The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 4, 1971 · Page 1
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The Hutchinson News tOOfh Year No. 93 12 Pages Monday Evening, Octobtr 4,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 Prico 10c The Drug You Drink - 9 Drunk Tank Doesn't Help By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor About. ;i third of all persons arrested, ;ind about half of all those in jail in Urn U.S., have committed no crime other than being drunk in public view. "II. is sale | () say that. Ill) per cent all the police trouble in Kansas is directly traceable to alcohol. Some say it. is much higher than that, hut, 110 per cent, is a .sale figure," said I'Yed Goodgion, who manages a new program for the Services for Alcohol Related Problems in Topeka. It has been wcll-publiei/ed that, a hard-booked heroin addict, has to steal about. .$2!>,<)(H) in cash or $100,000 in goods a year to maintain his habit, Hut Goodgion thinks taxpayers .should take a long look nt what it costs the U.S. in crime to maintain an alcohol habit. "Think of all the robberies, ra|>e.s, murders and you-namc- it, that, have been done under the influence of alcohol. What kind of effect does that, have on a country's economy?," Goodgion said. The cost, of crime created by alcohol has not been publicized, Goodgion said, and "maybe it's because it. is so sta tiering." $<;'/[• Million Annually Some spokesmen say alcoholism and social drinking combined may industry as much as $*>»/u billion a year. "Slop to think how much it costs us in delinquency, in broken homes, in accidents ~ it could go on and on." said (Joodgion, who does not believe prohibition is the answer. The answer, he feels, is education. His job is to work with the entire judicial and law enforcement system in Shawnee County to seek aid for the drinking defendant. alcoholic offender Miller Displays Raid Haul "Our effort is to see if we can Ret I he out, of jail. Jails don't, help the alcoholic, and they don't, seem to be helping society help the alcoholic," (Joodgion said. It is his hope that the Topeka program will spread to other communities around the stale, and that alcoholism specialists will become a part of the courts' answers to alcoholism, acting as parole and probation adviser. And educating law enforcement to lake "a more realistic; view" of alcohol. Early studies show Goodgion's effort, has cut recidivism for alcohol related crimes by ft() per cent, he says, "Preferential treatment is one of our greatest mistakes. The law is the law, and letting one man off because he is who he is will destroy him," (Joodgion said. "Throwing the poor or the middle class drunk into jail usually makes matters worse, .lail time and fines arc totally ineffectual. The drinker will just figure out a way to slay out of jail next time. Education is the key, and they can't get an education in a jailhouso," Goodgion said. Drinking Welfare Clients Goodgion believes that many welfare clients have earned their reputation as drinkers, and much of that reputation has come from policemen who have arrested them. "We don't stop to think that it was perhaps alcohol that got. them on welfare in the first place — that, they drink not because they are on welfare, but, that they got on welfare be cause they drink," he said. R. IF., a successful businessman and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, is violenly opposed to jail time for alcoholics. He was prepared to take his own life if he went to Jnil. "I mentally got ready, and I'm sure I would have done it," he says. II. II. didn't suffer from delirium tremens, the hallucination phenomenon that, is a part of alcoholism. But, many alcoholics suffer the DTs and it has been known to cause death. If the chronic is in jail his chances of survival are slim. This is especially true in a stage of withdrawal convulsions, which can match hard drugs for scenes of horror, according to alcoholism rehabilitation specialists. The DTs started the American joke of the pink elephant. But dinosaurs replace elephants in the fevered eyes of alcoholics these days. They also see rats crawling out of their stomach, hear voices and music. One Kansas alcoholic sees his mother being ripped apart before his eyes daily. Another sees his hand being stuck in a fan. Yet, another sees a man with a rifle tracking him down. Frequent Jailing "Senseless" Jim, an alcoholic, disagrees with It. H. about jail time. He thinks one jailing "might sober a guy up." But he views jailing more than once as senseless. "It ruins not only his iife but. his family's," he says. I>oylc McQuoy, counselor at Osawatomie State