Logansport Pharos Tribune, August 28, 1977

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August 28, 1977

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Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Newspaper) - August 28, 1977, Logansport, Indiana TNI SUNDAY fjDw uQLlb LiDijUld LOGANSPORT, INDIANA SUNDAY, AUGUST 219-753-7511 PRICE TWENTY-FIVE CENTS 'Electrical Fault' Blamed In U.S. MOSCOW (UPI) Soviet firemen tried to enter the lop-secret military attache's office during an 18-hour blaze that wrecked portions of the U.S. Embassy, but Ambassador Malcolm Toon said Saturday he saw no reason to suspect "a sinister Soviet backdrop" to the fire. U.S. security agents refused to allow the Soviets to enter the secret quarters on the News Briefs Local Adult secondary and interest classes sponsored by El-Tip-Wa Vocation School and Logansport High School will begin the week Of Sept. 12. PAGE 2 The murderer of Linda Sue Ferry, 30, former Logansport resident, also robbed her of J120, according to police. PAGE 2 State Fair officials at In- dianapolis have announced the names of several Loganland winners. PAGE 12 Eico Industries will begin construction of its new plant at the south edge of Logansport Sept. 1. PAGE 9 State Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., said Saturday be will vote to ratify the proposed Panama Canal Treaty because he wants to avoid a "Panamanian Viet- nam." PAGE 3 Sports Mike Dlmmel will sign his contract with the Baltimore Orioles Friday and join the parent club for the remainder of the season. PAGE 17 The Logansport Berries and Cass Kings opened their football seasons Saturday night. PAGE 17 .top floor of the 10-story embassy, Toon said. The Americans eventually were forced to flee to escape choking smoke and heat from the blaze concentrated two floors below, but the combination lock on the armored vault door of the -military at- tache's office melted, sealing off the chamber. Toon reported an initial inventory of highly sensitive documents and equipment showed "so far there has been no com- promise of security." The ambassador blamed the fire, which broke out Friday night, on an "electrical fault" in embassy wiring and said repairs would take three to five months. Speaking to reporters in his temporary headquarters at the embassy's Com- mercial Office a block away from the main chancery. Toon reported the battalion chief of the Soviet firemen several limes asked permission for his men to inspect the embassy's lOth-flooroffice. The Soviets claimed fire was burning through the top floor, but Toon said American security men checked the area and found no flames, so they refused the Soviets permission to enter. As an added precaution later when American security personnel were forced to retreat from the fire zone. Toon said, he ordered embassy personnel to monitor all entrances and fire truck ladders to make Essex Contract Vote Tuesday The 800 union employes of the local RBM Controls Division of Essex Group, Inc., will vote Tuesday on a new three-year contract proposal. The vote on the Essex proposal will be at 3 p.m. in the local National Guard Armory, according to Nathan (Nate) Nulf, president of local -669, Allied Industrial Workers Union. The company proposal provides a 12.5 percent pay increase with a minimum increase of 40 cents per hour retroactive to June 21, Nulf said, with a further increase of 20 cents per hour on Sept-. and 18 cents per hour on Nov. Other issues involve seniority, bereavement leave, insurance, vacations, and pensions, Nulf indicated. Members of the union rejected a previous company proposal in July. If the new one is approved, all of its terms will be effective Sept. 1 except the retroactive wage increase. The contract will expire Dec. 3, 1980, under terms of the proposal. Nulfsaid. Cass To Receive To Weatherproof Homes Cass County will receive for the insulation and weather-proofing of homes of low income families. At a public hearing conducted Thursday night at Calvary Presbyterian Church on the proposed Federal Energy Ad- ministration (FEA) home winterization plan, it was announced that the FEA is allocating to Indiana for the project. Cass County is to receive of this to be used to winterize approximately 47 dwellings. Other area counties and the amount of money thay are to receive are Carroll, White, Pulaski, and Miami. Fulton county is not a part of this program. The focus of the plan is on 40 counties Including the five counties In which the Area V Council on Aging operated the Fuel Assistance Program which ended Friday, according to David W. Smith, director of the Area V Agency on Aging. The Area V Agency has been asked to serve as ad- ministrator for these same counties. They are Cass, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash. The total amount to be ad- ministered by Area V is An additional amount will be available from the funds not used on the Fuel Assistance Program. The exact amount is now known as claims are still being processed. Smith said. However, the funds will become available Friday. Smith said it