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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 202 C Alton Telegraph Printing Co.. 1072 Serving Madison, Jersey, Mrtcoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Alton, Illinois, Saturday, September 9, 1972 3 SECTIONS 26 PAGES Price lOc Eat. Jan. 15, 1896 Bi-State changes managing contract By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer ST. LOUIS - The Bi-State Development Agency Friday refused to automatically renew its contract with the management team that, operates the bus system, but did not cancel it either, in a move responding to an investigation of Bi-State by an Illinois Senate committee. The present contract with Transit. Services Corp., an 11- m a n management team composed mainly of owners of the old St. Louis Public Service Co. the major private bus firm purchased in 1963 to form the bi-state system, would have automatically been renewed for another five years if the Bi-State board had taken no action before Oct.. 1. After meeting in a closed- door executive session late Friday afternoon, the Bi-State board announced (hat it did not desire to extend the present agreement for another five years but. wished to change the agreement so that it could be modified or terminated at any time in the future with six months advance notice. The action taken was in response to a request from the Illinois Senate inv e s t i g a t i n g committee, headed by Sen. Kenneth Hall, D-East St. Louis, that Bi-State inform the committee what action it planned to take in regard to the renewal of the contract with Transit Services. The Senate committee, however, made it clear at a hearing in East St. Louis on Aug. 28, that they wanted Bi- State to put the management contract up for. competitive bidding. Transit Services has had the contract since the Bi- State Transit System went into operation in April, 1963. Prior to that time. it. was lowest of three bidders, but its contract has automatically been renewed without new bidding since 19(53. Several witnesses at the East St. Louis hearing were critical of the Transit Services management, charging them with racial discrimination, poor employe relations, inadequate security against internal theft, and lack of imagination in improving sendee or obtaining more riders, All these charges were vehemently denied by Transit Services President John S. Baine at the hearing. At Friday's meeting here, Baine was also asked by the Bi-State board to supply it with "interdepartmental background" regarding the Aug. 31 shooting of a foreman and two mechanics, allegedly by a maintenance employe, at the largest Bi - State garage in St. Louis. Baine said there was no evidence indicating the shooting of the three "white employes by the black em- ploye, Samuel Blockton, was racially motivated. Baine said Two men indicted for Alton armed robberies By JOHN STETSON Telegraph Staff Writer Two men were indicted Friday for three armed Alton robberies, giving Alton police their first success in stemming a wave of holdups that- started in the city in the past month. Robert Larry Goree, 25, and Bobby ,Ioe Thompson, 21, were indicted by (lie Madison County Graiul Jury for robberies at. Howard Finance, C2G E. Broadway, on Aug. 25; the Central Avenue Hardware Store, 1415 Central, on Aug. 28; and only Goree was named in the holdup at Harder TV Service, 251)0 College A\ e. on Aug. 29. Goree gave an address in the 2500 block of Powhatten St., and no address was listed for Thompson. Goree is in Madison County jail under 150,000 bond on the armed robbery charges and Thompson's total bond on his two indictments is $35,000. Thompson is also being held in jail. Goree wa;s released on an appeal bond stemming from an earlier conviction on possession of heroin. Police said they were trying to get the appeal bond reversed because of the armed robbery charges. Before his arrest Goree had been free on $2,000 cash bail he put up after the drug conviction. Three of Alton's most recent six holdups, also included Flamingo Motel at 501 E. Broadway Aug. 14; Mid Slates Finance, ;m Ridge St., on Aug. 21 and Gibson Furniture Co. at 639 E. Broadway on Aug. 9. Thursday night of this week three young women stuck up employes of Tom's Grocery at 502 Milton Road and took over $100 at gunpoint. Wheels looked good to him. should., they're his By KAUL MAUCKKH Telegraph Staff Writer James W. Smith of 2503 Francis Drive in Altoi' went to a local service station to fill-up with gas. While there, he noticed a set of custom wheels which he admired because they looked exactly like his own. S m i t h grew a little suspicious, went home to check under the boat, in Irs back yard where he had his own wheels hidden. The wheels were gone. Smith returned to the Conoco station on Central ana Elliott streets in Alton, and took a closer look at the wheels. They were his. Station manager, Nathaniel E. Manning told Smith ami police who had been summoned, that he purchased the wheels for $35 from a stranger. Investigating on his own, •Smith found the mystery salesman, later identified as Jesse Getter of 1129 Greene St., Alton, who said he bought wheels from still another stranger in Salu park. He said the wheels wouldn't fit his car, so he sold them to Manning. Police asked Getter to come up with the name of the "stranger" he bought the wheels from. Smith, still investigating, said he'll find the "stranger" himself. foreman reportedly complaint against said no complaint ever union 48 per cent of the employes at the garage were black and blacks and whites had worked