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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 201 O Alton Telegraph Printing ,€<>., 1972 Serving Madison, Jersey, Mticoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Alton, Illinois, Friday, September 8, 1972 2 SECTIONS 24 PAGES Price lOc Eat. Jan. 15,1836 Israeli planes blast 10 guerrilla bases LEBANON Hotboyo* (By The Associated Press) Israeli air force planes struck at 10 Arab guerrilla bases deep inside Syria and Lebanon today, a few hours after Israel promised retaliation for the Munich massacre. The Israeli jets bombed and strafed guerrilla bases and headquarters, striking within four miles of the Syrian capital of Damascus and far Into the north of Lebanon above the port of Tripoli, the military command announced. The raids were the deepest air strikes by Israel inside Syria since the 1967 Mideast war, and the deepest ever into Lebanon. All the Israeli planes returned safely to base, a comm a n d spokesman said. Sources in Beirut reported the Israeli planes bombed and strafed two villages on the Lebanese-Syrian border, Deir Al Achaya and Yanta. The villages were last hit by the Israelis in uly in retaliation for the Lod airport massacre and Palestinian raids into Israel. There was no immediate confirmation from the Lebanese government. Tire two villages, near the Beirut-Damascus highway, are believed to be guerrilla supply points for a road that leads through southern Syria to guerrilla bases on the Lebanese-Israeli border. The Syrian government had put its armed forces on max- imu malert and canceled all leaves, fearing an Israeli attack. A n Israeli governmert spokesman said the planes hammered seven bases and guerrilla headquarters in Syria and three in Lebanon. Among the Lebanese targets was Nahar El Bared, a refugee camp 75 miles north of Beirut, near the oil port city of Tripoli, Reports from Lebanon said there were believed to be many casualties at that camp. Residents of Tripoli, Lebanon's second-largest city, said the planes flew over it but that they heard no explosions. The Israeli military command gave no estimate of Arab casualties, and did not specify whether the air raids were vengeance attacks for the Arab terrorist killing of 11 Israeli sportsmen at the Olympic Games. There also was no word on wheth'er the raids were reprisals for small clashes along Israel's northern frontiers in the past two days, or were part of a large-scale assault to carry out Israe'.'s determination to liquidate .he Arab guerrilla movements. New terror feared West Germans Border crossing Map locates the Israeli settlement of Baram where Israeli troops clashed with Arab guerrillas Thursday, according to an Israeli military spokesman. Shaded area Indicates Jo-mile area of Israeli military movements which began Wednesday, according to Lebanese newspapers. (AP Wirephoto Map) Industry will build despite L-15 levee, study group says By ARTHUR J. THOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer ST. CHARLES - Industry would eventually move jnto the Missouri Point with or without a taxpayer-financed L-15 Levee, a recreational workshop studying levee alternatives for the Kansas City District Corps of Engineers concluded h?"e Thursday. Gary McGinnis, head of the recreation section for the Kansas City Corps District office and chairman of the work group, said the committee had concluded that landowners would be pressured into commercialization or in- Area school plan crippled by Alton By EARL MAUCKER Telegraph Staff Writer A move by the Alton school district to pull out of the Special Education Region 3 because it can do better by itself threw a monkey wench Thursday into plans for classrooms for handicapped children in a wide area. At a meeting of the governing committee of the 12-district special education region, Charles Rayborn, administrative assistant for the Alton district, said he had been instructed by the Alton Board of Education not to vote for funds for constructing Region 3 classrooms and administrative offices in Bethajto. The governing committee after a discussion decided to go ahead with plans for the building, but if Alton does not participate construction would be delayed. Dr. Boyd Mitchell, Alton superintendent of schools, told the Telegraph that the Alton district could provide more services to the handicapped students at less cost if the district goes it alone. The building was to be funded from proportionate shares from each of the 12 participating districts in the special education region. Since Alton district is the largest, no money from them would significantly reduce the available financing needed to begin construction, the Telegraph was told. The proposed f acilities would cost about $50,000 and would include office space for administrative personnel and two classrooms. Donald Simpson, superintendent of Bethalto schools, urged Rayborn to seek the cooperation of the Alton school board and advise them of the necessity of the project. "We have always cooperated with the Alton district," Simpson said. "I would think Alton could sacrifice a little in this case and cooperate with us." Rayborn told the board that the Alton district, because of its move lo leave the region, was in a state of "limbo," and therefore he was not authorized to vote in favor of funding the new building. However, Rayborn said the district may be able to furnish the abandoned Union School in the Alton district for use in special education until the request to leave the district was resolved. Rayborn admitted that the Union School site may not be the ultimate solution, but said until the district was answered on its request to leave the region, nothing else could be done. Six weeks ago the Alton district asked the Madison County school board of trustees to grant permission for the Alton district to with- draw from the region