The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 5, 1971 · Page 54
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 54

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 5, 1971
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 94 20 Pages Tuesday Evening, October 5,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 Price lOc The Drug You Drink«10 Alcohol Big Road Killer By WAYNE LEE ; News Associate Editor The drinking driver has become a major concern for law enforcement officials across the U.S. Kansas is no exception. "We have about 700 people a year being killed on the highways and 300 to 400 of them are being practically murdered by the drinking driver. I'll tell you, we need to do something," said Highway Safety Director Claud McCamment. A direct trace to alcohol was established in 1,290 of the 55,100 accidents in Kansas in 1970. Driving While Intoxicated cases now range up to 24 per cent of all the accidents on Kansas roads, up about 7 percentage points in the past 12 to 18 months, MoCamment said. Revocation of licenses due to DWI has been steadily going down. In 1966, 3,289 persons lost their licenses; in 1968, 2,975; in 1969, 2,820 and in 1970, 2,256. In recent legislative action, lawmakers reduced the blood alcohol necessary for a DWI finding from .15 to .10, but at the same time left judges the leeway in suspending and revoking licenses. McCamment has been highly critical of the move because it has taken license procedures on DWI away from the State Motor Vehicle Department. "The judges simply have not been sending in the convictions. We arc not getting the conviction orders because in many cases the judges are being lenient in cases where the guy used to automatically lose his license," McCamment said. Drinking Driver's Haven McCamment said ''continuances and appeals" in the legal system have become a middle - income and wealthy drinking driver's haven, and, he said, disparity in sentencing and dealing with Ihe drinking driver is becoming more critical by the day. "You've got to get these guys off the road. What good is a fine or a jail sentence? We should have some kind of state clinic or hospital to send these guys to until they can get their license back. We need to tighten up all the loopholes and treat everyone equal," McCamment said. But McCamment admitted that his statistical information on drinking and driving is weak because the state reporting system has been weak. "I guess you could say we really don't know how many deaths are caused by the drinking driver. Up until our new long forms on accident, we just didn't get the right kind of information. Drugs and driving are just about nil though, we know that," McCamment said. Highway Patrol Superintendent William Albott says his department attributes about 50 per cent of all fatal accidents to the drinking driver, but no hard figures are available. Patrol troopers now must fill out new accident forms, and Albott hopes the new forms will show the impact of drinking on all accidents worked by his troopers. "We are going to have to do something. We're all aware of that. I personally feel the punishment should be swift and sure for DWI — something like a jail sentence to be done on weekends or something like that," Albott said. Should Get Treatment "We should do this to the social drinker the very first time. If a man has a problem, if he is an alcoholic, then he should get treatment, but the social drinker should be deprived of his leisure time. Fines, money are not the answer because it's too easy," Albott said. Albott said that while many law enforcement officers might drink in their off time as most adults do he doesn't think they have a built-in sympathy for drinking drivers. But he said juries often do, and so do judges. "If a guy loses his driver's license, he can lose his job. There's a lot of the, 'There but for the grace of God go I sympathy for this man in a courtroom. He's clean, he's respectable. He's just like us," Albott said. "Here, again, I think education—telling a person it can happen to them—is a'major factor," said Fred Goodgion of the Topeka Services for Alcohol Related Problems. He is working with Shawnee County courts and law enforcement officers to help drinking defendants. "We need to tighten up our laws, make it where the drinking driver can't plea down off the DWI. We need to keep in touch with the .guy with the alcohol record — label them so that we will know they are driving with impaired ability. The lawmakers have to face up to this—and soon," Goodgion said. (Tomorrow: Linda's Sad Story). Nixon Prepares SMOLDERING GRAIN spills jrom what was once the Groveland elevator (Story, Page 3) .(News Photo by Jim Morris) City Fire Projects Cost $250,000 Remodeling of an existing fire station .and construction of a new one is going to cost the city $250,000—nearly $40,000 more than the last estimates made by architect Pat Hawkins less than two months ago. Commissioners Tuesday awarded separate contracts for remodeling of the 20th and Main station and construction of a facility at llth and Halstead. The remodeling, which Hawkins said five weeks ago could be done for about $90,000, will cost $97,000. Hawkins' official estimate opened along with bids Tuesday, was $100,000. The new station will cost $153,000 to construct. Hawkins' estimate was $160,000, but as recently as Aug. 31 he was planning on a cost of about $120,000. Weather KANSAS - Fair tonight and Wednesday; lows tonight around 40 northwest to near 50 southeast; a little cooler northeast Wednesday; highs in mid 70s northeast to 80s west and south. Hutchinson Weather Monday's high 78 at 6 p.m.; Overnight low 52 at 7 a.m.; temperature at 1 p.m. 78. Record high 97 in 1947; record low 39 in 1902. Barometer: 30.25 steady. Sunset Tuesday: 7:09 p.m. Sunrise Wednesday: 7:32 a.m Low bidders on the projects were Kan-Ark Industries for the 20th and Main work and Mark Industries for the new llth and Halstead facility. Both are local construction companies. City Manager George Pyle had little comment on the sudden jump in construction costs. "It hurts," Pyle acknowledged, but said Hawkins' new figures were within $10,000 of the latest figures. The 20th and Main station expansion will