The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 7, 1971 · Page 52
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Thursday, October 7, 1971
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-^^ TV. COMMO SPECIALIST—Lloyd Maring, General Communications Co., Wichita, connects one of the thousands of wires leading to the sheriff's communication console at the Law Enforcement center. Wo Holers' Are Restroom First The county saved about $1,200 on the nearly $1 million cost of the law enforcement center by eliminating four toilets in basement restrooms—but the stalls remained. Men's and women's public restrooms and restrooms for men and women employes each have one more stall than they have toilets. "Why they put those stalls in, is beyond me," County Commissioner John Sutton chuckled. But Sutton said he voted with the majority of the six-member building committee to eliminate the four toilets saving $300 on each. "We were pretty well in agreement—hopefully we were being practical about trying to cut corners," Sutton said. "But we may have to put a portable pot in there," he said laughingly. All the upstairs restrooms in the building have a full complement of toilets as compared with the number of stalls. STILL DRIVING AT 100 — He wears a hearing aid now and walks with a cane, but it doesn't stop Levi Records, Edinburg, Ind., from driving to the store or out to his family's (Hutchlnson News-UPI Telephoto) farm when he feels like it. Records, who celebrated his 100th birthday Wednesday, has been driving since 1912 when he bought a Ford touring car. He hasn't had a single accident. 'Nothing Really Chang Says Rights Unit Director GARDEN CITY - "Like if or not, our society is predicated on racism," Troy Scroggins, director of the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, told the Garden City Human Relations Commission Tuesday night. "Nothing has really changed in civil rights since 1964 for the vast majority of blacks," he said. "Perhaps one in ten blacks have been helped by the civil rights movement, but not many of those who really needed it have been helped," he said, citing himself as an example. "It is fortunate that we have not had too many cases of violence, but I don't know how much longer our luck will hold out," he warned. As a guest speaker at the meeting, Scroggins told the commission it was an "ad hoc" unit which at best was a form of ployers to plicants. hire minority ap- 4 California Youths Sentenced on Pot MEADE — Four California youths charged with possession of marijuana were found guilty in Meade County Court Wednesday. Each of the four — David L. Howard, 20; Paul W. Husbands, 21; Gary W. Koontz, 24; and William. G. Bowers, 21 — were sentenced to six months in the county jail and fined $500. The four were arrested Sept. 19 after their rented van was found wrecked in a field near Meade. Sheriff Arlie Johnston said the .driver, Koontz, lost control of the truck, The wreck strewed 500 pounds of marijuana about the field. The injured youths were found the next morning. Authorities . recovered nearly $120,000 worth of marijuana. Troy Scroggins appeasement. He said this type of commission couldn't get the job done. The job requires paid professional civil rights workers who have laws to work with and the authority to enforce those laws, he said. Kansas has one of the strongest anti-discrimination acts in the nation, yet a housing act wasn't passed in the state until 1970, he said. "At best, it's something we can live with, but it needs revision." Few Cases Filed He noted that since the housing act was passed, only 15 cases of discrimination had been filed with the Three-fourths of commission, the cases involved rental houses. Seven of those were filed by white persons living in Wichita. Of the 1,000 cases handled by the commission, 900 have been complaints regarding employment, he said. Most of these were made by whites who believe they were being denied jobs and promotions because of pressure on em- He said this form of discrimination-in-reverse does exist and that many of the complaints were valid. Employment discrimination is no longer "blatant." He said it is now disguised and subtle which makes it much harder to get evidence that will hold up in court. Scroggins said more complaints had been filed agains one employer than any other — that being the state of Kansas itself. He said a survey done in 1968 showed the state's work force was 94.6 per cent segre gated. Lyons Only Site Studied OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP)An abandoned salt-mine complex at Lyons, Kan., is the only site Currently being considered by the Atomic Energy Commission as a national repository for radioactive waste, an AEC spokesman said Wednesday. "Other sites are now being used, but as far as a national respository for high-level, long- term wastes from nuclear power plants goes, Lyons is the only one being considered," the spokesman said. The spokesman .added that the AEC initiated last week "paper-study only" investigation of possible alternate sites in Kansas, but emphasized tha the Lyons site has received prime consideration since June of 1070. Beet Co- °P Hopes to Buy Sugar Firm GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) - A ew sugarbeet growers' cooper- tive says it hopes to enlist 92 er cent of the 6,000 growers ow contracting through Great Vestern Sugar Co. with an eye oward buying the firm, report- dly the nation's largest. The 66-year-old company's arent firm is Great Western Jnited Corp., a Denver-based onglomerate. At a meeting in Goodland here about 300 beet growers, landowners ap- Briefs Crucial Vote Set (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.