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Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - June 19, 1976, Traverse City, Michigan 2 Sections, 24 pages Traverse City Record-Eagle Traverse City, Michigan, 49684 Saturday, June 19, 1976 Price South Africa rioting spreads to the sea FLYTOG LEAP A hang-glider pilot takes off from the Bet- sie Bay cliffs in a practice flight for the upcoming Midwestern Open Hang Gliding Competition being held In conjunction with the 4th Annual National Soaring and Hantr Gliding Festival, which begins today. Events are scheduled throughout the week. The National Soaring Queen Pageant is tonight at Frankfort High School. Other events include a Hobie-Cat regatta, demolition derby, soaring and hang gliding and parades. (Record-Eagle file photo) Eye operation nears reality By MARTY SOMMERNESS Record-Eagle staff writer GRAWN Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea of government red tape, Marvin Schneider was unable to receive the aid necessary for an operation to save his eyesight. A letter to the editor published in Monday's Record-Eagle and a groundswell of community support may have changed the situation a fund has been set up through Grace Episcopal Church to pay for Schneider's medical expenses and hope is running high that he will be able to enter the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor sometime next week. Mrs. Leonard Clark of Grawn, Schneider's sister, started the grassroots effort when she wrote a letter to the Record-Eagle telling of her brother's inability to get any financial aid to pay for the operation need- ed to save his sight. After the letter's publication, Mrs. Clark received a flood of telephone calls offering assistance. On Friday, four community leaders established the Grace Episcopal Church Special Fund to help pay for Schneider's medical ex- penses. For Schneider, his family and friends, the public response to his problem has been overwhelming. "It's a prayed-for his sister said. According to Robert Wilson of the Traverse City office, of the Michigan Dept. of Social Services, Schneider was caught in the catch-22 of having aid refused him because of the January cur- tailment by the Michigan legislature of the general assistance program and because Schneider was a borderline case he was making just enough money not to fall under the department's guidelines for aid. "Excess income for was the reason Wilson gave for Schneider's inability to receive aid. "It's one of those damnedable marginal things." "They (the department) can help you if you want to lay around and not said Schneider, who works at a local service station. "Just because I didn't have all their so-called papers they wanted, they wouldn't touch me. "But, if I can't work, you might as well take me out and shoot he said. "If you get a job, they ask you if you've had heart trouble, if you have hearing trouble, if you have eye trouble. If you say 'yes, yes, then you can't get the job. I've put in about 60 applications to get this job, and now I've showed my boss that I can do the job." Schneider, who is partially deaf and has a pacemaker because of heart troubles, needs the operation because his sight is deteriorating daily, his sister said. "The cataracts have doubled in size since Marv first went to Dr. said Carolyn friend of the family. "Without my eyesight, my ears are no good to me, because I need to read lips to help my Schneider said. "This is why this operation is so im- portant to me. "Overwhelming would be putting the public's reaction McFarland said. "People are coming back to help- ing one another again. You couldn't get me out of Traverse City, especially now. To say 'thank you' 'just doesn't seem enough, but that's all they want." The Rev. Thomas Stoll, rector of Grace Episcopal Church and one of the administrators of the fund said the fund was experiencing a "time lag" between publicity about the fund and the time when he expects donations will start coming in. got a total of which I don't think means much because I don't I he said. "I guess when it comes right down to the nitty gritty, people still really care- Schneider's sister said. nally explained. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller told reporters in Greensboro, N.C., that the GOP, known for its Southern strategy in past races, this year will "have a strategy that involves other parts of the country." Rockefeller declined to concede the South to Carter but said "it would be very difficult for the Republican party to make any major inroads under the circumstances." JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (UPI) Violence erupted on a third un- iversity campus today, spreading four days of bloody race riots from the-black townships of Johannesburg to the sea. Racial violence since Wednesday has killed 97 persons and injured more than police said, but many officials said those figures were conservative. Police said rioters today tried to burn down the Alan Taylor medical residence for blacks at the University of Natal in Wentworth near Durban, about 400 miles southeast of Johannesburg, on the Indian Ocean. Police also stopped a demonstration by black students trying to march on the Durban city center. -Students attacked campus buildings Friday at the University of Zululand, also in Natal province, and at a univer- sity in Pietersburg, 200 miles north of Johannesburg. Prime Minister John Vorster warned Friday that all universities where "blacks are destroying their own amenities" would be closed in- definitely. In Soweto, the sprawling black township where the violence broke out Wednesday, police reported calm. Friday they fired repeatedly at looters and knife-wielding mobs in eight Johannesburg suburbs where crowds at- tacked government administration buildings. But black civic officials in Soweto said today they expected the tension to die down there "because all the government buildings have been destroyed already, the liquor stores have been looted and there is nothing left to one said. Police issued radio appeals to white store owners in Johannesburg not to sell liquor to blacks. One police spokesman said hard liquor had "run out" in the townships and blacks might try to build up stocks from white-owned stores. Vorster blamed the violence on a "deliberate attempt to bring about polarization between whites and blacks." (In New York, the U.N. Security Council convened Friday night to con- sider a demand by several black African nations that South Africa be condemned for the "callous shooting" of blacks.) More than 1.000 persons, mostly blacks, have been injured, including an unspecified number with bullet wounds. Hospital officials said many were treated for stabbing and clubbing in- juries received in drunken brawls and fights between rival gangs. The death toll surpassed the month- long Sharpeville riots of 1960 when police killed 84 blacks during protests over government orders that blacks carry identification documents at all times. Rioting erupted Wednesday in Soweto, 15 miles south of Johannesburg, after police fired into a crowd of schoolchildren protesting the manda- tory use of the Afrikaans language in teaching some subjects in black schools. Black Soweto officials supported the demonstrations, saying Afrikaans the Dutch-derived language of South Africa's original white is the "language of the oppressors." Ford gets 10 Iowa delegates, Reagan 8 By United Press International President Ford's shaky lead over Ronald Reagan in the GOP presidential race widened by two votes today as a result of a close contest at the Iowa Republican Convention. Republicans in six district caucuses Friday night, at the Des Moines con- vention chose 10 national convention delegates for Ford and eight for Reagan. Eighteen more were scheduled to be picked today from, the convention floor. The Iowa caucuses raised Ford's Fighting delays flight from Beirut BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPI) Heavy fighting along the roads surrounding Beirut today forced a 24-hour post- ponement of a convoy taking hundreds of Americans and Britons out of Lebanon. A British spokesman urged everyone to be ready Sunday for what he said might be the last chance to get out of the city. (In Washington, President Ford arrived at the National Security Affairs office at the White House at a.m. EDT and stayed about 75 minutes. were told adequate security could not be assured along the road by the people who were supposed to be providing the White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen said. "The decision was made lor Announcement of the postponement, coming minutes before the convoy's scheduled departure, brought groans .from crowds of Americans assembled at the Riviera Hotel and from Britons and other nationals at the British Em- bassy waiting for the long ride to Damascus. delegate count to 107 short of nomination and boosted Reagan'ls to 903. Ninety-two uncommitted dele- gates have been chosen, and 241 remain to be picked, including 80 this weekend in Iowa, Washington State, Delaware, Texas and Colorado. Jimmy Carter, meanwhile, stretched his decisive margin in the Democratic race when a poll of delegates to the Tex- as state convention added 21 national delegates to his column. That put his delegate total at 51 more than is needed for the nomination. Carter's headquarters announced he plans to retain Robert Strauss as Democratic national chairman. There had been speculation Carter would drop the Texan. Carter ended a five-day vacation at Sea