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Cumberland Evening Times (Newspaper) - October 30, 1967, Cumberland, Maryland Defense Opens Mother Says Son Never Admitted 9His Responsibility The mother of Gary Lee Miller 17 Pocahontas Pa testified in Allegany County Circuit Court today that Gary has never admitted to me he is responsible for Judy Zieglers death and was home in bed at a ra the morning of the crime The mother Mrs Virginia Miller testified as the defense of the youlh opened its case He is accused of the murder of Judy Lee Ziegler 20 of near Pocahontas May 28 The defense attorney Julius Capacity Crowd Jams Court Room A capacity crowd jammed the Allegany County Circuit Court E Schindler attempted to upjroom at the Court House for the set the timetable of Millersfourth day of the trial of Gary whereabouts which the state has Lee Miller accused in the slay tried to establish pointed to bias on the part of one state witness and introduced its first exhibit a knife allegedly belong ing to young Miller found in he kitchen drawer of his home and given to the defense only SGT ROGER D WILFONG Wiley Ford Paratrooper War Victim few minutes before the trial mccjja resumed this morning It is similar to the one the state claims was used in the murder of Miss Ziegler the defense says Couldnt Identify Scream ing of Judy Lee Ziegler All available seats open to the public were filled prior to a m The trial started prompt ly at Some extra chairs were carried into the court room to accommodate the news Sgt R D Wilfong In Vietnam Theatre Since Last May Sgt Roger D Wilfong 20 of Wiley Ford a paratrooper with the Army 101st Airborne Divis ion was killed in action inViet nam on Friday His mother Mrs Velma E Stewart Long Wiley Ford was notified of her sons death by telegram from Major Gen Kenneth G Wickham Army Ad jutant General According to the telegram Sgt Wilfong died as a result o a gunshot wound by enemy auto matic weapons fire while on a combat operation Friday in Vietnam He had been in Viet nam since May Born in Cumberland January 6 1947 he also was a son of Lloyd Wilfong 526 Louisiana Avenue and was the husband of Janice K Stegal Wilfong of Southgate Mich whom he mar ried seven days before leaving for Vietnam A 1965 graduate of Ridgeley High School where he played on both the basketball and football teams he was employed as an apprentice plumber by the C E Robinson Plumbing Company here prior to enlisting in the Army October 26 1965 He was a member of Memorial Heights Baptist Church Also surviving are his step father Oscar L Long a sister Sharon Kay Wilfong a step brother Douglas Allen Long all at home and his maternal grandmother Mrs Melvinlmes city The first defense witness to day was Mrs Annie Lewis Eck iart who lives in Butternut Hol ow near where the dead girls jody was found She testified she had heard one scream about 4 a m but could not identify it as a male or female sound REPEAT OF Adm Harry N Wallin left fleet civil engineer for the Fifth Naval District is shown presenting the com mandants trophy indicative of being the No 1 Seabee Division in the Fifth District to Cmdr William C Hall commanding officer of Division 57 local Naval Reserve Construction Battalion in a ceremony yes terday at the Naval Reserve Armory The local unit has won the trophy five consecu tive years with yesterdays presentation rep resenting the second leg toward permanent possession of the award the second which would be retained by the local unit Tabled One Week Even the jury box was with spectators Again when a brief recess was called just before a m spectators appeared reluctant to leave the Court Room because of those waiting outside Debate Delays New Fire Laws BULLETIN Gary Lee Miller 17 ac cused in the murder of Judy Lee Ziegler 20 Po cahontas Pa will not take the stand in his own defense Young Miller chose to remain silent today after his rights svere explained to him by his Courtap pointed attorney Julius E Schindler She said she was certain of the time becauseshe hadarisen at a m to give her bed fast husband medicine and had looked at three electric clocks Under cross examination by States Attorney Donald W Ma son she deniedhaving told any one she heard a scream between 2 a m and also that she had told authorities that it was a girls scream Ciyde Hopkins 48 who re sides on Hoffman Road Eck hart said he had hearda car1 coming up the road fast between and 4 arm to wards old Route 40 did not see the car he testified and under questioning said it was he speed which attracted his attention Container Of Apples Is Shipped First Automatic Refrigerator Load Going To Panama The first automtically refrig erated container cargo of fresh apples to be shipped from this section of the Appalachian fruit belt was trucked out of Paw Paw over the weekend Henry W Miller president of Consoliadted 0 rchards Com pany said the container was hauled by tractortrailer to New An ordinance to amend the city regulations regarding the Fire Department passed through its second reading oday and then was tabled until next week for a final decision Three members of the department appeared to speak against the proposal which submitted in connection ITVi the reorganization announced T 1 lommissioner Frederick J Hill and Fire Chief Robert C Long The change in