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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Colder tonight, lows •tit to 35. Much colder l hurs«luyt highs in the .‘{Os. VOLUME 92 NUMBER 21 mt¥ct CITY FINAL IO CENTS * CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES President Copper Theft To Resist Subpoena WASHINGTON (AP) president Nixon will reject a California (State court order that he testify in person at the trial of former aides indicted for the breakin at the office of Daniel Ring; Losses Top $100,000 My Ford Clark IOWA CITY — According to information received by Johnson County Sheriff Gary Hughes, a statewide organized ring of copper thieves has been operating in the Iowa City area. Hughes said Wednesday sheriffs throughout the state are Property Tax Rate Is Set: Good News By Roland Krekeler Property taxes for 1973, payable this year, will decrease for most property in Linn county. The tax rate will be down for Rate Hikes To Reflect Price Rises WASHINGTON (AP) - The property in Cedar Rapids, federal government Wednesday Marion and Hiawatha and unincorporated areas of the county. The rate in other towns also i announced a three-step plan designed to alleviate fuel prob-will be down, except in Spring- ,ems in the trucking industry mg thefts of specialized copper E 11 s b e r g ’ s psychiatrist, the exchanging information regard White House said Wednesday. Deputy prose, secretary;fittings and wire. Gerald Warren said White House attorneys “will mend to the President that he Ville and Robins. and to head off any possible respectfully decline to appear ( ... on constitutional grounds."; Warren made clear that; Nixon would heed that advice. Written Questions? But Warren left open the possibility that Nixon might respond to written questions. “lf other requests are put to the White' House, they will be dealt with as they arise," he said in answer to a newsman’s question. Ehrlichman Defense Ile said he had been in coin-recom- munjcafjon wjth jaw officers from Manchester, Ames, Williamsburg, Amana and Middle Amana as well as other law enforcement agencies “throughout the state.” Loss Estimate Hughes refused to name a specific figure on losses except to estimate ‘‘at the least $100,000 has probably been involved. The losses could be astronomical. "Losses of $10,000 in copper products have been experienced in the Iowa City-Coralville area alone." A Springville water bond issue widening of the current protest accounts for the increase there, by Midwestern truck operators. ; while a smaller cash carry-over special presidential assistant in the municipal budget is cited VV J. Usury said the plan will in Robins.    allow truck operators to pass I he tax rates cited here are‘through to trucking companies on a 12-month basis, although any difference they must pay in the tax levies spread by the the cost of diesel fuel from what board of supervisors Wednesday they paid on May 15,1973. The plan also provides for a new mandatory allocation pro- is on an 18-month basis. State Law The 18 month levy is the re gram that will guarantee delivery of the fuel needed by the suit of a State law designed to truckjng lndustry. Usery said switch counties and cities to a ° J July-to-June fiscal year from the previous calendar year. Officials emphasize that al though the total amount of taxes tl0n HO Percent The mandatory allotment will be HO percent of 1972 consume* Usery was unable to say where the additional fuel would John Ehrlichman and two other former White House aides are seeking Nixon’s testimony to support their contention that they were acting as federal officers when the breakin occurred in 1971. Ehrlichman is charged with burglary, conspiracy and per-: jury in connection with the ■ breakin. David Young and G. Gordon Liddy, both former White House | aides, are charged with burgla ry and conspiracy in the case. Not Signed Yet Superior Court Judge Gordon Hughes said he based his opinion Chat a statewide organized ring was involved on the fact that “tho thieves involved pass over other valuable items at construction sites, taking only the specific copper items.” Hardest hit in the Iowa City area was the Hilton Inn, presently under construction at the Coralville exit of interstate 80 Coralville police assisted by Johnson county deputies staked out the Hilton Inn over a considerable period of time. Despite this, the Hilton Inn Ringer of Le* Angeles Tuesday construction site suffered ap-said he will approve a ccrtifi- i proximately $7,000 in losses of President the specialized copper items. to testify April cate "demanding Richard M. Nixon Fob. 25, 1974, and 1974." A court clerk told the judge had not signed the subpoena yet, be- project, cause he wanted time Wednes-|name(L sa*d, newsmen actually The losses resulted from four 15. breakins over a 60-day period. Theft-by-( >rder A sub contractor on the Hilton who asked not to “They’ve got day and possibly Thursday, to know exactly what they want, j congress wrestled with for two consider the procedures open to R s got to be theft-by-order. months, him to have the subpoena The contractor noted. “There The    v | is a terrific shortage of copper was i products. There is a real black UPI Telephoto AFTER THE VOTE — ’ I'm afraid it's dead, period,'1 says Sen. Jackson (D-Wash.), center, sponsor of the emergency energy bill, after the senate vote to send the bill back to conference. With Jackson are Senators Muskie (D-Maine), left, and Nelson (D-Wis.j. Nelron led the fight to return the bill to com-minee. Bill Seen Killed by Oil Wrangle billed under the interim 18-month period will be considerably higher than in previous comc from was asked t0 see bills, the third payment will not that we gct as much fuei as be due until the spring of 1975. needed t0 keep the trucks Taxes to be paid during 1974 going » Usery said> "The Feder-will be about the same as in aj Energy Office is responsible I previous years. In fact, as indicated above, the taxes pay-! able in 1974 are down for most taxpayers. Average Homeowner An average homeowner in (Cedar Rapids, one with a $20,000 house in tin.' Cedar Rapids Community school district, will find, ...    *    -    .    . his mm payable in 1974 lo bct™"'    Pr,™s    tor    Amenta 42 Ic.-* than in 1973.    Ican    Usery    had    no for seeing they get it." The third part of the proposal will he a tripling in the number of price monitors who will check truck stops and fuel outlets for price gouging. The proposal for passthrough of fuel costs apparently will A Marion resident in the Marion school district, with a house of the same value, will find his tax bill down $67 04 Usery estimate as to how much of an increase could be expected. He said trucking firms could make up their additional ex- A Marion resident in the Linn- l*nse. because of the a WASHINGTON (AP) —    Con-    the bill. The troversy over oil industry    prof-    sa|d it    needs be its appears to have killed the to emergency energy bill    that    ..    .    .    . B J 67    *    #lilA    boning    and other mandatory en White House has the legislation before it can order gasoline ra- Mar school district with $20,000 house will get a $44 33 less than lost year. The bill is based on levies for passthrough by asking the Interop state Commerce Commission for new rate increases. crgy conservation measures. “All in Shambles" Jackson also    argued that the    minister had said    in Tokyo    that senate s refusal to approve the    Japan and other    oil-consuming    county,    assessor    and    agricul- excess pro!its    provision would    nations “cannot afford any    sort    turai    extension;    the    local    school make the oil    industry “more    of confrontation.” difficult, more belligerent The The Wall Street Journal sass rf education. Kirkwood college, a Already Filed Many of the truckers, acting lUi Cl I L A It II3IUII • ti IV* IVA-1* I    • * vv/»    ii    i district, the Joint County board ® served on the President Court observers said believed that the subpoena market for this type of thing.’’ would be sent to the superior It was feared that losses at court in Washington. I). C., the Hilton site might hold up the which could order it served by a official opening of the inn sched-1 conStitutkIiia,. oted 57-37 Tuesday to send it back to confer-    a|j    jn    a    shambles    now," ence with tin? house in an el tort senaIe interior committee ehair-to remove an excess profits pro- man Ilcnry jackson iD-Wash.i, vision that critics claimed was The house commerce coin-unworkable and probably un mittee chajrma» Harley Stag- Mill Income Each mill of levy amounts their regional rate bureaus, already have asked the ICC for some relief, Usery said. Usery said the Steel Haulers Assn. has filed for a four percent fuel surcharge in addition to to a six percent general rate $1 of tax for each $1,000 of tax-increase recently granted. I . S. marshal on the White House, which could then challenge Ringer’s jurisdiction by aopcaling to ccm tot Possible Compromise Nixon’s refusal to testify in person could touch off a legal battle. But indications were that moves were under way to reach a compromise, perhaps with the President answering written interrogatories submitted to him on key issues at stake in the proceeding. Warren said Ehrlichman’s attorneys had discussed the subled of written questions with Nixon’s chief Watergate lawyer James St. Clair “but not in any f tiecific way.** In other developments: ll It. Haldeman, Nixon’' f( rmer chief of staff, has returned to Washington for more uled for April 15 This fear was based on the fact that some of the copper in the Capi- products have to be ordered as milch as six months in advance Separate Rills gers (D W.Va ), agreed that the The move to recommit had senate vote probably would kill received the endorsement of the bill. (.