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17 dead as a result of Olympic terrorism By NICK LUUI1VGTON Associated Press Writer MUNICH (AP) - The 1 Hympic Games resumed oday under the shadow of irab terrorism and police ction which together left 17 men dead. An Arab raid on the Israeli athletes' quarters and a later Shootout at the Munich military airport had. killed 11 <H the Israelis' Olympic team, ft terrorists and a x West German policeman. German officials started an Inquiry into all circumstances of the airport shooting, but said there was no alternatve to the police action there. The Olympics were suspended Tuesday after the Arabs shot their way into the Israeli quarters in Olympic Village. The announcement that they were resuming was made by Avery Brundage, the Olympic president, in an address to 80,000 persons gathered for memorial services for the Israeli dead. Two of the Israeli team members, a .coach and a competitor, had been killed earlier in the Olympic Village when the Arabs first, -took over the hostages with a demand for release of 200 fellow guerrilla s held in Israel. Three Arabs were captured at the airport, police said. A German helicopter pilot was seriously wounded. "We cannot allow a handful of terrorists to destroy this nucleus of international cooperation and good will that. we have in the Olympic movement," Brundage said. "The games must go on " Premier Golda Meir of Israel thanked the West German government for trying to free nine Israeli hostages who died at the airport. She endorsed the German decision to use force. Interior Minister Hang-Dietrich Genscher told reporters that German authorities became convinced "a flight out of this country would have meant certain death for the athletes." That led to the decision to use force. Genscher said the police ambush at the airport, which backfired, was set up because "there was no chance" to storm the quarters where the Israelis had been held all day Tuesday. They and their captors were flown from Olympic Village to the airport iii helicopters, ostensibly as the first stage of a night to the Middle Eas. Manfred Schreibcr. chief of Munich police, said the order to police sharpshooters to open fire at the airport, "to kill or immobilize the terrorists," was a top-level decision. Sharpshooters opened up, killed one of the Arabs and missed another out in the open. A second Arab then began firing at the hostages. All the hostages died in one of the helicopters, but just ho wwas to be determined through official inquiries. The Israeli team's 18 sur- viving members are not staying for the rest of the Olympics, now scheduled to end Monday instead of Sunday as originally planned. The Israelis would have left today "but we couldn't make arrangements In time," an official said. The stadium was packed with more than 80,000 West Germans for the service, while members of the Olympic teams filled the field. Shortly before Brundage spoke, the chief of the Israeli team, Shmuel Lalkin, told the throng that "the sportsmen of Israel will continue to take part in Olympic competition in the spirit of brotherhood and fairness." The guerrilh invasion of the Olympic village early Tuesday ended late that night in a gun battle at a military airfield 20 miles northwest of Munich in which a West German polk'emnn and fiv« of the terrorists also were killed, a German helicopter pilot, was seriously wounded and the other three Arabs were captured. In the confusion of tho night, one terrorist was believed to have escnped, but his body was found at the air base this m ;; - ning. The Arabs killed two Israelis when they first Invaded their quarters in the Olympic village at dawn Tuesday and took nine other members of the team hostage. Five hours later Brundage suspended the late afternoon and evening sports events. ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 199 > Alton Telesraph Printing Co.. 1D72 Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1972 5 SECTIONS 42 PAGES Price lOc Circuit clerk issue postponed by judge Est. Jan. 15, 1836 By IRA TEIlVOWm Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD - Circuit •Judge Paul C. Verticchio of Carlinville Tuesday postponed until Thursday judgement on whether to set aside elections this year for circuit, clerk — & decision which could end (he animated race for the Office in Madison County by keeping Willard "Butch" Portell as clerk until the General Assembly or the County board decides whether the office is to remain elective or to be ppointivc. Verticchio also will decide whether to grant or dismiss a suit, seeking an injunction preventing the state electoral board from certifying to County clerks the names of people running for circuit clerks. The state, however, said the electoral board had never certified those offices and had :|io intention to this year. Attorney Lyle Allen, representing three clerks, who sought the injunction, said if he was given assurance that the state electoral board would not certify the offices this year, he would drop the request for an injunction and file instead a request that the county clerks throughout the state be enjoined from listing on the November ballot candidates for circuit clerk. Allen said he was under the impression that the new constitution made the clerk a state officer rather