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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - June 16, 1959, Long Beach, California                             FIANCEE TELLS PREMONITION TV Superman Kills Self by Bullet Shot in Head HOLLYWOOD (ff) Tele- vision's Superman shot and killed himself today, leaving no' clue to his motive, only moments after his fiancee had a premonition of his death. Friends said actor George Reeves had been discouraged by. not getting other roles a f.t e r the Superman series ended. But it appeared that his ending liis life was a spur- d'- he-moment decision. Police Sgt. V. A. Peterson told of llie suicide and its strange prelude. c PETERSON SAID Reeves' fiancee, Lenorc Lemmon, 35, and three other persons were in Reeves' house. .Miss Lemmon and a writer, Kobert Condon, 45, were house guests. fiancee told police that she and Reeves and Con- don had retired to their re spective bedrooms at about a.m. But about two hours later two of Reeeves' friends, William Bliss and Mrs. Carol Van Ronkel, ap peared at the house and awakened Reeves. Investigators said the 45- year-old actor became angry because of the lateness of the hour, but apologized almost immediately after a short ar- gument with Bliss. He then excused himself and retiree for a second lime. 0 MISS LEMMON said when Reeves left to go to his second-story bedroom she jokingly .remarked, "Well he'll probably shoot himself.' A drawer was heard to open and she said she remarked "Well, he's getting a gun." Then a shot was heard. Reeves had killed himself with a bullet in the temple from a .30-caliber Luger pistol. The investigators said from her story they believed Reeves might have been up- set because the late visitors wouldn't leave the house. Miss Lemmon said she and Reeves were planning to marry at Tijuana next Friday. f- a SGT. PETERSON said Reeves had been unhappy about his career and had been (Continued Page A-4, Col. 4) U. S. PLANE ATTACKED BY TWO MIG FIGHTERS GEORGE REEVES, 45, pictured in his famed role as Superman, was found a suicide at home today. Teachers' Pay Boost Given OK A 3.2-pei-cent average sal- ary increase and a district- paid health plan for some employes of the local school district was approved Monday by the Board of Edu- cation. Hoard members, however, stipulated that the salary in- crease will not go into effect in September unless the pres- ent school tax rate of per of assessed valua lion can be maintained. The health insur- ance plan, under which the district pays the cost of cov- erage for the employe, adds another 1 per cent to the 1059-60 payroll costs, school officials said. i- THE PROPOSED pay boost provides: 2.2 per cent increase for teachers at the lower end of the salary scale, pegging the beginning salary for a teacher with a bachelor's de- gree at a year (begin- ners previously got 4.1 per cent increase for teachers on the upper levels of the pay scale, peg- ging the of a teacher with 15 years service and training above a master's degree at increments for teachers to be boosted by to a year. flat 3.2 per cent crease for custodians, clerks and other nonteaching per- sonnel. L B. Boy Shoots Ex-Convict Jilted by His Mother HOME The Soulhktnd't Fined Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 1959 Vol. 115 PRICE 10 CENTS 30 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 CLASSIFIED HE 2-5959 EDITION (Six Editions Daily] Berserk Man Frees Kin, Surrenders Woman Held I 7 Mrs. in Bid to Stir Gun Duel With Officer CHARLESTON, 111. berserk gunman who had held his half-sister hostage while a force of lawmen ringed his house laid down his arms and walked out without gunfire today. Kenneth E. Adkins, 22, also released his half-sister, Mrs Nyra Jean Kennedy, 34, ol Paris, without harm. The end of the .tense vigil around the white frame house came after Mervin Beil, a law- yer, talked with Adkins for about 10 minutes and i plained his rights. Ave. was taken to Hospital. One bullet puncUired a lung and lodged in his right shoulder, physicians reported. The other pierced the liver, went through the spinal canal and lodged in his flank. Kruse's legs may be para- lyzed. The boy, Robert H. Likai, ROBERT H. LIKAI Fired Twice ALFRED W. KRUSE Hit in Chest Firing two rifle shots, a 13- 1T CAME ALSO as the Is'.vmen were loading up for a blast on the house with year-old boy c r i t i c a 1 I yjtear gas. Authorities wounded his mother's ex-boyjthey felt Adkins was giving friend here shortly after mid- them a run-around and mighl night. The victim, Alfred W. Kruse, 41, whose last known address was 2643 Monogram keep the community in tur- moil for hours. V 3 Deputy Sheriff James- GIRL BATHES POLICE Carmen Martinez continues her struggle with police as they carry her from a patrol wagon to a police station in New York Monday. She also had kicked and screamed as five patrolmen carried her feet first into the wagon before a sidewalk crowd of more than 100 persons. The pretty Puerto Rican girl and two boys were arrested in connection with the slaying of rival gang member Frank'Banuchi, 17. Police said lie was shot in revenge for the killing of Earl Mack, 15, a member of the Dragons Wirephoto.) Seaside jWarpenburg of Coles served a warrant on