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Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan · Page 9

Lansing, Michigan
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Saturday, May 7, 1960
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THE STATE eJOUMNAIj PLACES TO GO CLASSIFIED ONE HUNDRED-SIXTH YEAR LANSING EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN, SATURDAY, MAY 7, 1960 SECOND SECTION PAGES 9 TO 16 Lobbyist Calls Con- illion Waste GENERAL NEWS FEATURES M Not Guilty Plea Made ForWeinert Grand Lede Publisher Stands Mute on an Extortion Giarge A 50-year-old .Grand Ledge publisher charged with extortion stood mute at his arraignment in circuit court Friday before Judge Sam Street Hughes. Frank Weinert of Grand Ledge, the. defendant, was re leased on $3,000 bond to await trial after a not guilty plea was entered by the court. Lansing and state police have charged that Weinert attempted to obtain $500 by threatening a fund raising drive promoter. The complaining witness, Don ald Augustine of Rolfe, la., told police he received a telephone call threat against his life and the lives of his wife and daugh ter from a man who identified himself as "Joe Baker." WEINERT ARRESTED Augustine said he was directed by the caller to leave $500 in cash in an envelope at a local howling alley. Police arrested Weinert when he called for the envelope. In other arraignments before Judge Hughes. Leland Gardner, 22, of 503 W. Frederick st., stood mute on a charge of larceny from a building. Gardner is charged with theft of a purse containing $50 from a home in East Lansing March 2, while he was working there. He was released on $1,000 bond to await trial. Roy C. Jackson, 17, of 402 N. Howard st., charged with larceny from a dwelling, also stood mute and was returned to jail to await trial. Jackson was charged with theft of a brief case, some trading stamps and other items from a house at 220 N. Howard st. en April 16. MAN PLEADS GUILTY Don Baker, 44. of Mason, pleaded guilty of embezzling $149 from a local paper com pany while he was employed there as a collection agent. Company officials charged that the money was collected but never turned. in to the firm. Baker was returned to jail to await sentence after entering the plea. Robert A. Gilbert. 41, of Kalamazoo, pleaded guilty to auto theft and was returned to jail to await sentence. Police charge that Gilbert took a car from the front of a local tavern May 1, and drove it to Charlotte without permission of the owner. - Bruce Stine, 18, of 115 E. Graham St., pleaded guilty of forg ery involving a $15 check. He stood mute on a second count of uttering and publishing the check. Stine was returned to county jail to await sentence on the forgery charge and to await trial on the second count. James R. Harris, 28, of 171V't W. St. Joseph st., stood mute on a charge of rape involving a 24-year-old mother of three children in her home. The incident took place April 1, according to police. Harris was returned to jail to await trial. Walter Hartley, Jr., 30, of Du-rand, pleaded not guilty of violation of financial responsibility laws and was freed on $500 bond to await trial. Motorists Are Warned Attention of motorists was di rected Saturday to a pair of projects which will affect them on the city's north and south sides. Busy Logan st. bridge will have a contractor on it, starting Monday morning, to prepare it! for resurfacing. Inasmuch as this will restrict the flow of traffic, the city public service department suggested that drivers take other routes. Also, starting at 8 a. m. Monday, the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad crossing on N. Larch st. between Liberty andNorth sts., will be closed five days for track relaying. Creighton Hits Plan As Futile Death Trial Woman, 20, Is Giarjred With Manslaughter in Killing of Child The case of an Okemos woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 18-month-old daughter last September will be brought on for trial in the May term of circuit court. Jack Warren, prosecuting at torney, said psychiatric examinations had shown the defendant. Mrs. Patricia Aleshire, 20, of 2380 Sandhill rd., is mentally competent to stand trial. The woman is charged with striking her infant daughter, Terrie Patricia, in the stomach last Sept. 17. An autopsy -indi cated the child died as a result of injury to the liver. A sanity hearing had been scheduled in circuit court earlier this year but was called off when four different psychiatrists ex amined the woman and said she was not insane. Two Men Named To C. L. U. Posts Two Lansing men have been named to offices in the Michigan State Association of Life Underwriters. John H. Forshar, C. L. U. was elected regional vice president at the association's state convention in Pontiac. and Wayne W. Croxton, C. L. U., was re-elected to a fourth term as secretaxv-treasurer. More Bills Are Signed 3Iost Funds Earmarked. Chiefly for IJoad Construction Reappointed . Five members of the state fair commission were reappointed Friday by Gov. Williams for terms ending in April 1964. Renamed, subject to senate confirmation, were Doris Flint of Perry, Thomas Baker of