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   Fitchburg Sentinel (Newspaper) - April 7, 1970, Fitchburg, Massachusetts                             -'HBURQ PUBLIC LIBRARY 7 197U MONTACHUSETT'S i ORIGINAL VOICE ESTB. 1838 Vol. CXXXI FITCHBURG, MASS. O1420 itttfitel TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 1970 THE WEATHER Fair, Warmtr SEE REPORT ON PAGE 2 10 CENTS Suit Claims JFK Conspiracy Victim Propose Reduction Of 'Grass' Penalty WASHINGTON' (API A'against the violators who are .also proposed reducing the House committee, calling mari-; jailed, has hern widespread dis pi juana traffic an S850 million a respect for law in general, thelyi ipe> report said. The committee recommended :a misdemeanor with a maxi- first offense possession of mari- present two-year minimum, 10- year maximum jail lerm for marijuana possession or use to juana be made a misdemeanor. It suggested federal legislation be patterned after a Nebraska law which provides for a maxi- mum seven-day jail sentence, segregation of drug violators from other prisoners and a re- quirement that the violators take a drug abuse education mum one-year prison sentence. In both cases judges would have wide discretion to impose lesser or no sentences or take j such action as requiring the drug.-user to take an education course. The report's figure of an an- nual marijuana traffic of million is one of the first esti- mated, but the committee said year business preying on the na- tion's young people, neverthe- less suggested today reducing the penalty for first-time posses- sion of the drug to no more than a week in jail. The House Select Committee, on Crime said marijuana traffic "plays a major role in leading Increasing numbers of young Americans into tragic drug de- pendence and into lives of crime and degradation." But the panel's report, pre.- pared for release today, called the present stiff and unevenly enforced penalties for posses- sion of marijuana a threat to re- spect for law in general. "The growing drug culture." laid Chairman Claude Pepper, D-Fla., "is rapidly undermining respect for law and is doing se- rious damage to the ability of the crimiinal justice system to safeguard the lives and Xroper- ty of the American people." "Savagely repressive'and pu- __ nltive laws cannot be defended ;nounced that the CAC was tak-; Joyce Atkinson. VISTA volun- as a solution to the marijuana'jns steps to bring together con- leer; Circo Barone. Fitchburg the 120-page report ;cornPd -community leaders Committee; Robert Bow- said. _ jstudv and act upon the prob-'en, clerk of courts; Rev. Rob- It blamed marijuana arrests i lemj of usc ert Brodsky. Faith United Par- fora 322 per cent increase in all i. ish; John "J. BusTi. Jr., Legal drug arrests from 1960 ft> Wednesday there will be Societv. Anthonv B Celuz-' when 16U77. persons were first .meeting of a. Fitehb'u'rs Community- rested, including under 18 of school, law enforcement, jijss Joanne and 6.243 under 15. court, social agency and ei'yloKianza VISTA volunteer: Mr. The Nixon administration has lit could be far higher. Area-Wide Drug Seminar Planned Arthur E. Shapland, Jr., pres-l Among those invited to attend ident of the Fitcnburg Commun- the first meeting are James An- ity Action Committee, today guidance teacher; Miss Kopechne Jury Data Is Secret Torever'-- Judge EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) Two more surprise witness- es were slated to testify today as the Dukes County grand jurv resumed its study of the death last summer of Mary Jo Kopechne. Because the jury Is In clal session, the court took the unusual step of assembling the panel in the courtroom to have the roll called. "CHICAGO   A suit filed in U.S. District Court contends the National Archies in Wash- ington is withholding informa- tion which shows that the late President John F. Kennedy died _.. the result of a conspiracy and not at the-hands-of-a -lone assassin. The suit filed Monday by legal reseacher Sherman Skolnick, demands that the Warren Re- port be declared void. The suit asserts that five con- kill Kenne- Force. foot- Police. Police also escort him to, and from his home, Nov'.'z, Still up in the air was- Same n n question whether the grand But tne a {Qr would ask to be allowed to it iri the of Courlludge A" BoyK: trip because of a cold. the inquest over which he pres ided in January. The .Warren Commission, ap- pointed by then President Lyn- Paquet last week in Boston B. Johnson to investigate sued a statement in which heune'assassination, said Kennedy said that the impounded docu- was Billed by a single man, Lee ments could not be turned over EDGARTOWN. Mass (AP) grand jury without an Harvey Oswald, and it could true" and that the committee I the use of drugs in bur com- found judges seldom' jail young ;munit.v sen