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Daily Courier, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1967, Connellsville, Pennsylvania LAST EDITION [_ urtett SEVEN CENTS! VOL 63, NO. 190 CONNILUVIUE, PA., SOUTH CONNftlSVtUE, PA., iCOTTDALf, PA., MT. PLfASANT, PA. THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 22, 1967 TWINTY-KHH PAGES German Murder SUNDAY SCHOOL SPEAKERS UNIONTOWN Student wit nesses testified that Mervin Thomas Franks, 15, was attacked by at least two youths prior to his allegedly stabbing of a fellow student at German Township Junior High School. Commonwealth witnesses said that Franks, on trial on i charge of murder, was pushed shoved, kicked and punchec before drawing a knife and stabbing one of his assailants Charles Pratt, 14, of Leckrone, who died of a knife wound ir the school corridor last April 17. Jerome Calvert, 16, of McClel- landtown, told the court that he shoved Franks against wall, adding that he was angry at Franks for telling school officials of an incident con- cerning a pen taken from the defendant. Immediately after this oc- curred Pratt appeared on the scene, and also pushed Franks, according to Calvert. Testimony revealed that Franks drew a knife and Pratt said he would "take it away from him." Calvert and another witness, 17-year-old Ronald Edward Shuford of Palmer, testified that Pratt lucked and punched Franks for several minutes while Franks waved the knife back and forth. "Then Tom (the defendant) started jabbing the said Calvert. "I think he hit Chuckle (Pratt) in the shoulder and back and then stabbed him in the stomach." Another Commonwealth witness, Larry Newman of Hoover Works, said he left the school cafeteria just prior to the altercation and noticed a darkened corridor. "The lights were out they should be on all the said Newman, a member of the school patrol. "I noticed a bunch of boys at the top of the steps after I turned the lights on. "John Woods (one of the stu- dents in the group) turned the lights off again and I got out of there I didn't want to get in any added Newman. Later, under cross examination by Defense Atty. William E. Duffield, Newman told the court "I figured they (the waiting group) wanted to fight." Calvert, Shuford and Newman were three of seven German Twp. students called to testify yesterday by Asst. Dist. Atty. William J. Franks. Others were C harles Wayne Clark, Leckrone; Deborah Jean Law, McClellandtown, and John Woods, McClellandtown. All told generally the same story, although they varied on certain points. Most of the dif- Continued on Page 23 G. WARREN PETERMAN King Dance School Will Present Park Program Tonight ETHEL M. L. RIDDLE REV. JACK RICHARDSON There will be a number of prominent executives of the Pennsylvania Sunday School Association on the program of the 1967 convention of the Fayette County Sunday School Association at the Perryopolis Methodist Church Friday and Saturday. The convention will open at 1 p.m. Friday and there will be afternoon and evening sessions with three sessions sched- uled for Saturday, featured by a banquet at o'clock in the firemen's hall at Perryopolis when the guest speaker will be B. McClain Cochran. Among the speakers will be the Rev. Jack D. Richard- son of Harrisburg who joined the state staff in June, 1966, and has served on the Pennsylvania State Council of Chris- tian Education as associate to the general secretary. A na- tive of Buffalo, N.Y., he was supply pastor of the First Free Methodist Church at Charleroi for two years and then entered the Methodist Church ministry. Miss Ethel L. Riddle of Harrisburg has been on the staff for a number of years after serving with the Christian Edu- cation council as the director of children's work in Septem- ber, 1966. A native of West Virginia, she was national general secretary of the youth temperance council. The Rev. Ray H. Streets, pastor of the Emanuel Baptist Church of Johnstown, formerly was the director of Youth for Christ in Spartansburg, S.C., and has conducted more than 60 evangelistic campaigns in seven states. He has been at Johnstown for 14 years. G. Warren Peterman has been prominent in the state Sunday school work for many years. Also on the agenda will be Paul R. Baker, a former minister at Chambersburg, who has been active in various phases of the state program. A guest speaker will be B. McClain Cochran of Harrisburg who has been general secre- tary of the State association since July, 1957, and has also served on the Pennsylvania State