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Charleston Daily Mail (Newspaper) - July 13, 1974, Charleston, West VirginiaThe Page a final edition volume 163, no. 12 without or with offence to friends or foes sketch your world exactly As it goes Charleston West Virginia saturday evening july 13, 1974 cons free 14 inmates As act of Good Faith bartering for 7 hostages precipitous situation Halifax England two unidentified demolition workers Are airborne As a helicopter rescues them from a 90-foot Chimney where they were stranded Friday after the scaffold ing beneath them collapsed. The Royal air Force helicopter flew to the Rescue after a fire brigade failed to reach them by copter. A wire photo via Cable from London. Charges recommended Washington a two armed convicts pressed their efforts today to barter seven hostages in a . District courthouse Cellblock for Freedom after releasing 14 inmates who had been caught up in the standoff for nearly 43 hours. The Justice department called the release of the 14 prisoners who had neither been part of the takeover nor labelled As hostages an act of Good Faith. One woman prisoner chose to remain in the Cellblock apparently to keep the one Fem ale hostage company officials said. . Marshals said no hos tages had been harmed. The release occurred after the two convicts rejected the government s offer to trans Fer them to a Penitentiary in Oklahoma. But authorities still made no move to give the two men the plane ride out of the coun try that they had demanded since taking control of the basement detention cells. About 2 . Thursday. A Justice department spokesman said after the in mates release we still have a lot of people Down there and it s still a dangerous Situa the convicts Frank Gor Ham 25, and Robert Jones. 24, who also uses the name Otis d. Wilkerson have threatened to kill the hostages four civil ians and three Deputy . Marshals if police storm the Cellblock in the courthouse where the watergate grand jury investigation and trials have been held. Gorham told radio station Wash that the door of the Cellblock had been handcuffed to a desk to that it opened out Ward just enough for one per son to squeeze through at a time. After their release the handcuffed inmates were loaded into two . Marshal vans two sedans and a Sta Tio Wagon. Led by police motor scooters with sirens blaring the Cara Van pulled away from the building three blocks from the . Capitol at . Justice department officials said the vehicles went to . Jail two other local jails and . General Hospital. They said one inmate who had had a broken before the incident began on thurs Day was taken to the Hospital. The procedure was watched by chief . District judge George l. Hart who is responsible for the building and Deputy . Atty. Gen. Laur ence Silberman who helped negotiate the release. Late Friday Gorham and Jones had threatened to be head a hostage with an axe unless the government becomes More responsive to their de mands. The convicts staged the takeover when one pulled a concealed gun while the two were being taken into the basement of the historic watergate courthouse. It has not been Learned How one of the two men obtained the firearm. The pair obtained More Pis Tols and ammunition from a weapons locker in the cell Block area following their successful Effort to disarm the marshals who were escorting them authorities said. Our lines of communication with the inmates Are still open and we remain said Justice department spokesman Robert Stevenson. He said the convicts had rejected several proposals but declined to elaborate on any of them. Jim Vance a local news men with the National Broad casting co. Who was sitting in on the negotiations at the convicts request said Jones agreed to one government proposal but that Gorham rejected it after speaking with his family by Telephone. The proposal called for re lease of the hostages unharmed in return for Transfer of the two men to the Federal Penitentiary at Al Reno. Okla. Vance and Norman a. Carl son director of the Federal Bureau of prisons were to have accompanied the two men on a flight to the prison from Andrews air Force base in Maryland. An eighth hostage was freed by the pair before Dawn Fri Tun to a col. 3 hostage Debra sue col Lins. 24. Of Justice depart ment Secretary is one of seven still being held hos Tage in the cell area of the u. S. District courthouse in Washington. wire Pho to. Ehrlichman planning to Appeal conviction John Ehrlichman found guilty a wire photo Washington a John a. Ehrlichman once de scribed by president Nixon As one of the finest Public serv ants he Ever knew has been convicted of plotting