Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 7, 1971 · Page 1
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, January 7, 1971
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Munitions complex •plodes ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madis<m, Jersey, Macoupin 9 Greene and Cnlhoun Counties ex Vol. 135 NO 301 AUon Teleeranh Printing Co.. 197f: Alton. III., Thursday, January 7, 1971 32 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 SAIGON (AP) -i- A 10-hour series of explosions today wrecked a big allied ammunition dump on the central coast of South Vietnam, killed three South Korean em- ployes and destroyed more than 5,000 tons of munitions, officials reported. Seven Americans and nine South Koreans were reported injured. The Koreans were employed by a Korean company working on a contract at the dump. It was the worst ammunition explosion in South Vietnam in nearly two years. A South Vietnamese spokesman said the cause had not been determined, but an investigation was under way. The spokesman said the blasts destroyed at least a third of the munitions in the dump at Qui Nhon, 275 miles northeast of Saigon. Field reports said 15,000 tons of ammunition of all types were in the stockpile, including artillery shells, mortars, hand grenades and small arms ammunition; The depot is on the side of a mountain about a mile and a half west of South Vietnam's fourth largest city and is well away from the city's residential area. Windows two miles away were broken by the explosions. The first explosion about 2 a.m. triggered thousands of rounds of artillery and rockets. The area was littered with shell fragments and hundreds of rounds that were blown away but did not explode. Canisters of tear gas also went off. The explosions subsided about noon, but occasional artillery rounds were still going off, and two small fires continued to burn. Several areas of the depot Were sectioned off by earthen walls, and this apparently prevented complete destruction. Meanwhile, the U.S. Command announced that 33 American servicemen were killed in action in Indochina last week, 32 others died of such nonhostile causes as accidents and illness, and 305 were wounded in action. ' A spokesman said American battlefield deaths during 1970 totaled 4,204, the lowest in five years and 55 per cent less than 1969's toll of 9,414. The spokesman said nonhostile deaths totaled 1,841 in 1970, the lowest in that category in three years. The U.S. Command said American casualties in the Vietnam war since Jan. 1, 1961, now total 44,241 killed in action, 9,064 dead from nonhostile causes and 293,529 wounded in action. The U.S. Command also listed 1,431 U.S. servicemen as missing or captured. South Vietnamese headquarters reported 319 government troops killed in action last week and 841 wounded. The U.S. Command reported 1,506 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops were killed by allied forces last week, bringing total enemy losses since Jan. 1, 1961, to 691,881. A few dozen bills placed 011 docket as session opens .... •;,,---. ,' : ~-. M. . • SPRINGFIELD, HI. (AP) — The 77th Illinois General Assembly came into session Wednesday with a r fair amount of ceremony, the election of new leadership and a "state of the state" address from Gov.'Richard B. Ogilyie. The first day ended with the introduction of perhaps two dozen bills — the forerunners of what is expected to be an overflow of several thousand proposals aimed at implementing .the. new Illinois constitution and coping with the state's problems. The House and Senate •adjourned until Monday morning when a joint session will witness the swearing in of state treasurer elect. Alan.Dixon of Belleville and Michael Bakalis of De Kalb who Won the post of state superintendent of public instruction. Sen. Cecil Partee' a Chicago Democrat, was elected president pro tern, of .the Senate in a party-line 29-28 vote with one Republican abstaining. • The abstention meant that Lt. Gov. Paul Simon's . well- publicized right to break ties was not necessary to ensure Democratic leadership in a chamber dominated by the Official incomes under fire Ogilvie asks full disclosure By ARTHUR J. THOMASON Telegraph's Capitol Bureau SPRINGFIELD, 111. - Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie said Wednesday he would recommend to Illinois lawmakers measures requiring full disclosure of income and assets by all public officials, rules for governing political spending and a stricter code of ethics. Ogilvie topped his political ethics remarks by referring to a probe into the assets of the late Secretary of State Paul Powell. Without mentioning Powell by name, the governor said, "in my judgment certain events of recent days demand action to restore public confidence in government and those who administer it — and let. us not delude ourselves that the public will be mollified by half measures." "Ogilvie said he intends to recommend to the 77th General Assembly measures requiring full disclosure of income and assets by all public officials. The governor did not