convert the one bay station to a three bay arrangement and enable the city to close its West 6th station. Two pumpers and an aerial can be housed at the expanded station. Plans call for the city's aerial adder to be moved to that location when the city purchased a new aerial ladder for headquarters station. The new east side station will allow for the closing of one at 4th and Grandview. It will be designed to hold two pumpers and a crash truck for the airport if the city decides to make such a purchase. The increased construction costs for the fire stations will result in the sale of additional bonds next year for struction of a new city offices. Commissioners have already sold $75,000 in bonds this yeai to add to'building fund reserve: for fire station, law enforce- ment center and city office )uilding projects. Pyle said he had anticipated selling an additional $40,000 in bonds next year. Now the figure will have to be raised to about $68,000 if construction of the proposed $285,000 city of"ice is to begin next year. Dog-Bingo Set Again WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Promoters of so-called doggie bingo plan to launch their ven- ure at 8 p.m. today, but admit they expect legal roadblocks which might blunt the attempt. Ken's Klub Inc., Wichita, doing business as the Wichita JH Club, plans to start its unusual plan of combining bingo Ends Effort To Nominate Anderson TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Sen. James B. Pearson, R-Kan., said today he is withdrawing Hutchinson Woman Died Trooper Criticizes Crash Site Signs Aides To Visit China WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon is sending Dr. Henry Kissinger and a full traveling party to Peking later this month to make advance preparations for his own journey to Communist China, the White House announced today. White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler announced that Kissinger and those accompanying him will "make concrete arrangements" for the Nixon journey planned for sometime before next May. Kissinger, the President's principal national security policy advisor, said he and the Chinese would be discussing possible dates for the Nixon visit and said, "I think we should have an announcement within a reasonable period thereafter." Kissinger made a secret trip to Peking in July that foreshadowed Nixon's dramatic announcement of his own travel plans. Kissinger said he will be meeting now with Premier Cliou En-lai. The makeup of Kissinger's traveling party, which will fly to China via Hawaii aboard a presidential jet, would suggest that a Nixon journey could come relatively soon. Traveling with Kissinger will be "advance men" from Nixon's staff, from the White House press office, from the Secret Service and from the White House communications agency. Advance men do careful planning prior to all presidential trips outside Washington. In addition, Kissinger will be accompanied by Alfred Jenkins, director.of the Asian Communist '"Affairs group at the State Department and Winston Lord and John Holdridge of the National Security Council staff. A Sunday crash which killed is his"nomination of former~Gov° a former Hutchinson woman, and at the request mer governor. The move would John Anderson Jr. for judge of the federal district court in Kansas. Pearson said his action was taken after consultation with of the for- appear to end the stalemate that has existed for months over the appointment of a successor to retired Dist Judge Arthur J. Stanley. Dole's Choice The impasse occurred when Pearson nominated Anderson and Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., nominated Kansas Supreme Court Justice Earl E. O'Connor. racing south at the Wichita and greyhound club's track in tonight. But one of the promoters, State Sen. Jack W. Robinson, R-Wichita, admitted: "Certainly I anticipate that an injunction will be filed to stop us. If it comes to that, we are ready to go to court and fight it out in the courts." Irish Strife Boils BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Troops hunted for wounded Irish guerrillas and their arms caches in the back streets of Belfast today after a day and night of violence left There recently had that been reports a compromise candidate would be nominated. There was word whether no Dole immediate was' withdrawing O'Connor's nomination or whether Pearson's action would clear the way for the appointment to go to O'Connor. Drop Draft Limit To Number 125 WASHINGTON (AP) - The Selective Service System today lowered the lottery number at which young pected to be to 125. . Previously, draft officials had said young men whose birthdays fell on the 140 lowest num- men can be ex- drafted this year one soldier dead ians injured. and 12 civil- Barton Attorney Avoids Cases . (Local Reaction, Page 3) TOPEKA (AP) - Atty. Cta. Vem Miller announced today the appointment of Charles D. Anderson, Wichitan as a special assistant attorney general to prosecute cases resulting from raids on alleged gambling operations in Great Bend Saturday night and early Sunday. The appointment came after the attorney general announced that John M. Russelll, Barton county attorney, would not participate in prosecution of cases resulting from the raids on eight clubs. Russell issued a statement in Great Bend denying he had requested to withdraw from the prosecution of the cases. In a letter to Miller, Russell said he simply requested aid in the prosecution because he was short of help following his assistant's departure. Miller said Monday Russell had asked to withdraw from prosecution because of possible conflict, of interest involv- ing two of the clubs raided and resignation of his assistant Oct. 1. Miller said Anderson was on the job early this morning and would proceed with filing of charges as soon as possible. He said Anderson would be devoting full, time to the case. The raids resulted 1 in seizure of a large quantity of gambling equipment. Miller sent Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Connolly, Bill lloneyman and Jack Wil- iams to Great Bend Monday, tte had said the reason for the ;hree going to Great Bend was to assist in drawing of arrest warrants in connection with Saturday night's