Pacific Daily News from Agana Heights, Guam on October 31, 1978 · 2
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Pacific Daily News from Agana Heights, Guam · 2

Agana Heights, Guam
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Tuesday, October 31, 1978
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Page 2 PACIFIC DAILY NEWS Tuesday' October 3J 1978 -o' w I J 9 J rMS- Too young to drivo AiMCUttd Prtti pfMto BJ Goodfellow 3 Vi and his brother Cory 2'A were rescued unharmed from this car after going on a wild ride when their mother Beckie Lyn Goodfellow left the motor running while she stepped out of the car for a moment Police say one of the children apparently tugged the gearshift from park to low The car rolled 60 feet down a driveway crashed through a wooden fence plunged over a 25-foot embankment and landed on top of an unoccupied car NAIROBI Kenya (UPI) A steady stream of detailed but clearly spurious Ugandan reports of fighting with Tanzania has convinced diplomatic observers here that President Idi Amin is in serious trouble at home Although the full extent of the internal crisis is not yet clear there are indications that a financial squeeze may be shaking Amins popularity in the army the fragile edifice from which the mercurial leader rules the country Twice in the past two weeks the official Kampala Radio has broadcast war communiques which have detailed an invasion of Ugandan territory west of Lake Victoria by a large contingent of Tanzanian troops The latest report broadcast Sunday asserted that Ugandan forces in the region of the border between the two nations have been surrounded It said Ugandan air force planes repulsed an attack by Tanzanizan jets with one Ugandan jet downed Tanzanian Foreign Minister Benjamin Mkapa called the reports absolute nonsense Tanzanian officials said that the border has been quiet except for occasional forays by Ugandan planes and that Tanzania has moved a squadron of fighters to the border area as a precautionary measure Neutral diplomats said there were no indications of fighting between the two countries especially on the scale described by Kampala which would be easily detectable on radar In addition diplomats in Kampala said the capital was calm and life appeared normal Similar reports emanated from towns said to be near' the scene of fighting These broadcasts seem to be designed to obscure what is really going on down there said one Western diplomat Frankly were not sure what the problem is but is seems pretty serious i wan m r i eir A theory which is gained credibility here is that troops loyal to Amin are engaged in clashes with dissident Ugandan military units based in the southern region of the country Refugees from the area have reported that the army in the south has molested the civilian population including the Roman Catholic archbishop In a purge of the military earlier this year Amin purged a former close friend who was the commander of Ugandan forces based at Masaka some 80 miles south "of Kampala The war communiques speak of heavy fighting around Masaka which lies near Lake Victoria and could be seen as a smokescreen for clashes between Ugandan army units In addition Amins government is said to be running seriously short of foreign currency at a time when the price of coffee Ugandas main export has plummeted from last year highs Because Amin enjoys relatively little " popular support he has been obliged to secure the loyalty of the army with extravagant purchases abroad of luxury consumer goods for the troops Reports from Kampala suggest that cash is so short that Western oil companies have cut off fuel supplies threatening to cripple the economy unless outstanding debts are paid In the last month Amin has made trips to Libya Egypt and Saudi Arabia in an apparent search for financial assistance to prop up his regime A convert to Islam Amin has previously received emergency assistance from ' the Arabs If the Arab world is reluctant to help Amin the internal problems he faces are expected to intensity sharply Amin exists only because of the army said one Western diplomat When the goodies stop arriving from abroad he will be finished fS Loose tfrucEt F0RT KENT Maine (UPI) Lester Boucher watched in horror as a huge tractor trailer truck left unattended with his brakes on by a neighbor crashed through his kitchen wall crushing his 3-year-old daughter Chari-- ty to death State police trooper Jim Caron said the little girl died Saturday morning when the truck which had been parked across the street rolled down an incline into the Bouchers kitchen leaving a gaping hole The trooper added a good portion of the cab or about 13 feet of the truck penetrated the kitchen wall at a perpen- crushes aorl w dicular angle front first Caron said the trucks momentum pushed the kitchen table away