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Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite (Newspaper) - May 12, 1974, Ardmore, Oklahoma Okla. Historical society 6-1-74 historical bldg. C2-40 okla. City okla 73105"southern Oklahoma s greatest newspaper i 80th year no. 167 Ardmore Oklahoma sunday May 12, 1974 Price 10c 2nd year in Kow for a re Loreite staffers nepotism pm be series wins Safe award Barbara Webb for the second consecutive year a daily Ard Morte staff writer has been picked for tie states top investigative reporting award for non metropolitan papers. Barbara Webb area reporter a for the Ardmore Ite picked up a $50 savings Bond saturday night in ail awards ceremony at Western Hills Lodge. She was one of five state writers to win the Carl Rogan memorial award named after a former associated press Bureau chief. In addition to Webb awards were presented to Jack Taylor of the daily oklahoman who became the first double Winner in the three year history of the. Awards the Tulsa worlds Pat Crow sue Holmes of the Norman transcript and Randy Pruitt who writes for the Mcalester news capital. Webb a series of stories involving nepotism in. The Marshall county Gove Milent earned her the award. The same award was won last year by Ardmore Ite police reporter Kay Evers for an article on the Multi million Dollar Pyramid sales scheme of Glen Turner enterprises. Webb a stories on Mars county clerk Edith s. Hill began running in the daily Ardmore Ite on sept. 25, 1973, with an exclusive Story about the a Parmjit cover up of a civil suit filed by the first National Bank of Madill against the late District judge Joe Thompson to recover payment of a $485 promissory note Given in dec. 1970. After mrs. Hill denied that such a suit had Ever been filed in her office Webb began digging into the background and turned up not Only stamped copies of the edition but 11 claims from mra. Hills relatives showing they had been paid Money from the court a Story on oct. 4 revealing these facts plus a companion investigation made by the state crime Bureau District attorney James Clark filed nepotism charges against mrs. Hill and presented the county commissioners a petition calling for the court clerks ouster. A trial was set then rescheduled after irregularities in the jury selection were turned up by Webb. panel was drawn and Dis a a a it trial which began on nov. I3, Clark discovered that exhibits scheduled to be entered As evidence in the trial had been tampered with Between the time of the crime Bureau investigation and the trial. A Mistri amp a was declared and Clark added additional counts to his ouster petition. Tampering with court records is a felony and before such diaries could be filed mrs. Hill resigned her Post. A total of 14 stories were run on the happenings during a two see Webb Page 2a bus truck hit 7 die 35 Hurt Charleston map a a greyhound bus sides Viper a wry de tractor trailer Rig on a Sharp curve near Here saturday and police said seven persons were killed and at least 35 injured. Hospital officials said seven Israel submits final proposal Jerusalem a Secretary of state Henry a. Kissinger met for two hours saturday with israeli leaders and an israeli spokesman indicated they had Given him their final proposal for a Golan Heights Tiger to meet sunday in Damascus with syrian pre Dent Hafez Assad. Israeli information minister Shimon Peres said a we expect tomorrow to be a very important Peres cautioned that even after sundays meeting Kissinger May have to make a additional rounds or at least one More Between Damascus and Jerusalem. Peres indicated after the meeting with Kissinger that the israeli plan specifies a line for the separation of israeli and syrian armies on the Heights. Kissinger told newsmen after tic meeting a we still have very Tough hurdles ahead of but he said a i think both sides Are beginning to move toward a serious examination of each others Kissinger sent two aides saturday to Survey strategic Hills on the Golan Heights. Of the injured were in critical condition. Two of the dead identified saturday were listed of Janet Hudson and Albert Clark both of Chicago. The Ages of the victims were not available. Mississippi county Coroner Elgin Mcmikle said it would probably be late sunday or monday before the others killed could be positively identified. The Highway patrol said the bus failed to Nike a diary cute in a construction Detour on . 60 and ripped against the truck which had turned on its Side about two hours earlier when it failed to make the curve. The entire right Side of the bus was Tom open. The bus which began its run in Chicago was headed for Memphis tenn., where it was to make connections for new Orleans acid after Points. Liziie Driver of the bus Cloyd Dobbs 30, was practically the Only person uninjured in the collision officials said. Officials said the Detour had been changed thursday making the curve Piper. The crash occurred about 4 15 . About two Miles East of Charleston in Southeast Missouri. Weather a Tomp Creaturo 1974 1973 Low Friday night. 