The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 13, 1975 · Page 18
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 18

Provo, Utah
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Sunday, April 13, 1975
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Blaze Kills 9 Children; Murder Complaint Filed BEULAH, Ala. (UPI) - Nine children were killed Friday night in a fire that destroyed a frame home and authorities today charged the father of five of the victims with murder and arson. Sylvester Brown Jr., was arrested today at his mother's home in neighboring Chambers County and was taken to the Lee County jail at Opelika, Sheriff James C. Pearson said. Brown's five children, three other youngsters and a babysit- ter were at the home of the Brown children's grandmother, Emma Lee Patterson, when the fire destroyed the five-room house about 20 miles northeast of Opelika. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 5 months, he said. "It appears as if they were trapped and couldn't get out," Pearson said. "It was a very horrible thing. Some bodies were burned real bad. "Seven of them were trapped 2 Nabbed in 'Kill Crazy' Abduction of 2 Students DALLAS (UPI) - Police arrested two men Saturday in the "kill crazy" abduction of a Texas tech student and his coed date, who were marched to the muddy banks of the Trinity River and shot at the end of a night of partying at a tavern partly owned by New York Giant quarterback Craig Morton. " Police questioned the men but refused to identify them or say how they were arrested. Police Capt. Jack Davis called the execution-style slaying of Michael McMahan, 22, of Kennenick, Wash., a "senseless killing." McMahan's date, Deia Sutton, 20, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, was wounded, but survived. The coed said the gunmen beat her, shot her, tried to strangle her and then pushed her face into the mud and tried to drown her. The gunmen robbed the couple and drove off in McMahan's blue car. "There was no reason on earth for this other than these people were just kill-crazy," Davis said following the robbery-murder that began outside Wellington's, a popular nightspot, and ended in the brush bottomlands east of town. Police said McMahan was in Arlington on a field trip with other Tech engineering students. He had met Miss Sutton a year ago and they had a Friday night date. in the corner of one room," he said, "the 5-month-old baby was found by a door." Pearson said Sheriff's Lieutenant Ronnie Watkins discovered the fire while on patrol and called for fire trucks from Opelika and Riverview. He said several persons were standing outside the house when Watkins arrived but no one was able to get inside to rescue the children. The sheriff said by the time the fire trucks arrived the fire had destroyed the house. Pearson refused to give details leading to the arrest of Brown but said he had been told domestic problems had developed in the Brown family. He said Brown had been at a tavern about 10 miles from his mother-in-law's home before the fire. "I'm not going into the details of why we arrested him until the trial is over," Pearson said. Authorities did not disclose how the fire was allegedly started. The Brown children were identified as Donna Jean, 6 months, Anita, 4, Wanda Jean, 2, Richard Andrew, 5, and Vicky Ann, 7. The other victims were Evangele Core, 5, and her sister, Ella Jean Core, 3, both of Opelika; Virginia Thomas, 5 months, of Opelika, and FJizzbeth Dunn, 14, of Riverview, the babysitter. Daring Rescue Saves Man From Burning Building CHICAGO (UPI) - Firemen made a daring seventh floor aerial rescue early Saturday of a man trapped in a burning building which shot flames high over Chicago's Loop and temporarily disrupted Chicago Transit Authority elevated rail service on one line. Beauty Test Won by Logan Girl SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - A few months ago, 19-year-old Andrea Felt couldn't walk because of an attack of spinal meningitis. Friday night she was chosen Miss Utah-Universe for 1975. The tall blond from Logan spent two weeks in a hospital with the sometimes deadly disease. At the Hotel Utah Friday night, "Andy" was selected from 14 contestants to represent Utah in the Miss USA Pageant in May. FOR LESS AT OUR GRILL ROAST BEEF PLATTER Tasty roast beef with dressing, buttered vegetable, creamy whipped potatoes & gravy, tomato slice, roll & butter, your choice of pudding. Steam table open 11:00 to 2:00, 4:00 to 7:00, Saturday 11:00 to 7:00, Sunday 11:00 to 4:00. 