Cheboygan, Harry Garling of Lake Orion, Eldon C. Rosegart of Drayton Plains and Stanley Powell of Ionia. Gov. Williams Friday signed four more 1960-61 appropriations bills totaling about $334 million The bulk of the money was in earmarked funds, chiefly for road construction. Under the $228,683,132 restricted fund bill, the legislature abandoned a prohibition, in effect for two years, and opened the way for publication once again of official state highway maps on an annual basis. The department expects to have 600,000 maps ready for distribution in July. One of the other bills provided $70,440,548 for public welfare purposes. A third allotted S9,997,314 for regulatory purposes. Both of these amounts are drawn from the debt-ridden general fund. Another big appropriation bill provides S26.288,599 for public safety and defense purposes. Other bills approved: . Raise the salary of most cir cui court stenographers $1,000 a year. Simplifying the procedure for junking an automobile. Require all primary and most fourth class school districts to be registration districts for purposes of deciding bonding, annexation and consolidation questions. Overhaul the state relating to township zoning activities. Eastern Alumni Planning Dance Members of the Eastern High School Alumni association will hold their annual dance June 4 from 9:30 to 1 a. m. at the Civic Center. ' Music will be furnished by Bob Eberhart's orchestra. Plans for the dance were made Thursday night at a committee meeting headed by Lou Curtis, association president. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sherman are honorary chairmen of the class of 1935, which is the honor class of 25 years. Says Present Instrument Is OK, as Modern as 'Atomic Warfare By FRANK HAND (Statt Journal Staff Writer) A constitutional convention would cost Michigan taxpayers conservatively $2.5 million, members of the Rotary club were told Friday at the Hotel Olds. In addition, it would be difficult to estimate the cost of "pouring 50 years of court decisions on constitutionality down the drain." the club was told by J. H. Creighton, lobbyist for the Michigan Manufacturers association. A 1958 statute sets the delegates pay at $1,000 a month with a limit on $7,500. "For 144 delegates, salaries would be $1,080,000 plus the same travel allowance legislators get." he said. "Staffing, printing and stationery would cost $500,000 to $600,-000," he said. I "Another $100,000 would be needed for a voting machine because it would not be feasible to house delegates in the house of representatives because it is too small. The house can handle only 110 delegates, he said. SPECIAL ELECTIONS Even before the convention convened, it would cost an estimated $750,000 for the two statewide special elections to elect delegates. There is an "unofficial assump tion" that the convention would meet in the Lansing Civic Center, Creighton said. "If the decision were mine to tie up any hall in the Civic Auditorium for possibly as long as 7z months, I would not be interested," Creighton said. Creighton called a constitutional convention an exercise in "polemic and forensic futility." Creighton made no attempt to discuss the merits of the various positions taken on the proposed convention. Instead he attacked the behind-the-scenes costs and the problems confronting the calling of such a meeting. He defended the present constitution and called it as "modern as atomic warfare." "Any needed changes in the constitution can be made by amendments," he said. Amendments to the present constitution began at the first election following (its) adoption . . . and at every general election since, and at most April elections amendments have been on the ballot,"" he said. Several states operate with constitutions that are much older than the Michigan document, he told his audience. He noted the federal constitution is 173 years and can be, Set PLAN Pg. 11, Col. 6 Registered Voters Dip Since 1958- Fiffureg Indicate Possible , Increase in Apathy Among Electorate i By GEORGE WEEKS (United Press Internationa) RES A.iA Sens O rcajc'a sa.'efy rest areas a:e planned on more than 700 miles of freeways already open or to be built as part of Michigan's five-year road program. No commercial services will be allowed on the freeways. A motorist services advisory committee to the highway commissioner is currently sluoying type o? com.'o.t and convenience facilities as well as information to be located at rest areas similar to this artisf s sketch. Parking for 50 cars and 20 trucks with deceleration and acceleration lanes for safe entry and exit to the freeway are planned. State's Fr eewav Service Areas Pose Problem Sentences Meted Out Columbus W lute tiven 5 to 10 Years on Kape Giarge ; Charcoal House . . ill Open Mother 's Day 12 NOON to 8 P. M. Take Mom Out on "HER DAY" to Ziegler's A 46-year-old Lansing man, convicted of a rape charge was sentenced to five to 10 years in Jackson prison Friday by Judge Marvin J. Salmon in circuit court Sentenced was Columbus White, 1610 Olds ave., who was convicted in a non-jury trial in the rape assault on a 16-year-old Lansing girl last December. The attack took place in the girl's home. Douglas F. Vanek, 20, of 1082 N. Rosemary ave., was sentenced by Judge Salmon to two and a half to 10 years for his part in the holdup of a local market late last year. Vanek was charged with participation in the robbery of Everybody's Market, 521 S. Washington ave., and was convicted in a jury trial April 11. A second youth who participated pleaded guilty and has since been sentenced. Horace Dothard. 