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St. Louis, Missouri
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Wednesday, November 26, 1986
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pest copy mum. st lotriswednescl ay 3A Wed., Nov. 26, 1986 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 1 f 4 1 T t . , J iipji ii if- f ' ' ' Wet And Cold A pedestrian at a bus stop at Boulevard was prepared for Florissant By Cynthia Todd Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Florissant will not appeal a court decision that allows a couple to reinstall the vinyl siding on their landmark home in a historic district, municipal officials say. But the couple, R. Kenneth and Carol Lorenz, must first agree to two conditions, the officials say. The conditions include removing other alterations the Lorenzes made to the home that the court says violate Florissant's ordinances. The couple also must settle a $100 fine lodged against them for building a back porch on the home without a building permit, the officials say. The home, at 889 rue St. Denis, is a French cottage in the Old Town historic district. "We want to settle this matter," t .'J 3(ii T. ,r- ' Vi , , . Jt f - 1 1 y"' Jt II A I Larry WilliamsPost-Dispatch Gini Laurie, winner of the St. Louis Award Activist For Disabled Wins The Annual St. Louis Award By Tim O'Neil Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Gini Laurie, 73, was honored Tuesday with the 53rd annual St. Louis Award for her career in helping disabled people through her publications and volunteer efforts. She is founder of the Rehabilitation Gazette and chairman of the Gazette International Networking Institute. The gazette is published twice a year and is distributed to 40,000 people In 87 countries. Laurie is a native of St. Louis jmio lives in the city's Central est End. Dr. William H. Danforth, chancellor of Washington Univesity and secretary of the St. Louis Award committee, presented the award to Laurie on Tuesday in Tucker Theater at the Gateway Arc. ' - ' 's9 Jefferson Avenue and Russell the light but cold rain that hit Is Offering City Councilman David L. Reynolds, 5th Ward, said Tuesday. If Lorenz "will abide by the court's ruling, we will abide by it. But if he doesn't, we could be tied up in an appeal for the next two years." The ruling was issued Nov. 13 by Judge Kenneth M. Weinstock in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The council reached its decision on the appeal and conditions during a closed session Monday night. The Lorenzes have until Dec. 15 to respond. Kenneth Lorenz said Tuesday afternoon that he had yet to see the agreement. He said we would decide on it after seeking advice from his attorney, Ed Cody. The court ruling allows Lorenz to replace the siding but upholds Florissant's ban on five changes the Lorenzes requested for the house. They include turned posts and concrete "TT' Afterward, Laurie said, "I am humbled, and I am most of all excited because I believe this Is an important step for St. Louis to recognize what I stand for the dignity and humanity of people who are disabled." Laurie began serving as a volunteer for polio victims at a hospital in Cleveland in 1949. Two of her sisters had died of polio in 1912 and an older brother had died of complications from the disease in 1929. Laurie began writing a newsletter for polio patients and later expanded it to cover all disabilities. She and her husband, the late Joseph S. Laurie III, moved back to St. Louis in 1971. He worked with her on the Rehabilitation Gazette and other institute activities until his death in March 1985. i I- the area Tuesday afternoon. low of 32 early Tuesday to the A Deal In steps on the front porch, spindles on the porch railing, scalloped fascia board on each side of the home's roof, and a stained and etched glass window on the front door. Lorenz has said all alterations except the two steps and door glass had been completed. The Lorenzes and Florissant have waged the court fight since Nov. 24 of last year. At that time, Lorenz filed an appeal of a council decision refusing to grant him a variance to make the changes to his home. The council said the alterations did not follow guidelines established to maintain the historic authenticity of homes in the area. In April, Judge James R. Harten-bach of the St. Louis County Circuit Court ordered the couple to comply with the council's ban on the siding, pending the outcome of their appeal. Award Upheld To Couple By Lisha Gayle Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A man and a woman who were falsely accused of driving away from a service station without paying for $10 worth of gasoline will get $58,000 awarded them by a Circuit Court jury, according to a ruling Tuesday by the state appeals court. On the afternoon of Oct. 24, 1981, Dennis and Theresa Garner got the gasoline at a station at Southwest and Hampton avenues In south St. Louis and drove away without a second thought. But the next evening, police drove up to their home in south St. Louis in a squad car and a patrol wagon. The Garners were arrested for stealing .gasoline without paying. After the arrest, officials of the service station owned by Texas Discount Gas Co. admitted that they had made a mistake. The Garners filed suit against the gasoline company. In November 1985, a jury in St. Louis Circuit Court awarded the Garners $58,000 for false arrest. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals here upheld the award. The Garners, now divorced, will split the money. Theresa Garner declined to comment on the case Tuesday; Dennis Garner was unavailable for comment. Stephen Meyerkord, attorney for Theresa Garner, said the station had at least a dozen pumps but only one attendant the afternoon of the incident. A pump would be activated only after a customer paid for the gasoline, Meyerkord said. Dennis Garner gave the attendant $10 but returned to find the pump not yet activated, Meyerkord said. So Garner approached the attendant again and reminded him to activate the pump. Then Garner pumped the gasoline and drove away, Meyerkord said. The Garners were unaware of the confusion they had caused. An attendant, Arthur Solovic, called police and reported a theft. He described the couple and gave their license plate number, according to a summary of the case written by Judge Robert E. Crist of the appeals court. About 7 the next evening, police arrived at the Garners' home in the 3900 block of Randall Street. Police asked Dennis and Theresa Garner to accompany them to the police station. Lotteries ILLINOIS Daily game Tuesday's winning number 823 Pick-Four game Tuesday's winningnumber 5221 i The Missouri Lotto game grand prize is estimated at $1.2 million. i The Illinois Lotto game grand prize is estimated at $10 million. w-j ".'