Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 24, 1974, Page 2

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Partly cloudy tonight. Lows tonight, low to mid 50s. Sunny Wednesday with highs around 70. VOLUME 92 NUMBER 258 Bit! tumta CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24. 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES CINCINNATI (UPI) - A kidnaper abducted blonde, blueeyed Allison Mechem. 4. daughter of the chairman of the board of Taft Broadcasting Inc., Monday and then demanded only $2,000 ransom. The low amount of the ransom demand worried police about the mental condition of the kidnaper. FBI agents joined police in the search for the child. Allison, the daughter of Charles Mechem, jr., was abducted from the front yard of her suburban Mt. Lookout home late Monday afternoon while riding a tricycle. Anonymous Call A few hours later the $2,000 ransom was demanded of Mechem by an anonymous telephone caller. Police imposed a news blackout on the case. But an executive of the local Taft television station said police told him that “only $2,000 had been demanded for the safe return'’ of the girl. “I know that seems low and there is some concern over its' being such a small amount,” i said Bob Gilmartin, news director of WKRC-TV. Gilmartin said police apparently were concerned about the “potential mental instability” of a kidnaper asking only $2,000. There were several unusual actions near the Mechem house late Monday night, and although police declined to explain them.j they apparently were part of a ransom payment plan. Broke Tail Light A plainclothes policeman: broke a tail light on a car — apparently as the sign of a “drop off” vehicle — and a suitcase and a bulky’ blanket were placed in the car. The car was driven away and was later returned. Also during the evening. Mechem was seen several blocks from his house at a telephone booth. The activity continued late into the night, with Mechem driving away from the house shortly before midnight, followed by plainclothesmen. About 12 hours after the girl 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 got into a car and drove away. Mechem Tuesday issued a plea to her kidnaper to return the little girl. “As a family, we are heartbroken by the tragedy that has occurred to us. We have only one concern and that is the side return of Allison,'' he said from his front porch. “Nothing else is important to us. We are willing and anxious to cooperate in any wav possible,” Mechem said. “Pulled Off Bike” Allison had been playing with a neighbor boy just before she was abducted. “A man pulled lier off her bike, put her in a car and drove off,” Steve Bachmeyer, 6, later told his parents.. Descriptions of the kidnaper from witnesses varied, and (Continued: Page 3. Col. 4 ) Today s Index Nixon in H os pi fat for At Least Week: Doctor LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — testify at the Watergate cover-up j Former President Nixon, re-1 trial of six former administra-portedly feeling depressed and tion and re-election campaign1 jfatigued, will be hospitalized at aides. The trial is scheduled to least a week for “exterxuve tests open in Washington on Tuesday, and treatment” of phleMtis. “The reason he is here is only, His face described as pale, r the reasons stated by Dr. WASHINGTON (UPI) - Pres-Lungren,” Ziegler said.    I    idem Ford said Tuesday that as Without explanation, Ziegler part of an intensified fight also said the many cards and against rising violent crimes flowers the ex-President was re- and the habitual criminal he ceiving would be sent to him was establishing a program to Nixon checked into Memorial hospital medical center of I/)ng (Beach through a rear entrance Jon Monday. The former President’s physician, Dr. John Lungren. said Nixon would be I instead of Nixon. Ziegler also work with states to keep track there for at least seven days. Lungren refused, however, to provide specifics on the treatment Nixon will receive for the painful ailment which has afflicted his left leg. Preventing Clots forbade the hospital to publicize!of professional criminals. Nixon s exact menu.    jn    a prepared address before Ziegler said a report by Dr the 81st annual convention of Walter Tkach, Nixons former the international Assn. of Police White House physician, t h a ? (jmefs, Ford said all Americans Nixon feared that if he were can agree on the same conclu-hospitalized he would “never sion a5out crime; come out alive” came during “a    .    ,    .    .    , u period during which tho toner    2"* ‘‘l ‘ ‘can no longer be ignored, it can no longer be rationalized away.” UPI Telephoto SENATORS GREET ROCKY — Nelson Rockefeller arrives for questioning by the senate rules committee on his nomination to be vice-president. Greeting him are, from left, Chairman Howard Cannon (D-Nev.), Sen. James Buckley (Cons.-R-N.Y.) and Sen. Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.). General plans call for Nixon to receive anti-coagulant drugs in President was in a lull.” an effort to dissolve two blood)    Cairn*™    Broken    ■    ..    ,    . clots now resting in the area of I    I    The    ^s    come    to    act, his left thigh Such treatment j A smi*e and tlle words “Good rord said, making it clear he also is designed to prevent the! afternoon” were the only reac- believes crime fighting is chief-■ clots from breaking loose and tion from the 61-year-old former ly the responsibility of the state moving through the blood Executive to the few news- and local governments and the stream to the lungs or heart. ;men w^° haf* staked out the federal role is “essentially sup- |where they could cause death, j (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Lungren did set down tight; - ground rules for public informa- k I i    I tion on Nixon's hospitalization: |>J(iTUPcM W0S jportive.’ Job os Teacher For Watergate Burglar Lookout Rocky: Taking Pardon Rumsfeld Named D J. C* 'IJ-    A/*    •*    ^ President as Nixon his wifc Pat and his rUTS \JUIITon    Hixon    Haiq Successor youngest daughter. Julie Nixon; I    Eisenhower, slipped into the hos-1 executives    have warned that the WASHINGTON (AP) — Prcsi- pjtai that he had examined thejnation    may run short of natural dent Ford announced Tuesday |former President and found Written reports will be issued at noon each day, and every word I will be cleared in advance by the former President. Lungren told newsmen after his wife. Pat. Shortage for Winter Seen ATLANTA (AP) — Industry WASHINGTON (UPI) — Vice- one wanted to see the President president - designate R o c k e- put in jail,” Rockefeller replied gas this winter. the Watergate bur- fe||er saaj Tuesday that former “The pardon by (he President1’1,18 appointing VA P) Ambas-.“evidence cf physical fatigue.”!    =    MnnH™ >w ti schoolteacher pmeirfont Mivnn'e    of    I    thnnoht    nftmnaaikm [sador Donald Rumsfeld as his; Lungren, an expert in heart '    *    *    * v NEW HAVEN (AP) - Alfred Baldwin, who admitted being a lookout for glars, is now a scnooiieaener President Nixon's acceptance of I thought showed compassion...,    .    ,    ----„—. —    —----- ...    .. here.    a pardon from President Ford and in the long run would help,ass ant to coordinate White Trouble and internal medicine! uring a public healing on He says the struggle to re- was “an admission of guilt” in to heal the wounds of the 1Iouse operations.”    wh0    has long been Nixon’s per- “Project Independence”, a proshape his life “took a lot of the Watergate scandal.    country,”    Rockefeller said.    Rumsfeld,    who    will    assume    ^onal    doctor,    offered    no    prog-    gram designed to reduce Ameri- thought and    long    hours of work    Rockefeller was asked during    Rockefeller, under    sharp    his cabinet-rank duties Friday,    nos is.    ca*s    dependence    on    energy    im- but now I    feel    its going to    the second day of his confirma-    questioning by Sen. Byrd    (D-W.    succeeds Alexander Haig but, The doctor said he    had order- work.”    tion hearings before the senate    Va-)» earlier said his financial    will not have Haig’s title of    ed “exhaustive studies    to find    J ^ Monday night his name was    rules committee whether Nixon    interests in big business    might J White House chief of staff.    the causative agent    of    the ill on a list of eight new teaching “should be held accountable” P 01 e n 1 * a 11 y influence his Press Secretary Ron Nessen ness.    iha^u inhpikvo1* «aw7 appointments confirmed by the for any unlawful acts he may! actions as vice-president, but said all Fords senior advisers    Ziegler    Report    I WIrelieve, saw* school board. He has been as-have committed in the Water-^ he abused the power of]will have equal status—clearly    ^ further non-medical report!^ Wg have a cold winter signed to the science and math- gate cover-up scandal, ematics department at Sheriden .