35. of 1406 Albert St., was sentenced to two to five years by Judge Salmon for breaking and entering of an auto and theft of clothing last , November. He was convicted by a inrv nn Anril IS . J - r - - Robert Potter st. , to 14 years on two 'counts forgery and uttering and pub-X lishing of a check. He pleaded 'guilty to the charge last month. X Robert Whitney of Crystal was given two to 15 years in prison X. for violation of probation. A special motorist services ad- new conditions to get the best visory committee appointed by d roost convenient use of free- John C. Mackie, highway com-j .fiite p,ans hav bepn missioner, is wrestling with a veiopcd which call for safety rest million dollar question which areas of about eight acres in size. will directly affect the future of j motorists on aucmgdii a siuuis freeway system. Convenience in using the freeways and how fast needed new roads will be provided are in volved in the study located on the right side of the roadway with special lanes for safe entry and cxiL Paved parking areas for 20 trucks and 50 cars are planned. The motorist services commit- State Police Emphasize Safety While Using Boats The committee is expected to recommend soon what additional facilities Michigan will provide In the interest of sarety and 09- pOI.i;r.c Wnro DroimoH in 1 Q "CO at the rest areas, a long range economy, Michi-1 ClftOIlS CrC UrO"VIieU III lyOJ, immediate qi) gan's new freeways won't have commercial services along the right-of-way and, unlike toll roads, won't have a sen-ice plaza every 30 miles or so for motorists' convenience. However, safety rest areas are planned every 35 to 50 miles on Michigan's new freeway system because both state and federal highway experts recognize they are needed. The question now being decided by the motorist services advisory committee is how elaborate these installations should be. The committee has been told that all-weather comfort facili ties, alone, at 40 rest areas on the more than 700 miles of freeways planned in Michigan's current five-year- road program- would cost more than a half million dollars. COSTS A PROBLEM Maintenance costs and personnel needed to adequately police their operation would cost an additional half million dollars a year. Mackie told the committee that every cent spent on the construction and maintenance of these facilities will be taken from new highway construction. The U. S. bureau of public roads has authorized federal funds for the acquisition of right-of-way for safety rest areas and for their construction exclusive of buildings. Maintenance of the areas will be borne by the state. In 1957. shortly after becoming highway commissioner, Mackie discovered no roadside safety rest areas were being designed into Michigan's freeways then on the drawing boards, even though the bureau of public roads recognized a need for them. He ordered rest areas planned. Three will be opened this summer, all on Interstate 94 (US-12) one for westbound traffic near Marshall, another for westbound traffic near Watervliet and one for eastbound traffic west of Kalamazoo. "Traditionally and logically, services for the traveler have been located next to the traveled way," the commission said. "From the time of post taverns and inns until the advent of the modern motel food, lodging and other facilities needed by the traveler were located within his sight and surveillance from the road. Free enterprise saw to that. CHANGES MADE "Suddenly, on major routes, the congress and highway engineers are changing all of this. In order to provide highways of safe design and to protect their capacity to continue earning traffic volumes in the years ahead, we have eliminated roadside friction. But in so doing, we have removed the availability of services except at controlled points of entry and exit. ."So we are takins'the motor- W. Butts, 17, of 103, ist from his traditional environ- was sentenced to twojment. where services are located within sight of the roadway, and placing him in a new and strange environment breaking with tradition. "The motorist is going to have to adopt 'new driving and planning habits to adjust to these And Another 179 Were Injured Emphasizing that May begins, 57 percent of the total mishaps a hazardous five-month outdoors and for 54 percent of the 'atall;jist about services near inter- indicate there is much ground- period in water sports, the Mich- ties. Wayne county with 42 and igan state police in their first, Oakland county with 21, togeth-annual water safety report, is- er, had nearly a fifth of the sued Saturday, disclosed that ! drownings. Ten counties had no 325 persons were drowned and State elections officials Saturday released registration figures that would reflect an increase 'in voter apathy if taken at face value. Provisional