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Decatur Daily (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Decatur, AlabamaToday s weather warm la lace a daily want and Day Athens 353-4612 232-1535 nights 353-4739 All departments the Decatur daily my country May she Ever be right but right or wrong my country Commodore Stephen Decatur 12 pages today Church 5 movies c fied 9 sports comics 12 to log Dixon 9 weather a a a volume 59, number 297 established february 26,1912 Decatur Alabama 35601, saturday morning december 19, 1970 member of the associated press new York times news service 10c daily 20c sunday Sinel copy Roseneau arraign Furnash Villemez by Bob Walker daily staff writer Athens a four Nashville men were in Limestone county jail today on robbery charges including two Brothers linked with the $1,900 a amp a supermarket Holdup dec. 11. Limestone Superior court judge d. L. Roseneau remanded i in four to jail without Bond following arraignment Friday afternoon. John Paul Russell 16. And his brother Featuce Lee Russell 18, were charged with robbery of the supermarket when assistant manager Julian Brooks was forced to open the Safe and give the robbers $1,900. They Are also charged with second degree burglary in a break at Ardmore Telephone co. Robert k. Watkins 31, was charged with robbery of the Ardmore jail keys and second degree burglary of the Ardmore Telephone co. Dust plume atomic Energy commission officials hurriedly evacuated 600 workers from the Nevada test site Friday after a Low yield underground test shot spewed a radioactive dust plume 8,000 feet into the air similar to the Cloud shown in this1962 photo of another underground nuclear test there. A wire photo Roger Lee Russell 17, a brother of Featuce and John Paul is charged with robbery of the Ardmore jail keys Only. It. Gurlen Hillis and officer Wayne Bland of the Ardmore police Force apprehended the armed Russell Brothers inside the Telephone a company offices about 30 . Thursday. They were first booked at the Ardmore police station and then brought to the Limestone county jail Here. About 3 15 . Friday three men came to the jail at Ardmore and threatened the night radio dispatcher Thomas Kennedy with a gun unless he released John Paul and Featuce Russell whom they thought were confined there. Kennedy told the men John Paul and Featuce had been transferred to Athens and was locked in a cell in the Ardmore jail. Kennedy was released within a Short time when he did not answer radio Calls. Threats were apparently made to take John Paul and Featuce from the Athens jail. Investigating officers would not say How or by whom the threats to forcibly deliver John Paul and Featuce were made but the jail Here was darkened and officers of both the Limestone sheriffs department and the City of Athens armed themselves to await a threat. State troopers stationed in Athens were also alerted and were patrolling around the jail where men armed with riot guns stood in the pre Dawn hours for a possible to deliver John Paul and Featuce Russell. Ardmore policemen buddy Gordon and Bland picked up Watkins on the county line rd., East of Ardmore driving a 1969 Chevrolet about 4 30 . Roger Lee Russell was arrested in the Vicinity of Ardmore by the same officers about 7 . And brought to Limestone county jail Watkins was brought to the county jail earlier. Sheriff m. W. Evans said that Columbia tenn., has put a a a hold on John Paul and Featuce Russell for questioning. When the four were brought before judge Roseneau about 3 . Friday. They were accompanied by Evans and several of his deputies Athens police chief Richard Faulk and det. George Clem. Tie judge read off a card the constitutional rights of each defendant to have a lawyer before questioning to provide him with one if he was unable to pay to make Telephone Calls from the jail to a lawyer or their immediate families. All four defendants after having their rights read to them individually several times said they did not want a lawyer. See Roseneau on Page 2 600 evacuated at test site Mercury Nev. A about 600 workers were evacuated from the Nevada test site Friday after an underground nuclear test shot blew a plume of radioactive dust 8.000 feet in the air. The atomic Energy commission said. It was the largest number of persons reported exposed to radiation at the 1.350 shopping Days left Christmas seals fight emphysema tuberculosis and air pollution l-.0 r <v9<> leave court Roger Lee Russell and Robert k. Watkins try to hide their faces from camera As sheriff m. W. Buddy Evans leads