Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 31, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 31, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weaker OCCMIMII 8MW tmt- lig iMlgkl. Uws U li Partly Wetofrfay with highs near II. CITY FINAL 15 CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 356 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, TUESDAY, DEC. 31, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES WATERGATE JURY NOT RUSHING High School Sniper Kills 3, Wounds 11 OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) An honor student who was one of the best marksmen on his high school rifle team was ar- raigned Tuesday on three murder charges in the sniper deaths of three per- 'sons at Olean high school. Eleven persons were injured. Anthony Barbara, 17, a sen- ior, was captured Monday af- ternoon after police stormed a_ room on the school's third (Photos on Picture Page) floor. The youth, lying on the floor and wearing an appar- enlly defective gas mask, was not injured but was overcome by police tear gas, police said. Tank Used A National guard tank had been sent to the school to help in the removal of the injured during the bloody two-hour shooting rampage by the son of a manufacturing firm exec- utive. Authorities said they did not know why the youth opened fire. Classes were in recess for the holidays, but several pu- pils and school employes were in the building at the time. Shot to death were Mrs. Carmen Wright, 25, who was riding by the school in a ear; 'Neal Pilon, 58, a gas company meter reader who was gunned down on the street; and school custodian Earl Metcalf, 62, who was shot inside the -school. Most of the wounded were 'firefighters responding to a of a fire at the school. One of them, Herbert Elmore, was reported in serious condi- tion with a head wound. Sever- al persons were cut by flying glass. Wan Trophies School Principal Louis Nicol said the youth ranked eighth in his class scholastically and had "no discipline problem whatever." Nicol described Barbara as "quiet, more of a loner than and "a real good shot" on the rifle team. "As a matter of fact, he won a couple of trophies in match the principal said. Mrs. Joseph Bade, who lives near the school, said that upon hearing gunfire, she raced from her home and saw a man lying on the ground. "He was hit in the she said. "He staggered, trying to get away. Then a fireman tried to help him. "The fireman was shot in the shoulder. The first man slumped and he didn't move Mrs. Bade said. The dead man was Pilon. Fire Reported Richard Krott, the school's head custodian, said the shoot- ings began about 3 p.m. He and his 12-man crew were in the school doing routine main- tenance when a school secre- tary told him there was a fire on the third floor. He said he and his men rushed to the floor and found the hallway was filled with smoke. He said that shots were fired and he and his men fled. He said Metcalf, a cus- todian at Olean High for 27 years, failed to return with tho others. Metcalf, who had been shot (Continued; I'agc 3 Col. 8.) Today's Index Comics...............................15 Crossword..........................IK Dally Record........................J Deaths.................................3 Kdllorlal Features................i Farm.................................II Fliaiclal...........................lli Murlon................................5 Society..............................8-S Sports............................I' I' Slatf...................................4 Television............................7 Wilt Ads.......................18-21 Dean Testimony on CIA Spying Recalled HIS INFLATION HEDGE Senator James Buckley of New York holds three gold wafers he bought at a.m. Tuesday as it became legal to purchase the precious metal. He bought it from a New York City firm. (More photos on picture page.) Few Americans Buy Bullion NEW YORK (AP) The nation's bankers and brokers were handling a lot of ques- tions from the public, but few Americans were buying gold Tuesday on the first day of le- gal ownership in 41 years. By contrast, commodity ex- changes dealing in contracts for future delivery of gold re- ported an unusually strong in- itial flurry, which slowed down as the day wore on. At the International Mone- tary Market of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a spokesman said 674 contracts were traded in the first 30 minutes, the busiest opening for any new commodity in that exchange's history. Contracts for delivery of 100 troy .ounces in January were selling there for per ounce. Contracts for delivery in December 1975 hit Wild House "It's a wild house a spokesman at the New York Mercantile Exchange said. January 1975 contracts opened at per troy ounce on the New York Mercantile, and at at the Commod- ity Exchange. On the Mercantile, con- tracts are for one kilogram 32.151 ounces. On the Com- modity Exchange, contracts are for 100 troy ounces. At the opening price, one Mer- cantile contract would cost about One Commodity Exchange contract at the price would cost 950. A( Merill Lynch. Pierce. Fcnner Smith Co. in New York, the nation's largest brokerage, a spokesman said there appeared lo be "wide- spread interest" in futures trading, but lie added that most of the early buying was being done by "professionals, including jewelers and den- tists wilh experience in thi1 metal Ijtnd Rash? At a Merrill Lynch office in Providence, U.I., however, commodities specialist Charlie Scdlak said, "People aren't knocking any doors down lo purchase gold. It's no land rush business. The inquiries have been good, but purchases have been low." After reaching record peaks, prices began to decline Monday, with prices dropping sharply Tuesday on the Euro- pean bullion market as deal- ers in Zurich and London awaited returns from gold dealing in the U.S. In London, the price was fixed for this morning's trad- ing by the five major bullion dealers at an ounce, more than below Monday's record opening quote of and well below Monday's clos- ing price of In New York, Sen. Buckley was among the early bird pur- chasers, buying 2V4 ounces at 1L01 p.m. CDT. Speculation Is Feared in Early Iowa Gold Sales By Charles Roberts DES MOINES (AP) Gold went on sale in Iowa Tuesday amid fears in some quarters that speculation will keynote transactions in the early days of private ownership. The question remains in some minds, notably that of State Banking Supt. Cecil W. Dunn, about why congress felt it would be good to open gold to private ownership. "No one has answered the question, as far as I know, about why congress felt pri- vate ownership should be al- Dunn