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   North Adams Transcript (Newspaper) - October 6, 1975, North Adams, Massachusetts                                NORTH ADAMS ADAMS WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS 133rd MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1975 24 PAGES CENTS Pine Cobble crash kills sailplane pilot Full house Spectators line Main Street yesterday as the 20th annual Fall Foliage Festival parade gets into gear. Officials said the crowd was the largest ever, outstripping last year's record Story, page 13. (Trabold) Both sides deny Patfy confessed SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Attorneys for both sides In the Patricia Hearst case denied published reports today that the heiress has confessed to several crimes including a fatal, bank jobbery and has agreed to turn state's evidence.'' A story in today's editions of the New York Post familiar with the interviews" as saying Miss Hearst had confessed during talks with court-' appointed psychiatrists seeking to determine whether she is mentally competent. The Post said Miss Hearst identified several persons who harbored her as a fugitive and agreed to testify against her terrorist comrades in return for im- -.munily or special treatment. The report said Miss Hearst, 21, decided to cooperate with authorities after her attorney, F. Lee Bailey, told her it was the only way to avoid a long prison term. "This is absolutely not said Albert Johnson, a partner of Bailey's, when informed of the Post story. "I've been the only attorney with her for the past week and she has not confessed to anything. "She couldn't make a decision like that even if she wanted to because of the state she's in." U.S. Attorney James L. Browning, personally in charge of the Hearst case, termed the report "a wild and said "she has not offered to turn state's delivered to media in three California cities during the weekend. The missive promises future proof that don't know, anything aboiit any 'statement 'that' she's -made ...to'., the. I'm 'not awaYe of. any- cooperation that she's, extending or- of- fering to the prosGcution.sTliere have ben no plea discussions." The Post story said that among the crimes Miss Hearst confessed to was the Apiil 21, 1975, Carmichacl, robbery in which a woman customer was killed. Under California law, anyone convicted of taking part in such a rob- bery could be found guilty of murder. The newspaper said its sources did not elaborate on Miss Hearst's role in that robbery and did not enumerate other crimes. Authorities, meanwhile, were studying a communique signed "Symbiohese Liberation Army" and proclaiming that the "SLA lives, which urged terrorists to go on a kidnaping spree among the rich to raise bail money for their imprisoned comrades. The FBI said there is no way to im- mediately determine the authenticity of the communique, similar in format to past messages from the SLA and Emily .'Harris either diad or in custody. A source close to the'investigation said Sunday It is possible that some members of the SLA may be unknown and still at large. Six SLA members, including leader Donald UeFreeze, were killed in a Los Angeles Shootout with police in May 1974. Members Russell Little and Joseph Remiro were convicted earlier this year of the murder of Oakland School Supt. Marcus Foster. But the source said about 28 SLA code names had been found in one early hideout and "only 11 of the SLA-names have been accounted for. Six are dead. Two are in prison. Then there's Patly and Emily and Bill Miss Hearst, who said in a court af- fidavit that she was tortured and brainwashed into joining the SLA after members of the group kidnaped her on Feb. 4, 1974, is being held without bail awaiting trial on a San Francisco bank robbery charge. Pacific air caused wet summer "WASHINGTON (APJ if your golfing and picnics were often rained out last summer, you had lots of company; The summer of 75 was a wet one for most Americans because of an abnormally strong flow of air from the Pacific Ocean across the northern United States and southern Canada. And thanks to Hurricane Eloise, -the fall of '75 already is shaping up as a wet one for the northeast United States. Weather Service meteorologists say the strong westerly air flow last summer sent more than the usual number of storm systems tramping from Oregon and Washington across the border states and the Great Lake States and into Pennsylvania, New York and southern New England. Rainfall also was higher than normal through the Southeast and southern plains states South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and eastern Colorado. Only In scattered regions was summer rainfall substantially below normal. The northern tip.of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire were drier than normal as were narrow strips across southern