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New Castle News (Newspaper) - September 25, 1975, New Castle, Pennsylvania NEW CASTLE NEWS NINETY SIXTH YEAR. ,No.l3 NEWCASTLE NEWS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER -24 Pages 90- PER WEEK BY CARRIER-SINGLE COPY 15' Developer of Centre appealsassessment TWO WHEELS! TWO WHEELS A motorcycle-mounted modern Paul Revere gets as much response as his revolutionary counterpart in attracting the attention of his countrymen. In this instance, Ralph E. Osterberg the bicentennial program! coordinator of Covington, Ky., complete with tricorn hat and flying is putting out a call to a weekend pageant, not a shoot-out with an advancing army. Photo By DAVE BEST News Staff Writer The 1976 tax assessment on Washington Cenlre was termed "almost ludicrous" yesterday by an attorney for Ruhlin Develop- ment Corp., the developer of the downtown project. Attorney John P. Klee made the comment during a hearing on the New Caslle Renewal Associates' appeal of a million assessment. The hearing was held before the county commissioners sitting as the board of assessment appeals. The commissioners will render a decision on the appeal within five days. If the verdict goes against Ruhlin, the firm can appeal to (he courts. In a legal brief, Klee contended the county "failed to follow the legal methods of assessing property in Pennsylvania as enunciated by the (state) Supreme Court." Klee and firm president William Ruhlin suggested, using assess- ment guidelines of the Supreme Court, that the.market value of the properly should be based on 1375 net income for the Centre. Ruhlin noted if 1976 projected income figures are used the market value should be Klee also contended the methods used to arrive at the million assessment are "invalid" according to stale Supreme Court cases involving shopping plaza assessments. outh ask renewal meeting n.. innxi v mT i t By JOHN K. MANNA News Staff Writer With the city still trying to get this year's community development projects off the ground, preparations are being made for public hearings on next year's program. Instead of two hearings which were held in 1974, Ihe city administration will hold three meetings this year. There are already some rumblings from South Siders that none of Ihe hearings will be held in their section of the cily. Those representing the South Side, particularly Ihe merchants, believe that since their afea has been earmarked for future development, one of the hearings should be held there to achieve maximum participation by residents. The hearings are slated for Oct. 7 at John F. Kennedy elementary school, Oct. 14 at Thaddeus Stevens elementary school and Oct. 21 at City Hall. All hearings will begin at p.m. Kennedy is located on the North Hill and Thaddeus Stevens on the East Side. Aside from Ihe question of where the sessions should be held, the city administration is attempting to comply with tighter federal regulations concerning citizen participation. Business Administrator Edward R. Stiff, who is-also the city's community development director, said the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is placing ad- ditional emphasis this year on citizen par- ticipation. Since the new Housing and Com- munity Development Act was enacted late last year, HUD didn't enforce the participation aspect to the letter. However, HUD now feels cities' have had enough time to learn the regulations. Stiff said HUD is holding seminars soon for its employes in the field offices such as the Pitt- sburgh area office on citizen participation alone. He noted also that the city of Dallas, Tex., was slapped with a suit from a group of citizens who maintain that the city didn't comply with the requirements. HUD is requiring thai cities provide citizens with information on the amount of money available, what activities the money may be spent on and other program requirements. A total of million, Ihe same as the amount in 1975, will be available for next year's program. Two public hearings are required to obtain citizen views. New Castle is more than meeting this requirement by holding three. Citizens must also be given the opportunity lo participate in developing the'application to "In other according to a manual put out by the'National Model Cities Community Development Directors Association, "local governments must enable their citizens to assist in establishing the program's priorities, in mak- ing recommendations on specific program ac- tivities and in advising on the allocation of program resources. "In addition, particular emphasis should be placed on gathering Ihe views of low and moderate income people and others who