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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weafher- Fair tonight with low in mid 40s. High Fri- day in mid to upper 70s. JUME 92-NUMBER 99 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES __ -------------1 VAVtl SADAT: RUSSIAN ARMS BALK Barnett Is Guilty of Extortion Cedar Rapids Jackie Barnett has been fou guilty of making threats in attempt to extort fro Cedar Rapids business Robert Armstrong. The verdict from a Linn di trict court jury was returm Wednesday evening. The jur had deliberated about 15 hou between Tuesday at p.m and Wednesday at p.m. Jury Foreman Larry Ivin Cedar Rapids, told The Gazet the big question faced by ,1 jury during its deliberation was whether the story told 1 the defendant, a 46-year-fi Cedar Rapids man, was plaus ble. "Coincidence" A deaf-mute, who said he can see with clarity only three fe in front of his face, Barnett te tified it was only a coincidenc ihat he was at the place wher the money was to have been le by Armstrong. He said he had walked by th house at 300 First avenue NW the afternoon of Dec. 28, 197; and became interested in bu; ing some siding after he rea the word "danger" in larg print on a sign by a door. He said he 'assumed materia from the house would be fo sale because: he had bough some siding from a nearb house which was torn down t make way for a new highway. Drove By He testified that when he ani two companions drove by th house about midnight, he askec one of them, Gary Lewis, to gi get a phone number off the sign so he could get siding to com plete work on a garage at hii residence. Lewis, 26, Cedar Rapids, and Barnett were arrested shortl; after midnight when Barnet picked up a package, supposec to contain the money, from the doorway. Barnett said he had gone to the door to get the package and take it to police, assuming someone left it there by mis- take, since the house was va- cant. He said Lewis had come back to the car to tell about the package. Decided Not Truth Jury Foreman Ivins said the jury decided it could have hap- pened that way, but decided that he was not telling the truth. One factor that weighed heav- ily in the decision, he said, was that Lewis, who was said to have been sent to read the sign could not read or write. Ivins said the jury was split six and six during most of the deliberations. Barnett is to be sentenced at a date to be set by the court ad- ministrator. Maximum sentence would be five years in prison and a fine. Lewis, and the other occupant of the car, Joseph Steggal, 37, (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Sirica Signs Order Permitting Subpoena WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. district Judge John Sirica signed an order Thursday per- mitting issuance of a subpoe- na demanding that President Nixon turn over records and tapes of 64 White House con- versations. WASHINGTON (UPI) Chairman Rodino (D-N.J.) of the house judiciary committee, said Thursday "we mean busi- ness" in demanding tape re- cordings of 42 presidential con- versations. A refusal to fully honor the panel's subpoena could be considered an im- peachable offense, he said. The committee, which Rodino said will begin hearing evidence in its impeachment probe about Way 7, issued a subpoena last week giving the White House until April 25 to turn over taped conversations between Pres- ident Nixon and various top Economy Takes Nosedive; Prices Keep on Soaring WASHINGTON (AP) The ;overnment reported Thursday hat the nation's economy took a much steeper nosedive than xpected in the first quarter o! he year, while prices 'soared al double digit rate. The Gross National Producl eclined at a 5.8 percent annual ate in the first three months of IB year, the first drop in GNP ince 1970 and the biggest drop n 16 years. The decline was particularly jad news for the Nixon ad- ministration since it raised serious questions whether tJie country can avoid a reces- sion this year, as President Nixon has promised. Two consecutive quarters of ecline in the GNP which leasures the total value of out- ut of goods and services is onsidered the technical mea- ure of a recession. The first quarter drop of 5.8 ercent compared with adminis- ation forecasts of a decline of om 3 ,to 4 percent. The GNP rew at a rate of 1.6 percent in e last quarter last year. The first quarter decline Ms year represented a total urnaround of 14.5 percent ince the first quarter a year igo when the GNP was re- torted growing at an 8.7 per- ent rate. aides in February, March and April of last year. The White House has prom- ised to supply a "conclusive and comprehensive" answer by early next week, but some aides have indicated that conversa- tions dealing with national secu- rity and non-Watergate matters would be screened out. Nixes Editing Rodino was asked during an interview on