Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 22, 1974

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February 22, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- ClearliiK tonight, lows zero to 5 below. High Saturday in Iccns and 20s. VOLUME 92 -NUMBER 44 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS HAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, FKUKUAKY 22, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YOHK TIMES VanSteenis By Roland Krekclcr Donald Van Steenis died of a broken neck caused by the Im pact a .38 cal. slug strikin the base of his skull. That result of an autopsy by Dr. Earl Rose, forensic patholo gist at the University of Iowa was revealed Friday by Lim Sheriff Walter Grant. The autopsy also showed the 32-year-old Van Steenis, whos body was recovered from th Cedar river east of Cedar Rapids Wednesday, had suf fered three other bullet wounds. Sheriff Grant said all fou: shots were fired into his back. Other Locations There was a wound high on his back to the left of the spine a superficial flesh wound on hi: right side, and a wound on hi; right shoulder blade, in addition to the fatal wound in the neck. The slug from the fatal wound and the one from the 'left of the spine were reco- vered and will be submitted for ballistics tests. It was determined Van Steenis was dead before his body entered the water, on the basis of there being no water in his undamaged right lung. Grant said the absence of water in the body helps to ac- count for the body's being fount approximately 100 yards down- stream from where it apparent- ly, entered the river.' Weapon Missing No weapon has been reco- vered, according to the sheriff, although deputies combed the river for one Thursday, and ex- ecuted a search warrant late Thursday afternoon in hopes of uncovering the murder weapon. Search of the area where Van Steenis' footprints led. to the riverfaank has uncovered a spent cartridge believed to be from one of the shots fired at Van Steenis. Grant said a thorough search with a metal detector showed no sign of other spent shells. The spent cartridge, along with the slugs removed from Van Steenis' body, will be sent to a crime laboratory for analy- sis. Search Stopped Further search of the river for the gun has been temporari- ly suspended, Grant said, be- cause of the low temperatures. Authorities obtained a war rant from District Judge Harold Victor Thursday afternoon, per mitting them to search for cvi dence in the residence of a Cedar Rapids man. Victor issued the warran after meeting with investigators for about an hour in his chambers and reviewing the preliminary evidence. The sheriff said execution of the search warrant resulted in no substantial evidence to help the investigation. Robbery Motive? Robbery is believed to be Ihe motive of the shooting, Grant Wirephoto IMPEACHMENT PROBERS Rep. Peter Rodino left, chairman of the house judiciary committee investigating possible impeachment of President Nixon, and Rep. Edward Hutchinson ranking Republican on the committee, meet with newsmen. said, since Van Sleenis is be- lieved lo have had more than on him when he disap- peared. Only was found on his body. Van Sleenis, a Cedar Rapids auctioneer, disappeared Feb. 12. A search, launched after his wife reported his absence, yield- ed Iwo scls of tracks leading from his pickup truck lo (he rivcrbank. Only one sot of tracks returned. Authorities dragged the river in (he nrca several days with no results. Wednesday, while the official search had been sus- pended lo permit searchers lo rest, two friends of the Van Slccnls family located his body. Sheriff Ornnt reiterated Fri- day his Thursday statement that nn arrest might ha made in 110 minutes, but Hint It might lake .10 days. ATLANTA (AP) The ab- uclors of Atlanta Constitution ditor Reg Murphy-have con- acted an intermediary anc ave said Murphy will be re- eased Friday night if "all goes the FBI said. A man who identified himself s a colonel in the right-wing toerican Revojutionary army elephoned.a citizen accord- ng to a plan' outlined in a tape ecorded message from Murphy hursday night and asked hat the citizen call the newspa- er. Leo E. Conroy, FBI agent in harge of the Atlanta office, ave the following information t a news conference in the onstitution and Atlanta Jour- al building. Code Word The citizen, who was provided a code word given to au- lenticate the message, was in- ructed by the "colonel" lo tell ie newspaper to broadcast his istructions within 20 minutes. The "colonel" said he wanted ie 'head of the FBI in Atlanta broadcast the announcemenl. He also changed the ways in which he wanted the ransom paid, including the number of suitcases involved. Conroy said, "We're attempt- ing to comply in every manner with the abductors' demands." The newspaper said earlier that it would meet the demant for the ransom, th amount specified in the