(President Nixon, who wrote “The administration is going Senate Minority leader Hugh to rue this day,” Jackson said, Scott (Pa.) that it "would be explaining that without the bill most unfortunate'’ if congress the President would have to approved the bill in its present declare a national emergency form.    before he could order rationing. But both house and senate A Federal Energy Office I leaders of the conference in- source said gasoline rationing is hearings 0n an dicated there was little chance a strong likelihood this summer profits tax. he added “ if the Arab oil embargo eon-' tinues. However, Robert Warwin, general manager of Hilton Inn, said, "It appears our opening will proceed on schedule. We were very fortunate in that our sub-contractors had a (Continued Page 3, Col. 3) (the conferees would reconsider industry must be glowing." there are initial indications of a and (for city resident* only) Senator Gaylord Nelson (D- break in the Arab oil embargo, municipal corporation levy. Wis. I, sponsor of the motion to It said it learned that at least recommit, argued that most of one U.S. oil company has been the bill’s non-controversial pro- told it can expect a cargo of visions, including rationing. Saudi Arabian oil by late Febru-could be attached to other mea- ary, sures.    The Midwestern Governors Conference urged more burning of coal and recommended clean Other provisions, such as ere- air rules enforcement be han-j™    --    -    ..    ....    frnm    „    tnirk alien of a Federal Energy Ad- dud by tile stales, nut the feder- oUier •""»!!    "£>* 18 725 and "ng a M tank ,rom    8    ,rullt ministration, are the subject of al government.    (Continued    Page    3,    Col.    8> separate bills that congress is able valuation, which is 27 percent of actual value. In Cedar Rapids the county, assessor and agricultural exten The presidential assistant expressed hope the measures would satisfy truckers who have been upset over the rising cost sion levy will be 18.148 mills. In of fuel and the problems in get- cxpeeted to pass shortly, Nelson said. And both the house ways and means and senate finance committees have already sched- excess Chotiner Dies; Long Nixon Friend, Helper Nixon Delivers State of Union Speech Tonight WASHINGTON (UPI) -ray Chotiner, a trusted and adviser to President for nearly 30 years, Wednesday ( hot mer, 64, suffered a lion questioning by two Watergate grand juries. A source close to [ken leg and concu the case said Haldeman was j ago when his auto collided with private a truck in .suburban Mclx?an, Va. Officials at the Washington Hospital Center said an autopsy was tieing performed but Chotiner probably died of a pulmonary embolus —* a bloodstream blockage. A hospital spokesman said death could well have been a complication of the accident. Chotiner handled publicity for Nixon s first congressional campaign in I and was his campaign manager later when Nixon to the senate When Nixon ran for vice president in 1952. (’homier hoi \ od manager And in .special assistant to the manager of Nixon's presidents scheduled to appear before the original Watergate grand jury Wednesday and before a second on Thursday. It was expected Haldeman would br questioned by grand furors about the presidential tapir', many of which he had access to both before and after he left the White House It vias learned from another (Continued Page 3. Col 3i loci ut;'n* 17i uric Ii* l ather, watching his daughter select the most expensive wedding gown in tin store: “I don t mind giving you away. but must I gift-wrap you?’* Coovf iqM Mur-| Soon after Nixon’s inaugura* friend tion. Chotiner was named gcner-Nixon ai counsel for the White House died office handling trade negotiations. In 1970 he was named bro- special counsel to the President, a week a (Hist he left in 1972 to return to aw practice, in Washington Last summer during the senate Watergate hearings, it was revealed that Chotiner had hired two “reporters to spy on the campaigns of Democratic presidential candidates in 1972. He contended there was "nothing underhanded or illegal” a binit the arrangement He said the two he hired were “definitely not looking for dirty stuff" ort Nixon’s opponents, but were giving daily reports on their public activities. The excess profits provision would take effect next year and allow consumers to demand retroactive refunds on that had resulted in profits. The bill also would have given the President immediate authority to control fuel prices to avoid any excess profits. On the recommittal vote, Re Massive Manhunt for San Francisco Killers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Po- He said “the largest manhunt lice pressed a massive manhunt jn t}le city's history" had been WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon addresses congress and the    nation    tonight on the State of    the Union, and quite possibly on the Watergate crisis. White    House    officials would    I joined    by    Nelson    and    other    lib- not say    flatly    in advance of    oral    Democrats,    including fuel prices call,;<! ,Hrni,'on windfall throuSh a tense and quiet city, looking for at least two gunmen believed responsible for IO random slayings in the past two months The latest wave of killings came Monday night, when five for the launched to search killers. The hunt was dubbed under the proposed rule stop. “I believe this should avert a shutdown.” he said. "We certainly urge the truckers to keep operating.” 