the NBC-TV Today show if the reported White House editing strategy was sat- isfactory to the committee. he replied. "This would mean that the White House would be making the final de- termination. This could not be a proper inquiry, a comprehen sive inquiry unless we were to make the determination as to what is necessary. The commit- tee in the last instance is the de- termining .factor. That's the way it's going to he." Rodino said "the only way lhat the committee inquiry can be satisfied" is if it has a hand in screening out irrelevant ma- terial in the tapes. He indicated that it may be satisfactory if he, along with Sep. Hutchinson of Michigan, he panel's ranking Republican, and the committee's impeach- ment counsel, John Doar and Albert Jenner, be given a hanc in the screening process. Teleptioto news conference that the extraordinary crimes" committed by the "Zebra killers" call for extraordinary police measures. "EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES" San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto tells the "extraordinary crimes" committed by the Beside him is Police Commissioner Washington Garner. In Colson Subpoena another Watergate case, :ions. Colson, former special counsel ;o President Nixon-.arid 'ehdant in the Watergate cover- up case, filed a motion joining Faworski and asking that he commerce department on the economy also The port owed that inflation continued increase in the first quarter, sing at a 10.8 percent rate, mpared with 8.8 percent in e fourth quarter. It was the ggest three-month increase ice the first quarter of 1951 ien the rate was 13 percent. The decline in the economy as the biggest since a 9.2 per- nt rate of decrease in the first arter of 1958. be permitted to inspect all such materials" along with at- torneys for the government. In other developments: California Lt. Gov. Ed Rein- ecke has accused Jaworski oi singling him out for prosecution, partly because of his "political affiliation and status." Rein- ecke, a Republican candidate in the June 4 California guber- natorial primary, has been charged with perjury in the ITT case. The New York City Bar Assn. Hearst Says Saxbe Claim Irresponsible 'SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Newspaper executive Randolph former presidential aide Charles -olson joined special prosecutor Leon Jaworski in requesting a Hearst Thursday called U.S; subpoena for more than five Atty., Gen. Saxbe irresponsible dozen White House conversa- for suggesting that Hearst's daughter Patricia probably was is probing allegations of profes- sional misconduct against Pres- ident Nixon and former Atty. Gen: John Mitchell. The inves- tigation could lead to their dis- barment in New York state, ac- cording to John Bonomi, the as- sociation's chief counsel. The probe is part of a nation- wide investigation by bar asso- ciations into all lawyers alleged- ly linked to the Watergate case and related matters, Bonomi said. a willing participant in a bank ioldup-blamed on members ol ;he S y m b i o n e s e Liberation Army. Hearst said Saxbe's com- ments "confirmed my origina; view that the man makes irre- sponsible statements and ob- viously talks off the top of his lead when he should be listen- ng." Saxbe said Wednesday that he personally thought Miss Hearst "was not a reluctant partici- pant" in the robbery. Mind Bent? "I don't see how the attorney general could have .arrived at this Hearst said. 'She was obviously captured, obviously held by a terrorist (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Stopping Blacks In Search for "Zebra' SAN .FRANCISCO (AP) Mayor Joseph Alioto has ap- )ealed to blacks to cooperate if hey are stopped on city streets OT identification and possible search by police hunting for the ''Zebra" killers. situations like Ms call for extraordinary mea- Alioto told newsmen Wednesday. "We will be stop- ping a number of people who fit a certain profile a lot of them innocent. "Mass murderers are simply the streets of San Francisco, killing people at ran- dom without any real motive or vithout any real sense. This can't be investigated as a regu- ar murder." 