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J|orti)toegt 115th YEAR-NUMBER 51 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 1974 PAGES-25 CENTS Nixon's Chances Of Winning Evaporate As Impeachment Alternative Ford Favors Vote Of Censure Three Injured In Accident Small cars He in crumpled heaps ' following a. two car collision on Hwyi 45 cast about 2 pjm. Saturday. Stale Irooper Tommy Williams said Christopher W. Thompson, 20, of Campion, driver of the convertible, attempted to pass other vehicle driven by Mrs. Connie Nimmo, 28, of Fayetteville, as she attempted left turn oft the highway. Thompson, Mrs. Nimmo . and her live-year-old son, James, were released after treatment at Washington Regional Medical Center. (TIMESpholo by Ken Good) Late Saturday Afternoon Morgan Found Innocent In Death Of Willis By LINDA DOBKINS TIMES Staff Writer Twelve Washington Circuit Court ,'urors late Saturday afternoon acquitted 35-year-old Bobby Morgan -- the man charged with the May 19 murder of Roosevelt Willis. . The jury deliberated nearly four hours and reported to Circuit Judge Maupin Cummings several times lhal Ihey were splil 9-3 on a decision. The . trial began Friday morning in Washington Circuit Court, before a full house of nearly 100 spectators. '- Willis died May 19 after the shooting .which,-"took place behind.his son's apartment at the housing project ori South Willow Street. Morgan look the stand in his own defense and told the jury he had fought wilh Willis just seconds before he heard a loud "door slam," that apparently was the fatal shot. NO RATIONALE The defense offered no rationale as to .just who 1 did shoo! Willis, but insisted instead that there is "reasonable doubt' that Morgan did it. . The jury was charged by Judge Cummings -- as the jury is in every criminal trial -that they must find Morgan innocent if a "reasonable doubt" existed as to his guilt. The defense story, as lold on Ihe stand by Morgan, his wife Roberta, and his ten-year-ol son Kelvin, began the afternoon of May 19, when Willis ap peared at the Morgan home a 514 S. Willow St. . . · Mrs. Morgan said 'she was ii her garage, storing winte 1 clothes when a five year-old gir she was^ babysilting came h screaming that "Roosevelt sail he was going to cut her neck." · Mrs. Morgan said she quielei Ihe girl, and Iried lo ignore Wil lis. Willis had · been drinking she said. " Willis.later left, going througl the.house, on Ihe way he tool a watermelon from the refri geralor and ate a "deep hoi out .of it" acording to youn Kelvin. : Kelvin said he told his fathe about the incidents when Mor gan returned from work abou .5:30 p.m. Morgan said he tol his family that he would tak care of .the matter, and wen on to baseball, practice at th old Fairgrounds. Morgan spon sored a community team. After practice, Morgan weii to the housing project to tal (o Alice. May Blackburn, wh was heading the women's sof ball team. Morgan said he als asked her and Ernestine Car where Roosevelt was. Both women- testified for the ate lo the effect that Morgan as looking for Willis. Mrs. arr also testified that she saw gun sticking out of Morgan's ants waist. Mrs. Carr was Ihe only wit- ess to say that she had seen lorgan wilh a gun that evening, and her testimony was disputed by Morgan. Morgan found Willis at the apartmenl of Billy Joe Willis. Roosevelt stepped outside, all witnesses agreed. Morgan said the two talked for several minutes and that JCONTINUT.D OH P. JOE TWO) E^^ NEWS BRIEFS Two Injured SPRINGDALE -- Two per- ous were injured in a two car ccident at the intersection of Imma Avenue and Main Street 'riday afternoon. The injuries id not require emergency reatment. Police identified the injured s-John E. Hal|ey, 44, of Route , Lowell and Howard Orten- .ahl, 81, of 1609 Ranch Drive. Police said Halley was east- ound on Emma Avenue when ie car driven by Ortendahl, raveling south on Main Street, aulled away from a stop sign \nd struck Ihe Halley car. Ortendahl was cited lor ailure to yield the right-of-way. Car-Cycle Collide SPRINGDALE -- A IG-year- ild Springdale youth was realcd and released at Spring- d a 1 e .Memorial Hospital ollowing a car-motorcycle accident Friday afternoon on the Iwy. 6B bypass near its inler- section with Hwy. 71. Police said tiial Douglas Lee Kipp of 1101 S. Old Missouri load was injured when a car, driven by Violel L. Priest, 46, of Route 2, Lowell, attempted a left turn in front of Kipp's motorcycle. Raps Monitors WASHINGTON (AP) --· The Federal Energy Administration apparently can't keep a close walch Ihe nation's fuel suppliers lo see if they are com- ilying with petroleum alloca Lion requirements, according to the General Acounling Office. On Ihe basis of.FEA's min imal past efforts at monitoring suppliers' actions and on the basis of recent discussion' with FEA officials, we doubt tha FEA is prepared to do the nee essary monitoring," the GAO said in a report released Satur day by Sen. Abraham Ribicof D-Conn. Purse Stolen Karen L.' Be'wley," 