raids. . Too Busy But Miller said Monday night no warrants were drawn Monday because three assistant attorneys general didn't enough time Monday to on them. Miller be filed said the in Great cases Bend. have work would but it would be up to the counsel foi :he prosecution and defense whether they are tried there or f changes of venue are sought. He also said the number of persons charged depends on the ,ype of charges that are wrought. He said a large number of persons were known to have been participating in gambling games when the eight clubs—seven iii Great Bend and one in Hoisington—were raided and gambling equipment found. Similar raids at clubs in El- can linwood and Claflin turned up No. no evidence of gambling. [day. bers for this year's draft probably would be called up. Draft Director Curtis W. Tarr also said today that men will be given 30 days' notice to report for induction, instead of the previous 10 days' notice written into the law. That means that no one will be drafted during October to fill the 10,000-man draft call for the remainder of this year announced last week by the Pentagon. They will be drafted instead between Nov. land Dec. 9. Post Hit by Fire MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Fire of unknown origin caused extensive damage to the Ameri- Legion Pearce Keller Post 17 in Manhattan early to- occurred along a section of 170 which is under repair. Mrs. M a r c i a Squier, 21, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Ooleman, 3004 Cornell, and five other persons were killed in a collision at a section where westbound! traffic is routed to the eastbound lane, creating a two4ane highway, due to resurfacing work being done in the westbound lane. Her husband, Leland, was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon at I-Iadley Regional Medical Center, Hays, with a broken shoulder and leg and internal injuries. It was the second fatality crash in the area since repair was started. State Trooper Keith Denchfield, WaKeeney, said the resurfacing work has created a lot of confusion among motorists due to the scarcity of signs in some areas. Send Crew To Scene TOPEKA (AP) - The State Highway Commission said today it is sending a team of engineers to western Kansas to determine whether any additional traffic control should be imposed on a stretch of Interstate 70 where overlay work is being done to insure greater safety. The commission issued this statement: "The Highway Commission is most concerned about motor vehicle accidents. Today, engineers from the highway commission's construction Department, along with the division engineer at Norton and representatives from the Federal Highway Administration are at the construction site to determine whether any changes in traffic control should be made. "Traffic and reduced speed control signs were erected all along the project and warning signs were erected at points well ahead of the interchange points last summer." "We've complained and complained about the markings," "The exits are not marked at all in a lot of places." He also said baffled motorists sometimes stop on the Interstate trying to figure out what to do. 'It's created a lot of confused and irritated people to say the least," he said. He cited several places along the Interstate where signs are either not present or are not dominant enough to be of help. He said he also feels the speed limit should be reduced and 'no< passing" signs erected. As it is, the speed limit is reduced only at the crossovers to 60 m.p.h. "In the daytime you're liable to get a 14-foot wide mobile home along through there and a lot of traffic piled up behind it. Then somebody six or seven cars back starts to pass," he said. T. D. Morgan, State Highway Division Engineer, Norton;, said highway officials discussed! what to do with the traffic while road work is underway. This was not done overnight," he- said. "All the alternatives were discussed and rediscussed." He said the decision to close one lane of traffic was made to take advantage of the latest developments in paving equipment. The equipment paves both lanes at a time to avoid seams. He also said discussion of reduced speed limits and "no passing" signs was kicked around "at some length." He said the feeling was that if reduced speed limits and! "no passing" signs were in effect it would "irritate the motorists to the point of sacrificing good judgment." He also noted the possibility of having traffic tied up for five to six miles. Meetings will be held to discuss the problems encounterec n the current paving operation to try to iron out problems which couldl confront future projects. "We've tried to eliminate th< problems but we haven't been too successful. Projects like this have such magnitud that we overlook a lot of littl things," Morgan said. Moves to End Dock Strike WASHINGTON (AP) - Using mergency powers of the Taft- [artley Law for the first time ince taking office, President Sfixon has moved toward haling strikes that have shut [own most of the nation's deep- vater ports. Saying continuation of the trikes would "imperil the na- ipnal health and safety," the 'resident signed an executive •rder naming a five-member nquiry board that could recommend seeking a back-to-work njunction. The board, headed by J. Keith Mann, associate dean o£ tanford Law School, is to report to Nixon by Wednesday n the issues in the stalemated abor disputes on the Atlantic, acific and Gulf Coasts. Nixon signed the order Monday night as negotiations in the record 96-day West Coast dock strike, and the Atlantic and ulf Coast strikes, broke down. The Atlantic and Gulf Coast strikes started last Friday. Vote Down Bomb Halt WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted down today 64 to 9 a proposal to halt all U.S. bombing in Indochina. The action came after Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss., objected o the proposal as a "partial wrender" that would prompt ;he Communists to march • on Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries within 15 minutes. : Intercepted Letter GEORGE PYLE City Manager City Dear George, What an expensive way to, celebrate Fire Prevention Week. Yours, Hulcb

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