Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 25, 1974

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September 25, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weafher- Fair tonight wild lows In the upper sos. Mostly sunny Tliurs- iluy, lilglis in the upper 70s. VOLUME 259 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDARJIAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON (AP) Bills So assure that Richard Nixon's While House tapes and papers will be available for Wa- tergate proceedings are headed for house and senate action. T h e house appropriations committee has deleted from a Nixon appropriations measure the money for a vault to store the tapes near San Clemente. And the senate government operations committee approved a proposal to supersede the Sept. 7 Nixon documents agree- ment and prohibit destruction of any of the tapes or papers ex- cept as provided by congress. Meanwhile, one of the cover- up trial defendants said he plans to call 80 witnesses includ- ing Secretary of State Kissinger and the outgoing White House chief of staff, Alexander Haig. In other Watergate-related developments Tuesday: U. S. District Judge John Siri- ca set a hearing for Monday on whether to allow transcripts of laped presidential conversations lo be used in the (rial. The accu- racy of transcripts of 33 conver- sations is being challenged bj defense lawyers. California Attorney General Evolle Younger asked the spe- cial Watergate prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, to give him any infor- mation that might be used in any state prosecution of Nixon. Besides Kissinger and Haig, lawyers for former While House adviser John Ehrlichman said they plan to call former presi- dential Press Secretary Ronald Zicglcr and James SI. Clair, an attorney who represented the former President. Jaworski meanwhile released his own list of 44 witnesses for the trial that begins Tuesday, including former FBI Director L. Patrick Gray and the fore- man of the grand jury that in- dicted the defendants, Vladimir Prcgelj. Ehrlichman a n d Jaworski have subpoenaed Nixon In Ics- tify. Expense Money for Attorneys Is Approved Iowa IOWA CITY Attorneys foi James Speed, who won judgment from the stale after he lost his eyesight, wil receive more than in fees and expenses. Speed, 25, was recruited to play basketball for the Universi- ty of Iowa in 1970. On Nov. 26, 1970, he entered University Hospitals in low ity because of a headache and toothache. He had two teeth extracted and four days later doctors diagnosed a blood clot in a sinus cavity and bacterial meningitis. He underwent surgery and was liven heavy doses of antibiotics, jut by Dec. 1 >hc was perma- nently blind. Sought Million Speed filed suit for mil- Jon and was awarded Speed contended his blindness caused him lo forfeit a career in professional basketball. Ernest Wombacher, county clerk, said Johnson District Tuesday permitted Speed's attorneys lo receive in' "reasonable fees" and in expenses. Speed was represented by the Iowa City firm of Meardon, Sueppcl, Downer and Hayes. Appeal Stated Asst. Ally. Gen. John Beamei said the slate was to appeal th judgment Wednesday, contest ing "the findings of negligence and the amount of the award." Bcamer said Speed's aware as the largest ever returnee against the state. S p c c d received nearly rear's training at the Iowa Commission for the Blind school n 'Dos Moines, and later studied 'or two semesters at the univer- sity. He is now in Washington, D. 1, working at another school 'or. the blind and attending col- ego. The bill approved by I he house committee Tuesday in- cludes- expense money for Nixon but none of the requested for a vault. In an accompanying report, the committee should not act said congress on permanent storage for the material until "Ihc special prosecutor and the courts have concluded their re- quirements for and interest in the tapes and papers of former President Nixon." President Ford's staff asked the vault under (he Sept. 7 agreement signed by Nixon and Ihe government forj joint holding of the tapes and papers. Nixon was lo have one key and General Services Adminis- trator Arthur Sampson the other Israel Presses Air Offensive TEL AVIV (API-Israel's air force beinbcel and strafed lar- ge t s in southern Lebanon Wednesday less than seven i hours before the start of the fasl of Yom Kippur, holiest day in the Jewish year and anniversa- ry of the Arab-Israeli war. The purpose of the raids, and of similar strikes Tuesday in the same area, was to break up any attack Ihe Palestinian guerillas might be mounting for the Jew- ish Day of Atonement com- mencing at sundown Wednesday and ending at dusk Thursday. Tclcpliolo KIDNAPED CHILD .SAFE Mechem hugs his daughter, Alli- son, 4, kidnaped Monday, after she was .found unharmed. Rocky "No" To Agnew Ehrlichman WASHINGTON (UPI) Vice- president-designate Rockefeller said Wednesday that both Spiro Agnew and John Ehrlichman asked him for financial help after scandal forced them from CINCINNATI (AP) An un- employed parolee has been charged with the abduction of .he daughter of broadcasting ex- ecutive Charles Mechem. The girl was found safe. "Our Hide girl is back, and ;hc's Mechem said after 4-ycar-olel Allison was ound crying, but unharmed, in i locked mold room five miles mm her home nn Tuesday. She had spent 24 hours in Ihe hands of her abductor. from an armed robbery convic- tion in Florida. A second man arrested with Wiechman at a chili parlor about 15 miles from (he Me- chem home in suburban Mount Lookout was released af questioning, police said. He was not identified. Wiechman surrendered to ar- resting officers without a strug- gle, police said. Officers Tip said they arrested Wiechman afler receiving a tip Authorities said no a man matching Ihe de- scription of the kidnaper, pro- vided by witnesses to the abduc- tion, was driving a white van. Police spotted the vehicle v.'as collected. Police said Tuesday night they had charged Frank Joseph Wiechman, 26, Cincinnati, with kidnaping. Wiechman, who was still being questioned Wednes- day, was scheduled for arraign- ment Thursday in municipal court on the state charge. Police said Wiechman was un- employed and was on parole so neither could vault alone. gel into the Cut The approved for Nixon to wind down his affairs is a cut from Ihe Ford requested for him. The .senate bill would require materials be made for subpoenaing for lhal, the available Watergate proceedings, with I Conlinue'd: Page 3, Col. 5.) By Tom Fruchling MASON CITY The third morning of the George Nowlin murder trial in Ccrro Gordo counly district court moved slowly Wednesday, as numerous conferences among the lawyers and Judge John Ilyland, bolh at Ihe bench and in chambers, de- layed the proceedings. Thomas Randolph, special agent with the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Invesligalion, Icslificd as lo his collection of evidence u r r o u n d i n g the death of Today's Index Comics Crossword Dnily Record Dciilhs............ Editorial Features Farm Financial Marion Movies Seicicly Sports Sliilc Television Want Ads 71) ..71) 3A 12H 81) II! 9C III! ID-SI) I IIXIC j (il) ..lOn-l.ll) Maureen Connolly. Nowlin is accused of killing her in rural Jones counly March 10. Exhibits Much of Ihe delay was caused as the prosecution asked Ran- dolph lo identify potential slate's exhibits, including color photographs of Hie dead girl. at Hiss Connolly's autopsy Iowa City. Pliutos Allowed Judge Hylanel eventually al- lowed the photographs lo be admitted. Randolph also identified sev- eral items of clothing as being on Ihe body of Miss Connolly prior to the autopsy. When asked by slate's attor- ney Joe Beck if there was any- Ihing unusual about Ihe items. Randolph noted lhal there was a small hole in Ihc crotch area of parked outside the chili parlor in Colcrain township. "I always thought we ovcr- protected her a Mechem, chairman of the board of the Taft Broadcasting Corp., said after his daughter was reunited with her family. "I guess Ibis shows you really can't overprolccl them." Neighborhood youngsters gathered around Ihc Mechem home to greet Allison as she peeked through Ihe door. Police said Allison and a play- male were riding their tricycles in front of the Mechem home on [Monday when a car pulled up I and a male occupant asked about Allison's Hi-year-old sister, Melissa. Officers said thai aflcr Ihc lljulb Ihe jeans and underwear. Identifies Shell The BC1 agent also identified ii shotgun shell, power pistons and pellets as being material removed from Ihe head, ab- domen, and vaginal area of Miss Connolly by Dr. Regis We- land, who performed Ihe au- case, arguing lhal any live; of Ihc exhibits was outweighed by the "inflainma- childrcn identified Allison as Melissa's sislcr, Ihe man pulled her into Ihe car nnel sped away. The car later was found aban- doned. A blue jacket and one of Allison's shoes were in Ihe car. Kiinsom Tnc family received two anon- ymous telephone calls, and two money drops were made by Me- chem In meet ransom demands, lolicc said. They said Ihe noney was not picked up. Police; confirmed Ihe ransom lemaneled of Mechem in two inonymous telephone calls Mnn- lay was It was origi- lally reported lhat Ihc kidnaper sought During Ihc 24-hour ordeal, room 118 Tuesday morning, bu the door was locked and a "di not disturb" sign hung on Ihi knob. When crying again was hcare near Ihc p.m quitting time Miss Pinson and another male got a pass key and investigated. "There was a little girl, alj Jlone, sitting on the bed with icr shoes off, crying and walch- ng said Miss Pin- iOn. "There was nobriely c around. She was almost hys- terical from crying." Mechem shortly after