303"Moun ainview St., told Fayelleville lolice thai her purse was.slolen rom her unlocked pickup early Salurday morning, while th lickup was parked on the .owntown square. The purse conlained less than ,10'in cash, her driver's license sredit cards and a checkbook. Praises Nixon COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) -Vice President Gerald R. Fore brought his defense of Pres f dent Nixon to Mississippi today praising the President's effort "or world peace and a stab! J.S. economy. Ford ignored the impeach .lent proceedings heading for climax in Washington, sayin not a.word about that subjec or any other facet of the Water late scandal. He stuck to .the themes h ias been repealing in travel through 40 states, including hi staunch dent. defense of the Pres Continue Push NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -Turkish troops continued the steady push against the last un aptured peaks in the wester Kyrenia mounlains Saturday a ·reek and Turkish officers m in Nicosia to thrash out detai of cease-fire lines and buffe zones. Youth Killed TKXARKANA, Ark. (AP) Ricky Randolf Alton, 17, Fouke was killed early Salu day in a traffic accident o U.S. 71 four miles south here. Trooper Don Branch Ihe Slate Police said. Branch said the accident o curred when a car driven Alton crossed the highway center line and struck a tract headon. HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Vice President Gerald Ford id Saturday the situation in e House of Representatives las eroded significantly" and resident Nixon may be im- eached "unless there is some ange." The vice president said if ira- achment appears inevitable, would favor a House vote to nsure the President instead. In reply to a question on hether Nixon will be im- eached by the House, Ford id, "I suspect the odds are ich, unless there is soi iange,-that he may be. "I think the situation in the o u s e has eroded sig- ficantly." Ford said. "I think e odds are changed." Ford said his own view has not changed and "I still think the President is innocent of any impeachable offense." Voicing the conditional support of a censure vote in response to another question at an airport news conference, Ford said, "if you have no alternative to impeachment but censure, then I would favor ensure." A formal resolution to censure the President rather than impeach him was introduced in the House Friday and Republi- cen leaders, including minority leader John J. Rhodes, joined a petition effort to. allow them at least the alternative of voting for censure. Although procedure so the House could :hoose between censure or impeachment, Rhodes said he was not taking a stand for or against censure itself. Rhodes, who holds the job Ford bad before he was named vice president, is to announce his decision Monday whether to vole for or against impeachment. Ford said at the news conference he has no word on what that decision will be . Asked if he agreed with a White House statement that the President is now an underdog in his fight against impeach ment, B^ord replied: . "I thin! the President is being attacked Vlississippi, for political rallies o support three congressional candidates, including Rep. Trent Lott, a member of House Judiciary Committee. Lott ·oled against all articles of impeachment debated by the com- initlec. Ford did not even mention impeachment until someone asked a question about a $250- a-plate Republican luncheon. He answered that Ihe impeachment proceedings in Ihe House start with "a partisan hard core" of the 35 Democrats who voted against Israel Said Facing War Emergency By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ·Israel^ Defense Minister, Shi- ion Peres'spoke Saturday of a possible war with the Arabs, specially Syria. He said serv- ce for Israeli reservists had een extended, thousands, were icing called to ready army ve- licles, and that Israel should ealize it is facing a war emer- ency. In Cairo, the newspaper Ak,bar el Yom quoted Egypt's hief of staff, Lt. Gen. Abdel Gamasy, as he saying was con- ronting the possibility of a resumption of war. It added that Egypt has raced itself for any eventually arising from Israeli war reparalions, lhat Israeli leaders have been waging a war campaign, and that mobiliza- ;Ion of -Israeli reserves was under way. 1 In Beirut, pro-guerrilla newspapers said Russia has agreed .0 suppl ythe guerrilla? with de- ensive weapons, including ;rou.nd-to-air missile and anti- armor weapons. They said the arms agreement was one result of guerrilla, leader Yasir Arafat's talks with the Soviet leadership. ARMY RESPONSIBLE But Lebanese Minister of Slale Alberl Mukheiber said the Lebanese army was "responsible for the protection of the country's border and population," indicating Lebanon will not allow Soviet arms for the Palestinian guerrillas lo enter Lebanon. The Beirut papers also claimed Moscow had recognized Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole (CONTltTOED ON PAGE TWO) firmalion as vice president, and tendency