than a county officer and that the state electoral board was required to act. He asked the court to make a ruling even if no injunction was issued. The move to prevent the electoral board from certifying the circuit clerks offices is the latest in a series of actions taken by three clerks from Warren, Woodford and Fulton counties, to determine whether circuit clerks are to be elected or appointed. The court was asked to decide the issue after the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass legislation declaring whether circuit clerks are to be elected or appointed. Under the new constitution, the legislature or the county board or a county-wide referendum, can determine whether the office is to remain elective or to be appointive. According to the constitution, "county officers shall have the duties, powers or functions derived from common law or historical Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 Attack on Israeli athletes is villanious. Annexation . . . . A-3 Another Rosewood area annexed. Killed ..... A-2 57-year-old bicyclist killed. Sports B-4 Decision made to continue Olympics. Amusements . . . . D-2 Weather . . . . B-l Chance of showers Thursday; low 65; high 80. Television .... A-10 Comics .... B-6 Obituaries ... D-2 Stocks D-2 Classified .... D-3 Family . . . . A-8 Easter Seal annual bazaar date set Grief stricken Alton Jews schedule memorial services for slain Israelis By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer The grief-stricken Jewish community in the Alton area will mourn the 11 slain members of the Jewish Olympic team in special memorial prayers Friday and Saturday at Temple Israel in Godfrey. Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs will conduct the memorial for the murdered Israelis at the traditional religous services which mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year Friday night and Saturday morning at Temple Israel. "The viscious murders of these men hurts me as much as if my own sons were killed," Rabbi Jacobs told the Telegraph. "We have a family feeling <among the Jewish people when a tragedy like this occurs." Jewish loaders in the Alton and St. Louis areas expressed shock and outrage over the guerrilla attacks against the unarmed, helpless Israeli athletes in Munich and described the terrorist attacks as "insane", "cruel" and "viscious." Rabbi Jacobs said he was deeply grieved over the murderous ambush and said the attack is one of the "extraordinary tragedies of our time." The rabbi said the regular services and memorial prayers at the Temple in Godfrey will be open to the public Friday night at 8 p.m. and Saturday morning at 10:80 a.m. He will also participate in a public memorial service Thursday at noon at Kienev Memorial Fountain at 6th and Market Streets in St. Lou ; s. Meanwhile flags on Illinois state buildings were ordered flown at half staff today by Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie because of the killings at the Olympic Games. The special memorial display will be maintained for the remainder of the week. Ogilvie wired Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel and Shaul Ramati, Israel consul general in Chicago, saying in part: "Heartfelt sympathy to Israeli nation. May God swallow death in victory." precedent unless altered by law or county ordinance." Portell, who was present at the hearing Tuesday before Verticchio. said he was not formally involved in the case. Portell, who is head of the Illinois Court Clerk's Association, has been accused by Lloyd (Straight Arrow) Bentley, Republican , candidate for Madison County Circuit Clerk, of using his position with the Court Clerks' Association to "push" the positon that there is a possibility there will be no election this year for the circuit clerk's job. Nixon fund disclosure suit is filed WASHINGTON (AP) — Common Cause today announced it had filed suit in U.S. District Court here to force public disclosure of the financial backers who contributed more than $10 million to President Nixon's reelection campaign prior to April 7. The suit was against the Finance Committee to Re-elect the President and its branches, charging them with violation of the Federal Corrupt Pi-act ices Act of 1925. Common Cause is a public- interest group. John Gardner, chairman of Common Cause and a former secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said in a statement that "the President and his advisers did not read the law very carefully in taking the position that they did not have to file any reports or reveal any names prior to April 7." April 7 was the effective dale of the new Federal Election Campaign Act, which requires disclosure of all contributions of i more than $100. The Nixon" fund-raisers took the position they did not have to disclose the source of funds raised before April 7. Boarded up residence The charred frame of a burned couch stands in the yard of the heavily vandalized home of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Grover in Hartford as evidence in the couples plea to village officials for help in halting a campaign of terror against them. The most recent "attack" on the couple was the fire that gutted the interior of the home Saturday. The couple told villiage officals that police have failed to protect their home at 10.1 W. 4th