Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Clear to partly cloudy tonight sincl F r I d a y. Lows tonight, 50. Highs Friday, low 70s.
VOLUME 92— NUMBER 2,13
CEDAR RAPIDS. IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1974
ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMESBLAST
HEMET, Calif. (UPI) - Firefighters using Vietnam war technology gained the upper hand Thursday over an arson-set fire which had raced out of control through thousands of acres of brush timber and sent vacationers fleeing.
For the first time in firefighting annals, helicopter pilots wearing binocular-like eyeglasses that allowed them to see as well as in daylight made repeated water drops during the night.
By dawn the U. S. forest service said the blaze was 60 percent contained. No estimate was made for when full containment was expected.
County fire department and forest service helicopter pilots flew joint infrared scanning flights during the night for the first time in fire control.
The glasses were developed during the Vietnam war to pick out the fire lines. They utilize the light from stars to enable pilots to see clearly.
An estimated 2,200 men working 12-hour shifts were on the: fire line Thursday.
The blaze had burned through! 17,500 acres, much of it in steep! mountain terrain, and had a pe-j rimeter of 34 miles.
More than 1.000 persons were evacuated from campgrounds, resorts, a juvenile detention camp and tile mountain community of Pine Cove.
Firefighters were airlifted by helicopter over the flames and rugged mountains to try to save the village of about 700 persons 5.800 feet high on Indian mountain. The blaze was turned back only three miles from the town.
‘‘The fire was definitely caused by arson,” said a spokesman for the California division of forestry. ‘‘Investigators found the match that began it — one matchon the Soboba Indian reservation.” The blaze began Tuesday morning.
Palm Springs, 20 miles east of the main fire area, was blanket-; cd in soot, smoke and a light dusting of ashes.
“There’s a gray carpet of ash on the sidewalks, and people are skimming it off their swimming pools,” said a Palm Springs newsman, Ed Kibbcy.
“We can’t see the sun or the sky or anything else” because! of the smoke clouds,” said | Chuck Price of neighboring! Palm Springs. “It’s just all yellow.”
“The smoke cover reduced the temperature by IO degrees during the day,” Kibbey said. The smoke could be seen in Borrego Springs, 50 miles south.
Three firemen suffered minor: injuries, including a broken!
ankle. The force included 12 air I tankers, six helicopters, 92]
pumper trucks and 26 bulldoz-j
The highway patrol closed California 243, the road from Idyllwild to Banning, when the
flames leaped the highway. An J unoccupied two-story home was burned
Girl Scout Camp
Eighty youths were trucked away from the Twin Pines
Soys Ford Won't Ask One KnOWIt
Death and 13 Injured
Tax Boost This Year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pres-j When tcrllorst was asked if ident Ford is holding open the,Ford might propose a tax hike
year, he responded that it' sort of issue that a always has before!
for an anti-inflation tax increase, in 1975 but won’t seek higher was “le taxes this year, Press Secretary President
“I think we’ll have to wait”I and sec what happens, added.
In another development related to inflation, Ford announced he has signed with some reluctance a $4.5-billion public works appropriation for the fiscal year that began July I.
Noting that the amount exceeds the federal budget by
J. F. terHorst said Thursday.
terilorst announced that the new Council of Wage and Price Stability will be headed by Presidential Counselor Kenneth Rush.
Named to serve under Rush on the cabinet-level panel were Treasury Secretary William Simon, Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz, Commerce Secretary Frederick Dent, Labor Secretary Peter Brennan. Budget Director Roy Ash, Consumer million, he said he would ask Adviser Virginia Knauer and;congress to act under the new Presidential Counselor Ann budget reform law to defer that Armstrong. | amount of spending for one
* No P,ans ^ “I am strongly opposed to
Asked if the President might those increases,” he said, “be-| seek a tax increase in a move to \ cause they would intensify our dampen inflationary pressures, No. I problem — inflation.” terHorst said, “At this time, the in a news conference on President has no plans for ask- Wednesday, Ford signaled his ing for a tax increase.” I readiness to accept congres-
He added that “it would be sional cuts in the defense budg very unrealistic” to expect et while his administration
congress to act on tax legislation in these waning weeks of its election-year session.
seeks to prune spending by oth er agencies in the effort to curb inflation.
