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Oalesbufg Rea 'Stef -Moil, .Gotej&urgJJ .L Thursday, July J 2, 1973 3 Lawyers Try to Show Kerner Was Spy Target CHICAGO (UP!) - Attorneys for former Illinois tiov. Otto Km&t have renewed efforts to force the Nixon administration to disclose whether Kerner was a target of political espionage. U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Taylor of KnoHville, Tenn., who presided over the trial of Kerner and former state Revenue Director Theodore Isaacs in the racetrack stock bribery case, has refused to consider two motions by defense attorneys. The motions sought disclosure of whether Kerner was on the White House "political enemies" list and if the former governor's telephones had been tapped. Taylor had said he had no jurisdiction in the matter. Defense attorney Paul R. Connolly Wednesday filed a, motion with the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals here, asking the appeals court to order Taylor to consider the two motions. Kerner, on leave of absence from his post as a U.S. Appeals Court judge, has charged that one or more government agencies conducted special surveillance activities which his indictment on 16 counts of tax evasion, fraud, bribery and conspiracy. Kerner and Isaacs were convicted in the case Feb. 19 and were subsequently sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000 each. Fulton County, Chicago Sanitary Unit Prepare for Tuesday Sludge Showdown With Labor Leaders By BROOKE W. KROEGER CHICAGO (UP!) - The Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District faces the Fulton County Health Board a second time next Tuesday to determine whether it can continue shipments of half Chicago's human and industrial waste into the quiet farm and mining area. "Everyone will be firing their big guns Tuesday," Ray Rim* kus, director of operations for the MSD, said. "We're bringing in experts from all over the country. I don't think people realize that stopping these shipments could mean people in Chicago could only flush their toilets once a day." For nearly two years, the sanitary district has been shipping 400 dry tons of sludge- murky syrupy, treated sewage Police Arrest -iby Illinois River barge to 10,000 acres of land it owns in Fulton County. The $tt million project's goal is to convert the acreage—most of it devastated by years of strip mining — into workable farmland by fertilizing it with sludge. Only a few hundred stripped acres have been treated with the "liquid fertilizer." The rest of it is stored in two 230-acre holding basins, dug 62 feet into the ground. Complain of Odor Neighbors of the project have complained bitterly of odor emanating from the basins, likening the smell to everything from burnt chicken feathers to ammonia. So three weeks ago, the Fulton County health board voted to bar shipments of sludge into the county until MSD produced new evidence that odor and digestion levels are within acceptable limits." Tuesday is the scheduled MSD reporting date. "We're trying to line up experts to testify for us," Jim Masters, director of the Fulton County Board of Health, said, "But most everyone we've contacted is either under contract, or has had some dealing with the Sanitary District. But we'll have our experts there, too," he said. Rimkus said the MSD has purchased chemical masking agents to counter the odors and has begun building a dock in Chicago to concentrate the sludge in order to send more solids, and less water, into Fulton County. Secure Shipping Permit MSD stopped shipments into the county earlier this month to await a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency allowing them to fill a third holding basin with sludge. The permit was secured Wednesday. "No, we'll wait until after the meeting to start shipping again," Rimkus said. "If the health board again tells us no, then we'll take the matter to court. We think the court will stand with us because they (the health board) have no legal ground. We have not broken any rules because they never set any rules." Yet if the health board does rescind last month's ruling, the MSD may have more powerful ammunition to face: A referendum of the people of Fulton County. Monday about 50 Canton area residents interrupted the Fulton Count Board meeting to present a statement calling for a referendum on whether or not the MSD should be booted out of the county. Members Show Support All but one member of the board voted to support such a referendum, if it was approved first by the county clerk. Tommy Downs, 27, who lives with his wife and three children on an acre surrounded by MSD land, said the group first must get signatures of 7,000 registered voters, or roughly 25 per cent of the county's voting population, on a petition. If the clerk approves the petition, the referendum can be held. Downs said the 50 protestors included large numbers of home owners in We-Ma-Tuk, an expensive housing development about two miles from the MSD project. Earlier, most of the complaints came from a half- dozen small farmers who live within a mile of it. "We've got more of a force than you realize," Downs said. "Some of them now are afraid to come up against such a great power, the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Chicago. I think it scares them. But they'll come around. Because we are going to have to get some control over this project. We're just trying to protect ourselves." Walker in Huddle Suspect After On Transit Plan 'Fast' Chase CHICAGO (UPI)-Gov. Daniel Walker met today with organized labor leaders who want the state to set up a permanent subsidy for the financially troubled Chicago Transit Authority. Meeting with Walker were William A. Lee, head of the Chicago AFL-OIO, Thomas Nay- der, president of the Chicago Building Trades Council, and leaders Of the various unions which are represented in CTA operations. The meeting follows by one day an invitation for Walker and Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley to attend a meeting with Republican legislative ' leaders in an effort to iron out a compromise on a regional mass transit system for northeastern Illinois. '*•> y; Daley Agrees Daley has agreed to attend the July 20 meeting, proposed by House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, and Senate President William Harris, R-Pontiac However, Walker has declined immediate comment on his invitation to the Blair - and - Harris - proposed meeting. Today's meeting between Walker and organized labor, to be held at the governor's Chi­ cago office, will mark labor's first attempt to Use its political strength in support of the CTA. More than 20 labor leaders were to ask Walker to call an immediate special legislative session to deal with the CTA's financial problems and to support formation of a regional mass transit district or some other such program which would guarantee the CTA a permanent operating subsidy. The labor/leaders were ex pected to ask the governor to at least support a $17 million emergency subsidy to bail out the CTA at least through the re mainder of this year. Bearing on Attendance The outcome of today's ses sion could have some effect on Walker's decision on whether to attend the talks proposed by Blair and Harris and upon what course those talks may take. Blair and Harris told a news conference Wednesday that they had called the meeting to ''re - open dialogue" which ceased last month with the defeat of bills to rescue the CTA through the creation of a regional mass transit district for northeastern Illinois. ' Beating Defendant Acquitted But Witness Gets 5 Months MOUNT VERNON, 111. (UPI) —Circuit Court Judge Randall Quindrey Wednesday freed a man charged with the robbery and beating of an 85-year-old man, then sentenced the star prosecution witness to a prison term for contempt of court. The defense asked for a directed verdict of acquittal Wednesday for Kirby Poor of Muncie, Ind., charged with breaking into the Wayne County home of George Elliott, 85, in July of 1971, tying Elliott to a chair and beating the man almost to death, then robbing him. Poor's brother-in-law, Lex Hodges of Geff, had also been charged in the case but was granted immunity for prosecution in return for his testimony. However, when the prosecution attempted to question Hodges Tuesday, he claimed he couldn 't recall telling authori- Ities anything about the case and answered almost every question saying, "Not that I recall." The defense asked for a directed verdict of acquittal Wednesday and Quindrey granted it, then sentenced Hodges to five months in prison for contempt of court. CARRY-COOL AIR CONDITIONERS ARE NOW IN STOCK Fourth Suit Is Filed Against Agents ^jj^f Following Notorious Narcotics Raids 2 Injunctions $ 109 95 Hines * McClintock 1 3 8 E. MAIN PH. 342-7714 CHICAGO (UPI) - Chicago police said today they arrested kidnaping suspect Richard Ma ceri, 25, on the city's Southwest Side following a 15-mile chase at speeds of 100 miles per hour. His arrest came while Franklin County authorities searched for Maceri in a wooded area near Ziegler, where the last of four persons police said were kidnaped by Maceri was found Wednesday evening. Car Curbed The high speed chase which led to Maceri's arrest started when Chicago police curbed a [stolen car driven by Frank Lawrence of Chicago. Lawrence, his wife, Kathy, and a woman i d e n t i f i e d as Mary Thompson, got out of the car and went to the police car, but Maceri slid into the driver's seat of the auto and sped away. Police chased the auto for about 15 miles before it plowed into four cars on the Southwest Side. Maceri was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in southwest suburban Evergreen | Park, where he was listed in Air condition in the hospital's intensive care unit with injuries suffered in the crash. Police arrested Lawrence on a charge of auto theft. The two women were held on charges of criminal trespass for riding in the car, which Chicago police reported was stolen at Sesser and was believed to have been involved in the kidnaping of Mrs. Phyliss Kopin, 34, and her 11-year-old son. Hid in Brush Mrs. Kopin told police she escaped from her abductor .Wednesday and hid in the brush {during the day. She said she heard a motorcycle driven by Maceri pass by several times, apparently as Maceri searched for her. Bill Dobins of Ziegler was walking in the area Wednesday evening when he heard a call for help and saw Mrs. Kopin. She had scratched her legs on [the brush and was described as being "in shock from fright" but apparently was otherwise unharmed, authorities said. Authorities said Maceri's first victims were William R. Edwards, arrested with Maceri in connection with a 1971 robbery at Marion and an 18-year-old female companion of Edwards'. Police said Maceri entered Edwards' mobile home at Sesser in the predawn hours Sunday, forced Edwards and the woman to drive to a secluded spot near the Big Muddy River where Edwards was beaten unconscious and the girl was sex- jually assaulted. Both were Released The two later were released. Neither was seriously hurt. The Edwards kidnaping occurred five days ater Maceri, a former resident of Valier in Franklin County, was paroled from Menard State Penitentiary at Chester after serving a prison term