Sapulpa Daily Herald (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 63, No. 68, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 2, 1976 Page: 3 of 18

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League Of Cities 16 Major Car Theft Lies Claimed
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Rejects Drug, Rum ^ua*ces
Decriminalization ^
writer of a proposal to
decriminalize alcohol and
drug use. which was rejected
by the National Ijeague of
Cities, says he is pleased the
group adopted a recom-
mendation to study a heroin
maintenance program for
The resolution to
decriminalize drug usage,
including heroin, was drafted
by the league's human
resources policy committee
headed by Mayor Richard
Hatcher of Gary . Ind After
the vote Wednesday, Hatcher
said he was "extremely
pleased with the results."
“There is no question in my
mind that the language in this
policy calls for an almost
totally new approach to the
question of drug abuse in this
country," he said
"Basically it says we are
to institute and undertake an
intensive experiment to
determine whether the
question of heroin main-
tenance is in fact a means of
addressing the problem of
drug abuse in this country.”
The overall drug proposal,
which the 3,000 delegates
spent five hours debating,
supported decriminalization
but said users should be held
“fully accountable for any
deviant or criminal actions
while under the influence of
these substances ”
Prior to voting on a list of
resolutions, the league
elected Phyllis lamphere, a
city councilwoman from
Seattle, as its president for
1977 Mrs larnphere. former
first-vice president of the
organization, earlier this
week told delegates she felt
many federal policies were
well-intentioned but de-
structive for local govern-
In urging adoption of the
resolution for a heroin
maintenance program,
Hatcher said the proposal did
not advocate putting heroin
"on sale tomorrow at the
corner drugstore for $1.50 a
kilo.” He said the proposal
would promote research to
determine if a maintenance
program for addicts was "a
feasible way to combat drug
abuse "
He said heroin main-
tenance for addicts might cut
the crime rate in urban
centers and one of its ob-
jectives was to remove ad-
dicts from the criminal
justice system and divert
them to treatment programs.
Also during the final day of
their annual convention,
delegates attended a seminar
to learn how to explain the
benefits and justify the ex-
pense of such meetings to the
folks back home.
A four-member panel, con-
sisting of three city officials
and a journalist, told
delegates it was their duty to
convince taxpayers such
meetings would be beneficial
to their communities in the
Mayor John Poelker of St
I-ouis said delegates to such
conventions should arm
themselves with facts and
figures concerning what they
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world has erupted in deadly
earthquakes this year from
the steamy jungles of
Samatra to provisoes ef
northeast China, toppling tall
city buddings and killiig an
estimated 41,000 persons.
In Guatemala last
February, an earthquake
killed 23,000 persons and
seismic sea waves 30 to 40
feet high thundered down on
white sand beachs off the
Philippine island of Min-
danao washing away sur-
vivors of a killer quake in
“As far as deaths are
concerned, this is probably
the deadliest year since 1970
when we had an earthquake
in Peru that killed in the
neighborhood of 67,000 per-
sons,” said Waverly Person
of the National Earthquake
Information Center.
Person said there had been
16 major earthquakes so far
this year which registered 7.5
or more on the open-ended
Richter Scale. The scale is a
method of gauging the in-
tensity of earthquakes by
measuring seismic waves
given off.
He said the number was
about average but said the
death toll was the highest in
years because the quakes
"occurred in heavily
populated areas.
"Anytime you get a earth-
quake and it's in a populated
area you can expect it to be
very, very destructive," he
The other major ear-
thquakes recorded by Person
and his staff from
seismometers throughout the
United States included one
April 8 and a second May 17 in
the Uzbek region of the Soviet
Person said the number of
persons killed in the Russian
earthquakes and those which
rocked China Jtdy 27 and July
28 still was unknown “but we
believe it was very high.”
He said between 5,000 to
8,000 persons were missing or
presumed killed by the earth-
quake off Midanao in the
Moro Gulf Aug. 16, which
registered 8.0 on the Richter
scale. Person said the
greatest quakes on record
measured 8.9 and occurred in
Ecuador in 1906 and off the
coast of Japan in 1933.
"We locate about 6,000
earthquakes per year,” he
said. "The largest ear-
thquakes ever recorded were
8.9 but that's not saying we
can’t have something larger.