explain what he means by recommended measures, but it was assumed that he was referring to legislation this year. Ogilvie's call for income disclosures and stricter political spending regulations was not part of his orginal 27-page statute of the state message to lawmakers. It came as an 11th hour addition and handed to newsmen shortly before the governor addressed the new assembly and packed galleries in the Illinois House. The governor labeled it, however, as "one of the most i m mediate of many challenges" the legislature black either Republicans since 1939. Partee is the first man chosen to head Illinois House. GOP Sen. W. Russell Arrington lost his bid to retain the pro tern post but remains Republican leader in the Senate. Simon did break a tie vote on the election of Senate officers, a title which covers the secretary of the Senate, the sergeant of arms and the senate postmistress. The lieutenant governor voted for the Democrats, giving Kenneth Wright of Pawnee the secretary's post. The move brought comment from Republican Hudson Sours who told Simon, "I understand you are an anti- patronage man, so now we have to give you a chance." In the house, Republicans used their bare 90-87 majority to elect Rep. Robert Blair of Park Forest to the speakership. He was opposed by Rep. Clyde Choate, DAnna, who therefore is minority leader. The voice vote was strictly partisan except that the two nominees voted for each other. will face. And It. was the word "challenges" that. Ogilvie used repeatedly to describe the way lawmakers will be faced with major legislation this year. Those challenges, and in the order ho named them, are: 1. Implementation of the new constitution. 2. Rcapportionmenl. 3. Coming to grips with a disastrous welfare system." 4. State and local tax reform. Ogilvie said he would submit to the legislature proposals on transportation, health care, drug abuse, law reform and other vital issues. He tormed as major state committments, large increases in state aid to Swearing in New members of the 111. House of Representatives are sworn in Wednesday. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert C. Underwood administers the oath to the new lawmakers of the 77<h ftenoral Assembly. (AP Wircphoto) Jarring flies to Israel How they voted on salary SPRINGFIELD, 111. - Here IB the way Telegraph area legislators voted Wednesday on a bill giving them a $5,500 a year salary boost. Horace Calvo, D » Granite City, yes. Jerry Corbett, D - Hardin, no. Leland Kennedy, D • Alton, yes. Sam Vadalabene, D - Edwardsville, yes. Tom Rose, R - Jacksonville, yes. Elmo McLain, D - Quincy, no. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - Special envoy Gunnar V.' Jarring flies to Jerusalem, today in an effort to get his Middle East peace talks moving. Diplomatic . sources . said the Swedish'diplomat bowed to Israeli demands after concluding that substantive discussions 'could not begin at U.N. headquarters until he conferred with Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban. U.N. diplomats expressed belief that the Jerusalem visit would be brief and that Jarrlng's talks at U.N. headquarters with representatives of Israel, Egypt and Jordan would start again in two or three days. Jarring decicled to make the trip after Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah urged for the second successive day that he accept an invitation extended by Eban in a message.Dec. 28. Arab sources charged privately thai the proposal was a stall to delay the peace talks, but Western diplomats said Jarring believed the Jerusalem visit was necessary to get the talks off the ground. It was not clear why Israel placed so much stress on the meeting, but some observers speculated Eban might seek to shift the site of the indirect Arab-Israeli talks to Cyprus,or some other location closer to the Middle East. Eban in his invitation to Jarring said he wanted to survey the situation, to acquaint you with the basic views of my government and to discuss steps necessary to ensure the fulfillment of your mission for the promotion of agreement on the establishment of peace." Meanwhile, Ihe chief U.N. delegates of the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union held another of their periodic meetings on the Middle East Wednesday, welcomed the reactivation of the peace talks and expressed hope they would succeed. They disagreed, however, on the r&le they should play. The United States took the position that they should remain in the background and let Jarring carry on in his own way. The Soviet. Union wanted the Big Four to take a more active role, perhaps offering guidelines for the talks. Britain and Franco expressed their readiness to help, when and if needed. The Nixon administration was reported advising Israel and the Arabs that they must, abandon their "maximum" positions and make concessions if they really want, a settlement. Informed sources in Jerusalem said the Israeli government has asked Washington whether it thinks the question ,of the Palestine refugees should be discussed in the first stage of the renewed talks. Israel always has said it would discuss the refugee problem only in the context of a final peace agreement with the Arabs. Bui Eban at a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Walworth Barbour reportedly said his government was considering giving ground on this timing. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan suggested that the Arab stales might resume the shooting in the Middle East if the negotiations don't go their way. "I expecl they will give the talks some time in order to sec if they arrj decisive from their point, of view, before opening fire," Dayan told a student rally in Haifa. He said Israel would not open fire "because there is no reason for such a move." The government chiefs of Egypt, Libya, Syria and Sudan announce'! they will meet in Cairo Jan. 20 to prepare for the possibility of resumption of war with Israel. The Aral) commission supervising the truce in Jordan between the Palestinian guerrillas and the Jordanian army reported that a policeman and two civilians were killed in Amman Wednesday and nine others wounded in a two-hour clash between guerrillas and government security forces. The commission said "armed elements of an unknown group" attacked a police station. Rte. 140 project could be stopped elementary and secondary education, public welfare and medicaid; children and family services; corrections; revenue to cities and highways. The governor called for a 72 per cent increase in state aid to elementary and secondary schools, from $592 per student to $1,016; a 106 per cent hike in aid to children and family services; a 59 per cent increase in public welfare and medicaid and a 38 per cent boost in higher education. He also sought an 81 per cent increase in state aid to cities Including motor fuel and sales taxes; a 36 per cent hike In corrections and a 37 per cent increase in highway revenues. Ogilvie said those corn- made state mittments are now possible through the income tax. The governor did not mention state aid to private and parochial schools and subsidies for mass transportation, although aid to private and parochial schools was among the governor's legislative priorities last year. Ogilvie called for "bold action' 1 from legislators, warning that "the price of failure will be chaos, and even the collapse of the political system as we have known it." "With the adoption of the new state constitution, we no longer have the excuses for inaction that we have used so frequently in the past," he asserted. Aftermath of cache find IRS to probe possible link between Powell, tire firm By JOE MELOSI and ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writers SPRINGFIELD - The Internal Revenue Service will investigate a possible scheme to extract money from trucking companies in Illinois, as part of a probe to get at the source of the mysterious $890,000 in cash linked to former secretary of stale Paul Powell, the Telegraph was told today. The investigation will focus on learning whether pressure was applied on truckers to buy tires from a company in which Powell was a major stockholder and whether the trucking firms were forced to contribute to the Democratic party. A close ally of the late Powell, Qlyde Choate, Anna Democrat, was listed as secretary of the tire company, the Statqwlde Tire Sales, Inc. Jay G. Philpott, district director of the Internal Revenue Service In Springfield said also that he will check into the possibility that trucking companies were being forced to kick in campaign funds. A typical tactic, one source said, would be to harass on- the-road truckers by stopping them and causing useless delays while Investigators would perform a series of checks on the license and load. A former trucker told the Telegraph that the delays could cost trucking firms dearly. The ex-trucker said firms cannot expect to compete under rales set by the state if the harassment Is persistent. One trucker has told the Telegraph that he once crossed an old friend of Powell's and was subjected to a relentless Investigation. The IRS Is checking all possible leads into the source of the cash cache which was WARMER FRIDAY Low 15: High 30 (Complete wcatlicr pane IHI) found In Powell's St. Nicholas Hotel closet, after he died Oct. 10. Extra cash was found in Powell's office. The total find was $800,000, according to the IRS. A high-ranking state official who wishes to remain anonymous told the Telegraph Wednesday that he formerly owned a large trucking company which bought tires from the firm Powell was connected with. The source told the Telegraph that a sales representative from Statewide had used Powell's name a number of times in trying to convince him to buy an expensive brand of tires which was made in France. T h e source said the Michelin-Brand tires performed as promised by the salesman, who also visited other truckers across the state. Illinois is the "trucking capital" of the nation, the former trucker told the Telegraph. He said that no real pressure was applied against him to buy the Michelin tire and said he did not know whether vehicles in