the ordinance would eliminate that portion which states each outstation is to have a captain in charge Under the reorganization setup all captains are to be stationed at Central Station in direct charge of operations at all stations York Five Scouts Attain Top Eagle Rank Awards To Be jMade At Ceremonies In Respective Troops 11CwbertM Marylttl Monday October 30 1987 Jewelry Taken Local Store Burglarized When burglars couldnt pry the front door of Jewelry Store on Baltimore Street over the weekend they tried the rear of Mortons Loan Company up the street The switch netted them a large haul of diamond rings watches and a used SmithCorona typewriter City Plans Agreement For Parking Both incidents were discovered this morning by proprietors who notified the police Detective Harry Iser of the Cumberland Police Department said that Harvey M Aronson notified the department that someone had attempted to enter the jewelry store at 39 Balti more Street over the weekend 500 Rings Stolen Moments later Irvin Morton proprietor of the loan shop at 109 Baltimore Street told police that burglars had entered his shop According to Del verified by Mr burwith Commissioner C Glenn glars cleaned out a Jr presiding in the ab City Engineer Made Survey Of Space Under Bridge The Mayor and City Council Reported In This Region Heavy frost some ice and cold weather greeted early ris ers this morning in the tristate Five Boy Scouts in Potomac Council BS of A have complet ed successfully requirements for Eagle Scout badges Scoutings highest rank They are William Lindsay of nearly 500 diamond rings They also stole several watches and a used SmithCorona type writer Det Iser said that the actual value of the goods may never be known since a recent inven tory hasnt been taken at the store Both incidents occurred be Asks 30 Days Luther Cox who appeared as a representative Local 1715 of the International Association of Firefighters AFLCIO asked council to table the ordinance for a period of 30 days in order to give Fire Department person There the container will be nel opposed to the change time loaded in a new ship especially to prepare material in rebuttal By Post Office Checked City Firemen The annual fire inspection of the Cumberland Post Office and federal agencies in the build ing on Pershing was held recent ly by the city Fire Department according to Postmaster Wil liam B Orndorff Vincent P Wegman assistant fire chief and Patrick Himmler of the department made the in spection In addition to inspecting the facilities of each of the 13 fed eral agencies located in the Post Office building Mr Orndorff stated that the inspectors ex amined critiqued and made recommendations concerning the emergency the emergency evac uation procedures established locally for all federal agencies Interviews were had with members of the Post Office fire brigade which consists of the following employees John R Anderson Paul L Boch Russell H Bucy Jr Frederick H Car son Harry E DeVorc John G Saw Defendant Bernard Drees Finzel Road said he had known young Miller about four or five years He said he his two children wife and motherinlaw were on their way home from a LaVale shop ping center when he Drees saw Miller iri front of the Frost burg Post Office about p m Miller was hitchhiking but the Drees did not pick him up Later Mr Drees said he left his home in a pickup truck to drive his motherinlaw to her dome in Pocahontas This was about p m he said On his return he continued he saw Miller again at a gas station in Pocahontas He said he didnot recall what Miller wore but thought it was light clothes At the time young Miller was walking in the direction of his home Mr Mason said in cross ex amination that there were three times Mr Drees saw Miller ac cording to his statement to Coun ty Investigator William F Bak er The first was in Frostburg the second after 11 p m this side of Finzel while Mr Drees was taking his motherinlaw home and the third just walk ing designed for Grace Line for this type of freightlhandling and will be shipped to Panama To Bring Back Bananas There it will be unloaded at he buyers warehouse and then Hied with bananas for thevoy age back to New York The container held 600 bushels of freshly packed apples One advantage of automatic refrig eration is fruit arriving there in first class condition Also being kept in the con tainer from the packing house to the buyerswarhouse reduces spoilage and loss from dockside pilferage Miller noted Much Sold Overseas Seventyfive percent of Con solidated cro pis freshpacked for shipment overseas much of it to such South American mar kets as Caracas Venezuela and Lima Peru Consolidated which has its or chards in Allegany Morgan and Hampshire counties is one of the ten largest shippers of ap plesin the nation Mr Cox said the proposal ap pears tobe a move toward com bining the Police and Fire de partments into a Department jof Public Safety He also said the reorganization that has been announced and put into effect is illegal because of the existing charter regulations Continuing Mr Cox said Cumberland will be unique in the United States if the ordi nance is amended since it woulc be the only city without cap tains running outstations Two Others Speak In pleading for the 30day de lay Mr Cox stated Give us a chance to talk