperatures tonight in low to mid 3Ds; Ctiance of rain tomorrow, high in mid 40s. EXTENDED O U T L O O K -Chance of:rain Friday and Sat urday. Day time highs above normal in the mid 40s. Overnigh lows in the mid 30s. , TEMPERATURE (Sikorsky Airport Readings) LowiToday . . . 3 ' Highest Yesterday 4 C Lowest Yesterday 3 Highest (Dec. 10, 1973) 4 Lowest (Dec. 10, 1973) 3 Harbor Water Temperature . 4 Degree 1 Days Yesterday ... Degree Days Since July 1 ..1,21 PRECIPITATION Today (10 hours to 10 a.m.) . For Month 3.6 1974 to date 39.5 Barometer (II a.m. reading) 30.1 Humidity (11 a.m. reading) 67 SUN, MOON, AND STARS , Wednesday, Dec. 11,1874 Today is the three hundred an forty-fifth day of the year, the eightieth day of fall. The Su sets today at 4:24 p.m. and rise tomorrow at 7:05 a.m. The Mod rises tomorrow at 6:06 a.m. Th New Moon (and partial eclipse the Sun) will appear Friday mo: ing. THE TIDE ace in the locality affected the petition of:at least 25 rsons, but said no such, peti- n had been received. · . -"v 'The practice'of the commis- n is, without a petition, to Id hearings locally if requested municipal officials, -Mr ausman added, but said Shelton icials have not made such, a quest. Selectman Heneage had a.skec a Fairfield county hearing yirig .that Bridgeport Hydraulii slomers" located in the Bridge rt area should benefit from, the le of the property and.not the iiity's 'stockholders. Mr. Hausman said, however Today · 8:03 a.m. .. 9:35 p.m. .. 2:50 a.m. .. 1:30 p.m. ., High Low Tomorro . 3:52 a.m . 10:23 p.m . 3:40 a.i . 4:17 p.m (Continued on Page Six) Today's Chuckle Brief hook review: "The covers are too far apart." lected vice president when he as confirmed by Congress to ucceed Spiro T. Agnew, who esigned. The seven' senators who voted gainst the nomination said hey did so for a variety of rea- ons, including Rockefeller's olitical philosophy, his fami- y's billion-dollar, wealth, arid lleged improprieties of Rockfeller's large gifts and loans to olitical associates. Three of the 'seven senators generally are regarded .as con ervatives. They are Sens. Bary 'Goldwater,' R-Ariz.; Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and William I.. Icott, R-Va. The other four are regarded is ':liberals: Sens. James S Abpurezk,. D-S.D.; Birch Bayh, D-Ind.; Gay.lord Nelson, D-Wis.! and Howard M. Metzenbaum, D-Ohip. - . . Sen. Peter H. Dominick, R Colo., who was defeated for re election in the November elec ions, voted "present" because Rockefeller donated $500 to his campaign. "If I had voted for him, some people would say it was be :ause of the contribution and i 1 voted against him other would say 1 was an ingrate, st 1 decided not to vote at all,' Dominick said. Bayh said that while he ap proved of the time taken on th Rockefeller nomination h could not agree with the 9 to Rules Committee vote appro' ing Rockefeller. Bayh said th Rules Committee declined t state whether Rockefeller' large gifts and loans to .Ne 1 ork state officials violated ate law. Nelson said the Rockefeller irmly wealth is too pervasive i the American economic sys '.m to be blended with the ma- unery»of the fedeial govern lent. Abourezk said Rockefeller is le symbol of ''cold war thmk- ig'' and an advocate of what Vbpurezk said was unnecessary military spending'. die before being dehumanized any further." Both the offices of Gov. Francis W. Sargent and Gov.- elect Michael S. Dukakis said they .were in touch with prison officials, but there were mediate plans for a meeting with the eight men, some re portedly armed with knives. About' 80 state 'police, including members of the Tactical Force, were placed on alert at the nearby Foxboro barracks but were not moved' into the prison. Except for the cellblock where. the hostages were held, which houses about GO inmates, all other prisoners at the state's highest security facility were locked up, state police re ported. David Brown, a Correction Department spokesman, said By DENNIS SCHAAL and JAMES ASHER TRUMBULL -- Police Commissioner Joseph Sciortino's allega- :ions last week that Trumbull nigh school has a major drug problem and that school administrators condone it, were deplored by some 100 angry THS students attending a Board of Education session in Hillcrest junior high school last night. I n " a related development, Ralph Okrepkie, director of the Trumbull Council of Concerned Citizens, today criticized Police Commissioner Sciortino; . in a written statement, for making public 1 charges concerning the alleged school drug problems. "Mr. Sciortino's statements are vithout basis in fact and without a