teli phone call Friday. Conroy added that the safet of Murphy would be the concer of the FBI. Murphy, 40, editor of the Con stitution, said in the taped mes sage: "The American Revolutionar rmy, as I understand it, feel hat the American news mcdi lave been too leftist and too lib eral. They intend to do some thing about that. "Quite Strong" "That's the cause for my ab duction. They also tell me tha they have representatives in the major American cities, tha they arc quite strong, and tha -hey are determined to return :he American government to ihi American people." Addressing his message to Jim Minter, managing editor o he Constitution, Murphy said 'Jim, the demand that the; lave is a ransom of They understand that I don1 have that kind of wealth and don't make it personally, thej nake it toward the corpora ion." Murphy said someone in the Atlanta area would be called ai by the kidnapers. "They will be given the kinds Price Index Jumps; No Inflation Letup Seen WASHINGTON (AP) -With food and fuel costs soaring, con- sumer prices jumped sharply in January, the government said Friday. No immediate letup was in sight. The labor department report- ed that consumer prices in- creased by a seasonally adjust- ed one percent last month, with rood and fuel cosls accounting for about 80 percent of the rise. The January increase put con- sumer prices 9.4 percent higher .han a year ago, the sharpest cap in the cost of Hying in'-any 12-month period since that end- Ini! May, 1951. If continued for all of 197-1, Ihe one percent seasonally adjusted ncrcnsc would translate into a 2 percent inflation rale. The report showed Hint In- flationary pressures were strong across the economy, Pood prices rose percent, nonfood commodities 1.3 per- cent and services 0.7 percent. The rise in nonfood commodi- ties was the highest since the department began keeping sea- sonally adjusted records for those goods in February, I95G. Friday's consumer-price re- port comes on the heels of a sharp advance in wholesale prices in January, presaging even higher consumer prices in the weeks and months ahead and posing little relief for con- timers. The report showed thnt the Consumer Price Index, climbed to 1.19.7 of ils 19G7 average, meaning Hint it cost consumers lo buy the same nnioinil of rclnil goods and cervices that bought in 1907. Souring gasoline prices played a large part in (lie advance, Avornge prices of both premium nnd regular gasoline rose 0.2 percent, The average price for regular jumped lo cents per gallon and for premium, SO. I cents per gallon. of demands that we're talking about here and they will expect (he person who is called to call Murphy said. He said the kidnapers wanted i the money in and denominations packaged i plastic bags. No Sequence "They tell me it should not b new currency and it shouldn bave any particular sequence t the serial Murph; said. Murphy disappeared afte leaving his home Wednesdaj night with a man he said want id him to help distribut in heating oil for thi needy. Sources said the man was vhite, heavy set, in his early 20s about G feet tall and wore cowboy hat. He and Murphy lef n a green car. William H. Fields, Hie Con- stitution's executive editor, said there was no doubt about the Cedar Rapids The onslaught against Iowa's ibscenity and indecency stat- utes gained another victory Thursday as the section dealing vith lascivious acts with a child vas struck down in Linn district lourl. As a result of the ruling, Conn- y Atty. William Faclies is advis- ng law enforcement officials lot to make arrests for violation if the section. District Judge William Eads Hied "reluctantly" in the case f Edward 0. Cook, 52, Center that section 725.2 of (ho owa code is unconstitutional lie lo "verbal vagueness of the enn lewd, immoral or las- ivious act." Others Voided The judge compared (he stat- ic lo the surrounding sections i the code, 725.1 and 725.3, both f which have been declared un- onsliliilional by Ihe Iowa su- renic court recently. In December the high court nniiiinously held that section (Continued: Page II, Col. 8.) Totluu's Clnickh- Nowadays Ih6rc arc the laves, the have-nols and the clllirgC-ilS. -Copvrlohl authenticity of the tape receivei Thursday by the newspaper. "That's Reg's he said "There's no question about In a voice that sounded lira but calm, Murphy said his kic napers told him they intend t engage in guerilla warfare throughout the country in thi future. But Murphy said that for now they mainly want all electee federal officials to resign anc "free" elections to be held. Murphy said the group origi- nally planned to abduct him- at about the same time the Sym- bionese Liberation Army (SLA) abducted Patricia Hearst. But Murphy said there were circum- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) Mrs. Nixon to Latin America WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon announced Friday 'hat he is sending