St. Young couple harassed by vandals asks for help A young couple begged "or help at a Hartford village boara meeting Tuesday night after recounting acts of terror and vandalism against them in the past six months that has left them penniless ami was climaxed by a weekend fire which left them homeless. Air. and Airs. Leslie drover, bo'ih 21, of 101 West Fourth Street, sought help from b o a r d members after claiming that the police department refused to assist them in their battle against local hoodlums. Grover told trustees thdt several times the police department ignored their pl^s for help. LESLIE GKOVER Raps 'sulphuric nightmare' charge By EARL MAUCKER Telegraph Staff writer An official of the Madison- Macoupin County inter-City Water Commission denied charges today that a pr^osed $7.3 mllion water supply reservoir could be turned into a "sulphuric acid nightmare," and blasted critics for claiming the commission was tryng to "cover-up" polluton reports. John Sharp, president of the commission, told the Telegraph that possible sulphuric acid pollution from drainage of abandoned coal mine slag heaps would not affect the Silver Creek drainage basin, which was selected by the commission for an expansive lake which would be used to supply water to 18 Madison-Macoupin County communities. He admitted that acid pollution from slag heaps significantly polluted the Cahokia basin, an alternate location, but added that that location was reflected because of the problem. Sharp said a detailed feasibility study, whirh included 12 pages of water analysis and pollution potential have been submitted before all necessary state and federal agencies as required — and approved. A Telegraph check of the study, compiled by the engineering firm of Henry, Miesenheimer and Gend« Inc. of Cariyle, showed that the average ph factor was 7.7 out of eight samples taken from water in the Silver Creek area. Environmental protection agency guidelines specify that samples must not fall below "6" in acid content, or above "9" in alkaline content for a balanced fish population. The fish population is a standard used to measure the feasible treatment requirements for human consumption. Samples from the Cahokia Creek basin showed an average of 5.5 in ph content out of eight water samples, indicating far too much acid in the water. The report estimated that it would cost the commission an additional $3 million to clean up the Cahokia site before it could become productive. The water tests were made in late 1969 and in Early 1970. "We have not completely ruled out the Cahokia Creek area, but we would need to find financing for the additional $3 million to dean it -up," Sharp told the Telegraph . "The report showed without a doubt that the Silver Creek area would be the roost productive and that's why it was selected." Sharp maintained that all the data was submitted before the Illinois Natural Resources Development Board, the East- West Gateway Coordinating Council and the Southwestern Illinois Metropolian Planning Commission and approved by each agency. The progect was at first rejected by the resources board, but after discussion between commission members and engineers with the board officials, the report received approval. An environmental impact statement was declared inadequate by Gateway's environmental task force, but i t s decision was later overruled and approved by the Gateway Council. The data on acid mine drainage which Sharp claims was presented to all agencies was not included in the environmental impact statement even though the material could have been easily reproduced from the overall study. Sara Roscoe Wilson, task force coordinator, said that acid mine drainage was never discussed in any conversations about the reservoir in which she was involved in. In response to criticism about the inadequate five- page environmental impact statement submitted to Gateway, Sharp claimed that members of the council were aware that the report would be incomplete because of financial problems. "\Ve just don't have the money to prepare u full detailed emironmental impact study." Sharp said "We explained this to Gateway members and they were agreeable to accept a temporary report." Sharp received a letter from Sen. Adlai Stevenson, which announced that the reservoir proposal fitted in w ith the funding requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) water facilities program. Another problem facing the commission has been federal criticism that the eommssion had no taxing powers. Sharp labelled property taxes as "outmoded and overburdened." claiming instead that the project could be funded by revenue bonds rather than a direct tax on residents. "This taxing thing i> on the way out anyway." Sharp *aid "With revenue bonds, we can sell the water in bulk rates and pay tor the project at the same time " He said it was too early now to tell how much would be required from revenue bonds to fund the proposed reservoir. "I am confident we will get the necessary funding," Sharp concluded. "For six days Worden had to bring water in by truck, if that'* any example of how bad we netd some sort of water source." After two previous attempts to set fire to his home, Grover told the board that vanduls finally sucucecded Saturday night when his house "ana everything in it," was