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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE Murphysboro Herrin 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 16th Southern Hlinoisan Volume 82No 2441 5e a Copy 4 Sections Frtt Prm Mmn Billy Jwrml Murphysbore I WEDNESDAY OCT 16 1974 010175 IW nOA LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 78 DECATUR ILL 62525 Two area roadbuilders found guilty Springfield AP Two Southern Illinois road builders and their companies have been found guilty by a US District Court jury of rigging bids on million in government projects The jury of five men and seven women late Tuesday con victed Eugene T Simonds and bis firm ET Simonds Construction Co of Carbondale and HH Barter and his firm JD Barter Construction Co Inc of Harrisburg of submitting rigged bids on three road pro jects The jury which deliberated nearly 15 hours Monday and Tuesday acquitted Superior Structures Inc of Marion which had also been charged with conspiracy in the case Outside the courtroom Barter embraced a weeping woman while Simonds told a newsman who asked about his reaction to the verdict You were in there werent you Thats it The two men face maximum penalties of one year in prison and a fine while their companies can be fined up to each Judge Harlington Wood Jr gave defense attorneys 30 days to file motions and set no sentencing date The trial lasted a month Asst US Atty Thomas Howard attempted to show Barter and Simonds arranged a meeting with two other road contractors prior to a June 4 1971 bid letting The government contended Frank Nutty president of Frank Nutty Inc of Vienna and Edwin Pautler president of Pautler Brothers Contractors Inc of Chester agreed to split up three road projects with Barter and Simonds prior to the bidlet ting Barter and Simonds received two of the projects a million contract for work on Interstate 24 near New Colum bia arid a million contract for work on Illinois 13 near Equality In Saline County Pautler and Nutty received a million contract for bridge work on Interstate 24 near ilound Knob in Massae Coun ty It was Nutty and Pautler as well as James Knott of Johnson County Asphalt Inc of Red Bud who were granted im munity from prosecution in the case and testified for the government The cases of their companies originally named in the indict ment with Barter and Simonds were severed from the trial and the government said it will try them separately This was the second of eight trials which stemmed from the indictment in January of 22 firmsand four individuals on charges they conspired in violation of federal antitrust laws to discuss the bids and agree among themselves who would be the low bidder The government charges there were agreements involving 11 road projects awarded between January 1969 arid March 1972 In the first trial one firm pleaded guilty and testified for the government Two other firms were convicted The trials are set to begin through mid1975 The government contends that as a result of the agreements road prices in Illinois were fixed at an artificially high level H H Barter Eugene T Builders share million in jobs District 73 best in the state State Police Trooper Robert Perry Cpl Walter Lowe Cpl K Jones and Trooper Claude Wright sight jln in the team com petition event at the Illinois Police Association IPA in vitational turkey shoot today at state police headquarters at Du Quoin These four shoot took top honors Oct 9 in Springfield competing against 20 other state police teams at the 5th annual state police interdistrict police shoot The team coached by Trooper Larry Deal shot a cumulative score of 3730 out of a possible 4000 points The iOet 9 event was the first time a District 13 team has first place Todays com was open to the 680 IPA members In the IPA Shawnee Division of which District 13 is a part Photo by Butch Nevious S irica may have Nixon checked AP dante He is their principal aeMitchell and then hired as w r general counsel for the Nixon rePresident to appear personally among the five defendants LSDistrict juage jonn j cuser Guard units stand by I feel it necessary for the former become every man for himself Rncfon election committee three doctors to California to determine if Richard M Nixons health would prevent him from testifying at the Watergate coverup trial The prosecution then called its first witness John W Dean TTT fnrmpr White House counsel In contrast to his selfconfi Hent and articulate testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee in the spring of 1973 Dean spoke sometimes haltingly and occasionally stumbled over his words He appeared thinner endmore pale than his previous public appearances since leav ing the White House staff in April of 1973 Wearing a gray suit gray shirt and a blue tie Deans first y identity Nixon opening the 12th day of the trial He emphasized however that he has made no decision on defense and pro secution subpoenaes for the former president Sirica has scheduled a hearing on the issue for Thursday The judge said today he wants defense and prosecutionat torneys to think about who will foot the bill if he decides to conduct his own medical in quiry From a podium 30 feet away prosecutor James F Neal began laying the background of Deans role as a selfadmitted planner of the coverup Dean released from prison so ne could testify described