Hospital, said the hospital has had to send some of its alcoholic patients off to jail. "Sometimes they absolutely do not want, to step. We've had to send them to jail from here. I have mixed emotions about it," McQuoy said. Other alcoholism treatment specialists have mixed emotions about the effectiveness of court-forced treatment for the alcoholic. "It. usually has a rough time here. The guy who is forced comes in like a man who was forced in. We have a liquor store a block away from here. And if they start drinking, out, they go-usually to jail," said Don Richardson, a counselor at. Topeka State Hospital. "Law enforcement varies. In some areas the drinkers are "those damn drunks" and in others they are "sick pe°- ple." Naturally we shouldn't jail the alcoholic. That doesn't do anybody any good," said Ward Rogers, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Alcoholism. Only last month, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws suggested to all states that "alcoholics and intoxicated persons" should not be" subjected to criminal prosecution because of their consumption of alcoholic beverages "but rather should he afforded a continuum of treatment in order that they may lead normal lives as productive members of society." The act the commissioners would like to see law in all .instates would not apply, however, to drunk driving cases, About .'{0 per cent of the flOO to 650 alcoholism patients a year at Valley Hope at Norton are there as the result of medical or professional urging. A "smaller percentage comes from court referral, according to Dr. John Leipold, who heads the program. The majority of patients come from out-patient referral. "The courts are beginning to give great cooperation. Most of them are very humane and are trying to do the best they can within the limits they have —and there are limits," Leipold said. (Tomorrow: The Menace of the Drinking Driver.» Two Trucks Are Needed For Devices GREAT HIONI) — Approximately 50 lawmen, including I'Yed Howard, KBI director, accompanied Attorney General Vera Miller on his raid of private clubs at Great Rend Saturday and early Sunday. Although the agents brought a large van-type truck with them, they had to rent a second truck in Great Rend in order to cany all Ihe equipment back to Topeka. Marlon County Sheriff Marion Weese said the second truck was filled half to three- quarters full just at one club. Weese and local police were not called until Miller's- agents were already in the clubs. They then accompanied Miller and Howard to the various clubs to observe the agents at work. Agents Still in Barton County The raids began about, 11:.'!() p.m. Saturday and continued into the early hours Sunday. Punch Hoards Clubs in lloisinglon yielded a few punch boards but nothing was found at. a club in FJlin- wood and a club at Clallin was closed. Miller said be had had reports of gambling at, both Ellinwood and Clallin. Weese said Sunday, "Some time back when his (Miller 'sJ office received some complaints, he called and asked me to take care of it — I did notify them that gambling would not, be tolerated." Weese believes that the clubs he contacted — and others to which the word spread — ceased operations for a time but then resumed their activities. "No complaints bad been made to my office and I don't frequent them (the private clubs) to know," the sheriff said. Weese said one of his men observed one individual, "apparently unhappy about, the raids," breaking an antenna orf one of the attorney general's investigators' cars. No charges have been filed as a result of the incident. "I'm satisfied with the handling of the raids,'' Weese said. "They were good enough to give us warning before and the clubs knew the consequences before the raids. I have no qualms with the handling. "I am satisfied they got everything . . . I'm sorry there was as much as there was to be seized," he added. The Eagles Club, which was having a regular Saturday night dance, had in storage about 1,500 punchboards, bought about 20 years ago, said Ray Mickey, manager. (Mllll.hlllUHl NelWvUI'l lltllipholll) VtiRN MILLER examines haul at Topeka press conference Monday morning. Air Mail to 12 Cents? Sees Postage Hike (C) WiCihlnytmi :a«r WASHINGTON — The Postal Service plans to ask for another increase in the price of stamps next spring. If granted, the higher rales would lake effect in July. The size of the increase will not be determined until after the Postal Rale Commission nets on the rates which became effective in' May on a temporary basis. James VI. Hargrove, a senior Man Shoots Wife As Hijack Fails assistant, postmaster general,! What is prompting iwstal