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Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, January 29, 1984
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1 fif PES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER B JANUARY 29, 1984 3B noreen Gosch reports new sighting of son By SUSAN CABA R9tor Staff Wrttor A woman in the southwestern U.S claims she saw Johnny Gosch, who vamsned 16 months ago, trying to es cape from two men last March, the par ents of the missing West Des Moines boy have been told. Noreen Gosch, Johnny's mother, said Saturday that she has been told that a woman re ported Johnny ran johnny up to her on March gosch 2, 1983, and pleaded lor neip. "She was going into a store and he ran up and said, 'I'm John David Gosch, please help me.'" Noreen Gosch said she was told. Two men who fit descriptions of men witnesses re ported at the scene of the abduction then came up, grabbed the boy, twisted his arm and ran down the street with him, Noreen Gosch said the woman reported. Noreen Gosch would not disclose the name of the woman who reported the incident, nor say where the alleged sighting occurred. A private detective , from Chicago, Robert Christianson, advised the Gosches not to release the information, she said. "If the boy is still alive, and the ab ductors are still out there, I don't want to be tipping them," Christianson said Saturday. "And I could be going in the wrong direction. Johnny Gosch disappeared Sept. 5, 1982, early in the morning as he was preparing to deliver the Des Moines Sunday Register. The anonymous woman reportedly followed the men and the boy until they put the youth in a car and drove off, Noreen Gosch was told. The woman reported the incident to police but was told it was probably a case of a parent disciplining a son, she said. The woman did not contact other authorities until seeing a movie, "Adam," about missing children. The West Des Moines police were informed of the sighting, but did not pur sue the information vigorously, No recn Gosch said. West Des Moines police officials could not be reached for comment Saturday. The police chief was out of town, and the officer handling the Gosch case has an unlist ed home telephone number. Apparently, the woman forgot about the incident for several months, but was reminded of it when she saw another picture of Johnny Gosch Through a series of contacts with an organization that tracks missing children, the woman eventually was put in touch with Christianson. She was in terviewed by Christianson and anoth er detective, and last week Christian son verified her story, Noreen Gosch said. Christianson and Noreen Gosch said the incident confirms a pattern of sightings in the western part of the United States, but they would not describe the pattern. They plan to blanket the area with pamphlets and pictures of Johnny Gosch. Late last March, the FBI investigated a report that the boy had been seen in an Arlington, Texas, pizza parlor. The boy's father, John Gosch, said the new information is important, even though the alleged sighting occurred 10 months ago. "It's a positive stroke that he was alive at that point," he said. 2 men arrested after holdups By BETH KURYLO Rtehtw Staff Writer Two Des Moines men were arrested on robbery charges following two early morning incidents Saturday, police said. William Cameron, 20, of 1800 E. Thirty-sixth Court, and William Carl Moon Jr., 24, of 5640 N.W. Sixty-fourth Place, were being held in the City Jail on charges of second-degree robbery and criminal mischief Saturday night, police said. Police said the two were involved in two strong-arm holdups that occurred between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. The first was in an alley in the 900 block of Locust Street. Paul Robert Smith Jr., 22, of 1006 Grand Ave., told police he was beaten and robbed of $1 by two men. The second occurred about 2:30 a.m. in the Locust Mall parking ramp. Police said two men held four other men in an elevator and robbed them of a small amount of cash and several personal items. The victims of the second robbery were identified as Ronnie Clark, 20, of 2521 E. Thirty-sixth Court; Pat Learning, 19, of 2404 E. Thirty-fourth St.; and Steve Ross, 18, and Roger Ross, 19, both of 2706 Thirty-eighth St. The four told police the two robbers kept pushing the elevator buttons so that it went up and down. Learning and the Rosses escaped when the elevator stopped on the first floor. Clark escaped later when the elevator stopped on another floor. None was seriously injured, police said. The suspects fled on foot. Police arrested Cameron and Moon a short time later. They were identified by all of the robbery victims, police said. REGISTER PHOTO BY DAVID PETERSON 1 pwww '.M. .mum i.