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Tuesday, August 16, 1983
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Zkc UcsKloinrs Section M Tuts, Aug. 16,1983 : y pzs raon:isl I J j Vf,fi. Atlantic family of 4 kESad in ear-bus crash Four members of an Atlantic family returning from a camping trip , were killed Sunday when their compact car collided with a bus in western Nebraska. Margaret Sue and Terrol F Lewman and their two daughters died about 11 a.m. Sunday at the accident scene on Nebraska State Highway 2 about 12 miles east of Mullen. Margaret Lewman, 34, lost control of the car while passing another car, a spokesman for the Hooker County Sheriff's Department said. The car lurched from one side of the road to the other before skidding in front of the bus. The Lewmans, returning from a vacation in the Black Hills in South Dakota, were towing a new fold-out camper trailer. Home-built airplane crashes; minister hurt CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. (AP) - A Presbyterian minister from Mount Vernon was hospitalized in good condition 'Monday after his home-built airplane stalled Sunday night. then landed upside down in a field near the Green Castle Airport. The Rev. Gary Lee Burnett, 42, was hospitalized at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids with cuts and bruises. Green Castle owner Don Nelson said Burnett was about three fourths of a mile from the runway when the engine failed shortly after takeoff. Burnett then attempted to circle around and get back on the runway but didn t make it, Nelson said. Two iowans ere killed in crash near Maquoketa Tkt RctMarH law Mm tarvtc MAQUOKETA, IA. - Two men were killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident near Maquoketa. Maquoketa police identified the victims as Dennis C. McDermott 31, of Dubuque and Dennis H. Schap-- paugh, 19, of Bettendorf. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m.' on U.S. Highway 61 near here. Authorities said a panel truck driven by Schappaugh struck a car driven by Mary Lowe, 16, of Maquoketa and then struck an oncoming panel truck driven by McDermott Sioux City man killed on interstate exit Tht RMblWI kn Nwt Srvtc SIOUX CITY, IA. Jason Eugene Fields, 19, of Sioux City was killed Monday morning in a one-car accident on an Interstate 29 exit ramp just north of Sioux City in South Dakota. Iranian student found with throat cut in Iowa COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA. (AP) -Authorities are investigating the death of a University of Nebraska at Omaha student from Tehran, Iran, whose nude body was found under a bridge in Iowa. Authorities indentified the woman as Firozeh Dehghanpour, 24, and said her throat apparently bad been cut Omaha Police Department Sgt. Robert Tborson said she was last seen on the campus at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. School officials would not discuss the slaying, but one official said campus security officials had been making inquiries about possible tensions among Iranian students. Jefferson County Hospital closes medical win; FAIRFIELD, IA. (AP) - The Jefferson County Hospital has closed its first-floor medical wing and reorganized its nursing staff, and is taking other cost-saving steps in the Wake of sharply lower admissions. Shots seriously rcosadman By TOMSUK One man was wounded seriously by a series of gunshots in the 1200 block of Ninth Street early today, Des Moines police said . The victim, whose identity was not available early today, was found lying on the curbing in front of a borne at 1222 Ninth St His age was listed as about 23, according to police. Police said the victim suffered one or more gunshot wounds to the stomach area. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital Medical Center. Police were searching for what was described as a large white older model car seen leaving the area of the shooting. A woman reported bearing three gunshots, police said. l':ni ;n , - , ' & -A-. -- V5 I -, "K 'V - N; , . . , ' -' . ' f kT-" t - ' ' - - :A' ,J '' i w ft '' A - - . Is . ?r x -, - i a a . An officer's gift of life Des Moines police off icer Robert Barter holds 15-month- motionless in the family pool. Harter found the toddler old Lucas Krpan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Krpan, 4031 E. bad no heartbeat and gave him mouth-to-mouth resas- Twenty-third St., whom Harter saved from drowning citation. A lS-year police veteran, Harter said it was the Sunday morning. Barter, who lives across the street from first time he had to use Us training to save a drowning the Krpans, heard Nick Krpan yell when he found his son victim. Locas was released from the hospital Monday. Largo chunk of utility bills goos for taxes By DICK BRO WN Rttjiflw Stsff Writer There's some consolation for people tired of paying increasingly higher bills to Iowa Power Co. and Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. A large chunk of the money those utilities take in from consumers is passed on to local governments in the form of property taxes. Iowa Power, in fact, ranks as Polk County's top taxpayer, with 38 million due in 1083-84, and the phone company is next with a bill of about 12.4 million. Both easily exceed the $1.7 million bill for Meredith Corp., which is the county's top taxpayer among businesses whose charges are not strictly controlled by the state. The taxable value of those busi nesses' properties is figured by the county and city assessors, but the state Department of Revenue actually assesses the utilities. That's why neither the power company nor the phone company showed up on the local assessors' list of top taxpayers, which was published in The Register earlier this summer. Iowa Power's property in Polk