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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 4, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sltoona flRttrot VOL. 172 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Friday Evening, Jan. 4, 1980 Founded June 20t a COPY 43 Nations Ask Debate On Soviet Invasion UNITED NATIONS (DPI) Forty- three nations, Including the United States, have requested an urgent meeting of the U.N.' Security Council for a com- prehensive debate on the Soviet military invasion of Afghanistan. The request, promoted by Pakistan, Afghanistan's western neighbor, gathered momentum Thursday and was submitted to French Ambassador Jacques Leprette, the Security Council President for Janu- ary, with the support of a broad spectrum of nations from all continents. Delegations calling for a public dis- cussion of the Soviet military moves were well aware of the Soviet veto power that can foil any Security Council action in the Afghan case. But they were determined to at least bring up the subject for discussion in the Security Council or the General Assembly to give world public opinion an opportuni- ty to speak out on the Afghan crisis. British Ambassador Sir Anthony Parsons delivered the formal note with the request to the Council president. Leprette will consult with the Council members today, and call a public meeting to begin the debate either tonight or Saturday. Also today, the General Assembly was to make yet another attempt to break its deadlock on the election of the 15th mem- ber of ihe Security Council, a choice between Cuba and Colombia. If the problem cannot be solved, the Security Council must deal with Afghan- istan anil the Iran hostage crisis as a H- member body, raising the possibility that the Soviet Union or Cuba will challenge the legality of the Council. China Training, Arming Afghan Guerrilla Unit NEW DELHI, India (UPI) -China has begun arming and training an Afghan guerrilla group to combat Soviet invasion troops battling defiant Afghan govern- ment forces, diplomats said today. Reports from Afghanistan said Soviet troops were battling the Afghan troops in a provincial capital and waging anti- guerrilla sweeps throughout the country. The United News of India news agency reported Western diplomats returning from Kabul said today the Chinese are backing the Shola-E-Javed guerrillas who have stepped up their insurgency in tribal areas. The news agency said the rebel group, not familiar to Western sources, has already captured Soviet arms and am- bushed a military convoy in the Tamir region in the Hindu Kush Mounains of northeastern Afghanistan. While the Soviet military machine tried to extend its reach in the central Asian nation, the United States and its (See AFGHAN, Page 3) f j ff- s A 'Say, hear the latest 'What did that maniac do 'Nat Iran, idiot: Pennsylvania.' 's snow! 4 inches! And colder! 'All RIGHT: Good news at SKIERS TAKING advantage of manmade snow at Blue Knob Wednesday were greeted by freezing rain which covered the ground and trees. The only natural-snow accumulation is at right o! the first couple on the chairlifl. Photos by Paul Singer Snowguns were used to prepare Fairway Hills slopes for the opening Sledding's Been Tough For Area Snowmobilers By JEFF MULHOLLEN For the Mirror Local snowmobile and ski equip- ment dealers are suffering through one of their worst winters in memory. They say only a series of blizzards in the next few weeks can rescue them. The dealers in winter sports equip- ment are experiencing plummeting sales because of the lack of snow. They also cite poor economic conditions. Bill Harshbarger, a Scorpion snow- mobile dealer in Duncansviile, summed up the plight of local dealers this way: "In our area snow makes good business, If we don't get any, our whole economy suffers. To us, snow means money." Mr. Harshbarger said the situation shows up in "floor traffic" at his store. "It's reduced to the point where it is almost nonexistent." Sales of ski equipment in the Al- toona area have also reflected the absence of snowfall. However, ski equipment salesmen do not paint near- ly so bleak a picture as those who sell snowmobiles. The consensus seems to be that (he purchases of skis and related gear ran (See SNOWMOBILES, Page 3) It's Been Blue All Winter at The Knob By PAUL E. SINGER Staff Writer Skiers are not the only thing going downhill at Blue Knob this year. The lack of natural snow in the first two months of the season has cut the ski resort's business by nearly 75 percent. After a record year in 1973, followed by a beiter-than-average season last winter, the slopes have onEy been dotted with skiers so far this winter. "Skiers just don't want to ski unless there is <real) snow on the Emory Mussetman, general manager said. "We have been making our ow.