bit of proof," said senior class ^resident Roger Friedman last night, as he read from a prepared statement drafted by Stu- lent Council members, class officers, and club representatives. police com- it surprises "Having heen a missioner so long, us that he (Mr. Sciortino) has just become aware of this problem, and once aware, that he did not choose instead to first approach our Board of Education and school administrators," Mr, Okrepkie said. Since school opened in Septem- A-number of senators voting or. the -nomination : said- they id so reluctantly. They said heir reluctance stemmed from ither the controversies that lave extended consideration .of lie nomination or their basic isagreement with Rockefel- er's political philosophy. A larger number, however, aid' that Rockefeller's achievements during his 15 years '·Jew York's governor and a career of more than 30 years of public service outweigh any · iri- itances of poor judgment that lave been disclosed- at , committee hearings. were apparently routine weapons the prisoners upset over a search Tuesday and the cancellation of a prisoners' banquet that evening. Owens, who said he served at Walpole from 1965 to 1967 for assault with a dangerous weap- N. J.. Judge Refuses New Trial for Carter JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's motion for a new trial in a 1966 triple killing was denied today by' a ^Superior Court judge who said he did not believe (he recantations of two key witnesses. Judge Samuel A. Larner ruled on the motion by Carter and codefendant John Arils after an evidentiary hearing during which the two key prosecution witnesses said they had lied at the original trial. The basis for the new trial motion was the recantation by the state's key witnesses, Arthur D. Bradley and Alfred P. Bello. Carter and Artls were sentenced to life .terms in prison in 1967 by Larner. ber, there have been just two drug cases in the high school, both involving marijuana, the class president said. "No student has ever passed, out in class and if they had, they certainly have not and would not be sent to the nurses' office to sleep it off," the student leader said. William Goldstein, the head ? master, and the housemasters do ' said. "The investigation will also find this problem to be totally removed from the school, and less severe thar. any high school in this county." The class president accused the police commissioner of play ing politics. "It is time that town officials realize they cannot use the students of Trumbull high school in order to prove their own points and win their own battles," he said. "We do not want to be pawns in their master game plan." "When is the last time Mr Sciortino . stepped foot into . Trumbull high school?" askec 3heryl Sediafc, a THS sopho- ~ore. Another THS sophomore, Met- e-lise Fj'aere, told the audience hat she has never seen someone ass out in the corridors, nor smelled marijuana "There is grass in the school; I'm not saying that there is no problem drug the high school," the sophomore said. "But the problem is only a fraction of what it says in the'news- papers." The students sifted at re-' ports that barbituates can be (Continued on Page Six) Fahey Elected Chairman Of State National Bank not condone usV in' the Assessment Cut 25% On Apartment Building A stipulated judgment has|Yale Matzkin calls for a reduc- Torlay's Index Page 41 63.thru 71 62-63 Bridge, Goren ... Classified Comics Crossword Puzzle Editorials 36 Financial News . . 6 0 Health, Dr. Steincrohn ...... 4D Heloise 41 Home and Fashions 39 Horoscope '.... 56 Obituaries --'; 64 Society News 38 Sports 52-53-54-53 Stage and Screen 58-59 TV, Radio Programs 61 been entered in Common Pleas court in which the Edsam corporation has been granted a reduction of 550,000 in the assessment on a-26-unit apartment building at 625 Fairfield avenue near West Avenue on the city's 1973 Grand List. The settlement will result in a tax 'refund of $2,645 to the corporation, in the event all of the taxes on the property relating to the original assessment have been paid. The city had assessed the land and buildings on the site for $203,490 on the October, 1973 Grand List but the agreement reached and approved by Judge 'Family Life' Program May Be on Board Agenda Next Spring-Officials See Need for Sex Education Here By DAVID KEYES City education officials said today there is a pressing need for "comprehensive family life" instruction, including sex education, in Bridgeport's schools. And Dr. Howard Zinner, president of the Board of Education, said the development of such a program will probably