Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 10, 1976 · Page 28
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PAGE 30 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N · TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1976 City policemen will train 2 nabbed 60 civilians as reserves The Tucson Police Department has received the go- ahead to recruit and train 60 civilian volunteers as reserve officers. The new program, approved last night by the City Council, was labeled an economy measure. Us intent, said City Manager Joel D. Valdez, is "to add manpower at the lowest possible cost." The cost of starting the program will be $19,276, while fiscal year costs for 1976-77 should be $42,738, Valdez told the council. Included in the annual cost is $25,625 in wages and fringe benefits for the police sergeant who would be reserve liaison officer. The Tucson Police Department is among the last major law enforcement agencies in the state to begin such a program. Pima and Maricopa HARLOWS FLOWER SHOP 5620 EAST PIMA 298-3303 610 W. PRINCE RD. 887-5000 county sheriff's departments and Phoenix and South Tucson police departments already have it. The reserve volunteers will undergo 280 hours of training weeknights and weekends. They must be 21 years old and meet the same minimum education and physical standards as regular police recruits. Tucson Police Maj. Francis R. Kessler said the reserves, after training, will have the same power of arrest as police officers and will carry guns on duty. The only differences are that reserves won't be paid and cannot carry guns or engage in other police functions while off duty, Kessler said. Kessler said the department does not intend to use the reservists to fill in if policemen were to strike again. "I know of no place any- FTD HOWER5Und G I F T S 5637 E. Speadway 296-23S3 where in the country where they have put reserve officers in the field during a strike," he said. "That would put those men (the reserves) in an untenable position with the officers w i t h whom they would have to ride when the strike ended." The first 30 recruits will begin training April 1 and should receive their commissions in September. At that time, the second group will begin training, Valdez said. 2nd bird kill effort slated FRANKFORT, Ky. (DPI) _ A second attempt will be made to kill millions of blackbirds roosting near Russellville late this week or over the weekend, says an official of the State Department of Agriculture. "We didn't get the kill we wanted last Thursday night," Coburb Gayle, director of pest and noxious weed control, said. "We hope to get back down there and if our new supplies of PA-14 (Tergitol) come in, we may be able to spray again by the weekend." SEE US FOR YOUR $ LOVE BUNDLE BOUQUETS HAL BURNS Experienced Artists 3600 E. SPEEDWAY BLVD. Phone: 325-2634 after holdup Two men have been jailed here on suspicion of armed robbery after a $40 holdup at Crown Liquors, 316 E. Grant Road. Police arrested Alvin J. Battiste, 45, of 2217 N. Flores St. and Jerry L. Williams,-21, of 192 W. Prince Road a short time after the store was held up at 10:41 p.m. yesterday. Douglas Turi, a clerk in the store, said two men, armed and wearing stocking masks, entered the establishment and ordered him to put the store receipts in a brown paper bag. As the pair fled through a rear exit, Turi said, he followed them to try and get the license plate number of their car. He said one of the men fired a shotgun at him. Turi managed to get the license number, called police and the car was spotted minutes later, officers said, at Battiste's residence. The auto is registered to Battiste, officers said. Both men are being held on suspicion of armed robbery, suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and suspicion of violation of the federal firearms law. Additionally, Battiste is accused of unlawful possession of marijuana. Tom Inglis FLOWERS 2362 E. 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Although city officials have embarked on a program to thin out water- hungry palm trees and grass and substitute natural desert vegetation, this thoroughfare may remain unchanged for two years because other street medians have priority in the changeover. WWI soldier gets his medals Send your FTD Flmenra from For Ord*r [Mi«*mi Ph. 795-3200 3731 So. 12* Av«. » 3 3 4 8 E . SpMdwoy · 2055 E IJrhSt. Casas Adobes Flowers 7057 N. Or«d« Rd, Call 297-1165 McCULLOUGH FLOWER SHOP WIIMOT PUZA SNorrmt CENTER 6345 I. BROADWAY PHONE 293-1847 GUTHRIE, Okla. (UPI) Walter Gimbell was wounded Oct. 24, 1918, while serving with the U.S. Army in France. Now, 57 years later, he finally has received the Purple Heart and his other decorations, including the combat medal with bars and campaign ribbons. Gimbell was sent back to the United States because of his wound while his outfit -Company D, 357th Infantry, 90th Division -- went on to serve in occupied Germany. Gimbell's records stayed with the unit. Attempts by Gimbell to acquire his decorations and back pay were unsuccessful and at one point he was told the statute of limitations on claiming them had expired. He recently decided to try again after hearing another World War I veteran had finally gotten his medals. This time Gimbell contacted Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Ok!a. The medals arrived in the mail recently. Gimbell said his next project would be an attempt to get his back pay. His last Army payday was in August 1918, two months before he was wounded and five months before he was discharged at Camp Pike. New Times accused of libel Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Peter Pershing is seeking $5.1 million in damages from a newspaper that allegedly libeled him by calling him "trigger happy," "over-zealous" and a "junkie." Pershing, who was absolved of blame in the shooting deaths of two men while he was on duty, contends in a Superior Court lawsuit filed yesterday that he was libeled in the Nov. 6, 1974, issue of the Phoenix-based "New Times." Pershing was a Tucson Police Department officer at the time. In addition to New Times Inc. (which stopped Tucson circulation of what it called the "alternative" weekly last August) the suit names as defendants publisher Jim Larkins, associate publisher Randy Holdridge, editor Daniel Ben-Horin, reporter Ron Shelton, artist Elzie Golden, and a corporate-affiliate of New Times, Dwight-Kharma Broadcasting Co. Inc. The suit charges that the article "Unmasking the Killer Narc" was "calculated to cause great injury to the plaintiff's reputation in that it stated that Peter Pershing was an unfit narcotics agent, a murderer, and a general menace to society." t 6.-OOp.m.!

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