at the end of this year. Dr. Mitchell, Alton superintendent, in telling the reasons for the withdrawal said, "we are convinced we can provide increased services for considerably less money than we are spending now." Mitchell said the Alton district was large enough to handle its own program of special education at a savings to taxpayers. The district contributed $58,000 to the region last year. "We could actually increase our services in special education by withdrawings from the region that, would result in a net savings of $35,000," the superintendent said. The increased services would mean that Alton would have its own full-time social worker and a supervisor to assist as director of special education. Currently there are two social workers for the entire region. Region 3 was established through ;i state grant. John Collier, director of Region 3. told the Telegraph that Alton's action should not affect construction plans since the district was still in the Region and Alton would be expected to abide by "majority" guidelines. He did admit, however, that Alton could seek legal action, "at a later time," to withdraw funds from the project. duslrialization of the area even if it means the construction of private levees. McGinnis and committee members conceded, however that industrial developnmn 1 . of Missouri Point would probably be set back if levee protection had to be finance.! privately, while industrialization would be on- couraged by a public levee such as the L-15. The seven-member workshop group, part of i.he Corps' public participation program, is studying the effects a levee would have on recreation and the possibil'ty of creating more recreational opportunities both with and without construction of the L- 15. Among several alternatives, the committee has consider! trails, regional parks, gulf com-ses, marinas and fishing areas. The group, however, has reached no conclusions on any of the alternatives, or how the levee should be aligned to afford the greatest, recreational value of the area. The committee's report will be considered by the Co''p r < in reaching its final decision on the L-15. One of the major reasons the committee is bavin;; difficulty in reaching conclusions on how the aien should be used for recreation, is a failure to solve the question of stabilizing land use on sections of the po'n* which should be used only for recreation. Mrs. William Hoagland of Alton, a member of the workshop group, said (he Corps should explore the possibility of using scenic easements, restrictive (See Page 2, Col. 3) By ANTHONY COLLINGS BONN (AP) — The West German government says it is doing all it can to couirtr the threat of retaliation from Arab terrorists demanding the release of the three guerrillas held for the attack at rhe Olympics. The Black September Palestinian group said in a broadcast from Cairo Thursday it would "deal Germany a heavy blow" if the llirce terrorists are not released. "We will show the German imperialists, who dragged the honor of the great German people in the mud, what a heavy blow we can deal them if our comrades are not released and the bodies of our dead fighters are not returned to us," the broadcast said. The spokesman for the Wetf German government, Conrad Ahlers, said "all imaginable and necessary" security precautions had been taken. E a r 1 i e r , the Interior Ministry said it had receive J word that terrorists planncvt to mail bombs to Jews m Germany in packages and letters for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown today. Eight Black September terrorists invaded the Israeli quarters at the Olympic Village early Tuesday morning, killed two members nf the Israeli Olympic squad, took nine others hostage and threatened to kill them unless Israel released 200 Arab guerrillas serving prison terms in Israel. The incident came to a bloody culmination late that night at a military airiie'd outside Munich where the terrorits were allowed to take their captives ostensibly to be flown to the Middle East. But police sharpshooters had set an ambush and in the ensuing gunfight all nine of the Israelis were killed along with a West German policeman and five of the terrorists. The other three Arabs were captured and the Bavarian Pustice Ministry announced to that that formal wan-ants have been issued charging them with kidnaping and murder. The Egyptian government and the Libyan press accused the Bonn government of to'al responsibility for the killings. "The commandos and the Israeli hostages were killed in a German ambush, by German bullets and in a US. base in Germany," said the Egyptians. Services for the slain Arabs were scheduled at all mosques in Egypt today. An Arab lawyers' group announced it was sending an attorney to observe the German police interrogation o f the three captive guerrillas. "Had it not been for. the German police ambush, the Arab commandos and their Israeli hostages would all be alive now," said the Libyan government newspaper Al Fajr Al Jadid. It charged that West Germany had taken a "totally anti-Arab attitude throughout the Munich affair." In Munich, meanwhile, Police Chief Manfred Snhreiber told a news conference his forces opened fire on the guerrillas because the Israeli hostages were "practically doomed when Israel rejected demands of the terrorists." Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 East Alton expansion could prove embarrassing to Alton. Storms A-3 Some damage from last night's rain. Clerks A-2 Judge finds old law that may head off court clerks. Sports B-4 Two U.S. Athletes banned from Olympics. Family . . . . A-10 Elder Care Center style show. Personal Finance . . A-7 Smart battery buying can save money. Weather . B-2 Showers Saturday, Low 60, high 85. Television . . . . B-3 Comics A-8 Obituaries . . . B-6 Stocks B-6 Classified . . . . B-7 Amusements . . .B-3 Virgin Island killers object of FBI hunt CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix, V.I. (AP) — A posse of specially trained FBI agents scoured rugged hill country today for the slayers of eight Americans gunned down in the holdup of a golf resort. Using a helicopter and other aircraft as spotters, about 150 federal agents, police and federal marshals were involved in the search in an area laden with thick underbrush. The posse concentrated its efforts adjacent to the luxury Fountain Valley Golf Course owned by the Rockefeller family 15 miles southeast of Christiansted. Atty. Gen. Ronald H. Tonkin of the Virgin Islands said Thursday night investigators still had not identified the attackers Man sets fire to his home By WILLIAM G. RYAN Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - A 42- year-old Cottage Hills man taken into custody near the scene wlu'le firemen were "But we believe there are between five and seven of them and 1 we're pretty sure they fled into those hills and are still there," he said. "We'll get them." Four of the victims shot to death in the holdup Wednesday were identified by an Eastern Air Lines spokesman in Miami as Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Griffin Jr. and M r. and Mrs. Charles Meisinger all tourists from Miami. Rockresorts, Inc.. the parent company owning Fountain Valley, identified three of the other four victims as employes of the golf club. The eighth victim's identity has not been released. Gov. Melvin H. Evans assured residents in a special 10-minute broadcast on radio and television Thursday night that an all-out effort was being made to capture the fugitives. He ordered all U.S. and Vir- extinguishing a blaze at his home, was charged with arson today and released from the county jail on ?GOO cash bail. The charge was filed against Charles Stoner, of gin Island flags flown at half- staff today in memory of the Fountain Valley dead, and he offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. Government officials also hastened to reassure the populace on both St. Croix and the neighboring capital of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas that the murders were an, isolated incident, with robbery the sole motive. "We have no independence movement on this or any other of our islands," Tonkin said. "This appears to be only an isolated robbery committed for the sake of robbery—a one-shot deal." Tonkin said that despite conflicting reports from witnesses, it appeared the intruders leaped a hedge bordering the golf links and sprayed the patio dining area with automatic weapons fire. New phone tap charge WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the men accused ot breaking into the DcmocraMc. national headquarters also staged an abortive attempt in bug George McGoverp's presidential campaign headquarters, says M c G o v e r n ' s campaign director, Lawrence F. O'Brien. O'Brien said passersby scared the men off as th-.-y assembled at 3 a.m. May 27 outside McGuvern's foi'mer Capitol Hill headquarters. Although McGoviTii was not nominated as the Democratic- candidate until July 12, tie was then the frontrunner. Citing "unimpeachable an thority" as his source, O'Brien said Thursday he also h a d learned that two telephones at Democratic National C o m m i 11 o f headquarters, including his own, were tapped for weeks prior to the June >7 break-in at DNC headquarters: in the downtown Watergate Hotel complex. 1'Mve men, including two with close ties to the Committee for the Re-Election (f 1' r e s i d e n t Nixon wi>t« a i r e sled and elabora'e e a v e s d r o p p i n g a n tl photo-'niphic equip in e i, t seized inside the DNC offices. 1429 Second St., Cottage Hills, whom sheriffs deputies said they found sitting in his car near the fire scene Thursday morning. Stoner, Sgt. R. W. Mcjntosh said, told him he didn't go to his home while the fire was raging because he did not want to interfere with the fire-fighting efforts. A glance in the back seat of Stoirer's car, the sergeant reported, revealed a two- gallon gasoline can that was "wet and appeared to have been used very recently." Stoner. he said, told the officer he kept the can in the cur in case he should run out of gas. Taken by deputies to h i s home where the blaze had been extinguished by Cottage Hills firemen after extensive damage to the house, Stoner was accosted by his wife who accused him of setting fire to the place, Sgt. Mclntosh reported. Stoner retorted '-who gives a damn; I'll burn it again." Sheriff's office records show deputies were dispatched to the Stoner residence at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and were informed there by the wife, Mrs. Lily Mae Stoner, that her husband had beaten and stabbed her. The subsequent account by investigating deputies reported that after Mrs. Stoner had been treated at a hospital for her injuries, she returned home and found the residence ablaze. Deputies said Cottage Hills Fire Chief William Bryant told them that when firemen responded to a call to the residence, they found evidence that someone had placed newspapers on four beds in the home and poured a flammable liquid on the beds before setting them afire. None of the couple's several children were in the home at the time, Bryant said. 3 young women rob Alton grocer O By JOHN STETSON Telegraph Staff Writer Three young women held up a market at 502 Milton Road in Alton Thursday evening and got away with close to $120, police said today. One of the three women, who had entered the store at about 7:30 and asked for cigarettes, shoved a clerk, Mrs. Fern Gibbs, against a counter and said "this is a stickup." One of the other young w o m e n , brandishing a revolver, walked to the meatcutter, Don Walter, and said "you stand against that wall." Walter said he knew it was a real gun because he could see the lead ends of the bullets in the