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Cumberland News (Newspaper) - January 5, 1983, Cumberland, Maryland Agnew repays bribe Money plus interest state gets $268,000 by Robert f. Buchanan Baltimore up a a bribery suit against Spiro t. Agnew begun six Sears ago As a student Law project culminated tuesday with the presentation of a Check for More than $268,000 to the Maryland treasurer. Maryland attorney general Stephen Sachs in handing Over a Check for $268,482 to treasurer William James said a those who viol a the Public Trust have paid for it with the item any potential wrongdoer understands Best a Maryland circuit court judge ruled in 1981 Agnew violated his Public Trust while governor of the state by accepting $147,500 in kickbacks from Highway contractors from 1967 to 1969. The judge ordered Agnew a leading Nixon administration proponent of a Law and order a to repay the state the Money plus $101,235 in interest. The payment of $268,482 is More than the original judgment of $248,735 because of the addition of Post judgment interest on the original principal judgment the attorney general a office said. Sachs said the judgment is believed to be the largest of its kind in the nation. A it is especially Gratifying to have this Money returned to the state because it confirms three important but sometimes ignored Points a Sachs said. A it reminds us of the Good old fashioned principle that a Public office is a Public Trust it helps erase at least part of the stain that Maryland a reputation suffered because of or. Agnews greed and finally it proves what determined citizens can Agnew appealed the decision twice but decided monday not to seek a review of his Case before the supreme court. He had deposited $250,000 in a California Bank in 1981 and agreed to turn the Money Over once his appeals were exhausted. A group of George Washington Law students prepared the lawsuit in 1976 that would Force Agnew to reimburse taxpayers for the kickbacks he alleged y received in Exchange for lucrative state contracts. As the students instigation three Maryland taxpayers filed the suit in Anne Arundel against the former governor. In 1980, the state joined the Case and on april 27,1981, Anne Arundel county circuit judge Bruce Williams ruled Agnew violated the Public Trust by accepting the bribes. The three taxpayers and later the state As an intervener in the Case had argued Agnew should be held accountable to the Public for his illegal actions which involved a scheme in which Highway construction firms were bilked for thousands of dollars in kickbacks in Exchange for lucrative state contracts. Testimony in the Case showed that payoffs normally were around 5 percent. Agnew 64, originally denied the charges calling them a a Damn despite repeated statements he would not give up the office Agnew resigned As vice president oct. To 1973, in a plea bargaining move. By resigning Agnew was allowed to plead no contest to one count of Federal income tax evasion. The Justice department agreed not to act on indictments charging Agnew with conspiracy extortion and bribery. While vice president Agnew described himself As a a Champion of Law and in a speech in new Orleans he referred to Vietnam War protesters As a an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves As on another occasion he used the phrase a nattering nabobs of negativism to describe critics of his pronouncements. He was elected governor in 1966 and was selected by Richard Nixon for the vice president Slot on the 1968 ticket. Agnews attorney t. Rogers Harrison said a we did no to think there was a chances the . Supreme court would take the Case. In a statement Agnew said he will pay nearly $500,000 a for $147,500 in alleged bribes which i never Harrison said Agnew will pay $432,500 in the payment to the state plus taxes and penalties to the state and Federal governments. A this just does no to seem to add up to the kind of Justice the framers of the Constitution had in mind a Agnew said the weather sunny with High 40 to 45. Door tonight. Low 25 to 30. Mostly sunny thursday. High around 45. The Cumberland news wish list developed see Back Page vol. 45�?no. 73 published daily except sunday by the times ii Alleg Anian co Baltimore St Cumberland. My 21502 second class postage paid at Cumberland my Cumberland Maryland wednesday Jan. 5,1983 politically Independent newspaper associated pre Upit a laser photo Twenty cents to tear Gas halts Farmers protest Washington a spokesman for the administration said tuesday president Reagan intends to push Forward with his defense spending plans despite any congressional objections. Congressional sources said Senate cop leaders told Reagan it would be better for him to come up with defense spending cuts but sen. Paul Laxalt r-nev., said the president was a very close to set in concretes about opposing any reduction or freeze in Pentagon spending Levels. Cairo Egypt a Palestine liberation organization Leader Yasser Arafat was quoted tuesday As saying a the Battle for Beirut has Given us great Sel Confidence because it proved that Israel is weaker than we think and can be Defeated the report published by the leftist newspaper Al Shaab also said Arafat offered to Supply Egypt with israeli military a secrets uncovered during the War in Lebanon. Monroe