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Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, January 20, 1985
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r GDITUMiS: HAROLD C BROWN Tlwi "mmtmarm SAC CITY Sendees for Harold C Brown, 71, of Sac City, who died at Parkview Manor Thursday after a aeries of strokes, will be at p.m. Monday at Fatter k Ottoman Funeral Home here. Masonic services will be 7 pra. today at the home. Survivors Include his wile, June; two sons, Charles of Minneapolis, Mino, and Max of Oak Park, 11L; a daughter, Sara Ekhbora of Irvine, Calif.; a sister, Lola Zimmerman of Sac City, and four grandchildren. GARY TONEY Taa liWH taam Www trrtca LEON, IA. - Private services will be Monday for Gary Toney, 48, of Leon, whose body was found Friday hanging In the home of his nephew, Nathan Walsh Jr. Authorities said Mr. Toney probably died Wednesday, and they ruled the death a suicide. He was a carpenter, contractor, roofer and farmer. Survivors include his wife Rosemary; two sons. Rick and Marty,' and a daughter, Jamie, all of Leon; his parents, Forest and Georgia of Leon; a brother, Darrell of Leon; five sisters, Linda Lowe of Sigourney, Lorna Noecker of Garden Grove, Naida Hill of Leon, Julia Baughman of Leon, and Rita Jennings of Leon; a grandmother, Estella Cornwall of California; and two grandchildren. 4 in family killed in auto-train crash BUDA, ILL (AP) - Four people were killed and one was injured in a car-train wreck Saturday at a rural crossing three miles south of the tiny town of Buda in north-central Illinois, authorities said. The victims, a family from Buda, were westbound in the automobile when it was struck by a northbound Chicago & North Western Railroad freight train at 1:30 a.m., said Buda Fire Chief Bob Carper. Killed were Harold D. Johnson, 44; his wife, Rolinda, 41; his daughter, Jennifer, 14; and his stepson, Trevor Roberts, It, said Bureau County Coroner Boyd Betting. Injured was another son of the couple, Ted Johnson, 10, who vu in satisfactory condition Saturday at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Trial set for 2 in abduction, killing VIRGINIA CITY, MONT. (AP) -The trial of two mountain men charged in the abduction of an athlete and the slaying of her would-be rescuer has been scheduled for May 1 ' Don Nichols, 54, and his son, Dan Nichols, 20, will be tried before District Judge Frank Davis on charges of kidnapping and assaulting Karl S wen-son in July and murdering Alan Goldstein, who came to her rescue in the mountains near the Big Sky resort area. After eluding authorities In the mountains for five months, the Nicholses were captured Dec. 13 about 30 miles west of Boteman by Madison County Sheriff Johnny France, who walked into their campsite as a police helicopter hovered nearby. Smith extradition seen in Belushi case LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (AP) -Cathy Evelyn Smith, accused of killing comedian John Belushi with an injection of heroin and cocaine, has ended her battle against extradition from Canada and could return to face charges in Belushi'i death by Tuesday, authorities said Saturday. Smith, 37, Monday was to drop her anneal of a ScDtember decision by a Toronto court that she be extradited to the United States to face charges in Belushl's 1982 death. DEATHS BAKER Sarvka lor Timothy I. (Tim) Bakar. oMJOl E. Jlt, wi M N AM MondY St. Qatar's Catholic Church, lotary 7 PM Sunday! Iha Funaral Momt, tntarmant Sun-tel MamwWGardan. Vlflla-Itqn Noon- PM Sunday at (Sranoviaw Funaral Mom BUHRE Memorial arlca tor Kftnorlnt Buhrar a JW Slrotf mm bo I PM Tim- day at ma Funaral noma. yiwi SMITH - Sarylcea toroowaT Smith, of W13 77lt MrwV BO 10 AM Monday at AWar-uta Unliotf Mathodiit Church. Riarmant Mawnlc CamaMry. Frlands may cad at Watoar Punaral Horn WFWISH to anlao our haarF fait ttujnkt to our many Irian and ratatlvat who ant tovoty Moral onkot. '. woo, un- tn ono wriifwn wwn, B - - Bmt MOV- n. T. . . . W' " ' I aid Botdm. Coraawra. Moth- mrt. Uhr. Bidwaa-myariida Cantar, Houta mjar - Arltona. form. aj&aj Moinat. w oa II AM Monday Rl vVritavar Funaral Hon itarmant Rwmavn. u.j, Sch-dutod Far Hamilton'! Funaral Hi MONDAY RAY L. GERMAN tt?i saarlt 11 AM at lha Funaral Laura! M Camatory L BRANN umlli itraal IMAHHa Funaral Horn Rnlhovan Camatary TUT3DAY . JOHN FRANCIS PlETI Ada) Acm Nurtina Marry ESTPMal Ada! Acrat NurtM LiHtaHaM CamaMry, LakaMW. HAMILTON'S 243-5221 HIGMLAHO rBHR FUNERAL HOME KElS6 Manorial Mryfcn tor Vamop J. KatWjftLau-tfardala, PawJ""".? Dot Moln. wl", b J PM Monday al Dunn' Funaral Wooters' roast hits funny bone By BLAIR KAMIN There wasn't a stiff in the house Fri day night at a surprise 60th birthday party for Dr. RC. Wooters, Polk Coun ty medical examiner. "I never realized that he had so many friends," Jim Wooters, the medical examiner's older brother, said to more than 200 people gathered in Mercy Hospital Medical Center's Beh Auditorium. "Are all of you people undertakers?" Wooters, who is on close terms with Polk County's funeral directors be cause he conducts autopsies to deter mine the cause of death, roared at his brother's introduction to "Pick on Dick" night He roared some more when an el derly nun popped out of a three-tired "birthday cake" And be positively exploded when his brother gave him a brown wig for his thinning mane, then presented him with a "Quincy Crown" a white hat complete with a flash ing red light on top and the letters "MED EX" stenciled on the front In black. The hat was a play on Wooters' own white Cadillac. It, too, has flashing red lights