Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 30, 1970 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoitpin* Greene and Calhoun Counties Vol. 135, NO. 295 18 PAGES Alton, Illinois, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1970 Price IOC Est. Jan. 15, 1836 U.S. gunboat role ends, fleet handed to Saigon This vacant summer house near Holland on Lake Michigan, almost looks like a gingerbread house with white frosting today after overnight high A chill wind in Holland By squabbling 91st Congress $66.6 billion defense bill winds forced waves ovei coating the house and trees. (UPI Telephoto) the shoreline ed 1 WASHINGTON (AP) - A bickering 91st Congress scheduled another attempt today to resolve the controversy that may yet keep it In session as long as the law allows: the future of the supersonic transport plane. While th6 House and Senate settled one major problem Tuesday night by passing' a $66.6-billion defense appropriations bill, Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said "there's still a long •tunnel ahead." Mansfield said it appeal's Congress will have to keep working into the weekend, possibly until noon Sunday—the final moment the 91st can do business. After that, the Constitution says the Capitol belongs to the 92nd Congress, which actually doesn't plan to meet until Jan. 21. The Senate Tuesday tabled, thus killing a compromise $7- billion transportation appropriations bill that includes $210 million to subsidize the airplane. The Senate earlier had voted to spend nothing at all. That action prepared the way for a new conference with the House, .which first voted $290 million for the SST and then accepted the con- of ference recommendation $210 million. The Senate expanded to nine men its negotiating d e 1 e g a t i on, adding Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., chief SST foe and Sen. Norris Cotton, R-N.H., who favors the plane. But it appeared unlikely the new conference would even begin work before tonight. The House recessed until evening while many members attended the funeral of Rep. L. Mendel Rivers in Charleston, S.C. . Anyway, Senate members of the initial conference said pass they doubt the new round of talks will do much good. Proxmire said if the .dispute isn't settled, against the of the sessioi. ' In other \tark it did finish Tuesday, 81 to 0, in Social S but that bil foundering houses. Rep. Wilbur the Senate passed, a massive increase jcurity benefits — appeared to be i between the two Piasa pays, regular dividend t&s<wers Piasa First Federal Savings & Loan Association, troubled recently by the financial difficulties of a $16 - million Granite City borrower, Tuesday declared its regular dividend to savings account customers. . The, dividends, which \yere mailed to 20,000 customers, were another indicator that the institution is weathering its,difficulties which grew out of the borrowings of developer James Green. Robert L. DeGrand resigned two months ago as executive vice president'of Piasa and was replaced for 30 days by an . official of ''the Federal Home Loan Bank. Then a St. Louis county banker Eugene Williams, was hired to fill the top administrative spot. The dividend declared this week was a regular quarterly payment to investors who collect from 4% to 7% per cent ,in interest. The dividend was declared on time. Floyd Patterson turns himself in ByJOEMELSOI Telegraph Staff Writer- EDWARDSVILLE - A 24- year - old suspected parole violator who jumped two stories from a window at the Alton police station two weeks ago, to. gain his freedom, turned himself in Tuesday and then was freed after a weapons charge against him was dismissed. Floyd Patterson, 24> of Alton was set free on a charge of he will filibuster SST to the end SAIGON (AP) - The United States closed out its last coastal and inland waterway operations ,in Vietnam today by turning over 125 more patrol boats to South Vietnam. Rear gadm. Tran Van Chon, commander of South Vietnam's navy, accepted the last of some 650 boats from Vice Adm. Jerome H. King Jr. at a ceremony at the navy headquarters docks in Saigon. The transfer raised South Vietnam's naval strength to 1,500 vessels, the largest of them being several 316-foot LSTs. The ceremony marked the end of an important phase of the U.S. combat role in Vietnam, inshore naval patrols which have been in operation since 1965 along the coast and on the rivers and canals. The so-called "brown > water navy" was the U.S. Navy's first river combat ' force since the Civil War. A few U.S. naval advisers Mills, D-Ark., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said it will be iripossible to work out a compromise for passage this-Congres Radii-Snow Mix Ends Thursday Low 25; High 45 (Complete weather page B-l) will remain on duty with the Vietnamese Navy. Two U.S. Navy combat aircraft units—a helicopter gunship . squadron and a squadron of OV10 light attack planes—will continue to operate in support of South Vietnamese forces in the Mekong Delta. And ships of the U.S. 7th Fleet and the U.S. operate in the offshore waters. The 650 boats the United States has turned over to the Vietnamese since November 1968 include 293 river patrol boats, 107 river assault craft, 224 "Swift" boats for river patrols and 26 Coast Guard craft. At peak strength in 1968, the Navy had 6,000 men in South Vietnam,, but this has been reduced to 17,000, not including the 19,000 Navy and Coast Guard personnel assigned to offshore units. Meanwhile, the battlefields were reported generally quiet as the New Year's cease-fires Bulletin BURGOS, Spani (UPI) Generalissimo Francisco Franco tonight commuted the death sentences of six Basque nationalists, the Spanish News agency Europa Prses announced in Madrid. approached. The Viet Cong has announced a 72-hour standstill beginning at 1 a.m. Thursday Saigon time—12 noon EST Wednsday—while