Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 17, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

April 17, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Partly cloudy to- night, Thursday. Low tonight mid 40s. High Thursday around 70. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 93 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A young man was gunned down in the street Tuesday night in what police said appeared to be the 18th random attack on whites by one or more black assailants. The latest victim in the so- called "Zebra" shootings was Nelson T. Shields IV, 23, who was fatally wounded by a gun- man who shot him in the back at point-blank range. "It looks like another Zebra said Police Inspector Gus Coreris, referring to the police code name for the case. 12 Killed A total of 12 persons have been killed and six wounded since last November. In each case, the victims were white and the assailant was black. Other similarities to previous shootings were the weapon used, a .32-caliber pistol, and the apparent lack of motivation. "There's no Coreris told reporters at the scene. "A guy just comes over to help move a carpet and winds up dead." Shields, the sonofaDuPont Co. executive in Wilmington, Del., was shot three times out- side a home in a quiet resi- dential street where he had come with a friend to pick up a rug. The shooting in the Ingleside district was several miles from the Western Addition area where most of the previous shootings took place. A neighbor who beard the shots told police she saw a black man running up the street. Jonathan May of Mill Valley, who accompanied Shields, said he was in the house when the shooting took place and Shields was outside making room for the rug in their station wagon. Rapid Shots "I had been in the house about two minutes when I heard three rapid said May. "I turned around and looked out. Nelson was lying in the street. I didn't see the assailant." Police said tho gunman ap- parently approached Shields on foot and shot him in the back as he bent over the tailgate of the car. Shields, a formed student at Hobart college m'o3eneva, N. Y., had been playing lacrosse earlier in the day. His uniform was soaked with blood when authorities arrived and declared him dead. The police manhunt, code named "Operation was stepped up this week fol- lowing an attack on two while teenagers Sunday. The two were seriously wounded by a gunman who walked up to them and opened fire from a distance of less than 5 feet. A Salvation Army cadet was killed and his female, companion wounded April 1. Four persons were killed and one' wounded on city streets within a two-hour period Jan. 28. Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 22 six persons were killed and two others wounded. A reward has been put up by several groups for the public's help in capturing the one or more gunmen responsi- ble in the five-month shooting spree. Today's index Comics ....................7D Crossword .................7D Daily Record ..............3A Dealhs.....................3A Editorial Features .........6A Financial ..................8D Marion ....................9D Movies Society....... Sports' Slate ...................1C-3C Television .................9C Want Ads Press: Russians May in THE WINNER J. Bob Traxler gives the victory sign after winning Michigan's Eighth congression- al district seat. (Photo of his opponent, James Sparling, on picture page.) ixon-Aided Candidate Is SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) Democrat Bob Traxler has end- ed the Republicans' 42-year hold on Michigan's Eighth con- gressional district with a vic- tory that Vice-president Ford called a bad omen for- the na- tion. "One party control is not good For Ford said after Traxler took slightly more than 51 percent of the vote Tuesday in a special election that pitied Mm against Republican James Sparling. "And the sional elections how is for the trend in congres- Democrats to end up with an overwhelming majority in the nouse. This will mean a legisla- tive dictatorship." No! "Dismayed" Ford said the election would have no bearing on how con- gress treats the President in re- Auditor To Report Thursday on Airport Cedar Rapids The city council will receive a reporl Thursday night on a state audit' of airport commission books for 1973. The report is part of a city- wide audit undertaken by State Auditor Lloyd Smith's office in November. It was prompted by a request from the mayor and council in May, 1973. Although the audit does not include 1972, Smith said in No- vember he transaction, would look al involving land quisition, that took place in 1972. A taxpayers group has cri- licized the transaction and claimed it was illegal. The meeting Thursday, open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. n the city council chambers on [ourth floor of city hall. It will include the airport commission, city council and either