Middlesboro Daily News, January 15, 1977

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January 15, 1977

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Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - January 15, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky Weather MoiUy cloudy with chance of intw ikowen today and tonight ending tomorrow. Highs today wUI be In the low to mid and low> tonight will range from near 10 to the mid terra. VOL. 64 NO. 249 The Home Daily of the MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY SATURDAY JANUARY 15, 1977 Federal Death Penalty Found Unconstitutional NEW ORLEANS (UPI) The 5th VS. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared the federal death penalty law unconstitional, saying it was just as bad as many state death penalty laws which also have been declared invalid. The three-judge appeals court said Friday the federal law, which applied to crimes com- mitted ongovernmenlproperty, failed to meet standards the U.S. Supreme Court had Im- posed on states seeking to execute prisoners. "We have no doubt that the Constitution has dealt this statute a lethal Judge Irving Goldberg said in the 2-1 opinion. "The capital punish- ment provision before us is absolutely barren of sentencing standards, open invitation to capricious and arbitrary execu- tion." Although discarding the fed- eral death penalty law, the appeals court upheld the Thomasville, Ga., conviction of Peter Gaston Kaiser for an Aug. murder at the Ft. Benning, Ga., army post. He had been sentenced to die in the electric chair. "His appeal causes us to address the survival of the executioner's trade in the federalenclave after its demise in many states at Supreme Court Goldberg said. Al though that court has set up some vital signs for the death penalty, none of them appear in the federal law." He said the federal statute was "cut from the same die as that condemned as cruel and unusual in Furman vs. Geor- gia" the case in which the Georgia death penalty was ruled UTiconstitutional by the Supreme Court. "The Supreme Court's five death penalty decisions con- firmed the principle that a system of capital punishment that does not clearly define standards to guide the excer- cises of sentencing discretion is constitutionally intolerable. This statute fully violates that principle." Jury Finds Longet Guilty Of 'Criminal Negligence' By DEBORAH FRAZIER ASPEN, Colo. (UPI) Claudine Longet walked with former husband Andy Williams from the Pitkin County Court- house, pale but dry-eyed despite the jury's verdict. am not she said outside. "I have too much respect and love for living things to be guilty of that crime. I am not guilty." A few minutes earlier a jury had found her guilty of criminal Teachers In-Service Day Monday PPNEVlLLE Bell County School Superintendent W. M. Slusher announced yesterday that all'teachers in the Bell County system must report to their respective schools Monday for in-service training. The days of training will count as regular school work and will save the loss of further days due to schools being closed because of snow. Slusher stated that the teachers at Straight Creek School will meet at Right Fork, those at Buckeye School will go to Lone Jack, teachers from Red Bird will go to Arjay, and Cubbage teachers will go to Buckeye. All others will go to their regular schools. Slusher urged everyone, the public, students, and teachers, to refrain from telephoning him or the radio stations for information concerning whether or not schools will be open on Monday. He said that if there were any changes in the to hold the in-service training, they would be an- nounced on local radio stations by 2 p.m. Sunday. negligence in the shooting death of her lover, pro skiler Vladimir "Spider" Sabich. The verdict Friday was the most modest the jury could reach without absolving her of all guilt. Prosecutor Frank Tucker, who asked the jury to find her guilty of the more serious crime of reckless manslaughter, said the normal punishment for the reduced charge was 30 to 60 days in the county jail. "I would assume Miss Longet would not be treated any differently than anybody else convicted of this he said. The verdict ended a weeklong trial in which Miss Longet frequently broke into tears as witnesses described her rda- tiwahip with Sabich and the events surrounding his death March 21 at the mountain chalet the couple shared. Miss Longet maintained Sa- bich had been showing her how to operate a pistol and that it discharged while in her hand, killing him. Some testimony indicated Miss Longet and Sabich had not been getting along well in the weeks prior to the shooting. Miss Longet, however, testified she and Sabich were very much in love. As the judge polled the jurors on the verdict Friday, Miss looked at each as they repeated: "guilty." "We are disappointed, but grateful it was not the felony said defense attorney Charles Weedman of Los Angeles. He said he had not decided whether to appeal. Miss Longet originally was charged with reckless man- slaughter, but the