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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 65 The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXI11 No. 240 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1970 :'iilCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES TENSE HIGH-SEA DRAMA Pete Wells and his wife, Elrae, of Portland, Ore-, and Roger Smith of Vancouver (both backs to camera) spent a terrifying 12 hours looking down a gun barrel offer a heavily-armed bank robber pirated their sailboat and sailed into U.S. seas. The hold- up man had shot two policemen at a downtown Victoria bank while escaping with between and Police and coast guard of- ficials early today had William Lawrence Ole- nik, 26, in the custody of U.S. marshals in An- acortes. Wash., but no charges were laid. B.C. Sailboat .T Surrenders VICTORIA (CP) A heavily-armed bank bandit who hijacked a sailboat surrendered to the U.S. coast guard early today and released three hostages un- harmed, ending a 12-hour land and sea drama that started with a bank robbery here Thursday afternoon. The bandit who shot and wounded two policemen during the holdup, handed over three rifles and a shotgun along with the hostages to the crew of the coast guard cutter Point Richmond. Police and coast guard officials said William Law- rence Olenik, 26, was being held by U.S. marshals aboard the cutter. No charges had been laid. The sailboat drifted on the tide into U.S. waters near the San Juan Islands, surrounded for more than three hours by American and Canadian police vessels. The gunman, identified by police here as a 26- year-old jail escapee, first released hostage Roger Smith who acted as a go-between in working out sur- render terms between the bandit and the coast guard. The bandit agreed to surrender his arms and hostages in return for guarantees that he would be handed over to American rather than Canadian offi- cials and provided with a U.S. lawyer. In hijacking the sailboat as a wild finale to a bullet-punctuated escape from the bank, the gunman, took prisoner an American couple and a man be- lieved from Vancouver, B.C. RCMP in Victoria later said Mr. Smith was from Vancouver and identified the American couple as Pete Wells and his wife Elrae of Portland, Ore. After he spelled out the bandit's terms, Chief Petty Officer T. E. Anderson of the coast guard cut- ter went alongside the 22-foot sailboat in a skiff to work out final details. The hostages and the bandit were taken aboard the 88-foot cutler, which was returning to its home base at Anacortes, Wash. The hostages and the gunman drifted aimlessly in the sailboat for more than eight hours before the sur- render was arranged, moving with the tide and Georgia Strait currents frorrr the coast of Salt Spring Island on the Canadian side to the San Juan group. The drama started shortly after noon Thursday when a man walked into a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce branch armed with a revolver and wear- ing a bandolier of ammunition slung over his shoul- der. He walked up to teller Brenda Annear and growled: "Come here, blondie." "As soon as I went to the gate ho pulled out tlu's black gim and told me if I moved I would be said Mrs. Annear. "The kid started shaking. He took his jacket off and we could see this other long-nosed revolver in a shoulder holster." Mrs. Annear said the gunman got between and then ordered the bank staff and half a dozen customers behind the counter. One of the cus- tomers bolted out the door and the bandit fired a shot. The bullet struck a policeman outside the bank, who went down. A second policeman arrived, gun drawn, in response to a silent alarm. "The second policeman said, 'Hold it right there, and the Ind turned around and shot him in the said Mrs. Annear. The gunman fled on foot a few blocks away where he had a taxi cab wailing. The taxi driver, for- mer Alberta farmer Dune Addison, said he was un- aware of the robbery and that he had picked the man up prior lo it. Sharp Raps Sales UNITED NATIONS (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp expressed con- cern Tuesday night over the possible sale of arms by Britain to South Africa and British entry into the Common Market. He told the new British for- eign secretary, Sir Alec Doug- las-Home, that there is hostility in Canada towards countries that sell arms to South Africa. Sir Alec is reported to have told Sharp that any such sales would be for defence or the sea lanes only. Regarding the Common Mar- ket Sharp asked that Britain exert efforts for freer world trade as it seeks to enter the six-member European commun- ity. Although he said it is not offi- cial Canadian policy to oppose Britain's entering the market, he said Canada is worried about the effect on Canadian trade of an expanded community that al- ready has preferential trading agreements with its neighbors. Sharp spoke with Sir Alec after talks with representatives of three other countries and after giving a speech in the General Assembly. speech dealt primarily with Canada's campaign for a renewed and more