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The Times Recorder (Newspaper) - November 2, 1971, Zanesville, Ohio Today's Chuckle Hope, now in his 21st year in TV, said, "When I started wili NBC General Sarnoff hadn't even been drafted yetl" 10STH YEAR-NO. 242-16 PAGES Your "Good Morning" Newspaper ZANESVILLE, OHIO, 43701 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1971 Today's Weather FORECAST Partly cloudy today with a chance of showers. High in the low 70s; low in the lower 40s. (Details on Page2-A) TEN CENTS Jury Forces Death Penalty Stage Convicted Of Two Murder Char By J. FRANK JAWOROWSKI TR Staff Reporter Larry Freeman Stage, 26, of 724 Seborn avenue was found guilty Monday afternoon of two counts of first degree .murder by a Common Pleas Court jury of seven men and five women. The jury did not recommend mercy making the death penalty mandatory. It was the first such verdict ihere in nearly 40 years. Stage was found guilty of premeditated murder and murder while committing robbery in "connection with the murder of James Edward 39, of Perry Township last Dec. 11. Stage will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, when he appears before Judge Bichard D. Hixson, Defense Attorney John Rericha of Zanesville said since mercy not recommended the verdict would be appealed. The jury was charged with the case at a.m. after hearing closing arguments by defense prosecution at- torneys. The jurors reached their verdict about p.m., a little over five hours after being charged with the case by Judge Hixson. Stage appeared numb after the jury returned from its deliberation and Muskingum County Clerk of Courts Joseph Hildebrand read the verdict to the court. During' the five day trial he had appeared calm. The last Muskingum County jury to return a first degree murder verdict without mercy was in 1934 when Russell Swiger was convicted of the service station holdup murder of Harold Fleming. Swiger died the electric chair in Ohio Penitentiary a year later. In his closing statement Rericha said the jury should find Stage innocent because the crime was committed on Owens Hill, and not at Holmes' Perry Township home, and that .David Homer McCoy .killed Holmes without the help of Stage. Two key prosecution wit- nesses testified Friday that they were at Holmes' Perry Township home when he was shot. Although neither witness saw the shooting take place, one said he heard Stage say he shot Holmes and the other said he saw Stage near Holmes' Violence Escalates In Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland escalated Mon- day in Northern Ireland where gunmen shot to death two policemen and wounded a British soldier, bombs exploded in an office building and a department store, and' civilians and troops battled the. streets. ...of the capital The -two deaths raised to 111 the number of persons killed this year in the four-way battle that involves the province's majority' Protestants, minority Roman Catholics, British troops and the outlawed Irish Republi- can Army Police sources put the blame for the shootings and bombings Monday on the IRA, which is seeking to wrest the six counties of Northern Ireland from Britain by force and unite them with the Irish Republic ,to the south. Twelve persons were injured in the bombings, six of them in the explosion that blew out the ground floor of the Fanum House office building in Belfast and the others by a bomb that went off in a department store in downtown Armagh. Police said one of those injured in Armagh was in serious condi- tion, but the others were less injured. A bombing also occurred Monday night, a hand gre- nade exploded in a crowded East Belfast bar frequented by Catholics and wounded two men, the army said. "The door opened a fraction and all we saw was this hand roll the grenade across the said Margaret O'Hara, co-owner of the Bridge Bar Pub. "No one had. a chance to amove. The grenade exploded under a table where a man was sitting. He had blood gushing all over him." (UPI Telephoto) U.N. Flies China Flag Flag of "China, People's Republic is unfurled by-U. N. guards as they prepare to raise it for the first time in front of the United Nations along w'th the flags of 130 other member countries. Education Aid Bill Defeated In House Inside Index Classified Comics Deaths Editorials Financial Hospital News Jeane Dixon Sports. Pages TR-ACTION Women's Page 1 No Vacancy Rented bath, ground floor. 