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   Delaware County Daily Times (Newspaper) - July 31, 1975, Chester, Pennsylvania                              Delaware County 99th 277 HOME DELIVERY 75 CENTS MOTOR ROUTE   E. 8th St., Chester, Pa, Ads TR All rfcpimmentsTB 8-1651. HonwDeliverics-TScperwwtc. DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) A Bucks County carpenter has been exonerated for the fatal shotting of a former prison escapee from North Carolina 11 days ago. Kenneth Biehn. the Bucks County district attorney, and Northampton Police Chief William Feeney said Wed- nesday their investigation of the shooting showed the carpenter, George Dorwart, 26, thought the former prisoner was about to commit a felony. The former inmate, Woodrow Wilson Gillis, about 50, escaped from a North Carolina prison farm to Philadelphia in 1967. He lived there as a model citizen until his true identity was disclosed. He gained some degree of recognition earlier this year when Gov. Milton J. Shapp of Pennsylvania refused to ex- tradite him to North Carolina to serve the remainder of his prison term. Bucks County authorities said Gillis apparently was inside Dorwart's home in Churchville illegally. Dorwart discovered Gillis in his house July 20, held him in the kitchen while his wife telephoned the police. But Dorwart's gun accidentally went off and killed him. County to buy land? MEDIA COURTHOUSE- Delaware County Com- missioner Nicholas F. Catania announced Wednesday he is conducting negotiations to determine whether parkland may be acquired in the vicinity of the Penza tract in Nether Providence. Catania made the disclosure during the weekly county commission meeting in response to queries by Mrs. Ida W. Surrency of Nether Providence, head of a group that wants the county to pur- chase a section of the Penza property. Catania reported he had recently spoken to a Penn- sylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) representative concerning proposajs for a park near the 56-acre Penza tract on Baltimore Pike. He said he has scheduled a meeting next week with Penn- DOT officials, but declined to say specifically what property he's attempting to acquire for a county park. Mrs. Surrency said a new bulky report titled "Open Space and Recreation prepared by two consulting firms for the county, recom- mends that the Penza property be purchased by the county for a park. Mrs. Surrency suggested that the commissioners vote to accept the report, prepared jointly by the Von Storch Burksavage architectural firm of Media, and Direction Associates Inc., of Springhouse. However, Commission Chairman Harry A. McNichol nixed any official action on the issue, explaining that in Sep- tember there would be three public hearings concerning Mau's idea not stupid' MEDIA COURTHOUSE- Delaware County com- missioners were told Wed- nesday they should get behind Car) Mau's plan to build wind- mills to save both energy and tax dollars. "Mr. Mau's idea isn't as stupid as it said Franklin H. Mackenzie of Lansdowne, an inventor who said he has 65 patents. At last week's county com- mission meeting Mau, a Media publisher, said the county could save annually by having windmills on top of the Media courthouse. However, Mackenzie said a survey should be made to determine the best locations for the windmills to "harnass the wind" to generate electricity and other energy. "There is absolutely no question there's enough power in the wind going over Delaware County to do what Mr. Mau says can be Mackenzie declared. Mau told the commissioners that Silvio (Babe) D'Ignazio plans to have a windmill built on top of his Media restaurant and another at his produce farm in Oxford, Chester County. recommendations in the report. McNichol said the county has made no progress in trying to buy a section of the Penza tract for parkland, stressing Penza owner Claude DeBotton is "anxious" to build townhouses and mid-rise apartments on the property. Body of boy found mile north of bridge PHILADELPHIA (AP) The body of a teen-aged Philadelphia boy who ap- parently jumped off the Betsy Ross Bridge Monday on a dare has been recovered from the Delaware River. The body of Thomas Wynne, 16, was recovered Wednesday off the Wissinoming Yacht Club, a mile north of the bridge. The boy's father made a positive identification at the city morgue. Until the body was found, police had been studying the possibility that the story was a hoax. Oil price controls to end Aug. 31 WASHINGTON (AP) Federal officials are preparing for the abrupt end of U.S. oil price controls on Aug. 31, and Congress Is moving to soften the impact on the consumer of higher petroleum prices after the House killed President Ford's plan for end to controls. Federal Energy Ad- ministrator Frank G. Zarb, declaring we are extremely disappointed" by the House rejection, said: "Et the President's direction, FEA is making necessary preparations for an orderly transition" from controlled oil prices on Aug. 31. The House voted 228 to 189 Wednesday night against Ford's plan. The action was the second time in two weeks that the House has turned down a White House proposal to phase out oil price controls, and an i FEA official said after the vote there would be no more ad- ministration attempts to compromise with Congress on decontrolling prices. (Delaware County's two congressmen split on'the plan. U.S. Rep. Robert Edgar (D-7th District) of Marple voted to kill Ford's and U.S. Rep. Richard Schuize (R-5th District) voted (or it.) The FEA estimates that overall petroleum prices will increase about 4 cents to 6 cents a gallon over the six-to-nine months following the Aug. 31 expiration of price controls. The expiration means the end of lid on eld makes up more than 60 per cent of oil.   

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