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   Bucks County Courier Times (Newspaper) - October 2, 1977, Levittown, Pennsylvania                               ffljwntg Cents Levittown girPs molester sou By Patricia M. Wandllng Courier Times Staff Writer Mtddletown Township police yes- terday stepped up efforts to capture the man wanted on charges or abduct- ing and molesting an eight-year-old Levittown girl Friday afternoon be- fore releasing her tn MorriavllJo. The child was near her home in the Snowball Gate section of Levittown. close to the Forsythla Gate when she was allegedly lured into a car wlth'an offer of candy from a man. Police said the suspect took the child on a seven-mile during which he forced the frightened victim to perform a sexual and allegedly molested her. Sister more wary The girl's distraught who asked that their names be believes it was the trusting and unsus- pecting child's that made her accept the candy offer. Her more wary seven-year-old sis- who was with the victim at the refused the offer and ran home. Middlctown Township Detective Donald Mather said the road blocks failed to thwart the suspect because he had a good tcn-mlnulc heads The child was given a the mother and told to go around the corner to a when she was re- leased by the abductor in Morrisvllle. Police said a couple saw the in standing on the corner near the Bridge Bar Grille. Philadelphia and Pennsylvania about IS p.m. The child told the people she was lost and according to police man hurt Pretty scared The victim's mother talked to a re- porter outside Middlctown police headquarters late following the child's examination at Lower Bucks Hospital. Although she did not appear to suffer physical the mother she was A composite of the suspect was re- leased by police yesterday. The police are charging him with in- decent indecent assault. In- voluntary deviate sexual Intercourse and felonious restraint. Mather described the suspect as a man about 25 to 35 years of medi- um height and medium brown collar-length and wear- ing blue pants. He was reportedly driving a two- full-sized a late 60s or early 70s dull-gold with a black top. blue scats and rugs and red floor mats. Detective's theory The detective has a theory about suspect. He speculates the man po- lice arc looking for Is probably famil- iar with the Levittown area. was too far into the section Mather said. think he knew his way around and was not just someone who was passing he observed. The police officer also noted the length of time it took to get from Levit- town to Morrisvi lie where the girl was released. almost certain he didn't The a second-grade student at Samuel Evcritt School. Forsythla provided police with additional information. Mather said the child claims the suspect was not as the original broadcast but had a and was wearing a silver band on his left hand. She also said he told her his name was Police are counting on more eyew- itness reports to bolster 'heir search for the suspect. Mather observed that individuals who commit such as this latest be danger- He never know what will make them snap The victim's mother agreed with police theories on the type of suspect involved in similar crimes. She said while her daughter was she didn't seem to could have She also try to be careful about not leaving children alone at but look what happened Bensalem Demos sue over school By Mark Smith Courier Times Staff Writer Five Bensalem political candidates Tiled .suit in Bucks County Court Friday to block construction of the proposed Robert K. Shafcr Middle School in their township. The candidates are Democrats who have expressed phil- osophical differences with the Democrat-controlled Bensa- lem School Board. They are court to enjoin the school board from awarding bids and selling bonds to finance the new mid- dle school. Those filing the suit are Susan Barrett and Doris Bull- school board Christina Kardos and Marc township supervisor and John township auditor candidate. The plaintiffs claim the which will be necessary to finance the increases the school dis- trict's total indebtedness to the point where approval of local voters is necessary. To not submit the school question to a referendum they is and exceeds the defendant's statutory The basis for the as cited in plaintiffs' legal is a section of the stale school code. The section assent of the electors shall be required in all school dis- tricts of the third or fourth to issue bonds which will incur any new debt or increase the indebtedness to an amount in excess of 5 per cent of the assessed valuation of property taxable for school purposes The plaintiffs say the debt from the Shafer school proj- ect will bring the district's total indebtedness over the 5 per cent mark mentioned in the state law. They further contend that if the financing arrangements arc completed and the project is found to require a referen- the district will be wide open to lawsuits from bondhold- ers and contractors who have been awarded bids. The school district's credit rating also could they say. Costs resulting from litigation and a lower credit rating eventually would have to be paid by district the plaintiffs