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Franklin News Herald (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Franklin, Pennsylvania County scat newspaper news Herald Snow forecast on Page 2 105th year no. 31,969franklin, a. Wednesday february 2, 1983 25c newsstand Highway violence escalates. 27 Hurt by the associated press violence spread today in a strike by Independent truckers that has left one teamsters Union Driver dead 27 people injured and More than 260 trucks damaged by bullets rocks and firebombs. As the shutdown called by the Independent truckers association entered its third Day gunfire crackled again in several areas with four truckers wounded by snipers during the night in Ohio and one Driver beaten in Connecticut. Marvin Hickman the Leader of Ohio a striking owner operators blamed the violence on a a sickos and at least 124 trucks have been hit by gunfire and 143 have been damaged by rocks bricks or other objects in at least 29 states. The vandalism has been the heaviest in Pennsylvania Michigan and Ohio. Police in Pennsylvania say there have been More than 147 strike related incidents with 36 trucks hit by gunfire 87 damaged by rocks and two cases of arson. A 14-year-old girl who suffered a fractured Skull when a Brick bounced off a truck into the family car was one of eight people injured in the Pennsylvania violence. In Michigan 13 trucks have been damaged in about 40 incidents of vandalism sabotage and arson. Police said the violence has been the worst along a construction firm named in lawsuit damages to two similar pieces of heavy equipment used to construct a water line across the Allegheny River in Oil City have led to a lawsuit in Venango county court. A settlement totalling More than $44,000 is being asked. Hards construction inc., of Franklin re 2 filed the suit naming Inland West corp. Of North Jackson Ohio As the defendant. According to hards it entered into an Oral agreement with Inland West to rent the Ohio firm a Crawler loader for use in the erection of a water line submit bids for Kresge building bids have been submitted by interested parties for the Purchase of the . Kresge building in Oil City it was Learned at noon today. Various options Are being considered by the bidders and nothing definite can be planned until word is received from the Kmart Headquarters in Detroit. He said All the bids May be rejected or the Kresge Parent firm May accept one of them. It is known that Edc loan packager Dave Hershberger has met with one of the bidders to discuss different options if he is successful in obtaining the site. Edc has no decision in awarding the bids but will help anyone in obtaining financial Aid in remodelling the building to the needs of the owner. One of the projected uses for the building is As a restaurant but at least two other bids Are expected for the 10,000-Square-foot site. i brighter Side a Miami apr the news was Herd in the predawn hours 144 cattle were roaming free on Miami a major Crosstown expressway. Travelling East on the westbound lanes of route 836. Going West on the eastbound lanes. Crossing the median. Possibly uttering. Florida Highway patrolmen in five Gabon hats sped to the Western Dade county interchange. Metro Dade Pouce helped them set up blockades. A few hours later the cattle were All rounded up and returned to the nearby Boyd Dairy. None was ticketed. Metro Dade spokesman Tim Davis said officers Hadnot determined How the cows got out of their fenced lot Early tuesday. But they picked a Good time he said because there was Little traffic and the animals caused no accidents. A a lot of the cattle were Black almost impossible to see at night a a said Davis. A driving Down the Road at 55 Mph you a be almost on top of them before you a see across the Allegheny River. On sept. I 1982, Inland West had entered into a contract with the City of of City to construct the line. On sept. 14, however the Crawler loader went into a deep Hole in the River and became parti Auy submerged and thus inoperable. The equipment was returned to hards and a representative for Inland West reportedly said his firm would pay for repairs. That same Day another Craw Ler loftier was loaned out to Inland West to Complete the project but on sept. 29, the suit says it was driven into a Large Rock causing the destruction of its Oil pan. Hards states in the suit that Inland West was also to pay for repairs on the second Crawler loader. The Cost of repairing the first piece of equipment totalled $10,-455.83, whue an estimated $3,000 was lost since it was out of commission for 12 Days. Repairs to the second Crawler loader Cost $7,662.23 with $5,250 claimed lost for having the equipment out of use for 21 Days. Hards said that to Date Inland West has not paid for any repairs. There Are four counts listed in the lawsuit. In the first two counts payment for the repairs and lost rental Are being sought for the