Council of Christian Edu- cation. He has been prominent in various activities. Mrs. Charles (Carol) Adcock, a native of Carmichaels, is regarded as an inspirational speaker in her work. She is also an outstanding soprano vocalist. Saturday Extra Judge Bill Moves in House Fayette Sunday School Convention Will Be Held Al Church in Perryopolis The program has been an- HARRISBURG (UPI) nounced for the two-day 1967 nw J I Fayette County Sunday School Convention to be held Friday and Saturday in the Perryopolis Methodist Church. William Thomas will conduct the Friday afternoon meeting, to open at 1 p.m. with registra- tion. There will be an organ County Com- mon Pleas Court would be au- thorized an additional judge un- der legislation advanced in the House Wednesday. The House Appropriations Committee released to the floor the bill, sponsored by'Rep. C. L. Schmitt and three other Westmoreland crats. In City Hospital. Admitted t o Connellsville State General Hospital were Kimberly Smiley of Furnace Hill, Dunbar, Mrs. Mildred Johnson of 108 Connellsville St., Dunbar, Terry Martz of 1721 Fourth St., South Connellsville, County Demo-j prelude, special music by Peggy- Galley, song service, greetings from Perryopolis Mayor Russell Blair; devotions by the Rev. George Massay of the First Christian Church of Perry- opolis; special music; greetings from the county, and intro- duction of district presidents, host pastor, and host Sunday school superintendents; sermon j at p.m.; offering, special Barbara Patterson of Hardy at P-m" Hill, Dunbar, Esther and conferences at Jean King's School of Dancing will present its annual revue in East Park tonight as the weekly outdoor entertainment of the Connellsville Recreation Board. The program will start at 8 p.m., and will be followed by 45 minutes of color cartoons. In the event of rain, the'entire program will be held over until Friday evening. The productions will be staged by Jean King, with Mrs. Martha Jones as pianist. Included in the specialty numbers will be: "The Senior Jean King Diane Nedley, Janice Keffer, JoAnn DeBlasio, Patti Honisek, Deborah McLaughlin, Linda Adams, Rickeye Durbin, Denise Gallagher, and Charlene May. "Baton Cindy Her- man. Vanderbilt Boys In City Hospital After Bike Crash Four Vanderbilt youths were injured in two separate auto accidents Wednesday. Wade Allen Strickler, 10, and Larry Arisen, 11, were hurt when their bicycle collided with a car in Vanderbilt, state police said. Both boys were taken to Con- nellsville General Hospital where they were admitted with multiple cuts and bruises. Driver of the car was Robert E. Layton, 28, of Vanderbilt, police reported. Wednesday evening Herbert American Infantry Routs Guerrillas Out of Holes Into Rain of Helicopter Gun Fire SAIGON in- fantrymen and helicopter gun- ships killed 143 Viet Cong Wednesday in two battles which in combat last week, raising the dead toll for the war to a third of the number of Americans slain in the Korean raged for hours in the coastal I conflict. Last week also saw 953 lowlands near the American'Americans wounded. Sixteen airbase of Phu Cat, a reported missing. spokesman reported today. The Communists In one battle troops of 4.9 men U.S. killed 70 Communists who had combat, infiltrated into the coastal areas This week the Americans, one battle troops of 4.9 25th Infantry Division every Allied last week killed for soldier slain in cans, slipped out of their positions and began fleeing. But the helicopter gunships roared down. They counted 70 Communist dead without an American casualty. About 30 miles south, troops of ihe U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry Division battling North Vietna- mese troops dug in on a ridge line overlooking the Bon Son "Captain Kidd and Scott James, HisjDanner, 18, Linda! 17, both of and John Eva'killed ?na J0nn. tvans'i Vanderbilt, were crash on Snyder, Lila Lee Clark, Sherry i treated in the same hospital Yourish, Diane Beatty, Mary [after a one-car Ellen Watson, Annette James, j Narrows Road. Tedi Faye Stern, Judy Lynn, Richard I" Nancy Harshman, and Zelda town, and Faye Moyer. "Keep Your Eyes on the Marcia Jo Cominsky. "Personality Jo Ann DeBlasio. Janice Keffer. JRoad north of Hopwood. State day and suffered no casualties, 32 men killed and 126 wounded a spokesman said. but a few coming from The main battle area was Company of the 4th of the it Spokesnn waited until today tl s times but each time to report Alpha's disaster- infiltrate in strength back 'which came when