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News-Palladium, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1974, Benton Harbor, Michigan VANESSA THOMAS WEATHER wkjy CBBBE sfcwm thrift Frifey. 3 I t.m. FINAL EDITION-44 PAGES- 4 SECTIONS BENTON HARBOR. MICH. THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1S74 u n K LM, M. t COVERT BANK HOLDUP Suspects Arrested In Muskegon Two persons were arrested Wednesday in Muskegon in connec- tion with the robbery of the Van Burcn Stale branch bank in Covert on July 18, according to the FBI office in Benton Harbor. Vanessa Thomas, 20, and Fred Harris, 22, both of Muskegon, were scheduled to be arraigned this morning before U.S. Magis- trate Stephen Karr in Grand Rapids. No money has been recovered to dale and a warrant is still outstanding for a third person from Chicago, according to the FBI office. The Covert bank was robbed shortly afler 9 a.m. July 18 by two persons dressed as women. A third person is also believed to be involved in the getaway. According to police accounts at the time of the robbery, the bandits used a handgun to order two women employes of the Covert bank into a back room. The robbers then stuffed the money into a bag and fled. The arrests yesterday resulted from an investigation by the FBI, the Berrien Metro Felony Crime unit and the Muskegon city police. The woman was arrested at her home and Harris was arrested in the Muskegon county jail where he had been incarcerated on a parole violation charge, the FBI said. Berrien Sheriff's Deputies Abbott Taylor and John Clark, as- signed to the Metro Felony Crime unit, were cited by the FBI for "their individual efforts which led to the solution of the case." The FBI office did not elaborate beyond that on the investigation. FRED HARMS SEE NIXON TENURE NEAR END! Vice President Ford Summoned To Private Meeting WASHINGTON (AP) Richard M. Nixon's presidency appeared near its end today as the chief executive summoned Vice President Gerald R. Ford to a private meeting. Shortly after Ford's office an- nounced he was postponing a scheduled 12-day political trip to the Far West, correspondents were called into the White House briefing room by Deputy Press Secretary Gerald R. Warren. Warren then announced that Nixon had "asked the vice president to come over for a private meeting." A few minutes later, the meeting had begun. The two leaders were alone in the splen- did solitude of the Oval Office. The announcement of the 11 a.m. session in the Oval Office came amid strong indications that Nixon planned to announce his resignation later today. Some sources said flatly Nixon Told Only 15 Backed Him AFTER NIXON MEETING: Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., bows his head as he talks with reporters on the White House.lawn, following his meeting with President Nixon Wednesday. Goldwater said the Chief Executive has made "no decision" on whether to resign. (AP Wirephoto) PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) Sen. Barry Goldwater said he and two other congressional leaders told President Nixon he could be sure of 15 votes for acquittal if the impeachment trial goes to the Senate. Goldwater, R-Ariz., outlined the meeting in a conference telephone call from Washing- ton, D.C., to 21 broadcast sta- tions, The Associated Press and newspapers in Arizona. He said he chose the telephone call over a Washing- ton news conference because he was disgusted with the media in the nation's capital. Nixon called Goldwater, House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes of Arizona and Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania to the White House "to give our best es- Hoosier Fishermen Get Their Tug Back By BILL RUSH Staff Writer Two Indiana fishermen in Berrien circuit court Wednes- day were granted return of their fishing tug pending a trial on its seizure by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Judge Chester J. Byrns issued a preliminary injunction requiring the DNR to surrender the boat upon posting of a bond by Clayton Furness of Michigan City and his partner Jack Sturken. Conditions for return of the boat were agreed to in the judge's chambers by represen- tatives of the DNR, the Berrien Wholesale Price Index Up 3.7% BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP) Wholesale prices jumped 3.7 per cent last month, the Labor Department reported today. This works out to a staggering 44.4 per cent on an annual rate. The monlhly increase was the largest since the 6.2 per cent jump last August and compared with an average monthly increase of 1.4 per cent over the first six months of this year. All figures arc after taking seasonal variations into account. Since wholesale price increases arc usually translated into higher prices for consumers, the report cast a pall over a hopes for any slackening in the nation's double-digit inflation. The biggest wholesale jump was in volatile farm prices. A 6.4 per cent jump in July reversed four straight months of decline. The Nixon administration had tied falling or at least moderating food prices to its predictions for getting inflation down to a 7 per cent annual rate of increase by year's end. Consumer prices arc currently II per cent above a year ago. county prosecutor's office and the two fishermen. Furness was arrested July 14 on Lake Michigan off New Buf- falo for allegedly fishing in Michigan waters without a commercial license. The tug, "We was seized by the DNR and placed in dry dock in South Haven. However, the Berrien county, prosecutor's office decided not to prosecute the charge at this lime, according to Eugene Coulson, district law supervisor of the DNR. The criminal charge would have been in Bcrrien Fifth District court but a choice was made to file a complaint for condemnation of the boat in Berrien circuit court. We don't wish to litigate twice at the outscl since Iherc could be scheduling conflicts in the two courts, Coulson explained. "But this does not preclude the option of the prosecutor to file a criminal charge at a later date." After the boat seizure, Fur- ness and Sturken filed suit in circuit court seeking return of the boat plus damages and costs from the DNR. Other conditions of the court timate of what the picture was in both houses of Goldwater said. "The reports made by Rhodes and Scott were not favorable to Goldwater said. Rhodes said earlier Wednes- day that impeachment "is a foregone conclusion" in the House, and Scott had said Nixon's situation in Congress was "very gloomy." Goldwater told Arizona news- men: "In Ihe Senate, after Monday night's disclosures, it's felt by those of us in that body that he might be able to collect 15 votes against