Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 23, 1973 · Page 1
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, April 23, 1973
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Home Paptr of Coffiffitittltlet Clear Tonight Low 50s Showers Tuesday High 70's LXXXII 4 GALESBURG, ILL. 61401 — MONDAY/APRIL 23, PRICE TEN CENTS WASHINGTON President Nixon's (DPI) Police Unload Gun Grim-faced police officers unload the gun of security officer Versell Barnett who died after he forced the car commandeered by William Bonner to the curb during Bonner's • shooting spree that killed six persons. Barnett may have been killed by police bullets when he was caught in the crossfire. UNIFAX persona lawyer, Herbert W. Kalmbach, had control of a secr^ fund that may have contained as much as half a million dollars durihg the presidential - cam^ paign, the Washington Star- News said today. The newspaper said the money was kept at a Newport Beach, Calif., bank and that it was used in part "for political spying and disruption" including payments to a Los Angeles attorney, Donald W. Segretti. Segretti previously was identified as an undercover operative during the Nixon campaign. The West Coast fund, the Star-News said, was kept in a hidden bank account at the Newport Beach branch of the Bank of America. The money was funneled into the account by cashier's checks bought with cash at a different Beach Bank, the Newport Security Pacific National Bank, the newspaper said. There have been previous reports of Washington funds during the Nixon campaign totaling $750,000 or more, with ^ome of it being used for political surveillance activities, allegedly including the Watergate bugging case. The newspaper said ** various sources'' put the total amount that passed through the New- rt Beach account as "anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000.'' It apparently was closed out, the Star-News said, early last year—well before the break-in of Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington June 17. The new disclosure came as: —The Washington Post said it was told by "highly reliable sources in the executive branch" that Nixon was warned as earlv as last December that III Where to Find 2 SECTIONS 32 PAGES Abingdon 25 Amusement 6 Building 23 Bushnell Classified Ads 27-28-29-30-31 Comics^Radio 26 Editorial 4 Galva _ 8 Hospital Notes 15 Knoxville Markets — Monmouth Obituary Sports __. Wcftther _. Women In The News. JO-U surveillance (at the Watergate) and the cover-up" afterward. —The Watergate grand jury continued its investigation of with Dean, counsel, Sen. Edward Brooke some former and present close I not be a "scapegoat" m case today, White House legal expected to appear either today or Tuesday. He has said he will the associates, including John W. Dean HI and John N. Mitchell, "were probably deeply involved in both the illegal electronic affair. The 15 federal district judges stationed in Washington arranged a meeting for this afternoon to discuss the leak of grand jury minutes to columnist Jack Anderson. Several days during the past week Anderson has been including excerpts of secret grand jury testimony in his columns and the FBI has been called in to investigate how he got tran- N I" ' I 1,1 If' I [if p ^ . Ml H • "• . ' !• .i ..rii Ar 1 ^1 lit* "tl ers (Continued on Page 27) Gallup PoU: Third Think Nixon Knew rsons le , I'M.,, •1. • III WASHINGTON (UPI) A LOS ANGELES (UPI) WilUam Bonneir got into an argument Sunday with Otha Lekviti, believed to be his grandmother. Police were trying to determine today why that triggered a wild, two-hour outburst of violence in which 16 people were shot, six of whom died. Bonner, 25, wounded in the legs in a climactic gunbattle with police, condition at Medical was in serious the County-USC Center jail ward, where he was held on murder charges. Among the wounded was a security guard who forced a car carrying Bonner to the curb and tried to shoot him. The was the guard, felled Versell Bennett, by two bullets in at Bonner. Police at first believed robbery was the motive for some of the shootings, but said today there were indications Bonner knew all the victims. Shootings at Six Sites The shootings took place at six locations. The dead included Mrs. Leavitt, 53, killed with a 20- gauge shotgun at Bonner's home at the start of the rampage. Police said two teen-agers- Anthony Thomas, 16, and Carolyn Cleveland, 17—were shot and wounded nearby. They were believed to have been with Mrs. Leavitt. Miss Cleveland was in critical condition. In the next two hours: —A 13-year-old girl, Ailene Wells, was shot to dedth at a 18, wa$ head. Authoities said he may ^ ^ have been hit by police shooting service station and her 18-year- Yippies Planning to Schedule National Grass 'Smoke-ins' IOWA CITY, Iowa (UPI) The Youth International Party, meeting here during the weekend, said it is planning a series of marijuana "smoke - ins" across the nation next weekend. The Yippies said the smoke- ins will include one here next Saturday. During Sunday's