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FBI foils bizarre sub th

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Three men were
in custody yesterday accused of a plot
many officials said was too fantastic to
pull off 4- steal a nuclear submarine,
kill the crew, blow up a ship, put out to
sea, sell the sub, and perhaps fire a
nuclear missile at the East Coast.
The Pentagon said it couldn't be
done, and an FBI agent said he hoped
that was so. But, the agent added, the
government couldn't afford to discount
anything "as too outlandish."
STILL, THE reactions of officials and
prospective victims ranged from "a
practical impossibility" to "funny as
Meanwhile, U.S. Magistrate David
Noce set a preliminary hearing Oct. 13
for Edward J. Mendenhall, 24, and Kur-
tis J. Schmidt, 22, on charges of con-
spiring to steal the USS Trepang, based
in New London, Conn. They were
arrested Wednesday in St. Louis.
James W. Cosgrove, 26, of Ovid, N.Y.,
was arrested Wednesday in Geneva,
Mendenhall and Schmidt were being
held in St. Louis in lieu of $100,000 bond
each yesterday, with Cosgrove to ap-
pear for bond proceedings later before
a U.S. magistrate in upstate New York.

IN SOME CASES, what few details
were made public about the suspects'
backgrounds were contradictory.
The FBI said Mendenhall was an in-
surance company employee from
Rochester, N.Y., and Schmidt a carpet
cleaner from Kansas City. But both
men, arrested in St. Louis Wednesday,
told Noce they were from the St. Louis
In Buffalo, N.Y., FBI. agent James
Tyson said Cosgrove had been in the
Navy and, Tyson believed, was
discharged 3/ or four years ago. Em-
ployment records at the Willard
Psychiatric Center in Willard, N.Y.,
where Cosgrove had worked as a
therapy aide stated he attended the
Navy submarine school across the
Thames River from New London in
Groton, Conn.
BUT FBI SOURCES said they could
not confirm a connection with the sub-
marine school, and the St. Louis Post
Dispatch quoted Cosgrove's father as
saying Cosgrove had never been in the
Roy Klager, special agent in charge
of the St. Louis FBI office, said the
alleged plot came to light last month,

when Mendenhall and Cosgrove contac-
ted a St. Louis resident about joining.
The men, he said, then contacted an
undercover FBI agent, seeking funds
for training and supplies.
Klager 'said the men showed the
agent written plans for using a 12-man
crew to take the Trepang into the Atlan-
tic Ocean where they would rendezvous
with an unidentified buyer.
AFTER KILLING the sub's 100-man
crew, the men allegedly planned to
blow up a submarine tender moored
alongside the Trepang to create a
diversion. Klager said they planned to
fire a nuclear missile at the base or at a
major East Coast city if needed to
cover the getaway. ,
Klager said the suspects claimed to
have the talent "and were in a position
to recruit enough persons with the
talents" to run the sub.
"I don't know if they could have
carried it out," Klager said. "I'd like to
think they couldn't have. I certainly
hope they couldn't have. But the gover-
nment is not in a position to take that
kind of risk. We were not in the position
to discount it as too outlandish."
AT THE SAME time, however, the
Defense Department said it was a

ft plot
"practical impossibility" that a group
of civilians would have succeeded in
stealing the submarine or in operating
"For all practical purposes, it is im-
possible for this submarine to have
been seized," said chief Defense Depar-
tment spokesman Thomas Ross.
Lt. Cmdr. Doug McCurrach, a Navy
spokesman, added that "no small group
of untrained individuals could con-
ceivably steal or operate a ship of this
complexity, which is protected by ex-
tensive security measures'" And in
Groton, spokesman Steve Wade of the
Naval Submarine Base said the base
didn't know of the alleged plot until
Wednesday night, and didn't increase
security after learning of it.
WADE CALLED the scheme
And in New London, sailors from the
targeted submarine tender said they
doubted a theft attempt would have
"I think it's funny as hell," said one
young sailor. "I'm not really too
worried about it." Another commented,
"There's no way they could have
moved the submarine without a full
crew, let alone fire a missile."

