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12 charged in police
probe of liquor sales
By TIMOTHY YAGLE centage."
The crackdown in liquor sales to
minors, already begun in neighboring
Ypsilanti and throughout Washtenaw
County, has spread to Ann Arbor where
12 grocery store clerks face charges of
selling liquor to persons under the age
Ann Arbor Police Chief Walter
Krasny said city police, assisted by two
local 17-year-old high school students
visited 43 area stores where the
teenagers were sold beer or wine at 12
of them, twok of which were on cam-
pus-the Beer Depot at 114 E. William
St. and Marshall's Package Liquor
Dealer at 235 S. State St.
THE TWO STUDENTS were
specifically instructed not to lie about
Krasny, who said he did not know how
i ny stores would be caught, observed
that 12 stores out of 43 is a "poor per-
"In one place, the kid said he was
only 17 and the clerk sold him a six-
pack anyhow, then told him not to come
back to the store any more," said one
detective involved in the operation.
RAYMOND WOODRUFF, Chief of
Detectives, said arrest warrants would
be sought for the 12 clerks who
allegedly sold the liquor to the minors.
The cases will be turned over to the
state Liquor Control Commission
(LCC) for any further action against
the store owners, he added.
Krasny said they could face heavy
fiens or even the loss of their liquor
Krasny said yesterday he was "con-
templating this kind of action for some
time. It's an operation I felt was
necessary (judging from public
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Gotthainer resignation draws regrets
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BY KEVIN TOTTIS
Although the resignation of Michael
Gotthainer as Washtenaw County Ad-
ministrator was unanimously accepted
by the Board of Commissioners Wed-
nesday night, some commissioners feel
that Gotthainer will be greatly missed
in Washtenaw County.
According to Newsday, the Long
Island newspaper, Gotthainer, had
been charged in a Suffolk County, N.Y.
court with two felony counts of "of-
fering false instruments" while he ser-
ved as a deputy executive county ad-
ministrator in Suffolk County. Accor-
ding to Newsday, Gotthainer allegedly
had offered a Tesolution of November
27, 1973 that would have authorized the
county to spend up to $55,000 for
laboratory equipment and fittings. Ac-
cording to the * Suffolk County
prosecutor, the county was already
paying $62,006 for these items. Got-
thainer pleaded not guilty at his
arraignment last June.
GOTTHAINER, Wednesday pleaded
guilty on a lesser charge of two
misdemeanor counts. According to
Commission Chairman Richard
Walterhouse (R-Ann Arbor) those
misdemeanors are not even considered
a crime. In addition to his-guilty plea,
Gotthainer has agreed to appear before
a grand jury investigating alleged
corruption in the administration of the
Southwest Sewer district project.
Gotthainer, reached at his Ann Arbor
home, refused to comment on the case.
Gotthainer is scheduled to appear
before Judge Eugene Canudo for sen-
tencing on February 20. He could
receive a maximum sentence of one
year in prison and $500 fine for each
Although Gotthainer was not
required by law to resign, his
resignation did not surprise those
commissioners reached for comment.
"He (Gotthainer) indicated to us that if
he were convicted or found guilty he
would resign," said Commissioner
George Merkel (R-Chelsea).
SEVERAL commissioners praised
Gotthainer's work in Washtenaw Coun-
ty. "Mike did a good job, especially
with the budget," said Herbert Ellis
(R-Ann Arbor), "It (Gotthainer's
resignation) will have an effect on the
county. He has been very, very good in
new budget procedures. In the past two
years, we have been able to control the
millage because of him," Com-
missioner Catherine McClary .(D-Ann
The Board will meet next Wednesday
to discuss filling Gotthainer's position.
Mexico may m diate
in U.S.-Iran crisis
June Komar is serving as the interim
. According to Walterhouse a few
commissioners are considering alter-
native ways of filling Gotthainer's
position including going back to making
the position an elected instead of an ap-
pointed one. He said that he, however,
favors keepig the position appointed.