63 70 High saturday. 84 75 10 45 . .72 a data recorded at fire station forecast local fair through monday and warmer. High sunday mostly 70s. Low sunday night near 50 Panhandle to Low 60s South. High monday 76 to 85. News in Brief rescuers Rush colombian Jel Bogota Colombia a led by a Relief Pilot and a policeman who used karate blows police stormed a colombian Airliner saturday at the Bogota Airt and recaptured it from hijackers who had held it for 16 hours. Witnesses said shots were ored and authorities reported two hijackers killed one Cap tured and 14 passengers wounded police said one other Hijacker May have escaped. When the attack was Over authorities said they discovered that the we Ackers had Only one old .38-calil>er revolver with them. What they had claimed was a Iamb was Only an empty can. The remaining among the 85 passengers and six Crew members were believed Safe. Hong Kong apr a severe earthquake hit a mountainous Region in Southwest China before Dawn saturday and based on quake magnitude reports and chinese maps May have heavily damaged two big cities and several smaller towns. It was the second major quake to hit Asia in three Days. More than 30 persons were killed and hundreds or Homes damaged or destroyed when a powerful quake hit the Southern Izu Peninsula of Japan thursday. On the Richter scale. Washington apr House judiciary committee will examine evidence this week dealing with the watergate cover up that could be decisive in determining whether president Nixon will be in see briefs Page 2a Nixon Calls on Congress to hasten inquiry Steps Stillwater okla. Apr vowing he would a never give up a president Nixon came to americans heartland saturday night and told a University commencement crowd that Congress should promptly dispose of the impeachment Issue. As a warm Spring Twilight settled on Oklahoma state University a football stadium Nixon told the graduating class a what a great time for a new a he said the graduates could look convard to a More peaceful world where people of All nations work together in the common cause of bettering Mankind. Only once in his a minute address did Nixon refer directly to efforts to oust him from the nations High inst office although he acknowledged that some in the stadium crowd of about 25,000 a obviously disapprove of the Itie president declared that he had a presented All of the evidence to Congress a a statement greeted by a smattering of Boos a and added a i Trust the House of representatives will act promptly. So the president and Congress can get on with the Peoples business As we the crowd was generally quiet but a few shouts such As a pay your taxes and a a liar could be heard As Nixon spoke. University president Robert Kamm had banned signs and placards from the stadium and in introducing Nixon Kamm said he had come to Campus a was president and As a fellow human Kamm said Nixon should be treated with a the affection and respect due one who has Given so much in Public Nixon a reception was generally regarded As friendlier a with less heckling a than that he received last weekend at a Public appearance in Phoenix Ariz. He received standing orations when he was introduced at the conclusion of his remarks and when he and mrs. Nixon were escorted from the stadium to head Back to Washington. Several times the crowd applauded his Call for cooperative efforts to conquer the Energy Rkia and world for i and health problems. Nixon spoke of efforts for peace in the Middle East an area that be said a could be equated As the Balkans Eythe �?~70s unless we do Someth Hig about it and do something about it As Nixon left the stadium he could hear the a Nixon must go chant of about 5 m demonstrators gathered outside. Harder As Nixon flew to Oklahoma vice president Gerald r. Ford said in Texas that he did no to think it was a fair to the president for him to resign with the inference that he might be guilty in he does no to believe he is Ford said he had told Nixon he did no to believe the government was a about to Sii amp a and said again he believes the president to be innocent of any wrongdoing in water ate As the Nixon arrived at Vance air Force base near Enid okla., they were greeted by a Friendly cheering crowd that base officials estimated at More than 12,000. The air base crowd cheered the president and hoisted banners of support. Stepping to a microphone Nocon referred to the shouts of a hang in there and a a we re with you and said a believe me that really does your