are likely to be affected by housing and community development activities. According to Stiff, three public hearings are heing held to obtain opinions and requests from citizens. The city does not anticipate outlining its plans at that time although the City Redevelopment Authority may make its own re- quests. After the hearings, City Council will study the requests and formulate a plan for next year. A public hearing will then be held to allow citizens an opportunity to comment. House panel okays gasoline hikes HARRISBURG (UPI) A Pennsylvania House committee has approved bills to increase the state gasoline tax from 9 to 11 cents a gallon and motor license fees by million. The two increases are de- signed lo raise million for the state Transportation De- partment, which has been hit by major budget cutbacks, fl also would provide an estimat- ed million for local governments lo use for highway repairs. The House Transportation Committee vote came Wednes- day after chairman Joseph Qonetto, D-Allegheny, failed to convince members to scrap the retail gas tax and replace it with a 30 per cent levy on the wholesale price of fuel. That plan was backed by the Shapp administration, but it ran into stiff opposition from Republicans and Democrats who feared the wholesale tax would become too burdensome if Ihe price of gas continues to rise. "It just wouldn't said one committee member. "We all know the Transportation Department needs more money but that tax could go up lo 15 cents a gallon if Ihe wholesale price rises to 50 cents. We could end up giving PennDOT too much money." The two-penny increase in the gas tax would raise an estimated million for PennDOT. Tiie across-the-board hike in motor license fees would bring in another million with million coming from Ihe owners of autos. Both measures face an uncertain future in Ihe legis- lature, although the administra- lion wants quick action on the bills because PennDOT is in serious financial trouble. PennDOT Secretary Jacob Kassab already has ordered cutbacks in the snow removal and highway maintenance budgets and has threatened to lay off workers beginning Nov. 1 unless he gets more aid. The legislature just last year increase the gasoline tax from eight to nine cents a gallon. Rep. Joseph Bonetto The appeal stemmed from an action by Commissioners Frank A Vitril and Charles Dlugokenski Aug. 12 which, in effect, more than doubled the market value of the property over what it was this year. The million total includes the buildings and improvements for the first time, valued at million. The value of the land was increased from to million despite a recommendation by the county assessor last spring to reduce the value to In Klee's brief, comparisons were made between Ihe per square foot market value of the Centre land and the land at the Towne Mall Call's Plaza, and other shopping plazas in the county. The brief said market value of land at the Towne Mall is 80 cents a square foot, at Call's Plaza, 63 cents, and at North City Plaza, 12 cents. Washington Centre's market value on land will be per square foot. Comparisons of the market valuations per square fool on the plaza buildings also showed large differences with the Centre valued three lo four times more than Call's, Towne Mall, or North Citv Plaza. Vitril objected to comparing the Centre with plazas outside the city. He said Ihe comparison should be limited lo buildings in Ihe area immediately surrounding the Centre, such as Strouss Depart- ment store and the First Federal building. Klee contended Supreme Court rulings do not permit such com- parisons in making assessments. "You can compare office buildings to office buildings but not shopping centers lo office buildings'" he said. Vitril said he didn't know what the law said on assessment procedures and he would have to consult the county solicitor. In combatting Ruhlin's suggested assessment, Vitril noted the land area itself was valued at before the City Redevelopment Authority tore down buildings on the property. He began discussing Ihe millions of dollars spent by the Authori- ty to buy the property when Commissioner Thomas A. Shumaker ob- jected. "I can see the validity of discussing the assessed value on the land before redevelopment as opposed to after if this discussion is to weigh the merits of urban Shumaker said. "Bui I don't see how il is relevant if it comes down lo the present owner. He came afler the buildings were demolished." Dlugokenski suggested those present should "lay it all out." Vitril said he wanted to be fair to other businesses surrounding the Centre as well as merchants in the facility. Vitril and Dlugokenski set the land value of the