Charles Core and George Sigler After Their Marathon Voyage
53 Days at Sea Aboard Liferaft In Mexico Ruled Out
HONOLULU (UPI) — Two water made from a solar still man can challenge, and we did,standing. We were going to go navy reserve pilots who wanted until the day before they were that. We hope that what we did.0n since we had caught those
rescued, when they caught their .... - - .
first fish — five dolphins.
to keep going were rescued Thursday, 120 miles short of their destination after spending 53 days crossing the Pacific ocean in a rubber liferaft.
George Sigler. 29, and Charles Gore, 27, both of Alameda, Calif., were picked up by a coast guard helicopter and brought to Honolulu.
Despite 20 days without food; and a brush with death when ai storm capsized the raft off Mon-! tcrey, Calif., both w'ere in ex-! cedent health and fully pre-! pared to press on to the island of Kaui, 120 miles to the west.
“We were just testing the sur-; vival equipment we had designed,” Sigler said. “We are happy to say it was successful.”
Their voyage was intended to prove that two men in a 16-foot rubber raft with simple survival gear but without food or water could not only survive but find their way across the ocean.
The two reserve pilots lost 40 pounds apiece since they were towed out of the Golden Gate July 4. unfurled their small sail and headed for Hawaii.
Two days later they were nearly drowned when a giant wave capsized the raft and they spent two hours struggling to get back aboard. All their equipment and clothes were lost except a few emergency spares.
Their only food energy came from three pieces of candy and one vitamin C pill a day for the first 40 days.
Out of Candy
Then they ran out of pills and candy and existed solely on
GUADALAJARA. Mexico, of the People's Armed Revolu
(AP) The government ^additionary front, which kidnaped
will save the lives of future',^ an(J wp ecstatic abou’t I Thursday that it will not negoti-castaways. i a^e wjth t^e kidnapers of the 83-
“Everything we said was re- inai-
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Half a downtown block was I1C j left in flaming rubble Thursday after an explosion which claimed at least one life ripped through a ghetto area, leveling two night spots and a church.
At least 13 other persons were injured.
“I can confirm that they found at least one body in the rubble,” said Police Sgt. Ronald Burnett. “That’s all I know right now.” The victim, a man, was not immediately identified.
The body was discovered as workmen began searching the rubble of four buildings which were ravaged by fire following the early-morning blast. Flames for hours had kept firemen and police from beginning a thorough search for victims.
None Critical None of the known injured was hurt critically.
“This is the first fatality,” said Mayor Robert Walker. “There may be others but we just don’t know yet.”
There were 20 customers at a nearby restaurant at the time of the blast and one customer said many of them were hurt.
“I’m sure it was not a bomb, but I don’t know just exactly what caused it,” Fire Chief Harry Jett said.
The blast destroyed the Starlight Lounge, the Cactus Club,
They lived in soaked clothing and slept and kept house in a Hated to food,” Sigler said.1 “We understood the navy six-by-three-foot space, always “‘Every night we dreamed about wanted to get us into the hospi-fearful that a wave would cap- food. I always dreamed of pan-|tal to complete their part of the
experiment, and also we wanted | to do it too as we were interest-!
size their raft again.
“The sea can be a dangerous place,” Gore mused. “But it is a capricious danger, one that
cakes covered with syrup.” Wanted Landfall
They navigated with a wristwatch.
They said they did not know the coast guard — upon instructions from the navy — was looking for them.
“As this was an official navy medical experiment.” Sigler said, “we understood why they wanted us to terminate it, but we wanted to make a landfall.
minating the experiment, but we didn't tell each other.
“We were both thinking that, if we turned over on the second
day out, what was going to hap-
Burger Refuses To Delay Trial For Ehrlichman
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chief Justice Burger has rejected a bid by former presidential aide John Ehrlichman for a delay in the start of the Watergate cover-up trial.
Ehrlichman, one of six defendants in the case, had requested the trial be put off until after Jan. I. He argued he i
needed more time to prepare^ WASHINGTON (AP) — When vengeance at a time when his defense and that he could ** comes to being a potential ^ country needs the kind of not get a fair trial so soon be- ^ea<^ ^e government anti-
Leonhardy last year.
