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I P"! Jpttl f W JM" .r-""i.rr ois nomis Sectiort M Wed., June 1, 1983 u n n. K 1 V' It ! 11 in hi uuu QUJ IMJ JUL wBtfB mwPJ JVAMWv ' IPWwWGwWw AtfluiWr 'Vwnw VHPHfV rbr mm DAHLIA I01VA Sioux City man returned to face murder charge SIOUX CITY, IA. (AP) - Rick Wilson, 20, of Sioux City has been returned from Texas to face a murder charge for a 1981 stabbing. : Wilson is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft in the death of Raymond Smith, .60, of Sioux City. Authorities brought Wilson back to Sioux City during the weekend from Amarillo, Texas, where he had been in jail since last September. Amarillo authorities had arrested Wilson after learning he was wanted by Sioux City police. A second man charged in Smith' murder, Donald Fueston, is serving a 40-year prison sentence. He pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder, robbery and theft. Smith's body was found in the basement of his home on Nov. 10, 1981. Police said he had been stabbed 31 times. Stander to appear in court on drunken driving charge COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA. (AP) -Former heavyweight boxer Ronald Stander is scheduled to appear in Pottawattamie County Magistrate Court Thursday on a charge of second-offense drunken driving. Stander, 38, was released from county jail early Monday after posting a $1,000 surety bond. He was arrested about 2:30 a.m. after police officer Dan Flores sighted a burning pickup truck that had sheared off a utility pole. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and Stander and a passenger in the vehicle were not injured. Stander was sentenced in September 1982 to two concurrent 90-day jail terms for drunken driving and carrying weapons. Stander was known as the "Bluffs Butcher" during his boxing days. Grivaro to run for mayor again By SUSAN CABA Rctfittr Staff Writer Mayor Pete Crivaro announced Tuesday that he will seek a second term as mayor. Crivaro, 69, said he has enjoyed his first term as mayor and believes he can continue to contribute to the welfare of the city. "I have been able to develop a good working relationship between the city and the private sector, between Des Moines and the suburban cities; between the city and the county; and, most important, between the council members," said CrivaVo. "I have demonstrated that I am responsive to the needs and concerns of the various segments of our community, and have carried out the duties as mayor in a fair, impartial and honest manner." Nomination papers for the mayor's seat, one at-large council position, and council wards two and four are available in the city clerk's office. Lounsberry honored Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Robert Lounsberry Monday received the Iowa Association of the Blind's Altig Award for service to the blind. I 1 PETE ! CRIVARO IT"; V,. ' LESLIE LOUISE NICHOLS Elude model involved in death named By RICK JOST and DAVID ELBERT R toll tor Staff Wrftore After three days of secrecy, au thorities Tuesday released the name of the nude model who struggled with another model over a handgun that discharged early Saturday, killing the co-worker. But Polk County Sheriff Bob Rice said investigators probably won't know until Thursday whether charges will be filed in the shooting death of Leslie Louise Ledocia Nichols, 19. Rice identified the other woman as Lorry L. Hawk, 22, who moved to Des Moines from Cedar Rapids about three months ago. She listed her home as 5920 Second Ave., the address of the House of Secrets nude modeling and photography studio. Hawk was born in Monmouth., 111., and grew up in Burlington, la. Nichols also was from Burlington, but the women hadn't known each other there, Rice said. Though Hawk was questioned by in vestigators Saturday, authorities had refused to release her name until Tuesday afternoon. Rice said he was authorized to release the name Tuesday by Assistant Polk County Attorney James Smith. However, the sheriff said investigators need to talk to Dr. Emmanuel Lacsina, an assistant county medical examiner, before deciding whether to file charges. Lacsina, who performed the autopsy on Nichols' body, appar ently is out of town until Wednesday night, Rice said. Nichols, who came to Des Moines from Burlington two weeks ago, died from a bullet wound in the head. Hawk has told investigators that she and Nichols went out to eat Friday night, then went drinking at two lounges, Rice said. Hawk returned to the modeling studio about 1:30 a.m., and Nichols arrived some 45 minutes to an hour later, Rice said. The two women