Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 24, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

September 24, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- cloudy to- nlKlit. Lows tonight, low to mid 50s. Ki.....y Wednesday with hlglis iiround 70. CEDAR KAP1US, IOWA. TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 24, I'M CITY FINAL 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES CINCINNATI (UPI) A kid napcr abducted blonde, blue eyed Allison Mcchem, 4, daugh tcr of the chairman of the board of Taft Broadcasting Inc., Moil day and then demanded onlj ransom. The low amount of. the ransom demand worried police about Ihe mental condition of the kid napcr. FBI agents joined police in the search for the child. Allison, the daughter of Charles Mcchem, jr., was ab ducted from the front yard of her suburban Ml. Lookout home late Monday afternoon while riding a tricycle. Anonymous Call A few hours later the ransom was demanded of Me chem by an anonymous tele phone caller. Police imposed a news black- out on the case. But an execu- tive of the local Taft television station said police lold him that "only had been demanded for Ihe safe return" of the girl. "I know that seems low and there is some concern over its being such a small said Bob Gilmarlin, news direc- tor of WKRC-TV. Gilmarlin said police ap- parently were concerned about the "potential mental instabili- ty" of a kidnaper asking only There were several unusual actions near Ihe Meclicm house late Monday night, and although police declined to explain them, they apparently were part of a ransom payment plan. Broke Tail Light A plainclothes policeman broke a tail light on a car ap- parently as the sign of a "drop off" vehicle and a suitcase and a bulky blanket w ere placed in the car. The car was driven away and was later returned. Also during the evening, Mcchem was seen several blocks from his house al a telephone booth. The activity continued late into the night, with Mcchem driving away from the house shortly before midnight, fol- lowed by plainclothesmen. About 12 hours after the girl President in 1072. disappeared, two women left the house. They would not give their names, but they said the family had received no word on the girl's whereabouts. Both away. got into a car and drove Tclcpholo SENATORS GREET ROCKY Nelson Rockefeller arrives for questioning by the senate rules com- mittee on his nomination to be vice-president. Greeting him are, from left, Chairman Howard Cannon Sen. James Buckley (Cons.-R-N.Y.) and Sen. Jacob Javits Job as Teacher For Watergate Burglar Lookout NEW HAVEN (AP) Alfred Baldwin, who admitted being a lookout for the Watergate bur- glars, is now a schoolteacher here. Me .says the shape his life struggle "took a to lot of thought and long hours of work but now I feel it's going to work." Monday night bis name was on a list of eight new leaching appointments confirmed by the school board. He has been as- signed to the science and math- ematics department at Sheriden middle school, where he substi- tuted for two weeks. The middle school is similar to a junior high. Baldwin, a former FBI agent living in North Haven, earned a master's degree in education from Southern Connecticut State college after government inves- tigators granted him immunity from prosecution in exchange for information on the Commit- tee for the Re-election of the Mcchem Tuesday issued a plea to her kidnaper le girl. "As a family, to return the He testified that he served as a lookout from the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge across the street from the Watergate apartment complex when police surprised burglars linked loj [Richard Nixon's re-election cf-! fort. WASHINGTON (UPI) Vice- president 'designate Rock e- feller said Tuesday that former President Nixon's acceptance of a pardon from President Ford was "an admission of guilt" in the Watergate scandal. Rockefeller was asked during [he second day of his confirma- tion hearings before the senate rules committee whether Nixon "should be held accountable" for any unlawful acts he may have committed in the Water- gate cover-up scandal. "The President accepted the pardon which in my opinion was tantamount to an admission of; the former New York governor said. IleJd Accountable Chairman Cannon (U-Ncv.) asked Rockefeller if lie thought "people should be held account- able for their unlawful making it clear he was refer- ring to the former President. "I think we should separate people from the President. No on one wanted to see the President put in Rockefeller replied. "The pardon by (he President I thoughl showed compassion... and in the long run would help lo heal Ihe wounds of the Rockefeller .said. Rockefeller, u n d e r sharp questioning by Sen. Byrd (D-W. earlier said his financial interests in big business might potentially influence his