County including its big generating plant in Pleasant Hill is valued for 1983-84 tax purposes at about $249 million. When that amount is spread over the various tax rates of Des Moines, its suburbs, school districts and the county, the total tax bill comes out to $8,047,640. That means Iowa Power will pay about 4.5 percent of the $174 million in taxes that go to those governmental bodies. Northwestern Bell's total property valuation is nearly $75 million, which produces a tax bill of about $2,393,439. That's 1.4 percent of the total taxes to be collected in 1983-84. Other atilities including railroads and pipeline companies will pay about $1.5 million in taxes, bringing the total from utilities to $11,948,826. That compares with UTILITIES Please turn to Page 2M Council spares in handing out By JIM HEALEY Rfjtjftffor Staff Wrtfor The neighborhood police foot patrol will not be cut, a black radio station will get money to move, and a controversial tenant-landlord service will get cash, the Des Moines City Council decided Monday night as it parceled out $5.4 million in federal money. The council also gave final approval to new powers for the Housing Advisory Board, and at the same time moved toward overhauling membership on the panel, which had been illegally granting some landlords permission to violate the city's bousing code. Council members told the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Commission to go ahead with improvements at the hall, though bids show the work will be some 14 percent more expensive than estimates said. The council decided to help pay for the police patrols and otter programs by using 10 percent of the money budgeted to administer the federally supported programs in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. City Manager Richard Wilkey cautioned that the federal dollars, if not supervised carefully, can create major headaches: The risk one runs is having something get out of hand. . . . Sometimes when you cut in this area, it comes up to bite you." Administrative Costs ' Councilman Tim Urban noted that administration of the $5.4 million program, as proposed, was to cost $1.3 million, or about 23 percent of the total. 'The overall budget is down, yet the line items for these administrative categories are up," he complained. Robert King, chairman of the Central Advisory Board, which recommends to the council how to spend the federal money, said the council was misjudging the amount of service it gets from administrative money: "You are overlooking the cheese and the butter and the other kinds of things that are administered with these funds." Assistant City Manager Robert Layton said afterward that the council's actions earmarked $269,000 REGISTER RHOTO IV LARRY MAY f vi v ; " ; ' X' foot patrol U.S. funds in federal money for the popular police program, maintaining its current strength of 12 officers. The city also would contribute some of the program's cost. The CAB had suggested spending $100,000 in federal money and Wilkey bad recommended using some $172,700 in federal funds. Both proposals would have required bigger contributions from the city and would have meant cutting the size of the patrol, Wilkey and Layton said Radio Funds Radio station KUCB, which serves chiefly a black audience, wanted $20,000 to help pay to move its studio from a condemned building at 801 COUNCIL Please turn to Page 2M They've got fair food in their ByRICKJOST fttvHMt Sttff Wrttot In "real life," Frances McCoy is employed by Meredith Corp. in Des Moines. But for 11 days in August she takes vacation time off to run the Veggie-Table, a fried-vegetable concession stand at the Iowa State Fair. Norval Marks of Carlisle, a masonry contractor, lays bricks all day. He works nights at a beefburger and coney-dog trailer at the fair. "He gets a little tired sometimes," Marks' wife, Ruth, said sympathetically. On the other hand, Ruth works at the stand mornings, afternoons and nights during the fair. McCoy and the Markses are typical of the people who sell the corn dogs, sandwiches, snow cones and other food and drinks at the fair. Despite some suspicions that out-of -staters invade the fairgrounds and lap up Iowa greenbacks, most of the fair's food stands are home-grown, fair officials say. 11 Out-of-Staten "Actually, out of 100 concessionaires, we have 11 out-of-state, which is not very many," said Alice Schultx, the fair's concession and Computer company hires state senator to be a consultant By TOM W1TOSKY State Senator Joe Brown recently was hired by a West Des Moines computer firm less than a week before it won a $1 million contract to provide a new computer system to the Legislature and three of its agencies. Brown, a Montesuma Democrat says he intends to live in the L . 'XLX Des Moines area joa while employed as a aaown "public sector analyst" by the Sperry Unlvac Corp., but will continue to represent his Senate district for the remaining three years on his four-year term. Brown represents Senate District 27, which includes Poweshiek and Iowa counties as well the western half of Johnson County, including Cor-alvllle. The senator said there was nothing Improper in taking the post after the Legislative Council awarded the computer contract to Sperry on July 26. Brown wu offered the Sperry post July 21 and went to work for the company Aug. 1. "The award of the contract to Sperry had no bearing on whether I got the position or not I know I would have gotten the job even if the contract had been awarded to another company," Brown said. But he acknowledged that be was involved in the company's early efforts to obtain the contract Brown helped set up meetings between representatives for Sperry and members of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and