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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Chance of rain lo- night, and early Thurs- day. Low tonight 70 In 75. High Thursday, mill 90s. VOU'.MK 1CU CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CKIMIf R IOWA .jn.y m CHARGED POLICE Safety Commissioner, Detectives Are Named liy Holaiid Krckcler Six Cedar Kapids police of- ficers and former officers have been indicted in connection with an alleged conspiracy to injure the reputations of other officers and to have charges pressed against other officers. Indicted Tuesday were Public Safety Commissioner James Slcinbeck. a former detective; Asst. Police Chid Wallace John- son, and Detectives Kenneth Chief: Officer Loss A 'Minor Catastrophe' By Bill Lavelette Police Chief Wallace La- Peters said Wednesday morn- ing he will shift manpower Millsap, Donald Uosdail, Robert wilhin tlle department Manchester and Darwin Am- to lakc UP lhc slack left by Um suspension of five members of the detective bureau following their arrests on indictments by the grand jury. The men, including the chief of detectives, Wallace John- meter. AI 1 except Johnson arc charged with conspiracy, perju- ry and obstruction of justice. Johnson is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice and is named as an unindicted co- son, and four detectives, were conspirator in susPendcd without pay Tues- dictments. The indictments were re- turned by the Linn county grand jury which began investigating the police department in Jan- Other Police Probe Stories dm Be Found On Pages 2A and 90 uarv following a report last fall f'y they "rested from the county attorney outlin- by members of the ing supposed illegal activities of some members of the force. Breakdown -Gazelle Photo bv Duane Crock AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO KEEP SECRET the booking (fingerprinting and photographing) procedures of five Cedar Rapids police detectives indicted by the Linn county grand jury Tuesday was made by conducting the procedure in a room at the Ramada Inn in southwest Cedar Rapids. Pictured above from left to right a re Detectives Kenneth Millsap and Darwin Ammeter accompanied by Attorney Robert Nelson, at right, as they left the room at the motel where the booking procedures took place. (See story on page Linn county sheriff's department. 'Minor Catastrophe' When asked the present status of the detective bureau, The five indicted for conspira- wnich staffed by 26 detec- cy face two counts on the tives during normal times, charge. All six are indicted on LaPeters replied1 one charge of obstructing jus- dcem it a minor catas. lice. The number of perjury trophe" counts are as follows Millsap, The indicted officers have eight; Rosdail, five; Johnson, six; Ammeter, four; Man- chester, four, seven. Nixon Quoted: 'Stonewall It, Cover Up' WASHINGTON (API The.. Most of the conversation that there, instead house judiciary committee jday nad bccn devoted to how to Tuesday released a transcript ofjdcal h fol.thcomi sen. a White House conversation; quoting President Nixon as Wa'ergate committee hear- having ing of the senate Watergate They discussed vestigation: "I want you all tojDean write a report stonewall it. let them plead lhejwith questions of the involve- of White House aides in dealing anything else, if it'll save, save the plan." Nixon's comments were made near the end of a March 22, 1973. conversation with aides H. R. Haldeman. John Ehrlichman and John Dean and former At- torney General Mitchell. The Watergate. The Plan The plan was to offer the Dean report to the committee and to seek an agreement to keep the investigation in closed of a operation." Nixon agreed and said: 'This is everything buckshot.And, uh, for that reason I am.Dean report as the full While) 'perfectly willing to 1 accounting on Watergate. give a what happens. Ij At mpplinil Mivn, want you all to stonewall it, let know, Mr. Senator.' That's what I was preparing to say. 