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Monday, September 10, 1956
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A J? 1 -4 .MODOC COUNTY QUEEN', Jane Bucher, sponsored by the Modoc County Fair and the Cedarville Rotary Club will compete at the Washoe County Fair's first "Queen of Queens" contest, the winner of which will be announced on the final afternoon of the fair. The attractive blue eyed blonde is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Bucher of Fort Bidwell, Calif. (Gross photo) Eight Vie for Title Queen of Queens Contest Feature Washoe Fair Eight young ladies, each of whom has won one beauty contest, will compete in the "Queen of Queens" content at the Washoe County Fair. The fair opens Thursday, Sept. 13, and the queens will arrive in Reno on the afternoon of Sept. 15. They will be introduced to the audience for the first time at' the evening performance of the Hilo Hattie Hawaiian Revue on Satur- Murder Case Jurors Chosen Six jurors were tentatively seated this morning in Washoe District Court No. 1 as Serena Burchardt, 23-year-od mother of two, went on trial for the murder of her husband, Robert Burchardt, 44, last March 13. Choosing of the remaining six jurors to hear the case was scheduled to continue at 2 p.m. today in the court of District Judge Grant L. Bowen. The trial is expected to continue throughout the week. Mrs. Burchardt is charged by the state with fatally shooting her husband on the afternoon of March 13 in the Burchardt home on Denslowe drive in northeast Reno. She is being defended by Peter Echeverria and John San chez, with the state's case being presented by William Raggio, Washoe county assistant district attorney. Of seven jurors questioned by the defense and prosecution this morning only one, Mrs. Zella Kreiger, was challenged for cause by Mr. Raggio and excused by Judge Bowen on the grounds of prejudice in favor of Mrs. Burchardt. Peremptory challenges, of course, remain to be exercised by both sides. Jurors tentatively seated were Mrs. Georgina Farr, Mrs. Dorothy Samdahl, Leslie Herron, Glenn C. Johnson, Thomas W. Morton and Mrs. Mary L. Frazzini. Mrs. Burchardt, a slight, attractive young woman, who has been described as a "model prisoner" during her confinement in the county jail since the shooting, was extremely composed as the proceedings opened in which the state will attempt to. prove that she murdered her husband with deliberate intent and preconceived malice. First prospective juror, Mrs. Fai r, was questioned at length by Mr. Echeverria regarding the differences between criminal and civil court procedures, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and the tack of self defense. Mr. Echeverria, the chief prosecution attorney, his line of questioning of prospective jurors indicated, plans to base his fight to acquit Mrs. Burchardt on the basis that she shot her husband to death in self defense, and that she had long been subjected to beatings at his hands before she was driven to shooting him in the head with a .38 caliber revolver. Mr. Raggio centered his questioning of the tentative jurors on (Turn to Page 12, Col. 5) Harmony Group Resumes Meetings Regular meetings of the Reno chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America will be resumed this week. President Maynard Reighly said today. The first Fall meeting of the group will be held Tuesday at 8 p. m. at the home of Lee Hale, 883 Reeves St. All those interested in barbershop harmony are invited to attend. day evening, and on Sunday afternoon, as a feature of the Hoosier Hot Shots vaudeville show, the "Queen of Queens" will be named and crowned. Handsome prizes will be given the winner and all of the contestant's will receive mementos of their trip to the fourth annual fair at Reno. Here are the names and addresses of the contestants in the "Queen of Queens" contest: Beth Boyd, 18. Elko . Jane A. Bucher, 16, Cedarville, Calif. Jean Chandler, 16, Yerington. Diana L. Christie, 18.- Susan-ille. Krestine Dickinson. 19, Reno. Janice B. Eason, 18. Tonopah. Anne Johns, 18, Quincy. Pat Martin. 20. Carson. Bill Luce is the chairman of the "Queen of Queens" contest committee. The names of the judges are not being announced at this time. The candidates will meet the judges Saturday evening, breakfast with them Sunday morning, and lunch with them shortly before the winner is announced as a feature of Sunday afternoon's all-star show which starts at one o'clock in front of the grandstand at the fair grounds. Reno Defectives Solve Burglary It took Reno Det. Sgts. Ray Ca-vallo and Frank Garske but one hour and 29 minutes Sunday morning to solve the case of the Sutro motel burglary. At 2:49 a. m., the motel's manager, Joseph Thomas, 38, who lived at the motel with his wife, called police headquarters and reported the office had been entered and ransacked and the safe looted. Cavallo and Garske went to the motel at 1200 E. Fourth St. and met Thomas. He showed them the ransacked room, the open safe