and discuss the move with you hear our side Police Reef ers Police Commissioner Freder ck J Hill has been authorizec o advertise for bids on 46 reef ers for use by members of the Police Department Questions Description Mr Mason also questioned whether Mr Drees statement had not included reference to Millers dress as including a Drees said his did not but his wifes may have Dr hls wlfc u Fleischhauer William L husbands seeing day Lawrence L Grim Russell in Frostburg but said he dlrt not Troop 4 sponsored by Centre1 tween closing time Saturday Street Methodist Church Minight and opening this morning chael Luttrell Troop 6 SS Pet Det Iser believes that the same er and Paul School PTA James tools were apparently used in Gillespie Troop 50 St Georges both attempts Episcopal Church Mt Savage David Jordan Troop 63 Peters burg Kiwanis Club and Mark made through the side of the Knock Hole In Wall Entrance to Mortons was region A low of 17 degrees above was reported in Oakland by the State Roads Commission Frostburg was only one degree warmer with 18 degrees Accident and Town Hill each had 20 degrees Hancock had 25 degrees and Hagerstown and Cumberland 28 degrees For the period tomorrow through Saturday daytime high temperatures are expected to average 65 to 70 degrees and nighttime lows in the 40s It is to be mild tomorrow cooler Wednesday and then warmer the latter part of the week Precipitation not to exceed onequarter inch is to be re ceived in the form of showers tomorrow and Saturday Finkenbinder Troop 69 Fort Ashby Lions Club The Eagle Scout pins will be presented them at individual ceremonies at their respective troops Obituary Also speaking against the pro posed amendment were Ralph M a h a n e y and Lt Robert 62 Ridgeley W 63 RD 4 Meyersdale SHANHOLTZMrs Roy Elk Gormer the latter pointing out Garden his immediate family had Frank 49 for represented in the Fire Depart ment since 1908 with the excep tion of three months Lt Gormer alleged the reor ganization reduces the chance for advancement by lieutenants and also that the proposal is a step backward Commissioner S Louis Curl in answer to Mr Coxs i state ment said nothing in the ordi nance refers to combining the Police and Fire departments even by implication He also Continued on Page 18 mer city and Cresaptown resi dent Julia 79 Frost burg G 61 RD Manns Choice WELLS Howard L 69 Key Outdoor Session Due In other council activities roop leaders from the six county district will hold an out door session Saturday and Sun day at Camp Potomac nearOld own The council commissioners staff will be held Wednesday November 8 at p m in the office of the Columbia Gas Com pany of Marylandon the Indus trial Boulevard A leader training session will be conducted Thursday Novem ber 9 at Cresaptown Methodist Church Activities Listed Cub Scout and Explorer round tables will be held Thursday November 9 at Parkside School at p m A Cumberland District meet ing will be held Thursday Nov ember 16 at p m at the Columbia Gas building on the Industrial Boulevard while the same day a Boy Scoutleaders training meeting will be sponsor ed at Cresaptown Methodist Church Another Boy Scout leaders training session willbe sponsor ed at the latter church on Thurs day November 30 building by prying loose a piece of plywood that covers an old window shell Once past the ply wood the burglars knocked oul a hole in the plasterboard wall Iser added The side of the Mortons build ing forms oae side of a four foot wide aperture in the rea of the building The building faces Baltimore Street on thi front and Dexter Place in th rear The point of entry in darkened covelike opening i about 100 feet from the alley Det Iser and Detective Capt James E Van are investigating both cases Program Set By Student For Fathers ser JOHN F SMITH Articles Taken Small appliances valued at T S200 were taken by burglars John Franklm Frank Smith from Burgess Brothers 49 a former Cumberland and Cresaptown resident who resid ed at 2425 Harriott Avenue Bal Farm Service Store Potomac Street Keyser over the week end A door in the rear of the Continued on Pages 9 and 18 Ibuilding was pried open ence of Mayor Thomas F Con on today authorized the mayor nd city clerk to execute an greement with the Maryland State Roads Commission re arding the use of property inder the crosstown bridge of he Cumberland Thruway for arking purposes Earlier City Engineer Charles R Nuzum had prepared a study f the number of parking spaces vailable under the bridge and of the cost of improving the area The move today will permit he city to start some action on offstreet parking although still to be decided are placement of parking meters and lighting he sector under the span Eventually the matter will be turned over to the newlycreat ed Municipal Parking Authority To Sign Inspector The mayor and city cierk also were authorized to execute a contract with Raymond H Leighty as the citys second housing inspector William Z Burke comptrol ler submitted a report on re ceipts and disbursements for the quarter ended September 30 Receipts including a cash bal ance of 585829243 on June SO amounted to Ex penditures for the same period totaled The Allegany County Commit tee on Physical Fitness wrote he Mayor and Council recom mending 0 Delbert Proudfoot E Haines Robert L