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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 14, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                aitoona SRtrror VOL. 180 PHONE 944-7171 Altoona, Pa., Monday Evening, Jan. 14, 1980 Founded June 13, 1874 20t i COPY Russia Vetoes Sanctions Iran Warns America's Allies OLEG TROYANOVKSY another in XJ.N. TEHRAN, Iran (UPI) Iran to- day reacted to the abortive U.N. Security Council resolution seeking International sanctions against the Islamic republic by warning Ameri- ca's allies not to take retaliatory measures against it. Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh in a brief statement said support of the American proposals "may blur our relations with (he respective but he did not name any of the countries which voted for the American-initiated res- olution calling for the sanctions. Ghotbzadeh, currently visiting southern Iran to gather support for his campaign for election as Iron's first president Jan. 25, did not refer to the Soviet veto that killed the U.S, resolution after it had passed 10-2 late Sunday. East Germany joined the Soviet Union in negative votes. Britain, France, Norway, Portu- gal, the Philippines, Jamaica, Tuni- sia, Niger and Zambia voted with the United Stales in favor of the resolu- tion. Britain and France have pre-revo- lution ties with Ihe Iranian public and private sectors, Iran recently cut off oil supplies to the Philippines in retaliation for what it called govern- ment atrocities directed at Moslems in that East Asian country. Iran's relations with Norway, Por- tugal, Jamaica, Tunisia, Niger and Zambia have been limited to low- volume trade. The minister's statement, carried by the official Pars news agency, said: "As we have informed the United Nations authorities at 2 a.m. local time this morning, the verdict of the Security Council and any organs of the United Nations which are not in line with the justified demands of the Iranian people, is not accepted by us and is considered null and void, "Now that the United States' stub- born and baseless attempts have failed, we are calling on other govern- ments not to get involved in the U.S. political games and avoid any meas- ure which may blur our relations wth the respective governments." In remarks made at a news con- ference early today, Ghotbzadeh ruled out the release of American hostages before the shah's extradi- tion and declared Iran would wait "more or less forever" until the United States accepted its demand. Speaking about the mood in Qom Iran's center of power Ghotbzadeh told reporters there has been "no opposition" from Islamic leader Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini to his diplomatic efforts at the United Nations and elsewhere, even though Khomeini refused to see U.N. Secre- tary-General-Kurt Waldheim on his recent trip to Iran. But he warned "the work is going to be much on setting up a so-called package deal for a U.N. international tribunal to study the Iranian grievances against the de- posed shah, if sanctions against the Islamic republic are passed. The militants holding the Ameri- cans at the U.S. Embassy said they had not been consulted on Ihe tribunal proposal, however, and repeated their hard-line opposition to all nego- tiations with Washington until the extradition o! the Shah Reza Mohammed Pahlavi. Ghotbzadeh also said a solution of the hostage crisis, now in Its 72nd day, must be sought in "simultaneous action extradition of the shah and release of the hostages." Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ad- viser Agha Shahi, returning from talks with President Carter and Sec- retary of Stale Cyrus Vance, met with Ghotbzadeh briefly at Tehran airport. Shahi passed through Tehran on (See IRAN, Page Pholo by Emory Wilt Firemen pour water into an 80-year-old building at 1609 13th St. which was destroyed by (ire Sunday night Firemen Find Evidence of Arson Another City Landmark Destroyed By JEFF MONTGOMERY Slid Writer A suspicious fire Sunday night de- stroyed a three-story landmark building built around the tum-of-the-century at 1609 13th St. The cause and estimate of loss in the blaze, which kept firemen on (he scene from p.m. Sunday uniil a.m. today, have not yet been announced. The building, nearly half a city block long and built largely in old Gothic or "gingerbread" fashion, had been used variously as a private residence, school and nursing home over the years. City Fire Inspector Donald L. Snyder, investigating the blaze this morning, said the building remains in the possession of Milded M. Crum, believed to reside in Reading. Miss Crum had operated a nursing home in the building for 14 years. It was ordered closed in 1961 because of adminis- trative and procedural inadequacies. The blaze had already engulfed the first floor when firemen arrived. Assis- tant Fire Chief Frank C. Pielmeier said flames were pouring out windows and threatening a nearby building. Cily police in a criminal report this morning said the fire may have started "all at since a smoldering blaze along the ordinarily well-traveled 13th Street would have drawn attention earlier. The building was believed to have been vacated in August. City Fire Chief Leroy J. Ziegler said this morning that early indications were that a flammable material had been strewn about the lirst floor of the building, then afire. Neighbors said they had noticed strange odors in the area shortly before the fire broke out. Firemen, at first hampered by narrow Man Killed by Car on Kettle Street A 53-year-old Altoona man died early Sunday after he was struck by a car along Kettle Street south of Caroline Avenue. City police reported that Joseph J. Nearhoof of 308 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. was In (lie roadway, when struck at a.m. by a car driven by John B. San" topietro, 35, of 8000 Wedgewood Drive, Norfolk, Va. Blair County Coroner Charles R. Burkey said Mr. Nearhoof suffered severe head injuries. He was pronounced dead at about a.m. According lo Mr. Burkey, evidence noted at the scene Indicated that Mr, Nearhoof was standing or walking on Kettle Street, when struck by the right front of Mr. Samopietro's car. The Impact apparently threw Mr. Nearhoof's body over a portion of the auto's hood, Mr. Burkey