state's reckless manslaughter statute permits juries to convict on the lesser offense of negligent homicide. Deliberations took three hours and 40 minutes. Juror Daniel De Wolfe said the panel quickly agreed there was evidence 'for a reckless manslaughter convic- tion and spent the rest of the' time discussing the negligent homicide statute. "If it had been left to me, there was no way in hell I would have convicted her of reckless he said. "The prosecutor did not prove it, but she was negligent because she knew about guns but still handled it in a careless manner." GOP Names Brock Head Of Party Categorizing License Plates Clalborne County Court Clerk Allren Slandlfer displayi one of the blue numeraled 1977 Ten- nessee license plates that all state resident! are required to purchase during February. A new staggered system of purchaiing tigs will go Inlo effect beginning In September 1977 which will divide the purchase dltei for itate reiklents into individual months BO Hi at the annual tig purchasing crunch can be gpread out over longer period of time. Tennessee License Tags Issued Cycle' x A7, By CLAY F. RICIIAilDS WASHINGTON liam Brock, who recently lost one of Tennessee's two scats in Ihe Senate, hns taken over Ihc reins of the Republican Pnrty, pledging (o reestablish the OOP's image as "the party of Lincoln and freedom." The Republican National Committee, meeting this week- end elec ted Brock i Is chairman on the third ballot Friday. The candy heir from Chattanooga. defeated for re-election lo a second Senate term last November, succeeds Mary Smith of Iowa who resigned with a year to go in her term. Brock edged his main chal- lenger, Utah State Chairman Richard Richards, a consen-a- live from the Ronald Reagan wing of the GOP, and three other contenders. He needed 81 votes, and got 54 on the fir at ballot, 70 on second and 90 on the third, while Richards 48 on the first and second and 46 on the third. In his acceptance speech, Brock said the GOP must change Its image if it wants lo win elect tons. "I am determined that we will become again the party of Lincoln and Brock said. "This parly cannot just open its doors it must go out Lower Temperatures Kentuckians went into the weekend with ice cold tempera- tures in the forecast ahead following a week of rain, freezing rain, sleet and a more than usual amount of snow. The weekend forecast for Kentucky called for a return to colder weather as a large mount of high pressure over southern Canada drops into the midwest. High temperatures in the upper 20s to low 30s today following overnight lows in the teens to the low 20s. Lows tonight 5 to 10 degrees followed by a mostly sunny and cold Sunday with highs in Die 203. Partly cloudy and very cold Monday through Wednesday. Highs in the teens Monday and in the 20s Tuesday and Continued on Page 8 Alleen Standiter stopped her sorting of boxes of 'new Ten- nessee automobile and truck license tags to explain the Alpha Cycle system of licen- sing vehicles that is going into effect. The biggest misun- derstanding said the Claiborae County Court Clerk seems to be that everyone thinks lhat they don't register until their ex- piration months arrive instead of everyone having to register during February. That is the most important thing for people lo remember she said "Everyone must register their vehicle during February." Beginning in September 1977 expiration dates will begin with those persons who's last names begin with N, 0, P, and Q. It'll be confusing at first but it is designed to avoid long lines and save time. That's the new staggered registration plan for car and truck tags which begins in about two weeks on Pineville School Board Discusses City, County School Consolidation PINEVILLE The Pineville School Board opened what could be the beginning of lengthy discussions leading to the consolidation of city and county schools here last night. With Board Chairman David Asher and Dr. Jerry Woolum absent, the remaining three board members discussed the possibility of a merger on an informal basis with Dr. V. B. Slusher stating that there was "one constant fact... the board is going to have to face the issue." Dr. Slusher stated that the school's application for in Public Works Project funds had been turned down and that there seems to be no other source of funds to repair the existing buildings or to build a much needed ad- ditional building. He slated that he would like to see the board discuss the issue and reach a decisl on so that it could be "negotiated with them (Bell County School Board member Don Bush, who had earlier attempted lo have the discussion tabled until a full hoard was present, asked what there was to negotiate. Dr. Slusher replied that he would like to try to keep a school in Pineville and would like to see the city represented on the school board. If the two systems consolidated, the board members felt that Pineville would have one or no board members on the school board for the consolidated system. Superintendent Ronald Jones admitted that consolidation was an option that had to be discussed