Legislative Service Bureau in December 1982. He said he became involved with Sperry after attending a reception for lawmakers in 1981. He said he has been increasingly interested in modernizing and computerizing secretarial functions in the Legislature as well as setting up an independent computer system for the service and fiscal bureaus and the Legislature's public information of f ice. "I became very interested In what Sperry had to offer, so after the general election in 1982, 1 started to explore the area actively with them. All they did was tell us what they could do," Brown said. After that, he said, Brown had no involvement in the bidding process or in determining which company would receive the contract Last month, the Legislative Council awarded the $1 million contract to Sperry over a bid submitted by Honeywell Inc. of Minneapolis. The contract calls for installation of a system designed to prepare bill drafts, fiscal notes and statistical information needed by lawmakers during the sessions. Senate Minority Leader Calvin Hultman (Rep., Red Oak), a member of the Legislative Council, agreed that Brown was not involved in the council's final decision. Hultman, who voted to give the contract to Honeywell, said Brown, who is not a member of the Legislative Council, did not participate in the decision. The purchase calls for installation of a complete computer system, including site development and providing software. As a public sector analyst Brown said be will be a consultant to Sperry's marketing division in selling computers to state and local governmental units in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. He said his job primarily is to advise Sperry bow FAIR ATTENDANCE 1182 1983 Wednesday 13,967 Thursday 21,351 26,396 Friday 32,391 29,737 Saturday 36,611 47,971 Sunday 41,846 44,657 Monday 26,674 32,420 Tuesday 36,276 Wednesday 15,854 Thursday 29,308 Friday 33,852 Saturday 41,466 Sunday 18,666 i Totals 342,839 Fair iMrliRy mmm m TtwrrtT ki Mtt 6J"wV 6sMi 09 tMjt titfWlO) 6M6sH06) Rctl MOM? 4 MMWlr NTI6M tt6rV$JI6 6t ffM) IfelF't iSeWVIpmUi CfcAM IMknUtjajsJ tYo6s t06r 6JMlctil dMfcfWtV V exhibit space rental manager. She also estimates that 50 percent of the food booths are run by families. At the Veggie-Table, McCoy is assisted in the daytime by her daughter, Maareen, who recently government agencies can be assisted by computerization. "It is more of a consultant's job than anything else," Brows said. He said nearly 33 percent of Sperry's computer business is with governmental bodies and agencies. But Brown said be will not have any direct involvement in attempting to sell computers to local government units in Iowa. As chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a BROWN Please turn to Page 4M Carson gets police post in W.D.M. By ANNE CAROTHERS-KAY Lt. Rick Carson, a veteran Des Moines police officer, was appointed Monday by West Des Moines Mayor neorra Mills as the a "y new p0,ic cniei. Carson, 41, of 4216 Beaver Crest Drive, will begin as chief of the r ;sJmentonAug.29.Huj V I annual saury is v? proposed at $35,500. RKK CARSON Canon s appointment ends a 2 -month search for a replacement for Orval Cooney, the city's controversial police chief who was! granted a medical disability retire-: mentinMay. Cooney worked as the city's police i chief for seven years until he : underwent heart-bypass surgery In March. At the time of his retirement, he was paid $32,258, about $3,000 less . than Carson will make. West Des Moines Capt. Robert -Rushing, also one of 10 finalists narrowed from 47 applicants, has been acting police chief since Cooney's surgery. Carson is a 1974 graduate of Drake University and attended the FBI Academy for police supervisory training. He also is three hours from completing a master's degree in public administration at Drake, said Mills. In his time on the Des Moines force, Carson has commanded a vice unit a special task force on drugs in schools and a tactical unit in addition to serving as a patrol officer and in the personnel department and internal . affairs unit . He leaves as commander of the Police Department's youth section. Carson said he views his role as police chief in a strict administrative sense, explaining that he would not get involved in the handling of individual cases. He noted, however, that he will review the case of the missing West Des Moines newspaper carrier Johnny Gosch. The boy's parents, John and Noreen Gosch, have criticised Cooney and the West Des Moines Police Department's handling of the case. Because Mills' appointment was not listed on the City Council's agenda, the council cannot officially approve Carson's salary until Aug. 22. The council, however, unanimously concurred with the appointment in an informal vote. blood received a master of fine arts degree at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. McCoy's son Mark, a carpenter, built the tiny. 8-by-8-foot stand. He and his wife, Ruth, operate the Veggie-Table at night McCoy said this is her second year as a food concessionaire at the fair. She has "always wanted to do this" because she gets a kick out of fairs, she said. She sells fried mushrooms, cauliflower, zucchini, onion rings and cheese balls. She said she got the idea while visiting the Minnesota State Fair. "We use a vegetable shortening because we have some vegetarians who come here. Some people are really particular," she said. McCoy, like many other concessionaires at the fair, said she just can't bring herself to eat the food after cooking lt all day. "The best thing we've found to eat out here Is a FAIR Please turn to Page 3M k 'it .r. lV V .0i,. Jfe . 4llp,..4Sfet 4t .J'";iil... .iPfc-

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