charging him with kidnaping. He was taken to the Charles- ton City Jail and was to be moved to the Edgar County Jail in Paris later today. The charge was filed by the woman's husband. Young Adkins had held his half-sister as hostage since 3270 Adriatic Ave., p.m. hours, booked for attempted murder. COST of (he pay boost and the insurance plan for the employes of Lon Beach Unified School Dis- trict: a year. The health insurance plan, first district-paid program ever adopted here, pays a 'day for a hospital room, surgeon's fees, full costs of iri-hospital doctor rails and other benefits. The district in- sures an employe for S5.75 a month but an e iploye must pay the cost" lor his depend en is. t- Clues Sought in Slaying of School Girl The mother, Mrs. Bernadine V. Likai, 42, was a witness to the shooting. ABOUT AN HOUR before the shooting on the back porch of the home, police had been called to the Adriatic Ave. house by the boy to check a prowler on the roof. A neighbor, Richard E. Whitson, 3274 Adriatic Ave., also told police he saw a prowler. Arthur Rouh, same address, said he heard the boy yell for him about 11 p.m., stating: "Al's on the roof." V KRUSE, a furniture finish- er, is an ex-convict with a string of convictions dating back to 1933. Among the for which he was ar- rested were robbery, theft, statutory rape, burglary and disorderly conduct. Mrs. Likai told police she had been going with Kruse for about five years but that ago. SANTA MARIA they broke UP months today searched for clues in the fatal stabbing of a 15- year-old high school coed who neighbors describe as "a typi- cal, friendly teenager." The body of Charlene Wray was found Monday by her mother on (he popcorn-lit- tered floor of the family's living room. Police Chief Harold English said she had been stabbed! several times with a knife or screwdriver. He said it has Since then, she said, sugar has been poured in her gaso- line tank and her lawn burned. Her son added that Kruse had threatened to pour a bottle of acid on Mrs. Likai. HIS DESPERATE strategy was aimed at forcing a gun duel to death with a Charles- ton police captain, Logan Cox. In an interview with John McCormick, a reporter for the Decatur Herald and Review, conducted through the screen door of the bungalow where (Continued Page A-4, Col. 5) West Plans New Berlin Proposal GENEVA of State Christian A. Herter told Andrei A. Gromyko today that the West will present to him shortly a new draft plan for an interim Berlin settle- A U.S. spokesman said, however, that the provisions of the plan are not Wanted Murder Flee Posse M1DDLEBORO, Mass. Plymouth County Sheriff Ad nah Harlow said today he be licved the gun-toting Coyle brothers of Philadelphia wanted in a policeman's slay- ing may have broken through lines of a massive posse during the night. Coins found in woodland north of Pine St. were be- lieved to have been dropped by the brothers, John, 23, and William, 21. The pair held up a liquor store Monday morn- ing and got away with in bills and coins in a paper bag. Some coins were found south of Pine St. Monday but today more were found north' of the roadway. The desper- adoes had entered the woods to the south. HARLOW SAID plenty of time had elapsed for them to have slipped through the cor- don of 300 heavily armed state troopers, police, FBI agents and conservation of- ment. ficers. The brothers are believed to have five pistols and three belts of ammunition. The brothers are wanted for the way in which they are'a supermarket hoidup on {Cape Cod and the slaying of FORGOTTEN FORTUNE pulled together. The spokesman, Asst. Sec- retary of State Andrew H. Berding, also told a news con- a Philadelphia policeman.; They are described as youth- ful, clean cut, well Keep Your Eyes on Lists Daily Is your name Jones, Brcwn, Smith or Wheeler? Then you will want to watch your particular part of the alphabet in each day's list of "forgotten fortune" heirs appearing in The Press-Telegram. The fortune? Un- claimed federal income tax refund checks. Although last names are separated alphabetically, the names beginning with similar letters will not be especially alphabetized. Thus, the Abbotts could appear long after the Athearns. INSTRUCTIONS If your name appears in today's list, DO NOT Internal Revenue Service (Refund Dept.) 312N. Spring St. J.os Angeles, Calif. Write a letter provid- ing enough information to properly identify your- self as the person to whom a check has been issued but never de- livered. The information should include the ap- proximate amount you believe is owed to you, your Social Security number, an old bill or statement giving your name and address the IRS last had for you and, if possible, a carbon copy of your return. Also give the year un- der which your name ap- pears in (he lists. 