Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 26, 1974 · Page 1
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INS1DE- Editoria! g For Women 9 Sports 17-10 Amusements ....; 23 Comics , 28 Classified 29-32 115th TEAK-NUMBER 13 Jlorfljtoejst (Ernies: The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 1974 IOCAL FCMECAST- Fair and cool tonight with' partly cloudy and mild temperatures on Thursday. Low last night 44, Lows tonight near 50 with highs Thursday near 80. Sunset today 8:37, sunrise Thursday 6:02. Weather map on page 3. ·£32 PAGES-TEN CENTS Trial Continuing In Chancery Court Details Slow Down Hearing On Tax Suit By LINDA DOBK1NS TIMES Staff Writer A law suit against the city of FayctteviHe opened Tuesday in Washington Chancery Court -- and almost immediately became enmeshed in procedural and accounting details. The trial, involving a suit filed by four Fayetteville residents against the city, is continuing today w i t h Chancellor Warren Kimbrough of Fort Smith hearing the case. Chancellor Kimbrough announced at the opening of the trial that he had granted the plaintiff's request to remove from the suit a complaint about the city's relation to the Housing Authority. The original suit stated that the city had used taxpayers money to corn- demn private property for private purposes through the Urban Renewal and Housing Authority programs. The plaintiffs later challenged Fayetteville's collection of a five-mill "voluntary tax/' a State Senate Passes EPC Appropriation. After Early Defeat Bulletproofed Ride President Nlxnn and King Baudnuin nf Belgium ride together in a nullclproofed car to the Royal Palace in Brus- sels after Nixon's arrival at Mclsbroek Military Airport Tuesday. AP Wirephoto) Police Arrest Escapees Before Sheriff's Office Sounds Alarm Two prisoners escaped from the Washington County jiiil Tuesday ni^ht but were Incalcd by FayeUoviUe police before t h e sheriff's department sounded the alarm. The pair was located inside the American Legion building next door io the juil. City officers forced their way into the building and took the men into custody. The two arc identified HS James E. Lewis, 28. of Tulsa. awaiting trial on charges of armed robbery; and Kenneth Dale Drewery,. 22, of Route 2, Lowell, being held for arriugn- ment on charges of uttering a forged instrument. Police said t h a t nt about 9 p.m. they were notified by Deputy E J rosecuLing Attorney Ron McCarin that a jailbreak had taken place and that he had received a tip from an informant that the two could he found behind the old county jail, just south of the present jail. Police said the escape apparently took ptacc at about 7 p.m., but that the sheriff's office did not notify them of the incident until 10:15 p.m. By that time, the whereabouts of the two were already known by police. IN OLD JAIL BUILDING Police said they went to the old jail building and found the two. As they drove up, police said, the two ran into the southeast door of the American Legion building, locking the door behind them. At that point, police forced open the door and found Lewis hiding in a broom closet. As police were placing Lewis under arrest, he jumped on Sgl. Warren Dennis and attempted to take Dennis' service revolver. I^ewis was forceably. restrained and handcuffed. As police continued their search for Drewery, they came upon a locked door and forced open the door. Police said that as the door "splintered," they saw Drewery crouched in a closet inside the room. He was arrested without difficulty, Both men were taken to the city jail and placed in cells. Later they were returned to the County Jail. Sheriff Rill Long said this morning that the two were discovered missing at about 8 p.m. He said that they apparently PAGE TWC» Nixon Signs Declaration On Alliance BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -President Nixon joined other leaders of the North Atlantic alliance today in signing a declaration for wider cooperation between America and Western Europe. The signing ceremony preceded Nixon's departure for a Moscow summit meeting on a "journey of peace." At a closed meeting of the North Atlantic council, {he President reportedly gave private assurances that U.S. troops in Europe will not be reduced and that in his talks with Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezh- nev he would always have «n mind America's alfiance with Western Europe. NATIONS STRONGER NATO Secretary-General Joseph M. A.. H. Luns. Ihc only speaker at the 15-minute signing ceremony, declared that under the declaration "all our countries are stronger and more secure." The NATO declaration was the one agreed upon and published in Ottawa last week. It reaffirmed that the alliance is indespensible for the security and defense of America and Western Europe. Before the signing ceremony, Nixon and other leaders spoke at a closed meeting. A diplomat (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) LITTLE HOCK (AP) -- The governor's Environmental Preservation Commission got another joll in (he Senate Tuesday when a bill to appropriate $60,000 tor EPC operations failed to pass, but later the bill was approved. Bumpers, meanwhile, was working on a compromise he hoped would resurrect another bill to appropriate $2.940,000 to be used by the EPC to acquire land for preservation. The $60.000 appropriation for staff and operations of the commission failed to pass when it got 25 favorable votes with none