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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - January 10, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania 18 i for b combined with the Everett Republican established Bedford Republican january 1975 t teak 29 Bedford Republican f 1974 not a very Vintage year county Felt tha single copy ten cents county Felt the Impact of National events no year is completely without its but it would was one where they were a Little fewer and farther it was a year when the county Felt the Strong Shock Waves of National and dealt with those As much As with its own which were and there is much that will remain to be completed As we ease slowly into a new from the divisive new Hoffman arson conspiracy trial that rocked a com and the in Early months of the year to the truckers and resultant hardship for in to Energy crisis Price a protest by new Hoffman Case dominated news in 74 the new Hoffman arson conspiracy trial attracted considerable As the top Story of the Story began almost with the first of the when a local hearing on state arson charges was closed to the press and the Federal trial lasted two months in and ended in two but acquittals of mayor Studebaker and Frank after the Federal Case it was revealed that both Studebaker and Grazier had been indicted for arson along with Merrill who had been convicted in in Klein was sentenced to five years in Federal his attorney attorneys for Studebaker and Grazier filed motions to quash the state arson pleading collateral estoppel double the attorneys briefs were answered by District at Torney Gordon Stroup in further defense filings were made in the although still in was tentatively scheduled for no decision was filed the in the prosecution moved to delay trial of Studebaker and and to try Klein on because of the 270day Rule for speedy in late attorneys argued on the motions before judge Richard who had by then announced his retirement at and the trial for All three was a final hearing was that hearing was held testimony was and a record the Issue was whether the Federal and state investigations had been run thus making separate trials in Federal and state courts a rehearing of the same it was to be the final As soon As the transcript was it would be provided for All although there was no deadline for a decision on whether the trial could go judge Snyder said he surely expected to Rule before the end of the the trucker shutdown came on the heels of the Energy crisis in january and mass meetings were held in and National leaders like William Hill of Fash and Mike Parkhurst of overdrive Magazine appeared in the shutdown violence was but it was mostly confined to truck and tire hundreds of rigs were parked in Breezewood and and police struggled at times to maintain National guardsmen patrolled Turnpike after two local truckers rejected a govern ment and some said Hill who had negotiated in Washington with Milton Shapp and other Shad sold but the offer was accepted in other and the shutdown gradually thousands of thanksgiving motorists were caught continued on Page 5 county Dairy Farmers of High costs in Washington and a severe Winter snowstorm that left thousands stranded throughout the county at the close of the thanksgiving it was a year marked by a succession of breaking Many of them difficult to Cope As with All there were Bright a warm Christmas Holiday for two Young people left paralysed for life through the generous giving of Many throughout the area a worldwide award for a Bakers Summit the no famous who produced More milk than any other and the Ever generous helping hand traditional in this county extended freely once again to travellers caught in the thanksgiving perhaps in these will be our Best memories of As 1975 moves to a hopeful Swift completion of the More breaking events remaining to be finished from the 12 months which made up our year As a recent poll taken among staff members of the daily Gazette and inquirer the new Hoffman conspiracy Case dominated the news in for the second straight in second by a fairly substantial was the trucker and was the thanksgiving Snow others picked for the top ten of the in successive were milk local dairymen go to Washington to protest Energy local Gas dealers Felt the Energy seven escaped from Bedford county but were later Everett Everett Church destroyed by Christmas Day 8 Voytech voted Down by Bedford and Everett school Hyndman Hyndman agrees to re advertise for bids for cleaning of the sewer Butler George Butler convicted of first degree murder of prison a chronology of 1974 3 Bedford area school superintendent Robert Davis said architects estimates on building proposals for the District have been very costly to and the school Board has asked for a second 4 the Bedford county detail of the state police announced that 333 criminal complaints were investigated in with 394 persons arrested and 161 of the cases 8 sniders Homestead farm of new Enterprise walked off with the Premier exhibitor Banner of the largest Ever Guernsey class in cattle judging the first Day of the Pennsylvania farm 9 the three men charged with arson in the new Hoffman hotel burning were bound Over for grand jury following a preliminary closed to press and Bedford police chief Earl Mcgill 10 janitorial and maintenance employees in the Bedford school District have chosen teamsters local 453 As their collective bargaining 11 Tussey Mountain school directors decided to take the elementary school controversy to the voters in a Public referendum in the May one elementary school and parts of two others were ordered closed by the 12 following a meeting of school superintendents from Cambria and Somerset eight More school districts announced they would be opening ene hour the fire that destroyed the Home of and Larry press on july 10 in dutch Corner was believed to be a result of an investigation into the Case was launched by the state police but they were unable to come up with conclusive evidence for the Case remains later to compensate for morning darkness since the switch to Daylight saving 17 the new Hoffman hotel conspiracy Case in Federal court got underway with