side by side there for several years without any trouble. Replying to early reports that the shooting arose form an a r g u m e n t between Blockton and the when the latter said a grievance had been filed Blockton. Baine grievance or about. Blockton had been filed with either or management. Baine was also asked whether charges that bus drivers were carrying guns on duty were true. Charles Q. Troupe, a black bus driver and leading critic of both the management and the union, has contended that 60-70 per cent of Bi-State employes now carry guns "to protect themselves from each other." East St. Louis Mayor James Williams Friday also charged that Bi-State bus drivers were toting guns while in his city and he instructed East St. Louis police to crack down on such gun carrying. Elaine said that it has long been management, policy that any employe found with a weapon while on duty would be automatically discharged. Baine read from a March 23, 1972 bulletin which he said had been posted in all company facilities which stated that "several recent cases of operators flourishing guns have come to our attention." This contradicts a statement made to the Telegraph Friday morning by Bi-State public relations director Jack Senseny that the management had not found any evidence of gun-toting and that Troupe's statements were "inflammatory." Baine said Bi-State management had no right to search employes for weapons and it had to rely on volun- t a r y compliance through union discipline procedures. He added that Mayor Williams told him that East. St. Louis police also did not have authority to stop and search Bi-State drivers for weapons. Earlier this summer, though, passengers on a Bi-State bus hi east St. Louis reported to police that another Bi-State employe had pointed a gun at a bus driver. Baine was also asked to r e s p o n d to charges of discrimination b r o u g h t against Transit Services and the union in a report of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The report criticized the management and union for the inability of 34 black employes of the St. Louis Service Car Co., which was purchased by Bi-State in 19G5, to get the same seniority privileges granted to the predominantly white em- ployes of the 15 bus companies Bi-State purchased in 1963. The report also charged discrimination through the charging of a $100 union initiation fee to the service car employes to join the union which had not been charged to employes of the bus companies when they were hired by Bi-State. Baine said the matter of seniority and union fees were out of Transit Services hands and were strictly union matters. Asked by commissioner 0. I. Kunderburg, the only black Bi-State board member, why then Transit Services had also been named in the EEOC report, Baine said it was probably just because Transit Services had a contract with the union. Three Syrian jets destroyed New voters registered Democratic National Chairman Jean West-wood laughs Friday in response to a question on her relationship with former Chairman Larry O'Brien. She earlier told the National Press Club the Democrats have registered 1.3 million new voters. (AP Wire- photo) (By the Associated Press) Three Syrian and two Israeli planes were shot down today in a dogfight over the occupied Golan Heights, Israeli and Syrian military spokesmen claimed. Syria acknowledged three losses but the Israelis said all their planes returned safely. At the same time, Israel and the Palestinians reported a sea battle between two boats Friday and each side asserted the other lost one boat. A Syrian spokesman in Damascus said Syria's planes raided the Golan Heights in reprisal for Israeli air strikes Friday. The Friday raids were in retaliation for the Arab outbreak at the Olympics in Munich tiiat killed 11 Israelis. Later a Syrian communique said several formations of Israeli jets violated Syria's airspace 90 minutes after the dogfight. The day of action began when Syrian antiaircraft gunners opened up on Israeli reconnaissance planes ove: the Golan Heights. Israeli ground forces returned the fire. No casualties were reported. Then, when Syrian planes appeared over the heights, Israel sent up interceptors and a aerial battle began. Tel Aviv also said f:he Syrian jets tried to attack the Golan Heights but weie unsuccessful. A second Syrian com- munique said several formations of Israeli jets followed up the dogfight and violated Syrian airspace. One plane was hit when Syrian interceptors scrambled to oppose them, it added. The-e were no Syrian losses in :he second incident, the commu- nique said. Palestine sources in Beirut reported Israeli planes had bombed and strafed the area of Kasimeyeh, two miles from Tyre on the Mediterranean coast in south Lebanon. The Palestine news agency Wafa, later denied the report. The Israelis announced th.u one of their missile boats haJ engaged and sunk an Arab guerrilla boat outside Lebanese territorial waters Friday. There was no mention of casualties. The Palestine news agency claimed a guerrilla boat sank an Israeli vessel off 'te Israeli coast in a 90-minute engagement Friday. It said five guerrillas died but did not confirm an Israel's report that liie guerrilla boat was sunk. The agency did not explain how the guerrillas were killed. Meanwhile a Lebanese government ' spokesman reported two more bodies were recovered from the debris in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el Bared in north Lebanon. This brought the death toll in Friday's Israeli air strikes in Lebanon to 18 killed and 31 wounded. The Lebanese U.N. mission