dissenting. Two more favorable votes were needed since the measure was an appropriation bill, which needs three-fourths approval for passage. The House, meanwhile, approved Bumpers' proposal to appropriate $1.5 million for the slate program providing free textbooks to the upper four grades of public schools. The House approved 17 bills and the Senate 32. Each chamber's bills go to the other for further consideration. Only one dissenting vote was past in [he Senale. Sen. Morrell Gathright of Pine Bluff voted "no" on a bill to grant the public school self-insurance program authority for investing an additional $17 million in premiums collected from school districts.' Gathright was objecting to an amendment by Sen. Clarence Bell of Parkin to raise the salary of the program director, Frank L. Nunatly. BILLS PASSED Bnfh chambers passed bills to: --Appropriate an additional $8.9 million for the coming fiscal year for state income tax refunds. --Appropriale $2.1 million for 13 construction projects within the Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services. --Appropriate $524,000 for the Educational Television Commission for the construction of transmitter towers at Jonesboro, Mountain View, Fayetteville and Gordon. Appropriale $3S2,000 for the Mental Health Services Division of SRS for maintenance and nperalions. Inflation ,in the costs of foodstuffs and other supplies made it necessary to provide additional funding. --Appropriate $380.000 for construction of an expansion of the women's correctional facility at Pine Bluff. The Department of Correction told the Legislative Council last week that the facility would be expanded to a capacity of about 32. --Appropriate $240,000 for the Forestry Division for salaries. --Authorize the slate Military Department to pav $16.500 for five acres nf Ft. Chaffec land to be used to build a National Guard armory for Fort Smith. The federal government has agreed to put up about half the funds needed to build a $300,000 armory. --Appropriate $138,500 to fund the state Energy Office under the state Public Service Commission. Bumpers set up the office last year to help cope with (CONTINUED Off PAGE TWO) Impeachment Evidence To Be Released WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee has voted to make public most. t[ the evidence it has received in secret impeachment hearings during the past seven weeks. When the material will be released remains unclear but some nvembers say all evidence relating to the Watergate cover-up, including the committee's versions of .White House tapes, could be made public in a few days. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr.. D-N.J., who will have the right to edit the material before it is released, said Tuesday he hoped the entire record of more than 7,000 pages would be available for public scrutiny when the committee starts debating proposed articles of impeachment, now scheduled for July 15. FOR EVALUATION "This is information on which one can make an evaluation," said Rodino. "It should come to the attention of the public." Ronald L. Ziegler. President Nixon's press secretary, said in Brussels today that Nixon welcomes the committee's decision. "It's about time after weeks of leaks." Ziegler said. The 22-16 vote came on a motion by Hep. Wayne Owens D- Utah. Most of the evidence to be released consists of factual statements bearing on the conduct of President Nixon and his aides without any interprclation or conclusions. However, it also includes the evidence that led the .Watergate grand jury to vote 19 to 0 to name Nixon as an unindictcd co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up. And it includes transcripts of presidential conversations far more complete than the edited versions released by the White House. The House Judiciary Committee resolution excludes from Ihe evidence to be released ma- CONTINirED ON P. tGE TWO) For State Employes Pay Raise Compromise Sought LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Legislative Joint Budget Committee probably will be asked today Io approve compromise proposals that would provide a state employe pay boost of a minimum of $.100. Gov. Dale Bumpers and legislative leaders agreed late Tuesday on the compromise measures that would pump an additional $750,000 into Ihe governor's teacher salary increase proposal. The proposals would affect ·bout 12,000 state employes under the Job Classification and Compensation Plan and about 20,000 school teachers. The compromise on teacher salaries was on the amount of money to be distributed to teachers, not the method of distributing the money. Bumpers said he was sticking with hto proposal to distribute teacher pay increases under the Minimum Foundation Aid program. Many legislators want to disregard the MFA formula and give all teachers the same dollar increase. The state Department of Education and the Arkansas Education Association have expressed support for distributing teacher salary increases through the MFA formula, which is designed to help poorer districts pay teachers a salary closer to that paid by more wealthy districts. The teacher salary compromise would involve distribution of about $7.3 million to the teachers which would result in an average increase of 1268, compared to $230 in Bumpers' original plan. The total increasing in funding for teacher salaries came when legislative leaders got Bumpers to agree to the (268 average figure and multiplied that hy the