la. A authorities said tuesday Spring could bring new flooding and some residents of Louisiana could be kept from their Homes for As much As six months. Weather officials said Lowland flooding continued along the red lower Little and Black Rivers in Central Louisiana and predicted High Waters would spread until Rivers and bayous in Nort Central and northeastern Louisiana crested thursday and Friday. Tel Aviv Israel a soviet built anti aircraft Sam-5 missiles with a Range of almost 180 Miles Are being built by Syria inside its own territory an israeli army communique said tuesday. The announcement came one Day after foreign minister Yitzhak Shamir said Israel is concerned by reports soviet Crews May be Manning a highly sophisticated soviet weaponry in Syria. Bangkok Thailand up a cambodian guerrillas ambushed a vietnamese unit and killed 12 soldiers to Complete a series of hit and run raids aimed at forestalling a dry season offensive reports from the thai cambodian Border said tuesday. Gen. Thach Reng commander of son Sanns Khmer Peoples National liberation front said in Bangkok that the anticommunist liberation front surprised the vietnamese support group four Miles inside Cambodia on sunday. Prague Czechoslovakia up a soviet Leader Yurt Andropov met tuesday with Moscow a Warsaw pact communist allies to update their Mutual defense policy and map counter measures to natos plan to deploy nuclear missiles in Western inside pages Annanders. 5 a Bridge. 5 a comics. 17 crossword. 17 crypt quote. 17 deaths. 6 or. Johnson. 8 editorial Page. 9 markets. 12 racing. 17 sports. 10-11 state news. 7 Tri state news. 4 want ads. 14-16 woman news. 5firefights by Mona a. Ziade United press International rival militia fought Artiller and rocket Battles for a fourth straight Day in Tripoli tuesday bringing the death toll to 61 and turning Lebanon a second largest City into a smoke shrouded ghost town. State run Beirut radio said former lebanese prime minister Rashid Karami a Tripoli political Leader with close ties to Syria drove to Damascus seeking help to end the fighting in the City 40 Miles North of Beirut. Beirut radio said the fighting Between pro and anti syrian factions was so intense tuesday that ambulances were unable to Clear victims from the streets. The radio said hospitals were Short of blood and medical supplies and residents of the City of 250,000 were suffering from severe shortages of water and essential food supplies. Burning fires could be seen from outlying roads it said. Power cuts plunged the City into darkness. Shell and sniper fire Cut roads into and out of the City. Off with the cuffs a an unidentified Man left uses wire cutters in a vain attempt to Cut Handcuffs off Kinan Burk in Springfield Colo. Burk arrested during a protest by 300 Farmers had escaped by jumping through a courthouse window. A laser photo Volcano in Hawaii spews lava Volcano Hawaii up a Kilauea Volcano pulsed with the underground movement of molten Rock tuesday and scientists watched closely for a repeat of a spectacular two phase eruption that spewed fiery lava 250 feet in the air. A we can to Call it Over yet a said Reggie Okamura acting scientist in charge at the hawaiian Volcano Cugat suffers new heart attack Barcelona Spain apr latin band Leader Xavier Cugat suffered another heart attack Early tuesday and was returned to the intensive care unit of the Quiron clinic in Barcelona doctors said. Cugat 83, had left the intensive care unit monday after doctors found him much better from the heart failure he suffered on Christmas eve dinner at the hotel where he has been staying since he returned to his native Spain from the United states five years ago. A medical bulletin issued by attending doctors said Cugat was a recovering slowly from this new crisis a but added that it was not Clear when Cugat would leave the intensive care unit. Cugat was hospitalized for a similar problem in Barcelona last March. A we still have harmonic tremor although it seems to be dropping the Volcano one of the worlds most Active thundered to life twice monday. The first eruption began shortly after Midnight and lit the sky with an eerie Pink glow As it continued for More than nine hours. A second mid afternoon eruption lasted an hour. Neither eruption in a Remote area of Kilauea a Southeast flank on the Island of Hawaii threatened life or private Homes. The Volcano is 20 Miles from Hilo the closest major City. Acres of Pristine rain Forest were plated Over with lava however and a fiery rift opened in the heart of a private tract . Population adds 2.1 million Washington a the United states population grew by 2.1 million last year adding about As Many people As live in Brooklyn n.y., the census Bureau reports. The Bureau estimated that there were 232,616,497 people in the country As of new years Day about 6 million More than were counted in the 1980 census. The 2.1 million population growth is Well below the record increase of 3.1 million recorded at the height of the baby Boom in 1956. Last years growth of about 0.9 percent is slightly under the i percent increases in 1980 and 1981. Springfield Colo. Up a about 300 angry Farmers protesting the auction of a 320-acre farm tried to break Down the doors of the Baca county courthouse tuesday but were turned Back by tear