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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - July 19, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Murphysboro Herrln 710 N Illlnob 1113 Walnut 212 N 1Mb Southern Ulinoisaiil SNEWSPAPERS BOX IATUR 62525 Volume a Copy Two Pages I Fri Prm Herrln Dally Journal Murphysboro Indtpendent FRIDAY JULY 19 W4 Cosf of living up 1 percent Washington AP The cost of living rose one per cent in June as sharply higher prices for a wide range of con sumer goods and services kept inflation soaring the govern ment reported today The Labor Departments figures underscored the bleak economic news Thursday from the Commerce Department which reported the economy underwent one of its most severe declines since World War II in the half of the year The nations output of goods and services the Gross Na tional Product dropped UunaJ nuuuwL between April and June for the I household durables and fresh second successive quarter of i fruits declines the Commerce Food prices rose a seasonally Deparment said Some adjusted three tenths of one per economists believe that two I cent a rate slightly more than price index announced today The June increase in con was led by higher prices for new sumer prices works out to an and used cars medical care annual rate of 12 per cent For mortgage interest c o s t s I the three months ending m June the pace of inflation soared at an adjusted annual rate of 109 per cent Consumer prices last month rose to a level lll per cent economists believe mat iwo ceui aIILC auguujr conseS quarterly declines usual for June but a much more higher toana year ago with to should be considered a moderate pace than m any other governments mdex at 1471 auvuiu t JL uu ywnoiv Ttiic meant ir rnsr S14710 to recession Other economists feel other factors must be con sidered The June rise in the consumer Jiiuucl aLC yakc month this year with the excep1 This meant it cost to tion of April when food prices i purchase a variety of consumer f fhnf yirtcr fell four tenths of one cent per I goods and services that cost I in 1967 Tank cars explode 1 hurt in Decatur reported they felt shock waves of the explosion Windows of nearby houses were blown in causing many of the injuries Other houses were ripped apart It appeared Lakeview High School suffered extensive dam age Early reports indicate 58 per sons were taken to St Marys Hospital mostly for treatment of burns glass cuts and bruises Five or six have been admitted to the hospital Another 11 persons are termed The building sometines houses by a hospital spokesman as as many as 40 men it has been critical and are being trans reported ferredto Springfield The explosion occurred shortly At Decatur Memorial LindsaySchaub News Service Decatur More than 100 persons have been injured as a result of tank car explosions early this morn ing in the Norfolk Western Railway Co yards on Decaturs east side No deaths were reported im mediately but the explosion destroyed a yards that building in the housed railroad workers and included a restau rant One witness said he knew there were building men inside the after 5 am today About am city officials Hospital three have been ad mitted Another 41 were treated rtUUUL iJUL aJJli ordered evacuation of an area for cuts and bruises and releas three miles in all directions of ed All available fire fighting units the explosion scene That area Decaturs downtown includes section Boundaries of the evacuation area are Pershing Road on the north Monroe Street on the west and Fitzgerald Road on t h e south It is reported a tank car con taining napalm was first to ex plode igniting a tank car of propane and causing it to ex plode The subsequent fire en gulfed a blocksquare area More than 100 railroad cars were off the rails as a result of the explosion and four liquid propane gas tank cars are re ported in the explosion area Residents more than three miles away from the scene in Decatur and Macon County and units from Cerro Gordo and j Latham were on the scene i Firemen were spraying water on other propane tank cars trying to prevent another ex plosion Decatur police Chief Harold G Lindsten said if those cars would explode an area three miles in all directions would be destroyed or heavily damaged It is also reported railroad cars carrying dynamite and other potentially hazardous substances are parked in the yards This is a major disaster said acting Decatur City Manager Jack W Lof tus I havent seen anything like it since World War II Public Works Director William B Sands said after touring the area One row of 25 new railroad cars was ripped apart and burned in the westbound rail road yard A railroad spokesman said the entire yard is gone and the railroad will have to start from scratch in rebuilding the yards Steel boxcars were shredded and blown from their wheels Scattered fires still were burn ing long after the explosion Telephone lines in most of Decaturs east side were out of service