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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 19, 1970, Bluefield, West Virginia Gary Muns Beaver 14-8. Graham and Marlon tie 8-8. Princeton whips Richlands 20-2. Tazewell and big Creek tie 12-12. Welch Rolls by cubs 50-0. Sports. Vol. Xxv. No. 262 Reg Raul or Rand Clas to la t paid Al Bluefield. W. Va., and add l if Lea Bluefield w. Va., saturday morning september 19, 1970 scattered. Showers and thunderstorms ending today skies variably Cloudy. Highs today in 80s, lows tonight in 60s. A i re cents i a cents daily 3 Sandat sheriff baffled a a a a a a a a a wide manhunt is underway for Martin four others following daring Jailbreak escape How Jailer jailed night Mercer county Jailer Emmett Hall 62, was overpowered at gunpoint Early Friday by William Rabbit Martin and five other county jail prisoners and locked in the jails drunk Lank along with other jail officials and inmates. Hall said Martin told him a a done to move or Ell kill you a and he did no to. By Jim Calfee William t. A a Rabbit a Martin or. Remained at Large armed and a a extremely dangerous Friday night As authorities continued a manhunt for him and four other escapees covering much of the Southeastern Section of the United states. The manhunt which was concentrated mainly in this arca of the two Virginias resulted in the re capture of one of the escapees by 4 30 . Yesterday. A spokesman for the Mercer county sheriff s department said Otis Vest 22. Of Princeton was captured by deputies on state route 20 near Princeton. State police also reported at i . Saturday that Michael fade one of the escapees had been a a cornered in a wooded area near Montcalm. Apprehension was reported to be a a imminent. Vest the youngest of the six who escaped was undergoing interrogation by authorities last night in an Effort to find out where the others might be located and How Martin obtained the pistol which led to their escape. Martin broke out of the Mercer county jail around 6 15 . Friday a some 13 hours after he had been sentenced to life imprisonment for being an habitual criminal. He used the pistol on Jailer Emmett w. Hall 62. Of Princeton. Threatening him with h i s life if he cried out. Hall said Martin said a Don t move or ill kill Hall said he Hall said Martin and two others jumped him when he entered the a Bull pen Quot adjoining the Federal cells to obtain their eating utensils. He said they put Quot a Towel Over my Mouth. And held a gun against my he said Martin had the gun. Hall was frightened he said. They searched him taking his .38 snub nose pistol car keys and jail keys he said. They re j leased three other inmates who apparently wanted to escape. Three others stayed behind. The six inmates took Hall downstairs on the jail elevator. Once in the basement of the courthouse they locked Hall the jail Cook. James a. Mac. Also of Princeton and five trustees into the a drunk Mac said Martin and a Quot tall Black haired Many he could t identify were running the show. He said Martin a pointed h i s gun at me and said a a in la kill you. You son of a the seven men remained in the drunk tank about ten minutes or until Lewis Phillips a courthouse custodian came tothe jail Kitchen for his usual 6 30 . Breakfast they said. Phillips who did not have a key to the jail endeavoured to phone the sheriff he said. With the assistance of assistant prosecutor Charles Smith who had arrived Early at his office Contact was made and Alert was put out. A guard was placed at the Home of intermediate court judge Howard m. Jarrett who had sentenced Martin to prison for life thursday. While some officers continued their search in the Field others were trying to figure How mar j tin got his gun while in confinement. William Rabbit Martin although authorities feel he will head South several said yesterday that in All probability i he was still in the county. They figured he would ditch the car he stole from Hall hide it and obtain another one and perhaps try to get out of the area during the night. Authorities theorize that the six escapees who left tile jail armed with two pistols in a Green 1963 Ford car with West Virginia License 458-401, have split up. Vests capture support s the theory. The search Early yesterday morning immediately spread i into Bland county a. Where a i Ronald Williams car Matching the description of the one Martin stole from a Deputy sheriff at the jail was reported crossing East River Mountain around 7 . Yesterday. A search of the area had not turned up Martin or any of the. Other escapees. Reportedly there were Only three persons in the automobile. Authorities theorized that Martin May have headed South or plans to do so. They based their theory on two trips he reportedly made to Florida shortly after the c. A. Clyborne burglary on Jan. 5 when $300,000 was stolen from the wealthy Coal operators Eugene Cole Home. Martin was convicted in the Case aug. 14. Making the break with Martin in addition to Vest were four other inmates of the Federal Side of the county jail. Three 1 prisoners chose not to escape. One who did was Ronald Turney Williams. 