'This is them plead Ihe Fifth Amend- ment, cover-up or anything else, At the same meeting, Nixon commended Dean and Mitchell i Capt. Ralph Myers amd other The conspiracy indiclments allege that the co-conspirators between about May I, 1973, and JulyS, 1974, conspired to: 1. Injure wrongfully the character of such persons as former Chief George Matias, former Asst. Chief Kenneth Vanous, Asst. Chiefs Carl Badger and Gareth Clift and 20 days in which to file ap- peals with the civil service and Steinbeck, commission, he said, noting it was his belief all five officers would appeal their suspen- sions. "The official view of my of- fice is that, like any other de- fendant, they are innocent until proven guilty." Acting Promotions The acting promotions that will be needed to replace the suspended officers will include shifting Detective Captain William Cynic to chief of de- tectives and Lieutenant Den- ton lo Byrne's posi- tion. Two of the indicted detec- tives, Kenneth Millsap and Donald Rosdail were assigned to the day shift detective bureau. The other two detec- tives, Robert Manchester and Darwin Ammeter were assign- ed to the day shift of the youth bureau which is a part of the elective bureau. LaPeters said the suspen- sions were imposed between 8 and 11 p.m. Tuesday when each officer was arrested. Press Hit LaPeters responded to ques- tions about the highly unusual manner of the arrests at 'the Ra- mada Inn motel, by saying the press was responsible for the procedure. He felt he had two obliga- tions one to Sheriff Walter Grant in making the arrests and the other to the public, which was threatened by the mass of reporters following the events. "I think the cloak and dag- ger games were played by the he said when asked about the secrecy surrounding the events at the fiamada Inn. Admils Arrangements Earlier Wednesday LaPeters admitted he made arrange- ments for officers to report to the motel. The management at the motel donated the room (Continued: Page 3. Col. 3.) for making the cover-up work. if it'll save it, save the plan.' "Believe me, it's a lot of; officers by: A. Making everything we know; I knowjThat's the whole point. i Mitchell said. criminal conduct, nothing more If you need! "On the other hand, uh. uh, i: "Oh Nixon replied. "I false reports of B. testimony under any further information, my, our counsel will furnish that, uh, that is not inhere.' Adams Scandal Nixon referred to a scandal during the Eisenhower adminis- session. (ration in which White House material quoted by the commit-; Mitchell described the pur-jaide Sherman Adams was lee was not included in I he] pose as "to limit the number of forced to resign after disclo- White House transcripts. i witnesses which are called up Supreme Court Giant Ear! Warren, 83, Dies sures that he had accepted favors from Boston industrialist Bernard Goldfine. what happened would prefer, as I said to you. that you do it the other way. And I would particularly prefer to do it that other way if it's going to come out that way any- way. And that my view, that, uh, with the number of jackass may Well, let oa'n> me tell you, you've done a hell of a job here." The transcript shows an uni- dentified voice made an unin- telligible remark, followed by this comment by Nixon: story they get out through leaks, charges and so forth and innu- endoes, will be a hell of a lot [worse than the story they're said Nixon, who was i out there." vice-president at the time. "I: don't want it to happen with; Cover-bpPra.se Watergate the Watergate j In his reference to "the matter, i think he made a.lway." Nixon apparently was ad e a mistake, but hciferring to his preference that; .the senate committee accept the1 (Continued: Page.! Col. li.l C. Procuring false testimony or D. All of those in furtherance of the conspiracy. 2. Do an illegal act or acts injurious to police, namely: A. Falsely reporting to the Linn county attorney and the news media, E. False testimony under oath to deceive the Linn county attor- ney, C. Procuring false testimony most got Ihe damn thing nailed'or other :riown pasl lhc clcclion and' D-A" of'hose, alleging crimi- people that they've got that they "i didn't mean for you. I can call, they're going to The thought we had a boy here. No, you, uh, John, uh, carried a very, very heavy load. Uh, both Johns as a matter of fact, but, uh, I was going to say. uh uh, is. uh, (unmlelligi- ible) got put the fires out, al- WASHINGTON (AP) Thc i were marked by death of Earl Warren, a chain-1which, included demands for hisishouldn't have been sacked pion of the Bill of Rights in his [impeachment. IB years as chief justice, re-i President Nixon, often at odds' moves a figure indelibly warrcn jn their years asj to landmark decisions of politicians and who! supreme court in one of us many of nis court de-! controversial eras. cisions. saluted him as "a par- Warren. 83. died in George- tisan for America." town university hospital Tiies- chief Justice Burger, named: day night, a little more Nixon tn succeed Warren and] WASHINGTON (AP) breakin until March 17. 