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   Billings Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1975, Billings, Montana                                Comp case falling apart turns HELENA effort of attorney-general Robert L. Woodahl to prosecute two men on charges of stealing from the state is in something of a shambles. The long-recessed trial is to resume in district court In Helena on Monday with only five of the original nine charges still stan- ding. The other four have been dismissed because of apparent defects in the legal work of Woodahl and his team of special prosecutors. More trouble appears on (he horizon with the defense pre- pared to challenge the legal underpinnings of the remaining charges. To add insult, one of the defendants has filed a, million damage suit against Woodahl in district court in Shelby. Among other th ngs, the suit Implies that Woodahl should have his head examined. Accused in the current trial are Lavon R. Bretz, a prominent U.S. staff evacuates Cambodia PHNOM PENHV iCambodia (AP) The U.S, Embassy is evacuating three-fourths of its staff to Bangkok because of fears that chaos could erupt as the rebels tighten their stran- glehold on Phnom Penh, Ameri- can sources said Saturdav. The sources said" Washington ordered the reduction because of concern that anarchy and panic could break out as the Com- munist led Khmer Rouge in- surgents close in on Phhom Penh. The evacuation, which .began with a small group on Friday, will leave about 50 Americans in Phnom Penh from the 200-person staff. All non-Cambodian staff of two American relief agencies left for Bangkok on Saturday as did the staffs of the Japanese and South Korean embassies. Sharp clashes were reported eight miles south of Phnom Penh along the Bassac River. Field reports said insurgents were moving artillery pieces along the banks of the Mekong River, 23 miles southeast of the capital. Military activity slowed on the northwestern front six miles from Phnom Penh, but both sides were reported send- ipg troops into the area. An estimated insurgent troops are reported in the greater Phnom Penh defense zone, facing an equal number of government troops. In addi- tion, military analysts say that as many as more insur- gents are free to move toward Phnom Penh after capturing (he town of Neak Luong several days ago. An Asian diplomat said a large insurgent attack against the capital's airport four miles west of town could be expected in the near future. Twenty rockets hit the airport Satur- day, but the U.S. airlift of food and supplies continued. Police said live people were wounded. The government abandoned Kompong Seila and evacuated the troops to bolster the faltering defenses of Phnom Penh. The soldiers said they had been ordered (o go right into combat upon their arrival in Phnom Penh but had refused to do so until llicir back pay came. The incident occurred as leg- islators were promising to in- troduce measures to provide better support for the troops, in- cluding salary increases, im- proved medical care and veter- an's benefits. In a series of austerity meas- ures, the government ordered all civilians to turn in their weapons, moved the start of the nightly curfew up from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m. and closed bars, movie theaters and sports events. President Lon Nol, who left Cambodia last week on a, trip that is expected to become po- litical exile, asked Indonesian President Suharto to help find a peaceful settlement to the Cam- bodian War. The two men met on the Indonesian island of Bali, where Lon Npl is resting. Great Falls lawyer, and Merril Cline of Shelby, once convicted in California of blowing up a barber shop. The prosecution emerged tattered and torn last week after the Montana Supreme Court declined to intervene In the case. The result was lliat the decision of District Court Judge Gordon R. Bennett to dismiss three of the charges was indirectly allowed to stand. One of the dismissals was caused by sloppy work on the part of the prosecution in drafting its charges. The prosecution termed it a "scrivener's error." That charge accused Cline and Bretz of obtaining money under false pretenses. The charge alleged that they committed the offense between Jan. and Feb, The prosecution claimed the first date should have been in (Turn to Comp on P. 10) United Inteimtiooa] President Chiang Kai-shek of Nationalist China is shown with then-Gen. Dwight D. ,v Eisenhower (top photo) in 1946, with then-' Lyndon B. Johnson and Vice President Chen Chang (center photo) in 1961 FBI Hearst-hunters find bomb materials MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) An armed raiding party in search of Patricia Hearst ar- rested four persons and seized bomb mak- ings and radical writings but did not find the fugitive newspaper heiress, authorities said Saturday. San Mateo County Sheriff John R. Mc- Donald, a member ot the parly that raided an apartment here Friday night, said, "We feel we had a pretty good lead and we have every reason to believe she is still there." He said he meant Miss Hearst might have taken refuge at some other spot in the San Francisco Bay area. "She doesn't move around that much and when she gets into an area, she usually McDonald said. He refused to say what kind of lead prompted authorities to make the raid. McDonald said he believed Miss Hearst might have fled to the Santa Cruz mountains, about 40 miles to the south, and said the FBI had alerted Santa Cruz County authorities to the possibility. A spokesman for the Santa Cruz sheriffs of- fice said there had been no word (rom the FBI. Earlier Charles Bates, FBI agent in charge of the Hearst case, said the tip that led to the raid may have been "one ol those hundreds of sighting we've had." He refused to comment on any of the material seized. FBI agent