Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on June 22, 1974 · Page 1
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Iov\a a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 — No. 147 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Saturday, June 22, 1974 — Six Pages DHiveri'd by Cnrrior Bny Each for fiOc Per Week Single Copy Likely Colson Will Testify WASHINGTON (AP) -The House Judiciary Committee appears likely to question Charles W. Colson about President Nixon's role in an attempted smear of Daniel Ellsberg. Colson said Friday, "The President on numerous occasions urged me to disseminate damaging information about Daniel Ellsberg." The former presidential aide made the statement before he was sentenced to one to three years in prison for obstructing justice. He had pleaded guilty to scheming to "defame and destroy" the public image of Ellsberg in 1971. After the Colson statement, several Judiciary Committee members said Colson should be called to testify in the panel's impeachment inquiry. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., said. "Certainly the developments of today raise serious questions as to what that (Colson's courtroom statement) implies." The chairman would not comment directly on whether Colson would be called but said the committee "absolutely" would look into the matter. The committee has scheduled meetings for next week to decide such matters as what, if any, witnesses will be called and whether the testimony will be open to the public. Committee Counsel John Doar said he and minority counsel Albert Jenner had questioned Colson and were likely to talk to him further. The New York Daily News reported in a copyrighted story today that Colson told the impeachment panel counsel that he warned President Nixon in January. 1973, that former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell had advance knowledge of the Watergate break-in. The paper, quoting unspecified sources, said Colson told Doar that he talked to Nixon again on Feb. 14,1973. and discussed Mitchell's role and the involvement of Jeb Stuart Magruder, then deputy director of Nixon's re-election campaign, in the planning of the Watergate affair. Nixon has said several times that he first learned of high-level administration involvement in the Watergate break-in on March 21, 1973, when he was told by John W. Dean III. Vice President Gerald R. Ford said he does not believe that Nixon ordered Colson to carry out the break-in into the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon papers, a study of the Vietnam war. to the press. As Colson was sentenced. Egil Krogh Jr.. the man who supervised the White House agents who carried out the Ellsberg burglary, returned home from prison. "I found out how important it is to respect each individual's rights," Krogh told reporters. Meanwhile, court battles over Watergate-related evidence continued on two fronts. Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski asked a federal district judge to refuse California Lt. Gov. Ed Reinecke's request to subpoena White House tapes and documents for his defense against perjury charges. At the Supreme Court, Nixon's lawyers said the President is "the final autho r i ty " as to what presidential materials may be used in court cases, but Jaworski disagreed with this claim. And Rep. John N. Erlenborn, R-I11., complained that Rodino had denied him access to secret impeachment inquiry evidence. Erlenborn is not a Judiciary Committee member. Colson told U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell that one reason for his guilty plea was to allow him to testify in the impeachment hearing. He said the work of the special prosecutor and the committee is "far more important than the possibility of my eventual public vindication." Colson said that his only motive as a White House aide was to accomplish the goals of the President. "I had one rule — that is to get things done that the President wanted done. . . . Sensitivity gave way to expediency," he said. Colson added, "I don't mean to shift the responsibility to the President. I believed what I was doing was right and the President believed he was acting in the national interest." A White House spokesman declined to comment on Colson's statement. But White House Communications Director Ken W. Clawson charged that the same felony for which Colson was sentenced — defaming a person under indictment — "has been standard practice of members and staff of the Watergate committee for more than a year and (is) the same felony committed daily by some partisan members of the House Judiciary Committee." Storm Damage Winds of 50 to 55 miles an hour caused some damage in the Carroll area between -Staff Photo Ray: Will Still Be Some Shortages DBS MOINES. Iowa (AP)Gov. Robert Ray says he hopes Iowa won't have as severe an energy crisis as it' has faced the last two winters, but "we would be deceiving ourselves if we think there aren't going to be any shortages." He made the remark Friday at the organizational meeting of the new Iowa Energy Policy Council, whose five public members were announced by Ray only Thursday morning. Ray told the council he realized the members and Council Director John Millhone "can't start in on your job as experts" in the energy field. But he said the members are ''sound-thinking individuals who are open-minded and can plan ahead" to formulate a realistic and comprehensive energy policy for the state. He urged the members to rely on Commerce Commission Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand and State Geologist Dr. Sam Tuthill for expertise in the field. They have become two of the most knowledgeable energy experts in the nation in two years of administering an emergency fuel allocation program, the governor said. Both arp ex-officio, non-voting members of the council. The council elected Van Nostrand its temporary chairman to serve until next September, when it will elect a permanent chairman and an executive committee. Ray apologized for calling the council into session so soon after thepublic members were after the public members werenamed, but said it was necessary to meeting a legislative mandate that the organizational meeting be held no more than 10 days after the law became effective. In a discussion of priorities, council members agreed they need to start setting up an energy data bank without delay. " Sen. Calvin Hultman, R-Red Oak, said it also would behoove the council to start work immediately identifying branch railroad lines on which it should encourage improvement, so that they can be ready to move next fall's harvest. The