Tuesday, June 17, 1969

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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - June 17, 1969, Ukiah, California KM*** '\ *t *? ' volume ax 10c Per Copy FORNIA-Tuesday, June 17, 1969 Eight Pages No. 41 Evans officer refuses to talk Wants full rights before the court should not under the present circumstances waive his Constitu- any "OPERATION STRANDED CAT" - Fireman Mark King gingerly decends a fire department ladder with a large black and. white tomcat which had ascended to the roof of the Trinity Baptist Church at S. Dora and Luce sometime last night but was unable to figure a way down. Enjoying King's efforts are, from left, Chief Al Bechtol, Fireman Phil Lanam and Volunteer .Mike Holland. King was well lacerated during the rescue operation which took place at 11:15 this morning as was Bechtol who attempted to placate the outraged feline. The ungrateful tabby headed home without even a purr of thanks. Journal photo by Williams. . Chamber venture Seminar scheduled on local prospects In order to provide ajithorita- city manager and will consist of tive and-accurate iini^rmatioii[reports from' legislators i.e. regarding tourism and industrial rrank PBelotti, "Report from a 6�'""b I Sacramento, Don Clausen, development, the Mendocino ..^ Congressional Mood," Ran-County Chamber of Commerce' dolph Collier, "Report on the is sponsoring an all-day seminar State Budget." � on June 28. j The panels will close at 5 p.m. The seminar will be hold in; A'' no-host cocktail hour is Purdy hall at the Ukiah fair-1 scheduled from 5:30 to &r3ft with grounds. ! dinner at 6:45. The evening's The morning session will deal festivities will include entertain-with Mendocino County's econo- L ,.IT o mic development and tourism. j ment ^ Uklah s U*> wth Pe tinor->> Hans | dinner, the fee will be $10, For Industrial � Prospecting;' Engh, "The Past and Future Impact. of .the Tourist Dollar in the Redwood Empire." ' The afternoon panel will, be moderated'by Lyell Cash, Ukiah The weather Northwestern California: Fair inland and overcast along coast through" Wednesday > but with chance of showers or thunderstorms through this evening over northern mountains; slightly cooler inland; high today and low tonight'Ukiah 90-53. Temperatures JUNE, 1969 Date High Low 16 .... 98 57 | Noon Today 66 Rainfall 51.25 JUNE, 1968' Date High Lou 16 104 58 Low Today 54 Last Year 32.95 those wishing to attend only the afternoon session and- the everi-ing festivities the fee will be $7.50. Registration- will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts for the participants. Ralph Buxton, seminar general chairman will make the opening remarks. Installation of new chamber officers will be conducted by John Mayfield Jr., former supervisor and now deputy director of the State Department of Conservation. � � - Courtesy Ukiah Fire Department Weather Observer BURGLARY REPORTED Golie E. Micheletti, Ukiah, reported to the sheriff's office yesterday that someone broke into his residenc�?TJntside of the city limits arid took cash and rings from the house. Value placed on the lost items was set at $140. Mayor Alio+o will visit area Sunday Mendocino County Democrats are inviting interested people to attend an informal no-host reception at Brboktrails Sunday in hortcr of Mayor Joseph Alioto of San Francisco. The mayor, considered ' a prime candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor next year,'will arrive at the Wil-lits airport at 2:30 p;m. and a press conference will follow at Brooktrails lodge at 3:30. A no-host cocktail party will be held on the lodge terrace from 4 to 6 p.m. County, residents are invited to attend and acquaint Mayor Alioto with local thinking and problems. Spearheading the gathering are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bell, Ukiah; Mr. and Mrs. William Grader, Fort Bragg; Mr. and Mrs. Max McKee, Willits'; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Harlowe, Brans-comb;. Mr. and Mrs. Thorkild Thomsen, Mendocino, and Mr.' and Mrs. Glenn Taylor, Tal-niage. By PATRICK J. K1LLEN SUBIC BAY, Philippines (UPI) - The officer in charge of the USS Frank E. Evans when it collided with an Australian aircraft carrier refused today to testify before a board of inquiry without "full constitutional rights." Lt. j.g. Ronald C. Ramsey, 24, of Long Beach, Calif., informed the board of his decision through his legal counsel, Lt. Frederick F. Tilton of Marie-mont, Ohio, on the eighth day of hearings into the cause of the crash that killed 74 Americans. Tilton said he advised Ram- sey not to testify because his requests to see the testimony of previous witnesses, to recall witnesses and to cross-examine witnesses had been denied. "Mr. Ramsey, after careful consideration of this advice, declines to make a statement at this time, reserving, of course, the right to testify before any board or formal board hereinafter convened which has the authority to grant him his full constitutional rights," Tilton said. Facts Only The board of three U.S. Navy and three Australian Navy officers, called to determine the facts and not guilt adjourned for a closed meeting. A spokesman said no more witnesses would be