number of teachers, rather than teaching units. In his earlier proposal, Bumpers had used the teaching units figure, which is about 600 below the number of actual teachers. Bumpers reached the compromise in a meeting in his office late Tuesday with Sens. Max How ell of Jacksonville. Olen Hendrix of Prescott and Clarence Bell of Parkin and Rep. John E. Miller of Melbourne. Miller is a cochairman of Ihe Joint Budget Committee. All four of the lawmakers are on the committee. Eight favorable votes are needed on the committee to recommend a proposal for legislative passage. In addressing the legislature Monday, the governor had argued against giving the · same dollar amount pay boost to state employes. He said it would create "an administrative nightmare" and would wreck the philosophy of the compensation plan, which was designed to give higher salaries to persons in the most responsible jobs. But 25 senators, including Howell and the other Joinl Budget cochairman, Sen. Robert Harvey of Swifton, introduced a bill Monday to give state employes an across-the- board increase of fWO. The bill could pass the Senate with 27 favorable votes. The compromise puts in a minimum increase -- $300 -for about 40 per cent of the em- ployes under the lowest salary grades in the compensation plan. The employes in the other grades would also get at least $300 under a 4 per cent increase formula applying to them. The 4 per cent increase the upper pay brackets would amount to more than 1300. taxing method used by almost all Arkansas towns, and asked that money collected through the levy be repaid to taxpayers. The original suit dealt also with the operation of the Water, Sewer and Sanitation Departments -- and primarily with what the plaintiffs consider the city's failure to keep wattr funds separate from general revenue. The plaintiffs' arguments on this score were presented Tuesday by Mrs. Pat Carlson, a member of the Fayetteville Board of Directors and wife of the one of the plaintiffs, T. C. Carlson Jr. The other plaintiffs are Richard Mayes, John Ma- The Fish Haven't Got A Chance Two young fishermen rebait their hooks as a third checks a tentative bite at the Lake Fayetteville boat dock Tues- day. The youngsters are among those participating in the summer recreation program sponsored hy Ihe city government and Youth Center. (TIMESpholo hy Ken Good) House Votes To Cut Pay Of White House Aides WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House, in a move Republicans called a slap at President Nixon, has voted to cut the number of top-paid positions on the White House staff. Supporters of the bill, approved Tuesday by an unrecorded voice vole, said they were concerned about the increasing number of White House aides. Roy Ash. director of the Office of Management of Budget, who had asked the House to re- lain the present salary framework, takes his case to the Senale today. The House bill also subjects Ihe president's entertainmenl and travel allowances to audit of the General Accounting Office, an arm of Congress. Fourteen White House officials now earn the top level of $42.500. The House bill stipulates that nine positions must be shifted by attrition to lawer grades ranging from $38,000 to $40.000. Republicans charged the bill NEWS BRIEFS Minor Damage Only minor damage resulted from two fires Tuesday at iwo separate locations, according to the Fayetteville Fire Department. Two mattresses were destroyed by fire at an apartment located in the City Housing Project at 10 S. Willow Ave. Firemen said the cause of the G : I 5 p.m. fire has not be determined. The apartment is occupied by Diane Christie. At 31:30 p.m., firemen were called to put out a fire in a trash container located behind tile Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at 110 Stadium Drive. There was no damage. Not Until August WASHINGTON ( A P ) Loans under a proposed emergency credit program for the embattled liveslock industry may not reach producers until August or later, government testimony at a congressional hearing suggests. Spokesmen for the Department of Agriculture said "several weeks of interpretation" would be necessary before drafting regulations (or a program with "many complex, novel fealures." The administration opposes the emergency loans though it is expected to acquiesce in the program. Remains Stable WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American Automobile Associ- alion reports that for a fifth straight week, the average price of regular gasoline across the nation has remained stable at 56 cents a gallon. The AAA also saic 1 Tuesday that according to spot checks of 5,556 stations in all states except Alaska, the average price of premium gasoline has stayed at 60 cents a gallon for two weeks in a row. Under Attack DETROIT (AP) -- After eight years of tairgling with the federal government over safety-related defects, auto companies now are under attack on a new front involving antipollution violations. The Environmental Prelec- tion Agency entered the auto recall business in earnest Tuesday when it announced that tip to 1.4 million cars huilt in 1972 may be exceeding allowable exhaust pollution levels. Blankets Needed By The Associated Press Arkansans will need blankets again tonight. The National Weather Service said lows tonight should be mostly in the 50s. was Democratic retribution against Nixon. GOP Whip Leslie Arena's snapped. "J know partisan politics when 1 see it." Backers role the cited While the greater House staff plays at the expense of Cabinet departments, whose officials must account to Congress. An amendment to cut off Nixon's legal s t a f f , personal staff and 570,000 travel money so long as House and Senate subpoenas for Watergate materials are not honored was shouted down by voice vote. The bill authorized SI 1.2 million for While House staff salaries. Then the House included this money in a $5.5 billion appropriations bill which was approved by 307-13 vole and sent to Ihe Senate. The appropriations bill cut President Nixon's S22 million Office of Management and Budget request to $19.