Centre at about a square foot in order lo bring it into line with the average per square fool valuations on surrounding businesses. Shumaker contended the situations on surrounding properties varied from the conditions under which Washington Cenlre was developed. He said Ruhlin was required to meet certain Redevelop- ment restrictions which reduced the amount of usable land for buildings to 57 per cent of the total area. Other restrictions involved large "set-backs" from the sur- rounding streets, landscaping, a small park, and parking lots, he said. A neighboring property, such as Strouss' store, could use "99 per cent" of its property for a building, Shumaker added. Vitril said there had been testimony in court when the Authority was buying properties on the sile that the land was worth several million dollars. He noted the Authority eventually paid the merchants on the site million. He also objected to the Authority wanting lo sell the whole land area as a unit to one developer rather than letting merchants buyseparateparcels. Vitril also questioned why Redevelopment sold the property to Ruhlin for when il paid former merchants several million dollars for their parcels. "Frank, your argument's with them (the Authority) not Huhlin replied. He added he didn't get a windfall at the pricehe paid for the sile. Ruhlin indicated he would be willing to sell the land to Vitril for the price he paid for it without feeling he was giving him a windfall: Shumaker questioned why the area went vacant year after year if Ihe land was such a good deal as Vitril had indicated. Vitril said he felt it was because Redevelopment wouldn't sell in separate parcels. He added the county would "never get any more (Continued on page 2) Suspect glad Ford still alive LOS ANGELES (UPI) Sara Jane Moore says she took a shot at President Ford because it was easy to do and she felt isolated, desperately needing somebody to take her seriously. But she is glad she did not hit him. "I'm glad he didn't Mrs. Moore said in her only interview since her-arrest Monday on charges of attempting to assassinate the President. She hoped all along that she would be stopped, she said. Mrs. Moore talked in the San Francisco County Jail with Ellen Hume, a Los Angeles Times reporter who had talked with tier many times during the past six months In connection with a series on radicals. She talked in "confused according to the story in the Times today. The interview is laced with contradictions, factual errors and non squiturs. Mrs. Moore said her motives were "complicated." "I feel perfectly fine, but I'm obviously she said. Mrs Moore had infiltrated radical groups for the FBI, and then publicly denounced herself as an informant, say- ing she had been converted to their beliefs. She told the Times she felt "isolated" because radicals refused to accept her after she revealed she had been a spy. Shooting at the President was "like target practice." Patty primary suspect in second bank holdup News digest SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) Authorities consider Patricia Hearst a prime suspect in an armed robbery and murder at a bank in Carmichael, Calif, according to news reports. The reports said money taken in the robbery was found in the house where the newspaper heiress was arrested last week. CBS News reported Wednes- day that Miss' Hearst "closely resembles the composite draw- ing of one of the robbers sketched from witnesses' de- scriptions." The network also said "...part of the stolen money marked for identification was found during the search of the house, where Miss Hearst had been living when she was arrested." The bank, near Sacramento, Calif., was robbed of April 21 by four persons, including a young woman. During the holdup, a bystander, Myrna Lee Opsahl, was killed. CBS reporter Richard Threlk- eld said authorities "later fpund the getaway car and on its license plates reportedly discov- ered the fingerprints of Sieve Soliah." Soliah, 27, a house painter with whom Miss Hearst said she lived, was indicted Wednes- day on federal charges of harboring a fugitive and being an accessory after Ihe fact. Bail was set at Miss Hearst, 21, and fellow SLA members Wendy Yo- shimura, William Harris and his wife Emily were captured last Thursday at two houses in Ihe Mission District. Miss Hearst had been kidnaped by the SLA on Feb. 4, 1974, but later announced through tape recordings that she was joining her captors. Investigators said Wednesday James Kilgore, 27, was wanted in connection with the bank robbery in Carmichael and that a raid on his Daly Cily apartment turned up bombs, shotguns, a revolver and revolutionary literature. The Harrises