effective UN, especially promoting Canada's initiative to improve organiza- tion and procedures. CHINA NOT MENTIONED There was no mention of China which surprised many ob- servers because of recent re- ports circulating here that Ot- tawa and Peking were on the verge of agreement on mutual diplomatic recognition. Sir Alec had advocated Pe- king's membership in the UN, Hoinins Maurice Schumann, the French foreign minister, in a strong plea for acceptance of the Communists. Sharp'also discussed NATO and the Middle East with Sir Alec. New Ceasefire In Bloody J 15 Hijacked Aircraft Passengers Are Freed ERNIE PITTS Technically., Eric Kierans Still Runs Post Office Supreme Test Falls Flat EDMONTON (CP) Thursday was to be the su- preme test for the local Emergency Measures Or- ganization. They were to feed 250 persons under sim- u 1 at e d emergency condi- tions. The test was cancelled be- cause of poor weather. Football Star Killed BRIGTHON, Colo. (AP) A Canadian football league play- er, Ernest Pitts, 35, was shot and killed Thursday night at his home, the Adams County sheriff's office said. Robert Libbey, sheriff's de- partment information officer, said Pitts was fatally wounded apparently, during an argument at his home, and was pro- nounced dead at Valley View Hospital. W1FV HELD Libbey said Pitts' wife, Ethel, was in custody for investiga- tion. Pitts, playing in his first sea- son with British Columbia Lions of the Western Football Conference, spent 13 years with Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was Winnipeg's leading pass receiver for five seasons and leading scorer in 1959 with 96 points. Sheriff's officers quoted wit- nesses as saying they heard a shot and saw Pitts run from his home, across the street and collapse. Investigators said they found a .38 calibre revolver in the home. Pitts played college football at the University of Denver be- fore the university abandoned the sport. Shoot Hijackers Order Issued WASHINGTON (AP) Armed guards on United States airliners have been instructed to shoot hijackers if all other means of foiling an attempted act of air piracy are exhausted, Transportation Secretary John A. Volpe said Friday. "We will do everything within our power to prevent a shooting on the Volpe said. "Shooting will be done only as a last resort." At the signing of a formal agreement delineating responsi- bility for hijackings between the department of transportation and the department of justice, Motorcycle Gang Found Guilty CALGARY (CP) Thirteen members of a Calgary motorcy- cle club were found guilty of non-capital murder today by a jury that deliberated for more than nine hours. The 13 men, all members of a club called I he Grim Reap- ers, were charged after Ron- ald George Hartley, 23, of Cal- gary died of multiple injuries March 7. Ten are from Calgary. They are Ronald Lambert Gmkcit, 24, his younger brother Lou Emkeit, Douglas Bruce Agate, 25, Gary Michael Paller, 19, George Stewart Lowe, 27, Bar- ry Pyr.c, 24, Robert Paul B u r t o n, 23, David James Kuntz, 19, Girard Alyrc Lc- Wane, 27, and Dennis Bruce Bullcn. 19, Volpe told reporters: "When it comes to the lives of 200 American passengers and crew members as opposed to the life of one hijacker, there's no question of what we're going to do." BEIRUT, Lebanon (CP) King Hussein and guerrilla chief Yasser Arafat ordered their forces to cease fire today after nine days of savage fighting so that a peace agreement could be implemented ending the war in Jordan. The broadcast announcement by Amman radio did not make clear what the terms of the agreement were. The announcement followed word from Field Marshal Habis Majali, military governor of Jordan, that 15 of 54 hijacked airline passengers held hostage by guer- rillas had been freed. AMERICANS HELD Released were eight Britons, five Swiss and two West Ger- mans. All but one of the 39 hos- tages who remained in the guer- rillas hands were believed to b.e Americans. Majali said ar- rangements would be made quickly to get the freed passen- gers out of Amman- The agreement among Hus- sein, Arafat and Arab mediator Gen. Jaafar Al.Nimeiry, presi- dent of Sudan, was announced over Amman radio. It was the first time Arafat, head of the Palestine Liberation Organiza- tion, agreed to stop fighting in nine days of bloody fighting. SAYS THEY'LL GO HOME Field Marshal Majali said the freed airline passengers "are now in army hands preparatory to their delivery to their home countries." He did not say how they were freed from the guerrillas. Originally, there were some 400 hostages, from three planes hijacked to the Jordanian desert Sept. G and 9. Most of .the hos- tages were released earlier. The planes were blown up. The guerrillas have demanded the release of Palestinian Arab commandos and supporters jailed in Britain, West Ger- many, Switzerland and Israel as ransom for the hostages. Majali and Hussein both is- sued orders over Amman radio far their troops to abide by the ceasefire after reports of more fighting around Irbid in north- ern Jordan. Guerrilla broadcasts from Da- mascus and