Bill Cavette arraigned
pre-1 can-; de-: j I j I j pre-1 j i Arraign Cavette In Numbers Case Alleged 'Brain' Gives Self Up, Protests Innocence. A tenth person, the alleged "real brain" of the numbers racket" in this area, gave himself up to authorities and was arraigned yesterday. He is William Cavette of 20 East Bynum. filling station owner and entrepreneur, who appeared before Justice of the Peace R. D. Scott in Marshall late yesterday afternoon. Says He Is Innocent Cavette protested his innocence and demanded an examination of the charge of conspiracy to violate the state gambling laws. His attorney, James Dunn, a former prosecutor, will be given an opportunity to bring himself up to date, then Cavette will join the other nine defendants a week from today in the joint examination. Cavette was released on bond of $5,000. furnished by Luther Dean. Jr.. of Battle Creek. "I have had nothing to do with all this, Cavette told a reporter. "I was up in Canada on a fishing trip when I heard of the warrant, and I hurried home. The police themselves admit they have no real case against me." Mr. Cavette said he was concerned about the effects of his arrest upon his church work. "I don't know what those children in the Sunday school will think if they hear about this." he said. Members of the state police rack- et squad, which made the triple raid August 14 which scooped up the nine other persons charged, say that Cavette is the real head ot the tri-city numbers racket. The racket is described as having a "take" of more than a million dollars a year, only about seven percent .of which was distributed as pay-offs on bets on the numbers. The rest went to the sellers, runners and directors of the racket. It was said to have flourished in Kalamazoo and Albion as well as here.