Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 22, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 22, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Chimcc of snow to- night. 5 lu 10. Illglis Saturday in 20s, VOLUME 92 NUMBER 71 CITY FINAL CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, MAKCII ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES On Nixon' Home Fund WASHINGTON (UPI) Rep John Buchanan Fri day blasted as "a total distor lion" a supposedly secret house subcommittee report critical o government spending on Prcs ident Nixon's homes in Califor nia and Florida. Buchanan, ranking Republi can on the government affairs subcommittee that studied the controversial spending, charged that file ?17 million which the report said was spent on the homes was misleading and un- fair. He said only actually was spent on the homes in San Clemcnte and Key Biscayne. The rest, he said, went to sup- port facilities. Nixon Ally Buchanan, a close Nixon ally, said he did not want the Ameri- can people to be misled into be- lieving the million was spent to "fix up the President's prop- and said the money was not illegally spent, but might have been "unwisely spent." "I am preparing a line-by-line refutation of this distorted re- .Buchanan said. "I trust the committee will revise its report to make it a fair and fac- tual report." Buchanan said the committee chairman, Rep. Jack.; Brooks (D-Texas) is "a very partisan 'and criticized the "high-handed way" Brooks han- dled the months-long study. Buchanan said the General Accounting Office, which audit- ed the spending, listed as "ques- tionable" only less than 1 percent of the expendi- ture. Brooks disclosed brief lights o? the report Thursday be- fore his house government acti- vities subcommittee aporoved it on a straight 6-4 party line vote. Not a Shocker Brooks told newsmen he does HitS Report Says Panel Will Limit Probe of Impeachment WASHINGTON (UPI) Tlk j house judiciary staff reported ly is prepared to recommend tc the committee that certain areas of investigation into Prcs ident Nixon's conduct in offici either be dropped or suspended the Washington Star-News sai' Friday. The newspaper quoted in formed sources as saying tha Chief Counsel John Doar proba bly will move next week to sig nificantly narrow the commit tee's impeachment investiga lion. T'hc decision, the paper said, also could silence criti- cism from some White House officials and G.O.P. congress- men about the scope of the in- vestigation. Doar possibly will suggcs that the committee drop its probe" into impoundment of con [ressionally appropriated funds and the 1969-70 secret bombing of Cambodia, the paper said. :hird possibility is that the in quiry into the dismantling of the Office of Economic Opportunity will be halted. The paper said these are areas in which the committee is jelieved unlikely to uncover in 'ormation that the house woulc considiT an impeachable of 'ense. -The not consider the report shocker, but rather a delinea- tion of facts that came out dur- ing his subcommittee's public hearings in October. Brooks said in a prepared statement the report's findings concern: "The loose arrangements by which the General Services Ad- ministration paid for items not requested by the secret service. "The manner in which the secret service submitted after- the-fact requests. "The procurement of items far in excess of security needs. "The obligation of federal funds by non-government per- sonnel. "And other such practices as were adequately demonstrated during the Brooks gave no details except to say the million figure was reached by adding million in salaries and costs for all federal employes at, or associated with the homes to the million cost previously estimated by the ad- ministration. Ken W. Clawson, White House communications director, issued this statement: "Partisanship" "Congressman Brooks is try- ing to deceive the American people by deliberately creating a report based on runaway par- tisanship and not facts. "Either deliberately or unwit- tingly, Brooks has become a Star-News quoted it; sources as saying, however, hat suspending these inquiries would not mean the charges could not be resumed at a later ,ime. President's Rights Meanwhile, the committee re- mained badly fragmented along >arty lines over the issue of the 'resident's legal rights in the mpeachment probe. During a second day of acri S By Sandy VanAmburg The Higley building and annex, 116-118 Third avenue SE, lave been sold by Elmer A. iigley, Inc., to Seifert's. The 60- by 120-foot property at he corner of Third avenue and Second street consists of eight loors while the 20-by 60-foot annex has two floors. Seifert's Young Iowa shop occupies the main floor of the annex. Seifert's, which had been leas- ng the annex and main floor and basement of the Higley milding, made the purchase for nvestment. Seifert's has ilans for expansion. All tenants in the building will emain and