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Nevada Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - January 5, 1976, Reno, Nevada RENO EVENING GAZETTE One-hundredth Year No. 243 A Speidel Newspaper Reno, Nevada, Monday, January 20 Cents Storm slows hunt for missing Fallen trio Oil slick leads air crash searchers to Sierra lake CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) Sheriff's deputies from the Placer Bounty, Calif., sheriff's department headed for a snowbound high Sierra lake early today to follow up on new clues in the search for a plane that's been missing since Dec. 23. A snowmobile party was able to conduct a brief shoreline search of the lake, which is 25 miles south of Lake Tahoe on Sunday, Capt. Jim Carpenter of the CAP said. He said heavy snow ended their attempts to find pilot Ray Roze, 33. California fines car company on smog count LOS ANGELES (AP) California's state Air Resources Board fined American Motors million today for marketing smog-producing cars and allegedly submitting false test reports. The ARE also halted sales effective midnight Tuesday of all California AMC Matadors, Hornets and Gremlins equipped with V-8 engines and announced an investigation to determine if American Motors intentionally falsified test reports. It is the strongest disciplinary action ever taken against an automobile manufacturer by the antipollution agency. Last year the state fined Chrysler Corp. and halted Chrysler sales temporarily. "We have never seen so many dirty said ARE chairman Tom Quinn. "But even more serious is the fact that American Motors submitted false reports to the state which indicated that their cars were actually very clean." Quinn said AMC executives in Kenosha, Wise., blamed violations on neglect of test facilities. Quinn said as an incentive, the ARE will consider waiving 75 per cent of the fine if AMC promptly pays 25 per cent, or and commits the remaining 75 per cent to improving its emission control and fuel economy programs. Quinn said tests conducted by the state show that 85 per cent of some AMC models violate California antismog standards for carbon monoxide or oxides of nitrogen emissions. Quinn said the AMC case is "far more serious" than the violations last year by Chrysler because Chrysler reported its test results showing failure to meet antismog standards while test results submitted to the state by AMC were "totally false." Quinn said the investigation will determine whether AMC intentionally falsified reports or "was merely guilty of gross negligence. "American Motors executives have denied any in- tentional wrongdoing and attributed their problem to lack of attention, poor maintenance of test facilities and Quinn said. State law requires auto manufacturers to test two per cent of all cars they produce for California and submit results to the state ARB. The agency can halt sales and impose fines for failure to comply. Explosion rips oil storage tank Ron Mills, 23, and Linda Williamson, 27. all of Fallen. The search party did confirm a U.S. Navy search helicopter's sighting Sunday of an oil slick on the small, mountain-ringed lake, Carpenter said. The ground party confirmed that the oil was coming from beneath the sur- face, he said. A search plane also reported an aviation gas slick after the oil slick was spotted Sunday, he said. Roze's Beechcraft Bonanza was last seen, by another pilot, within five miles of the lake, flying at about 500 feet off the ground, Carpenter said. The weather kept CAP pilots grounded at Carson City this morning and clearing isn't expected to allow them to take off again until tomorrow if they're needed, Carpenter said. He said it's possible but not probable that the three Nevadans could survive the Sierra cold for the 13 days they have been missing. Carpenter said Roze is an experienced Ship ashore Dutch freighter "Stardust" rests on the beach near Hook of Holland where it was grounded Saturday by severe gales that swept the North Sea area. (AP photo) NEW YORK (AP) An explosion ripped through one oil storage tank on the South Brooklyn waterfront and ruptured the wall of another, spilling heavy crude oil into the Gowanus Canal. The blast about 8 p.m. Sunday touched off un- confirmed reports by wit- nesses who said that the tank appeared to have been hit by a small plane or helicopter just before it burst into flames. Intense heat from the blaze which raged out of control for about three hours prevented officials from checking these reports. Police said there were no casualties on the ground. Federal aviation officials said there were no missing aircraft in the area. The Gowanus Canal, a major route for fuel and industrial supplies, was closed to all traffic as a clean-up contractor worked to contain and vacuum the spilled oil. The blast sent billows of flames and dense smoke hundreds of feet into the air and the tank fire, while under control, was still burning eight hours later. Index to Gazette 2 sections, 24 pages SECTION ONE Amusements.........11 Deaths.. .9 Doctor column 9 Editorials............4 Family Living.......6-7 Markets..........8-9 Sylvia Porter 9 Vitals .......19 Weather.............19 SECTION TWO Ann Landers.. 