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   Delaware County Daily Times (Newspaper) - August 21, 1976, Chester, Pennsylvania                              Delaware County l> AN r Itrliivan nti'il 1876 1976 HOMEDEUVERV75CENTS MOTOR ROUTE90CENTS Saturday .August PRICE: FIFTEEN CENTS Mrs. Gordon Spiller and unexpected 'gift' Johnny on spot settles in Gordon Spiller family, 11 Broomall Ave., Broomall, returned from vacation Thursday night and has been laughing ever since. You would laugh too. If someone put a two-hole outhouse in your front yard. Four unidentified friends delivered the surprise Sunday night while the Spillers were away, Mrs. Spiller said today. Spiller, a sergeant with the Marple Police Department, did a bit of investigative work last night and learned the outhouse had been moved from a farm in South Jersey owned by Edward Kausholz, a fellow Marple policeman. "I wouldn't put it past Mrs. Spiller said when asked if she thought the pranksters could be policemen. Whoever they are, the jokesters think the outhouse fits Sgt. Spiller's "country" image. The family has its own organic vegetable garden and Eddy, 11, sells some produce from a stand in the front yard. As much as the Spillers have enjoyed the joke Mrs. Spiller's mother, Margaret Groff of Haverford, posed in they will be rounding up some help to move it. The Spillers already have two bathrooms inside and besides the township plumbing inspector has notified them the facility is not ap- proved. Neighbors told the Spillers that the outhouse had caused major traffic jams on Broomall Avenue as with everyone in town coming to see it. The door had been conveniently propped open to give passersby a peak inside. According to neighbors a friend painting the Spiller home, Walter Kortze of Upper Darby, made sure the tourists weren't disappointed with an empty outhouse, but gladly posed. Actually outhouse planting is quite a tradition at the Spiller place. Back in Great Grampa Spiller's day, another outhouse was delivered on the porch one Halloween night. Was there an outhouse at the family home then? "No, the bathroom has always been Mrs. Spiller said. Won't abandon gas Transco chief defends Chester Twp. officials By DEBRA DAVIS Daily Times Staff Writer CHESTER TOWNSHIP The Transco Energy Co. naphtha gas plant controversy continues with Arthur Furia, a leader of the Save Chester Township Committee (SCTC) protest group sending let- ters to corporate officials requesting that they abandon the project. Furia sent letters to William J. Bowen, chairman of the board and president of Transco Co., the parent firm of Transco Energy Co., Houston, Tex. and to Sun Co., of Radnor, the parent firm of the company that owns the property where the plant is to be constructed on Concord Road in Feltonville. H. Robert Sharbaugh, chairman of the board of Sun Co., informed the Delaware County Daily Times that the property involved is owned by Sun Oil Co. of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Sun Co. Furia's letter to Bowen claimed that "the plant debacle has now opened a Pandora's Box" and added that the character and integrity of the Chester Township Supervisors has become a major issue in the continuing controversy. "Suspicions of corruption in the administration of township affairs have surfaced and prompted a request for personal financial statements from all three of the supervisors by one of the township's Furia wrote to Bowen. Transco officials in Texas in- formed the Daily Times Thursday that Bowen has responded to Furia's letter. They said Bowen wrote a reply Monday. It has not been received by Furia. James Eager, director of corporate com- munications of the parent firm, read Bowen's 4-page reply by telephone. "In township affairs we can state unequivocally that we found the township supervisors to be sincere, wel-informed and dedicated public officials, energetically protecting the best interests of the Bowen wrote Furia. "All business dealings with us were conducted in an open business- like manner and protected the township's interests in all matters. To infer any improper conduct is completely erroneous and without basis of he continued in his letter. Furia's letter to Bowen traced the history of the Transco controversy since it was approved June 3 by the Chester Township Board of Supervisors. Board Chairman Robert C. Wilson and Edgar Green voted in favor of the plant at that meeting. Joseph Palazzo was absent but has since indicated his support. The homes of all three supervisors have been picketed by protest groups, including Concerned Citizens of Chester Township Chester, Aston police may have robbery 'key' CHESTER-City Del. Capt. Joseph Lastowka said Friday local and Aston Township police may have found "the key" to solving several unsolved robberies in the ower Delaware County area. The key materialized, Lastowka said, when Chester and Aston police arrested three city men early Friday on charges stemming from a hold-up Thursday afternoon at Pennell Drugs in Aston's Valleyview Shopping Center. Arrested in connection with the drug store robbery were Michael W. of the 800 block W. 3rd St., Jerome Simmons of the 100 block Church St. and Harold Ward, also known as Lawrence Lane, of the 200 block Elsworth St. Stewart and Simmons were arrested in their homes but Ward Eddys tone teen surrenders In case involving assault EDDYSTONE-Stephen