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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta VOl. LXllt No. .147 Herald "k it 'A ic LETIIBHIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES WASHINGTON (AP) A frustrated taxpayer with a grudge against the United States government liijacked a jet airliner with 51 passengers and demand- ed ransom before two pilots captured him in a tense cockpit gun battle. Bags stuffed with paper tricked the hijacker into a second landing at Dulles International Airport where marksmen shot out the plane's tires and passengers fled to safety through window exits minutes before the cockpit gunfire began Thursday night. The pilot, Capl. Dale C. Hupe, was wounded in the stomach when he tackled the gunman as FBI agents stormed the Trans-World Airlines 727 jet. Arthur G. Barkley, 49, a husky truck driver from Phoenix, Ariz., whose tax appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court only a few weeks ago, was arrest- ed bare chested and bloodied for air piracy. The co-pilot, Donald Salmonson, 33, said: "I saw his gun go off and we rumped him immediately." Salmonson said Hupe was knocked back into one of tile seats and the hijacker "fell on him and had his gun in his stomach." "That's when I got the gun and wrenched it away." Hupe was listed in good condition in hospital. Not a passenger was hurt. Salmonson said he was convinced the gunman had meant to crash the plane and kill everyone aboard even if he had been paid the ransom. Barkley was given as the first payoff to a hijacker in air history after the captured jetliner land- ed here on its flight from Phoenix But the sandy haired hijacker sent the plane into the air again and ordered a radio message to President Nixon: "You don't know haw to count money The gunman, who radioed other messages to the Supreme Court, the White House and government agen- cies throughout the eight hour odyssey, came back for more money after changing his demand to ICO potato sacks each crammed with 5100 bills or bigger. "We decided the people would be ir. worse danger If the plane took off said airport manager Dan Mahaney. "The messages were getting worse and worse." Two men with shotguns riding on a fire track trailing the jetliner as it rolled to a second stop blew out the tires. Passengers poured out the windows on to the wings. The gunman stuck his head out of the pilots' cabin and shouted, but didn't shoot. Also Had Razor He was armed with a .38-calibre pistol, a straight- edge ra2or and a can of gasoline, said Mahaney. The passengers dived into the grass or hid behind fire trucks as a pair of FBI agents climbed on to a whig to enter the plane and the gunman opened fire at them. "Hupe hit him low and I hit him Salmonson said. Barkley was led away with his hands locked behind liis back. A few hours later, he volunteered "not guilty" as he was1 formally charged with air piracy an of- fence that can carry the death penalty. His plea was unofficial. The drama of TWA Flight 486 began in the morning skies over New Mexico when the hijacker emerged from a restroom and told stewardess Eobyn Urrea, 21, who was on her next-to-last flight, that he wanted to see the pilot. "He pulled out his gun and showed it to the stewardess said. "I said OK and knocked on the door." Many of the passengers didn't know the plane had teen commandeered, not even when it skipped a sched- uled stop at St. Louis. Bad weather was used as an excuse. The jet rolled to its first Dulles Airport stop at the end of a runway and was refuelled while FBI agents stayed a quarter-mile away. The ran- som, raised hurriedly at two nearby banks, sat in sight of the plane in a brown canvas bag. Money On Board After an hour's wait, Capt. Billy If. Williams, who had taken over another hijacked TWA jet on a flight lo Rome last fall, arrived from New York and carried the money on board. "He cut the bag Williams said. "Unfortu- nately the first bag was bills." The gunman abruptly ordered the plane into the air again. Within minutes after takeoff, he radioed: "Is the president ready to fulfil my request? That re- quest was for The jet ail-liner started south then turned and sped north, going as far as Elmira, N.Y., then turned around again when it got beyond radio range, and started back for Washington. James A. Belch, a passenger from Evansville, Ind., said: "We headed north and we all said it's got to be Russia. We headed south and we said it's got to be Cuba. We headed north again and we were all con- fused." The airliner wandered around the overcast skies above the U.S. capital for a full hour waiting for the new money sacks lo be placed by the runway. I'AI'EIl IN SACKS TWA, wlu'ch had raised the original ransom, filled them wilh shredded paper. As the airliner rolled to a stop down a runway two