then got into an argument and struggled over the handgun, which discharged. The single bullet struck Nichols in the face. Rice said it still isn't certain what the argument was about, although he had said Sunday that the fight "wasn't over much of anything, really." The two women were the only employees and residents of the single-story ranch-style building where the shooting occurred. There was no answer Tuesday at the telephone number for the House of Secrets. Dale Moritz, chief of detectives for the county sheriff's department, said a .25-caliber pistol recovered at the scene is owned by Jerry Hyde of Cedar Rapids, co-operator of House of Secrets. But he said the gun was "supposedly kept at the establishment" in Des Moines. Hawk has told authorities that Nichols had the weapon. But Patricia Smith, Nichols' half-sister, said Tuesday that Nichols was afraid of guns. "It wasn't in her nature" to even like being around firearms, said Smith. She said that a month ago when Nichols was helping a friend move, Nichols refused to carry a couple of guns from a house to a car. Smith said Nichols' family is having a hard time believing that Nichols knew what kind of work she was getting into when she left Burlington for Des Moines. Nichols' "morals were better than to have wound up in a place like that," Smith said, referring to the House of Secrets. Pigeons put deposit on roost at hotel; blamed for damage By SUSAN CABA Rtgltttr Staff WrlMr Pigeon droppings have brought down part of the Randolph Hotel. A stretch of decorative, pressed metal fell from the hotel at Court Avenue and Fourth Street Tuesday morning, and owner Joseph Coppola said a buildup of "pigeon manure" was to blame. "The pigeons have been roosting up there and enough of that manure piled up, it just tore the thing loose," Coppola said. His son added that the acid content of the bird droppings damaged the metal, causing it to rot. The metal and wood form a decorative ledge along the top of the eight-story building. The Coppolas were trying to rent a crane Tuesday afternoon to have the remaining molding and ledge torn off. ; The metal began to fall about 10 a m. Tuesday, causing Des Moines police to barricade Fourth Street to traffic. As hotel employees worked with long sticks to knock down more of the hanging metal, residents of the 150-room Randolph, which advertises rooms at $10 and up, watched television in the lobby. The younger Coppola said the pigeons have been a problem for the past few years. They flew in an opening at one end of the decorative structure, then roosted and nested. Despite repairs, the birds continued RANDOLPH Please turn to Page 4M 2 men arrested for growing marijuana Ttw Rcttttor's Km N Sartfc HINTON, IA. Two rural Hinton men are free on bond following their arrests on charges of growing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The arrests of Timothy B. Kelly, 36, and Timothy W. Shuminsky, 37, followed an investigation by the Plymouth County sheriff's department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Their bond was set at (2,500 per charge when they appeared before the Plymouth County magistrate. REGISTER PHOTOS BY BOB MOOERSOHN 'vv -izrri- A.' W- 'Jb'Ul wmmmmmmm n hit n -T-j jLww 0m mmmmmJ' aiBmjbw8isas8iiga: ' nm "" w iiiinmnm m -;Y5 i 1 f ; . fMa Good equipment, good fishin9 Using only a small packet of tackle, top photo, and a homemade chair, bottom, Darrel Hanen, 64, of Des Moines comes up with a nice stringer of fisb on a recent morning outing at the Dale Maffitt Reservoir, southwest of Des Moines. "Crappie and walleye, that's my favorite," said Hanen. His plywood chair holds two fishing rods and folds into a flat, easy-to-carry package. Fearing Lewellyn will flee, judge revokes appeal bond -A U GARY LEWELLYN By PETER RACHER Rtdittr Staff Wrttor Embezzler Gary Lewellyn will start serving a 20-year prison term as soon as he completes his sentence for contempt of court, U.S. District Judge William Stuart ruled Tuesday. Stuart revoked Lewellyn's $50,000 appeal bond! Tuesday and echoed statements the judge made last week. "There is a distinct possibility" that Lewellyn will flee, should he lose the appeal of his conviction for embezzling $17.7 million from two Iowa banks, including a bank run by his father, Clifford, Stuart said. Lewellyn, 34, a former West Des Moines stockbroker, was sentenced in November to 20 years in prison for the massive embezzlement. He is appealing the conviction, however, and has asked for a new trial so that he can plead innocent by reason of insanity. Lewellyn claims to be a pathologi cal gambler, whose