Benton Harbor News Palladium, January 8, 1974

Benton Harbor News Palladium

January 08, 1974

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News-Palladium, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Benton Harbor, Michigan Micltiyan'n ttiggett Buy For Rcadtr And For Advertiser FINAL EDITION BENTON HARBOK, MICH. TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 22 PAGES ISc WEATHER FORECAST likely TEMPERATURES ITMI MM. MM to TMf. it tf.m. II 1 II 4 High, MM; RUMORS OF FUEL HOARDING PROBED By JEFFtEY MILLS AtMtblMl PKH Writer WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Energy Office has begun looking into rumors that corporations are stockpiling oil and hoarding fuel despite nationwide shortages. Officials said Monday they are investigating possible petroleum stockpiling by the oil industry and possible fuel hoarding by the nation's railroads and trucking firms. They said there was no evidence so far to support the rumors. The office sent telegrams to the nation's railroads and major trucking firms asking for data on fuel stocks. The requests were the first in what a spokesman called an effort "to sec if there is any hoarding going on. We want to check it out, because there are numerous rumors going around." The office also asked major and Independent oil companies to submit data on production and stockpiling. Until now the agency has received its data from an oil industry trade organization. Gerald Parsky, aide to energy chief William E. Simon, said the office wanted direct data from the companies so It could perform its own analysis. Parsky mentioned rumors of oil company stockpiling but added, "We have not seen any evidence to indicate more than normal stockpiling." The oil company data should start coming in within a week, while information from the railroads and truckers was due Mon- day but will take a few days of study before results arc available, spokesman said. As the energy office moved against possible hoarding, Ally. Gen. William. B. Saxbe threatened criminal and civil action against gas station operators who illegally require customers to buy other items as a condition for obtaining gasoline. "It should be clearly understood that any operator, anywhere la the country, who attempts to raise his prices higher than the level he can justify under current federal ceiling price regulations, It subject to Justice Department Saxbc said. "I am talking not only about price-gouging but also Indirect overcharges, which employ some transparent gimmick to cover what is in fact a higher price for gasoline he said. And the Internal Revenue Service sued one of the nation's lar- (See back page, tec. I, col. 7) Township's Sewer Project Becomes Victim Of Fuel Crisis Balkema, Inc., the Kalamazoo contractor installing the St. Joseph township sanitary sewer system, expected to shut down all operations on the job victim of the energy crisis. Ralph Balkema, president, wrote to Thomas Sinn, Berrien county development director, that his fuel supplier had in- formed him that he will receive no more fuel until March. Supervisor Orval J. Benson of St. Joseph township reported the matter last night to the township board. He said Balkema had made good progress to date. Bert Balls, controller for the contractor, said the firm has been trying since a mandatory allocation program for diesel fuel was put into effect in Hutchinson Picks Chief GOP Counsel Frm AsstciaM Press Congressman Edward Hutchinson of St. Joseph, Republican Fourth District representative, has selected a Chicago attorney as chief TOO HIGH: Agriculture Secre- tary Earl asks for a show of hands on those attending a National Consumer Conference in Washington Monday if they think food prices are too high. Those attending responded by raising their hands. (AP Wirephoto) Cuba Warming Up MEXICO CITY (AP) A Cuban diplomat says "Guan- tanamo isn't important to us and Fidel Castro's government will be ready to talk about resuming diplomatic relations with the United States as soon as Washington lifts its 12-year-old economic blockade of Cuba. minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee which is pondering .the proposed im- peachment of President Nixon. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said the appoint- ment of Albert E. Jenner, prominent attorney, will mean a professional, nonpartisan im- peachment investigation of the Republican president. Hutchinson is the senior Republican on the committee. He said Jenner and other lawyers named by the Republicans would work together with the rest of the legal staff that now numbers 42 and may reach 50. John Doar, a former Justice Department of- ficial, and like Jenner, a Republican, heads the staff. Rep. Peter W. Rodino, DN.J., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, praised Jenner as a "highly respected member of the bar" and said he was among those Rodino considered for the chief counsel's position. Jenner was a member of the presidential commission that studied the causes of violence in 1968 and served as senior coun- sel to the commission that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is chair- man of an advisory committee to the Supreme Court on Federal rules of evidence and serves on numerous American Bar Association