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Decatur Daily Democrat (Newspaper) - July 13, 1974, Decatur, Indiana Decatur daily Democrat vol. Xxii no. 164, the Only daily newspaper in Adams count Decatur Indiana 46733, saturday july 13, 1974 fifteen cent Ehrlichman is convicted one to a by Cheryl Arvidson Washington up a John d. Ehrlichman once among the most powerful of president Nixon a aides was convicted Friday of conspiracy and three counts of perjury in the Ellsberg break in Case. Ehrlichman immediately instructed his attorneys to Appeal and he said he was sure he would be cleared by higher courts. A Federal District court jury deliberated slightly More than 3 4 hours before returning a guilty verdict against Ehrlichman and three others. They were charged with conspiracy to violate the civil rights of or. Lewis Fielding the psychiatrist of Pentagon papers defendant Danel Ellsberg through a sept. 3, 1971, break in at Fieldings Beverly Hills Calif., office. Ehrlichman highest ranking former administration aide to be convicted in a watergate related matter also was found guilty Friday of three counts of lying to the Fri and a Federal grand jury investigating the burglary. He still faces trial in the watergate cover up Case set to begin in september. The prosecution said the California burglary was staged to examine Fieldings medical files in an Effort to discredit Ellsberg after he leaked the Pentagon papers on the origins of the Vietnam War. Ehrlichman 49, and his co defendants convicted watergate burglars g. Gordon Biddy Bernard Barker and Eugenio Martinez showed no outward sign of emotion As the guilty verdicts were returned Ehrlichman was cleared of one count of perjury relating to his grand jury testimony on the White House plumbers unit which prosecutors said planned the break in. With his wife Jeanne at his Side Ehrlichman talked briefly with reporters before leaving the courthouse he said he ordered his lawyers to Appeal the convictions which together carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $25, Khz Fine. He said he expects a a Complete a i have and have for Many years had an abiding Confidence in the american judicial system nothing has happened today that has shaken this Confidence a said Ehrlichman who was forced to resign april 30. 1973. As Nixon a Domestic affairs adviser and no. 2 aide when the watergate scandal reached the White House. Nixon at that time called Ehrlichman one of the a finest Public servants i the other defendants also were expected to Appeal sentencing for All was set for 9 30 . July 31 before . District court judge Gerhard a. Gesell. Asked whether Ehrlichmann a conviction might affect the House inquiry into possible impeachment of president Nixon presidential attorney James d. St. Clair said it would a have no affect on our Case at Gesell earlier in the Day had issued a Tough set of instructions to the jury of six men and six women which appeared to Cut their deliberation time to a Bare minimum. The judge told the jury that an illegal and warrant less entry cannot be justified even if an individual believes he is acting a in the name of patriotism or National Security or a need to create an unfavourable press image or that his superiors had the authority without a warrant to suspend the constitutional protections of the fourth the defendants except for Liddy who is serving a lengthy prison term for his part in the june 17, 1972, break in at democratic National Headquarters were freed on Bond pending recognizance. Roller skate across the social Security report made social Security benefits were being paid to residents of Adams county at a rate of $552,000 a month at the close of 1973, Paul a. Schmidt social Security manager in fort Wayne said today. Of the social Security beneficiaries living in Adams county 2505 Are retired workers and their dependents. Another 860 Are receiving benefits As the survivors of workers who have Community fund leaders Are named Medford Smith the Decatur Community fund organization which annually collects and disburses Many thousands of dollars to local and area groups is headed this year by president g. Medford Smith and the executive Secretary is once again mrs. Dorothy Brandenburg the month Long Campaign will commence this fall but the plans and publicity for the affair Are being made now in order to keep the Appeal in View of the citizens of Decatur Smith whose term ends in 1975, is the Plant manager at the Signa corp boat firm in Industrial Park he has been employed there since the Start of the company in 1970. He represents labor and lives at 330 s. Third St. Smith s father Lowell is a former Decatur mayor and school teacher. Dorothy Brandenburg mrs. Brandenburg office Secretary at the first state Bank has been the executive Secretary of the Community fund for a number of officers and directors of the Community fund. The other officials of the 1974 fund include first vice president Rev. Sylvester Martin 1022 Nuttman ave. Second vice president William Walker 827 Mercer ave. Treasurer by Becker route 6 Secretary and director Helen Williamson route 6 and directors Janis Coffman 349 Mercer ave. Bob Thorn 340 n. 16th St. Phyllis Bauman,615 a Monroe St. And Ken Wolfe. 