Fare lid part of AAT

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA)
Board Wednesday approved a "hold-the-line" budget
for fiscal year 1978-79, which provided for main-
taining Dial-A-Ride service in its current form and
put a lid on fare hikes.
AATA Acting Director Bob Works said the
$6,478,474 budget allows for only "what we absolutely
need to keep the wheels turning every day" and, for
that reason, several AATA projects will be shelved.
An upgraded advertising campaign and intensified
supervisor training programs are among the projects
which will not be funded.
FIVE BOARD members approved the
budget-which tops last year's by $1.3 million-while
member Willie Horton voted against it and member
Joel Samoff abstained. Horton objected to approving
the budget without an additonal public hearing.
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Samoff, a University professor, questioned the
cancellation of free telephone lines through which
citizens could call for Dial-A-Ride vans. He predicted
that "some people will see (cutting the free lines) as
a serious deterioration of service."
Since board membprs had not agreed on a budget
when the fiscal year began July 1, AATA used an in-
terim budget which, for the most part, covered only
operating costs. The budget decision was delayed by
debates on the appropriate role of Dial-A-Ride. Also,
board members were unsure of the size of last year's
deficit, which has to be made up in the current
Deficit projections were as high as $415,610 last week,
with the figure at $479,536 on Wednesday night.
AATA CONTROLLER Mary Jill Ault said that,
aside from paying off last year's deficit, a major

reason for the enlarged budget is that operating costs
have risen about a half million dollars since last year.
To fund last year's deficit, AATA dipped into
Federal Operating Assistance Program funds, of
which nearly $6 million was allocated for the period
of 1974-1980. This year, AATA drew a 30 per cent in-
crease in federal funds over last year.
AATA is seeking more than $1 million from the
federal government to finance its projects for the
next fiscal year. AATA Board Chairman Edwin Pear
said he expects to receive the additional funding.
Though the budget does not call for charges in Dial-
A-Ride, the door-to-door van service is still an issue
with the board. AATA, Samoff said, is "moving
toward a consensus for a new mix of servics in which
the Dial-A-Ride service will play a different role,
although it will not be eliminated."

School Board sets up panel

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Under pressure from the. state to
desegregate district schools, the Ann
Arbor Board of Education decided
Wedniesday night to form a citizens ad-
visory committee to study racial balan-
ce in the district.
The Citizens Committee on Racial
Balance and Educational Opportunities
will advise the board on "appropriate
alternative strategies for reducing
racial impaction in district schools, and

increased educational opportunity and
success in the district."
THE BOARD'S action came after the
state told Ann Arbor that six schools in
the district have minority populations
which violate state guidelines on ethnic
"We've had this same concern for
years, and we've had this same
discussion about establishing a com-
mittee for two years," said Trustee
Peter Wright.
The committee's final report, which

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is due within nine months, will be based
on data concerning "student assign-
ment, staff distribution, school
locations, student/staff ethnic com-
position, as well as educational resour-
ces, physical facilities, achievement
data, board policies and administrative
Failure to comply with the state's or-
der could lead to a formal complaint,
followed by investigations, hearings,
and possibly a desegregation order.
Anti-gay bill
losing votes
been, a sharp erosion of support for
Proposition 6, an initiative aimed
against homosexual teachers and
school workers, the California Poll
reported yesterday.
Pollster Mervin Field said a survey
taken in the last week of September of
1,075 persons showed that 45 per cent
favored the proposition while 43 per
cent were opposed and 12 per cent were
A month earlier, the poll showed the
initiative supported by 61 per cent while
31 per cent opposed it.
With the election a month away, Field
said a reliable prediction of the out-
come was impossible. "Nevertheless,
any continuation of the trend now in
evidence would result in a rejection of
Proposition 6," said the pollster.

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