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Steeler Holmes Acquitted Of Cocaine Possession New Manager Tanner Paces Bucs' Training Paze 12 1 k4 Cloudy Cloudy and windy with little chance of rain. Temperature range from mid-40s to mid-50s. (Weather Detail on Page 17) Final City Edition (2-25-77) 191. Sun-Telegraph Lottery Numbers, P. 17 VOL. 50 NO. I7) Firni Xetvspaper Went of the Alleghenjp FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1977 ar Copvrlght 1977 by Publishing. Co. 15 KTS Crash Kills Sherlock, Frame a 9 Die, Craft Hits House; Wife Victim if (tV. A 7-- J- I 4 ft I K'C'lli Iff If Pi MH frV ft- lnetigulors iiiwcl I he tail Aiiotidiea Preu wirepnoto sot-linn vf a Ivtin-oiifiino piano thai vrashed through a home in suhurhan llarriJmrg killing nine person. Reputed Vice King George Lee Slain By EDWARD JENSEN Post-Gaiette Harrlsourg Correspondent HARRISBURG Transportation Secretary William Sherlock and Republican state chairman Richard C. Frame were among nine persons killed yesterday when a twin-engine plane plunged through mist and rain into a suburban split level home minutes after take-off. Eight of the victims, all employed by the state, were aboard the turboprop Additional pictures, page 4. Biographical sketches of Sherlock and Frame, Page 4. Shapp, ofticials shocked, saddened by plane crash, Page 4. Piper Cheyenne. The body of the ninth, a 35-year old mother of four, was found in the charred ruins of her home. Ruins Sifted for Cause Federal Aviation Agency investigators sifted through ruins and wreckage in search of clues but at nightfall, after a day spent in rain that alternated between drizzle and downpour, reported the cause was undetermined. The leased aircraft took off at 9:23 a.m. from Capital City Airport, situated on a bluff on the west side of the Susquehanna River. It fell out of the sky on the other side of the river about 1.5 miles distant from the end of the runway in a residential development in Swatara Township approximately three miles from the Capitol in downtown Harrisburg. Sherlock, 36, who grew up in Beaver, Beaver County, and Sen. Frame, 50, were leading a delegation to Elk County for the ceremonial presentation of a $52,000 state subsidy check to officials of a local transportation agency. The other victims were: Charles (Chuck) Wilson, 55, of Her-shey, public relations director for Penn-DOT and a former executive and disc jockey at WBVP in Beaver. Larry G. Pennsyl, 38, of Elysburg, a PennDOT photographer. John Krebs, 36, of New Cumberland, manager of PennDOT electronic data processing. Dave Wolf, 35. of Carlisle, pilot of the plane and chief pilot in PennDOT's aviation bureau. Edwin Soisson, 46, of New Cumberland, co-pilot and a PennDOT employe. William R. Smith, 59, of Hershey, chief administrative aide to Sherlock. Mrs. Beverly Geary, 35, who friends reported was pregnant with a fifth child. At the time of the crash, her postal worker husband, Russell Geary, was at work in nearby Steelton. Their children were attending classes in the local elementary school at the time of the crash. The disabled plane skidded through an open lot for about 200 feet before shattering against the Geary home which it leveled except for a small portion occupied by the living room. Bodies Strewn on Lawns All of the bodies were catapulted through the air and strewn on the front lawns of two ranch homes on the opposite side of the street. Mrs. Ethel Shields, 63, whose home is almost directly across the street, told a reporter: "1 was in the kitchen making breakfast when I heard what I thought was a sonic boom. Then I thought it was an earthquake. I ran to the window and saw the Geary's house burning." One of the bodies smashed into the front of the Shields home directly beneath a large picture window. Volunteer fireman Tim Cibort said (Continued on Page 4, Column 3) on 'Gifts' peared emotional when the verdict was returned. "This is a great victory for Ml I i By CHARLES LYNCH Poit-Gazette Staff Writer George E. Lee, the reputed king of Pittsburgh pornography, was shot and killed by two men last night shortly before midnight in an alley behind Eighth Avenue, Downtown. Lee, who reportedly was shot in the head and chest, was pronounced dead on arrival at Allegheny General Hospital at about 11:30 p.m. Witnesses told police two men were seen jumping into a red and white Chevrolet and then racing away from the scene. One detective at the scene said, "It doesn't look like a robbery more like a hit." The shooting occurred behind the 32nd Fire Engine Co. house at 24 Eighth Ave. He as shot in a parking lot adjacent a downtown restuarant where he had just eaten dinner. Police at the scene said he was shot, perhaps several times, as he