Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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90THYEAR, NO. 189 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 19, 1970—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS
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College Indicted for Campus Disorders
Workers were hurriedly evacuated from the Nevada test site Friday after a low-yield underground nuclear test shot spewed a radioactive dust plume 8,000 feet into the air, as happened in this 1962 photograph of another test spew there. (AP Wirephoto)
CANANDAIGUA, NY. (AP) — A special state grand jury brought criminal charges of coercion against Hobart College Friday, saying the school failed to take steps to allow county officials to follow through with the arrest of three students after a campus drug raid.
The panel, convened by Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller to investigate disorders following the raid, returned a four-count indictment, charging the private men’s college in Geneva with first degree coercion.
The college, through attorney Ellsworth Van Graafeiland, pleaded innocent to the charge in State Supreme Court, which will hear the case. A court spokesman said Hobart could be find up to $10,000, if convicted.
Describing the college as a corporation, the indictment charged that Hobart “recklessly tolerated certain conduct constituting the offense of coercion” early on June 5 when students confronted city police and deputy sheriffs on the campus in nearby Geneva following a drug raid.
Workers Evacuated After Atomic Spew
MERCURY, Nev. (AP) -About 600 workers were evacuated from the Nevada Test Site Friday after an underground nuclear test shot blew a plume af radioactive dust 8,080 feet in the air, the Atomic Energy Commission said.
It was the largest number of persons reported exposed to radiation at the 1,350-square-mile test site, located in barren desert 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, since underground testing began in 1963.
The ABX said a radioactive air mass was moving “north
and northeast very slowly” but that radioactive levels were “dropping very rapidly.”
The AEC emphasized the level of radioactivity traced be yond the test site boundaries was “very low” and said it was well within permissible levels for humans.
No towns in the immediate area of the test site were reported evacuated. The closest town is Alamo, with about 250 residents some IO miles north.
An AEC spokesman refused to say if it was possible the ra-
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Sergeant Innocent Of Maltreatment
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) -Tech. Sgt. Jack Wilson, a veteran drill sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base, was found innocent Friday of all charges of maltreating IO basic trainees.
A gasp went up from an audience filled with Wilson’s fellow training instructors, and the Kenova, W. Va., native rushed from the courtroom.
Friends surrounded Wilson as he hurried away to a waiting car.
His wife, following behind him, could only say: “I guess I’m too numb to cry.”
“I couldn’t believe it,” Wilson said of the verdict later.
He apologized for leaving the courtroom so quickly. “I had to get out of there fast,” he added. “I was about to explode.”
He credited his friends and lawyers for supporting him during his ordeal.
“lf it hadn’t been for the good Lord above, and two of the best military and one of the best civilian lawyers, I don’t think I would have made it. They did an outstanding job.”
A seven-officer court-martial panel acquitted Wilson, 34, who has served the military for 15 years, after deliberating for pearly three hours.
*The short, stocky, crew-cut sergeant had been charged with maltreating trainees last September at Lackland Military gaining Center, only Air Force basic training installation.
A defense attorney said he
was^thrilled and called Wilson “a good soldier.” Wilson’s former landlady, Mrs. H. E. Wil-lianft of San Antonio, said the sergeant is “just like one of my own boys.”
Wilson was charged on a total at 12 counts, including an a1-legafion that one of the trainees invdved in an alleged headbanding incident had to undergo surgery.
One of the trainees, Airman Basic Dale Davis, 20, of Stanberry, Mo. testified during the week-long trial that he underwent surgery after Wilson banged his head against the head of another airman during drill practice.
In final arguments, the prosecution said the alleged maltreatment incidents took place over a period of about eight days and involved occurrences of seven strikings, two kickings and the head-knocking.
Civilian defense lawyer James Gillespie countered that the alleged incidents were corrective measures.
dioactive air mass would cross the United States boundaries.
Such an occupance, if it happened, would violate the 1963 above-ground nuclear test ban treaty signed by the United States, Russia and other nations.
The 1963 limited nuclear test ban treaty, signed by the United States and more than IOO other countries, allows underground tests “so long as they do not cause radioactive debris to be present outside the territorial limits of the nation under whose jurisdiction or control the detonation was conducted.”