be on the board agenda next spring. "Outside of some information on venereal disease and the little instruction on the reproductive process that students get in biology class, there is little real sex education in the schools," according to Mrs. Janet Stern, director ot the city's Center for Interim Education. The center provides academic, and pre-natal training for pregnant students in the city school system. Mrs. Sterri stated that there were about 150 student pregnancies reported during the past year, many of which could be attributed to the lack of in- formation on how a woman gets pregnant. The director pointed out that in the past three years no girl who has gone through instruction at the center has had to, re-enter the program. Sex education would not necessarily be the most important part of the program, she said, because there is also a definite need lor instruction in medical matters. According to Mrs. Stern, many of the girls she deals with in her program "have little knowledge of preventive health care." She said she visualized the complete program operating in classes from kindergarten to grade 12. · "We could start in kindergarten by giving the children an ex- · planation of why they have to get shots," Mrs. Stern said. "By giving .students instruction in these matters through ill levels of school, we would produce more useful members of ths community who would be able to take care of themselves and their families." Mrs. Stern said she did not have a program worked out to present to the board, but there is a wide variety of sources which could be tapped to provide information to organize a program here. She noted that the University of-Bridgeport has courses on human sexuality, and that other communities are operating sex and health education programs in their schools. Mrs. Stem stressed t h a t those who set up and teach such courses will have to be very knowledgeable in the field. This concern was echoed by Michael C. Bisciglia, a member of the Board of Education. "I would want to get information from experts and those who are teaching similar programs," he said. Dr. Zinner also said he would tion in the figure to $153,490. The stipulated judgment in the Edssm appeal is the latest in a recent series of agreements reached on challenges to the city's assessment procedures involving the Grand Lists of 1372 and 1973. Last month, the city was "cheap s directed to refund an estimated students, one-quarter million dollars in property tax overpayments, effective next July 1, to ten plaintiffs based on agreements reached in 27 separate assessment appeals. The approximate $250,000 in refunds would he based on all taxes on the appeals involved already having been paid. The Edsam appeal, which aimed an excessive assessment, was one of nearly 100 filed Common Pleas court con esting the method of arriving at ssessments on various city pro- erties over the past year. Plaintiffs in the appeals con- end that their properties have ot been uniformly assessed in elation to other real estate in le city. The flood of appeals began after Gimbels Brothers department store won a $2 million eduction in its assessment in 973. Samuel Derman represented he Edsam corporation in its appeal and Leonard S. Paoletta, ci- y tax attorney, was counsel for he Board of tax Review. school as the police commissioner charged, -he said. The Board of Police Commissioners conducted a meeting in the Town Hall Monday afternoon where two local parents complained about the availability of drugs in Trumbull schools. The' commission has announced that it will conduct an executive session with the Police department's Detective bureau and school officials to investigate the flurry of- charges and countercharges. The students' testimony last night, interrupted several times by applause from students and parents, was unscheduled: it came prior to a school hoard budget session. Mr. Sciortino did not attend the session. On several occasions, students addressed their comments to him and wondered where he was. "The allegation that 'dope' can be studied in our halls would quickly be dismissed if either Mr. Sciortino or Mr. (Dennis) Schaal, the writer of the original article, would care to visit Trumbull high," Mr. Friedman said. The class president demanded a retraction or an "independent investigation" to counter the "cheap shots" aimed at THS tudents. In making his charges, Mr. Sciortino offered no specific instances of drug use in the high school to substantiate his case 35 was noted in the original news story, Friedman said. "The investigation will find that THS has