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Des Moines, Iowa
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Tuesday, July 26, 1983
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'Tfo (The Hcg IHoiixf a . yswofjBPMTj Vtw- -r?Pf f" y f" " i t Hi iiU I " f. ft- U II I I BIS faiOIiliS Section M Tues.,July 26, 1983 h- C K MM V r A fesLJ Waft wm HaJ XitJ Xdd tkuJl ms Storm Lake arrest may end drug probe TIM fttfhtw's Iwm Nw Strvic STORM LAKE, IA. - Tom O'Bannon, 24, of Lakeside has been arrested here in what may be the last of a series of arrests in a lengthy Buena Vista County drug investiga tion. Tom Ruxlow, director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said, "I think most of the arrests have been made." More than a dozen arrests have been made since June. O'Bannon was arrested July 21 and charged with two counts of conspira cy to deliver cocaine. He is awaiting trial on charges of delivering LSD following an earlier arrest on June 1 3 lowans jailed after gang rase KEOKUK, IA. (AP) - Three Keokuk men have been arrested and warrants have been issued for two others on charges of rape and deviant sexual assault in connection with the rape Saturday of a 22-year-old woman and the beating of her 29-year-old male companion. The incident occurred in a wooded area north of Wildcat Springs State Park in Hamilton, 111., across the Mis sissippi River from Keokuk. Three men were arrested Saturday Terry Wrieden, 26, is being held on $150,000 bond while his brother, Chuck Wrieden, 20, and Bob Coop, no age given, each are being held on $100,000 bond. Warrants have been issued for Danny Wrieden, 21, and Mike Wrieden, 23. The Hancock County, III, Sheriff's Department and Hamilton, III., police are continuing the investigation. Iowa Samaritan slain in Missouri FOREST CITY, IA. (AP) - Richard Srock, 28, formerly of Forest City, has been stabbed to death in Kansas City, Mo., after he stopped to help a stranded motorist. Kansas City police said Srock was stabbed once in the chest following an argument in the northern part of the city early Saturday. The argument started after Srock and some friends stopped to help a motorist. Police said Srock and the motorist apparently began to argue when Srock and his companions decided to leave. Srock died at a Kansas City hospital a few hours after the incident. - Srock was a 1973 graduate of Forest City High School. He moved to Kansas City after spending three years in the Army. Iowa man accused of carrying fire bomb : MASON CITY, IA. (AP) - A Mason City man accused of carrying a fire bomb is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bond. Police said Robert Leroy Berneman, 20, was arrested Saturday night after an officer found him carrying a bottle containing gasoline and a wick. Authorities said possession of such a device is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Berneman had been fighting with his girlfriend at a Mason City residence prior to his arrest, police said. Officers were called to the residence three times before they arrested Berneman. $15,000 stolen from cemetery visitors Th ftwMw'i im Ntwt Same DUBUQUE, IA. - More than $15,000 in uncashed checks were taken from an unlocked car in a cemetery here Sunday morning while occupants visited the gravesite or a relative. Virginia R. Stierman, 61, of Dubuque and her daughter, Mary Beth Cogan, 22, of Hazelgreen, Wis., left their purses under the car seat while in the cemetery and when they returned the purses were gone, police said. Stierman's purse . contained a insurance check for $14,400 and a Social Security check for $780, police said. The contents of Cogan's purse were valued at $50. The robbery occurred in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. Tnayer girl, 2, found in peel TTm tHMWl mra Naws Strvtc CRESTON, IA. A 2-year-old girl found Sunday in a swimming pool at her grandparents' home near here has died of her injuries. Catherine Lee McGinnis, 2, daughter of Marvin and Cecilia McGinnis of Thayer, was taken from a Creston hospital by helicopter to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where she was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon. Mil's Gooney to be hired By DICK BROWN RMMar Staff Wrttar Former West Des Moines Police Chief Orval Cooney, who collects $21,500 a year in disability benefits from that city, will eo to work as an in vestigator for Polk ! i County Attorney Dan Johnston. Cooney, who is 50, r will nr Ka a ramilat f - ' full-time employee At- - 1 oi tue oiiice.f Instead he will be iA n , n . i to work when orval , needed. coohby Cooney was listed as an "extra help" county employee as of Monday, but his hiring won't be official until the Board of Supervisors gives its approval today. Neither Johnston nor Cooney could be reached for comment, so it wasn't clear just what sort of investigations Doudurani police chief suspended By PERRY BEEMAN RMlttor Staff Writer Bondurant Police Chief Steve Sorensen has been suspended without pay by Mayor David Hamilton for "misconduct" and "incompetency." Sorensen, who denied each of Hamilton's charges, refused to resign. "I told him