for the Marion robbery. , On Tuesday, authorities said, ! Maceri abducted Mrs. Kopin | and her 11-year-old son at knife point while the two were camping on Izaak Walton Lake and drove off with the two in the [Kopin auto. ALTON, Ml. (UPI) - The fourth suit against federal narcotics agents in recent months was filed Wednesday by an Edwardsville salesman, who said the agents held a cocked gun to his head, imprisoned him for 77 hours and refused to return $3,000 worth of goods taken in a drug raid aimed at his roommate. John Meiners, 27, filed the $2.8 million damage suit in U.S. District Court in Springfield, in connection with the April 21 raid. Meiners said the agents, who neither identified themselves nor produced a search warrant, asked for his roommate, Edward Stafffire, 25. Staff ire, however, had been arrested the previous day on drug charges in St. Louis. Stoffire has since pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and is awaiting sentencing. The suit changes tihaft agents of the Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (DALE) Agency raided and ransacked Meiners' home in ah unsuccessful search for drugs. Confiscated Many Items Meiners said the agents confiscated a television, stereo, gollf clubs, camera, shotgun and other items valued at $3,000 even though he offered to produce proof of ownership. Meiners and his attorney said efforts to claim the items, which the agents said was suspected to be stolen property, have failed. The suit alleges the agents drank 11 beers from Meiners' refrigerator during the raid. The suit charges Meiners was not allowed any of his constitutional rights after his arrest and during the 77 hours he was jailed in St. Louis. Meiners said he did not take immediate legal action following the raid because, "I was afraid that they were going to come and gelt me on some trumped up charge. I was defi nitely afraid because they were reluctant to let me go." The suit is the fourth filed against DALE agents following improper drug raids. The DALE Judge Delays Firing Probe; Permanent Ban Is Possible CHICAGO (UPI) — A judge Wednesday postponed activities of a legislative subcommittee investigating the firing of Lawrence Johnson as head of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission pending a hearing set for July 18 to consider a permanent injunction against the investigation. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel J. O'Brien took the action in a suit filed by Thomas J, Murphy, executive director of the commission. He charged that House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, improperly ordered the legislative probe because it was not begun through a vote of the House. THANK YOU THE G.H.S. CLASS OF 1958 Wishes to Thank the Following Firms for their Donations to Our 15th Class Reunion. MIDWAY TAVERN DICK BUCK CO. HANSEN LUMBER DOM'S SPORT CENTER TATE'S TEXACO GALE WARD ATHLETICS KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN (Main & Farnham) DON'S TRAVEL INN BITCON BEVERAGES MAIN LIQUOR MART YEAGER'S HARDWARE G&M DISTRIBUTORS WORLD BOOK - MRS. RUTH LYONS -• DAVID GRAFLUND for DALE in Washington, D.C., Wednesday announced the suspensions of the narcotic agents and their John Meiners, left, 27, an Edwardsville salesman with his attorney, Gerald McGivem, right, today said he filed a $2.8 million damage suit against federal narcotics agents office in St. Louis Wednesday, A spokesman refused to comment on the suits. The raid on Meiners' home came two days before the controversial drug raids on the Collinsville homes of Herbert Giglotto and Donald Askew, and a day after a raid in East St. Louis in which agents are reported to have held weaipons on Pamela Gitto and her 6-year- old son and to have caused extensive property damage to her home. Giglotto has filed a $1 million suit and Askew a $100,000 suit. Recently the Giglottos moved from their Collinsville home, alleging that they had suffered harassment since they filed the suit. Meiners' suit alleges that there were some 12 to 15 agents involved in the maid on his home. The suit names seven agents, four of whom are DALE agents who were suspended from duty after the Collinsville raids. Charges Agents following a drug raid at his home April 21. Meiners said the agents confiscated $3,000 worth of goods and failed to return it. UNIFAX supervisor for 30 days without pay. The spoeskman said the raid on Meiners 'home "figured in the decision" to suspend the seven. CHICAGO (UPI)-Tho Illinois Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday to look into two injunctions issuieid by a Chicago judge before the 1972 Democratic National Convention against the seating of 59 delegates, rivals of a slate which included Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. The maverick delegates, led by Chicago Alderman William Singer and civil rights activist Jesse L. Jackson, succeeded in ousting tlie "Daley delegation" despite the injunctions issued by Circuit Court Judge Daniel Covclli. Covclli has since ordered the "Singer 59" to show cause why ithoy should not be held in contempt for defying his orders. The delegates responded by appealing the orders on grounds that Covclli lacked jurisdiction. Wiayno W. Whalen, an attorney for the Singer group, argued before the appeals court Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court decision last July not to intervene in the dispute rightfully left the decision up to the Democratic convention. lie said the Daley delegation was picked in violation of party rules that c&Ued for open slates and prohibited discrimination.

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