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   Atchison Daily Globe (Newspaper) - February 23, 1975, Atchison, Kansas                               Puzzling Political Game By LEW FERGUSON Associated Press Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Con- firmation of Richard D. Dewey to be director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation took on an aura of political mystery last week. It may not be unraveled until the Senate votes its approval or rejection of Atty. Gen. Curt Schneider's choice to succeed Fred Howard, now Topeka's po- lice chief. At the center of the mystery was the Wichita Crime Com- mission, an unofficial group of local law enforcement support- ers which Dewey has called "a wealthy vigilante committee." Schneider got wind about two weeks ago that the Wichita group, a nongovernmental agency made up of business- men who contribute an- nually and hire a staff of two, was conducting an "investiga- tion" into Dewey's past. Nobody seemed to know on what authority the Wichita group would conduct an investi- gation, and the Democratic at- torney general read politics into the probe. Some suggested Lt. Gov. Shelby Smith, a Republican, was behind it. Smith and the Crime Commission's director, Maurice Corcoran, are both for- mer Federal Bureau of Investi- gation agents, Corcoran was picked by Schneider to head a selection committee to search for a new KB I director before Schneider took office Jan. 13. Corcoran openly supported Thomas E. Kelly, an FBJ agent stationed in Topeka, for the KBI director's post. He ex- pressed disappointment to Schneider when the attorney general opted for Dewey on Jan. 22. Putting their political suspi- cions together, some Demo- crats figured Smith and Corco- ran were promoting their old FBI buddy, Kelly, for the KBI post. They also figured they still might get it for him if they couldgetDewey's confirmation blocked. Smith says this "logic" is not true, because he didn't in- stigate or encourage the Crime Commission's probe. Dewey said he chooses to be- lieve the new lieutenant gover- nor would involved in such a political game. "I just hope it's not Schneider said when asked if he believes the theory that Smith was somehow behind the Wichita Crime Commission's investigation. As matters stand at the mo- ment: Dewey, 42, former Wichita police officer and a Wichita business executive, is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Com- mittee Friday. Sen. Robert V. Talkington, R- lola, is in charge of whatever background checking the com- mittee will do. He has been in touch with Corcoran to see what the nature of the Crime Commission's investigation was. Corcoran isn't saying. Sen. J.C. Tillotson, R-Norton, chairman of the Judiciary Com- mittee, said he and Talkington will screen any information Corcoran and the Crime Com- mission wishes to present. They alone will rule on validity of that information and which of i! should reach the full com- mittee, Tillotson said, and the material will have to be sub- stantiated and pertinent before the committee will see it. Schneider has said repeatedly he believes the Judiciary Com- mittee will consider the matter fairly. His ire is directed at Corcoran and the Wichita Crime Commission for "meddl- ing" in something he considers none of its business. The attorney general hinted legal action might be taken against the commission or its staff members. "We have made this office (Continued on page 15) ATCHISON ATCHISON, KANSAS PER COPY Sunday GLOBE 46 PACKS NINETY-EIGHTH YEAR 29790 Uncle Sam's Dealings With Foreign Nations Are An Open Book-Checkbook, That Is. Oklahoma Twisters wm sPeak On 'Impact' Of CD Claim Four Victims ALTUS, Okla. (AP) Four persons were killed and more than 100 were injured Saturday as a massive storm system spewed tornadoes, high winds and other violent activity acrosssouthwesternOklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Pa- trol said two persons died when a predawn tornado hit Altus, destroying more than 100 mo- bile homes. One victim was identified as Kenneth W. Anger- son, 6. The identity of the other victim was not immediately available. Another person died when violent winds raked Mountain FEA Wants To Up Gas Cost 15 Cents WASHINGTON (AP) Fed- eral Energy Administrator Frank G. Zarb says the admin- istration will, cause gasoline prices to rise about 15 cents a gallon, easing the impact of its energy policy on other fuels. With gasoline taking most of the burden, price increases on home heating oil and other pet- roleum products could be held to about six to eight cents a gallon, Zarb said in an inter- view. Based on recent price aver- ages, FEA's price-tilting regu- lations would push the average price of regular gasoline, at the pump, to about 65 cents per gallon. On other energy issues, Zarb said that: Congress blocked Presi- dent Ford's effort to increase petroleum prices, the adminis- tration would not turn to fuel MO-KAN AREA allocations or rationing, but would try to get Congress to change its mind. administration, drop- ping prev iou s objections, is now prepared to let oil companies keep more of their "windfall profits" on recent price hikes, for reinvestment to find and produce more oil. investigators suspect "substantial" overcharging by several oil-dealing "middle- men" which could lead to civil or even criminal prosecutions. agency was wrong in inviting 20 oil companies to Park, about 25 miles east of Altus, and a woman perished in a tornado-related fire in Dun- can, the highway patrol said. Thirty-six persons