'atrol Craft Hit Off Coast of N. Korea I Flier Hurt U.S. Will Protest 'Vicious' Incident WASHINGTON MIG et fighters shot up a U.S. patrol plane over inter- national waters of the Sea of apan Monday. One crewman vas seriously wounded. A Defense Department an- louncement today of ncident did not give the ationality of the attaching lanes, and the State Depart- ment said later this had not ocen established. Once it is established, a tate Department spokesman said, the United States will protest what he called the 'unwarranted and vicious" attack. "THE NAVY Department is naking a complete investiga- ion and we expect to get rom them a full Joseph Reap, State Depart- nent press officer, said. The MIG is a Russian-built Jlane but is used also by the Communist Chinese and .the Communist North The incident, in which tiyb WIG fighters were believed -to have made the attack, oc-. curred about 85 miles eastjrf Wonsan, North Korea. i The first reports' received here did not make clear whether the American plane returned the. fire. "RADIO REPORTS said the jets attacked without ing, firing tracer ammuni- the Pentagon announce- ment said. 'Thought to be two iri number, they made six firing runs and followed the P4M to within 50 feet of the water as the patrol plane took eva- sive action. Skies were clear1 and ceiling unlimited. "A tail gunner in the U.'.S. plane was seriously wounded as his gun was knocked out on the first run. He was -the only casualty reported. 1 "Attacking aircraft were silver MIG fighters with red stars aft of their cockpits on the the reports said. A 1952-1953 ASHLEY, C. F., 25 W. Plym- outh St., Long Reach. ABARCA, Jose M., 237 W. 4th St., San Pedro. ARNONE, Jean P., 15432 Van- ness, Gardena. B 1052-1953 BETCHER, V. J. J. L., 1414 Ravenna Ave., Wilmington. BARBIN, Joseph P., 217 N. McClay St., Santa Ana. RESCUER, II. J. I., 315 E. 137th St., Gardena. BARBRE, John L., General Delivery, San Pedro. BERRY, James F, 8811 Cedar, Bell flower. BARNARD, R. I. M. H., 642 _ _ Roycroft Ave.. Long "Ills to Find BERNAU, wiiham j., 15938 Man Slain by Shark THE ATTACK WAS started at an altitude of feet. The incident, the Penta- gon said, took place at p.m. today, Japanese time p.m. Monday, Long Beach The Defense Department said the P4M was on a rou- tine training patrol. It was based at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Facility on the irt- land sea of Japan's Honshu Island. "Skillful handling by Lf. Cmdr. Donald Mayer, the pilot, enabled the badly dam. aged plane to be brought safely into Miho Air Force Base on the Penta- gon announcement said. Briefly interviewed at the hospital, Kruse told Detective' Ernie Warner he went to the house to give Mrs. Likai some ference that the United "extremely dangerous and heads." not been determined whether the girl had been sexually at- tacked. 2 THE GIRL had been left alone overnight in the house. Her mother, Mrs. Stella Wray, had been on an over- nigh t trip to Naciemento Lake near Paso .Robles. A sister, Kathy, 17, was staying with a girl friend. The victim's parents arc separated. MILLIONS LOST GROMYKO and Herter had j met unexpectedly at Gromy- request to discuss the Why DiSalle Won't Play Gin Rummy COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) Gov. Michael V. DiSalle, leaving the stale house after a tax battle With the Legislature, was invited to join newsmen in a game of gin rummy. said Ihe governor. "I've lost enough for' to- million dollars." 'could not go to a summit :win shoot to kill without conference with a threat or Berlin hanging over our MEANWHILE, William 49, who was kid- final phase of the Big Four conference on Berlin.. Earlier, Herter met with British Foreign Secretary Sel- naped by the gunmen in Phil- adelphia June 6 and held hos- tage in the rear of his own car until Monday, was re- leased today from St. Luke's Hospital. He had gone with wyn Lloyd amid reports that little foocl for 10 the western powers were splitjWhile a captive of the broth- over the problem of a conference following up the foreign ministers' meeting. The western allies were re- ported making an llth-hour attempt to hammer out a stop-gap accord on Berlin with the Soviet Union. Sedgwick said he planned to drive his own car home. He will be accompanied by Tides, Philadelphia police and escort- ed by other Philadelphia of- ficer! returning in their own cars. WHERE TO FIND IT Senate-Assembly conferees reportedly are in accord on the biggest budget in Cali- fornia history. Page A-2. Beach K-l Hal B-5 B-5 D-l to 7 C-4, 5 Death B-2 A-5 B-4 B-3 Shipping D-l C-l to 4 A-6 S. Vermont, Paramount. BARLOW, Bobby B., 617 W. 7th St., Long Reach. C 1952-1953 :OLE, F. G. E. 1., 225 N. Haiti, La Habra. CARVER, R. R. M., 13513 S. Halcourt Ave., Norwalk. COLBURN, Gale B., 600 American Ave., Long Beach. CASH, Theodore Hazel, TV, D-8 B-5. B-6, 7 Your A-2 LA JOLLA care- ful watch Monday by life- .uards and aircraft pilots Bailed to turn up a trace of Robert L. Pamperin, 33 a skin diver who was killed by- a 20-foot shark. Pamperin was with a com- panion 120 feet off the beach when the shark grabbed him and pulled him underwater Sunday. 15707 walk. Madris Ave., Nor- (Continued on Pg. A-8, Col. 2) Weather- Some low clouds late tonight and early Wednesday, but mostly sunny Wednesday. Little change in temperature. Maximum iernperafiire by noon t6day: 71. i LOOK, MA, NO. She Couldn't'Bare' to See Him Escape. SEATTLE (UPI) Mrs. Ethel Adams, wakened by a burglar, chased him into the street Monday and stood yelling for help as he fled, until her daughter rushed out of the houso and shouted: "Mother, you don't any clothes   

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