The state government denied year-old father-in-law of Mex- this, but the denial was suspect
ico’s president because it “doe*?, since state officials issued a
not make deals with criminals.” false denial of a similar report
Officials would not comment whe" Le<mhard>’ was k,dnaPcd
on a report the kidnapers dc- 0nce Governor
manded $1.6 million and release Echeveria’s wife flew to Gua-
of political prisoners in ex- Guadalajara to be with(her faro-, . n _ ily as soon as word of the kid-
After surviving the big wave,Izuno8Hcrnandez°Se ’Ua "“zino ^'vdera^'memter of
wfw^ Jn«h7nU7o"“l Tbe kidnaP'"« 3 bus>' theTcfi wing of the part^hat
. . ^ 8 :! street in the middle of the na- has ru]ed Mexico sincc |929.
I tion’s second largest city was; was once mayor of Guadalajara
the most daring action in a long I an(j was governor of Jalisco
string of guerilla activities in ] state in the mid-1920s. He is a
eel in knowing what happened to our bodies on the trip.”
U S. Consul-General Terrance St. James Baptist church and a
“It was a slight inisunder-; pen the rest of the 2.600 miles?”
"On Inflation, Rocky Like Picnic Skunk" — Proxmire
Mexico in the last two years.
It put President Luis Echever-ria in a tough spot since he had repeatedly said the government would not negotiate with kid-! napers. The guerillas have killed several persons when their ransom demands were not met.
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Nixon Gets Subpoenas
WASHINGTON (AP) - A sub-! poena for Richard Nixon’s testimony in the Watergate cover-up trial lias been delivered personally to Nixon, a justice de-p a r t rn e n t spokesman said Thursday.
Spokesman John Wilson said a representative of tho U. S. marshal service served the sub-poen a at 6:10 p.m. PDT Wednesday at San Clemente.
Wilson said Nixon also was served with a subpoena seeking a deposition in a civil suit brought by 21 persons alleging they were illegally prevented from attending a Nixon speech in Charlotte. N. C., iii 1972.
Wilson declined to identify the agent who served the subpoenas but said they were hand-delivered.
cause of publicity.
In denying Ehrlichman’s request Wednesday, Burger said his decision was “not to be taken as intimating any view whatever on this issue presented by the order of the district court or the action of the court of appeals.”
Burger added that “Doubts about the correctness of a district court decision fixing a trial date in these circumstances. particularly after the I court of appeals has reviewed [the matter . . are not sufficient to form a basis for contrary' action by an individual circuit justice.”
The police and army set up roadblocks at major junctions and on the highways leading out of Guadalajara after Zuno was seized at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
. a, , , . , .economic leadership that calls
inflation drive, Nelson Rocke- , . . ...
feller's shortcomings “stand outjfor restralnt m Publ,c sPendln«
like a skunk at a family picnic,” I across the board.”
Sen. Proxmire (D-Wis.) said “As governor, Rockefeller
Thursday. j sponsored a huge public works at one of the city's busiest inter-
President Ford made no refer- program largely for highways, [ sections, a few blocks from the
once at his news conference: ran up the state's public debt, Jalisco s‘ ; government head-
Wcdnesday to such an assign-[exploited federal spending pro-quarters.
mcnt for his vice-presideiYial grams and increased taxes a Witnesses said four men
nominee, but Proxmire said mammoth 500 percent,” said armed with pistols and sub-
there have been reports this'the senator. i machine guns pulled Zuno and
would be the first big job given Proxmire, vice-chairman of his chauffeur from their ear.
Rockefeller. the senate-house economic com-! beat the chauffeur to the
The senator called the former mittee. questioned whether ground, bundled Zuno into an-
New York governor “an ex- Rockefeller, with his inherited; other car and sped away, sprayed I e n t choice” for vice- wealth, his reputation as a mili-j mg the arca with tear gas. president. [tary hawk and his associations' One report said notes left in
But he said “Rockefeller will with big business, was suited to; various parts of the city idcn-have to reverse his field with a‘lead a fight against inflation. tified the kidnapers as members
72-year-O/c/ Slayh g
Says He "Killed the Wrong Ones
retired army general and has held several appointive government posts in the state.
Kidnaping, robbery, killings and other crimes attributed to guerillas have become so frequent in Guadalajara that police have imposed a I a.rn. curfew on bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Many business men and politicians vary their routes to and from work, carry guns or have hired bodyguards.