and the broken screen in the window. The safe, a foot-square box, had been unbolted from the floor and opened with the use of the combination. The numbers to the lock had been pasted to the bottom of the box. The room had been torn apart. A window screen had been cut, presumably by the burglar. But, the detectives reported, the cut screen wires were bent outward, not inward, the dust on the outside sill had not been disturbed and telltale footprints were missing from the ground outside the window. In the trunk of Thomas' car, the detectives found S1165. Thomas admitted driving from the motel at 10 o'clock the night before, leaving his wife downtown and returning to pull the job. He said he threw over $700 in travelers and personal checks out his car window on Ralston between First and Second streets. The detectives recovered the checks and returned them to the motel owner, Sidney Leggett. Thomas told the detectives he had once served time in Calififor-nia on a bad check charge. At 4:20 a.m., he was booked at the city jaiL Leggett said he signed an embezzlement complaint. Forced Off Road An oncoming car forced him off Sun Valley Drive Saturday night, Larry Coffman, 277 Vassar St., told Washoe county sheriff's deputies. Coffman said he was driving at about 35 miles an hour when lie had to turn through a barbed wire fence and into a ditch to avoid a collision. He said he was uninjured and that damage to his car was limited to a broken headlight and scratched side. RE PHONE FA 3-3161 Young Requests Earlier Study Of Navy Range Contends Delay Adversely Affects National Defense Renewal of the request that the department of defense resurvey the Tonopah gunnery range "just as soon as possible" has been made by Rep. Cliff Young, his of fice revealed today. "Nevada people, particularly those immediately affected by the navy's program to achieve proper aerial gunnery training, are en titled to an early and proper deci sion based on facts," Young said. "It has been stated that the decision should be avoided until after the general elections. BURDEN OF FEAR "This fear to have the situation properly examined is a burden on those in the northern Nevada areas who are unable to make any plans until a final program is evolved. "I am also concerned, of course, with the adverse affect a delay in the decision would have on national defense," the congressman asserted. Young also commented on statements that the matter had become a political issue. "I was extremely sorry to see this. But it makes it even more important to Nevadans that they have the facts." HOPE REMOTE Young has recently indicated his "strong hope that use of the Tonopah range would be possible, but I would be less than frank if I did not say I felt the additional cost, time delay, and conflicting use by the Atomic Energy Commission and the Air Force would make it extremely remote." The Nevada congressman brought a navy team to the state early last Spring for an on-site survey of the Nevada ranges. Several subsequent studies of the Tonopah area have been made by navy engineers. "Time spent in attempting to delay a show-down would have been more profitably used in working out better protection for the ranchers, miners, and sports men affected." HEAVY CLOUD COVER KEEPS RENO WARM Churning nighttime wind held a blanket of clouds over Reno and caused a low temperature of only 64 degrees, Sunday night. Sunday's high temperature was a cool 80 degrees, but the cloud layer held the heat close to the ground and prevented the usual sharp cooling off after sundown. The clouds will be on hand tonight, too, and through most of Tuesday. Some light rain is expected here from the gloomy skies. The mercury should mount to only about 8'J today, the weatherman said, but more comfortable weather, is expected tonight with & low of about 45. Three Nevada towns reported slight amounts of rain in the last 24 hours, the first to fall at any weather stations in the state in several -weeks. Parade Planned Wednesday Horseless Carriage Tour To Start Four Day Event One of the gala events of the Fourth Biennial Reno Tour of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will be the parade of ancient vehicles which will chug through the streets of downtown Reno next Wednesday morning starting at 11:00 o'clock. Always a highlight, tour officials have stated no less than 123 of the brass-bedecked, perfectly restored v ehicles will be included. DRIVE TO LAKE TAIIOE The carriage parade will form on lateral streets near State and Mill streets for the drive through the business section. This will be the start of the actual tour which will then see the cars motor to Lake Tahoe, then down to Carson Valley and Genoa and finally back to Reno Friday afternoon. From the vicinity of State and Mill streets, the cars will go north on Center street to Commercial row, west on Commercial row to Virginia street and south on Virginia street. Jerry Monoghan, parade marshal, has announced that Car No. 1, a 1910 Haynes. will be driven