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PAGE 2 SECTION A IDAHO STATE JOURNAL POCATELLO, IDAHO.MONDAY,MAY?, 1»77 Where is She? Retired Detective Fears Lynette May be Dead By DAN FLYNN Journal Staff Writer As a city detective and a private citizen, Al Kuta has investigated the disappearnace of his neighbor's daughter for more than two years now, but all the leads have been dead ends. Now, Kuta thinks she is dead. Kuta's search has been for Lynette Culver who left Alameda Junior High School in Pocatello during a lunch break two years age. Her parents have not heard from her since. TEARS ARE IN THE big man's eyes as he says: "In my opinion, as a citizen now, I believe she is dead." But Kuta also thinks there are people around who know what happened to the girl who had long brown hair and blue eyes. "In my opinion, there are at least three people who know what happened to Lynette Culver," Kuta told the Journal. In an interview on the second anniversary of Miss Culver's May 6, 1975 disappearance, Kuta recalled his conversation with one of the people he thinks knows what happened to Lynette. "I TALKED TO ONE GIRL, and it's bugged me ever since," Kuta explained. When he asked the girl about Lynette she said: "She is happy where she is." Kuta asked if Lynette was dead or alive. The girl would not answer. "She lived next door to me, and she was a wholesome kid, real healthy," Kuta said. The former city detective was Lynette Culver's neighbor for many years and ramains a close friend of the family. "I WAS NOT AWARE THAT Lynette Culver was missing until the next day," Kuta said. "It really surprised me because she comes from a real fine family. It still surprises me, because I just could not feature her taking off." The mystery of Lynette Culver's disappearance begins with her home life, which by any standard seems normal. She was the youngest of three children, raised in a middle class Pocatello neighborhood. Her father, Edward "Al" Culver, now of 1607 S. Von Elm is staff supervisor for the audio-visual department at Idaho State University. "SHE WAS A NORMAL KID. She was a little afraid of the dark and perhaps a little shy, but she was normal," Culver said in a Jornal interview one year ago. Lynette was doing well in school and was not under any unusual pressures at home when she vanished. The family relationship was not strained. Kuta's first information in the case was from a bus driver who verified reports that Lynette boarded a bus at Hawthorne Junior High which was bound for Fort Hall. That was in the afternoon on the day she disappeared. "WE GOT NUMEROUS TIPS that she was in the Fort Hall area," Kuta said. "All of those tips were checked out. Nothing. Absolutely nothing." "The last time she was seen was on the reservation." Kuta said. "People are going to resent it, but as an aftermath, you know it was 15 years ago that Vickie Jo Quinn was killed on the reservation. Can you say,'Could this be another Vickie Jo Quinn?' 1 don'tknow if you can; it's just a thought." Vickie Jo Quinn was a 16-year-old Pocatello girl who disappeared after a car ride to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in 1962. Her body was found buried on the reservation after an intensive search. She had Lynette Culver been stabbed 25 times. JOHN DEE LARSEN of Pocatello was convicted in 1964 for the stabbing murder of Vickie Jo Quinn. He was sentenced to life for killing the girl, but the Idaho Pardon and Parole Board later commuted the term. "When I said there were three people, at least three people who know what happened to Lynette Culver," Kuta continued, "the rest of them areafraidto say anything. And they know." The search for Lynette Culver has extended far beyond the reservation, however. "There were numerous tips all over the western part of the country," Kuta said. Pocatello police have followed up leads throughout the western United States and Canada, Kuta indicated. Flyers and pictures were distributed by the hundreds, but nothing ever materialized. "I WOULD LIKE TO SAY there was very good cooperation from the Southeast Idaho law enforcement agencies, including the FBI," Kuta said. "We had very good cooperation from the Fort Hall police and the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs)." "Hundreds of people were talked to," Kuta added. "Some gave us misleading information, which was followed out never the less." With the tears returning to his eyes, Kuta said: "If she had a reason to take off, she certainly would have said, 'Hey Al.' I was on TV and everything else. I told her, 'Lynette, if you are okay, just call me. The phone ain't tapped or anything. Just tell me you're okay.'" In an appeal, Kuta said