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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 18, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois 010175 PUBLICATION OPFICH 710 N Illlnoif Murphysboro Htrrin 1113 211 N Wth Southern niinoisan BOX 7gQ 62525 Volume a Copy Heat oil outlook better Washington AP The governments No 2 energy man indicated today that even the most pessimistic pro jections show there will be no heating oil shortages before the middle of March Testifying before a House subcommittee John Sawhill deputy administrator of the Federal Energy Office said that because of leakage in the Arab embargo abnormally warm weather and public conservation efforts heating oil inventories comprise about 200 million bar rels almost 30 per cent above last year With a fully effective em bargo and an abnormally cold winter he satf in a prepared statement spot shortages might occur by midMarch The inventory figures were contained in the latest data published by the American Petroleum Institute Sawhill however acknowledged that the information we now have to work with is not adequate and its reliability cannot be check ed Sawhill appeared at hearings Investigating the credibility of oil data Wednesday two federal officials and consumer advocate Ralph Nader urged Congress to require mare complete disclosure of energy data by oil gas and coal companies Meanwhile evidence was dis closed indicating that some natural gas producers have tried to buy up and then withhold aavilable reserves waiting for higher prices Nixon to detail energy program Washington AP President Nixon announced today that he will make a live radio broadcast to lay out the governments energy program 11 am CDT Saturday faces charges Washington AP Dean Martin Jr 22yearold son of actorsinger Dean Martin has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms federal officials said today A spokesman for the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau of the Department of the Treasury said Martin was ar rested Thursday at his home in Beverly HiUs Calif Martin was scheduledfor arraignment today in Los Angeles the bureau spokesman said The spokesman said five machine guns a 20mm cannon and a supply of ammunition were confiscated at Martins house The bureau spokesman sale en undercover agent purchaset an M16 rifle and a North Koreanmade AK47semi automatic weapon from Martii for Wednesday He said agents returned to Martin house Thursday with a searc warrant and made the arres and confiscated the weapons iae iicrtoCrbondH Prtu Htrrin Billy Journal indwndnl FRIDAY JANUARY 18 1974 bids ch Springfield AP Twentytwo contracting com panies and four of their officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of rigging bids on Illinois highway projects that cost million Seven indictments were returned Thursday involving contracts for 11 road projects awarded between January 1969 and March 1972 The indictments charge that the companies violated antitrust laws by conspiring to determine which ofthem would submit low bids on the projects US District Atty Donald MacKay said the alleged figging pushed the cost of the federally assisted road work to high artificial and noncompetitive levels The indictments which con 22 firms indicted in Illinois highway bids case teamed 31 separate counts iden tified the road projects by con tract number and the date but it did not pinpoint the location of the road work State transportation depart meh officials were unavailable far a more detailed explanation when the indictment was returned The bids ranged from to million Five companies were charged in two counts each of violating federal laws that require free and open bidding while the four I individuals and 16 remaining companies were charged in one count each The maximum penalty for conviction on Hie charges is a fine for the corporations and a fine and one year in prison for the individuals The indictmente were return1 ed before Judge Harlington Wood Jr of US District Court and evidence had been presented to the grand jury by attorneys for the Chicago office of rdie Justice Departments an titrust division All but one of the companies are based in Illinois Named on two counts were Howell Asphalt Co of Mattcon Pautter Brothers Contractors Inc Chester San gam on Construction Co Marion and Standard Paving Co and J L Simmons Co both of Chicago Also named were the E T Simonds Construction Co Carbondale and its president ET Simonds J D Barter Construction Co Inc Har risburg and its president H H Barter HoweJTs president Virgil R Howell Contracting and Material Co Wheeling and its vice president Donald P Oagney Also named were Hoeffken Bros Inc Belleville Moritz Corpof Effingham D M Lake Construction Co of Shelbyville Frank Nutty Inc Vienna Johnson County Asphalt Inc Red Bud and Superior Struc tures Inc Marion Also named were Huckaba and Sons Construction Co Charleston General Paving Co Champaign F F Mangel Co Wisconsin Rapids Wis Calhoun County Contracting Corp Springfield Bituminous Fuel g Oil Co ColMnsville Caldwell Engineering Co Jacksonville