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F Manning - Vanpreter, Auxiliary Police Renew Battle By JOE...
Vanpreter, Auxiliary Police Renew Battle By JOE MELOSI Telegraph Saff Writer The East Alton Auxiliary Police Tuesday night fought Mayor Charles Vanpreter to a standoff in a clash over elimination of training privileges described as essential for emergencies. Nevertheless, the auxiliary gained support for a renewed battle. Reform Trustee Donald McPherson told the Telegraph following a stormy session of the Village Board that he will move to restore the long-held rights of the 15-man force to ride in police cars and carry firearms. McPherson, a former East Alton policeman, said he will introduce a proposal at the July 5 session of the board which would make the volunteers special police officers and provide them with adequate insurance coverage. McPherson described the volunteer force as a vital arm of the police department in assisting in emergency or disaster cases. McPherson, supported in the April election by individual members of the auxiliary unit, said the training privileges were essential in helping provide added protection for the village. Auxiliary Police Chief Walter Rives, appearing bitter in his comments, told the Telegraph: "We can't get any training just helping out. in Hallowen parades once a year. How are we supposed to get training when we don't have any emergencies?" Rives , who clashed with the mayor during the board session, questioned why the recent order revoking the training rights was suddenly issued, with no advance notice. Rives, auxiliary police chief for more than seven years, told the mayor: "We have always had good relations w'ith the police department and the city up to now." Members of the volunteer force had charged in a Telegraph article that "political pressure" was exerted because members had actively campaigned for McPherson, a reform trustee. Volunteers had threatened to disband but will now "let the issue simmer down," until the next board meeting. Mayor Vanpreter vehemently denied charges that political pressure was applied and told Rives the order was issued because he said he had only recently learned the village' was not legally protected liability suits brought auxiliary policemen. The Mayor declined to comment on why the issue has suddenly been raised. Vanpreter said he rescinded the order also because he was being "laughed at at public meet- Ings" for allowing three police officers to ride in one squad car at one time. For years, auxiliary police carrying sidearms rode with regular police without pay to become familiar with jxdice procedures. At one time, volunteers also aided by manning po- agams't against lice radios on weekends. Village Attorney Francis Manning, giving legal interpre- ta'tions in defense of the Mayor's action, told Rives that auxiliary police were considered as members'of the civil defense unit. Manning said that civil defense workers were not considered as members of the police department and were also banned from carrying firearms, according to a village ordinance. He said the village would also leave itself wide open for liability suits under existing conditions. Manning said the only way the village could restore the training privileges would be to appoint each volunteer as a special policeman and then provide him with liability cover- age. Later, Vanpreter told Rives "I've made a terrible, terrible mistake all these years. I could have been sued for $50,000 01 more. I've been damn lucky that nothing has ever happen ed." Vanpreter said he would no change his order unless change in the status of volun teers is made. He said, "Tha (Continued On Page 2, Col. 1) DeGaulle Says U.S. At Fault in Mideast PARIS (AP) — President Charles de Gaulle accused Israel today of starting the Middle East war June 5 but said the conflict was in effect caused by what he called U.S. intervention in Vietnam. The war in Vietnam created "a psychological and political process which led to the fighting in the Middle East," he told the cabinet. De Gaulle said France "condemns the opening of hostilities by Israel." Previously France had avoided putting the blame on either Israel or the Arab states. De Gaulle noted that France had tried to get the Big Four— the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France—"to unite in opposition to the use of arms" in the Middle East. "Today, France does not recognize any of the changes realized on the ground by military action,' Tills "The war started in Vietnam by American intervention," he said, cannot help but spread trouble, not only there but far away." "France has' taken a position against the war in Vietnam and against foreign intervention which caused it. It has maintained since the start that this he said. was a reference to French policy of opposing Israel's attempt to hold any of the land captured from the Arabs in the six-day war. De Gaulle's views were contained in a statement handed to newsmen following the cabinet meeting. The president declared that the. world is threatened by spreading conflicts. He asserted that peace can only be saved if the United States gets out of Vietnam, a war he blamed on U.S. intervention. In his strongest statement yet on the Vietnam war, De Gaulle said: "The spirit and fact of war are spreading again across the world. One conflict contributes to causing another. conflict can only cease through the pledge that America would make to withdraw her forces within a given time." De Gaulle's gloomy picture o: the world scene was drawn fol lowing recent talks with Prem ier Alexei N. Kosygin of the So viet Union and Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Britain. Luci Has Boy Bird, Pop Proud Peacock AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — Luci Johnson Nugent gave birth to day to a healthy 8 pound, 10 ounce boy that her husband jubilantly described as "an elephant." Cigars and candy in hand, Patrick J. Nugent announced to reporters at Seton Hospital that "Luci's fine." He chuckled over the dimensions of his first born; grandchild No. 1 for President and Mrs. Johnson. He had the figures on weight and Q Ion lunrrt Vi._ *)1 ivmtimi also length—21 inches. The proud 23-year-old father said his wife had already seen the child, and he quoted her: "What a beautiful baby I have." The young parents' delight was shared by the presidential grandparents and the father's parents as well. Mrs. Johnson, who had accompanied her daughter to the hospital and stood by during the labor time of just under six hours, said she was "happy and relieved." She commented with a laugh that it was a surprisingly big baby "for such a little girl" as Luci. Relating that she had notified the President as soon as she knew the baby was a boy and all had gone well, Mrs. Johnson said "he sort of laughed in a happy way and said something about grandma." PATRICK NUGENT . . . Have A Cigar territories. dling to she ister ed even 121-1 dent other ing eral from war. the U.N. told faces view on ly fail if who of and there once chief sion East, ters in a Greene Posse By ART THOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer CARROLLTON - Three youths who made a daring escape from Greene County jail Monday night were captured during the night, following a statewide search. The youths admitted breaking into a Roodhouse tavern where a gun was reported stolen during their temporary freedom. A posse of some 50 men, including state police, county deputies, city police and Greene County Civil Defense units, flushed two of the youths out of the old pottery works about 9 p.m. Tuesday, some 24 hours after they sawed and pried their way out of jail. Gary R. Rice, 17, of Jerseyville, and Ollie Price Jr., surrendered without re- sistence after the posse surrounded the antiquated building, illuminating it with portable floodlights supplied by the CD unit. The third youth, Richard D. Elliott, 2l", of Roodhouse was arrested about 2 a.m. today by White Hall police in White Hall. Elliott, who also was arrested without incident,

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 21 Jun 1967, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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