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Wednesday, August 6, 1958
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i Left Holding Sinful I il 3rH Ward Swain, industrial school superintendent at Elko, has charged that the state has left him "holding the bag" in a $200,000 damage suit brought by two former employes. Swain hired Joe McDaniel, Elko deputy district attorney, to defend him in the action after the attorney general's office told him to find his own defense counsel. Two former teachers at the industrial school, Hu Keno mamDer in Plumb Lane Extension Row Directors of the Reno Cham ber of Commerce have called for Immediate action to obtain rights of way for the proposed W. Plumb Lane extension, cur rently stymied by property own er John T. Thompson, and City Attorney Samuel B. Francovich said today he will take legal ac tion late today or early Thurs day. - Francovich said he could not yet divulge the nature of the proposed legal action, latest in a series of legal maneuvers that have consistently failed to obtain a right-of-way through Thompson's S. Virginia street property. Thompson, sustained by a district court order, is building a 250,000 supermarket on the land. The city appealed, the court order to the -Nevada Supreme Court but lost the appeal when briefs weren't filed within the required time limit. The city had previously sought to delay ' supermarket construction by refusing to issue a building permit to Thompson. The W. Plumb Lane extension, from the airport to Arlington Ave., is considered a vital traffic artery by the Regional Planning Commission and Ne-veda Highway Department. The route is to be some 100 feet wide. Delay in obtaining the Thompson right-of-way, chamber directors felt Tuesday, will mean additional expense for the city if property improvements are included in the purchase. Fallon Matron Dies on Coast Mrs. Neva E. Williams, a resident of Fallon for 50 years, died early this morning in Pomona, Calif. She was in her 78th year. Mrs. Williams was born in Good Hope, 111., and moved as a child with her family to southern Ohio. In 1907 she married Delbert E. Williams, owner and publisher of the Fallon Eagle, and they established their home in Fallon. Mr. and Mrs. Williams pub- ... , , , j i i (tn i I nsnea ine .agieunui ioo wntii.motorist William Joseph Cun t- nr:n: ,3 : ,J 1 if.. . - Mr. Williams died and Mrs. Wil liams continued to publish the newspaper alone until she moved to Pomona in 1955. Tir; paper was sold about two years ago. Mrs.' Williams was- a member of the First Baptist church of Fomona, was a past grand matron of Myrtle chapter, O.E.S., a member of the Rebekah lodge, tron of Myrtle chaper, O.E.S., a member of the Rebekah lodge, of the Artemisia service club and of the VFW auxiliary and was active in Red Cross work in Fallon. She joined the Order of the Eastern Star in 1909. In Pomona she was a member of the Daughters of the American! Revolution, Mrs. Williams is survived by a sister, Mrs. Veda M. Williamson, of Henderson, by two brothers, William and Victor Dustin, of Cincinnati, Ohio, by a nephew, Carroll E. Williamson, of Henderson and a nephew and three nieces in the east. , . The body is to be accompanied to Fallon where funeral services are to be held at the Austin Fun eral home Monday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. Burial is to be at the side of her husband in Fallon cemetery. , Funeral arrangements in Pomona are by the Todd Memorial chapel. San Jose Man Dead in Reno Ernest A. Jensen of San Jose, Calif., died at a local hospital Tuesday. A native of San Jose, Mr. Jensen was plumbing inspector for Santa Clara county. He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Odd Fellows lodge of San Jose. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Margaret W. Jensen; a daughter. Miss Dorothy Jensen of San Jose and a, son, Ernest A. Jensen, Jr., U. S. Army, stationed at Fort Mcpherson, Atlanta, Ga. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Walton Funeral Home, West Second and Vine streets. the Bag mbert and Florence Stenoish, I filed the damage action alleging that Swain fired them unjustly, and had insulted and embarrassed them. AS INDIVIDUAL In announcing that the attorney general's office would not defend Swain, C. B. Tapscott, deputy attorney general, said that Swain was being sued as an individual and not as a state employe. He said that if Swain had acted as alleged in the damage suit, he could not have been within the scope of his authority. The attorney general's office is prohibited from defending an individual, he said. "They haven't proved I was acting outside my authority," Swain declared in Elko. "They give you a job to do and you do it. Then- they won't back you up." . . . Federal Judge John R. Ross set the stage for the attorney generals withdrawal from the suit when he declared an