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Galesbura Register-Mail, Oalesbufg^ Friday, July 6, 1973 3 Peace Group Charges Secret Service Destroyed Signs During Nixon's Visit CHICAGO (UPI) - The Sen-1 ate Watergate Committee has shown some interest in allegations that Secret Service agents abused placard car* rying anti - Nixon, anti - war protesters during a presidential visit to Pekin, according to a spokesman for the Indochina Peace Campaign. Peace campaign workers charged Thursday that Secret Service agents guarding Presi dent Nixon destroyed several anti-Nixon and anti-war signs during the President's June 15 visit to Pekin. in a news conference Thursday, leaders of the campaign said Sens. Adlai E. Stevenson 111, D-lll., and Charles H. Percy, It-Ill., had called for an investigation into the group's charges and that the Senate Watergate Committee also had shown interest in the matter. Steve Packard, Chicago coor dinator of the Peace campaign said he talked by telephone Lackretz a report on the matter. The report charged that Secret Service agents, wearing identifying orange lapel pins and carrying walkie - talkies, confiscated and destroyed signs of dissent" during the President's visit to the central Illinois town. Sign Ripped Down Downstate Peace Campaign Coordinator Peggy Gardels told newsmen she was holding one end of a 4-foot-by-12-foot banner with Watergate Assistant Coun- calling for an end to U.S. sel Mark Lackretz and had sent bombing of Cambodia when the sign was ripped down shortly before the President's car approached. "All of a sudden I was holding a stick, not a banner," she said. "We turned hi time to see our assailant, identified by his orange lapel pin and walkie talkie, crash into an elderly woman in an attempt to flee," she said. Packard said the man then "walked directly from this act to the side of the President's car and continued to walk along beside the President." Peace Campaign members also charged that a law student carrying an "Impeach Nixon" sign was ejected from a "public area'' and that other protest signs were pulled down or trampled by agents. Packard said his own investigation has convinced him that those responsible for destruction of the signs and the ejection of protesters were Secret Service agents. The Secret Service has denied the charges. "A high - ranking local law enforcement officer told us that the evidence he'd seen was sufficient to convince him that the lawbreakers were Secret Service men, but if we quoted him he'd deny it," Packard said. "He said he didn't want to stick his neck out." Packard said the Watergate committee had shown interest in the Pekin incident because the committee was looking into alleged "illegal Secret Service activities" during the presidential election campaign. Collinsville Family, Drug Raid Victims, Leaves Town COLLINSVILLE, 111. (UPI)The Herbert Giglotto family has left its Collinsville home for an unknown destination because of numerous incidents of what the family called harassment that occurred after a mistaken drug raid was made at the Giglotto home. Collinsville police said they had heard reports that the family had received several late-night telephone calls with no answering on the other end, that their cars had been sideswiped and that they had been subjected to other similar pressures since the mistaken raids April 23. Police Chief Paul Cigliano said, "I don't know that they've been harassed." He said Mrs. Giglotto's car was struck in a supermarket parking lot and that a police report had been made on the incident. He also said there are specific procedures that could have been followed to combat the telephone calls. The drug raid, which resulted in a $1 million damage suit, occurred April 23 when federal agents from the Department of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement burst into the homes of Giglotto and the Donald Askew family, threatening them with pliysical violence and terrorizing them until the agents realized in both instances that they were irt the wrong house. The Askews also have filed suit in the matter, seeking damages of $100,000. Agents in the raid were suspended from their duties and investigations continue. Giglotto reportedly packed up his family and his belongings and moved out of their apartment, leaving his job as a boilermaker. Ride to Work Morris King, general manager of the Des Moines Water Works, gets a lift to work on a bulldozer after rains sent the nearby Racoon River over Des Moines' Fleur Drive. King said water purification equipment was operating normally and the quality of the water would not be hurt by the flash flood. UNIFAX Dealers Charge Large Oil Firms Gaining Monopoly ST. LOUIS (UPI)-A hearing held to find out the effects of the gasoline crisis on small business turned into a detailed attack on the big suppliers with accusations that they are cutting out small independent dealers. The accusations, made before a hearing of the small business energy