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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 26, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois 010175 IN LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 DECATUR ILL 62525 PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale Hirrln 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 16ft Volume 82No 721 Oca Copy rrtt Pm Htrrli Pilly Joni1 Murphyrtww TUESDAY MARCH 26 1974 x Land sale refunds set Washington AP The Federal Trade Com mission today announced a Jandmark agreement which could reimburse land buyers for more than million the com mission estimates was the pro duct of deceptive advertis ing The agreement was negotiated with GAC Corp and two subsidiaries with one land development project in Arizona and nine in Florida The negotiated agreement between the FTC and the Miamibased company requires GAC to provide prominent warning statements in all future sales contracts and to offer refunds to eligible purchasers who default on payments J Thomas Rosch head of the Developers FTC reach agreemenf FTCs Bureau of Consumer Protection estimated the refunds could cost GAC more than million Future sales contracts used by GAC would contain the statement The future value of this land like all undeveloped real estate is uncertain The contract would also grant purchasers the unconditional right to cancel with no penalty within 10 days Government sources said that the commission has probed other large land development companies and plans to crack down on several more firms The shock wave that will go through the industry is going to be enormous the source said Although GAC did not admit to violations of the law under the agreement it has agreed to make restitution in the form of credits of other property to land buyers who can prove they have been wronged the sources said In addition the firm has agreed not to use the word investment in its future advertisements on land and has agreed to permit prospective Plan may save investors loss Story on page 20 land buyers a 10day period in Which they can call off the sales contract even after signing It Under current government regulations administered by the Housing and Urban Develop ment Department there is a 48 hour coolingoff period in which land buyers can back out of a sales contract although this waiting period can be waived in certain circumstances Grand jury report on Nixons role Sirica gives all data to panel Washington AP The House Judiciary Com mittee today received the federal grand jurys report on President Nixons alleged role in Watergate After giving the report and a satchel filled withu evidence to lawyers from the House Judiciary Committee US District Judge John J Sirica told newsmen Theyve got the grand jury turn ed over to me also read a brief state ment which concluded so far as the court is concerned the transaction is concluded John Doar chief counsel for the impeachment inquiry and Albert Jenner minority counsel spent more than two hours in Siricas office going over each item in the satchel Also present was Peter Kriendler of the special pro secutors office Sirica has described the material as focusing on the President and bearing on ijurisdiction of the committee in taatters within the primary its current inquiry In another court action the special prosecutors office Mon day asked the appeals court to deny Watergate conspirator James W McCords motion for Marion Rleo shops at tho meat counter Photo by Ed Greer Meat i price drop expected Lawyers say raids followed big sales With two Southern Illinois meat plants on strike grocery store owners say they are us ing other suppliers and antici pate no shiortage Even with the Du Quoin Packing Co strike and the close of the Petroff Packing Co near Benton store owners say meat prices may drop about six to ten cents a pound this week Its the old supply and de mand situation that is driving prices down says Kenny Col lier of National Food Store in Oarbondale Don James associate pro fessor of marketing at South ern Illinois University at Car bondale says there is an over supply of meat right now and housewives are buying less Inflation of other commodi ties such as gasoline has caus ed the housewife to bypass the meat counter James said The housewife buys ne cessities in the grocery store and hits the meat counter last If she has any money left Walter J Wills professor of agriculture industries at SIUC says two things have caused the over abundance of meat There is a backlog of beef due to the price freeze last fall and also because farmers could not get their cattle to the market during the truck strike Wills says Wills predicts that after this backlog moves out prices will firm up again There are several major packing houses from which grocers can buy meat Swift Armour Krey and Mayrose in St Louis Reelfoot in Ten nessee Central Packing in Cape Girardeau and Emge of Evansville Ind Murphysboro stores antici pate no immediate meat shortage Phil Green of Greens IGA West 2136 Walnut St said So far weve been able to fill in with orders from other packers and there are no shortages in any line Ted Perry of Ted and Genes Thriftway Murphys boro said Most meat went down a few cents per pound last week but there has been no major change this week Marion food stores have found a variety of suppliers to keep thencounters filled Deaon Hasten a meatcutter at the Marion IGA Mack Janes owner of Macks Big Star and Arthur Bays own er of Bays Thriftway all say the prices of pork and beef have decreased in recent weeks but the decreases have alternated with increases Janes said he was informed one week to cut prices to avoid a back up on meat The next week a meat packer lauds Walker plan Chicago AP The president of the National Coal Association lauded today a plan by Gov Daniel Walker to establish a million bond ing authority for developing and use of Illinois