heart Good. A i have that old okie spirit deep Down inside a he added. A we never give a few boo were heard from the air base crowd which col. David Richardson chief of base management estimated at More than 12,000. About 700 i anti Nixon. Dena Gath pleads to assault count gift Man draws 3-Yem term ered outside the football stadium where the president addressed commencement exercises. The University president had banned signs or placards inside the stadium and the demonstrators voluntarily handed them Over to attendants at the Gase. The stadium which holds More than 50,000, was about half filled with a temporary Blue backdrop separating Nixon from the rows of empty seats. As Nixon strolled across the artificial turf to the speaker s stared Boos were mingled with cheers from the crowd. Most of the Black gowned graduates Kay Evers still Mam Taining that he did not fire a shot at an Ardmore police detective Jimmy Carl Pittman appeared in court Friday afternoon to enter a guilty plea to a lesser offence of assault with a dangerous weapon. Pittman was originally charged with shooting with intent to kill. The state was alleging that he squeezed off a shot Gim blast at detective Eki West As he and another officer. Detective Joe Vance advanced toward him at the Home of or. Glenn Willis in West Ardmore. Pittman who maintained that his memory of the events leading up the shooting were fragmentary a a i am remembering this like a dream a he said at one Point during his testimony a was Given a three year sentence by judge James Dillard the defendant already faces a 33-month term in the state Penitentiary for a second degree burglary that occurred Early last a ear. Pittman received a thru year suspended sentence at that time. Subsequently 90 Days of the la tence was revoked and Pittman spent the time at the state Penitentiary. Just last week the remaining 33 months of the term was revoked and Pittman was ordered transported to Mcalester to begin his term. The sentences cannot run concurrently so Pittman actually must serve almost six years on both offences. From the i toss stand Friday Pittman testified that to had had a minor motorcycle Accident on the Day preceding the shooting and had taken a pain killer originally. Prescribed for his younger brother for a Back injury. Pittman said he did no to remember it but had since Learned that he drank with Beer and liquor after taking the drug. The rest of the Day and night Are a Blank he said. Nor does he remember the first part of the morning immediately prior to the shooting he said. A Tihe first thing i can remember is when i fired that first shot into the door a Pittman testified. The shot went through a connect door bet Woin the garage and living quarters of the Willis Home Pittman a father earlier testified and the pellets a rattled around on the continuing Kottman said a it kind of knocked me to my senses. I remember looking around and thinking a my god what in the world am i doing out Here in this garage with this gun a Pittman said he remembered pushing the Button to open the overhead garage door spinning around and a a Many a Pittman did not sgt eci finally remember being shot by West but said a i remember a burning in my the first thing he remembers vividly he said was waking up in the Hospital several hours later. Pittman a father Sid testified that he was standing just inside the door when his son fired through it. Pittman fired Only two shots his father stud and Tuth were aimed into the House. His son did not fire at West Pittman testified. The elder Pittman testified that he heard a somebody say a drop it Jinny a and then i heard what sounded Uke a pistol Pittman said he knew instinctively that his son had been shot. He opened the connecting door immediately and went into the garage where he saw his son a going to his Pittman denied that his son had made a statement attributed to him by police that might possibly implicate him in the still unsolved murder of Ardmore coach j. C. Dunn. West had testified at the preliminary hearing that Pittman said a there you son of a Bitch does that Tell you whether or not i shot j. C. Pittman said what his son actually said was a red do you still think i had anything to do with killing j. C. Dunn a Pittman testified that West answered his son by saying a no Jimmy i done to. If i did i would have gone after summing up his Ca Pittman Satton a said that not Only Pittman smother and father but two members of the Willis family All Sifred statements saying that Pittman fired Only two shot pm Maita not three As the police Are alleging. A Tihe family has absolutely no animosity toward de West a the attorney said. A they understand be did what he thou Glit had to be concluding the attorn of said a Jimmy Pittman did not fire a shot at de West