Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, August 9, 1973

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Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1973, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin THE DAILY TRIBUNE Fifty-Ninth Year-No. INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 54494, Thursday, August 9, 1973 20 Pages, Two Sections Single Copy 15 Agnew: I won't resign WASHINGTON (AP) Pro- claiming that he will not be im- paled on a sword of "damned Vice President Spiro T. Agnew has taken up his Own defense against allegations that he accepted political kickbacks. And Agnew insists he will not resign. Meanwhile, a federal grand jury which since January has been investigating political cor- ruption in Maryland went back into session in Baltimore this morning, although federal pros- ecutors would not say whether Agnew was the subject of the session. One of tire prosecutors told a U.S. marshal outside the grand 'jury room that no in- dictments were expected today. Breaking a self-imposed si- lence that lasted less than 48 hours, Agnew called newsmen together Wednesday to de- nounce assertions that he ac- cepted kickbacks of a week while governor of Mary- land and a payment of from one contractor after be- coming vice president. "I have no intention to be skewered in this fashion and since I have no intention to be so skewered, I have called this press conference to label as false and scurrilous and ma- licious these rumors, these as- sertions and accusations that are being Agnew said. The reports that Agnew ac- cepted kickbacks were pub- lished after he disclosed Mon- day that he was a subject of an investigation by U.S. Atty. George Beall in Baltimore. The investigation involves al- legations of bribery, extortion and tax evasion arising from kickbacks allegedly paid by building contractors, engineers Handgun ban called for WASHINGTON (AP) A" federal crime commission to- day urged all states to outlaw handguns except for law en- forcement and military officers and to seize all those in civilian hands. The commission also said states should no longer impose jail sentences for the crimes of gambling, marijuana use, por- nography, prostitution and pri- vate sexual acts between con- senting adults. States should consider repeal- ing laws against those activi- ties, the commission said. The recommendations were contained in a 318-page report by the National Advisory Com- mission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. The commission chairman, former Delaware Gov. Russell W. Peterson, delivered the re- port to Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Richardson today. The 22- member commission, including present and former governors, state and local police officials and judges, drafted the recom- mendations after a two-year study financed by a lion federal grant. In a statement prepared for a naws conference, Richardson said the study "may be the most important report on crime control ever compiled in this country." He said the Nixon adminis- tration "is neither 'endorsing nor opposing the hundreds of specific standards and goals contained in the report." But over-all, he added, "it strikes a reasonable balance and sets out reasonable goals." In a strong attack" on hand- guns, the report said "the com- mission believes that the vio- lence, fear, suffering and loss caused by the use of handguns must be stopped by firm and decisive action." The commission said that no later than Jan. 1, 1983, all states should prohibit the pos- session sale, manufacture and importation of handguns except for law enforcement and mili- tary officials. It recommended no change in present laws regulating rifles and shotguns and said weapons collectors should be permitted to keep inoperative handguns. "The commission believes that private use and possession of handguns infringes on the right of the American public to be free from violence and death caused by the use of hand- the report said. Acknowledging that many citizens keep guns for personal protection, the commission said "a handgun in the home is more likely to kill a member of the family than it .is to provide lifesaving protection from bur- glars and robbers." In support of the recommen- dation, the commission cited FBI statistics 'Showing that more than half of all reported murders were committed with handguns. Panel still favors plan for medical clinic site By Thomas Lonergan Tribune Staff Writer The sale of city land for per acre to group of Wisconsin Rapids doctors was recommended again Wednesday by the common council's public property committee. The doctors wish to construct a medical clinic on city land in the vicinity of Hill and Dewey Sts. A building for 20 to 30 doctors is planned. Dr. Norbert Arendt, spokesman for the doctors, said two out-of-town doctors have said they would move here if the clinic is built but he declined to identify them. Last month the council defeated a similar recom- mendation that 7.95 acres of land be sold at per acre. The doctors are interested in purchasing only the amount of land needed for the building and a 300-space parking lot. The amount needed is to be deter- mined by an architect. The council voted to sell the doctors the land but the pur- chase price has been the point of disagreement for over a month. The council will meet Tuesday to act on the com- mittee recommendation. The doctors are "willing to drop the issue tonight if that's what the community Dr. Arendt