said. Technically, no Iowa banks will be gold dealers, but lo- wans can buy gold at many of the banks. Dunn said a survey showed none of about 50 Iowa banks that belong to the federal re- serve system will be dealers in gold. But indications are some will have gold for sale as agenls for other dealers. For Instance, a bank in Des Molnes can sell gold as an agent for the Republic Nation- al bank in New York or the Continental Illinois National bank IB Chicago, two prime suppliers, or actual dealers, In gold. Iowa law allows stale-chart- ered banks lo buy and sell coins and bullion, said Dunn, bill "I don't think FDIC (Fed- (Conlinued: Col. 3.) WASHINGTON (AP) The White House under former President Richard M. Nixon received reports on demon- strators and radicals from the Central Intelligence Agency, according lo a sworn state- ment by former presidential counsel John W. Dean III. "It was approximately one month after I arrived at the White House that I was in- formed about the project that had been going on before I ar- rived to restructure the gov- ernment's intelligence gather- ing capabilities vis-a-vis de- monstrators and domestic Dean has testified under oath. The former White House counsel, who was Ihe first in- sider to accuse Nixon in the Watergate cover-up, told a congressional committee that after Ihe new system was set up, "My office received regular intelligence reports regarding demonstrators and radical groups from the FBI and on some occasions from the CIA." Meantime. The Associated Press obtained access lo a partial transcript of closed- door congressional testimony in which convicted Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt, jr., said he was head of covert op- erations for a CIA unit linked in published reports to domes- lie spying. Over Files And the Los Angeles Times reported today that a 50-page report from CIA Director Wil- liam E. Colby to President Ford substantiates allegations that the agency engaged in some illegal spying on U.S. citizens. The Times quoted a govern- ment source as saying Colby's report shows the CIA kept records on more than Americans and conduclcd at least three illegal entries. Three domestic brcakins on behalf of Ihe CIA. were re- vealed last June at Ihe trial of the White House plumbers by Daniel Schullz, defense attor- ney for Bernard Barker. In his opening statement, Schultx. said that Barker, also convict- ed in the Watergate breakin, conducted two entries in Mi- ami in support of CIA opera- tions as well as a practice breakin at New York's Radio City Music Hall as part of his CIA training. Interagency Panel Appearing before the Senale Watergate Committee on June 25, 1973, Dean said in his mar- (Continued: Page 3, Col.li.) 'No Name' Illness Hits Hard in C.R. By Dale Kueter There is a lot of it going around, but it apparently has no specific name. But, to quote one pharma- cist, "It has really hit the town. We haven't seen so since the Hong Kong flu was here." Indeed, a check wilh several pharmacies revealed lhat some have a low supply of the antibiotics and cough syrups being prescribed physi- cians. No Emergency They quickly pointed out lhat no emergency is involved, thai it is simply a "stocking problem. We have a ware- house here, so there is no dan- ger of running one druggist noted. Doctors describe Ihe influ- enza-like illness as "viral infections of various kinds." One said Monday was the busiest day in his office he can remember. "II is allacking in different one physician said. (Continued; Page 3, Col. 5.) Carr Gives Senate Hold To Demos By Frank Nye For the second time in 11 years, Democrats will control the Iowa legislature in 1975 as the result of the special elec- tion victory Monday for a piv- otal state senate seat in the 10th district, located in the ci- ty of Dubuque. Party leaders were jubilant as Democrat Robert Carr's 273 to win over Re- publican James Esmoil gave them a paper-thin two-vote margin in the 50-member state senate 26 to 24. Democrats had won control of the Iowa house in the gener- al election last Nov. 5. But their final margin which turned out to be 69 to 40 aw.'ilied the outcome of two races for state representative in Monday's special election. The two parties split those races with Democrat Tom Jo- Too Much Holiday Spirits? Call Police for Ride Home If some one at your party has a few too many lonight and shouldn't drive home, Safety Commissioner James Steinbeck says you should call a police officer" To take the drinker home, not lo arrest him. "If someone feels they've had a drink or two too many, Ihe officers will see they get home Steinbeck said, adding there will be "no strings the person who calls for a ride won't be arrested for intoxication. Steinbeck said the idea has been tried in other cities. He said he and Police Chief Wallace LaPetcrs have discussed it several times, and they decided to try it this year when the weather turned bad Tuesday morning. The combinatinon of alcohol and slippery streets could lead lo tragedy, he said. What about people who decide not to try the service and drive, instead will thy receive special consideration? "Those people are in Steinbeck said. "We're giving them the option of NOT doing (hat." The safety commissioner, who will be working with pol- ice officers Tuesday night, said the experiment should aid In other ways besides getting wobbly people home safely. "It could be a conversation piece at a he said of the service. "It puts people in mind of Ihe fact they're drink- ing and maybe they shouldn't try lo drive." The number lo call for a ride is 398-5242. Whistling-in-the-Dark New Year's Eve By The Associated Press Now Year's eve Ibis year has a whislling-in-lhe-dark quality about it. "Things are said a mailre d' at one of San Fran- cisco's better hotels. "No one knows what's going lo happen next." However, a big night was expected there al prices rang- ing from lo a person for dinner, dancing, favors and entertainment atop Nob Hill and elsewhere. Not all is frivolity, however. A college-age group from Ihe First Christian Reformed Church in Sail Ijike City plans a midnight candlelight serv- ice. "In this time of uncertainly. we believe it's best lo begin Ihe New Year on Ihe firm foundalion of said a spokesman. Los Angeles was preparing for its annual Hose Bowl fes- tivities. Boredom was the mood of Miami Beach socialite Mrs. Lester Moshcon as she pre- pared to usher in Ihe New Year. She declared: "Going out is the price you pay when you have friends. Staying home alone wilh Ihe family is Utopia The l.isl three New Year's eves I recall as not being much fun. We were all so determined lo have a good lime. It's such