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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri • 13

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Dog Drags House Feb. 14,1971 SPRINGFIELD (Ml.) LEADER-PRESS Senate Turns Again to Old Billboard Bill JEFFERSON CITY (Special) Faced with an $11.9 million price tag If It falls to act within a federal deadline, the Missouri Senate was expected to resume debate today on a billboard control law to bring the state into compliance with federal regulations. mfi Mm jm. i uigp ii wymmmmmmmmmammmm iwmmwmhi 'J "1 I 7 -I 1 I Kz? j-; I- I'j 07 4 I. CJr.

Cx j. i ataBIM For his 17th birthday, Jim Caldwell, of Repnb- left to right, his history teacher, Mike Gammel, lie, received a pleasant surprise at Cox Medical Carol Scott, 16, who baked the cake, Brad Hen-Center this morning a birthday cake and a son, 16, Rex Ailhands, 17, and Becky Litle, 16. visit from friends. With the bedfast youth are, Days Since 1 Last Traffic (0) Fatality la Springfield In City This Year 2 Same Time Last Year 1 la County This Year 4 Same Time Last 2 In State This Year lis Same Time Last Year .148 In City Saturday-Sunday: Accidents it 2 Injured I I Hermel Settles Injury Lawsuit The personal injury suit brought seainst Hrmii (Battlefield Main hv Marot Baldrldge, has been settled out of court and U.S. District Judge William E.

Collinson today or- oerea tne ease dismissed. The olaintiff nrielnallv had asked $50,000 for injuries she said resulted from a fall at the Mall July 29, 1970, and last December petitioned the court to increase the amount to $150,090 because her condition had "deteriorated and worsened." Todav's dismissal wi with prejudice to the plaintiff and at me cost oi me aetenaant. Mall Asks New Judge In Trial of Tax Suit Hermel, doing business as Battlefield Mall, today filed a motion asking Circuit Judge Douglas W. Greene to disqualify himself in the tax suit pending against the firm. The case, according to the regular procedure, is expected to go to Circuit Judge James H.

To town Man HBlaalcs Lie Test A polygraph test administered to a 49-year-old Davenport, Iowa, man in that city this morning may provide a clue to the murder of Carol Blades, of Nixa, in 1969. Results of the test probably will not be known for several days, according to Captain R. E. Swackhamer, commanding officer of Troop of the state high way patrol in Springfield. Cart.

Swackhamer reported someone in Davenport last week notified Christian County Sheriff Buff Lamb that the man in Da venport had knowledge of the Blades slaying. The body of Mrs. Blades was found, about a year after she disappeared Dec. 15, 1969, by a Stone County fanner looking for bis cows. In telegrams to Gov.

Warren E. Hearnes and Attorney General John Danforth last Friday, Department of Transportation Secretary John A. Volpe said Missouri Is not in compliance with the 1965 Highway Beau-tification Act and the federal government would not help pay for removal of signs erected in violation of the federal statute, which became effective Oct 22, Volpe said he would withhold $11,500,000 in federal highway funds unless the state enacted a tougher billboard law by March SI. The message from Volpe confirmed what had been threatened all along, but had never been definitely stated by the transporation secretary himself. Volpe said the highway funds, which would be spent in the 1972-73 fiscal year, would be restored If Missouri had an adequate statute and agreement with federal officials in effect by the deadline.

The announcement was seen as a setback for outdoor advertising industry, representatives, who have told legislators the federal government would pay 75 percent of the cost of all signs that must be removed. Twice in the past week the Senate has' debated enactment of the billboard compliance legislation, but final action is now expected today. The Senate agreed to pass a bill last week that have required taxpayers to pay the cost of sign removal, but the measure was held up when several senators questioned whether the federal government would assist in paying the costs. Sen. Robert A.

Young, D-St. Ann, said be would call the bill up for debate soon after the Senate convenes. He said he thought an agreement has been reached to meet tne federal government's demands. Young said current estimates indicate it will cost Missouri about $21 million to tear down non-conforming billboards and recompense the owners within tbe next few years. The Senate moved its time for reconvening up to 2 p.m.

in an effort to cope with a mounting mass of bills ready for debate. The House was to convene an hour later. It hopes to debate tbe major appropriation bills later this week. The Senate also canceled Wednesday afternoon committee meetings so it could continue to debate the bills that have been pouring out of committees. 'V-i j.

In the House, speaker James E. Godfrey, D-St Louis, said an attempt would be made this week to revamp the rules committee into a screening committee to give top priority to bills of statewide importance. The House carried over more than 700 bills Jjom last year and many membars now admit privately that Vas a mistake because many of the carry-over bills are clogging the House calendar ahead of more important legislation. Godfrey said any change in the carryover plan would be up to the 1973 legislature. Committees of both houses again have a long list of bills up for hearings this week, ranging from abortion to waste disposal.

Tuesday afternoon the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill to require open meetings of all public bodies. The House Governmental Affairs Committee will consider a similar bill Wednesday night. A bill to boost the state gasoline tax from 5 to 7 cents a gal-Ion, similar to one vetoed by the governor last year, will be heard by the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday night. Chocolate Cake Brightens Jim 's Day Not only did they bring their breezy presence; they brought a present an Indian chocolate cake baked from a recipe by Carol and cheerily decorated with "happy faces." Jim, the son of the Rev. and Mrs.

E. S. Caldwell, of Repub. lie, was injured severely in 1969 when be was riding a bicycle on Glenstone near Battlefield Mail After Postman Springfield police were sent to the 1300 block East Pythian about 12:30 p.m. today to check on a report of a mailman need ing assistance, Communications clerks at police headquarters said they were told by the mailman that be bad been chased by a large German shepherd, which was dragging its doghouse behind it on the end of along chain.

