$10,000 Junk' Jewelry Recovered
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Torratice High School made en each evening The Torrancc ay Torrancc faculty members.
histrionic history last Tuesday rligh play, "Sunday Costs Five Cast of the play Included Lonls
Josephine Smith, Babs Whltley, Yolanda
evening when their group of Nlggli, was given by "superior" Goldsmith. Jan Desmond, and
Pesos," a comedy
players captured top honors In rating, the highest awarded by Delores McCollum. Faculty dl
the 20th annual Pasadena Play- the judges, rector -was L. L. Bereskln anil
Per Copy houst State One-Act Play tour- The victorious group was pro- student director was Harry
Every Sunday ind Thuriday nament. - sented with the Governor Earl Frahllch.
Homo Delivered by Carrier Some 80 high schools and 300 Warren trophy, stage equipment,
30 Centi Per Month
(Avenge > Inuei Per Month) and Torrance Herald Shoppers Reach 109,909 Buyer* students participated In the and a two-year scholarship to
tournament,. which ran from the Pasadena Playhouse College Haffner, Bob Hopklns, Warner
Monday through Wednesday, of Thoatrt Arts for the senior Smith and Al Legus; and the
. 39th Year No. 26 TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, I9S3 PHONE TORRANCE 444 «G&° 12 8 PAGES and a winning group was chos- who Is adjudged, most worthy prompter was Deo Schumcrt
'Suicide' Pilot Wanted
Here on Bad Check Charge
laluable Jewels Sperry Skips Court
Thought to be Date on Bum Checks
War-wounded flyer Roland
Junk by Thieves Sperry, 30, a former Torrance
urniture salesman who threat-
ened, to kill himself by crashing
Had a ring of auto thieves len plane into the sea Fri-
ead the newspapers last week day aftcrnobn, faces a series of
hey would have known that the bad check charges here when he
ewels which they found In the gets out of jail for stealing the
glove compartment and reg airplane.
d as "Junk jewelry," was Detective Lt. Percy Bennctt
ued at $10,000 More than ten Of the Torrance Police Dept.
Imes what they hoped to got said yesterday Sperry, a former
r selling the stolen auto. salesman for the El Prado Fur-
The jewelry, part of a collection niture Co., is wanted for pa;
of Imported diamonds, pearls, ng at least $250 in bad Checks.
sapphires, and other precious Holding bogus checks are Char-
stones, was recovered this week Gotts of Daniels Cafe and
>y Torrance police after one of Dave Flgueredo of Figuordo's
he thieves was nabbed in Mex- Shell Service Station.
co on a drunk driving charge He was scheduled to have ap
JEWELS IN COMPARTMENT pcared to answer the bad check JAILED , .. Booked for steal-
Recovered was the 'jewelry of charge In the South Bay Muni ng an airplane In which he
Army Major James Barrctt, who cipal Court on Monday but fail
reported to local police that his ed to show. A bench warran threatened to kill himself by
late model Buick Riviera c had been issued for his arrest
talnlng the Jewels in a vel Sgt. Bennett said. day Is Roland Sperry, former
bag In the glove compartm THREE CHILDREN furniture salesman here. He
was stolen March 16 from In Until he split with his wife was out on ball on a bad
front of his apartment at 456 Mrs. Ovclla Sperry, the ex-Fly 'heck charge at the tune he
Palos Vcrdes Blvd., Hollywood ing- Tiger pilot lived at 619 made the "suicide" flight.
Riviera. RECOVERED MUNK' . Acacia Ave. They have threi
In a Tia Juana jail booked on i catalogues some jewelry regarded as junk by thieves who children, a girl five and two
ihargc-s of drunk driving and! iller boys: e enlisted In the AAF in 1942
transporting stolen goods across found It In" the glove compartment of an auto which they had The ex-Air Force flyer was fter service with the Flying
the border Is Harry Thias, 18, stolen. The car thieves gave the gem studded pieces to girl Igers In China. He flew the
ested a month ago by Det. Lt Hump'; as an enlisted pilot
of 4152 W. 170th St., Lawndale. friends thinking them worthless the gents, that Is! cnnett at Los Bacon Studc 'Ith' the 14th Air Force. In ad-
According to Detective Captain aker agency in Hcrmosa Beach ition to being shot down once.
Ernie Ashton of the Torrance 'ho Thlas told' Capt. Ashton| here he was employed. He in '
ut on bail at the time he took ction for five monthsmissing
was reported as
Police Department, Thias was
nabbed driving the stolen Buick
In Mexico, where he and two
tole the car from In front of
flaj. Barrett's apartment.