30 I)ay Wait The passthrough provision will not be effective for at least 30 days. Usery said. However, lie said he hoped trucking firms would start immediately to absorb the cost as provided for publicans and oil state senators    .    .    .    .    . of fka'Persons were s*10* ,n * two-hour period who prevented measure befort passage Christmas were Mate lour years w(»ii election Decision Delayed WASHINGTON (AP) national campaign vision on pension reform legislate he was a tion has been delayed for a week by the house rules corn-bid. Imittcc Nixon’s 8 p.m. CDI’ appearance at a joint session of congress whether Watergate-related mat tors would be touched on However, Deputy Press Sec retary Gerald Warr e n se id Tuesday that Nixon would dis cuss all issues important to the American |n*ople And departing aide Melvin Laird, asked at a news conference if the President could fail to talk about what the questioner termed a crisis of confidence, replied “I think you’ll be very pleased with the content of the message “ Tile White House said Nixon returned to VS ashington bv ear after dark Tuesday from a five day stay at Camp David, Md where lit* reportedly spent much of his time on the ad dress to bo broadcast live by. major television-radio networks George McGovern Mondale (Minn. In other developments: The federal energy chief, William T. Simon, warned the American people that “scarce (Hi eity streets. All but one died and doctors say the lone survivor may be paralyzed. "Sure, people are afraid,’’ Police Lf. William O'Connor said Tuesday “Ii the murderes had a motive — rape or robbery — it wouldn’t be so frightening. This is terrible There’s a lot of hate involved in these cowardly acts high c ost energy will bo the rule of going up to an isolated person for many years if not indefi- and shooting him “Operation Zebra" because the code letter "Z," which will be used in police radio broadcasts on the case, is the least busy frequency. “We’re looking for psychopaths,” Barca said at a press briefing. Police ballistics tests indicated at least two and possibly three weapons were used Monday’s shootings. Tests weren’t yet complete to indicate if any of the guns used dux! Wednesday in the I) e c c rn b e r attacks    „ matched Monday night’s weapons Victims White Usery said the ICC could not put the passthrough provision into effect without first holding a period for public comments. The passthrough provision will not be retroactive, Usery said. Ike Aide Dies HOLSTON (AP) - Dillon An-m dcrson, 67, a special assistant for national security affair* to President Eisenhower in 1955-56, Today s Index nicely.” He called for “a new energy ethic — a war on waste." The A rn e r i c a n Automobile Assn. said gasoline appears to be about as available this week as it was last week What end of-month shortages there are seem to be hitting metropolitan centers hardest, it said. Secretary of State Kissinger said he does not believe the planned conference of oil-consuming nations in Washington is threatened by an Arab warning to Japan The Saudi Arabian oil Slim Leads Police 'aid they had no su peels and only slim leads The said they were working on dc script ions supplied by witnesse which indicate that at least tw young black men va lie alternat rd roles of gunmen and drive were involved. Chief oi Inspectors Charles Barca said the slayings were “similar to a spurt ol shootings last month in which six persons were killed and two were wounded." iii each slay mg. now and last Comics , 39 December, the victim was white Courthouse *1 * * * 4 and was walking along a street. Crossword ...... 39 ;v The <mly survivor of Monday, Daily Record _______3 night’s shootings was Roxanne Deaths . 3 McMillan, 23. She was reported Editorial Features . f 0 rn stable but critical condition Farm .31 after surgery to repair damage Financial IO 1 caused by a bullet lodged ben Marion ____...... to hind her heart and another Movies , 38 > which went through her liver Society . 18 20 1 and lung Sports 25-30 ■ i “Ifs possible that she might State ......ii : be paralyzed,” said Dr. F. WL Television ti • Blasdell, chief of surgery at Want Ads ......... ... 42-15 San Francisco General hospital. I ;

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