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Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - June 19, 1976, Traverse City, Michigan 2 Sections 24 pages Traverse City Traverse City Michigan 49684 Saturday June 19 1976 Price South Africa rioting spreads to the sea LEAP A pilot takes off from the sie Bay cliffs in a practice flight for the upcoming Midwestern Open Hang Gliding Competition being held In conjunction with the 4th Annual National Soaring and Gliding Festival which begins today Events are scheduled throughout the week The National Soaring Queen Pageant is tonight at Frankfort High School Other events include a regatta demolition derby soaring and hang gliding and parades file photo Eye operation nears reality By MARTY SOMMERNESS staff writer GRAWN Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea of government red tape Marvin Schneider was unable to receive the aid necessary for an operation to save his eyesight A letter to the editor published in Monday's and a groundswell of community support may have changed the situation a fund has been set up through Grace Episcopal Church to pay for Schneider's medical expenses and hope is running high that he will be able to enter the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor sometime next week Mrs Leonard Clark of Grawn Schneider's sister started the grassroots effort when she wrote a letter to the telling of her brother's inability to get any financial aid to pay for the operation ed to save his sight After the publication Mrs Clark received a flood of telephone calls offering assistance On Friday four community leaders established the Grace Episcopal Church Special Fund to help pay for Schneider's medical ex- penses For Schneider his family and friends the public response to his problem has been overwhelming It's a his sister said According to Robert Wilson of the Traverse City office of the Michigan Dept of Social Services Schneider was caught in the catch-22 of having aid refused him because of the January by the Michigan legislature of the general assistance program and because Schneider was a borderline case he was making just enough money not to fall under the department's guidelines for aid Excess income for was the reason Wilson gave for Schneider's inability to receive aid It's one of those marginal things They the department can help you if you want to lay around and not said Schneider who works at a local service station Just because I didn't have all their so-called papers they wanted they wouldn't touch me But if I can't work you might as well take me out and shoot he said If you get a job they ask you if you've had heart trouble if you have hearing trouble if you have eye trouble If you say yes yes then you can't get the job I've put in about 60 applications to get this job and now I've showed my boss that I can do the job Schneider who is partially deaf and has a pacemaker because of heart troubles needs the operation because his sight is deteriorating daily his sister said The cataracts have doubled in size since Marv first went to Dr said Carolyn friend of the family Without my eyesight my ears are no good to me because I need to read lips to help my Schneider said This is why this operation is so im- portant to me Overwhelming would be putting the public's reaction McFarland said People are coming back to ing one another again You couldn't get me out of Traverse City especially now To say thank you just doesn't seem enough but that's all they want The Rev Thomas Stoll rector of Grace Episcopal Church and one of the administrators of the fund said the fund was experiencing a time lag between publicity about the fund and the time when he expects donations will start coming in got a total of which I don't think means much because I don't I he said I guess when it comes right down to the nitty gritty people still really Schneider's sister said nally explained Vice President Nelson Rockefeller told reporters in Greensboro that the GOP known for its Southern strategy in past races this year will have a strategy that involves other parts of the country Rockefeller declined to concede the South to Carter but said it would be very difficult for the Republican party to make any major inroads under the circumstances JOHANNESBURG South Africa UPI Violence erupted on a third un- campus today spreading four days of bloody race riots from townships of Johannesburg to the sea Racial violence since Wednesday has killed 97 persons and injured more than police said but many officials said those figures were conservative Police said rioters today tried to burn down the Alan Taylor medical residence for blacks at the University of Natal in Wentworth near Durban about 400 miles southeast of Johannesburg on the Indian Ocean Police also stopped a demonstration by black students trying to march on the Durban city center attacked campus buildings Friday at the University of Zululand also in Natal province and at a sity in Pietersburg 200 miles north of Johannesburg Prime Minister John Vorster warned Friday that all universities where blacks are destroying their own amenities would be closed in- definitely In Soweto the sprawling black township where the violence broke out Wednesday police reported calm Friday they fired repeatedly at looters and mobs in eight Johannesburg suburbs where crowds at- tacked government administration buildings But black civic officials in Soweto said today they expected the tension to die down there because all the government buildings have been destroyed already the liquor stores have been looted and there is nothing left to one said Police issued radio appeals to white store owners in Johannesburg not to sell liquor to blacks One police spokesman said hard liquor had run out in the townships and blacks might try to