that I haven't done anything and I'm not going to resign," the chief said Monday. Hamilton would not comment on the suspension, but his criticism of Sorensen was spelled out in a letter given to City Council members last week. In the letter, Hamilton listed eight complaints against Sorensen, evenly divided under the headings of "misconduct" and "incompetency." The mayor accused Sorensen of misconduct, saying he misrepresented employees' schedules, took unauthorized vacations and compensatory time, and "misrepresented the disposition of certain traffic tickets." Hamilton said Sorensen is incompe tent because he did not get Finance Committee approval for some purchases, did not hold meetings with the mayor and policemen on Hamilton's request, did not provide adequate protection for special events such as company picnics and failed to conduct the department in an efficient and businesslike manner." Sorensen denied those charges, one by one. He said he did not misrepresent employees' schedules and can't change schedules since the officers are under a union contract. He also denied taking unauthorized vacations or time off. "I've never had to report when I was going on vacation," Sorensen said, adding that he told City Clerk Howard Hanson he was leaving for four days during the Fourth of July weekend. Hamilton was on vacation, Sorensen said. The chief said he took some time off to compensate for overtime he worked recently while filling in for Bondurant's only other full-time officer, Ken Dales, who was ill. "I guess I'm supposed to work 24 hours a day," Sorensen said. "If I work 17 hours a day, then I think I'm entitled to days off." ' The chief is unsure what Hamilton meant by "misrepresenting" the status of tickets. "I've never fixed a ticket or anything. He'll have to explain that one to me," Sorensen said. The mayor's charge of unautho rized expenditures may have come from the purchase of some pants for Dales, Sorensen said. The pants were bought with the approval of Finance Committee member John Michener, Sorensen said. Also, a police car was bought in June with the mayor's consent. As for the meetings with the mayor, Sorensen said: "If Hamilton wanted to meet, he should have asked." The charges that he understaffed some community functions may refer to a recent carnival and a concert, Sorensen said. He said he was out of town, but assigned officers to patrol the area or be on call if needed. Sorensen said he is not sure what Hamilton meant by his charge that the chief conducted business in less than an "efficient and businesslike manner." The chief, a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, requested a hearing on the suspension under the "veterans' preference" law. His attorney, Joel Bittner of Des Moines, said a hearing will not be set until he receives documents from City Attorney James Brick. Hamilton said the city is waiting for a response to a letter to Sorensen and Bittner. iff - J STIVE SORINSEN the former chief will do. Patricia Harlow, an administrative analyst with the county attorney's office, told supervisors Johnston has nothing immediate planned for Cooney. But she said, "There may be a special Investigation he could help out with." Supervisor Tom Whitney at first said he objected to the arrangement. He questioned whether the county would have to get Cooney to sign some sort of waiver because of his previous health problems. "Routine Physical" Personnel Director Douglas Hall said Cooney is to undergo a "routine physical" today and that a waiver may be required if doctors recommend it. Whitney also said he wasn't sure the county should be hiring Cooney on what amounts to an on-call basis. "I'm not sure I like that," Whitney said. "How does that differ from ' V1" Orville Hansen, farmer, provided water for thirsty riders said it was the least he could do for the over 7,000 bikers along Highway 44. Hansen, who raises quarter horses, who begin again Wednesday morning from Ames. 4,017 hills give bikers that roller coaster feeling By JOHN KARRAS GUTHRIE CENTER, IA. - A clear sky and cool, northeastern breeze greeted the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa-XI as it left Harlan Monday morning to ride up and down 4,017 bills on the way to Guthrie Center. Except for the predictable groans and grimaces as one hill unfolded after another without relief over the entire 46 miles, except for the customary flowering of knee bandages, and except for the usual broken spokes and flat tires and bent wheels and chafed backsides, most riders seemed to have a good time. Some of them seemed to be having a good time by seeing how close they could come to death without reaching it. A lot of people out here look as if they're competing for the Dumb Rider Award. They ride on the wrong side of the double yellow line up hills, not knowing what might be coming up the other side. They stay on the wrong side of the double yellow line when they see a car coming, then swerve back to their own side at the last moment, or, worse yet, force the oncoming car to go off the road to avoid hitting them. They make left turns off the road without looking to