two Crawler loaders. The second two counts also seek damages in these amounts claiming negligence on the part of Inland West and its employees. Attorney John a. Burkhiser is representing hards. Stretch of interstate 75 Between Toledo and Detroit. At least 35 trucks have been damaged by rocks and bricks in Ohio. A group of about 300 truckers jammed a Union Hall in Fremont Ohio today with Many claiming the violence was not the work of strikers. A if its Drivers its less than to percent of them a said Luther Whitaker 43, of Oak Harbor. A what happens is people get trucked up or smoked up and it makes them feel like a big Man to shoot at in Connecticut police in Southington said a trucker who had pulled onto a shoulder of interstate 84 to rest was treated at a Hospital after he was beaten by two men Early today. In Cheshire conn., four people were arrested after a Volley of shots was fired at a tractor trailer on route 7 in Norwalk. There were no injuries police said but the truck was heavily damaged. While the violence has reduced truck traffic in Many states especially at night retailers and the Federal government reported Little effect on shipping although some grocers warned of spot shortages if the strike continues. But government officials said today fresh produce coming into the big Hunts Point terminal Market in new York City took a Steep drop tuesday and wholesale prices have gone up was much As 30 percent. Mike Pfluger of the . Department of agriculture at the Market said supplies of Beans cauliflower celery eggplant Green peppers and tomatoes have dropped. He noted that 70 to 75 percent of the areas fruit and produce is brought in by truck. The strike which began in most areas monday was called to protest scheduled increases in the Federal fuel tax and Highway user fees that the truckers say will drive them out of business. More local truckers organizations joined the shutdown tuesday notably in Ohio and Massachusetts. Meanwhile Mike Parkhurst president of the Independent truckers association which called the strike and claims to represent 30,000 of the nations 100,000 Independent truckers urged truckers to a shut Down peaceably go Home and stay plugs Hole Tanker Driver Larry Lohr of Transfer re i plugs a Hole in the Side of the Oil Tanker he was operating in Venango county yesterday afternoon. An unidentified sniper shot a Hole in the Side of the Tanker while it was West travelling through Cherrytree township causing a Large Quantity of Oil to spill on county roadways. Additional photos can be found on Page 2. Photos by Tom Eldred Bullet hits Tanker creates Oil spill an act of violence apparently related to the nationwide truckers strike occurred in Venango county yesterday afternoon As a Bullet ripped into the Side of a Tanker truck travelling through Cherrytree township. The Bullet ruptured the Wall of the right Side of the Tanker and diesel Oil spilled through the Hole onto route 417. The Driver of the Tanker did not realize the truck had been hit until the vehicle entered Rocky Grove where a Large Quantity of Oil spilled necessitating an extensive cleanup operation. State police report the shot was fired into the Tanker around 2 . On route 417 in Cherry tree township. Larry Lohr 44, of Transfer re i operator of the vehicle said he heard a loud noise at that location but did not realize his vehicle was hit until it entered Rocky Grove. Lohr stopped the Tanker at Coefield a Corners As heavy Oil spewed out onto the pavement. State Sugarcreek and Franklin police were summoned along with both Franklin and Rocky Grove firemen Penn Dot and a Crew from the City Street department. Firemen were called to the scene in Case the Oil ignited but no fire was reported. The truck was moved Over to a dirt area next to Franklin service and Supply. Lohr plugged the leak and the cleanup operation began. Franklin Street department Crews put Sand at Coefield a Corners to sop up the Oil and also placed Sand and shot up and Down Rocky Grove Avenue and along Grant Street where additional Oil had been spilled. The department Crew brought a Backhoe Over to Franklin service and Supply where the truck was parked. A Large Pool of Oil had formed at that location prior to Lohr s plugging the leak. The City Crew used the Backhoe to form a Loose dirt dam around the Pool in order to contain it. Much of the Oil was then stopped up and the remainder flowed into the ground. The department of environmental resources was notified of the spill and that Agency ordered Frank Martuccio enterprises inc., of Girard Ohio owner of the Tanker to clean up the area where the Oil pooled. That firm was in the process of completing that work today. No one is certain How much Oil spilled but there was approx Regan says White House May Compromise on tax Cut mately 6,000 Gallons of Oil in the truck before the shooting. State police Are conducting the investigation into the incident because