management will continue as before, under Chan- dler 0. Higley. Reason For Sale Higley explained the reason or the sale: "Our company was incorpo- ated in 1922 by my grandfa- hcr, Elmer A. Higley. At that (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) monious debate, Republicans on the panel stuck fast to their position that Nixon's chief Wa tcrgate lawyer, James St. Claii should be permitted to cross-ex amine witnesses called in the inquiry. Earlier, the committee won a victory in its campaign for other evidence when a U.S appeals court ruled that the grand jury review of Nixon's role in the Watergate cover-up must be handed over to the committee. In a 5-1 decision Thursday, the court swatted aside appeals b; attorneys for three of the seven Watergate defendants seeking stay of Judge John Sirica's rul ing Monday that the house judi ciary committee had to see thi material. Until Monday The appeals court gave attor neys for H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman two of Nix on's former closest aides and Gordon Strachan until 5 p.m Monday to seek help from the U; S. supreme court. But John Wilson and Frank Strickler, attorneys for Hal deman and Ehrlichman, said they believed there would hot bi any more appeals. "My thoughts are this is the end of the Strickler said. "I think we've exhausted all reasonable avenues for re- view. That's my gut feeling, and my gut feelings almost never change." Wilson, usually an ebullien man, let. Strickler. do..the talk ing. "If'we take any action, i won't be before he said. John M. Bray, Strachan's at- ;orney, said he would give the matter "careful The appeals court, which leard oral arguments earlier Thursday, said in its decision, 'We.think it of significance that he President of the United States, who-is described by all parties as the focus of the re- iort and who. presumably would lave the greatest interest in its disposition, has interposed objection to the district court's action." "Slender Interest" As for the claims that there might be a leak that would gen- erate prejudicial publicity, the appeals court said they were 'at best, a slender interest" and added "it appears to be prema- ure at the least" to make the claims before any such publicity lad occurred. "If the disclosures to the pub- ic so feared by petitioners do in act take place and have the consequences 'that petitioners predict, they will be free at trial 0 raise these claims in the light 1 what has actually happened, and to see the traditional relief a n g i n g from continuance hrough change of venue to dis- missal of their indictments. Judge George MacKinnon dis- ented in part from the decision. MacKinnon said he believed the grand jury exceeded its (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) Wlrephoio Interruptions, Interruptions Tom Wallace of Lion Country Safari, Grand Prairie, Texas, had his prob- lems while trying to repair a fence. Every time he tried to drive a nail, an os- trich took a peck at his hat. Finally the big bird was moved to another area so Wallace 900 Men in Sub-Arctic Minus Heal MONTREAL (UPI) Plane vere dispatched Friday to evac uate 900 men left without hea or light in sub-zero darkness ii i sub-Arctic construction cam :hat was reported afire afte sabotage. A planeload of 50 policemen was sent to the scene. The camp, site of a lydroelectric project of thi James Bay Energy Corp., wa: left without heat or light after generators were damaged. A company spokesman .said he generators had been sabo aged and "indeed, it is claime( hat all'of the camp has been set afire." He added, "Should this news urn put to be true, work will be delayed several months, per laps even a year, and losses might amount to several million dollars." Planes Chartered About 50 Quebec provincial lolice have been flown to the emote site in northern Quebec o help the 20 local policemen seep order at the main work ite, the spokesman said. "The corporation has char- cred planes lo carry out the Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Would Slow Energy Demand member of the unprincipled gang of Democratic congress- men bent on destroying the President without regard to the national interest." i: Chuckle A learned doctor denies (lint spring fever is incurable. The (rouble, he says, is Hint H's Impossible lo find a palienl who wanls lo gel well. Coi'V'Ifihl WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon's top environmental adviser Friday urged a sharp cutback in growth of U. S. en- ergy use. Russell Peterson, chairman of the President's Council on En- vironmental Quality, proposed that energy demand, growing at a rate of about 5 percent a year recently, be reduced lo a growth rale of only 1.4 percent a year. In n speech in New York lo The Conference Board, an in- dependent economic research organization, Peterson said this goal wns part of a "half-and- half plan" prepared by the council "half growth mid half conservation." K In Washington, n