Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 1
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Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
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back in custody · By MIKE PETERS · ; : . tribune SUIf Writer .'.· Three' Weld County Jail escapees who L'ftere the tubjects of a story In a Denver !$ewsp»per Sunday, have all been ap- I'tirehended by law authorities. i». Weld County Sheriff Richard Martinez :;»ald David L. Dilks was arrested in ''Vucsori; Aril., last'week while hitch- ·'-hiking. Jimmie White was arrested on burglary charges Friday in Tucson, and David Knight has been picked,up in Cortez, Colo. In a copyrighted story Sunday, the Denver Post said it has determined a jailbreak' by three Weld County prisoners apparently resulted from a"1ove tryst" between a deputy and a female prisoner. Thelail break occurred at 5:30 a.m. March 28. It was discovered by Sheriff Martiner and some deputies when they .reported to work at 6 a.m. that morning. In the Post' story, it was said the reporter offered his information to Sheriff Martinez Thursday, but "he declined to accept the material or to discuss the matter." The sheriff said Sunday night that he was in Kersey with the flood situation most of the-day Thursday, and no reporter from the Post approached him with information on the jail break case. The Post said the information concerning the jailbreak was turned over to the Weld County district attorney, and charges' were filed against the deputy, Scott Barraclough. Barraclough was fired by the sheriff on April 6, after it was discovered he filed a false report concerning the jailbreak. IJ Original Script Written by Horace Grealey In 1871 ;! VOL.65, NO. 149 OREELEY, COLORADO MO1 ANDTHEGREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 MONDAY, APRIL U, 1973. Investigation, clean-up continue in flood area By LYNN HEINZE : Tribune Staff Writer "We like to thank all of the wonderful ;people who came to our aid in our time of ·need." i That was the sentiment of a great 'many people .in the Kersey area in the 'aftermath of a flood which struck the area Thursday. ; The flood which was the result of a ;break in the Lower Latham Reservoir, ;moved rapidly through an area from the -mouth of the dike through the farmlands ·west of Kersey, into the town and beyond, i The response to the needs.of the people 'in the area was fantastic, according to ^Victor Klein who farms west of Kersey. ,"You just can't believe all of the "qualified help we received. : "Ttiey came from all over the area :With trucks, tractors, men and shovels. 'All of the help was there," Klein continued. "Men came to truck cattle away and whenjthat was no longer possible, ·horsemen'were there to herd them to safety." Klein also indicated that he received Oils,from as far away as Florida from 'people offering assistance. '· But in the aftermath also comes the ·tedious and frustrating job of clean-up. Throughout the weekend, hampered by high winds and snow, the effort continued. But the addition of moisture set ;back attempts in some of the areas to (move into fields covered with silt and ;water. , ; Kersey schools, which received an estl- ; mated $500,000 in damages, may be re;opened Tuesday, officials said Monday I morning.' it The main problem facing the schools ' i'ow, officials said, is the lack of heat 'in - the buildings. The elementary school has ' been cleaned up after Thursday's flood jljit the town, and work is continuing on ; cleaning the high school. 'Flood damage probably won't cause Holy Week services Scheduled daily : it ' * . 'The Greeley Area Ministerial Association will sponsor Holy Week .Services to be held at the First Covenant ;jhurch, 10th Ave. 8th St., Monday ;through Friday this week from 12:05 to ;12:30 p.m. : t'Tuesday, the noon service will be led ·b*y Rev. Norman Middleton, Trinity ^ Episcopal Church. Rev. Middleton's Subject will be: "The Suffering Servant." J ^Organist will be Mrs. Don Garlick and soloist, Dr. Sanford Unscome. any special measures to be taken in the schools, the officials said. , As the clean-up operations progressed in the schools Monday morning, Kersey residents continued to dig out from under. Some homes in the town had as much as four inches of silt on the ground floors and basements were flooded in the main area of Ihe flood. Area damage was also estimated to be about $500,000 to Kersey homes, water lines and other utilities. As the flood progressed Thursday and in the aftermath of the devastation, the state water resources office had men standing by in the area to attempt to determine the cause of the break in the Latham Reservoir. State Engineer Clarence Kuiper told the Tribune Monday morning that there was "no indication of negligence whatsoever" which might have