A metal building owned by the General Electric Co was badly damaged An engineer with Archer Daniels Midland Co said two buildings owned by the company will have to be re placed One plant operated by the A E Staley Co and ADM plants have been closed It is not known what caused the first tank car to explode Gov Daniel Walker arrived about am at a command post set up in Nelson Park on Decaturs southwest side Walker activated the head quarters and headquarters company of the 66th National Guard Brigade stationed at the Decatur Armory shortly after 8 am About 100 men are said to have reported to the armory After reporting to the armory Staff precenfs case Committee counsel proposes impeachment Washington AP Special Counsel John Doar today recommended that the House Judiciary Committee impeach President Nixon a member of the committee reported Rep Wiley Mayne RIowa said on leaving the closed door meeting that Doar referred specifically to an obstruction of justice charge in connection with his recommendation for impeachment Maynes report which came early in the session was only fragmentary He said Doar was making a general discussion of the evidence gathered by the im peachment inquiry staff and the direction in which it pointed Besides an obstruction of justice charge based on Watergate Doar is expected to propose articles charging Nixon Chance of showers and thun derstorms tonight with low in low or mid 70s Chance of showers and thunderstorms again Saturday with high 93 to 99 Sunday through Tues day chance of showers or thunderstorms with highs in 90s and lows in 60s to 70s with abuse of constitutional powers and contempt of Con gress 1 Doar and other members of the committee staff began pre senting the case for impeach ment during a closeddoor briefing leading up to the com mittees final deliberations next week Rep Robert McClory RH1 told newsmen that three or four committee Republicans are likely to vote for impeachment and that it could be much higher In related developments Thursday the committee released evidence collected during its sixmonthlong im peachment inquiry Among the disclosures were Former presidential aidej John D Ehrlichman says President Nixon indicated his afterthefact approval of the breakin at the office of Daniel Ellsbergs psychiatrist Nixon has maintained publicly that he abhored the insident Memos by late FBI Direc tor J Edgar Hoover on three occasions cited Henry A Kiss inger as directly authorizing wiretaps on government officials and newsmen Kissinger has denied making such requests and has asked the Senate Foreign Rleations Committee to clear him of any such involve ment To stop news leaks in 1971 Nixon seriously considered ordering liedetector tests for 1000 or more government i workers with access to top1 secret documents The President didnt pursue the idea when he was informed that a single suspect had already been idenj tified Vice President Gerald R Ford said be has listened to some of the White House tapes and that he now understands why there is disagreement over what they say The audio quality of the tapes was poor he said In his final defense argument before the committee Thursday James D St Clair Nixons at torney asserted there was no evidence of presidential in volvement in Watergate or any other matters the committee has investigated the Guardsmen awaited mission assignment from local authori ties where they would be needed and what they would do The fire brigade at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul has been placed on a standby to assist if necessary Walker also offered the serv ices of National Guard troops stationed in Springfield and any state employes vehicles or equipment that might be use ful Three employes of the state Environmental Protection Agency have been on the scene since early morning in an at tempt to determine if the explo sions sent any noxious sub stances into the air As of am the entire east side of Decatur from 21st Street east was evacuated The larger area three miles in any direction was ordered evacuated about am Police patrol cars were runn ing through the area with sirens and red lights operating warning all residents and motorists to leave the area immediately Women with smaE children some with family pets were standing in the streets looking for rides One letter carrier stopped his delivery and began running west The only person who immedi ately wouldnt leave the area was a man at a laundromat on East William Street Road Hell I cant leave til my laundrys done he said Turkish ships on move Ankara Turkey AP A Turkish fleet of 35 ships most of the troopcarrying lan ding craft sailed from the southern Turkish port of Mersin this afternoon informed sources said Mersin was about 45 miles from Cyprus Officers at the armys general staff headquarters in Ankara were ordered not to leave the building Personnel of the Turkish state radio and television networks also were instructed to remain on du ty Premier B u 1 e n t