The Evening Times from Sayre, Pennsylvania on June 6, 1977 · Page 5
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Sayre, Pennsylvania
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Monday, June 6, 1977
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Sayre, Athens, South Waverly, Pa., and Waverly, N. Y. THE EVENING TIMES, MONDAY, JUNE 6, 1977 PAGE Pfff Hager Proposes Changes In Pa. Crime Commission 7 In; a recent letter to the Philadelphia Bulletin, Sen. Henry G. Hager, the Republican minority leader in the state Senate from Lycoming County, proposed ; some changes in the Pennsylvania Crime Commission. Excerpts follow. v - ' By HENRY G. HAGER Senate Minority Leader PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The 1 Medicare Pays 80 IF YOU QUALIFY! CALL OR STOP IN FOR DETAILS Free Valley Delivery Medicare Specialists ; 111 on PHONE 888-7763 present structure of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission is a bad joke, a joke at which none of us can afford to laugh. The . commission has an impressive title and it had a serious mission. But the only thing serious about it now is its condition; it is too weak to survive. " r The commission never really had a chance. A crime commission strong enough to sink its teeth into organized crime and official corruption has to have two things this one was never given: total independence from the politicians it is policing and a permanent source of funding so that those same politicians cannot stop an investigation by causing the commission to run cut, of time and money. ' The chairman of the current Pennsylvania Crime Commis sion is Governor Shapp's attor- ney general, Robert Kane. He names the commission s execu- live director and supplies its staff attorneys from his own Department of Justice. Attorney General Kane de- clined the Philadelphia special prosecutor's request for grants of immunity for witnesses in the prosecutor's investigation of members of the Pennsylvania Legislature and has systematic' ally failed to find any wrongdoing in the Shapp Administra tion. The crime commission depends on a yearly transfusion of money from the Legislature. The Legislature cut off the Phil adelphia special prosecutor's funding and its leaders are balking at funding the crime com mission for another year. It is obvious that no one can have much confidence in such a crime commission and no one should. As a matter of fact, because of its almost total political domination, the crime com mission has a near-zero batting average on official corruption and organized crime. Even if the crime commissioner were inclined to investigate organized crime and official corruption it is ill-equipped to do so. Although it has subpoena power, it may not compel testimony by applying witness immunity on it own. The crime commission has no statewide investigating grand jury power. Like all state and local police officers, it has no way of listening in to or recording telephone conversations. And the law governing the use of recording device attached to a person is so restrictive as to make it useless. . No one can have faith In Pennsylvania's government or in its, ability to combat organized crime until we have a crime commission that is totally independent of political pressure and which has a permanent source of funding. j Many of us in the Pennsylvania Senate want the people to begin having confidence again. That's why we have introduced a package of bills aimed at establishing a permanent Pennsyl vania .Independent Crime Com mission strong enough to stand on its own and equipped with all the necessary investigatory and law enforcement tools to accomplish a limited but extremely important mission: the control of organized crime and official corruption. The package of bills consists cf S B. 823, which would establish the Pennsylvania Independent Crime Commission appointed by the Commonwealth Court. That court has virtually no criminal jurisdiction and would, therefore, have no one to protect. The bill provides a permanent source of funding two per cent of the Pennsylvania liquor tax . that would be an ongoing appropriation and would guard against the Legislature thwarting investigations that come too close to friends. The commission would be empowered to empanel investigating grand juries, ' subpoena witnesses and compel testimony by granting immunity for witnesses. The second bill is S.B. 592, sponsored by Senator Edward Howard of Bucks County, myself and several others. It would strengthen the immunity law in Pennsylvania. ' A third bill would restore to law enforcement officials under carefully protective circumstances the right to tap telephones and record conversations by use of a "body bug." It is important to consider the areas of official corruption and organized crime together. It has always been the pattern of organized crime to ingratiate itself with government, to put important people "in its pocket" by favors, bribery, or involvement in crime or other unsavory activities. Pennsylvania's powerless crime commission and current laws handcuffing law enforce-' ment officers have made Penn sylvania a friendly climate for the criminal element and have extended an invitation to them. By passing this legislation we can cancel that invitation. j Project Dinner Bell Menu Tioga Opportunities Waverly Presbyterian Church Tuesday: 11, Juice and crackers. 