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   Post-Herald (Newspaper) - March 28, 1977, Beckley, West Virginia                                BECKLEY POST-HERALD 12-County Regional News Service (RNS) Becklcy, W. Va., Monday Morning, March 28, 1977 Volume 69 2 Cents 514 Killed On Jets SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands (AP) Two giant jetliners col- lided and burned on a foggy runway Sunday on this Spanish island and airport of- ficials feared at least 514 persons were killed This would make it the greatest tragedy in aviation history. A spokesman for the Dutch airline KLM said all 235 passengers and 1 4 crew members aboard its Boeing 747 were killed when it collided with a Pan American Boeing 747. Pan American official; in London said their plane was carrying 380 passengers and 16 crewmen. In Los Angeles, where the Pan American flight originated, officials said the plane ted 370 passengers. Airport officials said 109 passengers and an unknown number of crew members had survived from the Pan American plane. KLM president Sergio Oriandini reported the Dutch plane was traveling at a takeoff speed of about 156 miles per hour when it collided with the Pan American craft that also was maneuvering for takeoff. Pan American officials in New York said that the Pan American plane was crossing a runway when the collision took place and that both planes were in the process of taking off. Both airlines repeatedly revised the number of people believed aboard the planes. KLM said its passengers included 25 young children and six babies. Pan American reported its jet picked up 14 poeple in a stop at New York City, rather than the 16 announced earlier. It said no casualty lists would be provided until relatives of victims had been notified. The Spanish news agency Cifra said 570 people had been killed and at least 67 injured, 49 seriously. Both planes were carrying tourists on charter trips and both had been diverted from intended landings on a sister island at Las Palmas because of a terrorist bomb blast there. Oriandini said the KLM plane had not refueled at Santa Cruz, but the Pan American plane had taken on a full load shortly before taking off. In Algeria, Antonio Cubillo, leader of a left-wing group seeking independence for the Canary Islands, said his organization had planted the Las Palmas bomb. In a telephone interview from Algiers, he said Spanish authorities were responsible for the disaster here. "The Spaniards did not want the damage seen, so they diverted the he said. Ansted Area Blazes Raze Church, Barns By JUDITH PAINTER Staff Writer ANSTED Arson is suspecpted in a rash of fires that destroyed a Baptist church and four barns in the Ansted area between a.m. and a.m. Sunday, the Fayette County Sheriff's Department reported. Damages in five fires .have been es- timated at about f Paige Skaggs Jr., assistant fire chief of the Ansted Fire Department, reported. Skaggs reported only minor damage in another fire which also apparently was set. The investigation has been turned over to the Fayette County sheriff's detective division, officers said. The fire marshal's office in Charleston will be asked Monday also to investigate the fires, Skaggs and deputies said. Fireman reported all the fires were within a 10-mile radius of Ansted and were within a circle. The Ansted department, Skaggs said, received the first eaTTlKT3brilHfrftr when neighbors apparently thought the home of Hugh Cavendish of Saturday Road was on fire. However, Skaggs said, it was the Cavendish barn which was destroyed by time firemen arrived. Damage was estimated at by Skaggs. The second and third fires also were barn fires, Skaggs reported. The second fire call, at a barn owned by W. M. Riley, also of the Saturday Road, was answered at a.m. by 15 Ansted firemen. Damage to the barn and "an old farm truck" housed there was es- timated at he said. When answering the third call at a bam owned by a Seacrist family living in Maryland, the firemen received a call that the Beauty Mountain Church at Ed- mond was burning. Firemen said that by the time they traveled the eight miles to the church fire, the roof already had caved in. Deputies said the blaze apparently started in the basement around the "thimney. Damage to the building was estimated at and to the contents, Skaggs saidm damage to the Seacrist barn located near Hico set at Deputies said that by the time they arrived at the 4 a.m. church fire, the woods around the big brick church had caught fire but firemen were controling the blaze by raking the half-acre area. Several power poles and lines also were damaged, officers said. The fifth fire was reported at p.m., Skaggs said, adding that firemen were able to extinguish the blaze with only minor damage