*The president accepted the office. record He said his showed that 35-year; indicating Rumsfeld will not on Nixon cynic from Ronald middle school, whore he substi- pardon whielUn my opi„ion was never abased the power of pub-k mo mxun aomimsirauon. _ |press sccretary at the white he had have the power given Haig dur- zieglcr who served as Nixon’s I £“ .. .uh- inp tile Nixon administration. press secretary at the White i tuted for two weeks The middle tantamount"to an'admission ot 'V'^L. k    u.    . O'J** I'm* bI.ing’,f'css';n House and is now the ex-Presi- Offshore Exploration school is similar to a junior gujlt;. the (ormcr New York Rockefeller, whose ho dings said,Rumsfeld will continue to denl s chief aide.    Pau)    Reichardt,    board    chair high.    governor said.    "!clu!1' ,5l„0ck, “ “"J* OlHtnns, i serve as^ ambassador to NATO. -The phlebitis and llhe events Baldwin, a former FBI agent living in North Haven, earned a As part of the campaign against crime, Ford said he had directed the justice department to undertake, in cooperation with state and local governments, a career criminal impact program that will target and keep track of professional criminals. “This program will also as** sign priority to cases of habitual criminals and    expedite the process by which they are brought to justice,” he said. Ford also stressed the need for help on the part of the public and “greater citizen cooperation, particularly as ready and willing witnesses." In a speech that touched on many aspects of the fight against crime, Ford also talked about: Rutting a high priority on I. .    .    .    icombating violent crimes and | we re go.ng to have some jjffllstrcet cri,nes in the inner city. “There is where crime does the “The situation in natural gas [is much worse than the public most damage to our whole urban structure. There is where _   ___________f ailu IWC31W1U ut luc crime most hurts the poor who HelH Areountable    ?■!? ,0W “'"I * did not b):!icve    S°#" "0minale * of the last 45 days have caused mgton Gal Ught Co., said major already suffer enough.” lit Id Accountable    he major oil companies con- successor __him to not be to good apirit*. to distributors cannot obtain all Putting the habitual criminal master’s degree in education: chairman Cannon (D-Nev.i Hived tost years shortage Rut Haig »lU b*™"*    military    at times be low    in his    frame of | ,he natural gas they need    “be- behind bars.    “We must take the from Southern Connecticut State asked Rockefeller if he thought he said hey should be taxed conunander of NATO.    mindzicg|er    t0|d newsmen.    cause discoveries of new    gasjcriminal out    of circulation. We college after government tnves- ‘ people should be held account- now for their excess profits lf Rums.tld has been a    member    “His    mind, though,    is very    reserves |,ave nol kcpt    pace must make    crime hazardous tigators granted him immunity ohio for their unlawful acts.” they do not put the money into of he toucan t-nsihon team    acutc    ”    She demand S g as *    P Td cosTv We nms. SZ first days as P^sWent to make    ITS    They    jo,ped other oil industry swift and prolonged imprison- recommendations about oreani :    ‘‘h*.!    ;representatives in calling tor men! will inevitably follow each zation of the While House staff    ps>chiatnc    care'. j government action to allow off- offense. Only then will we deter He is a former Reoublican con «    **    ^    an>onc    .    shore exploration of suspected;others from pursuing careers of ne is a lormcr lupumican con-|after exneriencinc a treat and La    a__.,;ts    crime” ome when the from prosecution in exchange making it clear he was refer- production of new supplie for information on the Commit- ring to the former President.    “Business    Interests tee for the Re-election of the President in 1972. 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 to Richard Nixon’s re-election effort. “All I was interested in is could he teach,” School Supt. “I think we should separate “Will you really be able to people from the President. No separate the interests of big! business from the national inter- 55% Utility Rate Boosts Byrd asked, s sir,” Rockefeller rc- The na- est*’^” “Ye plied “Well, can’t we at least agree that tremendous — colossal — influence is there from your wealth?” Byrd con- ..wmov o.at«. ne feels as anyone wouia ieei «5horp Pvnlnr;itinn r He is a former Republican con- after experiencing a great and 0lj an(j eaiJ (Uxnosjtc glassman from Illinois who be-:seVere loss.” Ziegler said when] i.