- - - t4t if. i IW v4 Fi,t Vl?fK V Y Dancing at 6fiesta grande' Lisa Maldonado of Des Moines dances to "La Negra" with a building remodeled by volunteer workers, was made her husband, Mark, Saturday during festivities marking possible by more than $120,000 in donations and is the lat-the grand opening of the United Mexican-American Com- est in several attempts to establish a center for Hispanic munity Center at 828 S.E. Scott Ave. The center, housed in activities in the Des Moines area. Small post offices may keep towns alive Continued from Page One postal officials estimate, it would take at least 61 years to close all of the 41 small post offices within the Des Moines district. The district, however, spills into four congressional districts and it could take longer. "Absolutely, it's difficult," said Louis Eberhardt, spokesman for the Postal Service in Washington, D.C. "Every stone is turned to make sure nobody gets the short shrift. There's a very, very, very careful consideration of all the elements." He said caution is necessary because, once a post office is gone, so is the community's identity. Although the Grace Commission didn't pinpoint locations, the post offices it was talking about are likely those that the Postal Service rates as Category L, fourth-class post offices. These places do no more than 7,700 worth of business a year. There are 75 "Cag L" post offices in Iowa, including Prole, and that's about 9 percent of the 860 post offices in the state. Most of them, according to postal officials, probably serve fewer than 100 families, but many, like Prole, which distributes mail to a rural route, serve more. Tiny Outposts These tiny outposts are all over Iowa in grocery stores, homes, trailers, a tavern, service stations and often in the only standing commercial structure in town. Twenty of them are in unincorporated villages such as Prole and none are in towns of more than 250 people. What it costs to operate Iowa's fourth-class post offices is difficult to say. They are spread over Management Section Centers in Des Moines, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids. But the salaries of postmasters combined alone total almost $1 million a year. Each postmaster is paid on a scale that includes the amount of revenue generated, boxes rented, rural customers served and years of service. But, Postmaster Schlump says the savings suggested by the Grace Commission are only a fraction of what the Postal Service spends, and that tops $22 billion a year. "You're not talking about a large percentage of savings. If they close down these places, they're going to be saying, 'OK, fine, you want to do things like the rest of the people.then you're going to have to drive 20 or 30 miles to the next town.' " In the mid-1950s, the government shut down post offices by the hundreds; 1,200 in 1954 alone. By the I9b0s, however, the number had dropped to 200-300 a year and has been constant since. There were 76,945 post offices in the United States in 1901; there are about 30,000 today. Community Pride The Postal Service's Eberhardt says the slowdown came following cries of protest, mainly from small towns. A 1976 law, which has become the standard used in closing post offices, requires the Postal Service to now consider "the effect of such closing or consolidation on the community served by such post office." Eberhardt says this includes community identity and pride. Although the closing process begins on the local level, it must eventually be approved in Washington. And those who want to fight can appeal to the Postal Rate Commission, which can stop the proceedings in its tracks. "You can't look at it purely from the financial aspect," Eberhardt said. "If you pull out the post office, you also close the bank or the store down the street. Nobody wants to be in a town without a post office." The closings have become so emotional, says Eberhardt, that the Postal Service is often accused of keeping a secret master plan to wipe them out. "There's no hit list," he said. Benton Protest There was talk some years back of shutting the post office in Benton, a town of 33 in Ringgold County. But Mayor Helen Blunck circulated petitions and the Postal Service backed off. "Why shouldn't we have a post office here? It's our last remaining identity," she said. Benton's post office is in the old Odd Fellows Hall and is one of the last traces of the village. Gone are the school and general store. Only the telephone office remains. The small post office is a community meeting place where talk of the weather or recipes are exchanged, where children are let off the school bus, and where Blunck says customers like the "personal service." Prole's post office is in a cement block building with gas pumps outside from the days when it was a garage and grocery store. The old post office, which has been relocated several times, will reach a milestone next September: It will be 100 years old. Inside, Postmaster Ruth Reinholdt works behind a polished oak front, which has mail boxes and an old door with a brass sign advising "Postmaster." Reinholdt's "Certificate of Appointment" hangs on a wall near a desk and small scale. There's an inch-wide rubber stamp that says "Prole, la. 50229" and a large carrier case used by the rural carrier to pigeonhole the mail