is anticipated that the home winterization program will go into operation Oct. 3. Persons qualifying for assistance must fall within the income within the guidelines. In addition, a target figure of 65 percent of these served will be senior citizens, Smith noted. Locations, where applications for insulation will be accepted will be announced in 30 days. The hearing here was one of two con- ducted in the state. The purpose was to solicit the public's comments on the proposed sites and type of home win- lerization to be done under the program. Jim Williams, Energy Project director for the Indiana Community Services Administration, chaired the meeting. He was assisted by Luther Bostrom, disaster preparedness coordinator for the Indiana Commission on Aging and Aged, and Smith. Gas Is Plentiful Here, Unless Some Diverted NIPSCO has a good supply of gas for the coming winter. "Unless there is by government ap- proval unforeseen interruption of our supply to serve other badly distressed areas, we have ample gas to meet our requirements." Dean Mitchell, NIPSCO chairman, said today. Acknowledging that there is a national gas shortage, Mitchell stated that NIPSCO has been able to insulate its customers from the shortage With the exception of last January. This has been done by obtaining long- term contracts from five suppliers and by investing in storage of sufficient size to approximately match its pipeline delivery on a peak day. he reported. "At the time of our gas curtailment, we were operating with a supply nicely over our daily requirement on the coldest and most trying day of Indiana's Mitchell told Pharos-Tribune Publisher J.M.Druck. "At a.m. on Jan, 18, 1977, our supplier notified us, operating under federal approval, to expect at once a reduction of cubic feet of gas on a daily basis, indicating a total of cubic feet of gas over a two and one-half months' period. Curtailment during later January became necessary and to our embarrassment no previous notice could be given by our supplier, thus prohibiting us from many customers." Mitchell expressed the hope that gas would not be diverted to other areas during the coming winter to create another unexpected shortage. sure no documents were removed from the 27-year-old building. "There is no basis for any sort of suspicion of a sinister Soviet backdrop to Toon said. "We think that it was an electrical fault apd having the sad state of wiring it Is Emergency, communications equipment arrived from Bonn late Saturday and Toon said complete communications channels should be re-established with Washington by Sunday. Meanwhile, the embassy kept in contact with the State Department via a telex channel and one telephone line kept open constantly since early Saturday morning. Toon told of the damages in detail at his news conference: "The roof is ruined and half caved in and the rest of the roof suffered severe damage. The eighth floor is gutted. It's a mess. On the ninth floor there is heavy damage from the security desk on back; There is smoke and water damage on the 10th floor and .water damage from the seventh floor on he said. U.S. Navy Seabees phoned a damage estimate to Washington. A spokesman reported "it looks like the entire three top floors will have to, be ripped out and rebuilt." "We need everything wood, nails, screws, concrete, building kits and all the electrical wire we can get ...It's a real he said. "Hello, Washington. Hello, Washington Hello, an American secretary droned into that single phone, sometimes for half an hour at a time without a reply. "Hello, Washington. Hello, Washington. Hello, Washington." Ambassador Malcolm Toon reported all key embassy documents were safe, although officials said they would begin an intensive inventory of files, documents and equipment to check on all losses. Toon said the only injury was suffered by a Marine guard who inhaled smoke. The fire burned out the eighth floor of the yellow stucco embassy. Flames, smoke, heat and tons of water caused extensive damage on at least three other floors above and below that. One embassy official who visited his office said. "It didn't look like the damage was that severe, but the heat was so in- tense that it baked everything in my office. Beame Attacks The SEC Eatin- NEW YORK (UPI t Embattled Mayor Abraham Beame laid New York City's financial scandal in the laps of the nation's largest banks Saturday, saying he too had been hoodwinked into buying city securities while the banks were secretly dumping theirs on an unsuspecting public. Beame, on the counter-attack following Friday's release of a Securities and Exchange Commission report that charged he used "deceptive practices" to cover up the city's worsening fiscal outlook in late 1974. called the SEC report a "purely political document." While rejecting its conclusions about his own conduct, he appeared to concur with its finding that actions by major banks helped precipitated the crisis. But Beame Officials at Peru's Old Fashioned Days ice cream social served a "customer a minute" during this hot weekend. Joe Tully and Brad Piclik, front, were among the persons en- joying the cold treat. (Staff Photo) Escapee With Hostage Eludes Police, FBI MARQUETTE, Mich. (LTD police departments and the FBI scoured the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula Saturday for an honor farm walkaway described as "a real wild man" and his female hostage. A nationwide bulletin was issued in the expanding hunt for Douglas Henry and the hostage, Evelyn Van Tassel. 