Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, September 14, 1971

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Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1971, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin THE DAILY TRIBUNE (Fifty-Seventh Year-No. INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Tuesday, September 14, 1971 Single Copy 15 Cents Death toll at 40 in Attica rebellion PICKING UP WEAPONS A policeman and guard collect baseball bats and other weapons from the exercise yard in Attica State Prison's exercise yard "D" where rioting prisoners had set up a stronghold and held 38 hostages for five days. In the background are improvised shelters used by the prisoners to pro- tect themselves from the rain. CAP Wirephoto) Once-Over THE DAILY TRIBUNE Rehfeldt is 'still optimistic' about teacher negotiations Goldilocks ate here MILWAUKEE (AP) "Who's been eating my Mrs. Bonita Jablonski might have exclaimed. She prepared a kettle of stew in the afternoon and invited two friends for dinner. At about 4 p.m. Mrs. Jablonski, 28, took her daugh- ter Nina, 3, for a walk, leaving the stew simmering on the stove of her second floor apartment. An hour later she returned and found someone had used her milk chute to break into the rear door of the apartment. Inside she found nothing disturbed except her stew. The kettle was empty except for one potato left at the bottom and a dirty soup bowl and spoon were left on her kitchen table. The culprit, evidently not a little gol'den-haired girl was nowhere to be found. Getting cooler The forecast for tonight is variable cloudiness in the north part of Wisconsin, fair in the south, and cooler, with lows between 36 and 43 degrees. Wednesday should be partly cloudy and cooler with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Thursday through Saturday should be partly cloudy and cool with scattered thundershowers in the north portion Thursday and over the state Friday. Lowest cranberry bog readings tonight should be be- tween 28 and 34, Wednesday night, 20 and 28 degrees. Wisconsin Rapids had a high of 71 and a low of 51 Monday, with a 6 a.m. reading today of 53 degrees. The Wisconsin Rapids Board of Education and teacher representatives "are making progress are having an exchange. I'm still reported Donald Rehfeldt, board Personnel Committee chairman, Monday. His brief remarks on the negotiations with the Wisconsin Rapids Education Association, underway for several months, echoed a similar report of a month ago. The board Monday approved minutes of negotiating sessions Aug. 11 and 25 and the Personnel Committee an- nounced future negotiations this Thursday and Sept. 29. The minutes were not made public and a board discussion Monday of negotiating progress was closed to the public. Monetary aspects of current negotiations were considered by the committee, Rehfeldt said, and possible percentages of increases were discussed, but it was agreed by the Personnel Committee "that this is a matter for the entire board to decide." Rehfeldt also reported that negotiations have begun with custodians for 1972. In another matter Monday, the board unanimously rejected a request by the Evangelical Free Church to rent the Woodside School gym on Sun- days for worship services and Sunday School. City Atty. Kenneth Hill told the board such rentals would be legal at a fair rather than just nominal fee, since they did Construction started on CATV tower here "Actually, lady, I do this because, in today's highly industrialized society, handicrafts are becoming very WSFAPEsfl R C H1V E After two years of delay in securing a suitable site, con- struction has begun on a community antenna television tower for a system that will serve the South Wood County area. The CATV tower and system are being constructed by Community Video, Inc., a firm organized by eight local businessmen. Erl Odegard, spokesman for the company, said today the tower site is located about five miles east of Wisconsin Rapids in the town of Grant (Portage just east of the in- tersection of County Trunks W and FF. He said work on the tower for the receiving antennas and on laying of cable began last week. According to Odegard the site was approved recently by the Federal Aviation Ad- ministration. Because FAA approval was delayed for some time, Odegard, said, only certain portions of the system can be completed before winter. Expected to be completed this year is laying of cable to serve areas on the East Side of Wisconsin Rapids from Baker Dr. south to Two Mile Ave. and from 20th St. west to the river. Cable for some areas on the West Side, mostly south of Grand Ave., also is expected to be completed this year. The balance of