the prosecutions opening statement that the hotel was burned because it became a White elephant and that mayor Studebaker was directly involved in arranging the 18 police released a composite drawing of the Man believed to be the Bandit who held up the Woodbury Branch of the first National Bank of Everett shortly after noon on 22 employment in Bedford county decreased by 500 jobs since and unemployment rate has jumped to per cent of the work George of and three other Western Penitentiary inmates were indicted by an Allegheny county grand jury on murder charges stemming from beating death of a prison guard in 24 taking the stand in Pittsburgh As a witness for the a indicted George Karsnak related How he acted As go Between for the defendants after Morey kleins offer to Knock Down the hotel that was losing Money for the 25 Karsnak said Klein was to get for burning the new and was impatient to get it 31 although one local station had been out for two most area Gas dealers said they would have enough to hold them until february Gas allocations come 1 Karsnak completed a week of most of it under Cross 2 the trucking shutdown got underway three Rock throwing incidents were along with some threats and parked trucks having their tires 4 tension grew in the truck shutdown As National guardsmen patrolled the 7 a trucker was hit by a Shotgun blast on the but not seriously shutdown tension and incidents of local violence frayed 8 two attorneys said they remembered Morey Klein i can make Concrete 9 truckers were urged to accept a government offer and end the 11 truckers at Breezewood voted 29948 against the but the National shutdown appeared to be 12 local truckers continued their marked by picketing by some and concessions by others that some independents Are going Back on the 13 a fire at the Ash com Plant of new Enterprise caused an estimated damage to the building that housed the a number of conveyor belts and 13 former Mckeesport numbers runner Manny Willner testified via videotape that he had come to the new Hoffman hotel with numbers Boss Walter Willner said hed seen Klein rapping on a Wall in the 14 the prosecution rested its Case in the new Hoffman one month to the Day since the Federal trial opened in Pittsburgh on 20 Bedford mayor Studebaker took the stand in the new Hoffman trial to deny allegations he conspired to Burn the hotel and provided his version of the Money exchanges with George Studebaker said he had Lent Karsnak to Gamble and for a business 21 new Hoffman defendant Frank Grazier testified he had no part in the and had refused an offer to walk out of court free in return for his 23 support for a Gas station shutdown was spotty stations reported everybody was filling up during the Odd and even inspection and almost every Driver asked if the stations were 28 postal inspector Don Kovach said in the new Hoffman trial that he had bugged witness Manuel who volunteered to go to the House of another Joseph to draw him out about a plane trip the Walter Morey Klein and two other men had made to Bedford in 2 students in the Bedford school District had to Getup one hour As the returned to the nor Mal 4 approximately 125 school related persons from Cambria and Somerset counties met to discuss plans to counteract the trend toward higher real estate taxes to support Public 5 the Pennsylvania Turnpike commission reported that the demand for fuel has increased but the pikes 26 stations Are providing fuel 24 hours a 8 mayor Studebaker and Frank Grazier were found not guilty on All counts after the new Hoffman Federal jury deliberated for one Morey Klein and Carl Luick were convicted on All 4 11 officers and members of the democratic Council of counties in the 9th congressional District last week called on state selective service director Robert Ford to run for the congressional seat now held by Bud 12 several directors from this area were named in a million suit by shareholders of Eastern Empire 14 Tussey Mountain schools were closed two Days following the closing of the continued on Page 5 on the Village Square teamsters was their Union curds to a Sirur scr at tempting to break through the picket last february truck lines in Breezewood during one Munster we know has come up with a novel Hes decided hed like to go South for the Winter and raise and Paul Hunt and family left recently for where they will be the friends Cove Community welcomes and Robert Sheppard of West who have moved into the Paul Hunt and also James Sheppard of who bought the Lloyd Cessna and Joe Turner and of Ger visited his Sara Turner and Franklin Koontz attended the commencement exercises of Millersville state College december 21 for the graduation of their daughter Debbie also spent the holidays with her and Curtis Morgart spent ten Days recently visiting their daughter and and Mark Kessler and family in Chestnut Ridge Jaycees were out in Force january collecting discarded Christmas Trees in new Schellsburg and pleasant be Fords Jaycees collected discarded Trees in Bedford and her surrounding districts on Pauline Strock spent the week visiting judge and Richard and was entertained at a Tea in her Honor tuesday afternoon at the Snyder she returned to the Martinsburg guest Home where she now resides the Barefoot Berkebile funeral Home has now been transferred to Junior Tim making it officially the Timothy Berkebile funeral a Christmas serenade for prisoners at the county jail was one of the Many items on the Christmas Agenda for the Pine Grove the choir began its tour entertaining audiences at the jail and at Donahoe just before Church members also met to pack baskets for Over 60 ill or aged residents near their december they resumed caroling with visits to the county Home and the Smith Home for the aged in Manns and William Palin entertained members of the county medical society at a dinner party at their Home on Cumberland Road Over the Cleo also a guest at the Martinsburg spent a Day visiting friends and relatives in Bedford Alice Cawley has returned following a three week visit with relatives in Stanford Tackett of Indiana University of spoke recently to students in Michael Macchiarolo class at Bedford presenting