Sharkey, the third youth accused of beating a Ridley Township patrolman Wed- nesday, placed himself in police custody Friday. Police said Sharkey, 18, of the 1000 block of Saville Avenue, ap- peared at borough police headquarters with his attorney, Lorraine Mullen, at a.m. He was freed on bail. Sharkey, Joseph Socash, 19, of the 1300 block of E. 13th Street, and a 16- year-old boy are accused of beating Joseph Carollo, 25, outside the Eddystone Methodist Church at 9th and Saville Ave. Carollo answered an assist call from Eddystone police concerning several youths causing a distur- bance near the church. Carollo was listed in satisfactory condition today in Taylor Hospital. Socash, who is free on bail, and Sharkey are scheduled to ap- pear before District Justice Harry Merlino for a preliminary hearing 1 p.m. Thursday. A hearing has not been scheduled for the juvenile whose name has not been disclosed by police. All three have been charged with aggravated assault of a police of- ficer. was taken into custody at a home on the 100 block of Norris St. The three were arraigned before District Justice George Paige of Upper Chichester who set bail at each. The trio will each receive a preliminary hearing before District Justice Henry Silva of Aston at 7 p.m., Aug. 26. Lastowka said Stewart was also charged Friday with Wednesday's mid-morning robbery of the Frank McGowan jewelry store on the 500 block Avenue of the States. According to Lastowka, Dets. Grady Berrien, Floyd Sudler and Daniel lacona secured a search warrant and entered Stewart's house to find worth of jewery and clothes answering the description of those worn during the McGowan robbery. Stewart.police say, was the gunman who, dressed in a flam- boyant green suit and straw hat, held-up the downtown jeweler about a.m. Simmons and Ward are not charged in connection with the city jewel robbery but Lastowka said both city and Aston detectives are close to linking one or all of the trio to other hold-ups. (CCCT) and SCTC. Meanwhile, residents of adjacent Aston Township have added their protest. Green, in a sudden move, resigned and was succeeded on the board by Ron Coppola. Furia calmed in his letter that residents of the township "believe the Chester Township Supervisors acted in a manner detrimental to the wel-being of the community" by issuing building permits allowing construction of the pant. "The motives of the supervisors are being widely-discussed in view of their approval without benefit of public meetings and the 'jam it down their throats attitude' of these elected public Furia wrote Bowen. In response, Bowen reminded Furia that he was "fully aware" of a May 6 meeting that was attended by Transco officials. He said the Transco personnel described the project at the regular township meeting in the presence of the supervisors, township solicitor and engineer. He said there were many residents present. Bowen wrote Furia that the supervisors visited the Algonquin SNG plant in Freetown, Mass, prior to reaching a decision and felt that the New England plant was clean and quiet and no danger to the community. Bowen suggested that Furia visit the plant in Massachusetts. The Transco official wrote that the firm wil conform with all federal and local environmental and safety regulations. He said the plant will be monitored by the State Department of Environmental Resources (DER) to insure that the plant continues to operate in a safe manner. Bowen emphasized in his letter that the firm will spend in the area during the 18-month construction period and will employ workers from the surrounding area. He pointed out that Transco has agreed to provide the township with annually. Bowen explained that the money, which is in addition to taxes, will be paid each year the plant is in operation. Bowen wrote that the township will not receive the revenue as long as the project is delayed. He men- tioned that the revenue is money that the township would not otherwise receive under township tax laws.. Sharbaugh said, "'I read the Delaware County Daiy Times and I am aware of the opposition to the plant. I view the synthetic natural gas plant as a kind of plant that produces a valuable supply of gas for the broad community of gas customers. I view the building of a safe, clean plant by anyone as a benefit to the community. There is a slim percentage of an explosion. I have worked in a refinery and there is no danger if materials are han- dled carefully." He said that Furia's letter to Sun Co. had been referred to James Plyler, official in charge of the Marcus Hook Refinery. The refinery is part of Sun Petroleum Products Co., a division of Sun Oi; Co. of Pennsylvania, a major subsidiary of Sun Co., the parent firm and hoding company. Plyler was not available for comment. Richard Pratt, a public relations aide at the refinery, said the letter had been forwarded to him. Pratt said the firm signed an agreement with an option to sell the property in Chester Township to Transco. "Once we sign into an agreement we wil be liable if we break it. We agreed to abide by the purchase option with Transco. The SNG plant is a safe Pratt said. "To be perfectly honest when the option to buy was offered to Tran- sco, I didn't think anyone would be against W. T. Magers, president of Sun Petroleum Products said. "The SNG process is not a foreign operation to us. I don't feel we have to investigate Magers said