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Des Moines, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 6, 1993
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Ufa niotncfl jRffltefcr RANDY EVAN'S, Metro KtmjK, S15-2B4WK.3 Battljnq Whooping Couch 4 study find that adults need the pertussin vavvine, but aUafl doct(r says more research is needed WEDNESDAY, J AN t 'AH y 6, VMi STION State's 'Peace Mission' A t(jp state qffkiid offered sujjMrt Tuesday to Iowa Veterans Home employees who will lose Oieir joas. Pge4M And Iowa News Metro Record LaSage trial jury seated; arguments begin today A Polk County Jury will hear opening statements this morning In the first-degree murder trial of Charles LaSage. The 12-mcmber Jury and two alternate Jurors were chosen Tuesday afternoon, after almost two full days of questioning by lawyers. LaSage is charged in the death of Rosalyn Barnes, 11, of Des Moines. Her body was found Oct. 15, 1991, beside Adventureland Drive In Altoona. The trial la expected to last two to three weeks. Gosch didn't make phone calls, FBI says An FBI spokesman in San Francisco said Tuesday that a man who phoned Johnny Gosch's mother was lying when he claimed to be her missing son. The phone calls were made recently from a San Francisco bus station. When the calls were traced and the number was called by authorities, a person In the bus station answered and gave the FBI a description of the man who had been calling Noreen Gosch. A police composite sketch was then drawn using that description and the man was found. "We located the person that was depicted in that drawing and we resolved that that person was not Johnny Gosch," said Rick Smith, the FBI spokesman. The West Des Moines boy disappeared in 1982 while delivering the Des Moines Sunday Register. The calls to Noreen Gosch came after the case was featured on a national TV pro gram. Teen held, charged with shooting man in face A Juvenile was arrested Monday night and charged with shooting a Des Moines man on New Year's Day, police said. The Des Moines teen-ager is accused of shooting Karl Max Berry of 4456 S.E. 17th St. in the face, police said. Police said Berry got up from the couch at 3720 S.E. 14th St., where he was sleeping, to answer a knock at the door. Chantal Campbell, who lives at the apartment, said that when Berry opened the door, a man was standing across the hall holding a handgun. She heard a gunshot and Berry grabbed his face, police said. Berry remained at Mercy Hospital Medical Center Tuesday. His condition was not released. Apartment complex office held up by gunman An armed robber held up the office of an enst-side Des Moines apartment complex Tuesday, police said. Witnesses reported that the gunman came into the office of the Village Park apartments, 2111 E. Caulder Ave., and demanded money. The man reportedly rummaged through drawers, took cash from an employee's purse, then ordered workers to open a locked filing cabinet. When he discovered that the workers couldn't unlock the cabinet, he left. No arrests had been made Tuesday night, police said. Diner slayings suspect moved to Meyer Hall Alf Freddy Clark, a suspect in the Drake Diner slayings, was transferred Tuesday from a youth facility in Chariton to Meyer Hall, the Polk County juvenile facility, officials said. A parole violation hearing for Clark, 17, has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 in Polk County Juvenile Court. Clark and his lawyer, William Price, had postponed an earlier hearing, set for Dec. 29. Clark was taken Into custody after the Drake Diner slayings for allegedly violating terms of his release from the State Training School in Eldora. Although police have called him a suspect, he has not been charged with any crimes in connection with the Nov. 29 double homicide and robbery at the restaurant. Building to be used to help retarded citizens Four Iowa banks and the U.S. Small Business Administration have worked together to arrange purchase of a 67,000-square-foot building at 4301 N.E. 14th St. In Des Moines to be used to serve the needs of retarded people. Officials with Link Associates, the company that runs the center for retarded people now located at 300 E. Locust St., said the $1,175 million project should be completed by Jan. 15. Link Associates is a non-profit company financed in part by the United Way of Central Iowa. 