ol- said in an interview be hopedjficials to concede that they cannot escape another increase is the large - scale pay raise recently awarded to postal workers. The postal service, however, expects to call a hall lo increased rates after the next one. "Very likely," said Hargrove, "we will be able after the next July raise In rates to offset increased costs in the future through productivity savings." He meant that through money-saving devices not going into effect, lite postal service will IK! able to prevent another rise in rate in 1974 when the labor contracts with postal workers expire. the next rise can be limited to a penny, but he can't be sure. Thai would mean first class let ters would go from B to 9 cents and air mail possibly from II to 12 cents. The other classes of mail also would be affected, but again the rates would depend on how the postal rate commission emerges from its first rate go-a-round. Punchboards have not been used by the club since January because they "won't go any more," he said. They are losing in popularity to bingo very rapidly, he said. The club has bingo nights on Mondays. The Ragles, with 2,440 members i is the largest fraternal club in Great Bend and Ihe largest Eagles club in Kansas. Mickey said a few boos greeted the offiears at the Fagles Club. hTc last of those attending left about I a.m., an hour- after the regular closing time, Officers remained on the scene until about 4:30 a.m., Rickey said. The KlkH, a 1,500-member organization in Great Item), had a good crowd in the dining room and for bingo, suid Wljmer Otte, manager, hut only a small crowd was left at 11:25, time of the raid. About 100 persons were attending the juke box dance at the VPW Saturday nigth. Harold Blazek, manager, was at a wedding reception, but returned to the club when he heard about the raid. The VFW has slightly more than 800 m e m b e rs and the American Legion more than 1,100. JACKSONVIUJ'), Kla. (AP) — A real estate salesman hauled his kicking, screaming wife aboard a private plane today at Nashville, Tcnn., corn mandcqred tlie craft with a .45 automatic pistol and then killed the woman, the pilot and himself when trapped at Jacksonville, police said. The FBI said George Mallory Giffe Jr., 34, died en route to a Jacksonville hospital. Susan Giffe, his beautiful 25-year-old estranged wife, and Brent Quinteni Downs, tlie pilot, were found dead inside the plush, Stores Must \ Keep List (t) l?7l Wmhlnotwi f.Ur WASHINGTON — Stores and other sellers must maintain lists of ceiling prices to comply with the freeze, and customers have a right to Inspect the lists, the Cost of Living Council said Monday. The ruling apparently was issued in response to questions about how customers can determine whether sellers arc complying with the freeze, which in general prohibits price increases above levels charged in the 30 days ended Aug. 15. The council urged customers to make sure, before complaining to the Internal Revenue Service, that they have talked to a responsible official of the store about the problem. Air t w i n-cngine turboprop Hawk Commander. Two Survive Two other persons, a copilot and a man charged with aiding (Jiffe, survived unharmed Nashville police a™ 1 tne FBI said the drama began shortly after midnight when Mrs. Giffe got off work from her job as a switchboard operator at a Nashville motel. They said she showed up at the Nashville airport a short time later and was put aboard the private charter flight by Giffe. When his wife began fighting and screaming that she was being abducted, police said Giffe told Downs lie was a doctor taking the woman to Atlanta for treatment. But Downs asked for identification, they said, and Giffe whipjKid out his pistol and ordered the pilot to fly him lo tlie Bahamas. 'bow On Fuel' Once airborne, the pilot radioed he was being hijacked.' FBI agents said Downs persuaded (Jiffe he was low on fuel and landed the plane at Jacksonville International Airport. Alter the craft, touched down, KBI agents surrounded it and slwri. out the tires and one engine that was still running. Police said (Jiffe fired twice through the plane's windshield and then turned the gun on his victims. They said Mrs. (Jiffe, mother of a 21-month-old child, had tK -eri shot twice in the chest. Downs also was shot twice, once in the leg and once in the biick of the head. The present 8 - cent rate for first class mail and the other Increases probably will not he finally adjudicated until the end of this year. The rates are only temporary until the rate commission reports its decision to the postal service's board of governors, which can alter the findings only if the total