before beginning his 96-mile daily journey. More Mail Now Only twice in two decades, Reinholdt says, did the mail not get delivered, and those occasions involved late deliveries from the main office in Des Moines. "I remember when I first began here, you could put the mail in a small wooden box. Now it seems like everybody gets magazines and there's a lot more mail," Reinholdt said. People call her to ask about road conditions, or about telephone bills. Visitors ask directions and frequently someone somewhere wants Reinholdt to cancel a letter and send it back to REGISTER MAP BY PAUL STIGERS -. Hodney I : Grrnt Plow 0 cnard Oipffl B-MtalS,'1 TliitO! ThO'"tur Kifktiitt ,a " llHyc wimivinc Mutt I .tt CwtefJwvticfl The above map shows the location of the 75 post offices in Iowa that do no more than $7,700 worth of business each year. Many are in southern counties. them with the Prole postmark for their collection. "I'm not sure if you make things bigger, you make them better," she observed. "We serve a purpose here. We help keep the community together. There are people who like being part of Prole." IOWA'S SMALL POST OFFICES (Annual business $7,700 or less) POST- POP- MASTER TOWN ULATION SALARY ANDOVER J 07 $13.617 ARISPE 89 AUSTINVILLE 13,324 BEACONSFIELD 39 8,884 BENTON 3J 711 BE VI NGTON 60 13,324 BOOjEVyj 13.324 BRADFORD 20,757 BRYANT 24,891 CARBON 110 4,490 CARNARVON J l CENTER JUNCTION 182 24,891. CHAPIN 'l CHILLICOTHE 131 13,975 CUO 106 10,818 COJJUMBIA 4,490 COOPER 1 3.324 CROMWELL 157 20757 DECATUR CITY 199 20,757 DELPHOS 45 8JiS ELKPORT ?fi a6O0 ELLSTON 60 11,892 ELWOOD 14,691 EXlTnE 217 24.23. FERGUSON 173 1 3.3M FESTINA J 1?.?47 GALT J 60 7,211 GRANT 143 20,757 GRAVITY 251 23,373 HAMILTON 163 23.373 HANSELL 138 20.757 HIGHLANDVILLE 9,795 JOILEY 91 KENT 70 4,490 KIRKyiUjE 220 12,543 LIBERTY CENTER 8,884 LIDDERDAL 197 LITTLEPORT 106 8J61 LUZERNE 114 12,185 MALOY 38 11,108 MARTINSBURG 174 22,275 MILLERfON 72 7,211 MONTPELIER 22,275 MORRISON 146 11,950 MOUNT ETNA 4,490 NORTH BUENA VISTA 155 8.122 ORCHARD 95 PATTERSON 13? LL??!. PERSHING 4,490 PERU (EAST) 124 20,757 PLOVER 135 PROLE 20,757 REDDING 91 13,324 RODMAN 86 RODNEY 82 RUTLAND 153 SINJHONY 140 10,816 ST. MARYS 111 21,411 SELMA 9,795 SHARPSBURG 114 22,719 SPAGUEVILLE 149 14,691 SPR!NGHILL 95 4,910 STOUT 190 11,892 TAINTOR 20,757 THAYER 87 23,373 THORNBURG 103 7,211 TORONTO 172 12,185 TRUESDALE 128 UDELL 75 4,066 VARINA 122 VINING 96 9,795 VIOLA 8,839 WEBSTER 124 24,237 WEST (AMANA) 8,361 WOODBURN 207 23,373 Unincorporated villages. NOW chief visits Dubuque chapter DUBUQUE, IA. - Judy Goldsmith of Manitowoc, Wis., president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), will be the featured guest Saturday at the Dubuque NOW Chapter's third annual fund-raising dinner. Admission to the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, is a minimum donation of $15 per person. KM DES MOINES Corning O M.I., 200 Man charged with shooting mother Th Rftfttor't Iowa Mw Srvict CORNING, IA. - An Adams County man has been charged with shooting his 74-year-old mother early Saturday in their home outside Corning. Clara Greenfield was listed in fair condition Saturday night at an Omaha, Neb., hospital with a wound in her neck. Clifford Henry Greenfield, 44, was being held in the Adams County jail on a charge of inflicting willful injury, a spokesman for Sheriff Thomas Nolan said. The spokesman said Mrs. Greenfield was shot about 3 a.m. with a small-caliber handgun in the home she shared with her son, his wife and the couple's two children. Everyone was home when the incident occurred. x The spokesman said sheriff's officers and agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were not certain what caused the shooting. "It might have been accidental," the spokesman said. "We haven't classified it yet." Liver recipient, 3, out of intensive care Grundy Cntar( ) j PES MOINES J GRUNDY CENTER, IA. (AP) - Three-year-old Austin Szegda of Grundy Center has been taken out of the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital officials said Saturday. The boy underwent a liver transplant there on Jan. 19. A hospital spokesman said Szegda and another young transplant recipient, Trine Engebretsen, 2, of Miami, Fla., were listed in fair condition Saturday. Both children received new livers in lengthy operations nearly two weeks ago in Pittsburgh. U.S. diplomat to speak at Grinnell Tht Rwfetn-'s low Newt Strvict GRINNELL, IA. - Noted American diplomat George F. Kennan will speak Wednesday at Grinnell College. Kennan's lecture, which is open to the public without charge, will begin at 8 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. As a diplomat and policy planner for the U.a. State Department, Kennan made history when in 1947 he laid the foundation for American foreign policy by proposing the doctrine of "containment" - a policy designed to check the expansionist tendencies of the Soviet Union. He served in several consular posts before being appointed U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952. His