construction within the city limits will be resumed next spring. Community Video headquart- ers will be located at 2140 8th St. S. in a new building to be constructed this fall. Odegard said that, depending on construction progress and weather, the first subscribers may be connected by Nov. 15. However, he added that ap- plications for service are not being taken yet, pending arrangements for procedures. He said an announcement will be made shortly. Subscribers will be nble to receive Channels 7 and 9 from Wausau, Channel 13 from Eau Claire, Channels 2, 5 and 11 from Green Bay, Channel 3 from Madison, Channel 8 from La Crosse, and Channel 4 which will be Community Video's weather service. In addition, Community Video has made application to the Federal Communications Commission for microwave 2 not entail religious instructions in the schools as prohibited by law. Ben Hanneman suggested granting the request could bring a conflict if the school was to be used for other functions on Sundays and could "open the gates" for other requests. School Supt. R. E. Clausen noted that the district has rented schools on a one night basis to organizations but not on a continuing basis such as the church requested. Hill told the board a proposal to increase its size from seven to nine members would be legal but that he wanted to study further the proposal to do so by electing "at large" mem- bers. In another action, the board unanimously approved per- mitting senior citizens to buy noon lunches at Howe, _ Mead, Rudolph and Vesper Schools at the same price as teachers, per week. The lunch program will be open to anyone over 60 years of age, whether a member of a senior citizens organization or not. The board amended its earlier position not to bus any junior high students living less than two miles from school and agreed to bus four students living along W. Grand Ave., west of 21st Ave., and along 2nd Ave. S., south of the Ar- mory, because of the hazards in those areas. Also to be bused will be five Mead School students living in the same areas. Two other requests for busing, 2 Levy fines in tipsy driving cases Two motorists were fined each after pleading guilty Monday in Wood County Court to driving while under the in- fluence of intoxicants. Harrell S. Applebee, 25, Rt. 2, Nekoosa, who was charged Sept. 6 in the village of Port Edwards, had his license revoked for one year, and Duane A. Hamm, 37, 1911 Alton St., charged by Wisconsin Rapids police Sept. 9, had his license revoked for six months. ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) The Monroe County medical exam- iner said today that all nine hostages killed at Attica State Prison during the four-day up- rising died of gunshot wounds. Dr. John F. Edland said, "There were no cut throats or any kind of mutilation." The bodies of two more pris- oners were found today, unoffi- cial sources said, bringing the total dead to 40. There was no immediate ex- planation of how the gunshots were fired, from where or by whom. (Related Stories on Page 9.) But in Albany Tuesday, Dep- uty Correction Commissioner Jim Van Eekeren said there were witnesses to the throat- slashings. And he said it was proven the prisoners had home- made "zip" guns. "This is definite. These weap- ons were he said. Edland conducted autopsies Tear gas used in Baltimore inmate protest BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) About 200 inmates barricaded themselves in the City Jail cafeteria today and police forced them out with tear gas. The ,men were returned to their cells. No injuries were re- ported. According to Baltimore po- lice, inmates took possession of the cafeteria about and re- fused to come out. Police said they moved in with tear gas about one hour later. Some 50 police said the inmates had no hostages. The City Jail has a pre- dominantly black population of inmates. Police reportedly pulled back within two hours after the uprising began. "Everything is secure reported a prison official at 9 a.m. Prison officials and city po- lice never deemed the situation important enough to notify state officials. Howard B. Parks, deputy warden at City Jail, said the uprising was "a follow up" to the Attica uprising. "To my knowledge the only cause was the thing in Parks said. "It's a wonder it's not more widespread through- out the country." Parks discounted speculation that the uprising was stirred by militant forces. "There's not a strong mili- tant force in the Parks said. "Or if there is, I haven't felt it." on eight of the nine slain hos- tages. The ninth victim, guard Carl Valone, died in a hospital Monday shortly after the prison was recaptured. The hospital said Valone died of gunshot wounds. The medical