18 Bridge......18 Classified........19-23 Comics..........18 Crossword puzzle 22 Earl Wilson .18 Public notices.......19 Sports........... 14-17 Television log 18 Councilmen want public to hear testimony in conflict hearing Striking teachers PITTSBURGH Picket lines were up today at the city's 104 public schools as teachers defied a court order to end their strike, which entered its sixth week. At a bargaining session late Sunday night, the school board released its latest offer and the teachers responded with a firm "No." "The schools will not reopen until new contracts are negotiated and said Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers President Albert Fondy. He added that no new talks were scheduled. Food; drug labels WASHINGTON (AP) The Food and Drug Ad- ministration ordered today that fats and oils be iden- tified specifically by origin on all food labels as of Jan Fats and oils now can be listed simply as being of animal, vegetable or marine origin, or in some cases only as "shortening." Under the new requirement, they would be identified by name for example "cottonseed "corn "soybean or "beef fat." By BARBARA HENRY Reno Councilman Nick Lauri today said the Friday meeting of the Nevada Ethics Commission to discuss a possible conflict of interest on a vote he made as a city councilman should be open to the public. Councilman Bruno Menicucci, responding to Lauri's call for an open meeting, said he too believes the meeting should be open "as long as there are no theatrics." Both councilmen have said statements have been made they must have something to hide if the meeting is to be closed Lauri referred to a comment by Common Cause Chairman Robert Barnett published Friday stating, "'One has to question why Lauri and Menicucci want to keep the meeting if they have nothing to hide Lauri said, ''No member of the press ever asked me that question. I staled publicly that I would abide by the full intent of AB 610 that created the Nevada Ethics Commission, f have never presumed to speak for the commission and will abide by any decision it reaches on procedure." The commission will take up the matter whether the meeting will be open as its first agenda item at Friday in Carson City Lauri said if a decision is made to close the proceedings to the public he will personally request the members be allowed to attend under whatever rules the commission chooses to adopt Lauri, a former Reno television newsman, said, "I would also welcome testimony by the press at this hearing to insure the public interest will be served by a full, fair and complete disclosure of the facts I would hope any member of the press who has testimony to give, would volunteer it Menicucci said today that he has no objections to the meeting being open, has nothing to hide and will fully abide by any decision of the ethics com- mission. The possible conflicts of interest concerned two separate insurance dealings by the two councilmen. Short-lived storm in Sierra Light snow possible in Reno Travelers advisories were issued today for Northern Nevada and the Sierra. By noon, there was one-half foot of new snow in the higher elevations. A storm system developed rapidly over the Pacific and swept into Nevada late Sunday, according to Chris Hill, a forecaster for the National Weather Service. By 11 a.m. today, one to two inches of snow had been reported at Lake Tahoe. Reno is expected to get a little snow The storm, however, will be short-lived, Hill said, and clear weather should return to the Reno area by Tuesday. Another storm is forming off the Gulf of Alaska and is expected to come through Nevada late Thursday and Friday. This morning, chains and snow tires were required on Interstate 80 West on Donner Summit from Donner Lake to Nyack and on Spooner Summit U.S 50 from five miles above the junction of 50 and U.S. 395 to Glenbrook. Chains and snow tires also were required on St. Route 27, Mount Rose, 12 miles above the junction of U.S. 395 and St. Route 27 to the junction of 27 and 28. Wind warnings were posted on U.S. 395 from the Winters Ranch to Carson City. Campers and trailers were advised not to travel that route. outdoorsman and would know what to do if the three landed without injury. The