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Daily Bedford Gazette (Newspaper) - October 10, 1973, Bedford, Pennsylvania BEDFORD 6AZET THE WEATHER Continued hazy and tonight in the 50s to low Highs in the mid 60s to low Partly cloudy con tinued hazy and mild Thur Highs in the upper 60s to low ESTABLISHED VOL 169 OCTOBER 1973 SINGLE COPY TEN CENTS Butler Appeal Dissent Hinged On His Fear Township Supervisors Of Death Penalty Hold Meeting By NedFrear What it all came down in the quiet reading rooms of the State Supreme was the question of whether George Butler feared the death penalty enough to plead and place himself at the tempered mercy of Judge Richard The three dissenting judges saw a young man terrified by the death and comforted by the fact that the trial judge was telling him he would not impose Butler had told his lawyers he was ready to plead He had come before the court and stood A week he came back and was unable to except to say no After twenty more minutes with his he returned and pleaded And Judge Snyder entered into a lengthy colloquy with the a brilliant examination of his rights and Defense counsel Alexander Ogle of Somerset argued in his brief to the Supreme Court that caution dictated Butlers plea not be In so grave a with the stresses that must have surely been upon the it is obvious that a twenty minute period would not be sufficient time for anyone to intelligently reevaluate his situation and change a plea from not guilty to District Attorney Gordon in his brief to the Supreme pointed out that Butler had never indicated to anyone he was not To the he admitted freely to the had committed these and never in Court verbally said he was not he never changed his but had not made up his mind to actually confess in open Court until August His indication of no plea when court opened on August Stroup was nothing more than a reluctance to take the final Butler pleaded the prosecution brief goes any pressure being imposed upon him by anyone unless it was defendants own counsel which is a ridiculous Defense counsel are and were honorable and respected members of the bar of unquestionable Ogle and Public Defender Richard were alone with Butler from the time he said no plea when court opened that until he came back and pleaded Adds Stroup That this defendant entered a guilty plea is a natural sequence in his relationship to this He had admitted to his friends that he committed the he had admitted to the police that he committed the presumptively he has admitted to his counsel that he committed the murders they would not have countenanced his and he admitted to the Court that he had committed the murders at the Suppression That the defendant took fifteen or twenty minutes to get enough courage to enter that pleas is of no significance for there is no in dication that he ever intended to enter any other Three Supreme Court one short of a saw it To the reason Butler pleaded guilty was his fear that a jury might put him to Defense counsel added at the end of their brief a note that the defendant complains to his counsel that the sentences were con secutive rather than Since they arise out of the same incident and occurred at the same time they should be treated as one and the sentences should be concurrent rather than The prosecution responded that Butler had confessed to shooting Mary Deremer in the restaurant portion of the then going through a gate where Marguerite Snyder was sitting at a chair near a He started shooting at her and she fell over into the Butler ransacked and robbed the little Stroup argues that these were separate crimes in separate areas at separate ponts of The prosecutions brief points out that Butlers girl Karen said several times in Court that Butler told her he was going down to rob the Beechwood and there would be he indicates that Butler was known to the two women at the Beech and intended to kill He wore no made no effort to conceal his Neither the majority nor the minority opinions of the Supreme Court considered the defense appeal In a Chief Justice Benjamin Jones noted that Ogle makes no serious The defense argued that Judge Snyder should have thrown out the and disallowed use of the murder weapon and other evidence found in the at the Suppression Ogle raised the claim that when police asked Butlers Larry to go to Little Washington to talk to the prime suspect should have been advised of his Stroup responded that the conversation produced nothing to help police find the murder What Price actually went was to find and bring back another weapon Butler a Price reported back that Butler had thrown that in the Stroup added that the defense had plenty of opportunity to talk to or have him but never He adds Defense counsels contention that the trial on page 12 More than 120 Bedford Township Supervisors met Tuesday at the Bedford Trinity Lutheran Church for their 51 annual bringing them up to date on new and pending and revenue sharing so they can better serve their township Officers for the 197374 year were also They are Harold Defibaugh of Bedford president James Diehl of Colerain first vice president Calvin Evans of East Clair second vice president John Smith of Colerain secretary treasurer and Charles Daugherty of East Clair assistant Delegates to attend the state convention of township officials next year in April will be Chester Helsel of Woodbury with Jacob Harlin of West Providence alternate Don Cessna of Cumberland Valley Township with Harry Biddle of Bedford alternate and Jerome Boyd of South Woodbury Township with William Ritchey of Liberty During the morning Kenneth assistant executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors told the officials