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Corona Norco Independent (Newspaper) - January 8, 1973, Corona, California 85th Year, No. 148 Corona, Ca I if or ¡a Monday, January fli, 1973 Phone 737 1234 12 Pages—10 Cents Policé reach roof of blaze-scarred hotel » ' I"! ; RUNNING FOR COVER—A plainclothes police officer Howard Johnson Hotel in New Orleans where snipers runjs for cover as he moves into the area of the burning went on a marathon shooting sp^^e. 8 major Corona burglaries and thefts keep police on the move By HENRY LEPPARD Stolen automobiles continued to lead the field in burglary and theft losses last weekend, as Corona police cjialked up eight separate incidents where loot exceeded $100. Hardest hit by thieves was Ekniglas C. Davider, 2020 Kellogg, who reported the theft of a 1972 Intet-national Harvester half-ton pickup truck valued at $2,800. The victim told police that a number of tools were in the stolen truck. No orchard danger seen for tonight Temperatures dipped last night but not far enough to light up orchard heaters as had been necessary the previous three nights in a row. The danger will be gone entirely tonight with a 50 per cent chance of rain predicted along with clouds and a low reading in the high 30s. Rain is even more likely tomorrow with chances put at 80 per cent. The worst night of the three requiring smudging was Saturday night when most heaters in the area were lighted. The low that night downtown in Corona was 26 degrees and it went as low as 23 in some.groves. Today's noon temperature was 50 after an overnight low of 30. Police said that the truck was parked in a driveway at the victim's home. The vehicle was unlocked, and the thief fouiltt the keys in the ignition, officers indicated. GILBERT SALINAS, 1103 Qrcle City, reported the theft of a 1968 Camaro from the street in front of his home, and estimated the loss at $900. The thieves apparency pushed the car from its parking place. The County Sheriffs Dept. informed local officers last night that their deputies had recovered the vehicle, but. it had been wrecked and stripped. The department did not reveal where the auto was recovered. A MAJOR LOSS occurred FYiday afternoon at the home of Bernard M. Finn, 2890 S. Main. The loss included a black-white TV set, tape recorder, stereo record player with an am-fm radio, wrist watch, 13 books of trading stamps, two pillow ca^es, two jewelry boxes, electric razor, bed spread and perfume. Police said the burglars hit during the absence of the family, and gained entry to the patio by pushing in a screen. They pried a sliding glass door to reach the interior of the home. Police said the burglars dumped out contents of numerous drawers in their search for valuables, breaking several objects. ANOTHER THIEF took seven $100 bills from the home of Eldrich E. West at 206^. Cota. Police said the mbney.had been concealed in a closet, and they called the incident a grand theft. Burglars also hit Lincoln Elementary School to take a cassette recorder, science kit, pens and other items. Police said the burglars apparently picked a door lock and entered rooms two, three and 12. Richard Aldana, 523 W. Fifth, suffered a $150 loss when burglars took a number of tools from a garage at his home. Two Corona youths lost bicycles. Mark C. Garrett, 1654 Kellogg, lost a $125 Schwinn 10-speed bike when he parked it in front of Winchell Donut House, 1075 W. Sixth, for about five minutes. Robert J. Ward, 7201^. Belle, lost a 10-speed bike valued at $104 from Corona Boys Qub, 320 S. Merrill. Prosecution in Juan Corona cases gives final arguments FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP)— The prosecution in the Juan Corona mass murder trial launched its closing arguments today by demanding, "Where is the evidence that Juan V. Corona did not in fact kill these 25 men?" Sutter County Dist, Atty. G. Dave Teja said Corona's defense against the mass murder charges consisted of "unfulfilled promises." Teja devoted the first hour of the state's sumfhation with a point-by-point review of the opening statement four mcHiths ago by defense attorney Richard Hawk and the evidence and witnesses Hawk then promised. Hawk rested his case last Wednesday—a few minutes after, the prosecution completed its 14-week case—without calling a single -defense witness. "The defense promised you experts but produced none," Teja said. "Where is the homosexual and heterosexual evidence.,The character witnesses, many of whom who have been in the courtroom throughout the trial?" the prosecutor added. "Where is the evidence that Juan V. Corona didn't beat his wife and children?" Teja asked. "Where is the evidence that Juan V. Corona did not in fact km the»e 25 men?" Corona, a 38-year-old farm labor ciintractor, is on trial on charges of slaying 25 iterinerant farm workers and burying their bodies in orchards along the Feather River near Yuba City in the spring of 1971. "We were also promised evidence that the defendant had a leg infectira and was in bed for five days during the month of May 1971." Teja said, adding that he had produced witnesses w^o said Corona was on the job while-suffering a minor leg infection. Teja also cited Hsiwk's opening claim to the jury that he would prove that Corona's pistol could not have fired the bullet found in one murder victim's body, that he would prove many ranch hands had keys tio a mess hall where evidence was found against Corona and that he would show that blood in one of Corona's vehicles came from a farm worker whom Corona had driven to a doctor for treatment of a minor