and "MED EX" plates. Des Moines City Councilman John Dorrian made reference to the car when he offered a friend's definition of the Polk County medical examiner: "That's the guy with the white Cadillac that calls the people with the long black Cadillacs." Friday night, however, a long black limousine escorted by a Des Moines police car brought Wooters, bis wife, Luct, and his secretary, Shirley Wiles, to the party. Party organizers arranged to have his family reunited for the first time in 11 years. Son David flew in from Colorado, and daughter Patti flew in from New York for the party. . Sitting on the stage in his favorite reclining chair, Wooters vu roasted by everyone from funeral directors to Dr. Tom Bennett, the state medical examiner, to his pastors at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. "Why is it that It's always during the sermon that his beeper goes off?" asked one of the ministers, Richard Rehfeldt ' Rehfeldt and others also spoke to Wooters compassion in the face of death. "He's very kind, he's very pa tient, and ne's very gentle, Rehfeldt said. "That's not only as a doctor, but as a man." 30-year study tells why state spending rose Taa IOWA CITY, IA. Iowa state revenues and expenditures increased more than the rate of inflation during the past 30 years, largely because of policy decisions by the Legislature, according to a University of Iowa study. In the 1960s and 70s the Legislature decided to shift more spending' for public schools from the local level to the state level, the university's Institute of Public Affairs said in a report on state budgets from 1950 to 1913. At the same time, the Legislature provided relief for property taxpayers through property tax credits, requiring increases in other taxes. State spending for education increased from 23 percent of all state expenditures in I960 to 43 per cent In 1980. The Institute found that in fiscal 1983, which ended June 30 of that year, the state budget of $3.3 billion totaled 6.S percent of the total personal income of Iowans; In 1950 state taxes were just 3.7 percent of such income. In 1960 the percentage rose to 4.9 percent and in 1970, 5.9 percent Inflation's Effect Inflation was the major factor in the dollar increases In state revenues, taxes and expenditures, the report said. Tax collections increased 279 percent from 1950 to 1983, but the increase in inflation-adjusted dollars was 27 percent, it said. About 60 percent of 1983's total revenue came from state taxes, 24 percent from federal aids and the balance from service charges. More than one-third of the state tax collections in 1983 came from tbe individual income tax. This represented a big shift in the source of state tax money, because in 1950 personal income taxes accounted for only 11 percent of tbe total; In 1970 income taxes accounted for IS percent of the total The general tales tax declined in percentage as a source of revenue for the state, the study found. In 1950 this tax produced 38 percent of all state tax collections; la 1983 sales taxes produced only 28 percent of the totaL With education, three other categories of tbe state budget - public welfare, highways and hospitals account for 80 percent of total state expenditures. Highway Taxes Decline Tax money collected and spent for highway par poses declined during the period covered by tbe study. Motor vehicle taxes and license tee represented 24 percent ef total state reve-ane la 1950, but only 17 percent la 1983. The instil report notes that while the state taxes collected in Iowa were more than $2 bOoa la 1983, federal taxes tagged Iowans for more than 84 billion. ' 3f Man with a dream David Stehwr, founder ef MKMs With A Wish Feudation" which grants criti- cally IK children their fantasy wishes, displays plaas for aa amssement park jot leate oefoad mete By WILLIAM SIMBRO The federal crackdown on Central American refugees in the United States is an attempt to portray as "lawbreakers" those who help them on religious grounds, several Iowa church leaders said Friday. "We do not believe we dare allow this misconception to - be spread abroad that we are disrespectful of the law of this country or trying to undermine the law," declared the Rev. Donald Manworren, executive coordinator of the ecumenical Iowa Inter-Church Forum, during a Des Moines press conference called by the Catholic Peace Ministry. Manworren, Bishop Maurice Ding-man of the Des Moines Catholic Diocese and other speakers stressed their respect for the law and their determination to work within the law in efforts to protect Central' American refugees who are afraid to return to their homelands. But both religious leaders said that in extreme situations, such as to protect human life, conscience may force a religious per- Gosclics charge V.D.F.1. police with negligence By FRANK SANTIAGO Noreen and John Gosch, in a written complaint to the West Des Moines City Council, have charged the West Des Moines Police Department with negligence in tbe investigation of the disappearance of their son, Johnny. "This case was not treated or investigated properly from day one," the Goschessay. Mayor George Mills, who said he received the complaint Friday, defended the police, adding, "I've been satisfied with tbe investigation to date." The complaint is the latest in a running battle between the couple and West Des Moines police. Shortly after their son disappeared Sept. 5, 1982, while delivering tbe Des Moines Sunday Register, the Gosches charged that tbe police were slow in responding and bad considered their son a runaway. In their