them from the Limestone county courthouse at Athens following their arraignment on robbery charges Early Friday. Walking behind them Are Brothers Featuce Russell left and John Paul Russell charged with the dec. 11 robbery of the a amp p supermarket in Athens. Daily photo by Bob Walker Guntharp resignation City mystery in 9 a i got Rover a Christmas present Todd a in the daily want ads a c a to Square mile test site located in Barren desert 80 Miles Northwest of Las vegas since underground testing began in 1963. The dec said a radioactive air mass was moving a North and Northeast very slowly but that radioactive Levels were a dropping very the dec emphasized the level of radioactivity traced beyond the test site boundaries was a very lows and said it was Well within permissible Levels for humans. No towns in the immediate area of the test site were reported evacuated. The closest town is Alamo with about 250 residents some 10 Miles North. An dec spokesman refused to say if it was possible the radioactive air mass would Cross the United states boundaries. A such an occurrence if it happened would violate the 1963 above ground nuclear lest ban treaty signed by the United states. Russia and other nations. The radiation was the second reported in four underground nuclear test shots Here since wednesday when minor spillage from one test Rose 400-500 feet above ground and was confined to within the test shot site. A code named a Baneberry a the latest device planted 900 feet below ground had a listed Force of less than 20,000 tons of int. Like the three previous shots it was a military weapons development test the dec said. Tiie dec said about 300 of the 600 workers evacuated from the test site s northeastern Comer a were found to have radiation on their clothing and they were made to take what the spokesman described As a nominal precautions such As showering changing clothes and washing their vehicles. Some underwent tests to determine if any radioactivity was present in their bodies. The dec said there was no immediate indication that such was the Case. The dec said six aircraft including two helicopters from nearby Nellis air Force base were tracing the radioactive air mass. See 600 on Page 2 % blast site this associated press map locates Mercury Nev. Where an underground nuclear test explosion sent a radioactive Cloud into the skies and caused evacuation of 600 workers Friday. By Lee Sentell daily staff writer the reason for mayor Charles Guntharp a sudden resignation remained a mystery today As Council members cockeyed for position in the City s Hierarchy. Several of the councilmen said Friday night they Felt Guntharp a owes the people of Decatur an the resignation also caught members of Guntharp a family and his employees at Guntharp funeral Home by Surprise. The mayors son Charles Guntharp jr., said he knew a very Little of his fathers resignation. A i really can to say anything a the son said. Quot Heil be Home either saturday or sunday and will probably have a statement then a Young Guntharp said. Employees at the funeral Home said Guntharp did not indicate to them Why he was stepping Down As mayor. Close friends said Guntharp had considered resigning once before about a year ago. Thomas said late Friday night he still had not heard from Guntharp since the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning. Holding company approval sought a ventral and state National corp. Of Alabama a newly formed corporation is applying to the Board of governors of the Federal Reserve system to become a Bank holding company in Alabama it was announced Friday. If the application is approved the holding company proposes to make an offer by a prospectus to the stockholders of the $250 million state National Bank of Alabama in Decatur and of the $125 million Central Bank and Trust co., Birmingham to Exchange Stock of the holding company for Stock of the two Banks. The announcement was made Friday by j. W. Wyker jr., chairman of the Board of state National r. Hugh Daniel chairman of the Board of Central and Harry b. Brock jr., president of the new see holding on Page 2 Thomas said when the mayor informed him he was resigning a i asked him what Are you going to Tell the newspapers a Thomas quoted Guntharp As saying a a in la just Tell them in a most City Hall observers said they Felt Guntharp will probably have a statement a at least by mondays City Council reliable City Hall sources attributed the mayors departure from local politics to strained personal problems. He was still out of town a As he had been