12, Dinner:' Meat loaf, baked potatoes, buttered carrots, Waldorf salad on lettuce leaf, bread and butter, molded fruit with topping, choice of beverages. 1-2, Canned foods bingo. . Wednesday: 10, Leathercraft. 11, Juice and crackers. 12, Dinner: Hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, stewed tomatoes, apricots on lettuce leaf, baked rice pudding with lemon sauce, choice of beverages. 1, Card party. Thursday: 10:30-11:30, Canned foods bingo. 11, Juice and crack ers. 12, Dinner: Macaroni and cheese, broccoli, sliced tomatoes on lettuce leaf, bread and butter, cherry tarts, choice of beverages. Friday: 10:30-11:30, Canned foods bingo. 11, Juice and crackers. 12, Dinner: Polish sausage and sauerkraut or hamburger on a bun, wax beans, molded salad on lettuce leaf, bread and butter, pumpkin pie, choice of beverages. Note: Diet substitutions are available as needed. Cards, dominoes and checkers available each 'day. , ' , . Retirees Hold Picnic Seventeen members of the IL-GWU Retirees Club attended a picnic at Harris Hill. During the business session, plans were made to attend a couple of the stage plays at Corning Summer Theater. It was announced that there will be no meeting during July and August. Injuries Minor In Weekend Of Accidents Injuries were minor in several highway accidents reported over the weekend by Bradford County State Police. The first occurred Saturday at 10:20 a.m. along Legislative Route 08091 in Orwell Township when a southbound truck driven by Leslie Bender, 29, of Du-shore, rounded a surve and struck the cable of a tow truck operated by Ray Merrill, 42, of Rome RD 1, which was. pulling a car from a ditch at the side of the road. The impact caused the tow truck to slide over an embankment, pulling the car, owned by Joan Murphy, 24, of Little Meadows, after it. Total damage was estimated at $2,300. On Route 6 ten minutes later, an eastbound car driven by Sandra Whitteker, 38, of Columbia Cross Roads, slowed to make a right turn and was struck in the rear by another car, which was operated by Cynthia Wilcox, 18, of Gillett RD 2. Minor injuries were sustained in a one-vehicle mishap on Legislative Route 08077, approximately two miles north of She-sheshequin at 12:27 p.m. when a northbound Jeep driven by David Roberts, 43, of Nichols RD 1 went out of control, ran off the road and struck a tree. He and his son, David Jr., 15, were slightly hurt. Damage was estimated at about $3,300. About $2,500 worth of damage resulted to a car driven by Blair Purdy, 22, of Laceyville, when he attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle on a curve along . Legislative Route 08115, approximately one half mile east of Route 367 in Tuscarora Township at 6:30 p.m. The Purdy vehicle then went out of control and struck a guardrail along the north berm. At 7:20 p.m. a Rome RD 1 couple incurred minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Township Route 717, just east of Potterville in Orwell Township. A car operated by Ashley Brink, 19. of Wyalusing RD 3, was traveling west and was in the process of passing another vehicle when it struck the left front of an eastbound truck driven by James White, 59, of Rome RD 1. White and his wife, Vivian, 54, sustained minor injuries. Damage was set at $800 to the Brink car and at $600 to the truck. Total damage was set at $200 in a two-car crash that occur red at 10:47 p.m. on Route 6 at the intersection of Legislative Route 08023 " in Rummerfield, when a car driven by Mildred Donovan, 65, of Wyalusing RD 2, pulled onto Route 6 into the path of a westbound vehicle operated by William Capwell, 32, of Stevensville RD 1. Authorities estimated damages at $150 to the Capwell car and at $50 to the Donovan woman's vehicle. Approximately $1,050 worth of damage resulted from an unusual two-vehicle accident on Route 220, one half of. a. mile north of New Albany Sunday at 4:05 p.m. . At that time, a pickup truck operated by John Bride, 17, of Towanda RD 4 was traveling south and struck a bridge abutment, overturning onto its side. As it did so, a tire was thrown from the back of the vehicle and hit the side of a northbound car driven by Ronald Hig-ley, 25, of Honeoye, N. Y. ' Damage was set at $1,000 to the truck and at $50 to the car, Capitol Column By Assemblyman'L R. Marshall . 'Annie' Best Musical Julie Harris and Al Pacino Win Tony Awards (QUANTITY RIGHTS RESERVED) OPEN 7 DAYS MON.-SAT. 6 A.M. -10 P.M. SUN. 7 AJW.