Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 27, 1977 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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.A XXX •° The tragedy of Man: He starts off with a Country—and winds up with a Government! Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin By The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Narrows ruled out as source of water for cities As was to be expected from Nashville's experience more than two decades ago the U.S. Corps of Engineers has rejected the petition of five Southwest Arkansas towns to obtain municipal water from the Narrows, now known as Lake Greeson. You read on this page last week that Col. John H. Moellering, chief engineer of the Vicksburg district, voiced the objection to the Little Missouri River Association, a group representing Murfreesboro, Nashville, Prescott, McCaskill, and Blevins. He simply reported the towns' request wasn't "feasible." More than 20 years ago Nashville was drouth stricken and discovered to its dismay that it couldn't haul water from the Narrows by tanker trucks. What Nashville learned then— and what is still true today—is that all the water behind a federal dam is "spoken for" at the time the authorization is approved by Congress, and if you aren't included in the construction contract you are out of luck in all future years. It was Nashville's plight more than 20 years ago which led your editor to intervene in the construction contract for Millwood Dam and Reservoir, then under consideration by the Congress. Millwood was set up originally as a dual project for flood control and recreation. Your editor got on a plane about 1948 and appeared before the Senate Committee on Harbors & Rivers in Washington to ask that the Millwood contract be sir > fw?*5<i.j£aTinelude • water for cities, industries, and agriculture. We asked for a level of one foot per acre—and the allocation was finally raised to two feet per acre. This is why Hope and other Southwest Arkansas areas will be able to get water from Millwood if the projected pipeline is ever built. The Narrows Dam and Reservoir was programed for three purposes: Flood control, recreation, and generation of electric power—but with no provision for water use by cities. The presumption is that if the cities were to be accomodated then the generation of electricity would have to be discontinued. To accomplish this, however, would require an act of Congress. Since Millwood already incorporates water use for cities our local reservoir seems to be a more feasible bet for our neighbor towns than the Narrows. Jester off serious list TEXARKANA — Charles Jester, Jr., 18, of Hope, remained in the surgical intensive care unit of Wadley Hospital Tuesday morning, but was now listed in fair condition. Jester was the driver of the vehicle struck by a Missouri- Pacific freight train in Hope last week, an accident which claimed the life of Joe Barton, also 18 of Hope, a passenger in Jester's vehicle. Jester was listed in serious condition at the hospital here all last week. He apparently was moved from the serious list on Christmas Day. Hope Hemps t«*d County 2 Sections VOI/ 79—NO. 62 —28 Pages Member of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features Star .1 //- Tim <' For Period HOPE, ARKANSAS TTKSD.AY. DRCKMRKK 27, 1977 4,560 6 .Mm. At: <>/;lU/T{, 4,502 Av. net paid rImitation 6 months ending Sept. 30. t!>77—45$0 As filed with Audit Burenn of (.Mrcu\ptlon.i, subject to nurtlt. PHICK 15c Copter slams into building; 2 dead, 4 hurt QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - A radio station traffic helicopter slammed through the roof of an apartment building today and exploded, killing two persons and injuring four others, witnesses said. Two bodies burned beyond recognition were found near the wreckage of the helicopter, which came to rest on the second floor of the two-story, 23- unit red brick building and started a fire there. "One would assume they are from the helicopter," a medical examiner said of the bodies. Occupants of the helicopter were identified as Chip Whitmore, a reporter for station WEEI, and pilot Red Banks. Persons in the building who were hurt in the crash were identified as Julia Verga, 62; Ronald Michelson, 28, and his wife, Lynn, 26, and a 10-week- old baby. All four were taken to hospi- tals. Their conditions were not immediately known. Ned Foster, a helicopter traffic reporter for station WBZ, witnessed the crash. "It went into a dive and crashed through the roof of the apartment building," Foster said. "Then it expoded on impact." The crash on Station Street occured near the Southeast Expressway, where the helicopter reporter was watching traffic. Whitmore was filling in for WEEI's regular traffic reporter, Kevin O'Keefe, who was on vacation this week. A few minutes before the helicopter went down, its occupants had radioed the station that they were having difficulties and would try to make an emergency landing near the expressway. The helicopter was owned by Omni Beechcraft Co. of Danvers. City board expected to adopt '78 budget Although its the last item on the Hope Board of Directors' meeting agenda tonight, the adoption of the 1978 budget is expected to be the highlight of the meeting. The board discussed the city manager prepared budget in detail at its last meeting, but took no action. Among the controversial issues in the budget is a proposal in in- creaase refuse pick-up rates by 50 cents a month for residential customers and a percentage increase for business customers. Other agenda items for the meeting set for 7 p.m. in the city hall board room include: —a zoning change to