session, the Yippies held a **test smoke-in" on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. Under the eyes of a beefed- up corps of university security officers, a group of about 50 Yippies from 16 states and Canada called for the release of jailed marijuana offenders and the ''immediate impeachment of President Nixon" at the close of a national conference here Sunday. There were no arrests during the peaceful smolte - in Sunday despite the presence of what appeared to be marijuana, Sunday's meeting was the first in a series that the Yip­ pies said would culminate in a large - scale rally July 4 in Washington, when members said they would press for Nixon's ouster. **We figure he will be in a lot more trouble then than he is now," said YIP spokesman Dana Beal of New York City. A Yippie statement said Nix* on was guilty of **a range of constitutional charges" including '^criminal espionage" in the Watergate bugging case and **conducting illegal wars. old sister, Vickie, critically wounded. —A mechanic at a service station^, idenf if led by sheriff's deputies as Raleigh Henderson, 33, was shot and killed. —Jevi Thompson, 57, was killed by a shotgun blast in the stomach at a liquor store. His killer critically wounded Thompson's wife, Edie Mae, 53,. and son, Alfred, 15. Two Employes Wounded At another liquor stort, Robert L. Smith, an employe, was shot and critically wounded, and Roosevelt Jenkins, another employe, was wounded in the leg. —At a third liquor store, Smitty Sneed, 57, the owner, was shot to death, and d customer. Duly Oscar Bennett, 58, was wounded in the shoulder. —Diane Lore Andrea, 22, was killed by a shotgun blast in the neck at her home. An all-points bulletin was out for Bonner by that time. Police said a patrol car sighted him near Miss Andrea's home and (IIUP..,J,, '•• 'iU.. J rl!H[1l|l,,ii r Ml • 1 'flM 4l 1 -'a 'TV" m ,u .,,11, Wf, .III L -nhH-j ^r*! ' '^u • • dpi ' •J•tl'^•^ll •J 'l•^^ ••••••wm-- 4... :„„iy/ '.II - H-' ^> it 'll.; K ,111 • •:ii:t,,i:i'':'Jiii'''piS;::i: •"•'MA •my -I' IMliljii Inner Tube Race A contestant in the first annual Carrabassett Inner Tube Race, held near Kingfield Maine, seems to be enjoying himself as he rows his makeshift entrv down the Carrabassett River. The event was held Sunday despite cold which the entrants didn't seem brisk winds, UNIFAX water and to notice. Vixon May Act Soon on 1 v to fire there at the no Bonner tried officers but there was ammunition in his shotgun. Bonner sped off in his car, police said, with the patrol car chasing him. Bonner crashed into another auto stopped at a traffic light and commandeered an auto driven by Mary Felton, 45, of Inglewood, who had her two daughters, 10 and 12 years old, with her. Guard Sees Takeover KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (UPI) President Nixon, planning last December that some of his assistants were involved in the what appeared to be a major Watergate case and subsequent his White House coverup attempts. a guard for the Security Corporation, Bonner take over Mrs. car at gunpoint and joined the chase, setting up a Bennett. Hicks saw Felton's (Continued on Page 27) shake-up in staff, returned here today from an overnight visit to a private island retreat in the Bahamas. Nixon landed at mid-morning following an hour and 15-minute flight from Grand Cay amid reports he would act soon on results of his own investigation Mitchell, presidential counselor John W. Dean III and others- have become the focus of a grand jury investigation into Watergate welter of charges and counter- White House charges among aides that has shown new Gallup poll shows four of every 10 persons questioned believed President Nixon knew about the Watergate affair in advance. The poll, published Sunday, also showed that about one- third of the persons interviewed felt the case revealed corruption in the White House. A large majority of Americans—83 per cent—had read or heard about the case when the poll was taken last week, before Nixon made his announcement that there . had been "major developments" in the case and that hi^ aides would testify about it. The percentage who had heard about it by last week compared to 52 per cent in October shortly before the presidential election, Gallup concluded the high level of awareness could seriously effect Republican chances in next year's congressional elections. The persons questioned were asked whether the Watergate case revealed ''corruption in the Nixon administration" or was a case of "just politics." The White House also is no,the case. into the June 17 bugging of the and longer bothering to deny that the scandal over political espionage and attempts to cover it up are the worst to hit the Nixon administration since it took office more than four The President years ago. himself reportedly compared it Democratic Headquarters and at a meeting of his Cabinet last announce resignations of some Friday in Washington to high-ranking assistants. Cambodian crisis of 1970. Deputy Press Secretary Ger- Nixon flew here