-i snow, but they simply don't want to come because natural snow is missing in the surrounding woods. "We just went through what should have been our best business period, the Christmas and New Year's holidays. But they didn't he said. "Our crowd was only 25 percent of what tast year's was during the The Christmas week is the best time of the season, Mr. Musselman said. Schools are on vacation, many business firms either cut back or shut down, and many people schedule vacations at that time so they can go skiing. "But with no snow, no he said. He explained that 50 percent of the slopes at Blue Knob are equipped with snowmaking devices. And skiing condi- tions have been fair to good on many days, but the skiers haven't made Ihe trip to the mountain. may be hurting, but we're not in as bad shape as Ihe ski resorts in (See BLUE KNOB, Page 3) Daugherty Gets Second Life Term By PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Judge John Cherry this morning imposed a second life term, plus 10 years, on the killer of a Blair County gas station attendant in 1973. The sentence was given to Jeffrey Joseph Daugherty, 24, of Taylor, Mich., who murdered George David Karns, 18, a gas station attendant at the Shaw Oil Co, in Duncansviile in March 1976. "My only comment is he got off said Carl Shaw, the owner of the gas station and employer of the victim who has followed the Daugherty case through almost four years of court proceedings, Mr. Shaw said Blair County courts "did all they could do" in sentencing Daugher- ty. Daugherty was tried in February 1977 for the murder of the Karns youth, and a Blair County jury returned a verdict of murder in the first degree with tJierecom-. me'ndation that Daugherty be sentenced to death. The death penalty in the Karns murder was ruled out in December 1977 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found ihe death penalty statute unconstitutional. Blair Counly District Attorney Thomas G. Peoples, commenting in 1977 on the Supreme Court finding, said he had a feeling of frustration mixed, with anger- Mr. Peoples this morning asked Judge Cherry to impose the maximum sentence possible on Daugherty and he did. Daughery also received another 10 years for the robbery of the Shaw Oil Co. and was placed on 10 years probation follow- ing that for assault stemming from the robbery. Daugherty was sentenced on a second charge of robbery today. He was con- victed in the summer of 1977 for the robbery of Carey's Cafe and for the beating of a female bartender in the cafe, Mary Mauk. Daugherty received 10 to 20 years and an additional two years probation for the cafe crimes, but those sentences will run concurrent with the life-plus-10 years im- Iran Militants Want Custody Of Top Envoy TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) Moslem mili- tants holding 50 Americans hostage called on Iran's Foreign Ministry today to hand over U.S. chief of mission Bruce Laingen. now held in protective custody at the Foreign Ministry building, The students also said one of the hostages, Air Force Lt. Col. David Roeder, 40, of White Fish Bay, Wis., would be tried on a charge of bombing the Vietnamese people during the Vietnam War and invited Vietnam to allend the proceedings. The hardline declaration was issued hours afler U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim left Tehran for Zurich after an unsuccessful, four-day diplomatic mission to try to secure the release of the hostages. In Zurich, Walhheim said today he was returning with "certain Ideas" worked out with the Iranian Revolutionary Council which he will submit to the U.N. Security Council on Monday. But Waldheim, in an airport interview televised by ABC's Good Morning Ameri- ca, refused to disclose the ideas or say whether they would be acceptable to the Security Council which has threatened to impose economic sanctions on Iran unless the 50 American hostages are released by Jan.7. Waldheim spend and hour and 40 minutes at Kloten airport in Zurich before taking off on a scheduled Swiss Air flight for New York. The communique virtually ordered the Foreign Ministry to give Laingen up to the militants but made no mention of two other Americans held in protective custody at the Foreign Ministry. "It is essential that you advise Bruce Laingen, charge d'affaires of the Ameri- can house of spies in Tehran, to present himself at the den of espionage to give explanations regarding spying documents found at the den of tlte com- munique said. "Responsibility for transferring him to the den of espionage rests with that the communique said. Laingen, 57, of Odin, Minn., and politi- cal officers Victor L, Tomseth, of Spring- field Ore., and Michael Howland were outside the U.S. Embassy when it was seized Nov. 4. The other 50 hostages inside the em- bassy today began their third month of captivity. The militants for the first time de- nounced one of the hostages, Roeder, as a "war criminal." "We shall invite the brave and struggl- ing nation of Vietnam to send represent- atives to attend the trial of this American war criminal and mercenary spy." the communique said. It said the shah's extradition to Iran and return of his wealth to the Iranian government treasury were the "minimum demands" put forward by Iran. In Qom, headquarters of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, supporters of the Islamic strongman clashed with followers of dissident Ayatollah Sayed Kazem Shartatmadari. The rioters shattered glass windows in shops on a main street close to Shariat- madari's home and only a few blocks away from Khomeini's headquarters. Five Major Retailers To Stay Open Sundays By TOM GIBB Staff Writer The holiday shopping season is over, but for some Sunday store openings will continue. Five of the eight major department stores in the Altoona area plan to continue the Sunday hours which several months ago drew sharp protests from the Ecu- menical Conference of Greater Altoona. During December, all eight stores were open Sunday afternoons. Hess's, Gee Bee, K marl, Hills and Mason's are all planning to