spokesman for Peterson snld in answer to questions Ihal the plan has not been presented to President Nixon and thus does not rcpre- sent an administration position. Higher Rate The spokesman said Peterson has discussed it with the federal energy chief, William Simon, whose initial plans for achieving Nixon's Project Independence goal of energy self-sufficiency seem to call for a higher growth rale. The Project Independence plan as described by Simon's Federal Energy Office last month called for reducing the growth rule of energy demand lo about 2 percent n year. Peterson snld plans have em- phnslzctl Increasing energy pro- duction rather lhan effnrls to conserve energy. lie said Hie council's "half- ami-half would aim for growth in direct energy con- sumption at a rate of 0.7 per- cent per person per year. This would be matched by energy savings of 0.7 percent per year through conservation measures. Taken together, the two halves of the plan would make available the energy equivalent of a 1.4 percent growth rule. 1947-72 Average Peterson said that was the average rate of energy growth from 1947 lo 1972, although growth has been accelerating in recent years. He said this plan would allow a 60 percent increase in U. S. energy consumption by the end of this providing for a 25 percent, increase In rcsldcn- Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Safety Analysis Veto Link to Crash Denied WASHINGTON (AP) The i made an emergency landing in Federal Aviation Administration I Detroit, and no one was injured. Gun Found In River in Murder Case By Roland Krckcler A 20-gauge shotgun believed to have been used in the March 10 murder of two Cedar Rapids teenagers was found in the Cedar river near Sixteenth ave- nue bridge Thursday afternoon a reliable source said Friday. A reliable source also tolt The Gazette there is good rea son to believe the two suspects became involved with the two victims when the victims came near where the suspects were about to break into a building. The victims, Michael Servey 18, and Maureen Connolly, 17 had run out of gas. on Sixtl street SW near Skateland anc had telephoned friends and rela fives about midnight March 9. A friend who had agreed i take gasoline to them was un able to locate them in the are a half hour later. Two Charged Charged in the case are A well Junior Conner 29, of nea Bertram, arid George Junio Nowlin, 31, rural Keystone. They are accused of rapin and murdering Miss Connolly Jonas Her body w; found at the-old Morley bridg southeast of Anamosa, wher she reportedly was killed. They are accused of robbin and murdering Servey in Lin county. His body was found in wooded area west of Pal sades-Kepler state park, sout of the Cedar river. It is bi lieyed he was killed .there. The bodies were fou'nd' th weekend following the murders Cause of death has been a tributed to a gunshot wound of each victim. Authorities reportedly are sti searching for another gun. Search Warrant A search warrant was issue earlier for evidence at two resi Two Men Actually III Friday ly Bill Lavclclte Nearly the entire day shift of he Cedar Rapids police depart- ment reported for duty Friday norning. Two patrolmen on the day hift called in sick Friday morn- ng, but their illnesses were de- cribed by a command officer s' legitimate. The return to work ended a ivalkout that istarted Thursday morning in protest of a city or- dinance passed the day before on Picture Page) says tha manufacturer of thi DC-10 jumbo jet refused to ana lyze measures designed to pre vent explosive decompression o tha cargo hold only six day before a DC-10 crashed nea Paris and killed 346 persons. The FAA assertion was fol lowed by a denial by the manu facturer, McDonnell .Dougla Corp., that there was any con nection between the proposec safety analysis and the crash the worst in aviation history. "To imply that a differen response on-our part could havi prevented the tragedy is both ir responsible and malicious, John Brizendine, president c the firm's Douglas Aircraft divi sion, said. Cooperative Program "The study proposed to us by the FAA in mid-February in- volved subjects of industry-wide concern and seemed to warranl a cooperative we The cause of the March Turkish Airlines crash has not seen determined but some in- vestigators believe sudden de- compression of the cargo hold could have jammed the rudder controls. Sudden cargo-hold decomprcs- ;ion was blamed for a June, 972, incident in which a cargo door of a DC-10 blew off and the controls jammed. The aircraft School Bonds at Ed-Co Rejected EDGEWOOD Voters in the Mgewood-Colesburg school dis- r i c t Thursday rejected bond issue, 538 no to 4-10 'es. Only 44 percent of the voters ipprovcd the proposal. A 60 pcr- :cnt margin was necessary. Colesburg voters rejected the ilan, 183 yes to 344 no, while Ed- ewood voters okayed it, 302 yes, o 194 no. The bonds would have fin- need n new addition to the high chool and remodelling work. Not of Nowlin