amended complaint filed by the Stenoish couple concerned Swain in an unofficial capacity only. . IS PUNITIVE The amended complaint does not seek wages allegedly lost through ' unfair firing. The 5200,000 is sought for humiliation and embarrassment and as punitive damages. Tapscott said the attorney general's office had "stayed with Swain as long as we could," but that the office could not defend anyone for acts out side the scope of duty. Swain resigned last year as school superintendent head but was persuaded to keep his post. The resignation followed a series of escapes from the institution for wayward boys, and charges made by escapees and parents of laxness in school operation. Affairs at the school were in- vestigated last week by Allan Breed, California youth author ity troubleshooter, who acted as special consultant to a Nevada Legislative Commission team. , A report of findings will be made to the 1959 session of the Nevada legislature. Charge Lodged In Auto Death A charge of involuntary man- clninrhtpT- ha! hppn filed against o ninerham following a one-car crash in Sparks July 19, that took the life of Eugene Harlan McKay, 34. McKay died when thrown out of Cunningham's . car when the vehicle missed an "S" curve at 15th and B streets. Assistant district attorney Edwin C. Mulcahy said today the 28-year-old Cunningham has waived his justice court preliminary hearing and will probably be arraigned before district court judge Clel Georgetta this week. The involuntary manslaughter eharge, Mulcahy noted, carries possible penalties of from one to five years in prison, or not more than one year in the county jail plus a fine of $1000. Cunningham, who lives at 1185 Airport Road, apparently lost control of his automobile while being chased by Sparks police. Police estimated Cunningham's speed at 70 miles per hour. The car jumped the curb, slammed into two parked cars kand came to rest in the front yard of a home. McKay, a Reno taxicab driver, was flung out and pinned beneath the car. Two other passengers, Joanne McDonald, 27, and Walter Kel ler, suffered only minor cuts and bruises. Cunningham wasn't hurt. WRONG PLACE FOR POSTER, HE CONTENDS Tracy Nichols of 1830 Wilder St. probably knows who he won't vote for in the coming primary election. The irate Nichols complained to Keno police yesterday afternoon that someone had stuck a ten-inch campaign poster squarely in the middle of the windshield of his auto. A "Franklin for Governor" poster had to be removed before Nichols could see to drive his auto. "The complainant was quite perturbed about the incident," said officers. Small Slice Is Cut From evada Budosf Regents Hold Brief Session On .Reno Campus r With just a five-man quorum present, the board of regents of the University of Nevada today made some small cuts- on a 511,533,780 maintenance and operation budget for 1959-6L The biggest item in the bud get is for salaries, $7,947,153, of which $1,721,670 is for new po sitions. The budget for the next bien- nium is a 58.7 per cent increase over that for the current two- year period. It would require a legislative appropria tion of more than $9 million dollars, almost double the amount allocat ed from the general fund by the 1957 session. Original requests from deans and department heads would have added 181 new positions to the university staff in 1959-61, but 11 have been eliminated in the budget the regents are dis cussing today. MOKE FOR BUILDINGS The budget under considera tion today does not include a re quest for capital improvements that amount to 10,010,250, about 144.2 per cent above 1957- 59 authorizations. The regents, however, will ask the 1959 leg islature to authorize construc tion of these buildings using revenue Donas, inese oonus would be retired by allocating students' fees of about $200,000 a year to a retirement tund. Another budget meeting will be held in early September. The official request must be in the hands of the state budget director by November. The regents were told this morning by Dr. Fred Anderson of Reno and William Elwell of Las Vegas, both board members, that some Clark county residents were dissatisfied with progress at Nevada Southern in Las Vegas and were demanding a greater share of available monies be allocated to that institution. Anderson said that while the regents were not practicing discrimination against Nevada Southern, they faced the task of meeting expensive requirements on the main campus at Reno, including the construction of a $2 million engineering building Construction costs at Reno are higher than in Las Vegas, and the engineering college must have improved facilities to con tinue to meet educational re quirements, he emphasized, A huge backlog of need has been built up over the years, An derson said, continuing that "the legislature can't appropriate for two universities and two facul