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Des Moines, Iowa
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Friday, October 19, 1984
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1" ".1 It u -T A: OH b Fri, Oct 19. 19&4 O THE DCS MOINES REGISTER 5M 6Cw7lK:!ir.3 bcfcstoccSita By JANE NORMAN TW Kossuth County school districts of Buffalo Center-Rake and Lakota, wUch havt beta ia a bitter battle over students for tie past three years, both , claimed victory Thursday la a court dedsloa. . Jadft Richard Vipood of Denisoa rated this week that Buffalo Center-Rake matt charge tuition in advance for non-resident students, investigate stadents residency claims and notify LakoU of which stadents living ia its district are attending Buffalo Center-Rake schools. The ruling came after a three-day trial in August But Vipood did not award monetary damages requested by Lakota, which says its tiny district has been hurt financially by stadents who live in the Lakota district but attend Buffalo Center-Rake schools. LakoU loses thousands of dollars in state aid for those students. "Main Purpose . . . Satisfied" Harold White, a lawyer for the Lakota district Mid the decision was "certainly" a victory for Lakota. "When I first got into this it was a matter of getting it stopped. They were bleeding the students away, ignoring the tuition statute," he said. "The main purpose of the lawsuit has been satisfied," he said. "We couldn't let the other district get away with it" James Stanton, a lawyer for parents who live in LakoU but attend Buffalo Center-Rake schools, said the ruling was "very much like the plaintiff who wins a libel suit but Is awarded a peppercorn in damages." Stanton said the suit filed by LakoU was an unsuccessful "survival Uctlc by the school." He and White said other small school districts in Iowa that have similar court cases pending have watched the case closely. No Damages Kermit Miller, superintendent of the LakoU district, said he was "sort of disappointed" that no damages were awarded but was pleased with the other rulings. "Our kids probably are getting excellent instruction, and the only thing they could say would be a weakness is they don't have the competition" present at a larger school, he said. LakoU has a district enrollment of 103 this year, Buffalo Center-Rake is nearly four times as large. A recent Iowa Department of Public Instruction study recom mended that LakoU consider merging with other small Kossuth County districts such as Burt, Titonka and North Kossuth. But Miller said he doubts that residents of those districts would care for such a plan. "When the school s gone it drys up the town that's a fact," he said. Don West superintendent of the Buffalo Center-Rake district, said: "We never intentionally tried to harm LakoU and we still don't" He said be was "a little disappoint ed" that Vipond questioned Buffalo Center-Rake s judgment on who was and was not a resident of its district But the court decision will have lit tle effect on the district West said. The district already had stopped sending iU school buses into the LakoU district to pick up students one issue that was raised in the trial so the judge's admonition that the dis trict cease doing that was moot. But the district will change its method of charging $189 a month tu ition to the non-residents. "He said we must collect tuition in advance so we will collect at the first of the month in stead of the end," West said. Juvenile buys beer; 3 clerks charged Citations for selling beer to minors were issued to clerks at three stores recently following complainU from parents, who told police that beer was being sold to juveniles at 10 Des Moines area locations. Police said a 15-year-old clerk sold a six-pack of beer to a 14-year-old girl at the Mini Market boo Nineteenth St That clerk was referred to juvenile court, charged with delinquency by selling beer to a minor. Clerks at the other stores face charges in adult court The 14-year-old girl was working with police vice officers Sunday. She tried to buy beer at eight locations and was turned down five times. She did not try to buy beer at the other two locations because she saw customers she knew. The other stores where she bought beer were the Kwik Shop, 4538 Lower Beaver Road, and Ed's Mini Store, 2312 University Ave, police said. FREE - Us Vagal vocation (4dayi,3nighfs) with lh purchaM of any of tfi. f plowing iottflita systoml GOOD $1995.00 1.93mo. , roc.2290 44 mo, - ItTftt $2695.00 SaSImo, m-KM 44 mo. IEST $3450.00 99.09mo. raf.3995 48 mo. SALES - SaVKf - INSTALLATION Mow 9t (ofltROfcifll Foes of MgEiway ask reversal of decision ByLAKlTSTONZ Opconents of a pUaaad highway la a scenic valley near hlaraetta and Mc Gregor have decided to appeal Iowa Conservation Commission Director Larry Wilson's dedsioa to let the road be built thronga the habiUts of several species of tareiteaod plants and animals. Steve Wandro, a lawyer for the Committee to Save Bloody Ron. said the group has ashed thou t an nwmiwr commission to overturn Wilson's decision. Wilson last month agreed to permit the Iowa Departmses Transportation to build a four-mile. $7 million section of VS. Highway II through the valky of Bloody Ran Cms, bypesctag the present routo that winds thnt Mckefor. Wilson's approval was undid because several plants and animals on Iowa's list of threatened species live in the proposed highway corridor, and sUte law sayi the commission director mast decide whether "good cause" exists to allow threatened or endangered species to be destroyed. Wandro said opponents of the controversial project believe the DOT did not show the road is needed to protect human life or property, as is required by the endangered species law. Wandro's group also objects to Wilson's considering a DOT report Knitting a committee sutement on the project without giving the committee the opportunity to "balance the books." SUtns Unclear Whether the conservation commission has the power to overrule Wilson is unclear, however. Wilson said lawyers on Attorney General Tom Miller's staff have told him Iowa law appears to leave decisions on endangered species solely in his hands, without appeal to the commission. But Wandro said he interprets the Uw to give the commission the authority to review soch decisions. Be said the Conmiittee to Save Blood Run probably will appeal Wilson's decision ia