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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 40s. Sunny Tuesday with highs in the mid 70s. bf CITY FINAL IO CENTS VOLUME 92 - NUMBER HO CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Witnesses' Credibility Key To Mifchell-Stans Acquitta Gazette Leased Wires NEW YORK— A jury that started out “screaming and yelling across the table’’ has acquitted former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell and one-time Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans of all charges in their criminal conspiracy case. • The nine men and three wom- (Photo on Picture Page) en came to unanimous agreement Sunday afternoon after 26 hours of deliberation that the former cabinet colleagues were innocent of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury. Mitchell and Stans were accused of trying to block a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of financier Robert Vesco, in return for Vesco’s secret $200,000 cash contribution to President Nixon’s re-election campaign. Referring to Vesco and his aides, Juror Clarence Brown said after the verdict: “They wanted to get something, but I don’t think that Stans and Mitchell ever fell for it.” Split on Conspiracy The jury’s forewoman, Sybil Kucharski, said, “We were off in little groups screaming and yelling across the table” when the deliberations began. She said the jury was evenly split on the conspiracy count, so it turned to the six separate perjury counts against Mitchell and Stans. “After looking through all Ihe Big Air Baffle Swirls Above Go    IonHeighfs By Associated Press Israeli and Syrian jets battled above Mt. Hermon Monday in what the Tel Aviv command described as the biggest air battle since the October war. Israel said its planes shot down four Syrian MIG-21s and the Syrians reported destroying six Israeli planes, five in dogfights and one with a Soviet-built missile. The dogfights developed after Israeli and Syrian jets bombed and strafed the crest of the strategic 9.200-foot-high mountain. Israeli sources reported a Syrian troop buildup opposite the Israeli lines on the northern front but dismissed it as a psychological move to coincide with Secretary of State Kissinger’s peace mission. s An Israeli military communique said Syria sent MIG-17s against Israeli positions on Mt Hermon while MIG-21 s provided air cover. It said the Israelis downed four MlG-21s in an air battle without Israeli loss. Syria said its troops overran an Israeli position on the mount and sent the Israelis fleeing. Damascus claimed an Israeli F-4 Phantom jet was shot down by ground fire. Israel deni(>d any air losses. Military sources said it was the most Syrian planes downed in a single day on the northern front since the October war. The 49th consecutive day of fighting on the front started in the predawn hours when Syrian gunners opened up on Israeli Zebra Now Tied To BO Shootings SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The Zebra gunmen wanted in 12 killings here also may be responsible for 80 murders and assaults in California in the last three years, Mayor Joseph Alio-to said Monday. Alioto told a news conference that the string of random shootings began in the east San Francisco bay area in 1971 and spread to the Long Beach arca in southern California in 1971 and 1972. “There have been 80 murders with a similar M. O. (method of operation) — the random killing of whites,” he said. “The murderers are a group of persons rather than one person,” Alioto said. He said he did not know the size of the group, j Alioto refused to answer newsmen’s questions on his source of information about the 80 attacks. Alioto also indicated authori-; ties have information which will I lessen public fear prompted by I the shooting spree, but he did I not say what that information1 was. “The people ought to feel safer based on what we know at the present time. Future announcements about the investigation will be made by Chief Donald Scott,’’ the mayor said. Scott’s office said he had no immediate plans to discuss the’ Zebra case with newsmen. positions on the mountain and in the enclave Israel captured from Syria in the war. At midmorning, Israeli planes flew' their first air strikes of the day against Syrian positions on the mountain. Press reports in Beirut said the Syrians have beefed up troop strength on the Golan Heights to 13,000 men for an assault on the strategic mountain overlooking Israel, Syria and Lebanon. A military source in Tel Aviv said, “They have enough forces now if they want to do something, but it all could be a psychological move because of Kissinger. What they're saying is. ‘We could use force if we don't get what we want’.” perjury charges, the rest was easy,” Miss Kucharski said. “We figured there couldn’t be any conspiracy if there was no perjury'.” The government lost its case, Miss Kucharski said, “because we looked at the evidence—there were doubts in our minds. We cannot convict them on our feelings but on the case before us: this is the case; these are facts—not unsubstantiated evidence.” Credibility Miss Kucharski said the credibility of key government witnesses Harry Sears, a New Jersey Republican fund - raiser; John Dean, former White House