his wife, on J diplomatic mission to Latin America. She will head the U.S. delegation at Ihe inauguration of the presidents of Venezuela and Brazil. Mrs. Nixon is to leave March 0 and return March 16 after attending the ceremonies in Car- icas and Brasilia. Many Schools Closed By Wind-Lashed Snow Iowa The sun shone across Iowa 'riday after a late winter storm dumped as much as eight inches of heavy, wet snow on the state during the night. School children in many sec ions of the state, especially the north, enjoyed an unschedulec day off brought on by the snow and accompanying driving winds of up to 50 mph. The weather service said skies will remain sunny, bu temperatures will plunge Friday night. The winds, however, wil diminish. The low Friday night is ex- peeled to range from 5 to 10 above with highs Saturday near 30. Winds will drop to less than 10 mph Friday night. Eight-Inch Snow Mason City recorded the larg est snowfall during the night 8 inches. Other amounts includ ed Fayette and West Union, 5 Decorah 3; Independence 3 Delweln 4, Clarence 4 and Gut tenberg and Elkader 2. The precipitation accumulatec on power lines and caused prob lems ranging from flickering o lights to outright outages. It also formed slick surfaci on highways and where th precipitation was heavier, drift ing snow blocked roads. Power- outages affected 50 houses in Mahaska county an in Des Moines. Hazardous driving condition and the promise of much colde temperatures remained in th wake of the fee' and snow storm as it exited Eastern Iowa Fn day. A power outage in Median- icsville forced the closing of Lincoln school there. The out- age began shortly before 2 a.m. and had not been cor- rected by a.m. The school in West Brand ivas closed because of poor roac conditions and because of a power outage there. Winneshiek County In Winneshiek county, high- vay 52 north and highway rest of Decorah were closed 'riday morning, largely be- ause of stalled cars according o the sheriff's department, vhich received over two dozen eports. Interstate Power Co. in De- orah only received one trouble all related to the storm and the elephone company reported no roblems. According ommission garage crew, no to the highway ne worked through the night ecause winds were too high in "inneshiek county. They began o tackle the problem at 5 a.m. nd expected to have all roads :en Friday. All schools in Winneshiek ounty, with the exception of ie Decorah public school, can- eled classes for the day. The ecorah area received aboul iree inches of snow and winds ontinued to blow at about 30 Gunman Is Shot Down By Police BALTIMORE (AP) A secu- rity guard and airline co-pilot miles an hour Friday morning, causing mild blizzard condi- tions. Buchanan Outages Individual power outages were reported throughout Bu- chanan county and the south- west corner of Black Hawk county. Most of the shot and killed Friday were caused by ice laden a man carrying a home- capping. The Independence municipal ight plant crew was at work all night on various outages. The ridependence area received about two inches of snow and roads remained icy throughout .he county Friday. Roads in Delaware county (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Trust Needed During Fuel Crisis: Ray By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON, D.C. Gov. Robert Ray told a senate sub- committee rather see Friday he nationwide gas ra- tioning than "consumption driv en down by higher prices. "We are against windfal the Iowa governor sale in response to a question by Sen. Edmund Muskie, Maine Democrat. Muskie, chairman o the senate subcommittee on in tergovernmental relations asked Ray's attitude, toward ra tioning. The lowan said lie hoped ra tioning could be j.avoided. He said his administration is of fering a program lowans which it is hoped "might be effective lo keep us away from coupon rationing." Need Trust Ray said (hat he felt that if any action is taken by congress In this field, it should be lo force he oil companies to supply the ;overnment with information on nventories "Information that s correct." Ray repeatedly stressed the mportance of enlisting the co- peration of the public in con ervation steps. He said it is ecessary for the government to njoy the trust of the people to "nake such educational pro- Tarns effective. He conceded that there is widespread skepticism about the energy crisis and its ex- tent. Government has lost credibility. But, the governor said, "I link we have sufficient credi- iiily so they will take us at our 'ord." Muskie agreed that one of the najor problems is lo make the ublic realize thai (here is an nergy shortage and thai it is oing to remain for some time. Iowa Plan Governor Ray outlined for the enate panel the operation of the (Continued: Page 2. Col. 1.) Deadline Passes; Hearst Mum made bomb attempted to hijack Delta Airlines jetliner at Bal- imore-Washington international