944 High St in another Story the Campaign chairman and his first and second assistant chairmen will be announced Baker takes cemetery Post by Angie Frey for Dave Baker route 4, Opportunity to accept the Decatur cemetery superintendents position came As a Challenge and an Opportunity to do something different. So this Spring he accepted the position and became full time superintendent for an indefinite period of time. Baker son of Theodore and1 Gyneth Baker 1415 w Adams graduated from Decatur High school in 1964 he enrolled in Ball state University receiving his Bachelor of science in radio to journalism in 1970 and his masters of arts in education in 1971 from 1971 to 1972, Baker taught seventh Grade at St Joe Catholic school in Decatur and later taught journalism and was publications advisor at Homestead High school in fort Wayne for two years he recently returned to the Decatur area with his wife and son to reside on route 4, near Preble. Baker heard about the position from his father after it became vacant in april. Contrary to most Public opinion Baker is Able to keep himself four High school age Young men and a part time Man Busy taking care of the 40 acre cemetery on West Monroe responsible Baker and Bis Crew Are responsible for All mowing rimming preparation and covering of grave Sites main Cnance of Hie grounds water system Etc maintenance of machinery used on Hie grounds placing of grave Stone foundations and Many Oiler custodial duties. Unfortunately work had piled up in the interval period before Baker took the position he has just started to catch up on the mowing which takes approximately 412 Days to Complete w within the 20 acre plot area plus another Day or so in the 20 acre open space he is also 40 grave Stone foundations behind but Hopes to be caught up soon Baker said that he enjoyed his Job he remarked it was not the gruesome occupation Public opinion often identifies it As. Besides outdoor duties he also keeps records of plot assignments. Surveys and sales checking accuracy and often making the necessary adjustments Baker commented that he had heard Many complaints about the cemetery before accepting the position of super Pendant and Felt that he could accomplish quite a bit. A my goal is to create a Beautiful cemetery that people of Decatur can be proud of a no wrongful behaviour by Nixon Petersen Washington up Henry e. Petersen who directed the watergate investigation from the break in until the Senate insisted that a special prosecutor be appointed has testified he never found evidence of wrongful behaviour by the president. Petersen an assistant attorney general and the highest career Man at the Justice department turned out to be the House judiciary committee s most Friendly witness to president Nixon even More helpful to Nixon than the witnesses invited by James i St Clair Nixon a lawyer. But democrats Pooh poohed his defense of Nixon on the grounds that Petersen was a keen admirer of the president a the thinks lie s the greatest president that Ever came along he adores Hun a said rep Don Edwards i Calif. A Petersen evidently regarded the president As King All powerful above the Law a said rep Joshua Ellberg i a rep Charles e Sandman r n emerged from the hearing to say he had asked Petersen if he found any hint to this Day of presidential involvement in the watergate cover up died and 215 Are getting benefits As disabled workers or their dependents. Schmidt pointed out that although most social Security beneficiaries Are older people about one out of every four is under age 60. In Adams county 580 people under age 60 Are collecting social Security payments each month. Nearly �?~290 Are under age 18, receiving payments because a working father or Mother has died or is getting social Security disability or retirement benefits. Most of the 75 beneficiaries in Adams county Between 18 and 22 years of age Are getting students benefits under a provision in the social Security Law permitting the continuation of a child a benefits beyond his 18th birthday and up to age 22, if the child is attending school full time. Also in this 18-22 age group Schmidt said Are some other types of beneficiaries illustrating the Broad family Protection that the social Security program provides workers of All Ages. Some Are children of retired disabled or deceased workers who become disabled before they reached 22 and who will probably never be Able to work and become self supporting the monthly benefits of these Young people Beverly handicapped by physical or mental disabilities will continue indefinitely. Benefits Are also payable to the Mother if the disabled son or daughter is in the mothers care. Schmidt said that another relatively Small but significant group of Youthful social Security let beneficiaries Are those who Are receiving benefits As disabled workers. Since december 1973, Schmidt said social Security benefits have increased la percent. Lydia a. Kirsch Dies this morning Lydia a Kirsch 79, of 641 North second St., Well known Decatur resident died at 4 today at the Community care Center following a Short illness she w As a member of the Zion United Church of Christ women a Guild and Phoebe Bible class. She graduated from Decatur High school and was a graduate of the lutheran Hospital school of nursing in 1916 and received a degree from Heidelberg College in Tiffin j., in 1917. Born in Decatur on september 3, 1894, she was the daughter of Peter g. And Sophia Mutschler Kirsch. Survivors include one sister in Law mrs. Helen Kirsch Denton of fort Myers Fla. Three nephews and nieces Donald Kirsch of Las vegas Nev. Mrs. Carol Mccrory of Terre haute and mrs Nancy Chandler of Bozeman Montana other relatives include mrs Hulda Shroyer of Decatur and mrs. J. Clark Kathryn Mayclin of fort Wayne one brother Leo preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held at 2 p m monday at the Zwick funeral Home with Rev Howard Beer officiating burial w ill in in the Decatur cemetery. Friends May Call at the funeral Home after 2 pm. Sunday. What has eight wheels two legs and some 2,000 Miles to travel ifs none other than David letters 27, of Leominster mass., who is Well on the Way to becoming Only the second person in history to roller skate across the United states from the East coast to the West coast. Letters a University of Massachusetts student who is working toward simultaneous bachelors