Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 29, 1974 · Page 24
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 24

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, September 29, 1974
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12B · Northwest Arkaniot TtMES, Sun.,'Sept. 29, 1974 FAYETTIVILLE, ARKANSAS Young Man's Freedom. Ends Two Days After 16th Birthday ..NEW YORK (AP)- -- Twoi days after his IGlh birthday, Jerome Murpliy's freedom ended. He was arrested, on Sept. 17, 1973, for selling $30 worth of heroin to an undercover narcotics agent. Black, a school dropout veteran ot juvenile courts in Albany, N.Y., Murphy was convicted and given life in jail, Murphy is one of 150 persons given life terms under a drug law that went on the books in New York State Sept. 1, 1973. The new law put punishment for illegal drugs on 'a par with murder and kidnaping. But city and federal narcotics experts say that it-hasn't-put a dent in this city's huge drug traffic, at least not yet. The year-old law says that anyone at least 16 years of age convicted of selling an eighth of an ounce or more of almost any drug must go to jail for a min irmim of one year and a max imiim of life. Lifetime parol- supervision is mandatory after release from jail. Under the old drug law, lift terms averaged about two doz en a year, and then only fo major offenders involved in big drug operations. ' Heroin and cocaine are mqr available on New York Cit; streets today than a year ago law enforcement officers sa But, they add, the real impac of the new law wiU come one mandatory life terms are com monplace. ALARMS SOUNDED Some of the city's lop judge and legal aid lawyers ar sounding constitutional alarms They argue that indefinite pris on terms amount to cruel an unusual punishment. But polic and district attorneys outsid New York City say the new lax has helped, at least by drivin drug traffic deeper undo ground. The controversy may not b New York's alone. Arizona New Jersey, Connecticut an Massachusetts are studying th state's drug law, enacted in 111 final months of Nelson Bock efeller's 15 - year term as gover nor. Rockefeller proposed the la as an admittedly drastic mea ure. He contended that a billion-dollar drug treatment program had failed to halt the "wholesale mugging and robbing" of New Yorkers by an estimated 300,000 heroin addicts, about half of the known addicts in the nation. Most of the 300,000 are in this city. New emphasis was to be placed on hitting the big pushers. But where the old law provided a 15-year-to-life term for the sale of one pound of narcotics, the new law levied that penalty for one ounce, a sale usually made by small dealers MAJOR CRIME "Rightfully so," argues Deputy Police Chief Daniel Courtenay, head of New York City's organized crime bureau narcotics division. "A guy with o n e ounce of heroin does more damage than an individual with a machine gun at Times Squar- at high noon." Courtenay says one ounce Is enough for 1,000 bags of dilutei heroin. * Judge Leonard Shandler, : narcotics trial judge in th Manhattan Supreme Court maintains the new law is _ "menace to individual free dorn." The chief admimst.r?tiV- judge for the Manhattan Nar colics Courts, David Ross agrees. "How can you rehabil' tate a man with a life sen tence? -Are you rehabilitate him for the undertaker?" MAJOR CHANGE One major legal change, ir New York City at least, deve oped this summer in the han dling of illicit methadone eases Methadone, a medical subst tute for heroin, is distribute legally through city drug prc grams. But distribution is i carefully controlled amounts. An extensive black mark- has developed because meth adone is cheaper than heroin, day's suppply costs $5 compare with $50 for heroin. A numbe of deaths have been attribute to methadone overdoses from . Illegal sales. To deal with the growm .methadone problem, six me this .summer were given li terms in New York City f sale of as little as $7 worth methadone-laced orange ]uice Judge Ross termed it "i human." The city's top narco ics prosecutor, Asst. Dist. Alt Frank Hogers, agreed to hand small,. illegal methadone sale s misdemeanors in the future. Upstate New York prosc- utors, including Albany Dist. tty. Ralph Smith, declined. hey said stiff prosecutions ould continue. Smith's office prosecuted the irome Murphy case and has nother pending against a IB- ear-old white youngster who llegedly sold "speed."; The Al- any prosecutor says he likes the new law -with its elimination of special treatment for juvenile offenders over 16. "Sure it troubles us to see a 16-year- old faced with this kind of stiff treatment. But that doesn't change the fact that his sules can hook 10-and 11-year-old kids. Drug dealing is an adult crime." The new law, besides provid ing mandatory life sentences for drug sales, fixes life sentences for