were hos- pitalized at Altus, which suf- fered a massive power failure as the wind snapped power lines. The early-morning twis- ter was followed by heavy hail and snow, with about four inches of hail on the ground at one time. "It hailed, thundered, rained and snowed all night after the wind died said one res- cuer. Most of the violent activity occurred when southwest Okla- homa residents were asleep. Disaster officials said they lacked an accurate count of both the number and the loca- tions of all the tornadoes gener- ated by the massive storm front. Tornado warnings were is- sued throughout the early morning hours for the south- west and central sections of the state, Mrs. Rebecca L. Hand, 58, R. Michael Amyx, director of the League of Municipalities Community Development Service program, will be featured speaker during Town Hall Meeting No. 4, p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion home, 705 Commercial street. Wednesday's town hall forum, the fourth in a series of seven, will be open to the public and refreshments will be available during a break between speakers. Also on the program Wed- nesday night will be Dr. Gary Burkhart, assistant professor of sociology at Benedictine College, and John Bishop, participate in drafting an was reported dead at Duncan agreementforemergencyinter- where her home caught fire national cooperation without after being battered by tornado winds. Most of the city's resi- dences received some damage and a half-dozen trailer homes were destroyed, officials said, A hangar was blown down at giving consumer groups and others equal notice. Decreasing cloudiness today; high in mid 30s. Kansas Decreasing cloudiness today with snow erxilng easl. Highs mid 30s to mid 40s. Clear to partly cloudy tonight ana Monday. Lows tonight mid teens to mid 70s. Highs Monday 40s easl to low 50s west. Missouri Rain or snow ending today. Highs 30s norlh to 40s soulh: considerable cloudiness tonight. Lows 20s norlh to 30s southeast. Monday partly sunny. Highs in JOs. Precipitation (snow) a trace. Thermometer rcadinos: ?P-m..................................33 3p.m.................................35 5pm................................30 6p.m...............................30 7p.m ..............................m Bp.m.................................28 9p.m.................................13 Low yesterday 78 Temperatures a year ago today: Low 19. high 30: precipitation (rain and snow) .25 of an inch. RIVER STAGES Omaha 4.5 down .1 Nebraska City 5.2 no change Rulo 5.9 up .7 St. Joe 7.3 down .3 down .2 President Ford already has begun increasing federal fees on imported oil; has proposed a exicse tax on all oil; and has pledged to end price controls, by April 1, on about 66 per cent of U.S. oil production. Taken together, the administration has estimated, those moves would add about 10 cents per gallon to the cost of oil in the United States, But Zarb said that "gasoline would go up closer to 15 cents and other products would go up somewhere between six and eight cents." He said regulations would be adopted to require such a "tilt" in the prices. They would have to be in force, he said, by the time President Ford removes price controls from "old oil" brought into production by 1972, now limited to per barrel. The price is likely to rise to about without federal con- trols. Ford has pledged to remove the price controls on April 1. Zarb said no other petroleum products would be singled out (Continued on page 15) Hijacker Arrested By Brazilian Police BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Police using tear gas stormed a hijacked jeUinerSaturdaynight and captured the gunman after eight hours of tense negotia- tions, the Brazilian news agen- cy AJB reported. The sky pirate had seized the plane with 63 persons aboard and demanded .3 million and freedom for 10 prisoners. U.S. Embassy sources said the hijacker had per- mitted 31 persons to leave the craft some time before se- curity forces launched their at- tack. Authorities said the gunman threatened to blow up the Jet unless his demands were met. They reported the hijacker also demanded that five ma- chine guns and five parachutes be delivered aboard the plane and that it be refueled for a possible flight out of Brazil. No destination was mentioned. In addition, a government spokesman said he demanded broadcast of a "subversive" statement. A spokesman for the airline VASP said the pilot advised of the hijacking after a stop at Goianla on a 500-mile flight from Sao Paulo to Brasilia, the national capital. When it landed here, police surrounded the plane and closed the airport to traffic. The fate of the passengers and seven crewmen of the Boeing 737 remained unclear (Continued on page 15) chairman of the local Com- munity Development citizens advisory committee. Overall theme for this year's town hall series, co-sponsored by Benedictine College and the city of Atchison, is Atchison's Values and Priorities: What Have They Been? What Are They Now? What Should They Be in the Each program features an expert consultant and teacher- humanists from the local com- munity. Amyx, who holds a masters degree in public ad- ministration from the University of Kansas, will speak on: "Tomorrow's At- chison: The Impact of the 1974 Community Development and Housing Dr. Frank Carpinelli, moderator for the town hall series, reports that Amyx was originally scheduled to speak at the sixth town hall session, but due to a conflict with Housing and Urban De- velopment officials he has been moved up in the series