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   Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - August 16, 1977, Traverse City, Michigan                                Two Sections, 24 Pages se City Record-Eagle Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1977 Traverse City, Mich. 49884 Price 20e Jews protest escape of war criminal ROME (UPI) Hundreds of former resistance fighters and Jews converged on Rome today to protest the escape of Italy's most notorious Nazi war criminal, apparently spirited out of a hospital in a suitcase by his wife! SS Col. Herbert Kappler, 70, a German serving a life prison term for the World War II massacre of 335 Italians, vanished Monday from the Rome military hospital where he was bring treated for terminal stomach cancer. Mrs. Annelise- Kappler, 52, later telephoned the West Germani government to say he was in West Ger- many. Kappler and his wife had long pleaded he be freed because he had "on- ly a few days to live." Defense Minister Vito Lattanzio said Kappler, who weighed only 106 pounds and had been bedridden for eight months, apparently was stuffed into a large suitcase by his "very robust" wife and lugged out of the hospital. Mrs.- Kappler, a German physician who married Kappler in prison in 1972, left the hospital late Sunday without be- ing searched by guards because she "frequently came and went with cases and Lattanzio said. As news of the bizzare escape spread to the summer resorts where Italians were enjoying the mid-August Ferragosto holiday, relatives and- friends of Kappler's victims and former WWII resistance fighters began return- ing to Rome. Among them was Betta Zarfafc, whose husband was one of the 335 men and boys including some 70 Jews executed on Kappler's orders in retaliation for the resistance bombing that killed 32 SS troops in Rome on March 24, 1944. "I went straight to my car and came she said. "I just felt the need to be -among others who would know the same pain and anger that I feel now." Hundreds of angry young Romans, many the sons and daughters of those packed into sealed meat trucks and trundled to the Ardeatine caves outside Rome and shot, milled in front of Rome's largest synagogue. "We demand a rigorous investigation to identify and punish those, at whatever level, who are said Jewish Community President Sergio Piperno, echoing charges that Kappler had inside help in his escape. Buffalo gunned down after local rampage By MARTY SOMMERNESS Record-Eagle staff writer TRAVERSE CITY An anti-social, buffalo tried to make himself at home off the range Monday night and ended up dead. The wayward bison, owned by Oleson's was shot after he escaped to a Silver Lake Road farm and rammed a county sheriff patrol caf. According to family spokesman Don Oleson, the wayward animal was fighting with another bull buffalo when it was literally pushed over the farm's fence. "I tried to turn Oleson said. The attempt failed, Oleson added, partially because he did not want to get too close to the beast. Although a hole had been cut in the fence, the animal did not want to. go back into the pasture with its rival. Oleson joked that the best way to "turn a buffalo" is "with a bulldozer." A report from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department said the buffalo ran from its pasture to a farm owned by John Hannell on Silver Lake Road, where it knock- ed over some trees and shrubs. Hannell telephoned the department at about 8 p.m. Three patrol cars were dispatched to capture the runaway creature. Officials tried to capture the buffalo by forming a ring around it with their automobiles. The tactic did not work. "Patrol car was parked when attacked by large moving is how the department's official report describes the incident. The buffalo rammed the left rear of a patrol car occupied by deputy Terry McKay, 29, smashing it aside. The vehicle was dented and the animal was again on the loose, but McKay was unhurt. Bill Ziets, an Oleson's employe, stopped the rampaging beast by shooting it six times in the head. "One shot felled Oleson said. "We kept shooting un- til he was down and stayed down." A truck and a tractor with a scoop were used to transport the carcass away from Silver Lake Road. "The buffalo was so heavy, we had to help lift the scoop rfour of us had to help lift the Oleson said. The eight-year-old bull was the largest of the more than 250 buffaloes in the Oleson herd, which is reputedly the largest herd east of the Mississippi River. "He had been cut from the Oleson said, "he was due to be slaughtered this fall." The fall slaughter-time would have assured a thicker hide, Oleson said. Hides from Oleson's buffaloes have been made into coats and moccasins. The demand is so great for the hides-, there is a long waiting list for people who have requested the skin of a buffalo. What will be done with the runaway's carcass? "The meat is perfectly he said. "Since he was a bull, he'll probably end up as bologna or hamburger. Against 'Soapy' Williams Griffin urged to run for high court _. .....