subcommittee Thursday, said that the big suppliers are using an alleged 5 per cent shortage to gain a monopoly and covering it up with slick public relations and Johnny Cash's commercials. Lee Lauer, acting executive director of the Missouri Congress of Petroleum Retailers, told the committee, headed by Rep. William Hungate, D-Mo., that some independents have been given notice to close in seven to 10 days. These owners have investments of between $15,000 and $20,000 at stake. Lauer asked for mandatory government controls of allocations and 90 days' notice for termination. Stations Leave 'Scars' Lauer also accused the big companies of building new gas stations and abandoning old ones, "leaving highly visible scars upon the community." Small dealers testified about the treatment they have received at the hands of the oil companies and suppliers. One former station owner said that new stations are not bound by allocations — they can get all the gas they want —because CARD OF THANKS Matthews, Miss Sandra Ann May we" take this method of thanking our neighbors, relatives and friends for their kind expressions of sympathy and prayers In our bereavement. These expressions have been deeply appreciated. Also the money that was given for the memorial. Mrs. Lucille Matthews Mr, & Mrs. Lewis Matthews and Family From Los Angeles, Calif. they are in debt to the oil companies. He said that it is a common practice for companies to take a second mortgage on a deal er's home. Calls Practice 'Serfdom' J. Y. McCoolister, R-Neb., (called this practice "economic serfdom" and said that the oil companies now have "ultimate control of supplies." Ninetynine per cent of all service stations are leased from the major oil companies. Victor Gray, legislative director of the Missouri Farm Bureau, recommended that government initiate as soon as possible, a mandatory fuel allocation system. He suggested the following as a means of alleviating the fuel I short age: Lift price controls on petroleum products; remove all .remaining restrictions on importation of petroleum products; resolve the Alaskan pipeline issue; develop atomic energy; delay environmental restrictions that hinder exploration and prevent use of alternate fuel supplies. Charleston Police Hunt for Woman CHARLESTON, 111. (UPI) Police are searching for a young woman who has been reported missing since 12:30 a.m. Monday. Shirley Ann Rardin, 20, of Charleston had $5 when she left Iter job at a Charleston restaurant early Monday, police said Thursday. The Eastern Illinois University student was . described by relatives as being in good spirits Sunday night, police said. Police described Miss Rardin as being about 5 feet, 7 inches, weighing 125 pounds, and having shoulder length blonde hair and blue-green eyes. They said she was last seen wearing flared jeans, a black print halter top and battered tennis shoes. Guard Vehicle Titles House Speaker: Walker's CTA Aid Proposal 'Lie' SPRINGFIELD (U P I) — House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, has accused Gov. Daniel Walker of telling "an outrageous lie" by suggesting some $515 million in surplus federal highway funds could be used to help bail out the financially-ailing Chicago Transit Authority. Blair, at a news conference | Thursday, referred to a plan Walker revealed earlier in the day for construction of a 71- mile interstate route connecting Waukegan and South Park Forest — an alternative, Walker said, to the controversial crosstown expressway. Walker had suggested his plan would leave a $515 million surplus in federal highway funds that could be used for street repair in Chicago and to help fund the CTA. "That's an outrageous lie," Blair said. "There is nothing in federal statutes or regulations that would permit it. There is no way he can go out and |build this highway and transfer the surplus funds to mass trans it. He's just paddling upstream without a canoe or a paddle." Blair and Senate President William C. Harris, R-Pontiac, called in newsmen to witness [their certification of a bill, passed last week by both houses, calling for a one-half cent reduction in the state sales tax. After the two leaders signed the bill it was officially sent to the governor's desk. The sales tax cut, sponsored by Blair, was the only tax relief measure to win legislative approval this spring. Walker's proposed $10 income tax credit was pigeon-holed by the Republican controlled Senate and a proposed two-year property tax freeze died in a joint Con* ference Committee. Immigrant Charged in Death of Youngster Illinois State Police'troopers stand by at Chicago printing plant which has the contract to print Illinois vehicle titles. Secretary of State Michael H. Howlett announced in Springfield that Illinois would save approximately $150,000 on motor vehicle titles processed during the next fiscal year through changes in printing and processing of application forms. "In the past, it cost nine cents to process each title form," Howlett