Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 9, 1971 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey. Macoupin* Greene and Calhoun Counties Vol. 135, No. 303 C5 Alton Telegraph Printing Co.. 1970 Alton, 111., Saturday, January 9, 1971 20 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 183$ Edwardsville drug traffic tied to Mafia By JOE MELOSI Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - Mafia- supplied heroin, funneled into this university town in alarming amounts, came from some members of the drug ring smashed Thursday night by a task force of raiding agents, authorities believe. "The real importance of the raids," said Madison County Chief Prosecutor Robert Trone, "is that they cut off the immediate source of heroin supply in the Edwardsville area." Trone said that the heroin traffic here, once measurable, has reached the heavy stages, prompting investigation by the Illinois Bureau of Investigation. Chief Sheriff's Investigator Demos Nicholas said "There's no telling how many kids in town are hooked on the stuff." Trone and Nicholas told the Telegraph that the heroin is probably being furnished by a n underworld syndicate which gets smuggled shipments from France. Trone and Nicholas, along with State's Attorney R. W. Griffith and Investigator Robert Rizzi, aided 30 IBI agents in raids on a pool hall and a house here. Twenty more agents struck at a home in East St. Louis which was believed to be the distribution center for heroin supplied to the Edwardsville area. Aided by St. Clair County deputies and treasury agents, the IBI arrested six persons and siezed $4,000 in heroin and some shotguns, rifles and handguns. A 15-year-old Edwardsville boy was taken into custody, suspected of selling narcotics. A 17-year-old suspected heroin pusher was among 13 students and young men arrested in the raids here at the Idle Hour Recreation Center, a pool hall at 216 N. Main St., and a two-story frame home at the southwest edge of town which houses SIUE students. Ten of the 13 were charged with felonies in what was described as the biggest and most productive series of arrests on major drug charges ever in Madison County, according to authorities. Griffith said he will take the felony cases before the next session of the Madison County grand ' jury which meets on Thursdays. Four of the 10 facing felonies are charged with unlawful sale of a narcotic, an offense which means a conviction penalty second only in severity to murder, Trone said. Conviction on the first offense means an automatic sentence of 10 years to life and forbids probation. Conviction the second time means . a life prison term. A lesser charge — unlawful possession of a narcotic — confronts six others. Conviction on the charge means a term of 2-10 years and allows probation. Two of the four facing the serious charge of unlawful sale were nabbed in the pool hall. They are Willard Jesse Dean Jr., 20, of 216 W. Union, and Wayne Scott, 17, of 215 W. Union, both of Edwardsville. Scott is booked on three counts for allegedly making two marijuana sales and a heroin sale to an undercover JBI agent in late December. Dean is accused of selling marijuana to an agent. Two others charged with narcotic sales to agents were Donald Robert Bailey, 23, who lives in the raided home, and a Cottage Hills youth, William Davis, 17, who was booked in connection with the East St. Louis raid. Both reportedly sold marijuana. Davis was transferred to St. Clair County Jail Friday and the three others remained In Madison County jail. Five of the six charged with the lesser offense of unlawful possession of drugs remained {p jail while a sixth, Rodger Uroy Seals, 28, of 125 Brink- pan, posted $300 cash bond and was released. The five who were in jail Friday included Emillio La Starria, 20, and his brother, James, 19, of Peru, South America, Eugene Ambrose Luetkemeyer, 22, and Steve Pemberton, 23, all students living at the raided house, in addition to Leon Brown, 21, of Edwardsville. Brown and Seals were cooperators of the Idle Hour Recreation Center. The building is owned by John Hartung, an Edwardsville police commissioner and a former police chief and rented to Brown and Seals. Three others nabbed in the raid and charged without, warrants on a possession charge were released on notice to Appear in court on Feb. 5. They are Richard Eickmann, 20, of 311 Douglas; Richard Dean Gillig, 19, of 1125 W. High St., and Jack Townsend, 22,' of 142 West Street, all of Edwardsville. Nine of the 10 facing a felony charge are represented by the public defenders' office. A felony charge for possession of marijuana must be based on having more than 2^ grams. James Daniel Bailey, 21, a steelworker, of 506 N. Lincoln St., Worden, was arrested at his home today on a complaint charging that he knowingly sold a quantity of heroin. Bailey was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant issued Thursday in the simultaneous drug raids at Edwardsville and East St. Louis. Unable to provide the $20,000 bail set in the warrant, Bailey was bound over-to the St. Clair County sheriff. It was the arrest of Townsend by East Alton police last August which alerted Madison County authorities to the possibility that heroin was being pushed in the area. Police found 26 capsules on Townsend, which later were sent to the Illinois Crime Laboratory in Springfield for analysis and identified as containing heroin, Investigator Nicholas said. Townsend is awaiting sentences on a charge on unlawful possession of a narcotic on which he was found guilty Dec. 5 in a non- jury trial before Associate Circuit Judge Michael Kinney. Prosecutor Trone said that Thursday's raids would have been impossible without