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   Winona Daily News (Newspaper) - November 1, 1977, Winona, Minnesota                                How far to protect a source? say, Minneapolis? By TERRY BORMANN StallWriter "How far would you go to protect a the man call- ing himself "J.B." asked this reporter by long-distance telephone Thursday, before confiding that he knew where Don Howard was. The reporter, having earlier Ihal week received a letter mailed by Howard himself after his escape from the Wiixma County Jail, had accepted the mysterious collect call from J .B. Thursday alter noon on the chance It might lum up a new- story. He hastened to assure J.B. that he would go to jail raUier than reveal a ECU rce's identity. "I know where he is ami what identity he's J.Ii. said o( Howard, speaking in such an excited rush that Die reporter had to keep asking him to repeat himself. That information sounded worth a trip to Minneapolis and J.B. (aid the reporter to him in an East Lake Street Denial 8p.m. J.B. didn'tsay anything about money, and he didn t say how he would recognize the reporter when he arrived. So after making J.B. slow down and repeat the name and address of the (avern The Office, 1532 E. Lake St. the repor lor said he'd be there and hung up. The reporter called Managing Editor Evans lo say Ihal he thought he should the rendezvous, and it was arranged that Evans would call Sheriff Bruce Stanton after the reporter was on the road. Stanion would be told of the tipster's call and be assured that (lie Daily N'ews would pass on any information that migh! lead authorities to Howard. But the reporter reckoned without a determined woman his wife. Rose Bormann said she was going along; she would worry less, even if she was in a parked car around the corner from the tavern in a "rough" district of Minneapolis, than if she IMS silling by a telephone in Winona, she said. But what about 7-year-old CharMte? the reporter asked It took two minutes for Rose to recruit a neighbor to babysit. Wha I abou 13' s-month -old I le comes wiih us." So a litlle later Ihal afternoon than he had anticipated, the grim-faced reporter drove off into (he sunset to meet with his destiny, trenchciwl at the ready in Ihe backseat, wife and hahy on the alert in Ihe front seat beside him. (Hdidn't (eel so bad lr> have By arrangement, the reporter stopped in Red Wing to phone Evans and find out what the authorities thought of Ihe venture. Evans had been busy. Rlonton had toll him immediately thai the KB! should be involved: and since the agent in charge of the FBI'sefforts to locate Howard was in Winona, Ihe sheriff brought him to Ivans'house. The agent assured Eva as Ihe bureau deals wiUi informants routinely. There would be no hassle for J.B. in connection w ilh Ihe Howard escape if he provided useful information. The most interesting thing Stanlon said was thai officials believed Ihey knew where Howard was in Louisiana. If .f. B. could confirm lhat Howard was in (he South, it would boa help, Iheagenl told Evans. On Ihe other hand, if he claimed Howard were some place far away from Louisiana, his story might not he line; it would depend'whether he could offer other specific information Ihal could be checked. The agttit also said that the FBI would keep hands olf rendezvous if Ihst was the reporter's wish; or it could offer various sorts ol surveillance, depending what kind ol tavern J.B. had told the reporter to meet him in. The reporter had had an uncomfortable feeling driving out of Winona that he was looking 31 familiar landmarks, like Ihe Howard home at 375 W. 5lh SI., for (be last lime. Cars seemed to be tailgating him. Who was that mean-linking guy behind him wearing the "slale trooper" sunglasses? He had a feeling of being watched. (Indeed, a friend stopped him the nexl day and asked, "Was lhat you I sawinReilW'uigyesterday In any event, given the assurance Die source would not be in Irouble because of it, the reporter opted for FBI surveil- lance, in whatever form it thought besl He gave Evans Ihe name and address of the tavern and the time of the ren- dezvous. He gave a description of himself and his clothing, for Ihe agents' benefil, and rather shamefacedly asked (Continued on pagp J) 'friend' called Howard bond By TERRY BOHM ANN Stall Writer Bond (or Donald Howard was sel at this morning by a -Veil' Orleans, La., U.S. magistrate; and