540. mo. West Main. Call 432-xxxx ii This apt. rented quickly with a fast acting classified ad. Income property must be rented to produce income. Keep vour no vacancy sign out with the help of a Classified Ad. Ph. 452-4561 Ask for Classified The Times Recorder WASHINGTON (UPI) -Op- ponents of school busing- teamed with economy-minded House members Monday to defeat an administration bill that would have authorized biffion to help schools pay the cost of desegregation. The Emergency School Aid Act" was rejected on a 222-135 roll call vote, but its backers warned members the bill would return to "haunt" them before the week is out. Similar legislation passed in April by the Senate, the measure was brought up under a procedure that barred offer- ing amendments and required a two thirds vote of approval, or 238 votes in this case. The bill failed to get even a simple Qasses Resume SEOUL re- sumed Monday at four Korean colleges and universities Mon- day after a two-week shutdown ordered by the Education Ministry in a crackdown on student activism. The ministry closed 10 colleges and universi- ties Oct. 15. because of student demonstrations, but withdrew the order Saturday. Authorities at the other six schools have postponed their opening dates. majority. The administration sought the bill last year to help schools defray the costs of desegrega- tion, whether .it was undertaken under. court order, federal agency ruling, or voluntarily. The House approved the proposal in December, but it died in the Senate in the waning Cays of the 91st Congress. The money would have been allocated to qualifying schools on the basis of the number of racial minority children aged five to 17 in the state and could be used to hire additional teachers, inaugurate interracial educational programs or to repair or remodel facilities. body with a gun in his hands just after the shooting. David S. Green, 22, of 615 Baker street and Charles Bentley Jr., 36, of Pittsfield, also testified they were with McCoy and Stage when Holmes was taken to Owens Hill, the site where his body was discovered in a shallow grave April 8 by a groundhog hunter. Bentley testified he saw McCoy stab Holmes several tiroes and cut his throat after he was discovered alive. An Ohio State University pathologist, testified Thursday that Holmes died from a neck wound. McCoy was also charged with the murder, but hanged himself April 10 in the shower room of the second floor of the Muskingum County jafl. Assistant Prosecuting At- torney Joseph Gormley asked the jury in his closing statement to find Stage guilty of- all the charges against him. Muskingum County Prosecutor Richard E. Bridwell asked the jury to show Stage no more mercy than he had shown 'Holmes. In all 20 witnesses testified for the prosecution and three witnesses testified for the defense. The trial began Tuesday, Oct. 26. Stage did not take the stand in his own defense. Stage was remanded to the custody of the sheriff's department after the verdict was read and the jury was dismissed at about p.m. after being thanked by Judge Hixson. James B. Waite of Nashport served as jury foreman. Larry Freeman Stage, convicted Monday on two counts of first degree murder, is returned to confinement in the Muskingum County jail. Lead- ing is Deputy Steve Roberts, followed by Stage handcuffed to Deputy Terry Garrett. In the back- ground are Deputies William Hoops and Del Thomas (left to right) and Don Hardesty. Issued WASHINGTON (UPI) -De- fense Secretary Melvin R. Laird, joining an all but administration campaign to save the foreign aid program, warned Monday that America's withdrawal from Vietnam may suffer unless lawmakers revive it. Despite these and other arguments, Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield stuck by his threat that there might be a filibuster against any move to keep the 23-year-old program from expiring on Nov. 10. After meeting with President Nixon for more than an hour on the eve of his departure for Vietnam, Laird told reporters- "The fact that economic assistance can't go fonvard will have an effect on the overall Vietnamization program. In order for Vietnamization to succeed, there must be econom- ic progress as well as military progress." Laird said that although billion in military aid to Vietnam was not affected by the aid bill, the measure contained million for economic programs that were vital to the Vietnamization effort that is aimed at withdrawal .of American forces. Laird also said that the military aid program is vital to continued force reductions in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and elsei.vere in Asia. "We feel that this investment of our military assistance dollars has been vital to these force he said.