lo develop and sure- Senate Said Last Hope Of Survival WASHINGTON (AP) -- While House aides say President Nixon's chances of winning a House impeachment vote hava evaporated and that they now view Ihe Senate as his last hops for survival in office. But knowledgeable head conut- ei's in both parlies say Nixon's prospects there are uncertain. Acknowledging that Senate head counts on the issue are educated 'guesswork, they say it is impossible to count a sure 67 votes for conviction, the two- thirds majority needed for Nix- they ouster from office. But say neither do there Struck By Rocket Fire The Philippine-owned freighter Kabbarii burns at a dock in Phhom Penh after being struck by a rebel rocket while enroute to ihe Cambodian capital. Firemen could not quench the blaze and the ship sank from the weight of the water poured on the burning cargo. (AP Wirephoto) In Reducing Fatal Wrecks Three States Lead Road Safely Efforts WASHINGTON (AP) -- Missouri, a state with several LOCAL FORECAST- Noilhwesl Arkansas can expect warm days and cool nights through Monday. Highs today should be in Ihe upper 70s with lows lonight in mid 50s. Highs Monday near 80. Sunset today 8:20; Sunrise Monday 6:50. Weather map on page 6D. Three states with widely differ- ng traffic patterns are leading :he nation in the effort to reduce traffic deaths this year, preliminary Department of Transportation statistics show. R h o d e island, a predominantly urban stale with short driving distances, recorded the greatesl percenlage reduction in falalifies for Ihe first six months. Bui Ulah, a -stale wilh few major cilies and long driving distances, came in second. And Imposed Against Cuba Fulbright- Seeks Embargo End WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark.,- whose 30-year Senate career ends in January, is making a final effort to get the Uniled States to ease its economic quarantine of Cuba. "The lime for change has arrived," Fulbright said in an interview in which he revealed that he is preparing legislation to relax the trade embargo against Cuba imposed by the Uniled States in 1962. "It doesn't make sense not to normalize our relations with Cuba, and I personally shall do anylhing I can," Fulbright said. Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was defeated in n parly primary earlier this year by to reverse the isolation against Cuba. He real- Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers. Two years ago he tried, and failed, policy izes he may fail again. But, he said, "What I can do and the committee can do is to bring it up and to make the administration take an official position and argue with it." Secretary of Slate Henry A. Kissinger has said repeatedly he does not anticipate a change in U.S. policy toward Havana. H i s letter to Fulbright reluctantly approving a recent 10-day visit to Cuba by com- mittco staff director- Pat Holt reflects this attitude. "It is important lo our national interest and the security of the hemisphere to seek the isolation of Cuba in cooperation with ' olher American Kissinger wrote. repub- But others question whether a majority of the nations in Ihe Western Hemisphere favor continuation of the break in relations that all except Mexico undertook in 1964. They 'also question whether Kissinger is as adamant as he sounds in public. Holt, in a report on the trip , issued Friday, described the isolation policy as a failure. "Cuba's relations wilh the rest of Latin America, bolh diplomatic and commercial, are expanding," Holt said. He listed Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Colombia Rica as and possibly prospects for joining the six: Western Hemi- sphere nations, including Mexico, that have ties with Cuba, The legislation being prepared on Fulbrighls' orders would soflen the U.S. trade embargo to permit foreign vessels which carry goods to Cuba to call at U.S. ports as well. It also is expected to contain proposals lo relax the restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens and remove ihe ban against Cuba diplomats in the Uniled Slates. Holt, who met with Premier Fidel Caslro and olhcr Cuban leaders, said, "The Cubans are on Ihe verge of making their system work--lhat is to say, of constructing a socialist showcase in t h e Western hemisphere." Mild Weather To Continue By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mild, pleaant weather settled over Arkansas on Saturday and was expected to continue ,hrough Monday. Generally fair weather should c o n t i n u e Monday through Wednesday with a slow warm ing trend. A cold front moved across the stale Friday night. I cleared the air of haze am smoke and brought cooler anc drier air into the stale along wilh the pleasant temperatures The front was located across extreme soulhcasl Arkansas on Saturday, but all shower activi ly had moved eastward out o the stale ahead of the drier air Thundershowers were spotly across Arkansas Friday night Heaviest amounts fell In th northern portions. Highs Sunday and Monday were