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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 185 ID Alton Telegraph Printing Co., 1972 Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Alton, Illinois, Wednesday, August 23, 1972 fi SECTIONS 72 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Acceptance speeches tonight wind up convention By CARL P. LEUBSDORF MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A confident Richard Nixon, selected by cheering Republicans as their presidential nominee a record third time, is looking already to "the next four years" as a united GOP prepares lo name Spiro T. Agnew once more as his running-male. Only the renomination of Agnew, expected to l>e unanimous in contrast to a floor fight four years ago, and the acceptance speeches of the two nominees remain tonight before the Republicans end their convention <md set forth to do battle with the Democratic team of George McGovern and Sargent Shriver. Nioxn emphasized in a pair of speeches here Tuesday, one upon his arrival at Miami International Airport, the other to some 8,000 young supporters within the hour of his convention triumph, that he intends to make a major pilch for Ihe vote of young people in the fall campaign. "We've got just as good a shot al il as the other side, and we're going to gel tl," the President told a rally in Miami Marine Stadium across Biscayne Bay from Convention Hall. Just a few minutes earlier, a cascade of red, white and blue balloons tumbled down upon delegates, spectators and marching Nixon supporters and others floated upwards towards the ceilin" as vast Convention Hall broke Protesting in the rain A wounded Vietnam war veteran joined the shouting during a demonstration in a heavy rainstorm by several thousand antiwar activists outside the Miami Beach Convention Hall where Republicans were nominating President Nixon for reelection Tuesday night. (AP Wirephoto) Pittman, wife plead innocent to charges EDWARDSVILLE - Maurice Pittman, 25-year-old Alton black activist, and his 28-year- old wife, Shirley, pleaded innocent. Tuesday to aggravated bateery charges, stemming from incidents Involving police. Pittman was accused of slugging officers William Peterson and Steven Britt with his fist, during a fracas July 21 outside his home at 108 E. 13th St. Mrs. Pittman was accused of striking Officer Daryl Siemer with a tape recorder Aug. 8 at Third and Piasa Streets. Pittman and his wife appeared at arraignment before criminal Court Judge John Gitchoff during a recess Tuesday in a peace bond hearing here on Mrs. Pittman. Both were indicted Thursday by the grand jury, anJ were released on their own recognizance to await trial on the charges. Pittman told the court he was unemployed and that he and his wife had five children and had no money wilh which to put up bond. Gitchoff asked Pittman if he had any prior felony charges and Pittman denied it, but it was pointed out by Assistant State's Altorney Henry Owens, that he was charged with heroin possession in Si. Louis two .years ago but that he got a suspended •entence predicated on his behavior during a probationar period. Pittman said he believed the charge would not appear on his record because lie served the probationary period without incident. Madison County gearing up to register younger voters By WILLIAM G. RYAN Telegraph Staff Writer A special team will be sent Into the larger high schools and two colleges in Madison County to register young people to vole in the November presidential election, Mi.ss Kulalia Holz, county clerk, announced today. Seeking to add 1,000 voters in the under 21-year-old bracket, two deputy registrars will visit the schools starting Sept. 5. The special registration will begin at Venice High School on Sepl. 5. At Alton High School the registration is Sept. 11, and hours will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Civic Memorial High School, Sept. 7, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. At Roxana Community Unit District the date will be Sept. 18 at the high school, hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration date at Kdwardsville High School is Sept. 6, with hours from 7:45 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. The special registration dales for Marquette High School, Alton, tentatively is set for Sept. 19 or 20, and will be announced definitely shortly, Miss Holz said. Lewis & Clark Community Junior College will be serviced Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The- mobile registering unit will be at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsullc, Oct. 2-3-4, and inlo pandemonium following t h e 76-minute rite of nomination. As expected, the roll-call vote stood at 1,347 for Nixon, one for Rep. Paul N. McCloskey of California. Rep. Manuel Lujan of New Mexico dutifully cast the one vote won by McCloskey in 'he state's primary. An array of carefully