called today. The board of Saturday said it did not have the authority to j tional rights by making grant Ransey's requests and I statement to this board." warned him he was suspected! "\ve are confident in making of "negligently hazarding" the ; this decision that our Australian Evans in the collision. j friends as well as all Americans Ramsey was within his rights jwm understand and'appreciate in refusing to testify. The fact- mat this decision is fully con-finding board cannot force him j sjstent with both " reason and plete and thorough knowledge of Neither man was formally all the facts, I have accordingly charged, for the board had no advised Mr. Ramsey that he i punitive powers. Its task was to to give his account of what happened in the minutes before the June 3 tragedy in the South China Sea. Explaining his reasoning to the board Tilton said:' honor and signifies nothing more or anything else," Tilton said. Surprise Ramsey's decision came as a I surprise because his assistant I on the Evans' bridge during the "You have advised Mr. Ram-, colnsion Lt J.G James A Hop-sey that he has been suspected,^ 28,'of Kansas City Kan., of a military offense of negli-1 nad testified fully for' three gently hazarding a vessel. In i (jayS view of the complex nature of; IT . , . , , this offense and the total inabili-! H�I>son- lo�. had bpcn vvarnod ty of counsel to effectively ad- hc wa� suspected of "negligently vise Mr. Ramsey without a com- hazarding" his ship. determine Ihe facts on which charges, if any, would be based. Ramsey was expected to provide the key testimony in the inquiry, since according to other witnesses it was he who made the decision to turn the Evans sharply to the right just before the collision. The navigator of the Australian carrier Melbourne testified earlier in the day that the crash might have been avoided had the Evans kept its course without turning. Tilton announced Ramsey's decision after tho board had agreed to let^Ramsey review a transcript of his testimony at the end ofur-ach day and add any statenfents he wanted to. That board decision was made in a brief, closed session. Extend excise tax Taxwriters approve tax credit repeal FIREMEN BRING CIRCUS TO FAIRGROUNDS The Charles Gatti Circus is coming to town tomorrow with two shows to he, presented at the 12th District Fairgrounds. The first show will be at 2 p.m., the second will be at 8 p.m. Admission to the circus will be $2 for adults and free for children, with tickets available at local merchants and at the Ukiah fire house. Proceeds will be used for youth baseball programs sponsored by the firemen. By MICHAEL L POSNER WASHINGTON (UPI).v -The House Ways and Means Committee voted today to repeal the 7 per cent tax credit for business investments, as asked by President Nixon, and drove toward approval of an extension of the income tax surcharge. The taxwriters alsa approved a one year extension of federal excise taxes of 10 per cent on telephone calls 7 per cent on would drop to 5 per cent next automobiles which normally Jan. 1. The panel planned to approve an extension of the surtax later in the day. The acting Ways and" Means Chairman Rep. Hale Boggs, D-La., said there was "no doubt about it." During a morning session, the committee voted a repeal of the investment tax' credit effective April 20, 1969, without any exceptions for Small Business, transportation or air and water pollution equipment-as some congressmen wanted. The tax credit, first imposed in 1962 to stimulate the economy, �acts as a $3 billion annual subsidy for business investment by allowing firfns to Landmark anti-pornography 4 SACRAMENTO (UPI)-^Two landmark anti-pornography bills long sought by Gov. Ronald "Reagan and" Atty. Gen. Thomas Lynch were on the Governor's desk today .awaiting his signature.  Reagan, in a. statement issued by his office, said "I look forward to signing these extremely important measures, which' are designed , to keep pornography out of the hands of our children. The legislature is to he cpjigratul^ted."- Reagan did hot say wljen he will signl the bills. They will become law sometime in autumn, 90 days , after the Legislature adjourns. The Senate voted unanimous final passage to the two+bill package Monday. It's the first major change in California's Anti-Obscenity' Law since 1961. One bill establishes a separate standard for judging what is obscene for, youths under 18.' , The second incorporates, a "pandering" concept so advertising methods can be used to determine if a publication legally is obscene. The legislation's author was Sen. Robert J. Lagomars'ino, R-Ojai. "It's not going to do much about the content of pornography," the Senator'told newsmen, "but it will help to prevent and control sales to kids." He said the. "pandering" bill will strike at "flagrant 'abuses of advertising, unsolicited mailings [and public display of lewd material." The legislation defines obscenity- as "matter taken' as a whole1, the predominant appeal , v. is to prurient interest, i.e., a shameful or morbid' interest in nudity sex. or excretion...goes beyond 'cuetpmsiy. limits of candor... and is utterly with? import- out redeeming social ance." � , The definition is the same for youths except added to the end are the words:,"for minors." A jury would decide what was obscene for minors.' Under the pandering bill, a publication could be judged to be "utterly .without redeeming social importance"-and therefore obscene-if "circumstances indicate the matter is commercially exploited by the. defendant for, sake of its prurient appeal." Monday's Senate action involved acceptance of the Juvenile Bill as clarified by a joint conference ' committee. The comittee defined a. minor as anyone 17 or ypunger. The Senate also concurred in Assembly amendments to the pandering measure!