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tVl Ihr. lir.SNlOINLSkM.lSlr Panel to review tickets dismissed by Cooney By REN FUSON ftmitar f km wrltor A committee of the West Des Moines City Council will review all traffic tickets dismissed by Police n . . Chief Orval Cooney, ..-jr council members f-m agreed Monday night, ft. Jnf The council ,5 0 , . directed Cooney to consult witn tapt. Robert Rushing before tearing up any tickets. V. The procedural ' omval agreement repre-coomiy sented a compromise by the council, which twice had approved a proposal that would have given Cooney the sole authority to tear up some traffic tickets. The plan triggered criticism from some West Des Moines police officers . who said giving that power to Cooney might undermine their patrol work. ' In addition, several West Des Moines officers complained publicly last year that Cooney had fixed tickets in the past for friends and relatives an allegation Cooney denies. Councilman Richard Davidson suggested that Cooney and Rushing share authority for dismissing tickets. "It seems to me in order to better protect everybody ... that maybe there should be more than one person Involved in tearing up tickets," he said. i Davidson also said the city's public safety committee, which consists of f wo council members, should monitor every case in which a ticket is torn up. Under the plan, Cooney and Rushing would submit a report to the committee at least once every two months. Save up to $80 on proven Rust Protection. ..Hurry! Offer ends 22883. Ziebart WtUANCI 4 mOTICTIQN HRMCtl 417 16th St. Dt Moines 244-1144 Add liftkxi,and vab to your cat Now only I Cleanliness is next to Godliness. It's also nice in an eating place. For this second reason, every Bishops employee has, as a part of their job, almost constant cleanup duties to perform. And every Bishops manager is almost zealous about seeing that these clean-up duties get performed. They know that unless there is a constant "keep-it-clean" vigii, it might not happen. And that would be intolerable, because cleanliness is what you, our customer, have come to expect. Bishops has always been the "you could almost eat off the floor" kind of place. And despite the fact every buffet now serves hundreds of meals each day, you can still walk in, any hour we're open and find three things: a terrific variety of fairly priced, good, fresh, wholesome food; friendly, courteous service; and a clean place to eat. K M luvs., trb. I,1V8J The council approved the revisions unanimously. "That's fine with me," Cooney said after the meeting. "It makes it a little more confusing, but It's fine. The chief added that dismissing tickets "is something that's very, very rarely used. In the seven years that I've been chief, I can only remember three or four instances. Several law enforcement and municipal officials have said police chiefs in Iowa already have discretionary authority to dismiss tickets written by their officers. Even so, Cooney and Jack Rogers, West Des Moines city attorney, said the authority should be spelled out in an ordinance. "I think what we have tried to do is clarify It," Rogers said. He said some West Des Moines officers may not have understood the discretionary power available to Cooney to tear up tickets. "Quite frankly," Rogers said, "I think there's some question in the minds of some of the police officers, so why not make it clear? I really think it's never going to be abused." Cooney agreed that the council's action should stop some of his officers from complaining that he has fixed tickets. 'This way, I don't think there will be any question about it. I don't want anybody to have the feeling that it can be done," be said. Rogers earlier had said that the ordinance would give Cooney power to dismiss only "non-moving violations." But he said Monday the authority granted to Cooney and Rushing applies to any violation of the Traffic Code under Chapter 2, which includes speeding, reckless driving, drag racing, snow removal and parking. State off hook on legal fees By KEN FUSON Rraitor SIM Wrltor Iowa will not have to foot the bill for thousands of dollars in legal fees related to its losing battle against 65-foot, double-bottom trucks, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge William C. Stuart ruled that Consolidated Freightways, which won its 1979 case against the state law prohibiting long trucks, was not entitled to the legal fees. The company's costs for lawyers' work, safety tests and expert witness fees had been estimated at $600,000 or more. The company sought to force the state to pay its legal costs after a district court ruling that an Iowa law unconstitutionally interfered with interstate commerce. The appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ruling. Consolidated sought the legal expenses under a section of federal law that allows states to be charged for the expenses of court actions if some state action has resulted in the deprivation of constitutional rights. Buffets, Merle Hay Mall Wakonda Shopping Mall J"' r 4' Weather is a Keith Rankin of Des Moines spends February day Monday fishing off the Woman returns home, state alert canceled Tht It Milter's iw Hut Strvtct BURLINGTON, IA. - A spokesman for the Des Moines County sheriff s office said Monday statewide alert issued Sunday for Kathy Arndt, 19, of Danville, was canceled two hours later when she returned home safely. Deputy John Horton said Arndt returned to her parents' home after a "domestic dispute" with a boyfriend. Robinson to Delaware post TIM RteMtr'i Iowa Ntwi Srvtc MANCHESTER, IA. - Paul Robinson, 54, of rural Coggon has been appointed to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. Robinson, a Republican, replaces Cecil Cannon, who died in January. "::rzrzr: 7'-' - - A ; . Z 1 ) . i reel delight relatively balmy Center Street Dam near downtown Des Moines. Grand Avenue bridge. 