miles from Ihe main terminal, two policemen fol- lowing the plane on a fire truck shot out the four huge lires. Another fire truck pulled in front of the jet. blocking it. Mahaney threw a pistol up to pilot Williams wlio bad gone to a rear door of Ihe plane to inspect Ihe money bags on the hijacker's orders. Despite orders from the gunman to shut the doors, Williams said he stalled while most of the passengers fled. Then, with the smuggled gun, he started back up ths aisle ready to shoot the hijacker. The FBI charged first, and Salmonson and Hupe, alone in the cockpit will) Barkley, leaped on him. Supreme Cmul records show an income tax appeal by an A. (i. Barkley with Ihe same Phoenix address wiis turned down without a hearing in March. AFTERMATH-The hijacked TWA jet, its tires flattened by bullets, sits on a runway at Dulles International Airport yesterday. In foreground are money bags, filled with paper, which lured the hijacker back to Dulles. Below Arhur G. Barkley is shown in court at Alexandria, Va., where he was charged with air piracy in tha hijacking. Epidemics Strike Peru Quake Areas LIMA (Reuters) Epidemics have struck in the wake of Sun- day's devastating earthquake that killed an estimated persons, Peruvian health minis- try officials reported Thursday. Negotiator In Towboat Strike Jailed They said doctors and nurses were being flown into the hard- est-hit area to battle outbreaks of typhus, typhoid and measles that threatened to claim even more lives. Thousands of survivors in Huaras, Yungay and Ranrahir- in the cental valley area about 200 miles north of here where the tremors struck most being vac- cinated with serum sent by the Red Cross and the health minis- try, the officials said. They said it is believed the epidemics are confined to the central valley and that ruined coastal towns have not yet been affected. Government spokesman Au- gust Zimmerman said, the im- portant thing now is to get help to an estimated persons living without shelter in freezing temperatures. More than a dozen countries and interna- tional organizations are sendins supplies. VANCOUVER (CP) Capt. Arnie Davis, chief negotiator for the 1.150 striking British Co- lumbia Towboat men, was sen- tenced today lo six months in jail for contempt of court. Mr. Justice T. A. Dohm hand- ed down the decision in B.C. Supreme Court after finding Davis guilty Thursday of one court: of contempt and the Ca- nadian Merchant Service Guild towboat men's guilty of two. All involved contempt of an injunction granted Macmillan BJocdel Ltd. that prohibited -p. picketing at the company's pulp If ft jrtfl mill at Powell River, B.C. Mr. Justice Dohm Thursday also ordered the goods and as- sets of the guild seized and held until the guild has purged its contempt "to the satisfaction of the courts." In another case today, Mr. Justice J. A. MacDonald found the guild in contempt of an in- junction g r a n t ed Macmillan Bloedel which banned picketing at its Eburne Sawmill in Van- couver. Two individual members of the C.MSG were fined each. By Fire RED DEER (CP) A fire Cyclist Killed MAYERTHORPE, Alta. (CP) Alfred V. Christensen, 19, of Edmonton was killed Thursday when he lost control of his motorcycle near Mayerlhorpc, 40 miles northwest of Edmou- lon. damaged part of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church near downtown Red Deer early today and police are investi- gating the possibility of arson. Seven fires in Red Deer earlier this spring, including one that destroyed the Central School, are belived by police to have been started by an ar- sonist. The church fire started in a storeroom at the rear of Ihe building. Firemen kept the blaze from reaching the main part of the church. No estimate of damages was available. Police said they found a broken window in another part of the church that appeared to have been smashed from the outside. MONTREAL (CP) Naviga tion on the St. Lawrence seaway was back to normal today after union employees ended a 36- hour work stoppage that clogged the system with stranded vessels. The walkout ended when sea- way authorities agreed to nego- tiate on issues, mainly dealing with job security, that resulted in the 140-man walkout started Wednesday A spokesman for the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority said after a meeting with mem- bers of ths Canadian Brother- hood of Railway, Transport and General Workers that "we have agreed to negotiate matters with which the union is dissatis- fied." At the time of the settlement, 13 upbound vessels were await- ing transit at two Montreal-area locks, and 21 downbound vessels were stopped en route to Mont- real from Kingston, Ont. The spoilsman said the sea- way authority hopes to have the vessels cleared by late today. PROTESTED HIRING The trouble arose Wednesday