-m,    r0. came a friend of Ford whon!presse(j about Nixon's mental nation v;imnlv NEW YORK (AP tion's 50 largest utilities boosted family’s their rates by an average 55.4 tinued. I*    . . percent during the first six "We can agree if you add one George Bar bari to said. The job months of this year compared, word, senator, potential ’ - po-he did at    Sheriden    was    phenom-    wj^ an average 12 4 percent    tential influence,” Rockefeller enaI”    [rise for all 1973. according to a    said. adding that it would be an private study.    abuse of power and a violation National Utilities Services,    of the    law. Inc., a group specializing in util-    Byrd said he disagreed with Fire destroyed    the    north    wing    of    ity rate analysis, said tho com-    Rockefeller’s statement Monday Lisbon's 18th century Ajuda    pal-    panics cited higher operating    that    his    family’s economic ace early Tuesday.    More    than    ceste, including the jump in pc-    power    was    a myth. 500 paintings were    lost in    the    troleum prices, for the big rate blaze.    'hikes. ihnv czu-tizi    r.    if    r.”,,..,’    ,n a t i o ii simply must know •    L    health. His discussions with me    whether    or    not reserves of na*- Rum virid « Irf.    .hr hm.vr in    ^ somfUmcsJ^c" "flccUv*! ural    gas    and oil    exist    off    the Kumsleld. 42, It It the house in ami sometimes directed toward 1969 w hen President Nixon ap-1 the future.” pointed him to head the Office    D1 of Economic Opportunity. He    Denies Any I ley alter served as a    counselor in j Ziegler also denied Nixon had East Coast.” Reichardt said. “If work were to begin immediately it would take five to seven years to develop reserves. Further Congress making crime fighting one of its “top items.” He admitted there are no easy answers and said that he expects to spell out his proposals later to both the nation and congress. Gelling cooperation from the the Nixon White House and sub-1 altered into the hospital as 3(^1^ *s *nto^era^^e* , 1 The resumption of oil exploding as they are. often show us only the top of the iceberg. Toe sequents headed Living Council. the Cost of means of avoiding both defense (and prosecution subpoenas to (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Palace Destroyed LISBON, Portugal (AP) Ford Oil Talk Irks Arabs Comics 19 Crossword ...... 19 Daily Record .......3 Deaths .....,3 Editorial Features .... I Farm ......ll Financial . 20 Marion .. ........ i Movies ... 12 Society I Sports 15-18 State .... 4.5 Tclev ision ..... ll Want Ad* 22-25 Energy Tax Proposed as War on Waste1 Weapon NEW YORK (AP! — Congress c u r r e n t economic dilemma could provide the country with a Through a national conservation major weapon in the “war on ~~ a vvar on waste, he ,, ,    ..    . said. waste by enacting a national ..Every ,(me wc s(op w|stmg energy tax, says Russell Peter- a unit of energy we not only son. chairman of the President's reduce the demand but also in-Council on Environmental Qua Ii- crease the supply, thus simuita-ty.    jneously contributing to both of The broad-based tax could the key routes to reducing infla-generate about $12 billion an ; non nually by increasing all energy by an average of cent, he said Monday in a key- J average annual 4 5 percent in-' note speech to tho Society of crease in energy consumption j American Foresters’ national J could be met by tapping the convention.    “reservoir    of waste” created by The money could be used to,inefficient production and use of balance the budget and provide energy, public service jobs for the poor, I Private citizens could recoup Peterson said #    I the cost of the tax by lowering, “We can best contribute in a I thermostats, properly insulating Bv t'nitfd Presa International “You may view' it as a myth. The Arab press reacted angr but I don’t view it as a mythjty Tuesday to the attacks nor do I view it as an evil.” Arab oil price policies by Pi cm Byrd said. "Ewn if your family dent Ford and    (^relations    to    tho    American Some Arab newspapers repro- appeared to have no alterna-.seating factions generally hos- tive but to resort to a hostile 0,1 tile to American policy in the attitude toward the U S , but Middle East gave extreme in holdings are only 2 cr 3 percent State Kissinger, in any one company, when hold- newspaper said the statements warnings, ings are    spread    across    so    many    I were “tantamount    to    a    declara-;    “America Warns    the Arabs, companies    it    cannot    help    (but)    tion of war.    