led to the break. Kuiper also indicated that there had been no reports received through the state water resources office which would have been cause for a special inspection. "We had no reason to believe there was a dangerous situation at the Latham (Reservoir). "On the basis of our preliminary report which was completed Sunday eveing, we are now strongly leaning toward the probability of dike softening caused by the extremely wet and cold weather conditions this winter. Because of the extreme cold weather which was experienced in the area, the frost line was much deeper than normal. "With the addition of above average moisture, the banks of the dike could have softened causing a weakening," Kuiper added. "There is also the possibility that rodents may have burrowed into the softened banks, which would have further weakened the dike," Kuiper said. "We have determined from our investigation that the peak estimated discharge was in the area of 12,000 cubic feet per second. We can see from this that the failure must have been rapid, considering the relatively small size of the Latham Reservoir," Kuiper concluded. Kuiper also indicated that the preliminary investigation was ' necessarily brief" due to the urgency of the situation. He said, that the investigation would continue in order to gather all of the information for a complete report. A meeting has been scheduled for April 25 in Greeley at which time the public will be asked to offer testimony with regard to the reservoir itself. "We will have a court reporter present at the meeting and the purpose will be to ascertain the probable cause of the failure. Continued on page 36 Today's Tribune contains | story of area's progress ; Today the Tribune begins a new ; venture -- the publication of an ; annual Progress Edition. · This edition carries 136 pages, most of which are devoted to stories · and photographs portraying Weld i County's progress, in human and physical growth, .new and better services and a better and more · prosperous way of life. There are seven sections in the Progress Edition. One is a.tabloid dealing with the remodeling of the Tribune building and this newspaper's conversion to offset printing, This section will help the reader understand the difference between ·the "hot type," method, which we. formerly used, and offset. It will .'give the reader a look at som« of the chances In the building itself. ,. Other sections of the paper will live readers in opportunity to take stock of not only the progress Greeley and all of Weld County have made in the last two decades but also the direction in which the county is moving. The edition contains a large number of stories, photographs and advertisements. It is our hope, however, that you will find time to look at most of it. The cooperation of the advertisers has helped make the Progress edition possible. On Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. the Tribune will hold an open house to give the public an opportunity to. see the remodeled building and the procedures and. equipment' involved in offset production of the newspaper. The Tribune Staff will b« on hand to.greet the public and explain the operation. Reading the tabloid, however, will help make your tour of the newspaper more enjoyable. Egg hunter Five-year-old Gina Schafner, daughter of Mrs. Vicky Meyers, 19312nd St., reaches for an egg in a hunt Saturday. Children from the Greeley Parent- Child Center participated in the hunt and activities afterward sponsored by the residents of Troxell, Hays, Hadden and Cross Halls on the UNC campus. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) Judge sets hearing date on Interladco court suit By FRANK COLOHAN Tribune Staff Writer July 5 and 6 were set by Judge Donald A. Carpenter in District Court here Friday for the hearing of testimony in regard to a complaint filed by Interladco Inc. against county officials over denial of a proposed subdivision plat. The hearing v/ill concern testimony regarding alleged acts and statements by county officials which Interladco contends influenced the denial of the plat but which are not part of the County Commissioner's official record in the case. Judge Carpenter also gave County Attorney Sam Telep and attorney Ronald Cook of Denver, also acting as an attorney for the county, until May 10 to file briefs. Interladco's attorneys, Lynn Hammond and John Chilson of Loveland and Glenn Saunders of Denver, were given until May 15 to'file a reply brief. Judge Carpenter set the July 5 and 6 hearing after about three hours of argument over a motion of the county for dismissal of the complaint and the plaintiff's offer of proof regarding what the additional'testimony would show. The case concerns the County Commissioners' denial last Dec. 20 of the final plat of the propsed Indianhead