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Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, April 5, 1969
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THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Page 21 Saturday, April 5,1969 ^^^fc t/ III I * • '' "^ City told to cut bond request New justice of peace probed in perjury By HOWARD E. BOtCE JR. A newly elected Maricopa County justice of the peace is being investigated by the county attorney's office on allegations he asked a police officer to commit perjury. The Arizona Republic learned that for the last three weeks Marion R. Reno, elected in November to the Northwest Phoenix JP court, has been probed by Phoenix police and investigators with the county attorney's office. County Attorney Moise Berger said, "We have received the police report and are now examining it to see if charges should be filed." Berger indicated the charge under consideration is attempted perjury by subernation, which is defined by Arizona Revised Statutes as follows: "A person who does any act with specific intent to (procure another person) to commit perjury but fails to complete that offense is guilty of attempted perjury by subornation." The offense is punishable a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000,1 to 14 years in prison, or both. Attempts to contact Reno for comment were unsuccessful. Reno, according to information delivered to police, allegedly asked Police Detective Lonzo McCracken to testify falsely in court about the date on which he (Reno) had written notes regarding his issuance of a search warrant in a narcotics case. McCracken reported the incident to his supervisors, who began the investigation, The Republic learned. Police and the county attorney's of- office are checking the following account of the alleged incident: Reno was asked by Deputy County Attorney Myron Shapiro to confirm information he received from police before issuing a search warrant on Jan. 21. Reno told Shapiro he would consult his notes and call the county attorney's office later. The justice of the peace then called McCracken to his office and asked the detective to repeat what he told him on Jan. 21 about the grounds for issuing the warrant. Reno jotted the notes down as McCracken talked, according to police information, then told McCracken to testify that he saw Reno write the notes Jan. 21. McCracken reportedly told his supervisors that Reno then rubbed the notes on the desk, "to make them look old." As it developed, the search warrant was not used in the Superior Court trial and, therefore, no one was called to testify about it. Reno, a Republican, defeated incumbent C. Stanley Kimball for the JP post last November. Reno lives at 2131 W. Hazelwood and was a Republican precinct committeeman for 14 years before his election. By PAUL SCHATT City officials have been asked to trim their $17.5 million bond request for new buildings by one-third and to use higher cost estimates for construction. The request was made by the Municipal Office Building subcommittee of the Phoenix Growth Committee, which is preparing a proposed bonding program for the city's voters to act on in June. The committee asked also that the office building bond proposal concentrate on the city's needs through 1975. But it asked that building needs through 1980 be included. A new staff report based on the subcommittee's recommendation and prepared by the city's research and budget division, will be presented to the subcommittee at its next meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 910 of the Municipal Building. The alternative city proposal, The Arizona Republic has learned, calls for: —A $10.5 million program, compared with the origi- Prognosis good Kidney transplant patient home from hospital today Violet Lopez is going home today—less than six weeks after she received Arizona's first transplanted kidney in an operation at Good Samaritan Hospital. And this time, she said, after only occasional earlier visits to her family, she's going home to stay. Miss Lopez of Mesa recalled that during a visit home Sunday afternoon she sat in the grass with her 28-year-old brother while the sun shone and children screeched. Suddenly her brother turned to her, she related, and said, "Say, did I show you the scar of my operation?" Her brother Guillermo, the donor of the transplanted kidney, then proceeded to bare the well-healed incision through which one of his kidneys was extracted and given to his sister. The transplanted kidney is functioning well enough to permit 25-year-old Violet to return to full-time work Wednesday as a social worker for Maricopa County. Guillermo has been back at his job as an inspector for National Gypsum for two weeks. Violet will return to Good Samaritan Hospital thrice weekly for brief observations, said hospital officials, but otherwise she'll be on her own with no restrictions except a bland diet. For the last two weeks she has been living outside the hospital in the nurses' quarters, under observation but not undergoing therapy. Although Violet is cheerful and the prognosis from the doctor is good, Miss Lopez is obviously aware of the unique nature of her situation. "It'll help me a lot to keep busy," she said about returning to work. "There won't be so much time to think." Doctors have said it will be at least one year before it can be determined whether the transplanted kidney will take permanently and not be rejected by Violet's body. 6 Globe organizations share in $115,800 gift of IBM stock By WADE CAVANAUGH Eastern Arizona Bureau GLOBE — A $115,800 gift was presented to six Globe organizations and the University of Arizona yesterday by the wife of one of the nation's foremost glacial geologists. The gift, in the form of 380 shares of International Business Machines stock, was made by Mrs. Ada Antevs, wife of Dr. Ernst Antevs, both longtime Globe residents. Cullen Little, Globe attorney for the couple, presented the stock in a short ceremony to officials of the various organizations. The Seventh-day Adventist Church Welfare Society received $30,600 for construction of educational facilities and welfare assistance; $30,600 also was given to Gila County General Hospital for the purchase of equipment in the intensive care ward of the planned new hospital; and the same