Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 21, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 21, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Falr louigbl, lows 5 lu 10. Chance o( snow Friday. Highs in 30s. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 70 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES POLICE Jaworski Subpoenas Nixon Data Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON The specia Watergate prosecutor's office has subpoenaed additional docu ments from (he While House, il was disclosed Thursday. A spokesman for special pros ccutor Leon Jaworski said the subpoena directed to Presidenl Nixon was served on the White House last Friday. Deadline foi compliance is Monday. The spokesman declined to say what the subpoena demand- ed. Secret Report The subpoena announcement came as an attorney for H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman asked the U. S. court of appeals to prevent the house judiciary committee from receiving a se- cret grand jury report on Pres- ident Nixon's handling of Water- gate because it would kill a fair trial for his clients. John Wilson.told the court it should halt Judge John Sirica's order sending the report to the committee, which is investigat- ing whether grounds exist to im- peach Nixon. The report was gathered by the1 Watergate grand jury that indicted Haldeman, Ehrliehman and five other top presidential aides or associates on March 1. The grand jury asked Sirica to send it to the committee. Wilson said Sirica's order should be delayed for full review. .Sirica refused.Wednesday to delay sending the report to the house until the appeals court had ruled He did postpone ac- tion until 3 p m. CDT to give the defendants a chance to appeal. Jaworski Request Jaworski disclosed on Feb. 14 in a letter to Sen. James East- land chairman of th senate judiciary committee that President Nixon had re fused to give him material h considered vital to his investiga tion. Jaworski told Eastland tha the material Nixon had refuse to supply included 27 tape sought for the investigation o the Watergate cover-up as we! as evidence relating to inves tigations of contributions frorr the dairy industry and the activ Push Living Cost Higher WASHINGTON (AP) _ The pace of inflation quickened in February with food and fuel prices pushing (he cost of living up 1.3 percent, the second big- gest monthly jump since 1951, the government said Thursday. The labor department said last rise senl consumer prices 10 percent higher than a year ago and marked the first time since 1948 that the U. S. experienced double figure infla- tion. It was the highest 12-month increase in the cost of living since consumer prices rose by 10.2 percent in the 12 months ending January 1948. Price of Beef Nearly half (he February in- crease was atlributed to higher 'ood prices with the price of beef rising 7.5 percent, the ities of the so-called White House plumbers unit. The President has contendei in several recent public appear ances that he has given Ja worski all the material he need: to complete his investigation. Cox Subpoena The subpoena issued on Fri day was the first directed al the President by the specia prosecutor's office since las July when former special prose c u I o r Archibald Cox sub poenaed tapes of nine prcsidcn tial conversations. Nixon refused to comply with the Cox subpoena and the prose culor initiated a court battle which ended only after Cox was fired under President Nixon's order. Nixon subsequently voluntari- ly turned over Ihe tapes to the court. Tape Compromise Meanwhile, House Republican leader John Rhodes was trying to head off a confrontation be- tween the While House and judi- ciary committee over its re- quest for tapes of 42 presidential conversations. After meetings with While House lawyer James St. Clair and Republican members of the judiciary committee, Rhodes (ConlimicdTPagc 3, Col. 3.) Tmluu's Chuckle If people, dressed the way their cars nro designed, it would not be unusual to sec the typicnl driver wearing three lie clasps, plnid shoes, two ncckllcs and n winged helmet. -convnahi sharpest jump since a 9.6 per- cent increase in June 1947. Gaso- line and other energy items ivere .responsible for about a fifth of last month's increase in rices. The Consumer Price Index climbed last month to 141.5 of ts 1967 average, meaning that it cost consumers to buy lie same amount of retail goods and services that bought in 1967. While" consumer prices con- :inued their sharp rise, real spendable earnings of workers dropped another "0.6 percent in ?ebruary and were down 4.5 lercent from a