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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - September 29, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Mine Union chief gets big setback High Point Enterprise wednesday september 29, 1976 5a by Strat Douthat associated press writer Cincinnati apr United mine workers president Arn Ald Miller received a major setback when delegates to the Union s constitutional convention refused to give him the Power he has said he needs to bring peace to the nations coalfields. Miller who came to Power with a Promise to bring democracy to the 277,000-member Union sought a change in the Union Constitution to give him More authority in dealing with the ump executive Board which must approve his policies. The 1,800 Delegate turned him Down tuesday in a move that illustrates the depth of the division within the Union and the magnitude of Millers problems. A 54-year-old former Miner from West Virginia Miller deposed w a Tony Boyle in 1971 and brought Reform to the ump. But he has seen his popularity gradually erode amid a series of Wildcat strikes and he now faces a divided membership. The Union convention held every four years to revise the ump Constitution began last thursday and winds up saturday. So far the delegates have shoved Back most of Millers key proposals and his critics a including the Union s Vic president a have said openly that he is not fit for the presidency. Supporters have warned Miller he must crack Down on the delegates but tuesdays action indicated this advice May have come too late. Millers defeat was especially bitter because he has repeatedly blamed executive Board members for failing to support his proposals. Among them were the Board s rejection of his Effort to move the ump Headquarters out of Washington and his attempt to fire vice president Mike Trbovich for alleged insubordination. In an interview prior to his defeat on the convention floor. Miller said a the most important thing to come out of this convention will be to give the International president some authority to Deal with those elements who want to be president and who would Divide our after Millers request was turned Down. Ump Secretary treasurer Harry Patrick said the delegates just wanted to make certain a balance of Power was retained Patrick Millers strongest ally placed the blame for convention strife on Trbovich and Lee Roy Patterson an outspoken kentuckian who Heads District 23. Offered policeman kills woman in slayings during probe of quarrel Arnold Miller Patrick said the two have deliberately spread false information about Millers programs to further their own political ambitions both men have accused Miller of surrounding himself with radicals Patterson an announced candidate for the ump presidency has even said that Miller encourages communism within the Union. Myrtle Beach . Apr a Reward of $2,-500 has been offered for information in the slaying sept. 6 of Harry Koch 50, and his Stepson. Carl Derk 16, says Horry county sheriff m l. Brownjr. Koch who owned the magic Harbor amusement Park South of Myrtle Beach and Derk were slain with a .25-caliber pistol at their Mobile Home on the Park grounds in an apparent robbery attempt authorities said Brown said the Reward will be paid for evidence or information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Case Koch was the owner and operator of the Park and also owned the King Reed show a travelling carnival that operates in the northeastern Section of the nation with Winter Headquarters in Shaomin dam a. Indialantic Fla. Apr two policemen have been suspended with pay during a probe into the shooting death of a 37-year-old woman killed when the officers answered a report on a Domestic quarrel authorities say. Police said that Indialantic policeman Vincent Torpy 21. Killed Persia Lasater in self defense monday night while her husband or. James Lasater and 15-year-old son watched Torpy and his partner officer Robert Scarboro were suspended with pay the next Day authorities said. Brevard county state attorney Abbott herring said he hoped to have the investigation ready to go before a grand jury thursday. Indialantic police chief Paul Kreuzkamp said that mrs Lasater lunged at Torpy with a Kitchen knife and he shot her. Kreuzkamp also said that both officers had non lethal weapons including Mace and a club which they did not use Kreuzkamp gave the following account of Tho shooting Torpy and Scarboro answered a report on a Domestic argument and a found mrs. Lasater Yelling screaming and acting in a totally irrational manner a on the front Lawn of her Home the officers arrested her for disturbing peace but she ran into the House locked the door and shouted out the window the officers got a key to the House from Joseph her son and then followed mrs Irater into the Kitchen she picked up a Butcher knife turned around and repeatedly swung the knife at officers Scarboro and Torpy a a the chief said Torpy retreated into the hallway near the front door and mrs Lasater followed him with the knife a mrs Lasater lunged directly at Torpy a the police chief said. A the fired one shot at extremely close Range striking her in the Chest but Joseph said his Mother Only had a serrated Kitchen knife which she had been using to prepare sandwiches and never used it to Chase Torpy a she turned and looked at him and he pulled his gun she threw up her hands and said go ahead and Joseph said a she did not lung she said go ahead and a the gave no warning he did t say Stop he did t say put the knife Down he just shot it s just Plain murder Quot Lassiter a College professor said the police had All the defensive weapons. A i find it rather strange two grown men could t subdue a Lone woman a he said Moo 0 1 end month clearance bargains galore in every department quilted bed spreads too Beautiful Colon 4 pattern $c95 twin sizes 1au in dec si995 new $q95 is rn., now v ladies jackets or blazers by Lee a Beautiful selection. Nat. Adv. $18.00 $c95 now w our Complete Stock ladies shoes i famous name brands. Co tempos i brow velvet step amp others. 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