Alli- son's return said thai his daugh- ter was not mistreated in any way. "She's in there now eating suckers, and she's fine." to to LONG BEACH (AP) Rich- ard Nixon has a blood clot in his right lung "which is a potential- ly dangerous his doc- tor said Wednesday. Dr. John C. Lungrcn told a news conference the clol, which moved through blood vessels from Nixon's leg, was found Col. 3.) Ihe government last year, but he refused. Rockefeller told the senate rules committee during the Ihird day of hearings on his nomination that Agnew, who re- signed as vice-president last Oc- tober aller pleading "no con- test" lo tax evasion, called him seeking help "in connection with a book asking for someone to finance payments in advance on a book." For Money "I did not Rockefeller said. But he did not make it clear whether Agnew asked for (Photo on Picture Page) money or assistance in contact- ing a publisher who would pay in an advance on a book. "I also received two letters from John Ehrlichman for his defense Rockefeller said, referring to former President Nixon's No. 2 aide who resigned in April, 1973, and goes on trial next week in the Watergate cover-up conspiracy. "From the human point ol view I'm embarrassed to say I did not answer these letters. From the human point of view these things are very sad." Rockefeller said Wednesday that it will be almost impossible to control the nation's inflation and balance-of-paymcnls prob- lems if Arab oil prices go any ligher. Tight Money He also declared on his third, and probably final, day of testi- mony lhat he thinks "it would be difficult" for the federal re-, serve to relax its light money policy unless other action i :akcn "to increase the flow o 'unds into the capital market." The chairman of the commit ec Sen. Cannon (D-Nev.) said meanwhile, that the panel won' act on Rockefeller's nominatioi until it gets a report from an- other congressional committee, on Rockefeller's taxes. Rockefeller refused Tuesday .0 answer questions about vhether he thought full disclo- ure of Watergate w.ould be tampered by a Whic House agreement to give former Pres- dent Nixon his Watergate apes. In doing so, Sen. Byrd (D-W. who posed the questions, discovered Tuesday how hard t is to pin Rockefeller down vhen he wants to avoid answer- ng a question. Rockefeller, for his part, complimented Byrd for the way ie put him on the spot. Attica Role Rockefeller defended his role n Ihe 1971 Attica prison upris- ng and explained he was "do- ng my duty for my constit- ienls" when he intervened with (Continued: Page 3, Col. -I.) COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) A federal judge Wednesday over- turned the My Lai murder con- viction of former Army LI. Wil- liam Galley, ruling that Calley "was not accorded due process of law" and ordering him freed. U. S. District Court Judge J. Robert Elliott said Calley should be released immediately, but his decision may be appealed by the army. Ellbitt based his decision on three key constitutional conten- tions: That Calley was denied a fair and impartial trial because of massive, adverse pretrial pub- licity. That he was denied his right of confrontation with witnesses and was denied compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor. That he was denied due process by being convicted on charges and specifications which were improperly drawn and illegally used by the prose- cution. Stay Possible Army lawyers could seek an immediate slay of Galley's re- lease by filing a brief with El- liott, or by filing directly lo the 5th U. S. circuit court of appeals in New Orleans. In Washington, the army saic its lawyers would study the judge's decision "in order to evaluate various legal alterna lives." At Ft. Leavcnworlh, a spokes man said authorities there would await instructions from Ihe army officials in Washington. Calley's Attorney, J. Houston lordon, said: "We arc of course elated by Ihe judge's decision.' He said he did not know what lis next move would be since he still had not seen Ihc order. "The army may he said. "But I would hope that they would not lhat a decision will be made at a high level to quit persecuting Ihs Elliott took his appeal under ad- Parole Calley, 31, has been confined i (he disciplinary barracks a Ft. Lcavcnworth, Kan., since visement June 25. The army automatically con- siders parole for Calley Nov. 19 the date when he will have served one-third of his 10-year sentence. His original life sen- tence was reduced to a 20-year term by Gen. Albert Con- ners, commanding general of the Third army, and later re- duced to 10 years by Secretary of the Army Howard Callaway. Although more than two dozen officers and enlisted men were charged in the sensational case and six were tried, Calley was Ihe only one to be convicted. Calley already lias submitted his petition for parole to auth- orities at