from the victim and pinned her under the bumpier Boucher 26 and his 2-year-old daughter Jocelin both were in the kitchen at the time of the accident Caron said Joseph Dubois a neighbor had parked the truck in his driveway and left the engine running The trooper said Dubois had engaged the emergency brakes before leaving the 70006 pound truck unattended But-Caron said the truck rolled down the driveway and across the road and entered the kitchen area of house LAS VEGAS Nev (AP) The parents of a 6-year-old boy abducted from a school playground broke a five-day silence Sunday to plead for his return promising to do anything to get their son back safely 1 The boy Cary Sayegh was taken from the playground of the Albert Einstein Hebrew School Wednesday said FBI spokesman Bill Jansen The parents received one telephone call three hours later demanding $500000 but no further contact was made he said We beg you please dont hurt him we havent seen him in so many days sobbed Marilyn Sayegh the chpds mother who made a brief appearance outside their plush home Please dont hurt him and well do anything Please just let him come home Hes so little Mrs Sayegh looked pale and drawn Her husband Sol 33 the owner of a large Las Vegas carpet firm was unshaven and looked haggard as he stood silently by her side Jansen who refused to comment on whether the FBI had any suspects in mind said the family had offered a $50000 reward for any information leading to the safe return of Cary He said he believed the case was the most intensive investigation that has ever been conducted in Las Vegas The child was taken from the school associated with Temple Beth Sholom between noon and 12:30 pm Jansen said The parents received one phone call about 3:30 pm and were told of the ransom demand and that another call would be made at mid-day Friday As of this time no additional telephone calls have been received and the boy is still missing Jansen said The Sayeghs who neighbors say have another son and a daughter live in a rambling two-story home in a fashionable neighborhood about one mile west of the Las Vegas Strip Many of the homes in the area are valued at well over $100000 Neighbors described the family as extremely close and said they were active in church activities Employees of Sayegh have said he is involved in a number of charities The news media which learned of the kidnaping shortly after it occurred voluntarily withheld publication of the story at the request of the FBI Jansen said the family decided to break their silence after hearing nothing more from the abductor Sayegh along with two other men faces trial in federal court for allegedly attempting to bribe the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission in connection with efforts to have a new type of coin-operated gaming device approved for use in the states casinos Pits osn M a ST MELBOURNE Australia ( UPI ) Rhonda Rushton girlfriend of missing pilot Frederick Valentich made a two-hour aerial search Sunday in a chartered twin-engine plane looking for her boyfriend The 17-year-old girl still firmly believes Valentich crashed near Cape Otway Apollo Bay about 100 miles from Melbourne after turning back when he reported engine trouble about 12 nautical miles (138 miles) from land He always told me thats what hed do if he got into trouble over the sea she said A group of Valentichs friends armed with transceivers were also in the heavily timbered mountains and bush tracks searching for a trace of the plane They said We want to search the area because the official search was concentrated on the sea and not the land There are quite a few of us who have known him for years and we still think he is alive Valentich disappeared Oct 21 after reporting to flight controllers that a UFO was flying near him while piloting his single-engine Cessna 182 from Melbourne to King Island 130 miles to the south An official 7000 kilometers (4200-mile) search by six planes was abandoned after four days when no trace was found of the pilot or his aircraft An oil slick in the sea was later shown to be from a marine diesel engine and not from an aircraft Rushton said that Valentich had once told her that if a UFO did come to Earth hed go back with it but not without her Friends of the pilot and Guido Valentich the pilots father have reacted angrily to rumors that Fredericks disappearance is an elaborate hoax and that he staged his own disappearance His father said A UFO could have dropped him where there is no search going on for him He could have been taken away and dropped in a remote area of Australia or overseas he said The father then appealed to people all over the world to look for him and his plane Two other light aircraft have disappeared in the same area in the last 10 years 1

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