Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 23, 1974 · Page 5
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July 23, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

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Post Master, Veteran Killed In Shooting EMMET. A r k . (AP) - A smalltown postmaster and a Vietnam war veteran apparently angry because a check was delayed in tha mail are dead as the result of a shooting spree in this Nevada County town Monday, authorities said. Otis Muldrew, 29, a veteran with a record of mental problems shot and killed Postmaster C. B. Ward in the post office here and later was fatally wounded by police, Deputy Pros. Atty. Charles Honey of Prescott said. Muldrew had been firing shots with a .22-caliber automatic rifle indiscriminately as he walked down the streets of Emmet, Honey said. Later, ignoring pleas to surrender peacefully, Muldrew was shot to death in a volley ol police gunfire as he kicked open the d o o r of his mobile home and began firing at po lice, Honey said. efforts to get Muldrew to sur-lpost office, fired Honey was a witness to the render. The deputy prosecutor said neighbors told officials that Wuldrew was upset because he ladn't received a government check he had been expecting. The shootings occurred within about 20 minutes. No other injury was reported. SHOOTING SPREE Muldrew began his shooting spree at his mobile home five blocks from t h e post office, Honey said. Muldrew wasn't shooting at anything in particular, but he had "everybody scared to death," Honey said. Honey said the Nevada County sheriff's office received a telephone call shortly before 10:30 a.m. about the shooting and that he, two Stale Police officer? and a deputy sheriff responded. By the time the cars had raced the eight miles from Prescott to Emmet, Honey said, Muldrew had reached the .he building and four shots al walked in to Judge Rules City's Old Sign Ordinance Unconstitutional kill Ward. One of the shots broke the plate glass window in the building. Charles W. Taylor of E- melt, a postal customer, was in the building with Ward and Don McGuire, a rural mail carrier. Taylor told officials that Muldrew asked him what he was doing in there. Taylor said he replied that he was picking up his mail. Muldrew then told Taylor to 'get the hell out, which he did," Honey said. Ward was standing behind the counter, about six feet from Wuldrew, when Muldrew fired hree shots. "Mr. Ward backed away 'rom him and be just kept firing at him," Honey said. McGuire quoted Ward as saying just before the shooting, "Oh, no, Otis! !Oh, no!" At least two of the bullets hit Ward, one in the head and the other in the chest. McGuire then stood to the side, watching, "and he (Muldrew) Just calmly walked out nd went back home," Honey aid. The policemen were still on loir way when thcv heard that Vard ' ·- - aid. Fayetteville city administrators today were studying the effect of a Washington Circuit Court decision Friday which ruled unconstitutional the city's old sign ordinance. The ordinance in question has since been replaced by another sign ordinance, so that the ruling does not necessarily affect the current city laws on signs, However former city attorney David Malone is preparing a memorandum on the case comparing the affected city ordinance and the current ordinance. City Manager Don Grimes said today that if the ruling has a detrimental effect on enforcement of the present sign ordinance, the city might const der appealing the case, if il finds grounds to do so. Grimes said the memoran dum prepared by Malone wil be presented to the Board o Directors as soon as possible Grimes added that the city ad ministration has no recommen dation on legal action until the memo is completed. SIZE INVOLVED The suit was filed against thi ty Board of Adjustments by oyle Brooks and Jack Haley oing business as Osage Oi transportation, Inc., on Dec. 19 972, and involved the size o n-site advertising signs. Judge Cummings ruled tha ic ordinance was unconstitu lonal because it "discriminated gainst on-site business adver isers as a class." Judge Cummings said, "By rohibiting the use of larg igns by the operators of bus nesses on ttie premises, which allowing their use on the sam premises by outdoor adverlis ers, the city is making a distin ction where there is no dif erence." Cummings noted the city' power to make such general re gulations, but s a i d the ord lance's distinctions deprive msinessmen of the use of the iroperty without due process of had been shot, Honey Sgt. Jack Urscry and Trooper approval 'ommy Carmen of the. State includes Police and Deputy Charles Lambert surrounded Muldrew's mobile home. Carmen used a public address system to tell Muldrew 10 was under arrest and to come out with his hands above his head. Honey said. Ursery was armed with a .45- caliber pistol, Carmen with a ligh-powered rifle and Lambert carried a shotgun. . "In Just a matter of seconds, Ihe door was kicked open," Honey said. "Mr. Muldrew came to the door, raised a rifle to his shoulder and began firing at the officers. The officers returned his fire, and Mr.