gun's cylinder. Meanwhile, the first young woman took all the bills out of the cash register as Mrs. Gibbs stood motionless. Two of the women then walked over to the meat counter as if deciding whether to also take meat. But they apparently changed their minds and all three then fled. Police said all the women were in their early 20's. Two were white and one black, police said. This the sixth armed robbery in Alton within the past month and a half. Leaders endorse combined super metropolitan agency By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer ST. LOUIS - A new metropolitan agency with the "political clout" of the East- West Gateway Coordinating council and the "unused muscle" of the Bi-State Development Agency, and which would absorb all other planning agencies on both sides of the river, was strongly endorsed by a group of 200 area civic and business leaders meeting here Thursday. The proposal to consolidate •bout 20 planning agencies, Including the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission which covers Madison and St. Clair counties, aad the Alliance {or Regional Health, which now has responsibility for reviewing federal fund requests for hospitals and other health care facilities, was pushed by St. Louis County Supervisor Lawrence K. Roos and Dr. George Wendel, chairman of the Gateway Council's Regional Forum. The proposal was made at a forum sponsored by the Committee for Economic Development, a national organization o f business executives and university people which has urged greater consolidation of governmental services within metropolitan areas. Roos criticized the proliferation of both regional" planning agencies and also what he described as the new level of bureaucracy added by federal regional offices. Roos further said that the metro region, which is now divided along state lines into different federal regions, should be included in one region, either Kansas City or Chicago. Roos suggested the new super agency be called the Missouri-Illinois Regional Area Council and that its controlling board, like the present Gateway Council board, be made up largely of elected leaders. Boos' proposal is an expansion ot one made earlier this year by a task force of the Regional Forum, which called for a merger between Gateway and Hi State in a new agency called "Kasl-West G a t e w a y Development Agency." Their argument, echoed by Roos, was thai Bi-State had operational powers in the areas of sewage treatment drainage facilities, bridges, parks and parkways, as well as its present operation of the bus system, a wharf and an airport. This operation power could better be implemented by the Gateway Council, whose board of political leaders had more influence in obtaining state and federal funding and in getting citizen support, it was argued. Wendel suggested a two- house governing board for the new agency, one house composed of elwled officials, and another made up of citizens elected on u "one- man one-vote" representational basis. Roos himself has criticized the present composition of the Gateway Council board because the City of St. Louis and the Illinois counties have more members than the Missouri suburban counties, although the latter has a majority of the metro population. Roos also suggested that the new consolidated agency eventually be given taxing powers, but not until it had "earned the acceptance of the general public." The area leaders, many of whom serve on the Regional Forum or its task forces, overwhelmingly supported the Roos proposal, but some felt each side ot the riser should work to solve its own problems before metropolitan wide consolidation would be feasible. Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River and Bethalto should first work more closely in providing more efficient services, before steps were made to join with the other side of the river, said Richard Vandegrift, director of t h e Greater Alton ^rea Chamber of Commerce, who was at the forum. Several St. Louis residents at the meeting felt a first step was for St. Louis to become a part of St. Louis County. The river may be the greatest banner to consolidation of services in the metropolitan area, many at the meeting believed. Dr. Allan Campbell of Syracuse University, who authored the CED statement on regional government, suggested the best course for the St. Louis area might be for each state legislature to make possible more regional planning and services on their side of the river and then later consider two-state cooperation. Merger of Bi-Slate with the G a t e w a y Council would require identical legislation passed by both the Missouri and Illinois legislatures, and the approval of the U.S. Congress. Such legislation could possibly come out of a joint Missouri-Illinois legislative commission which an Illinois Senate investigating committee is recommending. The chairman of the Illinois committee, which held a hearing on Bi-State last week, Sen. Kenneth Hall, D-East St. Louis, was at Thursday's meeting here. The Telegraph has reported numerous instances in recent years of poor coordination between agencies serving Illinois and those serving Missouri. These have included the controversial L-15 levee, which was planned by an Army Corps of Engineers office whose jurisdiction includes St. Charles County but not the Illinois side of the river, so they did not consider the impact of the proposed levee on Illinois. The Telegraph in the past also revealed how a sewage disposal plan of St. Charkf County would pollute the rtver and affect t h e Alton - Wood River area, and also how the Missouri highway department went ahead with planning a new widened Rte. 67 and aew bridge over the Missouri River, without coordiauting this with Illinois plans (or the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi. (f <\

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