Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 6, 1969 · Page 26
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 26

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, November 6, 1969
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REPU&U& KHPUBL CITY MAIL 14-A The Arizona Republic a Uratt., Not. «, 1969 Sharp cut ordered in phone rates Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday a record $150-million-a-year reduction in interstate long distance telephone rates beginning Jan. 1. In addition, another reduction of $87 million a year will go into effect Feb. 1 to offset an identical increase in rates for program transmission, Telpak and Teletypewriter exchange (TWX) services of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. An AT&T spokesman said the company will announce shortly details of the specific rate changes. FCC officials said there is no indication yet how the reducitons will be broken down in point-to-point tolls for daytime, nighttime and weekend phone calls. The $150-million rate reduction is being submitted, FCC said, as part of the commission's continuing surveillance of the Bell System's interstate operations. Company officials and outside economic consultants participated with the commission staff in a recently completed review of Bell? System earning requirements. ThJ FCC decided in 1967, in ordering a $120 million reduction in interstate rates, that a rate of return of 7 to 7.5 per cent was fair and reasonable. The commission said yesterday the proposed new reductions would allow AT&T to exceed a 7.5 per cent return and that this is not.unreason- able in the light of changed economic conditions. The FCC said it paid particular attention to the sharp increase in interest rates on borrowed capital and the phone company's need to attract more than $200 million a month in new capital for construction work. The company had sought a return rate of 8.5 to 9 per cent. Commenting on the comm i s s i o n 's announcement, John D. DeButts, AT&T vice chairman, said that while the rate reduction "is somewhat larger than we believe appropriate at this time, it will not by itself reduce our interstate rate of return below 8 per cent." Decision Sharon Tale's maid is missing Republic Photo Fire officials George Meade, W. C. McComas and Gene Mason, from left, study their new pact. Towns agree to mutual lire aid PEORIA — The Sun City Fire Protection District and the Town of Peoria have agreed to provide automatic mutual aid for commercial and institutional structural fires. Vaughn Shaw, district engineer, Arizona Fire Rating Bureau, said the agreement is the only one of its kind in Arizona. "We hope it will be a forerunner of more such agreements throughout the state," Shaw said. "The agreement provides automatic, first alarm notification and response by each community toward the other. It is restricted to commercial buildings and institutions such as churches and schools." Shaw said he could not predict whether the agreement would affect the fire insurance rates, but added that the agreement would benefit both communities. The agreement involves the Peoria Fire Department and the Sun City Fire District, which, is served through a special contract with the Rural Fire Department. Should Sun City have a fire involving a commercial or institutional building, firemen will touch a button which activates the siren in Peoria, summoning volunteer firemen. Peoria Fire Chief Gene Mason said he would send two men and a truck equipped with Rural Fire Department radio frequency to Sun City. If Peoria has the alarm, the Sun City department, which monitors Peoria's fire phone, will know immediately of the emergency and respond, according to the agreement. Committee rewrites juvenile bill The House Judiciary Committee and a previously critical University of Arizona law professor found themselves in near agreement yesterday on proposed legislative changes to Arizona's juvenile code. Committee members however, said they would not go along with a proposition by Prof. Jack Rappeport to provide lawyers at every step in juvenile court proceedings. Rappeport had termed the committee's original draft of the bill "abominable" and was invited to write his own version of the bill. The committee, headed by Rep. John R o e d e r, R-Maricopa, then rewrote its own bill to counter many of the objections raised by Rappeport and others. The professor yesterday submitted his 57-page bill, the committee offered its 47-page document, each differing but little from the other. Rep. Frank K e 11 e y, R-Maricopa, said he would draft a consolidated version of the two bills for the committee's consideration at its next meeting, Nov. 24. The committee is attempting to devise a uniform juvenile code for the state that applies recent Appellate Court decisions. Part of that task was apparently accomplished last month when, at the committee's request, the Arizona Supreme Court agreed to draft uniform rules of procedure for the state's juvenile courts. The thrust of the new legislation would be to make more formal many of the juvenile court procedures now handled on a "fatherly"' basis. It would "legalize" infoi> mal adjustments now practiced by courts and place statutory restrictions on their operation. It would also separate procedures for handling "delinquent" children from others, such as "neglected" or "unmanageable" children. Under present procedures, the juvenile court judge determines what procedures that particular court will use. This has resulted in wide differences between counties and between succeeding judges within a court. sought on 2nd trial United Press International CHAPPELL, Neb. - Attorneys for Duane Earl Pope asked a judge yesterday rule whether the onetime Kansas farm youth was being subjected to double jeopardy by- being tried on murder charges in Deuel County District Court in the bank robbery slayings of three persons. Pope, 26, went on trial yesterday. He is currently serving a life term for killing three persons and wounding a fourth during the June 4, 1965, holdup at the Farmers State Bank in nearby Big Springs, Neb, HE WAS sentenced to death by a federal court jury, but the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the sentence reduced to life. Deuel County Attorney Robert Richards then filed the state charge of murder, saying it would not be double jeopardy. District Judge John Kuns delayed a decision of the jeopardy motion by University of Nebraska law professor Wallace Rudolph. The defense attorney said he based his motion on two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In both, he said, the high court overruled the long standing premise that the double jeopardy clause of the federal constitution did not apply to the states. "This is certainly a dual jurisdiction situation," Rudolph said. POPE, wearing a neat gray business suit, was the first witness to be called. He said he had agreed to permit the use of the same testimony, evidence and exhibits as were admitted in the federal court trial. Such a stipulation will shorten the trial to two or three days. The first trial lasted more than one month. Pope arrived here from Leavenworth (Kan.) Federal Penitentiary in the custody of federal marshals and sheriff officers. He was greeted at the courthouse door by his mother, who embraced him. Pope's father, Earl, said his son appeared "calm, but I don't know what he is normally like now." United Press International LOS ANGELES - The maid who found the bodies of actress Sharon Tate and four other victims of a mass murder has disappeared, police revealed yesterday. Winifred Chapman, 55, has not been seen since Oct. 10, according to police homicide Highway patrolmen can't get overtime pay Arizona law does not permit overtime payments for highway patrolmen, Atty. Gen. Gary Nelson has decided. He said the law limits state overtime to "manual or mechanical labor." detective Robert Helder, who is in charge of the Tate case. He said Mrs. Chapman had been nervous and upset since Aug. 10 when she arrived at the Benedict Canyon Estate leased by Miss Tate and discovered the macabre murders. Adding to the mystery was the presence of Mrs. Chapman's clothes and other personal belongings in her apartment. Helder said it appeared she took nothing when she left. The first word that Mrs. Chapman was missing came from her landlady, Mami White, who told police on Oct. 13 that she had not seen the woman for three days. Helder said the police department has contacted Mrs. Chapman's relatives in' Seattle, Denver and Cleveland, learning nothing of her whereabouts. He described Mrs. Chapman as a Negro, 5 feet 5, weighing 120 pounds. Congress votes day of prayer for POWs WASHINGTON (UPI) Congress completed action yesterday on a joint resolution declaring Sunday a national day of prayer for U.S. servicemen being held prisoner in North Vietnam. 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