The radiation was the second reported in four underground nuclear test shots here since Wednesday, when minor spillage from one test rose 400-500 feet above ground and was confined to within the test shot site.
Codenamed “Baneberry,” the latest device, planted 900 feet below ground, had a listed force of less than 20,000 tons of TNT. Like the three previous shots, it was a military weapons development test, the AEC said.
The AEC said about 300 of the 600 workers evacuated from the test site’s northeastern corner “were found to have radiation on their clothing and vehicles.”
They were made to take what the spokesman described as “nominal precautions” such as showering, changing clothes, and washing their vehicles. Some underwent tests to determine if any radioactivity was present in their bodies. The AEC said there was no immediate indication that such was the case.
The AEC said six aircraft, including two helicopters from nearby Nellis Air Force base, were tracing the radioactive air mass.
It was the 17th time the AEC has announced radioactivity escaped the reservation since the underground testing began under the treaty. A total of 230 tests have been announced at the site—30 of them this year.
Indictment placed the blame on Beverley D. Causey Jr., Hobart’s former acting president, and John R. McKean, dean of men. Both were mentioned in the indictment, but were not named defendants.
It charged that Prof. John R. Krause Jr., 31, of Geneva and Bruce Davis, 20. of Denver, Colo., and Rafael Martinez, 37, of Rochester, then students, acted in concert to prevent Dist. Atty. Willard Best and Sheriff Ray O. Morrow from carrying out their duties. Specifically, the indictment said Best and Morrow had been prevented by Krause, Davis and Martinez from prosecuting Michael V. Miles, 21, of Marblehead, Mass., Christopher Zaglio, 22, of Manchester, Conn., and David Stratton, 21, of Youngstown. N.Y., who were arrested during the disturbance.
The indictment alleged that Krause, Davis and Martinez had instilled a fear in Best and Morrow that, if their demands for amnesty and the release of Miles, Zaglio and Stratton were not met, they or others “would cause physical injury to one Thomas Tongyai and others.”
Tongyai, also known as “Tommy the Traveler,” was an undercover deputy sheriff on the Hobart campus.
By allegedly instilling the fear, the indictment said, Best and Morrow were “induced thereby to violate” their duties as public servants. .Dr. Allan A. Kuusisto, president of Hobart and its sister college, William Smith, said the case “promises to be a landmark case for higher education.”
He said the grand jury’s action was a “shock, surprise and
U. S. DEPARTMENT OP COMMERCE National Waathar Servica (Weather Map p«. 17B) ABILENE AND VICINITY (40+nlla radios) — Mostly cloudy and turnips colder Saturday. Partly cloudy and colder Saturday night and Sunday. High Saturday near 60, low Saturday night near 32; high Sunday in uppar 40a. Northerly winds IO to 20 m.p.h.
discouragement that our neighbors on the grand jury have chosen to take this unusual course of action with regard to these institutions.”
Hobart and William Smith, are private, liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
The schools, located on Lake Seneca in Upstate New York, are known as the Colleges of the Seneca. They have a combined enrollment of about 1.4(H) students.
Following the drug raid, angry students surrounded city police and deputy sheriffs, de
manding that Miles, Zaglio and Stratton be released. The three were released and were granted amnesty.
The student-police confrontation was one of a series of disorders on the campus this year. In May, for example, an ROTC building was firebombed.
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Sunset last night: 5:36 p.m.; sunrise today: 7:35 a.m.; sunset tonight; 5:37 p.m.
Barometer reading at IO p.m.: 928.08. Humidity at IO p.m.: 54 per cent.
Mrs. Carroll O. Crain of Albany, Ga., cuddles her son, Michael, 3V6, at a ceremony at the State Capitol in Atlanta Friday honoring the families of prisoners of war and men missing in action. Her husband, U.S. Navy Cdr. Carroll Crain, has been missing 3V2 years. (AP Wirephoto) _
Needy Christmas Fund Lacks $4,473
Over $1,000 in contributions came in to the Goodfellow fund Friday, but with Christmas less than a week away, the fund is still $4,473.95 short of its $16,500 goal.
The amount received Friday was $1,020.69 for a total so far of $12,026.05.
The Goodfellows have already helped over 500 people this holiday season in the form of toys available at the Goodfellow Toy Store which closed Thursday.
