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The Nuntius, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1971 - File 003. 1971-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3587/show/3564.

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Title The Nuntius, Vol. 2, No. 6, June 1971
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 1971
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28911959
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 003
Transcript (fNUNTIUS -HOUSTON, TEXAS PLANTATION CLUB FIRE NO MYSTERY! If the picture above brings back memories of good times and fond memories think what it does to the owners of the business. Gene Howell just the other day in discussing the subject of the Plantation Club expressed not on\y regrets at the loss of he and Emit Newton's club but the mental anguish over the past many, many months. Loss of business is well over the hundred thou sand dollar mark and personal income in excess of fifty thousand. Many hours spent with investigating officers of the arson squad and other law infor cement personel. When asked if there was any animosity toward any individuals having been charged in the burning of his club Mr. Howell said: "I am only truly sorry that it was people that I had considered my fr iends, having entertained them in my home and respected as substantial persons in our community. It is with regret that this has been done by persons of the Gay community as it is reflective on all of us." On February 19th last year about 5:30 a.m. Mr. Howell was called and told his club was on fire. When he arrived there were a number of fire engines on the park ing I ot an d in front of the building on the street. Fire*men had already broke into the club and water was already about ankle deep. This started many months of untold inconviences to the persons directly involved and hard work for the arson division. On the day of the fire the club records, in dividual bank accounts of the owners and all were checked and found to be in good sound order, thus eleminating the question which is sometime asked in fires of this nature. Following the burning of the Plantation the Palace Club burned followed by the Bui I seye some time later. The Plantation Club and the Palace Club fires were ruled arson and the Bullseye ruling was not definite at the time Mr. Parks of the arson divis- was interviewed but he said it was still being investigated. In September 1970, Ronnie Levine, owner of the Palace Club offered $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires. Emet A. Newton, Jr. offered at the time $600.00. In January this year the Harri s County Grand Jury returned indictments in the Palace Club fire first,charged were Ronnie Levine, Palace Club owner, Larry Shea, former partner in the Palace Club which was burned. Also charged in the Palace Club burning was Vern Bechref. These persons were arrested the last part of January and are now free on bond pending trial. At the time Mr. Levine was arrested he stated: "The charges should be dropped against me within 30 days, at that time everyone will know of my innocence". In trying to contact Mr. Levine at the time of this writing we were unable to do so. It is understood that he is sti 11 under bond and the charges have not been dropped. Charged in the burning of the Plantation Club fire is L arry Shea and Lester Ogren. To our knowledge at this time Shea has not been served. Lester Ogren plead guilty to the charge and has been sentenced to five years imprisonment. Persons appearing before the Harri s County Grand Jury were Emit Newton, Jr., Gene Howell, Mike Whiticker and Bob Capped. Mr. Newton and Mr. Howell are in Houston available as is Mr. Cappell when the trials are scheduled. Mike Whiticker it seems has left the city after alledg- edly being threatened by persons charged in the Palace Club blaze. In a chance meeting with Bob Cappell at the Farm House the middle of May, Mr. Cappell told of the fear he had for his safety and well being. Mr. Cappell said, "Vern Bechtel threatened me in the lobby of this club and told me that I would not be able to testify in the arson trials if I remained in Houston. He also told me I would not be safe on the street, driving my car or anywhere else, that with the connections they had in Houston I wouId be charged with just anything". Mr. Cappell was asked if he took these threats See PLANTATION - Pg. 23 RITTER ARRESTED Terry Wayne Ritter, alias Theodore Wayne Hall, 19 surrendered to Houston police at 3am on May 22nd. The former manager of the now defunct Romulus Club was released later in the day on $1000 bond. Ritter has been charged with making a false alarm call, a felony. Another person, a young lady, has been arrested in the case, an at I edged conspiracy to harrass The Farm House Club. Arson squad records show Ritter was involved in an arson case investigation in 1966 here, but insufficient proof against htm resulted in no charges being filed. The police received a telephone call telling of a fire-bomb being placed in The Farm House Club shortly after Ritter and a companion, also a minor, had been refused service there. Police investigations discovered an al ledged conspiracy between See RITTER- Pg. 23 AARC Church of Montrose Pickets SEE STORY - - PAGE 23 PAGE 2
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