the unit got the mountains and hills pinned down and blasted in a have been killed the years on the plain without a single loss, thCjhouevcr, suffered the loss of, spokesman said. In the other 'virtually an entire company, troops of the U.S. 1st Air Spokesmen today reported "a Cavalry Division killed 73 and 134-man company lost almost lost six killed and 22 wounded. every man to death or injury In a third American victory, Monday in a Mekong Delta U.S. troops operating near the battle with Viet Cong. Oriental River in the Mekong The 300-man Communist force area just west of Saigon suffered 249 men killed. The 21 Communists Wednes- three American companies lost past two and the Communists were trying a comeback. They met mo're G.I.s and helicopters. The battle raged 10 hours, American strafing planes and artillery joining in After 10 hours the U.S. troops counted 73 Communist bodies. Americans suffered six dead and 22 wounded. Alpha was destroyed in a seven-hour fight during which 249 of an estimated 300 Communists were killed and in which American losses were nr j f. U1C IllUUUtailli anu 111110 OII-.A LJiajLCU 111 a i CJAII LCU 3S Oi HIGH KHIeG 3nQ Wednesday night after Mmerd s j f L b j m paddv_to allow time for 126 wounded. Maj Clyde J. motorbike collided with a car 8_... Q[ spokesmen j Tate of Fort Riley, Kan., a 9th Division intelligence officer, told Ion the Coolspring-Hopwood "The Denise Hodge. "Holiday on Vickie and i police said the driver of the car was Marlene Davis Juriga, Diane Nedley, Marcia Jo Cominsky, Jane Bereiter, Eleanor Bailey, and Deborah McLaughlin. The Jazzin' Tedi Faye Stern. Queen of Diane Ricci. "Band of Patty Pearl, Deborah Sue Brooks, Cynthia Prinkey, Debra Grindle, Pamela Sutherland, Betsy Tharp, Lori Colbert, and Vickie Adams. "Jazz Janice Keff- er, Tedi Faye Stern, Marcia Jo Cominsky, and Millie Wandel. "Acrobatic Barbara Gallagher and Joyce Kubala. Candice Sober- dash, Cindy Herman, Lisa Stockman, Pamela Howard, Darlene Mardish, Nancy Lee Mihm, Vickie Still wagon, Marianne Pastors, Sandra Jo McCune, Nancy Bailey, and Joyce McLaughlin. "Dance Jo Ann DeBlasio, Charlene May, Diane Ricci, Rickeye Durbin, Linda Adams, Denise Gallagher, Patti Sonisek, Janice Keffer, Eleanor Bailey, Jane Bereiter, Diane Medley, and Deborah McLaughlin. "Featured Mary Jane Luckey. 'Golden Debra Grin- die- "Singing Vickie and Denise Hodge, and Elizabeth Ann Homer. "Spanish Charlene May. 29, of Hopwood. Mary Gloria Jane Tripp, Hixson, 18, 16, and both of Charleroi, were seriously hurt Wednesday night when the However, spokesmen reported said. 143 U.S. servicemen were killed Alpha's loss did not figure in: newsmen 75 per cent of the last week's casualty tolls which'American casualties were men Free Evening Parking Will Be Continued brought the number of Ameri- i cans injured in the war to and the missing to 600. The Communists last week suffered of Alpha. That meant about 120 of the company's 134 men were killed or wounded in the fight. Tate driven of Belle Vernon accident killed. The South Vietna-jwas asked if that meant Alpha mese lost 213 men slain and 22 was virtually wiped out. evening parking in all other Free World troops were "That's he said. Alpha paid the price for being the first U.S. unit to spot and engage the Communists in the u Free ParkjnS in au p n 9 city lots wil1 continue vernon, K. u. i. me indcfimtel This was In a final recortj book footnote occurred on a rural i _ _.-j_ .ffQr nr c 'sion made after results of ug spokesmen said A f K f D oA 1 Tl f h V.KJW..W v- LIJ rr di u.u. o pun coin on aaiu ---v WAIIIJ..IMJIAOVO free evening ParkinS was'May was the bloodiest month of j fighting just south of Saigon. admitted to Charleroi TI -i i [studied. Monessen Hospital. United Churchmen To Hear J. M. Sloan The United Churchmen will meet in the Connellsville Y.M.C.A. at p.m. Monday. The speaker will be John M. Sloan, coordinator of the Federal program "Head Start" which is sponsored in the Con- nellsville Area Schools, he will follow his talk by a question and answer period. Special music will be given by Dr. Herbert G. Mountan, pastor of the First Baptist Church accompanied by Mrs. Herbert Mountan at the piano. To Visit Mines In Washington HARRISBURG (UPI) State Health Secretary Dr. Thomas W. Georges Jr. plans to take a first hand look Friday at the operations of a bituminous deep mine and pollution abatement problems encountered in coal mine drainage on a tour in others remaining for conferences. The banquet again will be held at the Perryopolis Fire Hall at p.m., with Cochran as speaker. Ross Ackinclose will conduct the closing session, with .