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   Nevada State Journal (Newspaper) - October 1, 1977, Reno, Nevada                               With the jazz renaissance sweeping the country today, what new currents are guiding the winds of change in the realm (if the blue note? What's happening on Nevada's side of the downbeat ledger? And what's the test in the world of jazz recordings'.' It all comes together in "Jar.; a new feature from Gazette-Journal jazz critic Mark Crawford, beginning with this Sunday's Nevada Life section Crawford, a student and follower of jazz for many a season, has been reviewing for the Reno newspapers for three years. Included in his background are assignments to the Reno International and Monterey jazz festivals. Jazz Changes By Murk Crawford Los Vegas Judge Delays Trial on Hughes'Will -See Halt of Casino Construction Eyed by Reno City Council journal Final i Saturday Morning. Oct. 1, 1977, Police 'Spider1 Nets Stolen Goods Ui undercover ponce anti-fencing ojXTaikiii. code-named SPIDER, has recovered sioim property valued at and is expected to result in 52 indictments. County Sheriff H'.-bCUiHi saio Friday. By Fnnuv 'iooii, 11 persons were ut.st-.xu in the five-month sheriff's spokesman said. Seven -Acre held in Reno and three in Vegas Anoiher suspect is held in connection with the beating and robbery of a store clerk in San Jo.se The operation also blocked one burglary thai would have netted pr.-'ventfvi thf sux.e! sale "i narcoiic-s ana netted two suspects in a fxis.-ible r-orr.icide rase. Galli saia. The toot recovered included a motor- home, a truck-tractor rig loaded with frozen food a nd a hearse The Washoe County grand jun- issued 24 indictments this week, and Galli anticipated 52 indictments or complaints will come from state and federal authorities He said he hoped to develop 126 cases. The police fencing operation was set up in a warehouse and disguised as a legitimate plumbing shop, Galli said. The staff of local, state and federal authorities received stolen autos, firearms, camera equipment, jewelry, credit cards, power tools, stereos, cigarettes, welding ment, CB radios and coins A sheriff's spokesman said un- dercover officers generally paid about (i per cent of what they believed the value of a stolen item to be. But they paid for a Ferrari they be worth and for a frozen food rig They bought a hearse for The spokesman said credit cards brought anywhere from to depending whether hey are for one company or many Of fic-v.' sp ftiUfco fur stolen floods bought from Buy money was supplied by the Law Enforcement Assistance Ad- ministration. Nationally since 1974. LKAA has spent million of tax- payers' money to buy stolen goods in cities. More than l.GOJi persons havelxien arrested. Galii said the Reno operation was primarily local, but California, Arizona and the rest of Nevada also were involved "I think this gives a very strong indication that we have a major problem in fencing." Galli said "We suspected it, but now we know for certain The bogus underworld business was run by Galli's investigative support. i organized crime) unit with assistance from Reno police and the FBI Reno officers started in April by- renting a warehouse Galli asked (bat it not be identified They put up a sitfn identifying the building as a wholesale bathroom fixture business. Then, they spread word through underworld sources that the company really was a front for an organized crime fencing operation The warehouse was manned by seven sheriff's deputies, three FBI agents and two Reno policemen It was under the direction of Tom Benham, chief of me sheriff's criminal bureau, and John Norris, special agent in charge of the Reno FBI office The code name SPIDER for Reno's particular sting operation is an acronym from the words Stolen (See POLICE, Page 2, Cos 1) Spider's Loot County Sheriff's criminal bureau head Tom Beahani looks uver some of the stolen property recovered through a police undercover operation that was revealed Friday in Reno Below is .stolfti- Ferrari worth for which Ihe police paid (Journal Photos by Marilyn Newton) (Doming Capsules it's a Small World ST. LOUIS. Mo. (AP) Patrolman Gary Poelling recovered his stolen Jeep and had a brief reunion with the man he had charged with auto theft two years ago. "That's my Poelling yelled to his partner upon sighting the Jeep while on patrol Thursday. They gave chase, caught the driver and charged him with auto theft. "You caught me in a stolen car two years the driver said. "I just got out of prison for that one." Poelling ran a check to see if the man was wanted for any other offenses: the check showed a warrant was out for failure to appear in traffic court. Officer Gary Poelling had written the ticket. Flunking History WASHINGTON (UPI) National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski gave White House correspondents a history test Friday and they all flunked. Brzezinski, a former college professor, was discussing President Carter's forthcoming world travels and asked reporters what American President was the first to travel abroad. No one guessed. "William Howard Taft in Brzezinski said trium- phantly. "He went to Panama." KOLO Blocks Out A power surge blew all the fuses in the KOLO-TV, channel 8 transmitter atop Slide Mountain, knocking the station of the air for an hour between 10 and 11 p.m. Friday night. A station spokesman said it would be impossible to re- schedule the last hour of the ABC network movie 'Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, "Part I. Las Vegas Court Stops Tarkanian Suspension By JOHN M.WILLIS LAS VEGAS (AP) A Clark County District Court judge issued a permanent injunction Friday prohibiting the University of Nevada- Las Vegas from suspending basketballcoach Jerry Tarkanian as recommended in a two-year probation slapped on the Rebel hoop program by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Judge James Brennan said the NCAA's action against the coach could be reduced to one word: "In- credible." "As far