told the committee. Tne doctors last week issued a statement of purpose for development of the building which was signed by 11 physicians and two dentists. The statement, which includes the doctors' wishes to buy the needed land at per acre, was recommended for council approval on a two to one vote. Alderman Eugene Bukowski, committee chairman, and Alderman Erwin Fleet voted for acceptance of me statement and Alderman Carol Broker voted against it. Alderman Harold Zager, another committee member, is on vacation. Copies of the statement were distributed to all council members last week. Mrs. Broker seeks a negotiating session between the city and the doctors to establish a price for the land. The figure, the same price land is sold for in the city's industrial park, was set by the committee last month. Tnc price was proposed to the committee by Mayor Donald Penza. Mrs. Broker said the doctors' statement "doesn't answer enough questions." She said it must be decided if the city sells the land at a low price whether there will be "strings attached" to the agreement. She also questions allowing dentists into the building when the doctors have stated the purpose of the building is to recruit primary care physicians. Dr. Norbert Arendt, spokesman for the doctors, slid primarily doctors would be in the building. He said its purpose is to recruit "people to help us and replace us." Dr. Arendt would not say whether the doctors would negotiate with the city, until the group met and voted on the matter. Constructing the building for the doctors' financial benefit was disallowed by Dr. Arendt. He said he now pays per square foot rental at the Doc- tor's 'Clinic and the projections for rental in a new building would be or per square foot. All doctors entering the building would pay increased rent and must abide by federal price controls as well, Dr. Arendt said. He said there would be "no profiteering" on the part of the doctors because too many would be involved in the building to allow the favoritism of one group. All building tenants will pay a cost per square foot rental from the building cor- 2 and architects to Maryland and Baltimore County political fig- ures. Republican fund-raising efforts also are involved. Asked if he was unequivocal- ly denying the kickback charges, Agnew replied: "I am denying them outright, and I am labeling I think a person in my position at a time like this might be per- mitted this departure from nor- mal damned lies." In fielding a wide range of questions about the probe, Ag- new also said: will not resign, nor will he even step aside on a tem- porary basis while the investi- gation is going on. has "no expectation of being indicted." met with President Nix- on for more than an hour on Tuesday, discussing the investi- gation. Agnew said he is satis- fied with Nixon's expressions of support, although he feels he could stand on his own feet and isn't seeking support from any- one. finds his position a dis- tressing one for a public official Mandatory allocation of fuel outlined WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon f administration today gut- lined an eight-point program for mandatory allocation of pet- roleum products but said it had no immediate plans to imple- ment the proposal. "We are not now planning to implement a mandatory pro- gram at any specific time in the forseeable said President Nixon's top energy aide, .former Colorado Gov. John A. Love. "We are attempting to devel- op the best program, however, in recognition that circum- stances in the future may re- quire such a he said. Love said the mandatory allo- cation program was being of- fered to give the public the op- portunity to consider the prob- lems involved and to make comments on how to help reme- dy the problem. He welcomed debate over the proposed program, saying that "this or any other mandatory program runs the very great risk of reducing, not increasing, the available supplies of fuels." Love said a voluntary alloca- tion plan announced earlier by the administration would re- main in effect for the time being. Love said he has urged price controls "which fully recognize the need for increased supply." He said that an announce- ment will be made Friday on final Phase 4 rules which he said he believed "will facilitate increased imports of both crude oil and products, as well as in- creased domestic production He said the Phase 4 regu- lations will give special atten- tion to meeting the problems of heating oil for this winter. Love emphasized his in- tention "to do all in my power to insure thai fair play pre- vails" for independent petro- leum dealers. Biron may get sewer plant aids By Jocsph Karius Tribune Editor The village of Biron is one of about 50 state communities which likely will receive federal and state aid during the next two years for a sewage treat- ment project. Biron was ranked 24th on a priority list for anti-pollution grants released today by the Wisconsin Department of Natr ural Resources. Other South Wood County communities, Wisconsin Rapids, Arpin, and Plttsvillc, were ranked far down on the list of 504 projects. With only million available in aids for projects, those ranked below 50 are not likely to receive funding in fiscal 1973 or 1974, DNR spokesman said today. (Pittsville was ranked 291, Arpin, 300 and Wisconsin Rapids 362.) The priority listing issued today still does not resolve the long-standing controversy in- volving Biron, Wisconsin Rapids and the Wood County Planning