McClAry aid that prior to Got-
thainer's appintment she did not sup-
port an appinted administrator, but
that Gotthaier's work convinced her
an appointd administrator was
From The Associated Press
A series of diplomatic talks by
Mexico's ambassador to the United
Nations prompted reports in New York
yesterday that America's southern
neighbor is taking an active role in
mediating the U.S.-Iranian crisis.
Mexico's U.N. mission, however,
denied it had any formal proposal or
plan of action and said it was only of-
fering to be helpful.
THE MEXICAN ambassador's
meetings coincided with reports that
Mexico was initiating a move in the
Security Council to set up an official
U.N. inquiry commission to look into
complaints by Iran against the deposed
shah and his reime.
According t the reports, Mexico
sought to workut an agreement with
Iran to release te50 U.S. hostages held
in Tehran at thesane time the inquiry
Ambassador Poririo Munoz Ledo
met for 1%/2 hours Widnesday evening
with U.N. ecretay-General Kurt
Waldheim, aid earler he conferred
with U.S. Ambasador Donald
McHenry. Muioz Led was scheduled
to meet yesterday with the U.N.
Security Council preident, French
Ambassador Jacques Lpretts.
Carter administration may push for rival Olympics
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"an increasing tide of opinion" against
the summer Games.
BUT THIS official said Christopher
did not ask allies to boycott the Games
and that in each country "there is a
strong body of opinion that believes in
"Most people say they don't see how,
at this time, we can go," said presiden-
tial aide Anne Wexler, who has been
sounding out domestic opinion on the
issue. Other officials said the only vocal
opposition has come from athletes.
In her statement, Mrs. Thatcher said,
"We cannot just stand back and see the
Russians doing what they have done in
Afghanistan, deplore it and take no ac-
tion at all."
THE CONSERVATIVE Party prime
minister has been the most vocal of
West European leaders in supporting
American plans for economic and other
reprisals against the Soviets, State
Department officials have said.
The sources said White House counsel
Lloyd Cutler has told the president the
administration has no legal authority to
order its team not to participate in the
Soviet Union this summer because,
although the team plays under the
national banner, it is organized by the
private U.S. Olympic Committee and is
not under government control. U.S.
members of the international commit-
tee also have been cool toward a
The administration nonetheless has
been actively seeking public support for
a possible boycott and could put con-
siderable pressure on the committee to
stay home or send the team to an alter-
ANY SUCH action would require the
support of a majority of the 86 voting
members of the U.S. Olympic Commit-
tee's executive board, which meets
Jan. 25 in Colorado Springs, Co.
The options now under consideration
at the White House, sources said, in-
clude a simple refusal to participate in
the games if they are held in Moscow,
an active effort to persuade the Inter-
national Olympic Committee to move
the event to another city, which some
committee officials already have said
is impossible at this late date, or an ef-
fort to organize a rival round of games.
The most obvious alternate sites
would be in Montreal, Munich or
Mexico City, which have acted as hosts
for the games.in the past and would still
have the sports facilities to accom-
modate an Olympiad, although housing
would have to be found for the athletes.
ONE WHITE House official said
Mexico City would have several advan-
tages if the Mexicans are receptive to
the idea. Mexico s the ony Third World
nation with the sprts faclities in place,
the source said. Miexico erved as host
for the summer fames list time they
were held in (ctober which, if
repeated, would live oficials a few
more months to gelorganixed.
Having a Third Vorld ration act as
host for the gams rather than the
United States or ne of its military
allies could give tht rival games more
drawing power aaong ion-aligned
nations, the source aid.
Meanwhile, prsidential press
secretary Jody Powil said the United
States is not consideing .any action to
prevent the Soviet O1mpic team from
participating in the Ninter Olympics
scheduled to begin in Lake Placid,
N.Y., on Feb. 13.
"The United State is acting as host.
to an international evnt," Powell said
at his daily briefing fc reporters, "and
there would be very ttle, it seems to
me, to recommend . excluding one
The .press secretarydeclined to an-
swer other questions in the subject,
saying he had "nothing further on the
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