Subdivision on U.S. 34 in Weld County near the Larimer County line.' Telep, in arguing for granting of the The weather NORTHEAST COLORADO - Partly cloudy through Tuesday. Warming trend. Lows tonight 25 to 39. Highs Tuesday in the. MM. Variable winds 5 to 15 m.p.h. tonight. Fort Collins, Sterling, Greeley, Fort Morgan 55-32-«5. Precipitation probabilities In per cent: near zero tonight, 5 Tuesday. .1 · dismissal motion, said invidual members of the County. Planning Commission and Burman Lorenson, county planning director, should be dismissed as defendants in the action, since the planning commission is only an advisory group and cannot make any final decisions on its own. He also said a claim for the $85,000 in damages the plaintiffs are seeking in the suit has never been submitted to the commissioners for audit and possible allowance, consequently, the claim for damages in the complaint was not proper. Judge Carpenter reserved his ruling on the motion for dismissal. Saunders told the court the additional testimony the plaintiffs wish to present would show that a county official had "personal animosity to giving the applicant (Interladco) his constitutional rights as provided by law. "The purpose of presenting this is to provide additional material which is not in the official records of the proceedings before the County Commissioners. It relates to actions which occurred outside the official proceedings." Interladco Inc. and Lennart and Gladys Mellin, the plaintiffs in the suit, are asking the court to issue an order directing the county commissioners to approve the final plat of the proposed subdivision. Their complaint contends the plat was denied under an unwritten policy that no urban developments would be allowed In rural areas of the county unless the land adjoins an existing community. The complaint claims the policy is Illegal and that the commissioners' denial of the plat constituted confiscation of the property rights of the plaintiffs without due process of law or just compensation. In the first account of the jailbreak, Barraclough said he was held at gunpoint· by a trusty, Jimmie White, and locked in the women's cell block in the basement of the jail. Barraclough admitted to a different version of the story two weeks ago. He said he voluntarily took White to the women's cell "so White could deliver a message to the woman prisoner." According to Barraclough, the trusty locked him inside the cell, and then helped two other prisoners, David L. Dilka and David Lee Knight to escape. In Sunday's story, Barraclough admitted putting his arms around the woman prisoner and kissing her while he was in the cell on the morning of the escape. Barraclough said Sunday night that he didn't expect the story in the Post to "come out this way." "1 really didn't intend to have a sexual relationship with the girl, as the story indicates," said Barraclough. "although I did put my arms around her and kiss her." Visibly shaken by the Post article, Barraclough said he had no idea charges would be filed against him. According to the story, the former deputy will be charged with false reporting to authorities, second degree official misconduct, and second degree perjury. _ Contradicting the Post story, which stated Sheriff Martinez offered a "deal," Barraclough said there was no deal made. According to the Denver newspaper, Martinez told Barraclough that no charges would be filed if Barraclough would resign and not tell anybody what really happened. "The sheriff really told me that the incident was under investigation," Barraclough said. "He never said he wouldn't file charges." The Sunday story also stated that Dilka was made a trusty at the jail after a six-; week stay there. Sheriff Martinez said Sunday night that Dilka was never made; a trusty at the jail. Dilka was let out of his cell by Barraclough on the Sunday night before · the jail break. Barraclough said he let Dilka out because White told him the sheriff said it was okay for Dilka to help White in the kitchen. The deputy never called the sheriff to confirm White's statement. The sheriff and several deputies also contested the statement in the Post story that "White'(the trusty) had keys to an outside door and the evidence locker in the jail." According to Sheriff Martinez, White : has bragged before that he can "pick any lock made." The sheriff said no keys were ever given to White, and he apparently jimmied the doors and locks. Barraclough also said the story erroneously quoted him as saying there was no training for him when he took the job as deputy. "Actually; I was told what to do in the jail in a step-by-step method." Barraclough said. "The more experienced officers worked to train us, (the new deputies), and Sgt. Tony Onorato has a good training program." The Post story is one of several