Scrip for food and clothing to be bought at local retail stores has also been given to those who have written the Goodfellows of their needs and hopes for this Christmas — hopes that largely
hinge on the assistance the Goodfellows give.
Contributions may be sent to Goodfellows, The Abilene Re-porter-News, P. O. Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myatt 15.00 Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Class 7B from Clyde Junior
High School David and Randy Boyd Mr. and Mrs. F. L.
Willis In lieu of Christmas cards to my friends around View — Mrs. Grady Petree Anonymous In lieu of Christmas
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Ex-Soldier Tells of Civilian Spying
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CHICAGO (AP) - John M. O’Brien, a former soldier who says he spied on civilians for
the Army, said Friday he decided to disclose his activities because he wanted “to make unknowing people aware of a menace that exists.”
O’Brien, 26, said at a news conference: “The disclosure of my activities as a former Army intelligence agent is prompted by my personal concern as a citizen of the United States and by my concern for constitutional protections guaranteed all people in our country.”
Among those whose activities he said he spied upon, O’Brien has listed Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, D-I1L, former Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, now a federal
JOHN M. O’BRIEN . . . 'menace exists’
judge, and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, head of Operation Breadbasket, a black rights organization.
O’Brien said he first made the information about his activities available in letters to Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C., head of the Senate Constitutional Rights subcommittee, President Nixon, Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill., and newsmen.
O’Brien, a former staff sergeant with the 113th Military Intelligence Group in Evanston, a Chicago suburb, was accompanied by a lawyer at the news conference in Chicago offices of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The lawyer, David Goldber-ger, ACLU staff counsel, told newsmen that O’Brien could not discuss classified materisfls “because he respects the integrity of the government” and “be
cause he’s not interested in violating any laws.”
O’Brien said he was proud to have served in the Army up to the point at which he was ordered to engage in spying activities.
While in the Army, he said, he carried out his orders but would sometimes question their validity to his superiors afterward.
O’Brien said that from June 1969 to June 1970, his last year of a five-year Army stint, he was engaged in intelligence activities in the Chicago area.
O’Brien would not use the term constant surveillance, which he defined as meaning observation for a period of 48 hours or longer, but said he
cards to Abilene friends — Mr. and Mrs. R. D. O’Loughlin 1000
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Farr 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. John Gibson 15.00 Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Robertson
Roy Burton — Lawn, Texas
In lieu of Christmas cards Mr. & Mrs. Phil Allen 7:50 In Memory of, Mr. & Mrs.
Frank Berryman 10.00
In Memory of, Mrs. W. S. Brown
Maj. Francis G. McAuliffe Anonymous
In lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene Friends Mr. & Mrs. Bill Massey Mrs. R. S. Barnes Mrs. J. J. Bledsoe Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Ike W. Jay E. L. Haag, Sr.
Honor of Granddaughter “Andrea” Mr. & Mrs. Greeson In lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene friends Mr. & Mrs. Don Foniby Mr. & Mrs. Dean Hamilton Lt. & Mrs. Gregory P.
Sgt. & Mrs. Wm. A. Senna, Debbie & Ken in lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene friends 10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Tommy L. Hanford
Capt. Henry A. Stevens, III
Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Roberts 50.00
Instant Sign Rentals Mr. & Mrs. Robert L.
5.00 15 OO
In lieu of Christmas cards to friends in Abilene Mrs. Grace Barlow Anonymous Anonymous
Capt. & Mrs. Michael
Leta Fay King Anonymous
Marshall Jackson -Ovalo Brownie Scout Troop 171 Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Edwards Wingate, Tex. 10.00
Employees of Merchants General Office Anonymous Mrs. B. C. Roberson Gay & Richard Rogers Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Sides Albert W. James Fred O. Wallace In lieu of cards to my Abilene friends -Jane Norris In lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene friends from the Milton Brown family 10.00 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Bailey 20.00 Previously
Acknowledged 11,005.36 Total to Date 12,026.05
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In memory of Mrs. Arthur Sears - Arrie Price 25.00
Cub Scout Pack 25 Den 2 Dyess AFB 6.50
Dr. & Mrs. Zane Travis 25.00
Exchange Club of Abilene 200.00
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