Joyce wisc blast joe banno tribune jun 25 1978
Former executive indicted in soda firm blast scheme Fron Tnoune Wirt Serices MADISON, Wis. A former soda company executive w ho was blinded in an explosion last year is among three men indicted for plotting the explosion as part of a scheme to get control of two subsidiaries of his company. William Joyce Jr., 37, former official of Joyce Beverage Inc. JB1J, of New Rochelle, N.Y., the nation's largest 7-Up distributor, was indicted for conspiring to use violence to get control of two JBI subsidiaries, Illinois 7-L'p Bottling Co. nd Madison Wis. Bottling Co. Also charged in the indictment were John Guinta, 46, of Palos Heights, 111. and John English, 33, of Denver. They were arrested Friday night, shortly after a federal grand jury returned the indictments in Madison. The intricate plot involves a family feud, organized crime, and a death in the explosion that left Joyce blinded. JOYCE, 37, formerly of Jolict, III., Is accused of enlisting two men in a campaign of intimidation and violence against the company and his cousin, Thomas P . Joyce, president of another JBI subsidiary, Chicago Seven-Up Bottling Co. The blast occurred Aug. 13 in the garage of the Minocqua home, Thomas Joyce's retreat. It killed Joseph Banno, 57, Oak Lawn, 111., and blinded the now-indicted William Joyce Jr. Banno reportedly had ties to crime syndicate figures in suburban Chicago. Banno and Joyce flew to Minocqua in a leased plane to plant a bomb in the garage, according to the indictment. The indictment cited statements made to authorities by Jolin Goltz. Goltz met Banno and Joyce at an airport and drove them to the home. Banno and Joyce carried an unidentified object into the garage. Twenty minutes later, they returned, then walked back into the garage, and the garage exploded. INVESTIGATORS SEARCHED the plane and found a description of a timing device for explosives and other items. The indictment said William Joyce resigned from his positions on' Aug. 5, l'.7f, at the request of John M. Joyce, JBI board chairman. William Joyce and his family were left with about 37 per cent of JBI's outstanding stock. In November and December of 1975, William Joyce filed various lawsuits against the company, its subsidiaries, and officers and offered to settle for the Madison and Illinois subsidiaries. The offer was rejected. In May, 1977, the indictment said, William Joyce paid English and Guinta, 46, i:f Palos Heights, 111., an undisclosed amount to intimidate and silence the company's witnesses in his lawsuits. THE INDICTMENT SAID English and Guinta then hired two other men, Donald Hardt and Bruno Nardi, for $2,000 and assigned them tasks ranging from making tlireatening telephone calls to throwing a brick through the window of the Chicago Seven-Up offices. Hardt and Nardi were named as unin-dicted coconspirators. English was arrested Friday in Colorado and released after posting 10 per cent cf $50,000 bail. Guinta was arrested Friday night in Illinois, and Joyce was told to appear in court for arraignment. Offer sports program Kennedy-King College, 6800 S. Went-worth Av., is participating in the Nation-a Youth Sports Program this summer. The program, which began Monday, will continue for six weeks and will include sports programs, medical examinations, and breakfast and lunch for persons 10 to 18 years of age.