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Detroit, Michigan
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Wednesday, January 5, 1977
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Today's. Chuckle Anybody who thinks talk is ' cheap never told a baby-sitter ' to help herself if she got hungry. THE SECOND FRONT PAGE Wednesday, January 5, 1977 Ti'T'r'ri J fit If I Page 3, Section A mm UNFRIENDLY CUT Oakland Assistant Transferred To Court, Loses 810,000 Pay LEO HAZEN, the former executive director and sole member of the special projects department under Oakland County Executive Dan Murphy, started a new job Tuesday. He has been transferred to be a Friend of the Court, where he will chase men who are late paying child support and alimony. He will make $17,000 a year, as opposed to $27,000 in his old job. Murphy, switched Hazen after coming under fire from the Oakland County Board of Cmmissioners. ' Some commissioners said the old position was a political job and that Hazen had no actual duties. Revolving Courtroom justice YOU NEED A MAP to find your way around Detroit Recorder's Court these days. The death of Chief Judge Donald S. Leonard, the retirement of Judge Elvin L. Davenport and the arrival of two new judges has prompted a moving spree guaranteed to confuse the attorneys and defendants alike. Some judges want new neighbors, others just want a new location. On the eighth floor, Judge Thomas L. Poindexter has moved into Leonard's old courtroom. His new neighbor will be Judge Clarence Laster Jr., who has taken over Poindexter's old place. Judge Robert L. Evans has moved up one floor to Davenport's former seventh floor courtroom. Milk Rule Is Cool with Aniish MICHIGAN'S AMISH DAIRY FARMERS won't have a problem with a regulation like the one forcing " hundreds of Amish out of dairying in Indiana.' Michigan does have a rul like the Indiana one which requires that milk be cooled to 50 degrees within two hours after it leaves the cow. But while the Indiana Amish say their faith prohibits them from using refrigeration machinery to cool milk quickly, the Michigan members of the sect don't. Local bishops decide what modern devices the Amish can use, and in Michigan gas motors are okay to pump cool water around cans of fresh milk. Judge Smiles on Young Love TWO 17-YEAR-OLDS will be married Wednesday, thanks to Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge James Canham. The couple Richard Lee Davis and Debra Alyne Scala, went to the City-County Building Tuesday for a marriage license, but were turned away because Davis isn't 18. Michigan law says females aged 16 and 17 can be married if they have parental consent, but that males can't marry until 18 regardless of what their parents say. Davis, who is on a short leave from the Army, persisted. Finally, he and his intended were steered to Canham, who ruled that the law doesn't apply in their case. Grand Jury Urged In Welfare Probe BY HUGH McDIARMID Lansing Bureau Chief LANSING Attorney General Frank Kelley said Tuesday he will soon request a Wayne County grand jury to complete his widening probe into welfare and Medicaid frauds. " Kelley also said several dozen individuals are now under investigation for possible criminal violations and that the list may grow after the grand jury is convened. He offered no specific timetible for the grand jury but said he intends to request it soon. Approval by the Wayne County Circuit Court ia considered virtually automatic. KELLEY'S REMARKS followed a, lengthy meeting with Gov. Milliken Monday which both men later described as a progress report on Kclley's investigations. Milliken's director of social services, John T. Dempsoy, had requested a grand jury investigation in mid-November following allegations of widespread corruption in the Wayne County Welfare Department. Kelley said Monday that his investigation into Wayne County welfare problems has paralleled a similar probe of statewide Medicaid frauds and that the grand jury will investigate both. He said it is possible that certain Medicaid providers for. example, clinics, or nursing homes have been guilty of defrauding both the federal government of Medicaid funds and the state of welfare funds. A grand jury, through its subpena powers, can compel witnesses to testify under oath. "We are rapidly approaching that point in our investigation where we need such powers," said Kelley. Kelley said he will seek a citizens' grand jury rather than a one-man grand jury, which he termed "ineffective." Dempsey, who directs the state's welfare programs, had asked Kelley on Nov. 16 to request a grand jury. ATTORNEY General Frank Kelley, who offered no specific timetable for the grand jury. Pupil Shot hi School; Trio Held A 16-year-old Osborne High school student was shot and wounded Tuesday when three persons fired at him in the hallway outside the school office. Reggie Robinson of 1,1522 Mitchell was listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital with a bullet wound in the right leg. Police said three persons entered the school at 11600 E. Seven Mile about 3:15 p.m. and fired three shots at Robinson. Police assigned to the school arrested three suspects, aged 15, 17 and 34. They were being held pending criminal charges. Police said they had come to the school looking for Robinson, but no immediate motive was found. M om Hopes, But No Clues on Girl BY KEN FIREMAN AND JULIE MORRIS Free Press Staff Writers The mother of a 10-year-old Berkley girl who disappeared three days ago remained hopeful Tuesday that her daughter will be found alive, despite what police describe as a complete lack of clues in the child's disappearance. After a meticulous house-to-house search of the area, Berkley police say they still have no leads on what happened to Kristine Mihelich after she vanished Sunday on her way home from a nearby store. THEY ADMIT THAT