counsel, and G. Bradford Cook, former general counsel to the SEC. weighed heavily with the jurors. “We started talking about the credibility of the witneses and w’hy they were talking, ’ she said. “We had a reasonable! ;doubt because of these witness-! es and because we didn’t feel the evidence was substantiated.” Asked about Dean’s testimony which he gave after he was granted immunity for prosecution, she replied: “Not only Mr. I Dean but Mr. Cook and Mr. I Sears admitted perjury. We took all of this into consideration. “As for Dean, lie admitted guilt possibly looking for favor.” Smile, but . . . The verdict brought a smile to the face of the normallv undem- Say He Will Let Rodino HearTapes Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON - President Nixon scheduled an appearance on national television at 8 o’clock Iowa time Monday night for a fresh report to the people on Watergate and the congressional impeachment inquiry. As part of the speech, the President will announce a proposal for verification of transcripts of subpoenaed Watergate tapes to be turned over to the house judiciary committee, White House officials said Monday. Actual Recordings The officials said Nixon would permit the committee chairman, Rep. Rodino (D-N. J.) and the ranking Republican member, Rep. Hutchinson of Michigan to listen to the actual tape recordings. The officials said Nixon also intends to make public the partial transcripts of the Watergate-related taped conversations subpoenaed in the house impeachment inquiry. The CBS, NBC, AND ABC networks said they would carry Nixon’s address live on radio and television. The Mutual Broadcasting System also said lit was carrying Nixon’s speech live to its radio affiliates. House Speaker AI b e rt decar which had been pierced by flounced Nixon’s plan to discuss onstrative Mitchell. But i t miracle anyone came out alive."    ‘Wall    of    Water’    ,    A    number    of    others    said    warn-an ornamental light pole.    the subpoena on television besought    no legal    surcease.    He,    That    was    the    comment    by j    Gould    said.    “About    7:40    p .rn. ’ngs    werc broadcast    minutes be-1    Those    treated    and    released    fore advising the panel of his faces    trial    in    Washington    at    a Mike    Gould,    24,    West    Branch the    heavens    just opened    up and,f0re    the    tvvister    started    taking from    jowa    city    hospitals were:    intentions. “I don’t think it Sr- '•    ■>    PT ,    —Gazette Photo by Steve Melle A RESCUE    WORKER surveyed the damage to a mobile    home    court near West Branch Sunday night after the    court    was struck by a tornado at about 7:40    p.m.    Fourteen of the 21 trailers in tho court were demolished and I I persons were hurt, none seriously. Arca law enforcement officers and the Red Cross were on the scene Monday aiding the victims. Toronado Strikes Near West Branch, ll Hurt By Ford Clark    across country, hitting the West sion that a tornado    was immi-jhe stood next to a late model WEST BRANCH -    “Its    a: Branch trailer court.    nent. ‘Wall of Water’ police chief, minutes after a fit came down in a solid wall of Lithe roofs off of trailers in the Fallen Trees The three inches of rain and date as yet unset on almost ^    ^ ^ 1MII1IW. olvt4 „  ________  -    ......    — identical charges in connection    "    water We could hear hail hit-'cour^* ..    Wntnr.    tornado    ripped    through    the    West    waier*    nedr    na“ with the cover-up of the Water-    jbng the top of our trailer and gate breakin.    Branch    mobile    home    court    short-    (her{,    ^    n0,hjng    dse    bu( Leon Jaworski, the Watergate    b after 7.30 p.m. Sunday.    rho loudest roar you've    ever    high winds were responsible for special prosecutor, is still study-j    An estimated $250,000 damage heard in your life.    the breaking of two windows in mg part of the Nixon campaign was done as 14 of the 21 mobile ..j tried to get tQ    lice    downtown West Branch. Fallen financing operation which Stans    homes were destroyed.    radio but both it and    tbc    phone    trees and branches blocked ll Hurt    were knocked out.”    some streets. Kissinger: See Soviet . •    'YIVCry "ne J,Ury' Iowa    Citv‘hosDitals (oMacer! h» 'he street headed for my pa- liran<-'h- said- ."™ !»?•» < Coooeration I neWS. ™nffronie ln ,he L„s br'uiseT and .hock They "-OI car. all I could see was dev- ^    done in possibly 30 a I Iwll courthouse. They were a cross- ,lons’ muise> ana .n ck. inev    on on aji sides    onds. headed. “Our faith was resting with a fine jury,” Mitchell Onc-ycar-old twins, Roger and Royce Bowman, Beverly Bowman, 23:    Fannie Bow man, 24; Matthew Vest; Wayne Laing, 26; Kenny Moore, 26; David Strong, 22: Leon Arthur, 63; and Rhyllis Hajek, 22. 