Ft. Lcavenworlh, and his lawyers say the request should soon be before the army and air force clemency board in Washington. Calley also has applied for presidential pardon, based on the issue of amnesty for draft evaders. "Unequal Justice" Elliott is the same .judge who freed Calley last Feb. 27 after the former lieutenant had spent Ihrec years under house arrest at nearby Ft. Benning, Ga. Three months later, the army won reversal of Elliott's bail decision from the 5th U.S. cir- cuit court of appeals in New Orleans. Calley appealed to the U.S. supreme court, which re- fused to overturn the appellate court's decision on bail. The heart of Calley's plea was that he was a victim of "un- equal justice" when convicted by military tribunal Ju March, 1971, for the slaying of 22 Viet- namese civilians. Publicity The first 86 pages of the judge's ruling dealt with pro-. .rial publicity. The ruling says "Calley was (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) fses; WILLIAM GALLEY ree- Motors has begun to flex its cor- porate muscle in support of a ihree-year moratorium on new auto safety and anti-pollution jaws, calling them inflalionary. In his strongest criticism yet of federal regulations, GM Chairman Richard Gcrslcnbcrg The1 photngrap OIK; showing an h.s, including apparent gun .shot wound in Ihc back of Ihc I head, wore; lakon by Randolph concerning abdominal objected. 'llr ''I- daughter's sate re- sayinc that it had no ninncclionl'iirn, "ie first solid contact was a telephone call from the manager of the mold where Ihc DETROIT General ilso called for ncnl-induslrv a joint review govcrn- of Ihc iced for existing and proposed causes inflation; rising prices arc merely symptoms." Wrote Ford GM revealed Tuesday lhal Gorslenbcrg wrolc President and added about lo Ihc price of each GM vehicle. Average Boost During Ihc same Ihrec-ycar span, however, the company Ford early Ibis month average that he consider a moratorium. GM said Ford replied that he had sent the proposal to federal agencies for .study. The proposed moratorium has Gcrstcnberg said GM woulel modernize its plants, expand its facilities and put greater em- phasis on new-product engineer- ing were it unhindered by ex- pensive federal regulations. He siiie! GM does not oppose regulations which produce val- rccenl. interview, Or-'llcs for lhc consumer. lorliemalply affect Ihp costs of'slcnbprg quc.slioiipel whether' that Ihe bolter ccnn- cars and he told Ihcisome safety ami clean air im-lolny lowcr opcraling i t e; n.s' Research Council provcmcnls have been of Hie ncw anli-pollu- :lho money Ihcv have cost "We question whether today's been endorsed by Ihe Ford Co. and the Chrysler nflalion docs not make all Ihc j Motor necessary a complete Corp. noratoriiim on laws that dispro- In IIP Ip.slimony IIP lied in. iCoiilinucd: Gil. 7.) "High prices cause inflalion'elii.iti'y and the public. was found aflcr a mnieljlike wet streets cause he' Ih; said governmcnl-mand.i said Ihc relationship between cd equipment .since I lie fall of hoard her crying. The ui.-iiel, Dorothy sniel crying had been heard in Jlion catalytic converter offset 'Ihp addilional co.s! for Ihc device. Hul he .said Ihc extra CM prices and the inflationary! 11171 has cost GM about SI ''osl lur safety-belt igniliim valm'jlion million in alone Col. 3.) Timothy James Skyles, 13, of 1525 T w c n t y s i x t h street, Marion, was killed about p.m. Tuesday in a collision of his motorcycle and a Milwaukee railroad freight train. Linn deputies reported the ac- cident happened as the boy left a trail on private property near Blairs Ferry road and C avenue ME and tried to cross the railroad Iracks. They said he was dead on ar- rival at St. Luke's hospital. A linking resident of Marion, Timothy was the son of Mr. mel Mrs. Jack Skyles and vas born April 5, 1961, in Cedar .iapids. He was an eighth grade student at Linn-Mar junior high school; was a Gazette carrier, ind was a member of the Lu- hcran Church of the Rcsurrec- ion and Ihe Mari-Llnn 4-IT club. Surviving arc his parents; his grandparents, James Skyles of Rock Island, 111., Mrs. P. J. llyn- ish, Melbourne, Fin., and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fronek, Cedar Rapids; a brother, Jerry, Dav- enport, and three sisters, Shana, Robyn and Vicki, all at home. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Lullieran Church of Ihc Resur- rcclion by Ihc Rev. Otto Zwan- Graveside services: 2 p.m. Friday at National ceme- tery at Rock Island, 111. Fricnels may call at the Mur- doch funeral home in Marion after 1 p.m. Thursday, and at Ihe church aflcr 9 a.m. Friday. Friends may, if they wish, con- tribute lo Ihe Lutheran Church of Ihc Resurrection as a memo- Today's The; grandfather who I bought, nothing about, walking four miles to school is .sure to have :i grandson who doesn't think much of il either. crmriM ;