Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 4, 1969 · Page 28
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 28

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, April 4, 1969
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HE IS DEAD — The crucified Jesus is depicted in this 17th Century oil painting by Spanish artist Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra, hanging in the Phoenix Art Museum on extended loan from Republic Photo by Yul Conawiy movie star Cornell Wilde. Surrounded by heavenly cherubs, the body is ministered to by Mary, the mother of Jesus, and received, according to art critics, by Abraham. City loses 18th St. zone case The State Court of Appeals, division 1, yesterday agreed 2-1 that city refusal to rezone four acres in Northeast Phoenix amounted to unconstitutional confiscation of the property. With Judge Henry Stevens dissenting, the Appeals Court decided Maricopa County Superior Court Judge William A. Holohan properly set aside the city's decision that the property near 18th Street and Maryland should not be rezoned from single-family residential to multiple-family residential. Stuart J. Shoob, attorney for the property owners led by George 0. Burke, said he expects city officials now will grant the requested rezoning from R-6 classification to R-3, since the city lost its appeal from Judge Holohan's ruling. The case came before the city council 1% years ago. Assistant City Attorney Ed Reeder said the decision to appeal the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court is up to the Phoenix City Council. "I'll certainly recommend that the city appeal," he added. Reeder said the decision is not in conformance with recent court decisions, including a State Supreme Court ruling which gives cities wide discretion in deciding whether to grant rezoning in view of neighborhood conditions. "The court should not be a super zoning board," he said. Judge Francis Donofrio and James Duke Cameron of the Appellate Court noted that Judge Holohan's ruling on the property was based on numerous findings of fact including: —The property, fronting on a major collector street and adjacent to other multiple-family zoning, is near a large canal, a city water plant and a large rest home. —Proposed city extension of two major streets will increase traffic in the neighborhood, and a proposed freeway would touch the property's northwest corner. In his dissenting opinion declaring that the case record did not justify substitution of judicial judgment for the legislative judgment of the city, Judge Stevens said a "highly speculative" future freeway location does not make the property unfit for single-family residences. Jeweler's death focuses on gems deal By BOB THOMAS Southern Arizona Bureau TUCSON —A financial deal involving reputed Mafia leader John Battaglia may have been the underlying motive for the suicide death of prominent Tucson jeweler Newton Pfeffer, it was learned yesterday. Pfeffer had consigned over $1 million in diamonds to Battaglia, a Los Angeles resident, and said by organized crime investigators to be high up in the Mafia inner circle. Pfeffer jumped from the top floor of the 11-story Pioneer International Hotel Saturday and landed in front of his own jewelry store-on Pennington Street. According to information available to The Arizona Republic, Pfeffer was aware of Battaglia's background when he made the deal for the diamonds last December. The jewels had been consigned to Pfeffer by eastern diamond dealers. Pfeffer unsuccessfully attempted to get payment for the diamonds from Battaglia's group, it was learned. When the eastern business interests exerted pressure on him, he redoubled his efforts to collect payment. However, after failing to receive any satisfaction Pfeffer went to the FBI with some of his financial records. It was believed that the FBI told him that there was no evidence of a crime at that time and that he should seek redress through the courts. A few days later Pfeffer fell to his death. Tucson police have termed it suicide. It is believed that one motive for his suicide was that because of his failure to receive payment for the diamond consignment, said to be worth $1.2 million in wholesale value, Pfeffer was unable to obtain any more credit from other diamond dealers. There was also speculation among law enforcement officials that Pfeffer may have feared some sort of retaliation from Mafia "musclemen" if he filed a court action to force payment for the diamonds. Both the FBI and the Pima County attorney's office are conducting investigations into Pfeffer's death. John Mull, Phoenix, agent in charge of the FBI's Arizona office, U.S. Attorney Edward