1 89 Sunday Only 475 NORTH STATE STRUT, OREM Sunday, April 13, 1975, THE HERALD, Provo, Utah -Page 19 State Law Forces Levitt to Resign From Liquor Panel NINE CHILDREN, ail under the age of 14, were killed in a fire which swept through a home In Beulah, Ala., Friday night. Lee County sheriff's deputies stand watch over the scene where the children, from four different families, perished. UPI Telephoto Onassis Eyed Divorce, Paper Claims NEW YOK (UPI) - Aristotle Onassis decided shorty before his death to start divorce proceedings against his wife, Jacqueline, the New York Times reported Saturday. The Greek shipping magnate's will provided only $3 million for Mrs. Onassis, far less than published reports have indicated she would receive, the times quoted friends of the Onassis family as saying. The will also set up trust funds of $1 million each for the children from Mrs. Onassis' marriage to the late President John F. Kennedy, the article said. Caroline and John Kennedy will receive incomes from the fund until they are 21 years old, the Times said. Onassis, who died in Paris March 15, left an estate valued as high as $50 million. Previous reports had said Mrs. Onassis would receive up to $200 million in her bequest, and her children Caroline and John would inherit as much as $15 million each. The Times said the divorce action was set in motion Dec. 3, when John Meyer, described as Onassis' closest associate, called New York lawyer Roy M. Cohn. SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) - A new conflict of interest section of state law has forced Alta, Utah, Mayor William H. Levitt to resign from the Utah Citizens Council on Liquor Control. One other member of the council is in violation of the law, according to an attorney general's opinion, but chairman William T. Thurman has refused to disclose who it was. Thurman would not discuss the legal opinion with reporters either by phone or at his office. "I've been burned by the press before," said Thurman, whose council has been strongly criticized for failing to perform its watchdog functions while a scandal over the operation of the state liquor system was brewing. "I don't have to talk to you," he said. The Utah Legislature revised the Citizens Council charter this year, adding a section prohibiting its members from having interests in the sale of liquor. Thurman was highly critical of the conflict of interest section when it was being discussed by the legislature and again Friday at a meeting of the council. "It unduly restricts the council in obtaining a cross-section view regarding liquor in the state," the chairman said. Levitt is the president and a principal stocklwlder of the Alta Lodge Corp. which operates a package liquor agency at the ski resort. He resigned his council seat after Assistant Attorney General Clyde C. Pearce wrote an opinion saying the Alta liquor store presented a conflict prohibited by the new law. "Everyone on this council should look to themselves to see if they are in violation," Levitt said. Thurman asked for the legal opinion, and presented Pearce with four sets of facts corresponding to the outside interests of council members. Of those four, Pearce found two with conflicts that violated the new law—a member with interests in the Alta liquor store, and a member who "owns or controls ...shares in a corporation that manufactures or distributes alcoholic beverages." But Pearce said he did not know who the people were. "Thurman just gave me a set of facts," he said. "He didn't give me any names." Pearce said one other council member whose law partner represents the Utah Restaurant Association had no conflict, More than 25 pieces of equipment including the "Big Mo" water cannon and a 140 foot high "aerial lift water tower" were used to fight and control the five alarm blaze in the eight- story building on North Clark Street. Joseph Belford, 60, of Chicago, a worker in the building, and Frank Casale, 66, Elmwood Park, were rescued from the building and hospitalized in serious condition with burns over 25 per cent of their bodies and smoke inhalation, authorities said. First Battalion fire chief Donald Stensland said firemen William Pinaitis and Frank Schwatner stood atop an aerial ladder and extended a 24-foot hand ladder to rescue Casales from a seven floor window. "No more than 30 seconds after they got him out, the whole window burst into flames," Stensland said. The fire which caused an estimated $100,000 damage, was believed to have started on the third floor and then spread through the upper floors. 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