letter, the Gosches claim there were neighbors who were up at the time their son disappeared who weren't interviewed and should have been. "We've gathered the signed statements to prove the police did not do this," tbey said. Letters accompanying the complaint were signed by Susan Ginsberg, 1009 Forty-fifth St.; Gerry Archam-beau, 1012 Forty-fifth St.; Peter and Diane Ranallo, 1005 Forty-fifth St.; and Catherine and Gregg Cudworth, 1008 Forty-fifth SL West Des Moines Police Lt. Lyle McKinney, who has directed the investigation, said police interviewed residents in sight of Forty-second Street and Marcourt Lane where Gosch disappeared. Those who signed the letters live a block away. "I'm not armed with facts that were available at the time because I wasn't Involved from the beginning," McKinney said. "But I'm sure that after 2 years if anyone had information that was important to tbe case they would have come forward by now." The Gosches said that Chief Rick Carson, who succeeded former chief Orval Coooey la August 1983, "has never made one attempt to even meet withes on the case." Tbey noted that Des Moines Police Chief William Uockter meets regular-ly wtth the family ef Eageae Martin to discuss tbe case involving tbe disappearance of Martin Aug. 12, 1984. Carson said tbe Gosch case las been handled by McKinney, and all matters pertaining to the case have been referred to him. . &&jPme&fW 't ajwtW- Of son to engage in civil disobedience. The speakers criticized the indictment of 16 people, including three nuns, two priests and a minister, by a federal grand jury in Arizona. They were indicted on charges of smuggling refugees into the United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service agents in several cities arrested 65 refugees in several cities as material witnesses. Two of the nuns indicted in Arizona Sisters Mary Waddell and Anna Priester are members of the Du-buque-based Sisters of Charity and both taught at the former St. Joseph's Academy in Des Moines in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of the two priests indicted is the Rev. Anthony Clark of Nagales, Ariz., a priest of the Davenport Diocese. At the press conference were Fabio Rivas, his wife. Carmen, and their children, Virginia, 4, and Fabio, 5, who fled El Salvador and live in Des Moines. Speakers said they have temporary legal protection because they i r At The v -i hit ' i Vv :J '. U a) PES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER JANUARY 20, 1985 IB nywow J ':. 4 t - i t designed specUIly for tbe handicapped. If successful with fud-raisiog efforts, Steiner woaM build the park near Blank Park Zoo in southern Des Moines. - have filed for asylum. Refugees who are sheltered by some 182 church groups around the country lack that temporary protection. Manworren said the Rivas family "would be in danger of losing their lives" if asylum isn't granted and tbey are sent back to El Salvador. He said he might be willing to defy the law and give shelter to someone in that situation. "I hope I would have that moral courage if faced with that choice," said Manworren. Dingman said Christians should "obey the laws of our land in every way we can and depart from it only for extremely serious reasons. One such reason would be the protection of a person's life. The law of God is above ' the la w of a civil government." ' Speakers at the session charged that the government has refused to grant . refugee status because of embarrassment over Central American governments that the United States supports. Acknowledging that the refugees "Pi If . " ' i - ? ' - . - A r 5 - ( ;rB I- JESShv- lutAiauraMWWh. j-wewcaaaaaaaaaw means business Des Moines Register, we're committed to bringing you the comprehensive, top-quality business news you need and deserve each day. "Whether you're making business or personal investment decisions, you can count on us to help explain the significance of news, ranging from the falling price of corn to a rising unemployment rate. "As Business Editor, I see the world of business and finance growing increasingly complex. To help you stay well informed and to maintain the high quality of news you've come to expect from The Register, we're increasing the news space in Business Today. "For your convenience, we've also set apart a special page for news about agriculture and agribusiness. You're also getting more investment advice from Jim Lawless, more columnists and more market information presented in an easy-to-read format. "We think these additions will give you more of the information you need to make the right business and investment decisions, either on the job or at home." Invest your time wisely. Read Business Today in The Des Moines Register. You can't afford to miss it. AP PKOTfl V 1 :1 i r x t y.,. , mmm would be in danger if tbey returned home would be to admit that governments there oppress their citizens or are unable to protect them, Manworren said. Branstad, Iowans to go to presidential ceremony ; Gov. Terry Branstad will lead a delegation of Iowa officials to Washington, D.C., for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Reagan in Monday. Reagan officially begins i is second term of office at noon todajnn a private ceremony. Washington debate tcurrsy Tha Raahtar't towa Howl Sarvfca - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. - More thin 60 high schools from 23 states have been invited to participate in l ie George Washington Debate Society's three-day debate tournament at Was hington High School here. ' ? 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