ice. people even for selling the drug. Atty F.verett H. Dudley, Dis- The result of such practices, toncern Expressed trict Court judge; Stephen Drys- which said discriminates Marlboro Power KO Unattended She Escaped Mrs Glenn S. Hoag describes how she fled her home near Saugus, Cal., shortly after Jack Wright Twinning, a suspect In the slaving of tour California Highway Patrol olilcers it the house and took refuge la it, holding bet huibasd ai hostage. Six hours later Twinning committed suicide after relcaslnf he special session of the Dukes lounty Grand Jury resumes its ession today after hearing a arning from Superior Court udge Wilfred J_. Paquet that -hat goes on in'the jury room must remain secret "not just or today but forever." The grand jury was in its losed session less than three ours on the opening day Mon- ay after hearing a more than an hour long charge and in- tructions from Judge Paquet in ts own independent inyestiga- ion of the death of May Jo Ko- pechne, 28, who drowned .last illy 18 when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's car plunged off a narrow bridge into a tidal pool in Chappaquiddick Island. The grand jury called in two witnesses on the opening day, both by telephoned invitation, bypassing the usual subpoena processes. The witnesses were Mrs. Nina Trott, whose home is on Simp- son Lane in Edgartowo near the Shiretown Inn where Kennedy had roomed the night of the ac Stephen Gentle Hoag unharmed. (AP Wirephoto) Concern about the use ot dale. Jewish Community drugs by young people fills the .Mayor William G. pages of "our newspapers. ourjFlynn, Lt. Jonathan Gaylord, TV screen and our radio re-, Massachusetts State Police; ceivcrs. Increasingly, it be-jMiss Mary Gibbons, probation! comes more difficult for peo-i officer; Fred Gillis, children's pie to assess the seriousness of Aid F a m i 1 y Service: Dr. Paul I the situation in their home com-; Girling. Fitchburg State Col-, munities or to know what to do lego: Thomas Hagserty, Catho-.] to reverse the trend toward Social Service; Miss Lois: WASHINGTON (AP) Foes] J: Carsweff Foes Aim FoKShowcfown Vofe Sen. Clifford P. Case of New 4 creasing drug he said. BOSTON (AP) Power was knocked out to part of Marlboro today with no immediate indica-1" t tion'when it could be restored! because of a strike against the New England Electric Hall, director of nursing. Judge G. Harrold Carswell'si. Jersey, one of eight Republican 'Because we see in our neigh- many young-j! bank Hospital; Pres. Court nomination ze-jwho voted to send the nomma Hammond, Fitchburg State Col-jroed in today on a handful of'tion back to the Judiciary Com -Lt. Alan Held. Narcotics Di-lto reversing an initial setback indents can vision. Leomihster Police De-the bitter Senate fight. told .a newsman oppo amendment of the" order of the'acv find no evidence of any conspir- Supreme Judicial Court last fall, which omitted the grand jury from the list of those it said The suit states that "less than an hour before the President's should be permitted to inspect'scheduled and three secret inquest records. Something New For The Brides Something new has been added in the city clerk's of- fice at City Hall. When prospective bride's arrive to pick up their mar- riage license they arc present- ed with a gift package for hewlyweds, It contains laun- dry detergent, soap, tooth paste, hair dressing products, coupons, and a magazine sub- scription. City Clerk-Irene Y. Borde- nave heard about the gift pack- age at a convention and de- cided to stock U for local brides. weeks before the assassination, a -lithographer, Thomas Arthur IVallee, was arrested in Chicago for a minor traffic violation. Vallee was charged with car- rying a concealed weapon after police noticed- a hunting knife on the front seat of the car. Skolnick contends Vallee was one of the conspirators and was "a double for Lee Harvey Os- He-- now being suppressed show that the car driven by. Vallee hart New York license plates that were traceable to Oswald. Skolnick initiated an gation of two Illinois Supreme Court Justices last, year and charged them wilh impropriety in their business dealings with a Chicago bank. The justices later resigned. real estate agent who handled the rental of a small cottage on Chappaquiddick to the Kenned> group. The cottage was rented to Kennedy and a group of cam paign workers and political as- socfatcs who gathered there that July weekend for a reunion and cookout. There was no hint of the na- ture of their testimony. Jurors iniiiiiiiiiimviminfliniiiiiiniiiiimiiimnmmmniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiramiiiiiiminiiiimimiiimmiimrai News Digest Measles May Delay Moon Trip CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (APhwhat is usually a childhood ail- leaving the courthouse at the _ jledjcal specialists hurried ment but is now carried hy one end of their first day wouldn tests on the Apollo 13 as- of their backup pilots, astronaut even confirm that the to determine Charles Duke, would continue. Courthouse; whether their exposure to Ger- If tcsts show the immunity of -said theiman measje5 js going to delay a.Uny of the three is low, their ply recessed j375 mjjijon Sh0t to the moon. chief physician probably will w James A Lovell Jr., Thomas recommend that they not ifi Whether other witnesses Mattinfiiv n ahd Fred W. launched to the moon on Satur- sources, however, grand jury had sim for the night. Although losing 52 to 44 in a: vote of Arkansas be railed is unknown. Sheriff; WFulhrient [John E. Palmeira, whose office tt.ru nrigm. cust0marily serves summonses Fulbnght. who voted to gra'nd jurv, sajd Monday workers and the, ,ide clear pic. ny were slated to resume turc o[ problem to parents By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSicat trucker strikes spread to Haise Jr, have been exposed tolday as scheduled, Labor Disputes Piling Up town Marlboro were reported ;f CAC effort but lard's High School; William Mn-nUinisinl.' wo .__n_______u.. without lights. The- mechanical-' failure was traced to a sub-sta- tion that could not be corrected immediately because repairmen were not on the job. The compa- ny aaid power may be restored come time today. Representatives of both sides were to resume, talks this morn- ing in the Boston office of Fed- eral Mediator John Sullivan. There was no progress during negotiations in Sullivan's office Monday night, the mediator caid. Meanwhile, some 150 pickets nt the power plant on Route 9 were reported obstruct- ing traffic. a community Community Services .of Mon- agency acting as 'altachusctt; Sgt. Stephen Longley, rather as. with our agency acting catalyst. DRUGS, Page 2 Kcll-iitjv1 supporters said they -areland thus kill it, was not neces- Mon- confiilent'Carswell will be con-jsarily conclusive because three firmed, although they conceded I senators who .voted against a tight margin. Leominsfer Surveillance Increased To Gombaf Breaks Four more breaks were under'Wilson Oil Co., 681 North Main taken from vending- machines. Investigation by Leominster po-'St., where a safe.-was ripped Pti H: and an undetermined gating. Thomas J. Dodd. D-Conn.. Hi- ram L. Fong, R-Hawaii, and Robert W. Packwbod, already had announced they would vote against confirma- tion. And a number of other.senat tors, some of whom voted on both sides of the recommittal question, had declined to say how they stand on the show- down vote. lice today in a series of wide- n irom venaing; Thirty-three Republican sena- Harold G. senee is wjr? joincdlby 19 Demo. of them Southern- tract on railroad shop-1 continued craft workers. I stoppage.. In other labor disputes, wild-1 Now, He Says U.S. Census WASHINGTON The elite Green "Berets is band of a girl and three mav hP as a suspect" in_lhe-men had killed fte other mem- Green Berer Murder Suspect FT. BRAGG, N.C. (AP) MaeDonald, of Patchogue, The Army says a doctor in its New York, had said that a hip- 1970 census may be unconstitu- of the failure to! slaying of his wife and twojbers of his, family in their Army 0fhe" un" dauhter, seven weeks, post apartment and wounded art acperonhsstaeori gal' residence, Rep. Louis C. Wyman, R-N.H., said Monday. In a House speech, Wyman said it is possible, the way the census is now Being voung daughter, seven weeks, post apartment and wounded ago. ihlm' avoring jt were 'Mladditlonal and eight Republi- at the tral and nc chusetts and land when'the strike began Sun- day night. About New England Electric members of the Brotherhood of Utility Work- ers' of New England walked off their jobs. The company em- ploys 7.800 persons. In Rhode Island a union offi- cial accused the Narragansett Electric Co., a unit of the New England Eletric 'System, of us- Ing strikebreaking .techniques. The union said a complaint was filed with the Justice De- partment after incidents in 01 ineni ouuinviu-iway we (.cusua -amount of. cash taken. The, At noon police were investi- votins against Bavh's'taken certain slates may. gain spread forced.entries in various thjevps ieft several a fnurth hreak at the young afiainsi .lennin places_throughout. throu.. Police Chief Alan Jrnead door The- break. 15 Gallagher announced that a !ported bv company officials at tion available as stepped-up program of am and is being probed by what had been taken or .means' '.I3; lance during the nighttime hoOTsiDet Lt, Louis H. Cocci and Det.'of entry. has been in operation for several Pti Stanley Harris. 