The michigan Daily-Friday, June 9, 1978-Page 5
Federal agents nab thieves, halt fence ring
From AP and UPI reports for the Irish Republican Army. ts invited suspects to a bogus funeral in charge.
SAGINAW, Mich-A phony funeral During the bogus fencing scheme, procession in honor of "the late, lamen- Also, David Gerwolds, 27, was
eremony orchestrated by federal police also stumbled across a drug ted owner" of the "fencing operation" arrested at his Columbiaville home that
gents and local police yesterday operation and arrested a one-time can- in Flint and Saginaw. was described as a pipebomb factory.
limaxed a four-month undercover fen- didate for county prosectuor for When about 65 "mourners" showed He was charged with making and
ing operation that nabbed more than allegedly selling heroin, up at a Flint parking lot at 8 a.m. possessing explosive devices.
00 suspected thieves and recovered Police had arrested about 100 people yesterday, they were given funeral ATF officials said Gerwolds allegedly
1.4 million in stolen weapons, cars and by yesterday, and authorities said flags for their cars and then arrested on sold several bombs at a storefront site.
ther goods. about 260 warrants had been issued on the spot. Arresting agents said they found 59
The three-county eastern Michigan drug and theft charges. "We told them to meet at a shopping bombs and an explosive laboratory in
weep orchestrated by the Treasury The arrest of the former county center early in the morning, and we the home.
)epartment's Alcohol, Tobacco and prosecutor candidate, lawyer Charles even had a hearse and a police escort
Firearms division and involving eight Bird II, came Wednesday in the men's there for realism. We'd signal one guy AGENTS WORKING at two "store-
ther police agencies resulted from a room at the Lapeer County courthouse to drive up behind the hearse, where front" sites, a garage in Flint and a
ake fencing operation that collected after he allegedly sold an undercover we'd jerk him out and arrest him and house in nearby Saginaw, paid bargain-
nore than $1.5 million in stolen items. agent heroin worth $800, authorities then signal for another car. We got basement prices, usually about 10 cents
The agents told their "clients" they said. more than a dozen suspects that way," to the dollar, for any stolen goods
were buying guns and raising money The climactic "sting" came as agen- said Louis Labbe, ATF resident agent brought to their shop.
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House to investigate two senators' finances
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Senate Herman Talmade (D-Ga.). error had been discovered in 1974, an allegations."
Ethics Committee voted unanimously Sen. Adlai Stevenson III (D-Ill.), accounting sent to his wife as late as If the investigation turns up sufficen
yesterday to conduct a full in- committee chairman, said a December 1977 was still some $20,000 in evidence of wrongdoing, the committe
vestigation into the financial affairs of preliminary inquiry has turned up error. can then hold a proceeding similar to
Sens. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.) and enough information to warrant a probe Stevenson said a special counsel, Carl criminal trial with testimony takeni
"into all allegations." Eardley, has been appointed to head public.
Talmadge has acknowledged accep- the committee investigation of STEVENSON indicated that it wa
ting thousands of dollars in unreported Talmadge's practice of accepting $10 likely, although not certain, th
small gifts from his Georgia constituen- and $20 gifts to pay out-of-pocket ex- Talmadge and Brooke would appea
ts and other sources. penses. personaly to answer questions frog
Brooke has admitted making TALMADGE HAS also acknowledged committee members during the currei
misstaements in sworn testimony about accepting $7,500 from a series of birth- investigation.
at least $40,000 in loans during an day celebrations in his honor in Georgia- Senators are required to report to t
acrimonious divorce settlement with and failing to report $26,000 that he was secretary of the Senate loans of ove
his wife. reimbursed by a campaign committee $5,000. In his most recent report to tI
THE MASSACHUSETTS Republican, for personal funds spent during his 1974 Senate, Brooke listed no loans, althoug
in his second day on the witness stsnd in re-election campaign. last May he testified under oath 1
Middlesex County probate court, said Stevenson said a second special coun- having borrowed $49,000 from a Bosto
the mistakes were bookkeeping errors. sel, not yet selected, would be named to businessman and friend.
Under cross-examination, Brooke examine the questions growing from He has since said most of the mon
said he knew that in November 1975 he Brooke's affairs. came from a family fund depositedi
was holding more than 134,000 Stevenson was asked if the initial his personal bank account.
belonging to his mother-in-law. review which the committee approved STEVENSON SAID the committ
However, he admitted that an accoun- yesterday is tantamount to a full in- also voted to obtain confidential fina
ting sent to his wife listed a balance of vestigation. cial statements from Brooke an
$14,360. "Oh yes," he said at a news conferen- Talmadge filed with the Comptroll
Sen. Brooke Although he said the bookkeeping ce. "We will look into all the General.
Punch card balloting
delayed past August
By DAN OBERDORFER Belcher added that one reason the
punch card system would not be ready
City Administrator Sylvester Murray for August is that Ann Arbor will soon
announced Wednesday that the punch be hiring a new city clerk. Former
card method of voting which City Coun- clerk Jerome Weiss was reassigned to
cil approved last month would not be another department several weeks ago.
ready for the August primaries as Murray said, however,- that even
originally hoped. when council was voting on the new
The extra time is needed to educate system, he did not think it could be im-
the public and to train election workers plemented by August.
how to use the new system, said Acting Punch card balloting is a system of
City Clerk Winifred Northcross. voting which utilizes computer cards
Instead, voters will cast their ballots punched out by a stylus. Proponents of
on the standard lever machines which the system say it will save Ann Arbor
have been used in the past. $30,000 annually.
There is only a "fifty-fifty" chance The city is buying $185,000 of new
the new system would be used in the equipment necessary for the swit-
November election which has many chover through an arrangement with
complex issues and races, said Murray. the county clerk's office. The county
He said it would "more probably" be Board of Commissioners approved Ann
implemented during the city elections Arbor's lease-purchase agreement for
nex Aprit is planning an education theequipment Wednesday night.
program to acquaint voters with the
punch card devices. The program in-
cludes mock elections, displays at SUMMER RATES
schools, shopping centers, banks and
churches, and showing 8mm filmstrips BOW LING
explaining the voting procedures.
501C per game
MAYOR Louis Belcher said that theto6pmDaily
city would keep in close contact withto6p Dal
many local groups to show them how to at the
use the system. "Anyone that's going to
have an election we'll give them the UNION
equipment and help them run their
election on it," he said.
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