11 television) should be used to in-| fluence the procedures the committee uses,” Albert told re-, porters. “I hope we can keep this issue (impeachment) out of politics. I hope he doesn’t start playing for public sympathy.” One judiciary committee Ten people were treated at GENEV A (UPI) — Secretary of State Kissinger said Monday after seven hours of talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko that he expects Soviet cooperation in his efforts to arrange a troop disengagement agreement between Israel and Syria. “Highest Level” “I have no doubt that it will also be handled at the highest level,” Kissinger said after seeing Gromyko off after their meeting in Kissinger’s hotel. “I am sure I speak for the foreign minister also when I say it will be handled this week.” It was not clear what Kissinger meant when he said the Middle East issue would be “handled.” Western officials said they doubt it meant that the issue would be settled because by referring to the problem being “handled” at the highest level, Kissinger was re-, ferring to President Nixon’s trip to Moscow in June. “I expect we will have Soviet cooperation,” as well as that of other interested nations, Kissinger said about his efforts to arrange the troop disengagement agreement. Talking in Kissinger’s hotel suite, they also reviewed prospects for a treaty limiting missiles with independently targeted nuclear warheads. Fifth Mission Kissinger and Gromyko met for nearly two hours Sunday night immediately after Kiss-1 inger arrived from Washington en route to the Middle East for his fifth peace mission there. Senior American officials said Kissinger understood the Kremlin’s political need for a “visible position of influence” in the drive toward a settlement of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Today's Chuckle Give a man an inch these days — and he’ll rent it. —Copyriaht section of the people and they were representative of America. “If there is one place I am firmly convinced you can get justice, it’s from the Ameri- were released. The only person hospitalized in the aftermath Monday was (More Photos on Page 5) Hnn    Wnhrmm    ^i    Woe)    Because of    wind and rain member. Rep. Rangel (D-N.Y.) He went on lo say. "When I g    ..The    maln    dam.    damage, all of the West Branch | said there should be no "super- J schools were closed for Monday, members who should have ac-Teachers and    office staff were;cess to evidence not available to Wehrman’s    remark    came as    (Continued:    Page 3. Col. 6.) I other members while another, sec- astation on all sides. “The first sign of human life was someone leading a woman out of wreckage on the other side of the street. “We placed her in my patrol car.” Highway Patrolman K. E. can people. I have great faith IM , Ar(h    6J who was in America ami thats why IL    ^ condi,j(m , University love this country.    hosp,.als. “Reborn”    Law    officers    from    surround-    (arter,    54.    was    one    of    the    first    WASHINGTON (UPI)— The Stans was shedding tears oi ‘n& communities quickly set up lawmen on the scene.    .supreme    court    refused Monday relief by the time the lengthy roa(* blocks in the West Branch I couldn t believe what I rev:ew anti-nollution stand-15-count verdict had been read. area t0 keeP out the curious and saw. It was a terrible shock. My t0 rcv,cw P° * ana "I’ve been reborn,” he told a possible looters. High Courf Refuses ^ollufion Rule Reviev/ newsman. “I was innocent all along, but it’s good to have it confirmed.’’ In Washington. Deputy White House Press Secretary Gerald Warren said of President Nixon: “The President was very pleased for the two men and for their families.” Emergency generators were set up through the trailer court area as law officers searched through the wreckage into the early morning hours Monday for victims. No one as of Monday morning, was reported missing. the court agreed to deride later whether President Nixon has power to nithold from the states allotments authorized by congress for water pollution control. The appeals court ruled that the President has no such au- first    thought    w as that there Ms which electric utilities said must    be a tremendous number    would impede efforts to reach of dead.”    n    a    t    i    anal    self-sufficiency    in    en- Carter was one of a half dozen :ergy. state    troopers    in the area who    The court refused to overturn jthoritv.    But a    4th    circuit    court were    on the    scene within 15    antipollution standards set by'earijer had    ordered    more    bear die Environmental Protection jrgS }n another case in Rich-Agency for newly constructed mond V’a., on the assumption P*ants-    that he does. The justice depart- j    ,    ujj    *    *    a    •_    *    i    j    f    —    *    I    The U.S. court of appeals for ment appealed both decisions. The tornado evidently touched departments and _ civil defense (he Djstr|C, Columbia had    actlons.    thc    court; minutes. Area Aid Law enforcement officers, fire Rep. Drinian, (D-Mass.) said all members “w'ant to be part of the action.” Did Not Exist Presidential aides have indicated that only 36 of the con-(venations subpoenaed were transcribed, saying tapes did not exist for the other six. The (subpoena was to be answered by Tuesday morning. Nixon’s Watergate legal team has been working for several weeks in transcribing the tapes which later were edited to remove coarse language and matters considered irrelevant or of national security sensitivity. Rodino and several other committee members have made it clear they would not be sa- Yice-president Ford issued a down briefly between Iowa City personnel arrived from Iowa f . FPA'    .    