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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - October 11, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illlneli 1113 Walnut Herrln 112 N Uth Volume 82No 240ISe a Copy Southern oisants IN Two Section to It Prtu Hirrtn Billy Jeurnit luilimldiri FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 Franklin pro continues 2 quit By Merrill Perlman and Don Frost Of The Southern Illinoisan A Franklin County Sheriffs Deputy and an investigator for States Atty Loren P Lewis have resigned in the wake of an investigation into alleged misconduct in the two departments Deputy Russell Bryant of West Frankfort and states at torney investigator Clifford Parrish of Zeigler terminat ed their payments to the Illi nois Municipal Retirement Fund Thursday and said they were resigning according to Franklin County Clerk Robert Killer States Atty Lewis and Sheriff Barney Browning Thursday morning announced persons under investigation in the hvo departments had been suspended pending completion of the investigation Browning late this morning confirmed Bryant and Deputy Darrell Roberts of Benton had been suspended from the force Although he declined to give further details he said more action could be forth coming shortly Lewis said later Thursday the investigation ed Wednesday afternoon He said the investigation would take weeks and no further details would be publicly released until the investigation is completed Unofficialreports indicate however that a grand jury will be Convened within a determine if crimi nal charges should be filed The investigation reportedly is centered around a series and thefts and reportedly is involved with the sale Sunday of alleged stolen goods to an undercover state investigator The investigation being con ducted by the investigative branch of the Illinois State Police and the states attorney and sheriff reportedly in volves 17 persons in William son and Franklin counties One informed source said persons in Zeigler Sesser Christopher and West Frank fort may be involved as well as persons in local branches of the secretary of states of fice Bryant confirmed this morn ing Jiat he had resigned from the sheriffs department cit ing personal reasons He said he did not know why the investigation is being con ducted or wtio it involved Bryant and Russell both worked the night shift from the sheriffs office Parrish who was named investigator for the states attorney in April previously had been a sheriffs deputy and was Zeigler police chief from 1971 72 Lewis Browning and Det Sgt Charles Spruell conduct ing the state police investiga tion declined to give further details Parrish and Roberts could not be reached for com ment Mills still away from office Washington AP Rep Wilbur D Mills DArk who has not been seen atthe Capitol since he was involved in nn episode during which a woman jumped into the Wash ington Tidal Basin will not nfter all return to his legislative work today An aide said Mills and his whole family have a bug and that it was not known when Mills would be able to resume congressional duties or go to Arkansas to resume campaign ing for reelection Congress is scheduled to re cess for a month at the close of business today MUls described himself Thursday as embarrassed and humiliated by his involvement in the affair But he said in a statement he was returning to his Capitol office and the active chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee and that he would soon go on the cam paign trail Battistella photograph Page 9 Mills 65 and long considered one of the most powerful and respected members of Congress has riot been seen on Capitol Hill this week Park police said they stopped his speeding unlighted car driver by someone1 else early Monday They said a woman passenger obviously intoxi cated emerged and that Mills stepped from the car with his face bleeding and smelling of alcohol They identified the woman as Annabel Battistella 38 of Arlington Va No charges were filed in the incident In a written statement on Thursday Mills said Mrs Bat tistella was one of a party of neighbors and friends he was entertaining that she became ill he tried to have her taken home there was a struggle and her elbow broke his glasses causing facial cuts Mills administrative assist ant Oscar Eugene Goss said Tuesday that Mills had told him he was not in the automobile and knew nothing of the episode Mills said in his statement that Goss had misunderstood him when he said merely that a news account of the affair was inac curate Goss agreed in a sepa rate statement Mills said the events of Sun day evening and Monday morn ing began when he arranged a bon voyage party for Gloria Sanchez a cousin and house guest of the Battistellas who was returning to her native Ar gentina Because Mrs Mills had a broken foot he said they could not entertain at home and at Mrs Mills insistence he ar ranged to take our friends to public place we had frequented before The man I asked to drive was unfamiliar with my car and among other things in the glare of the lighted streets neglected to turn on the headlamps Mills said The account given by a Park Police official to newsmen Wednesday identified the driver as Albert Gapacini of Arlington Assistant Chief Franklin A Arthur said Gapachini Mrs Battistella andMills were in front seat of the Lincoln Con tinental Mrs Sanchez and Liliane Kassar of Washington in the back seat The Washington Post said Mrs Battistellas husband was out of town The Post today quoted three sources as saying Mrs Battis tella worked in 1973 as a strip per at the Silver Slipper In Washington under the m a m e Fanne Foxe the Argentine firecracker James A Ashley near the Lincoln Memorial Park fountain i His house was once city hall By Marica Sudvarg Of The Southern Illinoisan In of Jonesboro a fountain adds its pictures que touch to the sleepy town Every morning James A Ash ley comes to sitin theLineoln Memorial Park and gaze at the fountain The old Jonesboro City Hall used to stand at the fountain site When the fountain was constructed in 1971 the city hall was