amount went to the University of Arizona for research in the Uof A department of geochronology. Other groups sharing in gifts of $6,000 each were the Gila County Easter Seal Society, Gila County Society for Crip- Rogers sets first news meet WASHINGTON (UPI) - Secretary of State William P. Rogers will hold his first full news conference since taking office Jan. 21 on Monday, it was announced yesterday. nal $17.5 million bond proposal. New bond needs would be $6.9 million. —A total of $7.9 million for the first five-year period, instead of the $12.4 million in the original proposal. When the $3.6 million remaining bonds from the 1961 program are subtracted, the amount of new bonds in the first five years is reduced to $4.3 million. —$2.6 million for land acquisition in the 10-year period, compared to $4.6 million in the original proposal. The subcommittee is considering funds for one new municipal office building and remodeling of the old City Hall building. Subcommittee members had questioned the wisdom of the original city proposal, which estimated construction costs at $25 a square foot. Some construction industry sources termed this unrealistic considering that the construction would not be started until 1971 at the earliest. The alternative proposal uses a $30 per square foot estimate for buildings constructed through 1975, and a $38 estimate on buildings planned after 1980 in the area of the governmental mall. The proposal notes that no increase in space or facilities was projected for LEAP or CEP beyond 1975. "It is impossible to determine at this time the extent these programs or other programs of this nature will fluctuate on a long-range basis," said the report, written by Selden Kent, city research and budget officer. The alternative proposal represents a shift in direction from the original proposal, which would have permitted construction of at least two large city office buildings and development of parking facilities for 1,500 more cars at a cost of $3.6 million. The alternative proposal eliminates the parking entirely until sometime after 1980, which is beyond the scope of the bond program. "Employe parking has the lowest priority and the amount of employe parking space has fluctuated with the amount of land available," the report explained. pled Children and Adults, the Globe chapter of the Salvation Army, and the Globe Community Center. The couple has shunned publicity and were not present at the ceremony. "They have lived in this community for 33 years," said Little, "and made these gifts because they are very much interested in the community and, especially, the health, welfare, education and recreation of the people in the area." William Bohme, member of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, said, "We are very grateful and thankful for the generosity of Mrs. Antevs." Dr. Antevs, 80, was born in Sweden and graduated from Stockholm University with a doctor of science degree in 1917. He won early fame as a geologist when he developed a method for dating glaciers of northern Europe. Now retired, he was long associated as a research associate with the American Geographical Society, the Carnegie Institute in Washington, and the Geological Survey of Canada during the 1920s through the 1940s. The couple moved here in 1936, at which time Dr. Antevs joined with the Gila Pueblo Archaeological Center in the study of prepottery and modern Cochise culture in an area north of Douglas. HOSPITAL HOPPERS — Hospital volunteers dressed in bunny costumes will give Easter baskets tomorrow to 180 patients at St. Luke's Republic Photo by Con Keyes Hospital. Two of the bunny volunteers are Mike White, left, 16, and Nanci Jane Petra, 6, who will visit all patients Easter morning. $1,000 donated for fountain in city traffic island A Phoenix businessman has donated $1,000 to help the city install a fountain in the traffic divider-planter at Third Street and Roosevelt, Mayor Graham said yesterday. "The donation was made by C. M. Wood, president and board chairman of Sovereign Industries Inc.," the mayor said. The firm is mainly engaged in mining and in the sale of aircraft component. The traffic island is being reconstructed to add attractive landscaping. "THIS WOULD be the first of our streetside fountains," Graham said. "A little thing like this can go a long way toward giving character to a city." The proposal must be approved by the Phoenix City Council before installation. The matter is scheduled to be discussed at the council's weekly informal session at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers, 200 W. Jefferson. "I'm hoping the council will go along with this," Graham said. "This will be a beautiful addition to our traffic island landscaping program." THE FOUNTAIN, which would be 7 feet wide, could be installed for less than $500 by city crews, according to Fred Glendening, public works director, Cost of the fountain is estimated at $1,100, with the city paying the $100 difference between the price and the amount donated. Under the arrangement requested by Wood, the city would be responsible for maintenance of the fountain. The landscaped traffic island is part of a large-scale city beautification program financed in part by funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Navajo legal unit broke despite $800,000 grant Special to The Republic PRAIRIE W6S Aft VBW AFFKTKWATg WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo legal service, funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity, h'as suspended operation because of a lack of funds, despite authorization of an $800,000 federal grant this week, it was learned yesterday. The money problem arose after Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai stalled at signing a grant acceptance form. Nakai late last year ordered Ted Mitchell, director of the legal aide group, Dineiina Nah'a'iilna be Agaditahe, Inc. (DNA), barred from the reservation after Mitchell laughed at a tribal council meeting. Mitchell, who recently won a federal court case allowing him to return to the reservation, was en route here from a meeting in Tuba City yesterday and could not be reached for comment. However, Vard Johnson, deputy director of DNA, said DNA "Found it imperative to suspend its services Wednesday when all of our funds were absolutely