vast coal re seves Carl E Baggs of Washington association president said Walker has taken a leadership role in research and develop ment for expanding the use of Illinois coal that other states should follow Bagge spoke at the opening of a twoday conference on coal attended by about 50 business men civic leaders and legisla tors from the state The meeting was chaired by former Gov Richard BOgilvie The conference will make1 people aware of the potential of Illinois coal resources and bring them up to date on tech nological advances being made in coal development and conver sion said Walker in opening the conference Bagge said Walker has done much to replace the missing link between the laboratory and the ultimate energy user the consumer himself i Belauded the governor for using the states financial re sources good offices andpowers of persuasion in concert with industry to ensure that the citi zens benefit from new tech nologies as quickly as possible1 Related Story Page 20 called Janes and said Ulte price on meat is up again Bays said the pricesfluctu ate from week to week de pending on the kill on the market Benins grocery stores said they have had no difficulty recently getting meat A spokesman at the A P Super Market Herrin said the price of meat is definitely going down He said meat is averaging about 10 cents a pound less than it was two weeks ago A butcher at Bobs Quick Shoppe 501 S Logan St West Frankfort said there is an ample supply of meat We have to do a lot of ordering of our meat from outofstate because of the Blue Bell and Petroff strikes Ron Whittington said Jack Stone manager at Gann and Bender AG Super market in Pinckneyyille said that his stores business had not been changed by the strike because they have been buy ing from Krey and Mayrose in St Louis Angelo Numi owner of Numis Market in Du Quoin said that the situation caused by the strike has made it necessary for him to buy and sell a large amount of frozen meat products No progress was made at a meeting Monday between representativesof the Du Quo in Packing Co and Amalga mated Meat Cutters and But cher Workmen of North Amer ica said Charles Baughinan personnel director The company has been on strike since March 10 Baughinan said no date was set for another meeting be tween company and union rep resentatives The strike by 45 butchers at the Petroff Packing Co Benton has ended because the plant was closed Wayne Un derbill secretary of the Amal gamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Union AFLCIO Local 99 Johnston City said The pickets were called off the line March 18 after owner Violet Hamilton closed the plant Underbillsaid he is hope ful we will be able to put them back to work He said the plant may be sold and reopened The but chers would go back to work while the unionsnegotiated an agreement Alton AP Attorneys for 10 narcotics agents accused of needlessly raiding six private homes say the raids followed a series of drug purchases made by authorities in the area The defense lawyers offered in evidence a cache of drugs they valued at more than million They said the raids conducted last year were intended to cap off a sevenmonth investigation by arresting the pushers who sold agents the narcotics No drugs were found in the homes however The agents are accused of violating the civil rights of the residents The first two defense wit nesses testified they were along on one of the raids and disputed claims by a prosecution witness who told of threats and beer drinking by some of the law en forcement officers The seven federalofficers and three St Louis policemen all former undercover drug agents are accused of illegally raiding six Collinsville area homes without warrants last April Those raids the agents say capped a sevenmonth in vestigation in which they purchased 75 ounces of almost pure cocaine a half pound of nearly pure amphetamine powder 9000 tenmilligram amphetamine tablets and smaller quantities of heroin marijuana and hashish the drugs they brought to court Monday Targets of the raids were pushers who sold them the drugs the agents contend However no arrests or discoveries of drugs including those displayed in court directly resulted from theraids two of which the agents admit were wrong addresses Candidtofes without fees cant be barred Washington AP The Supreme Court held today that states may not bar can didates from the ballot solely because they cannot afford a filing fee The decision invalidlting Californias current filing fee requirement was one of three issued today dealing with state election laws In another case the court relaxed restrictions requiring police to obtain warrants for searching and seizing the pro perty of suspects after their ar rest In a 5 to 4 decision the court said that a search and seizure related to an arrest may be conducted without a warrant several hours after the ar rest reversal of his conviction on conspiracy burglary and wiretapping charges In a related development House Speaker Carl Albert toned down a request by Judiciary Committee member John Conyers Jr DMich that Albert seek television time to reply to Nixons comments about the committee Albert said he did not want the dmpeachment inquiry to turn into an adversary confrontation between the executive and legislative He also said he knows of no basis for Nixons criticism that the committee would like to carry off White Committee would let curbs die Washington AP The Senate Banking Commit tee voted today to let wage and price controls die on April 30 First the panel rejected 11 to 4 a compromise proposal by four Democratic senators to give standby authority for con tinuation of the curbs Then it killed 15 to 0 Presi dent Nixons proposal to retain controls in one of two areas and preserve some of the exist ing control machinery The votes meant that the Sen ate will not even consider any legislation to extend the controls which