argue. The suit concludes by calling the Shafer project an un- lawful attempt on School part lo increase the level of public increase and award lu- crative contracts without the knowledge and consent of the citizens of Bensalem In a statement released the five candidates accused the school board of intentionally withholding from the community information relating to the need for a new school. Studies and reports indicate that such a need docs not they claim.' school board has failed to hold sufficient public denying the community an opportunity to express their collective views and opinions regarding the const ruction of a new school in the the candidates said. Tentative construction bids for the new school were ac- cepted by the board on Wednesday. Final bid awards are slat- ed for the board's Oct. 12 meeting. Police released this sketch of kidnap suspect yesterday Hostages freed for guerillas Girl charged in Bristol Boro knifing By Patricia M. Wandllng Courier Staff Writer A 14-year old Bristol Borough girl was released from Delaware Valley Hospital yesterday following a stab- bing incident Friday and the also has been charged by borough police. The Brrnda ISA Otter St.. was immobilized for nearly three hours until surgeons removed a steak knife from her back. Charged In connection with the af- ter-school incident on Wilson was the victim's cousin. Dana 532 Maple St. She has been re- leased in the custody of her parents pending juvenile court police said. Tltv attack allegedly culminated a long-standing according to a friend of the Ramirez who was also at the scene of the stabbing Fri- day. had t r n u b I e with her Michelle 200 Otter St. even talked to the school about it. Mr. McCool didn't do nothinV she said. According to school in- cluding principal James the problems among the girls are not school related. When contacted Friday princi- pal declined lo comment on the inci- dent or the previous events. Ms. Wolanski said she and the vic- tim were walking on Wilson Avenue. She alleged the suspect came up be- hind carrying a knife. said to let's go call your mother lo pick us Ms. Wolanski reported. Then she alleged the suspect up end stabbed Brenda. thought the knife hit she said. Thr weapon was described as .1 steak knife which had endangered the Ramirez girl's according to hos- pital officials. After surgery it was learned the knife had not penelr.iled the victim's lung. The wounded girl's mother at- tempted to relate the complicated events leading up to Friday's stab- bing. She said she had contacted the school on several occasions and had not received any help from school offi- cials. don't pay taxes for said Mrs. complaining that the school should have stepped in. The suspect did not report to poltrc headquarters immediately after the incident. Bristol Borough po- lice broadcast a description of the David girl and later she was taken into custody. She has been charged with at- tempted aggravated assault and other related charges. DACCA. Bangladesh Jap- anese Red Army terrorists released 59 hostages from a hlj.ic'ied jetliner ear- ly today in return for a million ran- som and six follow guerrillas released from Japanese prisons. Almost gunfire rang out from the area where the Ja- pan Air Lines DCA jetliner was parked on a remote area of the Dacca airport and authorities quickly closed it lo all ground and air traffic. The scattered shooting occurred for 00 minutes after the exchange of hostages had been completed. There were H2 including nine still aboard the plane. Five stewardesses were among those freed early today. It appeared the five hijackers would keep the remaining KM including 1-1 aboard the Ja- pan Air Lines DC-K jetliner if and when they fly off lo their next 'Jestina- tion. The hijackers insisted on keeping the remaining hostages because they said authorities might attempt to shoot down the plane if they were alone in it. Japanese women freed last night told authorities there were six hijack- ers aboard the instead of five as had been reported throughout the saga. But it was later explained a who helped the hi- jackers scn'o meals and collect watches from the hostages had been mistakenly identified as one of ter- rorists. One of freed last night was California banker John who was hospitalized with what U.S. Am- bassador Edward Masters described later as Masters said doctors told him Ga- briel would be fully recovered in a few days. In the early stages of hijacking. Gabriel had been singled out for exe- cution although the hijackers were told he was a friend of President Cart- er. Today accent on automobiles This week the Courier Times offers a special auto tab maga- zine- It replaces Accent Magazine which will return In Next Sun- day's edition. news summary BuckH County 11 BCCC teachers on picket lines again. Bucks County Community College teachers will return to picket lines lomottow and students will plot strategy on the strike's sixth Sumlay Special Machine holds voting power. There are leaders and but real power In state house came to tight this week. It's not a man or a woman but a machine. Machine wouldn't add up the votes. Bristol Township 2 Halloweei haunting at Bolton