'Modest' pay raises urged 2.5 increase for officials Tin Uminrn By JONATHAN ROOS RMilftTKHSTArr Whith Gov. Terry Branstad and other elected state officials should receive a "modest" pay raise, the head of a bipartisan commission that makes salary recommendations to the Legislature said Tuesday. David Fisher, a Des Moines business executive, said he favors a pay Increase of about 2.5 percent. That would add 11,917 to Branstad s annual salary of $76,700 and lesser amounts to the paychecks of other elected officials. Campbell's Pay Up $1,840 For example, Attorney General Bonnie Campbell's $73,600 salary would Increase by $ 1 ,840 and state Auditor Richard Johason's $60,000 salary would go up by $ 1,500. "I think there should be some Increase," Fisher said, "but it should be very modest in light of state budget constraints." Top state officials have not received a pay raise since the 1991 budget year. Fisher said the pay freeze should end. "You need to make those salaries so they are attractive for people to seek those offices, especially the professional ones," such as auditor. "When we put off raises for a number of years it Is difficult to catch up," he said. Fisher noted that the top assistants of elected state officials receive larger salaries than their bosses. For example, David Roeder-er, Branstad's executive assistant, makes $260 more a year than the governor does. The three deputy state auditors each draw salaries that are nearly $10,000 more than Johnson's annual pay. "In the private sector, normally the head of the company or organization makes more than his chief assistants," Fisher said. "These are elected people, so It Is somewhat different. Politics plays into that." mm 1112 ANNUAL $ALMIE$ for aclcotad Illlnoli owt Kantaa Ulnntotm Mlfourl Nbnk WTaconart Governor $97,370 I $70,700 I $74,235 I $109,053 I $68,541 I $05,000 I $92,283 Lt. Governor 68.732 60.000 70,346 69,081 64.343 47.000 49.673 Sec. of State 85.915 60.000 67,668 69.981 72.327 62.000 45,088 Attorney General 65.915 73.600 66.324 85,194 78,322 64,500 82.706 Treasurer 74.459 60,000 59,110 59.981 72,327 49,500 45.088 Sec. of Agriculture 68,732 60,000 63,600 67.500 69,329 64,349 '56.497 Top Audit Official 71,253 60,000 67,668 "65,437 72.327 49,500 '56,497 tM 487 K lh minimum ftgura In rang HatporwtMitm ihanKt Bat n In ttattonout 8 la Auditor, tet.437; and t lagMMIva Audior, tS.W. and t Lag Auoaor. 172,474. Richard Vohs, the governor's spokesman, said Branstad has not considered the pay-raise Issue and does not believe other elected officials should, either, "until collective bargaining negotiations are completed" with public employee unions. Some non-elected public officials in Iowa command much larger salaries. The presidents of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University received $175,000 each In fiscal 1992. In Des Moines, City Manager Cy Carney's salary Is $94,223, and school Superintendent Gary Wegenke's salary is $93,557, according to Information compiled by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The Commission on Compensation, Expenses and Salaries of Elected State Officials will hold the first of two meetings today to choose officers, review salary Information and make pay comparisons. A salary recommendation is not expected until the group's Jan. 15 meeting. Up to Legislature The 16-member commission, which is distinct from a panel that met Tuesday to review Judges' salaries, meets In odd-numbered years. The Legislature can approve, Ignore or change the panel's pay recommendations. Legislators' pay also will be reviewed. They, too, have gone without a pay raise since 1991. Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate receive annual salaries of $18,100, plus a daily expense allowance during sessions. Top legislative leaders receive $27,900 per year. Fisher Joined the commission 10 years ago and has been chairman the past four years. He also headed a task force created by Branstad to recommend long-term savings in the operation of state government. Tin iwiimn TODAY A $TATE oommliialon will oonnUtcr the salarlei of Iowa elected official. Here are their current lalarlei. Currant ta'ary Governor Terry BranaUd .... $79,700.00 Lieutenant Governor Joy Corning 90,000.00 Secretary of Agriculture Dale Cochran 90,000.00 Attorney General Bonnie Campbell . 73,900.00 State Auditor Richard John eon . . . 90,000.00 Secretary of State Elaine Baxter 90,000.00 State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald 90,000 Missing a car? Look in D.Ri.'s auto graveyard mx- if I 1 1- , '4 "( " " ,1 vv .1 4iie V BIIX NEIBEROAUTllE REGISTER Des Moines police officer Steve Walters inspects a burned-out south Des Moines. The undeveloped park has become a car that was abandoned a few years ago in Soldiers Field in dumping ground for stolen and stripped automobiles. Police want area closed By TOM ALEX Register Statf Writer Soldiers Field is a remote area of Des Moines where stolen cars go to die. Car thieves strip them and sometimes set them afire. Soldiers Field is not a household name in the city. It's not one of Des Moines' more popular parks. In fact, It's not a park at all. It is 80 acres of "miscellaneous undeveloped" land, say city officials. A man in Eagan, Minn., is Just now learning about Soldiers Field because his car was found there over the weekend. Last week it was a clean, white 1991 Honda Prelude. But that was before it was stripped and burned. "That car cost nearly $30,000 and I bought It brand new," said Chean Phalaket. "I drove it