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Tuesday, September 24, 1974
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INSIDE- For women 3 Editorial ; 4 Sports . : .. G-7 Comics ...-. 8 Classified ..,,.. -,,,. 946 Entertainment ................ 12 115th YEAR--NUMBER 102 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1974 tOGAL FORECAST-* Mostly cloudy and cool with occasional light rain or drlzzla tonight and Wednesday, Low tonight In the low 50s; high Wednesday upper 60s: high Monday 05; low last night 52; sunset today 7:11; sunrise Wednesday 7:07. Weather map on page 11.; PAGES-- TEN CENTS At Jefferson Lines Bus Station Two Sought In Robbery Two men who took just over $400 in an armed robbery of the Jefferson Bus Lines station, 845 S. School Avc., about 0:35 p.m. Monday remained at large today. A rural Fayetleville man was injured during , the robbery when one of the holdup men struck him in the head with a revolver. Police said a Fayetteville cab driver taking a fare to the bus station saw the robbery in progress and radioed the information to her dispatcher, who telephoned police. The bandits had left the scene when police arrived. The manager of the bus station, Don LeRoy, told police that two men entered the station at about 6:35 p.m. He said one of the men was carrying a cocked revolver. LeRoy said the two demanded money from the station's cash drawer and received about $400. The two then took about $10 from the billfolds of two customers in the station, identified as Gilbert Baker, 52, of Route 10, and Mike Heflin, 17, of Fayetteville. · LeRoy said Baker was struck in the head with the revolver. He was treated and released a.short lime later at Washington Regional Medical Center. LeRoy said that he, Baker and Heflin were then ordered to go behind the counter and lay down on the floor while the two robbers left. LeRoy said lie could smell alcohol on the breath of the two men. All three victims told police that they were sure they would be killed after several threats made by the gunmen. Police said decriptions of the men were furnished by the three men in the station. The man carrying the gun was described as a white male with blond hair about five feel, 10 inches tall. He was heavy set, 18 to 19 years old and wearing an old olive drab hat. Tlie second robber, a r jout six feet tall, weighed about 175 pounds, and wore blue knit slacks and brown boots. He was also wearing an olive drab hat and was between 22 and 24 years of age. Both men have long sideburns and had not shaved for several days, witnesses said. Two other witnesses saw a car that may lave been used in the robbery. One said he saw a car parked on llth Street near the rear of 'a grocery store just prior to the robbery. The other witness said he saw the same car traveling south on West Avenue at a high rate of speed just after the incident occurred. The car is described as a red 1963-65 Chevrolet Impala. with chrome wheels and the rear end raised. The second witness told police the car had Arkansas license plates. Kennedy's Withdrawal Leaves Democrats No Key Contender Wreck Traps Victims In Automobile City and State Police, aided by volunteers, strain to force open a door and release Thomas Ridley, 51, and Jac- queline Ridley, 28, of Kansas City, from iheir wrecked car on Hwy. 71 bypass at Hwy. 62 Monday afternoon. Mrs. Sarah King, 69, of West Fork Route 1, a passenger in car at right, remained hospitalized today. Her husband, Edward King, 74, and (he Bidleys were released after treatment. Story on page 2. (TIMESphoto by Chuck Cunningham) Prices Fair, Arabs Assert VIENNA (AP) -- An official of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries -OPEC -- today disagreed with President Ford's description of oil prices as exorbitant. The representative of the 13- nation group said "inflation did not begin with the Increase in oil prices. It is rather because of inflation that oil prices have had to be adjusted." He indicated that oil producers are unwilling to lower the price paid for crude oil around the world. On Monday, Ford told the ninth annual World Energy Conference in Detroit that exorbitant or rigged oil. prices could "threaten the breakdown of world order anrf safety." He urged global energy coopera tion under a program he dub bed "Project Interdependence.' LIGHT RAINS IN FORECAST By The Associated Press Light rain or drizzle is expected in Arkansas through Wednesday. The National weather Service said no Ihunclershowers are forecast. Rainfall reports for the 24- hour period ended at 7 a.m. include .04 at Fayetteville, a trace at Harrison and Little Rock. The Weather Service said a high pressure area continued to move to the northeast and was centered this morning in the New England states with a ridge extending southeastward through Arkansas to central Texas. This high brought cold northeast winds Monday that helped hold maximum temperatures in the 60s. Highs ranged from 62 at Harrison to 68 at Jones ooro, Little Rock and Pine Bluff. Nixon Expected To Remain In Hospital At Least A Week LONG BEACH, Calif.