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FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1980 ST. LOUIS POST'DISPATCH SECTION 1-4B Editorials News analysis Page 2 Page 3 eize Talk rm HO Speakers 7y J- i 1,7 1 A --4MVt 4 'fif if -I. -s V-. EPA Chance By Linda Eardley Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Michael Lady said he had been waiting three years for the opportunity. And Thursday night, he finally got the chance to give officials of the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency a piece of his mind. "I'm sick and tired of you people telling me what's good for me," Lady said. He was speaking to Barbara Blum, EPA deputy administrator from Washington, and Kay Camin, EPA regional administrator, at an EPA "town meeting" at Tucker Theater in the Gateway Arch. Lady said the EPA cost him his job. He was an employee at the NL Industries titanium plant in Lemay that closed last year after a long dispute over air pollution problems.

"You put 800 to 900 people out of work," Lady told the EPA officials. "I'm 61 years old, and I can't get a lousy job anywhere unless I want to work for $3 an hour." Another former NL employee, Ted Mintner, 56, said, "You people have destroyed, my future, my retirement, and my right to earn a livelihood. When you shut down these plants, what are you going to do about the workers? They can't live on clean air and clean water." Ms. Blum said the EPA's job is to carry out pollution laws passed by Congress. She added that she regretted that jobs are sometimes lost in the process.

In some cases, she said, "it's a trade-off between exposure of the general population to pollution that could cause serious illness and jobs." She said only 2,000 jobs were lost nationwide because of EPA action from 1971 through 1979. She said the agency tries to get assistance for displaced workers through the U.S. Department Back To One of the silver maples in Creve Coeur Park felled by county Parks Department employees. The department said the trees were dying. Dead Or Dying Park Trees Felled, County Says would not last the year.

The report also said the trees were next to a road, with branches continually falling on the road. Kennedy said C.R. Smith, department arborist, confirmed the first report and said some of the trees were dead and the rest were declining rapidly. He scheduled them for removal. Police Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Suspect Twenty silver maple trees in Creve Coeur Park have been cut down in the last three weeks by the St.

Louis County Parks Department because they were dead or dying, a department spokesman says. Wayne Kennedy, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, said Thursday that supervisor reported a year ago that the trees were 80 percent dead and Of -Duty By Geof Dubson Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Joseph D. Sorbello, who was fired from the Maplewood police force in 1977 after charges that he lied to a grand jury and brutalized prisoners, Thursday fatally shot a. man who apparently was attempting to steal his automobile, St. Louis police reported.

The victim was identified as Roy Wash, 31, of the 3800 block of Penrose Street. Sorbello, 41, of Maplewood, is now a part-time officer with the Bridgeton Terrace Police Department, riding patrol one day a week, and was carrying a automatic pistol in that capacity, authorities said. He was off duty at the time of the shooting. Sorbello told St. Louis homicide investigators that he had found Wash inside his automobile on a parking lot.

He said he identified himself as a police officer and fired a warning shot when Wash tried to flee. Sorbello said he shot Wash when he appeared to be reaching inside the waistband of his trousers as if for a weapon. However, no weapon was found on him, police said. Sorbello was not charged. "At this point, I see no wrongdoing," Detective Sgt.

George Seper of the city of Labor, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. After Mintner was dismissed from the NL plant, he went back to school under a federal program, he said, but he has been unable to find a job. Ms. Camin said the emissions from the NL plant "several times exceeded the emergency levels." But she said the company closed because of economic reasons, as well as pollution problems.

"And as often happens, we have been given all the blame," she said About 150 persons attended the three-hour hearing. Speakers expressed concern about many topics, including water, air and noise pollution, nuclear energy, radioactive waste, herbicides and pesticides, and bureaucratic red tape. Regarding nuclear energy, Ms. Blum said no new permits have been issued for nuclear power plants since the Three Mile Island accident a year ago. Safety problems, public opposition and the high cost of plants are all obstacles standing in the way of nuclear energy, she said.

Doris McAnulty, a member of the Coalition for the Environment and the Sierra Club, said she was dismayed to learn of a recent study that said air pollution in St. Louis is the eighth-worst in the country. St. Louis pollution is much worse than in Kansas City, she said. "How can we help get our air improved?" she asked.

Ms. Blum said St. Louis has more industry and automobile traffic than does Kansas City. One thing that would help reduce pollution, she said, is a Missouri state proposal for regular emissions inspections for automobiles. Ms.

Blum said fighting urban pollution is a "top priority" of EPA. Ms. Camin said air quality in St. Louis "has improved, but in many cases, is not up to health standards." Meyers, a convicted robber and rapist, against Maplewood Police Sgt. Clyde H.

Bull. Meyers charged that Bull had beaten him and sued for $1.6 million. Sorbello was not a defendant in the case. Kerry testified that he saw Sorbello, but not Bull, beat Meyers. The jury awarded Meyers $200 in damages.

