Testing of License Asked

Columbus Herald (Columbus, IN) 15 Feb 1974 p.1 Georg Neumann report as evidence in Clarence Roberts case

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Testing of License Asked NASHVILLE - Age-testing Age-testing Age-testing of the Clarence Roberts driver's license license was being requested Friday Friday from state and federal authorities authorities after opening of a safety safety deposit box at Nashville State bank Thursday revealed nothing related to Brown county's 3 year-old year-old year-old fire mystery or its victim Coroner Jack Bond told newsmen newsmen Friday he and County Attorney Attorney Richard Speelmon are asking asking for laboratory tests in an effort effort to determine if the handwritten handwritten blood type on the back of the driver's license was added before or after the Nov. 18, 1970, fire at Roberts' former home on Road 135 north of Nasvhille The license was turned over to state police detectives in March of 1972 ater Roberts' widow, Geneva, and a son, Forrest, reported reported finding it behind a sofa cushion when moving from the house at Grandma Barnes road. The safety deposit box, which Bond learned about only a week ago, was opened by court order Thursday afternoon before an array of officials and family representatives. representatives. Bond said it contained only deeds to property where Roberts erected an apartment complex at the east side of Nashville, some binders for utility easements easements on the property, and Roberts' Roberts' will with a 1959 date. He said the will included no unusual bequests. Florence T. Bradley, Nashville attorney for the Roberts family, was quoted as saying her files already already include copies of the papers papers found in the box. Bond said Speelmon suggested the effort to determine the age of the handwriting on the driver's driver's license. State police, who revealed revealed existence of the license to Bond only last week, already had determined the writing was in Roberts' hand. The question, however, remained remained as to whether it was written prior to the fire in the Roberts garage where a male body was found in the ashes with a shotgun wound in the head and the gun resting on the body. Several items of Roberts' personal personal property were found on or near the body, but a test of blood types showed the corpse had Type AB blood while Roberts' second world war Armf records showed him to have Type B. The driver's license "emergency information" information" section filled in by I hand shows Roberts to have written his blood type as AB, same as the corpse. Also found with the license and his wallet in the sofa was a note from Roberts to his wife to inform her that he was leaving the house to cut wood in her ab sence. The note was dated "Nov. 18, 1970." Bond earlier commented commented that he knows of few men who date such notes to their families. Bond also said he is not aware whether state police are contin uing efforts to locate a "mystery man" who was seen with Rob erts in Morgantown the day or two prior to the fire. Described as a "wino type," the man was given a ride in Roberts' car af ter fainting in a liquor store. State police told Bond last week, also for the first time since the inquiry began, that they have identified the "mystery "mystery man" but provided no other information. Bond said the last time the man was seen was with Roberts at Morgantown. Bond also received this week for the first time a report by an Indiana university anthropology professor, the late Dr. Georg Neumann. He said his initial reading of that report leads him to a preliminary conclusion that the anthropological study fits the "mystery man" at least as well as it does Roberts. At stake in the inquiry is about $1 million in life insurance benefits benefits to the Roberts family which since the fire has lost thepart-i thepart-i thepart-i other property through mort-ment mort-ment mort-ment project and at least one gage foreclosures. Naomi Jackson To Run for Auditor Naomi Jackson of 3025 26th announced announced today she will seek the Democratic nomination for Bartholomew Bartholomew county auditor in the May 7 primary. She is the first Democrat to announce for the position. Republican Republican incumbent Robert Nol-ting Nol-ting Nol-ting has announced that he will seek re-election. re-election. re-election. Mrs. Jackson, 49, is the office manager for Burnside, Inc., and Jefferson Sand and Gravel company. company. She also has been an accountant accountant with Cummins Engine company and CP Electronics. A native of Bartholomew county, Mrs. Jackson was graduated graduated from Columbus high school in 1942 and attended Indiana university university where she studied accounting,' accounting,' cost accounting, data processing and management. She is a director of the South Central chapter of the National Association of Accountants and is a member of the Asbury Methodist Methodist church. The candidate, who has been a member of the election board and a deputy registration officer, officer, said she is seeking her first public office because it would be "a challenge and a privilege to serve the people to the best of my ability in a friendly, efficient way." "Bartholomew county consistently consistently has progressed," Mrs. Jackson continued, "and as this happens county government must also progress." She and her husband, Donald, president of the Don Jackson company, office supplies, have one daughter, Deborah. NAOMI JACKSON Flown to Riley by Copter Boy in Serious Condition After Drinking Kerosene A child who Wednesday drank kerosene was listed in serious condition this morning at an Indianapolis hospital after being transferred transferred there by the Indiana state police helicopter. helicopter. William Lockhart, 14-month-old 14-month-old 14-month-old 14-month-old 14-month-old son of George and Jennifer Lockhart, 2831 Poplar, was reported to have accidentally drunk about two or three ounces of kerosene about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. O'" The child was said to have crawled onto a counter, removed the cap off a kerosene lamp and drunk the kerosene inside. Judy Maupin, supervisor of the hospital's hospital's emergency room here, said generally that amount can be a lethal dose for a child that age. The child was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Riley hospital in Indianapolis where officials said there had been no change in the child's condition since he was admitted about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Wednesday. The child was taken by private car to Bartholomew County hospital where he was treated briefly before transfer to Indianapolis. Indianapolis. Indiana state police trooper Joe Foster, who pilots the state police helicopter in this area, was summoned to make the transfer. Foster said helicopter flight time from this hospital to Riley was about 19 minutes which is an average time. Mrs Maupin cared for the child during the flight and parents of the child drove in a private car to the Indianapolis hospital:

Clipped from The Columbus Herald15 Feb 1974, FriPage 1

The Columbus Herald (Columbus, Indiana)15 Feb 1974, FriPage 1
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