of the recommended rate is insufficient to give the postal service enough funds for its total requirements. A complicating factor is a requirement in the law that, all mail categories must he reclassified before January 107.1 Hargrove said the postal service will try to look at all the classifications before filing for its next rale increase. Mrs. Marcia Squier Weather KANSAS - Mostly clear tonight with light winds; continued cool, lows in upper .'10s extreme northwest to mid to upper 40s southeast; Tuesday mostly sunny and locally warmer; highs in the upper 70s to lower 8s. Hutchinson Weather Sunday's high 73 at fl p.m.; today's low 49 at It a.m. Temperature at I p.m. 74. Record high 07 in 1954; record low .15 in 1015 Winds: calm. Barometer: :W,20 ri«ing. Sunset Monday: 7:11 p.m. Sunrise Tuesday:; 7:31 a.m. Friendly Motorist 'Did Drugs 9 All Right TOPKKA, Kan. (AP) - One young Kansas man hitched a ride with the wrong person last Friday. Atty, Gen. Vein Miller naid today that John Donaldson, in his 20s, of Wichita, was booked at the Shawnee County jail on a charge of possession of marijuana. Miller said the young man hitched a ride with one of Miller's young narcotics agents on the Kansas Turnpike just outside Wichita last Friday. Shortly after beginning his ride with the agent, who Miller described as "looking like a hippy," the suspect "lit up a marijuana cigarette, and asked the agent If he did drugs." The attorney general said the agent sloped at one of the service areas on tlie turnpike Ostensibly for gasoline, and telephoned the highway patrol, The car was stepped near- Topeka, and Donaldson was arrested by the patrol. Crash Kills Daughter of Local Couple The daughter of a Hutchinson couple; was among six persons killed Sunday in a three • car accident near Quinter in north west Kansas, Deud Is Mrs. Marcia Squier, 21, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Coleman, 3004 Cornell. She was a 1967 graduate of Hutchinson High School und a former Hutchinson Community Ambassador. Mrs. Squier and lier husband, Iceland, 2.1, both students at Kansasi Slate University, were in a car with four others re­ luming from lite- Kansas Slate- Colorado University football game at Boulder. Squier was the only one in the car wlio survived, He was listed in lair condition Monday at the Hadley Medical Center at Hays with a broken shoulder and leg and internal injuries. Those killed were Und'i Henry, about 22, hecompton, who was a homecoming queen finalist at Kansas State, Greg W. Hardin, 23, WaKcciicy, Ox- driver, and Bruce A. Maxwell and his wife, Patricia, both 23, of Piper. The sixth victim in the crash was Fsthcr M. Woods, M, Kansas (,'ily, Mo., driver of the second car. Investigating officer;-; said the accident, occurred on 1-70 in an area where road repair work had restricted traffic to o tie ane in each direction. Officers said the W<*ods vehicle crossed the ccuterlinc, sldcswlped a vehicle driven by a I/>s Angeles man., Chesley A. Raker, and llien collided head-on with the car driven by Hardin. Baker and two passengers in his car escajied injury. Between 8 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, Kansas tral fic accidents claimed 12 lives TOI'KKA, Kan. (AIM Atty. Gen, Vein Miller showed newsmen today the 40 slot, macliiii es, 13 gaining tables anil about 3,INK) illegal punch cards he find bis raiders seized at seven Great Rend private club:' and one lloisinglon club Saturday night, and declared it was by far Ihe biggest gambling den lie has uncovered in Kansas since he look slate office last January Promises Charges Miller promised a variety of charges against, those about whom evidence and information was taken in the. raids which began at. 11:30 p.m. Salurday and continued into Ihe early hours Sunday. He declined lo discuss the specific charges which would be tiled, but. hinted at. such things as transportation of gambling devices as well as the UMial charges of operation of gambling equipment, and pur- licipaliug in gambling, Agents in Gnu! Rend Miller said three assistant attorneys general were in Great Rend today going over Ihe evidence and drafting warrants for arrests. He declined lo give an estimate as lo how many persons might be charged, but said it would be quite a few. lie said he sent Patrick Connolly, lllll Honeyiiian and Jack Williams from the attorney general's staff lo Great Rend "We want to go ahead and file the charges and then talk about them," Miller told newsmen he summoned to Kansas Bureau of Investigation headquarters today to show them the gambling equipment and discuss the raids. He said no arrests were made in the seven clubs In (Jreal Rend or