selected speakers, spanning the party's ideological bridge from right to left, hailed Ihe President in a smooth show of unity thai contrasted sharply with the drawnout displays of division that marked the Democratic selection of McGovern here last month. Outside the hall, meanwhile, throngs of youthful antiwar protesters demonstrated in the rain, jostling some delegates. Earlier, police made the first mass arrests of week, hauling off 212 protesters after they pounded cars and jostled pedestrians outside Convention Hall. Sen. James L. Buckley of New York, one of those who seconded Nixon's nomination, was escorted into the hall by police after about 100 demonstrators ringed him and shouted "murderer." Police, seeking to clear a path for delegates, move':! some 600 protesters from another slrelch oulside the hall. At leasl two persons, one protester and one photographer, were injured, neither seriously. They said they were hit by po'icc clubs. Inside the hall, however, party unity reigned with one brief exception as the delegates approved a par'.y platform extolling the administration's virtues while criticizing the Democrats. Delegates from the more conservative, traditionally Republican smaller states, aided by the conservative California delegation, cap tured the convention's only major fights from large-state moderates, winning 910-434 approval for their plan to allocate delegates for the 197G convention. Brigid Shanley, a 26-yoar- old New Jersey delegate, said she would support a lawsuit against the plan. So did Senate GOP Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania and the liberal Ripon Society, which won a court test earlier this year against the parly's current apportionment plan. In the background was the first maneuvering toward ihe party's 1D76 presidential nomination. Many of those who supported tho plan that was adopted come from states likely to support Agnrw, if ho seeks I Me presidency four years hence. II h o vice president, however, declined comment on the developments. His press secretary. Victr/r Gold, termed "utterly erroneous" a copyright story in the Detroit News that Ag:iow agreed to run again for vice president only after receiving Nixon's assurance of support (See Page 2, Col. I) Library annexation defeated as Godfrey rejects it 5-1 By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer The proposal to annex Godfrey and Foster townships to the Hayner Library District was defeated Tuesday as a large turnout of Godfrey voters rejected the proposal by a 5-1 margin. The tolal vote in Alton. Godfrey, and Foster townships was 1,985 against and 1,020 for the annexation. The proposal was rejected in godfrey by 1,581 to 324. Foster township residents rejecled it 150 to 24. Alton voters favored the proposal by a 696 to 404 vote. H was possibly the smallest turnout for any election in Alton history, with less than five per cent of Alton eligible voters bothering to go to the polls Tuesday. A total of 2,523 votes were cast on Jan. 25 when Allon voters' approved conversion of Hayner from a city library to a library district confined to the city limits. In contrast, about 40 per cent of Godfrey Township's registered voters went to the polls Tuesday, with Jong lines at the three Godfrey poEing places, compared to ;he sparse turnout at nine Alton polling places. Godfrey Township Supervisor Dale Kennedy, who led opposition to the library expansion, said this morning that Tuesday's vote did not mean Godfrey residents don't want library service but it was "a backlash against the attitude Alton has been taking toward Godfrey." Kennedy said Godfrey people were angry at Allon for not helping Godfrey with its sewer problems and for opposing possible incorporation of Godfrey. "A lot of people here said the way Alton was treating Godfrey they wouldn't vote for anything Alton recommended," Kennedy added. Kennedy said Godfrey would now go ahead with planning for its own library. The first step has already been initiated, he said, with Godfrey people being askei' to donate books to continue a small library in the Town Hall. Kennedy said three cases of books have already been donated and flyers arc being distributed requesting more donated books for loan. Kennedy said the use made of the branch library opened by Hayner in the Town Hall, and bookmobile borrowing, 'demonstrated people o u t here want a library." But he said the library service could be provided for less than the 1 5 - c e n I tax levy Allon residents pay a nd Godfrey people would have paid if Ihe referendum had passed Tuesday. That 15-cent levy would have brought in around $83.000 a year from Godfrey township. Kennedy said a Godfiey library "should start small and gradually build as the population and demand increases." Godfrey and Foster township residents who have been given free use of Hayner facilities for the last 10 months, along with bookmobile service and the