year ago. This vas the largest decline over a year since government began keeping that statistic in 964. The February., price reporl showed inflation" holding a firm jrip across the economy. Fooc irices rose 2.5 percent; nonfooc commodities, 1 percent, anc services 0.7 percent. JjModerate Increases 'tf ThejNixon administration has said; it'expects, inflation to con- tinue its sharp pace "throughout the first half of the year before beginning to ease during the final six months. Director John Dunlop of the Cost of Living Council said Wednesday that February's surge in food prices would be followed by more mod- erate increases in March, April and May. "Our own .estimate is that it will be the last month with a re- ally poor Dunlop said. The agricullure department has forecast record crops of wheat and corn this year, but the full impact of those crops will not reach consumers for many months. They are, howev- er, counted on heavily-by the administration for a boost in livestock production through mid-1975. Meanwhile, Agriculture Secre- tary Butz said his department's earlier prediction that grocery (Continued: Page 2. Col. 1.) IN C. R. PRINCESS ANNE Tdeeholo and her husband, Capt. Mark Phillips, are.shown at i photos on picture LONDQN; Ball, -a 26-year-old; unemployed Eng was' brou'ght'.into cour Thursday :and charged with at tempted murder during an at tempt to kidnap Princess Anne from her car in the heart o London Wednesday night. Ball, lean-'faced and bearded, stood stiffly in the dock at the Bow street magistrate's courl handcuffed to two detectives. He spoke only once during his 60-second appearance, sayinj in a London accent: "I wanl to apply for legal aid." The court ordered him held for another March 28 on the charge of attempting to miurder Princess Anne's per- sonal bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton. Fired Repeatedly Beaton was one of four -per- sons wounded as the would-be kidnaper fired repeatedly at the royal limousine. The others were Anne's chauffeur and a policeman and a passing jour- nalist who tried to intervene. Beaton and the policeman were reported in serious condition. The 23-year-old princess and ler husband of five months, Charge Ballot Reform Stalled by Democrats lazclte Leased Wires WASHINGTON Common n u s e, self-styled citizens' obby, said Thursday that Dem icratic congressional candidates received more than million rom special interest groups in 972. H accused Ihe Democrats if stalling electoral reform. The foot-dragging charge was n a full-page advertisement in 'hursday's Washinglon Post, ppenring on (he same day as he parly's annual fund-raising inner. Common Cause said thai, de- pile Democratic victories in rc- enl special congressional clec- ons, the party was "in danger f making a fatal error" mis- udging (he mood of volers in ic wake of Wnlergatc. ''The Democrats control the ad said. "The Republicans have Watergate In nswer for. Bill, If nothing Is one lo prevent fuliire Water- gates, the Democrats will have (hat to answer for. Stalled in House "Every Democratic incumbent will have to explain thai on Ihe campaign trail." The senate has passed a campaign reform bill but the mailer has been stalled in the house-. The figures on 1972 Democrat- ic receipts from special Interest groups were in a reporl to be published by 'Common Cause next week on Ihe role of special interest money during the presi- dential year campaigns. Common Cause snid political committees gave Democratic house candidates a tola! of while senatorial can- didates received The largest single donor on Ihe list was Ihe National Com- ol. 5.) were not hurt. But "police, experts said the holes left by one of the bul- ets fired into the .car indicated it passed betwen .them, miss- ing them by inches. A police informant said it was believed 11 shots were fired by the assailant. Ex- perts were studying two re- volvers found at the scene. They said five shots had been fired from one and six from" the other. Authorities said earlier only six shots were fired. Police also found in the white Ford that Ball rented for the evening a typewritten ransom demand addressed to Queen Ilizabeth II, Anne's mother, along with three pairs of hand- cuffs, a driver's license and envelopes addressed to two companies. Officials declined to disclose any further details of the dis- coveries. But the Daily Tele- graph the. letter asked for a ransom, and the Daily Mail said' it was full of wild ravings about alleged in- justices. Not Political Police said Ball had no fixed address. Following the attack, there was speculation that it was the work of Irish national- ists, but