Ecivit returned home from London earlier today to increasing demands for Turkeys armed forces to intervene in Cyprus and prevent Greek annexation of the island The Turkish cabinet announc ed it would ask parliament Saturday for extraordinary powers to act with a free hand in a crisis Ecevit returned home a few hours before dawn and met immediately with the commanders of the armed forces and then called the cabinet into session ta heHcoptorpper left flies over search area while police stand guard on Crab Orchard Refuge combed for escapees Nearly 100 law enforcement officers from a threecounty area today were still search ing a portion of the Crab Or chard National Wildlife Ref uge where two Franklin Coun ty jail escapees are believed to be hiding The man hunt follows a po lice chase from Carbondale A car allegedly stolen by the two escapees in Christopher Thursday was pursued to the refuge where it overturned identifiedas Richard Maceri 24 of Valier and Ricky Sledge 20 of Flora fled into the woods after a brief exchange of gunfire Maceri and Sledge escaped last Sunday by overpowering a Franklin County jailer The stolen car belonged to Robert and Edna Avery of Christopher They are in sat isfactory condition in Franklin Hospital in Benton after they were attacked Thursday in their home by two men later identified as Maceri and Sledge Southern Illinois University at Carbondale security police spotted the Averys car at p m Thursday on South Wall street near East Grand avenue in Carbondale They pursued the car A highspeed chase ended on a gravel road near the intersection re Old Illinois 13 and the Crab Orchard Lake road Police said the stolen car overturned Two men ran from the car apparently unhurt and armed with a shotgun and a knife police said A second shotgun was recovered from the trunk of the car Police reported one brief ex change of gunfire with the escapees as they ran toward a heavily wooded area With in minutes police from other communities sheriffs depu ties from Jackson Williamson and Franklin counties and state police converged on the area to surround it Within an hour it was dark and police began using spot lights in an attempt to contain the excapees until a search operation was begun The state Department of Transportation trauma heli coper arrived at the refuge about pm Using a bright spotlight the helicopter attempted to flush the two men from the underbrush but was unsuccessful Two police units and a dog unit were dispatched to an area south of the search area on the Crab Orchard Lake road where Michael Young of Carbondale reported seeing the two men He told police he saw at least one man and possibly a second crouching near the roadside Young picked out Maceris photograph from several shown to him by po lice The dog unit was unsuccess ful in picking up any scent James Nash of Murphysboro the dog unit amster said a scent would last for only about an hour due to the extremely dry weather conditions Police maintained their post around the IAsquare mile area until daylight today when search parties began combing the area on foot The wooded area is so heav ily overgrown that search par ty members walking only 10 feet apart had trouble seeing each other The search par ties headed by state police and Williamson County Sheriff Russell Oxford made several sweeps through the area while supported by two air search aircraft police said The two beach areas on the west side of Crab Orchard Lake will remain open today despite the search for the es capees Darrell Uptegraft as sistant project manager of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge said Avery 58 and his wife 58 returned home about noon yesterday from a twoday trip to Centralia and found two men in their home a spokes man for the Franklin County Sheriffs office said Avery apparently put up a struggle and was struck in the head with a shotgun and cut on the wrist the spokes man said The Averys then were bound with telephone cord as the men robbed them of an undetermined amount of money and fled in the Av ery car the spokesman said Mrs Avery untied herself and walked to a neighbors home whre she called police the spokesman said Avery later said the shotgun he was struck with belonged to him but the ammunition was kept elsewhere and ap parently was not stolen the spokesman said Maceri was being held in the jail pending a hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial on charges of kidnaping rape deviant sex ual assault and attempted murder Sledge was being held on charges of theft and reckless conduct stemming from his capture in Franklin County after he escaped May 10 from the Jefferson County Jail in Mt Vernon Mosquitoes dead battery tox break boredom of vigil By Joseph Arimond Of The Southern lUinoisan Ill bet its going to be hot tomorrow A cracking sound broke the night stillness Damned mosquito Im sure glad Im not out there Carbondale Patrolman William Kilquist said He was sitting in his squad car on the Crab