58, wife of retired Northern Michigan University vice president Leo Van Tassel. 65, The Van Tassels walked in on Henry late Thursday at their new summer cottage he was using as a hideout. He tied Van Tassel to a tree and then kidnaped the woman at knifepoint, using the couple's Volkswagen Dasher for his getaway. Van Tassel was unharmed and eventually freed himself. Henry, 22, Lansing, escaped Monday from Marquette Prison's Magnum work farm where he was a trusty serving six to 15 years for breaking and entering in Lansing. The FBI was assisting departments from area police and sheriff departments because of suspicions that Henry may have crossed the border into Wisconsin. But state police said they weren't con- vinced he had left the stale." Passenger And Freight Trains Hit On Overpass LAGRANGE, 111. (UPI) A Burlington Northern freight train and an Amtrak passenger train collided on an overpass near LaGrange Saturday, sending the Amtrak engine and several freight cars plunging 30 feel to railroad tracks below. At least seven persons were slightly injured on the 13-car Amtrak "Zephyr" train, which was heading for California with 192 passengers. A spokesman at Community Memorial Hospital in LaGrange said most of the injured would be treated and released. Sue Stevens, a spokesman for Amlrak, said the Burlington train had derailed on the overpass just as Amtrak train No. 5 from Chicago was approaching from the opposite direction. The Amtrak train hit the freight, sending the engine of the Amtrak and 10 to 12 freight cars over the edge and landing on Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Co, tracks below. None of the passenger cars derailed. Dirk Beintema, LaGrange, said he heard the freight train go by shortly before the crash and noticed it was making "noises like it had a bad wheel, kind of a thumping sound." "All of a sudden there was a terrific crash and we all ran over to see about 12 cars tangled up down there on the 1MB be said. added the SEC too engaged In the "coverup and non-disclosure." "For more than a year, SEC withheld and covered up the fact that the banks secretly city securities from their own portfolios on the market, robbing the small investor and accelerating the city's credit he said in a six-page statement. The SEC said five banks Chase Manhattan, Citibank. Morgan Guaranty Trust, Manufacturer's Hanover Trust and Banker's Trust million of their own holdings while underwriting a billion issue of short-term city notes in late 1974 and 1975. Two other institutions. Chemical Bank and the giant Merrill Lynch brokerage firm, did not dump their holdings but did not warn new investors either. In mid-1975, the city's credit was cut off and New York nearly went into default until a state financial rescue package, later supplemented by a three-year federal loan package, was assembled. "If verified, the banks' actions con- stitute a fraud against the city and its people. Why did the SEC deliberately withhold this damaging information until now? Was this an accommodation to the Saying he had invested most of his personal savings in city securities. Beame added, "The fact is. it was 1 who was being misled, because at the very lime I was buying, the banks were rapidly unloading city securities." Most of the banks Friday denied any improprieties. Beame answered often-accusatory questions from reporters in a combative style during a locally-televised news conference from City Hall. He insisted the SEC report, issued less than two weeks before the Democratic mayoral primary, would not strain his credibility with the voters in his bid for reelection. "I think the people of this city know me over my 30 years of public service. They know I never lie to them." Beame said the SEC report backed up its conclusions about-his and Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin's conduct by citing selective, out-of-context passages "from internal city correspondence." He said the SEC staff "conveniently left out" the final two pages of an Oct. 26.1974, memorandum from an aide about the city's fiscal problems which recom- mended that they be disclosed to the news media a recommendation he followed. Beame expressed bewilderment that he could be accused of deception for being publicly optimistic during the crisis that the city would solve its problems. "Can you imagine? 