the police said they be- icvcd the motive was not poli- .ical. The gunman was overpow- ered by police from Bucking- lam palace 150 yards away from the royal limousine. Witnesses snid (he giinmnn ran into St. James park, then Today's Index Comics .....................30 Crossword ..................3d Dally Record ................3 Dcnths ......................3 ISdltorliil Features...........li Farm ......................27 Financial ..................31 Marlon .....................19 Movies 28 Society ..................12-ir, Sports ...................21-25 Stale Want Ads................33.37 turned and leveled a pistol at the police. One officer, Peter Edwards, 21, 'brought him down with a flying tackle, and the other officers rushed in to help Edwards. The attack was the first against any member of the British'royal family since 1936 when a man drew 'a loaded, re- volver in front of King Edward VIII. The royal family occasion- ally has received death threats ]Ut is not normally surround- ed by heavy security arrange- ments. Forced To Stop Police gave this account of .he attack on the princess: Drincess Anne and her hus- jand Mark Phillips were re- urning from a showing, of a documentary film around 8 p.m. when a white Ford forced the limousine to a stop on the mall, the ceremonial avenue leading to the palace. A man got out of the Ford and began shooting, hitting Alex Callender, the royal chauf- feur, and Inspector Beaton and More Items Seized in Murder Case By Roland Krckcler A court report has been made of additional items seized as possible in the March 10 murder of two Cedar Rapids teenagers. Charged with murder, rape and aggravated robbery Tues- day were Atwell Junior Conner, 29, of near Bertram, and George Junior Nowlin, 31, rural Key- stone. They are held in the Linn county jail in lieu of bond each. They are accused of raping and murdering Maureen Connolly, 17, in Jones county, and robbing and murdering Mi- chael Servey, 18, in Linn county. A search warrant issued Tues- day afternoon was filed in Linn district court Wednesday after- noon indicating that additional items have'been seized. Tie warrant was for a 1964 Chevrolet Eclair, two-door, white, with red interior, with' license number 48-6272 "now in custody of the Cedar Rapids police department, for- merly in custody of George Nowlin." Being sought, according to the warrant, were fingerprints fiber samples, hair samples anc blood samples. These are the types of items usually sought in rape cases. Found in the search anc seized, according to the return of service, were two latent print lifts, vacuumed material, a stocking cap and cigafet butts: A search warrant issued early Tuesday and returned Tuesday afternoon dealt wiuv-'a car? in Benton county with an identical description except that it had license number 17-8496. Reliable sources indicated it was the same car. Seek Shotgun Among items sought in that (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) ion WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon Thursday revoked permission for the agriculture department to inspect income tax returns 'of farmers as part of its statistics-gathering opera- Nixon had granted such au- thority, a subject of controversy n the farm belt, in January 1973. In announcing the revocation, )eputy White House Press Sec- retary Gerald Warren said the department never actually got around to looking at the tax re- urns of any farmers. He said Nixon revoked tax- nspeclion permission on the recommendation o f Vice- >residenl Ford. The President wd instructed Ford to look into he matter at the initial meeting ast month of the new domestic Action Follows Meeting OMOOatPoliceStation Codar Rapids A number of Cedar Rapids police officers walked off their jobs Thursday morning, bu were ordered to return to work immediately or be fired. Thirteen of 17 patrolmen walked out in protest of an ordi nance passed by the city counci Wednesday which makes i mandatory that officers answer questions and undergo lie detec lor lesls in connection with thi current grand jury police inves tigation. The aclion by the officers oc curred after a 90-minute meet ing.attended by about 100 of thi 137-man force. At mid-morning, the city council responded to the wall out in a hard-line statement to lowing a closed-door session be tween councilmen, the city al torriey, and police and sheriff departmentofficials. Ultimatum Mayor Donald Canney sai Acting Chief Wallace John son will order the policemen t return to work immediately be discharged unless they hav a certified excuse from a phys cian that they are ill. The o ficers off the job had