how convicted Watergate conspirator Liddy was m defendant John N the reelection committee in telligence plan proposed for use by Liddy on Jan 27 1972 in Mitchells Justice Department This wasnt a plan for the United States government was M Neal asked Dean said it was for the re election committee If I should decide either now orlaterifit should develop that Shortly before the prosecu the defense or prosecu ton After ftat the lawyer for de fendant Kennetti W Parkrason began his opening statement to the jury portraying his client as a nonpolitical lawyer lied to by former Atty Gen John N Mitchell another defendant The statement by Jacob Stein representing Parkinson con tinued a pattern in which it has Dean wag to appeat Smca denied renewed motions for White House Chief of Staff H R Haldeman and Mitchell opening statements Tuesday by the attorneys for defendants John D Ehrlichman and Robert C Mardian emphasized their ckents distance from the other defendants Paper says Ford to testify Haig discussed pardon Chicago AP President Ford will testify before a House subcommittee Praise from Ford thrills Belleville man Richard M Nixon left the White House if Ford would pardon Nixon in the event of a resignation the Chicago Tribune says Ford will tell a House judi ciary subcommittee Thursday that he made no promise toHaig and refused to make any deals involving Nixons resignation the newspaper said in a Washingtondatelined story in editions The newspaper quoted White House sources as reporting that Haig then Nixons chief of staff posed to thenvice president Ford a hypothetical question If Nixon were to resign would he receive a full pardon On Aug 8 Nixon announced his resignation effective the next day Ford granted him a pardon Sept 8 The Presidents appearance before the subcommittee chaired by Rep William L Hungate DMo was delayed a week while a jury was selected and sequestered in the Watergate coverup trial in Washington Boston AP Schools opened in Boston to day with National Guard units standing by in armories and hundreds of police patrolling a high school that was the scene of the latest outbreak of racial violence Gov Francis VV Sargent mobilized the Guard Tuesday and about 450 guardmen were sent to armories with other units put on standby for possible callup But the Republican governors request to the White House for federal troops was turned down by President Ford The governor ordered the Guard standby after citing stabbings stonings and disorders in schools Tuesday mostly at a high school in the predominately white Hyde Park section where eight white persons were injured One 15 yearold was slashed in the ab domen Scattered violence has troubl ed the school system since it opened more than four weeks ago under a courtordered school desegregation plan rely ing heavily on busing Two Southern Illinois con tractors convicted Tuesday in Springfield of conspiring to rig bids on road contracts have shared nearly S4 million in highway work in the immedi ate area so far this year according to a sur vey E T Simonds of Carbon dale and H H Sam Barter of Harrisburg were convicted on the bidrigging charges by a federal jury They were charged with fixing bids on three projects in June 1971 Their companies E T Sim onds Construction Co and J Barter Construction Co were also convicted A partial tally of work In the immediate area awarded by the Illinois Dept of Trans portation since January shows that Simonds and Barter shar ed one contract and Simonds received four contracts on his own In May Simonds and Bar ter received a joint S31 mil lion contract for work on Illi nois 13 near Harrisburg Simonds on his own receiv ed nearly worth of road work this year In January he was award ed a contract for slope protection repair on Dli njois 183 across Rend Lake and in March he received a contract for road re surfacing in Murphysboro and Carbondale Simonds in June was awarded a contract for resurfacing on US 51 be tween Carbondale and Makan da Last month he got a 772 contract for road resurfac ing in 10 area counties Another firm which was in dicted in the bidrigging con spiracy in January Johnson County Asphalt Co of Red Bud has received at leSst one contract from the state this year That contract awarded last month was for worth of work on Illinois 4 and Illinois 150 in Randolph County Johnson County Asphalt was separated from the just com pleted trial after James Knott of the firm agreed to testify on behalf of the state It could not immediately be determined exactly how much road work is now under con tract to Simonds Barter and the other companies charged with bidrigging in Southern Illinois Officials at the Illinois Dept of Transportation said that information is being com piled but would not be im mediately available It also could not immediate ly be determined what action the state transportation de partment will take against Si monds and Barter now that they have been convicted The departments policy has been to disqualify convicted firms from bidding on projects for a maximum of one year Road work under contract or projects on which bids have already been accepted are not affected by the policy Suspensions however are not imposed until sentencing has been completed A Charleston firm Hucka ba and Sons Construction Co which pled guilty to a bid rigging charge in July in an earlier trial received