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Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, February 28, 1970
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PTV The Arizona Republic Saturday, Feb. 28, 1970 , . Page 25 $225,000 in liens for overdue taxes are sold by county J. SITTER By ALBERT Purchasers have paid the .county treasurer's office $225,000 in delinquent taxes in exchange fur liens on 1,500 par eels of proerty, Chief Deputy Treasurer Harold Lafferty said yesterday. The liens were sold during a three-day period last week in what Lafferty said was one of the most unsuccessful sales of its type in the county's recent history. . The sale, he said, left the county holding the bag for about 2,500 other proper-tics on which a total of more than $1,-775.000 in unpaid taxes is still owed. "In years past," Lafferty said, "a single buyer might pay the county as much as $590,000 in back taxes - twice as much as all of last week's sales brought." The tax liens, Lafferty explained, are bought as an investment. Owners of the properties are obligated eventually to pay the lienholdcrs for all the tax delinquency, plus 10 per cent interest. Lafferty attributed the poor showing at this year's sale to the high interest rates in he current money market. An annual 10 per cent profit on a lien no longer holds much attraction for investors, he said. Trrri Oliorn, Lisa GootUon, Kulliy IYuion, Sam Fits, 5 young students Republic PlMtM by Yul Ccniww Danny Clalor and Jonathan C,oIli. clock iImh trip negotiate amicably The state law which requires counties . to collect delinquent taxes by means of the annual lien sale is archiac, Lafferty ' said. It would be more profitable for the county itself to hold the liens and collect a 10 per cent delinquency penalty, Lafferty said. And if the taxes were not paid within five years, the county could sell the property at auction, he added. The lien sale law was adopted by the legislature many years ago when some counties, including Maricopa County, were on the brink of bankruptcy and in need of immediate cash brought by the sales. The law provides that the lienholdcr may petition Superior Court to give him title to the property if its owner neglects to repay him after three years. After five years, Lafferty said, the lienholder simply may obtain the property title through the treasurer's office. Lafferty said the lien sale procedure is widely misunderstood by the public. "For instance," he said, "one of the lien buyers last week immediately went to the home on which he had paid the back taxes and tried to evict the family that was occupying the house." v fl IT I i . ..-'""' " j What's happening 'You have two chances," Fees replied. "You can pay to charter your own bus or you might be able to put the money you cam into the school activity fund, which is separate from the budget, and use that to pay the insurance for the school bus and driver." Terri shot up her hand, "But what if we raise the money and you find out we still can't go? What would our money be used for then?" The money would still belong to the students and could be used to buy something for the class or to have a party, Fees reassured her. The controversy over the canceled field trips arose Tuesday when the Meyer School fifth grade students learned they could not take the trip to the telephone company. Phoenix Art Museum and Encanlo Park which they had planned for three months. Angry .students called Fees and The Arizona Kepublic to protest the decision. "This was something students were very interested in." said Fees. We were encouraged at this because we want them to be involved in decisions that affect their schools." Kathy explained the students' sentiment: "It kind of disappoints you when you've been planning to go someplace you've never seen and you really want to sec it." Lisa and Terri expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the negotiations and said they will seek fund-raising ideas from their classmates. "I understand how it is when you want to go on a field trip but the school can't afford it." Terri said. "Maybe your parents would like to buy a new car. too. hut l hey just don't have the money for it." English students call up ghosts, headless folk in Yuma County . "" v., , '.'. n - - v Trrri. 9, om's question for Fits you had to cut some things out for the education things?" Fees nodded. Jonathan politely raised his hand for , . . . . ..... recognition and cleared his throat: ' We were thinking about something ... I forgot the question. Did somebody write 1M ' lldown- "I know," Kathy volunteered. "Will Battaglia defense to call 2 By PAUL SCIIATT One hears some mighty strange tales coming from Yuma County these days, stories that bring up memories of Icha-bod Crane and the headless horseman. - In fact, some students at Arizona Wes-em College spent considerable time swapping stories about how to cure colds by drinking coal oil and sugar and how to drown by helping a ghost wearing a red dress. Ella Mac York, professor of English at Arizona Western, assigned her mythology students to collect examples of folk medicine, myths and customs to better understand their origin and place in society. The college provided us with some of the findings. A Yuma County resident told a student that a headless man prowls around ruins in the north Gila Valley. Near midnight, he approaches anyone in the vicinity to ask for a match. If he's given one, he walks away. The legend doesn't say what happens if he's turned down (maybe no one's ever come back from such an occurrence) but does indicate he's guarding money hidden in the valley 150 years ago. Also folks in the area told of a Mexican farm laborer who fell asleep in a lettuce field after a hard day's work. A tractor plowing the field separated the man from his head (most myths are basically alike, apparently), but the migrant worker promptly picked it up and walked away. Even now, the tale goes, he strolls around Songuinetti Park in Yuma around 10 p.m. when the neighborhood is dark and quiet. One AWC student said that when he returned home from work one day he found his mother crying. She told him that horses pulling a stagecoach raced through the house at noon. The student, two ypunger brothers and the mother heard the coach and horses again at BY CONNIE COBB TEMPE - The superintendent of the Tempe Elementary School District promised, after amiable negotiations with five little students yesterday, to "do everything we can" to allow educational field trips. "If there's any way we can do it," Sam Fees said at the meeting in the Meyer Elementary School library, "then we'd like very much to see you take the trips." He met .with .Terri Osborn, 9, fifth grade; Lisa Goodson, 11, sixth grade; Kathy Pearson. 11, fifth grade; Danny Claytor, 10, fifth grade, and Jonathan Colby, 8, third grade, who were selected by their classes to represent them in negotiations. The five-member team confronted Fees, Board President George Sanchez, Principal Milton Zuroff and counselor Don Fatica with their classes' request and some pointed questions. Fees explained that all student field trips in the district were canceled this year because of budget limitations. "Do all of you know what 'budget' means?" he asked and paused. "Well, thaf s a plan for spending money." "Costs are going up," he continued, "as you probably know if you go shopping with your mothers. We have to cut some costs in order to meet our budget. One of the areas we've cut has been field trips, which we decided could be eliminated with the least amount of damage to the educational processes of our schools." "Did you say you have enough money," Danny sought clarification, "but Mrs. Carson is city's first woman judge Mrs. Dorothy V. Carson, a lawyer in general practice here, yesterday was named the first woman city magistrate in Phoenix' history. "We're pleased to have the opportunity appoint this qualified woman and make history, too, said City Manager f Charles A. Esser in announcing the appointment, which is effective March 9. Chief City Magistrate Eugene Mangum, who was one of the members of the board of lawyers and Mrs. Carson judges who interviewed the nine applicants for the post, added1: "I was extremely pleased with the high quality of all the applicants and I'm happy to have Mrs. Carson join the other magistrates." Mayor Driggs said he was pleased with the appointment and noted, "This is a recognition that there is a place in law for women." Mrs. Carson, 45, of 1916 W. Cambridge, is a graduate of Stanford Univer-, sity Law School and has been practicing 1 law for 20 years in California and Arizona. She moved to Phoenix in 1967. . A member of the city parks board, Mrs. Carson is chairman of the Phoenix Forward Urban Redevelopment Committee, political adviser to Arizona's com- . mission on the status of women, second vice president of the Metropolitan Phoe- : nix Women's Club and a member of the Civic Plaza Business Association. She Is married and has two children, Scott, 14, and Dee, 13. ' The position, created in December to take some of the workload off the five existing magistrates,' carries an annual 'salary of $12,900 to $16,000. By BOB THOMAS Southern Arizona Bureau TUCSON - The federal court trial of three alleged Mafia members was recessed suddenly yesterday after the defense claimed it had two inmate witnesses who will testify that the key government witness had falsely written a series of letters from prison linking the defendants to a conspiracy to obstruct justice. A source close to the case told The Arizona Republic that the two inmates "would testify that they heard William Reinke boast that he made up the lot-tors. The trial was recessed until Tuesday. Reinke. an inmate at Leavenworth (Kan.) Federal Prison, said he wrote the letters on the instructions of fellow inmate Charles "Batls" Battaglia. on posMhility of raising money you accept money into the. budget from us?"v That is impossible, Fees said, but he added that the board approved their plans for raising money to finance the trips themselves ''Ymi .fmcan " s,i" !vc k,nd of a chance if we could earn the money our- selves?" Kathy asked with pencil poised over an unused notebook. Battagtia, Joseph Bonanno and Peter Nolaro are charged with attempting to plant false evidence that electronic eavesdropping devices were used by authorities to convict Battaglia in his 16 extortion trial. The three, all of Tucson, are reported to be members of the Mafia. The two inmates scheduled to take the stand Tuesday are being kept at the Federal Detention Center in Florence, it was learned. Robert Hirsh, Batlaglia's lawyer, said he and the other defense attorneys will interview the two men over the weekend. The jury has been recessed until Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge James A. Walsh. The surprise announcement came yesterday morning after the defense had presented four witnesses and it ap Kircher said an autopsy will be performed before the body is returned t Phoenix. A. L. Moore and Sons is handling funeral arrangements. A Democrat, Husky was elected to a six-year term on the commission in 19G6. He lived at 3324 E. Osborn. lie was a native of Evansville, Ind., and came to Phoenix in 1927. He was graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1939, from Phoenix College in 1947, and from Arizona State University in 1949. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal as a bombadier on a PBY . patrol bomber in the Pacific during a 30- A DETAILED REfCRTON ACTIVITIES TYPED TRIPLICATE ,. """I midnight. Shortly afterward, they moved from the house, wrote the student in his paper. Another story told in the area involved a woman who drowned trying to save her daughter in the Colorado River in the early 1900s. If you stand near the old territorial prison on a moonlit night the tale runs, you can see the mother, wearing a red dress, walking on the water to. find her daughter. She calls to women watching her to join her in the search. Those who join her also drown, the story adds. . Another student reported that folk beliefs and customs are still thriving in Yuma County. Some residents say you should never count the cars in a train. It you do, the number of cars equals the days you will live, they say. (Of course, if the train is blocking Grand Avenue at 8 a.m., it's a good bet you'll grow old before the train crosses anyway, so go ahead and count.) Other folk beliefs alive in Yuma County include: If you lie to your parents, a molar will fall out (and this belief predates the battered child syndrome, one notes).. If a girl at mealtime cleans her plate, she will become a pretty woman (or a chubby one, at least). A girl whose apron becomes wet at the waistline as she washes dishes will marry a man who drinks. And the best way to cure a headache is not to eat aspirin, but to drink vinegar and sugar or to place sauerkraut on your knees. After reading all these fascinating legends and folk .beliefs, I must add one journalism belief: a columnist who draws on mythology is usually resorting to old material. And at midnight there will be a groan from the city editor. .ting time to work overtime until late at night," Mrs. Thode suggested. She said repeal would encourage unionization. And if women are exploited by employers, many would quit working to go on welfare, she asserted. " ' , The two Republicans voting against repeal were ; Sen. Douglas S. Holsclaw, RrPima, and Sen. . Terry Jones, R-Maricopa. The two Democrats for repeal were Sen.' Thomas' M.: Knoles,.; D-Coconino, and minority leader Sen. Harold C. Giss, D-Yuma.; - v y. v Giss .said he. favored. repeal because' the present law, which has many exempted occupational t areas, ;. sets. up, classes of women competing against each other. : ' ' l. . ' As for exploitation of women workers, Giss said, in today's society "no employer would dare set up standards that are unreasonable." .. new witnesses peared that the case might go to the jury. Hirsh said he had received a letter yesterday morning from one of the two inmates, Paul McDcrmott, saying that Reinke lied in attributing the letters to Battaglia. The other inmate witness was not identified. The government is relying almost exclusively on Reinke's testimony. The former Phoenix resident, now serving a term for driving a stolen car across state lines, had admitted on the stand that he lied numerous times to prison officials investigating the letters. Thursday two fellow inmates testified for the defense that Reinke's reputation for telling the truth was not good among inmates. Yesterday two other inmates, Russell tie Cicco and Harold Smith, testified that Reinke could not be trusted. J. Husky dies month tour of combat duty in World War II. On his graduation from ASU, Husky became Phoenix office manager for the cyclone fence division of U.S. Steel Corp. In 1952 he became Scottsdale office manager of Sunland Life Insurance Co., leaving in 1955 to open Husky Brothers Insurance & Real Estate Agency. He was state treasurer in 1963 and 1964. Mr. Husky also was a member of the Elks, El Zaribah Shrine, Moose, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a past president of the Creighton School Board, on which he served from 1957 until 1965, and a past president of the Lafayette School PTA. Corporation Commissioner M. State Senate votes to repeal 8-hour work day law for women Milton J. Husky, corporation commissioner, died in a Washington hospital last night after suffering a stroke Tuesday night. He was 48. His son, George, and his daughter, Marsha, were at his bedside when he died, according to Robert Kircher, head of the utilities division of the corporation commission, who received the news here. Husky was stricken while riding on a bus from Washington Airport to the Watergate Hotel, where, as a member of the executive committee, he was to attend the meeting of the National Association of State Regulatory Utility Cornis-sioners. He was taken instead to George Washington Hospital. He never regained consciousnness. I NEED EACH HP I wniiiTUicuiwX I LIST WILL HAVE THE NAMES OF DOGS IN , The Arizona Senate yesterday passed and sent to the House a bill to repeal the eight-hour work day law for female employes.). '... i Filial vote was 17 to 13. Two Democrats joined the majority Republicans in voting for the repeal, and two Republl-, cans voted with the remaining 11 minority Democrats against the action. The leading proponent of repeal, Sen. Sandra O'Connor, R-Maricopa, said during debate earlier that the law "has outlived its usefulness," and "far from protecting women, it impedes them in seeking employment." "It is honored more in its breach than in its compliance," Sen. O'Connor add-ed. "Women are being refused employment because it is in existence." Speaking in opposition, Sen. "E.B. 'Thode, D-Pinal, asked', "What happens . to the children?" Working mothers could be told five minutes before quit- I I ( I HATE IT WHEN AW i pit i YN MILLION

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