they are troubled by some of the similarities between Kristine's disappearance and the slaying of Jill Robinson, a 12-year-old Royal Oak girl who ran away from home Dec. 22 and was feund shot to death in Troy four, days later. daughter's "Somehow, it's OK until it's your picture on the front page. Then you sit and wonder what happened. But Kristine's mother, Mrs. Deborah As-croft said she had not given up hope that her daughter, the 'eldest of her four children would turn up unharmed. "People keep talking about the Royal Oak girl, but I'm just not going to even think about that," she said. Mrs. Ascroft talked nervously about her daughter while sitting in the kitchen of her wood-frame house which was filled Tuesday with friends and relatives. "I usually don't even let her go to the store where she went Sunday, because she has to cross Twelve Mile to get there," Mrs. Ascroft said. She described Kristine as a quiet, pleasant girl who never seemed to cause trouble. And she ruled out any possibility that her daughter might have run away from home. She talked about trying to explain what had happened to her two sons, aged eight and six. "They keep asking when Kris is coming home," she said. Kristine's father, Daniel Mihelich sat silently at the kitchen table, sipping a beer and listening to his ex-wife. Then he slowly shook his head. "Somehow, it's OK until it's your dangh-ter's picture on the front page," he said. "Then you sit and wonder what happened." " MEANWHILE BOTH students and staff at the. school Kristine attends, Pattengill Elementary School, tried Tuesday to carry on normally, but the tension was there beneath the surface. At lunchtime, for example, a report of a lost child caused a frantic 20-minufe search one that ended happily as the missing child Please turn to Page 7A, Col. S City Says Aid Must Be Doubled Parolee, 2d Man Are Arraigned in Kidnap-Murder BY JANE BRIGGS-BUNTING Free Press Staff Writer Two Pontiac men, one a parole who has been charged with 13 felonies since his release from prison last May, were arraigned Tuesday for the murder of a 25-year-old Waterford Township store clerk. The clerk was kidnapped Aug. 17 during a robbery of the store and found murdered a month later in a field two miles away. The two men, Darrell L. Jarvis, 21, and Randy Seibert, 18, have been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of felony murder in the fatal stabbing of Elizabeth Mojica. A third Pontiac man, William Seibert, 23, the brother of Randy, has been charged in the robbery of the Quik-Pik party store on W. Walton Blvd. He has not been charged in the murder. Police believe that Miss Mojica was killed within hours of the kidnapping, though her'body was not found until Sept. 17. A FARMER'S dug led state police and Waterford Township officers to the woman's body near a quarry in a field off Mann Road in Independence Township. Randy Siebert and Jarvis were arrested in November by Presque He County sheriff's deputies for a series of robberies in neighboring Montmorency County. Sheriff's deputies notified Waterford Township police of the arrest, since the men were from Oakland County. In at least one instance, the Montmorency County robberies followed a pattern similar to that in the Mojica case the only witness was kidnapped. That witness was released unharmed. In addition, Seibert's grandmother lives near the site where Miss Mojica's body was found. OAKLAND County Prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson has assigned a special prosecutor, Frank Mandlebaum, to handle the case. Patterson said the three men had cased local party stores in the Waterford Township area before robbing the Quik-Pik. "The store was selected because she (Miss Mojica) Please turn to Page 4A, Col. 3 was -jIL Jill Free Press Photo by JOHN COLLIER So Much for Officialdom Little Debbie Ott of Plymouth turns her back on officialdom Tuesday as Deputy Detroit Mayor William Bechman (left) gives her a proclomation naming January as March of Dimes month in the' metro area. Debbie, 2, who has spinal bifida, cheered up later, but only after lots of comforting from her mother, Kathy Ott, and Richard Kelly (right), Wayne County auditor and chairman of the executive board of the Metropolitan Chapter of the March of Dimes. Joanne Carron (foreground), 9, of St. Clair Shores, looked on with the seasoned eye of a veteran: she's a former poster child and is acting as good will ambassador for the metro chapter this year. Downtown Crowley's Closing July 2 v JLS &-H2 WO f-Pi r :iz.LlL3 Crowley's downtown store, built in 1903 Free Press Photo Freedom Rider Sues FBI For Beating by KKKin '61 BY PAUL MAGNUSSON Free press Staff Writer A former Freedom Rider, left crippled after an attack by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama in 1961, filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids against FBI Driector Clarence Kelley and other top FBI officials for their alleged failure to stop Klan beatings of civil rights workers. The suit, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, asks $1 million in damages for Grand Rapids residents Walter Bergman and his wife, Frances, who were part of a team of seven Freedom Riders beaten by the white vigilantes at a rest stop in Anniston, Ala. Bergman, 77, a former Wayne State professor and Detroit . School Board official and Frances, 73, were active civil rights workers who had volunteered to be among the first to integrate bus station facilities in the South. The beating suffered by Bergman left him part paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. The suit stems from testimony given in 1975 by a former FBI undercover agent before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the FBI knew of Klan plans to attack the Freedom Riders on May 14, 1961, but did nothing to stop the violence. Gary Thomas Rowe, a Klan infiltrator for the