-T'Tflhe Assembly already had completed its passage on the package; ' �t .v. '.I j\ Retired Willits man apparently took own life WILLITS - Albert Leroy Kaser, 60, of Willits, a former county public works road department employe, apparently took his own life sometime between Sunday evening^ and Monday afternoon. Cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound oHc:eman who posed as a radical and infiltrated an SDS chapter in a southern city. McClella,n declined to identify him before his appearance but said the officer attended a national SDS- convention. In a related House, development, members of the Education and Labor Committee tried to piece together a bill that would force colleges  to draw up plans for meeting student unrest. A slender  coalition of 18 committee backers of the original bi^l crumbled Monday with the defection of three Republicans. Rep. Edith' Green, D-Ore., and her backers conceded defeat on the original measure which they,,, said was only intended to head off any drastic antistudent measures once floor debate begins. They hoped to. draw a new measure that would eliminate the funds cutoff provisions and drop the requirement that students must file affadivits asserting 'they have never been convicted of campus rioting. In his prepared Senate testimony Clay said SDS "allegedly had a national budget of $80,000." last year, up from $70,000 in .1967. He said the money "came chiefly from subscriptions, advertising, dues, contributors and pamphlet sales." We said SDS planned "to infiltrate industry and labor this summer" despite opposition by "more moderate SDS members" led by Thomas E. Hayden, a founder of the organization, \vho are "convinced that American workers are too well, paid and too conservative to succumb td such a scheme." Clay said SDS had 317 chapters and 6,000 to 8,000 members, who pay $5 annual dues. He said the organization 'has a national policy calling for penetration and radicaliza-tion of the nation's high and junior high schools." Hc said SDS was dedicated to the "stirring of racial pensions and urban unrest" and was supporting "black militant groups such as the Black Panther Party, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Black Student Union." Powell undecided on pay By MATT KENNY BIMINI, The Bahamas (UPI) -Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, D-N.Y., buoyed by the Supreme Court ruling that his fellow House members had no right to exclude him, said today he has |rnot yet decided whether to seek the seniority rights he also lost or back p�y. ' " Powell told a news conference at his island retreat here that he planned to return to Washington to discuss, the situation vrith Democratic party leaders'. "I have not yet decided whether I will ask for restoration of the (House Committee) chairmanship'' or the bac|{ pay and.monev_pa.id in fines, Powell said; Powell was chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee before he was stripped of his seat by fellow congressmen. Powell sat on a docksidc wall  <j; ' � v .  ^^-'V^ in the hot morning sun to explain his plans to newsmen who flew info Bimini especially for his news conference. He said his ultimate decision "will depend on my conversations with .the Democratic party leadership." He said among the congressmen he expects to talk with are Wilbur Mills, Hale Boggs and Carl Albert. He said the question of j"getting his money back "is not important at this moment." "The main thing (about the Supreme Court decision) "which we established k is that the principle, of three brdtaches of government has been reaffirmed. It affects not only me but 226 million people." Pressed as to what he might do if the House leaders refuse to restore his chairmanship, Powell replied: "Well, that's become secondary . because I think the fact that we ljave . It ' fought before the Supreme Court to establish -the principle of three branches of ' government is more important than Adam Clayton Powell." ~ But he added, ^You can't have a government in .the United States that believes in law and order if' the Congress of the United States does not believe in law and order." ', Powell, wearing a button* down, short-sleeved blue oxford shirt, dark blue. Bermuda shorts and �sneakers, was flanked -by v three of his attorneys: Henry Williams, Arthur Kinoy and Herbert Reid. Powell arrived at the news ' conference aboard his fishing boat, "Adam's Fancy." Hfe had; sailed the boat from his honw't on"'another part of Rimini. told newsmen he w*� ^gtttftaH^ larly1 happy^ver^&j^^f|||^ the ruling and ��ati^^lf-:,""'

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