H H Hall Construction Co East St Louis and N N Mass Construction Co toe of Algonquin Biqarea contractors accused m November 1970 In July dale d Vofe on cumulative voting Darter of Marion signs a petition to gat question of whether state representatives should b e elected from singlemember districts repealing cumulative voting on the November bal lot Mrs Vivian Ugent pres ident of the Carondale League of Women Voters sponsor of the project locally was at tJie booth in the Penneys store in Carbondale Photo by Jack Griggs Moorer received illegal documents Washington AP Adm Thomas H Moorer chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today acknowledged receiving some illicitly obtained documents from Henry A Kiss ingers National Security Coun cil office But the admiral said he never closed off the irregular channel of information because everything he received was duplicated through normal con tacts with the White House Moorer appeared on NBCs Today Show making his first personal response to reports that the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1971 had been spying upon the secret diplomatic moves of Kissinger then President Nix ons national security advisor and now Secretary of State Moorer denied any attempt by the nations top military leaders to illicitly channel information to the Pentagon The admiral said some White House documents arrived on his desk because Navy Yeoman lc Charles E Radford a clerk in the Joint Chiefs liaison office within the National Security Council would type an extra copy of all documents he prepared The extra copy would be delivered to Moorer by Rear Adm Robert 0 Welander Radfords boss Moorer said Moorer said he was aware of the practice but dismissed it a unimportant since he wa already familiar with everything Radford passed along Southern Illinois construc tionfirmsand officials indict ed Thursday for allegedly fix ing bids on Illinois highway projects performed some million in interstate construc tion during the period cover ed by the charges according to unofficial figures Details of the specific projects involved in the indict ments were unavailable at shortly before noon today Dept of Transportation per sonnel in Springfield were working today to compile a list of the projects and their value Indicted from this area for alleged bidrigging on federal lyaided interstate highway projects were ET Simonds Construction Co Carbondale and its president ET Si monds Barter Construction Co Harrisburg and its presi dent HH Sam Barter Pautler Brothers Contracting Co Chester Frank Nutty toe Vienna Johnson County Asphalt Inc Red Bud and Superior Structure toe Mar Area Big Muddy bridge inJanSlbid letting first maior project in widsouth edge of Carbondale and iirst major of traffic signals ening Illinois bondale and 13 between Car Murphyboro to UVliUolC four lanes a bridge over the Big Muddy River is among several arfea projects for which modernization of traffic signals The Union County project on the first bidletting list is widen ing from two to four lanes and resurfacing of a little over a a Jan 31 bidletting date of Illinois 146 at the inter been set by the State Dept section with new US 51 This I Transportation project estimated to cost Also included in this round j 000 is beina rebid after eailier of bids the first of 1974 are other Jackson County projects and projects in Franklin Wil liamson and Union counties ion During the period of the indictment January of 1969 to March of 1972 the area firms performed work on In terstates 2464 and 57 Simonds received the larg est individual interstate con tract for the period It was awarded an contract for paving on 124 in Massac County in September 1970 Si monds shared in some million in work on 124 with Barter Barter itself shared a 555 million contract for work on 124 with another firm Johnson Pautler and Nutty shared two interstate cont racts during the period that totaled nearly million They were awarded a 902989 contract for 124 wort Another stormhits coast By the Associated Press November 1970 In July 1971 they received a contract for work on 164 During the period Pautler and Nutty shared a nearly million contract for work on124 Superior was apparently not heavily involved in interstate construction during the per iod The unofficial figures show the firm had only about in interstate work Simonds a former member of the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale said he had ab solutely no comment on the indictment Officials at John son also delivered comment Officials were unavailable for comment atother firms James Newton District 9 highway engineer Carbon dale declined to speculate to day on the possible effect of the indictment of Southern Il linois road contractors on con struction projects in the dis rict this year While admitting that me firms listed in the indict ments were among the largest and most active in this area he said he had no way of knowing whether bids on 1974 projects from other firms might be higher than bids area firms might submit to any case these are only indictments Newton said