Howard's alleged accomplice in an Oct. 23 escape Irom Ihe Winona County jail has waived extradition to appear here on those charges. KBI agents arrcsled Howard, 34, ac- cused of first-degree murder and con- spiracy in the Aug. 13 shooting death of his wife. Shiriecn, 32, as he reported to work about .1 p.m. .Monday at a Gibson's Uiscoun! Store in a Hammond. La., shopping center. Mrs. Nancy Brown, 2.1, was detained W. Brown waives extradition aboul Iwo blocks auay by FBI agenls who released her after questioning. However, she was arreslc-d by Hammond authorities Monday night after Winona County Attorney Julius Gomes charged her with complicity in Howard's escape. A complaint sworn out this morning by Winona County Sheriff Bruce Stanlon charges Mrs. Brown, technicaUy, with escape from custody for having allegedly Ihrown to Howard a tool on Oct. 19 with which he nil open the padlock on his window at the jnil and with aiding a felon to escape for her alleged actions on or about Oct 2! The complain! also quotes from a letter written by Mrs. Brown to her husband, Kent, and 1-year-old daughter, Amy: "I am il allegedly says, "I am never going lo be .ihle lo come back no matter whal happens unless sometime in the far far future to sec Amy I think Don is innocent and lhat he'll never get a fair trial around here. I know I love him and 1 need lo he with him I don't know where we are headed probably Canada out of the country the decision logo wilh Don is killing me but I foci I must eo I don't know anything about Shirleen I am sorry it happened, but what's done is done. I can't ever look back. AH 1 know is I can't ever come back..." The complaint, drafted by Gernes, states thai Kent Brown received Ihe letter last Tuesday and brought it lo Stanton. It was a 3'5-page lelter addressed to "Kent and Amy Brown" and postmarked La Crwse. Wis.. Oct. 24, the day before. Mrs. Brown's mother (he handwriting as being her daughter's, Ihe complaint fays. The Daily News last Tuesday morning received a similarly postmarked lelter from (toward which is the original of a 'Continued on Mrs. Brown MRS. NANCY BROWN (Tuesday's Court to study smut's effects Tiie U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday lo cctisicfcr whether smut's effect on children should be nwsidered in determining if material is obscene. even when children arc not a faclor in Ihe case. In reviewing Hie conviction of Us Angeles distributor William Pinkus, the court is considering whether children and "especially sensitive persons" nre lo included in (he definilion of "community" when jurors try to (Iclerminc obscenity standards. Helms pleads no contest Ex-CIA Director Richard Helms Monday pleaded no conlcsl to charges of lying to a Scn.ilc commillre in 1973 when testifying alwul U.S. intelligence activities in Oiile. The Justice Department, with President Carter's concurrence, cited Helms' "outstanding services" in asking a federal judge lo impose Ihe minimum S200 fine and suspend any jail sentence on two misdemeanor charges, Under (he law. a iio-contesl plea means a person does nol admil guill. but says lie will offer no defense. Winona Daily News 122nd year ol publication November 1, (977 18 Pages Pound up The pound sterling celeliraled its second day of freedom wilh a Iwo-ccnl rise in value, from SI.S40S to SI when Ihe London foreign exchange market opened today. The British Treasury announced Monday il was allowing the pound lo flo.it freely instead of keeping it lagged lo the ailing liicliard liclrns McGovern run? Sen. George McGovern says he plans to run for reelection to Die Senate in IflHO. but he hasn't ruled out Ilic possibility of running for president a second lime. "If things continue wilh (he present administration, any number of people might raise a an aide said. dollar. Senate's energy tax package A mullibillion-dollar Senate package of energy lax breaks is heaiied for a congressional conference commillee thai is likely lo combine il will] sonic of Ihe heavy new energy taxes passed earlier by the House. The Senate bill aims to encourage fuel conservation and increased energy production with dozens of lax breaks. Meany wants import restrictions AFL-CIO President George Mcany says organized labor will seek federal aclion next year lo restricl imports and save American jobs. If this results in retaliation against American products, flic U.S. would win the figlil