That’s why we call the
Richter scale an open ended
Person said many of those
killed in the Mindanao quake
were swept away by a
Tsunami, a huge sea wave he
said could crest “between 30
and 40 feet ... anytime an
earthquake is near a coast
line. They could hit within
seconds or within hours.”
He said readings made by
the NEIC on intensity of
earthquakes came from a
string of sensitive
seismometers located in
isolated areas of the United
States. The final
measurement is printed out
on recorders at Person’s
office in suburban Golden.
Person said officials at the
NEIC can locate an ear-
thquake with an intensity of
6.5 or more by using com-
puters to plot longitudes and
latitudes "so we can pinpoint
it whether the Chinese tell us
about it or not”
He also said some of the
earthquakes recorded were
aftershocks caused by the
main tremor. He said China’s
first earthquake had an in-
tensity ef I on the Richter
Scale and an aftershock of
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— More Oklahomans are
lying to their insurance
companies about "stolen"
cars and the companies are
beginning to investigate the
claims more closely, an in-
surance industry spokesman
said Wednesday.
Jerry F. Johns, president of
Southwestern Insurance
Information Service, said the
number of Oklahomans
reporting their cars stolen
has doubled in the past year
An estimated 30 per cent of
the car thefts in the city are
committed for the purpose of
collecting insurance money
under false pretenses and
about 15 per cent of the auto
thefts in rural areas are
fraudulent, Johns said.
“In some cases
automobiles are driven into a
lake or set on fire in an effort
to totally destroy the car," he
Johns said the reasons for
the increases are not entirely
clear, “but many people
blame it on a depressed
economic climate."
"It has mushroomed in the
past year," he said
He said determining that a
stolen car report is false is
“relatively easy, if you spend
the time to do ik”
"A lot of companies are
beginning to spend the time
simply because of this in-
crease,” he said
“There are certain things
that paint to it,” he said
"When those things arise,
like economic conditions, the
companies have become
more intense in their in-
vestigations and have in-
tensified their efforts to try to
stop it."
Johns said the firms do not
suspect every person who
files a claini of trying to
commit a fraud
"They’re not checking
everybody," he said ‘We
don't want everybody to think
if their car is stolen they are
going to be accused of
stealing it themselves "
Johns said background
checks in suspicious cases
sometimes reveal the car
owner is m poor financial
Neighbors also are a source
of information about
fraudulent claims, he said
"A lot of people do not
cover their tracks very well,"
he said
Johns said 8,500 to 9,000
cars were reported stolen in
Oklahoma during the past
year, at a cost of $3 million to
car owners. He said about 80
per cent of the stolen cars are
"A lot of these cars will
show up again," Johns said
"Sonietunes they are simply
parked in country, and you
look into it and find the owner
has had some financial
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Ex-‘Cyclops’ Says Klan
Numbers 50 At Pendleton
Marine Sgt Randall
Clouse, a former "Exalted
Cyclops" of the Ku Klux
Klan, says there are more
than 50 Klan members at
Camp Pendleton organized in
several different units.
Clouse, 24, former head of
the KKK in this military
town, said other Marines
belong to similar “pro-white”
groups like the White
Brotherhood, the National
States' Right Party and the
American Rangers.
He suggested in an in-
terview with the I os Angeles
Times that the groups are
gaming members from white
Marines who "are just u little
bit upset the way things are
being done" at the sprawling
base midway between I os
Angeles and San Diego
He cited a decision to
remove country music
records, preferred by many
whites over soul music
chosen by many blacks, from
the jukebox to avoid fights at
the enlisted men's club
He also complained that
blacks were allowed to wear
clenched fist emblems on
their civilian clothes, while
Klan members were
harassed” for wearing a
white power patch.
Clouse was one of 16
Marines whose name was
found on a list “of alleged
KKK members" in a room in
the same barracks where a
group of black Marines at-
tacked a group of whites last
month. All 16 have since been
given new assignments, a
Marine spokesman said, with
Clouse sent to a base in
In the interview shortly
before his transfer. Clouse
also claimed that his Klan
group has been organized at
Camp Pendleton since last
January, saying "we have
meetings, and we could have
rallies "
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