Frank Perrone said he had no comment on McDonald's statement's other than that authorilies had no proof that Miss Hearst had been in the area recently. He said agents had not contacted Santa Cruz authorilies. A fire which police called apparent arson broke out in the apartment Saturday morning. Police Chief Vic Cizanckas said "preliminary investigation indicates this fire was deliber- ately set." He said materials had been piled on a rug and doused with a flammable liquid. Mcnlo Park Fire Battalion Chief Winn Baker said "in two more minutes the whole apartment'would have gone." Baker said police had locked the apartment doors last night before leaving and they show- ed no signs of having been pried open. News reporters said the firstfloor apartment was in a shambles and the rug was charred. Chairs and lamps had been overturned and sheet music scattered on the floor. Cizanckas said, "We did not leave the placcin that condi- tion. It looked pretty good." (Turn to FBI on P. 10) 89th 339 Billings, Montana, Sunday Morning, April Chiang, 87, dies angw Copy TAIPEI (AP) President Chiang Kai- shek of Nationalist China, the last of the original Big Four Allied le'aders of World War II, died ot a heart attack Saturday night. The 87-year-old general, in his last will released two hours after his death, called on his followers to recapture the mainland from the Communists a goal he could not achieve in his lifetime. With Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin, Chiang joined in the Allied effort in World War II against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan. Vice President Yen Chia-kan, 70, was to take the oath of office as president Sunday morning, as called [or in the constitution. But it was believed Yen would serve mainly as a figurehead. The real power of government was expected to remain with Chiang's son, Premier Chiang Ching-kuo, who has been running the country for his ailing father for the past three years, Doctors said Chiang suffered a heart at- tack at p.m. and died at p.m. Officials said his American-educated wife i anfl his 65-year-ola son were at his bedside when he died. Chiang's political will, dated March 29, 1975, said, "Just at the lime when we are getting stronger, my colleagues and my countrymen, you should not forget our sorrow and our hope because of my death. My spirit will be always with my col- leagues and my countrymen to fulfill the three people's principles, to recover the mainland, and to restore our national cul- ture." The three principles are nationalism, democracy and social well-being expound- ed by the late Sun Yat-sen, leader of the 1911 revolution against China's last im- perial dynasty. Chiang's will added, "I have always regarded myself as a disciple of Dr, Sun Yat-sen and also of Jesus Christ." His Christian wife had encouraged Chiang to become a Christian also and he was baptiz- ed a Methodist in 1931. There has been speculation about what might happen to the fierce enmity between the Taipei and Peking governments once the principal figures Chiang and 81-year- old Communist party charman Mao Tse- lung leave the scene. No sudden change was expected on Taiwan, with Chiang's son following the same general policies. Chiang's wife, Madame Chiang, sewed at various times as her husband's adviser, confidante, ambassador, interpreter and as a government caretaker and represen- tative. At all times she was a tireless spokeswoman for anti-Communism and the Nationalist Chinese government, and a bridge to the outside world (or her re- tiring husband. Chiang, who withdrew his Nationalist Chinese government to Taiwan when Com- (Turn to Chiang on P. Almost anyone may abuse kids ByKIMLARSEN Of The Gazette Staff Child abuse, on the increase in Yellowstone County, is more than just beating children. Three experts discussed the problem Saturday at a Child Abuse Workshop in the public library. Dr: J. Patrick Sauer, a Billing.'; pediatrician, said besides physical injury, child abuse in- cludes nutritional and medical care neglect, sexual assault, and emotional abuse. Judy Dean of the Yellowstone County Welfare Depl. said her office received 163 child abuse reports in 1972-1973 and that a third of the complaints were valid. The reports rose to 220 in 1973-1974 and up to 50 per cent of Ihem were valid. Terry Selffert of the Yellow- stone County Legal Services said Ihere are probably many more Sexual abuse is becoming very common, Sauer said. Ms. Dean agreed, saying her office is Sports of gSHfti toenyLgirls by stepfathers. Sauer added that small children also are victims of sexual abuse. Seitferl said officials attempt to gel sexually-abused children assigned to other relatives such as grandparents so family ties will not be completely severed when the youngsters are separated from the abusing relatives. Ms. Dean lamented that her department has the reputation of being a ehild-snatchcr. "It really is not that she said. "Our main focus is to keep the child in the family. The family is the most important thing." Families sometimes are broken up, however. Courts can cases of child abuse than those order temporary or permanent reported. He warned, however, that per- sons making reports should be reasonably sure that a child is being abused. A disciplinary spanking, for example, is not abuse, he said. Sauer said there are two myths that should be dispelled: people who abuse children are crazy. Not so, Sauer said. Studies have shown that 90 per cent of the abusers are nor- mal. but ourselves abuse children. This is a narrow- minded and naive viewpoint, Sauer says. "Anybody has the potential." Ms. Dean added that child abuse is not limited to any economic class. "It is found in all classes o( people." Saner said statistics show that two children in Yellowstone County will be abused every month. "This is not something that happens