__ _ __ illllJC- .'High Hat and Cane Pre- Washington County. r-icmn hv tho .Tiininr To an Tfina prelude, p.m., song service at devotions by the Rev. by the Junior Jean King Dancers, Nancy G1 o t f e 11 y, Georges, who also serves as chairman of the Sanitary Water Sherry Yourish, Debra will inspect the Mathies Faye Jtfoyer, I Coal Co mine and the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.'s Thompson mine drainage treat- ment plant. Patty Pearl, Debra Grindle, Ann DeBolt, Tedi Faye Stern, Amy Merendino, Pamela Sutherland, Betsy Tharp, Judy Lynn, Lori Colbert, and Vickie Adams. Geneva Gets Grant WASHINGTON (UPI) Gen- benediction. Glenwood Davis, special music, offering, selections by talent contest winners, talk by the _ Rev Rav Stffeets hvmn and ieva College- Beaver Falls, Pa., Kev, Ray streets, hymn was notified Wednesday that the Appalachian Regional Commis- sion has approved a grant for remodeling and con- struction of an addition to an existing science, mathematics and engineering building on the Heads Legion Pott. Alfred Wilmoth has been named commander of Samuel S. Crouse Post No. 181 of the American Legion at Somerset, campus of Connellsville, R. D. 1, Wade Strickler of Vanderbilt, Barry Arions of Vanderbilt, Susan Bair of New Stan ton, Mrs. Gladys Mitchell of Greensburg, Catherine Stasia of 207 Frisbee Circle, Robert Cable of 211 East Green St., Gilbert Means of Connellsville, R. D. 2, Diane Mardis of Tarr, Karen Welling of 7m Rock Ridge Rd., Del and Keith Dupont of Uniontown. Mercury Hits 111. NEW YORK (UPI) The highest temperature reported Wednesday to the U.S. Weather Bureau, excluding Hawaii and Alaska, was 111 degrees at Thermal, Calif. Today's low was 39 at International Falls, Minn., and Hibbing, Minn. Today's Chuckle An expert 'f fomeone who knows no more then yew do, but who ergon- iztd end VMS ifidei. p.m. Dinner will be served at p.m. in the Perryopolis Fire Hall, in charge of Mrs. Virginia Work. The Haley family will provide special music. James Franks will conduct the Friday evening meeting, starting with special music prelude and by the Men's Choir from District 11 at p.m.; song service, devotions, music by District 11 Men's Choir, offering, hymns, talk by the Rev. Paul B. Baker, closing announcements and benediction. On Saturday afternoon, Ben Burnworth will preside. There will be registration and prelude at 1 p.m., with song service at p.m.; memorial service, devotions, talent contest winners from all district, directed by Jack Richardson; offering; hymn; report of nominating committee; election of officers; installation of new officers by B. McClain Cochran, followed by youth leaving for Perrvopolia for youth Christian Church Retains Counsel Bereiter Released From Jail on Appeal Bond in Tax Conviction John Bereiter of Morrell, i failing to file earned income jailed for failure to file earned income tax returns, was released from the county jail Wednesday after posting appeal bond. Bereiter has appealed his conviction here to the Fayette County Courts of Common Pleas. The bond was set by President Judge Eustace H. Bane and Bereiter was freed Wednesday afternoon after serving five days of hU UO-day term Im- posed by Alderman Carmine V. MoUnaro Friday night. and Beriter has charged with tax returns with the tax collectors for the former Dunbar Township School Dis- trict since 1961 and the Con- nellsville Area School District for the period July 1, 1986, to the present. Bereiter has constantly refused to pick up his paychecks from Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. since last November and claims that the wage tax levied by the school board is unconstitutional. He has obtained counsel and the motion was placed before the court by his attorney. The program was introduced record casualties. The Commu- through the parking and traffic j nists lost 9i90o mca slam. The study committee of the Greater AUies jost including the conflict. Both sides suffered Tate said Alpha was on a rou- Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. It was endorsed by the Connellsville Parking Authority. Both the chamber and the authority studied the effects on parking receipts and business before the latest move was made. Wayne H. Swan, chairman of the authority, said "we feel both the public and business com- munity benefit from this free evening parking. We are happy to cooperate with the chamber on this