in reply to a question about the kind of investigation that had been done on the gas plant, product and con- sequences the plant w ould have on the community. When asked if he would ike to live across the street from an SNG plant, Magers said, "I'm not going to answer that question." Chester housing probe turns up no violations BYCAELDIORIO Daily Times Staff Writer Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) probe into allegations of noncompliance with federal regulations in the city has been unable to substantiate the charges, according to a department official. Resurrection, a Chester-based community group, had claimed city housing and redevelopment authorities were not meeting requirements regarding minority involvement in federally funded projects. In early June a HUD official announced the department would undetake an investigation because Resurrection's accusations "seem to have some validity." Now, a second HUD official says the investigation was useless. Theodore Dali, HUD regional Daily director of compliance, charac- terized the charges on which the probe was based as only "a very rash generalization of complaints." Resurrection claimed the city's Affirmative Action chart for using federal adequate provisions for minority hiring and imput. At the same time it charged that projects by the two authorities did not sufficiently utilize black con- tractors and black skilled employes although Chester is more than half black in population. Dali said a HUD compliance check concerning four basic regulations failed to show any wrongdoing: VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which requires that minorities benefit from projects. VII of the same act which prohibits employment discrimination. Order 11246 of 1965 which underscores the ban against employment discrimination in federally assisted construction trades projects. III of the 1968 Housing and Urban Development Act which requires "utilization to the maximum per cent feasible" low- income persons on projects. Dali said the first three areas are difficult to investigate without a specific complaint of discrimination against an individual. Regarding the 1968 act's provision, Dali said HUD has chosen to interpret "maximum per cent feasible" as 90 per cent low-income employes in most cases. However, he said the department does no followup check after project hiring to ensure compliance and plans none. Resurrection officials said they were not pleased with the probe's results. Laverne McNeil of Resurrection said the group had not received a copy of the investigation report so he could not comment more fully on it. McNeil said Resurrection plans to meet with representatives of the Department of Justice as soon as possible to discussfurther in- vestigation into its charges. Amusements 18 Horoscope 9 Bridge 8 Obituaries 4 Church 13 Outlook 7 Classified 14-17 Sports 11-12 Comics 8-9 Television 8 Crossword 9 Weather 2 Editorials 6 Ridley man faces murder charge MEDIA COURTHOUSE-A Ridley Township man will go on trial for the murder of Gaston Poissant whose body was found March 14 in a Shallow grave in the township by a man walking his dog. Michael S. Romansky, 28, of thz 600 block South Ave., had agreed to a negotiated plea earlier this month, but told Delaware County Judge William R. Toal Jr. Friday he wanted to go on trial. No date was set. Romansky, a bartender, was charged with criminal homocide, murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Poissant, 57, of 744 Chester Pike, Ridley Park, was killed in a Chester garage, the prosecution said. Warlock is convicted on drug possession MEDIA COURTHOUSE-A jury of 10 men and 2 women Friday convicted Thomas (Russian) Dolhancryk, 28, a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club, of drug possession. Police found a quantity of the drug methamphetamine and marijuana in Dolhancryk's home, 10 Oxford St., Upper Darby, when they arrested him on murder charges last April. Dolhancryk was convicted Aug. 13 of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of six-year-old Ann Mauro outside her Darby Borough home last October. He is one of five Warlocks who were charged with murder in the youngster's death. She was shot in the head during a shoot-out Oct. 18 between Warlocks and her father, Joseph (Chickie) Mauro, 25. Edward T. (Ace) Kivlin 3rd, 26, of Yeadon, was convicted Aug. 11 of third degree murder. The prosecution said Kivlin fired the fatal bullet. Gaetano J. Devine, 25, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to third degree murder. Two other Warlocks still face murder charges. Thomas (Wedge) Kauffman, 24, of Prospect Park will go on trial Oct. 18. No trial date has been set for Richard (Snake) Rush, 31, of Philadelphia. Sentencing for Dolhancryk on the manslaughter charge has been deferred pending motions for a new trial. Dolhancryk's attorney, Frank J. Marcone, told Delaware County Judge William R. Toal Jr. that he will move for a new trial on the drug charges also. Upper Darby man held for court SPRINGFIELD Paul Burkett, 22, of 4057 Ellendale Road, Upper Darby, has been held for court on burglary and conspiracy charges following a preliminary hearing before District Justice Joseph M. Dougherty 2nd. Free on bail, Burkett is charged in connection with a break- in at an office buiding at 616 Baltimore Pike.   

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