Great Falls Tribune from Great Falls, Montana on April 7, 1985 · 1
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CMR sweeps, Bison split in track Sports, Section E Choteau sheepmen plan a comeback FARM & RANCH iULtillJ Players are not f; the only winners in seniors' bingo Montana Parade, Section G 'OuT" ' 100th Year April 7, 1985 Great Falls, Montana 75 cents No. 329 100th Year No leads yet in killing of delivery man By FRED MILLER III Tribune Staff Writer Police say they have no leads in the Friday night shooting death of Morris Vernon Davis Jr., 23, a Howard's Pizza employee, who was shot repeatedly after delivering a pizza to 1015 6th Ave. NW, a vacant house. Police said a man ordered a pizza to be delivered to the house around 9 p.m. After calling for the pizza, the suspect apparently broke in the back door of the vacant residence and waited for the deliveryman to arrive, police said. They said witnesses saw the pizza truck in front of the house and Davis on the front porch about 9:20 p.m. 1 A while later when Davis If v, failed to make radio contact with the pizza shop, a second i . , truck was sent to locate him. J Police said the second delivery- I f man found Davis just inside sliding glass doors at the house and radioed for assistance. Police were called at 10:56 p.m. from Howard's Pizza West. An officer and an ambulance were immediately dispatched. Davis' brother, a Bic-sack ambulance attendant, was one of the first on the scene. The other ambulance attendant and a police officer attempted to revive Davis while a second ambulance was called as a backup. The victim was taken to the Columbus Hospital where Davis was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m. Police said Davis was shot at least eight times: once in the face, four times in the chest, and once each in the right wrist, upper stomach and left rib cage. Several .22 caliber casings were found at the scene, police said. Police said the wallet containing Davis' pizza money is missing with an undetermined amount of cash. However, his personal wallet and coin changer were intact. Davis lived with his parents, Morris and Delnita Davis, at 3619 5th Ave. N. He was a Great Falls native, born in 1962. He graduated from Great Falls High School in 1980 and was employed part-time at Howard's Pizza. A member of the Great Falls Stockcar Association, he also was an avid hunter, fisherman and rodeo fan. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Clifford David of Great Falls; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harpine of Port Angeles, Wash., and Mr. and Mrs. Josie Lee Davis of Glen St. Mary, Fla. Services are pending from Croxford & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Manchester Cemetery. ' f Morris Davis Jr. """"twiHi . ;.;:-..-, $i i' .', ' vr i ' :: -",'5 rjT - - r nrf , ; . ''Vf 1-4 1 j . ... iV i - i, i J 1. :;;-. .s . . !v .-. c A r 4 .-.W , 1 " - -" afS.fr..,,. if-gf-- f - Trlbunt Photo by Fred Miller III Patrolman Sergio Carrion, with pistol in hand, moves an hour Saturday. Patrolman Rick Thurman crouches to arrest Daniel Sangrey who held officials at bay for behind the house, armed with a shotgun. No injury in armed standoff By FRED MILLER III Tribune Staff Writer A 28-year-old man with a high-powered rifle kept seven policemen and five sheriff's deputies at bay early Saturday afternoon from a second-story window at 703 6th Ave. S. The 12 officers, armed with pistols and shotguns and taking cover behind trees and houses, coaxed Daniel Angus Sangrey out of the house without injury after about an hour. Sangrey was taken to city jail and booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct with $1,000 bail. SANGREY HAD THREATENED to kill himself and harm others during the hourlong siege, police said. Several relatives were among those attempting to persuade Sangrey to surrender. He repeatedly screamed obscenities at officers, and demanded that family members approach the house and talk with him. "I'm coming down, I'm coming down," a distraught Sangrey repeated numerous times from his second-floor apartment. When Sangrey finally descended, he boldly walked out the front door with his rifle pointed backwards. POLICE RUSHED him with guns poised, wrestled him to the ground and removed the weapon. Seconds after he emerged a shot was fired by a police officer, but it was an accidental discharge, police said. Police had initially received a report of a shot fired and a man with a gun in the vicinity of 725 6th Ave. S. about 1:15 p.m. Several backup units were called to seal off streets in the area after the first two units responded. A small crowd gathered shortly after the police sealed off the street. One of the seven policemen at the scene told the crowd at the east end of the block to move to the intersection. "That's a high-powered rifle he's got there," he said. Haines satirizes Montana experiences HELENA (AP) An Oklahoma construction firm that collided with Montana labor organizations and government agencies while trying to build a Montana Power Co. pipeline with non-union labor is now circulating a satirical five-page story about its problems. Haines Pipeline Co. of Woodward, Okla., titled the story "The Saga of a Montana Adventure (Or Carry Me Back to Old Oklahoma)" and apparently sent it to fellow contractors. It