compulsion drove him to embezzle the money. Stuart, in revoking Lewellyn's bond, noted in his order that Lewellyn has publicly expressed his distaste for prison. The judge said, "There is a distinct possibility that if this court's decision were upheld that hej might flee rather than face a lengthy prison sentence." Stuart left a way out, however He said Lewellyn is free to ask the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which now is considering Lewellyn's appeal, to set a new appeal bond. Lewellyn's lawyer, David Barrett of Washington, D.C., could not be reached for comment. The ruling will not mean any immediate change for Lewellyn, who is serving six months in the Polk County Jail for violating an order by U.S. District Judge Constance Motley of New York City regarding the sale of Lewellyn's stocks and bonds. Motley is presiding over a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the wake of Lewellyn's sensational embezzlement. Lewellyn is appealing the severity of Motley's sentence. rmmm mi -. .:-.W I i By DAVID ELBERT Rovtstar Stsfl Writer West Des Moines Police Chief Orval Cooney, 50, has been granted a medical disability retirement that will allow him to continue to draw two-thirds of his salary of $32,258. In voting the $21,506 pension Tuesday, the suburb's Police-Fire Retirement Board cited Cooney's heart disease and noted that he underwent orval heart bypass coohby surgery in March. Mayor George Mills said Capt. Robert Rushing will continue to head the police department, as he has for the last two months, until a new chief is hired. After the retirement board's decision, Cooney said his only immediate plans are to "go on vacation," starting next week. He said he generally feels well, except "on days like Monday, when it rains." The retirement, which is effective today, should bring to a close nearly two years of discord between Cooney and many of the officers in the 35-member West Des Moines Police Department. That discord became public in early 1982 when 14 patrol officers took their complaints about alleged misconduct by Cooney to the Des Moines Tribune. The publicity prompted the city to hire a special investigator, Mason City lawyer Charles McManigal. City officials later stopped McManigal from making a complete report of his findings. McManigal's printed report stated only that Cooney did not have a drinking problem, but that the police department did have "serious administrative problems and deficiencies." McManigal's report did not deal with specific allegations involving charges of bigotry, favoritism, violence and Cooney's alleged contempt for some officers. Cooney had kept his heart ailment secret for some time, and on Tuesday asked if a reporter could be barred from the retirement board meeting. Board members, however, persuaded Cooney not to formally request a closed meeting. Before voting to retire Cooney, board members read a letter from three University of Iowa heart specialists, Drs. Carl White, Melvin Marcus and James Martin, who had examined Cooney on May 19. That letter revealed Cooney had "a five-year history of angina," chest pain, and that he had "concealed his symptoms from the (police) force until November of 1982 when progressive symptoms forced him to seek medical attention." The doctors diagnosed the police chief as having "organic heart disease, altherosclerosis, three vessel coronary artery disease," and a "history of hypertension." Cooney had bypass surgery for five arteries in March, the letter said. "Since that time, he has done quite well. ... His only medication now is aspirin." The chief currently has no symptoms, the doctors wrote, and concluded: "Despite good results from his surgery, he will have to be considered disabled from his work as a police chief." City Clerk Jerry Proudfit added that the doctors had said in a subsequent telephone conversation that Cooney's condition would prevent him from holding any other position in the police department as well. Marcus said during an interview later Tuesday that while Cooney meets the legal standards for a medical retirement, Marcus thinks Cooney has sufficiently recovered so he "could get a job tomorrow" with a private security force, if he wanted. 