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INSIW- Edltorlal 4 For women 6 Sports x 9-11 Amusements IS Comics ..·.;........... 14 Classified .........v 10-17 I T5lh YEAR--NUMBER 84 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1974 IOCAI FORECAST- Partly cloudy with mild days and cool nighls through Satur- , day. Low tonight mid 50s; low last night 43; high Saturday near 80; sunset today 7:38 sunrise Saturday C:53. Weather map on page 3. PAGES-TEN CENTS Areas Violent Crime Level Low By RICK PENDERGRASS TIMES Staff Writer The FBI's annual report on national crime statistics shows that the Fayetteville-Sprlngdale area had a lower rate of violent crimes in 1973 than did most of the nation and Arkansas. The report, issued each fall for the previous year, shows that the Fayetteville-Springdale area had a violent crime rate less than one-third that of 'the national average. The report also showed a higher rate of property crimes -- especially a u t o , thefts -locally than the total rate for Arkansas. . B u t that was for 1973, and statistics and rates may have changed considerably since the report was compiled. The report is released each fall with statisitics for the previous year, which means the . figures are, at the latest, at least nine months old. In total crimes reported, the Fayetteville - Spririgdale area, with a population of 139,000, showed a rate of 2,379.1 per 100,000 population, compared to a statewide rate of 2,538.9 per 100,000 in 1973. The stale's 1973 figure repre- sented an increase of 17.1 per cent aver 1972,' from 2.1GG.8 to 2,538.9. In total crimes and in tolal violent crimes, the Fayetteville- Springdale area showed a lower rale than the state and the nation, 'though property crime locally showed a higher rate.. The higher rate of crimes against property was due mainly to a high rate of larceny and auto theft. Total property crimes locally showed, a 1973 rate of 2,270.1 per 1,000 population, while the state rate was 2,249.0. Individually, larceny showed a local rate of 1,388.7 per 100,000, compared to a slate- wide rale of 1,315.7. Auto theft showed the greatest difference in property crimes with a local rate of 145.7, compared to a statewide rale ol 132.3 per 100,000 population. Burglary showed a lower rate locally than statewide, with 735.6 compared to 801.0, respectively. In violent crimes for 1973. Fayelteville-Springdale showed a rate of 109.1 per 100,000, while Arkansas showed a total rale more than twice as high, at 289.9 per 100,000. The violent crime rate locally also was one of the lowest in the nation, according to a chart of 226 metropolitan areas with a population of more lhan 100,000. The national average of these 226 areas was about 370 per 100,000 population, and Fayetteville-Springdale showed the 18th lowest rate, behind such cities as Duluth, Minn. (10G.2); Lafayette, Ind. (105); Terre Haute, Ind. (102.6) and other such as Green Bay, Wis. (22.6); St. Cloud, Minn. (24.6) and Provo, Utah (56.7) v The Arkansas murder rate was Ihe only category which showed a slalewide decline from 1972 to 1973, dropping from a rate of 10.4 to 8.8 per 100,000. The Fayetteville-Springdale area remained well under that figure in 1973, with a rate of 1.4 murders per 100,000 population. Forcible rape, included under the general title of violent crime, showed a statewide rate in Arkansas of 19.5 per 100,000 population in 1973, while the FayeUevillc-Springdale a r e a showed a rate of 7.2 for th» same time period. II was much the same story with robberies, which showed a statewide rale of 71.5 pep 100,000 population, compared to a local rate of 20.1. Generally, therefore, from tha FBI stalistics it appears that the Fayetteville-Springdale area was a relatively safe place in which to live in 1973 in every category except car thefts and larceny, with other major c r i m e s , especially violent crimes, showing a lower rate here than in the rest of Arkansas or the nation Ford Launches His Search For Economic Solutions At Slow But Steady Rate Unemployment Rate Increases WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's unemployment rate in August continued its slow upward climb, rising by one-tenth of a per cent to 5.4 per cent of 1 the work force, the government reported today. . Although the change from the July rate of 5.3 per cent is not considered statistically significant, the Labor Department said the increase taken over the past two months represented a break from the 5.2 p e r cent plateau that had prevailed during .the first half of the . year. The jobless rate now has ris- en toy eight-tenths of a percentage point from last October's 6'A-year low of 4.6 per cent and is expected to continue climbing as the economy falters. The Labor Department said 4.9 million Americans were unable to find work last month, an increase of about. 