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Delphos Tri County Daily Herald (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Delphos, OhioWeather Cloudy tonight and Friday. Low tonight near 60. High Friday in 80s. Details Page 2. D Delphos Herald vol. 110 no. 42 pm. 692-5050 thursday August 2, 1979 uses 152-580 newsstand 25c Oer copy Home delivery 90c per wee charges ploy to get prosecutor out of office says citizens for Don Johnson committee Over 100 persons supporting Van Wert county prosecuting attorney Donald Johnson gathered wednesday night at Convoy fire station to hear remarks from a newly formed committee whose primary purpose a is to share concern and according to John Swank committee member and a minister of Convoy. The committee issued a Resolution and sought petitioners to express concern regarding the administration of Justice in Van Wert county. Copy of the Resolution Page 5. Helping organize the group known As citizens for Don Johnson committee were Gary Exman. Pastor of United methodist Church of Convoy Dorothy Geckler a bookkeeper in Donald Johnson a office Gary Stemen and his wife Monta and Pat Ward of Convoy. Members of the newly formed committee citizens for Don Johnson committee Tell a crowd of Over 100 that the primary purpose of their group is to a share concern and the committee told the group which met last night at Convoy fire station that it believes the charges against the Van Wert prosecutor Are a political ploy to get Johnson out of office. Member s of the com Mittee Are John Swank a minister from Convoy Pat Ward a Crestview teacher and or. And mrs. Gary Monta Stemen citizens of Convoy. Is. Stemen is a bookkeeper in Johnson s office. Other committee members include Gary Exman pastor of United methodist Church of Convoy and other interested citizens of Convoy and Van Wert county. Related photo Back Page Gas rationing Bill goes to Senate Washington up a the House has approved a gasoline rationing and Energy saving Bill backers say will set the nation on a a think conservation course and detractors Call an unlimited gift of Power to the president. It was an Energy policy Victory for president Carter who wants standby rationing authority to use As a last resort in a fuel crisis. But the Bill provoked bitter partisan quarrelling that involved democratic and Republican floor leaders the speaker and the major Energy legislators and the final version brought the hint of a possible presidential veto. The Bill sent to the Senate on a 263-159 vote wednesday night would let the president order gasoline rationing under a streamlined procedure but Only if new Law regulates Gas electric Winter shutoff Columbus up a residential natural Gas and electric customers will have additional Protection against arbitrary service shutoff late next Winter under a new Law signed by gov. James a. Rhodes. Rhodes wednesday signed a Bill requiring Gas and electric companies to take certain factors into account before cutting off residential service unless it is for emergency safety reasons or the occupant requests termination. The Bill sponsored by rep. All phones operating today a major portion of the Cable outages were corrected yesterday according to the United Telephone system District manager Jim Meyers. A there Are still approximately 20 isolated outages within the Delphos Meyers said. A we Are dispatching repairmen on those outages and have every intention of Clearing them Quot United Telephone system customers who Are still experiencing difficulty and have not reported it Are urged to Call 667-3211, so we May take Steps to rectify the situation a Meyers said. Thomas c. Sawyer a Akron forbids termination of service unless the Utility a gives reasonable prior notice to the customer including a description of rights and remedies and reasonable Opportunity to dispute the termination. A includes reasonable provisions for the elderly and handicapped. A exempts Homes where termination of service would be medically dangerous As in cutting off life support equipment and the occupants demonstrate they cannot meet Billing requirements. The Public utilities commission must adopt rules to carry out the new Law by next feb. 28. Fuel shortages were severe and prolonged. The Senate has approved a similar conservation package and is on record in favor of emergency gasoline rationing authority. But the White House made it Clear wednesday night the president wants More work done on the Bill before final passage. A spokesman said the House version a clearly needs improvement before the president can sign he said the administration is a disappointed that the House has been unable to agree on a direct and Clear Cut Bill that contains a set of measures that would enable the president to protect the country from the kinds of problems we have been experiencing this Twenty