actions as vice-president, but only if be abused the power of office. He said his 35-year record showed that he had lever abused the power of pub- lic office. Rockefeller, whose holdings include slock in some oil firms, also told Byrd he did not believe major oil companies "con- trived" last year's shortage. But he said should be taxed now for their excess profits if they do not put the money into production of new supplies. "Business Interests" "Will you really be able to broken by the tragedy that lias occurred to us. We have only one concern and that is the safe return of he said (rein his front porch. "Nothing else is important lo us. We are willing and anxious lo cooperate in any wav possi- "All I was interested in is could he School Supt. George Barbarito said. "The job be did at Sheriden was phcnom- Palacc Destroyed LISBON, Portugal (AP) Fire destroyed the north wing of Lisbon's 18th century Ajuda pal- ace early Tuesday. More than 500 paintings blaze. Mechem said. "Pulled Off Bike" Allison had been playing with a neighbor boy just before she was abducted. "A man pulled her off her bike, put her in a car and drove Sieve Bachmeyer, 6, later lold his parents. Descriptions of the kidnaper, from witnesses varied, andi i major weapon in Hie "war on j waste" by enacting a national i energy tax, says Russell Peler- Ison. chairman of Ihe President's 55% Utility Rate Boosts NEW YORK (AP) The na- tion's 50 largest, utilities boosted their rates by an average 55.'! percent during the first six months of this year, compared j separate Ihe interests of big business from the national inter- Byrd asked. "Yes Rockefeller re- plied. "Well, can't we at least agree that tremendous colossal influence is there family's wcallhV" linucd. from Byrd your con- Rumsfeld Named By President as Haig Successor WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Ford announced Tuesday he is appointing NATO Ambas- sador Donald Rumsfeld as his assistant "to coordinate White House operations." Rumsfeld, who will assume his cabinet-rank duties Friday succeeds Alexander Haig bui will not have Haig's title of While House chief of staff. Press Secretary Ron Nessen said all Ford's senior advisers will have equal indicating Rumsfeld will not have (lie power given Haig dur- ing the Nixon administration. For the time being, Nessen said, Rumsfeld will continue to serve as ambassador to NATO, but Ford will soon nominate a iccessor. Haig will become military commander of NATO. Rumsfeld has been a member of the four-man transition team which Ford named during his first days as President to make recommendations about organi- zation of the While House staff. He is a former Republican con- gressman from Illinois who be- came a friend of Ford when hey served :iouse. LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former President Nixon, rc- irorledly feeling depressed and fatigued, will be hospitalized at least a week for "extensive tests and treatment" of phlcDitis. His face described as pale, Nixon checked into Memorial hospital medical center of Long Pe ch through a rear entrance on Monday. The former Presi- jdent's physician, Dr. John .ungrcn, said Nixon would be here for at least seven days. Lungren refused, however, to irovide specifics on the treat- ment Nixon will receive for the painful ailment which has af- licted his left leg. Preventing Clots General plans call for Nixon to anti-coagulant drugs in ui effort to dissolve two blood clots now resting in the area of lis left thigh. Such treatmenl also is designed to preyent the clots from 'breaking loose and moving through Ihe blood slream 'lo the lungs or heart, where they could cause death. Lungren did set down tight ground rules for public informa- tion on Nixon's hospilalizalion: Written reports will be issued a' noon each day, and every wore will be cleared in advance by the former President. Lungren told newsmen aftei Nixon, liis wife, Pat, and his youngest daughter, Julie Nixoi Eisenhower, slipped into the hos eslify at the Watergate cover-up rial of six former administra- ion and re-election campaign lides. The trial is scheduled lo >pen in Washington on Tuesday. "The reason he is here is only or the reasons stated by Dr. Ziegler said. Without explanation, Ziegler also said the many cards and lowers the ex-President was re- ceiving would be sent to him nstead of Nixon. Ziegler also orbade the hospital to publicize Nixon's exact menu. Ziegler said a report by Dr. Waiter Tkach, Nixon's former While House physician, I h a t feared that if he were wspitalized he would "never come out alive" came during "a period during which the former resident, was in a lull." Camera Broken A smile and 'the words "Good afternoon" were the only reac- tion from the 61-year-old former Miief Executive to the few news- men who had staked out the together in the "We can agree if you add one