was about to enter his Cadillac parked in a lot beside the Seventh Street Restaurant. A waitress said Lee left the restaurant with a woman and a man. fined $100 for a morals offense. He has a long record of arrests. His latest conviction occurred in 1973 when he was convicted of keeping a bawdy house and accepting bawdy money. The sentence was three months to two years. Federal authorities had been investigating the underworld operations of Lee and Lagatutta including porno shops, X-rated movies, massage parlors and after-hours clubs for the past several years attempting to pin down criminal activities and make additional arrests. A city police official who didn't want his name used said early this morning that Lee's name had been mentioned as possibly being one of the operators of a Northside warehouse raided by FBI agents last week. The warehouse, which housed the Majestic News at 922 W. North was considered by FBI agents to be the main supplier for pornography businesses in the tri-state area. No Majestic workers however, were tM 1 WILLIAM SHERLOCK SEN. RICHARD FRAME U.S. Aid Cut To 3 Nations Over Rights By BERNARD GWERTZMAN New Yorfc Times News Service WASHINGTON Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance told a Senate committee yesterday that the Carter administration had decided to cut foreign aid to Argentina, Uruguay and Ethiopia because of human rights violations in those countries. But he said that because security commitments were overriding, the United States would not reduce its aid to South Korea or other such strategically placed allies whatever their violations of human rights. This was the first time in memory that any Administration had publicly announced a reduction in foreign aid because of human rights considerations. The amount of aid involved was relatively small but clearly the Administration wants the symbolic importance of the action not to go unnoticed abroad. It is consistent with President Carter's comment Wednesday that the United States was not limiting its concern on human rights to the Soviet Union or other Communist countries. Making the Administration's initial presentation to Congress on foreign aid, Vance said that the issue of balancing foreign assistance with human rights considerations was "a very difficult task." He said it had to be carried out on a country-by-country basis and that the United States ran the risk of appearing hypocritical in cutting aid to one friendly nation and maintaining it with another even though both might equally be in violation of internationally recognized human rights. more Dormont, guilty on six charges in the indictment and not guilty on four counts. It completely acquitted him in connection with a 1971 trip to Pompano Beach, Fla. Testimony at the trial indicated that on that trip Gulf's tax audit manager. Joseph F. Fitzgerald, picked up the tab without Niederberger prior knowledge. He was convicted in connection with trips in 1973 and 1974 to the Doral Country Club in Miami, the Seaview Country Club in Absecon, N.J., the Del Monte Lodge in Pebble Beach, and the Desert Inn in Las Vegas Niederberger took the verdict calmly and quickly went to his family's side in the back of the courtroom. "Don't worry," he told them. "Don't worry." His attorney, Thomas A. Livingston, said he would "file the appropriate post-trial motions." Craig R. McKay, the assistant U.S. attorney who proscecuted the case, ap ''V-' Si Flu-Like Illness Shrinks County School Rolls 4 GEORGE LEE In 1963 Photo. arrested, and the investigation is still open, a federal official stated. The raid was made to help support an ongoing grand jury investigation of interstate pornography peddling. the resumption of school classes that had been suspended due to the gas shortage. Meanwhile, state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of a flulike illness, which they said could be a B-type influenza or B-Hong Kong, in public schools in California, Washington County. About 300 of the 1,700 students in the Southwestern Pennsylvania school district have been sent home in the last three days with an illness characterized by fever, headache, nausea, sore throat, stomachache and vomiting. LI By HENRY W. PIERCE Post-Gaiette Staff Writer An outbreak of respiratory illnesses, some of which are accompanied by fevers as high as 105 degrees, is contributing to an absenteeism rate reaching 30 per cent in some schools, an official of the Allegheny County Health Department said yesterday. The body was found lying beside the front left of the bronze-colored Cadillac. The front left tire was flat. Lee, 57, of Baldwin Borough, owned and operated Studio One, at 138 Ninth one of the better known Downtown massage parlors. Police