-10 P.M. The Jolly Farmer Restaurant & Store 7 Elizabeth St., Waverly RESTAURANT DINNER SPECIALS "Daily Salad Bar" MON., JUNE 6 Liver & Onions With Potato. Vegetable and Homemade Bread $1.59 WED., JUNE 8 Franks & Beans $150 with Potato and Homemade Bread TUES., JUNE 7 Ham & Scalloped Potatoes $130 with Vegetable and Homemade Bread THURS., JUNE 9 Swiss Steak $1.85 Willi rotate. Venetakle aad Homemade Bread BREAKFAST SPECIAL MON. thru FRI. 6 A.H. -11 A.M. Juice, Hot Cakes, Sausage- e $1 or Bacon & Coffee 1 50 Perry's Ice Cream Served -for the best sundaes, shakes & cones in the Valley! NEW YORK (AP) - A musi cal based on a comic strip of another era and portrayals of a gentle poet of another century and a Vietnam War GI of another decade were winners at the 31st annual Tony Awards for excellence on Broadway. Julie Harris, who portrayed the reclusive poet Emily Dick inson in her limited-run one- woman show "The Belle of Amherst," won her fifth Tony as best actress. ' Al Pacino, known best for his movie roles in "Serpico" and "The Godfather," returned to Broadway playing the title role in a Theater Company of Boston revival of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and won as best actor in the Vietnam War play. But "Annie," " the musical built around the story of "Little Orphan Annie," was the big winner, taking the Tony in seven of the 19 categories at Sunday night's nationally televised presentation at the Shubert Thea ter. The string of awards for Annie" showed why it is al ready the hottest ticket in town. Thomas Meehan, in accepting his Tony for best book of a mu sical, said that when lyricist Martin Charnin phoned him with the idea for a musical based on the comic strip, " "I thought it was the worst idea I'd ever heard." Charnin and composer Charles Strouse picked up Tonys for best score. Annie" producer Mike Nich ols accepted the Tony for best musical. Comedienne- singer Dorothy Loudon, who runs the orphanage, won as best actress in a musical. Peter Gennaro won for his choreography, David Mitchell for his "Annie" scenery. "Annie" designer Theoni Al- dredge tied with Santo Loquas- to, who did costumes for "The Cherry Orchard," as best designer. Barry Bostwick won as best actor in a musical for his title role in "The Robber Bride groom," a rustic caper which opened in October and closed in February. "The Shadow Box," a drama about death that recently won the Pulitzer Prize for author Michael Cristofer, was named beat play. "Shadow Bos" direc tor Gordon Davidson won Tony. He also accepted a spe cial Tony for the Center Thea- Florida Voters Decide Tuesday On Gay Rights MIAMI (AP) Sunday's sermon was full of old-time refer ences to the sin of Sodom and Gommorah but it had a more up-to-date slant: Vote to repel Dade County's homosexual rights law. "I wake up in the middle of the night with the thought 'Vote for the Repeal,' " the Rev. William Chapman told his Baptist congregation, which includes among its members singer Anita Bryant, who has spearheaded the drive against the law. "I do not believe that you will ever have cast a vote with greater significance," Chapman said. Voters decide on Tuesday whether to repeal the controer- sial law, which prohibits hous-ine and employment discrimi nation based on sexual preference. Miss Bryant, who was not in church Sunday because of an out-of-town trip, helped start Save Our Children Inc., an or ganization which claims homosexuals recruit children. She says she opposes the law because private schools in the county could not prevent homosexuals from teaching her children. The campaign on both sides of the gay rights issue intensified for the last remaining days before the vote, with television and newspaper advertising, telephone banks and religious involvement. The Archbishop of Miami's Roman Catholic diocese asked its priests to read a letter from the pulpit advising churchgoers to vote to repeal the law. A coalition of gay organizations called registered voters urging them to vote in favor of the law. In iis Monday edition. The Miami Herald ran more than six full-page ads supporting either side of the issue. ter Group at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, which he heads. Tony nominations were voted on by 486 members of the theatrical profession. The Law rence Langner Award for life- time achievement was given to producer Cheryl Crawford. Spe cial Tonys went to the Equi ty Library Theater, National Theater of the Deaf and three performers who made Broadway debuts this season with one-person shows comedienne Lily Tomlin and singers Barry Man- ilow and Diana Ross. ' Escapee Captured, Recaptured ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) Police have recaptured a man who escaped from the. Berks County ty prison. But it wasn t easy. According to Allentown police, John Grello, 29, of Emmaus, who escaped from the Berks County Prison March 6 with two other men, was spotted by police in an Allentown bar Friday. Grello was arrested, put in handcuffs and seated in a pa trol car. But Grello got out of the handcuffs, got out of the car and escaped on foot The police followed. An unarmed police cadet. An gel Santos, trapped Grello in a dark alley. Santos pointed his finger at