______ _ Robert Griffin .stale court candidate? By NANCY E. DUNN Booth News Service LANSING Key Michigan Republicans are trying to persuade retiring U.S. Sen. Robert'P. Griffin to run against Justice G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams for the .Michigan Supreme Court next year. Such a contest if it materializes would put two popular and senior political figures into lively competition for an eight-year term on the high bench. It would mark a re-match between Griffin and Williams. In 1966, Griffin beat the former governor to win the Senate seat Griffin gained by ap- pointment earlier that year. Griffin, 53, announced in April that he would not seek re-election in 1978, when his current Senate term expires. He said he was through with politics, and planned to "retire" to his native Traverse City to practice law and relax. But it was widely assumed Griffin's decision was prompted by his fall from power in the Senate and the defeat of his friend Gerald R. Ford. Some Michigan Republicans, disap- pointed at the loss of a proven GOP vote-getter, are trying to persuade Griffin to take on the formidable Williams in the 1978 election. Griffin has considered the prospect according to a close associate and turn- ed it down at least for now. But party leaders aren't likely to give up easily. Republican National Committeeman Peter B, Fletcher, a confidante of Gov. William G. Milliken, is one of the party strategists trying to persuade Griffin to run against Williams. Griffin would be an ideal candidate. Fletcher said. If he won, he would be able to stay in Michigan away from the hectic Washington scene, Fletcher pointed out. "I think he's stepping out of said Robert Eleveld, a Grand Rapids DEATH LEAP Mrs. Ella Patterson tries in vain to hang onto her husband Joe, 39, (left) of Vancouver, Wash., as he attempts to jump into the Columbia River from the Inter- state 5 bridge in Portland, Ore. Monday. Ai a young bicyclist ............._....._____...... UilM Prtn btinalloul pedals by, Patterson breaks the grip and plunges to his death in view of the camera of Oregon Journal photographer Bill Murphy, who was on Us way to work when the incident oc- curred. lawyer. "But he might be talked into it." Eleveld is chairman of a special GOP committee searching for Supreme Court candidates. He knows about the "draft-Griffin" movement, and he hasn't discouraged it. "He would be an extremely good can- said Eleveld. "I don't see how we could get any better." Eleveld said potential candidates are wary of a scrap with the popular Williams, a Democrat, who holds the distinction of having served as Michigan's governor longer than anyone else. "The feeling is that it's a magical name Williams and that it's a suicide mission to run against him for the Supreme Court. But I'm not sure that name is what it once was. There's a whole new generation of said Eleveld. Williams ended his gubernatorial reign in 1960 to join the administration of President John F. Kennedy. He won the Supreme Court seat in 1970. At 66, Williams, still hasn't decided whether to seek another eight-year term on the court. Some Democrats tried to interest him in a bid for the governorship next year, but he squelched that idea several weeks ago. Republicans covet a majority on the seven-member court, now comprised of three Republicans, three Democrats and one independent with a Democratic past. "We'd like a little more conservative Supreme said Eleveld. Republicans aren't happy with worker's' compensation and criminal justice rul- ing from the court, Eleveld added. But the key reason is reappor- tionment of legislative districts, a bat- tle which almost certainly will end up in the collective lap of 'the Supreme Court. Districts will be redrawn to reflect popultion trends after the 1980 federal census. Federal, state and local elec- tions in the 1980s will be affected by the new alignment. Traditionally, the party which dominates the high court has the best shot at shaping the districts to its own liking. Supreme Court races are nonpartisan officially, but candidates are nominated by political party conventions. Justice James L. Ryan, a Republican, is the only other justice whose term will ex- pire in 1978. Ryan is expected to be nominated by the GOP, leaving the Republicans with only one slot to fill. City adopts new beach, park rules By BILL PRITCHARD Record-Eagle staff writer TRAVERSE CITY City Manager Larry Savage will decide the hours dur- ing which city beaches will be open when new parks and lands rules become effective later this month. That authority was handed to him by the city commission at its Monday night meeting. According to statements from city of- ficials, only those .beaches adjacent to residential areas will have curfews. Clinch Park Beach, where a proposed 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew raised objec- tions from many citizens, will probably be open 24 hours. The ordinance allows the city manager to "establish and post at each individual park its hours of opening and closing.'