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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri • 31

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Aurora Speaks Up Retiring Prosecutor John Crotc Likes Challenges Til Miss Law Enforce tnent Crow said, referring to his request last year for stricter procedures for the hard-core criminal "A two-year sentence should mean 24 months, not 14. As the crime rate continues to increase the need for legislation of this type becomes even greater." See CROW, Page A -45 By BARBARA CLAUSER Staff Writer "The recent (U.S.) Supreme Court decisions seem to reflect a more realistic view of crime, the criminal offender and the problems of law enforcement" "The procedural aspects of a criminal case all favor the defendant "At present a convict can satisfy a two-year prison sentence in 14 months," Crow pointed out "During the last regular of the General Assembly I The Question: What was your most memorable Christmas? The Answers: pointed out the need for an habitual criminal law with in creased ranges of punishment for the hard-core and on the need for a tightening up of the release procedures of the correctional rapid rise in the caseload, Crow's time in the office has seen an unusual number of murder and robbery cases, re-trying of notorious old cases such as George Ben Edmondson and sucb other disputes as the Republic sewage lagoon and the Southwest Disposal Plant difficulties. The 35-year-old Crow, who was in private practice for only two years in a law firm here before he joined the prosecutor's staff in February, 1965, served as a captain in the judge advocate general's corps after receiving his law degree in 1959 from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Even though he's leaving the prosecutor's office, Crow a Republican, still has strong feelings about crime and the enforcement of the law. "From the standpoint of law enforcement I feel more confident about the Supreme Court of the United States as presently constituted than I did during the years of the Warren era," Crow said, noting that the decisions seem to be reflecting a more realistic view of the crime situation.

Missouri law and procedure also still need to be amended, it "I'll miss being a part of law enforcement and the challenges of that line of work, but it's time that I establish a permanent law practice." -Greene County's active and outspoken prosecutor, John Crow, who has been a prosecutor more than he's been in private practice, will leave office at the end of the year after declining to run for a second two-year term. Crow served as an assistant prosecutor for almost four years before taking the post. In addition to serving as prosecutor and assistant during the 5 RALPH LAUFFER, sophomore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lauffer: "Last year my baby sister, Doretta, was in the hospital and they gave her only a 50-50 chance to live.

She was just one month old. Two days after Christmas they found out she'd be all right." i ACTION investigates complaints, seek solutions to your problems, gets answers, and stands BP for the rights of the people. Only signed letters will be considered, and names will be published except in specific cases where initials are requested. Mail questions and problems to ACTION, Springfield Newspapers, 631 Boon-ville, 65806. Letters will be answered only through the ACTION column.

Why does the state keep funds deposited in First City Bank when they aren't even insured by the FDIC? Why doesn't First City Bank have FDIC Insurance? NAME WITHHELD Springfield ACTION: There is no law that says a bank has to be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures accounts up to $20,000. According to the state treasurer's office, as of Dee. 15 the state held two deposits in First City Bank here a time deposit account of $300,000 and a collection account of $190,939. First City Bank first applied for coverage by the FDIC Feb. 26, 1968, and was not granted coverage then.

Duane Pemberton, president of First City Bank, said another application is going in the first of the year. The bank carries a $1 million excess fidelity bond and a $175,000 primary blanket bond to cover possible loss. The state money deposited there is covered by more than 110 percent by federal government bonds, Pemberton said. Why does the state keep money there? You'll have to ask the governor. ACTION REACTION: An ACTION reader says the Christmas story that Mrs.

John Lasser, of Pierce City, is trying to locate is Abigayil, by Rouben Mamoulian. The book is not in Springfield Public Library, but if Mrs. Lasser goes to the Monett library and applies for her inter-library loan, she should be able to get it. The book is presently stocked at the Hartville library. ACTION Your paper published a statement by Linus, Pauling, the scientist, which said that ascorbic acid in powder form is the best medicine for colds.

I can find no place where I can get it in powder form. Can ACTION help about this? M.G. Mountain Grove ACTION: ACTION'S favorite pharmacist answers thusly: "We don't carry powder now, and very few druggists do, since it ages faster and once it turns brown, forget it. There is no reason powder is better than tablets, except the 'purists' object to the very little filler necessary to make the tablets hold together. Tablets are easier to regulate for dosage.too." ACTION REACTION: In response to the reader's inquiry about the address of Mulhenberg Township High School, one reader says to try Muhlenberg Township School, BeUvue Avenue, Laureldale, Berks Couty, Pa.

ACTION After reading several times lately about the traffic-pedestrian problems at National and Division, I am amazed that the city traffic engineer hasn't adopted a plan that Independence, and several other cities use, and that is underground pedestrian crossings. N.P. Springfield ACTION: The underground pedestrial walkway has been considered for the National-Division intersection but it would solve only a part of the problem. Automobile traffic still would be eon-fronted by a hazardous, Jogging Intersection, bisected by a railroad track. Ultimate solution an overpass, separating railroad from vehicular and pedestrian traffic, with the latter two controlled by signalization.