said. City police reported that Mr. San- toplelro was driving behind another mo- torist when he saw the car swerve to avoid an obstacle on the road. THe Norfolk man's car then hit Mr, Nearhoof. Mr. Burkey disclaimed earlier reports that the pedestrian had been lying In the road at the time of the accident. He added that he plans no coroner's inquest into the incident, noting that the area was not well-lighted, limiting a mo- torist's field of view, access roads to the building, eventually saw all three Iloors and the roof of (he building in flames before bringing the blaze under control. Fifteen off-duty firemen were called lo back up working firemen at (he scene and to man standby pumpers brought into service to protect the rest of the city. At (he fire's peak, Engine Companies No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, a maximum manpower unit and (he aerial ladder truck were involved In firefighling. Although trees near the building at first hindered use of the aerial ladder, it was eventually brought into play against the fire, which burned through much of (he roof. A second, older aerial ladder truck was later put into use at the fire. Mr. Snyder noted Dial the building was well-constructed, making it difficult to (ear away portions of the wall and celling that hid flames. Also troubling firemen was freezing rain that made footing dangerous through- out the night. However, Chief Ziegler complimented cily highway department efforts to spread salt around the building as firemen worked, He also complimented Salvation Army volunteers who manned their disaster truck at the scene, supplying firemen and public safety officials with hoi drinks and food throughout the night. GENE MOORE, one of a group of black American clergymen refused permission to see the American hostages in Tehran, talks to one of the captors at the main gate of the U.S. Embassy. (UPI) Soviets Stabilize Military Control Of Afghanis tan PESHAWAR, Pakistan (DPI) Soviet forces appear lo have stabilized iheir hold on Afghanistan and control all major towns ami highways, except iri some parts of the northeast, Western diplomats said today. The diplomats, based in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad and in Peshawar near the Afgahan border, interpreted with great caution the rebel reports of guerrilla successes in the northeastern provinces of Badakhstian, Baghlan and Kunduz and the vital Salang Pass to the north. "They may be having some success but have they been really one diplomat asked. "My guess is that the Soviets could easily sweep them up if they put their mind (o it." But the diplomats confirmed that the estimated Soviet forces and Afghan government troops are still sub- ject to hit-and-run harassment by Moslem rebels virtually throughout the Texas- sized country. A spokesman for the rebel group Jam- miat-I-Islami, or the Islamic Society of Afghanistan, said fighting has raged since -Ian. 8 between rebel forces and Afghan government troops backed by So- viet MiG-21 and MiG-24 fighter-bombers and Mt-24 helicopter gunsliips in the eastern province of Kunnar. The spokesman said the rebels had held the regular Afghan units encircled in the provincial capital of Chaghsari for six months until they launched a massive counter-offensive directed by Soviet com- manders six days ago. Abdul the local rebel com- mander for the Shelcan district of Kunnar Province, was killed Saturday in a heli- copter attack on rebel positions outside Chagasari and 18 other rebels were wounded, the spokesman said. The rebels killed 10 Russians in that action and captured two, he said. The Soviet soldiers were European Russians rather than from Soviet Union's Moslem republics. The Soviet forces have started flying equipment into Chaghasari from Jalalabad and are bringing more supplies and men in by road, where (hey are increasingly subject to ambush, the rebel spokesman said. The Hezb-Mslami rebel group said its forces have executed more than 100 local pro-Soviet officials by firing squad. The rebels also said they have blown up several bridges in the Salang pass on the main road south from the Soviet border to the Afghan capital of Kabul, paralyzing Soviet armored traffic. Diplomats noted thai this was not the first claim of ils type and said it was dubious. Jn Islamabad, British Froeign Secre- tpry Lord Carrington was expected to arrive tonight for for two days of talks on the situation with Pakistani military President Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq and his foreign affairs adviser Agha Snshi. Shbhi returned today from Washington, where he iiart talks with President Carter and Secretary ot Siaie Cyrus Vance on the prospects of renewed U.S. military aid, broken off after (he 1971 Indo-Pakstani war. Zia. who says he needs military assistance to help modernize Pakistan's defenses, said he has no idea what pro- posals Carrington will bring. Carrington is expected to fly to Peshawar on Wednesday and to visit camps of Afghan refugees in-the rugged Northwest Frontier Province (See AFGHANISTAN, Page 3) In the Mirror Promotion There was some truth alter all to the rumor that Perm State coach Joe Paterno would be named the school's athletic director. The an- nouncement of that move was made today. Paterno will stay on, how- ever, as football coach......Page 22, Verdict Judge R. Bruce Brumbaugh says he'll announce his verdict Tuesday in the case of a Williamsburg boy's death. The judge wants time to look over the 38 exhibits presented by the prosecution......................Page S2. Hearing INDEX Marlinsburg officials await a ruling by the Public Utility Commission on the borough's refusal to grant sewer service to North Woodbury Town- ship. The PUC is holding a hearing this week and expects to have an answer next month. The hearing is an outgrowth of a lawsuit filed by the township In 1974 after Martins- burg denied the service.....Page 11. Saturday's Circulation: J5.J41 Accidents......II Area.............31 ClmU led. .JJ-J7 Crime...........11 Movies..........M N.Y. Slocks.....8 Obituaries.......4 Features.......21 Sports.......22-25 TV WEATHER TONIGHT: Rain ending, partly cloudy, low in the mid 20s. TOMORROW: Partly cloudy, high in the mid 40s. II.   

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