He said that as far as he knows the indicted firms will not be restricted from bidd ing on or performing contracts unless they are actually con victed on violations of the law Egypt Israel sign agreement By the Associated Press Egypt and Israel signed documents today calling for tenance projects estimated to cost a total of million James Newton District 9 highway engineer Carbondale said some is budgeted for the ntew bridge at the east edge of Murphysboro which will carry two additional lanes of Illinois 13 traffic Also of interest todrivers in the Carbondale Murphysboro area are projects involving re surfacing of 149 Wal nut street in Murphysboro be tween 9th and 15th streets and Illinois 13 Main street in Car bondale between Wall street on the east and Williams street on the west side of town Another Jackson County pro ject to be bid in channelization of the intersection of US 51 and Pleasant Hffl Road at the IJW JO WVAlig bids came in some high Newton said The Franklin County project is construction of concrete ramps and parking lots at two rest areas on Interstate 57 2 miles north of the Benton inter change The Williamson County pro ject consists bt concrete pave ment on CarbonYale street and three intersections in Marion No cost estimates were im mediately available for the Pleasant Hill Road 157 Mar ion Murphysboro and Carbon dale projects In other action Thursday tnte Dept of Transportation an nounced awarding of a contractto the E T Simonds Construction Co Carbondale for road work in Franklin Coun ty The project consists of a half mile of surfacing and base course work on Illinois 149 from just north of the FranklinWil liamson line to a half mile west oi Royalton Lawyers agree on pause in tapes rains ana brought more bad weather to the Pacific Coast and Northwest today A weather forecaster said the storm might not dump as much rain as earlier storms which brought floods to five states The storm is just beginning said Larry Zimmerman who is in charge of the National Weather Services Seattle of fice We expect this storm to be general but moving quite rapid ly and the amount of rain may not be as heavy as weve had in the past few days he add ed Zimmerman said the storm could speed inland as far as had hit Idaho and Montana by this evening Earlier this week storms precipitated multimillktn dollar flooding in Washington Oregon California Idaho and Mon tana Although the newest storm is not expected to be as wet as the earlier ones Zimmerman said worse might still be in the offing since the potential for wet weather certainly will re main There have been 15 known or presumed deaths in Oregon and Northern California since a An Washington AP assistant special pro was aware that recording of the recollection of a secutor asked a White House lawyer today about alleged new gaps in Watergaterelated tapes turned over to a federal district court by House Assistant prosecutor Richard EenVeniste asked White House lawyer J Fred Buzhardt if he a cassette Presidents March 21 meeting with John W Dean III ended in midsentence After objections from White House lawyer James D St Clair BenVeniste agreed to refer to it as an incomplete sentence Buzhardt replied that he was aware and that it was not unusual for such dictation to in clude incomplete sentences Then BenVeniste asked him if fie recalled the dictation belt of presidential recollections of a June 20 telephone conversation with John Mitchell a call that was not recorded on the White House taping system The presidential recollection on that belt was only 23 seconds long court documents show BenVeniste then asked Buzhardt Can you explain why the dictation belt picks up in the middle of a sentence after a 38 second pause following Nixons description of the Mitchell call I was not aware that it did Buzhardt replied Buzhardt said it was not unusual for pauses to exist in the dictabelt recordings because President Nixon had the habit of pushing the microphone button and releasing it Is it also possible the dicta tion was gone over with the erase button BenVeniste asked No Buzhardt said At that point White House lawyer James D St Clair ob jected that there hac evidence to imply an erasure He asked him if it was possible US District Judge John J Sirica said Anything is possible St Clair persisted Its a question not based on facts he said The judge asked BenVeniste if he had any basis for the question and the 30yearold prosecutor replied I dont know the answer to the question and I dont think Mr St Clair Then Buzhardt said I can only give my opinion that its not possible Buzhardt testified he was the only person who had possession of the belt fromthe time it was delivered to him in the White House to when he turned it over to the court Charles S Rhyne attorney for Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods asked Buzhardt about a meeting in Siricas office on lawyer James u uisur uomeeiuiB ui iected that there had been no Nov 21 when the White House iawyer first told the judge about the 18minute gap Rbyne reading from the transcript quoted Buzhardt as final day of