mail- order calalog service, will have Ihe service cul off now as of Seplember 30. On that date, a one-year demonstration grant in federal funds of $94,600 to provide services to the areas proposed for annexation will expire. The grant was given through the state as an incentive for Godfrey and Fosterburg people to join the Hayner district Hayner now will also not be eligible for an additional ?94,600 grant it could have received through the state ;f the election had been successful Tuesday. Hayner Librarian Andrew Stimson said this morning that the Hayner board would have to make a decision in the next few months on whether non-Alton residents in the future would be allowed to use Hayner services on a fee basis. Prior to the demonstration grant, residents of Godfrey an1 other areas outlying Alton were allowed to buy library will be parked at the hairpin drive, at the University Center. East Alton - Wood River Community High School, will register students Sept. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The voter registration list for the county was estimated at about H'6,000 at present, but new voter registration certificates effective for the next four years — now being sent to every voter on record at the clerk's office at the address shown registered — have been leturned and Miss Hot/, today urged all voters who have moved or changed their registration status to notify her office immediately of the change. Delegation leaders Leaders o! (he Illinois d<-legation i > (lie Kepubliriin National Convention an- slitwn on Hie floor o! i-onven- tion hall in Miami Ueaoh, 1 la., Tia's-day. Left is Illinois Gov. Kit-hard Ogilvie. Standing is Sen. Charles Percy, iMll. (.\|> \Vin-photo) cards at $5 a year per person. Stimson said the defeat >f the proposal "came as quite a surprise to us because las' month alone we circulated 10,000 books in the area ,o be annexed. We registered over 3.000 people and thought there was a great interest in conlinuing library service." Another referendum proposing annexation couid not be put on the ballot for at least two years. Godfrey voters at Godfrey School defealed the proposal by 673 to 100; at Giison Brown School by 624 to 184 and at Union School on Humbert Road by 134 to 16. Two Alton precincts, Milton School and Clara Barton School, also rejected the proposal, wilh an 87 lo 42 no vote at Milton and a 12-8 vote against at Clara Barton. The proposal was approved by large margins at Alton's Irving School, 115 to 56; at McKinley School, 109 to 68; Washington School, 127 to 43; and at Horace Mann School, 172 to 52. The other three Alton precincts also approved the proposal but with lower turnouts and lower margins. Mrs. Pittman says Alton police beat, harassed her By JOE MELOS1 Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE — Alton black activist Mrs. Shirley Pittman testified at a hearing here this morning that she had been beaten, sprayed with a chemical subduer and generally harassed by Alton police, and she flatly denied striking or making death threats against Alton policemen. The hearing was requested by Alton police to place Mrs. Pittman under peace bond which carries up to $2,000 fine or six months in prison if she is arrested in any disturbance. Mrs. Pittman today testified that she was beaten by Sijt. John Ruyle on the left side of her face, in the back, and shoulder with a stick, in vhe Alton police station on June 5. She also said that she was jabbed in the stomach and had bruises on her shoulder and began bleeding from the vagina and later went to the hospital for treatment. She said the beating occurred when she went to the il station to bail out tier husband, Maurice, and she said that after she had got his personal effects back, L f . Walter Conrad grabbed them back and started an argument. Mrs. Pittman also testified that on another occasion she was sprayed with a chemical subduer by police while shopping at Sears in downtown Alton. She said Sgt. Ruyle told her at the slaticn that she was under arrest "because you're a black militant." She testified she was again arrested on Aug. 8 in downtown Alton after she protested the arrest of a 13-year old who, she said, had been throwing a football with other youths at 3rd and Piasa. She denied swinging a tape recorder at patrolman Daryll Siemer on thai day, for which she is charged in a grand jury indictment. She said she was grabbed by police, dragged into a squad car and taken to the station. She also said she never threatened police or screamed obscenities at them. She said she might have said "keep your lamn hands off me" but had said nothing stronger than that to policemen. She also denied ever threatening patrolman Steve Britl after he testified in a preliminary hearing on Aug. 3. She said she only told him she had his uniform name tag. Mrs. Pittman testified that Alton police officers "act like children toward me" and "when they see me on the street they give me the finger." She flatly denied telling her friends she would kill any police officer. "How would I do it — I don't even know how to shoot a gun," she said. Asked why she led picketing of downlown Allon stores she said she had been told downtown businessmen conspired with police in an attempt to kill her husband Maurice. She said Maurice was fired at three or four times on Aug. 4 as he was coming out of the house. After her testimony the 2- day peace bond hearing was over and Judge John Gitchoff took Ihe case under advisement. 