Wednesday were transferred from the San Matco County Jail in nearby Redwood City to Los Angeles where they face IB state charges. The move came after a judge dismissed federal charges for automatic weapons violations against them. For the examination of Miss Hearst, U.S. District Judge Oliver Carter named Drs. L.J. West, chief of the psychiatric department at UCI.A, Seymour Pollack, Los Angeles County- University of Southern Cali- fornia Medical Center, and Donald G. Lunde, Stanford University. West, the authority on "brain- has interviewed and directed the treatment for many Vietnam veterans who had been held as prisoners of war. Lunde has done extensive studies on the intellects of mass murders. Pollack is a specialist on law and psychiatry. Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, was named to administer any tests desired by the team. She said it was believed Miss Hearst's examination would begin this week. Miss Hearst's lawyers filed an affidavit Tuesday detailing what happened to her after her kidnap. She signed it. The statement said that she was the victim of "brainwashing" tac- tics and drugging. These actions by her captors, she said, pushed her lo insanity. Page Shapp a formal candidate ......2 Changes on Falls Street ........3 County report ................5 Sew a tall frock 9 Student rights outlined........13 Phillies prove point? ..........17 Page Business ...........................g Classified ...................20-21-22-23 Comics ............................19 Elhvood City........................5 Public Notice .......................20 Sports ......................15-16-17-18 Theaters 6 TVLog ............................20 FeMale Focus...................9-10-11 rW-snfeJt k 'High' inmates free hostages unharmed MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (UPI) Two inmates who apparently wanted to get high on drugs seized control of the Indiana State Prison hospital building and held eight prison employes hostage at knifepoint for more than five hours before surren- dering. There were no injuries. The inmates, David Erickson, 33, and James Kelley Jr., 28, took eight prison employes hostdge at about p.m. Wednesday. About 50 other persons, including about 30 inmate patients, remained in the hospital during the takeover but were not threatened. Authorities said no other prisoners were involved in the takeover. Erickson and Kelley surren- dered to Warden Leo Jenkins at p.nj., after releasing the hosiages in groups of two and three. At one point, they issued a list of nine demands, ranging from a call for better food to a demand that no reprisals be taken against them. "No promises were the state correction department said in a statement. "All information concerning viola- tion of state statutes .will be turned over to the prosecutor for review and action." Jenkins said the two had gotten high on drugs. Jenkins both men had obtained "downers" from the hospital's limited narcotics supply. Double Dollars 284968; 21067; 4190; 379; 5 Baker's Dozen.........557519; 32622; 200 Death Record September William Evanglist, 81, of 421 Lyndal St. Mrs. Maria DiAngelo, 85, of 814 W. Washington St. Mrs. Mary A. King, 91, of Beaver Falls RD 2' Arthur Redman, 73, of Pembroke Pines fa- Mrs. Anna U. Romonsky, 73, of 20 E. Reynolds St. Paul R. Stevenson, McKeesport NATION Thursday night will find rain, heavy at times along with showers in most of the northeast and Southern Florida. Clear to partly cloudy skies should dominate the rest of the nation. Minimum readings include (approximate maximum temperatures in Atlanta 52 Boston 50 Cleveland 47 Chicago 40 Dallas 52 Denver 40 Duluth 40 Houston 52 Jacksonville 63 Kansas City 4S Little Rock 46 Us Angeles 65 Miami 72 Minneapolis 40 WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA Cloudy tonight with light rain or drizzle at times. Low near 50. Clearing Friday. High in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 30 per cent tonight and 20 per cent Friday. Weather statistics for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. today follows with the high and low temperatures recorded at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Last year's data Is in parentheses. Maximum temperature.58 (62) Minimum temperature 53 (43) Precipitation .06 rain (none) Shenango River stage 7.50 feet (5.38 feet) POLLEN COUNT The pollen count recorded at St. Francis Hospital laboratory today Is 0 grains per square centimeter. MORAINE STATE PARK Air temperature at 8 a.m. today was 55 degrees; .13 rain', precipitation; winds from the east at 6 miles per hour; attendance on Wednes- day was 280.
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