somewhere else." custody of a child if either is deemed necessary. Permanent legal custody includes the right la consent to adoption. Seitfert said such action is not taken without a hearing in dis- trict court where the rules of evidence apply. Sauer said an abusing parent usually has a history of being abused when he or she was a child. There are several emotional stresses suffered by parents that may cause them to abuse a child, he said. These include having expec- tations that are too high, serious marital problems, and in- appropriate standards of behavior. Sauer cited cases where a baby's arm was broken because of seemingly slow toilet training. Abuse is sometimes caused because a parent is not happy with the sex of a child. Having unwanted children also can lead to abuse. Drinking water may cost more HELENA (AP) A former Montana Health Department of- ficialsays requirements of a new federal drinking water law could drastically increase mu- nicipal wafer bills throughout Montana. Claiborne Brinck said the act might more than quadruple current water rates. He made the comment Fri- day after a presentation of the Safe Drinking Water Act to various groups in Helena. Albert Soukup, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's water supply section in Denver, admitted implemen-' tation would not be easy. "Most of the larger cities in Montana shouldn't, have muc trouble complying with the new act, but it could provide some prob- lems for smaller towns with less sophisticated water sys- he said. Soukup said he thought the areas where the most problems may occur would be in record keeping and fulfilling labora- tory requirements-. The act was approved last December and IS designed (o a_ssur.e safe public drinking wa- ter through a cooperative state and federal program. Several persons receiving the outline of the act's.stipulations said the Montana Department of Health has done a good job of monitoring water systems and objected to the new federal legislation. The EPA has (lie responsi- bility for establishing drinking water regulations. The states will be responsible for enforc- ing the regulations and moni- toring public water systems. Although the funding (or en- forcement of the act has not been finalized, the official said aid would be provided to improve local water syslcms through granls, technical as- sistance and training of person- nel. A main provision of the act is that water system operators must notify consumers through the news media if violations of the regulations or delays in compliance occur. Another pro- vision allows that citizens may bring civil actions against any governmental agency which fails to comply with the act. It also stipulates that in en- Forcing some of the law's provi- sions the states cannot interfere with oil or natural gas produc- tion unless underground drink- Ing water sources are endan- gered. Prcu First American toy Three-year-old Danny Chau had been in the United States for only a few hours when he received his first toy truck, but he seemed more interested in the goings on around him than his new toy. He arrived in Minneapolis from Saigon to stay with Mrs. Gloria Johnson of River Falls, Wis., right, until his mother can leave Saigon to join him. U.S. receives more orphans By RICHARD M. HARNETT By United Press International The first of three West Coastbound jetliners carrying homeless Vietnamese children, including survivors of a crash near Saigon, landed in San Francisco Saturday night with 18 children aboard. President and Mrs. Ford flew from Palm Springs, Calif., to be on hand for the arrival of the second survivors of Friday's later in the evening at San Francisco Inter- national Airport. The Pan American Airways 707 landed at p.m. PDT. The children had been flown out of South Vietnam Wednesday but were delayed (or two days in Guam because their plane developed mechanical trouble. The craft landed in Honolulu, but all the passengers were transferred to the 707, again because of mechanical problems. The second plane, carrying 320 children, was due at San Fran- cisco Inlernational Airport at p.m. PDT. Ford planned to spend about 30 minutes greeting the children. The third plane with 407.children aboard will land in Seattle, Wash., at p m PDT. Fourteen children on the second plane were infected with chicken pox, and doctors said the rest would probably catch It. The adopling parents of four of the children on the first night were on hand at the airport to meet the plane. The rest of the children qcre taken to a San Francisco Army facility for im- migralion processing and medical attention. One of the new parents was Mark Bahti, 24, a Tucson.nAriz., Indian arts and crafts shop owner, who snapped pictures of his daughter, Kim, 19 months as she was carried off the plane. Kim is Ihe daughter of an American sergeant and Vietnamese woman. Bahti said his wife was waiting at home. He said they have been trying for two years to adopt a Vietnamese child. "We decided to start our family by adopling an orphan he said. The Fords took lime out from their Easter vacation in Palm (Turn to Orphans on P. 10) Index (Six section Winging if Rep. Sam Steiger, R-Ariz., defied gravity dur- Mesa, Ariz. Joe C. Hunt, professional air show ing a 10 minute flight on the wing of a Super pilot, flew the craft, which completed a barrel Stearman biplane Friday at Falcon Field, roll with Stieger aboard. Section 1 World, national news..........1-11 Deaths, weather.........II Section 2 Local news............11-14 Entertainment...........14 Classified.............15-21 Section 1 Area news.............23-25 Section 4 Mafazine..............tt-M Sport........'...........SMJ Marked...............44-U Agriculture...............44 Buincti...............47-U Section I Editorial..............4141   

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