27, a native of Keystone and former resident of Lashmeet. Williams described by local officers As a a rough character a and a extremely like Martin was brought Here from the fort Leavenworth Kansas prison for a fed turn to Page 2. Col. 5 j Michael Kade trustees trapped these four Mercer county jail trustees along with the jail Rook James Mabr left in second photo and Jailer Hall were locked in the drunk tank by the escaping prisoners and remained there for about to minutes before their cries were heard by jail custodian Lewis Phillips right As he arrived for work around 6 30 . Phillips notified sheriff Wintfrey Shrewsbury who had the Only remaining key to the tank. Shown with the four trustees in left photo is in l. Harvey Day Jailer who was not on duty at time of the break. Photos by Melvin grub Nixon orders delay in rail strike Washington a president Nixon signed executive orders Friday blocking a threatened nationwide rail strike for 60 Days. Acting under provisions of the railway labor act Nixon created a five member fact finding Board to look into the dispute Between four unions and some 160 rail lines. If settlements Are not arranged at the end of 60 Days the unions would be free to strike a unless Congress should enact emergency legislation in the interim. W. J. Usery assistant Secretary of labor told newsmen at the White House the administration had hoped to win Union Industry agreements without resort to emergency procedures and that it was a with great reluctance Quot that the labor department recommended signing of the executive orders. The four unions involved represent about 400,000 rail employ yes about 70 per cent of All those employed by the Industry. A strike had been set for sept. To but the government won Union agreement to extend discussions for five Days a move Foll Lowed by a Federal court order tuesday blocking any selective strikes against some of the rail lines involved. District judge Howard Cor Conran left in Force an order restraining the unions from striking until 1 45 . Edt sept. 23. The five member Board Nixon created is unusual. Most such panels have three members. Usery said a larger Board was . Boosts sea air forces near Jordan situation said serious Washington a the United states disclosed Friday that . Sea and air forces close to strife torn Jordan Are being expanded. While denying any plans for military intervention officials were keeping All options open. Units of the Atlantic Fleet were dispatched to the Mediterranean to augment the 6th Fleet already there. Pentagon aides said and additional air Force transport planes Craft capable of launching paratrooper forays a were positioned on the fringes of the troubled Middle East. At the White House press Secretary Ronald l. Ziegler said a a there Are no decisions one Way or the other about . Involvement in the at the same time he asserted that a we would be remiss if top policymakers and their advisers did not draft contingency plans for any possible eventuality. A we View it As a serious situation a said president Nixon a official spokesman referring to battling Between the jordanian army and palestinian guerrillas and the continued detention by the guerrillas of More than 50 hijacked airline hostages. Zielger said Nixon s main concern is for the safety of americas including those among the hostages who Are held in i Jordan at a location which he reported is not known to the american government. The press Secretary said Nixon is Quot very conscious of the responsibility Quot which he feels he must exercise to protect american citizens around the Globe at the Pentagon spokesman Jerry a Friedheim announced that a certain precautionary Steps involving aircraft and elements of the 6th and Atlantic fleets were being taken should a decision be made to evacuate americans from Jordan. There Are some 400 americans in Jordan including 38 of the airline hostages. Earlier the Chicago Sun times had asserted the United states might be prepared to take an Active military role in the jordanian civil War. Being named to consider All the disputes on a consolidated basis a so that an equitable settlement May be reached at the earliest possible he expressed Hope that negotiations in which Federal mediators had participated had already narrowed the Points in dispute and that the Board could quickly Zero in on those of a i Jor importance. Slate fall is fatal to area Miner resumption of talks is doubted by Lewis Gluck associated press writer Washington map the state department said Friday night that Mideast peace talks Are not expected to resume at this time because of the crisis in Jordan. Difficulties in the Way of getting the stalled talks going were also underscored by israeli prime minister Golda Meir Here on a one Day visit. After seeing president Nixon and Secretary of state William p. Rogers mrs. Meir said Israel would not end her Boycott of the .