there is still a standing regard for information about Lynette Culver's whereabouts. ASKED IF HE THINKS the answer to the mystery could still be found on the reservation, Kuta said, "I think so." "Somebody knows. Somebody knows," Kuta stated emphatically. "They can't tell me any differently. She does not just vanish like that." "Her parents have been going through hell," Kuta said. "Especially her mother. I think her mother has aged 20 years." Kuta noted many people have been helpful and cooperative in the investigation, happened--if she's still alive or not." IN THAT INTERVIEW one year ago, Lynette Culver's father said: "The agony is not knowing. We just want to know what pened--if she's still alive or not." That agony continues for the former city detective and neighbor of the Culvers. After 25 years on the job, Kuta retired from the Pocatello Police Department last July. When Kuta left the department, John Perkins, chief of police, said,"We are going to miss his contacts." The police chief said Kuta knew more people on the streets of Pocatello than any other of fleer. Still, even Al Kuta has been unable to unravel the mystery of Lynette Culver's disappearance. The girl was 12 years old when she disappeared from Pocatello two years ago, but Kuta always thought she looked older for her age. She was five feet two or three inches tall, weighed 110 pounds, and had a mole on her lower left cheek, ANYONE WITH INFORMATION should contact the Pocatello Police Department at (208) 232-4311, ext. 205, or Kuta at (208) 2374421. /· 4 · . Det.AI Kuta (Ret.) HARLEY C.LOWE FRANKLIN, Idaho--Barley Cartwrlght Lowe, 55, died Saturday in a Logan hospital after a short illness. He was born Sept. 72, 1921 in Franklin to Robert D. and Olive Cartwright Lowe. He married Gayle Atkinson May 28, 19-14 in Logan, Utah. The marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LOS Temple. He was a mink rancher and a former mayor of the city of Franklin. He served on the Selective Service Board. He served in the South Pacific in World War 11. He Is survived by his wife; two sons and four daughters, Dwight A. of Preston, Jeffrey H. of Franklin, Mrs. Douglas (Kristine) Gamble of Centerville, Utah, Mrs. Dale (Sherida) Cnristensen of Logan, Utah, and Micelle and Trudie, both of Franklin; 10 grandchildren; and three brothers and two sisters, Dennis C., Harold C., Robert Gene, and Mrs. Grace Robinson, all of Franklin, and Mrs. Esther (June) Biggs of Draper, Utah. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Franklin Ward LDS Chapel. Friends may call at Webb mortuary today from 79 p.m. and on Tuesday at the ward chapel for two hours before services. Burial will be in the Franklin cemetery. THOMAS F.THOMAS MALAD-Thomas Franklin Thomas, 78, died Sunday at Oneida County Hospital of a long illness. He was born Oct. 6,1898 at St. John, Idaho to David Stevens and Anna Martina Larson Thomas. He married Maude Irene Jones Nov. 23,1925 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple Feb. 17,1965. He was a farmer, s member of FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles), a member of the LDS Church, and was active in scouting. Survivors include his widow of Malad, two sons and one daughter. Dale J. Thomas of Malad, John J. Thomas of Woods Cross Utah, and Mrs. Dean L. (Mary Lou) Williams of Pocatello; 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; and one brother and one sister, James Thomas of Pocatello and Mrs. Anella Jones of Ogden. Funeral services will be 1 FUNERAL NOTICES BAILEY-Funeral services for Claribel Bolingbroke Bailey, 87, of 654 W. Pine, who died Saturday, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the LDS 16th Ward Chapel at 550 W. Cedar with Bishop Lynn Hall officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Manning Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Mountainview Cemetery. p.m. Wednesday at the St. John LDS Ward Chapel with Bishop Gene Edwards officiating. Friends may call at Benson Funeral Home in Malad Tuesday evening and on Wednesday before services. Burial will be in the St. John. C e m e t e r y . F u n e r a l arrangements are by Benson Funeral Home. ELLEN PEARL GIBSON P R E S T O N - E l l e n Peral Greenhalgh Gibson, 70, died Saturday at the Preston hospital after a short illness. She was born July 19, 1906 in Nephi, Utah to Joseph Hyrum and Pearl Greenhalgh. She married Owen N. Gibson in the Manti LDS Temple Sept. 5, 1928. She was active in the LDS Church, in the Primary a n d R e l i e f S o c i e t y organizations, in Sunday school, and in the Mutual Improvement Association. She was a captain of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Rachel Porter Camp. She was also a 4- H leader and worked with the home extension council. She is survived by her husband; two sons and a daughter, Keith of Placentia, Calif. Teryl of Thousand Oaks, Calif, and Pearl Comstock, of Potlatch, Idaho; 10 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; seven brothers and one sister. Read, Clark, and Stellman, all of Nephi, Utah, Ray of Provo, Utah, Hyrum of Springville, Utah; James of Tacoma, Wash. Heber of San Mateo, Calif, and Mrs. Udall (Jessie) Bailey of West. Jordan, Utah. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Preston Third LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at Webb Mortuary Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday one hour before services. Burial will be in the Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah at 6 p.m. ( P O L I C E LOG ) Two men arrested by Pocatello police over the weekend were arraigned today before Magistrate George R. Phillips, and were returned to the Bannock County Jail under $10,000 bond this morning. Terry Lee Liggins, 25, of 230 W. Chubbuck, No. C-4 was charged with possession of a controlled substance, heroin, with intent to deliver, which Pocatello police claimed to have found Friday afternoon when they searched his apartment with a search warrant. The also claimed to have found quantities of what they believe to be marijuana and amphetamines. Laverne Gene Rogers, 21, Fort Hall, was arraigned today on an escape charge. He is charged with running, from a Bannock County deputy sheriff who was taking him back to jail alter his arraignment on a second- degree burglary charge on April 27. Public defenders were appointed for both men. At least 13 juveniles were arrested Saturday and Sunday for various alleged violations of the Youth Rehabilitation Act by Pocatello police. The charges included curfew violations (10 alleged instances) and illegal possession of beef (two alleged cases). However, a police spokesman said no crackdown on violations is under way; officers had merely encountered an unusual number of violations. Pocatello police also arrested Calvin C. Yupe, 21,1209 Willard, for alleged DW1 after an accident Saturday about 2:45 p.m. They said Yupe collided with a utility pole at the corner of North Arthur at King after traveling at least 150 feet in gravel near the street. He was northbound against traffic on North Arthur at the time. Yupe totaled the 1970 Oldsmobile he was driving, which police said was registered to Golden West Auto Sales, 4046 Yellowstone. The Bannock County Sheriff's Office reported a partially destroyed safe and a cigarette machine, both of which appeared to have been broken into, were found Sunday along Gibson Jack Road. A resident found the safe in her yard about 7:30 p.m., and a passerby reported the cigarette machine near the road about noon. County afficers are attempting to find the owners of the items. Seventeen Hereford cows belonging to William Evans and sons of Downey were killed outright or destroyed by their owners after they were struck by a truck driven by William Phillips, 25, of Inkom, shortly after noon Friday. The accident occurred at Marsh Valley and Hawkins Creek roads. No further information about the accident was available from Idaho State Police today, who reported the accident. In separate incidents, Pocatello police charged Jennifer C. Julian, 19, and Fred Devon Hill, 22, with DWI as a result of different accidents Saturday. According to traffic reports, Hill, 1460 Pershing, failed to yield the right of way to Jacqueline Taylor, 21, 1008 Northgate, and butted the car she was driving with his 1973 Ford at Sherman and 10th about 11:50 p.m. No serious injuries were reported. .M*. Julian, No. 620, Garrison Hall, Idaho State University, allegedly drove her 1976 Toyota into a 1972 Plymouth owned by Rex T. Moore, 62, of 251 Wagner, while attempting a left turn onto Washington from Oak. Moore had been westbound on Oak. There were no serious injuries. Low tonight 38, high tomorrow 62, high yesterday 67, high expected today 73, low this morning «, yesterday's average 57, normal average 53. Precipitation during the past 24 hours, a trace; total for the month, .40 inches; normal total, .36 inches. Sunrise tomorrow, 6:13 a.m., sunset, 8:40 p.m. Record high and low for this date in Pocatello: 85 in 1954,29 in 1933. Poeateflo area forecast: cloudy with showers and thundershowers through Tuesday. Cooler. Snow level near 6,000 ft. tonight. Chance of precipitation: 70 per cent tonight, 50 per cent Tuesday. Extended outlook: Wednesday through Friday: showers at first and then drying by Friday. Highs in the mid-60s, lows in the low 40s. BANNOCK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SORENSON-To