Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 26, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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90TH YEAR, NO. 103 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 26, 1970—THIRTY-SIX
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U.S. Views Move With Seriousness'
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon said Friday it has solid indications the Soviets are building a permanent submarine base in Cuba, and the White House said it would view a strategic installation there “with utmost seriousness.”
The Defense Department did not rule out the possibility that the facility reported under development may be designed to support missile-firing subs now cruising off U.S. waters.
A White House official who declined to be quoted by name drew a parallel with the Cuban
missile crisis of 1962, when President John F. Kennedy said peace in the Caribbean could be preserved if Soviet offensive weapons were removed from the area and were kept out in the future.
Kennedy’s statement remains U.S. policy, the White House official said.
Soviet ships have moved heavy barges and other equipment into the harbor at Cienfue-gos over the past few weeks which “makes us feel they may be seeking sustained capabilities in the area,” Pentagon
Ex-Hell's Angel 'Refused to Kill'
By STERLING TUCKER
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Wayne Butcher, 24, an exmember of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang who left the gang because he refused to kill, will speak at the Belmont Baptist Church Saturday at 7 p m. on what Christ has done for him.
In November of 1967 the Hell’s Angels left Butcher, a 24-year-old Tulia native, for dead in the Arizona desert, he said in an Interview here Friday afternoon.
They had chased him for three days because he had committed an unpardonable sin, though he was tnird from the top in the California gang: He had refused to join his fellows in killing a California highway patrolman by running over him with his motorcycle.
“I swerved to miss him and Just kept going, though I knew it meant death for me if they caught me,” he said.
The former Hell’s Angel figured he didn’t have much to lose in running from his gang, anyway. He had already been marked for death because as a user of heroin and several of the hallucinogenic drugs he was, in the opinion of gang leaders, “a little too free with his words,” he said.
“Gang leaders didn’t approve of our using the hard drugs for that very reason,” Butcher explained. “They knew if any of us who did were caught by the police the whole gang would be exposed.”
After being left in the Arizona desert for dead, he woke up two months later in a Flagstaff hospital. He had been in a coma for eight weeks. He stayed in the hospital and was cured of his drug habit.
As soon as he was well enough to travel, he went back home to Tulia, where he lived with his mother and found a job as a mechanic.
One weekend he decided to share an apartment with a mechanic friend.
He said, “Monday night this friend was dressed in a suit and asked me go to church with him. I didn’t believe in God, so he
WAYNE BUTCHER ... to speak here
went to church without me, but he kept after me every night to go to church with him,” Wayne said. “Finally, on Thursday, I went with him, just to shut him
up. I sat in the back row and read the hymnal and did everything else I could think of to
See ANGEL, Pg. 2-A
spokesman Jerry W. Friedheim announced.
Asked if the base is intended to support Russia’s new Yankee-class submarines, each of which carries 16 missiles and is similar to the U.S. Polaris subs, Friedheim replied:
“We can’t nile out that possibility.”
The White House official said such submarines clearly would be offensive in nature and thus would bring into play the policy Kennedy enunciated.
He added that this country “would view the establishment of a strategic base in the Caribbean with utmost seriousness.”
He said no representations on the subject have yet been made to the Soviet Union, adding that the United States is keeping close watch to determine what kind of weapons could be based at the site where activity has been spotted.
“At the right moment,” the administration official said, the United States “will take the action that seems indicated.”
The Russians have 13 of the Yankee-type nuclear-powered submarines and are building 15 more, according to the Pentagon. Officials have reported that one or more are now stationed in the Atlantic.
Friedheim had declined to make any comparison between the threat posed to the United States in 1962 when the Russians moved long-range missiles into Cuba and the new development at Cienfuegos on Cuba’s southern shore.
“We cannot be positive what the intention is,” he said. “We are keeping a close watch on these activities and are continuing to obtain information on Soviet activities there.”
The new facilities at Cienfuegos were spotted by high-flying American U2 reconnaissance planes, the same aircraft that spotted the Russian missiles eight years ago. The Soviets removed the missiles within a few weeks after President Kennedy threatened direct action and mobilized U.S. forces for a possible attack.
The United States uses bases at Holy Loch, Scotland; Rota, Spain, and the island of Guam
to support polaris subs cruising in European and Pacific waters. These bases enable the craft to remain near their stations by eliminating the need to make the long trip home for servicing and supplies.
A similar facility at Cienfuegos would enable Russia to keep more of its nuclear and conventional subs in western waters for longer periods. The Soviets have no permanent naval facilities in the Western hemisphere.
Friedheim noted that although Soviet subs and surface ships have operated from Cienfuegos in the past there had been no permanent facilities in the harbor for their use.
The submarine tender and three other Soviet ships are now in the harbor; however, there are no submarines at present.
Friedheim said the three heavy barges brought into Cienfuegos were carried on the deck of a Soviet amphibious craft first spotted by U.S. ships shadowing a Soviet task force as it cessed the Atlantic earlier this month. He sidestepped speculation that the barges might be used as a floating drydock.
Cienfuegos, which means “IOO fires” in Spanish is located about 40 miles east of the Bay of Pigs, site of the aborted 1961 Invasion by a group of American-supported Cuban exiles trying lo overthrow' Prime Minister Fidel Castro.
Ben, a hippo at the Chessington, England, zoo, opens wide for trainer David Flower for a morning teeth cleaning. The animal eats so much grass that the ritual is necessary to remove the hard stalks that lodge in his molars. (AP Wirephoto)
City Employes Must Reside ^ ® In Abilene Limits or Resign Estate
By JIM CONLEY
Reporter-News Staff Writer
The city personnel director said Friday that at least 13 city employes who live outside Abilene’s limits either must move into the city or resign.