when CO employees1 of the sea- w-y's eastern district walked off tte job to protest the hiring of a private contractor to cut grass on seaway property. They claimed the work should have been done by eight employees who had been laid off. Following the initial walkout, employees on other shifts did not report for work. Contest Cancelled HOLON, Israel (Reuters) Competitors asked to guess how much money was in a sack full of cash placed in a bank win- dow here as part of a contest never got the right answer. Somebody stole the sack. OTTAWA postal workers in Nova Scotia, southern Ontario and the Okan- agan Valley of British Colum- bia struck todav. Late-r, 150 down Sudbury, reported. Negotiations workers closed the post office resumed here in the deadlocked dispute, with WINNIPEG (CP) Ontario and Quebec tossed a joint cat among the pigeons at the open- ing today of the federal-provin- cial finance conference with similar, detailed criticism of federal tax-change proposals. Both Ontario Treasurer Charles MacNaughton and Rob- ert Bourassa, Quebec's new pre- mier and finance minister, is- sued bulky documents on the eve of the conference that took issue with fundamental features of the federal tax white paper. Although federal Finance Minister E. J. Benson had con- itrred privately in Montreal earlier this w.eek with Mr. Bour- assa and Ontario Premier John Robarts, some federal officials said they were caught by sur- prise. The two provinces, whose leaders conferred in Montreal and Toronto before the confer- ence, represent 60 per cent of Canada's population. The federal department had prepared a publishable response to expected criticism from On- tario. But the reply was with- held while officials went into a detailed study of points raised by the provinces. While the Ontario and Quebec documents differed in some de- tails and in tone, the two gov- ernments formed, front in criticism of the basics of the federal proposals first is- sued last Nov. 7. Ontario characterized its do- cument as a total alternative to the federal white paper. Mr. Bourassa said his paper consti- tuted suggestions for a change in methods. Both criticized the federal proposals on the ground that they would fail to stimulate enough economic growth, Botli also propose much milder alternatives to such key federal proposals as a capital gains tax. They advocate reten- tion in effect of such present tax features as special concessions lo small businesses and mining companies, while the federal paper proposes removing or re- ducing them. The two provinces also advo- cate a system of tax credits to assist low-income Canadians in- stead of the higher personal tax- exemptions proposed by Ot- tawa. M e a n w h i 1 e, John Young, chairman of the federal prices and incomes commission, was preparing to ask the provinces today for support for a formal program of wage restraint: Aim of the anti-inflation pro- posals would be to limit any pay into account fringe a maximum range of six per cent annually, an informant said. neither side making any com- ment. However. Vice president Joe Davidson, of the Postal Workers Union, asked if nego- tiations would continue through the weekend, replied: "The Council of Postal Unions is ready (o negotiate at any time until we get a contract.1' The latest stoppages in (he three provinces are part of the pattern of 2 hour rotating strikes being used as pressure on tlis federal bargainers, with no indication it is having any impact on softening their stand. At Saint John, N.B., an off- again, on-again stoppage de- veloped. The 100 workers quit for about S3 minutes, then re- turned saying there had been a misunderstanding. About noon they left again, apparently for the remainder of a 2 hour period. Sources here said the work- ers sought a "letter of apol- ogy" from the district super- visor for having been asked to handle what they called "hot" mail diverted to Saint John during a stoppage in Moncton, N.B. In the Okanagan, the offi- cials said, 175 workers are out in Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops. The strikes, ordered by the national union leadership, were expected in each case to last at least 24 hours. and so toe have decided to further release the brakes on the MONTREAL (CP) The ninth bomb blast in two weeks in the Montreal area damaged the rear of an office building early today. Police said the Dollar Continues aiiee By THE CANADIAN PRESS Tlie Canadian dollar contin- ued to move upward today, sell- ing at slightly over 97 cents U.S. on domestic and foreign mar- kets, while stock markets de- clined. The dollar was trading at about four cents above its price of a week ago, before the gov- ernment freed the dollar to float and find its own level. The dol- lar had been pegged at 92.5 cents U.S. and had been trading close to the