Alton Evening Telegraph, October 10, 1968

Alton Evening Telegraph

October 10, 1968

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Alton Evening Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 10, 1968, Alton, Illinois Ai/i on Evening Telegr aphServing Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Est. Jan. 15, 1836    ©    ATP    Co.    1968 Vol. CXXXIII, No. 229 ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY. CK TOBER IO, 1968 40 PACES Price 10c Member Associated Prest Parents Nix Immunizing Of 7 Kids By PEGGY WOOD Telegraph Staff Writer JERSEYVILLE — A Godfrey couple told the Unit IOO school board Wednesday that they objected to the forced immunization of their seven children. Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wittman, whose son was suspended from Dow School last year until he had a dental checkup, said today that they would be ready to go to court over the enforcement of the health program. “I think it’s our right to decide when and if our children should have shots, not the state’s,” Mrs. Wittman said. According to House Bill 1410, Wittman told administrators and board members, a child may be exempt from immunization from disease if the parents object “on constitutional grounds.” The bill adds that the child may not be excluded from school because he has not been immunized, Wittman pointed out. In an orderly exchange with the board, Wittman repeatedly stressed that they were not objecting to the immunization or health program. but to the fact that parents were forced to comply or have their child suspended from school. Mrs. Wittman said today that her children had received primary' shots as infants, polio shots, and some booster shots but not in any regular program. The father described them as being “healthy.” Last year, when the Witt* mans did not make an appointment for a dental checkup for their son in the fifth grade, he was sent home, the mother said. The next day, the youth rode the bus to school and was told he could not attend until the appointment was made, Mrs. Wittman recalled. The boy then was instructed to return home and he walked the two miles she said. After Wittman protested to the principal, Superintendent G. F. Roth was called. “He read the state laws to my husband, like he did last night,” Mrs. Wittman said. The parents then made the dental appointment and the child returned to school the next day. “This time. I think my husband’s ready to go to court over it,” she predicted today. “When we start losing our little freedoms, someday we will lose our big freedoms. I feel Uke standing up for America.” Superintendent Roth told the Wittmans at the regular board meeting Wednesday night that the school district would get a legal interpretation from the Illinois Department of Public Health and advise them if the children would be exempt from immunizations. The first clinic is scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday. Children entering Illinois schools are required by state law to have immunizations in the first grade, the fifth grade, or upon first entering, and also are legally required to get booster shots at the request of the school. Until recently exception has been made on religious grounds. However, Bill 1410 includes exception on constitutional grounds. The legal interpretation will explain what “constitutional grounds” covers, Roth said. “We don't want the school telling us what to do,” Wittman told board members. “We’ll take care of our family like we always (Continued Un Page 2, Col. S) LeMay to Look at War Zone: Wallace FACT-FINDING’ MISSION — Refired Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay tells a newsman, left, lie has no comment on I Ik* announcement by third-party presidential candidate George Wallace that LeMay will make a four-day fact-finding trip to Vietnam next week. LeMay, Wallace’s running mate, was at Los Angeles International Airport to hoard a plain* for Florida. In background is Joe Fine of Wallace-Le-May campaign staff, who will accompany the general to Vietnam. (AI* Wirephoto) Demos Give Up on TV Debate Bill ‘Equal    Time' Dead WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Democratic leadership decided today to bow to a Republican sit-out and abandon the fight to permit free television and radio time for joint appearances of major presidential candidates. Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., told a reporter he had no choice under the circumstances except to give up to GOP opposition. He said he will move to lay the equal-time bill aside and take up a session-end catch-all $674.7 million anpropriations measure. The Republican presidential I candidate, Richard M. Nixon, has indicated willingness to engage in a joint debate with his Democratic opponent, Hubert H. Humphrey, but not if third party candidate George C. Wallace also participates. The bill, passed by the House Wednesday after an historic, locked-in debate, provides for joint appearances by all three candidates on free time provided by t h e television and radio networks. When Mansfield called the House-passed bill up at the start of today’s Senate session. Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen of Illinois made a point of no quorum. Senators Warned Off Then, in a new battle tactic, Dirksen had a page boy posted outside the chamber to tell GOP senators not to respond to the quorum call. After more than an hour, only j 37 of the IOO senators had re-i sponded. It takes a majority of I we will not be able to adjourn 51 to meet a quorum. Since there are only 37 Republican senators, to 63 Democrats, the COP would not have been able to block action had the Democrats turned out in full force. Before today’s session opened. Mansfield said. “It now appears until next week ” He said the equal ments on disputed matters and “possible nominations.” time bill As to ratification of the Nu- was a big factor in his thinking on this but that there were other matters to be handled. He mentioned the final supplemental appropriations bill, a military sales bill, a number of House-Senate conference agree- clear Nonproliferation Treaty, Mansfield said he would “rethink this one again overnight.” But he indicated that the obstacles to confirmation which he had mentioned earlier were still there. Lack of Prosecution Blows Police Efforts By DICK FACKLER Teiegraph Staff Writer Good police work went down the drain Wednesday as an East Alton merchant declined to prosecute two suspects in a burglary because retention of the stolen merchandise as evidence would cause the store to be “financially inconvenienced.” Slated for release from the Madison County Jail are two St. Louis men, Dwight E. Preston, 34, of 4566 Evans, and Andrew Nichols, 21, of 4266 Kennerly. Both had been held in jail since last Friday and charged with theft over $150 resulting from 35 pairs of shoes stolen from the Nathan Marcus store in Eastgate Plaza. How good a case did the state have against them? “We have half pairs of shoes in their possession and the other half in the store,” said State’s Attorney Leon Scroggins. “That’s as good as you can get.” Acting Police Chief E. M. Grimes added, “Three police departments did extensive work, only to have it dropped through no fault of the court or police.” The case began last Friday when Melvin Marcus, the store owner, spotted the men carrying shoes and loading them in a green compact car. Police were called. Joseph Thornton, operator of the leased shoe department, followed the foreign car along Rte. 3 while he chased the auto he saw the occupants opening the case containing the shoes, valued at $392.80, he said. The suspect auto was pulled to the side of the road by Hartford police and another police car following on Rte. 3 picked up shoes which had been jettisoned. The two St. Louisans were Continued On Page 2, Col I) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Third party presidential candidate George C. Wallace plans to send his running mate, retired Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, to Vietnam to get a first hand report on the war, the Associated Press has learned. Tentative plans are for May to make a four-day trip about Oct. 15 for the report “and to find out what the servicemen themselves think about the matter,” a source close to Wallace said. He said LeMay is to report back before a nationwide television appearance by Wallace Oct 20. Wallace, meanwhile, has accused national public opinion pollsters of trying to “control” the election in favor of Republican Richard M. Nixon and has called for an investigation of pollsters by the next Congress. Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey’s camp challenged the accuracy of a new Gallup Poll indicating no drop in Nixon’s lead over Humphrey—but said it would not join Wallace in advocating a congressional inquiry on opinion polling. The polls, Wallace charged Wednesday, are “owned by the big money interests who want Nixon to win” and are going to show Wallace losing ground as the Nov 5 election day approaches. O’Brien Challenges Democratic National Chairman Lawrence F. O’Brien, challenging the current accuracy of a Gallup Poll showing no Humphrey gain on Nixon, said the poll was taken before Humphrey’s television address on Vietnam. Humphrey pledged in that address to halt the bombing of North Vietnam if there were evidence Hanoi is willing to neutralize the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. A spokesman for Gallup in Princeton, N.J., denied Wallace’s charges that the poll has any connection with Nixon’s campaign. ‘Every election year is open season on the pollsters,” he said, “and most of the shooting comes from the party that’s behind.” Republican Nixon aides have made clear, meanwhile, that he will not participate in any tele vision-radio debate this year that would permit Wallace equal time and thus additional national attention. The aides acknowledge Nix on’s reservations eliminate any [today. prospect of a Nixon-Humphrey j Amid the opinion poll and debroadcast. debate before the j bate disputes, Humphrey made election.    