12 Dead Nelson Shields, 23, became he 12th white person killed within five months by a black junman who fired without varning and without provocation Mesday night. Nixon Aide Refers Flood Victim to Extinct Agency CARTHAGE, Tenn. (AP) A man who decided to cut red tape by seeking flood damage relief straight from President Nixon was directed by a White House aide to an agency abolished in 1972. Robert Austin of Carthage said when he called the White House and asked for the Pres- ident, his call was transferred to a presidential assistant. Austin said the unidentified assistant referred him to a Gen. director of the Office of Emergency Pre- paredness. Austin said the aide told him Lincoln "was very close to the President." Austin said that, on a follow- up call to the President's of- fice, he was told Hint the Of- f i c e of Emergency Pre- paredness was dissolved two years ago and Lincoln has since retired. "If a man so close to the President and an entire de- partment can disappear for two years and not be missed b y presidential assistants, then the rest of us are in a whole lot of Austin said. Austin, a geologist with a zinc company, said he was fi- nally referred by a secretary in the President's office to the department of Housing and Urban Development. He said HUD did seem to be the office to contact and a re-evaluation of flood damage his home suf- fered in January is now a pos- sibility. Stans Denies Giving Any Aid to Vesco NEW YORK (UPI) Former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans testified Thursday thai "on my oath I never did any- thing to help Robert Vesco in any way and I never asked any- one to do anything to help Rob- ert Vesco." He flatly denied that he had conspired with former Atty. Gen. Mitchell to impede a feder- al investigation of the interna- tional financier in return for a cash contribution by Vesco to the (1972 Nixon cam- paign. He also denied lying to the grand jury that indicted the two former Nixon cabinet members. Testifying calmly but empha- tically in a soft voice as the end of the Mitchell-Stans trial neared, he also told the jury of he critical illness of his wife, Kathleen, during much the (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Gun Accident Fata! For Hiawatha Boy, 11 Cedar Rapids Anthony Wayne Felsing, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fel- sing, Bali Hai Estates, north of Cedar Rapids, was killed by a gunshot about p.m. Wednes- day. The county medical examiner has ruled the shooting acciden- tal. Linn deputies said young Felsing and Barry Peterson, 11, also of Bali Hai Estates, were at a field about a half mile east of the mobile home park .practicing with a .22 cal. rifle owned by Mr. Felsing. The gun, held by Peterson, went off and struck the Felsing boy in the chest, they said. An Anthony W. Felsing autopsy was performed. ______ The incident took place in the comer of a cornfield on Boyson road between Hiawatha and Robins. After the shooting the Peter- son boy went to tell his parents, who called the sheriff's office. Murray Longfellow, who lives a quarter mile east of where [he incident, occurred, reported bearing the shot and hearing a boy yelling, "I killed him, I killed him." i Six other whites have bee wounded in shootings polic have code-named the "Zebra case. Washington; Garner, the president of the police :COmmis sion, urged the city's you are stopped, don't resent4 Show your identification and, necessary, permit a Alioto said, "We are mindful of constitutional.guarantees.: erything will be done with! constitutional limits." Slender Blacks Police Chief Don Scott said i three of the shootings two per sons were seen and a composil drawing of one gunman wa being circulated. He said polic would be acting with inform; tion that would narrow th number of persons that migh be stopped by police. "We are going to stop slende black Scott said. The composite drawing is of black man 20 to 30 years olc 'slender build, and 5-foot-9 to six feet in height. The mayor said the total re ward now posted for informa tion leading to the conviction o the killers is Anthony "Tony" Felsing was oorn June 30, 1962, at Storm Lake. He was a student in the sixth grade at Nixon school. He was a member of the Cen- tral Assembly of God and the Cedar Rapids City Boys Choir. Surviving are his parents; two brothers, Nick and Paul Felsing II, both at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Kinney, Des Moines; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Felsing, Knoxville. Services: a.m. Saturday at the Central Assembly of God by the Rev. Ramon Booth. Burial: Cedar Memorial. Friends may call at the Cedar Memorial funeral home after noon Friday and at the church after a.m. Saturday. The casket will be closed at 10 a.m. Saturday. 4 Cuba Ready To End Aloofness WASHINGTON (AP) A meeting of Western Hemisphere foreign ministers was informed Thursday that Cuba is prepared for the first tune to make a partial return to the inter- American system after a 12- year absence. Mexican Foreign Minister Emilio Rabasa said he received personal word of Cuba's inten- ;ion from Fidel Castro. Rabasa's statement raised the possibility of Cuban representa- ;ion at the next meeting, tenta- ;ively set for Argentina hi March. Ehrlichman Says Paper's Report False SEATTLE (UPI) John Ehr lichman has termed "false" and 'silly" a newspaper report tha ic is disenchanted with Pres- dent Nixonj less friendly with 3. R. Haldeman and.plans..to (Pfioto'on Picture settle for a guilty plea .to re duced charges in his Watergate- related court cases. At