the shooting apparently occurred in Cherrytree township. Other incidents of violence were reported throughout this area. State police at Mercer Are conducting an investigation into an incident in which shots were fired at a tractor trailer Rig at to . Tuesday on 1-79 in Deer Creek township Mercer county. John k. Of Dea 38, of fort Wayne ind., was operating a tractor trailer Rig when unknown persons fired into the right Side of his truck with a Shotgun and Small Caliper Rifle. The shots were fired from a wooded area off the East berm. O Dea had minor facial injuries caused by flying Glass. Clarion county has also reported some violence. State police there received a report of a window and door being smashed on a truck parked at the Perkins restaurant on route 66. The vehicle was owned by lease Way transportation of Warren. In another incident the occupants of a pickup truck pointed a Rifle at the Driver of a Rig travelling on route 66. The Driver was not injured. Index Washington a Treasury Secretary Donald t. Regan indicated today the Reagan administration might be willing to Compromise with democrats seeking repeal or delay of a to percent tax Cut scheduled to show up in pay checks this summer. A if you show us your cards we will show your ours a Regan said under hostile questioning from democrats on the House budget committee. The reduction in withholding scheduled for july is the third under president Reagan a Broad tax reduction measure enacted in 1981. Many democrats have said they will seek to delay or kill it to reduce the $208 billion deficit expected this year. Regan said the tax Cut will reduce revenues by $27 billion but is needed to encourage both saving and spending by Consumers that will sustain the econom groundhog sees Early Spring Punxsutawney a. Apr Punxsutawney a groundhog emerged his heated Burrow on gobblers Knob in a downpour today and failed to see his Shadow thus predicting an Early Spring for the nation. A Punxsutawney Phil so 97th moment in the Sun or out of it Dow Jonos off 3.04 Early afternoon it a quotations from Butler Wick k co. . 14% Continental group 34% Gen. Pub. Utilities 7% Manville 12 Joy 23 Koppers 16% Nat. Fuel 32 Penn traffic 16% Pennzoil 33% Quaker state 16% Witco 28% Jamesway 19% volume 37,000,000. On this dreary Rainy Day came at Dawn when folklore says he a a whispered his prediction to James h. Means a local contractor who is president of the Punxsutawney groundhog sub. A better Days Are on the Way a said Means 59, who As club president is said to be the Only human Able to translate for the lowly animal. A this movements indicate that just like the Economy of the nation the worst is Over a Means said during a Short ceremony outside this Mountain town. About 300 people mostly College students watched As the wriggling and sniffling Phil emerged from his Hole and was met by a wet 36-degree temperature. A Phil wants All of his Loyal subjects to know we have weathered the storm this is on the Way a said Means wearing traditional top hat and tails for the moment. Punxsutawney a groundhog now has failed to see his Shadow Only five times since the tradition began in 1887. He last predicted an Early Spring in 1975. Folklore dictates that if he saw his Shadow even through miserable Winter weather then six More weeks of cold weather would follow. In recovery now just beginning. Democrats say the Cut is applied unevenly. And they say the reduction in Federal deficits that would result from repeal would do More for economic growth because interest rates would come Down encouraging investments in new business. Testifying two Days after the president sent his fiscal 1984 budget plan to Capitol Hill Regan was asked repeatedly Why the administration refuses to Budge on the income tax Cut tax indexing due to take effect in 1985 and proposals for a standby tax to take hold in 1986 if the Federal deficit continues to shoot upward. A Why can to you put it the tax issues on the table a a rep. James Jones d-okla., chairman of the budget panel asked Regan. A this is Day two of the budget and already you want suggestions that we change it a said Regan. But he added a this might be possible when we see what you want to Compromise comics.16 editorial.4 financial.18 Grove hospital.88 of sports.11.18 television.14 women a news.8 deaths Ruth Meyers bloody Titusville mrs. Ullian Mckinley Briggs Chicago Heights do formerly of Polk Victor h. Brown Titusville rd3 George o. A a aces Flaherty 211 Harriott ave., of City Mary Mcnaughton Gerry n.y., native of Wesley Edwin e. A Mike Quot Nagel Henry a Bend mrs. Ann s. Raymond 101 Innis St of City miss Georgia m. Shaw Pleasantville Clinton c. Shuffler East Liverpool Ohio formerly of of City mrs. Geraldine wet Jeu to Chestnut St notices on Page 17 evening thought every Noble work is at first impossible. Thomas Carlyle dial a prayer�?432-6615

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