protested to the Security Council against the Israeli air raid. Israeli warplanes ranged far up the Mediterranean coast Friday, pounding targets in Lebanon and Syria. Israel said the targets were bases for Palestinian guerrillas blamed for ihe massacre of 11 Israeli team members at the Olympics in Munich on Tuesday. Palestinian commandos dug trenches around refugee camps in Lebanon today and manned antiaircraft guns in expectation of new Israeli aura ids. Lebanese President Sulein- man Franjieh met with the army commander in chief, Gen. Iskander Ghanem and Premier Saeb Salam to decide what steps to take. An announcement •said an emergency cabinet meeting would be held later today. Plan drawn up to do away with Alton's enduring industrial rotten egg odor B.V ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer Construction of a clilcn will begin soon as part of a plan to rid Alton of periodic "industrial gas attack-;" that have been going on for years. The U.S. Corps of Engineers cleared the uay by -i ;,;,!ji.,' permission u> insUi'.l rurno.- and build the dii.-h. the Telegraph was told today. The infamous "rotten egg" smell coming from behind the industrial complex macie tip of Alton Boxboard Co., Laclede Steel and Owens- Illinois has been a game of "who's got the button" for more than a decade as ono i n d u s t r y after another disclaimed responsibilty for the smell. Four industries, Alton Box, L a c 1 e ci e, 0-1 p 1 u s Illinois Power Co., will lake bids and finance c o n s t r u c t i o n of a long drainage ditch to bisect the polluted water impoundment on the vivor side of three of the industries. Harry M. Meyer Jr., chairman of the committee to cleanup the smell and the impoundment, told the Telegraph Friday that the U.S. Corps of Engineers has approved the structural design for construction of the ditch through the impoundment area which is a receptacle for millions of gallons of industrial fluids. However the permits on the quality of industrial fluids and water flowing into the river will have to be approved separately for each industry dumping the liquids into the river. The committee of four industries and Wood River Drainage and Levee District was appointed two years ago by Alton Mayor Paul Lenz to attack the problems nf stagnation and resulting smeil in the industrial pool that empties into the river. A new pumping station equipped to handle 10.000 gallons of water per minute will pump the industrial liquids from the new ditch into the river during heavy rain and high waters when the levee gates are closed, Fred Grenzebach, chairman of the Wood River levee District, told the Telegraph. Money from the State of Illinois for levee right-of-way for the Berm highway which will pass the ditch will be used to finance the new $60,000 pumping station that will be constructed by Alton Pipe and Fabricating, "the low bidder, Grenzebach said. "The new drainage ditch and pumping station will provide constant drainage of the impoundment area and eliminate stagnant, odor- causing pools," Meyer said. "Industries are in the process of taking bids. We hope to begin construction this fall." Although the ditch- construction p ro j e c t will eliminate the stagnant pools of water from standing along the levee, polluted liquids from industry will continue to flow into the river through the ditch. Lenz names four blacks and five whites to task force to improve race relations Inside Editorial . . . . A-4 Newspapers warn readers. B-3 By ARTHUR J. TIIOMASON Telegraph Stall Writer Alton Mayor Paul Lens Friday appointed four Hacks — including one Alton High School student — to -i nine- member task force tu work out details for creation of a Community Relations Commission, one of the outgrowths of the recent racial strife in the city. Lafayette Collins 122S IVa.-l St.. was named to the t:>;;k force- bi-cause he "can express viVws of the- youth nl tlu> community", .Mayor Loix said in appointing tlu- A! : - M hiyh school senior who can ios 11 li:;;h scholastic average-. Other appointees were: Dr. Hubert Elliott of 20111 >' Liberty St.. Dillx.-rt Caldwell of lL'01 I'nion Si., Dona.'i! Koppenhaver, 1)08 Charlono Court: Clarence Willis 221:: Female sailor joins fleet SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Peggy Sue Griffith has marched up Ihe gangplank of history, reporting for duty as the Navy's firsl >ea-going woman sailor. But before her ship sails, she'll be joined by 60 other women T h e 22-year-old from Canton. N.C.. reported aboard the hospital ^hip Sanctuary. The ship is being outfitted at 11 u n ! e r ' > Point Naval Sliijuanl liere tor duty as a dependent support vessel. .Mis^ Griffith reported for duly exactly one month after Adm Elmo K. Xumwalt Jr., chief of naval operations, announced that the Navy would accept \\.jem-n for sea duty. Viet Cong attack refugees By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) —Attacking by night in a blinding rainstorm, a score of Viet Cong sappers rampaged through South Vietnam's biggest refu- ' gee camp on the northwestern edges of Da Nang today, taking a heavy toll in life and property- Associated Press photographer Dang Van Phuoc reported from the camp that K refugees were killed, 94 were wounded and 200 families left homeless after undergoing a barrage of mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, rifle fire and satchel chages- The sappers escaped the lightly guarded Camp Books compound—once a U.S. Marine supply base—without losing a single man, Phuoc reported. The sappers also hit two adjoining South Vietnamese militia outposts but there was no immediate word on casualties or damage at these locations. It was the closest ground attack to Da Nang, South Vietnam's second largest city, in more than a year although the northern port city has been the target of frequent shellings. The refugee camp houses more than 50.000 civilians who fled Quang Tri province when it was captured by the North Vietnamese May 1. The camp is built on white sand flats ju.st off coastal Highway 1 and is a city of h u n d r e d s of dilapidated military barracks. 