continue their Sunday hours, while J.C. Penney Co., Sears and Gable's say they'll be closed, for the time being. Station Mall and Logan Valley Mai] also have decided to discontinue Sunday hours. "We don't know yet if we'll do this alt Ronald Shuler, manager of the local Penney store, said today. "We held a meeting here in the mall and decided not to open on Sundays during January, February and March. We'll hold another meeting in March to decide what to do from there." All three department stores that won't be open this Sunday weren't open las! Sunday either. The Sunday after Christmas is con- sidered by some merchants to be part of the holiday shopping season, but none of the stores open the Sunday after Christ- mas have since decided to cancel their Sunday hours. "It's usually a case where, if one of us stays open on Sunday, we all stay open Mason's manager Richard Ebersole said today. "That's the general (See STORES, Page 3) posed in the Karns case. The sentencing today concluded more than three years of work by the Blair County court in trying Daugherty and his girlfriend, Bonnie Heath, for four crimes committed in March of 1976. Daugherty had previously been sen- tenced to life plus 17 years for the murder of Elizabeth Louise Shank, 40, a clerk at Jack's Quik Market, and for the robbery and beating of a clerk, Ruth Montgomery, at Ricche Music Store. The robbery Ricche's occurred March 4, 1976. On the night of March 9, Daugher- ty killed Mrs. Shank and robbed Carey's Cafe. On March 11. he killed the Karns (See DAUGHERTY, Page J) JEFFREY DAUGHERTY Baby Medically Dead, Stepfather May Face Murder Trial WICHITA. Kan. (UPI) Physicians have told a judge he should declare a 3- monln-old boy on a life-support system legally dead a decision that could lead to the (iling of murder charges against the infant's stepfather. If Sedgwick County District Judge Ron Rogg agrees with medical authorities that Michael Saad is medically and, therefore, legally dead as a result of a Christmas Eve beating allegedly by his stepfather, Thomas Saad, assault charges now pending against Saad could be changed to murder charges. Rogg Thursday ordered additional tes- ting of Ihe infant, including Ihe temporary removal of his support system. The judge is expected to make a decision after hearing the results of Ihe additional testing. The hearing was to reconvene at 9 a.m. today. Doctors have said It Is pointless to keep Ihe child alive with the support system. "There's no brain said Dr. Katherine Pennington. Rogg ordered the additional tests after claims by an attorney for Wesley Medical Center that Saad, 25, was challenging the hospital's decision to permanently re- move Michael from the machines "only to better his defense." The attorney, John Gibson, said Ihe elder Saad had shown little concern for his stepson when the infant was brought unconscious to the hospital Dec. 24 with numerous head and body injuries, includ- ing a broken arm and rib. Saad told police the child was injured in a fall, authorities said. He was arrested three days later, and charged with ag- gravated battery of a child. He currently is being held in lieu of bond. Last week, Saad filed suit to prevent Wesley Medical Center from turning off all life-support machines despite Indica- tions from doctors the comatose baby was "brain Under Kansas law, a patieni is medi- cally dead if he cannot breathe on his own and his heart does not beat without aid for a substantial amount of time, or if a physician believes that there is a lack of spontaneous brain function. Dr. Richard Gilmartin, chairman of the "brain-death" team that originally tested Ihe infant, testified Thursday that he did not believe the new tests would alter the team's conclusion. The testing will include turning off the respirator for about three minutes while two electroencephalographs six hours apart are administered. Doctors also will inject ice water into the infant's ear and watch for a response. "You almost have to be comatose to tolerate Gilmarlin said. Dressed in a faded grey T-shirt, blue jeans and weathered boots, Saad sat si- lently during the proceedings and did not testify. The child's mother, Karen Saad, said at first she wanted the machines re- moved, but now she supports her husband and wants the child to remain in the respirator. In the Mirror Short Story The Altoona chapter of basketball officials is sporting a new look, and are they cool. Former officer Ron Rickens says "it was something we needed, something new that adds to the game." The Mirror's Neil Rudel explains...........................Page 17. Pure Optimism "I think the future of Blair County looks rather bright if you sit down and look at everything says county Commissioner John W. Gardner. He's getting set for his second term, and first as board chairman.........................Page 29- Tax Confusion Willlamsburg has raised real estate taxes by 1 mill, but according to Mayor Jean Kifer that may change because of a complex situation in- volving several key Borough Coun- cil seats...........................Page 21. INDEX Accident.........I Movies......14-15 Area.............21 N.Y. Stocks...ll Obituaries.......4 Crime.............7 Opinion...........I Sparta.......It-It TV Listing.....11 WEATHER TONIGHT: Travelers' advisory snow up to Inches; low 20-25. TOMORROW: Snow tapering off to flurries, temperatures dropping. Details.............................Page II. Yesterday's Circulation: