New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Four FBI agents; two others killed
MONTGOMERY, Ohio (AP) — The FBI mourned four agents — the most lost in any operation in the agency’s 74-year history — who died when their small plane crashed while they were being led to $50,000 in buried cash by an embezzler.
The plane plunged into a bookstore Thursday in this Cincinnati suburb and burst into flames, killing all six aboard. Four others on the ground were injured.
The plane was en route to the site where Carl H. Johnson said he had buried $50,000 embezzled from a Chicago-area bank in 1975.
“We’re an FBI family. It hits us as it would hit any family — particularly when we consider the time of the year we’re talking about,” said Alfred E. Smith, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Cincinnati. "There’s never been a situation where the lives of four agents were lost.”
All four agents, based in Chicago, were married. Among them they had 13 children.
Also killed was Johnson, 48, and Patrick Daly, 68, a retired Chicago policeman from Evergreen Park, 111. Daly worked for a Chicago law firm representing Johnson.
The FBI said Johnson was indicted in 1975 for bank fraud and embezzlement in the disappearance of $615,000 from the National Bank of Albany Park, where he was assistant comptroller.
Johnson dropped out of sight and lived underground for seven years, using at least three assumed names until he surrendered Dec. 2, two weeks after his ex-wife, Lois, obtained a court order declaring him legally dead.
She divorced him in 1975 when the bank
Probe demanded in B-52 crash
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A congressman called for an investigation of B-52 maintenance after nine crewmen died when their aircraft careened into a muddy cow pasture only 18 days after another aging bomber burned at the end of a runway.
Air Force spokesman Capt. Ixmis Figueroa said Mather Air Force Base officials were "completely in the dark" about the cause of the accident Thursday moments after the 450,000-pound bomber took off on a training flight.
Witnesses said the pilot appeared to desperately maneuver the bomber to miss stores, homes and farm buildings and smash instead into the largest field off the end of the runway.
All four instructors and five trainees aboard the aircraft died.
Figueroa said there was no distress call to the base’s tower after the plane took off. Unlike commercial aircraft, the bomber had no flight recorders, officials said.
Rep. Robert Matsui, whose district includes Mather, said he wants an investigation of Thursday's crash and a Nov. 29 incident when a B-52 burst into flames on landing at Castle Air Force Base, IOO miles to the south. The crew escaped safely in the Castle incident.
The plane that crashed Thursday had been based at Castle, but moved to Mather after the accident damaged Castle’s runway.
The two accidents “raise some questions," said Terry Michael, an aide to the Democratic congressman. "Are they properly maintaining the B-52s at Castle?"
An Air Force team has begun an inquiry into the cause of Thursday’s crash, expected to take about two weeks, said Col. Gobel James, commander of the Mather base.
"I saw the thing coming,” said Mike Koewler, president of a nearby rendering company. "... It looked to me like a normal takeoff, then it took a substantial drop rn altitude to the point where you knew the guy was in deep trouble.”
The bomber was temporarily flying training missiles from Mather after a runway was closed at the Castle base because of the earlier B-52 accident. It carried no nuclear weapons or other ammunition, James said, adding that other B-52s at Mather do have nuclear bombs.
The instructors killed in Thursday’s crash were identified as Maj. James H York, 43, of South Bend, Ind.; Capt. Lyle A. Brunner, 32, of Florence, Mont.; Capt. Dennis E. Davis of Hillsboro, Ore.; and Master Sgt Jere E. I^Fever, 42, of Conestoga, Pa.
The dead students were 2nd LL Scott A. Semmel, 23, of I^vittown, Pa.; 2nd Lt. Peter M. Riley of Woonsocket, R I.; 2nd Lt. Richard P. Robeson Jr., 27, of Freeport, III.; 2nd Lt. Benjamin C. Berndt, 24, of Norwalk, Conn.; and 2nd Lt. Daniel N Bader, 25, of Saltine City.
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threatenened to sue her for the embezzled money.
Johnson, after resurfacing, led the FBI to $50,000 he buried in a forest preserve near Chicago. He was leading the FBI to another $50,000 in Cincinnati when the plane crashed IO miles short of Lunken Airport, Smith said.
The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash. No cause had been determined, but the head of controllers at Greater Cincinnati International Airport said the plane apparently had a malfunctioning transponder, a device that sends out altitute signals to the control tower.
The FBI identified the dead agents as; Terry B. Hereford, 34, Wheaton. 111.; Michael J. Lynch, 35, Woodridge, 111.; Robert W. Conners, 36, and Charles L. Ellington, 36, both of Naperville, 111.
Conners and Hereford were FBI pilots and were flying the twin-engine Cessna 411, Smith said.
Officials said Ruth Harding, 26, was treated for a bruised hip; Joseph Sheppard, 80, was in fair condition with second-degree burns; Helen Schwarz, 60, was in serious condition with burns; and Phyllis Neyer, 51, was in serious condition with burns and a broken leg.
Sheppard, an invalid, made it to the third floor and was rescued by firefighters.
Dristan target of tamper threat
NEW YORK (AP) - The maker of Dristan capsules told stores in the New York area to return the product for replacement with tamper-resistant bottles after an anonymous letter-writer threatened to adulterate the drugs.
The letters, delivered to four news organizations, contained a Dristan capsule with a broken straight pin and talcum powder inside.
Mayor Ed Koch and the city police and health commissioners said in a statement Thursday that the danger from the capsules was “minimal.” The letters said the contents "are not fatal but severe enough to get our point across.”
Stores in the metropolitan area were notified to return Dristan bottles for replacement with tamper-resistant bottles or tablets, said Jack Wood, a spokesman for American Home Products. The company is the parent of Whitehall Laboratories, which makes Dristan.
There were no reports of any illnesses caused by Dristan capsules, officials said.
The warning in New York City was issued because of "events of the past year,” including the cyanide poisonings of seven people in the Chicago area in late September and early October from Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules.
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