committees. Jenner's appointment and a briefing by Doar on the status of the investigation stilled cri- ticism by Republicans that the impeachment proceedings were being handled in a partisan manner. "I don't think the cards are (See back page, sec. I) MINORITY COUNSEL: Albert E. Jenner, above, a Chicago trial lawyer, has been chief minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee investigating grounds for the possible impeachment of President Nixon. Congressman Edward Hutchin- son of St. Joseph made the selection. (AP Wirepho- to) Lottery Bonus Tickets On Sale LANSING, Mich. (AP) Lottery tickets go on sale today for a half-million-dollar New Year's Bonus jackpot which will guarantee each of about three dozen winners at least and up to The exact number of contes- tants in the drawing to be Jan. 29 at the Law Building Auditorium here will be based on volume of ticket sales. A spokesman for the lottery bureau said anticipated sales of six million tickets between now and Jan. 17 will produce 36 bonus contestants. Three extra numbers will be drawn for the bonus Jan. 17 in Flint at the Dort Mall. A ticketholder would have to match two of the three to qualify Lifesaver Award For BH Trooper Trooper Dennis M. Barnes, of the Benlon Harbor state police post, has received a lifesaving award from the department for his efforts in reviving an elderly Coloma woman last August. Barnes, 31, was one of 22 of- ficers and nine civilians to receive departmental citations for outstanding service, accord- ing to Col. John Plants, state police director. Barnes retried he was on routine patrol Aug. 8 on Paw Paw Ijikc road in Coloma township when he noticed a woman on the ground. He stopped and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Ida Davis, 84, of Coloma, who was later released from a hos- pital, he reported. Officials indicated the woman may have suffered a heat stroke, and credited Barnes with saving her life. Barnes is a seven-year veteran with the slate police and has been at the post here since 1870. TPR. DENNIS BARNES UfesavlRK Award for the New Year's Bonus, a lottery official said. There will be 12 winners of each, 12 winners of apiece and about a dozen winners of Extra contestants would be added to the category. If there are fewer than 36 contes- tants, there would be fewer winners. Payments to all bonus winners will be spread over 12 months, lottery officials said. Contestants will draw en- velopes from a plastic globe to determine how much they win. Meanwhile, the lottery bureau reported residents in 11 Michigan counties have raked in more than Jl million in prizes. Latest addition to the million- dollar county club is Delta County, home of the eighth lot- tery millionaire, Paul Wedell of Gladstone. Delta ranks 10th among the state's 83 counties in prizes won, while ranking 39th in population. The unluckiest county in the state for lottery winnings is Allegan. which ranks 20th In population but 50th in terms of prizes Wayne county, with million, is ranked No. I in total prizes, the lottery bureau said. Other counties with more than million in prizes arc Maconib, million; Oakland, million; Genesee, million; Saginaw, million; Ingham, tU9 million; Clinton, million; Kent, million; Berrien, million; and St. ('lair. million. November to win a special allotment. He noted that under the federal allocation program monthly allotments are based on the gallonage a firm used in the same month in 1972. Because of a slow period in early 1972, Balkema used very little fuel in January and February and again in April and May of that year. Unless the federal energy of- fice grants extra fuel to the Kalamazoo contractor, it will have a supply in March but would get none for April and May again. Batts indicated the crews will resume work in March, unless attempts to get extra fuel allot- ted sooner are successful. He said most all of the heavy equipment on the job is diesel- powered. Approximately gallons of diesel fuel is used here a month, he added. The federal mandatory fuel alloca- tion program applies only to diesel fuel, not gasoline, Batts said. Batts estimated that the St. Joseph township job is between W and 65 per cent completed. Batts said the firm's supplier is Standard .OU> He-noted-that the supplier has not told Balkema it is out of diesel fuel, but only that Balkema does not have an allocation base for January-February and April- May. The contractor's controller said appeals to state and federal officials produced lots of forms to fill out, but no oil. He stated that sanitary sewer installation jobs are in a first priority category under the govern- ment's allocation program. In the letter to Sinn, Balkema asked for ,an extension of the contract completion time for an indefinite period until the extent of delay can be determined. Sinn as county development director also serves as chief aide to the county board of public works. Man Gored By Water Buffalo WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) A pound waler buffalo gored and trampled'a game warden to death at Lion Country Safari as tourists watched in horror. Malcolm A. Gallop, 60, was attacked Monday while taking tickets at the entrance to the enclosure in which the animals roam free, a spokesman for the tourist