190,000 since July. The Ford administration has prepared a program of gradually rising payments to local governments to create additional public service jobs as unemployment mounts. If the jobless rate reaches 5.5 per cent, La- bor Secretary Peter J. Brennan has said the government would move to create about 100,000 more jobs . Total employment as measured by the department's sample survey of households stood at 86.2 million in August, practically unchanged in the last two months. Non-farm payroll employment as measured by the survey of business establishments was unchanged in August at 77.2 million. Looking at wages, average hourly earnings were reported up three cents in August, to $4.24, a level 33 cents .more than a year ago. Weekly earnings averaged $157.73 in Au- ust,.an increase of $1.12 from July and $11.10 from last August. However, the Hourly Earnings Index in dollars of constant purchasing power declined 4hree per cent over the past year, the government said. The length of tuu average work week and factory overtime were essentially unchanged last month, both reflections of the sluggish economy. Congress To Extend Session Extension Of Skyways Route To Stillwater Under Study Extension of commuter flight ' service into Stillwater, Okla., by Scheduled Skyways of Fayet- teville was discussed Thursday at a hearing by^the Civil ; Aeronautics Board in Stillwater, Paul Jones, president of the local firm, revealed today. Jones said he had been approached several months ago about providing commuter flight service to Stillwater after F r o n t i e r Airlines, which SALT Talks To Resume WASHINGTON AP) -- The second round of talks between th United States and the So Viet Union on limiting strategic nuclear weapons will resume in two weeks, U.S. officials say. The White House was to announce today' the exact date when the talks, which ad journed last March 19, will be gin again. The talks, known as SALT II - should deal with controls on th' quality of nuclear weapons They are considered to presen a trickier problem than SALT I, which dealt with quantities o weapons. SALT II was adjourned in ex pectalion lhat former Presiden Richard M. Nixon and Sovie party boss Leonid I. Brezhne 1 would agree during their sum mil in Moscow during July o: principles for proceeding wit the talks. The summit, however, pro duced only these margina agreements: --The two countries said the would restrict themselves t one zone in each country de fended by an anti-ballistic mis sile (ABM) system instead o two areas, the limit set in 1972 agreement. --They promised to keep un derground t e s t s below th equivalent of 150,000 ton s o TNT. BULLETIN Johnny E. Walker, -S2, Garfield, was dead MI arriv at the Rogers hospital abo 4:30 p.m. Thursday fflHowln a shooting incident at a fai 1.5 miles from Garfield. Benfon County oEficIa declined to give any deta: surrounding the shooting, ·(the c i r c u m s t a n c e s However, officials said th shooting wax not accidental. irrently serves the city, ititioned the CAB to discon- nue service. Jones was asked by Stillwater ticials to confirm his interest serving Stillwater and met ith officials to express' interest the service provided what e called "flow-through sub- dies" could be arranged. The flow-through subsidy leans, he said, lhat part of ic subsidy that Frontier now eceives for serving Stillwater ould be passed on to Skyways ntil such time as iraffic irough Stillwater increased to le profitable point. Frontier told the hearing 'ednesday that local landings t Stillwaler were unprofitable nd cited daily boarding figure, nd cargo transported as evi- ence. The airline said board- ugs have dropped off continual- · in the past five years. Jones said Frontier also intii- aleci that flights to Parsons, ndependence and Coffeyville, an., and Enid and Ponca City, kla., are among those slalec or deletion. No resolution of the question f whether or not Skyways wil erve Slillwater can be made or "between nine months and year," Jones said. I He said briefs must be filed : nd rebuttals submitted before : final determination can be; nade. STEEPLE FLIGHT SET FOR SUNDAY A large U.S. Army helicopter will place the new steeple on lhe Washington Counly Court house Sunday. The helicopter crew from Ft. Sill, Okla., under Maj. Jimmie Ford will make a trial run over the courthouse Saturday afternoon in the helicopter, which is the largest type in the "free world" according to the commander. The helicopter will pick up the -tower in Springdale where it was built, and fly over Mount Sequoyah, lhe Confedcrale Cemetery ant then to the courthouse along the route of Mountain Street. County Judge Vol Lester said this morning the operation is scheduled between "" to 8 a.m. Sunday if the wea ther is clear. If there is a fog the operation will be delayed until the fog lifts. Judge Lester emphasizet that precautions will be cxer cised lo prevent mishaps anc urged that spectators observi law enforcement officers whi will be on hand to contro traffic. Gluttony Proves Fatal This timber rattler displayed by Gerald Duncan of Delaney literally lilt off more than it could chew when It attempted to swallow a live, full-grnwn siiuirre!. B o t h snake and squirrel were dead when Duncan found (hem at Delaney. (TIMESpholo by Ken Good) WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prts ident Ford has launched his public search for a way out of tbe nation's economic woes and has received assurances from the Democratic Congress that it will stay in session as long as he has proposals for it to consider. The word from Capitol Hill came as Ford met on Thursday with some 30 economists who offered p. wide range of suggestions, including an apparent majority view that the money supply should be expanded to jring interest rates down. There was less agreement on how to moderate the wage- jrice race. "There is no question but that we will cooperate with the President," House Majority :.eader Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., 3-Mass., said in a telephone interview from Cambridge. "We nave 'got to instill confidence in the public and if remaining in Washington will do it, then we have to stay." Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., concurred, with the observation that Congress alone cannot act on the economic problem. At the end of the day-long, televised session, about half of which he attended in person, Ford told the economists, "I couldn't agree more that we have to act .. . on sound and responsible recommendations," NO COMMITMENTS. He made no commitments on the suggestion lhat the Federal Reserve Board be urged to ease its tighl money policy or on any olher specifics. These included suggestions from individual economists for renewal of mandatory wa'ge- priee controls, for avoiding even the suggestion of such controls and for intermediate steps such as giving lhe new Council on Wage Price Stabilily standby rollback powers or con cenlraling on big industries anc big unions whose policies are relatively immune from competition. But Ford dropped a hint lhat he would avoid exlreme meas ures. "As in the political arenai there is a wide area of agree ment, and a few in bolh parties fall on the far ends. Most of the American people fall in the middle, and they want us to take those actions, I believe that fall within the middl ground of the spectrum." Medical Care Costs Rising Faster Than Other Prices WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unless checked, inflation will add more than $9.1 billion to the price American consumers pay for medical care over the next two years, says Health, Education and Welfare Secretary ; Caspar .Weinberger. Weinberger said on Thursday that skyrocketing medical costs are increasing-50 per cent faster than prices in lhe rest of (he economy and are fueling inflation. In a speech before lhe American Association of Medical Clinics, he urged the health care industry to cool down its inflationary spiral or face the prospect of an outraged public demanding federal intervention. He said that if voluntary cooperation fails, "the American people are in real trouble on he health care front." Rising health care costs now threaten lo add another billion dollars to the federal budget, doubling the estimate for Ihis increase that he delivered to Congress this spring, he said. At lhat time he argued unsuccessfully for extension of federal wage-price controls on health care, which expired April 30. The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association have said their price increases were an expecled bulge after nearly three years of profit limitations. Fire Damages School Garage A dump truck owned by th F a y e t t e v i l l e School sys tern w a s . destroyed alon with some spare bus parts i a fire at the bus garage adja cent to Ramay Junior Hig School shortly after noon Thurs day. School officials said the dum truck had been filled with gasi line at the school's pumps an backfired as it was starte catching fire. The truck fire set the gasolin pumps afire and the blaz spread to the adjacent buildin where heat destroyed som spare bus parts in. the uppe portion of the building. Some dama'ge was also r ported to the building. Value of the truck was si at $1,200 by Superinlencta Harry Vandergriff, who esl mated the loss caused by tl fire at between $2,000 an $3,000. He said the system carri insurance, so the bulk of tl loss will be covered. First Step In Construction in oil well might well solve lie University of Arkansas' inancial problems, but oil sn't what this drilling crew Is looking for on campus. The men are taking sub-soil samples in a footing and foundation study for the new plant sci- ences building to he erected at the corner of West Mania Street and Campus Drive. (TlMESphoto by Ken Good) Fulbright Terms Offer 'Just Speculation' WASHINGTON ( A P ) . -- Sen. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., is re- rtcd to be President Ford's oice for ambassador to Great ritain. However, It was learned Thursday that Fulbright, chnir-' man',of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has not said definitely whether he wanls the post. Fulbright, who last spring NEWS BRIEFS Candidates File Mayor Russell T. Purdy has led for position No. fi, one oF le at-large positions of the ayetteville Board of Directors. Also compleling filing proce- ures. is director Paul Noland, ·ho filed for Posilion 3, repre- enting Ward 3. Candidates have until Sept. 26 0 file for positions on the board f directors. Gas Fumes Spread An explosion in a compressor 1 College Club Dairy on East "ifteenth Street shortly before p.m. Thursday spread heavy rnmonia fumes throughout the outh portion of Fayetteville. F i r e m e n equipped with reathing apparatus entered the uilding to turn off valves and top the escape of ammonia. A College Club spokesman iiis morning said it was not :nown exactly what happened iut thai a rod came through he side of the compressor case. The ammonia is used in the irm's refrigeration system but no delay in production was caused, the spokesman said. Girl Rescued City police may have saved he life of a young woman early his morning when they fount a late model car parked at the Stage House Cafe on Hwy. 71 at Lake Fayetteville with Ihe engine running. Patrolman J. Paul Wood saic he engine was so hot the flooi mats had caught fire. Asleep in Ihe vehicle was a voman identified only as Joyci Verucchi, no address. Fayelteville firemen wer called to extinguish the burning Joor mats. Driver Injured Donald R. Osburn, 27, of 93 Wood Ave., suffered only mino injuries Thursday mornini when his city-owned pickup wa struck by a car at the inter section of Cleveland Avenu and Hall Street. City police said Osburn wa westbound on Cleveland whe a car driven by David Duan Nelson, 17, of 264- Loxley pulled into his path from Ha Street. Nelson was cited with failur to yield the right-of-way. Woman Injured A F a y e t t e v i l l e woman eceived minor injuries, which id not require hospitalization hursday evening in a two-car ccident on California Drive. City police said Mrs. Patricia nn Hardy, 50, of 1321 Crest- 'ood, was injured when a car riven by Clyde Terry Nevill, 0, of 10 Stadium Dr. swerved cross lhe center line of Cali- ornia Drive and struck the car r i v e n by Mrs. Hardy's usband, Glen W. Hardy, 50. Police cited Nevill wilh Iriving left of cenler. Sentence Passed H. H. Turnbull of Springdale leaded giu'lty to charges ol obbery and grand larceny 'hursday in Washinglon Circuit 3ourt. Judge Maupin Cummins cntenced him to concurrenl erms of four and three year n slate prison. The charges stemmed from wo July 30, 1974 incidents in vhich Turnbull stole a .22 cali ier pistol from the car o! laymond Butler of Springdale ~urnbull then robbed Mrs. Rose Hollaway, Springdale, of $14. Day Prod-aimed Sunday has been proclaimec National Cancer Day r ayetteville by Mayor Russcl Purdy said the proclamatioi vas issued because the tragedy of cancer is all too well known o milions of Americans an t he wished lo call allention lo the fact lhat cancer is cur able if detected and treated ir ,ts early stages. i First Lady's First WASHINGTON (AP) -- BcSf, Ford is setting out on -her firs ;rip as Firsl Lady, a mission I help raise funds for St. Vin cent's Hospital in Birmingham Ala. She is one of 10 prominen women being honored at a gal dinner-ball on Saturday nigh as part of the week-end festiv ties. The President's wife leave aboard n military Conva plane on Friday afternoon, tal ing along a group of 16 repor ers and cameramen, all jvhom are paying Iheir ow way to cover the event. st a re-election hid in [he Aransas Democratic primary, is urrently with a seven-member int congressional delegation isiting the People's Republic China. Reached by telephone at his itel in Peking, Fulbright told" he Associated Press that the mbassadorship report was iust speculation." He declined 5 discuss the matter further. The Associated Press was old that Fulbright's pending omination has been cleared ith key Republicans in Confess and given the nod by tha British government. If he assumes the London ost, Fulbright, 69, would re- lace Walter H. Annenberg, a ormer Philadelphia publisher nd longtime supporter of ex- Vesident Richard M. Nixon. In another pending diplomat- c change, Peter M. Flanigan, a Vhile House assistant for inter- ational economic affairs dur- ig lhe Nixon administration, is eported in line for the am- assadorship to Spain. Flanigan's nomination is ap- .iroval by the Spanish government. The delay apparently as been caused by the recent llness of eGn. Francisco Fran- who resumed his post as chief of slate only last week. Mild Days To Continue By The Associafed Press Partly cloudy wealher with mild daytime and cool night- .ime temperaturs is forecast or Arkansas through Saturday. The extended outlook cails 'or little or no precipitation Sunday through Tuesday with ompcratures gradually warming. Highs should be in the 80s with lows in the 60s. The Nalional Wealher Service says a high pressure ridge continues to control Arkansas wealher keeping lemperatures mild. No rapid warming trend is expecled for Arkansas through Saturday. The dense cloud cover in the southern Arkansas river valley is responsible for [he warmer temperatures In the central portion of the state. A slight increase in cloudiness may result from the southerly wind pattern that will move into Arkansas as the high pressure area moves northeast. The next weather change in Arkansas may be the result of Hurricane Carmen. Carmen is expecled to affect lhe easlern portion of the gulf and some cloudiness and rain may push into the state from the touth-

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