Virginia and northern North Carolina into central Tennessee and from southeastern Wyoming through central Nebraska into northwestern Missouri. In the Southwest, normally sparse precipitation was slimmer than usual, particularly in Arizona. Overall, however, areas of low and normal precipitation were smaller than areas of heavy rainfall. Storms spawned by Hurricane Eloise along the mid-Atlantic seaboard Sept. 23- 27 dumped up to 14 inches of rain in some areas. Data from the Weather Service's office of hydrology pinpoints the highest Eloise rainfall of 14 inches in the WILLIAMSTOWN sailplane crash yesterday on Pine Cobble took the life of a 34-year-old New York man. The pilot was identified as Roger Conrad Halverson of Mechanicvillc, N.Y., a research biologist at the State University of New York at Albany. A Federal Aviation Administration investigator will meet with Civil Air Patrol officials today to try to determine the cause of the accident, said George Sarrouf, flight operations manager for the patrol. The helicopter that brought Gov. Michael S. Dukakis to the Fall Foliage Festival parade aided the search and spotted the orangc-and-yellow craft among the trees. Hikers who saw the crash from the Pine Cobble summit first reported it to Williamstown police at p.m., police (aid. A subsequent account from other hikers at p.m. confirmed the report and gave detailed information about the area of the crash, police said. "I heard a screaming whistle. It happened very. fast. I only saw it a second and it disappeared over the 12-year-old Daniel Loudcll of Williamstown said. "About a second later, I heard what sounded like a he said. He said he saw the glider "sort of diving sideways" behind Eph Point. The Lobdell boy was resting on the summit with his parents, Brian and Joanne Lobdell, when the sailplane crashed, sometime after p.m., he said.- iJTwp other hikers, 'Stuart Olson of North'arnpton and Charles' Neuschafer of Bennlngton, Williamstown Policc'Departmehl said. The directions were given lo two Ml.. Greylock Regional High School students who participated in the search, Mr. Thompson said. The hikers confirmed reports of the crash to police, Mr. Thompson said. Mark Malloy, 15, of Williamstown, was the first searcher lo see the wreckage, he said. "All of a sudden I saw something red. I ran up lo il. The guy was just hanging there by his safely strap, half in the he said. Michael Swecl, 15, Ihe other student, said the sailplane was found "off-a Pine Cobble trail." Searchers hiked the last mile and one- half to two miles to the crash site after the terrain became too rough for their four-wheel-drive vehicles, Mr. Malloy said. Members of Williamstown police and volunteer fire deparlmenls and the Hopkins Ambulance Service staff par- ticipated in the search, Mr. Thompson said. The pilot died instantly, according to James J. Macek, associate medical examiner. Causes of death were multiple frac- tures of both upper legs, traumatic amputation of both lower legs, a com- pound skull fracture, fractures of both arms and a crushed chest, Dr. Macek 'said. Mr. Halverson left Harriman Airport in a new single-seat sailplane owned by him. according to Robert D. Burchard, co-owner of Berkshire Sailflights Inc. He said Mr. Halverson had been soaring for about 30 months. Mr. Halverson was born in Troy, N.Y., son of Emily (Benedict) and the late Alfred H. HAlverson. He graduated from the Berkshire School in Stockbrldge and Rensselacr Polylechnical Institute and did graduate work at Syracuse University and the University of California. He was an Army veteran of the Viet- nam war. Surviving arc his mother, of Galway, N.Y., and a brother, Lee B. Halvcrson of Mechanicville. Funeral arrangements arc in the charge of Hopkins Funeral Home. The sailplane accident was the second of the weekend, according to Edward Stanton, watch supervisor at the FAA Dukakis makes pledge Highway funds to be diverted from Boston ____ ____t, nsitrAT-nnr-'c AHnmc fir ra lip Town Com mil By PATRICIA A. FRANCIS fund money will be diverled from construction of ex- pressways in the Boston areas to repair and construction of roads in central and western Massachusetts, says Gov. Dukakis. Calling construction of a mile expressways a "wasle of Gov Duktkis yesterday pledged there Inside 10, 11 A 21 j M Eoi 20 ___ 4 24 22 18-21 1 0 5 will be no new expressway construction "as long as I am governor." He did say, though, that highway fund money will be used in the metropolitan area for public transportation. (Relaled story, page 24) The governor was in'Adams during a day-long visit to northern Berkshire.. He attended the Fall Foliage Festival parade in North Adams, then met with President James T. Amsler of North Adams State College before coming to the Adams Berkshire Inn last evening for a reception sponsored by the Berkshire County Democratic Committee. About 200 