officials considered Lee the unnamed vice lord of Pittsburgh. He was also known to be a business partner of Anthony (Ninny) Lagatutta, 44, who was jailed last November for violation of federal parole. The violation against Lagatutta was based partly on evidence implicating him with a Downtown arson-fire last summer. Laggalutta, of Upper St. Clair has also been charged with the beating death of a Downtown lawyer in January 1976, and is scheduled for trial in that case next week. An official from the District Attorney's office said Lee had been subpoenaed to the Lagatutta inquest last September in connection with the murder but Lee couldn't be found and never testified. Lee skirmished with local law officials since the late 1950s when he was Eleanor Streiff, the county's disease control chief, said every school district in the county is affected. Absences in some schools are as high as they were during the worst flu epidemics in the last 10 years here, she said. But flu itself has not been officially identified here. A highly unusual feature of the 27, 28 12 to 15 23, 24, 25 17 to 20 17 "Jimmy? Leonid here. I'm ready to talk arms limitations. IRS Ex-Auditor Guilty Inside Today's Post-Gazette In Three Sections Carter: rights key to foreign policy Page 2 O'Loiighlin named to head county planning department Page 6 Inmate-witness to guard killing seeking release 1, Sect. 2 Porn shop feud heals in Miirrysville 1, Sect. 2 New column: Camera Angles Page 26 Lenten Cuideposls, third in series Page 26 present situation, Miss Streiff said, is that it is hitting all parts of the county with about equal force. "This is weird," she said. "We can't figure it out. Usually these things start in one or two parts of the county and travel around. This seems to have turned up all over at once." A few schools, Miss Streiff said, may have an even higher level of absenteeism than the 30 per cent maximum reported so far. Nearly all are reporting absenteeism of at least 15 to 20 per cent, she said. During the 1968 flu epidemic here school absences averaged about 25 per cent, with 33 per cent being reported in individual cases. Joseph Sarandria, director of the county's public health laboratory, said his office has been receiving reports of what appear to be three different disorders. One of the illnesses, he said, is "flulike," carrying fevers of 99 to 103, headaches and sore throats. A second illness, he said, gives its victims fevers of up to 105, sore throats, and abdominal and intestinal distress. The fevers last two to three days, drop to normal, then pay a surprise return visit, he said. The disorder usually lasts five to 10 days. Sarandria described the third type of illness as "the old-fashioned cold." A Northside doctor, one of several private physicians who routinely reports unusual conditions to the county Health Department, said he and two colleagues are seeing eight to 10 patients a day who show symptoms of the disorders. Most are children. The physician said the illnesses erupted suddenly about a week after Around the World 2 People and Places 8 Art Column 26 Marriages 17 By JONATHAN WILLIAMS Post-Gazette Staff Wrtter A U.S. District Court jury last night convicted a retired Internal Revenue Service employe, who was in charge of auditing Gulf Oil Corp's taxes, of illegally accepting four vacations trips from Gull. The jury returned its verdict against Cyril J. Nie derberger at 10 nearly 12 hours after it received the case from Judge Daniel J. Snyder Jr. Snyder set sentencing for the American people, a great victory for the American people," he said, his voice quaking. Throughout the investigation into Gulf's widespread practice of providing hundreds of meals, drinks, golf outings and other gifts to the entire IRS Gulf audit team, federal prosecutors have indicated they are aiming for higher-ups in Gulf who authorized the scheme. In a pretrial hearing, McKay indicated there may be indictments against Fitzgerald, Gulf's manager of federal tax compliance, and his superior Fred W. SUndefer, Gulf vice president-tax administration. In prosecution testimony one IRS internal inspector, Allan E. Horbon, said that Niederberger, who maae 3t, 552 at the time he retired from the IH1 in 1975, admitted during an interroga- (Cootinued on Page 6, Column 6) .1 Astrology 19 Better Living 11, 26 Comics 22 Deaths 18 Editorials 10 Family Features 26 Financial 15, 16, 17 Goren on Bridge 22 Health 26 Ann Landers 26 Radio-TV Sports Theaters Want Ads Weather PHONE Home Delivery Want Ads Other Dcpts POST-GAZETTE NUMBERS 263-1201 263-1100 maun The nine N'cderbcrger women and three men on the jury found Niederberger, 69, of 1145 Bilt-

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