ties." Anderson suggested that a brochure be published setting forth the official views of the regents on Nevada Southern Develop ment. EXPLAIN POLICY The policy, members of the board agreed, will be to allocate money to Nevada Southern as it becomes available ,and is jus tified by rate of growth and de mand. "There is a definite feeling that Clark county is being left out," Elwell declared. "The people don't like S8 million in new buildings for Reno and only $2 million for Nevada Southern Slander Case Is Dismissed A slander suit filed by one Reno freeway association presi dent against another freeway association president was dismissed here Tuesday by District Grant L. Bowen. Judge Bowen upheld 'the position of attorneys for Dr. William J. Bryan, jr., president of the Sparks Freeway Association, that Dr. Bryan had not slandered United Freeway Association President T. W. Macaulay but had recited the facts as he believed them to be without personal malice. The case grew out of a Nov. 27, 1957 public hearing in which Dr. Bryan allegedly uttered slander about Macaulay in heat ed debate about the location of the proposed interstate highway in Sparks. Macaulay's complaint charged that Dr. Bryan claimed petitions contained forgeries and name changes and that positions had been stolen from public places. The complaint noted that Macauley leads a group favoring a "Rim Route" freeway and Bryan heads a group opposed to such a route. Bryan was represented by attorneys Bert Goldwater, Harold Taber and Frederick Hill and Macaulay by attorney Ernest S. Brown. Hidden Valley Road to Close Road leading into the Hidden Valley area, Pembroke Lane, will be closed Thursday. Crews will be oiling the road. Motorists are advised to use Peckham Lane as an alternate entrance to the Hidden Valley Country Club. Pembroke Lane will be reopened to traffic on Friday. Reno PHONE FA 3-3161 MASKED MAN ROBS BAR; IS CAPTURED Minutes after robbing the bartender at the Sierra Bar on North Sierra street, a masked and armed bandit was apprehended 1y Keno police. A police car was cruising the areea just after the bandit fled from the back door of the bar. Bartender and operator, Cy AndreinI followed the bandit and pointed him out to the officer. The 19-year-old robber was arrested. He was still carrying the $69.50 handed him by the bartender. The youthful bandit, Edward Marker of Illinois, said he "looked the bar over for a couple of hours then went in the back dor. I told the manager to give me the cash A few minutes later I was caught." Andreini told officers that Marker walked in carrying a nine-shot .22 caliber pistol and wearing a handkerchief over his face. Gun Play Ends Small Debate Among Frien s An argument "between friends" ended in gun play last night, aid Washoe county sheriff's deputies arrested -Edward Reed of 11565 Old Virginia City Road on a charge of assault with intent to do bodily harm. Deputies were called by Samuel R. Ensley who said his landlord, Reed, shot at him with a .38 caliber pistol. Ensley said the shooting occurred in the hoUse where he lives with Reed. I'LL SHOW YOU! "I'll show you," said Reed just before he pulled the trigger, according to Ensley and deputies. Ensley said he got his paycheck last night and planned to pay his rent. He searched for Reed, and found him in a South Virginia street bar. Ensley said he paid his rent there and the two men had a few drinks. An argument started, and Ensley hit Reed. Ensley then went home, but Reed had arrived first, and Ens-ley's clothing was scattered in the front yard. Ensley said he picked up the clothes and put them in his car before going into the house. It was then that Reed voiced the oath and fired the first of two shots. "I thought he fired a blank,' said Ensley, "and I rushed him to take his gun away. Another shot went off as we were fight ing, but I got the gun and threw it into a corner." Deputies' found the hole made by the first shot, in a wall in Reed's house. DENIES CHARGE "I don't shoot at a person un less I intend to kill him," Reed told deputies. He denied firing the gun, but deputies said the gun smelled heavily of freshly-fired gun powder, and of course, there was the hole in the wall. An empty .38 caliber cartridge was found in Reed's pocket dur ing booking proceedings. Reed is being held in Washoe county jail in lieu of $2500 bail set by Justice of the Peace Wil liam Beemer. , Millard Presper Dies in Reno Millard H. Presper, a former building inspector for the city of Reno, died today in a local hospital at the age of 68. ' Mr. Presper was a member of the electricians' union for over 30 years and president of Local 401 for 12 years. He was born in Belmont, N. Y. A veteran of the Korean war and of the first world war, Mr. Presper was a charter member of Duby Reid Post No. 30. American Legion and a mem ber of Reno Barracks, Veterans -of World War One. He was also a member of Reno Lodge No. 597, B.P.O.E. Survivors are Mrs. Claudia Presper of Reno, widow; two sons, Stewart and Howard Presper of Massachusette, and a sister, Mrs. C. J. Tookey of Schenectady, N. Y. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Saturday at the home chapel of the Ross-Burke Co. Services are to be under the direction of Reno Lodge No. 597, B.P.O.E. Cremation is to follow at the Mountain View crematory. f d i flX I KIND Cf ADMIRE YOU, l I CHARLIE BROWfM jt V you always j Evening Gazette Nevada's Greatesf Newspaper RENO, NEVADA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 1958 Job Seekers Trek lo Reno Skilled Workers . Are Exception, Get Employment People are continuing to flock to Reno seeking work, according to the local employment office, and July figures show unem ployment compensation claims are 118 per cent over the same month in 1957. While some types of workers are plentiful, the employment office is badly in need of individuals to fill a large number of positions for office workers with skills. People with typing skill are in demand, for positions in the legal, transportation, book keeping and cashiering fields. SOME DECLINE During July the local office had on file 2159 claims for un- employment compensation, nearly half again as many as 1957. This is a decline of 11 per cent over the last two months, says manager Art Lucas, but the increased claims do indicate outsiders are looking for work here. The office has received 495 claims under extended compensation voted earlier this year by the state legislature in special session, inis tigure is misleading, says Lucas, because it extends over about two and a half weeks. He estimates there are about 200 claimants taking advantage of the additional 13 week compensation. With a work force in Washoe county of about 28,000, the local office places unemployment at about 3.5 per cent or about 900. The percentage a year ago was 1.5. Three at Large Jail Escapee Is Captured Las Vegas police apprehended James E. Felton, one of four men who escaped from the outdated Washoe county jail sometime Tuesday morning. Officers spotted Felton in a stolen auto in a Fremont street drive-in near midnight last night. Felton, 23, was being held for Seattle authorities for parole violation when he made his escape with three other prisoners. The four dug their way through a 17-inch tStck brick wall with a piece of pipe they had torn from the jail ceiling. West coast police agencies have been unable to come up with leads on the other three men, said Sheriff C. W. "Bud" Young this morning. Young said that Felton would be turned over to federal au thorities. Felton has served time in a federal juvenile insti tution in El Reno, Okla. ,He was convicted of violating the Dyer act. The sheriff said that all local authorities are working together in an attempt to turn up the other three escapees. The three wanted men are Paul A. Rial, 27, of Sun Valley; Douglas J. Hill, 19, of Idaho; and Clifford E. Maxwell, 28, of Illinois. The trio were being held pending trial on various charges. Funeral Set For Sparks Boy Funeral services for John J. Maldonado, five-year-old Sparks boy who died Monday when he was hit by an automobile, are to be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Sparks. Father Gerard Fanning is to celebrate the requiem mass. The boy was dead on arrival at a Reno hospital. Witnesses said he ran into the side of a slow-moving car driven by Ken-netth Sharpnack, Sparks hod carrier. Sharpnack was not held responsible for the death. Survivors are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Maldonado, parents; Robert and Danny Maldonado, brothers, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Nick Augilar of San Antonio, Tex., and Mr. and Mrs. G. Maldonado of Brownsville, Tex. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O'Brien-Rogers-Keiper funeral home. AP YOU REALLY V. CALM ALL THE TIME? Find Ho Work "Eve rything Here Is Young German on Tour Of Nation Likes Reno World traveler Udo Becker, 23, of Muenster, Germany, stopped briefly in Reno during the weekend en route to Sacramento, Calif., and saw a gambling mecca for the first time in his life. Impressed with the way money changes hands so quickly, Becker said the man who gave him a lift from Salt Lake City, Utah, was $80 richer in less than an hour. The young blond German started his journey June 24, 1957, in his home in English occupied West Germany in the Ruhr industrial section of West phalia with all of his possessions in a rucksack. His goal is to try to cover as much of the globe as possible before returning to Europe and Rome for the 1960 Summer Olympics. "I had an idea I wanted to see the world," said Becker. "So I left my job at an insurance office in Muenster, packed my bag and headed for Denmark." From Denmark he traveled to Sweden, Finland