an illegal search at the office of Daniel Ellsberg s psychiatrist. After a 12-Day trial a Feder Al court jury took five hours Friday to find Ehrlichman guilty of the conspiracy charge and of lying to the Fri and a watergate grand jury about the sept. Break in by the White House invest Downer saves pet dog while Young sailors drown Charley West says Nixon coverup data denied by Peterson by David quo Knight newspapers writer the coast guard has called for criminal charges against the owner of a wrecked sail boat who kept a Large dog in a Lifeboat while three Crew men had to cling to the Side of the Skiff for 10 hours. Two of the three crewmen drowned in the boating Inci Dent Jan. 28, in the Ocean off Brigantine . The coast guard asked that the . Attorney s office charge the Sailboat s owner Cyril Labrecque of Windsor Conn., with criminal negligence. The two men who drowned were Bradford Blakely 20, and Paul t. Sagarino 19, both of Wethersfield Conn. A third crewman was pulled into the Skiff after the two oth ers died. He another Crew Man the owner and the owner s wife and the dog a Labrador retriever were res cued by the Crew of a passing freighter. The coast guard said the decision to keep a Large dog in the Skiff while three Crew members were in the frigid water with no attempt being made to rotate the survivors Between the water and the Skiff May be considered As conduct which exposed others to an unreasonable risk of Labrecque told the coast guard he had made no at tempt to rotate the survivors because of High tides and risk of the report also cited Labrecque s Lack of prudence in attempting a coastal Voy age in Winter with no capability of radio communications. The 61-foot Schooner the Sadie and Edgar was in route to Florida from Connecticut when it went aground on the Brigantine Shoals in a thunderstorm. Labrecque said his wife four crewmen and his dog had climbed into an 11-foot out Board Motorboat while he Rode in a smaller Lifeboat. When the Motorboat Cap sized Labrecque told the coast guard he helped his Laos chief suffers mild heart attack Vientiane. Laos a laotian Premier Souvanna Houma suffered a mild heart attack at his Home Fri Day afternoon and his Condi Tion has deteriorated slightly since then informed sources reported today. Souvanna is considered a key unifying element in the turbulent politics of Laos. Wife and dog and one Crew Man into the smaller Lifeboat. The three others had lines tied to the Side and spent the next 10 hours in the 43-degree water. Labrecque said he rowed the Lifeboat for 14 hours be fore being rescued. The . Attorney s office will decide whether Labrecque should be charged with criminal negligence As requested by the coast guard. Labrecque could face a maximum Fine of and one year in jail. State employees sure Hope gov. Moore makes cents out of the state budget for them. Washington a asst. Atty. Gen. Henry Peter sen who was in charge of the original watergate investigation has told the House impeachment inquiry he has never received any information involving president Nixon in a cover up. Petersen who testified be fore the House judiciary com Mittee on Friday was de scribed by some Republican members As the most Favora ble witness for Nixon the com Mittee has heard in its impeachment inquiry. Rep. Charles Sandman r ., said he asked Petersen whether he had Ever received any information up to the pre sent moment indicating Nix on was involved in covering up the watergate scandal. He said clearly Sandman told newsmen after Petersen s closed door Testi Mony. The boost Given to Nixon s impeachment defense by Petersen s testimony was offset in the View of some members however by the conviction of former White House aide John Ehrlichman on counts of per jury and conspiracy in connection with the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg s psychiatrist. The operation of the special White House investigating unit known As the plumbers which conducted the break in is one of the subjects under investigation in the impeach ment inquiry. Rep. Robert Mcclory r 111., said Ehrlichman s conviction does t help. The fact someone so close to the presi Dent was convicted in a a turn to pm. 8a, col. 5 native unit known As the plumbers. Within minutes of the ver dict Ehrlichman said his Law yers would Appeal the Case. Three other defendants were also found guilty of conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of the psychiatrist or. Lewis j. Fielding of Beverly Hills Calif. Until he resigned april 30, 1973, the 49-year-old Ehrlich Man was among the closest of Nixon s assistants. The for Mer White House Domestic affairs chief now is subject to a