federal court hearj wmter storm struck saying It doesnt appear i L 11 what we know at this point that it could have been ac cidental The transcript also disclosed that Buzhardt asked Sirica to delay publicly disclosing the existence of the gap so that there would be more time to try and explain it Sirica disagreed and insisted it be disclosed lhat day Buzhardt also said then Maybe its a matter for the grand jury to look into with the prosecutor After telling the judge about the gap Buzhardt said the circumstances were even a little worse than that your honor I dont see howthey could get any worse Sirica said Just wait Buzhardt replied and told the judge that all the conversation about Watergate was within the obliterated seg ment The disclosures came on the A ings into what might have caused the gap in one of the subpoenaed tapes of White House conversations dealing with Watergate Judge Sirica announced he intended to complete taking testimony today even if it re quires an evening session White House lawyers were to get a chance later in the day to ask six technical experts about their report that the gap in a subpoenaed tape could not have been caused by a single accidental act In a related development Common Cause selfstyled citizens lobby issued a sub poena to President Nixon demanding that he produce documents relating to fund raising and political activity by his 1972 reelection cam paign The subpoena was issued in connection with a civil judgment Common Cause won Cloudy tonight with 70 per cent chance of rain Turning colder later with lows in the 40s Saturday cloudy and cold er with showers likely Highs in tiie Lower 50s Highs in the 50s Sunday through Tues day with lows in the 40s Chance of rain or snow Sun day INDEX Classified Religion Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 1316 5 19 4 6 16 1H2 17 IJLforce along the Suez Janal The United States and Egypt then turned their atten tions to securing a similar agreement between Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt will fly to Syria Saturday and Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger will go there Sun day Israel Egypt and the United States all expressed hope the military disentanglements would lead eventually to a fuE peace pact in the Middle East an area of hostility for a generation But the Palestinian guerrillas in dicated they would balk And Maj Gen Ariel Sharon the Israeli tank officer whose forces punched through Egyp tian lines to occupy portions of the Suez Canals west bank last October said today he was resigning to protest Israeli agreement to pull back Kissinger who flew Jerusalem to Aswan Egypt for another talk with Sadat told newsmen we will start the talks with the Syrians with the same dedication and good will that was shown with the Egyp and Red from tians Kissingers travel schedule called for him to leave for home Sunday night after a stopover in Jordan for talks with King Hussein and the trip to Syria He has been in the Mideast for more than a week of negotia tions with the Israelis and Egyptians Egypt and Syria were the main combatants against Israel in last Octobers ArabIsraeli war Israel occupies Syrian ter ritory in the Golan Heights Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban told newsmen his govern ment is ready for a disengage ment agreement with Syria The ball is in their court he said Israel has insisted it would not negotiate with Syria until the Syrians furnished a list of Israeli prisoners of war allowed the International Cross tovisit the POWs Israeli and Egyptian generals signed an agreement on the west side of the Suez Canal today to separate their combat forces on the Suez front A separate pact was signed in Jerusalem by Premier Golda Meir and in Aswan by Presi dent Anwar Sadat limiting the number of men and arms pamitted along the new cease fire lines The accord signed by Mrs Meir and Sadat was the first agreement signed by Arab and Israeli heads of government in the 25years of sporadic war and Mrs Meir called it me beginning of peace The EgyptianIsraeli disen gagement agreement could open the way for negotiations on fin ding solutions to the causes of three ArabIsraeli wars over a quarter of a century The two countries will get their chance Jan 24 when the Mideast peace talks resume in Geneva Will embargo be lifted soon By the Associated Press Will the Middle East oil em bargo be lifted now that the Arabs and the Israelis have agreed to disengage their forces Apparently not yet There was nothing from the Arab world today to indicate there would be any sudden change from the clamp put on crude oil needed by Americans for their energy demands Before the embargo Arab supplies accounted for about 15 per cent of the oil used in the country each day In an interview in Bonn Germany Thursday night Oil Minister Zaki Yamani of Saudi Arabia said his nation will not increase oil production until Israeli forces vacate all Arab territories occupied in the 1967 war The disengagement does not meet this condition which has been tied in with the embargo since it was put into effect ;