and will speak on a different topic. The sixth session will deal with the local budget and taxes, ac- cording to the town hall outline. Amyx received his A.B. (Continued on page 15) Rising Grocery Costs Expected the Duncan airport and the air- (Continued on page 15) Fox-Vliet Not Closing Plant Here Rumors circulating in At- chison that the Fox-Vliet Drug Co., 201 Main street, is plan- ning to close its operation here and move elsewhere are ab- solutely false, Ken DeHart, general manager of the Fox- Vliet Division, formerly Snowden-Mize Drug Co., told The Globe yesterday. "There is no truth what- soever in the DeHart said. "In fact, Fox-Vliet has plans for constructing a new building in Atchison this spring or summer. The site for a new plant has not yet been selected, but it is anticipated that a decision on a location will be made soon." DeHart said that "I have no idea how the rumor got started, but it has been circulating for some time and affecting the morale of our employes. In event such an action was contemplated by Fox-Vliet, our employes would be the first to know." The wholesale drug firm has its headquarters at Wichita. Fox-Vliet purchased the Snowden-Mize Drug Co. June 1, 1973, at which time it was an- nounced that the company had taken a five-year lease on the Snowden-Mize building. Besides its plant here and headquarters at Wichita, Fox- Vliet, one of the largest whole- sale drug firms in the Midwest, operates eight other ware- (Continucd on page 15) Gel the jump on spring-- clean out your attic and basement with a Globe Want Ad. Ph. 367-0583 for adtaker. Adv. By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) A boost in retail food prices last month was bigger than some administration officials had hoped for. But it was about in line with predictions by the Ag- riculture Department that con- sumers will see grocery costs climbat least through midyear. In January, the government reported Friday, food prices rose eight-tenths of one per cent despite recent drops in wholesale and farm prices. One reason for the lag is that built-in costs of transporting raw products from farms, as- sembling them in wholesale centers and processing them into package items for store shelves have not declined ac- cordingly. This margin of cost between farmers and consumers con- tributed to 80 per cent of the retail food price rise in 1974 and will be a major factor in keeping the spiral going in 1975, USDA economists say. January increase of eight- tenths of one per cent. Using USDA methods for av- eraging statistics over the en- tire 12 months, retail food prices last year rose about 14.5 per cent from 1973. Middleman charges for getting food from farms to consumers accounted for about per cent, higher farm prices three per cent. Prices of agricultural prod- ucts at the farm have dropped from a year ago, including sub- stantial declines for cattle and grain. This has meant some- what lower prices for super- market beef. For example, figures for ear- CD Group Approves Goals, SWEEP Plan Start Working To End En- vironmental Pollution, Inc (SWEEP) became part of the Community Development funding recommendations and six long range goals were adopted by the CD citizens advisory committee during a meeting at City Hall Friday night. SWEEP, Inc., reportedly could receive from the CD program for purchase of a building and equipment to be used as a recycling center here. The citizens committee has already formalized funding recommendations for housing, social services, streets, lighting, sewers and ad- ministration. In order to accommodate the SWEEP request, money from the contingency fund and first year balance could be utilized, according to John Bishop, committee chairman. The city expects to receive around during the first year of a CD program here if application is made on or prior to April 15. During a special session on Feb. 5, the city governing body okayed a contract with the consulting firm of Oblinger- Smith, Inc.. at a cost no greater than to prepare the Atchison CD application. The city commission is ex- pected to meet in special session tomorrow evening to consider the CD citizens ad- visory committee recom- mendations. No agenda has been released from City Hall. Six long range goals of the CD program here, as suggested Friday night are: -To eliminate dilapidated housing here by acquisition of suitable housing and en- forcement of the city building code. --To improve the physical makeup of a 24-block target area in North Atchison or wherever needed. -To continue expansion of social services. --To improve recreational facilities for the city, (con- struction of a youth center or new swimming pool was -To give special recognition for the elderly. -To study traffic patterns in Atchison and improve the quality of life. Housing was established as a "top priority" item during the first meeting of the CD ad- visory group. E.T. (Ted) Meyer Dies; Rites Monday ly February show that beef cost an average of less than per pound on an all-cut basis. A year ago the all-cut beef retail price, which includes hamburger and other cheaper cuts as well as steaks, was a record high of per pound. But today's cattle prices are nearly 30 per cent below what they were a year ago. Prices of beef at retail counters, how- ever, are down only about 13 per cent, For the last half of 1975, de- partment experts say food (Continued on page 15) Train Collision In Norway Kills Dozen LILLEHAMMER, Norway state railway said. 
                            

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