examiner said the locations of the gunshot wounds on the hostages varied. Some, he said, had been shot in the head while others had been wounded in the chest or back. Some, Edland said, appeared to have been beaten before their in the back and buttocks and the others about their faces. According to all official re- ports Monday, the only guns re- bel prisoners were carrying were gas projectile guns. Most of them were armed with clubs, fire bombs and makeshift knives, officials said. The gas projectile guns the officials referred to fire cannis- ters that are about the size of soft drink cans. The medical examiner said the gunshot wounds that killed the hostages were made by bullets of the type fired by standard fire- arms. The bodies of two more prisoners were found today, unofficial sources said, bringing the total dead to 40. According to all official re- ports Monday, the only guns re- bel prisoners were carrying were gas projectile guns. Most of them were armed with clubs, firebombs and makeshift knives, officials said. The bodies of the nine hos- tages and prisoners who died in the clash were taken to the Mon- roe County medical examiner. Carl Lupo, a supervisor in the examiner's office, said the hos- tages died of gunshot wounds and not slashed throats. Jerry Houlihan, a spokesman for the prison, said Monday several of the hostages had their throats slashed. There was no comment on where the gunfire that killed the hostage guards had come from, whether from law offi- cers storming the prison or from guns which may somehow have been in possession of the inmates. Earlier in the day, U.S. Dis- trict Court Judge John Curtain of Buffalo issued an order in- structing prison officials not to interrogate prisoners on the events of the past four days un- til the prisoners had been coun- selled by attorneys. At a hearing in Buffalo, attor- ney Herman Schwartz argued that it was imperative for law- yers to be admitted to the pris- on today. He said there was a "danger of informal reprisals" against inmates, adding that virtually every prisoner in one cellblock faces criminal prose- cution and needs advice from a lawyer. An assistant attorney general for the state, Joseph J. Ricotta, contended that it would be dan- gerous for outsiders to eatsr the prison today. He .said eight prisoners are still at large In the prison. Outside the prison walls this morning, a group of lawyers, doctors, nurses and legal assis- tants awaited the outcome of the hearing. Prison personnel, meanwhile, set about the task of putting the prison back in order. It was a dark, rainy but quiet day today in this Western New York village where the sound of gunshots, helicopters and ex- ploding tear gas grenades were heard Monday. Officials were trying to iden- tify the dead inmates, piece to- gether an account of what led to the bloodshed, and put the prison system back on its rou- tine. Relieving guards and.oth- er personnel who had been on extra duty during the long hours of trouble, securing ade- quate supplies and preparing meals were priority tions, they said. But state officials were faced early in the day with a federal court order forbidding them from interrogating any of. the subdued inmates until attorneys could counsel with them. U.S. District Court Judge John Curtain scheduled a hear- ing on his order, which also in- structed prison officials to ad- mit doctors and nurses to in- spect medical care being given injured prisoners. Attorneys for the state withheld comment un- til the hearing later in the day. State correction officers at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining locked prisoners in their cells until after the funerals of the slain Attica guards. Officials said the move was a safety measure. State Corrections Commis- sioner Russell G. Oswald, who ordered the assault Monday, said autopsies had showed that two of the slain hostages had been killed prior to the time state police, guards, sheriff's 2 Copter pilot 'rescued' 10 civilians from My Lai FT. MEADE, Md. (AP) A former helicopter pilot testified today that he landed in My Lai during Charlie Company's as- sault on the South Vietnamese village to rescue about 10 Viet- namese civilians, an old man, women and children. "Apparently Thompson thought they were in said Dan R. Millians, 24, now a student at Fort Worth, Tex. He referred to then WO Hugh C. Thompson who was flying an- other helicopter. Millians testified at the court- martial of Col. Oran K. Hender- son, who is charged with trying to conceal the slaughter at My Lai. To present petitions on track relocation tonight Backers of a movement aimed at forcing a referendum on the expenditure of city funds for purchase of property for railroad