a six month suspension from bid ding but the penalty was not imposed until September Two other firms convicted in the July trial have not yet been sentenced Index Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Sports Weather details map 2526 31 4 67 2728 911 27 Fair tonight low in the low or mid 40s Thursday partly sunny with little temperature change High in the mid 70s Partly cloudy Friday lows middle 30s to middle 40s high mostly 60s Saturday partly cloudy and warmer By Larry Spohn and John Shaffer LindsaySchaub News Service James Kincaid 49 of Belle ville says he is thrilled that President Gerald R Ford dis cussed his antiinflation propo sal during a nationally televised speech Tuesday night It renewed his faith that the average American worker and family still count and reaffirm ed his feeling that the average man does have a forum Kin caid said today He is one of several Ameri cans whose letters to the Presi dent were discussed during the speech in Kansas City In the letter to Ford about three weeks ago Kincaid rec ommended the establishment of a special inflation bond to improve the economic picture provided the bonds paid a com petitive interest rate The President mentioning Kincaid by name and city said it was a good idea He said he would ask treasury officials to study the possibility of issuing WIN bonds in conjunction with his whip inflation now campaign Kincaid also wrote aritiinfla tion letters to Illinois Senators and his Congressman but so far there have been no replies But there was a response to his letter to Ford He was telephoned Monday night by a member of the Pres idents research and develop ment staff and asked if the President could mention the let ter its suggestion and author Kincaid a yard operator in the Southern Railway yard office in East St Louis said he watched the speech at work A neighbor Ben Bailey loaned him a portable television set Kincaid who lives at 3741 Me morial Dr is the father of five children ages 8 to 29 Two live at home with him and his wife Lavern He said his children away from home called him after the speech and all his children are as flabbergasted by the amount of attention Ive received as lam He said he has received a whole bunch of calls from friends neighbors and the news media Keep track of every single penny this government spends1 Elect inflationfighters Ford urges voters Kansas City AP President Ford campaigning in four Midwestern states for Republican candidates in the offyear election called today for the election of inflation fighters who are going to keep track of every single penny this government spends In his text for a Republican breakfast Ford said that in the economic area the President proposes but the Congress disposes He con tinued Unless we send people into the House and Senate who recognize the role big govern ment and deficitspending play in our economy we never are going to end this inflation that is costing every American con sumer so much The President scheduled campaign stops today in Missouri South D a k o J a Nebraska and Indiana Ford spoke Tuesday night to the Kansas City convention of Future Farmers of America where he used strongerthan usual languageto say that if Congress doesnt like his present program to attempt to counter both inflation and economic downturin I may be back with some tough turkey To an audience of about 10000 in the Kansas City convention center Ford said some people were contending his inflation fighting blueprint called for biting a marshmallow instead of a bullet He went on Well had already asked the Congress to postpone for three a 55 per cent pay raise for federal goverrment employes which would have saved million Congress wouldnt even chew thai marshimallow WIN or lose Stories on pages 22 23 Ford said Congress has yet to show much appetitefor some of the other marshmallows in my latest message and declared If they don like my menu I may be back with some tough turkey This drew applause from his audience which displayed sporadic enthusiasm for his other remarks Ford outlined a 12point pro gram which he said would help fight inflation if adopted by workaday Americans The 12 points l Bring budgeting back In Balance your family budget and expect your govern ment officials to do exactly the same 2 Learn how to use credit wisely Postpone unnecessary borrowing Wait for interest rates to come down as they will and pay down as much as you can pay off as quickly as you can 3 Save as much as you can and watch your money grow 4 Conserve energy 5 Let business and labor avoid raising prices or wages more than costs or services absolutely require 6 Work better waste less of both time and materials on the job 7 Shop wisely look for bargains Go for the lower cost item and brag about the fact youre a bargain hunter 8 Eliminate outmoded regulations that keep costs of goods and services high and enforce regulations that advance efficiency health and safety 9 Plant backyard gardens 10 Assist in recycling pro grams and the reuse of scrap materials 11 Waste less in every way 12 Guard your health One of the worst wastes we have in America is days lost to sickness The appearance before the Future Farmers was billed as nonpolitical but press secretary Ron Nessen said the Republican party would pick up the tab for all of Fords current trip which took an avowedly political turn today ;