since word of his action was Learned Friday a and unavailable for comment. Guntharp a resignation effective Jan. 5, comes amidst the scheduled departure of administrative assistant Larkin Yates four Days earlier and the possible vacancy of two Council seats. Council president Rutledge Thomas becomes mayor and president pro Tern Bill Dukes a automatically promoted to president a is eyeing Yates $12,000 Job. That would leave Charles Martin Rod Cameron and Bill lovin on the Council with two seats to fill by appointment. See Guntharp on Page 2 curfews clamped on polish r it cities by Nicholas Lillios associated press writer Warsaw a strict curfews were enforced in rebellious polish cities Friday night in an attempt to end the bloody clashes that have taken up to 20 lives and left hundreds injured. But there were reports of disorders at a new spot. Slupsky. In the North. Rioters protesting government imposed consumer Price increases have fought militiamen looted shops and burned buildings in the Baltic cities of Gdansk. Gdynia and Sopot and the Mcnamara blasted for tfx decisions by h. A Schwartz iii associated press writer Washington a a Senate subcommittee said Friday the controversial tfx warplane program has been a multimillion Dollar failure that severely damaged the nation s defense posture. It Laid the blame squarely on a imprudent. Arbitrary decisions by former Secretary of defense Robert s. Mcnamara while at the same time accusing one of his top aides of a flagrant conflict of closing out an eight year probe the permanent subcommittee on investigations said Mcnamara and his civilian assistants a received Clear warnings of impending disaster on a number of occasions Over a period of years. it said a they plunged ahead with the production of hundreds of aircraft which they knew lacked the capabilities originally promised and originally contracted for the report read into the Senate record by subcommittee chairman John l. Mcclellan. D-ark., said Mcnamara selected general dynamics to build the plane although Boeing corp. Had said it could build a better one for less. It also sharply criticized Mcnamara s policy of trying to build one plane for All services. A the report attacked former Deputy defense Secretary Roswell l. Gilpatric. Accusing him of flagrant conflict of interest and deliberately misleading the subcommittee during hearings. The report said Gilpatric. As a new see Mcnamara on Page 2 stretching a Point Fred Lau 21, wants to be a san Francisco policeman a he a passed All the tests but the chinese youth is one Inch Short of the 5 foot-8 minimum height so he a practising stretching exercises to grow one More Inch. Adwir photo Western Industrial City of Szczecin in disorders that began monday. All was reported quiet in the Baltic cities but in Szczecin 180 Miles West of Gdansk radio appeals for Calm hinted at More trouble there after a night of burning and looting. A Western Diplomat returning from Gdansk said tanks were deployed at 100-Yard intervals on the main Street to enforce order. Gdansk the former free City of Danzig has a population of 380,000, Gdynia 170,000. Sopot 40,000 Szczecin 370,000 and Slupsky 67.100. From Slupsky. A City of Light Industry 120 Miles West of Gdansk came reports that authorities used tear Gas to quell demonstrators. The Steep increases announced last saturday at the height of the Christmas season followed years of Price stability. The Price of meat a chronically Short see curfews on Page 2 Coroner s jury to probe death Moulton a a coroners jury will be Impan eled in town Creek next week to determiner if foul play was involved in the death of Willie Nat King 45. Whose skeletal remains was found near town Creek thursday afternoon. Lawrence Coroner Harvey Elliott said. A watch and pair of shoes found with the Skeleton were identified by relatives of King he had been missing for More than five months. Elliott said he would Call the coroners jury session because he has not been Able to determine the instrument of death. A we have almost nothing to go he said. The Coroner said Bones of the Skeleton have been checked tor a Hole or fracture in the Skull a nicked rib that would have been caused by a knife Blade or Bullet a but so far. Nothing. W re not sure that we even have All the Bones he said. Elliott said everything Points to foul Plav but no evidence has. Been uncovered to confirm it see coroners on Page 2 Decatur s Magna Vox dealer for 15 yers. Robinson furniture on second Avenue downtown. 353-2370. Adv

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