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Siivaj Loroiipe utin diiiy NYC Marathon/Page 14 The Hometown Newspaper of Clinton, Essex, Franklin Counties VoU03 - No. 84 > Copyright 1995, Preu-Republican Plattsburgh, NY 12901, Monday, November 13,1995 Suggested Price: 50 c 24 Pages agree to deal By JULIJANA MOJSILOVIC Associated Press Writer ERDUT, Croatia (AP) - Rebel Serbs agreed Sunday to submit the last of their holdings in Croatia to government authority, resolving a dispute that threat- ened to derail U.S.-led talks in Ohio on peace for the Balkans. \This is a historic signing,\ U.S. Ambassador Peter GalbraitlT-.said. \For the first time in this conflict an issue has been solved by a signature and not by a bullet.\ The agreement, signed in this Serb-held town, in eastern Croatia and witnessed by Galbraith and chief U.N. envoy Thorvald Stoltenberg, also averted the imminent threat of more fighting. Croatian troops in May and August recaptured most Serb- held territory taken in a 1991 war, sending about 180,000 Croatian Serbs fleeing to Bosnia and Serbia. Croatia threatened to attack the remaining bit of Serb-held territory, known as eastern Slavonia, if rebels refused to ac- cept the plan for its reintegra- tion. Such an attack on the ter- ritory, which borders Serbia could have drawn in the Serb-led Yugoslav army, leading to renewed war and a collapse of Bosnian peace talks at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base. In a show of force, the Croa- tian army had moved crack troops and heavy artillery toward the front line over the past few days. Witnesses also reported seeing a large column of Yugoslav army troops and guns headed toward the Croatian bocder late Saturday night. . \The agreement provides for a peaceful solution,\ Stoltenberg said. \I generally hope that this will have a contagious effect for the whole area.\ The two negotiators later took the agreement to Zagreb, the Croatian capital, where the gov- Continued Page 12 P-R File Photo Sgt. Walter R. Williams was a member of the crew for the B-47 strato-jet that stands guard at the entrance to the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Vet recalls victory with 'Pride' By SAUL G. FERRER Staff Writer PLATTSBURGH - Retired- Staff Sgt. Walter R: Williams traveled more than 300 miles to celebrate Veteran's Day with his two favorite ladies: his wife, Ginger, and The Pride of the Adirondacks. \My airplane's here,\ he said, referring to the B-47 on static display at the Clyde Lewis Air- park, at the former Plattsburgh. Air Force Base. Williams helped maintain the plane for more than 10 years before it was decommis- sioned and became a display in 1964. The couple journeys from their Gloucester City, N.J., home every two years to visit what Williams calls \the land- mark,\ to take pictures for their grandchildren and to insure the aircraft is not neglected. \She's still holding up after all these years. I saw the Photo Provided Walter Williams stands under the bomber he helped maintain while stationed at PAFB. stripes I painted on it over However, Williams did corn- three decades ago — 30 years plain about some minor van- — it made me cry.\ dalism to the display. \There's a hole in the cockpit and some scratches and dings,\ he said. \I hear them say it's going to cost almost $10,000 a year, now that PAFB is closed, to maintain. For what? It has no engines. I don't see where the cost is going.\ He and his wife \were sickened at the base's closure. We weren't sure- if The Pride would still be here, but we had to come.\ Williams said visiting \his baby\ on Veterans' Day was more than a just nostalgic tour. \We could have gone to McGuire (Air Force Base) to celebrate, but it's a matter of respect\ for the aircraft, winner of the 1964 World Bombing Competition. Williams and 11 other airmen competed in the inter- national event in Spokane, Wash. \We were the original Dirty Continued Page 12 White House won't budge By ALAN FRAM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Clinton administration refused Sunday to .commit to a seven- year balanced budget as the Republican price for averting the twin crises this week* of a partial federal shutdown and a halt to government borrowing. In what amounted to a day of broadcast budget bargaining, leaders swapped conditions for completing a pair of bills allow- ing the government to continue borrowing and spending money, which President Clinton has threatened to veto. Federal spending authority expires at midnight toda and failure to extend it will force nearly half the federal work force to go home Tuesday morning and curtail government services. Bor- rowing authority also lapses this week, which could rattle finan- cial markets. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., went on ABC's \This Week With David Brinkley\ and said, \If the presi- dent would agree to a balanced budget in seven years, then we could make very good progress\ in completing the bills. That sentiment was echoed by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Appearing on NBC's \Meet the Press,\ he called for \a letter from the president that said, 'I accept in principle getting to a balanced budget in seven years, not the details, but in principle.'