a limited drug problem, consisting partly of marijuana and partly of alcohol," he T -The board of directors-of State National Bank of Connecticut at its meeting yesterday afternoon elected Joseph F. Fahey, Jr., of Stamford, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the 'bank, succeeding Benjamin Blackford. Mr. Fahey was also re-elected bank president. ;Mr. Blackford w i l l b e less active in the management of the bank but will continue to serve as chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors. Mr. Fahey began his banking career in 1947 with the Greenwich Trust company, a pre- Attack on 2 Girls Being Investigated Two Bassick high school girl students were attacked by 20 young girls near school property yesterday at 2:30 p.m. and an unknown quantity of pine-scented dlsenfec- tant was poured into their mouths, police reported. The girl victims were treated at Bridgeport hospital and later released. Their attackers were not Identified. Police identified the victims as Margaret Padin, 15, of 95 Albion street, and Serelda Aqulne, 15, of 54 Clinton avenue. Youth division detectives are investigating. Interim Schools Supt. Gerald Barbaresi said today ihe incident had not been reported to school officials, but that he had Instructed Bassick principal Edward Tamashunis to look into the matter. ecessor of State National Bank. T e was made assistant Vic's'^. resident m the mortgage de- 2 ^ artment in 1958, vice president T mortgage administration in 159, and senior vice president in le mortgage department in 162. In 1965, Mr. Fahey.was laced in charge of the bank's an department and made hairman of the loan committee: n March 1973, he was elected resident of the bank. A graduate of the University of 'otre Dame, Mr.' Fahey has ompleted courses in real-estate aw and banking at several urii- ersity schools. Mr. Fahey Is president of tamford hospital, past president f the Connecticut Bankers asso- iation and former president of Stamford Development corporation. He is also a member of the Bridgeport Council of Economic Advisers. Mr. Fahey serves as the Amer- can Bankers association's repre- entative on the advisory committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uni- orm State Laws. He is a mem- er of the Bishop's finance-committee of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the board of trustees of "airfield university, and the advisory council of New Haven university. Mr. Fahey and his wife live in Stamford with their seven children. Mr. Blackford served as president and a director of State National Bank from 1958 to 1967, when he was elected chairman of the board. Prior to 1958, he (Continued on Page Sis) Plaza Garage to Provide Space for Donors--· Free Parking for Post Blood Bank (Continued on Page Nine) n SHOPPING DAYS TILL C H R I S T M A S ! Free parking will be provided In the Lafayette Plaza garage, Lafayette boulevard and State street, on Monday, Dec. 16, for persons who donate blood at the 16th annual pre-Christmas blood bank of The Post Publishing company, 410 State street, spokesman for the Meyer's Parking System announced today. Edward Faulkner, system manager, said blood donors will be able to park anywhere within the parking garage, where they will receive a parking ticket upon entry. At the blcod bank, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., donors will receive, upon request, a card verifying that they had given blood on Dec. 16, at the newspaper bloodmobile visit. Both the garage parking ticket, which will be stamped at the blood bank, and the confirming donor card will be required on return to the Lafayette Plaza garage. Only when both are presented it the garage will the donor's parking fee be waived, Mr. Faulkner said. Donors who do not have the card for verification will be required to pay the usual fee, he added. Any person betweea the ages of 17 and 6S -- the younger with parental permission and the elder with doctor's permission -- may give blood not more than five times in a year. Married minors or minors on active duty in the armed forces do not require parental release. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and must not have undergone major surgery six months prior to a blood bank. During pregnancy and six months after delivery, donors will not be accepted. Prospective donors who wish, to make appointments are asked to contact the newspaper's City Desk tomorrow through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, appointments are not necessary and walk-in donors will be, welcomed.

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