Mr. and Mrs. Russel Sofenson, 1813 E. Lander, May 6, a daughter. SPANGLER-To Mr. and Mrs. Larry Spanjgler, 4901 Yellowstone, No. 31, May 6, a daughter. SWALLOW-To Mr. and Mrs. Larry Swallow, 3531 1 Conlin Road, May 6, a son. KORPUS-To Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Korpus, 64A, Star Route, May 6, a son. PACK-To Mr. and Mrs. David Pack, 1817 S. Fairway, May 7, a son. Mayor ofChubbuck Wants Cleaner City CHUBBUCK - Cleaning the City of Chubbuck will be topic of a town meeting Wednesday night at Chubbuck Elementary School. Mayor John 0. Cotant has mailed letters to Chubbuck residents informing them of the 8 p.m. meeting. May has been designated "Clean Up Month" in Chubbuck. "We are hopeful a representative from every family will attend," Cotant wrote. During May, an extra dump truck will follow the city's garbage truck on its weekly route to collect any item which cannot be loaded on the garbage truck. Dump trucks will also be available on Saturdays to haul off unwanted junk. "These items must be at the curb, and you are to be there to help the loading," the major informed Chubbuck citizens. A Chubbuck City Council meeting is also scheduled for p.m. Tuesday at the city's municipal building, 5160 Yellowstone. John A. Holman, Pablo Hernandez, and Kent Parrish are slated to appeal planning and zoning commission decisions. Homan is asking for a conditional use to construct four- plexes on Lucky Avenue. Hernandez will request a variance in zoning to allow placement of a mobile home off Yellowsone. Parrish wants a variance to allow placement of mobile homes on property east of Hiline Road. A public hearing zoning request by Parrish is also planned. In other council matters, Denny Jones will appeal a sewer charge for two businesses in one building. Bill Cottle the Pocatello Industrial Park will request exclusion of a portion of his property. A public hearing for the continued · annexation and zoning of Aztec Park Subdivision will be held. Goodrich Trial Again Postponed by Court The second-degree murder re-trial of Jeanne Goodrich, a former Pocatellan charged in the shooting death of her husband, which had been set to start today In Sixth District Court, has once again been postponed. This is the third postponement of a trial date for Ms. Goodrich who is accused of the Oct. 17, 1973 death of her husband, Brent Goodrich, at the couple's Pocatello home. Ms. Goodrich's attorneys recently filed a motion with the court asking the trial date be continued until they appeal Ms. Goodrich's motion to claim mental disease or defect as a defense to the Idaho Supreme Court. That motion was earlier turned down by Sixth District Court Judge Francis J. Rasmussen. However, no official explanation for the postponement of the trial was available at press time today. No official orders or motions had been received in the district court deputy clerk's office at of 9:30 a.m.--the time set for the trial to begin--and the prosecuting attorney's office refused to comment on the matter. The Idaho Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Ms. Goodrich early last year after she had been convicted of the charge here in May of 1974. The high court agreed that hearsay evidence was admitted to the jury without proper cautions from the trial judge. Airport Master Plan Goes Public May 17 Pocatello's municipal airport commission has scheduled a public review of a master plan of the airport for May Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. in the airport terminal building. The Federal Aviation Administration, meanwhile, has invited written comments on the "airport layout plan," which is a part of the over-all master plan. The master plan, which deals with industrial, agricultural, and recreational use, as well as aviation, for the 3,200-acre airport property eight miles northwest of the city, has been in preparation for nearly a year. It is being done the CH2M-HI11 engineering company of Corvallis, Ore. The airport commission has considered interim phases of the master plan at several meetings in recent months. May 17 public session to consider the complete plan will replace the board's regular May meeting which would have been held this Tuesday night. The FAA has announced it will receive written comments until May 31 on the layout plan which deals with the three runways and navigable airspace. Comments should be sent to: Federal Aviation Administration, FAA Building, King County International Airport, Seattle, Wash., 98108. The proposed layout calls"for at (at some point in the future) lengthening the main runway, "3-21," from its present 9,037-feet to 10,000 feet. The runway Is 150 feet wide and