Horstman Paul J Lanham Ronald E Liv engood Walter G Morris Jr Charles E ODonnell William Scilcr Charles E Thomas Clyde P Warnick and Marshall rA Morrissey Following the inspection a meeting was held with Mr Orn dorff and members of his staff time see Miller after that approximately or p m She said she had told Mr Baker Gary was wear ing a sweater with plain sleeves and different colors in front and has used the word plaid in statements to authorities Mrs Drees also testified un der questioning that she was a at which time the results of the to young inspection were discussed and Miller Her sister is married to where necessary appropriate corrective measures were start ed immediately Club Will Hear Local Engineer George Griffith of Delta Engi neering Iocs consulting firm will speak at a meeting of the young Millers uncle she said Explained Cuts Mrs Miller testified her son was attending Meyersdale High cchoolat the time of his death and enrolled in a industrial arts woodworking course which he look four days a week The Millers live on a farm Gary helps out and drives a tractor She said he had skinned two tractor On Saturday May 27 Mrs Cumberland Optimist Club Wedknuckles on his right hand and nesday at p m in White 1J v LVJ il Oaks Dining Room On Wednesday November 8 Mr and Mrs James Orr will show films taken after the great earthquake in Alaska This will also be a ladies night program Student representatives of the various extracurricular activi ies available at Bishop Walsh High School will speak at a egular meeting of the schools Fathers Club Wednesday The meeting will open with he celebration of Mass in the school chapel by Rev Paul Jyrnes school chaplain The business session will be in at 8 p m in the schools Little Theatre Brief remarks will be made jy Edward Berry president of the Student Council Cynthia Troutman Business Club Ellen Wildes Spanish Honor Society Mary Susan Lancaster Future Homemakers of America Jo seph Grabenstein VISTA the schools newspaper Margaret Kenney Literary Magazine Kenneth Williams school band EHssa Dodrill Art Club Pa trick ORourkc student offi cers RitaSchwenninger CSMC Marsha Rice forensics Edward Mattingly Young Christian Stu dents William Harrison Glee Club and sports Glenn Cross Following the business meet ing a social will be held featur ing movies of the Allegany Bishop Walsh High football which gave the Spartans the city championship a member of the committee for he position of recreation direc tor Long Weekend Voted Approved by council was ths closing of municipal offices from 5 p m on Thursday November 9 until the regular starting time on Monday No vember 13 The Friday holiday will be for the observance of Veterans Day on Saturday No vember 11 George R Scarlett director of planning wrote the Mayor and Council recommending that cer tain lots in the Goeths Street Addition be retained by the city for future use as recreational purposes Passed bycouncil was an or dinance amending the zoning map in the Woodland Addition on Haystack Mountain Citys Area Weather Oldtowii Charge To Hold Services Oldtown Methodist Charge will FORECASTS Allegany Garrett Counties Fair and not as cold tonight lows 35 to 40 Tomorrow partly cloudy and slightly warmer with chances of a few showers at night Winds mostly southeast erly 4 to 8 mph tonight West Virginia Fair and not as cold tonight hold spirtual renewal evangej lowest ranging from the upper listic services in the newlyconIsos northeast to low 50s south si r u c ted Oidtown Methodist west portion Tuesday consid Church today through Friday at erable cloudiness and warm with pm each day a chance of scattered showers Western Pennsylvania Partly cloudy in extreme northwest tonight with a few showers likely and fair but not quite so cold in the rest of the state Low 35 to 45 Consider able cloudiness with showers by The line of march for the Hallate afternoon and little tern lowcen parade being sponsored perature change tomorrow by the South Cumber land Business and Civic Associa tion has been announced by G Halloween Parade Route Is Announced DOWNTOWN READINGS Yesterday AT DEANS RECEPTION Several hundred parents and students at Allegany Community College attended the annual deans reception yesterday in the school auditorium At left is Dr W Ardell Haincs college president with his wife Continued on Page 18 greeting Mrs P H Leivreid her son William C Leivreid Miller said she left home about pm to go to work and returned home at am her husband Mr Leivreid who is behind the son All are from Bedford In the rear center is Dr Myron L Simps son the college dean and rear right Mrs Gertrude L Becple private secretary at he college Members of the faculty vrere cohosts Ray Light and Wallace G Ul ccnhairmen i The varade route will be I from Fiist Street to Virginia Avenue Laing Avenue and onto the Industrial Boulevard where the units will disband Chief of Police W E Shank advised that parking will not be permitted on the assembly sites or along the parade route The parade willjstart at 7 p m 1 p m 2 p m 3 p m 4 p m 5 p m 6 p m 7 p m 8 p m 9 p m 10 p m 11 p m 51 54 55 55 55 55 49 46 43 42 42 Midnight 40 Today 1 a m 2 a m 3 a m 4 a m 5 a m 6 a m 7 a m 8 a m 9 a m 10 a m 11 a m 38 37 36 35 35 35 34 34 42 43 49 52
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