program. Of course, it will still require careful study and evaluation by both groups Americans, 922 Vietnamese and 106 other Free World troops. In the Wednesday air, flew U.S. pilots 133 missions to determine results." New signs service will be erected in all of the lots by the Merchant its long range announcing the against North Vietnam. They bombed supply train routes between Hanoi and Communist China. Pilots reported destroy- ing or damaging more than 100 rail cars. The Communists shot down one U.S. plane, an Air Force RF101 Voodoo reconnaissance 582nd U.S. plane loss of the war over North Vietnam. The pilot, Capt. Robert Patter- son, 32, of Akron, Ohio, was rescued by a helicopter piloted by Capt. John Firse, 29, of Cleveland, Ohio. But the war's big action Division announcing the free came on the coas] to 9 p.m. parking. Iwhere American troops moved jto break up the North Vietna- mese and Viet Cong attempt to Windshield Broken. Thomas D. Newmyer of 104 rebuild raiding bases destroyed East Morton Ave. reported that someone broke the windshield of his auto at p.m. Wednesday while he was parked behind Burns' drug store on West Crawford Ave. Dunbar Man Freed. UNIONTOWN A Fayette County Criminal Court Wednesday freed Clarence Humbert of Dunbar on a charge of pointing a deadly weapon. in earlier operations. In one of the twin assaults, U.S. Army 25th Infantry Divi- sion men hit near coastal Highway One about 20 miles northeast of Saigon. The troops whirled by helicopter against Communist positions along the banks of the Song Ve river. The troopers landed and pushed out after the Commu- nists. As is their habit, the guerrillas spotted the Ameri- tine search and destroyed mis- sion when pinned down by re- coilless rifle, automatic and small arms fire coming from Viet Cong bunkers. The com- pany was caught in a clear stretch of rice paddy. The major said contact with the company was broken. Helicopters whirled in to pick up the unit. But the Communist guns turned on the helicopters which could not reach Alpha. Two more U. S. companies landed from special armored barracks boats. The Communist fire blazed at them but the new units suffered far less heavily. Aided by the concentrated fire of specially built pint-sized "delta as a modern style of the Civil War ironclad Monitor, the Americans overwhelmed the Communists. Guerrillas Mauled U.S. troops today reported killing 39 guerrillas and smash- ing a Communist battalion's attempt to rebuild raiding bases near major American airfields and camps farther north, on South Vietnam's central coast. The 10-hour battle Wednesday cost six American lives and 22 more men of the U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry Division suffered wounds in the Bong Son plain 280 miles northeast of Saigon. One company, about 200 men, of the 1st Air Cavalry found the Viet Cong battalion dug into well fortified positions only a few miles from a big American jet base. Thousands of Commu- nists have been killed the past two years trying to set up raiding bases in the area, just below their inland mountain bideways. The U.S. company found itself outnumbered 3-to-l. Two more companies whirled into action in helicopters. American artille- ry and air strikes hit the Communist positions, spokes- men said. Early today the Communists were fleeing, apparently toward the hills. In the air, U. S. jet pilots Wednesday returned once more to the attack on the supply railroad links between the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and Communist China. Spokesmen said the American bombers also pounded the Thai Nguyen industrial complex, once North Vietnam's produc- tion showpiece. Four months of U.S. bombing has turned much of it into a junkpile. HOW SWEET IT That's what Nancy Johnwa of M Gttwm Terrace appeared to be thinking as she walked through a warm summer shower (the first in Coaneutwiue since May en- route to visit relatives near Coaneaaviue State General Hoepital in Murphy Ave, than Gardners and those charged wKfa lawn upkeep are hoping the morning shower was only an omen of thtap to come, aa several inchee of oredpttMion are badly needed here to offaet condJUoci rwulting from the pro- longed drought (Courier Pfato) The Weather Cloudy and not as warm with scattered showers ending late tonight or Friday followed by Carnal clearing; low tonight in Me; high Friday in upper 70s mid Me is the noon weather forecast for Western Pennsyl- vania. Ifei Mairlmum 1HI 17
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