the South Vietnamese and U.S. commands have ordered a 24-hour truce beginning 17 hours later, at 6 p.m. The U.S. Command said one American Marine was killed and three were wounded in a skirmish near Da Nang Tuesday night, and two Americans were wounded when a UH1 helicopter was shot down this morning in the Mekong Delta. South Vietnamese force reported killing 18 of the enemy in a series of minor clashes. /«/>/>« TUCeS U.S. and state investigate death of eagle trapped here By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer The U.S. government's grave concern over the rapid extinction of America's bald eagle has prompted a thorough federal-state investigation into the death of an eagle which was found crippled and dying in a steel game trap in Alton. U.S. Game Management Agent Dean G. Tresch and Illinois Game Agent William DeSherlia searched a sparsely wooded area of Alton Tuesday for clues to the identity of the trapper whose steel contraption led to the death of the stately bald eagle. The trapper could face a fine up to $500 and six months in jail if convicted in the killing of the eagle. While Tresch and DeSherlia concentrate their investigation in the Alton area, the frozen body of the big bald eagle will be flown to a federal center in Maryland for an autopsy in an effort to determine the exact cause of death, the Telegraph was told. The eagle died at Principia College Monday where it was given shelter after Alton police freed the bird from the strong spring trap on a wooded hillside at Augusta and State streets Saurday. Tresch and DeSherlia speculated that the big eagle Charge dropped against window-juniper unlawful use of weapons. Chief Circuit Judge William Beatty,. acted on a motion by Attorney Bei Allen who asked the court Assistant State's to dismiss the weapons complaint. When he jumped to freedom, Peterson was being held for cuestioning on a p o s s ibl e prison parole violation, because he had pleaded guilty to the weapons charge. Jews request WASHINGTON (AP) — As a court sat in final judgment on two Jews sentenced to death a half-world away, American Jewish leaders gathered in Washington today, beseeching their government to intercede. Their efforts underlined by a Senate resolution asking for presidential help, Jewish leaders scheduled meetings with high Judge Beatty allowed Patterson to withdraw his quilty plea to the weapons charge Tuesday and then dismissed the complaint. The original guilty plea was the result of a negotiated arrangement between the state's attorney's office and the public defender's office. On his plea, Patterson was placed on probation which was to start Feb. 22, the day after his parole expired. Patterson served time 'in Menard Prison for a 1968 burglary charge and was released early, for good behavior. The fall, he was picked up in Alton for having a pistol in his possession, within five years of his release from prison. It was his plea to this charge that led to the meeting Dec. 14 with Madison County Parole Officer Marion Vanfossen of Alton. ILS. aid for hijackers J.S. officials and ambassadors of other countries to marshal diplomatic pressure on the Soviet Union. The Senate pressured the White House Tuesday night, calling on President Nixon to urge the Soviet Union to commute the death sentences and convey con over alleget Russian Jews. Civic Memorial must pay; but No tax bite is put on capital airport By BILL LHOTKA Telegraph Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD - Civic Memorial Airport has been tagged -with a $247,170 ,. tax assessment while an airport five miles from the Illinois Department of Revenue offices here is not, required to pay taxes on its leased public lands, a Telegraph in. vestigation today revealed. Furthermore, the Telegraph learned, Sangamon County taxing officials have no • in- tention of taxing the public lands in 1971 but are considering a leasehold interest tax on the. operators of the leased property of the , Springfield Airport Authority. Civic Memorial Airport's . tax exempt status was removed by Wood River Township assessor Robert Zitt, reportedly at the instruction of the Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs, a division of the Department of Revenue. INSIDE ^Editorial , , •:. A>4 Family . . , . A-6 Area highway logjam may Did you receive your engage- be broken, • ment Jtog.from Santa? liil ,,.-,,< A-3 Spark , , . . ii-3 'isffpTJss 5p fc *»e to county seat jail. Hlf/nwQ VQ u ff njguwp^s • . . i /1}*} 1 Rundown and map of five* k MUtty Sangamon County officials said they had received no such instructions from the department although the county and state offices are located only blocks apart. "We are not assessing anything owned by the airport authority," Wilson J. Park,' Sangamon County supervisor of assessments, told the Telegraph. The Springfield airport is much larger than its Bethalto counterpart. 0 % a r k Airlines makes regular flights into the city and has leases on the property along with Air Illinois and Capitol Aviation Inc. The latter operates plane sales/rental, services and a school on the premises. Another operator is Bisch Airways which, is 'also involved in sales, services, a school and plane rentals on the field. Park told the Telegraph that the airport exemption was based on Illinois statutes. State officials confirmed kind that the exemptions of every Airport for Airport .poses,.." Park Sangamon review was airport's some action action against the "We leasehold every case only farmland who share atutes called for on "all property " belonging to any Authority and used t Authority pur-' airport aut ority sail Park ficult to land was purposes a U ; Memona, officials h of the fitting "airport tax - exem •The ern of Americans injustices against And Rep. Bertram L. Podell, D-N.Y., said at least 20 members of Congress will join him and legislators from other