Kerry himself was later the subject of a $275,000 lawsuit by a Maplewood woman who said he had brutalized her. Bridgeton Terrace Police Chief McGowan said he hired Sorbello about a year ago and was aware at that time of Sorbello's record and the allegations against him. "He was never found guilty of anything," McGowan said. "Our policy here is that if the man comes to us qualified, we take it from there and make our own judgment. Since he's been here, he's been a damn good cop." McGowan said that Sorbello, who is certified as a police officer under Missouri law, works as a patrol officer for an eight-hour shift one day a week.

He said budget limitations have prevented Bridgeton Terrace from offering Sorbello a full-time position. McGowan said that if the money were available, he would hire Sorbello "with no hesitation whatsoever." Cervantes Group Files New Plan For Plaza Work The Maryland Plaza redevelopment group headed by former Mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes has submitted a new development plan for the 11.5-acre area in the city's Central West End, bowing to a recent court decision and orders from the Community Developent Agency. The plan, filed Thursday in the CDA offices, is said to be very similar to the original version filed by the Cervantes group several years ago. Cervantes has maintained that the original plan was properly filed.

However, in January the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision declaring illegal a 1975 city redevelopment ordinance that had given such powers as eminent domain and tax abatement to the Maryland Plaza Redevelopment Corp. headed by Cervantes and Harold Koplar, owner of the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel. The redevelopment area is near the hotel, generally along Maryland Plaza from Kingshighway to Euclid Avenue. The court decision required the filing of a new plan, the CDA said. A rival group, the Central West End Redevelopment Corp.

has gone to court to challenge the authority of the Cervantes corporation in an effort to assume control of the area's development. The CDA staff and then the commissioners will review the new Cervantes plan before deciding whether, to send it to Mayor Jim Conway and Board of Aldermen. Ted DarganPost-Dispatch grass seed this spring to provide an open area for park visitors. "Now we'll have to build some sort of new barrier," he said. Several persons called the Post-Dispatch and said they had heard the trees were being cut down to make room for a parking lot for persons who will attend boat races on Creve Coeur Lake July 4, 5 and 6.

That is not true, Kennedy said. A relative of Sorbello's said Thursday night that Sorbello would have no comment on the shooting. Sorbello was a lieutenant with the Maplewood Police Department when he was fired in May 1977 after he refused to take a polygraph, or lie-detector, test. The test had been ordered after then-St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Courtney Goodman said he had evidence contradicting Sorbello's testimony before a grand jury in a 1972 case.

Sorbello had testified that he found a handgun during a search of a suspect, James M. Ludwig, who was later convicted of carrying a concealed Victim Of Assault evening of Feb. 17 when he saw a man dragged from his car and beaten. Buttrick drove on, seeking help, but when he could not find any he returned and saw the victim's car being driven off by the assailant. Buttrick put the victim in his car and took him to Deaconess Hospital where he remained in intensive care for several days.

Hampton Avenue District detectives later arrested a man who was charged with assault. Penny Rich Billie Wesson 0. A-h. tin mil in i il mm in Florissant St. Louis Heart "The department hated to have to cut the trees down," Kennedy said.

"But silver maples have an average life of 60 years, and these were between 80 and 100 years old." Kennedy said another reason the department mourned the loss of the trees was that they formed a natural barrier between the road and an area that has been dredged. The area is to be planted with other employee, whom he would not identify, were questioned independently and that their statements were in agreement. Bridgeton Terrace Police Chief John M. McGowan later identified the witness as Bernie Feissle, who also is a part-time police officer in Bridgeton Terrace. McGowan said that he encourages his officers, including those working part-time, to be armed while off duty.

Lawyers in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office said that police officers are exempted under the Missouri law prohibiting the carrying of a concealed weapon. Honored For Aiding Steve Buttrick of Pasadena Hills was presented $100 and a good citizenship award today by the St. Louis Grand Jury Association for aiding a man who was beaten and robbed of hi' automobile last month. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Hampton Avenue District Police Station.

The association said Buttrick was driving through Forest Park the administrative evaluations are handled. "I'm not proposing that there be no executive sessions for personnel matters," John McClusky, a resident, told the board. "But before the board makes a decision to transfer, promote or terminate any principal, it should receive opinions from teachers and parents about that principal. "It's clear that parents and teachers feel that the current procedures are not adequate. A lot of them are frustrated by the lack of a formal procedure that includes them in the evaluation of principals." Wright was cheered at the beginning of the meeting when he announced that the district had tabled a policy of rotating principals.

"The policy has caused such confusion and misunderstanding that the board has decided to withdraw it indefinitely," Wright said. new members. He said the results of the plan depend more on the willingness of the participants to work at recruiting new members than to chance. Byron said he has heard activity in the club has been significant in some areas in Madison County, but it is up to police to investigate. A federal grand jury in East St.

