Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 12, 1976 · Page 1
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Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, February 12, 1976
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2PM STOCKS VOL. 106 NO. 37 " I II.. Mexican jail death caused by poor aid By LAWRENCE WIPPMAN and TOMAS GUILLEN Citizen Staff Writers n, J 001 " medica! treatment at a Nogales, Son., hospital led to the death of a convicted American marijuana smuggler injured in an escape attempt from that city's jail last month according to both American and Mexican officials. Dr. Louis B. Hirsch, Pima County medical examiner who witnessed the autopsy of the body of William H. Williams by Mexican doctors, said the 28-year-old prisoner probably would have lived if he had received proper medical care. Hirsch's view was supported by Frederick H. Sacksteder the U.S. consul general in Hermosillo, Son., who said: "Williams' case was medically botched. In general prisoners who go to the Nogales Municipal Hospital have complained of poor treatment." Jorge E. Castro Quintero, a special Mexican district attorney investigating the death, agreed, saying, "They don't pay enough attention to prisoners. "In reality, they don't make a complete examination" Castro said, adding that the hospital has a double standard leaving prisoners -- both American and Mexican -- with poor treatment while nonprisoners receive better care. Hirsch said he agreed with Mexican doctors who performed an autopsy on Williams, that bronchial pneumonia was the cause of death. But he added the young man should have been able to recover. "I think if he had had proper medical care, the likelihood is he would not have died," Hirsch explained. He said standard medical care would have included longer hospitalization and medication, probably antibiotics. Williams and a second inmate attempted to escape from the jail on the evening of Jan. 18, but both were apprehended early the next morning. In the escape, Williams fell from the 16-foot jail wall, breaking his thigh. After being recaptured, Williams was taken to a hospital and treated, then returned to a jail cell, according to authorities. Jan. 23, five days and one brief hospital visit later, Wil- Hams was found dead by his cellmate. It is not known how long Williams had had the pneumonia but Hirsch said it was likely he got it when he spent the night in an old abandoned car when his fall prevented him from escaping. In an unusual move, Mexican authorities allowed Hirsch to witness the autopsy and permitted him to take tissue samples for further examination here. Hirsch said he is still putting together a written report on his findings. According to Castro, Williams tore off a body cast in his cell after a return from the hospital, where he reportedly interfered with the doctors and nurses treating him. Williams' mother, Louise Fowler, of Tucson, has claimed her son was beaten after his unsuccessful escape attempt. However, neither Hirsch, Sacksteder nor Castro has found any evidence to substantiate the charge. Castro said he is still in the process of gathering information. Inside Action, Please! 17 Bridge 10 AsaBushnell 26 Classified 30-37 Comics 39 Crossword Puzzle 39 Deaths 30 Editorial Pages 26,27 Financial News 28 Focus 17-24 For Better Health 11 Chuck Graham 17 Jumble 39 Ann Landers 27 Regis McAuley 41 Movie Scheule 22 Public Records 16 Richard Salvatierra... .27 DonSchellie 25 Sports 41-46 TV-Radio Schedule 23 Weather 6 Your Stars 20 Help for blind. . . 17 The Tucson Association for the Blind offers assistance to the "newly blind" who find it difficult to relearn daily routines that are necessary for living. Birthrate dips . . . . 14 Pima County's birthrate took a slight drop again last year, but some observers expect it to take off soon because more and more women from a prior baby boom new are entering the childbearing years. SAVINGS BONDS: Rip-off or a good buy? PITTSBURGH (AP) -- "Take Stock in America. 200 years at the same location," boasts the government in promoting U.S. savings bonds. "Greatest rip-off in modern history," charges Milton Friedman, a widely known economist. Buying savings bonds is a way of life for millions of Americans. They hold $68 billion worth of them, or about one-fifth of the national debt. Last year, 9.5 million persons paid an average of $33 a month for bonds through payroll deduction plans at 40,000 businesses. Friedman, a University of Chicago professor, says the interest is consistently eaten up by inflation caused by the same government which pushes bond sales. Current interest is 6 per cent if the bond is held for five years. A bank savings account pays about 5.5 per cent. A $1,000 