two indictments were returned by a special Van Wert grand jury july 17 and accused prosecutor Johnson of unlawful interest in Public contract tampering with records soliciting or receiving improper compensation and theft in office. A motion was filed tuesday in Van Wert county court of common pleas by Johnson a attorneys Joseph c. Dapore and John a. Sabol of Lima seeking dismissal of the indictments. The motion asks the court to dismiss the indictments because they Are not signed according to Law by a prosecuting attorney upon behalf of the prosecutor As set Forth by the Ohio rules of criminal procedure. In addition to other reasons stated by the attorneys for the dismissal of the indictments the motion stated the indictments should be dismissed because they were not in proper form and that the special prosecutors James w. Childs and Stephen Gehres had no authority to sign the indictments even if their appointments were valid. Swank pointed out that he Felt the objective of those accusing Johnson of wrong doings in office were a not so interested in finding him guilty but out of Swank further pointed out and asked the group to Bear in mind that a i and my committee members Are aware and Many attending the discussion session Are aware of hostility toward Johnson and that Johnson has been a target of attack even when he ran for Carter fighting mandatory draft Washington up a president Carter is fighting congressional efforts to restore mandatory draft registration because it is a not needed at this time Quot despite a shaky future for the Volunteer army. Press Secretary Jody Powell said wednesday Carter will a continue to Monitor the situation but feels it is not necessary to reinstate the requirement that 18-year-Olds Register for potential military service. Several proposals have been introduced in the House and Senate for immediate resumption of registration. It would not Mark a return to conscription but merely activate the Means for inductions in the event of an emergency. Cranston says Senate leans toward Salt ii ratification Washington up the Senate is leaning towards ratification of the Salt ii treaty coupled with a vote to increase defense spending by some 3 percent to 5 percent according to sen. Alan Cranston a Calif. Cranston called a news conference wednesday to announce he knows of Only 12 senators unalterably opposed to the arms police search for Man wanted in slaying of honeymooners pass Christian miss. Up a a Man with a Vandyke Beard is being sought today by police for questioning in the slaying of two Kentucky honeymooners. The battered partially stripped body of Theresa Mayer 21, and the bound body of her husband Joseph 24, were discovered tuesday morning three Days after they were married in a double ring ceremony at St. Thomas More Church in Paducah by. An autopsy showed both had died of gunshots to the head. Investigators said a Man wearing a Vandyke Beard was believed to have been seen driving Mayer a car during the pre Dawn hours monday. The car was found parked on a residential Street in nearby Gulfport wednesday evening and investigators were processing the vehicle for possible clues. Harrison county investigators said a preliminary autopsy report revealed the woman had been shot twice in the head and her husband once in the Back of the head Thev said a Small Caliper pistol was used. Limitation pact As three weeks of congressional hearings draw to a close today. Henry Kissinger former Secretary of state and Gen. Alexander Haig retired nato commander and president Nixon a last White House chief of staff were returning today for More testimony in the Senate armed services and foreign relations committees respectively. In prepared testimony. Haig repeated the cautions he voiced last week in the armed services panel. A i am not satisfied that the necessary commitments have been made with respect to our strategic needs a he said in remarks prepared for the foreign relations committee. A until such firm commitments and their underlying strategy have been confirmed and resulting strategic programs. Have been carefully assessed and agreed upon and until the Senate has assured itself that the flaws in Salt ii have been resolved i urge that ratification of Salt u be held in a Point to Bear in mind he said was that in about five months will be filing time for the primary indicating to the crowd that he Felt the accusations and indictments against Johnson were a political ploy to get Johnson out of office. According to Swank the names of the special prosecutors James w. Childs and Stephen Gehres and judge Perry Wise Are names most prevalent in recent press releases and Are basically the three who want Johnson removed from office. A fact that should be known to the Public is a that after tracing things. In be found that child s office originated and filed