-' Violations of the rules and regulations could cost the violator to and 30 days in jail. Besides controlling the beach crowds, the ordinance also regulates activity in other parks and cemeteries: It includes prohibitions against littering, destruction of natural and manmade property owned by the city, and operating motor vehicles over 15 miles per hour in any park. Camping in city parks is banned, as well as wading or bathing outside of designated areas. Alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine are prohibited in the parks. Beer and wine can be brought in glass containers only where there is no swimming or bathing. Guns and bows and arrows are prohibited in parks, except that archery may be practiced in designated areas. Getting drunk or becoming "violent, abusive, loud, boisterous, vulgar, obscene or otherwise dis- orderly" could mean a fine or jail. Dogs and pets are to be kept out of public buildings and bathing areas. They must be kept on a six-foot or shorter, leash in other park areas. Using cemeteries for driving lessons or vehicle demonstrations is as illegal as defacing a tombstone under the ordinance. The rules and regulations become effective Aug. 25. Plan to raid Cuba thwarted in Miami MIAMI (UPI) Agents from three federal agencies raided a west side home and a Miami river marina Mon- day, seizing three boats, a cannon and other weapons and apparently thwarting a commando raid on Cuba. Pedro Gil, 41, a member of the Brigade 2506, the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, was arrested and charged with violating federal firearms export control laws. Authorities said there may be other arrests. At least two other Cuban exiles reportedly were being sought. The Miami Herald quoted Pedro Ro- jas, a spokesman for the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, as saying the weapons belonged to the 2506 Brigade's "secret army." Rojas called the seizures "lamen- table." "I don't believe that we are violating any law when we fight for the freedom of our country, which is under the hands of international he said. Assistant U.S. Attorney R.J. Sanford said the three boats, weapons, am- munition and camouflage uniforms were to be used in an "imminent hit- and-run harassment raid somewhere on the Cuban coast." He said 10 or 12 per- sons were scheduled to take part. The Herald quoted an unnamed 2506 Brigade source as saying the raid had been set for last weekend but the three boats were forced to turn back to Miami when one of them developed engine trouble. Raids were conducted by customs in- spectors, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and the FBI. Sanford said the operation had been "under con- stant surveillance throughout their elaborate preparations of the last several weeks." The arms cache included a 20mm can- non, a .SOrcaliber machine gun, a 60mm mortar, two Browning automatic rifles, and four AR15 machine pistols. The agents also found that along with the weapons, the boat on a trailer at Gil's home contained a dozen duffle bags stuffed with camouflage uniforms, combat boots, walkietalkie radios and first aid kits. A 23-foot Formula power boat was seized at Gil's home. It contained the weapons. A 25foot Annacapri boat and a 28foot Enterprise boat equipped with "a mount for the 20mm cannon" were con- fiscated at a marina along the Miami River, agents said. Striking Cone Drive workers reject pact _... TRAVERSE CITY Workers at the "Cone Drive Co. plant here rejected a proposal for a new three-year contract Monday afternoon, according to of- ficials of the United Auto Workers Local 21. The contract proposal was the result of recent bargaining sessions mediated state Labor Department official Robert Rombouts. It was rejected, according to sources, ctose to the bargaining, because the 340 members of the local working at the plant were dissatisfied with economic and fringe benefits offered by the Ex- cell-0 Corp., owners of the plant. Workers have been on strike at the plant, which makes speed reducing gears for electric motors, since July 1 when the old contract expired. No new talks were set. Both sides of the labdr dispute have agreed to a blackout on the negotiations. Union officials refused to disclose the margin of votes on the latest offer or details of the pact. Picketing continued today at the plant located at 214 Vz E. 12th St. Inside the Record-Eagle The rain has made its presence felt of late but look for things to change Wednesday with sunny skies forecast. See Page 2 for details. LookPat, Inc., bid for rezonlng U turned down by city commission. Page Missing deaf mute woman is found in Benzie County, Page 3. The State Tax Commission appeals a ruling to block continuation of a field study in Leelnnau County. Page 5. Dean Prentice says he's quitting Glacier Dome and leaving the Traverse City area. Page 9. Business......15 Obituaries___12 Calendar......16 Porter........15' Classified 19-23 Rolling Stone 17 Clnb Clips 16 Sports......9-11 Comics-.......18 Sports Hotline. 9 Conklih....... 9 Stocks........ 8 Dixon-........18 TV...........18 "Up With-People" is upcoming at. Editorials 4 Tnosteson.....18 Interlochen. Page 13. Landers......14 Weather.......J   

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