Louis is investigating the plan. It heard some testimony Monday. The investigation is being conducted by agents of the Illinois Division of Criminal Investigation in cooperation with federal authorities. Results are to be furnished to the Internal Revenue Service, which has said profits from such a plan are taxable income. 1-2 Punch Hits U.

City School Board weapon. But Goodman said that witnesses, including St. Louis police officers at the scene, said the gun was found underneath a car Ludwig was driving. Sorbello filed suit seeking reinstatement. The St.

Louis County Circuit Court upheld the firing last year, and the case lis now pending before the Missouri Court of Appeals at St. Louis, said Sorbello's attorney, Arthur S. Margulis. Goodman had also charged that Sorbello tampered with evidence in another case. Another time, Goodman filed a criminal charge of assault against Sorbello after a Maplewood man said Sorbello had beaten him at the police station.

However a grand jury investigating that allegation returned no indictment against Sorbello. No formal charges resulted from any of the several other brutality allegations against Sorbello. In 1976, a Maplewood police officer, George S. Kerry, testified in a civil suit in U.S. District Court here that he had seen Sorbello stick the muzzle of a gun into a prisoner's mouth and then order the prisoner to suck on it.

Kerry's testimony came during the trial of a damage suit filed by Philip D. J-BTForbesPost-Dlspatch of Cross Keys Junior High School homicide section said Thursday night. Wash was pronounced dead at the scene with bullet wounds in the back left shoulder and the front of the right arm, Seper said. Police assume the first bullet hit Wash's right arm with enough force to spin him around so that the second round struck him in the back, Seper said. Sorbello told police that Wash was facing him when he fired.

Sorbello was on a porch, firing slightly down at Wash, who was about 20 feet away, Seper said. Wash had an extensive arrest record, including arrests as a suspect in auto thefts, and three convictions on petty crime charges, police said. The shooting occurred about 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the rear of the Scherrer Instruments Inc. electronics equipment store at 7170 Manchester Road, Maplewood.

Sorbello works there as a salesman, Seper said. St. Louis police made the investigation because the parking lot is in St. Louis. Sorbello and another Scherrer employee had walked out fhe rear exit of the building and spotted a man inside Sorbello's automobile, which was parked there, Seper said.

Seper said that Sorbello and the were now earning 26 percent less than they were in 1967 because of inflation. "Sure we cost a little bit more," he said. "But we're worth it." Many of the parents apparently attended the meeting to express support for retaining Gene Schulze as principal of Flynn Park School. The parents claimed that Superintendent Irene Lober already had decided not to retain Schulze as principal at Flynn. This was denied both by Ms.

Lober and by John Wright, School Board president. "The board has not seen, nor has it received from the superintendent, any recommendations regarding staff," Wright said. "We expect to receive them within the next 10 days. When we do receive them, they will be treated in executive (private) session because they are personnel matters." Some residents disagreed with the board over the manner in which misdemeanor on first offense, with a sentence of up to one year and a $1,000 fine. On second offense, it is a felony with a sentence of up to three years and a $10,000 fine.

Byron said it also is his opinion that participants in a pyramid plan being told they could lose their money is no defense. Byron apparently is the first prosecutor in the area to decide he will prosecute. St. Clair County State's Attorney Clyde L. Kuehn has said he does not believe the plan violates state law.

He said he believes there is no chance involved because the participants know they will not recoup their investment if they do not recruit 1 1 jwwjiuwiwjMiijffi-flwq 1 'Is V' ix i The University City Board of Education came under fire Thursday night from teachers who say their salaries are too low and from parents who want a voice in administrative evaluations of school principals. About 250 persons attended the board meeting at University City High School. The University City Education Association is seeking a base salary of $11,775 for next fall. The board is offering a base salary of $10,780. "There's no reason to believe we can't be given the salary increases to help us keep up with inflation," Mary Sampson, a teacher, told the board.

"We're loyal, dedicated and devoted. But loyalty, dedication and devotion will not buy a single gallon of gasoline." Like those of most other speakers, Ms. Sampson's remarks were followed by clapping and foot stamping, Robert Dwyer, another teacher, told the board that University City teachers Pyramid Club Called Illegal In Illinois riiTniir.iininiK.ia.imniMi.mii The Business Men's Venture investment club is a violation of the Illinois lottery law and valid cases brought to Madison County courts by police will be prosecuted, State's Attorney Nicholas G. Byron announced Thursday. Byron said he bases his opinion on a 1939 case in Chicago that ruled pyramid plans involve the three elements of an illegal lottery chance, a prize and a price.

Byron said he is distributing copies of his opinion to county police departments, telling them his office will assist them in determining whether specific cases warrant prosecution. Violation of the lottery law is a was honored Thursday night at the Association's "Penny-For-Your-Heart" awards dinner for collecting 619 pounds of pennies $928 for the heart fund. Behind Billie is Cardinal quarterback Jim Hart, heart fund chairman..

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