his first news conference since last August, the Pres- ident's former domestic adviser read a statement denying the report in Wednesday's Los'An- geles Times, which quoted a 'person who has been close" to Ehrlichman as saying he mighi settle for reduced 'charges anc estify for the prosecution. "It's false because I am nol guilty .of any of the charges eveled .against me ;and I intenc o prove my Ehr- ichman said. New Effectiveness Ehrlichman said he was con- ident Nixon would come out of lis current problems with "re- tained effectiveness." "In terms of accomplishment, t is my belief that his domestic ecord has been as excellent as is record for foreign IB former White House aide aid. Ehrlichman said reports that 5 became upset with Hal- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Says Egypt Seeks Help Elsewhere CAIRO (AP) Egypt's Pres- ident Sadat said Thursday that Russia has declined to give Egypt some, of the arms it has asked for since the October war, :hat his military is looking for arms elsewhere, and that he ivants to meet with the Kremlin chiefs. "As a responsible man before ny people and the Arab nations, cannot stand handcuffed and remain six months doing noth- ng, without taking any action to give the needed protection and guarantees to the whole Arab cause." In Washington, President Nixon arranged a surprise meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy and Secretary of State Kissinger- High U.S. officials described the meeting as part of the process of informing Egypt of continuing U. S. efforts seeking disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces. But the urgency of the session was underscored by the .fact that Kissinger hurried to the ffhite House at a time he was to be concluding talks with Latin American foreign ministers. Presidential spokesman Ger- ald Warren said afterward that Nixon hopes to visit .the Middle "at some point" but he lid not know when. Steady Cooling There has been a steady cooi- ng relations between' Cairo ind Moscow over the past few months.' "The Soviet Union has hesitat- id for the past six months to espond to some of our arms equests, and accordingly I ave ordered the armed forces j look for arms sources from thers and this has already been Sadat said. Sadat described-the Soviet hesitation as "a misunder- standing for which I find: no reason. We still seek their friendship and want it but let it be known we base our friendship on our interests and principles..." Sadat added that "the misun- erstanding with the Soviet Union may be caused because f our new friendly approaches vith the United States. Meanwhile, on the war front, sraeli planes bombed and trafed Syrian positions on stra- egic Mount Hermon again hursday. Egypt hinted it might oin the battle, and another ter- orist explosion erupted in a Tel viv suburb, injuring 13 per- ons. The Israeli planes scrambled llowing artillery barrages (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) rhese Days the Ideal Host Must Be Fully Prepared Today's Index Comics .....................30 Crossword..................30 Dally Record ......3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features ..........6 Farm ......................20 Financial ..................31 Marion Movies .....................28 Society ..................12-16 Sports ...................21-25 State Television Want Ads................33-87 By Frank Nye DES MOINES One might ay Sen. Cloyd Robinson (D- ?edar Rapids) was "living igh on the hog" Wednesday light. At least that's what he thought after paying an unan- ticipated for a pork chop picnic dinner. When the Iowa senate ad- journed its late session about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Robinson hopped into his car with State Labor Commissioner Jerry Addy, and headed for the Max Ten Hagen farm near Car- lisle, where a Democratic party picnic was in progress. Got a Ticltet A few miles down the road, Robinson was stopped by State Trooper Jerry Schna- thorst and given a ticket for traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. When Trooper Schnathorst learned where Eobinson was headed, he told him Ten Hagen was a district magis- trate who could give Robinson quick action on the speeding ticket. Entered Pica Robinson reached the farm and told Ten Hagen, his host, about the ticket. Ten Hagen took him inside the house and asked if Robinson wanted a trial. Robinson said no, he was guilty and Ten Hagen fined him on the spot. "Don't I even get a pork Robinson asked. "You sure replied Ten Hagen. sighed Robinson, praising Trooper Schnathorst for doing his job, "For a min- ute there I thought I bought the whole hog." Today's Chuckle When a man won't listen to his conscience, it's usually be- cause he doesn't want advice from a total stranger. Copyright 1974   

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