build up stocks from stores Vorster blamed the violence on a deliberate attempt to bring about polarization between whites and blacks In New York the Security Council convened Friday night to con- sider a demand by several black African nations that South Africa be condemned for the callous shooting of blacks More than 1.000 persons mostly blacks have been injured including an unspecified number with bullet wounds Hospital officials said many were treated for stabbing and clubbing in- juries received in drunken brawls and fights between rival gangs The death toll surpassed the long riots of 1960 when police killed 84 blacks during protests over government orders that blacks carry identification documents at all times Rioting erupted Wednesday in Soweto 15 miles south of Johannesburg after police fired into a crowd of schoolchildren protesting the tory use of the Afrikaans language in teaching some subjects in black schools Black Soweto officials supported the demonstrations saying Afrikaans the language of South Africa's original white is the language of the oppressors Ford gets 10 Iowa delegates Reagan 8 By United Press International President Ford's shaky lead over Ronald Reagan in the GOP presidential race widened by two votes today as a result of a close contest at the Iowa Republican Convention Republicans in six district caucuses Friday night at the Des Moines con- vention chose 10 national convention delegates for Ford and eight for Reagan Eighteen more were scheduled to be picked today from the convention floor The Iowa caucuses raised Ford's Fighting delays flight from Beirut BEIRUT Lebanon UPI Heavy fighting along the roads surrounding Beirut today forced a 24-hour of a convoy taking hundreds of Americans and Britons out of Lebanon A British spokesman urged everyone to be ready Sunday for what he said might be the last chance to get out of the city In Washington President Ford arrived at the National Security Affairs office at the White House at EDT and stayed about 75 minutes were told adequate security could not be assured along the road by the people who were supposed to be providing the White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen said The decision was made lor Announcement of the postponement coming minutes before the scheduled departure brought groans from crowds of Americans assembled at the Riviera Hotel and from Britons and other nationals at the British Em- bassy waiting for the long ride to Damascus delegate count to 107 short of nomination and boosted to 903 Ninety-two uncommitted gates have been chosen and 241 remain to be picked including 80 this weekend in Iowa Washington State Delaware Texas and Colorado Jimmy Carter meanwhile stretched his decisive margin in the Democratic race when a poll of delegates to the as state convention added 21 national delegates to his column That put his delegate total at 51 more than is needed for the nomination Carter's headquarters announced he plans to retain Robert Strauss as Democratic national chairman There had been speculation Carter would drop the Texan Carter ended a five-day vacation at Sea Island Ga and scheduled talks day to two church groups the African Methodist Episcopal Church conference in Atlanta and a session of the Disciples of Christ at Lafayette Ind Jerry Brown told reporters in Washington he was curtailing his for the Democratic nomination and would concentrate on being nor of California But he said he hadn't abandoned all hope of being nominated I recognize the Brown said It is obvious to me that Carter barring some unforeseen circumstance which I will not as yet foreclose seems to have the nomination in hand Ford canceled a Des Moines trip that would have had him making his first face-to-face campaign encounter with Reagan electing instead to stay in Washington to keep up with attempts to evacuate Americans from Lebanon Reagan told Republicans in the Iowa caucuses I believe I can defeat Jimmy Carter He then flew to Spokane for the Washington State GOP session Former Texas Gov John Connally frequently mentioned as a GOP vice presidential prospect told reporters in Fort Worth he hopes he isn't offered the No 2 spot It's the worst job in the Con- President Gerald Ford Ronald Reagan Accused murderer held without bail Clear and cooler tonight with lows in the 50s Sunday with highs in the 70s See Page 2 for weather In- formation The Traverse City City Commission has a packed agenda for Its meeting Monday Page 3 A Kalkaska woman faces murder charges Page 3 Michigan has its own lobby in Washington Page 5 Bowie declares Charlie Finley's of three of Us player void Page 8 A class takes on a saving project Page 11 11 6 Bounty courthouse By DAN HANRAHAN staff writer BELLAIRE A farm hand from Elk Rapids is being held without bond today in the Antrim County jail on a count murder charge issued Friday by a district court judge Victor I Cole 22 of 301 Ames St faces first and second degree murder and murder charges in the strangulation killing of Pamela A Basnett 28 of 201 Lake St Elk Rapids whose naked body was found in her Bass Lake cottage nine days ago by a neighbor She had been dead for three days Cole who was arrested Thursday has been under suspicion in death since police said they first learned day a week ago that he had been in the cottage only hours before her death Prosecutor James G Young of Antrim County asked for the three murder charges murder he said is one associated with the com- mission of another crime Basnett an attractive brunette whose legs were crippled in an accident was found with a nylon stocking tied around her neck She had been sexually abused police said Found clad in a bikini with the top pulled down around her waist police said they suspect the killing was ly motivated Judge E Patrick Murray who will preside