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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY MID 50s. VOL. LXV No. 83 Lethbtridge LETHBHIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 50 PAGES Search for bodies of slide victims MICHEL (Special) The body of Luigi Marra, 40, one of ttirce brothers buried .Monday in a mudslide near liere, was pulled from an quag- mire Tuesday afternoon. At dawn today (he search for I lie other two men. S'erafino, 36, and Emilio, 34, continued. AU Ihree were Blairmore residents, married, with chil- dren. They were buried Monday as they ate their lunch alongside a CP Rail track 10 miles west of the B.C.-Alberta border. A trained RCMP tracking dcg led the search Tuesday. Marra's body was found at the base of a slope. Twenty-five men dug deep into the muck in the area look- ing for the other two. A fourth man. Matsushi Oc- itsuku, 56, also of Blairmore, is the sole survivor. was sit- ing a few feet away from the Marra brothers when the slide rushed over them. He too was swept aw-ay but was buried only to his waist. Mr. Ogusuku is in good con- dilion in Michel Hospital. Al lite same time, two fami- lies were evacuated because of another slide at the entrance to the Elk Valley about one-quar- ter of a niile west of Natal. One is the Maurice Fraser family, the other name has not been released. This slide was mostly rock. Kaiser Resources Ltd. is pro- riding them with mole! accom- modation at Sparwood. Their belongings were moved out of the houses, not damaged but endangered ajid in the vicinity of a railway used to bring sup- plies into Kaiser's Elkview plant. At the Michel slide Tuesday, tractors were Betting stuck in the mud and a dragline had to be brought to the scene. Earlier it was thought Kai- ser's mine rescue team was taking part in (he operation. The idea abandoned be- cause of the amount of mud and water. Another worker, Don Sla- vens, had left the Marra broth- ers and Mr. Ogusuku to gas up a loader a few minutes before the slide occurred. He said he .saw the four men thrown inlo the air and then flagged down a car passing nearby and sent word for help. Stephen Cosar, chief dis- patcher for CP Rail in Nelson, B.C.. said Tuesday it Is be- lieved that a natural dam form- ed ?.t (he top of a cliff about I.OCO feet above the track, which is used only for freight trains. The dam may have held back melting snow until it burst. agencies get assistance NO MONEY Jean-Marc and Christine Dinel of Montreal were forced to leave the body of their six-month old child at the city morgue for a week after his death March 15 because they had no money lo pay for a funeral. Finally a funeral home in suburban Verdun offered anonymously to pay the expenses. Mr, Dinel who had found o [ob after being unemployed for two was fired for taking a day off work Ihe day his son died. (CP Wirephoto) threat r, Hy (lltlCfi McINTYril! Herald Staff Writer KDMONTON Blainnofe and Pincher Creek are threatened by flooding when heavy snow melts this year, Charlie Drain Creek-Crowsnest) said in an interview. Environment Minister Bill Vurko. in reply to a memo from Mr. Drain, said his department is in- vestigating the seriousness of the matter. "I don't have a report said the minister, "but you should know (hat we have many, many similar re- quests from all over Alberta.'1 Mr. Drain asked that provincial government crews dredge parts of the Crowsnest River and Pincher Creek and clear debris and repair river banks to offset the chance of flooding. Mr. Drain said if the waterways were kept clear on a regular housekeeping basis flooding would not tlirealen. Mr. Yurko said what the government will be able to do will be dependent on what money is available for similar programs in Ihc whole province. Mr. Uriiin snid Ihc Ixisl Lemon campsite at the west side of Blairmore would lie extensively damaged by flooding of the Crowsnest River. The governmcnl has until mid-May to act before levels of the river get dangerously high, said the MLA. "You cnn't do this repair work in high water." About five miles of the Crowsnest River probably needs clearing and bank repair, he said in a pro- gram that would take about a week. Because Pincher Creek is at a lower elevation than the Crowsnest River aixl has already had some run- off of water, it is in a less dangerous position, he said. CRANBROOK. B.C. A British Columbia .Supreme Court Jury Tuesday night ac- quitted Earl Kitchener Bennett on a charge of kidnapping Philip Porter, 16. of Kimbcrlcy, B.C.. in June. 196SI. The jury of 10 men and two women deliberated three hours and 22 minutes before return- ing the not guilty verdict. Bennett's trial, which lasted seven days. was the result of a RCMP investigation. The defence argued that trm kidnapping had never proven and that Bennett, 55, of Kimherlcy was not smart enough to devise such an elab- orate plot. DISAPPEARED IN 19119 The boy disappeared June after leaving his home in Kimterley on an errand for his mother. He has not been seen since. Tlie kidnapping charge was laid after Bennett was released front prison last November af- ter serving 2'.2 years for ex- tortion in connection with the case. Mr. and Mrs. Robin Pcrter, parents of the boy, sat silent in the courtroom as the verdict was delivered and Mr. Justice Victor Dryer declared: "the prisoner is discharged." Bennett's tv.o daughters had tears in their eyes and kissed him as he walker] from the courtroom. Defence counsel Fred Barry of Kimberley told Uie jury the crown's defence was purely cir- cumstantial and that Bennett had co-operated with the au- thorities at all times. EDMONTON Dain said his commis- sion's 500-patfe- report is at the priming si ape in Ihc English vrrf-.ion but was being held up in the Iranslatjon lo Trrnrli, ;