1 am being accused of expressing confidence in my city..." Special Budget Session Set For Monday The Logansport City Council will hold its special budget adoption session at p.m. Monday In the council chambers of the city building. In addition to adopting the 1978 budget, the council will consider passage on second reading of a civil city salary or- dinance setting the 1978 wages for policemen, firemen and other appointed off ices in the city. While police and fire personnel received across-the-board in the settlement, other employes on the schedule will receive raises of approximately five percent, The budget, which was advertised ap- proximately over the frozen limit, has not been cut by the council at this point. A special meeting for selection of a councilman to fill the vacancy created by the death of William Bishop will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. All Well With Voyager PASADENA. Calif. (UPI) Voyager 2's master computer, whicti rejected earth's commands the day before, signaled all was well Saturday by accepting a com- mand to snap 10 photos of bright star fields surrounding the spacecraft. Photos beamed back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory gave a-preliminary indication that Voyager's seven-foot-long boom, which carries television camera's and experiments, was deployed to within one degree of full extension. "The photos also ruled out any struc- tural damage to the boom or its at- tachment to the spacecraft, which had been feared earlier." a JPL spokesman said. "The boom is ncariy in its proper extension. Things seem to be going well Scientists, however, delayed a command to blow the dust cover off the scan plat- form at the end of the boom in a move designed to thrust the boom into full deployment. "There is no hurry to jam the boom the spokesman said. "At least now we know where its position is." .Project officials also announced Saturday night that launch of the Voyager's sister craft from Cape Canaveral, Fla., will be delayed up to three days from its scheduled blast off Sept. 3. "We might move the launch up to Sept. S or 6. An announcement on the exact date will be made Monday." the spokesman said. He said the delay is due to work being done on the la.uoopound craft, including installation of coil springs to the deployment mechanism of the boom to prevent a repeat of her sister ship's problems. Voyager 2. launched last Saturday, was 4 million miles from earth and traveling at 22.373 miles an hour on a nineyear space journey that will bring it to Jupiter largest planet in the solar system in late 1979. On Friday, scientists sent up a series of commands "to the space probe to blow the dust cover and take pictures, but the master computer "cancelled" both commands on its own and returned the craft io its normal cruise attitude. -We don't know exactly why the com- puter cancelled the commands." the spokesman said. "It could have been for a number of reasons and scientists are studying the problem." He explained that the master computer, which controls all functions aboard the craft including temperatures, pressures and voltages senses when anything is going wrong and can abort commands sent from Earth. One of the theories being studied, the spokesman said, was that the series of commands sent Friday "were too sen- sitive" for the computer. "If that was the case, we can later reprogram the com- puters." the spokesman said. Another possibility is that the computer may have sensed an excess of energy from the space probe's small jets. MAC Insurance On June 10th I broke a tooth on a bone chip while eating a hamburger at burger Chef. The manager seemed un- derstanding and assured me that their insurance would pay my dental bill. But now after over two months and two efforts on my part to hare this matter resolved I only have a dental hill and a capped tooti. What gives? J.W. The manager at Burger Chef told AN 4- SWER LINE there is absolutely no problem'with your claim. H definitely will be paid, but it takes time to process the claim. You will be paid, the manager promised. Hospital would like to know the average stay of patients at Memorial Hospital that are there after a period? L.S. Logansport Hospital Administrator Herbert Fromm said this is so rare that statistics are not maintained in this category. Fromm said that the average length of stay of all patients at Memorial Hospital Is seven days. Replacements I purchased some furniture from Circus City Furniture, Peru, last October and when the Items were delivered I discovered a bookcase shelf had a scratch and a sofa cushion cover had a flaw in it. I brought Oils to the attention of the store on the day of delivery and was promised replacements I've written to the store and made teveral calls but to no avail: CM you help me get the replacements? G.K. Logansport ANSWER LINE contracted store owner Richard Petrone with your complaint and it was the first he knew about it! Petrone said he personally opens all of his mail and has never received a letter from you, nor was he ever aware vou had a complaint. Petrone told ANSWER LINE he prides himself on good customer relations and would have personally taken care of the matter had he known about it. ANSWER LINE understands ho has already con- tacted you concerning the replacements. .Questions for ANSWER LINE should Be addressed to ANSWER LINE, in care