by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Volpi. Mr. Volpi is president of the Nevada Horseless Carriage group. In the second car, a 1909 Royal Tourist, will be Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Clymer. Mr. Clymer, a well known automotive authority, is the national president of the Horseless Carriage Club of Amer ica. JAZZ BAND PLAYS Well known to Reno. Car No. 3 will be manned by the Fire House Five Plus Two. a Dixieland band jazz group, which win entertain the carriage enthusiasts throughout the tour. Their chariot is an American-LaFrance fire engine, NO EVENING ,' s 'mQI I : . pf w f f c4J . jHV . . ;i r 1 1 - f rvst . j, , if a r ,vAf"r ii if r '? , If I ' J & ' Ax r"-S smmm- LARGE AND SMALL are this great Dane, the property of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Berry, and toy poodle, owned by Mrs. W. M. Cummings. Both will be seen at the eighth annual show of the Reno Kennel Club at Moana Park, Sept. 23. Dogdom Elite Readied for Show in Reno The elite of dogdom, more than 300 of them, will be exhibited at the eighth annual Reno Kennel Club dog show to be held Sept. 23 at Moana Park. From 9 ajn. until 9 p.m. the judges will be at work judging the six group,s, consisting of 64 different breeds of dogs, and selecting both the "best dog" of the show and the "best dog" exhibit ed by local owners. Utah, Oregon,. Idaho, and Cali fornia are sending their finest dogs to the Reno show, which is held under American Kennel Club rules, and has been certified by the American Kennel Club. Any state in division No. 4, A.K.C., may enter dogs in the Reno show, which is not benched. Reno business and professional men have given elaborate and valuable prizes, both in cash and trophies, to the contestants, and there has been increasingly great interest in the show manifested throughout the west, according to II. Edgar Walton, president of the Reno Kennel Club. Besides Mr. Walton, the officers of the Reno Kennel Club are Dean Preston, vice - president; Mrs. Helen Busby, secretary; Al Peterson, treasurer. In addition the board of directors has the following members: Mrs. Ella Edwards, Mrs. Rozella Cummings, Mrs. Alicia Beck, and Robert Allen. One of the best known judges in the world, and one of the three men licensed to judge all breeds and obedience trials, Derek G. Rayne, of Carmel Calif, has assured the Reno Kennel Club he will be on hand for the show. once the property of the Reno Fire Department and now owned by William Harrah of Reno. Included in the parade will be Wayne Martin, of Reno, secretary of the Nevada group, and Mrs. Martin, in a 1913 Fiat roadster and Mr. and Mrs. William Hanson will drive a 1912 Pope-Hartford. Mr. Hanson is the Nevada treasurer. There will be 125 horseless carriages in the parade, all of 1915 vintage or prior and all perfectly restored. ON DISPLAV HERE The cars will again be on display on Reno streets after 6 p .m. Friday, when the tour returns to Reno. Entries in the Reno tour will be on hand from California, Washington. Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Massachusetts and Nevada. The tour participants will also be garbed in authentic costumes of the period, with prizes to be awarded for the outstanding entrants. The Reno tour this year has attracted nation-wide attention and will be covered by -ews services, television, rotogravure section writers and several west coast newspapers. Entries will start arriving in Reno Tuesday afternoon and will register at the Harrah's Club garage at Lake and Second streets. Here cars will be unloaded and will then,be driven to designated parking spaces in the downtown area public display. Sam DeBolt, tour chairman, has announced the gas and oil for the horseless carriages on tour will be provided through the courtesy of General Petroleum Corporation. KENO, NEVADA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1956 Five Are Dead In Series of Auto Accidents Reno Woman Dies In Car Upset Near Coleville A Reno woman died in an auto mobile crash at Coleville, Calif, on Saturday and four out-of-state people were killed in highway ac cidents in and near Nevada over the weekend. First of the weekend's dead was Mrs. Don Walker of 2293 S. Vir ginia St.. Reno, who died when thrown from her husband's car as it left the highway about 14 miles south of Colev ille, Saturday afternoon. LANDS IS STKKAM California highway patrol officials who investigated the crash said the Walker car landed in a stream near the road. Mrs Walker was killed instantly. Her husband suffered minor injuries and was treated in Coleville and released from the hospital shortly afterward. The couple was apparently traveling south from Reno on a vacation trip at the time of the accident. Mrs. Walker, a Reno resident for about a year, had been em ployed by the U. S. Director of Internal Revenue here. She is survived by her husband; a son. Lee Raymore of Tacoma, Wash.; and a sister, Mrs. Esther Falk of.Tacoma. Funeral services, to which friends are invited, will