as the case is concerned, I think the judge said it said Tarkanian, 47; the winningesl active River Of Molten Lava Delayed in March on Town KALAPANA, Hawaii (UPI) A river of molten lava poured into a depression on the slope of the erupting Kilauea Volcano Friday, creating a steaming lake and delaying its flow into this seaside village. Scientists said the lake, fust a mile from Kalapana, would probably spill over its banks and begin winding its way through the town's 18 houses and two churches late Sunday. Just about all of Kalapana's 250 residents were evacuated by Civil Defense and National Guard units to a small community nine miles north of here. Gas company crews were busy removing all propane gas tanks to prevent explosions when the lava reaches the village. The scientists said that in the morning the lava flow appeared to be cutting around the depression in the slope but later it turned into the hollow. Estimates had been that the lava would reach Kalapana today. Among the handful of residents who remained in Kalapana was Maizie Yamaguchi, whose family runs the general store and drive-in. "If she comes, she she but maybe she won't come here." One of the last customers was Reggie Pearne, who bought a six-pack of beer before he left. He told a member of the Yamaguchi family: "Well, Violet, this is the last time I'll see you, "No, I don't think she said confidently Earlier authorities searched for five teen-aged hikers who wandered into the danger zone. They were found safe. And the Coast Guard sighted the wreckage of a light plane which crashed at the level of the volcano. A spokesman said two bodies were seen near the plane. The aircraft had set out on a sightseeing run over the volcano Thursday. coach in major college basketball. "I'm real pleased that I got a chance to vindicate myselt. I felt all along that I would be the happy Tarkanian added. "The only thing I can say is thank God for our judicial system." UNLV President Dr. Donald Baepler ordered Tarkanian's suspension in early September, saying he no choice. Tne school was ordered to suspend "Tark the or show cause why the NCAA should not levy stiffer sanctions possibly expelling the school from membership or placing all of the university's athletic program on indefinite suspension. Tarkanian immediately fought back, seeking and getting a tern porary restraining order on grounds that the action would cause him irreparable harm and that his con- stitutional rights to due process were violated by the NCAA's investigative tactics and hearing methods. After hearing arguments last Monday, Brennan did not mince words in his decision, taking the NCAA to task for what he feels, were obvious transgressions of Tarkanian's rights. Brennan ruled that there was no doubt that Tarkanian's claim of irreparable harm was substantiated by evidence that he would lose many sources of outside income if he were to be suspended. Brennan then sliced into the due process question, and he accused the NCAA of completely disregarding the Constitution of the United States. (See LAS VEGAS, Page 3, Col. 4) Fear Lag Of Vital Services By BARBARA HENRY In a surprise move Friday, the Reno City Council voted to ask Washoe County and Sparks to par- ticipate with Reno in a one year moratorium on hotel-casino development. The council, silling as the Gaming Review Committee, decided that instead of amending the city's gaming ordinance to slow gaining growth, it would be better to temporarily stop It. The councilmen feared that more casinos and the additional population they would generate woula overload liu1 city's water supplies, sewers and housing. Including Sparks and Washoe in the moratorium is necessary, the council decided, because instiluled in Reno ahme. ilevelopment would accelerate ouh.kie Keno s city limits. The proposal came one ilav reports thai area citizens aiv 'heir water-saving efforts are being used to create more capacity for new hotel-casino development The Gamma Review Committee, ir.arie up of ul! councilmen, was ap- pointed Mayor Bruno Menicucci because he fell the booming development in Reno warranted another look at the industry creating it. II was the mayor's idea to use privileged unlimited gaming licenses to control j'.rowth the city can't handle tiecau.se it can't provide the basic services Participation by Washoe County in a hotel-casino moratorium doesn't appear to be a problem, if Com- missioner Boh Husk's attitude can be taken as the feeling of the rest of the commission members. "That's Rusk said when contacted Friday night. "I assure you the county of Washoe will go along with it. 1 know the other four people (com- missioners) will go along with it too." Rusk sair! of the Reno Councilmen, "I'm proud of them." Commission Chairman Dick Scott also anticipated easy approval from the commission Noting the area's "serious traffic problems and air and water quality he suid he thought "nothing could be hurt by waiting a year" before approving any more casinos. "And we all fee! the same Scott said of his fellow com- missioners. But Sparks Councilman Bernte Gulla had a different opinion. Em- phasizing thai it was his feeling alone, Gulla said, "They (Reno councilmen) got themselves in a bind we don't have that problem in Sparks because we've controlled our growth." Neither Mayor Jim Lillard nor the other Sparks councilmen could be reached for comment Friday. Sparks and Washoe County have been especially critical of the Reno council's decisions to approve new hotel-casino development in recent months. The moratorium, if Sparks and Washoe County give their approval, would go into effect for one year ana then be subject to review. Almost all the major hotel-casinos (See CASINOS, Page 2, Col. 3) -Index V 2 Sections, 38 Pages Amusements Church News 5 Classified 25-38 Comics 24 Crossword 31 Deaths 25 Editorials 4 Horoscope 33 Health Column a Markets 16 Movie Guide 14 Seek and Find 24 Sports lfr-23 State News 7 24 Vitals 25 Weather 2 H iNEWSPA'PERr   

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