allow Citizens Bank to build on a lot at North Hervey and Pond Streets. --approval of the new airport lease agreement. —consideration of housing authority request for funds. —a resolution authorizing mayor to sign a railroad crossing easement. —amendment of the Health Program Ordinance. --and a resolution authorizing a health program fee increase. Quiet Christmas in city, only 1 minor accident Christmas was relatively quiet for the Hope police, as only one minor accident was reported over the long holiday. At 6:32 p.m. Tuesday, Elaine Shackford, 29, and Lonnie Lester Johnson, 29, both of Hope, were involved in a collision at Hervey and Pond Streets. Johnson was travelling north on Hervey, and collided with the Shackford car, travelling on Pond. Officers Bill Martin and Rusty Paul, who investigated the incident, charged the woman with failure to yield right of way. on the inside Harriet Rosenberg, an American housewife in a coma for almost a year, shows the first small signs she might regain consciousness through a new blood circulating therapy. Story on page 5. The middlemen in the grocery business ore taking more of the cosumer's food dollar, new government figures show, while the farmer's share is going down, farmers in November received 38. 5 cents of each SI spent for food in retail stores, while middlemen — fhose who transport, process and sell food after it leaves the farm — got 61.5 cents. Story on page 1 I. CITY SimsOllKKKS: If you f«il ,„ rw .,. iv ,. VOUP Sl(|1 . pli'iist- phono 777-HHI1 IH-IHIM-II 6 mul 6 : ;{<) p.,,,., SHIIII-- your |HI|HT. Hciisr do no) rail Ix-forr |hc time li.sli-il. Obituaries 2 Classified 8 & 9 Womens News 3 Features 10 Dear Abby 3 Movies n Comics 6 Television 10 TBr**"*^ '" """' "' — - — - - Russia deploying missile that can hit U.S., officials believe IHTMClTnM l A f>\ A (!„., .1.1 WASHINGTON (AP) - After months of uncertainty, U.S. officials now believe that Russia has started deploying a new mobile land-based missile with potential to hit the United States. In its present form, the Soviet SS-20 missile's estimated 3,000-mile range limits it to targets in Western Europe, China and the Middle East. l But U.S. specialists say its range can be extended easily to 5,500 nautical miles by adding a third rocket stage to the present two stages. That would make it similar to theSS-16 intercontinental ballistic missile and put the United States within its range. U.S. military officials are concerned the conversion could tip the nuclear balance against the United States quickly in n time of diplomatic crisis, especially since mobile missile bases would be hard to find and knock out. Pentagon officials warned enrlier about the potential for conversion of the SS-20, but noted then that the missile had not been deployed. The months of uncertainty and conflicting reports on deployment apparently stemmed from difficulty in locating and identifying the SS-20's movable launch equipment at combat- ready positions inside the So-; viet Union. However, U.S. military in- telligence analysts now say the SS-20 is deployed in eastern Russia. That suggests the first combat-ready SS-20S. which can carry three nuclear warheads each, are aimed nt targets in China, with which Russia has been feuding for years. Intelligence analysts also believe preparations are under way to deploy mobile missiles in western and central Russia. From western Russia, SS-20s could blanket Western Europe. FYom central Russia, the missiles could strike targets In the Middle East. With their 3,000-mile range, the SS-20s arc unlikely to be subject to limitations on strategic nuclear weapons now being negotiated by Soviet and U.S. diplomats. That Is because, although they could be converted to long range missiles, SS-20s as now deployed do not have long enough range to strike the United States from Russian soil. Also, the Russians have shown no Interest in President Carter's bid for a mutual ban on mobile strategic missiles. The United States Is developing a possible huge new intercontinental range missile which could be deployed In underground movable launch pads, but the Carter administration has delayed full-scale development work, r Poultry plant official meeting with strikers BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) An offical of a poultry processing plant here was to meet today with striking farmers who have encircled his plant with tractors. Strike leaders have said the tractors will remain around the Banquet Foods Inc., plant until company officials send a telegram to President Carter supporting the farm strike's goal of 100 percent parity for farm commodities. Plant manager Paul Henry told farmers on Monday he would convoy their demand to .officials of Banquet Foods at St. Louis. The more than 75 tractors parked around the plant Monday barred trucks from making deliveries to the plant, which makes frozen TV dinners. Four Batesvllle city police were at the plant site Monday night monitoring nctivittoc Strike leader Kenneth McDoniel of Magness in Independence County said if the demands were not met the farmers would return in double force. Israel has not taken hard decision: Sadat —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton H Called lo J ' D - Roach ' s Kecreation Center on Hazel in Hope 1 uesday morning, and quickly extinguished the fire started by a gas space heater located next to the wall shown. The fire started at about 8 a.m., and no one was hurt in the incident. Another picture and more details, page Hijacker goes before magistrate today ATLANTA (AP) - A man held for the Christmas Day hijacking of an Eastern Airlines jet faced air piracy charges be- fore a