recommends Montana to "builders of America if they want adventure, very little romance and the experience of a lifetime." Happy Easter Weather, 2-B Sunny with warming temperatures today and Monday. High today 53, low tonight 32, high Monday 64. Chance of precipitation is 0. Business Sect. C Classified Sect. D Editorial 6-7A MetroMontana Sect. B Montana Parade Sect. G Obituaries, records 2-B Preview Sect. F Sports Sect. E TV Trib In Parade Tribune telephones Local: 761-6666 Montana, outside Great Falls Toll Free: 1-800-438-6600 Brad Haines, head of the pipeline company, said he didn't want the tale to be misunderstood. "The article is just a spoof, a bit of doggerel that was created during some of the bad days when our efforts to go forward with the project were frustrated. It is satire at best about a not so very pleasant series of events." He said the tale was not meant for publication but admitted someone associated with his firm wrote it. Haines was hired by the utility to build a natural gas pipeline from Anaconda to Cut Bank. Montana Power halted construction 90 miles short of completion because of various problems. "Everything was wonderful until the job started," the story begins. Later, it refers to a major union demonstration against the project a July 1983 incident involving about 250 union members and 55 law officers from four counties as just a "friendly little union solidarity get-together. It was not a stuffy meeting, however. In fact, it turned out to be a good old-fashioned riot, with lots of fun: Smashing trucks and equipment, shooting windshields and radiators and a great time was had by all." The tale is critical of police actions involving Haines' employees and recounts how the firm was ordered to use only licensed, unarmed security guards. "The county assessors presented us with a tax bill for $159,000 based on a unique Montana law called an 'arbitrary asessment,' which means they can do whatever they damn well please. We understand that the Soviet government is so impressed with the Montana arbitrary assessment laws that they are patterning their entire model tax code after them." The tale says Montana lawyers had a wonderful time with Haines. "Attorneys threatened to sue us because we laid-off our trusted employees to hire Montanans. Other attorneys threatened to sue us for not hiring enough Montanans." The story writer indicated the biggest contribution of the "Build Montana" program, which is aimed at drawing business to the state, was renovation of courtrooms. "They provide free guided tours of every court-See HAINES' SATIRE, 2-A 1 Light overcomes the cross Christians around the world today celebrate Christ's rising from the dead after his crucifixion on the cross, an event symbolized by Tribune Photo by Joe Wolib the sun's light overwhelming the cross atop St. Peter's Mission eight miles west of Cascade. 1 -s fails to note good points By DAN HOLLOW Tribune Staff Writer If Rand-McNally is to be believed, the slogan of the '80s should be, "Go East, young man, go East." The company's recently released Places Rated Almanac concludes that nearly all of America's "super-solid" metro areas are east of the Mississippi River, mostly in the Ohio Valley and the Mid-South. The very best place of all, based on the almanac's nine criteria, is Pittsburgh, Pa. The dubious distinction of being ranked the very worst, 329th, falls to Yuba City, Calif. Montana's two entrants fall somewhere in the middle. Great Falls ranks in the bottom fourth, at 253rd, while Billings ranks 134th. Rand-McNally's first Places Rated Almanac in 1981 raised roars of approval or disapproval from Chamber of Commerce folks around the country, depending on how a city fared. Great Falls and Billings both improved from 1981 to 1985 relative to the rest of the pack, but the new ratings are not likely to prompt any mass migrations this way. Great Falls' best showing was 83rd in the recreation category, in large part due to the town's 114 bowling lanes and the nearby Lewis and Clark National Forest. Billings ranked below Great Falls in recreation, at 93rd, despite the fact Billings got points for parimutuel horseracing, which the almanac neglected to list for Great Falls, and for a professional hockey team, which folded last year. Great Falls also topped Billings in: housing, 114th to 209th, respectively; health care and environment, 214th to 275th, and crime, 111th to H3th. However, the almanac put Great Falls lower than Billings in: climate and terrain, 293rd to 269th; transportation, 188th to 25th; education, 189th to 84th; the arts, 279th to 247th, and economics, 253rd to 134th. The almanac, which costs $14.95, draws on 1980 U.S. Census information and other federal reports through 1984. Each of the nine categories has a chapter containing profiles of the 329 metropolitan areas, with the rating criteria listed. For example, climate was rated on mildness; that is, how close temperatures remain to 65 degrees throughout the year. Great Falls and Billings both fall in the bottom quarter of the rankings in climate because of long winters. Each has more than 150 days when temperatures dip to the freezing mark. Great Falls' elevation is incorrectly listed as 702 feet (2,600 feet See FALLS' RATING, 2-A

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