be held in the Sierra Chapel of the Walton funeral home, Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Ret. John T. Ledger officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View cemetery. A spectacular accident south of Carson Sunday killed a San Fran cisco man, injured two other San Franciscans and Hterally shattered a plastic - bodied sports car, The driv er of a second sports car was uninjured after tearing through a field for 236 feet to escape the collision. Killed was Paul Thater, 27, driver of the plastic-bodied Muntz Jet sports car that was ripped apart in a head-on crash with a convertible near the Minden Gardnerville turnoff on Highway 393. Traveling at high speed. Thater pulled around a pickup truck, swiped it, and then met the convertible. Thater's car was demolished killing him instantly. Injured were the occupants of the convertible, John Kontis, 23, and Rus sell Hoburg, 18. Both are report ed doing well at Carson Tahoe hospital. The Muntz Jet, no longer a pro duction car, once set a sports car speed record at 142 miles an hour. Owner of the Muntz Jet, G. D. Barios. 42, of San Francisco, was following Thater at the time of the crash. Barios. driving a Ford Thunderbird, swerved through a roadside fence and continued 200 yards into a field to escape the collision. He was unhurt as was his passenger, Eddie Gunther of San Francisco. Driver of the pickup truck was Howard Dinsmore, 49, of Coleville, who was not injured although his truck was badly damaged. The injured men were treated at Carson-Tahoe Hospital. Thater's body was taken to the Capital City Mortuary in Carson. Three servicemen from King man, Ariz., died in a one-car accident 15 miles south of Boulder City, Saturday. Two died instantly and the third shortly afterward at Boulder City Hospital. Names of - the victims were withheld pending notification of next of kin, but two were report ed stationed with the 659th air craft control and warning squadron at Kingman. The third was visiting in Kingman. Hotel Petition Wins Approval The creditors' petition seeking reorganization of the huge, un finished Stardust hotel in Las Vegas has been approved by Federal Judge John R. Ross. No date has been set, however, for presentation of the proposed reorganization plan to the court under terms of the federal bankruptcy act. Approval of the petition was opposed by Stardust President Louis C. Stralla, brother of the late Tony Cornero Stralla, former California gambling boat operator who promoted the hotel. Creditors seeking reorganization contended there isn't enough capital on hand to complete the hotel, but Stralla denied this. Judge Ross ordered an audit of the corporation's books and approved issuance of some $30,-000 worth of certificates .of indebtedness to protect the property pending further court actions. Paul McDcrmott. former Las Vegas member of the state tax commission, is trustee of the hotel under the court proceedings. GAZ Seeks Decision In Waldorf Case Supreme Court Urged to Take Early Action on Club Appeal Contending that court orders which allow gambling operations to continue after they are ordered closed by the state gaming control agencies are interfering with effective policing of the industry, the state tax commission has asked the Nevada supreme court to make an early decision in the Waldorf club gaming case. The Waldorf club license was revoked by the state tax commission in August on testimony that dealers in the club were cheating The casino management, however, obtained from Judge A. J. Maestretti a restraining order against enforcement of the revocation, pending court hearings on the matter. DECISION APPEALED The decision granting the restraining order has been appealed to the supreme court by tax commission counsel. Tax commission attorneys, in a 68-page brief filed with the supreme court, argued that gambling should not be continued while the courts are reviewing tax commission action. "No privilege exists in the state of Nevada to cheat the public invited into the state for the purpose of recreation and gambling," the brief states. Findings by an expert administrative body that cheating did exist is sufficient to warrant closing of the operation, pending review or test of constitutionality, it continues. The brief also stated that gamblers of the state now feel, consciously or unconsciously, that the police powers of state agencies regulating gambling can be effectively stymied by the use of the restraining order. TWO PEN DING Thus far two cases are pending before the supreme court. In addition to the Waldorf club case, the tax commission has appealed to the supreme court a district court decision granting an injunction to operators of the Thunderbird hotel in Las Vegas. The Thunderbird operators contended successfully in the Clark district court that a tax commission order revoking the licenses of Marion Hicks and Clifford Jones on grounds they had harbored hidden interests in the ca sino opejation was arbitrary and capricious. The