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Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - November 2, 1973, Traverse City, Michigan ftfCOftD-EAGie, TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. 49684 NOVEMBER 2, Consumers Power asks oka} to set gas use priorities LANSING (UPI) Consumers Power Co., which supplies .i natural gas to more than Michigan customers, Thurs- 'f day asked the Public Service Commission for permission to net up a priority system in the event it becomes necessary to curtail natural gas service. John B. Simpson, senior vice president for gas operations, said the curtailment program should be regarded solely as "prudent contingency planning." Simpson said the company does not now anticipate that it will be necessary, to-impose curtailments upcom- ing heating season. "However, he said, it cannot predict "when a worsening of its gas supply situation, or an un- anticipated increase in demand, may make it necessary to impose such curtailments." The proposed system establishes six categories of gas service, with highest priority assigned to residential custom- ers and to customers providing services essential to public health and safety. V- 'Veiy serious9 accusations made against circuit judge LANSING (UPI) Eaton County Circuit Judge Wjllard Mikesell has been cited by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Com- mission for 12 incidents of al- leged misconduct, charges the commission chairman described as "very The charges, made public Thursday, include five possible violations of state law and in- fringements of at least 15 pro- visions of the canons of judicial ethics, the commission said. Mikesell faces possible disci- plinary action, including dis- missal, The commission alleged that Mikesell was "habitually in- temperate within the meaning of the canons of judicial ethics, is prejudicial to the rights of parties and counsel before his court, is disruptive of the order ly, proper and cedure of the, court, is de- meaning to trie dignity of judicial office and is clearly pre- judicial to the administration of justice." The commission is a judicial watchdog agency answerable only to the Michigan Supreme Court. Its chairman, State Ap- peals Court Judge John M. Gillis of Detroit, said the charges against Mikesell were "very serious." He said the case .was unprecedented as "there, are several completely separate areas of complaints in- volved, riot just a single problem which is normally the case." Mikesell withheld comment on. the matter. Teenager held in slaying of usher in Detroit church DETROIT (UPI) A teen- aged boy. was in police custody Thursday, charged with the fatal shooting of an usher in a Catholic church before some 30 parishioners. The youth, Andre BearcJ, 17, Detroit, was arraigned Wednesday before Detroit Re- corder's Court Judge John R. Murphy, He stood mute and-a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf. He was being held in Wayne County Jail pending a Nov. 12 preliminary hearing. Beard was charged with kil- ling Robert Webb, 52, Saturday just before Mass at St. Charles Catholic Church, located one block from his home. Some 30 church members watched a young man walk into the church armed and aim the weapon at Webb, who was the head usher, police said. The authorities said Webb was used as a hostage, while the bandit announced it was a holdup, When the pastor, Rev. Thomas McWilliams, from behind the altar, the bandit pointed the gun towards him. Police said a struggle ensued between the assailant and Webb, with Webb suffering gunshot wounds in the chest, head and right forearm. Webb, a Grosse Pointe Park resident, was pronounced dead on arrival at Detroit General Hospital. i s robber die in shootout MOUNT CLEMENS (UPI) A 28-year-old Mount Clemens' policeman and a holdup man from Detroit were killed Thurs-, day in a shootout following a robbery in a downtown jewelry1 store, A second robbery suspect'was wounded in the neck with a bul- let, The policeman who died in; the 1 Ms-hour incident at the Time Shop jewelry store was Robert Ahrens, a four-year veteran on the "Mount Clemens Police De- partment and the father of two small children. Police'today tentatively identi- fied the slain holdup man as John C. Daniels of Detroit. Dan- iel's bullet ridden body was found in the basement of the1 store where police had earlier attempted to force him out wifh tear gas, alleged accomplice, Willie Cunningham, 32, of Detroit, was, wounded in the neck during the melee and taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Clemens where he was reported in fair condition today. Around the state Chrysler intends neiv price hike DETROIT Chrysler Corp. Thursday said it 'intends to raise prices on its 1974-model cars and trucks a second an average to cover higher labor costs in the new contract with its auto workers. A similar request for an aver- age increases day after it agreed to a new three-year contract with the United Auto Workers in September, was ,urned down by the Cost of Liv- ing Council. The federal agen- cy said it wanted to hold off any further increases until all abor-contracts with the "Big Three" car companies were completed. Chrysler, which was granted in average increase over 1973-model prices, said the lat- ;st price hike would include no1 profit to the company which uffered a million loss in ts just-completed third quarter. LANSING (UPI) A-bill to repeal', the mandatory wearing pof crash .helmets by motorcycl- ists was introduced in the stale .House Thursday. The' proposal, which would permit; cyclists to choose'if, they wish'to wear helmets, 'troduced'by Ann Arbor demo- crat Perry Bullard. "I am not questioning the saf- ety value of motorcycle hel-' Bullard said. "My pur- pose in this legislation is to re- turn to the individual the right to decide if he wants to. wear a helmet. State and local ordin- ances telling a person what he or she1 must wear, in' any, given 'situation is an infringement on civil liberties." WEST BRANCH (UPI) Gov. William G. Milliken Thursday formally opened the .final 28-mile link of Interstate 75 in, Michigan, dubbing it achievement of our highway network." In its 75 crosses the nation for miles from Sault Ste. Marie to Fla., although some sections in other states have not been completed. LANSING (UPI) Dr. Gor- don Yudashkin, director of the State Department of Mental Health, said Thursday commun-' ity placement of the mentally ill i .1 should not 'be made
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