-proposed Arab israeli peace discussions until Egypt and Russia Roll Back missiles installed in violation of the Mideast truce. Rogers a feels the door to the talk is still open and we Are continuing every Effort to keep that door open and having the parties go through state department press officer Robert a Mccloskey said after the Daylong conferences. However a was a practical matter it would be difficult to expect these talks to resume in the Light of the present situation in Jordan a the spokesman said. Jordan along with Egypt and Israel is a party to the talks under in. Auspices which Are supposed to be part of the . Mideast ceasefire plan which began August 8 but the jordanian government is embroiled now in fighting with palestinian guerrillas who hold hijacked hostages. Itmann no. I superintendent Nathan Wood of Beckley said that a Foreman killed thursday in a slate fall at the mine had apparently died instantly. Joseph Lee Williams 44, of Pineville was pronounced dead by a doctor when he was brought out of the mine surviving Are his widow mrs. Lovetta Spencer Williams two sons Bobby and Tommy w i 1-Liams of the Home his parents or. And mrs Bill w i i hams of Yards a and one sister mrs. Lyle Neeley of Mcconnellsburg a. Funeral services will be conducted today at i . At the fog song and Robertson funeral Home in Pineville masonic graveside rites will be conducted. No other injuries were reported in the Accident. Further details of the mishap were not available late Friday Nicht. By Jim Calfee Quot we thought we had tight sure or. Hall and or. Sisk did the very Best they that was Hie comment Friday of Mercer county sheriff Winfrey Shrewsbury following the escape of six prisoners from his jail. Shrewsbury who is responsible for the Security of the jail said a i advised All of my jailers to be especially careful of of those people on the Federal a Rabbit a a nickname for William t. Martin or. Who along with five other men confined on the a Federal Side of the county jail located on the top floor of the courthouse obtained a pistol and escaped Early Friday morning. Five remained at Large late last night. Martin 41. Of Bluefield at Midway was to have been transported to the state prison at Moundsville Friday Shrewsbury said a extremely dangerous the Escapee who is considered to be a a extremely dangerous a was sentenced thursday to life imprisonment under the state habitual criminal act. He was convicted in August of burglar izing the c. A. Clyborne Home of $300,000 the sheriff asked How Martin obtained the automatic pistol which was instrumental in his escape replied Quot i believe the gun was smuggled inside but i done to know shortly after the breakout the sheriff speculated that the pistol with which Martin threatened Jailer Emmett Hall and James Mabe the jail Cook might have been Given to Martin from the outside. Not Likely an investigation by Federal authorities accompanied by Shrewsbury and Deputy e. R. A a shorty Simons revealed that the Prospect was not very Likely because of the distance Between where Martin was confined and the outside Wall Structure. Authorities did no to Rule out completely any possibility but expressed doubt that the pistol could have been lowered to Martin from the courthouse roof. To get to the roof Entrance must be made through the jail the sheriff said. Shrewsbury and Simons theorized that the pistol was smuggled to Martin sometime after tuesday of this week. He has been confined in the facility since aug. 14. Quot we Shook it Down tuesday Quot Simons said adding that the search developed a a very Sharp Case knife Quot the knit he said was found in Martin s cell. The officers said the Shakedown did not include an individual search of each prisoner. Ii. L. Harvey the chief Jailer turn to Page nine sheriff chagrined a Mercer county sheriff Wintfrey Shrewsbury stands in Hie doorway to the a Federal Side of the county jail through which William Rabbit Martin sentenced to life imprisonment following the $300,000 c. A. Clyborne burglary in Bluefield escaped Early Friday. The heavy levers or a slams a at right were supposed to have locked the prisoners in individual reds the night before but they were not locked in those cells when Jailer Emmet Hall opened the door Early Friday. A we thought we had tight Security a Shrewsbury said. Oakwood Veteran is killed in crash the Rabbit Bunting season seems to have begun Early in Mercer county. A Vietnam Veteran discharged a week ago Harold Dean Short Ridge 22, of Oakwood va., died in a Grundy va., Hospital Friday in Grundy va., about 1.20 . Shortly after apparently losing control of his vehicle in a one car collision Virginia state police said. Investigating trooper r. E. Lawson said Shortridge was driving West on . 460 near the Grundy Floral shop in Grundy when his car left the Highway and struck an embankment twice before coming to rest in the Roadway. He said Shortridge was thrown from the vehicle and was found lying under the rear end of the car though the car was not resting on him. Survivors include his parents or. And mrs. Earl m. Shortridge of Oakwood three Sisters mrs. Hazel Ellen Slote of Newport news va., and miss Sarah Madge Shortridge and miss Lilia Mae Shortridge of new York two Brothers Johnny Shortridge of Oakwood and Hollis Shortridge of Lincoln neb. Maternal Grandfather g. T. Rowe of Oak turn to Page 2, col. 5

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