'Parade' of liars cited in case against lawyer SmcM DIhuMi to Th fttfistw PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The prosecution's case against Des Moines lawyer Max Burkey rests on the word of a "parade" of drug dealers and liars, his attorney contended in court Monday. Burkey is accused of "laundering" $24,500 in cocaine profits by cashing a check for that amount and funneling it back into a drug ring in three smaller checks that would be more likely to escape the notice of tax agents. Des Moines lawyer William Kutmus, who is defending Burkey, does not contest that Burkey handled the money for the admitted leader of the cocaine network. But Burkey did not know the money came from drug sales, Kutmus contends. Prosecution witnesses have said Burkey, who is charged with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, knew the money came from a drug dealer. During cross-examination Monday, Kutmus listed the people upon whose credibility the prosecution case against Burkey rests: Ronald Cunningham, a Des Moines native who admits he directed the drug ring. It was his money Burkey is accused of laundering. Cunningham has pleaded guilty of plotting to kill his best friend for turning state's evidence. After being caught in that plot, he turned state's evidence himself. He has admitted lying repeatedly in the past, but swears he is telling the truth now. Former Des Moines lawyer Tom McCurnin, who has pleaded guilty of dealing cocaine and trying to cheat the IRS. And Cunningham testified Monday that McCurnin cheated him as well. McCurnin flew from Los Angeles to Phoenix to fill out a tax return that Cunningham described as "phony." Cunningham said he paid the lawyer $300 and gave him $3,000 to $3,500 more to pay in taxes. "What he did was pocket the money and never did son Rcoisri photo v sot nanoeu. r 1 'f i Id the background is the file the darn thing," Cunningham said. Lex Kehoe of Urbandale, Cunningham's right-hand man in running the drug ring, and the man he tried to kill when the network began to collapse. Kehoe's girlfriend, Priscilla Miller of Des Moines, who was sent back to Des Moines because she "was just burned out" on drugs, Cunningham said. "Every time I went over to Kehoe's home, whether it was 10 o'clock in the morning or 3 o'clock in the afternoon or 9 o'clock at night, she was just lying around the house. She wouldn't go out and work or anything," Cunningham testified. "So finally, I told him just to get rid of her and that's what he ended up doing bought a one-way ticket back to Des Moines." Miller previously admitted lying to a grand jury, saying she was afraid of Cunningham because she "had heard of Ron paying things to people to do things to other people." Richard Castro, like Cunningham a graduate of Hoover High School in Des Moines. He testified that he used to go to Florida to pick up drugs for Cunningham, but was fired after he hallucinated and panicked on a trip from Florida to Phoenix. In addition to that cast of characters who testified against Burkey for the prosecution, Kutmus had Cunningham tell the jury that the drug ring also included Reed Wayne Hamilton, who was convicted twice of first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 1978 shooting deaths of Cathy Larson and Nick Pappas Jr. of Des Moines. The prosecution rested its case Monday. U.S. District Judge Charles Hardy excused the jury for today, when he will hear arguments on a motion by Kutmus for a directed acquittal. Kutmus will argue that the prosecution did not prove its case against Burkey and that Hardy should throw out the charge. cDQ)(B to CcellEacf w9 Cities can apply for free boat By WILLIAM PETROSKI ttor tto Wrltor The William S. Mitchell, a 277-foot tidewhee! rlverboat listed on the National Historic Register, is being given away by the federal government, and Iowa cities are being urged to apply for it The Mitchell, a 49-year-old dredge that once plied the Missouri River, is being offered by the VS. General Services Administration, says Tom Roller, director of the state Surplus Property Division. The Mitchell is similar to the William M. Black, which was donated to the Dubuque County Historical Society in 1979. Roller has sent letters to mayors of major Mississippi and Missouri river cities in Iowa informing them of the Mitchell's availability. Cities must act quickly, though, says Roller, because the application deadline is Wednesday. "Getting the Mitchell for Iowa will be an uphill battle since we already got the William M. Black for Dubuque," Roller said. "Kansas City, which lost the contest for the Black, has had almost four years to prepare its case for the Mitchell and will be ' able to bring lot of political pressure to bear." The Mitchell, which was built in 1934, has a steel hull, steel and wood superstructure and wooden paddle-wheels. Because the Mitchell is listed on the National Historic Register, Roller said it must be kept as close to its original condition as possible. It should be maintained as a museum or exhibit, he said, although admissions could be charged to offset costs. 42 violations against driver T Continued from Page One coming from the other direction. When he tried to pass the big truck on the right he "spun out in a snow bank" in the 5200 block of West Park Avenue. 'He threw the keys into the street and put his bands up," Foster said. Charged with 42 traffic violations was Jerry Dee Howard, 16, formerly of Humboldt, who recently had walked away from a juvenile care center in Indianola. Also in on the end of the chase were Iowa State Patrol troopers and Indianola police. Indianola Police Chief Earl Pace said the teen-ager faced a larceny of a motor vehicle charge there in the theft of the Torino, which belongs to Bonnie Borrall of rural Indianola. It was taken from a real estate office where Borrall is employed. Damage to the car was estimated at $500. "He Howard was lucky," added Walters. "I've been in chases before, but this was the longest and the wildest. You're so used to radios that when you don't have them you realize how important they are." "I knew it was a stolen car, said Foster. "But I didn't know anything else about it and that's a scary feeling, not to know if it's been involved in another crime or not. We never had good communications through the whole thing." The chase ended at 9:32 a.m. and power was restored to tne dispatcn center at 9:44 a.m. Police officials are checking to determine why the back-up system failed. Iowa nuclear freeze backers plan trip At least two busloads of Iowans plan to travel to Washington to participate in a nuclear weapons freeze campaign March 7 and 8. The Iowa Freeze Campaign expects to send buses from Des Moines, Burlington and possibly other Iowa cities, according to state coordinator Tim Button. Nuclear protesters from across the country hope to meet with members of Congress during the "Citizens Freeze Campaign." Button said a del egation from each Iowa congressional district will deliver letters and proxy forms signed by Iowans to all members of the state's congressional delegation.. Organizers call the Washington lobbying effort the next big push for the nuclear freeze campaign. mmrn Financial Aid Available

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