Davis, Phoenix, Lars Pedersen, chief criminal deputy of the county attorney's office, all confirmed that an investigation is being conducted, but declined further comment. But, significantly, there has been no call yet for a coroner's inquest on Pfeffer's death. Inquests are usually routine in suicide cases. Although there is no evidence that his plunge was due to foul play, Pedersen, for one, said he is keeping an open mind on the circumstances and is not yet willing to term the death a suicide. Continued on Page 18 THERE'S A PRAIRIE 006 IN OUR BACK YARP Gila County Sheriff Jones quits to head Miami Copper security Vatican council dispels bigotry of Crucifixion By MARIE H. WALLING Republic Religion Editor The tragic event of the death of Jesus, commemorated by Christians today, has been compounded" for almost 20 centu- ' ries by the Christian view, official and unofficial, that the Jews were responsible and that their sin has been passed on to all Jews of all time. Happily, the fresh air generated by the ecumenical council of Vatican II is beginning to dispel that bigoted and historically inaccurate view. In that council, the church fathers declared that no longer will Catholic doctrine or parochial school textbooks disseminate the myth that the Jews as a people were responsible for the death of Jesus. - According to the Rev. Culver Nelson, Church 1 of the Beatitudes, a serious student of the early church, "Jesus was killed by the Roman government because he was viewed as a potential threat to the political stability of the outlying province they governed. "It is probable," he continued, "that the Romans were motivated in part by some religious leaders in the Jewish community who saw Jesus as a threat to the established practice of religion of the time. But whether the Jewish people in any significant number backed these leaders is questionable." Dr. Nelson pointed to several scriptural references which declare "And the people heard him gladly." "Historically," he noted, "in this festival week (of Passover) there were in the capital at the same time two messianic figures; Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Barabbas. Barabbas was more zealot-like (militantly encourging the Continued on Page 16 KtPU«i MAIL THEARIZONAREPUBIIC Friday, April 4, 1969 Page 15 Mummert admits sheriff s staff hurt by mass defection By JACK KOWALEC PRAIRIE POGS WENT OUT MTH THE COVERED UASON Eastern Arizona Bureau GLOBE — Gila County Sheriff Elton Jones has resigned, effective June 1, to become chief of security for Miami Copper Co. Jones' resignation was submitted yesterday to the Gila County Board of Supervisors, who immediately named Deputy Sheriff Ted Lewis, 28, as the new sheriff, also effective June 1. Jones, 43, has been the county's top law officer since January 1965 and had been re-elected to a second four-year term in 1968. Lewis has been deputy since July 1964. Married, with one child, Lewis lives in Miami. LUCY SAYS PRAIRIE DOSS WENTOUT WnHTHE COOT MASON UlE PRAIRIE P06S ARE MAKING A COME 0AOC f Coming Sunday Aggie earnings bullish The Farm and Ranch Page in Sunday's Arizona Republic details how Arizona agricultural earnings rose during 1968. A coach complains Frank Sancet, University of Arizona baseball coach for 20 years, tells Republic Sports what bugs him about pro baseball. The changing landscape Mary Leonhard and Henry Fuller re- late in Sunday's Sun Living Section how the death of a beautiful home begets the birth of a parking garage. Spring car fever Gimmicks and schemes of new and used car dealers are penetrated by James Cook in ARIZONA, The Republic's Sunday magazine. Old tea timers Women's Section portrays in a photo story charming Valley grandmothers ^U.jicci ;o;- tiie eighth annual silver tea. The Maricopa County sheriff's office has lost 28 deputies and civilian personnel since the start of the year, and Sheriff John Mummert yesterday admitted the loss has hurt. "That's why we're asking for 49 new sworn personnel (deputies) in our budget," he said. "Even when we're up to strength we're 10 men short." At present, he said, five deputies are attending the Scottsdale Police Academy and five more will begin classes Monday at the Phoenix Police Academy. t As of yesterday, members of the sheriff's office who have resigned included Chief Deputy Paul Blubaum, Capt. Ralph Edmundson, 19 deputies, four typists, a sergeant, a gardener and a clerk. Mummert, who took office in January, said that some of the men who left were disenchanted with his administrative moves aimed at producing a more efficient police agency. Only two men were fired, he said. "We're losing some people who don't like the changes," he said, "but I believe it (the