the petition signed by nine Van Wert county residents seeking the removal of Johnson from Swank said a i feel Childs did solicit persons to sign the petition and i have enough evidence to verify the continued on Page 5 Purkeypile gets 6 to 25 years prison sentence Donald e. Purkeypile 27, of 551 s. Chestnut St., was sentenced yesterday at 2 . In Van Wert county court of common pleas. Purkeypile was found guilty of kidnapping and two counts of rape july 25 following a two Day trial by a jury of eight men and four women in the Van Wert court of common pleas before judge Lee a. Dixler of Darke county. Purkeypile was sentenced from 6 to 25 years on the kidnapping charges. He was not sentenced for the rape charges because Between the time the crime was committed and the trial was held the supreme court ruled that one cannot be sentenced for both crimes and the same element of Force was used in both crimes according to assistant prosecutor George Crummey. Purkeypile will serve his sentence at the Southern correctional facility in Lucasville. He has already served seven months of his sentence in jail since dec. 30. Purkeypile says he will Appeal the sentence and has 30 Days to file the Appeal. Continue Don pages redevelopment group prepares to submit Grant application the downtown Delphos redevelopment committee announced plans to ask City councilmen to pass an ordinance approving submission of an application for Federal funding to assist with the planned Street scape project. The announcement came after the committee received word from the department of housing and Urban development Hud that Delphos meets criteria established by Hud to submit an application for Federal funds. The redevelopment group met wednesday in executive session to discuss the application. The committee Wili also ask any Council to set dates for Public hearings on the subject. Delphos businesses and property owners in the project area will be contacted by committee members who will explain the time Frame involved in the project. The application must be submitted by aug. 31, necessitating Quick action by the committee notification of whether or not Delphos will receive funds will be no later than december according to Hud officials. Judge lets brother sister live together marriage void Salem mass. Up a a brother and sister who illegally married can still live together but not As husband and wife a judge has ruled. David Goddu 22, and Victoria Pittorino 24. Separated by adoption 20 years ago when they were children wednesday pleaded guilty to incest charges stemming from their May 25 marriage. Their guilty plea followed a conference Between their lawyer a District attorney and Salem Superior court judge Francis r. La . Lappin gave Goddu a one year suspended sentence and two years probation. Miss Pittorino also was put on probation for two years and both were ordered to undergo counselling. Although terms of the probation remained incomplete wednesday the arrangement allows Goddu and miss Pittorino to continue living together if they end their incestuous relationship. Asked How the terms of the probation could be enforced probation officer Lenny Gilman said. A i done to know yet. That a the thousand Dollar assistant District attorney Jane Haggerty said nothing legally prevents the couple from living together. But an incestuous relationship would be a violation of probation. A i suppose the main part of the sentence is the counselling. Its just not the kind of crime where jail would serve any rehabilitative purpose a she said. Doctors discover All organs of dead girl were removed Nashville. Tenn. Up a Bruce and Alayne Ford were dismayed when they discovered a medical examiner without their permission had removed their dead child a brain before she was buried. But when the body of Rhonda Ford. 3, who died of Hydro encephalitis was exhumed to replace her brain a allegedly removed during an autopsy a doctors discovered All her internal organs were missing too. Cotton had been stuffed in their place. That prompted the Fords wednesday to increase from $4 million to $12 million the amount of damages sought against metro medical examiner John Ashhurst the doctor who performed the autopsy after Rhonda died last january. A their religious beliefs Are that the child should be returned to its maker in the Torin in which it the Fords attorney. Grant w Smith told up. Ashhurst w to also is professor of pathology at Meharry medical College declined comment on the Case. He surrendered the brain a contained in a plastic sack a last week in response to a court order obtained by the Fords. The discovery that other organs were missing was made tuesday. A the child s body was disinterred and taken to the Woodbury funeral Home for the purpose of restoring the said Smith
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