Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 16, 1975 · Page 11
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 11

Freeport, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 16, 1975
Page 11
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Joan Little's Lawyer Objects To Judge Hearing Trial Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Wednesday, July 16, 1975 Page 11 MAY CRAIG, 86, who gained national fame by covering Washington for Maine newspapers, died Tuesday at a nursing home In Silver Springs, Md. Her trademarks were flowered hats and tough questions. She is shown in 1965 photo. - UPI Photo. Purolator Missing $150,000 CHICAGO (UPI) - A burlap bag containing $150,000 in cash has disappeared from the Purolator Security, Inc., which last October became the ' scene of the largest cash theft in the nation's history. Purolator officials Tuesday reported the "mysterious disappeaface" of the bag containing the $150,000 in cash. The money apparently was stolen last Friday, some time after it was loaded into an armored truck for shipment to a suburban Harvey savings and loan association, company officials said. Both the truck driver and a messenger who manned the vehicle were cleared of any conspiracy to steal the money through interviews and polygraph examinations, John Pratt, senior vice president in charge of Purola- tor's. central division, said. Pratt said investigators had no other serious suspects but other employes we're being interrogated.. "This is a real whodunit," he said. Richard Held, special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago office, ordered a.full-scale investigation, headed by agent Raymon Stratton, who helped crack the Oct. 20 theft of $4.3 million from a Purolator warehouse and vault. Four men have been sentenced to prison terms for their parts in that burglary, but authorities still are looking for $1.2 million of the loot. Pratt said the company immediately checked the possibility that the $150,000 was accidentally placed on the wrong route, but got negative responses from banks and savings and loan associations. • Oliver B. Revell, acting agent in charge of the FBI office, said his office was investigating the possibility that the money was loaded onto the truck and then taken off by one of more than 20 other employes who "possibly could have hart access" to it in the loading area. The cash was mostly in $20 bills and was non-sequential currency, Purola- tor officials said. RALEIGH, N.C. (UPI) - Jerry Paul, chief defense attorney for Joan • Little,, says the judge hearing her trial for the murder of a white jailer is an old man who "objects to the new way of doing things." "He's clearly for the state," Paul said before the third day of jury selection began today in the 21-year-old black woman's trial.. Only two jurors, both young women, were selected in the first two days. The prosecution and defense, starts from the same place: Clarence Alii- good is dead,' and Joan Little admits she killed him with an ice-pick. But from there, the two sides diverge. The prosecution will say she planned the crime in advance, used sex as a lure, and killed Alligood to get free. The defense will say she was attacked and used, that she killed in self-defense and that she fled to stay alive. Paul lost his temper Tuesday when Judge Hamilton Hobgood disallowed some of his questions aimed at gauging attitudes of prospective jurors. "Any questions the state wants to ask, they have been allowed to ask," Paul snapped at Hobgood. "We haye not been able to ask the questions we want to ask. "I think your honor should exclude yourself because I don't think your honor can give Joan Little a fair trial," said Paul. Hobgood's only reaction was to turn to the court reporter and say, "You may put that in the record." "You can hold me in contempt if you want," Paul said. "There has been one attempt after another to railroad Joan Little and I don't plan to stand for it." Paul told newsmen when court re- cessed, "It's clear he's for the state. He's just an old judge and he objects to the new ways of doing things." Twenty-five-year-oia Jennie Lancaster, a youth counselor with the Department of Corrections, became the second juror. The other seated is Cornelia Howell, 20, a Raleigh waitress. Defense attorneys Tuesday also filed a motion asking Hobgood to require the state to provide statements from 17 prospective prosecution witnesses. Included in the list is Terry Bell, a trustee at the Beaufort County jail at the time of the slaying. Reagan Takes Steps To Become Candidate WASHINGTON (UPI) - Although" reserving a final decision, Ronald Reagan has taken the first formal steps toward challenging President Ford for the Republican presidential nomination next year. The former California governor, a favorite of GOP conservatives, moved to the brink of a formal candidacy Tuesday by authorizing creation of a campaign committee to organize and raise funds on his behalf. Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., announced formation of "Citizens For Reagan" at a news conference and read a communication from Reagan which said "I have not reached a decision" about seeking the presidency in 1976. But Reagan said he would decide "before the end of the year" and told Laxalt he would formally authorize the new committee to act in his name under terms of the federal election laws. Laxalt told reporters he had tried to get Reagan to announce his candidacy immediately and rated the chances Reagan would run at "nine in ten." But he said Reagan preferred not to announce now, and "I've learned not to argue with the horse." John Sears, a Washington attorney active in the 1968 Nixon campaign and executive vice chairman of the Reagan committee, said he believed the authorization given by Reagan made him •a legal candidate in the eyes of the Federal Election Commission, but would not place him under the "equal time" regulations of the Federal Communications Commission. Reagan, governor of California from 1966 through 1974, has conducted a television and radio commentary program since leaving office. Laxalt said the committee was formed to help Reagan win the GOP presidential nomination and would not be used either as a third-party conservative campaign vehicle or as a lever to seek the vice presidential nomination for the Californian. Laxalt went to some pains to avoid criticizing Ford. He said the President was "doing a good job," but "we simply feel that Gov. Reagan could do a better job." THE NEW NOMINEE FOR THE cabinet post of secretary of health, education and welfare says forced school busing to achieve racial equality may be counterproductive to good education. F. David Mathews said during Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday busing "has not produced good results." Mathews Is presently the president of the University of Alabama.-UPI Photo Convict Man Of Killing Fetuses CAMDEN, N.J. (UPI) - Winfield Anderson, who claimed he was asleep at a friend's house at the time a pregnant woman was shot during a holdup, has been convicted in the murder of twin fetuses who died hours after premature birth. The conviction Tuesday was unprecedented in New Jersey, where criminal codes had not clearly defined the protection under the law accorded to unborn children. However, Camden County Judge Leon Wingate, drawing on Common Law, ruled that Anderson could be charged with murder since the 7^- nuyith-old fetuses were "victims of a wound upon their mother ... were born alive ... and subsequently died hours later." . The implication was that had the infants been stillborn, Anderson would not have been charged with homicide. Prosecutor William Cahill Jr., son of former the New Jersey governor, had called the case a routine homicide. The jury deliberated more than 10 hours over a two-day period. Anderson, 24, who firmly believed he would be found innocent, was shaken when the jury ticked off 10 guilty verdicts for the two murders and various offenses, including assault, robbery and possession of a gun. Anderson was charged with firing the shot March 9 that hit Nikki Spearman, 22, in the abdomen. According to the testimony of physicians, a Caesarean section was performed and both fetuses were ..breathing when born. Aerie No. 679 Freeport, Illinois EAGLES — ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC — SUNDAY, JULY 20 ... 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at RIVIERA PARK RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST (No Exceptions). Deadline: Midnight, Thursday, July 1 7 It Beats HOOVER CONVERTIBLE • Edge Cleaning Suction Power • Big Disposable Bag... Economical • Two-Speed Motor , REGULAR $74.95 88 $62 Complete with Attachments HARDWARE STORE Cleans instant adjustment FOR PILE DEPTH deani SUCTION POWER GETS RIGHT UP BASEBOARDS EXCHANGE AT STATE ST. 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