the aid of the 50-man IBI force. He praises its creation as one of the best law tools ever devised to aid local authorities. The IBI, headed by Mitchell Ware, had quietly conducted a two-month investigation before staging the raids with Madison and St. Clair County authorities. Cloudy Sunday Low 25; High 35 (Complete weather page B-3) Bar Association backs Rendleman Laird speaks in Saigon Melviii Laird, U. S. Defense Secretary, stands bejiiml a battery of microphones and speaks to those gathered to welcome him, on his arrival -at Tan Son Nhnt airport in Saigon Friday night. Laird is in South Vietnam for a three-day survey of ways to speed American troop withdrawals. (AP Wirephoto) U.S. war planes hit Hanoi missile sites SAIGON (AP) — A U.S. fighter-bomber attacked an antiaircraft missile site in North Vietnam Friday after the missile battery threatened American B52 bombers, military spokesmen announced today. They said no missiles were actually fired. Disclosure of the attack, the first reported raid over North Vietnam since Nov. 30, came while U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird was in Saigon for a four-day visit to South Vietnam. The attack took place 56 miles northwest of the Demilitarized Zone in the Mu' Gia Pass area, spokesmen said. They gave this account: The B52s were on raids against North Vietnamese supply routes running southward through -Laos just across the border and were being protected by F105 fighter- bombers that carry Shrike air-to-ground missiles. One F105 crossed into North Vietnam and fired two of the electronically controlled Shrike missiles at the site. A spokesman for the U.S. Command said the results of OCA Woks pact with refinery at Wood River Five hundred members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers' Union ratified a two-year contract with the American Oil Refinery at Wood River by a 7-to-l margin Friday night, according to Lester Lasbury, OCAW international President. Lasburry said that the 8^per cent pay increase for the first year of the contract, 1971, will appear on the checks of employees for the next pay period. This will amount to about a 38 cents per hour raise. Other features of the contract are: a 7 1 />-per cent raise for 1972; an extra paid holiday; full pension paid totally by the company at age 62; improvements in the hospitalizalion plan; and 2 l / 2 time pay for all work done on holidays. Fire on Carlinville Square destroys two old buildings By HELEN LISTON Telegraph Correspondent CARLINVILLE — Two buildings on the Square here, each over 120 years old, were destroyed in a spectacular fire late Mday night. The buildings on South Broad Street contained Chism's Restaurant and the Harold Shanner and Coy Gyberson Barbershop. Fire for a time threatneed three adjacent buildings. The fire was discovered by police around midnight Friday. It apparently started in the rear of the building housing the restaurant and quickly spread to the barbershop. Auxiliary firemen were called to the scene at 12:45 to keep -the fire from spreading to nearby structures when it became apparent nothing could be done to save the two aged buildings. Firemen were hampered by dense black smoke coming from the restaurant building. A stiff south breeze and freezing temperatures turned water, being poured into the fire, into ice on the sidewalk — making it hard for firemen to keep their footing. Bystanders theorized the smoke was caused by grease inside the restaurant. Several loud explosions were said to have occurred inside the restaurant. Three adjoining buildings, the office of optometrist Dr. Allen Armstrong, Shaefer's Jewelry and the llines Building, were all threatened for a time. But a strong firewall protected them and there was only slight smoke and water damage. All the adjacent businesses were open this morning. The fire was brought completely under control about 1:31) a.m. The destroyed buildings were owned by Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Killian of Carlinville, Mrs. Killian said no estimate oj the damage had been made yet. 'The building housing Chism's had contained a restaurant for over 60 years. Among the many earlier operators were Goodie Droslon, Herm Ltuchter, and the Killians. the attack were not known. He said there Vvas no damage to U.S. aircraft. Spokesmen said that although the North Vietnamese missile site did not fire on the B52s, electronic gear on the F105 showed that enemy radar had locked on the strategic bombers in preparation for firing. Laird says, he has authorized U.S. pilots to fire their missiles when they discover that American aircraft are being tracked by North Vietnamese radar. Laird calls this "protective reaction." He has said protective reaction missions are designed to protect the lives of U.S. pilots flying "unarmed reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam and pilots flying missions associated with interdiction of North Vietnamese military supplies throughout southern Laos moving toward South Vietnam." U.S. B52s have been launching heavy attacks recently along the Ho Chi Minh Trail supply route through southern Laos bordering the Mu Gia pass, one of four main supply routes leading into Laos. An F105 carried out a similar "protective reaction" strike against a North Vietnamese missile site last Nov. 30 when it threatened, but did not fire on B52 bombers carrying out raids against the Ho Chi Minh trail. The November attack was 5^ mile s north of the Demilitarized Zone near the Laotian border. Laird held a second round of talks with top American officials today at Pentagon East, the headquarters of the U.S. Military Command at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Meeting with the secretary of defense were Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker; Adm. Thomas II. Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Adm. John S. Mc(,uin, commander of U.S. Force in the Pacific; and Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. A spokesman said the talks centered on the progress of Vietnamization—turning more of the war effort over to the South Vietnamese—on the military situation in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, on the Unite d States' military assistance program, arid on continuing American troop withdrawals. By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - The executor of Paul Powell's estate, backed by the Madison County Bar Association and two prominent tax attorneys, today denied any wrongdoing in his handling of the estate. "I have attempted to act honorably at every step in this matter. I have done as I was advised by competent people," John S. Rendleman, executor of Powell's estate and chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, said. Rendleman held a press conference at the Holiday Inn here today to answer charges made Friday by Illinois Gov. Richard Ogilvie. Appearing with Rendleman were James Gorman, president of the Madison County Bar Assn., Joseph Lowry of East St. Louis, and Robert Oxloby of Springfield, both tax attorneys, who advised Rendleman. Gorman said that to the best of his knowledge, Rendleman had acted properly and adequately "as executor to protect the estate." Oxtoby said he had no second thoughts about advice he gave Rendleman on withholding announcement of the $800,000 found in Powell's Springfield hotel room. Oxtoby added that he would welcome a state Bar Association investigation into .any action by himself, Lowry, or Rendleman. Rendleman said he was not aware of Nicholas Ciaccio's deception over who had found Powell's body. Ciacclo was fired from 'his job as administrative assistant to the Secretary of State following disclosure Friday that he had not found Powell's body. Mrs. Margaret (Marge) Hensey, longtime private secretary and companion to Powell was with the Secretary of State when he died. Oxtoby s"aid he was "disturbed" by Ogilvie's criticism because the governor is a lawyer and should know better than to speak "before all the facts are in." Oxtoby also said he advised Illinois Attorney General William Scott of the $800,000 found in Powell's apartment on Nov. 7th, three weeks after the'find. The Treasury Department was notified of the money "through normal banking procedures" shortly after it was deposited in the Springfield National Bank. Ogilvie, in his statement Friday, said Rendleman's actions "contribute nothing of value to the position of chancellor of a major university campus." The governor did not specifically accuse Rendleman of any wrongdoing or actually ask him to resign. "In my view, his actions have In fact caused a degree of public cynicism and mistrust we can ill afford now — or ever," Ogtlvie said. Rendleman has also failed ot demonstrate "the candor or the spirit of public service which we have a right to expect in our public officials," Cgilvie said. Angered, Rendleman Friday night charged Ogilvie with attacking him personally since he can not now get at Powell. "It seems as if people are unable to get at a dead man, are attacking the executor, who has absolutely no knowledge of how the money was accumulated or where it came from." Rendleman said he did not, at the moment, interpret Ogilvie's remarks as a call for his resignation and did not intend to resign. Rendleman wanted to call a press conference this past Tuesday after attorney general William Scott claimed his investigators had found an additional $700,000 "hoard" in "the Edwardsville area." However, after conversations with Lt. Gov. Paul Simon and Springfield attorney Robert Oxloby, Rendleman was persuaded to not engage in an obvious political debate with Ogilvie and Scott, Rendleman talked with Simon and Oxtoby by phone from Chicago Monday night, just hours after Scott's announcement. Oxtoby, a former U.S. assistant attorney, was one of the advisors who urged Rendleman not to announce his find of the $800,000 In Powell's apartment until the money could be investigated, Rendleman told the .Telegraph earlier. To disclose the find against the advice of his attorneys, he would have, Rendleman said, "incurred personal liability" for the $800,000. Simon Friday night accused Ogilvie of not determining facts "before he rushed to conclusions which jeopardize the reputation of an honorable man — John Rendleman." Simon said he will call on the Illinois Bar Association Monday "to examine the conduct of both Ogilvie and Rendleman in this situation and to make determinations whether either has acted unethically." Rendleman asked, and received, permission from the S!U board of trustees to become executor of Powell's estate after advising the board at its October meeting in Carbondale that the job would be "long and tedious." Lindell Sturgls, chairman of the SIU board, said Friday night that Ogilvie's charges did not affect the board's,, plans concerning Rendleman. The board, Sturgls said, would discuss the matter at its meeting Jan. 15 on the Edwardsville campus and will not consider action "until all the facts about this matter are In." Sturgls is one of three SIU board members whose terms expire after the Jan, 15 meeting, giving Ogilvie the (See Page 2, Col. I.) V.N. envoy, Israel renew peace talks By ASSOCIATED PRESS The special envoy of the United Nations conferred again today with Premier Golda Meir of Israel in the renewed efforts to work out a peace settlement in the Middle East. It was Gunnar V. Jarring's second meeting with Mrs. Meir in Jerusalem. They met at a working lunch hosted by Israel's foreign minister, Abba Eban., Bui as they conferred, the chief opposition party in Israel, the Gahal, sent speakers out around the country to voice the party's opposition to Israel's return to the U.N.