^ Muldrew was fatally injured." Honey said Muldrew apparently had "some real serious mental problems" resulting from Army service. "I think he had received some mental care at a Veterans (Administration) hospital," Youlh Bridge To Appeal Funding Grant Rejection Youlh Bridge Inc. will appca the rejection or a funding gran of $75.712 by the Arkansas Com mission of Crime and Law En forccinent. A delegation c o m p o s e d o Juvenile Judge Bob M a y c s Lonnie Gilbow, administrative aide to County Judge V p L e s t e r , Howard Helm, ehie probation officer and Don Be- bce director and Kon Graham business manager of Y o u t h B r i d g e director and Ron Graham, business manager of Youth Bridge will meet with the Commission August 8. A lelttr outlining the reason? for the appeal has already been forwarded to the Commission. The decision to make the appeal was voted at a meeting of the Youlh Bridge Board ol Directors last week. Youlh Bridge, which operates three juvenile residential facilities in the county, is facing a financial crises during the interim. It was reported that a $5,000 deficit in operating funds will occur by ttie end of July. The commission based its rejection on the fact that personnel had been hired prior to of the grant, which 568.141 from the federal law enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). Busing Dispute Resolved By House Compromise On Issue Northw«X Arkanwi TIMES, Tu«*., Jury 23, 1974 rAYITTIVILLl, ABK»M»*» NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TIMES WASHINGTON ( A P ) -- A, month-long congressional dispute over school busing has been resolved with a . House- Senate compromise ' giving courts the authority to ignore a busing ban when busing is considered essential to protect the constitutional rights of black children. The final version of the bil 1 was approved by conferees Monday night', clearing the way for final House and Senate ac ion on a $25.2 billion schoo aid-authorization. Although the . compromise would permit courts to ignore 'he proposed busing ban. it re taincd House provisions for ler mination of court busing orders and curbs on use of federa funds to finance busing. T h e Leadership Conference on Civ Rights criticized the House pro visions and said Senate confei ees "gave up too much." Conferees eliminated a majo House requirement for court to reopen any existing deseg rogation order that docs conform with anti-busing lari guage of the bill, regardless vhcn the order was issued. In its final form, the bi vould prevent courts from o dering children bused beyon he school nearest or next-hea for desoi ;xccnt in ii esl their homes ·egation purposes, The TIMES Is On Top of The Newt Seven Days a Week Dial-A-Ride Service Gels Under Way Here The Dial-a-Ride, a transporta tion service for the elderly, got underway Monday. The new Washington Opportunity vide free rides for county resi dents over 60 years of age wh have transportation problems' Alpha Sisco of Springdale i driver of the 15 passenger maxiwagon which will serve residents in Winslow, West Fork, Greenland, Lincoln, Cane Hil program, of the County -Economic Agency will pro Honey said. Neighbors told officials that Muldrew "periodically just came out in his yard and fired around the neighborhood," Honey said. "As far as we can tell, (he's never been arrested." anccs wlicre courts determine ising is needed to assure the institutional rights of black lildren. Senate conferees agreed to hree other provisions, in Ruling banning use of all fed ral school funds except im act-aid, to finance busing to esegregalion. Arrives In U.S. SAN CLEMENTE, Call AP) -- West German Foreig linister Hans Dietrich Gci cher arrives in the Unitet States today and will meet with 'resident Nixon Friday, Vhile House spokesman said. RUPTURE-EASER NOW Imortwil _ _ T \upport roc I ft'dbls fngul.dl hem is. Comfort back flap. Si.aps in fror' Sott, f lat groia pad. 1 sled or leather bands. Unexcelled for comfot* For men, women, children. . Side Square VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL GREENLAND CHURCH OF CHRIST JIM MURRAY, Director Everyone Welcome For Trans.-Call 521-6089 839-3104 846-3926 JULY 22-26 7:30 P.M. Summers. Prairie Grove, Farmington, Durham, Elkins, Baldwin, Tontitown, J o h n s o n , Fayelleville a n d Springdale. 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