gutted by fire. He said he has supplied police with tho names of the persons terrorizing him and his wife, but no action has resulted. Police Chief Milford Jacoby told the Telegraph today tha'. his department makes a:< attempt to answer every complaint or trouble call from residents of the village. A shortage of manpower, however, makes it impossible to put a constant vigil on the Grover home, Jacoby said. • ' W e have only one policeman on each shift," Jacoby said. "If we watch ore home around the clock, then the rest of the village w:!l go unprotected. We need more policemen." Jacoby said that accidents on Hte. 3 often keep u policeman busy for hours on one shift. Grover said other neighbors in the areas of Fourth and Fifth Streets in the village have experienced .similar uciS of vandalism In February, three weoks before he and his wife wore married, Grover claimed 'hai vandals broke into his hou^ he had remodeled and set ''. on fiiv. Tin- house was gutted HM^ repairs were needed before lie and his bride could move in A month after the wedding young groups of vandals again broke into his houn, slashed the carpet and ransacked the entire home. A month after that incide :i, again the house was entered and a lighted cigarette placxi on the bed, piled over with clothes and lefi to burn. Grover said he and his wife arrived home in tune to quell the blaze without significant damage. About a month after that attempt, vandals again broke into the house and killed a pet kitten and emptied an aquarium after killing all his fish. He said that many times the police said they would "look into the matter." hut nothing would ever be done. He said that at one time some youths were picked up, but Grover claimed that charges were dropped without him being notified. Other sporadic acts of vandalism were recounted to board members including damage to his car, ro'k- throwing incidents and one-. when youths covered !i s house with poison ivy an 1 jimmied windows. "As a result, i am penniless, houseless and own barely more than the clotlx-s on my back," Grover told the board. "At least tell me what I can do." Village Attorney William Cox assured Grover that if he would put his complains in writing they would be ac-ecl upon. "Get the facts . . . and I don't mean general ;:c cusatioiis. but specific names and places, and pu> tlv.-in down in writing,"Cox said. 'If you has i- legitimate VMIII- plaint.-,, action will iv taken. Is ^ 7 ietllam war illegal? ^ WASHINGTON' (AP )— Supreme Court Justice William 0 Douglas says he is "in- cluied to think" the Vietnam war is unconstitutional. Girl victim of kidney disease dies By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph Staff Writer Janet Sue Mellenthin, 21, of Cottage Hills died Tuesday after a fight for life against a kidney disease which made headlines since early 1968 when the Telegraph area produced an outporing of funds for her treatment and then made a long search for a donor for a transplant. Her doctor, Alton Morris of Springfield, said this morning that a donor was never found. Each member of the family was found to have blood or tissue which would not match Janet's, and hopes for a transplant depended upon the slim chance of finding a properly matched kidney from someone who had died from other causes. During the intervening months, Janet was kept alive by an artificial kidney at the Renal Unit at Alton Memorial Hospital. No autopsy was performed, so the exact cause of her death is not known, but Dr. Morris said she was not responding well to the machine treatments- He added that it was uncertain whether a transplant would have saved her. Janet first came to public attention in February of 1968 when she was 16 and it was found that a transplant was needed to save her life. Area church and civic organizations put on fundraising drives to help her family pay medical expenses. The disheartenng struggle began to find her a donor for a 'transplant. Operations were repeatedly postponed after family members were rejected as possible donors. Her twin sister, Janice, had offered one of her kidneys, b u t legal complications developed when it was discovered she would have to be of legal age to give her consent to such an operation- When age 18 arrived, and Janet's kidneys were even worse, doctors discovered Janice was born with only one kidney and she was niled out as a donor. Janet's brother, Robert, was thought to be a suitable donor but just hours beore the operation a series of tests revealed sugar in his blood. Senate okays bill to pay police widows WASHINGTON (AP) - Do- pendents of police and f'remen who are slain while on duty will receive federal payment of $50.000 under a bill approved by the StnaU' Tuesday. It would bt retroactive to 1067. The bill, which now goes to the House, also covers prison guards and national guardsmen who are killed while enforcing criminal laws and maintenance of civil peace. Sen John L. McClellan, D- Ark.. the bill's author, said most police and firemen are underpaid, with little to leave their families in the event of death. They "deserve some consideration beyond the meager salaries we pay them," he said. Justice Department records show 126 policemen vnere slain in 1971 and 42 in the first five monttis of this'

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