Orchard Lake road when the announ cer of an allnight radio sta tion said Police have sur rounded an area in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Re fuge where two escaped men from the Franklin County jail are still at large Tell me about it Kil quist said as he tuned to ano ther station Until relief arrived at 3 am today Kilquist was one of more than 50 law e n f o r c e ment officers who maintained an allnight vigil of about a mile area in the refuge where Richard Maceri 24 of Valier and Ricky Sled ge 20 of Flora wrecked their stolen car after a high speed car chase Thursday with po lice from Carbondale Kilquist and police from a threecounty area ringed the area using their spotlights and headlights as a psychological light fence to keep the two escapees from running f a r ther Anybody got jumper ca bles a policemen yelled from down the road Our bat terys gone dead Some of the boredom was broken when a station wagon pulled up to the squad car A tall lanky man climbed out and walked over Would you fellas like some hot coffee or tea Is the tea hot or cold Kilquist asked Im afraid its not really hot and its not really cold but it is wet the man said I think Ill pass Thanks anyway Kilquist said The man returned to his car and drove away The marking on the car door said Salvation Army Something moved near the edge of the road close to the ground A spotlight was train ed in a new direction Was it one of the esca pees A grey fox walking through the tall grass apparently came to see who had invaded his domain The fox took a brief look and vanished Wonder what those two guys are thinking about right now Kilquist said They dont have a flashlight and they probably dont even know where they are It sure is thick back in there he said A state helicopter equipped with a search light had been unsuccessful late Thursday night in spotting either of the two men from the air Pilot Allen Satterfield told police the foliage was too heavy making visibility to the ground impossible Even the efforts of George Hoot Gibson of Carbondale and his war surplus carbon rod search light proved un successful Gibson did get a good look at several deer gra zing in a field however Theycouldnt have gotten out of here Kilquist said Or could they have If it doesnt rain soon corn and soybean crops in danger i npr rent chance of thunder Sprmklt INDEX Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 1317 5 19 4 6 17 1112 17 A large portion of the Sou thern iBinois corn crop may be in danger if rain doesnt come within the next week And the prospects for rain dont look good although US Weather Service offices dont agree on a forecast We needed rain real bad last week we need it even worse this week and if theres no relief by next week some parts of Jackson County will end up with barren crops Robert Frank Jackson Coun ty extension adviser for ag riculture said today Frank said the problem is widespread through most of Southern Illinois and some other parts of the state He said conversations this week with farm advisers in Perry Franklin and S a 1 i n e Counties show similar drought problems The adviser said the eastern part of Jackson County ap parently is in much worse shape than some areas in the west Parts of the southwest area around Gorham had two good rains last week and the north west area around Campbell Hill alsohad had a good rain last week he said Some parts of the county primarily in the Makanda Carbondale De Soto and Elk ville areas have not had a measurable rain in five or six weeks Frank termed the present situation for the Jackson Countys million corn crop as quite critical An oddity in the crop si tuation is that extremely wet weather narly in the planting season delayed planting with the result that stalks do not have deep root structures to seek underground moisture Frank said The adviser said area soy bean growers face similar problems but said the soy bean situation is not quite as serious as the corn crop We may get some relief from the heat and drought the US weather service at Cairo says There is no prospect for re lief the US weather ser vice in St Louis says Ruby Kremming clerk at the Cairo station said the pre diction for Saturday is a 30 per cent chance of thunder storms which might bring cooler temperatures She said it will be partly cloudy with temperatures from the high 80s to the low 90s Sunday through Tuesday with some chance of rains But wi will start warm after Tuesday she said The St Louis station said we dont see anything in the prospects for a change Sprinkles of rain in Centra Illinois this morning are dis sipating and will not reach the area the station said It will become slightly cool er in the north but that will not reach us according to the St Louis station The last heavy rains in this area recorded by both bureaus were on May 30 and 31 with the main portion on the 30th Cairo station recorded a 34 inch rain on May 30   

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