computations indi cate the number of voters regis tered as of April was well below the 3.439,626 registered in April of 1953. "Assuming there are eight million people in Michigan, said Robert M. Montgomery, elections director, "only slightly mors than two-thirds of the eligible voters are registered." Montgomery's report came as leaders of both parties claimed interest was skyrocketing in tha 1950 election. Rep. George W. Sallade flT Ann Arbor), candidate for tha G. O. P. nomination for lieutenant governor, said in a Kalama zoo speech voter interest is at "an all-time peak. Democrats at a state conven- tion in Grand Rapids sought to -whip up enthusiasm in their i crowded races for nomination to -state and national offices. Republicans, who say t b i questions facing! could be the year of showdown the committee are type of non- between liberals and conferva-commercial services to be located itives within their party, will at the safety rest areas, includ- meet in Grand Rapids next weeding comfort facilities, and how end. to get information to the motor- But Montgomery's report could tee named in March, which includes representatives of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, gasoline, resort, telephone, truckers, law enforcement and other highway user interests, is headed by Robert Nisbet of the Automobile Club of Michigan. IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS another 179 injured in 457 water accidents in the state last year. reportable accidents. Of 292 boat operators involved in the 457 accidents, 84 were The report covers the first crowned and another 120 in- full year under the state's water- jured. Forty-two operators and craft safety law which went into effect late in 1958. The law requires that reports on all water accidents involving loss of life, personal injury and property damage be filed with the state police. FATALITIES LISTED The May through September period accounted for 83 percent of the accidents. Included in the 325 drownings were 110 boat operators or pas sengers, 91 swimmers or waders 37 who committed suicide, 39 children who strayed or slipped or fell into the water, and 4f deaths due to various other causes. Fourteen of the state's 83 counties had 10 or more water accident? each, accounting for 60 others in the combined death and injury toll of 504 had been drinking. CAUSES CITED Inland lakes had 48 percent of the accidents and 42 percent of the drownings. Great Lakes waters and connecting rivers had 28 percent of the accidents, 31 percent of the drownings. The principal causes of swimming deaths included: physical failure, 30; non-proficiency, 27; disregard of safety rules, 18; and unfamiliar waters, 15. In boating, operator negligence was blamed for 55 drownings, fires, explosions and equipment failure contributed to 32. and boat upsets because of waves, wakes or weather accounted for 24. changes while he is still on the work to be done before the July freeway itself. Methods cf state police emergency service for motorists who have breakdowns on the freeway system will be discussed by the committee. Members of the committee are: Mr. Nisbet, director of road services of A- A. A.; Joseph Childs.. state police commissioner; John L. Conroy, general marketing manager of Michigan Bell Telephone company; Robert Furlong, executive secretary of the Michigan Tourist council; Otis Hardy, director of motorist services and reports of the state hichway department; Robert Miller, president of Federated Publications: William Palmer. Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan; Gordon Sheehe, director of the traffic safety center at XL S. U.; Jack Stark, general manager of Howard Sober, Inc., representing the Michigan Truckers association and Light B. Yost, of General Motors corporation, representing the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. 1 5 deadline for registering for the supplementing Aug. 2 primary election and the Oct. 10 deadline for registering for the Nov. 8 general election. Montgomery is cautious about placing too much weight in comparison of the 1958 and 1960 April figures. "It could be that the clerks are just eliminating the dead-wood from their files. Montgomery said. "We really don't know at this point." A final tally will not be run until reports are received from 37 tardy local elections officials who were supposed to submit them April 14. Most counties reported a de-rrease. with Genesee high oa the list with a drop of 13237. Kent was reported down 10 000. Saginaw 5,570. Washtenaw 5,900 and Ingham 4.000. Wayne county showed an increase of 17.741. Macomb 6.086. Oakland 1.129, Calhoun 763 and Midland 190. There appears to be no lack of enthusiasm this sear among leaders of minority parties. CHARCOAL HOUSE i BOOM - BOOM - ROOM t Morgan Lane in Frandor IV 9-5506 X t Lease Your lew Car or Truck CORVAIRS - DEL AIRS - IMPALAS All Makes All Models Fro m Bud Kouts Leasing & Rental Co. Contact BILL O'DONNELL, Phone IV 9-6533 Sv Money Tim Beokktepimg nd Tax Record Exptntt Cittlc things do mean a lot. Copyright KMC-1960 stniccto Palmer-Bush Funeral Home 520 East Mount Hope Lansing, Michigan

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