savings certificate will pay 7.25 per cent if held four years. Friedman said interest on bonds has not kept up with inflation and the original capital put in them buys less today. "To add insult to injury, people must pay income taxes on the false interest," he said. George Sttnson, who will attend 30 savings bonds kickoff dinners across the country the next two months, defended the bonds against Friedman's charges. Stinson is the chairman of the board of National Steel. "From the standpoint of the country and the economy, it's important that government have this means of savings. They give the government a good stable base to build on and also .provide a means ofjceaching the individual saver," fV: said. Baito (Jituen 2PM STOCKS TUCSON, ARIZONA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1976 PAGKS 15 CENTS A peril to inner city? fiTOWt V_X By THOMAS P. LEE Citizen Stall Writer Charging that University of Arizona expansion plans are hampering efforts to revitalize the inner city, County Supervisor Ron Asta and a citizens committee are pressuring the university to freeze its growth and sell vacant land such as parking lots. About a dozen UA area residents have prepared a resolution urging the Arizona Legislature and the Board of Regents to stop UA growth immediately. In the next few weeks, the group will ask the City Council and the Board of Supervisors to conduct public hearings on the matter and then consider endorsing the resolutions. Asta, who lives in the area, said "I'm certain a council majority will support the reso- gr lution." He also is hopeful of county backing of the effort. "The problem is that people who want to live in the inner city are afraid to buy houses near the campus because some day they know they'll have to give them up for the university's expansion," said Lynn Moore, an attorney and a leader in the effort. UA President John P. Schaefer immediately challenged the importance of the group's concerns, saying the university's steady enrollment increase of 1,000 students a year is enough reason for the campus to continue growing. Giving firemen a hand Citizen Pho'.o by John Hernmer Two bystanders (foreground) gave firemen an assist in positioning a hose used to battle yesterday's fire at the unfinished Continental Loma Medical Center complex, 899 N. Wilmot Road. Damage was estimated at $150,000. Firemen believe an electric short may have touched off the blaze. No one was injured. Lights go out -- It's a fire! By DAVID DYKES Citizen Staff Writer Dr. Wayne K. Goodner, a dentist, was filling a patient's tooth yesterday when the lights went out in his office. He soon found out why: A two-alarm fire was raging about 75 feet from his East Side office. Goodner, whose office is part of an unfinished wing of the Continental Loma Medical Center extensively damaged by fire at about 3 p.m. yesterday, escaped safely with his patient, medical assistant and receptionist. Firemen contained the blaze just as it reached his office in the complex at 899 N. Wilmot Road. Firemen suspect an electrical short caused the blaze, which destroyed two-thirds of the wing. Firemen said damage was estimated at $150,000. They said $120,000 damage was done to the wing structure and $30,000 to the contents. Most of the damage was to unoccupied areas of the wing on the west side. However, three adjoining doctors' offices and eight others across a concrete walkway were damaged by window breakage, scorched doors and smoke or water damage. Approximately 75 persons -doctors, patients and em- ployes -- were in nearby offices when the fire erupted. No one was injured. Ten units of the Tucson Fire Department responded and had the fire under control within 10 minutes. "I was working with a patient when the lights went out," recalled Goodner. "I checked the circuit-breakers and when that looked fine, I sent my receptionist outside. "She came back in and said there was a fire in the rear of the building. When I went outside, I saw the last 15 feet of the wing in total names." Witnesses told police they had seen smoke coming from a fuse box shortly before the fire broke out. They said there was no panic and individuals -- many of them carrying patient records, appointment books and ledgers -- left the offices in an orderly fashion. "I looked out and saw a line of fire," said Lorna Hamp, a registered nurse working with Dr. William S. Nevin, an inter- nal specialist whose office is 50 feet across from where the fire started. Firemen said no medical equipment was affected by the fire, since flames were confined lo the unoccupied portions of the wing, which had not yet been covered with fire-retardant material and insulation. The complex is operated by the Commercial Trust Co. of Tucson. It has been open since late November. Many of the physicians said they planned to return to work today. "I'm thankful everyone got out and no one was hurt," said Goodner. He was able to use another doctor's office and finish his patient's tooth after the fire was extinguished. More rain possible The threat Of wet Is with Us yet. --Shea Dzovseattle Yet another surge of tropical moisture has shouldered into Arizona, causing a 20 per cent chance of rain to hang Rain Scoreboard Airport UA Yesterday 13 .03 Year to date 59 .67 Normal to date . . . . 