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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, June E LETHBRIDGE HERALD-3 Dateline Alberta Taxi hijackers guillty WETASKIWIN (CP) -Two Hobbema, Alta., youths Monday pleaded guilty to hijacking an Edmonton taxi cab and its driver at knifepoint last week. Norman Green, 16, and Alphonanee Nepoose, 17, pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery in Wetaskiwin provincial court. The pair was arrested during the weekend and charged with hijacking the cab and its 22 year old driver May 30. The driver was released unharmed near Wetaskiwin. The cab was recovered later in Rocky Mountain House, Alta. Democracy hangs by a thread in Italian crisis By CY FOX The Canadian Press After still another eruption of political violence, Italy is again wallowing in the grip of a crisis which has aroused deep anxieites about the danger of serious upheavals and even a right-wing coup. The death of seven anti-fascists in a bomb blast and the discovery of arms and explosives belonging to extreme right- wingers appear to have at last aroused authorities to the threat of a coup from that quarter. With inflation on the rampage, the country's balance of payments deteriorating and the government system discredited by a succession of ineffectual coalitions, the latest since answered by angry protest from the have been an effort to produce an atmosphere of national disarray conducive to a coup. There are reports of a "black web" of Fascist terrorists backed by businessmen who want to kill off parliamentary democracy in Italy and with it, they hope, the chaotic drift of political and economic life. Now the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rumor has appointed a special co-ordinator for the various police forces dealing with political subversion. The distaste of millions of Italians for any imposition of a right-wing dictatorship serves to reduce the prospects for such an upheaval despite the ominous precedent set by the late Benito Mussolini's successful March on Rome in 1922. But there seems to be some public apprehension about the attitude of the armed forces in the current situation. Even those who dismiss the fears of an army move to wrest power from the politicians are worried about the apparent indifference and boredom of the masses towards the country's acute problems. Occasionally Italians can be rallied to united in the case in the successful leftwing campaign to stop repeal of the 1970 divorce law. Always possible is another general strike, backed by the powerful Communist party and aroused to a high pitch by groups of extreme leftists intent on all-out revolution. UNITY FAILS But the Communists and moderate Socialists parties are not sufficiently united to govern effectively on their own. The right, even that part of it opposed to violence, has lost public influence following the recent bombing deaths and the defeat of its anti-divorce crusade. In terms of ballot-box democracy, all that really remains is the centre-left, the middle-of-the-road elements which have fallen conspicously short of providing effective gov- ernment in the last few years. But even critics unconnected with extremists of the left or right are subjecting the whole system of government in Italy to hostile scrutiny. Morrow heads inquiry EDMONTON (CP) Mr. Justice William Morrow of the Northwest Territories Supreme Court has been named to head a judicial inquiry into improper action, by members of Edmonton city council, Attorney General Merv Leithch said Monday. After making the Four fires announcement in the legislature, Mr. Leitch told reporters Mr. Justice Morrow was selected because he conducted a similar inquiry in Calgary several years ago and the Alberta judiciary is carrying a heavy load with three judicial inquiries in progress. Change of command EDMONTON (CP) Lt. Col. Kenneth C. Lee replaced Brig. Gen. L. V. Johnson as commander of' Canadian Forces Base Edmonton Monday. Brig. Gen. Johnson will move to Winnipeg as chief of staff at training command headquarters. Lt. Col. Lee's last posting was McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Suspect declared unfit EDMONTON (CP) Vincent Reminsky, 39, of no fixed address, charged with insanity in the death last October of Sylvia Bird of Edmonton, Monday was declared unfit to stand trial by reason of insanity. He was ordered held in custody until psychiatrists determine if he is fit to stand trial. American sentenced MEDICINE HAT (CP) Michael Zito, 38, of New York City, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of rape, forgery and theft. Provincial Court Judge D. W. N. MaCdonald sentenced Zito to three years on each charge, the terms to be served concurrently. Zito entered an unlocked hotel room early May 2 and threatened a 21 year old woman with a knife. After committing rape, court was told, he took the woman to a car he had stolen the night before. The man was drinking beer and taking pills ,he had obtained two days previously by altering a prescription. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE WEDNESDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 70 46 .01 Pincher Creek 64 42 .04 Medicine Hat 75 51 Edmonton 63 48 .10 Banff........... 60 40 .09 Calgary......... 69 47 Victoria 54 50 .52 Prince George 56 40 .17 Kamloops....... 67 48 Vancouver...... 54 51 .43 Saskatoon....... 66 47 .08 Regina 75 46 Winnipeg....... 78 53 Toronto......... 73-48 Ottawa......... 73 50 Montreal 71 47 .22 St. John's....... 69 FORECAST: Lethbridge Region Today: Cloudy. A few showers or thundershowers this morning clearing this afternoon. Winds westerly 25 and gusty. High 60 to 65. Wednesday. Cloudy periods and scattered showers. Brisk westerly winds. Lows near 45. Highs near 60. Medicine Hat, Calgary Region Today: Cloudy. A few showers or thundershowers this afternoon. Clearing this evening. Increasing westerly winds this afternoon. Highs near 65. Wednesday: Cloudy- periods. Occasional afternoon showers. Brisk westerly winds. Highs near 60. Columbia, Kooteaay Region Today: Cloudy with showers. Isolated afternoon thundershowers. Wednesday: Cloudy with sunny periods. A few afternoon and evening showers. Highs both days in the 60s. Lows tonight near 40. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Cooler with showers and a few thunderstorms west portion spreading into east portion this afternoon and continuing tonight. Gusty winds by afternoon. Showers continuing east portion Wednesday but becoming widely scattered in the west. Windy at times and cool Wednesday. Highs today 60s west and 70s east. Lows tonight 40s. Highs Wednesday 55 to 65. West of Continental Divide Showers and cooler today with brief gusty winds this afternoon. Widely scattered showers tonight and Wednesday. Highs both days 55 to 65. Lows tonight 35 to 45. CAB COOLERS Be prepared for the hot weather. Gel a Comfort King or Coldaire cab Coolers lo keep dirt, dust, heal and insects out of your tractor or combine cab. The air is cleaned and cooled lor comfort on those iong hoi days. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutts Highway Box 1202 Phone 328-1141 Ports of entry: Times in Mountain Daylight 'l ime Alberta i opening and closing limes Carway 7am to 10 p.m Chief Mountain closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bomta 8 a m to 5 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 7 a.m unlil 11 p.m.; Wild Horse 7 a.m. to 4 p m Rooseville 7 a.m. lo H p.m. Logan Pass. EDMONTON (CP) Four fires, all under control, are burning in the province, the Alberta Government announced Monday in its weekly forest fire report. The largest fire covered 90 acres about four miles south of Evansburg. It was one of two in the Whitecourt forest about 100 miles northwest of Edmonton. .The other two fires, both less than an acre in size, were located near Lac La Biche, about 100 miles northwest of Edmonton. The fire-danger rating was moderate in all forests. A total of 91 forest fires have destroyed 924 acres this season, said the report. Government announces two grants EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government Monday announced grants of for the Canadian Junior Olympics and for the Alberta Snowmobile Association. The grant for the Junior Olympics, to be held in Edmonton Aug. 12-16, is being given in the hope that the event will improve the performance of Canadian athletes in international competition, said Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation. The grant to the snowmobile association is intented to promote snowmobile safety and other concerns, the minister said. Albertan wins panning title FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. (CP) Paul Ajas of Lacombe, Alta., has become the new world gold panning champion by winning the 1974 world's invitational class A gold panning championship. He took the title in a weekend competition at Taylor, near this northeastern British Columbia community- Mr. Ajas. who teaches gold panning in Red Deer, Alta.. picked up 20 points out of a possible 30 in fine, medium and coarse gold panning events. He won a gold-plated trophy and an ounce of gold, worth about 3 life sentences imposed ERIE. Pa. (AP) William Prater was sentenced Monday to three concurrent life sentences for the shooting deaths of United Mine Workers official Joseph Yablonski and Yablonski's wife and daughter. Judge Edward Carney of Erie County court, who imposed the sentences, said they are to be served concurrently with a federal life sentence Prater received earlier on a charge of violating the Yablonskis' civil rights Prater, a 53 year old iormcr UMW official from LaFollclte, Tenn., was convirled in March. 