but staled that under the new presidential ad- ministration the Public Works Program would be larger and there was a possibility that a new application for funds could be filed. He stated that the sm a of the schools did not enter into the guidelines of the application, just how many jobs the construction project created. However, he cautioned, more than 33 per cent of the last PWP funds that came to Kentucky went into the Louisville area. Charles Bishop, a board member, concluded the topic by saving that no policy could be adopted at the meeting anway. Dr. Slusher stated that he had the long range benefits to the children in mind and that he did not know how long the city school system could continue. The board swore into office two returning board members re-elected in November. Charles Bishop took the oath of office last night and Dr. Woolum will do so at the next meeting. Dr. Asher was re-elected chairman of the board, Bishop its vice-chairman, and Superintendent Jones as its secretary. The regular annual meeting date was kept on the second Monday of each month at p.m. Sharon Grace was hired as a substitute. Jones told the board that cold weather had forced him to purchase further amounts of coal which he had got ten for per ton, delivered. He stated that further deliveries would come as soon as the machinery at the tipple thawed from a crusting of ice that it received recently. He stated that the system had missed seven days thus fa r and that three could be made up by in-service days, one by attending on Washington's birthday, and by adding one onto the end of the year and still provide an Easter holiday. However, he warned that he felt it was loo early to be planning since more days were bound to be missed due to snow or even high water. Jones stated lhat he had named four of the five persons needed for a Teacher's com- mittee that Is to assess Ihe work being done by the teachers, to improve their professionality and lo report their findings to the State Dcpt. of Education as wil] the other systems in the state. It is part of Dr. Lyman Ginger's Local School District Im- plementation Committee for the Kentucky Plan for Im- proving Professional Per- formance. Named lo the committee were Tom Kellerman, Florence Bush, Pamela Messer, and Peggy Henderson. A fifth member will be an- nounced later. February 1. Under-' the new plan, people will be buying their car license for varying lengths'M time and. at different prices, depending on the initial of their last names. The 1978 tags will be pur- chased during different months to spread the work load for the county court clerk offices over the year. Mrs. Standifer ex- plained the scheduling this way. Beginning February 1, all persons who want to renew their car tags, who have the last Initial between N and Q will pay 112.75 for their tags. Those tags will expire in September 1977 and will be renewed at that time. In September they will purchase tags for 12 months and will pay for a full year or about the normal annual rate of 18.50 or M. All persons with the last initial of U, V, W, X, Y, or Z will pay Those tags will expire in October 1977 and will be renewed at that time. People with H or 1 as their last initial will pay 115.75 and those tags will be good unlil November 1977. J and L people wil pay and tags are good until December 1977. People who's last name begins with C or D will pay 418.73 for tags good until January 1978. will pay. for tags that will expire in February 1978 and those If your last name begins N, 0, P, Q, U, V, W, X, Y, Z H, I J.I. C, D M E, F, G R, K S, T A, B with names beginning with E, F, or G wil pay and renew in March, 1978. R and K will pay and renew in April 1978 while S and T will pay for tags good into May 1978. A's and B'swill pay for tags to expire in June 1978. Mrs. Standifer asks that people try to keep the new schedule in mind ns it pertains to them. New plates will be issued for all registration classes. The plates are reflectorized, featuring blue numerals and a gold state seal, making the state's tags one of the more colorful and attractive in the U.S. Those persons getting tags that will be renewed in the fall of 1977 will be given one sticker denoting the month of renewal that will be placed in the lower left corner of the license tag. Persons who will renew their tags in 1978 will be given two. One will denote the month and be affixed in the lower left comer and the other will give the year (1978) which will be placed in the lower right comer. Truck and car tags will cost the same this year. Other tags such as official state tags will be issued in March. One special notation made by Mrs. Stan- difer is that the Rescue Squad's tags will say Rescue Squad at the bottom center of the tag and the number will begin with the letters RS. You Pay: 14.25 15.75 17.25 18.75 20.25 21.75 23.25 24.75 26.25 And your license expires: 1977 September October November December 1978 January February March April May June All trucks to be registered in classes other than joint 1 classification will continue lo be registered during March