Island, Ga., and scheduled talks to- day to two church groups the African Methodist Episcopal Church conference in Atlanta and a session of the Disciples of Christ at Lafayette, Ind. Jerry Brown told reporters in Washington he was curtailing his cam- paign for the Democratic nomination and would concentrate on being gover- nor of California. But he said he hadn't abandoned all hope of being nominated. "I recognize the Brown said. "It is obvious to me that Carter, barring some unforeseen circumstance which I will not as yet foreclose seems to have the nomination in hand." Ford canceled a Des Moines trip that would have had him making his first face-to-face campaign encounter with Reagan, electing instead to stay in Washington to keep up with attempts to evacuate Americans from Lebanon. Reagan told Republicans in the Iowa caucuses "I believe I can defeat Jimmy Carter." He then flew to Spokane for the Washington State GOP session. Former Texas Gov. John Connally. frequently mentioned as a GOP vice presidential prospect, told reporters in Fort Worth he hopes he isn't offered the No. 2 spot. "It's the worst job in the Con- President Gerald Ford Ronald Reagan Accused murderer held without bail Clear and cooler tonight with lows in the 50s. Smmy Sunday with highs in the 70s. See Page 2 for compelte weather In- formation. The Traverse City City Commission has a packed agenda for Its meeting Monday. Page 3. A Kalkaska woman faces murder charges. Page 3. Michigan has its own lobby in Washington. Page 5. Bowie Knhn declares Charlie Finley's of three of Us player void. Page 8. A fifth-grade class takes on a sight- saving project. Page 11. Bombeck.....12 11 Calendar......12 OMmaries V.V. 6 Bounty courthouse By DAN HANRAHAN Record-Eagle staff writer BELLAIRE A farm hand from Elk Rapids is being held without bond today in the Antrim County jail on a three- count murder charge issued Friday by a district court judge. Victor I. Cole, 22, of 301 Ames St., faces first and second degree murder and felony murder charges in the strangulation killing of Pamela A. Basnett, 28, of 201 Lake St., Elk Rapids, whose naked body was found in her Bass Lake cottage nine days ago by a neighbor. She had been dead for three days. Cole, who was arrested Thursday, has been under suspicion in Basnett's death since police said they first learned Fri- day a week ago, that he had been in the divorcee's cottage only hours before her death. Prosecutor James G. Young, of Antrim County, asked for the three murder charges. Felony murder, he said, is one associated with the com- mission of another crime, Basnett, an attractive brunette whose legs were crippled in an accident, was found with a nylon stocking tied around her neck. She had been sexually abused, police said. Found clad in a bikini with the top pulled down around her waist, police said they suspect the killing was sexual- ly motivated. Judge E. Patrick Murray who will preside over a hearing next Wednesday in 87th District Court ordered Cole held without bond at a closed hearing in the Antrim County jail. Murray appointed attorney Jack Unger, of Bellaire, who has represented Cole before, to act as defense counsel at the'Wednesday hear- ing set for p.m. in Bellaire at the Michael Dively, the state's new energy chief, addressed regional planners Fri- day and told them that gasoline prices continue to rite. Story Page 3. Classified.. 18-23 Club clips.....14 Comics.......16 Dlxon ........16 Editorials......-! Gossip Cd. ...15 Outdoors......13 Sports......8-10 Stocks___.___7 TV...........16 Thosteson------16 Weather.......2 Cole, a thin, pale man, is familiar to law enforcement authorities in Antrim County. Since 1974, he has served a total of six months in the county jail for three separate crimes. Cole served 60 days 1974 for and fled. larceny. In late 1974 he was sentenced to 90 days for reckless use of a rifle for shooting a motorist in the face with a .22 'cal.'Tifle Cole" said, he was hunting along U.S. 31 north of Elk Rapids. In Aug., 1975, he was sentenced in Cir- cuit Court to 90 days in jail on a malicious destruction conviction for his role in the attempted sinking of a boat owned by Police Chief Jack Blesma of Elk Rapids. Cole's jail history was obtained from court records. Sheriff pred Backstrom, who runs the county 'jail, said Cole always was a quiet, model prisoner who earned time off in each of his jail terms for good behavior. Young, who guided air intensive in- vestigation which began June 10, the day Basnett's body was found, credited police chief Blesma, a three-man team of Region 10 East detectives and state police detectives from Traverse City for their round-the-clock work which led to Cole's arrest Thursday. To verify if the victim had been raped as police said they