about legislation that effects The acts passed this year include pay for attending conferences and minor volunteer flood relief and salaries for township Two one for counties and one for which Greider commented were those exempting silos and storage bins from property Greider said the state association had opposed the bills because they eroded local tax Turning to pending Greider pointed out several bills the state association was opposed HB 100 would reduce supervisors terms from six to two Greider said this would reduce the continuity of government and was another move to erode solid township HB 468 would abolish local tax providing for collection on the county level and having the Department of Community Affairs set standards for Greider said the association opposes this because it believes the present system is good in that the taxes are turned over to the township quicker than if the county did the and the system is more Although the association supported the landuse tax amendment approved at this springs Greider said the group opposed HB 1056 concerning farmland assessment and special tax He noted that opposition to this bill was based on its lacking safeguards as to how much it would cost the townships in He added that the association also feels assessments should not be based on how much land a farmer but what it Lester field auditor for the told the supervisors that liquid fuel allocations could be up as much as 12 percent next mostly from delays in collecting last years fuel tax after Hurricane Steve Horwath of the PennDOT district office said many construction projects in the district have not yet been but that so blacktopping in the county has amounted to miles at Richard community relations officer for Troop G of the state presented a slide show of the forces beginnings and changes since which Continued cm pan 12 Top Of Th Morning Topics In The News Today AROUND HERE ELSEWHERE Topic A Bedford County Commissioners found out why they didnt get any of the antitrust suit money a group of oil companies agreed to repay state motorists after the Justice Department charged them with price fixing for ten years prior to The charges were brought in a classaction which means one prosecutor presses charges in behalf of a group of other per companies or government The court then notifies the others that they are part of the If they dont want in they notify the court of this if they do want they dont need to notify the court of the decision and are automatically Bedford County included itself When the notification of the pending suit arrived some months ago from District Court in one commissioner was heard to we dont want in any lawsuit The proper notice was sent to the and the matter promptly the Justice Department proved its case last the oil companies agreed to reimburse million to the states motorists through allocations to boroughs and and along with more than a few got Several boroughs and townships in the county did get some as did several surrounding and When these checks began Bedford started wondering where its share Inquiries were and the answer was finally BLEEP said the There were no strings attached to how the money was the same as there are no strings to participating in such a suit the costs of prosecution are taken from the settlement before Such suits are not There is one pen ding presently in California in which several states and home builders are trying to recover over million from seven companies that manufacture gypsum lath and and who are accused of price fixing over several Bedford received notification of this suit this and intend to include themselves in this if any money is to be the local commissioners received several requests for a share of the oil money almost as soon as news of the reimbursements was any percent of zero is 30 Soviets Killed The county commissioners gave permission for the Gen ealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints to microfilm the countys tax assessment records for 1779 to The society is doing research into the family history of its members and will provide a free copy of the microfilm to the county for the use of the The com missioners felt this was a good way to get the records microfilmed at no cost the records have been stored in the courthouse basement for many years and are There are reports from Cambria and Blair Counties that an individual or some unknown group is distributing mimeographed material telling people not to contribute to the United Fund because it financially supports the YWCA and last spring at the national YWCA a resolution was approved calling for tighter gun control The National Rifle Association attacked the but did not tell its members to withhold The Pennsylvania Sportsmans which is against any further also asked sportsmen not to take any hasty ac tion that could harm an innocent YWCA that had nothing to do with the national Dent president of the Bedford sportsmens said he hasnt heard of anyone in this county involved in op posing the United Fund or the YWCA the information about what is happening in other counties was new to He said hes been in contact with the most active members of the local association and so far it hasnt even been Claycomb added that gun control is a touchy subject and although sportsmen oppose restrictions on gun some are also against the Saturday night specials which are not used for The Central Blair United Fund called a press conference late last week and Rod Wolf of general fund drive said the situation there was extremely He explained that the mimeographed slips being which individuals are instructed to send to the CBUF indicating they will not contribute because of the National