'Moonies' make D.M. pitch for converts By WILLIAM SIMBRO Rtflisfvr ftftHMn Wrttor Some 50 "Moonies" from around the world are conducting an evangelistic blitz in Des Moines, seeking converts to the Unification Church founded and headed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Twenty members of the international team conducted a noon rally Tuesday in the downtown Nollen Plaza to promote lectures on Unifica-tionism to be held at the Fort Des Moines Hotel tonight through Friday. As a sparse crowd of brown-baggers and lunchtime strollers milled about, Penny Brown, a Canadian, made it clear Moon's followers see him as the "Lord of the Second Advent" or the ''Second Messiah," who Moon's writings say will complete the work Jesus began. Brown asked if people were troubled by signs at the rally asking, "Is Reverend Moon the Second Messiah? Come Find Out." "If it's not true and Reverend Moon is not the Messiah, the Unification Church will fade away as others have, said Brown. But if it is true, wouldn't you want to know? "What does God think of Reverend Moon?" she asked. "What does Jesus Christ think of Reverend Moon? Pray and find out. Please don't go by what you read in the newspapers." Using the label outsiders have attached to the movement, she urged people to come to the talks "to find out who the Moonies are." Richard Buessing, pastor of the Des Moines Unification Church, stressed in his talk that the Moonies are people who are deeply concerned about both the spread of "Godless, atheistic communism" and internal moral decay in America. The ideology of the Unification Church holds the answer to both problems, said Buessing. Speakers at the rally dealt head-on with two of the ongoing controversies besetting the movement allegations about Moon himself and charges that the movement is a cult that brainwashes ideological, searching young people. "I'm not brainwashed," said Brown. "My mind isn't controlled by anyone, other than myself and God." Buessing acknowledged "the cloud of controversy surrounding our religious leader. But we are proud to MOONIES Please turn to Page 2M Man vho snore at boss gets benefits, says court By PETER RACHER Rcaitttr Stiff WrHtr Swearing at a supervisor may be cause for dismissal, but it's not reason for denying unemployment benefits, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. "It is unreasonable to expect employees to be entirely docile and well-mannered at all times," the court said in the case of a Pella man who called his female supervisor a "dirty bitch." Stuart Budding, 29, of Pella, made the remark after his Rolscreen Co. supervisor told him not to put on his coat to leave until after his shift was over. The Appeals Court, in a 3-2 split, said that Budding's remark was a "peccadillo," "an isolated incident," and that he simply "blew off a little steam." "While we do not condone such behavior, we cannot say that it evinced a 'willful or wanton disregard' of his employer's interests," the court said. Judge Allen Donielson said in a dissent that Budding was a "show-off and troublemaker." "An employer has the right to expect decency and civility in the treatment of others, regardless of the work setting," Donielson wrote in a dissent joined by Judge Bruce Snell Jr. ". . . My views in this regard may be overly traditional, but I fail to see why respect for company rules and for our fellow human beings should not be enforced by holding persons accountable for their disrespectful conduct." Rolscreen officials said Budding's remark to supervisor Sue Pelong was the latest in a string of infrac tions. In 1978, Budding, a tape cutter, was warned against keeping his cutting knife too sharp. In 1980, he was rebuked for carelessness on a company bicycle after nearly colliding with the plant superintendent. Budding was "counseled" for disobeying a safety rule, for having a "poor attitude" and for "habitual absence." Finally, on Feb. 4, 1981, he was rebuked for staging a joke, pretending to fall near a pallet of glass. Budding made the offensive remark to Pelong that same day. Pelong told Budding to leave his coat in his locker and "stay 100 percent productive" until the final buzzer. The shift bell rang moments later. That's when Budding made the remark. "I called her that, but it was said under pressure, you know?" said Budding, who began working at the plant in 1975 and was being paid more than $6 an hour when he was fired. "They had been giving me a bad time for a long time and it all built up. I didn't mean for her to hear it." Budding said he received a 32-cent hourly raise in January, the month before he was fired. He said he didn't understand why the company would reward him if officials were unhappy with his performance. Budding now works part-time doing odd jobs. He said he has not been able to find full-time work since he was fired. He said he collected about $2,100 in unemployment benefits until bis eligibility expired.

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