forecast for the upper 70 to Ihe 80s. Lows Sunday n!gh should be in Ihe 50s and 60s. ·najor population centers and ong-dlstance driving, was in aird place. No one is sure why those iree states are leading the na- ion, but a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safey Administration says state en- orcement of lowered nation- vide speed limits may play a art. Law officers in both Missouri and Utah report the number of peeding citations issued so far his year is running far ahead f last year's lolals. Rhode sland also has a get-lough pol- cy on speeders. The nation's death toll has leclined about 25 per cent in he first half of the year but here seems to be no geograph- c pattern to the reductions. INCREASE REPORTED While Rhode Island was decreasing its traffic fatalities "rom 77 to 41 for a 46.8 per cent reduction, nearby New Hamp shire became the only slale in :he nation to record an increase n deaths. New Hampshire's death loll rose from 53 lo 75 in the six-month period for a 41. per cenl increase. Utah's dcalh toll droppec from 168 lo 96 for a 42.8 pe cent decline. But Montana' death toll decreased only 1, per cent -- from 131 to 129. Missouri's death count wen from 702 to 406 for a 42.1 pe cent decline, but neighborly Oklahoma's death rate droppei only 7.D per cent -- from 341 I- 312, according to the depart mcnt's figures. Missouri reports 2,000 fewc accidents this year than in fh same period of 1973. The state' enforcement activities have in creased dramatically. In 13 counties of western Mis souri around Kansas City, pa trolmen handed out 3,204 tick els for speeding violations pri!, compared wilh 1,029 in pril 1973. Other states also have cut heir traffic deaths sharplv. North Dakota recorded a 39.5 er cenl decrease in its dealh ate in the firsl six monlhs, hile Indiana's death toll howed a 37 per cent decline. pear to be 34 senators definitely supporting the President, tha number he needs for acquittal. · House impeachment, which requires only a majority vote,' considered a near certainly by observers on Capiiol Hill. And Ihere is agreement among senalors of bolh parties lhat, even if Nixon avoids ouster from office by the Senate, lhat a clear majority of senators will vote against him. Best estimates are lhat as many as CO senators, just seven short of the needed two-thirds, are likely to vote for Nixon's ouster, barring a dramatic c h a n g e in the momentum which seems lo be building againsl him. Afler expressing optimism early in the week, even the White House, virtually acknow- edged Friday that Nixon faces another setback in the House. "We recognize that we face an uphill struggle In the House," Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren said. Privately, Ihe assessmenl ot White House aides was even more blunt. IN LAST R O U N D "We're in the last round." one aide commented, saying Nixon's chances of avoiding impeachment have vanished. Most lisls being passed around in the Senate indicate,hat about a dozen Republicans and a smaller number of conservative Democrats may hold, the key to the President's fate. One Nixon backer pored over list of senalors lasl week and checked off 23 likely to sland by Ihe President, with several other possible votes in a list of about a dozen question marks. But he observed that "If this thing slarts falling aparl, you can't count on that 29." Significantly missing from that list of 29, and placed in the small number of imponderables, was Sen. . John C. Stennis, D-Miss., a conservative so highly regarded that his vote is considered essential for Nixon lo survive. - Another estimate of Nixon's deepening difficulty came from an experienced Republican source, who said there are very few sure votes for acquittal. Two of the biggest question marks are the Senate's two top (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) No Progress WASHINGTON (AP) - With he deadline for a nationwide trike drawing closer, no prog- ess was reported Salurday in alks between communication vorkers and the Bell Telephone iystcm. The Communications Workers I America and several olher mions representing 750,000 Bell System employes have Ihrcat- ned lo strike unless a contract settlement is reached by 11:01 a.m. CDT Monday. "We're still talking and we're still hopeful," said Bell spokesman Charles Dynes. TEXAS PRISON SEIGE ENDS HUNTSV1LLE, Tex. (AP)-Five persons including convict Fred Gomez Carrasco, who held more Ihan a dozen hos- fages inside the Texas stale prison for 10 days, were killed Saturday night prison officials said. Two hostages and two other inmates who had joined Cnrrasco were killed, they said. Inside Sunday's TIMES State Industry Aids Science Program __3A Crossword Puzzle 6A 'Narc' Sheds Light On Drug Society 6B A Summer Intern In Washington 7B Camden Downs College Club 1C Food Price Increases Explained ID Editorial ." 4A Book Reviews 6A For Women 2B-3B Sports 1C-5C Entertainment 8D Classified 4D-6D in IIMIIIUIIIIIUIIM

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