Demoerats, mainly from central and northern Berkshire com- munities, rttended the V-50-a-licket buffet. .Prior to the receplion, the governor held an informal press conference. II was there he told of his inlcntion for highway funds. He repeated the pledge during the brief speech he gave at the reception. The slate's financial condition ap- peared very much on the governor's mind as he told the Democrats he hopes lo have a budget by the end of the month. He urged support for legislators grap- pling with the budget, Once the budget is set by the legislature, the governor said, "We can get on with the business we were elected to do He toid the group the slate government was "a shambles" when he took office nine months ago, and said there Is a long way to go in straightening, things out. "I'm more optimistic now than I was In he said. "We can do it." Gov. Dukakis'said he hoped soon to begin efforts -to "turn the economy around" in the state, saying it will be accomplished through economic growth and development, coupled with con- sideration "for the environmental quality that makes the stale great. There's no reason we can't have he said. James L. Rowley, chairman of the flight service station at Bradley In- ternational Airport. In the first mishap, a student pilot practicing off-field landings southeast of Harriman Airport "ground-looped after landing." The accident took place at a.m.Saturday. The airplane slid sideways, and part of the fuselage was bent, bul no injuries were reported, Mr. Stanlon said. The pilot's name was listed as Ron Heltinger and the owner's name as Bob Burchard. Mr. Burchard, a co-owner of Berkshire Sailflights Inc., said the student pilot hit a bale of hay in a landing on Bernard's farm at the base of Notch Rd. Mother suspecfs her son up craff deliberately NORTH ADAMS Emily Halverson watched her son Roger die yesterday doing something he loved. She was at Harriman Airport when her 31-year-old son's orange and yellow sailplane .vanished inlo the fall foliage of Pine Cobble Mountain. She's convinced it was a suicide. "Mrs. Halverson has given permission to express that due to the events in the last week, that it was not anything but an emotional condition and a said Robert D. Hurchard, owner of Berkshire Sail Flights Inc. "There'll be a complete investigation by the FAA (Federal Aviation Ad- ministration) to determine the cause of the accident. But there's no question in our mind that it w.as he told The Transcript last night: Roger was described by.his mother as fih e.-wi irj. from; A! echanlc- VJHC, over to the she said lafer. And several weeks', ,hc had been wound up emotionally. His father, a former pilol, died two years ago. Perhaps a flight In his brand-new Switzer 126 single sealer sailplane would case the tension that was building up within himself, Mrs. Halverson thought. "He looked very relaxed when 1 saw him. He looked as though he was going to go out and enjoy Mr. Burchard recalled. Roger had done all of his training at Berkshire Sail Flights Inc. and was "extremely quick to adapt to he said. He left for his last flight at about p.m.' Within an hour Roger soared to his death, becoming the first area sail plane fatality that North Adams Civil Air Patrol authorities can recall. "He must have been doing over 200 miles an hour when he hit the ground he took a nose Mr. Burchard said. "The plane was completely torn apart. It severed one tree that was a good six inches in diameter cut it right he said. Roger's body was found in the wreckage. Mr. Burchard said he hoped that the fatality would not cast a cloud over the ty -ol soaring. It is. .common for than 400 pounds, (o become entangled In tree tops with very little damage, he said. Roger never quile found himself in life, according to his mother. But soaring was something he really loved, one of the tew things he loved, she said. So, he decided to do it in a manner that was something he enjoyed in his last moments his mother watched him drive it into the Mr. Burchard said. Adams Democratic Town Committee was master of ceremonies for the reception. He introduced a number of local and area Democrats, among them John Barrett HI who, introduced the governor. Others were Selectman Earl F. Kellcy, Probation officer .Mark .Trollier, State Rep. Anthony P. McBride, Housing authority executive director Paul Kegresse, Welfare office director Anna Cluk and American Legion Commander ReneDelmolino, allof Adams. Also introduced were Frances Buckley and Anthony T. Abuisi Jr. of the North Adams City Democratic Committee and County Treasurer Matthew J: Collins. The weather Windy tonight, low in 30s. Cloudy tomorrow, high 60. DtUils, Starting young Two-year-old Bruce Pearson of Goldsboro, N.C., is a picture of concentration, top, as he prepares for takeoff on water skis. (AP Wirephoto)   

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