see if someone is coming behind them. They stop in the middle of the road to look down and see if their wheels are still turning. On the other hand, I must admit to a certain macabre amusement at looking down the road and seeing a cyclist without a helmet challenging an approaching grain truck. That sort of thing used to bother me a lot. Now it only bothers me a little. FROM THE NOW-YOU'VE-SEEN-IT-ALL DEPARTMENT - The Register sent little plastic tags with a little chain as a kind of receipt to all those who sent in their $12.50 fee for RAGBRAI-XI. The expectation was that the riders would attach the tag to an article of clothing or something to show they had, indeed, paid the fee. Most riders have done that At least two women on the ride are wearing the fee-paid tags as earrings. CARE AND FEEDING DEPARTMENT RAGBRAI-XI got no more than four miles out of Harlan when it was greeted at the top of a hill by the Center Comers 4-H Club with fruit and water. Many of the riders missed Jacksonville entirely. They apparently didn't see the gasoline pump. Many riders had trouble finding Gardner later, and no wonder. The only thing at as 'extra help' sheriff's posses, special deputies and vigilantes? People either work for the county or they don't" But later Whitney said he was satisfied that other county departments also hire people to work as needed. The West Des Moines Police-Fire Retirement Board granted Cooney the medical disability May 31, allowing him to keep drawing two-thirds of his $32,258 annual salary. The board said he qualified for the disability pension because he'd bad heart trouble for five years and had undergone heart bypass surgery in March. Officers Complained Cooney's retirement ended two years of discord between him and many of the officers in the 35-member West Des Moines Police Department. That discord became public last Gardner was a country store, and it burned down 10 years ago. But I'm getting ahead of myself . Just before Kimballton, the Rorbeck Ramblers 4-H Club served drinks and fruit at the top of a hill, and in Kimballton itself the Progressive Danes served Aebelskiver (a spherical pancake, I'm told) and drinks. Unfortunately, the Aebelskiver supply could not even come close to meeting the demand, and many left without tasting one. Five miles west of Hamlin, the Clay Clovers 4-H Club had sold out of everything but milk by 9 a.m. "Everything" included 16 dozen hard-boiled eggs and nine gallons of orange juice. One mile short of Hamlin, the Audubon Presbyterian Youth Fellowship offered fruit donuts and drinks. Broiled beef sandwiches were served for the benefit of the Lutheran Church in Hamlin. The Audubon County Pork Producers also had a food stand there. Along the way from there to Guthrie Center were a bunch of neighborhood women with snacks on the Darwin Nissen farm, the Open Bible Church of Guthrie Center with KARRAS Please turn to Page 6M Police critic By MELINDA VOSS PtctjtttM1 Stfrif WrMr James Douglas Hester, convicted last month of delivering one gram of cocaine to an undercover police officer, was given a suspended 10-year sentence and placed on probation for five years. Hester, 36, of 5911 S.W. Ninth St, has been an outspoken critic of Des Riouies pouce ana una cmtrgea uuu He also has been arrested and convicted a number of times and currently faces a second-degree theft charge involving the stealing of $1,575 worth of stereo equipment in May 1982. The trial on that charge is set for Aug. 8. A jury found Hester guilty last month of delivering the cocaine, worth about $100, by passing it from an unidentified individual to an undercover agent last July. After delivering a stern, 15-mlnute lecture to Hester from the bench, Polk County District Judge Rodney . Ryan said he was placing him on probation because of the small amount of cocaine involved and because many of his previous convictions were misdemeanors. Ryan also ordered Hester to make restitution "as determined by the court," but he did not specify the terms. Hester's attorney, Robert Rigg of the public defender's office, said the suspended sentence was for hii Gounfy attorney year when 14 patrol officers took their complaints about alleged misconduct by Cooney to the Des Moines Tribune. The publicity prompted the city to hire a special Investigator. City leaders later stopped the investigator from making a complete report of his findings. The report that was released said only that Cooney didn't have a drinking problem, but that the Police Department did have "serious administrative problems and deficiencies." The report didn't deal with specif ic allegations Involving charges of bigotry, favoritism, violence and Cooney's alleged contempt for some officers. In other business Monday, supervisors heard complaints from several businessmen about changes in the bidding process the county is using to buy road building and maintenance equipment. REGISTER PHOTO SY DAVE PETERSON Droadtas, police may talk By TOM ALEX Rtjte$Mr $tijl Wfttef On a Sunday morning a man walked up to a public telephone in downtown Des Moines and dialed a crisis line number he told a phone counselor he Intended