1973. on Ilircc counts ol first degree murder in the 1969 deaths of 1he Yablonskis. Prater had testified for the prosecution at the trials of former UMW head W. A. Tony Boyle and Albert Pass, forincr lieutenant to Boyle. Boyle and Pass also have hecn convicted of lirst decree murder m the case. Boyle was sentenced to life in prison Pass has not yet been sentenced Postal code boycott resolution on agenda QUEBEC (CP) The Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) opened a five-day na- tional convention here Monday with the effects of technological change on everyone's mind. Joe Davidson, president of Jacques Rose Found with dyed hair and beard shaved. Bail-skipping Rose loses court appeal MONTREAL (CP) Three justices of the Quebec Court of Appeal Monday unanimously rejected Jacques Rose's appeal of his conviction July 17, 1973, as an accessory after the fact in the kidnapping of Pierre Laporte. Chief Justice Lucien Tremb- lay ruled that Rose, 26. had not only evaded his own arrest but helped his brother Paul escape following the 1970 kidnapping of Mr. Laporte, then Quebec labor minister. Chief Justice Tremblay also ruled that defence lawyer Robert Lemieux had made 'ridiculous requests" before a Court of Queen's Bench justice before the trial. Rose now must face his eight-year sentence, barring further appeals. Crown prosecutor Fernand Cote said charges of violating bail conditions will probably be dropped. Rose had been granted conditional bail by Mr. Justice Jules Deschenes July when he appealed his conviction as an accessory in the crime. Two of the bail conditions were that Rose establish resi- dence with his mother in suburban Longueuil and report on Aug. 3, 1973 "and each two weeks thereafter" to a probation officer. The Crown charged Monday that Rose had lived up to nei- ther of these conditions. Rose was arrested by police Saturday more than three months after disappearing while on bail. Doctor loses again SLA claim dismissed LOS ANGELES (AP) Au- thorities said Monday there is no evidence to support a claim that the crash of a police heli- copter last week was caused by a Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) missile, but an official investigation is still under way. The FBI is still trying to de- termine the authenticity of a purported SLA communique claiming responsibility for the crash. Police Chief Ed Davis said earlier a mechanical malfunc- tion appears to have caused the Bell jet 'copter to stall and smash into a ridge in a canyon north of here. A high-ranking police official, Cmdr. Paul Gillen, died in the crash last Wednesday and three other officers were seriously injured. The communique, signed by "B Team Leader" and bearing the seven-headed cobra insignia of the SLA, said an SA7 missile was used to down the ship. Hoffa loses WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge has upheld President Nixon's claim of executive privilege and quashed a subpoena for documents relating to the conditional clemency granted former Teamsters Union chief James Hoffa. Nixon claimed executive privilege last week in response to a subpoena ordering his chief of staff. Alexander Haig. to turn over documents and records involving Nixon's commutation of Hoffa's sentence in 1971. OTTAWA (CP) Dr. Henry Morgentaler of Montreal, already convicted of performing an illegal abortion, lost another .legal round in the Supreme Court of Canada Monday. The high court ruled that the 50-year-old doctor must return to the courtroom of trial Judge James Hugessen of the Quebec Court of Queen's Bench to be sentenced. Irvin Liebman. appearing for Dr. Morgentaler, argued unsuccessfully that Mr. Justice Hugessen should be allowed to put off the sentence until the Supreme Court hears an appeal by Dr. Morgantaler against his Conviction. The Supreme Court is to hear the appeal Oct. 2. Dr. Morgentaler, whose legal troubles started three years ago. was found not guilty Nov. 13. 1973, of performing an illegal abortion on a 26-year-old woman. But the Quebec Court of Ap- peal reversed the trial judge and found him guilty. The appeal court then ordered Dr. Morgentaler to go back to the trial judge for sentencing. But Mr. Justice Hugessen decided to withhold sentence until the doctor's appeal was heard by the Supreme Court. Quebec justice officials then went back to the Quebec Court of Appeal where they were successful in having that court order Mr. Justice Hugessen lo impose sentence without delav. BILLINGS. MONT.