tax commission ordered Jones and Hicks to dispose of their share in the casino operation or that the gambling be closed. The tax commission has appealed granting of an injunction to the Thunderbird operators by District Judge Merwyn S. Brown of Winnemucca to the supreme court. In the Waldorf case the commission attorneys argued "that it is of great public importance and concern that a judicial declaration be immediately rendered that as a matter of law and as a matter of practical consideration the orders made by the duly authorized administrative agency can only be subject to review upon a proper use of a writ of certiorari or by some other means provided by the legislature and not by the use of injunctive pro cess. QUESTION POSED In the alternative, the brief contends, "the Waldorf club may go on cheating and thieving without any interference by the state bodies responsible under the law to police them. To be practical again, could this restraining ban be put upon our police department and permit havoc to reign?" The tax commission attorneys declared that "This court must find a new category in law for the sharper. He cannot be dealt with as he was in the early days in this state." Attorneys for the tax commis sion, headed by E. Frandsen Loomis, special counsel, are anxious to have a decision in the Waldorf case before the 1957 session of the Nevada legislature. Arguments in the Waldorf case have been set tentatively for Oct. 21. Francis Breen of Reno, attor ney for the Waldorf club, is to file an answering brief, to be followed by another on behalf of the tax commission before the arguments are heard. Breen attacked the commission order revoking the Waldorf license on the ground that the gambling control act and procedures followed by the commission are unconstitutional. Howard McKissick and Charles Springer assisted Loomis in preparation of the tax commission arguments. Reno Resident Ten Years Dies John Wesley Patterson, a Reno resident for ten years, died at his home at 451 a Chestnut St today. He was 67. A retired oil driller, he had been employed here as a dishwasher and was a member of the Culinary Workers ' Union Local No. 45. He was a native of Kansas. Mr. Patterson is survived by his widow , Mrs. Naoma Patterson of Reno. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Ross-Burke Co. ETTE PAGE ELEVEN Danny Sullivan Reno Gambling Owner Is Dead Danny Sullivan, 67, co-owner of the Nevada club, and the operator of gambling houses in Michigan before moving to Reno 11 years ago, died Sunday in a local hospital. His physician said Mr. Sullivan had been ill for sometime with kidney and heart ailments. He has been under nursing care, but he had made daily visits to the Nevada club, a dowtown casino he owned with Lincoln Fitzgerald. Mr. Sullivan entered the hospital Saturday night. DETROIT OPERATION Before the partners moved to Reno in 194o, they operated a swank gambling establishment in Macomb county, Mich., outside Detroit. Shortly after they opened their Nevada operation, Sullivan and Fitzgerald were indicted by Michigan's one-man grand jury on charges of corrupting and bribing state officials in a gambling con spiracy. Then Gov. Vail Pittman refused to order the partners extradited on the charge, however, stating he believed the famed one-man grand jury was unconstitutional. Both later were reindicted by a full grand jury and Governor Pitt man ordered them returned to Michigan. Mr. Sullivan and Fitz gerald fought extradition for three vears, but finally surrendered to Macomb county officials in 1948. They pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to maintain and operate a gambling resort, paying fines and court costs totalling $52,000. CHARGE DENIED Both denied the bribery charge. Mr. Sullivan's partner, Fitz gerald, was the victim in 1949 of a would-be assassin, who blasted him with a shotgun as he opened the garage door at his home in southwest Reno. Although critically injured. Fitzgerald recovered, and he took up residence in a guarded apartment above the gambling club. The shooting was never solved. Mr. Sullivan was a native of St, Louis. Mo. Rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock in the Walton Funeral home. The body will be accom panied to St. Louis for final mass and burial. He is survived by his widow. Mrs. Marie Sullivan of Reno; a daughter, Mrs. Jacqueline Sullivan, also of Reno, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Shay of East St. Louis, III. He also leaves two grandsons. Leonard and George Sulliv an, and a nephew, Edward Beatty, all of Reno. Young Cycle Rider Hurt A 7-year-old bicycle rider was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when he drove his wheel between two parked cars into the path of a motorist. Rory Miller, 1700 Westfield Ave., was taken to the Washoe Medical Center with a fractured skull. His condition was listed by nurses as serious. Patrolman Clarence Wesley, jr., said the driver of the car, Edward M. Beesley, 41, 2338 Westfield