(AP)-Former President Richard M. Nixon, reportedly feeling depressed and fatigued, will be hospitalized at least a week for "extensive tests and treatment" of phlebitis. His face described as pale, Nixon checked into Memorial Hospital Medical Center of Long Beach through a rear entrance on Monday. The former president's physician, Dr. John C. Lungren, said Nixon would be there for at least seven days. Lungren refused, however, to provide specifics on Iho Ircal- ment Nixon will receive for Ihe painful ailment which has af flicled his left leg. General plans call for Nixon to receive anti-coagulant drugs in an effort to dissolve two blood clots now resting in tin area of his left thigh. Such treatment also is designed tc prevent the clots from breaking loose and moving through thi blood stream to the lungs Oi heart, where they could cause death. Lungren did set down tigh ground rules for public infer mation on Nixon's hospi talization: Written reports wil be issued at noon each day, am every word will be cleared in advance by the former presi dent. Fulbright Turns Down Offer Of British Ambassadorship WASHINGTON -- Sen. J. Wiliam Fulbright, D-Ark., has urned down an offer to become U.S. ambassador to England vhen his current term in Congress ends next year. Fulbright, chairman of the enate Foreign Relations Committee, was defeated in the Arcansas May Democratic primary and will end a long Senate career in January. The White House had made he unofficial offer of the am- assadorship t o Fulbright several weeks ago, but the senator said Monday that jecause of "personal reasons" ne wouldn't be able to accept such a post. A spokesman for the senator said Monday that the personal reasons were a combination of things, including recent surgery on Mrs. Betty B'ulbright, his wife. Fulbright notified Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in a Saturday visit that he would not take the position. REJECTS OFFER In a statement released by his press secretary Monday, Fulbright said, 'Betty and I after very thoughtful consideration, have concluded, for personal reasons, that it simply is not practicable for us to undertake this assignment." "It has been a very rugget and strenuous year, and both of us need a short sabbatica in order to unwind and to restore our sense of pcrspec live." he said. "Needless to say, we deeply appreciate the honor of being offered so presfi gious a post and it was will deep regret that we felt we must decline." Fulbright, who was dcfcale( in the primary by Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers, has no announced plans for when he leaves office. The offer of the ambassador ship never was announce; formally by the White House though the press learned at th ime the offer had been made n dicussions among Fulbright issinger and President Ford. Fulbright's press secretary aid Monday that Mrs. Ful right's health was "not neces arity" the reason for turning [own the offer, but another ource said her recent surgery or breast cancer was an "im )ortant" factor in the decision Ihe is recovering satisfaclorilj rom that surgery. Both Jackson, Mondale Seen As Leaders y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS State Democratic, chairmen ay its too early to tell who is e frontrunner for the 1976 residential nomination in the ake of Sen. Edward M. Ken- ?dy's withdrawal. An Associated Press survey lowed that Sens. Henry M. ackson of Washington and 'alter F. Mondale of Mine s o t a were the most r e q u e n ' t l y mentioned con- enders, with Sen. Lloyd Benten of Texas a close third. K e n n e d y , considered by many to be the leading con- -nder for the nomination, said !onday he would not be a can- idate for president or vice resident in 1976 because · of amily responsibilities. The AP tried to contact all he Democratic state chairman o ask who they thought the rontrunner was and who they ersonally felt had the best lance of defeating President ord two years from now. Tliirly-two of the chairmen aid there was no clear choice, ix named Jackson as the front- inner, three named Mondale, ne named Bentsen and one amed Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, 'ho, like Jackson, unsuccess- ully sought the nomination in 972. FEW UNAVAILABLE Eight of the chairman were ot available for comment. The otal is 51 because the two fac- ons of the Mississippi party -IB regulars 'and the pre- ominantly black loyalist group -- were counted separately. "I don't think there is one frontrunner) now," said Paul jamboley of Nevada. "I think ;'s really a toss-up. We're gong to see a real scramble low." The contenders themselves "xpressed a similar view. Jackon said in Washington that the ·ace is "wide open now." Mon- lale said Kennedy's action iCONTTNlTEn ON PAGE TWO) Clean Air Law Under Attack DETROIT (AP) -- Severa experts at the World Energ Conference say a reassessmen of anti-pollution standards i needed to help meet energ needs. "In our enthusiasm to mak good after generations of neg lect we have imposed sever environmental restraints upo both the production and com buslion of fossil fuels," sai Treasury Secretary William E, Simon. Opening a panel discussion o energy on Monday, Simon sai those restraints "must be re-ex amined" along with govcri ment policies on prices, licen es and rate changes which hav curtailed the domestic searc for oil. Former British energy ai viscr Lord Zuckcrman a): called lor rethinking on prio itics. "With the prospects of sevci short-falls in energy supply bt fore us, the aims of enviro mentalists interested in" ame ity and the conservation of n t u r e need urgent reas scssment," Zuckerman said. (TiaiESphoto By Ken Good) AUTHORITIES EXAMINE SCENE OF DEATH .. .State Police Sgt. Quimby Johnson, left, and Sheriff BUI Long measures remains as other look on Glasses Match Cole's Autopsy On Body Expected This Week The state medical examiner's office will conduct a study, of the remains of .a -body found Sunday south of Prairie Grove in an effort to determine the cause of death. The remains, believed to be those of Patrick David Cole, 19, of Jonesbpro, were discovered late Sunday by two farmers searching for lost cows. The decomposed body was in a dense thicket near the Sharp Cemetery five miles south of Prairie Grove near where young Cole's automobile w a s found Aug. 1. State Police Sgt. Quimby DH1I1MII NEWS BRIEfS No Explanation WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ford has told a House judiciary subcommittee he will offer no further explanation of his pardon of former President Richard M. Nixon. In response to a letter requesting answers