- "I do not believe the Senate action is a final Laird said of the surprising Friday, night vote killing the program that had distributed billion around the world since World War II. "I'm going to assure the Vietnamese that as a former member of Congress, I am sure that corrective action will be taken." India Hits Vietnam Pakistani Positions NEW DELHI troops struck back and silenced Pakistani guns that had been shelling the town of Kamalour on India's border with East Pakistan for 11 days, an Indian Defense Ministry official said Monday. He called the frontier incident The official, Joint Defense Secretary P. Krishnamurthi, also said that Indian antiair- craft batteries fired on Pakista- ni aircraft that crossed the western frontier Monday and flew over the airport at Srinagar. capital of Kashmir. The official Radio Pakistan said.Monday night that Indian troops had made two attacks in company strength during the day across the border into East Pakistan in an area north of the Kamalpur sector. The Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted official sources in Calcutta as saying Monday night the government is placing all areas bordering East Pakistan off limits to foreigners without special permission. The news agency said no reason was given for the action but that there had been allegations of "espionage" by foreigners in the areas. In London, Indian Prime 'Minister Indira Gandhi said Monday India had no intention of attacking Pakistan but is determined not to be caught off guard.__________ Dean Convicted PRETORIA, South Africa Anglican dean of Johannesburg, Gonville French- Beytagh, 'was convicted of terrorism Monday and sen- tenced to five years in prison, me 59-year-old cleric appealed immediately and was released on the equivalent of bail. SAIGON number of American troops in Vietnam dropped by last week, reducing manpower almost to the level recorded at the end of 1965, the first year of direct U.S. involvement, the U.S. command said Monday. The troop reduction was the biggest cut since the seven days ending May 6, when men went home. The latest cut brought U.S. force levels down to men 300 more than were in Vietnam at the end of 1965. President Nixon's withdrawal plan calls for troops to be cut to by Dec. 1. Another GIs were ordered Monday to get ready to leave South Vietnam. All but one of the units were noncom- bat support organizations and' the bulk came from the second military region in the central area of the nation. The only fighting unit ordered home was the 58th Aviation Company, an assault helicopter outfit. The latest reduction was announced as South Vietnam quietly celebrated National Day commemorating the coup eight years ago in which former President Ngo Dinh Diem was overthrown and later killed. Although expected Commu- nist attacks during the holiday failed to take place, there still were fears of an imminent assault. Last year Communists shelled Saigon early Nov. 2, the day after the Nov. 1 National Day observances. President Nguyen Van Thieu Monday placed a wreath at the tomb of South Vietnam's unknown soldier in Mac Dinh Chi National Cemetery near downtown Saigon. He also said that persons holding rites Tuesday for Diem, who was shot to death Nov. 2, 1963 for the first time would have to obtain permits. Gen. Duong Van Minh, the man who led the coup against Diem and his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu, said Monday "the situa- tion of the country today is more dangerous than it was in Minh and former Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky opposed Thieu's re-election but dropped out of the race after accusing the president of rigging the election. Monroe County Man Gets Life In Prison WOODSFIELD Joseph M. Bobek, 26, of Clarington was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the strangulation death of his wife, Connie, May 16 at the couple's mobile home. Judge Robert Tape of Perry County passed the sentence in Monroe County Common Pleas Court. He said Bobck was to be confined for life at hard labor in Ohio State Peniten- tiary. Bobek is a former Bridgeport High School coach. Bobek's parents arid his brother consoled him with hugs and words of comfort in the few minutes they had together after the hearing. When sen- tenced, Bobek relinquished an opportunity given him by the judge to address the court. Defense Attorney Allan Sherry presented a motion for a new trial before sentencing took place. He brought Dr. Itos Bell, Wheeling pathologist, as well, -as a deputy sheriff to give testimony at the hearing. The motion wa.s denied. Bobek was taken to Monroe County jail here where he will be retained until transportation has been arranged for his transfer to the penitentiary. lie was found guilty of second-degree murder Oct. 20 seven hours after deliberations. Bobek was arrested in con- nection with the murder of his wife and questioned by Monroe o u n I. y Sheriff