tenure there was brief, however, because Soviet leader Joseph Stalin declared him unwelcome in the Soviet Union. Kennan's appearance is part of the Rosenfield Lectures in international relations. The lectureship was established in 1934 by Rose Frankel Rosenfield in memory of her husband, Meyer. Trial of teen as adult challenged f " Grlnn.ll N DES MOINES) OMiln 2O0 Storm Lk. DES MOINES STORM LAKE, IA. (AP) - The attorney for a 15-year-old Albert City boy who is charged with killing his parents said Saturday that he will ask the Buena Vista County District Court to review a decision to prosecute the youth as an adult. Lawyer Mark Cornish said he believes that Juvenile Referee Jeff Emerson made a bad decision in the case of Jeffrey Alan Fales. In making the ruling, Emerson accepted the county attorney's contention that there is no prospect the boy can be rehabilitated within a reasonable time if the juvenile court retains jurisdiction. Cornish said the county attorney failed to establish that fact in the hearing before Emerson and also failed to establish probable cause to believe that Fales committed a delinquent act. He said that Fales is "scholastically, intellectually and emotionally a child," and it is the intent of the law that the juvenile court have jurisdiction over children. Fales is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Dec. 26 shooting deaths of his parents, Lowell and Shirley Fales, both 52, at the family home in Albert City. Slain man's truck found in Iowa Th Rtgilttr'l tow N.WI Strvk. COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA. - A 1983 pickup truck belonging to an Omaha, Neb., man who was found shot to death last week in a Colorado mountain cabin has been found in Council Bluffs, law officers here said Saturday. A traveling companion of the man was arrested Saturday after turning himself into Colorado authorities. The body of Robert W. Bradley Sr., 46, an electrician with the Union Pacific Railroad, was found in his vacation home near Estes Park, Colo., Thursday. Law officers said he died of several gunshot wounds to the chest. Deputies estimated he had been dead about a week. Bradley and another man, Danny Pierce, had driven to Colorado a week ago, according to Bradley's grandfather. Bradley's truck was found here Friday. Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Frank Ivey said investigators believe Pierce may have driven it to Council Bluffs and then returned to Colorado, where he surrendered. Ivey said the truck had struck a snowbank and overturned, apparently when its driver lost control. Colorado officers said Bradley was shot with a small-caliber rifle. His body was found in the living room of the cabin by a caretaker who was checking the building. Council DES iBIuMlMOINES; Troubled Bettendorf bank is purchased BETTENDORF, IA. (AP) - First Trust and Savings Bank of Davenport, a subsidiary of Banks of Iowa, Inc., has purchased the troubled Security State Trust and Savings Bank in Bettendorf, Banks of Iowa announced Saturday. The Bettendorf bank has been operated by the Iowa Department of Banking since the resignation last month of William Callahan as chairman of the bank's board of directors. Callahan had earlier been indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in a loan kickback scheme. When the state assumed day-to-day control of the bank's operations, state officials said a new owner for the bank would be sought. An earlier offer by Davenport Bank and Trust Co. to buy Security State reportedly fell through because an agreement could not be reached on how claims against the Bettendorf bank would be handled. Assets, Deposits In a statement announcing the transaction Saturday, Banks of Iowa officials said First Trust "would purchase certain assets and assume the deposits" of the Bettendorf bank. Plans call for First Trust to continue to operate at Security State's two Bet tendorf offices. A meeting of Security State's shareholders has been scheduled for Feb. 8 to approve the sale and a plan of liquidation and dissolution of the bank. The transaction also must be approved by Iowa Banking Superintendent Thomas Huston and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Huston has reported that audits of Security State's books by both state and federal examiners have shown that the bank is solvent. . 2 Face Charges Callahan and Security State's former president, Harold Abdo, both face . federal banking misconduct charges. Abdo also has been charged in alleged loan kickbacks and also faces a charge of embezzling more than $600,000 from the bank. ; Banks of Iowa has assets of more than flto billion. The company also owns banks in Cedar Rapids, Ottum-wa, Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Burlington, Dubuque, Sioux City, Cedar Falls, Fort Madison, and Avoca. The company also has received government approval to acquire banks in Mount Pleasant and Red Oak, and approval is pending for the acquisition of a Charles City bank.

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