reported to a barn owned by R. C. Goad, also of Saturday Road. The fire, about 11 mites from the church, was reported by neighbors. Assisting the Ansted firemen were five members of the Gauley Bridge department. These firemen, Skaggs said, were on standby to take town calls since all of Ansted's equipment was be- ing used on the out-of-town calls. Skaggs said the sixth fire, which (See ANSTED, Pige Blazing Wreckage AYfeneriffe Airport (AP Wirephotoj Seminary Brothers Are Also Firemen CARTHAGENA, Ohio (AP) When the fire alarm sounds in this rural farming community with a population of 85, Brother Augustine Kruck grabs his helmet and leads his men into action. He and five other members of the Roman Catholic Society of the Precious Blood plus two laymen form the St. Charles Seminary fire department here. Brother Gus is the fire chief, but he says, "I didn't volunteer I was ap- pointed by a priest." In addition to being alert for fires in Carthagena, the department monitors alarms from other Mercer County communities in west-central Ohio near the Indiana border. A recent call was to help with a blaze in an automobile agency in Celina. "We helped a little bit at Brother Gus recalled. "There have been three barn fires we've assisted at... and we sent some men to help at other fires." The St. Charles fire company started in 1969 when the teminary bought a used 1948 pumper which can pump 500 gallons of water per minute. Fire de- p a r t m e n t s around Mercer County donated more equipment Beckley, Man Prepare Hospitals Brace For Strike Appalachian Regional Hospitals in Beckley and Man have begun preparations for a possible strike that could affect nine facilities in the ARH, Inc., system. Members of the United Steel Workers Union, representing about hospital employes. Friday rejected what the ARH called its final offer. According to Edad Hutchinson. chairman of the union's negotiating team, the union will strike the ARH hospitals in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia if a new contract isn't signed before the old pact expires April 1. "We still hope to avert the said Rex Bailey. ARH director of public in- formation and development. "We hope to go into binding arbitration." About members of the union struck ARH for more than four months in 1974 before a settlement was reached. In preparation for the strike, officials at the Beckley ARH facility, which has 202 beds, are "planning to limit admissions to care for 70 to 75" patients, ac- cording to Bailey. The hospital has already begun to limit admissions, he added. Despite the limited admissions, the Beckley hospital "will suspend all opera- tions if the strike is continuing on April Bailey said, hospital officials will monitor the situation and transfer patients to other hospitals if the need arises. At Man. the hospital's board "decided to continue all hmpital services on a limited basis." Bailey said. "For example, they are going to try to limit the number of in-patients to a maximum of 20, but all ancillary services and other ser- vices of the hospital will remain ongoing." Bailey emphasized that the responsibility to take a specific action rests with the local hospital board, which consults with the medical staff of its facility. ARH has offered a wage increase of 25 cents an hour for the first yar, 19 cents an hour in the second year, and 17 cents an hour in the third year, Bailey said. The complete package, with fringe benefits, would cost an estimated additional million over the contract's life, he added. But Hutchinson said the union considers the company's offer insufficient. "It's not enough he said. "There are people working in these hospitals. 'who are existing at the poverty level, who are on food stamps. The employes are not sharing in the increases in Medicare, in Blue Cross, in all types of insurance that these hospitals are Hutchinson added. Vance Won't Meet Dissidents In Soviet Weather Chances of showers or thundershowers this after- noon through Tuesday. Highs in the low 70s, lows in the up- per 40s. There's a 40 per cent chance of rain today and a 50 per cent chance tonight. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 20 miles per hour. (Details on Page 2) Calendar............... 