and Norway before returning to Denmark where he bought a ticket for a boat trip to Iceland, depleting his travel funds. Upon arrival in Iceland, Becker worked for a fishing firm where he spent 15 hours daily on the vessels, earning $1.50 per day. It took him three months to earn enough money to get to the United States. Iceland is about halfway between Europe and America. Becker landed in New York Feb. 11, 1958, and began an extensive tour of the continent which started in Canada. He1 sloshed through four foot snowdrifts between Quebec to Vancouver, B. C. In the U. S., Becker already has been from coast to coast and from Maine to Miami, Fla., but his tour took him mostly on a northern route, except for the southeast portion of the country. After Sacramento, Becker plans to visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Santa Fe. N. M., and El Paso, Tex., wnere ne win pomr ms inumD;in the Winter time, because he toward Ilexico on his way tolwas forred to snend his mnnpv Mexico City. Although his plans are not definite after Mexico, Becker indicated he would like to see Cuba, Jamaica, South America, Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. He was elated to find out that English is spoken generally in Hawaii. "Everything here is big," Becker said. Becker while in Salt Lake City toured the Mormon temple, heard an organ recital and spent several hours sightseeing in the Utah state capitol. The world traveler estimated that in the last 13 months he has Reno Mall Users Sharp Most Pay Right Postage, Keep Postmaster Happy Reno residents are smarter than most folks, says Postmaster Pete Petersen. He's happy over the way local folks have adapted to the new, increased postal rates. Initial figures from the big cities nearby show a slow rate of adaptation . . . but not in Reno. When rates went up on first class, airmail and postal cards Friday only about eight per cent of the letters mailed were short postage. Saturday the figure had dropped to five per cent or less and Monday it did not even hit one ' per cent. It made the change easier in the mail han- Former Reno Resident Dies Duane Lynn Randolph, 24, former resident of Reno, died Tuesday in San Pablo, Calif. Mr. Randolph, who was born in Reno and spent most of his life here, had lived in San Pablo the .last five years. He was a laboratory technician at Cali fornia Research Laboratories, and was a navy veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Donna Lee Jensen Randolph and three children, Duane, Dale and Lqrilei Randolph, all of San Pablo; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Randolph; a sister, Phyl lis Randolph and his grandmoth er, Mrs. W. H. Burns, all of Reno, and several aunts and uncles. Services will be announced by the Ross-Burke Co. ( IUELL, LET ME PuT PAGE TWENTY-TWO So Big' ' WOULD TRAVELER in Reno during the weekend was Udo Becker, a 23-year-old blond German youth who is visiting the U. S. from his native Westphalia. The blond youth was impressed by Reno's gambling, night life and scenic beauty. (Gazette photo) traveled about 12,500 miles. He tries to find odd jobs in various places when his funds begin to dwindle. He carries all of his belongings on his back. They mclude a tent, raincoat, sleeping bag, utensils, clothes and extra food, and weigh about 50 pounds. In hitchhiking, Becker said he has been lucky at getting rides, especially in the Summer, when he mostly wears tee shirt and hiking shorts. He had difficulty in the Winter, sometimes trying to flag a lift in four feet snowdrifts in New York and Massachusetts. Becker added that it was this way all across Canada, and that he traveled very little without encountering deep snow and freezing temperatures. Becker also explained that it also is more exrjensive traveling for accommodations. In the J Summer he can pitch his tent almost anywhere, saving the price of room rent to buy a meal. After touring the world Becker hopes to come back to the U. S. to live here permanently. He likes large cities, and may try to settle in Chicago, New York qr Detroit. Becker's family back in Muenster includes his mother and father, a sister 7 and a brother 18. In school he played soccer, was' on a" rowing team and on the swimming team. His hobbies in addition to world traveling include photography and chess. dling section, the postmaster noted. But at the stamp windows during the first days of change, sales were booming. An order of 100,000 one cent stamps was reecived Friday morning. Friday evening when sales soared over 85,000 another order for 200,000 was sent out to cushion Saturday sales. It is the biggest run on one cent stamps Reno has seen in a long time. Petersen said there was no evidence of a rush to avoid paying the extra cent now ap plicable to mail service . . . none of the big mailers in Reno got their bills out early to beat the fee. Even