to the island home of Robert H. Abplanalp, a close personal friend, Sunday after attending Easter services with his family at a neighborhood church on Key Bfscayne, Fla. followed has I Thirty-one per cent chose the scarcely shown in the few, "corruption" response, while 53 glimpses newsmen have liad of the President. With him was C. G. the Rebozo, Befbe Sunday he and his family posed for photographers in their Easter finery on the front lawn of their vacation villa and then hopped into a limousine for the three-minute drive to the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church. another close friend The Rev. John A. Huffman with whom he has spent time Jr.. who is a Nixon favorite and His closest political associ- during similar crises in the aid L. Warren, the only'Nixon ates and several top assistants past. The President took along aide available to reporters, had no comment on reports in the Washington Post that Nixon had been warned as early as White House Chief of Staff H. R. Halderman, domestic counselor John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John N. a briefcase but no aides. Whatever embarrassment he felt over the over me illegal intrigue committed in his behalf and the'Watergate case. has presided over services in the White House, preached a sermon on redemption of sin which—whether intended or not —carried overtones of the Court Asked to WASHINGTON (UPI) The Supreme Court was told today during argiunents in a major school case that white students in Richmond, Va., were freely albwed to transfer from the city into nearby counties purely to avoid desegregation. In what may lead to a landmark decision affecting big city schools across the nation, the Court was asked to uphold Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr., ordered 1972, of the school in January, consolidation boards of the city of Richmond and the and of adjacent Henrico Chesterfield counties as of endine: racial a district federal judge's that only means of ending isolation of the all-black inner city schools. Invalid Last June The order has been held in Supreme 4th U.S. held pending The desegregation order that ignored county-city political boun riaries in the Richmond area. abeyance Court appeal. Circuit Court of Appeals Merhige's action invalid last June. William T. Coleman, attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, (DF), argued before the Supreme Court that white children were allowed to move freely across the county lines into the rural, mostly white county systems when their city schools were ordered desegregated. **lt is only when it comes to desegregating schools that (school) districts all of a sudden become the most sacrosanct thing in the world," Coleman said. Coleman and George B. Little, attorney for the Rich­ mond school board which joined in an appeal in favor of consolidation, also argued that neither the city nor the county systems now meets the Supreme Court's desegregation standards, either individually or collectively. Never Exceeded 5 Per Cent They charged the state had maintained county lines as a barrier against correcting the imbalance in city schools- some all black—and county schools whose black enrollments never exceeded 5 per cent. The case, because of the impact it may have on other metropolitan areas, has attracted wide interest overflow crowd of and an visitors waited outside in line for seats. The arguments were heard by eight of the nine justices. Associate Justice Lewi.s F. Powell Jr., formerly a Richmond attorney, disqualified himself because he served on both the city and state school boards in the pa^t. Little also argued that the regation **evils of segregation" cannot at this late date be eradicated without the transferring of students across the city and county lines. The Virginia Board of Educa- t ion, represented by Prof. Philip B. Kurland of the University of Chicago, argued that unitary school systems exist separately in Richmond and in each of the suburban counties. Therefore, Kurland per cent thought it was *'just politics." The remainder of the persons polled either had no opinion or had not heard of the case. Asked whether Nixon **knew about the Watergate situation in advance," 41 per cent said yes, 32 per cent said no and 27 per cent had either not heard of Watergate or had no opinion. The survey, Gallup said, was based on interviews with 1,528 persons at least 18 years old in more than 300 "scientifically selected" localities across the country. It was taken during the period April 6-9. Order contended, no need be taken. further steps The court under its own decision cannot, he said, approve the concept that "systems with black school majorities are intrinsically poorer school systems than those with white majorities." The federal government supported the state board. Solicitor General Irwin N. Griswold was allotted argument time. The LDF was supported by the National Education Association. The lawsuit has been in progress since 1961. 1

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