-sponsored peace talks. The party is against Israel's giving up Arab lands captured in the 1907 Arab- Israeli war. Jarring arrived in Israel on Friday for special talks with the Israelis. There was no immediate word on what he and Mrs. Meir discussed at the working lunch. After their first meeting on Friday, a com- munique described the talks as "positive and constructive" but it did not go into detail. Jarring is expected to return to U.N. headquarters in New York on Sunday. As Jarring and Mrs. Meir confeired in their initial meeting, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt charged that Israel, with help from the United States, is trying to sabotage the special envoy's mission. Sadat, speaking Friday in Cairo, said Israel could not pursue her "expansionist and military policy and her sabotage of the Jarring mission" without the en- couragement and full, support of the United States. He waa addressing teachers from Egyptian universities. "The problem is no longer Israel, but America," Sadat said. He added that there is a contradiction between the U.S. call for peace and its continued arms shipments to Israel "under the pretext of maintaining an arms balance ". Sadat said he appreciated the backing extended to Egypt by the Soviet Union, which he said "spares no effort to help us by supplying us with modem technological equipment." Sadat also made the first formal disclosure that the Soviet fleet in the Mediterranean was being supplied with water and provisions at Egyptian ports. INSIDE Editorial A-4 Public officials should restore public faith by disclosing income and assets. Vetoed A-2 New director of state conservation department says river road Sheppard Beach project Is out. Sports . .' . . . . B-l Alton can take over lead In conference with win tonight. Free School District 100 learn who should lunches. . . A-3 seeks to get free Hard Times A-8 Rural ministers have rough road—financially. (Religion Section) Family A-10 Nurses' pants-suits uniforms convert to off-duty recreation togs. Fighting rages again in Jordan AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Palestinian guerrillas reported new fighting with the Jordanian Army today and put their mllitiii in Amman on <i standby alert. Blacks at work; area roads not threatened by shutdown By DENNIS MuMUKItAY Telegraph Staff Writer Highway projects in Madlson-St. Clair counties will not be shut down but Inspections will continue, a state official announced today after 15 work sites were inspected to determine if black workers were discriminated against. "II appears most contractors are now in compliance," Robert Kronst, Illinois District 8 highway engineer 'told the Telegraph as the Friday deadline passed for taking action against the contractors. All but one of the contractors had at least one black trainee for every four journeymen as required by the Metro-East Labor Council, backed up by Gov. Richard Ogilvie, Kronst said. The inspections to see that the contractors were in compliance with the Ogilvie- Metro East plan would continue "weekly and possibly daily," Kronst said. Kronsl refused to reveal the actual number of black trainees compared to white journeymen reported by his inspectors Friday. He said the Information would be submitted to the Highway Division office In Springfield for review. "When a decision is made by Springfield I'll act on It," Kronst said. The state had threatened to shut down at least six highway projects if more black trainees were not hired by Friday. Kronst would not name the company not in compliance because he didn't want to "embarrass the contractor as he may be in compliance by the end of the day." Kronsl .said however that the contractor was not Involved in a project In the Telegraph area. Kronst said additional black trainees may have been accepted on the project this week because of the state's threat to shut them down. The state engineer also speculated that the changing of the previous ratio of 1 to 3 to the 1 to 4 requirement "might have made It more palatable to the union people." Kronst added, though, that "skeleton crews are now on the jobs" and thus it was easier for the contractors to meet the ratio requirement "The real problem could come in the spring when there are bigger said. crews," Kronst A communique issued in Beirut by the Al Fatah guerrilla organl/atlon said King Hussein's artillery and tanks had resumed the shelling of guerrilla positions around the towns of Slat and Jerash. Guerrilla leader Yasir Arafat appealed to Arab leaders to put an end to what he called a "hideous crime" by Jordanian authorities. The guerrilla communque suid the shelling began Friday morning and that Jordanian forces attacked guerrilla bases throughout the northern part of the country later in the day. Al Fatah said guerrilla positions near Salt and Jerash came under heavy artillery attack. The artillery fire continued sporadically through the night and resumed early today, the communique said. The Jordanian government denied In a statement that violence had erupted south of Jerash, but accused the guerrillas of blowing up a viaduct near Salt at midnight Friday night. Salt is 12 miles east of Amman. Jerash is 25 miles north of the capital. Guerrilla sources, however, claimed that King Husseli'i troops expanded the area of their operations today by bringing up tanks and artillery to great guerrillas.

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