concerning the Weld County Sheriff's Department which have been written in the past year. Barraclough said Sunday that the Post reporter "seemed to have as his main objective criticism of the sheriff." "He (the reporter) told me that the Post goes over anything that happens to the sheriff's office with a microscope.'' Barraclough said., "I can't understand why they want to get the sheriff so badly." U.S. will close 224 installations WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon officials said today that 224 military installations will be closed and 21,172 civilian and. 16,640 military jobs will be terminated, a reliable Senate source reported. The disclosure came following meetings Pentagon officials had with various state legislators on Capitol Hill. Among those which will be closed are Hunter's Point Naval Yard at San Francisco and the Boston Naval Yard. The Pentagon officials said a total of 274 bases will be affected in some way by the reductions. The hospital and brig will definitely be shut down in Portsmouth, N.H., but there are some coflicting reports on whether or not the rest of the installation will remain. There are approximately 480 military installations in the United States. They employ 2.3 million members of the Armed Forces and about 1.1 million civilians hired directly by the government. However, Sen. Richard S. Schweiker, R-Pa., said one of the biggest bases, Ft. Dix. In New Jersey, will remain open. He had just attended an Appropriations Committee meeting with Pentagon officials on Capitol Hill. He said the New England states seem to be the hardest hit by the military actions. The Boston Naval Shipyard and the hospital and brig at Portsmouth, N.H. Naval Shipyard will be closed, said Schweiker. Inside the Tribune . (136 pages, 7 sections) Abby 16 Hospital 6 Agri-news 20-21 Markets 35 Classified 30-35 Obituaries 6 Comics -22 Sports 26-29 Crossword 22 Theater 24-25 Editorial 4 TV log 22 Heloise 17 Weather 6 Horoscope 10 Wm'spgs. 15-17 Today's press run: 18.250 Weld-Larimer region faces problem on water planning A recent letter from Ben Cruce, coordinator for the Larimer-Weld Regional Planning Commission, to commission members brought out some problems facing the two-county area in the field of water quality management plans. Cruce pointed out that Larimer-Weld had expected to develop a mathematical model to satisfy Environment Planning Agency requirements, but it now appears that this might not satisfy new EPA requirements. According to Cruce this would be most important to communities that would need federal aid for waste water treatment facilities after 1975. In his letter Cruce said that EPA had granted the Denver Regional Council of Governments $200,000 to develop a Water Management Plan for the Denver region. According to Cruce there are no EPA funds for similar purposes in other areas of the state and, if this is the case, he feels that the state should appropriate funds to meet the EPA requirements, rather than throwing .the burden upon planning jurisdictions within the state. Cruce estimated that $200,000 would be required to carry out a study for the Platte River Basin in the Larimer-Weld Region. Cruce said thai a meeting was held recently in Ijwelnnd with George Hartman of EPA and John Hinlon of the State Health Department. Others attending the meeting included planners from Weld and Larimer Counties and from Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. Coming out of the meeting was the fact that the Larimer-Weld region must have a Water Quality Management plan by July of 1975. Cruce said consequences of failing to meet the July 1975 deadline are no federal aid to the region and no federal aid'to the state. Since the state is responsible for the water quality management plan, the state is sure to require the plan from the region, Cruce said. Cruce said an environmental impact statement will be an essential element of the plan and thai stream standards for water quality will be high, perhaps B-2, warm water fishery. Some treatment facilities might require tertiary treatment, depending upon population, load and efficiency. An important requirement for a water quality management plan is a method to implement, finance and manage the recommendations of the plan. Cruce said a regional service a u t h o r i t y type situation was mentioned ns an example. Cruce said regulations for the plan arc to he finalized within a few weeks. Cruce said it has been recommended that a special meeting of the Larimer- Weld Regional Planning Commission be called to discuss the plan itself, requirements, dates, responsible parties, costs, financing, contractural arrangements and other details. Attendance of EPA officials at such a meeting would be desirable, Cruce Mid.

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