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Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - May 18, 1959, Long Beach, California Bandit Shot, Flees Dying Pal, Nabbed ST. LOUIS gunman deserted his dying holdup partner after a drug store gun battle with two detec- tives, then terrorized a family and a hostage Sunday before police flushed him from a dingy attic. He was still de- fiant but out ,of ammunition. The desperado, Ivan L. Deckard, 32, of, Heltonville, Ind., was bleeding from an arm Two detectives also were wounded, neither seriously, in the yards-apart gun fight in a drug store at suburban University City! Cornered two later and five miles from :the hold- up, Deckard said: "I only re- gret 1 didn't have more bul- lets. I'm not yellow, I just ran out of ammunition." A SHORT TIME earlier near his hiding place in North St. Louis, Deckard had re- leased unharmed his hostage, Richard Wetzel, 23, of sub- urban Wellston. Deckard had been sought since his escape from the Federal Building in St. Louis April 13. He was being held for possessing a machine gun. His partner, ex-convict Her- bert J. Lortz, 34, was shot in (he heart. They took only from the drug store. As the bandits entered the store, they didn't know a telephone conversation would stymie them. Bruce Zuckerman, 27, son of drug owner Irwin Zuckerman, was in a booth chatting with his girl friend. He told her; "Call the must hang up." MINUTES LATER detec- tives Raymond Bruno, 52, and Stanley Topper, 36, ar rived and were greeted by bullets but one of them shot Lortz. Deckard also took a bullet; Deckard ran, dumping the loot in a vacant lot, before invading the flat of VVetzel's fiancee, Janet Fischer, 18, Deckard herded her sister, Mrs. Lois Earth, 20, and her mother, Mrs. Margaret Fis- cher, 55, intojhe kitchen. MRS. BARTH said the bloody Deckard terrorized the women and her brother, Eddie, 6. When Wetzel Knocked on the door he made them let Wetzel in, then said, "All right, we're all gonna go for a ride." Wetzel promised to drive him anywhere if he would leave the women behind. Deckard agreed. Police spotted Wetzel's car in North St. Louis and gave chase. They captured Deckard in the home of an oft-arresteS pal, Curtis Link. Mother Kills Self; Son in Pen for Life House Sets Tax Study Next Fall WASHINGTON IVP) The House Ways and Means Com- mittee will conduct hearings next fall aimed at "signficant reductions in individual and corporation income tax rates." Chairman Wilbur D. Mills (D-Ark) said he hopes such cuts can be made "without sacrificing revenues required for responsible financing of government." In making the announce- ment Sunday, Mills said he does not expect a whole new tax report to be put into ef- fect at o n c e. but said some major changes might be made by Congress next year. THE COMMITTLE, he said, will look into the possiblity of broadening the tax base to wipe out provisions which differentials in tax treatment among tax- payers." Many of these, Mills said, were put into law dur- ing World War It to meet specific problems existing then. The hearings, to start Nov. 2, Mills said, will hear tax experts from colleges and uni- versities, research organiza- tions, business, labor and agri- culture. Mills said it will take the committee considerable time afterward fo come up with specific legislation. Business Gains NEW YORK New business corporations char- tered in April rose to highest for any April on rec- ord, Dun. t Bradstreet Inc. said today. TERRORIZED BY GUNMAN Mrs. Margaret Fischer and her daughters, Mrs. Lois Earth (left) and Miss Janet Fischer study news photo of Ivan L. Deckard (below, They identified Deckard as the gunman who forced his way into their home in St. Louis. Later, Deckard was shot and wounded in a gun CHICAGO A mother grieving over her teenage son, who is serving a life sentence in prison for murder, fatally shot herself Sunday, police said. While her husband, Max. and the couple's two children slept, police said Mrs. Mar garet Flcig, 45, shot herself in the head with a German Luger pistol. Fleig said the shots awakened him and the children, Loretta, 16, and Ronald, 8. He found his wife lying on the living room floor, the pistol near her out stretched arm. She died a fesv hours later in a hospi tal. FLEIG TOLD police hi; wife tried to take her life on May 10 Day buljTrUSty, 34, Escapes an overdose of sleeping pills only made her ill. He said she had been grieving since Jailed for Stealing Kiss, Threatens Hunger Strike SAN ANTONIO, Tex. A young civilian clerk for the Air Force, jailed because he Space Photos Show Missile in Action CAUSE OF fefOT Sentencing of Assunta (Baby Doll) Maresca to years of solitary confinement caused a riot in Naples, Italy, that brought out police Sunday. She killed a Naples rack- eteer she said had mur- dered her husband. San Quentin Dorm SAN QUENT1N (UPI) Norville, 16, turns up at the city jail to help get him out. preacher's pietty' daughter, to day threatened to stage a hun- charging him with aggravated Bill Gilbreath, 23, said he is not going to eat a bite of Long Beach Santa Ana their oldest child, Robert Mox, 19, was sent to State- ville Prison on April 21, .1958, for the 1957 slaying of Mary Lou Wagner, 14, in a lover's lane near Glenview Naval Air Station. The youth said he clubbed her to death with a rolling pin from his father's bakery after she resisted his advances.. Young Fleig learned of his mother's death from a radio news broadcast in the prison. II, WASHINGTON new cries of photographs made rom a missile out In the edge sent the first time, the Air if space indicated today the iQtentialities of the Sentry py-in-the-sky satellite proj :ct of the Air Force. The pictures were made )ublic by the Air Force, which said only that their 'purpose was to show how the nose cone of a missile looks as it separates from the rocket. But he pictures themselves showed a quality which gave promise of bigger things. The tiny movie camera used was carried aloft by a Thor missile launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tues- day. The nose cone bearing the camera about was picked up miles from the launch point after it hat climbed to approximately 300 miles altitude. THE FOUR pictures copied 'rom the movie footage repre- Force said, that a graphic rec- ord has been made of the separation of a nose cone 'rom a rocket. The new pictures show In clear detail the dropping away of the carrier rocket from the still-climbing nose cone. The First picture, made at an alti- tude of about 125 miles, is a close-up of .the bunt end- of the rocket as it drops back from the cone in which the camera was mounted. The fol- lowing three frames of pic- ture, presumably made only seconds apart, show the di- minishing size of the carrier as the nose cone streak's- on aloft toward its 300-mile high point. The Air Force said-it hasn't yet determined "the height of the other pictures. Police today sought Robert L Earhart, 34, who escaped from a lightly guarded prison dor- mitory for trusties. His absence was first dis- covered at the 11 p.m. bed- check Saturday night, accord- ing to prison officials. Earhart, serving a five years-to-life sentence for forg- ery in Los Angeles, was housed with prison farm and construction workers outside the walls. More About Plastic Bags Petri'i Cleaners are saddened1 to learn ihat several children have died ftom suffocation from becoming enveloped in plastic materials. Fein's feel thar a complete ban on .tne use a plastic bags for the delivery of its service is not when the greatest cause of accidents -may be attributed to the parents of ch.ildren, further to deny their customers af deirre for plastic gurmlnt bags Petri's policy wil] to continue giving the bags to the customers who request them and a caution label will be attached as follows: "SAFETY FOR YOUR CHILDREN CAUTION Keep plastic bags and similar materials awoy from children Danger of suffocotioi if put over noie or mouth." ALSO, "Keep out of reach of chif dren, matches, pills, toxic and flammable fluids, insecticide! 'guns and many other common household items." MTRI'S CLEANERS, 1250 ORANGE AVE. PI.. HE 4-4291 Hotpoint makes your kitchen a DREAM of convenience mm underscores summer fashion .beauty in Corde de Paris foundations tool; your loveliest in summer's new fashions with Corde de Paris' new strapless bras and foundations with the exclusive ''Give and Take" bra feature! 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Just press a and the entire cabinet rolls out OB. wheels for easy cleaning or kitchen redecoration! r AIL METAL SHELVES AND ACCESSORIES won't chip, break or melt like plastic when washed in hot water I REFRIGERWOR Extra Door Shelve ut for easy de THOMAS 1639 EAST ARTESIA ST. North Long Beach ALWAYS EASY TERMS Call GA 3-5421 or NE6-4728 ;