- The crucial debate on Chinese representation in the United Nations is expected to begin next Thursday under a speedup plan devised by the General Assembly's president, Adam Malik of Indonesia. Common Woe OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The states should band together in a common effort to solve the problem of drought, and they should proceed unhampered by federal control, Gov. David Hall said Wednesday. A Public Service? KANSAS CITY (AP) - Jackson .County employes using county equipment have been resealing runways at the Grain Valley Airport, which is operated by a private group, it was disclosed Wednesday. Harvey A. Jones, county highway engineer, said he authorized county crews to do the work ' because he believed il was a public service. Begin Mop-up SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnamese troops began ^ mopping up sweeps along the Cambodian border Wednesday behind i North Vietnamese withdrawal. The North Vietnamese en countered apparently were rear-guard elements covering the withdrawal of the mair forces from 10 days of heavy fighting on both sides of th border in a region 60 to 9( miles northwest of Saigon. Panel Gives Okay TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) legislative committee put its fi nal stamp of approval Wednes day on proposed amendment to reduce the number of con stitutionally elective state offi cials from seven to three. ankers and eared for a progress report, Owen, who was removed as president of Great Vestern Sugar Co., last June in corporate shakeup, said he ill manage the new corpo- ation if it is purchased. Agree to Checkoff Owen said growers have greed to a $1 per ton checkoff n beets sold from the current rop to raise $6 million as a own payment on the sugar ompany, the nation's largest. Owen said the purchase price s estimated at $120 million, in- luding 19 refineries. Ten are in Colorado, four in Nebraska, two n Ohio and one each in Kanas, Wyoming and Montana. Ferguson Appeals Shoplifting Case Bennie L. Ferguson, 18, 233 Shadduck, convicted last week n municipal court of resisting arrest and shoplifting a package f soup, appealed the cases to district court Wednesday. The charges came as the result of an incident June 26 at 'itzgerald Grocery, 8th and 'lum. Ferguson maintained in court that he had only stuck he 20-cent package of soup in lis belt while he checked to see f he had the change to pay for t and was not shoplifting. He was fined $25 and sentenced to six months in jail. He is out of jail on an appeal bond. Loses Engine WASHINGTON (AP) — Ar engine fell from a giant C transport plane preparing t take off from an Oklahom; base, the Air Force sail Wednesday. The incident happened a Altus Air Force Base Sept. 29 some weeks after an inspectio failed to turn up any defect ii the mount holding the engine t the plane's wing. Cimarron Lad Has Top Crossbreed Hutchlnson News Thursday, Oct. 7, 1971 Page 3 Two Judges Voice Protest At American Bar Proposal CIMARRON — An 18-year-ol Cimarron youth showed hi 1,195-pound crossbreed steer the grand championship at th Kansas National Junior Liv stock Show at Wichita Tuesda; The half-Charolais, half-Angus named Brute was selected tops from 303 steers in the show. "I can hardly believe it's true," said Greg R. Schartz, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Schartz Sr., Cimarron. The steer had been named grand champion at the Gray County Fair and placed third in his class at the State Fair in Hutchinson, Greg said he had named the steer Brute because he "smelled good," much like a well advertised cologne for men. This was the second year he has shown in the Kansas National. The Schartz family has a 3,300-acre irrigation farm near Cimarron where they produce alfalfa, corn, grass and milo. .By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor (Related Stories, Page 15) Two Kansas district court udges, both of whom have usiness interests, voiced pro- ests here Wednesday to a entative American Bar Assoc- ition ethics proposal that tells udges to give up such interests s fast as they can. The proposal, outlined by two uest speakers, also suggests lat judges with financial inter- sts, however small, should in he meantime disqualify them- elves from hearing cases in r hich they have an interest. Judge Howard Kline of Wich- .a. said he has been in busi- ess for 15 years and he main- ained that he has never let il nterfere with his court rulings [e said he probably hears 100 to 50 cases a year that might in- olve him financially, and e said he thought such in- erests should only be "sub- tantial" before a judge disqual tied himself, Judges Need Income Kline also said that because )f the poor salaries for distric udges in Kansas (which ranks 2th from the bottom among he 50 states), that the judges 'have to have outside income . . . have to go into business. The salary of district cour udges in Kansas is $19,500 a year. It was revealed late las year that of the 61 judges in the state, only 22 listed no sub stantial interest in businesses Some 39 judges listed substantia nterest. Banking led the list with 15 judges, or their spouses engaged in it. Kline said some of the case le hears now that might involv him financially "only mean penny or two a year on m; dividends at the most," and h said he thought the ABA pro posal was too strict. In explaining the ABA pro wsal, which has a long row t loe for final adoption and n enforcement teeth for reluctan itates, Ivan Lee Holt Jr. St. Louis, a circuit court judge noted that judges who ow farms, ranches and rental prop erty (the most notable bein apartment buildings) are ex empted from the standards be ing forwarded. Was a Compromise "This was a compromise, said Holt, who has been on th ABA