\ White House chief of staff Leon Panetta wasted little time in turning them down. \That cannot be part and. parcel of an agreement\ on the short-term bills, he declared on CBS' \Face the Nation,\ though Continued Page 12 Storm creates regional obstacle course By RICHARD C. TEN WOLDE Staff Writer PLATTSBURGH - The storm that howled through the North Country Saturday and Sunday turned the area's roads from paths of least resistance to obstacle courses. Winds Saturday evening uprooted trees and snapped tele- phone poles, blocking roadways, and then as temperatures dropped, the streets became slick with ice and then snow. Charles Gellers of Plattsburgh was cruising along Route 314 on Cumberland Head in his new car when it slammed into a fallen tree. He was uninjured, but his car had to be towed from the ac- cident, according to police. Elson Raoquin of Peru also escaped injury Saturday night after he swerved to avoid a fall- ing branch. His car veered from South Junction Road and slam- med into a tree to the right of the road. At the storm's peak, the Na- tional Weather Service reported sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph J.with gusts up to 70 mph. Almost 1 V* inches of rain fell during the storm, swelling area streams and rivers but causing little flooding. The only reported road closing due to water was True Brook Road in Saranac as a brook washed over the bridge one-tenth of a mile west of No. 37 Road. State Police recommended motorists use Route 3 or Stan- dish Road as alternatives. The falling trees and telephone poles not only blocked roadways, but knocked out power for thou- sands. Franklin County, which was hit especially hard, had three crews of three workers cutting and removing trees from county roads. They roamed the coun- tryside from 6 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday, dragging dozens of trees from the streets. Highway Superintendent Richard Sprague said it would take the crews a few days to finish the removal. As the tree clean-up crews prepared to leave the roads, the county's plows hit the streets to scrape away the six inches of snow that began to fall early Sunday. About 1,400 NYSEG custom- ers were powerless in Franklin, Clinton, Essex and Hamilton counties at 8 p.m. Saturday. But by midafternoon Sunday, only about 15\ were still without ser- vice, according to a NYSEG rep- resentative. The company labored to restore power to the remaining customers by 5 p.m. In Malone, the winds blew down telephone ^oles and power lines along iKoute*J4B> closing the road and cutting power to hundreds of customers. Five crews were still respon- ding to calls in that area late Sunday afternoon. Continued Page 12 Staff Vhoto/hobin Caudell 'Saturday's high winds felled one tree and snapped the upper trunk of another in the old St. John's Cemetery along U.S. Avenue in Plattsburgh, one of several areas that received damage from the high gusting winds. WEATHER Today, becoming cloudy, with a chance of snow during the after- noon. High 30 to 35. Light south wfnd. Chance of snow 40 percent. INDEX Bridge 21 Horoscope....... Business News 7 Ann Landers.., Classified 20-24 Features., Comics 18 Public Record, Editorial 4 Sports. Entertainment 10 Weather 18 18 6 8,9 .14-17 11 K.Y. Lottery: 8-0-1 . x WinFour': 4-4-6-1. Pick 10: 14-18-23-27-29.30-32-36-39-4M5-46-52-56.59-69-70-73-78-80. New England: Pick 3':. Tick 4':. Tri-State Cash:. Security force knew about plot to kill Rabin 1 By DAN PERRY Associated Press Writer TEL AV^ Israel (AP) - In the latest evidence of a stunning intelligence failure, the Shin Bet security agency acknowledged Sunday that it had advance in- formation about the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In a highly unusual move, the secretive agency sent a fax to Israel's Army radio saying authorities were told of a plot in Jujie;by.a friend of Yigal Amir, Vtrho confessed to shooting Rabin. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the fax. In other developments Sym- day: • Amir's brother Hagai, ap- pearing in court, said he received weapons from a sergeant in an elite army unit, who is the sev- enth person arrested in the kill- ing. A judge ordered Hagai Amir held for 12 more days. • As the official mourning period ended, more than 200,000 Israelis streamed into Tel Aviv's newly renamed Yitzhak Rabin Square in a defiant replay, of the Nov. 4 peace rally where Amir shot Rabin. The demonstrators carried flags, candles, cardboard doves and signs reading \Enough Death.\ It was believed to be the biggest gathering ever in Israel. • Israeli troops began pulling out of the West Bank town of Jenin, carrying out the Palesti- nian self-rule agreement signed by Rabin and Yasser Arafat in September. The pullout is to be done by Monday. • The ruling Labor Party picked acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres as its new leader, replacing Rabin. Meanwhile, the Shin Bet ac- knowledged that Shlomo Halevy, a friend of Amir, provided an ac- curate description of the assassin after being told of plans to kill Rabin by a mutual friend. Halevy told his army com- mander of the plot but did not reveal Amir's name or say that he knew him, pretending instead that he overheard two men discussing the plot in a bus sta- tion bathroom, the Shin Bet said. Halevy said one of the plotters was 25, short, black-haired, a member of the militant Jewish group Eyal and a student at Bar Ilan University — a description that fits Amir. Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Halevy's information was turned over to the Shin Bet, but after a superficial check, the agency decided to ignore it. Israel radio reported that Halevy learned about Amir's plot from a Haifa woman, identified as Hila Frank. The radio said she was questioned and released by police Saturday, then went into hiding for fear of retribution. Theories that Rabin was the victim of a right-wing plot were bolstered Sunday when police told a magistrate's court in Tel Aviv they had evidence linking the detained army sergeant to the assassination. Hagai Amir, the gunman's 27-year-old brother, told the Continued Page 12

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