expire at the end of next month Third juror for Boyle trial seated Media Pa AP A third juror was seated today In the murder trial of former United Mine Workers President WA Tony Boyle accused of arranging the 1969 assassination of a union rival Boyle wearing the same suit he did on Monday when the trial opened was brought to the courthouse from the nearby Riddle Memorial Hospital where he is being held under guard The juror selected this morn ing was Charles K Lord Jr of Prospect Park who said I have tried all my life to be fair and j impartial House documents at will Meanwhile Press Secretary Ronald L Ziegler criticized what he called out of context partisanmotivated leaks from the SenateHouse Committee Internal Revenue Taxation That is the joint committee that is studying the Presidents personal tax returns Zieglers comments came he was asked about a report that the Internal Revenue Service was investigating Nix ons 1968 return Ziegler said he could not find any of Nixons tax advisers who knew of such an IRS inquiry Also Monday Hobse I n t e lligence subcommittee Chairman Lucien N Nedzi said a friend and the wife of Watergate burglar James D McCord burned McCords col lection of newspapers magazines clipping and personal papers shortly after the June 17 1972 Watergate burglary But Nedzi also said his in vestigation turned up no evidence that the papers were burned to destroy Watergate evidence or that the CIA was involved despite the fact that the friend was a CIA infor mant MitcheffSfans rial Deans testimony under attack New York AP Former Atty Gen John N Mitchells defense lawyer today sought to punch holes in John W Dean Ills version of con ferences they held over a fraud case involving financier Robert Vesco Til stand on my testimony the ousted White House counsel said at one point under cross examination at the criminal conspiracy trial of Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice H Stans Dean 35 testified for the government about a Nov 1 1972 meeting with Sfans and Mitchell at Mitchells Washington office regarding Vescos secret cash contribution to President Nix ons reelection campaign Dean was shown a log kept by Mitchells office that noted of the period Oct 25Nov 14 Mr M was in the NY office While you were meeting with Mr Stans and Mitchell In Washington asked defense attorney Peter Fleming Jr That is correct replied Dean In crossexamination Monday Dean rejected a suggestion by the defense that it was John D Ehrlichman rather than Mitchell who made frequent inquiries about the fraud case against Vesco He was asked regarding a telephone call he said he made at Mitchells behest Are you certain it was not Ehrlichman who asked you to make the call Yes I am replied Dean He and Ebrlichman both lost top level White House posts in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal which was not men tioned at the trial here Ehrlichman had been President Nixons chief domestic affairs adviser Picture on page 10 Index Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map Youth 1518 19 4 6 18 78 o 5 Cloudy tonight low in the upper 30s or lower 40s Wed nesday mostly cloudy and cooler with chance of show ers high in the 50s IBl probes illegal wiretapping charges rjf 11TA TOP Chicago AP The Illinois Bureau of In vestigation is probing charges by one of its agents that the IBI used illegal wiretaps in two criminal investigations Supt Wayne A Kerstetter says Kerstetter said in interviews Monday the agent alleged several months ago that telephones vere tapped illegally in the agencys investigations of the slaying of millionaire horse breeder George Jayne in 1970 and the bombing in 1970 of the automobile of former state Rep William Barr DJoliet We have not been able to substantiate the allegations Kerstetter said The disclosure of the in vestigation was the latest development in a controversy that began Thursday when it was learned that a Washington consulting firm had issued a report critical of the IBI Following the release of the report Kerstetter said that four supervisory agents had been demoted as part of a sweeping reorganization of the IBI To strengthen the agency Kerstetter said the IBI has asked the US Justice Depart ment to lend it two experts on the investigation of organized crime Kerstetter said he agreed with the report which was financed by a grant from the Il linois Law Enforcement Com mission that the IBI is overworked and lacks sound middle management The Chicago SunTimes said in todays editions that a target of the alleged wiretapping was Anita S Barr 28 fourth wife of the former state representative who lost a leg in the automobile blast The tap was reported to be on a telephone in the North Side apartment of Mrs Barr The Barrs had sued each other for divorce before the bombing took place No one was arrested as a result of the Barr bombingbut three persons were convicted in connection with the Jayne slaying including Jaynes brother Silas who has been sentenced to 6 to 20 years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder Mitchell Ware a Chicago police official who was superintendent of the IBI at the time of the Barr and Jayne in vestigations said he doubted that there were any illegal wiretaps To the best of my knowledge there were no taps Ware said I dont believe that anybody with the IBI ever would use il legal tactics to gather evidence IBI Agent Russell Ford pleaded guilty Sept 28 in Circuit Court in Peoria on an eavesdropping charge in con nection with the installation in April 1972 of a bug on the telephone of former Peoria Mayor E Michael OBrien The prosecution charged Ford placed a microphone on OBriens telephone and went to the basement of the apartment building tolisten in on the former mayors conversations However it said the bugfailed to work Ford was fined by the court and reduced one pay grade by the IBI
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