over a hearing next Wednesday in District Court ordered Cole held without bond at a closed hearing in the Antrim County jail Murray appointed attorney Jack Unger of Bellaire who has represented Cole before to act as defense counsel at ing set for p.m in Bellaire at the Michael Dively the state's new energy chief addressed regional planners day and told them that gasoline prices continue to rite Story Page 3 Classified Club 16 Gossip Cd 15 Cole a thin pale man is familiar to law enforcement authorities in Antrim County Since 1974 he has served a total of six months in the county jail for three separate crimes Cole served 60 days 1974 for and fled larceny In late 1974 he was sentenced to 90 days for reckless use of a rifle for shooting a motorist in the face with a 22 Cole said he was hunting along U.S 31 north of Elk Rapids In Aug 1975 he was sentenced in cuit Court to 90 days in jail on a malicious destruction conviction for his role in the attempted sinking of a boat owned by Police Chief Jack Blesma of Elk Rapids Cole's jail history was obtained from court records Sheriff pred Backstrom who runs the county jail said Cole always was a quiet model prisoner who earned time off in each of his jail terms for good behavior Young who guided air intensive in- which began June 10 the day body was found credited police chief Blesma a three-man team of Region 10 East detectives and state police detectives from Traverse City for their round-the-clock work which led to Cole's arrest Thursday To verify if the victim had been raped as police said they suspect body will be exhumed Sunday under court order and transported to Sparrow Hospital Lansing to undergo a second autopsy Dr Lawrence Simson one of the few certified criminal pathologists in the state Young said has agreed to perform further scientific tests An autopsy done June 11 at Munson Medical Center without police vation police said did not provide enough details into the nature of the killing LOS ANGELES UPI not usually a trait found in stickup men but the bandit who held up a Bank of America branch was an ex- ception He took When a nervous teller tried to give him more he refused That's he said English is the other official In Soweto's Baragwanath Hospital an official of the all-black town council said the clashes are just the beginning You haven't seen anything told a reporter But we peace Police reinforcements were called up from all available sources to patrol the black townships and army units were placed on alert about three Soweto The violence Friday spread ta seven other black townships two black un- and briefly to several sub- urbs of exclusively white northern Johannesburg where rioters stoned automobiles One protester in a black northern Johannesburg told a British television Tell are fighting for our freedom Police Minister Jimmy Kruger predicted the situation would control this weekend banned all unauthorized public meetings My task is to maintain arid order Murder and arson is a very serious Kruger said My task is to free South hooligans Plan body mulls of Rowden By DAVID HAYES staff writer TRAVERSE CITY The executive committee of the Northwest Michigan Regional Planning and Development Commission will meet July 2 to again consider the dismissal of the executive director Billy 6 Rowden The full commission voted Friday morning to delegate the authority to deal with staff problems to the executive committee The motion had been presented to the full commission by Troubles Committee formed to study staff problems and the delegation of commission authority The commission bounced the staff problem issue back to the executive committee which met in a closed door executive session Friday to discuss the resolution Following the meeting several committee members said the executive committee hact agreed to meet July 2 to reconsiders our major staff problems including staff problem we considered at our meeting During the meeting commission members discussed a recent decision by the Antrim County Board of Com- missioners to halt funding of The regional planning clearinghouse abuses had been corrected Antrim County is the second of the 10 counties to announce that it would not financially support the commission Charlevoix County also has withheld its share of commission funding as a result of the controversy In addition both Emmet Charlevoix counties have approved resolutions calling for resignation The problem commission members say is the result of a rift between Rowden and the former law enforcement planner and law en- forcement advisory council The rift developed after a still ed dispute between Rowden who in the past has received the backing of most commission members and the state Of- fice of Criminal Justice Programs over the percentage of law enforcement planning grants which can be charged for salary maintenance office and other costs by the commission The full commission at a meeting July 4 rejected a motion to ask resignation Margot Power a member of the com- mission from Leelanau County and head of the Troubles Committee called resolutions presented to the full mission crisis needs that had met The committee's first dation that the authority over personnel be temporarily transferred from Rowden to the ex- committee until the rules and regulations are changed resulted from the com- fuzziness indistinct responsibility Power said the action would put the responsibility in one place A second resolution presented by the troubles committee and approved Friday a committee with one member from each county to look into the purpose of the commission its relationship to local government its structure and procedures Commission members would not comment Friday if the ex- committee meeting July 2 would be open to the public
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