possession of a pound or more of most drugs. Sale or possession of marijuana, on the other hand, has been reduced under the new law from a felony to a misdemeanor carrying one to 15 years in prison, with probation for first offenders. LACKS STATISTICS The state lacks detailed sta- tistics on tho drug law after one year, but New York City alono accounted for more than 75 lifetime convictions. So far, only five convictions brought the maximum 15' years before possible parole -- all In New York City. Among them were a railroad worker who allegedly made more than a dozen heroin sales to an undercover agent and two individuals who sold more than · pound of cocaine. Cases like those would have received tho same stiff penalty under the old law, according to Judge Mary Johnson Lowe, another Manhattan narcotics trial judge. She and some fellow judges were concerned for first- time' offenders, all given life terms for small heroin sales. Under the old law, they might have received probation or a maximum of 15 to 25 years for sales under one pound. 'Dealers laid low last September when the law went into effect, but within six weeks they were back in full swing." says Arthur Grubert, chief of the drug enforcement administration's new federal-local intelligence division. "It's grown even more since March, when Mexican heroin began turning up on the East Coast for th« first time. "Give It (the law) time. It may take two years for it to show any real effect," Grubert continued. "The big cases take a long time to come to trial; but once we get a solid string of convictions, we should see a change on the streets. If not, we'll look for something else." FIRST FEDERAL OF ROGERS RST AGAIN HER YIELDS Effective October 1 we will pay daily earnings compounded daily. It's; the highest return FE Woman Ordered To Pay Child Support PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) -A Pittsburgh woman has bee ordered to pay child support her former husband, who h, custody of the co'uple's tw young children. The presumption that tl husband is solely responsib '01 the support of children " dearly the vestige of the pa and incompatible with th 1 Present recognition .of equalit 01 'lie sexes," Allegheny Count .-Common Pleas Court Judg -Louis 1. Sparvero said. ,,' Ih(! Judge ordered Priscll Meinhold, who has remarrie since divorcing. Armaud Cei tracohio, to pay him $30 month, or one-third of the co of caring i or the two young sters. Surcharge Cuts WASHINGTON (AP) -- Th Civil Aeronautics Board has o dered most airlines to reduc security surcharges charge airline passengers from 59 to 3 Ctnts by Oct. 12 after, rulin that the fees have · been to high, . . . . . . I on insured savings in Northwest Arkansas. Higher than any bank. Higher than any Arkansas savings and loan not compounding daily. And you can't beat that. Annual Rate Annual Yield Rate on our $1,000, 4 year Certificates of Deposit when daily compounded interest is left on deposit! ANOTHER HIGH INTEREST PLAN · Minimum deposit of $1,000 left to earn at 6'/4% for 30 monthi. Daily compounded interest, left on deposit, means an effective annual yield of' Yield HERE IS A TREMENDOUS INVESTMENT Minimum deposit of $1,000, left to earn at «%% for 12 months. Daily compounded interest, left on deposit, means" an effective annual yield of ONE OF OUR BEST SAVINGS PLANS A 90-day notice passbook acount. When earnings are left at 5'/4% to compound daily into the passbook, daily compounded interest means an effective annual yield of 5.92%. Funds on deposit 90 days may be withdrawn, without loss of earnings, at quarterly interest paying period. REGULAR PASSBOOK SAVINGS No minimum deposit is required. When earnings on this account are left at 5'/4% to compound.daily into the passbook, daily compounded interest means an effective annual yield of j ; ;' These new, higher earnings - through daily compounding of interest - are effective October 1, 1974. First Federal of Rogers will continue to offer a check on Certificate Interest or a transfer of interest to your Passbook Account, should you wish this arrangement. Certificate holders with balances of $10,000, or more, have the option of receiving their interest monthly. However, in this event, the annual yield will be the annual rate shown on Certificates. In order for interest on a Certificate to be compounded into the Certificate at the Certificate rate, it must be left to automatically compound. If you receive a check, or transfer of your interest, and you later want to deposit it into your Certificate/the total additional deposit must be in a minimum of $1,000. FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION ROGERS, ARKANSAS 72756 'Note: Federal regulations require a substantial interest penalty for certificates withdrawn'before th* certificate term expires.

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