Ave., a math teacher, told him Rory drove his bicycle in front of his station wagon before he could stop. The accident occurred on Westfield near Booth street. Pearl M. Sweet Of Cedarville Dies Mrs. Pearl M. Sweet of Cedarville, Calif., died at a Reno hospital today. She was 43. A native of Sweetwater, Nev., she operated a hotel in Cedarville with her husband. Willard R. Sweet. In addition to her husband, she is. survived by a son, Raymond Sweet; two daughters, Marion and Marguerite Sweet; her par ents, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Semi- nario; and a brother, Mitchell Seminario, all of Cedarville. Funeral arrangements which are incomplete will be announced by the Walton funeral home. Flood Control, Roads Topic For Directors Reno Chamber To Study Two Local Problems Two of Peno's most pressing problems, flood control and highway traffic, will occupy the Reno chamber of commerce board of directors during its regular luncheon meeting at the Mapes HoteL Tuesday noon. Hood control for the Truckee River channel through Peno will be outlined by Col. Edward L Pine who directed flood control operations here in the Christmas, 1955 flood. J3-ITEM REPORT Pine said today he will present a 13-item report to chamber directors listing his recommendations for work along the river channel. Clearing of debris and widening of the channel are primary items. Pine said. Protection is needed under the Lake Street and Sierra Street bridges to prevent debris from jamming up. Also needed are removable handrails on the Sierra Street bridge similar to those now installed on the Lake Street bridge. Major source of trouble at present, Pine contends, is the narrowing of the river channel at Wells Avenue and - at Locust Street. Earth and other debris have cut river width nearly in half at the Wells underpass and bridge, and earth fill used to reclaim land has substantially cut the channel's breadth at Locust Street. Deepening and widening operations are needed on the channel from E. Second Street to Wells Avenue, and from Wells to Kietz-ke Lane, Pine said. Some of Wingf ield Parks should be removed in an attempt to straighten the channel at that pointy and the river bed should be deepened right through the heart of the downtown area. Pine will also recommend building of a concrete wall for diversion of the Cochran ditch that runs along Island avenue past Trinity Episcopal church and the Hermann and Wilson automobile agency. Dikes are needed around the Reno sewage disposal plant to prevent its being knocked out by flood waters as was the case- in the 1950 and 1955 floods, Pine said. t Also of major importance is a specific plan for protection of the downtown area should a flood occur. Pine said he will ask for establishment of a system of filling and placing sand bags in the event that large numbers of manual labor might not be available as $i the past. Robert Guinn, secretary of the chamber's highway committee, will present committee recommendations for local highway improvement. The committee's aim is to prepare a master plan of needed street and highway development for the Reno-Sparks area. The directors will be asked to act on the committee's findings in order to dev elop a long-range plan for presentation to the state high way board on Sept. 17. Up for consideration are location of the proposed freeway, an alternate through route between Reno and Sparks, improvements of High way 395 to Stead Air Force base and extension of Kietzke Lane from Highway 395 to Second street. Armed Robbery At Gas Station Nineteen-year-old Ronald E. Warren, 2635 W. Plumb Lane, a gasoline station attendant, faced his first armed robbery early Sunday morning. And, for this baptism, he received somewhat of a unique approach. Warren was on duty at the Standard station at Airport road and Virginia street when a car pulled in and the driver complained of clutch pedal trouble. Warren stuck his head under the car's dash board to examine the faulty clutch. He faced, instead, a pistol held in the hand of the car's passenger. Warren said he was forced to lie on the floor of the car and hand over his wallet and the keys to the cash box. After the driver rifled the cash box and his companion admonished him to wipe all traces of fingerprints from the metal -Warren was forced a small store room and encouraged to re main lest "we blow your head off." Warren said he obliged "because I'm not the hero type." The men got away with $140. One was described as middle-aged, with black hair flecked with grey. and who appeared sleepy. The other was younger about 2o-years-old and was thin. The men left in a 1949 pea- green Ford with California license plates. Items Stolen Theft of about ?13 -worth of miscellaneous items from hw home at Black Springs was rc-Dorted to Washoe county sherjff deputies Saturday by Harold Mc Ginn Ls. McGinnis said a betUpread, cutlery, a couch cover, a mason s level and several small electrical items were taken.

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