injury suffered on the job. "The defense's unfulfilled promises amount to quite a few," Teja said. « Then Teja launched into a summary of his own case, starting with a description of how employes on the Jack Sullivan ranch helped Sutter County sheriff's deputies find the last 10 of the 25 graves. "These 10 grave sites were located' because Juan Corona, and no one else, was seen at unusual places and unusual times," Teja said. Ellsberg's defense in denial today LOS ANGELES (AP) — The attorney for a young defense volunteer in the Pentagon Papers triaì said today that the girl was 'not instructed by the defense to talk to prospective jurors in the trial. The girl herself, identified as Jane Lowenthal, did not appear before the court. Her admitted conversation with three prospective jurors last week resulted in dismissal of the three panelists and an inquiry by the judge into government accusations of "jury tampering" by the defense. "There is absolutely no connection between the defense and Miss Lowenthal in respect to the choosing of prospective jurors," said her attorney, Richard Grossman. He said the young woman volunteered only five days ago to help the defense team for Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo. However, he said she was given no assignments and "she was here under her own volition." "Hie three jurors said Friday that a defense worker fitting Miss Lowenthal's description liad questioned them outside court about their attitudes on serving on thè ca§e. U.S. District Court Judge Matt Byrne said that if the three jurors had not been dismissed he would have called the girl (tóefore the court for personal questioning. But in this case, hie said he would accept the statement of her attorney and not require her aj^earance. Fear oi vampirey said death càuse STOKE, England (AP) — A fear of vampires caused the death of a 56-year-old pottery worker, a coroner's inquest was told today. A physician testified that Polish-bom Demetrius Myiciura died from choking on a garlic clove which he left in his mouth overnight to keep . vampires away. , Police testified that Myiciura's bedroom was littered with salt, pe[^r and garlic, all traditional antivampire precautions. Pour gunfire down shaft at snipers NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police assault teams reached the top of fire-scarred Downtown Hotel this afternoon and poured gunfire ^déwn a shaft in an attempt to get sniper^Aivho shot and ^tilled 6 persons and wounded 17 others in a shooting spree. However, after raking the area and breaking in with axes, police showed no ' Further details of the New Orleans snipei-s'attack appear on Page 5. signs of having found anyone. Hiree policemen were hurt, apparently by ricocheting bullets, but none were believed seriously wounded. "The roof is. secure and there is nothing up there," a radio commander said. The police assault was shown live on national television. "Where in the hell could he have gone?" Capti Edward LaPorte asked. "They were there at 4 o'clock this morning." LaPorte said police would have to start checking the hotel, room by room, from top to bottom« The police teams reached the top of the Downtown-Howard Johnson's by two stairwells at each end of the 18-story hotel and through a shaft in the rooftop's center. Some of the carbine-armed police marksmen had to tiptoe along a narrow edge of the roof to reach the concrete machinery-house enclosures where the-gunmen were thought to be holed up. Doors to the cubicles were thrown open but' they were empty. Officers unleashed a fusillade when they opened the dows of the larger enclosure at the center of the roof. Meanwhile, police sources close to the investigation told The Associated Press today that the snipers have been identified as the gunmen who wounded a police officer as he answered a ^rglar alarm. New Year's Eve. The sources said that befwe beginning their seige at the hotel Sunday the gunmen killed a witness who could identify them as the , police assailants. Thè source, who did not identify the snipers. by name, said they drove a stolen car to the hotel after shooting a grocer to death. He said they set fires on the top floors of the hotel to divert police attention while they made their getaway. However, he said, police chased them back up a parking ramp when they came down to retrive their stolen auto, which police had staked out. He said the sniper had been jailed in neighboring Jefferson Parish last week and in Dallas, Tex., a few days earlier— both times on gun charges. It was quiet from "dawn until nearly noon, but then sniper fire rang out from the hotel, and police marksmen, stationed in ounding buildings with high-powered rifles, raked the hotel roof, where the men were believed still holed up. The gunshots came a few minutes after a Marine (Ìorps helicopter, with police sharpshooters at the ready, hovered a few feet over the roof and blasted high-velocity tear gas at a stairwell. Minutes later, police reported gunfire on a patrolman stationed at an intersection several blocks from the hotel. YEAR'S WORK—Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company employes watched at noon today to see toi^ of earth blown up to provide (hem with a year's worth of materials to make roofing granules. There were 330,000 pounds of explosives detonated at noon, as employes and spectators watched^ The blast, in Temescal Canyon, was viewed by spectators who lined the roads in El Cerrito and was fell throughout the area. WORLD of a glance Peace talks resume PARIS AP - Henry A. Kissinger and Hanoi's Le