Grello and threatened to shoot. Grello surrendered. An x-ray examination later showed that Grello had a handcuff key hidden in his mouth. In addition to the jail break. Grello is charged with holding up a hotdog stand in Allentown on Friday and stealing $584. He is in Luzerne County prison in leiu of $25,000 bond. The harvest in the Clarks burg area of California's Inland Delta region can yield some corn farmers up to 280 bushesl to the acre, or almost twice as much as the average crop output in Iowa, the center of the U. S. corn belt. Every week during the ses sion, usually on Monday morn ings, I take part in an informal breakfast meeting with other Re publican Assemblymen rep resenting upstate and- rural areas to review the bills on the calendar in the week ahead that are likely . tQ be of mutual concern to our constitutehts. . These meetings allow legislators facing similar problems to share information and opinions, to prepare our own legislative proposals and to discuss the most effective approach we can take to particular legislation before it comes up for debate either in committee or on the floor of the Assembly. Although officially we are the Assembly's upstate Republican caucus, our group is often referred to as the "Appleknock-ers." One other Important function served by our weekly sessions is that it allows a large group of legislators to get together at the same time to talk informally with different representatives of state agencies and departments about bills or problems our constitutents have experienced in dealing .with the state bureaucracy. We have invited many guests to join us at these sessions including Commissioner Alfred E. Kahn of the Public Service Commission, Commerce Commissioner John Dyson (when he was Commis sioner of Agriculture and Mar kets) and the present Commis sioner of Agriculture and Markets, Roger Barber. Representa tives of private organizations such as the Unitecd Taxpayers and the Citizens Public Expenditure Survey have also spoken with us. . To give you some idea of what can be learned at these meetings, our group met just a few weeks ago with Commissioner Joseph Wasser, one of the three members of the State Commission of Correction. In the course of our meeting. Commissioner Wasser told us why the commission decided to appeal a decision by State Supreme Court Judge Roger Miner setting aside the mandate that local correctional facilities would have no initiate contact visitation programs between inmates and their relations. The commissioner said that while he could accept the court's decision based on the problem it created for the safety of prison employes themselves, he voted to appeal on grounds that the ruling went even further and prevented :in-vestigatory visits to local jails, a right he did not want to see lost. 1 One of our group raised the issue of regional as opposed to county jails and the commissioner, himself, a former county sheriff, said that he personally did not favor regional jails because it would endanger the continuation of the office of county sheriff. . Under the constitution of the State of New . York, the single prescribed duty .of. a sheriff is to operate the county jail although sheriff's de partments, perform many addi-tional duties. ' The commissioner also agreed that county jails were originally intended to be detention rath er than rehabilitiative facilities and said the fact that county jails, are now keeping certain persons in custody for long peri ods, of time is a very real prob lem. He told us of one instance in which a pre-trial detainee in a county jail continually object ed to lawyers or judges assign ed to his case simply to avoid going to trial and that this prac tice placed a great strain on the resources of the jail in which he was lodged. Finally, Commissioner Wasser told us he felt state law does not define clearly enough the duties and responsibilities of each individual member of the Commission of Corrections and that, in effect, all decisions can be made by the one member who serves as chairman. He gave us a set of recommendations for amending the law which we will be reviewing for - pos sible introduction in the Legisla ture. ; ; I would also mention here that I am serving this session as a member of the Assembly Committees on Rules, on Ways and Means', ion. Environmental Conservation and as ranking minority member on the Local Governments Committee. Assembly committees normally meet on Tuesdays or Wednesday's during session and most meetings st. open to the public and pn m. If you come to Albany and wan to attend the meeting of a particular committee, please coma my office in Room 439 of thy Legislative Office Building information on the time mt place of that meeting. MUSIC BOX RADIO SHACK Elmlra St 889-7735 Large Selection of STEREOS For That Special Graduate coy. SAYRE Sayrene 882-6491 ... NOW SHOWING 7 & 9:15 IS... AN ADVENTURE STORY A SUSPENSE STORY A LOVE STORY w a "" MASTIC VINYL SIDING NFu,. 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