·! million. haffey, and Annellen Buche. Despite objections from city allorneys, M r s . Carlson who technically is not a plaintiff, was allowed to present her findings on the reserves maintained by the Water and Sewer Department -- which she said f'!ll below . the required level; expenditures from the water and sewer fund not related to the operation of the department -which she said included transfers Io the Industrial Park f u n d ; membership in the Chamber of Commerce; part of the city manager and city attorney's salaries, rent, and a payment to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. In cross - examination Chip Wright, an attorney for the city, challenged M r s . Carlson's figures on the reserve fund for water and sewer operalions and her competency in accounting. (The city had earlier contended t h a t the figures wouid speak for themselves, without Mrs. Carlson's explanation, but Judge Kimbrough overruled the objection on grounds that Mrs.- Carlson as a board member, could express nn opinion based on her research.) The city offered special audits which the defense contends contradicts some of Mrs. Carlson's contentions. Wright also questioned Mrs. Carlson on her objections to paying part of iho city manager and city attorney's salaries from water funds, pointing out t h a t the Water Department is under the 'id- ministration and legal guidance of those two officers. Mrs. Carlson replied, "I'll concede what you mean." CALLED BY PLAINTIFF Tuesday morning the plaintiffs called Mrs. Ruth Roberts, Washington County clerk, and Mrs. Sarah Walker, Washington County tax collector, who testified that the designation of a five-mill voluntary tax is not made on the lax statements sent out to citizens. In amending their complaint m November, 1973, the plaintiffs attacked the so-called voluntary portion of the city lax millago -- a five-mill levy which is used for the Fire De- pnrlmenl. park system, and. capital improvements. Mrs. Roberts testified that the city certifies to her office Ihe millage (o be collected and that that amount is then approved by the Quorum Court each November. Mrs. Walker's office then uses that amount on state- menls it mails out. Mrs. Roberts said the arrtount of voluntary tax is designated on the slate audits each year; and is labeled "vol." Under cross examination. Mrs. Roberts explained that the voluntary designation is not m a d e ' o n the certification that goes to the Quorum Court and is added by the state auditors on he audit report. Two F'ayetleville financiers,David McNair of Fayetleville Savings and Loan company and A. P. Eason Jr.. of First Federal Savings and txian leslifi-rt for the plaintiffs thai Ihcy l.nd never been aware of Ihe ex(CONTINUED OX PAGE TWO) Nuclc-ar Test OSLO, Norway (AP) -- The Soviet Union apparently carried out, an underground nuclear test explosion Tuesday, the Norsar Scismological observatory said today. Seismic waves from a tremor in the eastern part of Soviet Ka/akhslan were detected about midnight Monday F.DT. Norsar said the tremor probably was caused by a nuclear explosion. Judge Begins Criminal Trial Oi White House 'Plumbers' WASHINGTON ( A P I -- A federal judge loday began the criminal trial of former White House domestic affairs chief John D. Ehrlichman and three other men accused of illegally allempting to gather psychiatric information about Daniel F.llsberg after the Pentagon Papers leak. The case stems from the Sept. 3. 1971. break-in at the office of Ellsbcrg's psychiatrist by the so-called White House slumbers. Kllsberg had leaked the Pentagon Papers to the media. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell has said the question before the jury in the trial will be simple: Did the defendants plot to violate the Fourth Amendment rights of the psychiatrist. Dr. Lewis Fielding of Beverly Hills, Calif.? The Fourth Amendment of t h e Constilulion prohibits searches by government agents without a properly-issued war- rani. Answering pre-trial arguments lhat the break-in w a i justified as a special case to preserve national security, Gesell said: "Whatever accommodation i.i required between the guarantees of the Fourth Amendment and the conduct of foreign affairs, it cannot justify a casual, ill-defined assignment to While House aides and part-time em- ployes granting them an uncontrolled discretion to select, enter and search the homes and offices of innocent American, citizens without a warrant." Thus. Gesell has ruled out a defense based on the origins and motives of the plumbers, a special While House investigative unit established t3 plug news leaks. Nonetheless, the principal defendant still is F.hrlichman. who, in A u g u s t 1971, approved a covert operation against Fielding "if it is not traceable."

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