an i depth study of the chemistry of the Moon and Tackett is chairman of Lups chemistry and lectured Here under auspices of its visiting scientist Marine private Sherry daughter of and Leo Pitt Nan of graduated recently from recruit training for women at the Marine corps recruit depot in Parris events of the week judge Snyder received word by Telephone that he has been appointed to continue his at least until a successor As president judge of the county courts is named by the who retired at will serve As Long As he wants at senior for the he is also filling his former Job As the appointment was made by supreme court chief Justice Benjamin who had the prothonotary in Philadelphia Call judge court resumed this with judge Snyder continuing to do All he did before his after a replacement is he will serve on specific the new judge will request specific to be approved by Justice Van Horn of Bedford has been recommended to Milton Shapp to fill Snyders unexpired Van Horn was recommended by a committee including Bedford attorneys Legran Perce Iii and Richard Lins Wilbert Salesman for new Enterprise Stone and of Manns Choice re 1 George Bedford businessman Samuel Bedford re 3 Farmer and Howard re Peri of Bedford re retired state police the committee is a version of the trial court nomination a system set up by Shapp to make recommendations to fill Judi ships that become vacant prior to the end of the ten year Allen of remained in guarded condition at Pittsburgh West Penn Hospital Burn Center where he was admitted Friday after an explosion at the creative Pul Trusios Plant in Barry Ressler of another employee of the was released from Bedford Hospital after being treated for inhalation of fumes that resulted from the peroxide sex Ressler had pulled Noel from the Frame House where the blast saving him from asphyxiation from the Joy whose Robert of Juliana Street in owns creative said Noel was one of the firms first employees about two years ago and was very Well thought of within the she noted that Friday was a Day of heroism for she praised the Bedford ambulance and the local Hospital for their Sweet said that Hospital personnel acted swiftly to facilitate the Transfer of Noel to the Man arrived at Bedford Hospital about 9 and was admitted to the Pittsburgh Hospital at according to other employees of the Plant pitched in to clean up the explosion which the company uses for an office and and got the production lines moving employees who we rent working that but who heard about the came to she there was some confusion among area residents about the ownership of the county commissioner Robert Sweet of Bedford re said that he had received a number of Calls from persons who thought he was the which he is a Federal unemployment program triggered by three months of unemployment Over 6 per began monday for Domestic City or county school District employees and farm workers not normally it runs 13 but can last longer if High unemployment when it workers May be eligible for up to 26 checks will Range from to per depending on the claimants earnings in the past 52 the program is called special unemployment according to Charles manager of the local Bureau of employment a Bedford re 4 Man injured in a Headon collision 24 died at sunday at Bedford Coroner Alton Barefoot said Bernard died of a pulmonary pm Diehl had been admitted to the Hospital in satisfactory condition for treatment of a fractured leg and Pelvis sustained in a collision Between his Van and a car driven by Charles of Everett re Cragan was also hospitalized after the state police said the crash occurred on township route 329 about one mile East of when for no apparent ragans car crossed the Center of the january 1975 a traffic investigation for the Bedford police tuesday afternoon turned into a wild Chase with an unsuccessful so As David Mannion and officer Cyril Bingham were directing traffic at the intersection of Richard and Railroad streets following a trocar they spotted Richard Bedford re pulling his Mustang into a service station on the East Side of Richard magistrate Kenneth Jewell had issued a warrant for Rose on when he failed to comply with a sentence imposed the sentence consisted of fines and costs totalling for a traffic violation and disorderly conduct Mannion approached the car on foot and informed Rose he was under he told Rose to Park his a passenger got out of the car at that but Rose hit the Gas and headed South on Bingham took after him in the Borough police said Rose ran the red Light at the Sunnyside Road and passed the two lanes of southbound traffic going into the intersection of Pitt after stopping for the the Cruiser caught up with roses car South of the Penn Street but the fleeing Man refused to the cars headed South past the Bedford where they turned onto Sweet Root state police and other Borough officers had been called by then and they followed the speeding after travelling Sweet Root for More than four Rose turned left onto a dirt Road up the bumper to bum the two cars climbed the Muddy Road for about three quarters of a mile until Rose stopped and jumped out of his Bingham chasing Rose on Rose crossed the top of the Mountain and for the Borough police said that resisting arrest and reckless at will be filed against Robert Ford of who ran unsuccessfully for the 9th congressional District seat last has been nominated by Milton Shapp As Pennsylvania selective service the Post Ford quit for Shapp said in a letter to the National director that Ford did an excellent Job the first when he was the youngest state director Ever the governor said Fords innovations helped reorganize the states a quit the Post last Winter to run against Bud he has been unemployed since the Ray town Lake reached 775 feet above sea level in the Early hours of making it possible for motorboats to be used on the recreational facility for the first time since its dedication last a few Hardy Motorboat enthusiasts braved the cold weather to give the Lake a try Park manager Robert Bell said there Are no marking signs at the Lake nor Are there facilities for he cautioned continued on Page 2

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