new law empowers the council to order a 50 per cent reduction of property assessment on railroad trackage and reimburse the counties for the lost tax revenue. It also is authorized to give railroads emergency financial assistance if it determines that is in the public interest. Rep. Brice Oakley. R-Clinton. said the council has plenty to do and probably can't meet all the requests it will receive for assistance. "The problem we are going to face is one of selection." he said. He also pointed out the council is only a temporary agency which will "self-destruct in three years," but added: "I believe Iowa never again is going to be without some mechanism for handling energy emergencies. The policies we develop will probably largely dictate the kind of permanent setup we have." Rep. Gregory Cusack. D-Davenport, said he feels the council should concentrate on educating the public that there is a serious energy shortage developing. He said many people felt last winter that the energy shortage was not real and that they were being "ripped off" by a conspiracy among major petroleum companies and other fuel producers. "This is not a short term problem." Cusack said. "We have to convince the public that unless we change our lifestyles to use less energy, we face real trouble in the 1980s and'90s." pleton and another in Carroll when a tree downed lines running to the John Birch 5 and (> a.m. Saturday morning. Iowa home. 421 North Whitney Street. The tree landed on Birch's car. i above i. damaging the hood and engine. The tree blew down about 5:30 a.m. Several branches were also blown down in Carroll. By 8 a.m. Saturday Carroll had received .95 inches of Public Service iIPSi reported Arcadia and Maple River lost electricity when a tree dropped on a primary line in Arcadia. Also affected were about 15 farmers between the two towns. IPS reported one customer without service in Tern- Social Agency Provides Programs and Research Although it may not always seem the work of a social agency headquartered in the state's capital has much to do with Carroll, the Iowa Children's and Family Services (IC&FS) has available several programs and research data relating to smaller community problems. Urban projects like the in-home services for the elderly include research and coordination of existing organizations to provide services for the elderly. Research results, advice and legal information may be obtained from the IC&FS. « "When local communities Found Guilty on 101 Counts in Oats Plan CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Two men have been found guilty of a total of 101 counts in connection with a case alleging a massive seed oats scheme in Iowa and other states. Those found guilty by a U.S. District Court jury late Friday were Duane L. Sarby, Lincoln, Neb., who founded Interstate Seed Brokers in June, 1972, and Mert L. Wolf, Cedar Falls, who joined Sarby in the operation a few months later. The jury began deli berations Friday afternoon after Barbara Blake, a former Interstate employe, testified as a government rebuttal witness. Sarby was found guilty of 51 counts, among them various types of fraud. Wolf was found guilty of 50 counts. Sarby was acquitted of 13 counts and .Wolf was acquitted of 14. No date was set for sentencing. Asst. U.S. Atty. Alan Kirshen, in his final argument, termed those associated with Interstate as a "fly-by-night bunch of crooks." He said the two men paid just enough of their bills to keep people from "blowing the whistle" and when they had accumulated enough money they declared the operation broke. However, Gerald Glaza, Wolf's attorney, and James Powers, Sarby's attorney, termed the operation a case of a legitimate business venture that turned sour with no criminal intent involved. The jury faced decisions on 54 felony charges and 11 misdemeanor charges against Sarby and Wolf. Five charges against Interstate as a company were dropped. The telony cnarges include conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, interstate transportation of goods stolen or obtained by fraud, and selling, storing and disposing of goods moved in interstate commerce and unlawfully obtained. The misdemeanor counts involve alleged violation of federal seed laws. During the trial, 64 witnesses testified. Sarby was the only witness for the defense. Kirshen told the jury that farmers were bilked by being sold seed oats as much as $4.50 a bushel above the regular price by the enticement of a promise by Interstate to buy back the crop at inflated prices. see the need, we will provide the service," informational director for IC&FS, James Clayton, said. Similar research projects involving child care or start centers have provided information for Boone and Tama Indian day care programs. IC&FS, a statewide 'non-government social service, generally works with a particular group. Its ultimate goal is self sufficiency. "Through counseling they realize problems that aren't being met and help to work out problems with other agencies," board of directors member, Mrs. Ronald Schechtman said. Because of a decline of normal white babies available Agency, See Page -1 A Day in Sun —Staff Photo Four-year-old Stacy Dattelbaum. Carroll, enjoyed a day in the sun in Graham Park recently. Stacy and sister Jill. 9. Ibund soaring through the air on a swing a good way to cool off in the 100-degree heat. The girls are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dattelbaum. Natural Gas Increase WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Power Commission has nearly doubled the producer price for new natural gas, a move likely to gradually increase costs to consumers. Spokesmen for the oil and gas industry expressed dissatisfaction at Friday's action, saying the government should get out of gas regulation entirely. Industry spokesmen said the FPC's new nationwide producer price of 42 cents per thousand cubic feet, replacing area rates averaging around 23 cents, is not nearly enough to cover their costs and stimulate further exploration and production. The FPC said it wanted to set a price high enough to increase the gas supply but low enough to protect the consumer. Bid for Radios DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bids have been taken for 83 more mobile radios to be installed in Iowa Highway Patrol cars as part of the conversion of the state's law enforcement radio communications network from low band to high band. Stanley McCausland, state director of general services, said that whereas the first 150 of the radios purchased in January, 1973, cost $1,170 per unit, the new ones for which bids were opened May 22 will cost $1,481 eacn. That's "the measure of inflation in less than a year and a half," McCausland said. The same firm, R-F Communications of Rochester, N.Y.. was the successful bidder both times. McCausland said General Electric bid $2,221 per unit the second time around, compared with a little over $1,600 in January, 1973. He said five other firms were invited to submit bids last April but four declined in writing, and the fifth. Motorola, sent a representative to the bid opening who said it couldn't meet the specifications. General Electric's bie dien' meet one of the specifications either, though its equipment exceeded them in several other respects, McCausland said. "These specifications were carefully developed to meet Iowa's needs," he explained. "General Electric offered us their comparable model right off the shelf. It's fine equipment, but we don't need the Cadillac of the trade for our system." The communications network is L°ing converted from low band to high band to cure coverapp anri interference problems that have plagued law enforcement officers for years. Carroll Receives Grant An additional $108,703 Federal grant has been approved for Carroll's central business district urban renewal project, according to William J. Scherle, Iowa's 5th District Congressman. The announcement of the approval of the grant was relayed to the Times Herald in a telephone call from a Scherle assistant in Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon. The new grant brings the total Federal money made available for the local project to $2,552.570. Carroll Mayor William S. Farner said the additional grant will be used primarily to cover additional costs in the beautification phase of the urban renewal project. "The bids for the beautification project came in much higher than the engineer's estimates," Mayor Farner said. "And at that time we were working against time to close out the urban renewal project. So rather than deleting many items and preparing another set of plans and specifications we accepted the bids rather than hold a reletting." "Later we found out that we were in a position to close our project, but we would have had to use some funds that were earmarked for other projects for the beautification and some of our federal revenue sharing money would have had to be used to furnish and equip our new Community Center," the mayor said. (Irani. See Page 4 Crackdown on Truckers May Continue DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— Truckers may not have seen the last of the massive crackdowns that resulted in 545 citations for violations of state laws earlier this week. More than 75 persons from various state agencies, assisted by federal officials, began a two-day joint check late Tuesday, It was concentrated at six weight stations in eastern Iowa, around and on Interstate 80. State officials said 15,135 trucks were checked for violations of length, width, weight, fuel tax and registration requirements during the 48-hour operation. "Future plans in this area will be dictated by what spot checks show," said Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Charles Larson. "But I would say that we are not through with the citizens' band (CB) radios." Larson said state officials were satisfied with the results on state violations, "but disappointed with the action of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)," in regard to the large number of unlicensed CB radios found in the trucks checked. He said federal officials had issued only warnings to truckers caught with equipment. "It is my understanding—at present—that the federal authorities will not prosecute," he said. "But I have a call in to the U.S. Attorney's office and I want him to review that decision." He said even if no charges are filed this time, he wants action taken in the future. "I surely would like to see any subsequent violations prosecuted," he said. Included in tne 545 violations were 45 detected by roving patrols on roads surrounding the 1-80 scales in the Davenport area. The crackdown, reportedly the largest in state history, was also carried out in western Iowa near Avoca, but on a smaller scale. Richard Howe, executive secretary of the Iowa Reciprocity Board, termed the two-day operation "very successful." According to Howe, the combined efforts of.his department, the Iowa Commerce Commission, Iowa Highway Patrol, FCC and weight officers of the Iowa Highway Commission will furnish the state with information that will help shape future enforcement polities and illustrate legislative needs. Although there were a significant number of violations, Howe said, about 5 to 10 per cent is normal. The violation percentage in the crackdown was about 3 per cent. "It is our feeling that most of the carriers do comply with state law and that we have their support in forcing compliance on illegal operators," Howe said. The preliminary report Friday d'icl not tell how many truckers were given warnings for carrying unlicensed CB equipment. Howe said, however, that more than 70 per cent of the truckers with CB radios were issued warning citations, and that about 7,500 truckers had CB equipment in their rigs. "I think the Reciprocity Board is disappointed that only warnings were issued," Howe said. "We thought we needed a crackdown on the CBs to head off violations." Larson said he was not surprised that about 50 per cent of the truckers had the radios. "That's about what I anticipated," he added. In Iowa, trucks are allowed a maximum gross weight of 73,000 pounds, or no more than 18,000 pounds on a single axle. Semi-trailer trucks must be no longer than 55 feet, and double bottom (twin-trailer) trucks may be no longer than 60 feet. Also, each trucker must be licensed to run in Iowa and his carrier approved to carry certain commodities. If the trucker and carrier deal in interstate commerce, they must have reciprocal agreements with other states before they can travel Iowa's highways. based on overage. Fines for overweight run from $1 to up to $8 per pound, depending on the amount. Highway patrolmen haye complained that the CB radios are being used to warn other truckers that radar is set up and to slow down to the 55 mile-an-hour speed limit. Gov. Robert Ray said Monday his office would investigate changing the state policy that prohibits patrolmen from carrying CB radios in patrol cars. Many patrolmen purchased the radios to monitor truckers when the 55 m.p.h. speed limit went into effect March 1. but the Department of Public Safety ordered the radios removed because they were '.not state issuea.

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