because it has "Ihe greatest said Meany. President Carter, meanwhile, is ending Ihe U.S.' 43 years of prlicipalion in the I nlcr national Labor Organization. fieorgc Mcany AMC backlog Spurred by a backlog of orders for its new Concord model. American Motors Corji. said Monday thai il will convert ils assembly planl in Bramplon, Ontario, entirely to production of Ihe luxury compact. The backlog for Ihe Concord ex- ceeded 10.000 at Ihe end of October. The inside index: Television...........4 Opinions Daly record........11 Sports..........14-15 Comics............15 Bus strike? Amalgamated Traiisil Union. AFkCIO. representing 13.000 drivers, mechanics and clher employes of Ihc Greyhound tins company, has called for a si rike vole nfler national contract negoliations broke down. The present contract expired al midnight Monday. TK. 'i-- Cloudy Skies tonight will be moslly cktudv. wilh 9 few icaiicred Tempera lures sMyfrf wgc ifl Us arxi 50s looKjM and Wednesday. fwecaM is 'or partly ites and i chaow ol more in Wednesday e Will Rogers "There is no vote trading done in Congress! Who said (here was, anyhow'? Well, he oughl to be ashamed of himself, for slandering a fine bunch ol men, if he said ISM UNITED NATIONS (AP) AJric.-jn delpjwlions to Ihe United Nations arc formulating their response to a Western resolution Tor an indefinite amis embargo against Soulh Africa introduced in die U.N. Security Council aflcr the Western Big Three vetoed African resolutions calling for military and economic sane- lions, A spokesman Eor Ihc African bloc, Hailha K. Ramphul of Mauritius, said his group "likely" would propose nmcnd- montMo (he resolution. The new resolution, mlrrduccd Monday night by West Germany and Canada, would call on all U.N. members to stop shipments of weapons to South Africa's white government uulil Ihe Security Council filled Ihe ban. But il omits a ban on nuclear cooperation which the Africans called for in their vetoed arms embargo resolution. Ttic council adjnumcd to let the 49- ctttion African bloc cooler on (be new rcsolulion. One resolution did pass the Security Council on Monday. Prompted by the crackdown Oct. 19 on black organizations and leaders sliil al largo, it demands lhat Ihe South African government release all persons imprisoned or restricted under security laws or lor opposing the apartheid racial policies and lift the bans on organizations and newspapers opposed to apartheid The resolution, sponsored by Benin. Libya and Mauritius as African members of the lii-nalion council, passed unanimously. Then came three triple vetos hy Ihc United Stoics, Britain and Franco, the largest number in one day in the history ot Ihc council. They killed resolutions thai would fmv: -Asked aU ir..Y member governments to refrain from inveslmerits in. Joans loor encouragement of trade with South Africa. on a mandatory arms embargo and called for an end to nuclear cooperation Mith South A -Declared that South Afrir-a had threatened international peace and security and persistently violated prin- ciples of the U.N. Rap session Andrew Young, righl, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, huddles Monday wilh unidentified aides during Security Council debates on South Africa. (AP Laserphoto) U.S. missiles WASHINGTON i.ATl Pentagon experts believe devolnpnifrLl of the cruise missile has largely nullified the Soviet Vnion's billion air defense .system and that Moscov; would to launch a program to catch up, Pofen.se officials said Monday lhat even uijh a 550 billion crash program, tlie Soviets would trail Ihe United Stales il Ihe PculajVin continues to improve the sophistication of Die new Cruise miSMl.'1 improvements, now being developed can be made opr rational faster lhan Ihe Russians can update their air defensesystem. Ihc defense officials said. The officials, rebutting a piblisticii report questioning Ihe "capon's said they are confident the present cniisc missile-can praolralccurronl Soviet air defenses Presidon! (Virlcr has decided lo slop up development of the cruise missile, choosing it over the proposed B-l bomber as Ihe nation's major strategic weapon. But il faces a Soviet defense system described by Ihe Pen- t.ipon .is (lie most e.vlcnsive in Ihe uorld. involving .WOOi persons, more lhan 12.mii) surlace-lo-sir anli-aircraft'missiles stationed al 1.000 siles. and S.rmoirerafl. The cruise missile. ,1 technology