U.S. magistrate today. Nikolai Wischnewsky, 32, of Pearl River, N.Y., allegedly commandeered the DC-9 about 50 miles from Atlanta on Sunday using a toy pistol and a portable radio taped to resemble a bomb. By The Associated Press Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was quoted today as say- Ing that Israel, under the lead- era hip of Prime Minister Menahem Begin, has not yet made the tough decisions or concessions needed to bring about a Middle East peace. The two leaders held a Chrisimaa summit in lamallla, Egypt, and came away still divided over the future of Palestinian Arabs living on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the Jordan River and Gaza Strip. "No, Israel has not yet taken the difficult decision," Sadat was quoted by Egyptian newspapers as saying. "Mr. Begin may be of the view that he has made concessions but I see that he has not." Begin proposed self-rule for the 1.1 million Palestinian Arabs living on the West Bank and Gaza Strip with continued Israeli military presence. Sadat held out for creation of an Independent Palestinian state and complete Israeli withdrawal. In Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister briefed his cabinet on the Ismallia summit and met with U.S. Ambassador Samuel W. Lewis apparently to report on the talks and current status of the peacemaking effort. The semiofficial Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported that the summit talks did produce agreement on Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Sinai Peninsula. Israeli troops still control more than 80 per cent of the 20,000 square mile Egyptian desert peninsula.' The newspaper said Israel wanted to announce the Egyptian-Israeli accord publicly but Sadat refused, saying their summit talks were aimed not at reaching a private agreement but a comprehensive set(Continued on Page Two) Suspect held in break-in One suspect was apprehended by Hope police shortly after an alleged break- in at City Trading Post on Highway 4 in Hope Christmas evening. At about 10:55, the Hope police arrested a lone suspect near the vicinity of the office, which was broken Into through a door on the east side. Nothing of value was believed taken in the incident. Charges are expected to be filed later today, according to a spokesman for the Hope police department. •—-^ ^ " " ""• "^ a auuui «=»»«c« u"«iu. newspaper Al Anram reported department. Disputes among law agencies hamper Strangler probe LOS ANGELES (AP) - In- young women found slain over tims ware nnnnpn»*i •*,«, _ ... . ™ * LOS ANGELES (AP) — In vestigators of the Hillside Strangler case have been hampered by dead-end clues, a lack of tips, and false confessions. But perhaps most frustrating of all has been dissension among law enforcement agencies drawn together by the dumping of murdered females across the northern suburbs. The latest disagreement centers on whether one of two young women found slain over the weekend is the strangler's latest victim. But disputes in the case began soon after it was noted in mid-November that the bodies of young girls and women were beginning to turn up with unusual frequency in the Los Angeles area. Investigators from the agencies then involved — the sheriff's office and Los Angeles and Glendale police — met but could not agree on which vic- tims were connected. They continued to handle the cases separately, although a tentative liaison was set up. On Nov. 25, Sheriff's Lt. Phil Bollington dropped two names from a list of 11 possible victims of the strangler. He said no definite connection could be established between the nine other slayings and the deaths of 7-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Madrid, found Nov. 6 in the city of Industry, and 19-year-old Theresa Berry of Pomona, found Nov. 4 in Walnut. But Los Angeles police Cmdr. William Booth declined the same day to rule out any of the 11 victims as targets of the same killer or to pinpoint any as connected. "Because of the dissimilarities in the case, Die ages and backgrounds, there is a strong possibility that a number of the cases are not con- nected in any way," he said. However, when the strangler task force was formed shortly thereafter and put out its official list, Miss Berry and the Madrid girl were ruled out. At least two more victims have turned up since. Differences were also apparent in other areas. After interviewing witnesses under hypnosis, Glendale police issued a composite drawing of a man reportedly seen driving the car of Kristina Weckler, 20, whose body was found Nov. 6 on a residential lawn in Glendale. Los Angeles police said they would not comment on the sketch and have not released any drawings of their own. Tension between the Glendale and Los Angeles departments rose sharply when Glendale Police Chief Duane Baker made «'tri offhand remark at a civic meeting that some of the victims had been sodomized. Details of the sexual attacks on the victims who were molested had been a closely guarded secret. Police had wanted certain information kept secret so it could be used in polygraph tests of suspects. Another such detail was how the victims were strangled. Police had refused to say, but the county coroner's chief investi- eator. Boh DRnbarher, dis- closed Nov. 23: "No necks were broken. There's no other marks on their bodies to indicate they were beaten." Elected officials entered the case when it was charged that l/)s Angeles police refused to answer a call about a prostitute who failed to check in when she went to meet a client Dec H. The woman was Kimberly Diane Martin, apparently the strangler's Uth victim.

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