top side of the one- per-cent leeway for trade prov- ided on each side of the pegged value. On domestic markets, the dol- lar opened at 97.06 cents U.S., up .16. In New York, the open- ing price was 97.08, up .19. bomb was "quite judging by the damage' it caused. There were no injuries but one woman was taken to hospi- tal suffering shock. Main force of the explosion was at the rear of a building at 436 Sherbrooke St. East, which houses doctors and lawyers off- ices and some apartments. It is in the same row of build- ings as the Club Canadien de Montreal, a non-political social club frequented mainly by French-Canadian businessmen, and across the street from the Renaissance Club, social club of the Opposition Union Nationals party. Five dynamite blasts rocked the wealthy Montreal suburb of Westmount last Sunday, damag- ing two private homes, an office building, a vacant house and a rock retaining wall. Commons Approval Given To Neiv Canada Water Act OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment pixjduced a concession for proponents of national water quality standards Thursday as the Canada Water Act received third and final reading in the Commons. Also passed was an amend- ment to the Territorial Seas and Fishing Zones Act extending Canada's territorial limits to 12 miles from three and authoriz- ing cabinet to establish fishing zor.cs for exclusive Canadian use. The bills now go to the Se- nate. Bud Orange who guided the water bill through Commons de- bate, announced that the gov- ernment will provide a set of "guidelines" within regulations for water standards, to be used by federal-provincial water quality management agencies to be set'up under (he act. Before Thursday the govern- ment made no mention of the possibility of such federal regulations. The bill itself, designed to fight water pollution through federal-provincial co-operation, be set up mider the act will set quality standards. Opposition attempts to include provision for national water standards, to be categorized by the federal government on tile basis of the nature and use of particular water bodies, had been rejected by the govern- ment. But Thursday Mr. Orange said that each management agency should ensure "optimal for waters under its jurisdiction, based upon the "mix of uses and physical na- ture of the waters." "We would expect that identi- cal rivers with the same mix cf uses would have equal stand- ards." The government's regulatory "guidelines" would help ensure that. The bill will subject industries and municipalities found guilty of water pollution in excess of designated standards to a-day fines. The bill to amend the Terri- torial Soss and Pishing Zones Act. as well as increasing Can- ada's territorial limits to 12 miles from three, would also empower the government lo designate exclusive Canadian fishing zones in waters consi- dered to be in need of conserva- tion protection. MAY BE DESIGNATED Waters considered most likely to be so designated include the Gulf cf St. Lawrence and the Bay of Fuiidy on ths East Coast and the West Coast fishing grounds in Hecate Straight, Charlotte Soimd and Dixon Strait. Under the bill the government could bar. foreign fleets from such waters. Another proposed anti-pollu- Ibn bill made headway in addi- tion to the water bill. The proposed Arctic waters act. which would give Canada jurisdiction over pollution con- trol within 100 nautical miles of the Canadian Arctic coast, was ccrxutrrcd in at report Isst step before third read- ing. The I wo bills, combined with the proposed northern inland waters r.ct plus upcoming ameiuhnonls to the Fisheries Act and Ihe Canada Shipping Act. constitute Ihe federal gov- e r n m e n t's current initiative against water pollulion. North Korea JJ C Ot'ltiX'tf Spy Ship TOKYO AT North Korea said today it sank a "heavily- armed" U.S. spy ship which "inlruded deep into the coastal waters" w.cst cf North Korea under the cover of fighter planes and warships. The official Korean Central news agency monitored here said the ship "infiltrated" North Korea's claimed waters around p.m. today "to conduct re- connaissance." The dispatch said: "Officers and men of the navy of Ihe Ko- rean People's army in- stantly sent to the bottom of the sea the enemy's armed spy ship which intruded deep into the coastal waters." Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN i; TET It BRIDGE Commu- nity College President, Dr. C. .Stewart receiving his four candled birlhday cake as a gift from the col- lege cnfoioria slr.ff during Ilic college board's regular dinner meeting Don Livingstone wondering if he can claim Ihe 56 an acre fed- eral grant in b'cu of planting wheat in return for planting grass on his par 3 golf course Hetty Bniley having a fug-o-war with her cocker spaniel, Male, cod losing. ;