to a number of questions relating to the pardon, Ford said he has already said all he intends to about the subject. , "Regardless of any background information or advice I may have received, I am responsible for the pardon decision," he said. "I am satisfied ;hat it was the right course to follow in accord with my own conscience and conviction." Foreign Debts WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Bill Alexander, D-Ark., has asked President Ford to launch a top priority effort to collect $60 billion in foreign debts as part of this country's fight against inflation. In a letter to the President, Alexander asked Ford to consider adding the subject ot foreign debts owed to the United States to the agenda of this week's economic summit meeting. Alexander said the foreign operations and government information subcommittee of the House Government Operations Committee for the past five years has studied the problem of delinquent government debts and unpaid claims owed to the United States. House Burglarized "Barbara Colson of 114 Olive t. told Fayetteville. police that sometime Monday someone en- .ered her home and took several items. Missing are $20 in change, four cans of beer, three steaks, six eggs, four packs of cigarettes and a gallon of milk. Police said entry to the home was gained by taking a screen off a rear window and prying open the window. Sentence Upheld AUSTIN, Tex.. (AP) -- The Texas Court, of Criminal Ap icals today uplield the five- year probated- sentence for former House Speaker G u s Mut- scher for allegedly conspiring to accept a bribe. In a unanimous opinion, the court upheld the convictions of Mutscher, former state Rep. Tommy Shannon of Fort Worth and Mutscher aide Rush McGinty by an Abilene jury March 15, 1972: - Named To Post HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -Sister Judith Marie Keith today assumed the presidency of the Arkansas Hospital Associatior during the group's annual meeting. She is administrator of St Edward Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith and the first woman to hold the presidency since t h e association was formed in 1929. iohnson said today that a .3fl caliber rifle was found by police near the body. He could not release details as to the ownership of the' rifle, but it was reported to have been stolen at Jonesbpro. Johnson' said the body was ;uriied' over to the state medical examiner's office for autopsy. He said that no motive for the death had been determined as of today and that police would await the coroner's report jefore attempting to determine f the death had been an accident, suicide or murder. A preliminary report from the m e d i c a l examiner's office should be filed with the Wash- ngton County coroner in two to three days. Johnson said., NO IDENTIFICATION Johnson said that no identification papers were found on the body. He added that a pair of ;lasses and articles of clothing on the body matched a dcscrip- :ion of those worn by Cole at the time of his disappearance. Cole's car was found three days after he was reported missing from Jonosooro.. It was found parked on a county road near the Sharp Cemetery. Residents in the-area of the cemetery were questioned at :hat time, by police, as well as relatives and friends of the youth in Jonesboro. '·' A search of the area Aug. 1 by Prairie Grove police, the Prairie Grove Fire Department, State Police and sheriff's deputies produced nothing. Heavy growths of briars and underbrush in the trees hampered the efforts of the search team. Johnson said today that police could find no reason for the youth to come to the Northwest Arkansas area. He said that Cole had vacationed once at Devil's Den State Park but that, as far as could be determined, the youth had no friends "or relatives here. An Aug. 14 report that Cole had been seen traveling with two young long haired men the day of his disappearance has remained unverified by police. Police now believe that Colo had been traveling alone the day he disappeared but have not ruled out the possibility of f o u l p l a y in the death. Following Mental Studies Slaying Suspect Found Sane Dennis Wayne Lewis, 17, of Wichita, Kan., arrested last April 8 and later charged with intent to rob and capital felony murder for the alleged slaying of pawnbroker Jared Jerome Cobb of Springdale, was declared without psychosis Monday by doctors at the Arkansas State Mental Hospital. The psychiatric staff at the hospital, after a month's exami- mation of Lewis by order of Washington Circuit Court, con eluded that he was not mentally ] ill to the degreo ot legal irresponsibility at the lime of the alleged murder. Lewis, returned to Washing- Ion County jail Monday, is suspected of the attempted robbery and shooting death of Cobb at the J.J. Cobb Surplus and Western Store, Hwy. 71 South, Springdale. Cobb, discovergd by a customer a short time after the shooting, died 30 minutes later at S p r i n g d a l e Memorial Hospital. He was shot one time! with a ,22 caliber bullet in the right side of the chest. Police said t h a t Lewis allegedly crossed Hwy. 71 directly after the shooting and attempted to rob Howard R. Clark of 4804 S. Turner St. of his car. A commotion ensued and Lewis ran towards Lake Fayetteville. A witness is reported by police to h a v e seen a youth throwing an object into the lake, Lewis was soon after arrested by Springdale police in the area of the lake. ' A .22 caliber pistol was later recovered after a search of the lake. Trial for Lewis in Washington Circuit Court was scheduled for July 16 and later changed to Aug. 27. It was then postponed so that Lewis could be admitted to the Arkansas State Hospital for examination. According to the Washington Circuit Clerk's office, a n e w trial for Lewis has not been set.

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