moved and converted into a residence Ashley now rents and lives In the old city hall Im proud of it said the 80year old Southern Illinois native Ashley was born at Alto Pass but has lived in Jones James Ashley of Jonesboro spends each near fountain boro for the past 60 years The town is pretty much the same said Ashley Oh we get a few new businesses in here every so often and we got a new post office built in the last 10 years But I dont see much difference from the old days he added My house used to sit right in the middle of that pond Ashley said pointing to the put it on rollers and rolled it right over there on the hill he said Ive been out here all day today and I sit out here everyday said Ashley Ashley said he usually gets to the park about 8 am and stays until dark I cant walk no more so I just call me a cab to get me home he said Ashley said he is very con tent with the life in Jonesboro and he lives just the best way I can Ashley said he enjoys the company of the children who often come to play in the park They all turned out here the other day and pulled the grass around the fountain They pulled it by hand and done a good job too he said How does Ashley pass the day I just watch the traffic go by I notice everything that goes by We have slow slow traffic here in a big big way he said Mills blasts surcharge tax Washington AP With a blast against President Fords surtax plan the con gressman with a usually big voice in deciding how much taxes Americans pay has ended his 48hour silence on the sub Traditionally a legislative leader whose views sought by his taxwriting colleagues whenever the White House sug gests changes House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur D Mills DArk waited until Thursday before reacting to President Fords income tax surcharge proposal Mills absent from the Capitol all week missed Fords address Surcharge exam pies Tuesday and the committee carried forward without him at hearings featuring Treasury Secretary William E Simon on Wednesday and Roy Ash head of the Presidents Office of Management and Budget on Thursday Later Thursday a three paragraph release from his of fice described Mills as being unalterably opposed to an in come tax surcharge which places its heaviest burden on the lower and middle income classes It added The 5 per cent surcharge proposal of me President would be a cruel bur den imposed on working people that cannot have any significant impact in the fight to control inflation today This was distributed shortly after another statement Thurs day acknowledging Mills in volvement early Monday in a bizzare incident that he called unfortunate embarrassing and humiliating In his tax statement Mills said the experience from 1968 to 1970 demonstrates that a substantially larger income tax surcharge did little immediately to bring inflation under control even though accompanied by a cut in federal spen ding Moreover the surcharge on corporations may have added to even higher prices Washington AP The Treasury Department has provided examples of how much the proposed 5 per cent sur charge would cost various tax payers married and single In all cases the Treasury De partment calculated taxes be fore surcharge by assuming itemized deductions of 17 per cent of adjusted gross income saying this was a typical amount Here are me examples Married couples with two children AGI Tax Surcharge 15000 1699 0 20000 2660 42 25000 S750 97 40000 7948 50000 11465 Married couples without dren 15000 2027 20000 S035 25000 4170 40000 8543 50000 12140 Single taxpayers 7500 994 8000 1087 9000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 307 482 chil 61 117 336 516 Coverup jury has 9 women 3 men 40000 1283 1482 2548 3783 5230 6850 10515 Index Miller warns coal Industry Unite Mine Workers Presi dent Arnold Miller cigarette at a Washington n w conference Thursday he accused the coal Industry of refusing to nego tiate Calling the Industrys garbage Miller warned that a nation wide coal strike to likely to begin Nov 12 unless the Im passe on contract proposals is broken APWirephoto Story on Page 7 Partly cloud tonight low In low to mid 50s Saturday partly cloudy with chance of showers or thunderstorms continued warm High in up per 708 w lower 80s Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Religion Sports Weather details map 13 Washington AP taken home to make personal to smother the investigation into 0 A TSnT women and preparations for the trial which the original Watergate bur 14 7 before jury 2 four whiteswas chosen today THe are to be g rf 73 to hear the Watergate coverup housed witb Appeals tarned down a request 139 tu anvnnp pkp outside the presence from defense lawyers who 22 For the first nine days of the anyone else outside tne pres siricas method for is trial U S District Judge John of L S L last phase of the jury selec J Sirica had questioned nun Completion of the lengthy jury H 476 dreds of potential jurors on what selection process clears the way defense they know and think about forWatergateproseortonjto lay secretj but the M Watergate out their case agamst the way for fte The tedious and painstaking fense beginning Monday twoweek selection process was the result of More than 70 percent of Siricas fears that two years of Washingtons population is news coverage of the Watergate black The panel appeared gen scandals may have persuaded erally middleclass and middle fSjlXOH Will get many prospective jurors that aged i r the defendants were guilty After Sirica made one las re defense tStetfS mlmbers of Washington AP 1urteS havrS Picked unable to serve they were The Jushce Department has SoIecSS and defense lawyers sworn in They shared three offered to defend former Presu conS piddng an additional Bibles while the five defendants dent Richard M Nixon and Siricas crowd stood facing them three of ton advisers in civil The jurors pledged to well suits accusing them of impropw SSlSt is completed the and truly try the defendants political harassment depart alternates are to be who are accused of attempting ment officials say
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