said. "We intend to do it for four cents." UNIFAX Striking Workers Return to Work Today ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Striking beer bottlers and lab technicians at Anheuser - Busch Inc., returned to work today, ending a strike that began June 26. The more than 1,200 members of Beer Bottlers Local 187 and Lab Technicians Local 262 1 abandoned their picketing of the company Thursday after a tentative settlement was reached. Members of the two unions walked off the job a week ago last Tuesday because they had not received provisions for early retirement that had been granted by Busch to other unions at the brewery. At the time, Local 6 of the Brewers and Maltsters unions were given a plan which allows them to retire at age 60 and draw full pay until they are eligible for a regular pension at age 65. James Kennedy, correspond ing secretary of the bottlers, said at the time the strikers would settle for more money put into an existing program under which they could retire at age 62. A ratification meeting for the settlement has been scheduled for Sunday morning. Details of the contract have not been disclosed. APARTMENT HOUSE INSURANCE PACKAGES CAU US FOR A QUOTE TODAY 3 UNITS TO 300 UNITS SAVE — SAVE — SAVE ROBERT MILLER AGENCY CHERRY & SIMMONS 343-1168 Prompt Local Claim Service Chicago Lottery Bill Draws Criticism by State Lawmaker CHICAGO (UPI) — Plans by two Chicago aldermen to propose a Chicago city lottery have drawn fire from the state representative who authored legislation in Springfield to create a state lottery. Aid. Clifford J. Kelley and Christopher 3. Cohen said their proposed ordinance, which was to be introduced today, would provide for creation of a city lottery as well as a four- member city lottery commission. Rep. E. J. "Zeke" Giorgi, D-Rockford, Thursday said, "They can't do it." Giorgi said the proposed city ordinance would kill any chance of legal gambling in the state. Giorgi's bill is staJled in the legislature at least until the fall session. DES PLAINES, III. (UPI) —A Yugoslavian immigrant who told officials he .wanted to celebrate the Fourth ol July in "Wild West" style, has been changed with involuntary manslaughter in the shooiiing death of Craig Sdhaefer, 10. Police said Reshat Ahimeti, 33, a Des Plaines cook who came to the United States lour years aigo, was charged with the shooting Thursday. Po&e said he told them he observed Independence Day by firing his revolver repeatedly out his third stony win- dew Wednesday night. Police salid one of the bullets struck and killed Schaefer while ithe youth watched a ifirewtorks display in front of his home 300 yards away. A second Yugoslavian immir girant, Aibdui Ferefr, 48, was arrested for discharging his iliirearm at another building and charged with reckless conduct. An official for the state's laittorney's oliiice sadd the two men believed ithe United States was "a land of cowboys and everyone carrying guns." "With the lireworks going on last night, it triggered a preconceived notion that Ms is where ithe Wild West Is," said Kenneth CM,, chief of the office's criminal appeals division who spoke to the men through an interpreter. "They said .they thought that ithey could fire a gun and not violate the law." Kerner Attorneys To Fit Watergate Trying in Case CHICAGO (UPI) - A federal judge has blocked an attempt by attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner to use the Watergate hearings to help overturn Kerner's conviction in the racetrack stock bribery trial. It was learned Thursday that Paul R. Connolly, Kerner's attorney, filed a motion with U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Taylor asking Taylor to order the federal government to disclose whether Kerner or his attorneys were on the so-called White House "enemies list." The "enemies list" was brought to light during recent Senate Watergate hearings. Taylor, who sentenced Kerner and Theodore J. Isaacs, former state revenue director, to three years in prison for their in­ volvement in the Illinois racetrack scandal, said he is powerless to issue the order because the sentences are being considered by the United States Court of Appeals. Kerner, on leave as U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge pending the appeal, may have been the subject of illegal wiretaps before his trial, the motion said. The motion said previous government denials of illegal wiretaps on Kerner were inadequate after "recent revelations" before the Watergate committee. "Sworn testimony and documents establish that the White House staff members who kept the list sought to utilize the arms of the Internal Revenue Service,' the FBI and other federal agencies to cause trouble for persons on the list," the motion said. Connolly pointed out that his Washington law firm, Williams, Connolly & Califano, was the (couneel for the Washington Post, which led the way in the Watergate disclosure. 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