airport, authorities said. The would-be hijacker was hot to death by a policeman hooting through a cockpit win- low from outside the plane, police said. The plane's pilot was critieal- y wounded during the shooting, >olice said. The passengers vere not harmed. Being Boarded Tile shooting occurred at about 6 a.m. CDT as the DC-9 was being boarded for a sched- uled flight to Atlanta. Authorities said the would-be hijacker, about 43, walked up to e sub- tne security guard, George would Ramsburg, and shot him several times in the back of the head. The man then boarded the plane, where the pilot and co-pi- lot were shot, said Thomas Farrow, special agent in charge of the Baltimore office of the FBI. The hijacker was carrying artment heard the shooting and ran to the gate, where he saw the guard lying on the loor. "Fly This Plane" Troyer saw the man in the oorway of the plane and fired shot at him as two stewar- desses were closing the plane door, Farrow said. On the plane, the agent continued, the man pulled a gun from inside his coat, shouted "get went to the cockpit and ordered the pilot and co-pilot to "fly this plane out of here." Farrow said the hijacker fired warning shots .when told the plane couldn't take off and at one point took a woman passen- ger at gunpoint up to the cock- pit where he then shot the pilot and co-pilot before returning the woman to her seat. Farrow said the gunman forced another woman passen- ger to accompany him to the cockpit and again shot the two crewmen, who Farrow said at [his time were slumped in their seats. Kdgar Mallard, district mar- keting manager for Delta, told a news conference that the man had not gone through the board- ing desk. He said the would-be hijacker was carrying a black Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) The deadline for Randolph Icarst to pump another mil- ion ink his free food program >assed Friday without any pub' ie response by the father of kid- aped Patricia Hearst. But, a million food dislribu- on plan already established by ie newspaper executive was nclcr way. Tons of food were being rucked from warehouses lo our distribution points in the an Francisco bay area Friday norning. The massive handout icgan at 10 a.m. CDT. The Symbionese Liberation ,rmy, which claims to hold diss Hearst as a "prisoner of said it would break off ommunication if ils tough new oinands were not met. A new ultimatum gave pub- slier Randolph Hearst a save-, er-lifc order to put up mil-; on more or see his daughter eld hostage indefinitely for Iwoi icmbcm of the terrorist sect barged with murder. The FB[ said it wns up to the' athcr to decide whether lo try to appease the Symbionese Lib- eration Army or give it the nod to try to rescue the 20-year-old girl. At Demands' Dilemma their suburban home Hillsborough, the Hearsts were trying to find a way out of the dilemma brought on by the lat- est demands of the SLA. In a 20-minutc tape recording 'communique" by "General Field Marshal Cinque" deliv- ered lo Hearst Thursday, the SLA said the family's million offer was "crumbs" and that negotiations would not even begin until the ante was tipped by million. The long-winded diatribe about the hundreds nnd hundreds of millions of the Hearst empire fortune brushed aside the fact that the "people in need" program would through donations far exceed the publisher's offer. In his recording, Cinque re- ferred to reports identifying members of the SLA. One unof- ficial version was that Ihe "field marshal" is escaped black pris on convict Donald D. Defreeze. "Yes, you do indeed know Cinque said. "Hunted, Feared" "You have always known me, I'm that nigger you have hunlcc and feared night and day. "I'm that nigger that hunts you now." Charles Bates, special agent in charge of the FBI investiga- tion, said despite the raised de- mands he was optimistic. "We do know they've had her for 2'A weeks and that she is now safe and Bates said. 'Mr. Hearst must make the decisions on the latest demands. These are his decisions as Ihe others have been." In IAS Angeles, U.S. Ally. >n. Saxbc said it was apparent .hal "America Is now coining 'ace lo face with the problem we've seen in so many areas of he world hijackings and po- itical kidnapings." "These people will do just as (Continued: Pnge II, Col. Gov. Wai lace in Third-Term Race MONTGOMERY, Ala. Gov. George Wallace announced his candidacy for a third term Friday. His announcement set Ihe stage for perhaps another pres- idential race in 1970, but his prepared statement made no mention of thai. Today's Index Comics .....................19 Crossword ..................19 Daily Record ................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........0 Farm ......................H Financial ..................20 Marlon Movies Society .....................10 Sports ...................15-17 State Television ..................IK Want Ads................2225 ;