Due Tho resumed their peace talks in an apparently icy atmosphere today, conferring for hours in a suburban villa owned by the French Communist party. It was the first meeting of the two top negotiators since the talks were suspended Dec. 13 and followed by massive American bombing raids on North Vietnam. Laird: Saigon is ready WASHItiGTON AP - Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird told^Congress today South Vietnam is. virtually ready to take over its own full defense if the Paris peace talks fail. But Laird repeated President Nixon's stand that the United States will stay in the war until American prisoners are released and Hanoi accounts for the missing in action. Craft heads for moon MOSCOW AP - The Soviet Union sent an unmanned space-craft toward the riioon today. Tass news agency said Luna 21's mission "is to further scientific studies of the moon and near-lunar space." People's vote postponed MANILA AP - President Ferdinand E. Marcos has postponed the plebiscite on the new Philippine constitution and suspended news-media comment on the charter while his supporters rally the public behind him. 6 accused in Carona burgiories hivestigation of three recent Corona burglaries has led to the arrest of two persons Thursday, one of them a 15-year-old local girl, and four persons Friday, detectives announced tdday. Police charge that the girl and Samuel P. Salas, 18, of 1345 Pleasant View, committed a recent residential burglary at 1222 E. St. None of the loot, including a television set, was recovered. Detectives said they had learned that the loot had been concealed in nearby foliage temporarily, and that the TV set was later sold. Police arrested the pair on burglary bookings. Four suspects arrested Friday are charged with possession of stolen property. Detectives recovered part of the burglary loot, and said it came from two recent breakins at the bus barns owned by Corona-Norco Unified School District north of Civic Center. Taken into custody were Jay E. ^ Sellers, 19, of 313 S. Vicentia, and two brothers of the same address, Daniel R., 18, and Jack D., 22; and Larry E. Vinzaht, 19, of 707 Crawford. Legislature, opens SACRAMENTO AP - The California Legislature opened the first of its Congress-style two-year sessions today with Democrats in firm control of the Assembly and struggling to retain a tenuous grip on the Senate. Agencies battle plan to ban TV kid shows' commercials WASHINGTON (AP) — CBS and major advertising agencies opposed today a proposal before Uie Federal Communications Commission to ban all commercials from children's television programs—a move endorsed by citizens' groups. Action for Children's Telievision— ACT—filed the petition about two years Lost poodle home aftet Its bizarre l^OOO-day Journey « LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A poodte named Puppy is home . aftir traveling IS,«» mile^ 1,000 days and being lost bi Cos Angeles for 18 months. Puppy belongs to,WiUiam L. Franklin, 31, a graduate student forking on his doctorate bi wildlife resource at Utah State Univnsity. ........Franklfaiispent titree-years iir- the South American Andes observing relaUves of the cainel, with Ptq^y as his const«nt companion. A year and a half ago Frank-' lin flnisM his project in the Andes and shipped Puppy aiiead to Los Angeles. When PuM>y reached Uk sec-ootf lai^est commercial airport in the world, his crate somehow opm^ and he disappeared. Franklin reachcd' Los Angdes. and spent ^ays sear-. ching for thelbst animal with no luok. The week before Christinas, FYanklin's mother callefl from Los Angeles to say a poodle had been foimd that might be Puppy. The only identifying mark Franklin could remember was a chippy u|q[>er t0(^. This dog had.oae.aii(i Frank- 'lin^enttof^Angdes;^--------- ~ The poodle was thin and weak and under medication. His neck had beei»«l)ewed and fresh cuts on Ns hind leg. His dirty ooatwasmatfiM. , No one knows (he ordeal Pup-p^has had during the past 18 months, but Fraiddlin believes the years in the Andes helped to pr^re him for scavenger, life he must have leid. "I've never had a better ChHstmas pre$enl," Franklin ; said. ago, and its president and executive director, Peggy Charren and Evelyn Sarson, told a commission hearing it is possible for a commercial TV station to run children's programming without commercials. They also said it would be possible to phase in the ban on commercials over a period of years so as not to lose revenue for the networks or stations. Michael Goldey, of the Columbia Broadcasting System's general counsel's office, testified that the original ACT proposal was extremely unwise, and said there is no evidence to support a theory, that a ban on commercials and a minimum of 14 hours weekly of children's programming,, which ACT also seeks, would result in better programs'. Dr. Seymour Banks, testifying for the American Association of Advertising Agencies, cited surveys which he said show that parents are not against television advertising for children. "Most Americans take commercials in stride." he said. Index Classified.................. . . • • 10.11 Comics............................S Dear Abby............... .........< Editorial ............ .............4 Family I'agf.......................< Good Health.......................2 lluroscupe........................M ., Marked • .........................-V Memory I.aiM'...................... Sidewalk Slants ....................3 SporLs......?..................... .9 T«*l«>\ isioii..........................8
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