Falcon Studios model "Dick Fisk," 28, was
killed Oct. 31 with his lover and the driver
of another vehicle in an early morning
auto accident in an Atlanta, Ga., suburb,
Fisk, whose real name was Frank Ricky
Fitts, and his lover Billy Joe Howard, 22,
Dick Fisk in Falcon photo
were enroute home.
As reported by Atlanta's Cruise News,
police said Howard was driving when his
car crossed the center lane and struck a
pickup truck driven by Stewart Rhette
Wallace, 31, of West Marietta.
Fisk had recently appeared in the Mandate and Torso. His major film endeavor
was Falcon's The Other Side of Aspen.
He had recently been employed at
Atlanta gay clubs.
By Dion B. Sanders
Via GPA Wire Service
SAN FRANCISCO-With the fifth anniversary of the assassinations of Mayor
George Moscone and openly gay city
Supervisor Harvey Milk approaching, the
Justice Department in late October
refused to either confirm or deny a local
TV news report that Attorney General William French Smith had been urged not to
prosecute their convicted killer.
KGO-TV reported that Smith received a
recommendation from the department's
criminal division that former Supervisor
Dan White, who shot Moscone and Milk to
death at point-blank range in their City
Hall offices on Nov. 27,1978. not be prosecuted on charges that he violated their
John Russell, a Justice Department spokesman, told The Sentinel, a local gay
newspaper, that the White case "is still
being examined by the criminal division,
and no new decision has been made."
Russell added that although he does
expect a decision to be reached soon, "I
can't tell you just what soon is."
A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Joseph
Rusoniello expressed total surprise by the
KGO-TV report. "Not only have we not
heard about this so-called recommendation, but if it had been given, we would
have been informed."
Rusoniello himself was quoted by the
.San Francisco Chronicle as saying that "I
would expect to be the first to know (if a
decision had been made). We have no
information about any decision that has
The report was attacked by the longtime
lover of Milk as "totally off-base." C. Scott
Smith, the sole heir to the Milk estate,
claimed that contrary to KGO-TV, "other
news sources said a recommendation had
not been made yet."
Moreover, Scott Smith said, the report
was broadcast on a Monday when the Justice Department received new information
on the case "only that weekend."
John Wahl, the attorney representing
the Milk estate, was quoted by the Chronicle as saying that the KGO-TV report was
"a trial balloon by the Justice Department."
A KGO-TV spokesman said the station
"stdnde by ouf story."
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By Ernie Potvin
Via GPA Wire Service
LOS ANGELES—Two men were arrested
for impersonating a peace officer after
leaving Rafters bar in West Hollywood
Halloween weekend, following a uniform
theme Halloween party.
Von Scruggs was dressed as a California Highway Patrolman, and his friend
William Markley was in a Los Angeles
Police Department Uniform. Neither of
them wore authentic badges, utility belts,
holstered weapons, handcuffs or batons.
Scruggs said they were both members of a
After rounding the corner from the bar,
Scruggs and Markley were surrounded'by
six CHP patrol cars, arrested and taken to
the West Hollywood Sheriffs Station
where they spent the night. Their costumes were confiscated, and they were
charged with the misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to six-
month's imprisonment or a fine of $500 or
Scruggs said some of the officers tried to
provoke them with name calling and
harassment, but they refused to respond to
He said that the clothing had been purchased from a uniform store that services
CHP and LAPD officers, and explained
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how they told the sales clerk they were not
sworn officers when buying the patches.
The store swore they did not sell the uniforms without the purchaser showing the
An entirely different picture was
painted by Sgt. Norris Soloman of the
LAPD who coordinates relations with the
city's numerous private patrols. Sgt. Solo-
man said that he is unaware of any law
prohibiting the sale ofthe uniforms to civilians, and he knows that all the uniform
sales companies do it. He said his office
asks private guards to mix-match the pieces so they aren't confused with a sworn
officer's. Nevertheless, an individual
nightclub guard may try to dress identical
to the LAPD uniform, and when he is discovered, they will tell him to change it.
"Wearing of a police officer's uniform
may or may not be legal," said Soloman.
"It depends on whether or not there was
intent to deceive the public."
He cited the movie industry as the notable exception.
Next we checked with Western Costume,
the film industry's largest supplier, and
got two conflicting responses. One of the
higher-ups in the men's rental department
said they "most emphatically do not rent
police uniforms to the public." He said
they get lots of requests for cops, Nazis,
nuns and priests, which they will only
supply for bonafied theatrical use.
Another employee said that's not true.
"They're just concerned about making
costumes that might be considered in bad
taste. As for uniforms, there's ways to get
around it. We'll change some little detail,
like the width of the pant striping or a
slightly different badge, and let them go
As for priests. Western Costume made
up an absolutely exquisite Pope for one
Halloween celebrant who apparently was
not arrested for impersonating the Pontiff.
Neither were any of the costumed cops
at the Uniform Sabeth party held at
Duane's, another gay bar, the night fol
lowing Scruggs and Markley's arrests.