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Page 2B Thursday. April 5. 2001 The Des Moines Register DM AROUXDIOWA Drug agents arrest 6 linked to cycle gang B STACI HUPP REGISTER AMES BUREAU Federal and state drug agents have arrested six suspected mem bers of an international motorcycle gang on drug and weapons charges. The men belong to the Sons of Silence motorcycle gang, whose members have a history of drug arrests in Iowa and around the world, said Jon Petersen, spokes man for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The men are charged with traf ficking in methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana and weap ons possessioa Federal officials declined Wednesday to identify what kinds of weapons were involved. Two other men are wanted on similar charges. Authorities said they found ephedrine, lithium and other meth-making ingredients during searches of homes in Boone and Red Oak. The arrests completed a two- year investigation, Petersen said. Some of the men could face life in federal prison it they are convicted. "It was a lot of little pieces com ing together," Petersen said. Tou start running into the names enough and start seeing connec tions. They can't seem to stay out of trouble. Boone County Sheriff Ron Fehr said the bust was big for his county, but "we do meth labs just about every week, so it's getting to be quite an old thing." Those arrested were: Russell John Schoenauer, 50, of Waukee. Robert Norman, 46, of Boone. Gary Lee Walker, 50, of Red Oak. Daniel Lee Burns, 45, of Boone. Barry Scarcello, 43, of Boone. Steven Lowell Henry, 55, of Norwalk. Officials are looking for Pelayo Jose Cuervo, 45, and William John Furlong, 36, whose addresses are unknown. -K- 'ti ' t - - - ill! i " J i -' A Dateline Iowa From Register staff and news services DAVID PETERSONTHE REGISTER Timber harvest: Hundreds of trees nave been cut down at Stephens State Forest near Lucas to open sunny areas that will encourage the growth of new trees. The logging will earn the state $17,000. Controlled burning planned for first time in state forests ISU fund-raiser stays; research official leaves A top fund-raiser at Iowa State University will stay, while a research official has decided to leave, it was announced Wednesday. Tom Mitchell, president of the ISU Foundation, said he turned down a job as vice president at the University of Washingtoa Prem Paul, associate vice provost for research, will become the vice chancellor for research at the University of Nebraska on July 1. Mitchell said he and his wife, Peggy, "thought there is no better place to be than Iowa, and no better place than Iowa State." Last month, Mitchell confirmed he was a finalist for the Seattle job. By PERRY BEEMAN REGISTER STAFF WRITER Forestry experts will set con trolled fires in state forests across Iowa for the first time to make the woodlands healthier. Iowans are used to watching TV coverage of raging forest fires at such places as Yellowstone National Park. In some cases, federal workers have let the fires burn, because the blazes remove weedy trees and brush. The unwanted growth limits diversity and prevents some trees and plants from growing. Mike Brandrup, Iowa s forestry and prairies chief, said he and his employees routinely burn prairies to rejuvenate them. There has been limited forest burning near prairies and in limited state park areas. The idea of widespread burning of small areas is new, Brandup said. State foresters would burn per haps (5 acres) to 10 acres at a time, Brandrup said. "We aren't looking to burn extensive areas at one time. That would cause some real concerns," he said. Lucas logging OAK TREES CUT: Employees of a Waukon logging company recently cut down hundreds of oak trees at Stephens State Forest near Lucas in south-central Iowa. PURPOSE: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources ordered 707 old trees removed to open sunny areas that will help grow new oaks, said Mike Brandrup, chief of the forestry and prairie division. BAT HOMES: Troendle Logging will finish the job this fall after the breeding season for the endangered Indiana bat. TIMBER: The state will make $17,000 on the wood sale. Similar logging set for Yellow River and Shimek state forests this year will bring in a combined $57,000. State air-quality workers will help make sure the fires pose no health risks. In some areas, a county permit will be needed. John Pearson, a state botanist, said the state has never considered using fire to this degree to manage forests. "We'd like to do it on a small area so people can become familiar with the effects and become comfortable with it," Pearson said. Iowa State University researchers have expressed interest in studying how the forests change after the fires. Opening up forest areas so oaks and other strong trees can grow makes the forests healthier and helps animals that eat the acorns, Brandrup said. The state's 1994 forest- management plan doesn't mention burning at state forests. That strategy was developed as a con troversy raged over the state's practice of hiring logging compa nies to remove dead or dying trees from state parks and forests. The wood is sold for lumber. VINYL WINDOW & SIDING SPECIAL $ 279 99 p.t Window Installed Custom Built Thermal Pane 7 ""'" Eas'Tltln i 'Lifetime n- .. J Guarantee ytea raflacta whlta windows. I - - - $249599 IOOO tq.Ft. Installed Design Choices Premium Vinyl Manv Colors :- Lifetime Guarantee' Prlca raflacta elding and Intulatlon. Alcohol curbs receive initial OK in Iowa City lUt.on. 