maximum jail sentence of 25 years and fines of up to 000. . District judge Ger hard a. Gesell set sentencing for july 31. Until then the defendants remain free. Word of the conviction reached president Nixon in route to California. White House press Secretary Ron Ald l. Ziegler said it would be inappropriate for us to have any comment whatsoever while the matter is still in the judicial the other defendants g. Gordon Liddy and Miami ans Bernard l. Barker and Eugenio r. Martinez could receive maximum sentences of 10 years in jail and fines of those three were convicted last year in connection with the 1972 break in at democratic party Headquarters in the watergate Complex Here. A member of the jury who asked not to be identified said there was some heated discus Sion at first about Ehrlich Man but then the jurors be Gan a review of a series of White House memos included in the trial evidence which helped Settle the Issue for them. Associate special water Gate prosecutor William h. Merrill had built much of his Case on the memos in which Ehrlichman gave his approval to a Covert examination of Ellsberg s psychiatric re cords. On an aug. 11. 1971 memo Ehrlichman had written be Neath his initials instructions on How the operation should a be carried out. If done f your Assurance that it is not Ehrlichman wrote to two White House aides. Ehrlichman testified he had nothing illegal in mind in fact. Never considered what the plumbers specifically planned in proposing the operation. The jury member said once a review of the White House memos was Complete and they were in turn compared with testimony of the 25 Nesses in the trial it took Only turn to pm. 8a, col. 6 on inside pages j Page astrological.3b classifieds.4b crossword.16b editorials.4a" jumble.16b obituaries.2a theaters.6a tv.8a women s.7a weather.8a car Wash solves Sticky situation Clifford a. Al a Carbondale youth seeking re Lief from the humid weather merely went from one Sticky situation to another. The boy went for a swim in a local Pond Dove in and came up covered with tar. Police said workers from a nearby construction site apparently dumped a barrel of tar into the water. His friends brought the youth to the Hospital but officials ran out solvent needed to remove the tar. As a result police said the cleaning Job was finally completed at a local car Wash. Crazy Jim for governor Janes l Groh changes name to Craz Jim Milwaukee wis. A James l. Groh s name has been changed legally to crazy Jim and that s the Way he says he wants it to appear on the ballot in the novem Ber gubernatorial election. The 40-year-old used car dealer had his name legally changed to crazy Jim in Mil Waukee county circuit court. Your first name is going to be crazy and your last name is going to be judge Leander j. Foley asked. replied Groh. Noting that he operated a firm called crazy Jim motors. Foley granted the request. The number one reason for the change is that i m running for Jim said Fri Day. So my name will be on the ballot As crazy Jim for governor besides the used car business he also promotes local demolition derbies and oper ates a fruit stand in his working class South Side neighbourhood. He said he would file for election along with other Independent candidates next month and that he already had Strong support in his first bid to get on the ballot for Public office. I have Over commitments to sign from people at race tracks and All Over and i Only need he said. Leo Fahey state administrator of elections said he knew of no regulation barring Jim from listing his new name on the ballot. If that s what he wants to be called. I guess we d have to put it on the Fahey said. He said Independent candidates for state wide office can circulate nomination papers from aug. 1 to sept. 17. Other candidates in the gubernatorial race include the incumbent. Democrat Patrick j. Lucey Republican William d. Dyke Ameri can party designed William h. Up Ham and in dependent Edmond Hou Seye. Jim said the main Plank of his Campaign platform would be legalization of gambling As a Way of cutting taxes. He also said he favors a state lottery. We should legalize a few things and let the people he said. Asked if he favored legalizing prostitution. Jim replied. Why should t those girls pay taxes like everybody he predicted his candidacy would be a breath of fresh air because he has no ties to any political party. Jim estimated his Campaign would Cost at least and he said much of his Campaign funds would come from dances and Var ious of tier fund raising activities. It s the working class of people that s backing he said

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