about 17 months and it had about 12,000 miles on it." What's left Phalaket wouldn't want returned. Like so many cars over the years, It was stolen and left in the auto graveyard that is Soldiers Field. "The place was closed down once, and it should be closed down again," said Des Moines Police Officer Steven Walters, who patrols the area. "Rapes are reported there. Stolen cars are found there two or three times a month. There's FID Please turn to Page 2M Schools, City Agree Compromise set on gay rights By KELLYE CARTER Register Staff Writer The Des Moines school board agreed Tuesday to pull its gay-rights policy from a contract to share facilities with the city, but the proposed compromise has a catch. The agreement is off if the board learns that the city has discriminated against homosexuals while using school facilities, the seven-member board agreed unanimously. Board members said they wanted to reach a compromise with the city because residents already have signed up for winter recreation programs. Board member Jonathan Wilson, who said he was surprised the council failed to take "a more enlightened view," suggested that the city be required to comply with the board's non-discrimination policy next school year. The board decided to delay a decision on that, however. Now the issue returns to the City Council. The city and the schools have shared recreational facilities for decades. The Des Moines Park and 1 School administrators say they will be looking at ways to improve race relations among students a goal they say was in place before racial problems at Lincoln. Page: 2M. Recreation Department, lor example, uses school gymnasiums for adult volleyball and basketball programs. Students have used the city's tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools. The proposed contract is designed to formalize the arrangement. The school board and the Park and Recreation Board had approved the pact with the policy banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Without explanation, the Des Moines City Council last month removed the sexual orientation language before approving the tgree-ment. The council voted 5-1, with Jack Porter dissenting. Councilman Michafi Mcpherson abstained because he works for the school district Mayor John "Pat" Dorrian said later that the issue was moot be cause the city never has discriminated against homosexuals. If the language were included "it would look like an admission of guilt," Dorrian said. Opponents of the board's antidiscrimination policy, enacted in 1990, criticized the board Tuesday for wanting to make the city comply. Herb Richards of 1515 Pioneer Road said the board was "controlled by demonic power." "What right does this school board have to force the abnormal and harmful behavior on the city parks?" he said. John Schmacker of 3724 Hunter Ave., who identified himself as a homosexual, called the City Council's action arrogant. "I submit that if this policy had to do with whether you're going to respect racial differences, there would be no debate here," said Schmacker, who encouraged the board to stand firm in its support of the policy. In other business Tuesday, the j board reaffirmed its controversial position on the state open enrollment law. Board members said the SCHOOLS Please turn to Page 2M Remembers He Couldn't Move Coach credits his fitness in gas-poisoning survival i 1 f I? I By DEB0RA WILEY OfTiie Register's Cedar Rapids Bureau Wes Bruns of Cedar Rapids remembers helping his stepfather shovel sheep manure at the acreage near Arbela, Mo., on Christmas Eve Day. He remembers his family watching the movie "Dances With Wolves" late Christmas night. And he re- Bnins members not "Fitness freak" be'n8 able to move on his bed in the basement when he overheard his sister, Joni Lloyd, say upstairs at about 12:30 a.m. that she and her husband were going to take his 2-year-old niece, Morgan, to a doctor for her asthma problems. At the time, he chalked it up to Just being tired. Now, he wonders otherwise. Less than 10 hours later, his mother, stepfather and both his kept biting my tubes and they said that was a true sign I was going to do OK. M Wes Bruns I older brothers, 33 and 30, were dead of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty wood-burning stove and gas furnace. Bruns, his brother's fiancee and his stepbrother came close to death but were saved by his brother-in-law Garth Lloyd, who returned from taking his daughter to the hospital and nearly . succumbed to the deadly fumes , himself. Bruns, 25, still weak but improving at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, is struggling to comprehend the enormity of the tragedy. "It's really rough," he said Tuesday in a voice husky with emotion and with after-effects of the carbon monoxide poisoning. "When my father passed away in 1986, 1 just sort of had to go on and BRVHSPlease turn to Page 2M

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