nations in a trip to Moscow to protest treatment of Jews. The Senate made its plea after 1,000 persons carried candles in a peaceful march past the White House, decrying sentences meted out to 11 defendants in a Leningrad hijack conspiracy trial last week. Nine of the defendants—including the two sentenced to die before a firing squad—are Jews. Several hours after the peaceful protest, police arrested 13 young Jews who tried to hold a candlelight Hanukah service across the (Sec Page 2, Col. 5) Patterson and Vanfossen discussed the plea at the police station and at one point Vanfossen told Patterson the plea meant an automatic parole violation and that he would have to be returned to prison. Patterson excused himself and went to the bathroom, where he opened the window and leaped to his freedom, eluding capture. Then Tuesday, a hearing was held on the • circumstances surrounding aspects of the case, and Chief Circuit Judge Beatty later .allowed Patterson to withdraw his plea of g'uilty to' the weapons charge. Assistant State's Attorney Ben Allen then moved to dismiss the case because some witnesses had backed out. Meanwhile,- Public Defender Ed Moorman had obtained a writ of habaeus coipus in an attempt to throw out Patterson's 1968 plea of guilty to the burglary charge that resulted in a sentence of 2-4 years in Menard. Moorman claimed in the writ that the sentencing judge failed to adequately admonish Patterson in sentencing hini. Beatty postponed a hearing on the writ until Jan. 14 and allowed Patterson to go free on recognizance bond until the hearing. Earlier, Judge Beatty had blocked Vanfossen's attempt to issue a warrant charging parole violation, saying that Vanfossen had no jurisdiction in the case because the (See Page 2 Col. \\ — whose wing span measures six feet — might have been lured into the trap along the river road bluffs and then flew into Alton, dragging the trap on its mangled foot. Bleeding from the deep wound and the weight of the steel trap, the weakened eagle was probably forced down in the wooded area of Alton where it lay dying until it was rescued by police, the game agents speculated. Accompanied by a Telegraph reporter photographer team and Alton policeman Darryl Siemer, Tresch and DeSherlia trekked on foot in the wooded area in a search for other traps which would pose a danger to protected wildlife arid children playing in the area. DeSherlia said the double spring game trap might have been set in the residential area of Alton in. an effort to catch opossum or raccoon whose tracks were visible in the soil along the hillside. the U.S. Bureau of Sports and Wildlife is deeply concerned over the trapping death of the eagle — America's national bird whose species is rapidly disappearing in the United States, Tresch told a reporter. The indiscriminate use of DDT and pesticides and illegal hunting is" wiping out the eagle population. The trapper whose steel device captured the bald eagle could face prosecution under the federal Bald Eagle Protection Act if agents could prove that the trap was baited to deliberately attract an eagle, federal agents told the Telegraph. An examination of the steel trap by Tresch and DeSherlia failed to produce any clues to the identity of the owner (See Pase 2, Col. 9.) said that the County board of thinking about the status and may take .in 1971 but the be directed lessees. are considering interests in almost " Park. said. The would be eased to farmers profits with the would exceptions it would be dif' show that the farm* used for airport required by law, pa. t yearg, Civic Airport Authority ve cited toe use leised facilities gs the definition of purposes" to retain t status, office and the Madison County Board of Review had cons i s t e n 11 y upheld Civic Memorial's contentions in the face of opposition from the Bethalto School District. The recent assessment on the airport's aeronautical, restaurant and farm property leased to private operators means that area taxpayers would have to pick up most of the tab. While the operators of the restaurant and farms could have their lease charges increased during 1971 to offset the taxation if the assessment is eventually upheld, Walston Aviation has a contract running until 1992 which would prevent the firm from having its leases increased to pick up the tax tab. The long * term Walston Aviation contracts prevent the Cessna firm from increases until 1981 and no more, than a live per cent hike until 1992. W a 1 s t Q n, whose annual payment was increased five per cent or-$1,25.0 last sum- mer, now pays $26,250 per year for a repair shop, hangar and 42 T-hangers. The T-hangers are subleased to area pilots. The firm is also paying $15,257 per year on a revenue bond issue. Zitt's assessment must still be formally approved by the Board of Review. The board, however, stated at a recent hearing, in which the airport authority sought to have its exemption reinstated, that it would go along with Zitt's action pending a decision on appeal to the Illinois State Property Tax Appeal Board. However, a spokesman for the Department of Local Government Affairs told the Telegraph Tuesday that tne airport authority would have to go to court if the Board of Review confirms the exemption removal. A recent attorney general ruling held that the state appeal board does not have jurisdiction over exemptions, the Telegraph was told. Mothers to the rescue As his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hampton of Sa- liua, Calif., look on, 7-month-old Jason Hampton reaches for bottle of frozen mother's milk that is part of 300 ounces of milk donated by mothers in Seattle, Wash. Jason lias a digestive ailment and can live only on mother's milk and needs 60 ounces a, day. Mothers from Seattle to Colorado have offered Jason milk. He weighs 11 Ibs, (UPI

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