a new appeal for Sen Eugene J. Republicans were unable to Met ’ai ihy's endorsement for Hip block House approval Wednes- j sake of Democratic unity, day after an all night session on Otherwise, Humphrey said in a bill that would require equal New York, the “impossible opportunity for Wallace to parti- dream” that keynoted Mc-cipate in debates exempted; Carthy’s campaign of the Demo* from the equal time law.    erat ic presidential nomination Senate Republicans pledged to might “turn into a quite possi- Wallace or Richard Milhous Nixon.” Humphrey said, however, “I’m not prone to meeting conditions ” McCarthy, in refusing Tuesday night to endorse Humphrey, had said the candidate should take stands for a coalition government in South Vietnam, for U.S. draft reform and for restructuring of the Democratic fight the bill in their chamber hie nightmare of George Corley1 pally. School Funds Earn $23,553 Bar Operator Charged With Sale to Y oung Auto Victim INSIDE EDITORIAL A-4 Race labeling hushed up in crime reports. IDEA A-2 Alton Jaycees present bridge traffic plan to city council. SIIAKEY........A3 Alton Council OK’s beer parlor license. SPORTS.........A-15 Can Gibson do it again? HARRIS........A-5 Republicans, the minority party, could win election with a minority of popular vote. FAMILY........A-18 Alton Civic Orchestra concert, reception for conductor, set Monday. BARRETT.......B-16 Scarcity of housing sales and rental is developing in many areas. JERSEYVILLE—A Jerseyville tavern operator was charged today with selling liquor to two minors, one of whom was killed in    a one-car crash after attempting to elude police. Mrs. Rita Beiermann, operator of The Diner, 305 Dorothy St., was charged after police accused her of selling two six packs of beer to Ronald Snyder, 18, of 803 Exchange St., and Army Pvt. John A. Marsh, 17, of 116 North Jefferson St. The tavern operator alleg edly sold or delivered the liquor to the youths on Oct. 5, the day Pvt. Marsh was fatally injured in the accident. Snyder was driving the car which went out of control on a country road, slammed into a utility pole and overturned. The youths, according to police, attempted to elude Jerseyville and slate police who were investigating a “minor offense,” according to Chief of Police IL ll. Blackorby Jr. The poUce chief said today that authorities saw one of two youths pitch two six packs of beer from the car during the police chase. Blackorby said the beer was not opened and no liquor was found in the wrecked auto. Meanwhile, this morning Mrs. Beiermann pleaded innocent and asked for a trial by jury. She appeared with her attorney before Associate Justice Howard Lee White. (Conti/turd Un Page 2, Col. 6) By JOE MELONI Telegraph Staff Writer Swift release of tax money to East Alton - Wood River High School District 14 paid record dividends during the 1967-68 fiscal year, an audit shows today. Investments during the year earned interest totaling $23,553 and most of it was due to early transfer of tax money from the Wood River Township tax collector and careful investments by the district, the audit reports. Superintendent Nels Havens said that a $500,000 payment in early June 1967. prior to the start of the new fiscal year, ivas the prime factor. In past years, late payment cost taxing districts thousands of dollars. Rapid release of tax funds last summer will again lead to high interest earnings, the superintendent said. Some $600,000 was paid by the end of June and by August some $900,000 was drawing interest. Interest earnings for 1967-68 and 1968-69 fiscal years are expected to hit a record two-year high. The district’s fiscal year runs from June 30 to July J. Township tax collections end June I and then are distributed to taxing bodies within the township. Personal property and the first installment of real estate property taxes must be paid to the township. After June I, the county collects the second installment of real estate taxes, if not paid to the township. The deadline for the second installment is Sept. I. Taxes collected by the county are usually paid to tax- WARMER FRIDAY Low 41; High 70 (Complete Weather Page A-9) ing districts every 30 days. “The lion’s share of our money, from both the township and the county was made early (during the 1967-68) fiscal year,” Havens said. In past years, township collectors have delayed paying schools and other tax ing bodies, sparking demands for early payment. Telegraph stories pointed out in the summers of 1966 and 1967 that taxing bodies were losing $28,000 a month because of late payment. Tax collections made by the township customarily (Continued On Page 2, Col. I) B52s Pound Enemy Bases N ear Saigon SAIGON (AP) — U.S. Air Force B52 bombers blasted enemy base camps threatening Saigon with heavy raids Wednesday and today, boosting to more than 700 the number of missions flown in the past four months in defense of the capital The B52 campaign to blunt an enemy attack on Saigon has become one of the biggest and other movement of American troops in a three-way shuffle to realign units with their own parent divisions. The movement involves three brigades of about 5,000 men each. The latest shift sent the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division from the outer ring of defense northwest of Saigon to the Hue area far to the north to War Lords Can’t Be costliest of the war—perhaps join the division’s two other bri-costing $250 million since Juneigades. I, The eight-jet Strat ©fortresses: have dropped more than 125,000 tons of explosives in 705 missions against base camps, infiltration corridors and other targets in the outlying provinces of Saigon. Each mission averages about six bombers each carrying 30 tons of bombs at an average cost of $2,000 a ton. In the latest strikes, the B52s mounted seven missions against enemy troop concentrations, long-time base camps, bunker complexes and infiltration routes along the approaches northwest and northeast of Saigon. At Meeting The War Lords of East St. Louis, scheduled to be on the program of the SENSE meeting tonight, will not appear, Dr. J. B. Johnson, superintendent of schools, said today. Johnson said he was inform- The closest raids lo Saigon od h>' Everett wilson' blaek were 24 to 31 miles northwest of J*vist of Alton, that the War the capital    Lords are unable to attend the In other developments, the mee^n8 111 Alton High School U S Command announced an- iannex- Jury Out About An Hour Stanton Guilty EDWARDSVILLE - Robert L. Stanton, 48, of Bethalto, acquitted less than a month ago on an involuntary manslaughter charge, was found guilty of burglary Wednesday by a jury that deliberated little more than an hour. Stanton was acquitted in a jury trial less than a month ago in connection with the fatal shooting last March of Jack Crider near the latter’s Forest Homes home. The Bethalto man was removed to the Madison County Jail pending post-trial motions and sentencing by Circuit Judge Joseph Barr who presided over the case. He was found guilty in connection with the burglary of the Melvin Dairy Store in Godfrey on July I. The case went to the jury of IO women and two men at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday and the jurors returned to the courtroom about 5:30 p.m. The last witness, Gary llibbs, 18, of 1446 12th Street, Collage Hills, completed his testimony at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in the second day of the trial. Hlbbs, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary in connection with the same incident, was recalled to the stand by the state Wednesday morning after testifying Tuesday and again for the defense Wednesday afternoon. Asst. State’s Attorney James Heil charged in his closing remarks to the jury that Stanton’s defense was “an outlandish story of coincidence.” Hibbs and Stanton who knew each other previously, just hap pened to be in the dairy at 3:30 a.m. July I. Stanton’s car just happened to break down across the road from the dairy which Hibbs was burglarizing, Heil said. Stanton said he entered t h e store to make a telephone call but was found in the back of the store while the phone was near the checkout counter, Heil related to the jury, and challenged several discrepancies in the testimony of Hibbs, Stanton and others as “lies”. Public defender Robert Trone was visibly irritated by Heil s closing remarks and said, “he has attempted to ridicule the witnesses.” Trone pointed out that there were discrepancies in the .state’s case, as well, but he was not accusing Madison County authorities of lying. He pointed out that the depu-, ties who made the arrest, Harlan Voumard and Randy Robbs, disagreed in their testimony on whether it was raining. Robbs said it was pouring, Voumard that the rain had stopped. During lengthy testimony Wednesday morning, Stanton was asked where he was employed and how. Stanton, an ex-convict w ll o has served time for past felony offenses, including burglary, testified that he was an automobile bodyman but his most recent earnings came from purchasing autos and selling them to Ham and Merv’s Taxi Service in Alton. Stanton said he was promised shares in the company (Continued On Page 2, Col. 5) BRINGING IHM IN — A Marine guides iii a Chinook helicopter carrying a 105mm howitzer during ail interdiction mission near the abandoned Kite Sa ii 11 base just below the demili tarized lone. Marines OI the Third IM-vision are conducting tile operation in an effort to cut enemy in 1111 nit ion routes. (Al* Wirephoto) ;