The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on December 3, 1984 · Page 43
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Monday, December 3, 1984
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ftuJU A City! The Indianapolis Star MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1984 Comics 17 LifeStyle 18, 19 Finance 20, 21 tate PAGE 15 i ! 1 4 Tom Keating A window on area's changes ANYONE WHO has lived or worked in the center of an American city for the last half-century probably has seen his area go through a full cycle of change. in most inner cities, flourishing residential neighborhoods deteriorated, became commercialized, then were abandoned or torn down before being redeveloped into neighborhoods again. Richard Pang can tell you all about this cycle in Indianapolis. He has owned and operated Richard's Cleaners at 617 East Michigan Street since 1946. His father, Frost Pang, ran the cleaners at the same location in the 1930s. "WHEN I was a boy and we lived above the cleaners, it was a nice middle-class area with a lot of different nationalities living here," Richard said. "There were good schools in the area and a lot of large businesses close by. "We did a good trade with the neighborhood families but also with the employees of places like Real Silk, National Hosiery, Indianapolis Glove Co. and many of the restaurants. "In those days men used to come in, step into a booth, hand put their pants or suits and also their shoes and hats. We'd sponge and press their pants, shine their shoes and clean their hats while they waited. Every cleaner used to have that kind of service. No one does today." The first change in Pang's business and his neighborhood came during and after World War II. "PEOPLE'S WORK habits changed and they didn't have time for service while you wait," Pang said. "Everybody had .money during the war and some people began moving out of the neighborhood. . "After the war, a lot more left as new housing was built on the outskirts of town and our neighborhood got rougher. There were a lot of fights and knifings and shootings in the taverns nearby in the late 1940s and early 1950s and we cleaned a lot of blood and beer." Through the late 1950s and early 1960s, Pang watched longtime neighborhood businesses gradually follow homeowners out of the area. "First, the small" places left and then the larger companies closed or moved, but we never seriously thought about leaving," he said. "Our clientele changed but we changed with it. Whenever one kind of customer left, we seemed to pick up another type. "Of course, this is a business where you have to constantly adapt in many ways to survive. For example, there was a period when dry cleaning was mainly a man's business because so much of womens' clothing was wash and wear. Now that's changed back. "TAKE BLUE jeans. We went years and years without ever dry cleaning a single pair of blue jeans. Now we do a big business in designer jeans and we had to learn how to clean them a certain way." Starting in the late 1970s, with the development of Lockerbie Square and other new downtown housing, Pang saw his area be; coming a residential neighborhood again. "It's really not quite the same as it was when I was a boy because there's no schools open in the area and the new residents are more young, professional types rather than older people with large families," Pang explained. "But, whatever, business has never been better than it has been the last four or five years. "It's funny how some things change and end up the same. I've watched nearby taverns go from family eating places to rough hangouts to go-go joints to gay bars and now back to family eating places. "But through all the changes, we've had some of the same customers since the 1930s," he added. "I guess that's one of the reasons we're still here." . ' MURPHY'S LAW it tfieft Qzhr Prim and proper Model Debbie Valentic goes lipsticking at the Indianapolis Auto Show. Detroiter uses car mirror Courts mull use of aided by hypnotism By R. JOSEPH GELARDEN . A federal appellate court and an Indianapolis criminal court today begin hearing two cases involving witnesses whose memories have been aided by hypnotism. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago will listen to lawyers representing 'Brett C. Kim-berlin, who is seeking a reversal of his convictions for the Speedway bombings. . The reason: Kimberlin claims that because federal investigators hypnotized six witnesses, the government improperly influenced their memories and their testimony was tainted. Also today in Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division, Room 5, Judge Roy F. Jones will preside over the opening stages of the second murder trial of Anthony Peterson. He. is being tried for the shotgun slaying of pharmacist John Stockdale during a 1978 holdup. PETERSON WAS convicted of robbery and murder, but his conviction was set aside by the Indiana Supreme Court. The reason: A key prosecution witness testified he was able to identify Peterson as one of Stock-dale's killers only after he was hypnotized. The state's highest court ruled the hypnotic episode 1 "inherently tainted" his testimony. Marion County sheriff's Sgt. Virgil Vandagriff hypnotized the six witnesses in the Kimberlin case and one witness in the Peterson case. The witnesses were not in a trance while testifying in court. KIMBERLIN IS, serving a 50-year prison term following his conviction in three separate trials stemming from the 1978 Speedway bombings, which injured one man. ... ' Although two of his three convictions have been upheld by the appeals court, he now argues the appellate court judges should reverse their decisions because the six witnesses who were hypnotized should not have been allowed to testify. Kimberlin contends the six were key .figures in the bombing cases. "I doubt they can make the case without the six witnesses. It would destroy their case," said Kimberlin's appeals lawyer, Donald V. Morano. John D. Tinder, U.S. attorney in Indianapolis, disagrees. "THIS CASE didn't hinge on the testimony of the hypnotized witnesses. They are important witnesses, but not tl:e sole ones," Tinder said. Hypnosis is a touchy subject with the nation's criminal justice system. While some, like Vandagriff, say hypnosis can be an investigative tool to enharice the memory of a forgetful witness, others, especially defense lawyers and some mental health professionals, say it is unreliable bcause the hypnotic subject is easily influenced by law enforcement officials. Appellate courts on the state and federal levels are split on the hypnosis question, with some saying it is permissible under certain conditions and others banning it. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court, which has jurisdiction over Indiana's federal courts, has' never addressed the question. THE INDIANA Supreme Court . seems to be against its use.' It ordered- Peterson retried, saying the jrosecution's use of the hypnotize witness was improper. In 1979 Tinder was chief deputy : ' 3 f '. ' . : SfiMVW J $ prosecutor for Marion County Prosecutor Stephen Goldsmith. Tinder was one of the lawyers who prepared and tried the Peterson case. The Kimberlin and Peterson cases are similar, he explained. In both cases, safeguards were used and the court admitted the hypnotically refreshed testimony, and the jury believed it. IN THE FIRST Peterson trial, a key prosecution witness was Gary Szeszycki, a stockboy at Brock's Pharmacy, 3755 East 38th Street On Oct. 25, 1978, three young men, one armed with a shotgun, came in the store. The robbers or Shop " Star photo by Frank Eipich to work on her make-up during an appearance at the Hoosier Dome Sunday. testimony in 2 cases dered store workers and customers to lie on the floor. Szeszycki and the pharmacist, John Stockdale, were taken at gunpoint to the backroom. Stockdale was shot to death and Szeszycki taken hostage for a short time. As the robbers fled, the gunman told Szeszycki: "If you identify me, I will kill you." WHEN POLICE questioned the stockboy, he could provide details of the crime, but could not identify the robbers. When three men were later arrested at Muncie, he was unable to identify their pictures or pick them See COURTS Page 16 At Ayres, sparkling for under An eloquent gift: world-renowned Waterford full-lead Irish crystal, handblown and cut. Crystal that captures every facet Of light and reflects it back in a warming glow. What more fitting gift for the winter holidays! From our collection: Dinner bell in the Lismore pattern, 33.00. 1984 Christmas ornament, the seventh in a limited edition series, 28.00. ' Ring holder, 27.50. Crystal-handled letter opener, 47.50. Waterford gifts in Fine Crystal, All Stores. Ayres Downtown today 10:00 to J Indiana gaining reputation as top 'marijuana buster' By BILL KOENIG . . Indiana may end 1984 with a surprising distinction being the i top marijuana buster. A preliminary count by Indiana State Police indicates 5.5 million marijuana plants have been either sprayed with herbicide or destroyed this year. To put that in perspective, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that in all 50 states during 1983, 4.7 million plants were eradicated. In Indiana, the 1983 figure was 10,000. "We didn't expect quite the success we've had," said Col. James R. Dillman, assistant superintendent of the state police. NATIONAL estimates for 1984 are not yet available. And Indiana's growing season pretty much ended this month with the first hard frosts, while' in some major pot-growing states, such as California and Hawaii, the climate allows the illegal weed to grow all year. Still, state and federal officials say this year's marijuana-control efforts represent a major push by law-enforcement agencies. . Those officials credit a statewide program started this year that enlisted the help of Hoosier farmers. UNDER THAT program, the Indiana Farm Bureau and its representatives in the state's 92 counties worked with farmers to find and report wild-growing marijuana in their fields. "I think we have created a pub Man, 21, charged Police arrested a 21-year-old near-Eastside man Sunday in connection with a fatal shooting. James E. Evans, 2800 block of Martindale Avenue, was charged with murder. He allegedly shot Ernest Proctor, 19, 2900 block of Win-throp Avenue, during an argument early Friday morning. According to police, Proctor was gifts of Waterford crystal 50.00 6:00; all Suburban Stores 9:00 to lic awareness that will carry over into next year," said Marvin P. Metzger, director of organization for the farm bureau. '.'The feedback we received was excellent, not only from farmers but the entire private sector. We even got responses from homeowners." Wild growing marijuana is most prevalent in northwestern Indiana, particularly in Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke counties. Marijuana plants often are scattered near rural roads or in isolated sections of farms. WHILE NOT considered as potent as marijuana deliberately grown and cultivated, the wild-growing variety is harvested and sold to drug dealers, officials say. "We went out in a systematic way," said Dillman of the state police. The program was announced in June and, by July, state police and other officials estimated they were spraying or destroying thousands of plants a week. Earlier this month, law-enforcement officials from other Midwestern states came to Indianapolis to learn about marijuana enforcement. "I think they recognized Indiana has made a real major effort," said Prentice N. White, resident agent in charge of the DEA's Indianapolis office. "I think Indiana is a step ahead of most states in aligning themselves with the farm bureau." State officials envision few changes for 1985. "The only thing we will try to do is get at it earlier," Dillman said. in fatal shooting arguing with Evans' brother. Gary D. Evans, in the parking lot across from the Naptown Riders Motorcycle Club at 1400 Commerce Avenue. James Evans intervened in the argument and pulled out a pistol, attempting to hit Proctor on the head, but instead shot Kim once m the abdomen. Evans then left in his his brother's car, police say, 10:00.

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