committee that is tryin to finalize the proposal since was formed two years ago. "Why do you compromise for the farmer and not the judges engaged in business?" asked Judge Robert T. Stephan of Wichita. Holt said it was felt that the exempted property would be less likely to be involved in conflicts of interest than business interests would be, and there is "a matter of adoption (meaning members of the law rofession from rural states will ave a big voice in the decision i the proposal's fate)." Stephan countered, with a rin, that he thought that the ompromise didn't provide equal justice" for all judges nd that he thought that "vio- ates my consititutional rights." Vota Next Year? The ABA proposal, which has reated a storm of controversy n the legal profession, may be oted on at the ABA's national California next Holt noted, it onvention in ear. But, as may be a long time reaching e 50 states. The current canons of ethic or judges were adopted in 924, partly because of public pressure. But by 1937 only three tates had adopted them. By 945 only 12 had adopted them n the 1950s and 60s, 30 to 40 ears after initial passage, 31 more states saw fit to join. In his speech explaining why he ABA committee wants to adopt tight rules on judges and business, Holt said that, "we mow that if a judge has a case nvolving AT&T and he owns one share it won't sway him, but ve think the public doesn't ook at it that way." He added that the committee lad worked long and hard n preparing the conduct rules and added that he thought they were needed to "restore the badly shaken public confidence n the judiciary in this country." Warren P. Cunningham, circuit court judge in Houston, Tex., and chairman of the National Conference of State Trial Judges committee that is studying the ABA proposal, explained to the Kansas judges that his committee isn't sold on all of the sections in the proposal. He noted that several states are already adopting their own code of ethics (apparently in an effort to resist or blunt the national proposal before it is even firmed up). But Cunningham said his committee believes that the p r o- posal that asks a judge to get rid of his business interests, or disqualify himself from heading cases involving those interests, He said the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that one share of stock in a business is a reason for a judge to disqualify himself. Cites Pressure Cunningham said his committee also agrees with the ABA proposal that a judge should not actively seek funds or other aid even for non - profit organizations. He said it is well known that pressure from a judge can cause some persons to donate to a cause when they might not otherwise. In his speech, Cunningham outlined several areas of disagreement with the ABA proposal. He said he did not think it would be fair to ask judges to try to supervise gifts to their offspring who are not should says.' mean "just what it Hire New Officers With Federal Funds GREAT BEND—A three year force up to nine men. Hired were tederal grant received by the Barton County sheriff's office las allowed the office to increase its manpower and expand services. "The grant will be a great lelp to us," said Sheriff Marion Weese, "and allow us to in- rease our services in many different ways." Two men were added to the department Oct. 1, bringing the Lunch Plan Is Upgraded (See editorial, page 4) WASHINGTON (AP) - Under congressional pressure, the Mixon administration upgraded Wednesday its school lunch plan for needy children but insisted the aid go only to the poorest of the poor. The Agriculture Department announced federal reimbursement to the states for serving meals to needy school children this year will be an average minimum of 45 cents a serving, a 10-cent boost from a 35-cent plan announced in August. Officials said the liberalized plan will add $135 million to the school lunch program, raising 1971-72 expenditures to $750 million. Last year the total cost was $536 million. le Hoisington police reserves. Two other officers, Jack Atte- erry and Bob Yost, were promoted to lieutenants and'will (Hutchlnson News-UPI Telephoto) BEST LEGS—Pamela Butterbrodt, 18, a sophomore at the University of Miami, displays her prize-winning legs 'on a Chicago street. She won the $2,500 grand prize in a "Great Gams" contest sponsored by a foot care products firm after beating out 2,000 entries from 117 colleges. Returns to Freedom After 46 Years LANSING, Kan. (AP) Twenty-six applications for clemency and 46 years later, John Black, 78 and in failing health, shuffled from the Kansas Penitentiary Wednesday and declared the feeling was good— "I want to be free." Black, assisted by a lawyer and a prison official, was greeted outside the gate by two nephews, among his only living relatives. It was the start of a new life or a return to a world he had left on Dec. 9, 1925, convicted to a life sentence on a charge of murder. His 'memory is not clear about those days when he was linked to the slaying of Vincent .Simanowitz. Sometimes he killed any- admits the denies ever having one, other times he crime. Remains Adamant On one point he is adamant: "If I did it, 46 years ought to pay for it." Black's prison number, 9217, was the lowest at the penitentiary and his period behind bars is possibly the longest confinement in the history of the state. In 1964 Gov. John Anderson commuted the life sentence to 65 years of life. He had applied for parole numerous times in the last seven years, but continued to be rejected. Robert Hedrick of Lea- venworth, Kan., his lawyer, said the basis for the rejections was probably'the lack of provisions for his care upon release. Last June, Hedrick submitted to the Kansas Board of Probation