Gas thrown by sheriffs deputies. Three Law officers suffered minor injuries and one reporter who fell during the Melee was taken to a Hospital. Three protesters were arrested but one dramatically escaped by leaping through a courthouse window. The violence broke out during the Public auction of farm land owned by Jerry Wright who helped found the militant american agriculture movement in 1977. A there was a lot of shoving and pushing going on during the auction a said Melvin stills editor of the Springfield Plain Sman Herald. A they kept chanting. The sheriff told them to disperse and when they did no to the tear Gas was Wright was two years behind in paying off an $85,000 loan secured by the farm. The Federal land Bank in Lamar which made the loan and purchased the farm at the auction went to court last month to Force the Sale. Wright contended the Sale violated his constitutional rights because he had no control Over government policies such As the proposed As the site of a Large scale geothermal development. Okamura said measurements of the mountains a a tilt at the Summit 4,000 feet above sea level showed pressure already was rebuilding suggesting More magma soon would be forced into the East rift zone. All Park trails in the East rift zone of Kilauea remained closed but Park roads were open. Kilauea erupted twice at the Summit in 1982, thrilling spectators with its fiery lava fountains. Most of mondays eruption with curtains of fire soaring to 250 feet occurred out of View from roadways. The bursts occurred in five locations Between Napa and Talalua craters giving people at the Wahan Ula visitor Center near Kaapana a Brief glimpse of the fifth and final monday outbreak. Fulfur Laden Clouds drifted Over Homes in the Hilo Puna and the Kay a District because of southerly winds causing discomfort for some residents but the More Normal Trade winds had returned by monday night blowing the smokiness out to sea. The hawaiian eruption was of a different Type than the bomb like explosion of it. St. Helens in Washington in 1980. The it. St. Helens eruption was concentrated in a Small area at the top of the Mountain. At Kilauea the eruption was classified As a a a Hotshot Type in which lava flows up through a wide s chuckle most arguments about new cars Start from scratch. Rep. Benjamin Rosentha rep. Rosenthal Dies of cancer Washington up a rep. Benjamin Rosenthal d-n.y., died of cancer at Georgetown University Hospital tuesday an aide to the congressman said. He was 59. There were no immediate details on Rosenthals illness. A leading Liberal in the House Rosenthal was elected in 1962 and was a member of the House foreign affairs committee and the government operations committee. Born june 8, 1923, in new York City Rosenthal lived in Elmhurst Long Island. He was a world War ii Veteran and attended Long Island University City College of new York and Brooklyn Law school. Rosenthal is survived by his wife Lila and two children. Soviet Grain embargo which he said kept him from making a profit. The protest Drew Farmers from As far away As Missouri and North Dakota. The protesters who had lined the streets with about 30 tractors chanted and yelled As county treasurer Thelma goodnight flanked by sheriff Willard Goff and police chief Gary Armitage conducted the auction of the courthouse Steps. Goff shouted through a bullhorn for the Farmers to quiet Down but was met with louder chants of a no Sale no mrs. Goodnight opened the sealed bid from the Bank and asked if there were any other bids. When there were none Goff declared the Sale Over. Several protesters rushed up the Steps As the officials tried to get inside. Three Farmers fought with coff Armitage and undersheriff Gailon Lofin who All suffered minor injuries. Deputies inside the courthouse tossed three or four tear Gas canisters into the crowd dispersing the Farmers. The three Farmers in the front were arrested pulled inside the building and handcuffed. One Farmer who identified himself As Kenan Burke of new Mexico escaped by jumping through a window cutting himself. With blood covering his face Burke told reporters that he had been beaten by deputies. About 125 protesters regrouped an hour later shouting for the sheriff to come out and for bail to be set for those arrested. Sue Binder a correspondent for the Pueblo chieftain Star journal was taken to a Hospital after she fell from a three foot Rock Wall while watching the Donald o Connor undergoes surgery Chicago up actor Donald of Connor tuesday was recovering from an emergency appendectomy the Day he was scheduled to open a three week run of the musical a a showboat at the Arie Crown theater. Of Connors understudy Richard Dix to a keep the boat afloat a so the show was to open As scheduled. The productions general manager Robert a. Buckley said the actor was responding Well to monday nights announces news conference Washington up a president Reagan will Boid his first news conference of the year tonight in the East room the White House announced. Reagan will appear before reporters and television cameras at 8 . Est. It will be his 15th news conference As president. His last formal question and answer session was on nov. Ll.61 killed in Tripoli foreclosure Sale triggers violence /

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