attraction said. UAW Says Youngblood On Way Out DETROIT (AP) United Auto Workers Vice President Douglas Fraser, who asked state Senate IXinocrats to oust Sen. Charles Youngblood, says he expects they'll do Just that on Wednesday, "I don't think there any question that he will be expelled said Fraser, who directs the UAW's Community Action Program. He asked the expulsion In letters to each Democratic senator over the weekend. Youngbtood, Detroit Democrat, was convicted of bribery conspiracy charges last fnll but a move to expel him from the Senate failed to win the needed two-thirds majority. Each Democratic senator voted no. EMERGENCY POWER: Hairdresser G. Gay switches on his own generator to provide power fqr his shop in London's Edgware Road Monday, one of the three working days he is unable to use public utility power under the British govern- ment's energy crisis regulations. Mr. Gay also uses gas burners to illuminate the shop during power restrictions. (AP Wirephoto) Trials On Way For Teens In BH Death Trial dates have been tenta- tively set in Berrien juvenile court for two 14-year-old boys arrested following the death Nov. 12 of Mrs. Isadora Granigan, 80, of Benton Harbor. One trial is scheduled for two days beginning Jan. 31 in the courtroom of Berrien Juvenile Court Judge Ronald H. Lange. The second trial is scheduled for three days, Feb. 6 to 8, before Juvenile Court Judge Zoe S. Burkholz. Both are non-jury trials. The two boys pleaded in- nocent when arraigned last November on delinquency charges. They are accused of being delinquents through the commission of murder during an armed robbery. The trials will be to determine delinquency since there is no provision in Michigan law to waive youths under 15 into cir- cuit court for trial as adults. Mrs. Granigan, of 479 Broad- way, was found unconscious in her garage after an apparent beating and died several hours later in Benton Harbor Mercy hospital. The two juveniles were arrested the next day and have been detained without bond in the county juvenile home. Attorneys handling the case before Judge Lange are Assis- tant Prosecutor Robert McDowell and Ally. William Lagoni of Bridgman for the defense. Attorneys in the case before Judge Burkholz arc As- sistant Prosecutor Sally Zack and Atty. Donald Bleich of St. Joseph for the defense. Both defense attorneys are court ap-; pointed. If determined delinquents, the maximum penalty would be boy's training school until the age of 18. INDEX SECTION ONE Editorials I Twin Cities News Page I Wman'sSecUM Pages AvLuden I OUnurfes Page II SECTION TWO Ant Highlights II Ouhhwr Trail Ctmics, TV, Radto Page 17 Markets Page II Weather Fwecasl Page U Classified Ads Panes II, M, Zl Snowbound Fortune Lost On Street Some, however, have Indicat- ed they've changed their minds and several sources in Lansing say they expect the Senate lo reconsider. The legislature reconvenes Wednesday after a holiday recess. SHELBY, Mich. (AP) Allen Dix wanted a safer spot for his money than his Occana County cabin, but his desire (or security resulted in an loss. The 30-year-old carpenter lost a plain, while envelope containing ffi dollar bills along Shelby's Michigan avenue Friday morn- ing. By late Monday, Dix reported there was no word of the money despite his offer of a reward to the finder. "There's been nothing, uiu're the only person that has called." Dix told a newsman. "1 think it's history myself." Dix said the money came from the sale of several houses he owned in Jackson, his former hometown, and was not covered by any form of insurance. "We hadn't opened an account at the bank up here yet. My wife and I thought we'd really belter get it (the money) out of the cabin. It really wasn't safe here." Losing the money means "when I can find a job, I'll IK' back to work. I can't afford not to work Dix said. He added that the loss also put a stop In his plans In develop a western-style resort and campground on 40 acres he owns outside Shelby. Dix said he had the envelope in his ixicket Friday when he drove Into town and walked into the tank. Hut after filling oul a deposit slip he discovered the money was gone. He summoned Shelby police and county sheriff's deputies to help search the street and question businessmen and passersby in an effort to find the money. The efforts failed. Dix has two theories about what happened lo the money: it was picked up by a youngster who hid it and fears telling his or it fell into snowbanks along the street and was carted off to the town dump along with the snow. But he still has some hope. "If a guy wants lo sit around and count it for a week, that's okay. Bui jusl let me know. You have to sort of joke about II. You can't sil down and Dix said. Hut when a caller wished him luck, Dix replied: "I'm going to need it. I'm going lo need II." Not So Frigid Tonight Temperatures In southwestern Michigan nrc expected lo moderate tonight, afler dinplni; Iwlow y.ero inland away from UkC Michigan last night. The Weather Bureau forecast calls fitr readings in the low teens tonight, with some snow likely. Head- ings of 2-bclow were reported last night by Arnold llafer it the Sodus Experiment farm and by Harry Hush at the I'aw Paw publk works department. In the Twin Cities were reported 4- above. ;