Smith or W. Ward, state superin- tendent of municipal financing, who requested the meeting. gard to the impeachment in- quiry, now being conducted by the house judiciary committee. President Nixon was depicted by the White House Wednesday as neither dismayed nor dis- heartened by Traxler's victory and believing the campaign was decided on the issues there. "The President believes that Jim Sparling fought a good fight and if a man is willing to run hard and campaign hard on the issues, the President will never turn away an opportunity to help that said Deputy Press Secretary Gerald Warren. "The results were far closer than were expected a few weeks Warren said. Doesn't Blame Nixon Sparling said he did not blame his defeat on Nixon, who made a personal appearance in the district last week. But Traxler, who campaigned as much against the President as against his G.O.P. opponent, disagreed, and added that Nix- on is the problem of Republi- cans, not Democrats. "They are the people thai are going lo have to decide just how big an albatross he's going to be around their necks in the 42-year-old Traxler told newsmen. Traxler's victory marked the fourth time in five special elec- tions this year that normally G.O.P. areas have fallen to the Democrats. But it was the first lime Nixon took an active role in trying to stem the tide. "Real Opponent" With all of the 296 precincts in the dislricl 'accounted for in un- official returns, Traxler had 918 votes, Sparling In his victory statement to hundreds of cheering supporters who chanted "Nixon musl Traxler 'said he felt all along Girl, 10, Outwits Would-Be Kidnaper NEW ORLEANS 10-year-old girl on her way to school foiled a kidnap attempt by outwitting her would-be abductor. She escaped un- harmed with the aid of a neighbor. Patricia Marshall and a friend were waiting for a school bus Tuesday on a cor- ner near her home in Lake Visla, a New Orleans subdi- vision. A man stopped his car, pushed Patricia in on the pas- senger's side and slammed the door. Patricia yelled at her friend to run. Then pretending she couldn't open Ihe door, she banged on the window. The kidnaper, apparently con- vinced his victim was secure, started around to the driver's door. Then Patricia opened her door. The kidnaper ran back around and tried to close it. Patricia blocked it with her foot, as 'they struggled. A neighbor, Harvey Schwartz- berg, passed on his way to work and stopped to help. The kidnaper gave up try- ing to force the door closed and sped away after Patri- cia, with Schwarlzberg's aid, escaped from the car. that his opponent "lived in a big white house on Pennsyl- vania avenue in Washington." He said the President ac- knowledged" that "when" "he" ap- peared here last week. I don't ever want to be in a presidential election again." Toss "Rascals Out" Traxler, a lawyer and state representative, said he believed his election meant "more good people will be elected in Novem- ber with the idea of throwing the rascals out and giving good gov- ernment to the people." Nixon's policies and pro- grams were at stake in the con- test, he added. Traxler said the voters knew that perhaps a new moral force was needed in the White House. "And while we didn'l dwell on Watergate there are a lot of people who felt it veiy import- ant that a message and com- munication be sent thai de- cency, honesty and integrity are absolutely essential in the White House." Latler Challenge? Sparling, a top aide to former Republican Rep. James Harvey High Court Reinstates Kent Suits WASHINGTON (UPI The supreme court ruled Wednesday that families of studenls killed and wounded in Ihe 1970 Kenl Stale shootings can press feder- al damage suits against Ohio of- ficials and national guardsmen. Two lawsuits had been dis- missed in lower courts on grounds that the slate of Ohio was the real defendant and the llth Amendment banned suits by individuals against a stale. But the high court, in an 8-0 decision written by Chief Jus- lice Burger, said the amend- ment doea not prohibit in all cases a defendant seeking dam- ages on grounds of being de- prived of a federal right by a state official under slate law. No Ruling on Merits Justice Douglas did nol par- ticipate in the decision. The court did hot rule on the merits of either suit. It merely reinstated them in U. S. district court in Cleveland. Four studenls were killed and nine seriously woun'j.ed May 4, 1970, on Ihe Kent Slate universi- ly campus when nalional guardsmen fired on a group demonstrating ground forces Cambodia. Families of three of the dead students filed the suits. Burger said tho district court (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) against U. S. being sent into United Press Internalional Arab press said Wednes- the Soviet Union was pre- M to intervene directly to JK Israeli military activity on 'fKJor Syrian front, where an all- battle raged for control of Mount Hermon and to the surrounding