Francis Stilsbcrger. He told the sheriff thai they returned to their home about. a.m. and wore confronted by two or three men wearing slocking hoods. Bobek HIP .sheriff at that time he was knocked un- conscious and when he regained consciousness he found his strangled wife on the floor. Maid Slain, Housewife Shot, Girl Held MANILA whiskey drinking Filipino outlaw killed a maid and shot an American housewife Monday when he was thwarted in an armed robbery attempt. He then held the American woman's 14-year-old daughter hostage for 10 hours while negotiating an escape by helicopter. The outlaw, an admitted member of a pirate gang and one of five men who attempted the robbery, 'seized Susan "Suzie" Butler as hostage after stabbing the maid to death with an ornamental sabre and wounding Mrs. Charles R. Butler with a blast from a sawed-off shotgun. His escape was engineered by two Philippine newspaper pub- lishers and a tough Filipino crime reporter who arranged for the desperado to be flown in the Manila Times helicopter to a mountainous area 75 miles to the northeast where police said he was thought to have connections with the pro- Peking Communist New peoples Army guerrillas operat- ing there. The gunman, who said he was an escaped convict with the nickname of "shotgun." held Suzie hostage for nine hours in a bedroom of Inn Butler home in a wealthy residential area of Manila. He forced Suzie to accompa- ny him on the helicopter, holding the shotgun pressed against her ribs, and ordered two other hostages also to make the trip. The other two were Susie's uncle, wealthy businessman Stewart Raab, 58, and Manila Daily Star crime reporter Ruthcr Batuigas, 31. During the flight the gunman kept Suzie's right arm lied to his arm and held the shot gun aimed at her stomach. Deportation Hearing For Cubans Set NEW ORLEANS It'.S. Immigration authorities postponed lor a second time Monday a deportation hearing for 22 Cubans who entered the United States without visas last; week to attend a world sugar cane conference. A U.S. Stale Department spokesman said the hearing would resume at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Dial, newsmen would be allowed in the hearing room. Dr. Vladimir Cebis, second secretary for consular and legal affairs at the Chechoslovakian Kmbassy in Washington, re- quested the postponement, and also asked that the hearing be made public. Cebis was called in Sunday lo advise the Cubans during the hearing. The first session was recessed after 10 minutes Friday when the Cubans requested counsel. It met only five- minutes Monday and officials did not say why Cebis wanted a recess. The Cubans, 19 of them claiming to be sugar technolo- gists eligible to attend the 14th worid congress of the Interna- tional Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, arrived in New Orleans aboard a Russian-built ttirlxjprop plane last Tuesday. The hearing for the 19 sugar delegates and the three-man crew of their airplane lasted only 10 minutes when it was opened Friday. Nuclear Test Con- servationists lost another legal battle Monday in their attempt to prevent the underground nuclear test on Alaska's Am- chitka Island, scheduled for Friday or later. They made plans to go to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mormon Dies SALT LAKE CITY Richard L. Evans, whose mel- low voice delivered the "spoken word" on the Mormon Taber- nacle Choir radio broadcasts for more than 40 years, died Mon- day of neurological complica- tions from influenza. He was 65. Are Dead NEW DELHI least persons and possibly up to were killed in a group of (hamlets struck by a cyclonic storm and tidal wave on the Bay of Bengal coast of India's Orissa state, the official All- India radio reported Monday. Jnmale Killed MANSFIELD, Ohio (UPI) Fred Don Miller, 28, Cleveland, an inmate at the Mansfield Re- formatory, was killed Monday he and a fellow inmate got into a fight; in the barber- shop at the facility. I1'arm Credit WASHINGTON (UPI) -The House passed legislation Mon- day to streamline the farm credit system, including a provision to let federal land banks make loans for non-farm housing in rural areas. Schools Cloned INDEPENDENCE, Mo. city's 25 public schools closed Monday and students sent home because residents have voted down lax increases necessary to keep schools open. Election Day Election observers pre- dicted a light to moderate turn out a tthe polls today as voters elect local govern- ment officials and decide the fate of several tax levies and other special issues. The polls will be open from a.m. to p.m. Cloudy skies with a chance of showers is the weather forecast. 1
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