Baghdad said the army was making tank and ar- tillery assaults on Palestinian positions in Amman and in Irbid through the night. Several thrusts at Irbid were halted, the guerrillas said. Fifty-eight foreigners, 32 of them Americans, were evacu- ated from Amman to Beirut Thursday, and three planes stood by for further evacuations of foreigners today. Two pre- pared to leave Cyprus to take out British subjects and one was waiting for orders to leave Bei- rut to remove Americans who were unable to make it to the Amman airport for Thursday's flight. Earlier Field Marshal Majali ordered the unilateral ceasefire by the army in Amman starting at 7 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) today to allow medical teams to tend the hundreds of wounded. OTTAWA (CP) By act of Parliament, Eric Kierans is still postmaster-general as well as communications min- ister. The Government Organiza- tion Act of 1969, which came into force April 1 that year, says: "The minister of communi- cations is the postmaster-gen- eral and has the management and direction of the post office department." Prime Minister Trudeau an- nounced Thursday that Jean- Pierre Cote, revenue minister, has become a minister with- out portfolio responsible for the post office. Mr. Kierans would continue as communi- cations minister. Government lawyers said today that by law Mr. Kierans is ;iHll technically responsible for the post office and will have to sign post office docu- ments. They said there is no indica. t i o n that the government plans to amend the organiza- tion act or designate Mr. Cote as acting postmaster-general. The lawyers said that for all practical purposes Mr. Cote will be in charge of the post office. But in legal matters affect- ing the post office, Mr. Kier- ans's signature would be the one required. Mr. Trudeau said Mr. Cote will concentrate on "human problems." He added that Mr. Cote's job may be temporary. The government had not yet de- cided whether to make the post office a Crown corpora- tion. Mr. Cote loses a year his former ministerial dropping from rew- nue minister to minister with- out portfolio. That leaves him at a year. took up golf, for the fresh air...' Russian Base In Secrecy Surrounds Fishing Session WASHINGTON (AP) The defence department said today it has firm indications the So- viet Union may be establishing a permanent submarine base in Cuba. Pentagon spokesman Jury W. Friedheim said United States intelligence had noted in the last few months the move- ment of facilities and equipment into the harbor at Cienfuegos, on the southern shore of Cuba, that could serve as support fa- cilities for submarines. "We are keeping a close watch on these activities and are continuing to obtain infor- mation on Soviet activities Friedheim told report- ers. OTTAWA (CP) Talks be- tween Canadian and Soviet fish- eries officials resumed today amid a newly-imposed news blackout. Reporters" showing up at the conference were told by a com- missionaire that no news would be given out on today's session and no interviews would be granted. However, a fisheries depart- ment spokesman reiterated that a communique will be issued after the negotiations conclude, probably some time next week. For the benefit of reporters, a printed sign went up in the foyer of the conference centre, saying. "Canada-Russia Fish- eries Meeting. Closed session. For information call It gave the names of two per- sons in the fisheries depart- ment's information division. The talks grew out of a series of incidents involving Soviet and Canadian fishing vessels off the West Coast. They are aimed at removing the causes of such incidents and, in the Canadian list of priorities, achieving an agree- ment on conservation of the West Coast fishery. At the opening of negotiations Thursday, Fisheries Minister Jack Davis said he had some reason to believe the two sides can agree on measures to pre- vent over-fishing in West Coast waters. The talks originally were ex- pected to conclude this week. However, the Soviet delegation apparently came prepared for more detailed discussions than the Canadian side had antici- pated. "It semis they came for busi- said a Canadian source. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN ATEW parents Deeidra 01t, Linda Morris and Glenna Chester treating their kitten to a milk lunch at a local drive-in and insisting that they should get the "free baby milk" as ths cat is un- der six years of age Dick Aneca and Gwen: ray getting married Saturday in Raymond and arrange- ments made to have them picked up at the church and escorted to the reception in true western style in a horse and carriage. TORNADO IMPACT The smashing power of a tornado which liil the Valeria Malteoli farm near Lethbridge Wednesday is seen in this farmyard debris. Two granaries, two sheds and a 500-gallon lank of fuel end tomd by grinding wind. Ths peculiar liftins power of the tornado is shown in the shed floor in the foreground. Nails sticking straight up indicate o straight lift-off of walls and roof. Damage amounted to No one was injurod. Photo by Waller Kcrber ;