the one club In lloisinglon Saturday night because of the number of people involved, Not Feasible "II. was not feasible to lake people into custody at. the time because of tlie number of people Involved," Miller said, "II. would have taken too many men, Rut we look all the evidence necessary to draw warrants." Miller disclosed that Great Rend City Atty. Fd Moses was one of the people in the Great Rend Petroleum club—which was having its "has Vegas Night" when officers raided it He said Moses left the club anc returned with warranta for the arrest of state agents, charging them with disturbing the peace. No warrant was drawn for Miller, however, the attorney gen eral said. Miller said Moses was persuaded not to use tlie warrants. We talked to him," the attorney general said, "and be changed his mind." Asked if lie had threatened Moses with counter legal action If the warrants were served, Miller replied: "We just had a conversation about them," Miller also was asked if he is considering a legal ouster pro ccodhig against Moses, "We are considering all the facts of what happened there," was Miller's reply. Miller's men raided the private clubs of 111*} Fagles, Klkf and Knights of Columbus lodges, the American legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans service clubs and the Petroleum Club in Great Rend, as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars club in Hoisingteu, and found gambling equipment at all those places. Raids at clubs In Kllinwood and Claflin uncovered no gambling evidence, the attorney general said. From All Clubs Miller said the collection of 40 slot machines and 13 gambling tables which he showed to newsmen in the basement of the KRI headquarters, came from all the clubs raided in Great. Rend, and not primarily from just one or two of the clubs. He said the VFW club in lloisinglon bad only punch cards. The biggest, crowd of people, Miller said, was at the Fagles club, a throng he estimated at "several hundred." Miller showed off a large dice table which lie said was seized at the Petroleum Club. The giant, supply of punch cards--which ranged from the ft cent lo 2'.) cent variety ami were made by the Hamilton Mauul'acuring <'o., Minneapolis, Minn, were seized in an upstairs room at. the Kngles Club, Miller said. Hp To Courts The attorney general said it would hi- up In tlie eiiiirls In (It- eide whether the gambling equipment, ultimately will be destroyed or returned to the owners, based on outcome of the cases being planned. Miller said it was "a much bigger haul than we had expected." "It was the biggest gambling operation we have found anywhere," Milter said. "We haven't found any activity such as this any place else, or we'd be raiding them." He said his investigation of gambling activity in Kansas Is a continuing thing, but admitted he has only one agent assigned to that activity exclusively. "lie's covering Hie whole slate as best as he can," Miller said. "I'm so short, handed we haven't got. anybody eh<\" Vern Always Step Ahead TOI'KKA, Kan. (AP) - Ally. Gen, Vein Miller said one manager of a Great Rend private club got his Up a wee bit late about Saturday night's raids in that west-central Kansas City. Whlio Miller and agents were in the club seizing gambling equipment and gathering Information about those involved, Miller said, the manager took a telephone call. "I know it," Miller quoted I lie manager as Maying. "They're already here!" Firemen on Road With Hot Show Hutchinson grade school children look serious instructions Monday about fire prevention and delighted at a comical skit Involving a staged fire, Sparky the dog, ami Smokey the Bear. The slienanigaiis were staged at eight elementary schools by the fire department as part of Fire Prevention Week which began Sunday, Firemen went to each school in an old fire engine decorated with balloons, streamers, and a sign which said, "Slllyvllle Fire Department," The half-hour skits featured i rescue scene by firemen dressed as Sparky and Smokey. Schools visited Monday were Uncoln, Wlnuns, Uikevicw, Jrandview, St. Teresa, Farls, ..utherati, and McCandlcss. Tuesday 's schedule will be fl a.m., Avenue A; 0:30 a.m., Allen; 10 a .m., Roosevelt; 10:30 a .m. Wiley; 1:30 p .m., Morgan; t p.m., Holy Cross; 2:30 p.m. Graber; and 3:13 p.m., South Hutchinson Grade School, All kindergarten children who are not in school at the scluiduled progrmn time are invited to come to their schools will) their parents. Intercepted Letter VKHN MIIAKR Attorney General Topeka Dear Vcrn, Bet with all that equipment you could open Topeka'H biggest casino. Yours, Hutch

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