107.1 ,ve years a ter Ins thc toward "Strictjidcnt Nixon lold the was at (his linlc that rcvela- from the na ion s highest judi- construction" of the Constitu-lcase jurv Wednesdav that he1 (ion of thc breakin at Field's of- cial post. A hospital spokesman tjorl] said ..his a said he died of heart failure. indeed." Expanded Rights Rosa (hc black seam. Under his leadership, the strcss u.hose refusai Io givc up court struck down segregated ,her seat ,0 a man schools, laid down the rule of Montgomery bus boycott, one man-one vote" and have lost a 'great R President Denies Authorizing Burglary in Ellsberg Probe expanded Ihe rights of the nc- to humanity, in criminal cases. Heart Tributes came swiftly for the was admitted to thc man whose years on the court hejpital July 2. suffering from a 'heart ailment. It was his second hospitalization in two months. bv members of the While of psychiatrist Lcwisl House' unit led to dismissal of knowledge thai such a profile Fielding. [charges against Daniel being done by the CIA1" The President's written com-1'he man who leaked the Pen-'assistant Watergate prosecutor mcnts were given under papers. Philip Bakes asked, and read lo the court by Judge1 Nixon's written testimony, had no such knowledge." Gerhard Gesell. i was read after Secretary of. Kissinger replied. The comments came in an- Stale Kissinger testified for Oil swer to six questions submitted by lawyers for the defendants including John Ehrlichman, who seconds, saying he never re-'nf ;mv informa.: quested a psychological profile of Ellsberg in 1971. Kissinger answered only three nal conduct of the police dcparl- to create the impression ithat such criminal activities iwerc being committed on a common or regular basis, when no basis existed for such, except :for crimes committed by lhc i conspirators, thus defaming thc reputation of the police depart- ment its officers and leader- ship. II. Do an illegal act or acts injurious to the police, t" wit, obtain the election of James D. Steinbeck as public safety commissioner and head of the police by: A. Making false to the county attorney and news media. B. False testimony under oath to deceive thc county attorney. "Did yon have any knowledge, falsi, James Steinbeck Robert Manchester "I did not." Kissinger said. "Apart from whether you au- thorized it. did vou have any Today's Index Daily Editorial Marion !IC Sports Want 1-1 IIP was once Nixon's chief domestic Only a few hours before, [questions in a flO-secoml appear-, of Ihe former chief justice's: Nixon .'aid the special inves- :inoc _ closest associates on the court, tigation unit, which became, OMK effort urdHcrmineidefaming the reputat.on of had left his bed-side. mission to plug a authorized lhc breakin department, its lion from Kllsberp'.'" Bake? D Al] of cnmj- asked in his only other question. activities were being nun on a common or regular Kissinger said. basis, when no basis existed for Khrlichman's altnrncys had jsuch, except for crimes commit- David subpoenaed Ihe secretary by the conspirators, ihus from 195.1] lo 1969 after a politi- cal career in which he served 11 years as governor of California iand twice sought the Republican nomination for President. Kennedy Probe lie was vice-presidential can- didate on Ihe 1048 GOP national .ticket headed by Ihe late Thorn- 'as Dcwpy, Ilicn governor of New 'Continued: Page :i, Col 11 i plug news by him stop thc leaks, prevent future unauthorized release of security I Daniel Kllsbcrfi from the ClAVJIhe .....lyivood office of Dr. land leadership asked William Frates, chief de fense lawyer for Khrlichman n ii.ii inn i i i JIM Mv Miiiiii information and to prepare KissinRCr. history of past leaks. Khrlichman, Nixon said, was! in general charge of thc group.j "1 instructed John Khrlichman to exercise general supervisory control over Ihe special inves- tigative Nixon said. Nixon said IIP did not learn o( 'forfny's If we could sei others see us we'd probably deny it. (wvuiiM Lewis Fielding over Labor day .weekend. 1D71. Kissinger returned Tuesday 'from his six-nation diplomalic mission in Europe and mcl Ellsberg Smear A CIA official has testified lhat Young told him Kissinger land Khrlichman in Augusl, 1071, I Continued: Page ,1, Col. .'I.I In a second count the imlicl- incnts allege the conspirators during the same period con- spired lo: I. Cause or procure Yamnis and Myers lo be indicted, in some way implcaded I accused i or prosecuted for an offense of which they were innocent, I'W'l. Col. 7.i Donald Rojclciil Wallace Johnson   

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