each year. Storm Slows Road Death FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) The worst snowstorm in many years has brought a reduction in Ihe state's highway dealh loll with only two fatalities occur- ring in the past week. The reduction came after a tragic start on state roads, whichsaw 21 fatalities recorded during the first seven days. and bring people in." He snld the GOP must parciculnrly nppenl to blacks since 90 per ccnl of those voting voted for Jimmy Corter. "If we today nre rejected by 90 per cent of the black vole, we must Intensify our efforts to citm Ihcir support because we care deeply about those individuals who have been "We must change the percep- tion of this parly so we identify with the majority of American people and they with our he said. Brork's election was viewed ns a decision by commltlec members lo have a chairman wilh an established name ns well as a technician for (he parly. Richards was Ihc candi- date of tike coiiscrvallves and drew mosl of his strength from the west. Moderalesfrom the northeast end midwest spill their vole among Ihe other three candi- dates Ohio chairman Kent McGough, Floberl Carter of Washington, D.C. and While House aide Arthur Fletcher, a leading black Republican. On the first ballot McGough had 20 votes, Fletcher 22 and Carter 16 and their strength declined slightly on succeeding ballots, with Brock picking up some of Ihelr votes. Pineville Man Caught Inside Farris Drugs PINEVILLE-Alert work on the part of two Pineville policemen foiled a hurglary attempt on Farris Drugs here Wednesday morning. Officers James Wilson and Bob Johnson were leaving the police station when the burglar alarm sounded on the corner next to the drug store. Running tothebusinesss, the policemen sealed off the point where a man had entered, trapping him inside the store. Unable lo get into the building, they left It guarded and returned to the station and telephoned thestore's owner E. J. Farris, Police Chief Simon Brock, and Night Chief Leroy Wilson. Moments later the owner and the additional of- ficers arrived and Labreman Patterson, 21, of Pineville was arrested inside the drug store. He had allegedly attempted to take 55 bottles ol narcotics and in cash. He was taken lo the Bell County Jail and charged with, two counts nf burglary. He wai arraigned before Bell County Judge Willie Hendrickson and waived his case to the Grand Jury and was placed under on each of the two counts with which he was charged. Pailerson was out on bond for a previous burglary of the same business and since has been charged with a November 7, 1976, robbery of the Golden Bell in Pineville. He is presently serving 30 days in jail for public intoxication. Chief Brock stated that the case was still under in- vestigation. Police are also investigating the theft of a 1967 Chevrolet last night at about from I-aMarr Grubbs of Pineville. Chief Brock recovered Ihe car last evening at 6 p.m. at Pour Mile in Duel Hollow. The tires and battery had been taken from the car. Puerto Rico Delays Action on Statehood including 14 during the first 20 hours of the New Yea r. Slale Transportation Secre- tary John Roberts said the tragic start to the year on state roads must serve as a reminder that traffic safety has to be a conti nuing concern for all motorists. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UPI) Gov. Carlos Romero Barcelo announced today he had reached an agreement with the White House to delay consideration of the Puerto Hi can statehood issue until after i960. Romero Barccto said in a press statement that he had reached the accord with Wash- ington In telephone calls be- tween himself and James Cannon, head of the While House Council of Economic Advisers. No State Inauguration Time Off FRANKFORT, Ky. (UPI) Gov, Julian Carroll has an- nounced Kentucky will not honor the tradition that had state government taking the day off on the day of a presidential inauguration. Thus, stale government f i ces will be in sessi on a mi fully operational on Thursday' Jan. 20. The Pucrlo Rican governor also said he had prevailed on top advisers lo President Ford to make several changes in a proposed draft bill to Congress aboulPucrtoRican statehood. Thechanges involve delaying consideration of Ihe issue until the next four-year period of 1980-1984, and calling a plebis- cite in Puerto Rico before the island writes a new statehood constitution for itself. During the present four-year period of 1976-1990, Romero Barcelo said he will undertake an educational and promotion campaign lo convince Puerto Ricans of the benefits of statehood, while a bilateral commission studies ways to minimize the impact of the transition from commonwealth lo state hood. Romero Barcelo said this timetable was in keeping with his election campaign promises not to push Ihe statehood issue. Earlier, RomeroBarcelo had taken issue with Ford's original statehood bill draft saying in an interview with Puerto Rican newspaper editors that he wan le d to c oncenlrate o n pressing economic and social problems for his own first term. ;