by uhich the United Slates is believed lo lead Ihe" Russians by al least New study challenges oil industry's claims five ycJrs. essentially is a small, pilolless jet plane which can carry cither nuclear or conventional warheads. About 14 feel long and 2 feet in diameter, il files al about 650 miles an hour as low as W feet above the surface, presenting U s. planners hope u-ould be a nightmare for defensive rad.ir. Defense officials said the vcapon would be launched in a saturation cloud of 3.000 cruise missiles al the same lime 200 bomhers aliacked Ihe target, further complicating air defense problems. Pentagon officials discussed the cruise missile's capability following a published report Ihal secret computer sludies showed Ihe weapon "would nol have a chance" of penetrating Ihe Soviet defense s.vstem. The report, by columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak. Mid the computer study was based on a studv of Ihe cruise versus Ihe I'.S. Hawk air defense system. According lo Ihe report. Ihe study showed that Hawk radar would locale Ihe cruise and thai a surfacc-lo-ajr Hawk missile would shooiildoun. The officials said once they determined1 lhat itic cruise would penetrate Ihe current Soviet system, theyaskej Die researchers lodesign a system Ihal could deleal Ihe cnJse. WASHINGTON (API A new economic slndy sponsored by a conservative research suggests the petroleum industry' Is exaggerating claims Ihal il needs higher profits. The sludy. commissioned by Ihe American Enterprise Institute, says the apparent low profits of oil companies in past years were actually higher lhan average for Ihe amount of investor risk involved. The pefroleum industry's money- makuig record thus seemed good enough lo allracl inveslmenl money, said Ibe shKly released Monday. That conclusion seems to challenge one of Die oil industry's chief arguments for deregulation of oil and natural gas prices. The industry has contended lhat controlled prices make profits loo low to attract in- vcslors, thus hampering exploration and development ol new energy sources. :t The analysis was prepared for the Washinglon-basod institute by Shyam Sunder, assistant professor of accounting al Ihe Graduate School of Business of the University ol Chicago. Sunder first figured eul Ihe profits of Ibe oil industry ovpr Ihe past IS years by the usual measurement s, such as return on net worth, ot return on asscls. He concluded, as others have found, that the industry's profits lagged behind U.S. industry in general unli) the sleep price increases associated wilh Ihc Arab oil embargo of M73-74 Sunder said recent profit? only made up lor Die lower profits of earlier years and may nol represent a futuretrend. Bui in his analysis, Sunder noled lhat standard profit measurements fail lo lake tnloaccounl an mvfJ'or's risk. To wclii'le the ris's factor, he did a serifs of unusual and complicated calculations. Busnap case goes before judge today OAKLAND. Calif. (API men who admit kidnapping a Chowchilia school driver and 26 children last year now- must defend Ihemselves against charges thai theviclimswereinjuredintheslranger-lhan-fictionorde.il. Bus driver Ed Hay. who became the hero of Ibe mass abdaciion, was scheduled as the lead-off witness today. Fred Woods. 36, James Schoenfeld, X, and his brother. Richard Schoenfeld, 24, have pleaded guilty to Ihe kidnapping, the motive for which remains a mystery The pica could get them life sentences with f ligibility for parole in sewn years. But they have pleaded innocent to "ladnapping wilh bodily a charge that carries 3 mandatory life terra without the possibility of parole Eight of the kidnapped children were also to appear in the trial, confronting their abductors (or the first time since July )976. The defense, aware that children will be the star witnesses, has chosen a trial by judge rather than by jury which might be waved by sympathy for the. youngsters. The defendants claim that not only were the children unharmed, but there also was never any intention to harm them. "This was really something that came up as a fluke that was perpetrated by three not too brilliant public defender LesterJendronhassatd. He and other defense are expected lo note that the kidnappers provided matlresses, food and ventilation in the buried moving van which held Ray and the children. 1   

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