3 Classified............10-13 Comics .................9 Crossword...............9 Dear Abby ..............3 Deaths..................5 Editorial Nation-World...........14 Science .................5 Sports ..................8 Trends..................3 MOSCOW (AP) Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance said Sunday he turned down a request for meetings with Soviet dissidents so he could devote all his time to nuclear arms control talks with Kremlin leaders. Vance arrived in the Soviet capital Saturday night carrying a proposal for a comprehensive arms control agree- ment, under which the United State and the Soviet Union would make "deep cuts" in their strategic arsenals. The secretary told reporters on the eve of Monday's first round of talks that he hoped "to make real progress" to- ward establishing a framework for future negotiations on a second strategic arms limitation treaty. Other topics expected to be discussed before Vance's departure Thursday in- clude bilateral trade, the Middle East and Africa, the secretary said. Asked by reporters if he would meet with dissidents while in Moscow, Vance said no. But he revealed that-a dis- Katangans Overrun Zaire Railway Town KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) Invading Katangan militiamen have overrun the im- portant road and rail town of Mutshatsha, only 60 mites from the copper-mining center of Kolw e z i, reliable independent sources reported Sunday. But an official spokesman in the Zairean capital insisted Mutshatsha, which had been the operational command post of the Zaire army, remained in government hands. The sources, however, said all contact with the town, located in the southern Shaba province, was lost early Saturday. Shaba was formerly called Katanga. The local railroad stationmaster reached Ivruma, a village halfway down the railroad to Kolwezi, and reported that the rebels were warmly welcomed by many of Mutshatsha's inhabitants, sources Mid. sident group which he did not identify had sought'such a meeting. "My reply was I was going to devote all of my time in the period that I was here working on the matters that I came to Vance said. Checks with major dissident spokesmen, including Andei Sakharov, failed to turn up anyone who acknowledged seeking a meeting with Vance. Soviet officials have warned that President Carter's public support of dis- sidents might jeopardize chances for a new arms control agreement. Last Mon- day, Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev said normal development of U.S.-Soviet relations was "unthinkable" as long as the United States used the issue of human rights to "interfere in Soviet in- ternal affairs." In a commentary published Sunday. the Communist party newspaper Pravda said "time is pressing" for im- provements in Soviet-American rela- tions and charged that "promises made by the Democrats actively to develop peaceful relations with the U.S.S.R. have not yet been substantiated by deeds." Pravda also accused American of- ficials of making "inadmissible at- tempts at interfering in the internal af- fairs of our country on a farfetched plea of 'protection of human rights.'" The secretary spent his first full day in Moscow consulting with his staff and U.S. Ambassador Malcolm Toon in preparation for Monday's talks. He was also scheduled to attend the Bolshoi Ballet and dine at Toon's residence. Vance received a warm welcome at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport from Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, who accompanied him on the 20-minute drive to the U.S. Embassy. Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital Police Weekend Busy Embezzlement Suspect On Bond Frank Bpwyers, Box 308, Prosperity, charged with embezzling from Warren's Exxon Servicenter at Valley Drive and West Neville Street, was ar- rested by Raleigh County sheriff's deputies Sautrday. Bowyers, arrested for grand larceny, was released on f bond set by Magistrate T. Herb Wills. Bowyers is to appear before Magistrate Lorena Wallace fora hearing Tuesday. Bowyers was accused of taking a 16- cashier's check from Frank War- ren, owner of the servicsnter, in ex- change for two wrecking trucks. He was alleged to have cashed the check at a local bank for smaller checks. After he did not return with the trucks, the warrant was issued last Mon- day. Police say that one of the trucks has been delivered. Sheriff's deputies also arrested three Stanaford youths on charges of posses- sion of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Stanley Dean Richards, 19, Patrick Lloyd Coteman, 20, and a 16 year old juvenile were arrested Sunday morning: They arc to appear before a magistrate today. Veronica Mae Blanton, 32, of Charleston was released Sunday on bond on charges of assault and battery, littering and intoxication. She appeared before Magistrate Wills. Sheriff's deputies also arrested Paul D. Loudermilk, 24, of Prosperity late Saturday night on charges of carrying a deadly and dangerous weapon and in- toxication. Magistrate Wills released Loudermilk on his own recognizance until his trial. A Midway juvenile Sunday was fined on charges of joyriding, no registra- tion, no operator's license and intoxica- (See EMBEZZLE, Page 5)   

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