reporte they were "sick." Safety Commissioner Jame Steinbeck said 13 patrolme were off-duty at midday, leav ing only -four, still on the job Nine of the ten men on patro shift, three of the seven on tra fie, and one patrolman assignee to the detective bureau .left thei jobs or did not report for duty ril -t ii- Most detectives and members of the command staff are work mg, with some reassigned ti patrol duties Canney said the city will de finitely have adequate protec tion: "There have been provision made'for. an extended period o time, if he sau The city had no advance, .warn ing-of the walkout, and counci men have received no cbmmu nicatibn from Ihe officers' wh are not on duty. State Troopers At a.m., Gov. Rober Ray issued an order directinu 20 state troopers to report fo duty in Cedar Rapids. The order called for th troopers, to assemble immed ately and go directly to Ceda Rapids. They are under the di rection of Capt. Lyle Dickinson district supervisor. A spokesman for the governor said the order was issued fol owing a conversation Ray and Mayor Don Canney, in which the mayor asked for as sistance. Troopers are not arbitrarily sent into a community, the spokesman said, unless request- ed by municipal officials. He said the troopers' activi- :ies in Cedar Rapids will be co Safety Commissioner Charles Larson nd the mayor, for as long as lie officers are needed. Linn county Sheriff Walter rant said Thursday morning he county and city of Cedar lapids have a "compact agree- ment" to help each other when- ever either one needs help. "Will Keep Agreement" "Naturally, we would abide by that Grant said. He added, according to state aw, "the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, under the county attor- ney." Grant said he was informed of the walk-off shortly before a.m., was still in the prelimi- nary stages of planning cover- age for the city and did hot know how many officers will be sent to the city. "I assume that the command staff is still stable.... Our men will be working under whoever is in command there. No Days Off "Our deputies haven't had a day off hr two .weeks. All days of were canceled Sunday and haven't been reinstated Grant said. Deputies have been working 15 to 18 hours a .day; in- vestigating the dual murder of two Cedar Rapids teenagers and dragging the river body of a boy presumed drowned Monday; The sheriff said he has 34 paid deputies, two part-time jailers, and an "adequate number" of unpaid deputies -He -would not specify the number of unpaid deputies. Grant said he did not think it will be necessary to call other counties for help After the meeting of the dis- gruntled officers, Detective Darwin president of the Policemen's :Protective Assn., told reporters it was called to discuss the polygraph ordinance. Ammeter stressed i{ was not a "meeting of the association. However, it. appeared he and Robert Jaeger, chairman of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Symbolic of the problems Thursday morning at the Cedar Rapids police station was the captain's desk, empty while Capt. Donald Hollister attend- ed a meeting in the chief's office. The picture was taken a short time after 13 members of the day shift of the department walked off their jobs. C.R. Judge: Must Obey Subpoenas Cedar Rapids A Cedar Rapids judge said Thursday morning any police ifficer who fails to respond to a subpoena from his court will be ailed just like "any other vitness who fails to respond." Here is the text of the state- ment by District Associate :udge Anthony Scolaro: "It has been brought to my attention that there may be lue flu or a walk-out at the Cedar Rapids police depart- ment, "Insofar as matters of mis- lemeanors-. and indictable mis- emeanors and preliminary matters on felonies are con- erned, any officer who does not espond to a validly issued sub- oena in this court, I will not reat any differently than any ther witness who does not re- pond. "I will direct the county attor- ey to file immediate contempt roceedings and issue an imme- iate warrant for the arrest of le officer. When asked whether there is ny evidence any officers would ot show up in court, or whether lis was merely a precautionary leasure, Scolaro said, "It is a recautionary measure. I want icm to be fully cognizant of the result would be." Officers reportedly failed to how up to testify for three ases Thursday morning, but lore was no basis for contempt ction because the cases were ontinued by agreement ot both artics' counsel. Two officers did appear nt 30 p.m. for n cnsa in which ley had been subpocned, hut icy were dismissed nttcr the ensu was settled or continued. ;