When the men found the jew-
Truck, Two Cars ic airplane. In a second crash. Ho
He was returned to the Gar njurcda steel plate in his skull,
other men had taken the car ena Police Dept. Friday nigh rears say he complained fre-
to sell it.
BtlH wanted by police fbr their
Iry they thought It was junk,
nd gave It to Evlline Thlas, 16, n Fiery Wreck; rom San Diego, where he land 'riends of the injury to hl» ,
d after a four-hour flight dur toad. uently
istcr of the arrested man, who ng which ho talked with friend
part In the deal Is John Camp-
bell Calder, 24, of Hawthorne,
n turn gave it to Mrs. Betty Two Injured y radio, telling them he
SIX YEAR OLD BILLY IIIATT
and Donald Dan White, 19, of
17019 8. Denker Ave., Gardcna.
Also wanted Is Robert Ben
)avls, 18-year-old wife of an
rmy sergeant, who lives at A flaming, three vehicle
5006 Kingsdale Ave., Apt. 5. mash-up at 190th and Hamilton
olng to plunge his stolen Stln
on airplane Into the sea.
. . Prays He'll Get HU Pony Back. Hunt, 18, of 3812 W. 189th St., he in turn gave some' of the
ewclry, including a $1000 brace-
sent a 50 year old man gt. Clifford Hall ofTracy Gar
Lt. Detective Roy
ena Police Dept. booked Sperr;
The Gate Is Open et, to another girl friend v
iwncd It for $7.50.
lencral Hospital Friday eve-
violation of section 449!
f the Aeronautical Code Highest in Area
Boy, 6, Prays His
HU) CAR IN GARAGE
Hospitalized were Ned Farrar, ng a stolen aircraft. The
The car thieves had hidden f Long Beach, used will be arraigned in th
lie stolen car in a garage of an round fracture of with leftcom outh Bay Municipal Court Mon
city of Torrance stands
unoccupied house in lay afternoon at 2 p.m. "ourth in the county in total
; tract In North Torrancc, urles,possible serious chest* In
hd aluatlon of construction for
Pony Will Come Back
Sperry stole the plane I
waiting for the "neat to get 1147 S. Normandle, with Belts, rtilch he had taught the ownc he month of February, accord-
and little Timothy
ff," Thias told Capt. Ashton minor ng to the county-wide report of
when the detective visited him njurles. irthur Eytchison, a furnltun he Los Angeles Chamber of
* If his nightly prayers are 'rlday In the Mexico jail. Farrar's car struck a scrap lealer, and his son, to fly. H Commerce.
Most of the Jewelry, Identified Illcd truck being driven by lort from lew between the Garden; Out of a list of 46 cities, Tor-.
nswered, six-year old Billy t
by Insurance lists, was recov- lohn Kellogg,^ 43, of Los An San Diego, where he took off a ranee's total valuation of $2,201,-
Hit-Run Charge Halt will soon get back his
tolcn Shetland pony "Zinnia."
red from Mrs. Davls. geles, and burst Into flames where he landed 100 was headed only by Long
:20. Motorcycle officers pace Beach, with $3,647,925; Montercy
"The boys dumped some of It Kellogg pulled Farrar from the His plane to a stop and arrestc
Park, with $2,003,14.0, and, of
Each night little Billy bends n my lap one night and said, lurnlng oar thcrt along came
Reduced to a is tear-stained cheeks over his
palms joined together in a pray-
Here, do you want this Junk?' Mrs. Doris Belts, 29, Timothy's film. despondent flyer had 1
bought it was just gaudy cos- Farrar's flaming wreck.
didn't know It was stolen. I mother. Her car plowed Into wo notes, one of which wa $33,767.540.
course Los Angeles itself, with
Van Nuys and West Los An-
Misdemeanor rful pose and kneels at the side
if his bed to pray for the re
ume Jewelry," she told Capt.
ound at the airport by T<i geles, which are sections of Los
>eck, 48536 Ash ley Ave., Angeles and not incorporated
Jailed on suspicion of smash
urn of his beloved Del.
ing into a policeman's car and Tlie animal is missed not only
then fleeing the scene, John >y little Billy but by seven other
ESTIMATES VALUE .