out there on that particular . Commencement address. President Nixon addresses commencement crowd at Oklahoma state University in Stillwater Satin Day night. A wire photo restates Nixon innocence Ford repeats support Dallas Tex. Apr vice president Gerald r. Ford said saturday he has told president Nixon that the government Isnit about to sink and said he is not preparing any contingency plans in the event he should become president. Ford repeated again his beliefs that Nixon is innocent of wrongdoing in watergate and will not resign and said that his hour Long conference with the president on Friday was arranged after news a reports said he had attacked Nixon in a speech. A i done to think its fair to the president for him to resign with the inference that he might be guilty when he does no to believe he is guilty a Ford said at the Dallas Airport. Fords remarks came As the presidents daughter and son in Law Julie and David Eisenhower told a White House news conference the president would not resign. She said her father would fight impeachment through a Senate trial a even if there were Only one senator who believed Ford spoke at a Dallas air port Nevis conference saturday night after delivering a commencement address earlier in the Day at Texas a amp a and attending a Republican party function in Houston. Asked if his staff was preparing contingency plans in the event he became president Ford said a if they Are doing it they Are doing it without Rny knowledge or consent. I do not sit around thinking about what id do. What i do now prepares me for any Ford flew to Dallas for a $100-Alate gop fund raising dinner. Saying again that the president would not resign. Ford said it would be a a Vorst of ally if should step aside temporarily under provisions of the 25th amendment which provides for such a possibility. Speaking saturday afternoon to a District Republican rally Here Ford said a i am convinced that president Nixon knew nothing of the plan to break in to the watergate and had nothing to do with it. And in my opinion he had nothing to do with the Ford told his Republican audience he fears a a legislative dictatorship if democrats obtain overwhelming congressional strength in this Falls elections he said that would happen if democrats score major gains As Many predict they will in the aftermath of watergate and produce a veto proof Congress. Ford told the group which half filled a 5,000-seat coliseum that the Issue in 1974 should not be watergate but International peace and Prosperity at Home. Other issues he said include controlling Federal spending increasing Oil supplies Revenue sharing revision of the Aid to education program and continuation of Nix on a Middle East policy. Earlier saturday Ford spoke about his meeting with Nixon which prompted new speculation in Washington about a possible presidential resignation and bout what he alleged was unfair news coverage of a speech he had Given thursday. Stillwater okla. A a throng of demonstrators cml ing for president Nixon Sinoi pachment swelled to More than 700 on the Oklahoma state University Campus saturday afternoon hours before the president was to appear and de aver the commencement address. Most of the demonstrators appeared to be students but there were exceptions including Rex Sparger a democratic candidate for the . Senate nomination who earlier had called for the presidents impeachment. Nixon challenged the graduates to a work for a healthier world a better is a great hours before the. President arrive the demonstrators waved placards and shouted slogans on the North Side of the University Library. At the same time a much smaller pro Nixon demonstration was going of on the South Side of the baud ing. The demonstration prior to the presidents arrival was a peaceful one. It was so peaceful in fact that Danny Grove Man of Norman okla., climbed a red Church bus across the Street from the demonstrators and. Preached them a Sermon without drawing any violent reprisal. Although the bus was parked alongside a Rock Garden and Groveman invited a the one among you who is without sin to cast the first not a Rock was throw i. The demonstrators be Quot in filing into the Oklahoma state football stadium shortly before 6 , dwell before Nixon a scheduled 7 55 , address. Or. Robert a Kamm the University president had ordered earlier Liat no signs or banners be allowed in the stadium and the demonstrators were forced to give up their impeachment signs before they were allowed to enter. Earner several Hundred demonstrators had gathered on the North Side of the school Library to hear a series of speakers including Richard Cummins slate president of the american civil liberties Union Call for Nisono a impeachment

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