1 n lestimony Tuesday, seven Alton police officers testified that Mrs. Pittman threatened them with death at a July 21 confrontation between police and blacks at the Alton station. Each officer said he feared that Mrs. Pittman, her husband, Maurice, and their associates were capable of carrying cut the threats. Threats, they said, were directed not only at themselves but at their families, causing them lo take extra precautions. The policemen said they believe Mrs. Pittman plans to make good on her Ihreats and cited an Aug. 8 incident in which she reportedly swung a tape recorder at the head of Patrolman Siemer who had waded into a crowd to place her under arrest. Siemer, the eighth officer to testify, said Ihe recorder swung by Mrs. Pittman glanced off his head and struck his arm. He said he suffered an arm laceration (Sec Page 2, Col. 3) After 'polities' charged, state denies bias in funding of area sewer projects By BILL McFADIN Telegraph Staff Writer Several Illinois communities further down the priority lisl than some sewer projects in t h e Alton-Wood River Metroplex have received funding for their sewer programs in what one Rosewood Heights official Tuesday night labeled "a political move " It was immediately denied by state officials. .lack Dunn, a trustee for the Rosewood sanitary district, last night said communities such as Juliet with an IS priority rating and Clinton with a '.Hi number, already have received grants even thoii'jli a Kosewood-Bethalio project li a s a 17 number. Priorities arc listed from Hi'.' lop down, with the No. J designation being the 'rip priority. Dunn said recent announcements by dov Ificlui'd B. Ogihie of uranls u> communities demonstrate^, that the Federal liovcnimei 1 ' is not following its eu:i priority list .nut "it looks '!.•.• a political mou' to me". However, Frank Sobeisk*, supervisor of the gran's engineering unit at ihc stale Fnv ironnieiiial Protection Agency in springficld. told the Telegraph this morning that there is no relation between the grants made and the priority numbering system as far as the state is concerned. Soberski said state grains are made as projects become ready, and there is no state priority system. The numbers assigned to each project he said, are federal numbers, and the federal KPA foll'irs its priority in order, also as the projects are ready. Dunn cited the *7.5 million granted to .loHet; the $1.1 million fcr Clinton; $(i8s,OuO for Canton; $307,1)111) for Aina: $ 2 3 1 , 8 0 II for Freeburn. Slili.OUO tor Hecker, and $330,001) for Red Bud, as being out of line \vith the priority lisl. \ feu of ihr.se rummuii.T, g i a n I s were m:ide on p r i o r i i i e s higher 'ha:i Rosewood - Bethalto or Alton but Joliet is .No. is, eh::h'!> is No. .'(S, Freeburg is :'G Canton is 44 and 4:i4 and Ann i is 147. Ininn s.i'il lie attended .1 slate meeting in Hellev;i'.e Apul '27 where he and o'i r" setter officials trom the Al'ou \\ood luvcr Metroplcx w.-v given the federal lisl u| priorities and told the i;-.i w o u 1 d be followed in numerical order. Soberski, of the Illinois KPA. said the lisl Dunn got in April is the 1972 list. A 1973 lisl, effective July 1, is now being printed. Soberski said changes were made in positions when a project moved ahead, and those ih:>! saw no action during the pas' year generally lost position because others moved up. Under the new- listing, lie said. I'.elhallo's rating of 17 has been changed to hi and Rosewood Heights' separate listing of 322 has be<;n dropped and the area is now included under BethaHo's priority. Federal funds, SobersKi said, follow stale grants and are only made after recommendation by the state. Until Carbondale, as No. 2, is rc;:dv for state funding, there \v!l IK' IID further federal givi: 1 . in Illinois. Sellers!.;! said he did ; '•' expert projects beyond V -i to U> funded with Pi j m; Inside Editorial . ... A-l IVmre IMgr . . . 155 Overhauling ]iulicial ethics •! \\ to win swim uu-viv I'niU'd I Mini . . . V•:! I'eisoiul I im>mv , . H :; They'll lr\ to reach nnn-H'i;- '\ o: i.',i..:i - < M IJVN -alion c,n- inbutors ,, , u ,,|; r -ports ..... |)j tU-ailier Rliodesiaiis i) a r r e d ir»m 1'aiilv si. i'l\ mpie u'.iine- ,0 in-:i • I ;;mil> >!oii!iv v, n.ti i Vl'i ' OMITS, "Uliid \ lit,i Mime) . . v II -)l)ii'.uric \':',j'\ I I '!! 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