intermittent nature of the emergency locator transmitter that pilots tracked in vain for a week gives some hope that the three might have survived. Carpenter said. He said it's possible that the survivors are turning the apparently faulty equipment on when they hear an aircraft engine. Philippine hijackers surrender MANILA, The Philippines (AP) Two gunmen who seized a Japanese jetliner carrying 219 persons at Manila airport in a bid for free passage out of the country surrendered to authorities early Tuesday, peacefully ending a nearly 12-hour siege, officials said. The gunmen 'used their arms and handkerchiefs to shield their faces from photographers as they walked down the ramp and were driven away in a car to be interrogated. Military sources said the hijackers, who surrendered their revolvers, had demanded anonymity as the price for giving up. Airline officials in Tokyo said other conditions were "special forgiveness and pardon" and "better living con- ditions." It was not immediately known whether the Philippine government met these demands. Earlier, the air force chief, Maj. Gen. Jose Rancudo, said he would recommend a presidential pardon for the hijackers if they gave up peacefully. Government broadcasts said the identities and nationalities of the hijackers were "still unknown." However, a Japanese diplomat exchanged earlier for several crew members said the hijackers were Filipino brothers, aged 18 and 24. The hijackers surren- dered to Philippine Tourism Secretary Jose D Aspiras and the deputy constabulary chief, Brig. Gen. Gregorio Fider, who went aboard the parked aircraft 50 yards from the terminal building for the final surrender negotiations, the officials said. Before the surrender, the gunmen had freed the passengers, then released eight stewardesses in ex- change for Japanese Consul Tamotsu Furuta and Japan Air Line's manager in Manila, Sakae Seike, military officials said. In addition to the diplomat and the airline official, the hijackers held 12 male crew members at the time they gave up No injuries were reported in the siege. Officials denied an earlier report carried by the government radio that the hijackers had surrendered to Imelda Marcos, wife of the Philippine president. Home burns, firemen fight Hundreds flee ammonia after Florida derailment Like cordwood Derailed railroad cars lie strewn across broken and ammonia. More than 300 persons were evacuated bent tracks at Earth, Fla. Tanks carry anhydrous from the area. (AP photo) CANTONMENT, Fla. (AP) About 25 people were injured and 700 were 'forced from their homes today when a train derailment ruptured a tank car and ammonia gas spread through the coun- tryside north of here "We've put that many (evacuees) in two schools and a couple of churches for the said Sgt Jim Edson of the Escambia County Sheriff's Depart- ment. "Right now, we think we've got everbody cleared out that we need to Edson said about 25 people were taken to various hospitals for treatment after inhaling or being burned by the irritant gas Light winds dissipated the ammonia and kept it from spreading to the suburbs of Pensacola, about 15 miles south of here, Edson said The smaller community of Molino, about eight miles to the north, was cleared out and Edson said that most of the other evacuees were from isolated areas around Molino The ruptured car was toward the rear of a 200-car Railroad freight train, Edson said Hydrant stolen Reno police are looking for two men who reportedly stole a fire hydrant It disappeared Saturday afternoon from Mill Street and Terminal Boulevard A witness told of seeing two men load the hvdrant into a pickup truck Police said evidence is that the'hydrant was knocked over by a vehicle. BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) A home in Zulte was nearly destroyed by fire while three fire brigades argued over which one should put it out A neighbor noticed the roof of the Mespreuve home on fire and dialed the national emergency telephone number for fire and ambulance The fire brigade in Kortryk, 10 miles away, answered and told him they would alert the fire brigade in Waregem, which is 3 miles from Zulte The Waregem brigade refused lo answer the call, claiming Zulte was in Ghent province, and the Ghent fire brigade should be called Ghent is 15 miles from Zulte. The Ghent brigade said it was not responsible for such a "distant" place and called the brigade at Deinze, 8 miles from Zulte It reached the burning home shortly after midnight Friday. The roof and attic had collapsed. A similar jurisdictional dispute between two fire brigades resulted in the destruction of a home in Dernderleeuw last October.
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