YWCAs could cause irreparable harm to agencies in that com Wolf said the campaign against the CBUF was black mail and an attempt to either force the United Fund to expel the YWCAs or force the local YWCAs to disassociate them selves from the national The according to could be loss of funds for the other 32 volunteer organizations supported by the A spokeswoman for the Johnstown YWCA said there had Iwen some repercussions or threats from sports groups because of the national but that she didnt know if local sportsmen are actually doing anything to hinder the Cambria County fund which has already reached 61 percent of its She said that the YWCA is in no way does not lobby for its resolutions and does nothing to implement its The resolution that was adopted at the convention in San in March supports federal legislation to require licensing of all gun users and the registration of all firearms and ammunition and the prohibition of all handguns not used for purposes such as law sport and Terry Lee of Everett Rd and four juveniles were arrested by state police Tuesday and charged with the 28 burglary of a trailer in West Providence A transistor two sleeping an electric coffee a shirt and food were missing from the trailer owned by Ray Berlin RD The items were valued between and Entry was made at the trailer along Legislative Route 05089 by breaking a The charges were filed before Magistrate Marion The five were released on nominal pending a hearing at a later State police from Bedford are investigatinga hitrun ac cident on a legislative route near Palo Alto in Somerset The accident occurred Monday afternoon when a car driven by Larry of was hit by an unknown vehicle heading in the opposite Damage was set at Damage totaled in an accident on Route 915 east of Hopewell Tuesday State police said a truck driven by Walter of Buffalo Mills was westbound when a car driven by Max of Everett RD pulled onto the highway from a legislative route and was struck by the Topic A Israeli warplanes bombed the outskirts of Cairo and Damascus in their biggest air offensive of the fourdayold Middle East this Members of the Senate Watergate Committee said they may subpoena billionaire Howard Hughes and Bebe Rebozo for questioning about reports of a cash gift from Hughes to page With at least million already raised by American Jews to send to fun draisers said money was pouring in like crazy and there was no way of counting Shapp termed a two hour session with House Republicans on the budget and tax relief as a very useful but stood firm on his modest tax relief Progress was Colliding headon with an ICC the New Haven Railroad asked a federal judge to fix a date for the bankrupt Penn Central to cease rail White House energy adviser John Love said the would be hardpressed to import all the home heating oil it needs this winter if the ArabIsraeli war prompts Saudi Arabia to cut off its A federal judge said he erred in slapping IBM with a million claiming he would either change his decision or grant IBM a new The Senate voted to expand the rights of property owners when coal firms want to strip mine their but it refused to give the owners veto power over mining The Board of Geographic Names restored the name of Cape Canaveral to the Florida landmark that was changed to Cape Kennedy after the presidents assassination in The action makes no change in the name of the John Kennedy Space The Supreme Court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of a twocenturiesold provision of military law used to convict two servicemen in connection with Vietnam war Richard Thorn burgh confirmed that a federal grand jury had or dered Allegheny County Robert Duggan to bring personal financial records when he returns next week for additional Police reported no leads to the killer of 8yearold Debea but Greene County Coroner Frank Behm vowed Were going to get The missing since had been raped and ap parently The Supreme Court refused to reconsider its ruling of last June 21 in a Pittsburgh case that a newspaper may be compelled to stop arranging its helpwanted ads to indicate sex The Senate passed a bill providing million in additional funding for day car programs in Contributions to the 1973 Cancer Crusade in southcentral Pennsylvania totaled nearly according to the state division of the American Cancer The southcentral region includes Fulton and Huntingdon Dow Jones closing stock averages 30 Indus off 20 Trans off 15 Utils up 65 Stocks off Damascus Hit ANALYSIS Agnew Symbolizes Publics Unhappiness With Free Press Another in a scries of essays for National Newspaper examining issues involving the press that the people should be concerned The column represents the opinion of the and may be injurious to your By Ned Frcar Vice President Spiro in a headier complained that among TV news commentators a raised an in flection of the a caustic remark dropped in the middle of a broadcast can raise doubts in a million minds about the veracity of a public official or the wisdom of a govern ment People by the Millions the Gazette in cluded nodded in We had wat ched the notorious four from Frank Sander John Chancellor and Edwin how they could slash those nasty Republicans to ribbons with a phrase But that was just the Agnew emerged from the and shed forever his liberal with witty phrases and damning indictments of the effete East and the liberal establishment It reached a point where many serious two years were convinced there was an Administration conspiracy to rip the press from its First Amendment pedestal and subvert it forever to the whims of the Nixons of These things had happened The Pentagon Papers with a historic triumph for the free but a close with ominous