the secretary of state's office had them on. A Telegraph check of records at the office of State Auditor Michael Hewlett was unable to turn up vouchers of any tire purchases by the secretary of state's office. Aides to Hewlett were courteous to Telegraph reporters in showing where the records could be located but a further check failed to turn up the classification under which the tire purchase were entered. An office supervisor said this morning that it "will take some time" to find the proper classification and the purchase records. The Telegraph checked sheets showing purchase of thousands of other items, including new cars and computers. Statewide Tire Sales, Inc., Powell's company, was not listed on any of the sheets, which would take days to check without knowing the proper classification. Records in the secretary of (See Page 2 Col. 1) INSIDE EDITORIAL . . . . A-4 Illinois behind Missouri in plans for traffic facilities. STRIKE A-2 Operating Engineers Local 148 votes to end U.E. strike. SEWEKS A-3 Elblc expects passage at Cottage Hills-Forest Homes sewer project. FAMILY A-H Prevention and treatment of the common cold: Stop Killing Yourself. IS ol-so-silent night ~ ON BEING BLACK The Nutcracker is black . . A-8 great in MIND YOUR MONEY The microwave oven. A-8 HARRIS A-7 18-year-old voters are different. ROCHE B-5 How about medical parapro- fesKlonals? SPORTS B-8 Winner gone, Cards hunt for new coach. Area road jobs periled by black ban probe By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer Illinois highway officials will make ah' on-the-job inspection Friday of the number of blacks on the $2.7 • million Bte. 140 road Job and five other major projects which free a shutdown by the state — as well as separate court actions by a black workers' Msociation — over alleged Ascriminatory hiring prac- tices, the Telegraph was told today. "We will check every job to count the number of workers on the job and • proportionate number of blacks," Robert Kronst, District 8 Highway Engineer told the Telegraph today. "If we find there is no compliance with the agreement to hire black trainees, the jobs may be shut down." In another new development in the highway hiring controversy, the Telegraph was told that the United Black Workers Association will attempt through court action to close down construction projects in Madison County if contractors and unions will not hire more blacks. A shutdown of the big Rte. 140 bafety widening project and five other major road construction projects over alleged job discrimination could tie up more than $7 million in construction in the "two counties and jeopardize $100 million in highway funds in District 8 which includes Madison County, the Telegraph was told, In the event a shutdown order is issued against the contractors, some portions of the jobs may be allowed to continue, if stoppage poses a danger to the safely of the motoring public, Kronst said. The group of black workers will attempt to shut down construction p r o j e c t s in Madison County if contractors and unions will not give them jobs. The United Black Workers Association, composed of blacks trained through tot agreement that ended the long federal road fund freeze in the two counties, Is now contacting Madison County contractors for u meeting. Tin. 1 group met with St. C lair County contractors Tuesday. "The contractors acted like they had good intentions, but not good enough," Victor Logan of Alton, who is vice-president of the group, told the Telegraph. The contractors did agree, though, to abide by a resolution by the Bast St. Louis City Council thut blacks be given priority on housing jobs. 'There are "(JO to 65" black trainees from Madison County and "only 2 or 3 have worked temporarily", Logan said. Logan said he was trained in the driving of tandem and semi-trailer trucks and holds a Class III chauffeur's license to drive them, but has been only able to use it one day. Logan charged thut contractors have hired, und (See Page 2 Col. 1.) Rock racket kills carols; teens fined MT. OLIVE — A teenage rock and roll group lost a two-day battle of the bands here after they challenged "Silent Night" with "Jinglo Hell Rock." Magistrate Judgu Robert McKeckun Tuesday fined the five-member combo a dollar apiece for disorderly conduct although the youths claimed that u store loudspeaker neurby, broadcasting Christmas carols, was making more "noise" and drowning out their rock music. Ml. Olive police told the Telegraph thut no one would consider "the noise the boys were making as music" compared to the carols from the adjoining loudspeaker. Police said they received complaints from neighbors Dec. 28, Dec. 2U unii Dec. 30 because of the "noise" the combo made while practicing. Twice police told the youths to turn down their amplifiers but they turned them up again later. Members of the combo they identified as Chartet Leu Wilson, of Brighton, Pete Lauds of Ml. Olive, Lewfc Sehlmeyer of Brighton, Charles Wilson Jr. of UtchfleM and Richard Ray burn of Mt. Olive.

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