the courts, as well as to the conservation eommis- The Bloody Run group has fought the Highway II bypass for nearly two years, contending the road would damage a valuable natural area and jeopardize rare species of plants and animals. A marsh in the highway's path Is home for two threatened species, the grass pickerel, a small fish, and the spring peeper, a small frog. The project also crosses sites for two threatened plants, sullivanua and goldenseal Wilson recognized some of the environmenUl concerns when be agreed to let the road be built hut he stipulated that the DOT move the highway slightly to miss rare plant sites and make other changes that would preserve the wetland. Wilson Defends Dedsloa Wilson said be would consider giving highway opponents time to present their case to the conservation commission at its Nov. 1 meeting in Des Moines. But Wilson said: "I can justify my decision. I think it's a good decision." And if the matter comes to a vote of the commissioners, Wilson said he expects his decision to be affirmed. The Committee to Save Bloody Run filed a lawsuit against the highway project in January, alleging failure to properly consider the economic and environmental impacts of the bypass. A date for a trial has not been set however. Former paper deliverer charged with sexual abuse By TOM ALEX aadTOMSUK Des Moines warrants of third-degree sexual abuse and lewd and lascivious acts with a child have been filed against Frank Sykora, 37, of 1S38 Twenty-third St, a former carrier for The Des Moines Register. Sykora had not been taken into custody by early today, police said. Specific allegations outlined in the warrants were not made available. Private investigator Sam Soda claims that for years Sykora "coerced" young carriers into his apartment and had fondled some of them. Soda said he has had no involvement in the matter since giving the information to police who conducted an independent investigation. "It's all in the tapes, they didn't have to get back to me," he said Thursday night "It's not good to cross lines." Soda added that police "put it together quicker than I thought" . In a videoUpe made at Soda's of flee at 1123 Army Post Road, Soda said that Sykora "admitted sleeping with numerous young boys." Asked if "sleeping with" was supposed to be interpreted as sexual conduct Soda replied at a news conference Monday: "He has been sleeping with boys, touching boys and he masturbated one of the boys." In an interview Monday, Sykora said: "I told him several boys slept with me. I have one bed and they'd come over to spend the night for whatever reason they wanted, but most had trouble getting up at 1 am" when Sykora would leave his home to make the newspaper deliveries. "They had the choice of sleeping in the bed or sleeping on the floor. It didn't matter to me or make any difference. I didnt molest any kids," Sykora said. He added that he cooperated with Soda because he believed the private investigator was a Uw enforcement officer and went to Sykor-a's office believing it was a police substation. Soda said he did not misrepresent himself and said Sykora "knew who he was talking to and exactly what was going on." "y ... Sykora worked as a carrier in the downtown and surrounding areas for seven years. During his rounds he was accompanied by "runners," boys he had hired to carry newspapers to doorsteps from his car. Sykora has been fired from his job at The Register. Frc-cisgcl eocene! ByBOBSSAW Iowa officials investigating the disappearance of Des Moines Register carrier Johnny Coach had not received confirmation Thursday that a tsaa age boy reportedly mutilated and murdered Aafust 1183 U southern Minnesota may have been from Iowa. A 10-year-old boy was one of three Minnesota children who reportedly told authorities that adults forced the children to sUb aa unidentified teen-ager la a gully near Jordan, Mina, the site of a rash of sex crimes against children. That 10-year-old, who talked with a source officially involved In the sex-crime cases, reportedly said at various times the murder victim came from the Twia Cities, came from Iowa and "had aa uncle ia Iowa." The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has assigned four agents to study reports of the ritualistic murder. But Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation officials said Thursday they have received no official word on the possibility of an Iowa connection. Eugene Meyer, assistant director of the Iowa DCI, said the connection hasn't been established. Iowa officials have been searching for Register car-riers Johnny Coach, who vanished in 1912, and Eugene Martin, who disappeared last August "It sure would be of interest to us if there was a connection," said Des Moines Police Lt Marvin Stookey, who is handling part of the Gosch investigation. The source, who insisted be not be Identified, said three children who Ulked about the murder were suspected or confirmed victims of sexual abuse in the area around Jordan, a town 40 mites southwest of the Twin Cities. The source said the three, who hadn't seen each other in a year, told corroborating stories of the murder. There is no physical evidence supporting allegations of a murder. One child who Ulked to the source said the children had been forced to participate in the killing and his parents were among those involved. While admitting the story about the murder sounded bizarre, and certain deUils of the children's stories differed, the source is confident they are telling the truth. "I have lost a week's sleep over it" the source said Wednesday night "But on the basis of what I heard, the case is certainly worth pursuing." The source interviewed one of the witnesses and heard about the state-ments of other children from investigators. The new allegations of murder are believed to be why Scott County attorney Kathleen Morris dropped all charges against 22 residents on Monday. At the time, she didn't explain her action, saying only that it was necessary to prevent further injury to child sexual abuse victims. "Kids are capable and competent when testifying about sexual abuses, but when violence is involved, they are less reliable. They get so scared," said the source, explaining Morris's decision. "It's more strain than you can put a kid under. Those kids will never grow up normal as it is." 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