word, .senator, 'potential po- an average 12.4 percent lenlial influence." Rockefeller rise for all 1973, according lo a said, adding thai it would be an private study. j abuse of power and a violation National 'utilities the law. Inc., a group specializing in ulil-l Byrd said he disagreed ily rate analysis, said the com-jHockcfcllcr's statement Monday panics cited' higher operating (that his family's economic including the jump in pe-1 power was a myth. Rumsfeld. -12. left the house in when President Nixon ap- pointed him to head the Office of Economic Opportunity. He alter served as a counselor in the Nixon White House and sub- sequently headed Living Council. Cost of pital that he had examined the former President and found "evidence of physical fatigue.' Lungren, an expert in hcan trouble and internal medicine who has long been Nixon's per sonal doctor, offered no prog nosis. The doctor said he had order ed "exhaustive studies to fine the causative agent of the Xicgler Report A further non-medical repor on Nixon came from Ronak Ziegler, who served as Nixon's press secretary at the While House and is now the cx-Presi dent's chief aide. "The phlebitis and Ithc events of Ihe last 45 days have caused him to not be in good spirits, (o at times be low in his frame ol Ziegler told newsmen His mind, though, is vcrj Ziegler responded with a flat 'No" when asked if Nixon woulc undergo psychiatric care. "He feels as anyone would fee after experiencing a great anc severe Ziegler said when pressed about Nixon's mcnla! health. "His discussions with me liave sometimes been reflective and sometimes directed toward the future." Denies Any Ploy Ziegler also denied Nixon had entered into Hie hospital as a means of avoiding both defense and prosecution subpoenas lo (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Natural Gas Shortage for Winter Seen ATLANTA (AP) Industry executives have warned that the nation may run short of nalura gas Ihis winter. The warnings came Monday during a public hearing on "Project, a pro gram designed to reduce Ameri ca's dependence on energy im ports. "The situation in natural gas is much worse than the public has been led to said Z D. Bonner, president of Gulf Oil Co. "If we have a cold winter, we're going to have some very bad experiences." Offshore Exploration 'aul Reichardt, board chair- man and president of the Wash- ington Gas Light Co., said major distributors cannot obtain all the natural gas they need "be- cause discoveries of new gas WASH1NGTON (UPI) Pres- ident Ford said Tuesday that as part of an intensified fight against, rising violent crimes and the habitual criminal he was establishing a program to work with states to keep track of professional criminals. In a prepared address before the 81st annual convention of the International Assn. of Police Chiefs, Ford said all Americans can agree on (lie same conclu- sion about crime: "There is far loo much of it, it can no longer be ignored, it can no'longer be rationalized away." "The lime has come t'o 'ord said, making it clear lie believes crime fighting is chief- y the responsibility of the state and local governments and the ederal role is "essentially sup- portive." As part of the campaign against crime, Ford said he had directed the justice de- partment to undertake, in co- operation with slate and local governments, a career crimi- nal impact program thai will By United I'ITSS Jnlmiiilinnal Some Arab newspapers rcprc- IIIU UIIIU III Jl u _ Iroleum prices, for the big rale "You may view il as a myth.: The Arab press roac ed angrKsonlnig fachons generally lias- hikes. 1 don't view it 1 view il ly Tuesday lo the attacks Energy lax Proposed as 'War on Waste' Weapon NEW YORK (AP) Congress iC u r r c n t economic dilemma American policy in the Arab oil price policies by 'Ryrd said. "Even if your Ford and Secretary o t holdings are only 2 or 3 percent jSlatc Kissinger, and one Beirut in any one company, when hold-1 newspaper said the statements .warnings, ings lire spread across so many i were "tantamount to a declara-; "America companies it cannot help of war." JThreatens influence- Ihe economy of the I Ford and Kissinger, in speech- petroleum through a national conservation Today's Comics...... Index Daily lleeiird Dentiis............ Editorial Features Farm Financial Marion Movies Society Sports Stale Trlrvisimi Want Ads Iv. generate about ?12 billion an- nually by increasing all ensjs of an average of 10 per- Focns on Wealth Senate Republican "Every time we .slop h.lns colleagues for focusing loo wealth, s to he obsession .'i unit of energy we not only the demand but also iu- thus simiilta- Warns the Arabs, Nuclear War over Ihe pro Syrian es Monday in Detroit and A, h] iVii'k, said the continued Infill .oaderi01' prices risked a world dcpres- l I 'k t'icizedision and the breakdown of world newspaper Beirut said: "Ford and safely thai could lead Threatens To Seize Aral) Oil by war. j Force of Arms." In Vienna, Abderraliam Columnist Abu Jawdeh of the reserves have not kept pace with the demand for gas." They joined other oil industry representatives in calling for government action to allow off- shore exploration of suspected oil and gas deposits. "The time has come when the nation simply must know whether or not reserves of nat- ural gas and oil exist off the East Reichardt said. "If ivork were to begin immediately it. would lake five to seven years lo develop reserves. Further delay is intolerable." The resumption of oil cxplora- (Conlinued: Page .'i. Col. 6.) [lot of witnesses never show up especially after the fourth or fifth continuance of the case." I lie said Ihe lack of cooperation of witnesses, according to a appeared to have no in of live but lo resort to a by far Ihe most com- alliludc toward the U.S., butjmon reason for losing major said tills was not practical be-leases. Ihe Saudi Arabian and: Ford ended his speech by ask- Ihe convention to stand in target and keep track of pro- fessional criminals. "This program will also as-, sign priority to cases of habitual criminals and expedite the process .by which they are brought lo he said; Ford also stressed the need for help on the part of the public and "greater citizen cooperation, particularly as ready and will- ing witnesses." In a speech that touched on many aspects of the fight against crime, Ford also talked about; Putting a high priority on combating violent crimes and street crimes in the inner city. "There is where crime does the most damage to our whole urban structure. There is where crime mosl hurls the poor who already suffer enough." Putting the habitual criminal Behind bars. "We must take the criminal out of circulation. must make crime hazardous and costly. We must Insure that swift and prolonged imprison- ment will inevitably follow each offense. Only then will we deter others from pursuing careers of crime." Congress making crime fight- ing one of its "top items." He admitted there arc no easy an- swers and said that he expects o spell out his proposals later o both the nation and congress. Getting cooperation from (he public. "Crime statistics, shock- ing as they are, often show us cause Egyptian governments not go along with il. w (silent tribute to District of Co- ncoiisly contributing to both of with how much money he has -jKhene, secretary general of the Scull Organization of Petroleum Ex- lucing 'S' .-.aid. "lie has a great dea Afler bis speech, Peterson es- limaled that about half of the pi ivenl in- consumption lapping Ihe average aiumi'l 4. ot port in; competence, what does moneyjForriV have lo do with it'.' The nominee i.-; clean and there's no scandal." Iso chidi'il Ihe house for Beirut newspaper An Nahar, j regarded as a political moder- ate, said America appeared lo "The American threat to stop fund supplies prompts most Arab capitals to think 10 times before a confronta- tion with Ihe U.S.." lie said. "The only hope fur Hie Arabs is their policy of cooperation with the U.S. will lead to a solu- tion of the Middle East, crisis." le official level, Arab s remained reticent and .unibia Officer Gail C'obb, the first policewoman in Ihe U. S. killed in the line of duty. Ford: To Say No More on Pardon WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Ford lias told a house judiciary subcommittee he will offer no further explanation of thermoslals, properly" insulalinp Countries, seolfed threats and said, "Wojbe trying lo pose as a movie are Ihe last people In blame for.hero defending the world against what is happening in the "Threatens War" I "Think 10 Times" ic (American) campaign The group's 12 member na- has become tantamount lo a dec. li.ins, which produce 115 of war." he said. "The of world petroleum exports.'entire war appears to be aimed increased Ihe price of crude iiilial suppressing Ihe Palestine jlllil percent lite pasl year amlloause. at the Tinted Nations, mil od lor another 3.5 percent [where Ihe U.S. is in a very dif- roriuccdi......'..................''...............j increase In nextlfienll position." .aid. i u'oiilinueil: .1, i'oi. ,V'i 'iiie columnist said the Arabs ced nf ml hrms' appeared to be wailing to sec (bis pardon of Richard Nixon, what might develop from In response to a letter re- American slalcmenls. 1 questing answers lo number But Abdul Rahman Salem of questions relating lo the par- iAilqi. finance and oil minister dun. Ford said he has already of Kuwait, which strongly op-1.said all he intend.-; to about the 'puses any reduction in oil [subject. prices, said if Ford's statements were aimed al reducing energy 'consumption, "we are all fur il.! Bui if his words mean cuts in' if you're not an adult, wbon Ibis will result in you ,SCc a movie you are when you come OUt. (-'T.yrkiM ;