Mansion. Biggest haunted house In Pennsylvania Is going to be In Lower Bucks this fall. Easter Seal Society of Bucks and Friends of Bolton Mansion wilt turn the mansion on Holly Hill Into house full of fun during Halloween season. Bcntuilcm Township 3 Bensalem Democrats face court query. Bucks County Court wants two prominent Bcnsalrm Democrats who failed to show up on Friday to appear tomorrow and explain what they know about petitions which were circulated In interest of Republicans Iff township who have labeled themselves party. GOP says ploy aimed at cutting Into regular Republican vote margins. The rains didn't rain on Bensalem's par- ade. Sirens wailed down Bensalem Boulevard yesterday as 20 fircfighting vehicles from surrounding communities beat raindrops and paraded for dedication of Newport Fire Company's new substation on Neshaminy Blvd. Firemen vow fifty per cent faster service from new site. Morris villc blamed for fighter faces murder trial. A fist-fight outside tcvittown apartment which arose as result of dare ended in death a day later of 29-year-old Fairless Hills man. Following five-hour preliminary hearing with testimony from medical 29-year-old former boxer will be held for trial on criminal homicide charges. Wrightetown 9 Wrlghtslown to give zoning decision Nov. 14. Wrlghtstown Township supervisors wilt render decision on Kravitz zoning challenge Nov. 14. At issue Is a township townhousc zone. JNcws 2 Tempers fly as high as geysers during gas debate. Senate endured Its natural gas price filibuster for six more hours then stopped further battle until tomorrow amltl .signs It might soon end In victory for the deregulation forces. 4 Britain .seek neutral ground for Rho- desia talks. Untied States and Britain hope lo organize a new confernccc in neutral country for final constitutional settlement for Rhodesia. Government of Mauritius has already offered facilities for Mich a parley. 6 The General Assembly goes budget The electronic voting machine broke down in Ilarrisburg early this but Bucks legislators went on legislating. They arc coming up with bills for youth employment good and more expert handling of fallen athletes on playing field. 7 As SALT pact expires two sides 1972 U.S.-Soviet arms limitation first joint effort aimed at restricting nuclear arsenals of two expires tomorrow with both still haggling over accord to replace it. In legal lid will be off arms race when deadline passes. 8 More Americans rediscover small-tomi living. A rouple of decades nothing seemed likelier than continued even of small towns. Next time somebody looked there was 3 surprise. Plenty of Americans were changing their ideas about good and they were finding It is small 9 Quick tax cut may be proposed. Fears that nation's economy may start sinking again next year arc behind administration proposals for a quick tax cut In mid-1978 before formal enactment of President Carter's tax reform plan. 9 U.S. Join In calling for talks. and Russia called for renewed Middle East peace negotiations in Geneva by the end of the but offered no solution to thr sticky problem of Palestinian representation. 12 Incest thrives In climate that tolerates child .Somehow protecting children against sex crimes has received far less community attention than child battering rases. Help for incest victims is a very complicated process. good morning Last week seemed designed to dis- appoint. First came those spectacular fall days Wednesday through Friday leaves turning to gold and a brisk hint of autumn in the mild air. Then Came rains on Saturday. A whole county full of out- door events had to be cancelled as a gray drizzle engulfed tower Bucks. Today's forecast is gloomy so for- get about those picnics and ball- games. Days like today arc made for TV sponsors and programmers. But look on the bright side. You could be living in the Hawaiian village of Kalapana. Tomorrow the village is expected to be wiped out by a wave of fiery lava. Couldn't we just give them our That's a chilling story about the ab- duction of the Levittown eight-year- old. Fortunately she was released un- harmed physically. The psychological and emotional injury she sustained may be severe. Police theorize the suspect knows the Lower Bucks area. Anyone with information about the the suspect or his whereabouts should call Middlctown Township police at once. Parents from one end of the county to the other will breathe easier once this unstable person is in custody. Haifa world away. In the Asian na- tion of Bangla Dcsh a tense drama was still unfolding late last night as Japanese terrorists held a planeload of passengers hostage. Authorities appeared to be giving En tn the terrorists' provid- ing them with millions of dollars and freeing guerillas already Imprisoned. Here's hoping the skyjackers fall in their plot. Otherwise we may sec a new wave of international air piracy as terrorists of every stripe try to get In on the act. As for the gray skies today don't let them get you down. Just relax and enjoy the pjr. D 7 B Drar Scnsr anil 5 p.m. Classified R R 7 p.m. All R A Newsroom Sporl.s R circulation   

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