1.02 1.25 Last year to date . .36 .61 around in Tucson through tomorrow. Temperatures will continue mild, from the upper 40s to the upper 60s tomorrow. Deadly day on the job UPI Teleptiolo Albuquerque police say William Murray, who is being led away here by police, killed two men who worked for him in a Shootout at Murray's place of business. One of the victims, William Bowser of Arlington, Tex., lies fatally wounded on t^ sidewalk while a policeman armed wif*A a tommy gun prepares to enter the store where another man, John A. Schulz of Albuquerque, was found dead. Murray, who was wounded in the arm and leg by police gunfire, was charged with murder and aggravated assault on police officers. No reason was given br the shootings. · 1 "These are the same people who will be complaining in a few years that their kids can't enter the university because it hasn't expanded," Schaefer said. Asta drew up the resolution proposing that all vacant land owned by the university adjacent to the campus, including that used for parking lots, be returned by auction or other legal means to the private community for housing and commercial development. The resolution claims that 70 per cent of UA land already is vacant but that present university plans for expansion would destroy more than 1,000 housing units, "Those are good, old houses that are much better than the tract housing that has gone up around the fringe area of Tucson," Asta said. "We have to do something about this now to get the inner city effort moving." Mrs. Moore said, "Those parking spaces are attracting more cars to the inner city and that only gets us deeper into the air pollution problem." Another school? Asta said it is time the state stopped expanding its three campuses and started thinking about a fourth university. "There has to be a limit as to how large a university can be and still do a good job." Mrs. J.D. Belford, a committee member, said the university ha.s alternatives to outward expansion to accommodate more students, including construction of more high- rise buildings. She suggested new structures could be erected on the campus mall. "There's no reason (iiat should be a sacred cow. The city, for example, is trying to reduce use of water on its open spaces," she said. But John B. Trimble, UA physical resources director, said the campus already is too crowded and, in fact, is one of the most densely populated in the nation. According to Trimble's figures, the UA accommodates about 110 students per acre on its 300-acre campus. That compares with half as many at Brigham Young University, only eight students at Michigan State University and only six at Colorado State. Nationally, campuses have about 20 students per acre. The university eight years ago warned surrounding residents their property might be appropriated when it announced an expansion master plan incorporating 530 acres, including its 1968 size of 110 acres. It has since grown lo 300 acres. Numerical limit The practical size limit for UA is seen as between 35,000 and 37,500 students. Its latest enrollment figure is 30,375. Eight years ago, the university had 23,000 students. Schaefer blamed the legislature for uncertainties among UA area homeowners who wonder when their houses will be needed to make way for university expansion. "Our expansion plans have been haphazard at best because the legislature has failed to provide us with any land acquisition funds in the past couple of years," he said. The citizens committee insists the master plan should be abandoned. Asta claimed residents have told him they were not consulted before UA adopted the plan and said, "It's u n f a i r and maybe illegal for them to effectively condemn this area without ever having a public hearing." Mrs. Moore said homeowners find it difficult to sell their houses because of possible future condemnation and those who choose to stay are afraid to make home improvements. The homeowners hope city and county backing for their position would put enough pressure on state officials to halt the UA's outward movement. Failing that, the group has other plans, said Mrs. Moore. Continued page 2

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