impeachment. "And I must add that I have not made up my mind yet as to whether to vote for impeach- ment or against it. I'd have to wait until there is a trial in the Senate to make up my mind. "If it comes to a vote, I will serve as a juror and I will be guided by what I hear and what I he said. Goldwater said resignation was not discussed. "It never came the senator said. "He made no indication as to when he might make such a Goldwater added. "The options are to resign and stand trial. He gave no indica- tion at all as to what course he would take." Asked what he thought would be Nixon's best course of action, Goldwater said "I don't think it would be proper for me lo say what I think. He didn't ask us our advice on that." The senator said there was no discussion of a possible plea bargain to immunize the President from prosecution if he is impeached and convicted. "That didn't come up today, and I haven't heard anything about it. We have asked for an opinion on Goldwater said. Goldwater, the 1964 GOP presidential candidate, said he would have handled Watergalc differently than Nixon did. "To begin with, there would never have been any Ihc senator said. "His biggest mistake was not immediately saying, 'All right, we goofed. This and presenting the evidence. If he'd done thai a couple years ago, it would have been all Goldwatcr said. When asked whether he would accept the vice presidency if Gerald R. Ford becomes president and offers it, Gold- water replied, "No man can say Nixon had made the decision to step aside voluntarily rather than allowing the constitutional machinery to grind on to ward impeachment. But those aides closest to the President refused to make such a flat assertion as did official spokesmen. Law requires that any presidential resignation be sub- mitted to the secretary of state. And Secretary Henry A. Kis- singer was called'to the First Family's living quarters Wed- nesday night for a private meeting with Nixon that lasted until nearly midnight. But officials denied specula- tion that the embattled Republican president had given Kissinger a letter of resigna- tion. Kissinger returned to the House before 9 a.m. EOT today, but aides said he did not meet again with Nixon. A spokesman for Ford, meanwhile, said the Western trip was still on, and that the vice president would leave "late" tonight or early Friday." Ford was to attend a Republican telethon scheduled for broadcast to West Coast states from Los Angeles tonight. That affair was put off because of "the fast-changing situation in Washington" according to a party official. And the Ford spokesman said "That was the reason for our going today and that's the reason the trip's been postponed." There was little change in the mood of anticipation throughout the Capital. Rumors continued unabated that Nixon already- had decided to end his long political career. One official close to the Oval Office when asked about the timing of a presidential decision, said: "I wouldn't go on vacation today if I were yo'u." Other sources said Raymond K. Price, Nixon's lop speechwriter, had been as- signed Ihe task of drafting an "appropriate speech." But they said they didn't know when or if the speech would be delivered. On Capitol Hill, assistant Senate Republican Leader Robert P. Griffin of Michigan, who has urged Nixon to resign, said he hoped there would be a decision by Friday. "I hope so and I think Griffin told newsmen. Sources said presidential speechwriters were instructed four days ago to prepare material for a possible resigna- tion statement. Nixon himself has been publicly silent on the rapid erosion of his position since he admitted on Monday that he tried two years ago to thwart an FBI Watergate probe and then withheld that information from (See back page, sec. I, 1) ,ON HIS WAY: Vice President Gerald Ford greets photographers as he home early today in Alexandria, Va. The Vice President is scheduled to days of political appearances in the West later today as reports Washington that President Nixon will decide soon whether to resign. (AP Wirephoto) Resignation Runiorl 4__' :CE2 Gain Credence As if Ford Cancels Trip 1 BY JANET STAIHAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) As reports of that President Nixon might resign soon continued to grow, Vice President Gerald R. Ford postponed today his scheduled 12-day political trip through the Far West and Chicago. A spokesman in Ford's office said the departure, originally scheduled for noon today, had been delayed until "late tonight or early Friday." Ford was to attend a Republican telethon to be broadcast in Los Angeles to West Coast states tonight. It was postponed this morning because of the "fast-changing situation in GOP National Chairman George Bush said in Los Angeles. "That was the reason for our INDEX To Inside Pages (Set back page, ite. 1, cri. 5) SECTION ONE Page2 Twin Clttes News.......PageS Wmtu's SectfM Pages 4, 5, I OMtwries.............Page II SECTION TWO NewsRMMNV SECTION THREE Spwts............Pages ZJ, 24, 27 SECTION FOUR Area Highlights........PagtM Cwnks, TV, Radio.....Page M Markets...............Pagetf Weather Fwtcast......PigtH Classified A4s Pages going today and that's the reason the trip's been post- the Ford spokesman said. Asked what kind of reading the vice president's office might have on the current situation, the spokesman replied, "I hear we're going on the trip, but we're just going a little later." Before the announcement of the delay, Ford press secretary Paul Miltich said plans for the trip were unchanged. But other, sources indicated at least part of the itenerary could be scrubbed at a moment's notice. Also on Ford's schedule today was the presentation of posthuous medals to relatives of seven military servicemen at ceremonies at Blair House, located across the street from the White House. House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes, who was among three congressional leaders to meet with President Nixon Wednesday, earlier canceled plans to accompany Ford lo the telethon. A spokesman for Rhodes said the Arizona Republican wanted to remain in the nation's capital so he could manage a campaign finance bill on the House floor, legislation that had been scheduled for floor action for several weeks. Meanwhile, Ford's press secretary denied a Chicago Sun-Times story that thejjicc president has instructed members of his staff to prepare an inaugural address. complete saifl Miltich. The Sun-Times quoted (See back page, sec. 1, Winning Numbers LANSING, Mich. (AP) The winning numbers' in the weekly Lottery are 822-542. The; second chance number is 924-743. The bonus number is 169-580. 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