and a car ir Brizendine said that incident prompted McDonnell-Douglas to make the cargo door custody. .Among item: sought was a 'single-shot, 20 gauge hammer type shotgun mechanism fail-safe, but a Page 3, Col. 4.) liminary check .showed the afl bulk cargo door on the Turkish DC-10 "did not incorporate Cyclist the approved A L Since the Paris crash, he in Gfasli all DC-lOs in service have been checked to see that the changes were made. .The FAA said its February letter to McDonnell-Douglas suggested an analysis of steps to prevent cargo-hold Rapids News Rick G. Lemon, 17, of 2227 Shady Oaks court.NE, was killed in a three-vehicle, accident at a northeast Cedar Rapids intersection about p.m. Thurs- pression. It said the manufac-t u r e r responded that the changes previously recommended in company State troopers reported he was driving his motorcycle east on Forty-second street NE and bulletins were turning north on Center Point road. River said a southbound vehic- PHNOM PENH (AP) driven by Ronald L. Randall, ernment armor and infantry lave carved out a beachhead on (lie bank of the Tonle Sap of 2706 Seeiy avenue SE, struck the cycle, carrying it until striking another vehicle. east of fallen Oudong, field third vehicle, headed ports said Page 3, Col. 3.) New City Law Use of Lie By Mike which precipitated a walk- The city council by members of the depart- night limited the cases in a police officer would be Can Fire Kcdction to specifies an officer shall be OrdiMGncfi: PCIBG to discharge if he re- to answer questions "speci- quired, on threat of directly and narrowly" o answer questions and to the performance of to a lie detector duties, or refuses to take a The vote on the revised test with reference lo nance was unanimous in a duties if he is not cial meeting called to waive the privilege night at the request of Asst. self-incrimination. torney General Garry only difference between (wo ordinances is that the Safety Commissioner one applies only to grand Steinbeck, who cast the lone proceedings. senting vote when the original ordinance also adopted the original ordinance W e (1 n c s d a y, explained his change of heart by saying he is satisfied the new ordinance civil service procecd-ngs, departmental "or any other inquiry or nvcstigation by any individual not infringe on an officer's body authorized by law" to conduct an investigation, i The ordinance Is nearly ordinance, besides Incwis- tical lo ihc one adopted Page 3, Col. 5.) 1 hat required officers to take lie detector tests during certain ypes of investigation. The city council, meeting after a closed session Thursday night, revised the ordinance. to limit, the instances when officers must take polygraph tests to grand jury proceedings. (For de- tails.on-amended ordinance, see story in adjoining .The previous ordinance speci- fied several other cases "where officers would be required to take lie detector tests or face dismissal. .Can Be Fired The new ordinance still- con- tains the provision that officers who refuse the tests will be fired. Despite the return to work andvthe revised ordinance, the president of the Policemen's Protective Assn said the of- ficers still oppose taking lie de- tector tests and will wait for a challenge in court During the "sick the city was guarded by members of the !ovva highway patrol, the Iowa Criminal Bureau of Investiga- ion and the Linn sheriff's de- partment. The highway patrol and the 3CI officers were 'assigned to he area by the governor's of- ice. P.atrol Withdrawal The highway patrol withdrew ts officers shortly after 8 a.m. hen it was determined the po- ce department was back to full trength. Patrol Capt. Lyle Dickinson aid some of the men who wked during the night would e allowed to, sleep through le day before reassignment to ormal duties. During the walkout, the. IHP ad about 50 troopers and six upervisors assigned to Cedar apids, Dickinson said. The men-are assigned to the south- ast quadrant of the stale. City Protected The city, according to the act- ng police chief, Wallace John- on, was not- without adequate rotection at any time except I the inital stage of 'the walk- ut. Crime and other police duties 'ere light compared with nor- mal Thursdays, Johnson said, he clear weather also helped eep emergencies to a mini- ium, he said. More law officers were pa- oiling the city's streets during ic walk out than is normal hen the police department is perating at full strength, Joiin- m said, Aside from command officers, e police department during (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Today's Comics .....................20 Crossword ..................20 Sally Record................3 leaths ......................3 editorial Features ........6 'nrm ......................19 Financial ..................21 (larlon .....................22 rtovlcs oclcly .....................10 ports ...................15-17 laic 'clcvlslon ..................18 Viml Ads................23-27 ;