The intersection cannot be signalized until the right-angle jog is corrected, and right-of-way, involving business properties, will be costly. TONNA MASSEY, fresh-man, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Massey: "Two years ago all of the family, my parents, sister and brothers, my aunts and uncles and cousins and my grandparents went out into the woods near Mountain View to cut a Christmas tree. There'd been a big snow that year and ws all helped set up the tree and decorate my grandparents' house.

You feel like you belong when your family does something like that together. 1 Second Front News Leader Staff net Outgoing Greene County Prosecutor John Crow "People assume that because they don't agree with something it must be against the law this is not necessarily true." ON Springfield, Dec. 27, 1970 A31 Over Year Since Nixa Woman Disappeared Mings Are Found Several Feet ANGELA LOVE, sophomore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary James: "I was 4 years old.

We were in the car, going out to eat Christmas Eve, but had to wait because dad said he'd left a light on and went back in the house. On the way to the restaurant I was sure I saw Santa Claus Front Site Wltere IBotly ILociatect Larry Blades hung up, puzzled, then called, his wife's cous covered fruitlessly early in the investigation because of reports and in the center of a thicket That death has haunted area By FRANK FARMER Staff Writer The death of Mrs. Carol in, Sue Horton. "Would you run she was seen here, she was seen and his reindeer up in the sky. down to the laundry and see if there.

law enforcement officers much as has the disappearance of Blades could probably be solved if CHARLES SLANE, junior, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Slane: "When I was 7 or 8 my brother end I woka up at 5 a.m. Christmas morning and sneaked out of the bedroom and found we each had a new bicycle. A bike was what I'd wanted but I didn't dream I'd get it But we were living in Idaho then and the snow was five feet deep and we couldn't ride the bikes for two weeks!" Carol is there?" Now, Sheriffs Lamb and Barn And when we got back home, all my presents were under the tree!" es can work with single-minded Mrs.

Blades. There was abso If a man seen driving her car shortly before dusk Dec. 15, lutely no evidence of who ab Sue Horton called back "Larry," she said, "Carol's purpose in solving the case, in going back over events leading up to and following Mrs. Blades 1969, could be located. ducted Mrs.

LUlard, however, or how she got to the wooded area clothing is still in a washer at But it is a big "if." disappearance. north of Neosho. The body of the 20-year-old Nixa woman, wife of Larry Last October, Larry Blades reiterated his viewpoint of The case of Mrs. Blades in this respect to the extent Blades, was discovered quite by the laundry and your car is out on Highway 160. You'd better come and see." Sue Horton drove to the blue-roofed, five-room bungalow events leading up to the blank accident about 2 p.m.

Friday by that while she was not seen wall that was bis wife's ab being? abducted, her car was Ernest Wilhelm, of Route 1, lia- a- sence: lena. seen returning to the area near three or four miles west of Nixa, Young Blades, 23, was em the laundry where she had left For 375 days the body had res got Larry and he returned to the car. He found a sack of cookies ployed at Springday, working her clothing the afternoon of ted touching a downed cedar the midnight shift He got off Dec. 15, 1969, and the driver was in the car. Back of the driver's log, protected from casual hunt work at 7 a.m., got home about seen running across the nearby seat, he found the photograph 8 a.m.

after stopping at a ser field ers only by virtue of the fact it was in a thicket of cedar trees. When Wilhelm found the body as vice station in Nixa to fill up his section which belonged in her billfold, but her billfold was missing. The discovery of the remains Impala. he searched for his cows Christ does simplify the case to this ex In Nixa, they learned Jerry mas Day, he summoned Stone tent: authorities know now with I When he got home, Carol, a quiet, bashful girl," about 5 County Sheriff James R. certainty that Mrs.

Blades did Bolin, a family friend, had seen Carol some time that afternoon, not run away from home. A leaving a store. A check in the great deal of ground had to be feet 2 Inches tall, weighing 115 pounds, was cleaning house. store revealed she had bought The sheriff and his deputies, as well as Christian County Sheriff Buff Lamb and his men, cookies. 1 Blades went to bed, Winking that Carol would awaken him late in the afternoon as was her Larry Blades summoned Sher custom.

iff Lamb and about 8 p.m. the combed the area until dark Christmas, then returned Saturday to search throughout the day for further clues, succeed The telephone's ringing awak sheriff met with young Blades. When it became evident that Ca ened him and he noticed it was 3:45. By the time he got up, however, the caller had hung rol was not in the vicinity, a STEVE MORRISON, freshman, son of Mr. and Mrs.

T.A. Morrison: "The Christmases when I was little. I'd look through the catalogue and tell Santa what I wanted. Christmas Eve we'd leave him some cookies to eat and on Christmas Day I wouldn't even remember what I'd asked for, and didn't really care. It was just fun opening everything.