The Earl Caldwell decision by the Supreme tearing away the press immunity to jail and prosecution for covering up sources and information wanted by A series of tirades by Agnew against the radio and and other spokesmen speaking darkly of greater regulation of broadcast Reporters investigated by the others Reporters freely that press freedoms must be curbed for the good of the there has been a rise in the fortunes of the inksmeared wretches of the fourth estate in recent It may only be because of the downfall of the men who held the levers of In the press may be lower in public esteem than Just because two opponents have fallen is no reason for the press to Agnews attorneys have chosen to attack the They issued subpoenas to men from the major news gathering organizations to seek the source of leaks about the Agnew Judge Walter Hoffman in Baltimore rapidly granted the request for the and spoke ominously to the Grand He in his 43 years as a lawyer and on the that the news media frequently are wholly or partially Hoffman added we are rapidly ap proaching the day when the perpetual conflict between the news operating as they do under freedom of speech and freedom of the and the judicial charged with protecting the rights of persons under in vestigation for criminal must be This the Washington Post published verbatim a long interview between its David and In the Agnew made several very valid points about the Agnew said the media tend to follow the same thrust and too often ignore real news for the superficial or They seem to reach a concensus about whats and overlook things the govern ment is trying to At another Agnew praised in vestigative but said broadbrush accusations were and that probing reporters should not go out in advance of a Grand Then he admitted that he had a hock of a time reconciling the problem of protecting sources as opposed to protecting the people under Agnews suggested solution was to give the newsman absolute privilege as long as he did not permit an unnamed source to accuse a subject of immoral or illegal i a serious which covered many but not the one raised by Agnews latest under pressure if a ruling must be one right is to prevail over Short of and short of any restriction of the free lies the question of the If the press accurately published 1 the knowledge that Agnew was being in and 2 the substance of the charges wheredid they get them If someone is to be is it not the source And if that is then is it up to the press to tell the government where it got the information Or is it up to the government to find out who among its minions is Friends suggest its time to slow down on K By United Press International Israeli planes bombed the outskirts of Cairo and the suburbs of Damascus Tuesday in raids which wrecked a Soviet diplomatic building in The Russians said 30 Soviet civilians were Egypt and Syria both claimed new military suc cesses on the fourth day of the Miiddle East Israel acknowledged it had lost the east bank of the Suez Canal and might face a protracted struggle to recapture In a string of sober com Israel disclosed to its people that the Egyptians had overrun the fortified Bar Lev line on the east bank considered Israels first line of defense and the road as the war took on the character of a struggle of would not be The raid on Damascus embassy row prompted a bitter attack by the Soviet Ambassador to the United who walked out of the Security Council when Israelis delegate tried to offer The Israeli air the heaviest of the were on Syrian military headquarters in the Damascus air fields on Cairos power plants and oil refineries deep inside Syria and a radar station in Israeli military officials Witnesses in Damascus said the planes also struck civilian areas along embassy row in the Syrian destroying at least 10 buildings including the Soviet cultural mission where at least six Soviet employes were A CBS news correspondent in Damascus said Israeli planes scored a direct hit on the Soviet killing more than 30 in cluding women and In the Security Soviet Ambassador Yakov also charging 30 stalked out of the chamber when Israels representative tried to offer Malik earlier told the Council Israel was suffering defeat on the military front and in reponse unleashing bloody raids on cities similar to the acts of Malik said there was an acute need to combine our forces to put an end to the situation in the Middle East on a just basis and to put an end to Israeli Egypt said its forces smashed two Israeli armored bridges and routed two and knocked out 102 tanks in intense fighting on separate fronts in the Sinai A military spokesman said 16 more Israeli planes were shot down Tuesday for a total of 97 since Syria claimed 23 more for a fourday total of In the Golan Syrian military com muniques said Syrian fighters and antiaircraft batteries foiled repeated Israeli air strikes against Syrian In Tel Aharon assistant to the Israeli chief of said Israel had evacuated most of the BarLev the elaborate network of concrete and steel blockhouses along the east side of the Suez Yariv said Egyptian troops had lost hundreds of tanks in their fourday battle to capture the east bank of Suez but now had at least 400 tanks in the area and were able to reinforce and resupply them despite continuing Israeli air Israel had captured the east bank of the Suez Canal from Egypt in the June 1967 war and held it in a 102mile long series of elaborate air conditioned ground level and underground fortifications and communications centers through a years socalled war of attrition that ended with the ceasefire declaration of You ask how long this war will last Yariv said at a news but I say it will not be a short