area. warning, reported in the Beirut newspaper Al followed the return of President Hafez Assad to Tuesday from a five- official visit to the Soviet and talks with Kremlin Anwar, quoting diplomatic ft f Fre 4 said the Soviets consid- Israel's current military on the Syria front a of the Jewish state's ex- policy. Soviet Union is ready to as far as to interfere directly deter the newspaper the sources as saying. joint Soviet-Syrian state- made at the end of As- jan's Eighth visit said the Soviets have "laid out measures for further of the defense ca- of Syria." It gave no de- ITTb but Arab newspapers sale c Russians were preparing to 3 Syria long-range missiles more advanced Mig-23s anc before Harvey gave up the Eighth district seat for a judge-ship, told newsmen he blamed himself and not Nixon for ihe rlnf nl" K Mig-25s. In London, UPI diplomatic correspondent K. C. Thaler quoted Western defense, experts cieiedt. "If the campaign was lost, it was lost by Jim saying any efforts by Russia to regain lost influence in the Middle East by giving such long- insisted. State Republican weapons to Syria could have extremely serious conse- William McLaughlin also clined to put the finger on Battle "It's easy to blame the the northern cease-fire dent, 'but I don't know if Syria and Israel reported the right all-night battle for control o! Sparling said he would decide later whether to challenge Trax-ler in November, when the h e snow-capped slopes of Mount Hermon, the 37th consecutive day of fighting on the opens up again in a regular Israel reported one of its sol- wounded and its forces Not "Campaign" During the campaign, _, u A BJM n A Sf A candidates said they would PICKS for Nixon's impeachment if A R Q evidence Baa g B Sparling insisted Nixon not invited to Michigan to (AP) Pres- paign for him, but rather Nixon Wednesday named "get out of the White federal energy chief, Wil- where he is now isolated E. Simon, to succeed face the Shultz as treasury sec- He said the voters have right to know why the promoted Simon's chief finds himself facing a John C. Sawhill, to over the energy post. "In addition to Watergate Press Secretary its miserable ramifications, Warren also announced people are demanding Nixon "intends to play an tough, no-nonsense :answers expanded in garding inflation, the administration eco- (Continued: Page 3, Col. policy. Soys Ehrlichman Nixon Now LOS ANGELES (AP) he and the President Ehrlichnian's friends in reached an understanding say he privately has such a statement would be released. disappointment with friends were described as Nixon and thinks Nixon's Erhlichman thought Nix- tiveness is at an end, the had done a good job in for- Angeles Times said relations but that his ef- The report also said friends as President had interviewed on the There was no elabora- ing their names would be cealed had said friends said Ehrlich- was convinced that an wouldn't plead guilty lo ute segment of taped conversation between Nixon and former White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman had been erased charges or give helpful testimony to Watergate investigators in return for favorable court Ircatment, apparenl financial dif- The report said had been shocked to learn the Times said one the existence of the tapes in Nixon's office, and held friend stated emphatically that Ehrlichman would indeed against Maldcman for not with the Watergate, pro- ing on a single reduced Ehrlichman himself to be interviewed or has been indicted on the friends' paraphrased a federal grand jury in Wash- marks, the Times said in its D.C., on charges arising patch from the 1971 brcakin at the Friends reported office of Daniel Ells- was disappointed that psychiatrist. He also is had not made a complete with perjury in Los ment on Watergate ia year in 'connection with the Ehrlichman, the report fought off a Syrian helicopter and a patrol, a military source said. One Israeli soldier was reported killed Tuesday. Israel also reported an Israeli farmer was killed by a land mine Tuesday in the southern seclor of the Heights. A military communique broadcast by Damascus radio said "clashes on Mount Hermon continued throughout the night and this morning spread to other sectors of the front." Tough Positions Meanwhile, Egypt and Syria adopted tough Middle East nego- tiating positions Wednesday, and Israel accused the Arabs of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) On Tower Job Is Cited DES MOINES The Iowa labor bureau has cited the Gun- ner A. Olsen Corp., Port Wash- ington, N.Y., with two violations of chapter 88.4 of the Iowa code in connection with the Oct. 3, 1973, collapse of the KCRG-TV tower nean Walker in which five s workmen were killed. However, the company has filed notice it is appealing the actions. The two violations of the act were and penalties amounting to were pro- posed by the commissioner of jj labor, Jerry Addy. Under the Iowa occupational