turnover) is below average for a changeover." He pointed out that his predecessor, a Democrat, had been sheriff for 22 years. Mummert, a Republican, said he will meet today with his captains, lieutenants and sergeants "to outline their duties and let them know what I expect of them." He said he would advise them that weekly clothing and uniform inspections would be held for personnel and that briefing would be conducted at the start of each shift. Also, he said, three men would be promoted. Regarding some complaints of fear for their jobs, reportedly expressed by some members of his office, Mummert said that the meeting today should straighten things out. "I think the ones who are playing the game according to the rules are not afraid of their jobs," he said. Mummert defended the internal security investigations handled by Lt. Jim Profitt. The program has been condemned by some deputies. "We don't have a headhunting deal," Mummert said. "The purpose of the program is to investigate complaints made by citizens about deputies. The only investigations made are current. We're not probing into their backgrounds." He added that no member of his office has lost his job as a result of a controversial questionnaire circulated among his deputies in mid-February. The questionnaire, which probed into the personal and financial lives of each deputy, has since been revised, Mummert said. "What we're doing is modernizing and making more efficient the operation of the sheriff's office and bringing it up to par with other law enforcement agencies," Mummert said. Police harassment is charged by motorcycle club members Motorcycle club members complained yesterday of harassment by city police. Two were arrested and others were given 30 traffic tickets Wednesday as they rode into Phoenix after attending the burial in Glendale of a fellow rider. . Since that time, four more have been jailed on charges ranging from minor in possession of alcohol to failure to appear in court on old traffic charges. Several said they had been stopped repeatedly while riding or walking through the city. All of those arrested later were released on bond. One, who was freed barefoot last night, was wearing only a T-shirt and pants. He said police had taken his boots, leather jacket and leather vest and placed them in the police property room when he was arrested and that officers had told him that he would have to reclaim them there. He was released two hours .after the property room had closed for the night. "I'm moving," said one yesterday. "I'm going to get out of this town." "I'm staying," .said another. "I'm going to go get my stuff and bring it back to Phoenix and move in, register my scooter (motorcycle) here. I'll show 'em." Among those arrested was "Little Lee," president of the Phoenix chapter of The Bandidos, one of the motorcycle clubs represented at the funeral. "Lee," of 1020 W. Vogel, was jailed under the name of Johnnie Merle Gamble, 22, on warrants charging him with failure to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, lack of a rear view mirror on his motorcycle and charges of failure to appear in court to answer those citations. Following the funeral Wednesday, "Lee" said another funeral was planned for Sunday for his wife, who was killed last weekend in a traffic accident in southern Arizona. "If they (the police) think they're going to try something like this (ticketing the returning mourners) when we bury her, they'd better bring enough men to do it," he said. "It won't be easy." Yesterday The Arizona Republic received information that the woman's body had been taken to Sebastapol, Calif., at the request of her family, and that funeral services were scheduled there today. His brother, Richard, has been an Arizona highway patrolman in the Globe- Miami area for several years. Lewis said yesterday he has no plans for any changes in the department. Jones will replace retiring Bill Richardson, who has been chief of security at Miami Copper for nearly 20 years. Richardson is a former Gila County sheriff who also resigned to take over security for the copper firm. He was replaced by former Sheriff Jack Jones, who held the post until he was defeated in election by the present sheriff in 1964. The two Joneses are not related. JOB FAIR '60 — Jim Brewer, Salt River Project, discuss job opportunities at the project with Mick Ista, 22, and Deena Tully, 24, recently at "Job Fair. W at Maricopa .Technical College, I i ' RMUtylc Photo by Ctn K*VM 106 £, Washington, Similar explanations were given to enrollees in the Phoenix Concentrated Employment Program (CEP) by representatives of 26 Valley industrial firms.

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