11 was considered too large to be occupied by the South Vietnamese army alter U.S. troops withdrew from Da Nang. In the air war, American jets carried out more than 310 strikes across North Vietnam Friday but the raids cost two more planes lost and another airman missing, the U.S. Command announced. A Navy A7 crashed from unknown causes 15 miles northeast of Vinh and the pilot is mix-ing, the Command said A second Navy plane, an F4, was hit by antiaircraft fire after attacking a supply convoy 32 miles north of Vinh. The jet headed back toward the earner Saratoga but was unable to make a landing. The two crewmen bailed out t\\o mile* from the carrier and were rescued by a helicopter Locust St.: the Rev. Howard "Todd" Taylor, 2327 Fairview Dr.; John Coppinger, 28'<n Edwards SI.; Harold Rief, 2923 Forest Dr., and Mildred Jones, 3052 Paul St. The mayor said he tried to get a representative cross- sect ion of the community on the task force. "I may b« criticized for leavinc out certain groups and some special interests, but I hope they remember that the Community Relations Commission will include persons or representatives of groups that are not nece.isaiily on the task force." l.enx said specifically he i n t e n d s to appoint a representative of the A HUM Urban League 1o the commission, although the Leauie is not represented on the U>.->k force. Black members of the tasK force include Caldwell, who i> employed at l.ac.lede Steel to., and a member of ihe NAACP. "His input can reflect the view of the Lo.-al Chapter of the NAACP." I eiiz said. Willis, another black, is a member of the school boaid of Alton District 11. Mrs. Jones, who also is black, is a member of the A ! I D n Housing Author'y Board. "Her input ,'v'il r e p r e sent the nousii!^ category along with -Xher special aspects," Len/. said Among the non-bla<-k cuinnii>sion members is Dr. Elliott, whom Lenz described as a "noted phys:ciaii auJ long-time respected doctor in Alton " Elliott is a member if the Greater Alton Association o! Commerce and first cluirnv.ui of G A AC's Law. Order and Justice Committee. "I'm asking Dr. Elliott m express views on both the medical profession and the GA^C." Lenz said. K o p p e n h a v e r is the Secretary and General Manager of the Alton Uist-icl Manufacturers Assn. Jersey Water Co. . Near to final plans. A-3 The Arts . . . Riverfest highlights. Weather .... A-12 Sunday, chance of showers, Trouble . . . . A -2 Conceni about limits to Alton sewage treatment plant. Sports B-l U.S. has bad day at Munich. Amusements . . . B-ll Church Page . . . B-8 Theology, ecology lifework. »W IT Ul/ ,3 , I 11 til t Television . Comics Obituaries . Classified . Family . . Weight - losers compliments. . . . B-5 . . B-4 . . . B-6 . . . B-7 . A-10 get doubtful Term paper sales illegal; law aimed at E. Alton firm Telegraph Capital Bureau SPRINGFIELD - The practice of selling term papers ami book re|K>ns has been declared illegal in Illinois. A bill banning the sale of academic papers for submission as original work was signed Friday by Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. The law authorizes a college president to get a court injunction against such practice. The sponsors of the bill said that it was aimed at an East Alton based term paper selling firm called Confidential Research. The Confidential Research operation was first revealed in a Telegraph series in November, 1971. An official of the term paper outfit boasted to a Telegraph reporter, who posed as an a|>plieant for a term paper writing je>b, that the firm had sold theses and other papers to faculty members at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville a s well as to SIU students, and u n i v e r s i t y mid college students in St. Louis, and University of Illinois students. The term paper bill was originally introduced by Sen. Stanley Weaver, R-Urbana, and it then contained provisions making it a criminal act punishable by fine and or imprisonment to sell or advertise for sale academic papers for submission as original work. The bill, however, was changed in senate committee, on the grounds that it would be difficult to get criminal convictions. The bill passed the Senate with provisions that state university or community college presidents were authorized to obtain court injunctions against the sale or advertising of term papers. The bill was almost buried in tne House, where it was amonjj several dozen bills yet to clear committee which were swept off the calendar as the House tried to wind up its business for adjournment But the House sjwusor of the bill, Rep. C h a r I e s Clabaugh, Rep.. Champaign, got the term paper measure back on the calendar and it was overwhelmingly passed by the House shortly before the session ended. Defending Coucordia ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Rev. John H. Ttetjen, president of Coaoordia Seminary, says a report tha*. said false Lutheran doctrine was being taught by professors was "unfair, untrue and un-Lutheran."

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