Two guerilla groups are known to be operating in Guadalajara. apparently independently. They are the Revolutionary Front, which released Leonhardy on payment of $80,000 and freeing of 30 political prisoners, and the 23rd of September Communist League
Patrolman Don Wdler, his eyes reddened and watering from the smoke, stood in front of the burning rubble.
Boy Crying His uniform was ripped, scorched and covered with dirt. A splotch of blood covered his nose.
“We just started searching,” he said. “We could hear that little boy crying.”
He said he found a woman and her young son pinned under debris about 30 feet back into the rubble of wtiat had been the second-story of a building.
Weller. 28, was making his rounds about 3:30 a.m. when the explosion came. He and Rick Winn were the first policemen on the scene.
“The two officers were up here almost immediately,” said Police Chief Jerry Pitts. “They pulled six people out before the firemen get here.”
The boy and the woman “were all covered up. And it was burning on top,” Weller said.
He said he managed to remove them ana they were taken to the hospital.
Cars Damaged Cars parked in the street were severely damaged by flying debris. A pile of bricks smashed a new Cadillac down to its
The League kidnaped a young wheel hubs
PHOENIX (UPI) - Police arrested the captain of a sheriff’s posse Wednesday for killing 20-ycar-old sweethearts iii an execution-style murder that has baffled investigators for more tiian 12 years.
The suspect’s estranged wife said lie told her he was assigned by the U. S. army to kill two people in 1962 but “got the wrong ones.”
William Macumber. 39. was charged with the killings of Joyce Sterrenberg of Scottsdale, and her fiance, James McKillop of Phoenix,
Their bodies were found in the desert north of Scottsdale May 24. 1962, by children Each had been shot twice in
the head with a pistol. Miss Sterrenberg had not been molested, and $60 was left on the bodies.
Months of investigation and an offer of a $10,000 reward turned up no clues and the motive remained a mystery.
Macumber, an employe of Honeywell. Inc., is captain of the Maricopa county sheriff s posse, a volunteer organization that aids in desert and mountain search and rescue work. He joined it eight, months ago, The members are not regular sheriff’s officers.
Mrs. Macumber is a secretary iii the sheriff’s office.
Phoenix Detectives Gordon Hunsaker and Joe Riegel' said she told them that, the night the couple was killed, lier husband carne home covered with blood. She said he told lier he had gone hunting and stopped to help occupants of a stalled car. who beat him up.
She said that four months ago he told her he killed McKillop and Miss Sterrenberg, the detectives said. He told her that at the time of the shooting he was working for the army criminal investigation division and was assigned to kill two persons, but killed the wrong ones.
(The army CID investigates
criminal offenses and is not involved with espionage or secret operations, and docs not perform summary executions.)
Mrs. Macumber said that now that they are getting a divorce she feared for her life because of the knowledge she had, the detectives said
Sheriff Paul Blubaum said “prints found on the hood of the car at the scene of the slayings and those taken from Macumber matched.”
The parents of the dead couple say a person unknown to them has frequently left flowers on the sweethearts’ adjoining graves.
millionaire and the honorary British consul on the same day last October, killed the millionaire and released the consul unharmed although no ransom was paid.
The League, which takes its name from the date of a 1971 battle in Guadalajara between police and students, has also been active elsewhere in Mex
ico. especially in Monterrey. It is thought to have its roots in j main blast area. the University of Guadalajara,
AU up and down Ninth street, a main downtown artery, store windows were broken. Across the street from the blast, every window was blown from the front of a three-story apartment building frames and all.
Broken bottles from several liquor stores in the area were strewn about. Police milled about to keep looters away.
The blaze was confined to the
“There were three or four
which Zuno founded
people scattered in the street, blown out onto tile street, blown out or carried out,” said Fire Lt. Herbert Parker, one of the first on the-acone.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)-Sam-
Ford Asking $850,000 For Nixon Transition
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pres-ident Ford asked congress
Thursday for a supplemental uol Hepburn, 73, former unappropriated of $850,000 to help tkmal commander of the Salva-finanee Richard Nixon's transi-|h°n Army, died Wednesday
tion from Chief Executive I after a heart attack. ___
private citizen. j * J
Of the total. $450,000 will provide funds for transfer costs.
The additional $400,000 would I pay for Nixon’s annual pension of $60,000, the salaries of his of-! five staff and related expenses.
Toffee if\s Chuck lr
One of the sad facts about vacations is that most resort spots don’t feature the same gals that were in the ads.
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