and Parole a program of release that called for Black's residence at the Excelsior Springs, Mo., Nursing Home. Acts Favorably The board acted favorably on the renewed request last Saturday. Black is to be cared for with money he accumulated while in prison — about $20,000 representing impounded funds from a monthly disability payment from World War I injuries. oyle White, a former Great end fireman, and Bob Tomlin- on, Hoisington. White had been a captain of he Barton County sheriff's reserve deputies, formerly worked for the South Hutchinson police department and has jeen a reserve officer on the Hutchinson Police Department reserves. Tomlinson, a retired Air Force erviceman, was a member of living at home. He said he didn't think it was fair to judges to ask them not to talk to persons about a case (his committee feels that "facts" shouldn't be discussed, however) or about national events. He said he feels judges should be protected from having to make speeches at partisan events, but that they should be allowed to attend them. He said closed circuit television of courtroom events should exclude things like journalism classes. He said a judge's entire outside financial activities should not be on public file, only on file with the persons with authority to discipline a judge. Should Allow Arbitration And he said judges should be allowed to act as "arbitrators" in labor and other disputes, with compensation, when they know it will not interfere with their own courts. He told the group that the ABA has wrestled long and hard to try to come up with a set of standards that crosses many state lines and encompasses "inadequate salaries and insecure tenures,", but he said upgraded standards are being forced by a "hue and cry, especially in the public news media." Draws Laughs He drew laughs from the audience when he noted that one of ie working in traffic and accident invetigation. The federal grant under the federal Highway Safety 1 Act irovides 75 per cent of the alaries of the two new men for wo years and will pay 50 per :ent for the third year. The $55,837 matching grant, vhich breaks down to $34,518 rom the federal and $21,319 from ilso pays 50 per quipment for the government the county, cent toward men includ- ng guns, uniforms and equipment needed for patrol duty and raffle such as patrol car radios, irens, lights and emergency iquipment. Gives Mileage It also provides five cents per mile up to 40,000 miles per year or patrol or accident investiga- ion travel. The need to increase man- rower became severe after July when the Highway Patrol be- jan concentrating its efforts on state and federal highways, eaving county and township accidents to be worked by local >fficers. From January to July 1, 1971, he sheriff's office worked 34 accidents, leaving the others to he Highway Patrol. In a 90-day period after the Highway Patrol withdrew, the local office worked 76 accidents, the sheriff said. With the federal help, Weese said he hoped his office would >e able to reduce the number of accidents on county roads. Two-thirds of the accidents in Barton County occur on county and township roads. In 1970, there were 348 accidents in Barton County. Of ,hese 201 occurred on county or .ownship roads. Two Bound Over on Calf Theft Charge Billy Joe Cross, 22, 322 East F, and John William Schoen- loff Jr., 20, 700 West 15th, were jound over to district court Wednesday morning on charges of grand larceny. They are accused of shooting a 120-pound heifer calf belonging to Fred Hoth. Sheriff's Deputy Merlin Mortimer had stopped the car the two allegedly were in to write a ticket for failure to dim headlights for oncoming traffic. When he walked to the back of the car, to copy the tag number, he allegedly saw blood dripping from the trunk and subsequently found the calf in the trunk. Each posted a $1,000 bond in magistrate court Wednesday. the members of his committee wrote of the ABA proposal which restricts the business activity of a judge's family too: "I can't control my wife —if they think I can, they're just plain foolish." Several of the Kansas district court judges stressed that business interests for them are a must, since the salaries are so low. In several states, some smaller than Kansas, ihe district court salaries are $11,000 a year higher. Kansas ranks 41st in paying its supreme court justices, a slip from 39th just a year ago. The salary scale ranking for district court judges slipped from 35th to 38th in the same year. Rodeo Set At Hay son Saturday HAYS — An action-packed weekend is lined up for Saturday and Sunday when the Ft. Hays State Rodeo Club meets its counterparts from Kansas State University and the alumni in a pair of match-rides. Top hands for Fort Hays, all of whom consistently manage to break into the top four spots in amateur rodeos, are Bronc Rumford, Abbyville junior; Deon Hudson, Marienthal" senior; and Alan Likes, Salina junior. The KSU Wildcats will open the action at 2 p. m. Saturday, and the Tigers will take on the alumni team at 2 p.m. Sunday. Hudson will riding events; compete in all Lakes will see action in bareback and saddle- bronc riding and steer wrestling; and Rumford will be in all stock events. • Rodeo clown will be Joe Hedricks, former Fort Hays State rodeoer. In charge of the match for the Tigers will be: Jim Zolten- ko, Hardy, Neb., senior, and Al Dredling, will be Hays senior. provided by Stock Floyd Rumford, Abbyville. Tickets are $1. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Events included in the two-day affair will be bareback riding, saddlebronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, roping, pole; bending rel racing. calf bar-

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