exhausted." At present, Johnson said, all of DNA's 90 employes are still at work, although unpaid since March 11, but are accepting no new cases. "We will resume our regular services when operating cash is received," Johson said. Johnson said the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO) prepared the request for the $800,000 grant and submitted it to OEO, which approved the grant and sent the acceptance form back here Jan. 30 for Nakai's signature as ex officio chairman of the ONEO board of directors. Nakai, Johnson said, had not yet signed the acceptance on March 13 when the tribal council's advisory committee directed him not to do so. Stalemated, the DNA board of directors March 15 authorized Mitchell to apply to OEO for direct funding, eliminating ONEO as the middle man. The $800,000 direct grant from OEO to DNA was announced Thursday but, Johnson said, approximately 45 days are required for cash from the grant to be received here. In the meantime, Johnson reported, OEO authorized ONEO to advance funds to DNA "until such time as DNA receives its funds directly from OEO," but ONEO has not yet acted on the authorization. "If ONEO doesn't advance the funds, and because of the situation with Nakai as ex officio chairman, it may well not do so," Johnson said, "We just absolutely do not know what we are going to do." An ONEO spokesman in Ft. Defiance told The Arizona Republic yesterday that Peter MacDonald, executive director of ONEO, was out of the state and could not be contacted. DNA has had no grant to operate under since last Sept. 1 and had continued its work, Johnson said, on the assumption the $800,000 grant would be forthcoming. He said ONEO, under the same assumption, had been advancing operating funds to DNA, authorized to do so by OEO. Johnson said DNA's decision to suspend operations was made unanimously by the entire staff but all employes agreed to come to their offices and work on their backload of cases through April 11. "After that date, if the funds are not yet received," Johnson said, "We don't know what we will do. It's impossible to see how we could continue after that date with no funds. "Even with our operations suspended we are still meeting all court obligations and advising and representing existing clients with immediate problems, but I don't know what will happen after April 11," he said. Tucson death of jeweler tied to Mafia TUCSON - Jeweler Newton S. Pfeffer apparently waited too long before calling in the FBI to investigate the loss of a big consignment of diamonds and committed suicide in despair over his impending financial ruin, The Arizona Republic learned yesterday. Pfeffer, 53, a longtime Tucson resident prominent in civic and social work, plunged from the llth story of the Pioneer International Hotel last Saturday, landing on the sidewalk in front of his exclusive store. The jewels, including some expensive selections in the $100,000 class, were consigned to Pfeffer by Eastern diamond houses. Pfeffer, in turn, consigned the shipment to a group of West Coast men headed by John Battaglia, a reputed Mafia leader. Confidential sources told The Republic that Pfeffer knew exactly whom he was dealing with and expected, apparently, a healthy profit from the transaction on the diamonds. Instead Battaglia and his group refused to pay for the consignment, it was learned, despite feverish attempts by Pfeffer and his agents to collect the debt. The consignment had a wholesale value of $1.2 million and a retail value of nearly $3 million, it was learned. When Pfeffer could not pay the Eastern dealers, they started an investigation. Meanwhile Pfeffer's financial plight became known to others in the jewelry business and he found that his credit was cut off by diamond houses and brokers. He found himself so short of cash that he was unable to pay his business rent. Yesterday the Pioneer Hotel obtained a landlord's lien and the remaining jewelry on display at the store was seized for the back rent. Pfeffer, it was learned, was extremely reluctant to go to the FBI for help. When he did, about a week before his death, he reportedly did not tell the whole story and agents said they could find no crime other than a business debt that would have to be collected through court action. He again went to the FBI a few days before his death with some additional information, but when agents attempted to ask him additional questions, they were blocked by Pfeffer's attorney. Attorneys for the Eastern diamond houses also declined to have the FBI question their clients. Last Saturday, when Pfeffer's store was being inventoried by the diamond dealers, he rode the elevator to the top of the hotel, climbed over a parapet and jumped. Justice of the Peace Joe Jacobson said yesterday he will not call a coroner's inquest "because it is a clear case of suicide." Jacobson said yesterday that he witnessed the suicide. "I was across the street eating in the drugstore when I saw the body hit a light standard and drop on to the sidewalk," Jacobson said. "I called the hospital, found put who it was, read the police investigation and I signed the death certificate." Scorching 100 degree heat O c5 just around corner for Valley Phoenicians have only about six more weeks of warm and mild weather until the 100 plus temperatures begin to fry the Valley, the weatherman said yesterday. Based on weather records dating back to 1896, the average date the temperature will first reach 100 degrees during the year is May 17. However, (he earliest it arrived was on April 14,1925, and the latest, June 18,1913. The weatherman said that during the course of a year there are an average of 84 days of 100 or above temperatures. Monthly breakdown of days 100 or more is April, 1; May, 4; June, 19; July, 25; August, 22; September, 12 and October, 1. The Easter weekend outlook for the state is for high cloudiness and warm temperatures. Some scattered showers are predicted tomorrow in the Northeastern Plateau, Mogollon Rim, and White Mountains areas. Expected today are highs in the mid-80s for Phoenix, Yuma and Tucson; 57 for Flagstaff; 70 for Prescott; 78 for Douglas and Globe and 73 for Kingman. Tomorrow, temperatures around the state will generally be a few degrees cooler than today, tne weatherman said.

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