is served by an instrument landing system. It extends a northeasterly-southwesterly direction. Both of the secondary runways would be narrowed from 300 feet to 150 feet. Runway 16-34, the north-south runway, would be shortened to 8,000 feet from its present length of · 8,347 feet. Runway 7-25, which lies east-west at the rear of airport, would be shortened to 7,350 feet from its current 8,249-foot length. Optometrist Wants to Keep His Seat on City School FORUM CALLED OFF A public forum for Pocatello School Board c a n d i d a t e s scheduled Thursday has been cancelled. The meeting was planned to give Pocatelio and Chubbuck citizens a chance to meet and hear the candidates for trustee from zones 3 and 4. The League of Women Voters, sponsor of the meeting, said there are no opposing candidates in Zone 3. In Zone 4, Robert W i n w a r d , who is challenging incumbent Myron Porges, is unable to participate. DR. MYRON PORGES Faces a Challenger Local optometrist Dr. Myron Porges, 61, who will defend his zone four seat on the Pocatello School Board in a May 17 election, claims he has helped tighten student discipline policies during his two years as a trustee. Porges also named an increase in guidance from patrons and continued emphasis on basic skills as major needs still faced by the school district. The doctor will meet Robert Winward in a run-off election next week. Porges cited an interest in youth and the city as reasons for seeking another term, and said he's spent 35 years in various activities geared to helping young people. During his tenure, Porges said, the school board added a district-wide discipline review board to address student conduct problems, and approved new behavior guidelines that detailed how many lapses in conduct would be permitted and what steps could be taken against offenders. "It's not our goal just to be punitive," he explained. The board aims to place dismissed students back in the educational system at a later date, Porges said. The father of four children who graduated from primary and secondary schools here, Porges thinks local schools are doing what they're supposed to do. While allowing that "no trustee can a f f o r d to be satisfied" with the state of the schools, he observed that the district offers its students a solid education on a lower per student expenditure than the state average. Declaring t h a t d i s t r i c t teachers do "an excellent job," Porges expressed his belief that negotiations between school board and teachers have resulted in improvement in pay scales and other benefits for the latter over the past several years. But though he believes that "teachers and the school board have more confidence in each other as years go by," Porges said some items, such as class size, cannot be subjected to bargaining. He explained the board's responsibilities under Idaho lav; and its obligation to taxpayers mean it "has to draw the line" on how much authority teachers can be granted to help run the schools. Porges defended the district against accusations that it wastes patrons' money, by observing the board approved budget cuts totaling $144,000 last year which became effective this fiscal year. "We don't have a lot of fat in this system," Porges concluded, but noted "we are cooperating enthusiastically w i t h the State Board of Education" to determine fuel- and money-saving measures which could be used in Pocatello. Pertinent to the unequalized funding yoke under which local schools suffer, Porges stated, "I'm a firm proponent of statewide equalization of school foundation funds and local property tax relief." He said the board has given support to efforts to remedy the problem, such as the planned PTA l a w s u i t c h a l unequalized funding. Porges lives at 626 S. llttl with his wife of 37 years, Fran.' EDITOR'S NOTE' Details of the May 17 Pocatello School Board election (polling places, voter qualifications, times) will be published later this week, as well as a biographicla sketch of the third school board candidate, incumbent Theron Miller, who is running unop- poses. S e e . . . DELLART FLORAL For Flower* for AII Orcaiionn IrrftCwrttr 232-1440 I '1000°° REWARD! * Jr ·* C For information leading to the arrest ^ C and conviction of the person or persons w * burglarizing 70 Cedars on April 25th. £ * PHONE: 232-2433 * -k Pocatello Police Division T w Thl» offer Is good If the arrest It rnnile wltnin W days 4 +++++++Jf *********** | IDENTAL PRACTICE RELOCATESI DR. J. BRENT BERREY DR. GORDON J.HERZOG DR.JOHNT. MOONEY announce the new location of their offices for the practice of general dentistry at: CEDAR DENTAL PLAZA 333 W. 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