safety and health act, a max- imum fine of may be as- sessed for each violation. According to a labor bureau news release, "Gunner A. Olsen Corp. was cited for alleged vio- lations of the Iowa occupational safety and health general duty clause. The alleged violations do not constitute a finding of the ultimate cause of the tower col- lapse. Determination "It has been determined the employer (Gunner A. Olsen Corp.) did not maintain a place of employment free from recog- nized hazards in the manner specified in the citation." Addy said, "There was no evi- dence to cite KCRG so far as exposure to employes was con- cerned." Killed in the lower collapse were four Gunner Olsen em- ployes, Richard Lane, Ronnie f Parsons, both of Cedar Rapids; Thomas R. McGlaun, Garland, N.C., and Dempsey Clark, Mo- bile, Ala., "and Elmer Greiner, an employe of Hoffman Brothers Construction Co., Independence. The chapter of the Iowa code under which Olsen was charged reads: Requirements "Each employer shall furnish to each of his employes employ- ment and a place of employ- ment which is free from recog- nized hazards that are causing or arc likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employes and comply with oc- health under cupational safety and standards promulgated this act." The description of the fiist alleged violation, the report was: according to "Permanent ;uy cable anchor locations were not inspected prior to the start of work." The description of the second citation read: "Operating pro- cedures for the attachment of :alse face (devices) not set forth and operating procedures for he removal and replacement of diagonal braces (hog rods) not set forth. Available instructions on method of operation not fol- lowed by workmen." Citations Issued The citations were issued 10 Gunner A. Olsen Corp. On April 11, according to Ihe labor bureau statement, John H. Wadermen, representing the no- Ihe employer (Gunner lificd Ihe commission of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Leased Wires WASHINGTON Atty. Gen. laxbe said Wednesday he is convinced that Patricia Hearst 'was not a reluctant partici- pant" in a San Francisco bank and that he considers icr a common criminal. Saxbe told reporters at his weekly news conference that he was expressing his personal views about the 20-year-old newspaper heiress reported kid- naped by the Symbionese Liber- ation Army more than two months ago. Saxbe told reporters he reached this conclusion from the way she behaved, the number of people in the bank who observed her behavior, the :estimony of witnesses and ac- ;ions within the bank." Backs Breaking In Saxbe said he believes the FBI would be justified in break- ing into a dwelling lo capture Miss Hearst and SLA members. "The entire group we're talk- ing about are common crimi- Saxbe said. Asked if he was including Miss Hearst in Shat description, he replied, "Miss Hearst is part of Saxbe said he was not giving any-signals or orders toihe FBI but he believed that if the FBI knows where the SLA members are hiding they should go in and get them. Saxbe. recalled that he had said shortly after the kidnaping that if the FBI knew where the SLA was holding Miss Hearst they should go after her. Earlier Reaction Saxbe noted that after he made that statement, Miss- Hearst's father, newspaper edi- t o r Randolph Hearst, said Saxbe's comment, "bordered on the irresponsible" and possibly endangered her safety at that time. "As you know Mr. Hearst took a violent reaction when I said he shouldn't deal with the kid- Saxbe said. "My reac- tion hasn't changed." Of Saxbe's comments Wednes- day, Hearst said through a spokesman "this is all speech- making. Saxbe has the right to think what he thinks, and I also have that right. As far as I'm concerned, it's speculation. At this point, I'm not going to com- ment on the matter beyond that." Kidnaping Saxbe said even if Miss Hearst had joined the SLA, it would not remove her kidnaping as a crime. When asked whether he thought the kidnaping had been staged, he replied "I don't know." In response to questions about ihe bank robbery, Saxbe said, "it would appear to me that she was not a reluctant participant in this robbery. My personal conclusion is (hat she was not a reluctant participant. There's room for others to say she was coerced into it, the two guns pointed at her and so on." Fiance's View Earlier, Miss Hearst's fiance said he believes the SLA con- trived the bank holdup in which she carried a carbine o make people think she had joined the terrorist group. Steven Weed, 26, told report- ers Tuesday that Monday's >ank heist, in which two persons were wounded and was stolen, was designed "to get (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Today's Chuckle Nurse to new father: "I'm pleased to tell you that your wife has just given birlh to a Mssiblc future President of the Jnitcd Slates-if we ever get smart enough to elect a ivoman." ;