Bill Olson, director of personnel, said that I n accordance with personnel
INSTANT WATER BALL WHEN FRIDAY RAIN STOPPED . . . James, 12, and Justice Venable, 9, play with baseball
Cool Front Pushes Showers Into Area
Gentle, soaking autumn rains fell in Abilene and many other areas of Big Country Friday from clouds which moved before a cool front from the Texas Panhandle and South Plains.
In Abilene, at least a dozen auto accidents were reported between 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday after showers which dumped an official .14 inches soaked city streets.
Some sections of the city, however, reported as much as .35 inches of precipitation in midafternoon showers. The total for the year in the Key City is 16.19 inches.
Heavy rains fell in areas
northeast of Abilene, with
Gorman receiving the heaviest amount of rain, 2 inches.
De Leon recorded 1.50,
Tuscola 1.15 and Ballinger .50.
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Lawn received 1.50 inches, Cisco had .70 and Dublin totaled .66.
The Weather Bureau predicted a clearing trend for most parts of the Big Country by Saturday. Temperatures are expected to be affected only slightly by the front as it moves through the Big Country, with a maximum in the lower 70s.
In other sections of the state, however, rain and thunderstorms are expected, except for clearing in the Panhandle.
Heavy thunderstorms, dropping torrents of rain and studded with lightning and rolling thunder, struck north Texas Friday night to bring fears of flash flooding.
A line of almost solid thunderstorms moved east of a Sher
man, Fort Worth, Brownwood line shortly after 8 p.m. with rainfall rates of an inch per hour.
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policies, employes of the City of Abilene must live within the corporate limits of the city.
He said, however, that he has heard of only one employe who has indicated to his department head that he would resign rather than move into the city.
“The others have indicated they will move into the city as soon as possible,” Olson said.
The check-up was initiated in a memorandum given all city employes on Sept. 18, which said that personnel policies of the City of Abilene, adopted Jan. I, 1962, provide “that a 11 permanent city employes must reside within the corporate limits of the city. . .and must continue to do so during their tenure as employes. . .”
Also the memorandum noted that employes “who owned their place of residence outside the city limits prior to this date were not required to move inside the city limits.”
The memorandum concludes: “It is regrettable that it has become necessary to so forcefully bring this matter to the attention of all our fine employes when the existing problem has been created by so few.”
Citv Manager H. P. Clifton said Friday that the city has 863 employes. Thus only about Hi per cent of the employes are living in violation of the policy.
In Olson’s memorandum he says that ‘‘effective immediately, any change of residence of an employe shall be reported to the department head concerned within 48 hours and failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.
Olson said employes living outside the city limits have been told they either must move into the city or resign.
As far as the “why” of the rule, Olson said “There are many pros and cons. All we can really say is that the city council saw fit to pass it in 1962.”
Various city employes expressed the pros and cons, which seism to boil down to two main ideas.
Those backing up the city’s position say that Abilene citizens pay taxes to support the city and therefore employes should be under the same tax structure and municipal government
Otherwise, the question is asked, how can they work in the best interests of the city?
Those against the rule seem to ask why it makes any difference where a person lives as long as he does his work in an acceptable manner.
Jordanian Troops Find 15 of 54 Hijack Hostages
AMMAN (AP) — Jordanian troops poking through the shelled ruins of an abandoned refugee camp near Amman Friday found 15 of tho 54 hostages from three Western airliners hijacked by Palestinian guerrillas two weeks ago.
The group of eight Britons, five Swiss and two Germans were locked in a house abandoned by the guerrillas at Wah-dat camp.
“We are foreign hostages, help, help. Don’t shoot,” the prisoners shouted when they heard the soldiers outside the house.
The troops smashed down the door and freed the group.
There was no sign of the other 39 hostages, all but one American. But the freed men ex-more than two weeks by the pressed belief the others, held guerrillas, were somewhere nearby.
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Pearl Choate Birch, who presumably inherited $200 million from A. Otis Birch, may have received nothing, lawyers speculated Friday.
One said there are legal claims of about $200,000 against
Another, Pasadena attorney David Agnew said:
“I’ve never been able to figure out where that $200 million figure came from. All I’ve been able to find is that the estate is almost worthless.”
Birch, who died at 95 in 1967, left a will naming his 63-year-old wnfe Pearl, as sole beneficial*)’. Five religious groups disputed the will, claiming the oilman had agreed to leave his money to them.
Last Friday a probate court in Dallas threw out the contestants’ suit and virtually assured Mrs. Birch of whatever assets remained.
Mrs. Birch, interviewed this week in Odessa, Tex., said she hadn't yet received a nickel from the estate but expected the money to roll in soon. Then she took off by bus for Pecos.
After apparently missing her bus connection there for Artesia. N.M., she took a taxi three miles out of town, remarking
See ESTATE, Pg. 2-A
TODAY’S MEWS INDEX
Color Vietnam Mop
A full-color mop of Vietnam is reprinted on Pg. 10-C of today's Reporter-News os a public service ofter numerous requests from relatives of Gls stationed in the war-torn
The U.S. has announced that it will replace the equipment lost by Jordanian soldiers during the civil war which came to a halt Friday. Stories Pg. 3-A.
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Brid*# ............... SA
Church News ........ 4-5A
Comics ...........6, 7C
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TV Scout ......... 78
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