Among the Items recovered
vere a set of gold earrings
Last Rites Held iloyec at the Gardcna alrstrl iltles, also topped Torrance,
WIPE WAITS vlth totals of $14,768,822 and
During the four-hour ordea $3,313,293, respectively.
its wife, who obtained an inte
Vierow, 64, 700 Pacific Lane, hildren, all wards of the court
had the'charges against him re who arc cared for by Mrs. Wil
duced to misdemeanor hit-and lam Hlatt, the boy's mother.
ituddod with 22 diamonds val
ied at $1000; a six-strand pear
iccklace insured for $750; a se
For Oscar Swintz ocutory decree from the
ran flyer, waited tearfully
Total number of building per-
mits Issued here-412 wan third
n the county, topped only by
Long Beach, with 2254. and Loa
run and was released wilhoul "Zinnia' has been missing of cameo earrings valued a services
ilnce March 20 when It dlsap S150; a very large opal ring, a Funeral afternoon at tht> Co heli Two days earlier (be flyer a Angeles with 4900.
He will pltad his case on Apr >carcd from the side yard o gold locket, a platinum, and yesterday Church In Redondi. tempted to hang himself b
gregatlonal Total Los Angeles county con-
jearl earring set, all valu vas discovered by the young struction values are currently
8 at 2 p.m. in the San Pedro Billy's home at 21502 Bcrcndo
court. Police Investigators claim known. The detective was able 55, who- died Thursday Swintz Oytchlson.
Beach for Oscar Vandoll
at hi hitting a two- month pace 20 per
The couple's three chlldro greater Hum tin- s.im,. |ier-
that Vlerow's car swerved Into -- Isn't the pony we're ai > identify six pieces of Jewclr; i Marcla, 5, Ronnle, 2, and Kath cent In 1062 a ne«r I,.IM<| y,ar
a car being driven by Officel worried about. It's Billy," say Ith a total value of $2125, bu home, JW8 Riviera. Clrcula
Via la Ind
was unable to set the value o months, are currently llvi the Chamber e.1 Commnce
George R. Crawford, at 254th its mother. "He just know_ The Rev. Walberg coniluctt n Texas with relatives. Ho
St and Western Ave. Crawford that his prayers will be answer light other pieces which he ha
recovered. he services, Interment followe
a member of the Harbor Dlvl 'd and we don't know what t t the Pacific Crest cenielerj
slon accident Investigation de him if hi; my isn't re Swiiitz. a natlyii of South C'ai<
tall suffered possible serious ied."
Injuries in the collision and hit HiuH is Chace to Take Over New Una, had lived in the South Ha
a tor 14 years, and was en
car was extensively damaged. lor the
Two witnesses, Keith Burnet pony. She describes It us belli Supervisor Job April 7 ployed at North American Ai
aft company. A veteran i
'of Los Angeles, and Stanley lark sorrel with a white ton Mayor Burton W. C'liace < World War I, he was a nicmln
Uiown of 8nn Pedro, tried t Long Beach will take his HCI the Redondo Beach Elk
follow thn fleeing vehicle, til about an eight-Inch mane. Barb BUKNO, HENOHITAS . . . -Young AittroHwo Barbara Whltley, World famou» .llni TIKH-IH-, uln, thrilled millions
lost It. They did, however, o ['d wire scars are noticeable o on the County Board of Supe Ixidge and a Mason.
left,' and Yolanda Goldsmith, both IS, luul lending |utrt« In visors on April 7, it was a He is survived by his widow with hU milieu,, r, ixilhull iin,| n,.iil> I'M-iy nlllrr (port
tsln the license number. Itc chest, Hie Torrance High School play, "Monday «Jo«U K|v« I'enor.," nounced In Los Angeles yester Gertrude; a daughter, Joan;t» for two del-mien, ill Hail, i court M, ... 1'iulflc Count llwy,
Police found the car in a par "It's heartbreaking to sue hit which won top honor* In the Twentieth Annual State One-Act day. He was originally slated t brothers, Harinon and Major,
Ing lot al lht> Union Oil Co. re get up early each morning an itnd I'eniihylviiniu , ,l,T<luy nil, in,...li.
Flay Tournament at Ui« fruuuhina 1'htyliounn taut Tuesday. assume the scat vacated by tli South Carolina; and two .slste
linery in Wllmlngton. It wa run tii the window and look ou Tlui three-day tournament brought HO schools from all part* deatli of Supervisor Kaynmn Thorite'* ,1,-nlli U-IIH IKtc.l leiiliilhcly us iluc l<i tt heiirt
registered to Vierow, who 00 Into II;,' yard to see If durln i. Essie Lariinoi'c unit M
of Ihu »Ut<i to FaMufeiia ami more tlian UOO ntudxiiU par- V. Darby next Tuesday. Ho w inle Hays, also of South Ca attack. Mi,-mm luul u,,,l,,-.l me r tin- hlilcKcn utliU>l<> for
lice .said admitted he. had bee the night his prayers Imvu bee
Involved in an accident. ticipated. rein, stnt the Fourth District. iiHiro tluui half ail hour bufuiu ho Htt> pronounced dead.