When you get older, you have a pretty good idea of what you'll get, and it's not really much surprise after you don't believe any more." ing in locating Mrs. Blades wedding rings. search party was organized. up. Noticing Carol was not LUETTA ASKINS, junior, daughter of Oden Askins: "The Christmas when I was 5 years old.

Just before that, my sister had knocked me down the stairs and my arm was broken. It was in a cast when I went downtown to see Santa, and when he saw my arm he gave me four extra pieces of candy." Investigation of the car re The remains were identified home, that the car was gone, be by members of the family, and vealed it had evidently been "driven hard," Blades said. Oil went back to sleep, but not be the upper teeth were checked fore seeing that she had taken had splashed all over the fire out, "positive," against dental wall of the vehicle and the car some clothing to the laundry as she had suggested she would do. records. The clothing matched had been driven far enough to that Mrs.

Blades wore the day consume 8.5 gallons of gasoline. of her disappearance a purple He also noticed that she had put up a Christmas tree, decorated it and that some Christ It was learned later Carol had pantsuit, white furry coat and her shoes had weathered only driven to Springfield for shop- ping. mas presents were on a table. "slightly," officers said. He expected to be awakened Massive searching of several i The case is reminiscent of the at 5 or 5:30.

At 6:45 p.m., the telephone rang again and, with square miles in tne general vi- case of Mrs. Frankie 52 La" some alarm, he noticed it was cinity of the place where tne car was found which was beside year-old Neosho woman, who disappeared Feb. 17, 1965, from dark. He answered the phone and it was a friend asking him U. S.

160 about a quarter mile a liquor store where she worked west of the laundry were con in Neosho: vanished in broad RINGS FOUND The wedding rings of Mrs. Carol Blades, 20 year old Nixa housewife whose body was found west of Ponce de Leon Friday, were found yesterday afternoon as officer continued investigation. Mrs. Blades disappeared Dee. 15, 1969, after taking her clothing to a laundry in Nixa.

to help tear down a float used in a parade in Nixa. ducted in subsequent days. daylight from downtown Nso- The keys to the Blades car, stiff rkotn Ernest Wilhelm, Route 1, Galena, inspects the general area where he falcated skeleton Friday afternoon, the remains of Mrs. Carol Blades, Nixa housewife who was reported missing Dec. 15, 1969.

Wilhelm located the body, lying beside a deadfall behind him, while looking for his stock. He asked the friend, "Have shp. which were not in the ignition, were found by a friend of the Not until March 15, 1966, was you seen Carol?" and received the answer, "No, isn't she her skeleton discovered, as with home?" Mrs. Blades, quite by accident, See MYSTERY, Page A 43 lU MARSHALL JACKSON III, nnlnr af Anrirfi TTioh fir-hfVll son of Mr. and Mrs.

Marshall Jackson, "It was the year dad was transferred to Anchorage. Alaska. He was in the Air Fore and I had lived in JAYNE HARGIS, senior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Hargis: "The first Christmas that I can remember that it snowed here in Aurora, and we missed it We bad gone to Oklahoma for Christmas.

Otherwise, Christmases are mostly just the same. Texas, and Florida My first white Christmas was in Alaska and it was 40 be low." i Eight Yule Babies Born in City Springfield hospitals are a boy, born to Mr. and Mrs. James Sa- mek, Route 9, at 11:14 a.m. at St.

John's; a girl, born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mcintosh, Route 1, at 4:41 a.m. at Cox; boy, to Mr. and Mrs.

William Although these children probably will be disgruntled in future years that their birthdays fall on Christmas, eight Ozarks families were pleased with their Christmas Day gifts. First Christmas baby to greet the day was a boy, born to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McCann, Route 3, at 12:01 a.m. He was born in St.

John's Hospital. The first Christmas baby at Cox Medical Center was a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. harraison, Willard, at 4:14 a.m.

Scrivener, Route 2, Nixa, 4:54 a.m., Cox; a girl, to Mr. and Mrs. William Hedges, 1121 Boon After Mrs. Carol Blades disappeared from her home west of Nixa last year, clothing she had taken to this laundry was found still In machines at the laundry. Officers speculate that she was abducted either Inside the laundry as she returned from store in Nixa, and was spirited away to the lonely rural area west of Ponce de Leon.

This is the blue-roofed, five-room bungalow west of Nixa where Larry and Carol Blades lived at the time of ber disappearance Dec. IS, 1969. The afternoon of her disappearance, she had bought Christmas presents, decorated a Christinas tree and took laundry to Nixa for washing. The car she had driven was found abandoned on the west side of Nixa beside U. 160.

ville, 6:49 a.m.. Cox; a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gray, 2218 North Campbell, 6:51 a.m., Cox; and a girl, to Mr. and Mrs.

Frank (Andy) Farmer, Willard, 1:45 p.m., Cox. Others born on the holiday in.

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