Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 10, 1974 · Page 3
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 10, 1974
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Mills' Whereabouts Alter 9:50 P.M. Unaccounted For WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep, · Wilbur D. Mills spent at least · part of the evening drinking, dining and dancing with friends · hours before he was involved in a bizarre incident in which one of his women companions was rescued from drowning by police. The manager of a Washington night club where the Ar' kunsas Democrat has been a 1 frequent palron saitl Mills, « three women and another man ; were in the establishment for " about three hours on Sunday '' nrght. ; During that time they had dinner and drinks which cost about $80 in all and then left, - according to George Bcrlran, 47, manager of the Junkanoo restaurant on fashionable Con;; necticut Avenue. None of the - gioup appeared intoxicated when they left about 9:30 p.m., i 1 . He said. Tiie whereabouts of the influential 65-year-old congressman, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means committee, remained a mystery between that hour and the 2 a.m. Incident at the Tidal Basin near . the Jefferson Memorial. Mills'himself remained in seclusion late Wednesday as the I U.S. Park Police disputed a claim Mills made through aides · that he was not present at the ; incident and knew nothing about it. ; FACES CHALLENGE Mills is currently involved in ; a re-election campaign and fac- ' inj: his stiffest challenge in years from a woman Republican candidate. ; As recounted by police, the Tidal Basin incident occurred ; when two officers stopped a ' 1973 Lincoln Continental' that , was traveling at an unreason- · able speed with lights out at 2 ' a.m. 'Monday. Five people · spilled out. The car was regis- I tered to Mills, police safd. : ; They said one of the men ; identified himself to the officers ;: as Mills and the police report, ;' according to Franklin A. Ar- ;· thur, assistant chief of the Park ;. Police, described this man as .'· "intoxicated." His face was i scratched and bleeding, they ; said. ;! While police questioned the ; group, a woman identified as Anabella Battistella, crying and :'; shouting in mixed Spanish and ·· English, ran to a bridge and '.' leaped into the water. She was ', rescued by an officer, who dove i,' in after her. '!. In a news conference called · after Mills' claim that he was ;! not involved, Arthur said, "We · can assume it was Rep. Mills." :· He added, "I think the officers · would recognize" him. ; Mills' administrative assist; ant, Oscar "Gene" Goss, who ;; had earlier relayed .Mills' de- · nials of involvement to news- : : men, said after the police press conference, "I cannot refute what the police say!" Mrs. Balllslclla was admitted lu a hospital but later released und reporters who called her apartment on Wednesday were told by another woman that she was sleeping under sedation. The doorbell at the apart menl also went unanswered, al hough .people could be heard noving about inside. The worn an lives in a luxury, hi'gh-rise ipartment complex where Mills and his wife also have ar apartment, ft is in Crystal City Va., across the Potomac River from the capital. The Washington Post quole( hospital sources a s saying Mrs Battistolla, 38. had two black eyes and had identified hersel to officials there as:a stripper. GOP May Boost Resources For Petty Campaign WASHINGTON (AP) -duly Petty, who seeks lo un- icat Hep. Wilbur D. Mills, D- Ark., is (Jelling Financial a n d volunteer support from the Republican National Comm i 11 G e , party chairman Mary Louise Smith said Wednesday. There have been published reports that the administration las lent moral hacking to the ·e-eleclion efforts of Mills, chairman of he powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Mrs. Smith, speaking to the Republican Women's Federal Forum, was asked by a member of the audience if Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon s appearance Hot Springs Sept. 14 with Mills meant GOP support of the con gressman. According to a spokesman for Mills, Simon had wanted for some time to talk to Mills about the economic outlook am related legislation. The spokes man said that since Simon was. n the area anyway he decided o drop in on tlic congressman. Mills and Simon hold u joint iews conference at the airport here. "We urc offering assistance o Mrs. Petty," said .Mrs. Smith. "She is a fine candidate and she has our support." Eddie Mahe, director of the ilepublican National Committee's political division, said later that Mrs. Petly asked and received a $5,000 contribution 'rom the party. The committee also has done computer survey work for Mrs. Petty and plans to send at least one person to Arkansas to help in the campaign. Mahe said Mrs. Potty's election cluinces are "excellent" and that race is considered a 'No. 1 larget campaign" for the committee. Before Mills' apparent incident involving police at the Tidal Basin in Washington, "he was nn lower of strength." said \luhc, "and now her chances are even improved." Also, Mahe said the national committee might be sending still more resources Into the state to aid her now because the incident may have harmed Mills' re-election efforts. Westark Seeks FOttT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- Westark Community College will accept applications for a new president until Jan. 1. The college is seeking a successor to Dr. Shelby Breedlovc of Fort Smith who died Sept. 25. Dr. William Klusmcicr, chairman of Ihc Presidential Search Committee, and three other Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Thurv, Oct. 10, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS trustees were appointed last week, along with two faculty members and a student, to recommend a prcson for the position. 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