- 1 " """'""Tr"'.,' Larry WilliamsPost-Dispatch The temperature rose from a 40s by the late afternoon. Siding Case whpn thpv failed to remove the sid ing, Hartenbach levied fines. The Lorenzes relented in July and removed the siding. But Weinstock ruled that Florissant should have granted Lorenz a hardship variance for the vinyl siding based on the council's decision in 1982 to give a variance to allow aluminum siding on a landmark home. In that case, the homeowners said their age prevented them from maintaining wood siding, which is permitted on historic landmarks. Weinstock ruled that the council should have taken Lorenz's back problems and cardiac arrhythmia into consideration when he applied for a variance. Since the judge's ruling, the council members have said they do not recall Lorenz mentioning health problems as a reason for seeking the variance. The Garners "were allowed to drive their own car, sandwiched between two police vehicles," Crist wrote. Meyerkord said that the Garners had been detained about two hours that evening but that police had been unable to locate any Texas Gas employee who knew about the allegation of theft. The couple was asked to return to the police station the next day. When they did, police got in touch All Ghairs 40 Of F ! After 125 years Lammerts knows . ' how to have a sale! Come see our great selection of chairs. All at prices you won't believe! . On Sale through Thanksgiving weekend. A MTV I I U I JLJL & Clapton 725-0300 Woman Indicted in 'Mickey Finn' Robbery Wave By Mary E. Chollet Of the Post-Dispatch Staff A woman from Texas who was indicted here Tuesday is under investigation by police departments nation wide for a rash of so-called "Mickey Finn" thefts. Jacqueline L. Edmonds, 27, was indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis County on Tuesday on one count of felony theft in an incident last summer in which a visiting hucinpccmnn was drugged and robbed Edmonds at a hotel near Lambert Field. Edmonds was named in a suppressed indictment, but authorities confirmed her identity. She was charged in a warrant two weeks ago with felony theft. , Edmonds was arrested Monday at her home in Universal City, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio. Universal City police investigators say they have had her under surveillance for about 10 days. Edmonds was being held in the Bexar County Jail on $7,500 bond pending her extradition to Missouri. But police here appealed to the grand jury Tuesday for an increase in her bond. "From what we understand, she'd probably be carrying $7,500 in her purse," said Detective Sgt. Ron Hawkins of the Edmundson Police Department here. When police arrested Edmonds, they found numerous plane reservations, notes and calendars of conventions and meetings for various cities, said Lt. Chuck Dewey of the Universal City police. Edmonds lives alone in a fashionable new $200,000 home in a high-priced subdivision, police said. Yet police know of no place where she is employed. The charge here stems from an incident Aug. 30 at the Airport Marriott, 10700 Pear Tree Lane. John Tucker, 44, of Markham, III., told police that t Accused Of Stealing Fuel with a supervisor for the gasoline company, who told police that the theft report had been a mistake, Crist wrote. The attendant knew about the mistake only a few minutes after he reported the theft, Meyerkord said. "Nobody ever called the police after they realized the mistake," Meyerkord said. Solovic testified that had been closing the books shortly after the couple HappyHoM ft0" i I 'ft T 1 I T 1 JLUJC Union Station 436-1 144 Open Evenings& Sundays he and Edmonds had been drinking for several hours in the hotel bar. They were leaving the hotel together when Tucker said he began-rfof feel sick. Edmonds took Tucker back to his hotel room, where he passed put. "She apparently fed him Rickey in his drink. His lights wfcnt.out around 3:30 a.m.," said HawKlrisj Friends and relatives found" Tucker unconscious in his room more, than seven hours later. When they woke him, he was sick and groggy1-!- and was missing about $3,200 in cash and jewelry, police said. . i Police traced the incident t Edmonds because, by coincidence, an Edmundson police officer happened to pull her over for speeding about 4:30 a.m. near the hotel. Edmonds surrendered her drivers license in lieu of bond, and the victim identified her, police said. ! A similar incident was reported at the Airport Marriott here in March but the victim a married businessman from New York refused to prosecute and begged police not to pursue it. The victim was robbed of hundreds of dollars in cash, a $2,500 antique ring and a $3,000 Rolex watch, police said. Edmonds also has been charged with felony theft for a similar ;inci-dent last December in Dallas. In that case, she is accused of drugging a drink at the home of William D. Phelps, an official with the Dallas Cowboys, and stealing cash, credit cards, jewelry, a gun, a radio and other items worth more than $2,000. Since Edmonds' most recent arrest, police investigators in a dozen states have asked for information on her. "We've linked her to just about every major convention city 'coagt to coast," said Lt. Chuck Dewey of the Universal City Police Department. Police departments investigating the woman include Albuquerque. Chi-cago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver,. Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco and Salt Lake City. ', ' Police in Greeley, Colo., were investigating Edmonds earlier this year after a 63-year-old victim of a Mickey Finn robbery died. ; got gasoline and that he had discovered a balance $12 more than what was needed a sign that no theft had occurred. He testified that he had called the police again to report the mistake, but police recoras showed no evidence of such a call, Crist wrote. Concurring in the decision were Presiding Judge Harold L. Satz and Judge John J. Kelly Jr. ; t in t !ufS

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