degrees in sociology political science and journalism. Left Gloucester mass. On May 27 and by Friday was dashing toward Decatur on us 224. Not alongside us 224, mind you but on it. He skates in the oncoming traffic Lane and when cars trucks and other vehicles approach he has to Man Euver himself off the pavement in order not to be hit. The Only time he has been hit up until Friday w As in Ashland Ohio when a car struck one of his feet. After that minor incident he skated 35 Miles just to prove to himself that his foot could take it. Interviewed letters has been interviewed 5 1 1 times since his Start he estimates and just before talking to the daily Democrat lie had concluded a Roadside talk with a writer from one of the fort Wayne papers. Over the weeks he has become adept at replying almost automatically to the same Basic questions he is asked hut he is always looking for Quot exciting questions Quot to be posed for him to answer. His goal is to make one million people smile and he makes a Point to include that in each interview however beyond that Ideal he is interested in seeing the Countryside meeting people w whenever he has the Chance and King of the Road or perhaps Prince of the pavement could describe 27-year-old David letters of Leominster mass. Who is one third of the Way through with his roller skating tour across the United states. He has piled up 1,300 Miles in 14 months and was still going Strong when this picture was taken on us 224 about five Miles East of Decatur on Friday afternoon. Staff photo keeping a record on paper and on film of his 3.0 h plus mile journey to san Francisco. He Hopes to Complete his trip in the final week of september and to thereby follow in the tracks of Clifford Shaw 25, of British Columbia Canada who is quite close now to becoming the first person to roller skate the Width of the Continental . Shaw who is also noted for having roller skated across Canada is making his Cross country route in the fastest time possible in order to set a land Speed record for skaters. Letters pointed out that Shaw s Best one Day run was 73 Miles while letters highest mileage for a Day was 56 Miles his lowest was seven Miles. On Friday he was travelling from Van Wert to fort Wayne via Decatur in order to Stop in at the three Rivers festival up there and listen to something he has heard Little of lately Good music. Beer break letters reported that the time he skated the seven Miles in one Dav he was sidetracked when he democratic meeting at Amissville Sharp blasts Oil companies the Indiana democratic women a club convened a meeting at la . Today in Amissville and among the several speakers scheduled for the events including Indiana Secretary of state Larry Conrad state auditor Mary Aikens Currie and state treasurer Jack new is loth District House of representatives candidate Phil Sharp. Sharp a familiar figure in Adams county after two unsuccessful tries at defeating incur Ben Republica n representative David Dennis spoke today on the International Oil firms and the present fuel situation he lashed out at the Oil corporations. Saying a the giant Oil companies look advantage of the american people during the a Energy a when we were asked to turn Down our thermostats last Winter and limit the use of our cars a he said a we responded because we were told there was an Energy a now after Gas prices have skyrocketed to 55 cents or 60 cents a gallon and Oil company profits have increased an average of 53 percent we can get All the Gas we need a Sharp said. Sharp commented that a the people in be met by going door to door Are really mad about the sky High profits of the giant Oil profits Quot Exxon s profits alone were Well Oer two billion dollars in strike continues in Baltimore by Peter v Baylor Baltimore up Maryland state troopers filling in for striking Baltimore policemen patrolled City streets today while officials prepared to seek court ordered punitive action against the policemen s Union a 115-Man state police Force including to canine units was ordered into the City Friday by gov Marvin Mandel to help prevent violence and looting one alleged looter was shot to death in flare thursday night after aurut halt of Baltimore s 2,500member police Force left their jobs circuit judge James Murphy scheduled a hearing today on the refusal of local 1195 of the american federation of state county and municipal employees to Olky an injunction against the police strike Murphy also ordered three Union leaders jailed if a 13-Day-old walkout by 3,500 municipal employees is not ended by 10 00 monday Mandel said the state troop ers gave the City twice the Normal number of officers on patrol during late night and Early morning hours. Quot we will not tolerate any violence or destruction of property a he said. The governor said there was no immediate need to Call in the National guard police commissioner Donald Pomerleau said More than 400 striking officers had been suspended police unhappy with a six per cent increase in pay and fringes offered municipal Wal kers began strict enforcement of Laws Early this week in support of the Blue Collar strike thursday night officers in two crime Ridden districts turned in their guns and began picketing As the walkout spread to other districts violence flared in some areas of the City. 114 persons donate blood mrs Elizabeth Hersh blood chairman reported this morning thai 114 persons donated blood Friday at the Decatur youth and Community Center the Complete list of blood donors will appear Iii mondays daily Democrat 1973, he continued Quot and in the first Quarter of 1971 they went up another 39 percent. Standard Oil of Indiana s profits mimed up in percent in the first Quot it s outrageous a Sharp said Quot that the average family will have to pay $500 More for gasoline this year