to kill himself. Some time later a police car pulled up next to the public telephone in the 800 block of Grand Avenue. Police took the man to Broadlawns Medical Center for psychiatric care. But the story did not end there; it had only started. Police officer Dale Patch was stunned when a psychiatric social worker refused to admit the man to the hospital. "They wouldn't even get a psychiatrist to talk to him," Patch said. Fearful that the man would indeed kill himself it they let him loose, Patch and his partner, Richard Brewer, charged the man with giving false information to a police officer, the man had given them a false name when first asked for identification. "I didn't know he was going to kill himself," said Patch. "But I didn't know he wasn't going to kill himself." If nothing else comes of the incident police and a spokesman for BROADLAWNS Please turn to Page 2M gets suspended sentence suitable. Ryan issued the order after Odell McGhee, an assistant Polk County attorney, asked him to sentence Hester to prison. Also, McGhee told the judge that officials who filed a pre-sentence investigation recommended incarceration. A pre-sentence investigation includes defendant's family background, health, employment record and criminal history. In 1982, a business of Hester was closed as public nuisance when authorities charged it was a front for prostitution. He was also convicted of unlawful gambling for playing craps at a pool hall at 1103 University Ave. and fined $100. He was paroled in February 1981 after serving three years and four months of a seven-year prison term for writing a false check in Black Hawk County. Hester was active in the Black Leadership Planning Commission, a group formed after John Monroe Branch, a black man, was shot to death last summer by a white police officer. At the time of his trial, Hester noted the three-month time lag between the date of the offense and his arrest and Implied that his activism in the Branch shooting had prompted the charge. He was arrested on the cocaine charge last Oct 27, just after he met with city leaders on how to improve police and community relations. tw, t x r , J HESTER General Services Director Kathryn Johnson told supervisors that she was recommending several pieces of equipment be purchased even though the suppliers didn't submit the lowest bids. She said several other factors weighed heavier, including cheaper financing and the fact that the equipment offered for a higher price more closely matched what the county needs. Credit Purchases The county formerly paid cash for road machinery, Johnson said. Supervisors approved a change of policy earlier this year to allow purchase on credit That's why she now has to consider how much interest suppliers charge, Johnson said. She said all bidders were told of the change and had the chance to ask questions about financing and specifications. Headlight leads to suspect in robbery spree By TOM DAYKIN A suspect In a robbery spree across Minnesota and Iowa was caught Saturday night when police stopped his car because a headlight was broken. t Gerald R. Sea ton, 22, of Hastings, Minn., is charged with the July 12 first-degree robbery of a Kwik Shop in Clifce. He Is being held in the Polk County Jail on $50,000 bond for that charge, and on $5,000 bond for a second-degree theft charge from Polk County. Jail officials did not know what incident is connected with the theft charge. Seaton also is charged with being a fugitive from Justice in Minnesota, filing false information with Polk County authorities, and having an improper headlight on the car he is suspected of stealing. Authorities say more charges may be filed against Seaton in the next few days. Dale Moritz, chief of detectives for the Polk County sheriff's office, said Seaton's escapades began in early June when be allegedly stole a silver 1976 Buick in Hastings. Moritz said Seaton was on probation at the time, but he did not know for what offense. . Minnesota authorities had left for the day and could not be reached Monday to give more information on his background. Morlts said Seaton is a suspect in a rash of crimes following the car theft He allegedly: Used a crowbar in the armed robbery of a Phillips 66 service station in Villamue, Minn., June 22, escaping with an unknown amount of cash. Robbed the Sky Blue Water Motel in St Paul, Minn., of $200 June 27. Moritz said a screwdriver was used as a weapon in the incident a pattern that would be repeated in central Iowa during the next three Stole $800 from Viking 66 service station just off Interstate 35 near Story City in late June. Moritz said the thief apparently Intended to rob the station, but an employee left' momentarily, allowing the man to steal without using force. Used a screwdriver in robbing a Stuckey's Restaurant along Interstate 80 near Ladora July 5. The robber escaped with $250. Entered an Urbandale home July 10, making off with $25 and a credit card. Moritz said he did not know the address of the residence that was burglarized. Urbandale police officials SPREE Please turn to Pape 2M

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