Office. Biron has plans for a secondary treatment plant and over the past two years has been pushing for approval of aids to construct the facility. That approval has been delayed, however, by recent federal requirements calling for waste treatment facilities to be part of an area or regional plan. Such a plan for South Wood County submitted to the DNR this summer by the county planning office recommends Biron tie in with the Wisconsin Rapids sewage plant as the best "cost effective" means of solving the village's sewage treatment problem, Oliver Williams assistant administrator for the DNR's Division of Environmental Protection, said today his agency has not yet acted on the county recommendation. The DNR must certify the county plnn to the federal Environmental Protection Agency before final approval of any grants. Most plans being certified now are for regional solutions, Williams said, but he noted Biron officials have challenged data used in the county analysis. "It's possible we might have to have a joint conference with Biron and the city and county before the question of cost ef- fectiveness is finally Williams added. Today's priority listing is important In that Biron will he eligible for about 80 per cent of the cost of cither joining the city or building its own plant. Theodore Wlsniewski, assistant to the administrator for the DNR division, said the priority rating will not be changed by the specific project, or cost. The project cost listed In the DNR rating for Biron Is 2 to be in, but is more concerned about proving his innocence than he is about whatever dam- age the charges may have done to his 'political future. and when the Baltimore investigation goes to a grand jury, he will decide then wheth- er to appear before it. Agnew said he had decided to break his silence on the charges because of defamatory statements being leaked to the news media by what he said the press characterized as sources "close to the federal in- vestigation." One particular target of Ag- new's displeasure appeared to be that Jerome B. Wolff, a Bal- timore County consultant, had told prosecutors of alleged 000-a-week kickbacks beginning in 1962 and of the alleged 000 kickback for past and possi- bly future services. Within hours after Agnew wound up the 31-minute news conference, Beall disavowed any involvement on his part or the part of his assistants in the news stories Agnew assailed. "We have preserved and will continue to preserve secrecy of the proceedings until such time as public disclosure can proper- ly be Beall said. Agnew released the text of a letter from Beall to Judah Best, Agnew's attorney, which first informed the vice president for- mally that he was a part of the federal probe. It said Agnew was being in- vestigated for possible viola- tions of criminal statutes in- cluding conspiracy, extortion and bribery. It asked that Ag- new or his representative turn over all his bank records and tax returns back to Jan. 1, 1967. Before the letter was re- leased, Agnew had said he would turn over his personal records "at the appropriate time, in the appropriate way to the appropriate parties." An Agnew lawyer, Jay H. Topkis, told the Baltimore Sun that no records will be turned over today. "Let me say right now, I have no expectation of being in- dicted and I am not going to face any contingent thinking of that type at this Agnew said to newsmen. "I have noth- ing to hide." Asked if he had ever received money for his personal use from companies doing business with Maryland or the federal government, Agnew replied: "Absolutely not." 2 Today's chuckle A discouraged householder reports that he was about' to join an organization that fights inflation but they raised their dues. SHOWS POLICE MURDER SCENE Elmer Wayne Henley, 17; at the mass murder scene in Houston where he showed police the site where at least eight murder victims were buried and possibly more. Henley reportedly shot the man responsible for the mass murders, then told police the bizzare tale. (AP Wirephoto) Murderer claims 8 in Houston HOUSTON (AP) Police dug up more of a boat stall to- day where eight bodies were found in shallow graves, all be- lieved victims of homosexual perversion. Meanwhile, police in subur- ban Pasadena were planning to dig up the yard of a dead man a youth said was responsible for the killings. "When you're dealing with a nut like this, that is a sex per- vert, you can expect said police officer Breck Por- ter. "It would take a perverted, sadistic type of a clown to pull something like this, but I think there is more involved than just one man Porter said. The macabre story started Wednesday when a 17-year-old Houston youth led officers to the shallow graves in the city's southwest section and said he had killed the man responsible for the deaths. The youth told authorities he shot and killed Dean Allen Corll, 33, of Pasadena after an all-night party in Corll's home, during which the yourh and two others had passec" out after smelling spray paint. Police said they found what appeared to be torture in- struments in the Corll home. The youth said as he awoke, Corll was putting handcuffs on him and had already bound the other two youths. He said Corll told him he would have to kill all of them. The youth, identified by po- lice as Elmer Wayne Henley, said he convinced Corll that he was an ally. He said that when Corll put down a .22 pistol, he picked it up and shot Corll as Corll came at him. The youth said Corll had told him of