when the giant Oil companies Are getting Sharp noted that congressman Dennis voted against rolling Back the Price of Oil in March. A Dennis had an Opportunity to protect the people of the loth District against unfair prices and exorbitant profits. Unfortunately he again joined hands with the Oil company executives Quot Sharp said Sharp called for the release of accurate information about Oil supplies. A when the operation of a single Industry affects the Well being of an entire nation we can t afford decisions made behind closed doors by people whose primary concern is with higher profits a he said the congressional hopeful said a last Winter the Oil companies told us that supplies were Short yet we heard stories about Oil tankers sitting off our Shoreline for weeks at a time. Earthquake in Panama Panama City up a a powerful earthquake rumbled through most of Panama Friday night sending City dwellers Rushing into the streets in panic but no casualties or damages were reported. A it Shook hard for about 20 seconds a a spokesman for the National guard said a but thank god we have had no reports of personal misfortunes or the spokesman said the quake struck at approximately 8 30 p in. An immediate Check showed no casualties or damages the spokesman said in Boulder Coloa spokesman for the National earthquake Center said the temblor registered 7.3 on the open ended Richter scale powerful enough to cause major damage in a populated area the spokesman said the epicentre of the quake was entered near the Border Between Panama and Colombia a dense Jungle Region that is sparsely populated waiting for prices to Rise a we also heard a flout Oil being exported when we get enough Here in the United states a he said a it we Are going to ask people to sacrifice and conserve Energy in the future Quot Sharp added a we can to allow the giant Oil companies to keep secrets contrary to the Public passed by a softball game and was invited Over for a Beer. Ile said with a Grin that he had considerably More than one Beer and made no More Progress that Day. Thus far. He has been in five states Massachusetts new York. Pennsylvania Ohio and Indiana and he is sticking to the lesser travelled highways whereas Champion skater Shaw is going on superhighways so he can make the Best possible time. When on the Road. Letters maintains constant respect for All vehicles and keeps a watch in both directions for them on Friday he was dressed in a White Sun hat White shirt and pants and a red Backpack with some gear in it. On the route with him is a Volkow agon bus driven by a Friend of his which they use As a place to sleep at night but for the past three or tour Days. Letters Friend has been visiting someone in Toledo causing letters to sleep along the Way w wherever he can i my a place when the Jaunt is Over letters plans to write and sell a Story illustrated with his pictures. Lower food costs by Leonard l l Rry Washington up lower food costs kept wholesale Price hikes to a scant 0.6 per cent in june prompting two administration officials to voice cautious optimism about the Economy. However boosts in the costs of everything from textiles to televisions showed inflation was far from Over one official said the june increase in the wholesale Price Index reported by the labor department Friday was about halt the rate of increases in the past eight months. The Dpi measures the Cost of animal feed to Farmers raw materials to factories and food and manufactured goods to stores one step from con Sumers. Stock Market analysts said they believed the Dpi news contributed to a rally that raised the average value of shares on the new York Stock Exchange by $1.14 White House spokesman Gerald Warren said he believed the Dpi meant a the Economy is now beginning to expand and Herbert Stein chairman of the presidents Council of economic advisers said it showed inflation was easing a drop in food prices of 3.4 per cent was the chief reason for the lower rate of Overall increase in the Dpi but Stein said there were suggestions that inflation still had strength he noted that wholesale food prices were beginning to Rise and he said the important Industrial commodities sector which comprises about two thirds of the Dpi and reflects Long term costs jumped at an annual rate of 26 per cent he said the increase was a larger and reveals the seriousness of the inflation with which the nation is Industrial commodities Rose most sharply in metals chemicals. Fuels other than Oil. Machinery and equipment wholesale prices were also up for textiles cars and trucks Railroad equipment commercial and household equipment floor coverings appliances television sets Lawn mowers and Flat Ware housing meeting held this week the hobble administrations Low rent housing policy moved along last thursday with a meeting Between two Decatur officials and representatives from the Federal department of housing and Urban development in a pre application conference at which time the Decatur men reported the results of a City housing authority Survey of the current rental housing Supply attending the Indianapolis meeting from Here were housing authority member Louis Lerna and City administrative assistant Joe Musset on monday Zelda bold will be in Decatur to also make a study of the Low rent demand she is a Market analyst with the housing and Urban developments area office her investigation will include talks with persons involved in welfare and real estate overcast Indian \ is i u her partly Cloudy and warm with a slight Chance of a Shower or thunderstorm today. Fair and mild tonight. Mostly sunny and warm sunday with a slight Chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm. Highs today and sunday mid nos to Low nos. L own tonight mid Otis Lolow 70s

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