the persons mailing to Reno have been considerate, the postmaster added. Postage dues from other places haven't imposed any considerable burden on Reno mailmen and the five cent penalty on postage due letters has been waived until Oct. 1 to allow the slow folk to become accustomed to the higher rates. Petersen compared the Reno high of eight per cent with San Francisco's 30 per cent who failed to acknowledge the high er postage, and reasoned again that Reno folks are smarter than most. HOLT RITES Friends are invited to attend funeral services at 11 a.m. -for Bruce E. Holt in the chapel of the O'Brien-Rogers-Keiper funeral home. The Rev. D. B. Meadows is to officiate. Burial will be in Mountain View cemetery. T AM THE ONLY CALM PERSON I 'KNOW WHO 1SANEBV0USWEECIC y iij..MWiMjji.,-ui in mini i ( I' &j , ,,,, -v. . . : 1 II 111 J " c3 Breathing Spell Requested for Stardust Hotel Federal Court Asked to Alter Payment Plan CARSON. UP) Stardust Hotel owners John and Rella Factor have asked the federal court to give them a breathing spell on payment of the hotel's big indebtedness. Under the court - approved Factor plan to put some $4,000,-000 into the Stardust operation, they are obligated to pay $75,-000 a month. But in a petition for modification of th e plan, they have asked Federal Judge John Ross to lower that figure to $25,000 monthly for the next year or so. DELAY SOUGHT They also are asking that the court grant a delay in forcing payment of debts which it finds the hotel owes. Well over $100,-000 in debts are expected to win court approval before it terminates the receivership into which the death of promoter Tony Cornero plunged the Stardust. The Factor petition will be the subject of a hearing before Judge Ross in Las Vegas Sept. 16. If he approves it, stockholders and creditors then will be given a chance to approve or disapprove. Meanwhile, a Securities and Exchange Commission representative has recommended to the court that it slash by about 60 per cent the total amount of attorneys fees asked in connection with various aspects of the Stardust's financial-legal struggles. CLAIM FENDING The biggest pending claim is for $100,000 part payment to the firms of Foley Brothers of Las Vegas and Quittner, Stutman and Treister of Los Angeles. SEC representative Steve Tucker recommended that request be trimmed to $60,000. Tucker recommended that stockholder B. W. Silver's claim for $31,875 be thrown out entirely. Here are Tucker's recommendations on some other attorney fees: Morse Graves and Compton of Las Vegas, cut from $15,000 to $3300; John S. Halley of Reno and Jerry Rolston of Los Angeles, cut from $15,000 to $3500; George E. Marshall of Las Vegas, cut from $6760 to $1500; Hawkins, Rhodes and Hawkins of Reno, cut from $7500 to $1730; Vargas, Dillon and Bart-lett of Reno, cut from $2946 to S1000; William C. Sanford of Reno, cut from $5468 to $1500; Cantillion and Cantillion and Leonard T. Howard, cut from $17,725 to $4500. Another claim by Reno" attorneys Sanford and Vargas for $100,000 in connection with the work of obtaining the original Stardust group a gambling license still is in the preliminary stages and not yet before the court. The judge took the govern ment's recommendations on the other attorney claims under ad visement. $20,000 .Lost In Lumber Fire Reno and Washoe county firefighters fought flames which caused more than $20,000 in damage to . a lumber yard for more than two hours Tuesday. The noon-time blaze shot flames and smoke high into the air at the Feather River Lumber Co. East Second street. The fire was discovered by yard employe John Metzker. Employes attempted to fight the blaze with hand extinguishers. Fire Chief Karl Evans said the Reno company had flames under control in less than one hour after arrival. The fire destroyed a quantity of trimming lumber, a shed, hundreds of feet of fence and a number of stacks of lumber Manager Cliff Skeckleg estimated the property loss at more than $20,000, but Chief Evans said he doubted if the loss was that great. . Firemen have been unable to determine the cause of the fire. Traffic on East Second street was tied up for almost an hour as firemen laid hoses on the road. County Fireman Kenneth Cunningham was injured when his hand was punctured by a nail as he attempted to move some pieces of lumber. He was treated at Washoe Medical Center and released. Bandit Steals French Poodle An elite bandit broke into the Pet Emporium on South Virginia street Tuesday and carried away two valuable French poodles, a white one and a black one. Operator of the pet store,' Mrs. Claudine Ott, said the pets were valued at $200 each. Just to make sur$, that the pets didn't get away, the bandit took $300 worth of leather and chain leashes and collars. The value of the items was estimated by Mrs. Ott.

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