FBI, told the Senate committee that he helped negotiate an agreement with the Alabama State Police and the Montgomery City Police that gave Klansmen 15 uninter- Please turn to Page 7A, Col. 4 Warren Woman Sells Boat Fast With FP Ad "My daughter has a boat to sell too, and I told her the only paper to advertise in was the Free Press," said Mrs. W. B Warren. Thousands of other satisfied Free Press classified users agree. Mrs. B. used a Fast-ACTION Classified Ad to find a buyer for a 26-foot bpat and found her buyer on the third day. Your results can be just as impressive! Place your classified ad today. Dial 222-6800 or Toll Free (800) 572-3670 CALL TODAYS BY SANDRA J. WHITE Free Press Business Writer Crowley's will shut the doors of its downtown Detroit store on July 2, President Robert Winkel told employes at a meeting Tuesday morning. It was more than three years ago, in 197,1, that officials of Crowley Milner Co. concluded that its flagship store, founded at Gratiot and Farmer in 1908, was obsolete and would have to be abandoned. With its rickety-sounding wooden escalators, the first in town, and its cavernous sales floors, the store was considered just too old and too big to renovate, especially in view of dwindling sales there. The store chose not to renew its lease on the property and was told that the white, eight-story building must be torn down by July 1, 1978. WINKEL PREVIOUSLY said the store would have to close by December, 1977. His announcement Tuesday gives the store an extra six months to clear the property, which adjoins the already-vacant Kern block, former site of Kern Brothers department store which closed 17 years ago. "The continuing decline in sales downtown has resulted in an operating loss that we in no way could continue," Winkel said after his speech to employes as they gathered on the first floor. AS THEY STOOD among the thinning post-Christmas sale tables, Crowley's employes heard what will happen to them come July. The corporate offices will remain downtown, occupying an 11-story building across Library Street that Crowley's acquired in 1972 for its administrative, buying and merchandise handling operations. Winkel said "rather substantial remodeling," especially of Please turn to Page 7A, Col. 2 Forecast ; Warns of Deficits BY DAVE ANDERSON ' Fret Press Staff Writer Detroit will need double the amount it is now getting in federal and state aid if it provide adequate services over the next five' years and reverse its decline, according to the city's latest financial forecast. '; The forecast, issued Tuesday, says that without such new aid the city will run a $40 million deficit next year and that the deficit will grow,1 to $170 million a year by fiscal 1981-82. Budget Director Walter Stecher said this year's forecast contained an "optimists" estimate of revenues. It - is based on continued good auto sales through 1982 and a con' tinued increase in city incomt tax collections, he said. A five-year forecast is fs-r sued annually by the Budget Department. ' ' THE FORECAST estimate that the city will receive $285 million in federal and state aid next year about a third of the city budget. Restoring the Police Department to full strength, rehiring about 2,000 civilian employes and erasing a projected $40 million deficit for next year will require about $100 million more than the city expects to collect from local taxes, fees and state and federal aid. Another $250 million a yeai for the next four to five yH would be needed for capital improvements new housing; government buildings, parRs, slum clearance and beautifica: tion in order to reverse "The downward trend of 'Hie city . . . in less than-a decade," The forecast said. During the fiscal year end; ing this summer, the city has been able to p a y off last year's $43 million deficit, plus break even, through massive, layoffs and freezes on hiring and spending. " The layoffs were made jas" emergency measures and ar "steps that can be endured for. a limited time only," the report said. -; ' The city has thus 'far' averted bankruptcy, but the. factors that could lead to such, an occurrence are still operative. Population is declining,' and those who remain require more intensive government services. "The housing stock is stilf shrinking, due in main to HUD devastation. Some manufac turing and retail businesses continue to leave the city, ttf find larger, more modern facilities or to follow their more affluent clientele." l. The report identifies some;' bright spots such as . the Renaissance Center, the Medical Center and the recent fed-, eral funding of a new sports' arena and downtown mails.; But the forecast mostly paints a picture of a city that will continue in a downward spiral unless it gets a massive influx Please turn to Page 4A, Col. t 2 Escapees Stick Around 1 IONIA (UPI) Two prisoners escaped from their cells at the Ionia County Jail Tuesday and eluded authorities for more than six hours without leaving the building. Sheriff's deputies employed State Police tracking dogs in a widespread search for the escapers in the Ionia area without turning up a trace. Sheriff William Benslnr theorized they left jn a getaway car waiting for them outside the building. Six hours after the two prisoners were reported missing, jail guards decided to make one more thorough building search and found the pair hiding in a crawlspace on the second floor under the roof. . V The two men, Lester Williams, 19, of Saranac and William Bennett, 21, of Ionia escaped from their cell between the 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. bedchecks. They had stuffed their cell lock with paper before turning in.' Williams was awaiting transfer to Southern Michigan Prison at Jackson on a break-i n g-and-entering conviction. Bennett was awaiting trial on breaking-and-entering charges.

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