Threatens Nuclear    War over Nird and Kissinger, in    speech-    Pelroleum,.. the    pr„. Syrian    W    ti)    Zes Al Sharq said in a j before starting a confrontation d I i n e. The    pro-Bagdad    tion with the U.S.,” he    said coeds of1 After his speech. Peterson es-i?! f loper- timated that about half of the h®ye t0 (,°'u .    .    .    _    I    “    Tho    nnn but) influence the economy of the country.” Focus on Wealth Senate Republican Hugh Scott meanwhile criticized his colleagues for focusing too much on Rockefeller’s wealth. “There seems to be obsession with how much money he has — with money and power," Scott Organization said. “He has a great deal of porting what does money said this was not practical because the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian governments would not go along with it. ‘ jlie American ^hreat    j    first    policewoman    in    the killed in the line of duty. much crime goes unreported, a lot of witnesses never show up especially after the fourth cr filth continuance of the case ” He said the lack of cooperation of witnesses, according to a study in the District of Columbia. was by far the most common reason for losing major cases. Ford ended his speech by asking the convention to stand in silent tribute to District of Columbia Officer Gail Cobb, the U. S. es Monday in Detroit and New I York, said the continued high cader oil prices risked a world depres- sion and the breakdown of world newspaper Beirut said: "Ford The only hope for the Arabs is the d sa Ford: To Say No More on Pardon WASHINGTON dent Ford has (AP) told >rder and safely that could lead Threatens To Seize Arab Oil by that their policy of cooperation t0 war    j    Force of Arms.”    j    with    the    U.S. will lead to a solu- In Vienna, Abderraham Columnist Abu Jawdeh of the Hon of the Middle East crisis. Khcne    secretary general of the    Beirut newspaper    An Nahar, Un the official level. Arab    judiciary subcommittee of Petroleum Ex-    regarded as a political modern officials remained reticent    and    offer no further explanation of Countries, scoffed at    ate, said America    appeared to appeared to be waiting to    see    his pardon of Richard Nixon. Ford’s    threats and said, “We    be trying to pose    as a movie;what might develop from    the!    In response to - Presi-l house he will The nominee is clean and there’s no scandal ’ He also chided the house for deciding not to act on the Rockefeller nomination until after the November election. “They’re trying to keep Rockefeller off the stump.” he said. are the what is world.” happening in Think IU Times” ‘Threatens War’ major way to alleviating infla tion and other aspects of our (speeds on highways, he paid Responding to Byrd on the I iiomosan'd drivtog Vt'reduced sub),'rt of 0,1 flrms: Hoctefeller ™ (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) a letter retest people to blame for hero defending the world against American statements.    questing    answers    to a number the the “Arab villains.”    But    Abdul    Rahman    Salem    of    questions    relating    to the par- Aitqi, finance and oil minister don. Ford said he has already of Kuwait, which strongly op- said all he intends to about the “The (American) campaign poses any reduction in oil subject. Tile group's 12 member na- has become tantamount to a dec. prices, said if Ford’s statements *    ‘    ~    . lions, which produce 85 percent laration of war.” he said “The were aimed at reducing energy! of world petroleum exports, J entire war appears to be aimed consumption, “we are all for it. increased the price of crude oil at suppressing the Palestine;But if his words mean cuts in* IOO percent the past year and causa, at the United Nations, oil imports, this will result in voted for reuse month Today'n ( hackle lf    you’re not    an adult    when _you    go to see    a movie    ti ie se another    J.5    percent    where    the    U.S. is in a very cl if* harmful    consequences    lor pro-    days, you are when you    conli' to    $9.74-a-barrel    next    ficult    position.”    duction    and    contraction    of    tin    out The columnist said the Arabs oil industry.”    , , k ;

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