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"The people of Iowa City don't need the City Council telling them what to drink or how much they can drink," Brian Davis told the group, which included a person carrying a sign that read "Keep drinks cheap." The new ordinance, which must pass two more readings, would go into effect July 1. It would impose civil penalties on bars that violate alcohol laws and would ban drink specials and restrict out-of-sight sales. Council members said that while the ordinance might be altered before final passage, something must be done about binge drinking and underage drinking downtown. "I think we have to keep this train heading to the station," said Councilman Irvin Pfab. Councilman Steven Kanner said he supported the ordinance but was uncomfortable about its enforcement. Police Chief RJ. Winkelhake has said the use of undercover officers would be most effective way to build civil cases against bars that serve to underage customers. "I don't want to be known as the town where there's a good chance you'll find undercover agents at the bars," Kanner said. Mayor Ernie Lehman said students misunderstood the ordinance. "It's important for students to know that there's very little in the ordinance that isn't already in state law," he said. Dave Moore, owner of the Fieldhouse and the College Street Billiards Club, told council members the proposed restrictions were confusing. Would he be able to hold private parties for fraternities or Softball teams at his bar? Is a drink special considered a one-night event, a one-week event or a one-month event? Council members decided to have City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes meet with liquor license holders to hash out the details. Officials lift curfew along riverfront Strollers and anglers can stay longer along the Mississippi riverfront in Burlington now that offi cials have lifted the 11 p.m. curfew. Although the curfew was cre ated in the 1980s as a way to stop vandalism, council members said they are now reacting to complaints that residents can't fish on the riverfront late at night. Under the curfew, people who wanted to fish along the riverfront were required to get a permit. The curfew was opposed by Charles Walsh, chairman of the city's Riverfront Advisory Commission, who said the juvenile curfew 11 p.m. on school nights, later at other times should be adequate to control vandalism in the area. Police were not able to determine Wednesday how many people have been ticketed under the curfew ordinances. River levels increased by snow melt Melting snow is pushing the Shell Rock and Winnebago rivers out of their banks, officials said. The Shell Rock River at Marble Rock was at flood level Monday. The Winnebago River in Mason City was 7 inches above its flood level of 7 feet. Minor flooding has started on the Winnebago River at Mason City where water has covered walking paths at East Park, officials said. The National Weather Service forecast said the Winnebago was expected to crest at 11.8 feet early Wednesday and will stay above flood stage for the next few days. needed for approval. Turnout was 81 percent. Remsen-Union Superintendent Gary Battles said the schools might try again in October to get the bond issue passed. Trial is scheduled in hit-and-run case A man accused in a fatal hit-and-run incident on Interstate Highway 29 in Council Bluffs last fall is scheduled to stand trial June 5. Mark Maurer, 24, of Omaha is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He's accused in the death of Ricky Housley, 16, of Council Bluffs. Housley was killed as he walked along the highway in southwest Council Bluffs during the early morning hours on Oct. 7. Maurer was arrested Nov. 17. Police reports said that Maurer, the owner of a van, was the original suspect in the case. Police interviewed him after the van was found at his home in Carter Lake. He moved to Omaha shortly after his van was seized by police. " Maurer told police his van was forced off the road by a truck and struck a yellow road barrel. Mercy Network acquires Decatur County Hospital The Mercy Health Network has acquired a southern Iowa hospital. The Board of Trustees voted to include Decatur County Hospital in its network of 11 community hospitals statewide. Administrator Roy White will remain in his position. The hospital will now have access to group purchasing, educational opportunities, advice and consulting managers and other affiliates, Mercy officials said. Riverside landmark considered for update Man pleads guilty of stealing firearms A Waterloo man has pleaded guilty of stealing 16 guns from a local sporting goods store. Federal prosecutors said Timothy J. Good, 49, took the guns from the Scheels All Sport Store between 1998 and 1999. Good admitted that Bruce Wohlers, a friend and store employee, would falsify firearm trade-ins to allow Good to steal them while Wohlers received a commission. Good, owner of The Gun Shop in Waterloo, resold or kept the guns. Wohlers and Thomas Lukes, both of Waterloo, are charged with stealing firearms. Good faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. I if 'TO ill 1 I I I 1 Z 175 Value itLSXILSSZT I r rill Mav 1st S i a. m-nmmtmtmiitmam ,,HiHIIJHIMI1 Complete your outdoor living area at the touch of a button. The retractable deck and patio awning extends easily to add comfort and style to your home Available in over 200 colors and patterns. See it at... 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A lumber company used it for watching over its riverside land and logs from the early 1880s until a fire destroyed the tower's wooden framework in 1911. In 1991, a Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad grain car knocked a hole in it. City officials will determine what repairs are needed. They said an added stretch of river walk planned between two harbors justifies the expense. 14-year-old student charged with terrorism A 14-year-old high school student in Solon has been charged with terrorism. Johnson County sheriffs officials said Brian Vincent threatened to kill some of his classmates. Sheriff's officers said Tuesday they were called to Solon High School on Monday by the principal. Vincent was held Tuesday in a Scott County detention center. No other details were disclosed. Terrorism is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine. 1 Voters reject plan to build new schools Voters in the Remsen-Union school district have rejected a plan to borrow $7.6 million to build and furnish new elementary and middle sch(X)Ls. The proposal received 830 yes votes of the 1,573 btilltos cast, which fell short of the 60 percent Battery factory closing safe for environment The closing of the Exide Technologies battery factory in Burlington presents no environmental concerns, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources! The 27-year-old plant will close May 29. Jerry Bartachek, a state environmental specialist in Washington, said the factory is regularly inspected and no problems were found during the last inspection in February. Tim Yost, corporate spokesman, said although the plant will close at the end of next month, cleanup will continue through September. "Any time you are dealing with lead and acids, there are certain things you have to do legally," he said. Some of the plant's 240 workers will stay on to conduct the cleanup, and a speciid team might be brought in to assist, he said.

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