track relocation said today they would present petitions bearing signatures to the Common Council at its regular monthly meeting tonight. The council session starts at 7 o'clock at the Courthouse. The signatures, if validated by the city clerk's office, would meet the requirements for direct legislation as specified in state statutes. Mrs. Helen Oberbeck, one of the approximately 30 persons involved in the petition cir- culation, issued the following statement today in regard to the petitioning: "I wish to thank the many people who helped circulate these petitions and to give credit to the many, many people who signed the petitions in an atmosphere of harrassment and propaganda. The people will continue to exercise the right to petition as guaranteed by state statute." Mrs. Oberbeck said the referendum would give the people of Wisconsin Rapids the chance to decide whether they favor the spending of city funds for the project. "We, the petitioners, will gladly abide by the decision of the people at the she added. Another spokesman for the group said today that Mayor Donald Penza's charges and those contained in a local radio editorial that the petition movement was purely political really is not the truth." The relocation project calls for moving of some downtown trackage and construction of new switching yards. Mayor Penza and Alderman Harvey Schneider, head of a special relocation committee, have declined to release cost figures because the city is still in the negotiation stage with the railroads. (Mayor Penza's views and explanation of the project were contained in a speech to the Rotary Club Monday. An article on that presentation appears on Page 3 of today's Daily Tribune) Millians told the seven-officer jury he had seen 50-75 bodies in a ditch and 10-15 bodies in the northwest quadrant of the area while flying low. He also said he had seen a noncommissioned officer fire a shot into a ditch and kill a Vietnamese. "Did you consider that mur- der or unnecessary asked defense attorney Lt. Col. Frank Dorsey. "I would say said Mil- lians. Q. You made no report of this? A. No, sir. The military prosecutor, Maj. Carroll J. Tichenor, had asked whether Millians ever was questioned about what he saw in the village. Q. While you were in Vietnam did anyone contact or question you? A. No, sir. Q. Were you contacted by the brigade commander regarding that operation? A. No, sir. Q. Was the observation you made a matter of common knowledge in the Aeroscouts. A. Yes, sir. Henderson was the brigade commander. The prosecution contends knowledge of what happened in My Lai was so widespread in the unit that Henderson should have known that there were allegations of atrocities. In an interview Monday, Hen- derson said the jury "is being conditioned like an audience being sold soap." "It's a selling Henderson said in an interview after the prose- cution presented its 40th wit- ness Monday. "I don't see from the over-all testimony a damn thing that helps me, but noth- ing points a finger at me ei- ther." Most .of the prosecution wit- nesses in the cover-up court- martial, now in its fourth week, have recounted the bloody as- sault on March 16, 1968, when more than 100 unarmed civil- ians died before the guns of American soldiers. Herderson, decorated and wounded in three wars, is charged with failing to investi- gate the allegations of war crimes thoroughly, failing to re- port them to higher headquar- ters as required by Army regu- lations and then lying twice to an Army board of inquiry. He was commander of the Amer- ical Division's llth Brigade, parent unit of the task force which assaulted My Lai. McGovern unhurt in barrage SAIGON (AP) Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., escaped shaken but unhurt tonight from a barrage of rocks and fire bombs hurled against a church where he was meeting with a group of students and political dissenters. McGovern and several associ- ates were trapped inside the Roman Catholic church office for about 30 minutes. They were rescued by U.S. military police and embassy Marine guards summoned to the scene. The identity of the rock and fire-bomb throwers was not es- tablished, but one witness de- scribed them as youthful riders who roam Sai- gon on motorbikes. Vietnamese combat police and soldiers sealed off several city blocks around the church. The senator, a leading critic of the Vietnam war and the Nixon administration's policy, is on a three-day visit to South Vietnam. He went to the church to meet with a group of about 40 Vietnamese who wanted to talk with him about political prisoners and alleged abuses in Vietnamese prisons. Today's chuckle The way most fishermen catch a fish is by S E WSPAPES fl R C HIV E ;