killing some persons and burying them in the boat stall. Porter said the youth men- tioned the names of three youths being sought by Houston authorities. "We checked with missing persons and those names checked out so we came out here and started Por- ter said. First reports indicated that possibly only the three bodies mentioned by the youth might be found, but as the digging continued, more bodies turned up. Some of the bodies were wrapped in plastic bags and bound with nylon rope. Many were badly decomposed. Au- thorities theorized some may have been in the stall as long as three years. "We expect we'll find more Porter said, pointing to the stall where less than half of the 15 feet by 35 feet floor had been dug up by Houston city jail trustees. Porter and Pasadena Del. David Mullican both said they believed more than one person was involved in the killings. Mullican said that among the items found in Corll's home was a "long board that had holes in each corner and ropes so he could tie someone spread eagle." He said police also found ny- lon rope similar to that which had been used to tie up the unearthed bodies. "It looks like a case where a guy who liked perverted sex ac- tivities has been killing people to cover up his Mullican said. Positive identification of the bodies will be made following autopsies, Porter said. Once-Over THE DAILY 1 TRIBUNE Deadline passes, but mall contract is still unsigned On the inside How does the new 'informal probate' work? See Page 5. Mid-State Technical Institutes Phase II con- tracts awarded; construction could start next week. See Page 11. Two Wisconsin Rapids runners enter mara- thon at Hurley. See Page 8. Kevin Cooney wins pitchers' duel as Wiscon- sin Rapids Twins end skid. See Page 8. Four area stock car drivers among leaders for state championship series finale. See Page 9. Area 4-H clubs plan for fairs, trips. See Page 15. Nixon and Agnew are each handling their sep- arate crises differently. See Page 3. Rain possible Tonight should bring lows around GO and a chance of scattered showers or thunderstorms, with Friday ex- pected to have a high in the 70s, with more clouds and more possibilities of rain. At this point, the weather for the weekend doesn't look too promising, with partly cloudy skies and a chance of some rain both Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday's high in Wisconsin Rapids was 82, with a low of 71, along with .43 of an inch of rain. Today at 6 a.m., it was 64 and at noon we had 74 de- grees under partly sunny skies. By J. Michael Kelly Tribune Staff Writer The developers of a proposed million shopping mall in downtown Wisconsin Rapids are "dragging their feet, and if they don't get moving, we'll put it (the mall project) out to public according to Redevel- opment Director Robert Harkins. The planned mall would be located in an area bounded by W. Grand Ave., and 4th, Hale and 7th Sts. The developers, Harold Nobler and B. H. Levine of Schoficld, have had sole rights to do preliminary planning on the mall since last November. This March, the developers and the Wisconsin Rapids Redevelop- ment Authority agreed to neg- otiate terms for a final contract on the mall. According to the terms of the the developers had until last Monday to produce letters of Intent from renters Daily Tribune collection notice This is collection weekend for all Daily Tribune city and motor route carriers. Your cooperation will be appreciated. of 50 per cent of the square feet of rental space in the mall and final information on building plans and financing. Then they were supposed to sign the final, formal disposition contract on the mall. But the developers haven't been very prompt, according to Harkins. "Every time we re- quest something, they either ig- nore our request or submit it he said. A meeting between the developers and the Authority, which was to be held Monday, has been postponed because of disagreements on the final contract. Nobler said. "We want to meet with the Authority, and we're waiting for them to contact us about the meeting." Nobler said the developers had asked for "a few minor changes in the and were waiting to see what the Authority had to say about the changes. Rut Harkins doesn't agree with Nobler's contention. "A few changes? They've got eight pages of changes, many of w h i c h are completely unreasonable and would he tossed out the window by HUD." HUD Is the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency which is financing the Authori- ty's part in the mall project. S o m e of the changes requested by the developers include giving them first option on other lands the Authority may buy, having the Authority pay title insurance, and a host of other technical changes dealing with transfer of stock and other conditions of construction and financing. "This contract has to he approved by Harkins said, "and if they see nil these changes, they're just not going to approve Harkins said Authority of- ficials were drafting a reply to the developers concerning the proposed contract changes. "When they get that, they'll have maybe 10 days to respond, and if they still don't like it, then we may have to bring in another he said. Until the actual contract is signed, there would be no penalty if either the developers or the Authority backed out of the deal. If the Authority began advertising for a new developer, Levine and Nobler would 2 0 Itn by NIA "Thai's no prowler out there. It.'s our golf-nut neighbor going to get a tee-off time." ;