suspect, Basnett's body will be exhumed Sunday under court order and transported to Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, to undergo a second autopsy. Dr. Lawrence Simson, one of the few certified criminal pathologists in the state, Young said, has agreed to perform further scientific tests. An autopsy done June 11 at Munson Medical Center, without police obser- vation, police said did not provide enough details into the nature of the 'killing. LOS ANGELES (UPI) Moderation-is not usually a trait found in stickup men, but the bandit who held up a Bank of America branch was an ex- ception. He took When a nervous teller tried to give him more, he refused. "That's he said. English is the other official In Soweto's Baragwanath Hospital, an official of the all-black town council said the clashes are just the beginning. "You haven't seen anything told a reporter. "But we pray._ior peace." -._., Police reinforcements were called, up from all available sources to patrol the black townships and army units were placed on alert about three miles-from Soweto. __ The violence Friday spread ta seven other black townships, two black un- iversities and, briefly, to several sub- urbs of exclusively white northern Johannesburg where rioters stoned automobiles. One protester in a black northern Johannesburg told a British television cameraman: "Tell are fighting for our freedom." r.c Police Minister Jimmy Kruger, wijp predicted the situation would control this weekend, banned "all unauthorized public meetings. "My task is to maintain arid order. Murder and arson is a "very serious Kruger said. "My task is to free South hooligans." Plan body mulls ouster- of Rowden By DAVID HAYES Record-Eagle staff writer TRAVERSE CITY The executive committee of the Northwest Michigan Regional Planning and Development Commission will meet July 2 to again consider the dismissal of the cam- mission's executive director, Billy 6. Rowden. The full commission voted ii'ri- animously Friday morning to tem- porarily delegate the authority to deal with staff problems to the executive committee. The motion had been, presented to the full commission by its: "Troubles" Committee, formed to study staff problems and the delegation of commission authority. The commission bounced the staff problem issue back to the executive committee, which met in a closed door executive session Friday to discuss the commission's resolution. Following the meeting, several committee members said the executive committee hact agreed to meet July 2 to reconsiders our major staff problems, including the: staff problem we considered at our last- meeting." During the meeting, commission members discussed a recent decision by the Antrim County Board of Com- missioners to" halt" funding of The regional planning clearinghouse unui "abuses" had been corrected. Antrim County is the second of the commission's 10 counties to announce that it would not financially support the commission. Charlevoix County also has withheld its share of commission funding as a result of the controversy. In addition, both Emmet -and Charlevoix counties have approved resolutions calling for Rowden's resignation. The problem, commission members say, is the result of a rift between Rowden and the commission's former law enforcement planner and law en- forcement advisory council. The rift developed after a still unsettl- ed dispute between Rowden, who in the past has received the backing of most commission members, and the state Of- fice of Criminal Justice Programs .over, the percentage of law enforcement, planning grants which can be charged; for salary, maintenance, office and' other costs by the commission. The full commission, at a meeting July 4, rejected a motion to ask for: Rowden's resignation. Margot Power, a member of the com- mission from Leelanau County and head of the commission's Administratibhfpr; "Troubles" Committee, called resolutions presented to the full com-.: mission "crisis needs that had tpjje met." The committee's first recommen- dation, that the commission's authority over personnel be "temporarily" transferred from Rowden to the ex- ecutive committee until the mission's rules and regulations are changed, resulted from the com- mittee's "fuzziness, indistinct responsibility." Power said the action would "put the responsibility in one place. "A second' resolution presented by the troubles committee and approved Friday tablished a committee, with one member from each county, to "look into the purpose of the commission, its relationship to local government, its structure and procedures." Commission ..members would not comment when.asked Friday if the ex- ecutive committee meeting' July 2 would be open to the public.
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