Me statement Monday saying the and West Branch near the West City, Coralville, West Liberty, *ound the iules reas°nablc. verdict “reaffirms my faith in Branch country club. Tipton, the Johnson and Cedar Bower companies 1 AAI IHT 4 sv r> nl    ♦    n tisfied with transcripts, particu-Ruled unanimously in a Cali- Jarlv edited transcripts that asked the forma case that authorities;^^ wanted the full, actual America's system of justice.” J-Atfhat location a trailer was [county sheriff's 'department! co^t,to balan“ "* n:ition's, eould ccns°t> mail of prison in- taP^ "I am happy for Maury Stans    d    around    trec. a housc and Mechanicsville.    necd    for    electricity    with    the high mates only to further a sub- b"*on s plan would be a com and John Mitchell,” said Ford. • Tile verdict says to me th (Continued on Page 7, Col. 3) The tornado then jumped there was no warning on televi- On another pollution issue, ins wrapped around a tree, a house and Mechanicsville.    ,u    Z    ^    I" m 7 rd . , • r j    *    u    r i . .I costs of attempting to meet stantial government interest at L0S. Ils;00f and a garage was , A, number, °f pe?'e J* EPA standards    and    not    to suppress "unwelcome 13'Iflattened.    trailer    court    complained that    aaras    'including criticism of promise to permit verification (Continued: Page 3. Col. 6.) Power Bills Up Least in Midwest Report Exxon Exec Freed by Guerillas By Associated Press Residents of the Mid-Atlantic states and New England have been hardest hit by rising electricity rates, an Associated Press survey shows. Consumers in the Midwest were least affected. The AP asked public service commissions and utilities in the 50 states for the average monthly electric bill, now and in 1973, paid by a consumer who uses the standard appliances, but does not heat his home with electricity. Public or company officials in 39 states provided specific figures that could be used for comparisons. Spokesmen in the remaining states said they could not provide the figures asked or offered incomplete information. The survey found the Mid-Atlantic states — where utilities rely heavily on imported crude oil to fuel their generators — experienced the sharpest rise. The average electric bill in the five-state region went from $20.19 in the early months of 1973 to $24.84 this year — an increase of 23 percent. Residents of the six New England states paid an average of 17 percent more each month this year than they did in 1973. The average bill in the AP survey was $17.24 in 1973 and $20.19 in 1974. Consumers in the Midwest seem to be faring best. Their average bill has risen only 3 percent in the past year, from $14.33 to $14 81. The AP survey showed residents of the Southwest are paying 14 percent more than a year ago. those in the West and Northwest are paying 6 percent more and those in the South are paying 8 percent more. Conclusions The statistics provided were not uniform. People in different states used different amounts of electricity. Some officials took an average number of kilowatts — 500 for example — and figured out what the bill would be for that amount of electricity in 1973 and 1974. Other utilities provided specific consumption figures — 528 kilowatts in 1973, for example, vs. 516 in 1974 — and exact bills for each amount. Because of the diverse types of information provided by the utilities, it was difficult to make comparisons. But despite the differences, several conclusions can be drawn: Fuel adjustment charges rather than general rate hikes are to blame for most of the opinions jailers. Let stand a lower court ruling that a Kentuckian serving a life prison sentence for murder should he freed or reser.tenced BUENOS AIRES (UPI) — Po-beeause his attorney was not lice sources said Monday leftist present for the formal sentenc- guerillas had freed American ing 15 years ago    oil executive Victor Samuelson Denied a hearing to environ-1 seven weeks after the Exxon mentalists who complained that iCo. paid a $14.2 million ransom the big new Melones dam in'for him. northern California would de------ of Whitewater strov 9 miles boating. Agreed to decide whether a three-judge federal court in I Arkansas had a right to over-1 boost in electricity bills. The turn freight rate decisions by price of imported crude oil the Interstate Commerce Com-1 has quadrupled in recent mission, months and bills have soared Refused to interfere in a Calin areas that depend on this ifornia supreme court order sus-; I oday s Index product. The situation is not likely to improve. Rate hike requests are pending in virtually every state. The utilities say costs for things like construction and labor have risen, along (Continued: Page 7, Col. 7.) pending flamboyant San Fran-1 cisco criminal lawyer Melvin Belli from practice for 30 days. Belli had been found guilty of violating California rules for at-: itorneys against soliciting business, in part because he ap-, pealed in advertisements endorsing a brand of scotch. Comics ....... 17 Crossword 17 Daily Record .......3 Deaths Editorial Features 6 Farm ...... 12 Financial .... 18 Marion rn Movies .............. .......IO Society ............ 8 Sports ............. ...13-16 State M Television ii Want Ads ;