'It was lUn" days.. Another attempleirbreak was'Gallagher The latest breaks were at the reported into a vending ma- with office which pickets allegedly were struck by cars outside electric senators, who have yet- .to though not actually having'any- The doctor, Capt. Jeffrey Pilot Flies With Gun At Back PITTSBURGH (AP) Forjtfl said Bybee, 42, of Dan- inoFe-thafli-quartcr- of an pilot John Bybee of Trans World (Monday. He said the gunman Airlines flew his Boeing 707 apparently thought the .San The pressures from both sides where near the number attempting- to calm a.Francisco to Pittsburgh flight dents required." Inervous young man who stood was bound, for Boston and he chine'at the West Side Laundro-. assignment supp.orter, _said the [also require tW, the state mat. West Street, during, the'the spread of the breaks in' vari- night. Ptl.. Harris said 'entry ous sections of the city. into the machines was not made: The chief, asked for comment, lowever. isaid "we have stepped up the The latest breaks were at the Roadblocks Set In Area, County After Jailbreak WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) through a side door have been initiated and I am Two tamates escaped early to- to S5 in cash was reported-hopeful they will bring results." day from Worcester County Jail after overpowering a guard, po lice reported. The men were believed to be A third break 'was reported atlsurveiUance considerably :dur- case of a tie. Restaurant, Central'ing the. past few .weeks in an I At his home Street; reported'at 10.14 a.m.'effort' to curb the- mountingfCarswell watched- :oday. Entry was of breaks. Several plans ports of the Ser plants Monday, s'aid further company union said further that were bringing workers" from Massachusetts to Rhode Island plants. The electric company said the charges were false. on foot and werc SOUSht Massachusetts State Police TODAY'S INDEX Almanac 2 Amusements 2 Bridge 14 Classified.............. lff-17 Comics 14 Crossword............... 14 FHilorial 4 n -iiuarics 2 Sports 6-7 Television i4 Women's Page........... S pistol stolen from a Worcester police officer after the escape, police said. Fitchbnrg and Leominster police were notified of the incident shortly after 6 thu morning and immediately set np roadblocks in their respec- tive cities. The men were identified as Robert Paul Shelcy, about 30 and Richard Durrell. Sheley had been charged with house break- ing, assault and parole viola- tion, police said. Both the jail guard and Worcester police officer were for that Chief fake a stand is likely- to be Wyman. entered a bill lo re- behind him waving a gun. did not want to go to mpt 'this before the roll is called. the census include a "He was very disoriented m7 on the night dutvl Sen. Robert J. Dole, R-Kan.. a question of legal residency and no( at all sure what he wanledl ma-.nun onicers on me_ nigm n_i ihp le- outcome could depend, on Vice President Spiro'- Agnew's vote. The Vice President presides over the Senate and votes in gal residence get credit for the individual being counted. j Under the current practice, he! said, the .-census takes into ac-l BRADENTON, Court Order Hits Kirk Seizure Fla. (AP) Kirk was ordered hy U.S. Dis- Iricl Court Judge- Ben Krentz- count only .he place where the Armed with a federal ..court Court Judge--Ben Krentz- le near Tallahassee person is being questioned at'der. Dr. Jack Davidson fought man. lo appear in his .Tampa theiSor wor'king away from his Claude R. Kirk Jr. to block a'for interfering. declined comment Wednesday confirmation vote, lown state Touch Up A papier mache turtle gets a last dab ef ptlnt from artist Joan Danitger who has her rre- 1 aUous In a man ihew it art gallery She nyi xepreuntJlii- Claude R. Kirk Jr. to block a for interfering, desegregation decree. Bomb Threat Halts Dow Jones NEW YORK (AP) The Dnw-iee-would lie- resumed. Jones news service halted oper-! Bomb explosions have dam- ations todav because of a bomb accd a .number of major New threat .it il'c at 30. York buildings including offices Broad Street in the financial of Sylvama hlerlrlc Prodaetsr" district I'nc.. General Telephone Corp. The news service, in an International Business Ma- sory note nn its wire, said serv-; chines Corp., in recent weeks. Education Bill Faces Vote WASHINGTON (.AP) The school aid programs for another House geared for final legisla- three years, live action-today on the nation's j Although it expands authorl- largest single aid-lo-educalionizations for education spending authorization bill, apparenlly.far beyond .the wishes of tha dear of the school dcsecrega-'Nixon prospects tion controversy that plagued o f a presidential veto seemed the. measure in the past. j be.rause it Over from the Senate, where lakes another, separate bill to a 74-4 vote cleared it last the actual appropna- the billion measure contin-jtions. ues elementary and secondary I. ...-_.. mani wearing animal (AP Wirephoto)   

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