Police who arrived at the scene quickly called for a dog catcher for assistance. Jail Term Suspended For Man Accused Of Aiming Shotgun A common assault charge in. volving aiming a shotgun at a police officer resulted in a suspended six-month jail term to day for Paul Dean Godfrey, 29, of 2330 East Commercial, a crane operator. Godfrey, who pleaded guilty to the charge before Magistrate Louren G. Davidson, was ar rested Saturday afternoon after Godfrey's wife called police and asked them to get him out of the bouse.

Officers Jim Newton and Dan White went in the house to look for him, and Newton entered a back bedroom and found God frey with a 12-gauge shotgun aimed at him. Newton reported be retreated to the living room and ordered Godfrey to drop the gun and come out. Godfrey did so, the officer said. The shotgun was found to have been loaded. Godfrey also faces municipal court action involving his wife.

Murder Given Sheriff Lamb and a deputy, and Patrol Cpl. Wayne Murphy went to Davenport Friday, after learning the man supposedly in possession of information about the case was a native of the Mountain Grove area and had been convicted in 1954 of a burglary in Christian County. However, the officers were "not impressed" with the man's knowledge of the Blades case and believed be bad gained his knowledge through reading detective magazine stories of the murder. The man did, however, agree to take a lie detector test and further investigation of bis story will be made only after results of the test are known, Capt. Swackhamer said.

1 I I Jim Caldwell spent bis 17th birthday in Cox Medical Center, strapped to a circular bed. That was Friday. Today was brightened consid erably for' the Republic youth artum ht htetnrv tparfutr MiltA Gammel, and four classmates came to visit htm. The four were Brad Henson, 16, Rex Ailhands, 17, Carol Scott, 16, and Becky Litle, 16. Judge to Try Early Hours For Traffic Ticket Cases New Opposition Develops i University Status Backers Confident month of school because of his injuries.

However, by special tutoring and hard studying, he hopes to maintain his grades and graduate from high school with his classmates. Is there a chance that he will ever be able to walk again? "Medically speaking," he said without a tremor, "the answer is But I have hopes." fd. ()f fer For Thieves At Cemetery "Maybe if we can raise enough money for a large -enough reward these people can be found and prosecuted so that this terrible tiling won't happen again." Mrs. Jack Strope, Route 2, Ro-gersville, who lost her 16-year-old son in an auto accident two and a half years ago, made the comment today in announcing that a reward fund has been started for the arrest and conviction of the thieves who struck White Chapel Cemetery on West Division last week. Mrs.

Strope said Sheriff Mickey Owen is offering a sizeable reward to get the fund underway. "If anyone who has a loved one at White Chapel would like to give any amount, even a dollar, please contact the sheriff's office," Mrs. Strope said. In the second "open letter" about the Thursday night destruction, Mrs. Strope declared that "I just could not believe what we saw the destruction of such a beautiful sacred place where so many people put their loved ones to rest in peace.

"We lost our 16-year-old son in car accident two and a half years ago," Mrs. Strope continued. "He loved life and nature so much and had only a few years to enjoy it. This is why we picked White Chapel Gardens. "I cannot imagine what a man, if you could call them men, could be like to destroy such a sacred place of beauty just to get the bronze off tbe tombstones to sell," Mrs.

Strope concluded. JEFFERSON CITY The definition of a university and whether the five state colleges meet It Is scheduled to be decided this week. in the Missouri Senate, when that house of the legislature begins first round floor debate on a measure giving the schools university status. Capt. Swackhamer and with Prosecutor Dee Wampler, who said that assistant Prosecutors Steve Brown, Ted Strecker and Karl Madden, will assist the court on alternate days.

The judge also announced his Police Kick Off 'Week' Tonight The first in a series of com munity meetings conducted by the Springfield Police Department will be held at 7:30 tonight in the Central High School audi torium. Several police officials will be on hand to kick off Crime Prevention Week in Springfield by showing a film and discussing crime and its prevention with the public. The meetings will continue Tuesday night at Kickapoo, Wednesday at Hillcrest, Thursday at Glendale and Friday at Parkwood. 60 Days in Jail Given Drunk Driver A 60-day jail term on a drunk en driving charge was assessed against a 43-year-old Springfield man today by Magistrate Lou ren G. Davison.

Raymond Lee Wasmar, 3047 West Water, unemployed, who has been jailed on a city charge, changed bis plea to guilty to an offense Dec. 6. New hours to appear on traffic tickets, for the convenience of the citizens of Die county, were announced at a press conference today by Magistrate Richard L. Franks. The policy change, the first such ever undertaken here, will be initiated for a trial period of 90 days, Judge Franks said.

Judge Franks will hear traffic cases at any time from 8 a.m. to 1 1 3 0 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday and has authorized state troopers to set appearance dates according to the time convenient for the recipients of the tickets. For those citizens who have no preference, the usual times of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

five days a week are still available. "In the past several months through conversation with many of the cUizens of the community I have discovered that our traf fic summons practice results in a considerable inconvenience to a large segment of the popu lation of Greene County," Judge Franks wrote Capt R. E. Swackhamer, commanding offi cer of the Troop headquarters of the Missouri Highway Patrol. "Tbe appearance time for all traffic summons in magistrate court has been at either 10 a.m.

or 2 p.m.," the judge noted. "This forces working citizens to leave their place of employment in the most productive portion of their working day. Further more, many of these citizens, in addition to appearing in court and paying a fine, suffer a loss in wages while away from their job." Judge Franks termed the situ ation "inequitable" and said be hoped his policy change would provide a possible remedy. Judge Franks noted that be had discussed the matter with and was hit by an automobile. "It broke my back," he recounted this morning.

"I was hospitalized six months the first time." Later, he recovered sufficiently to sit up in a wheelchair and was able to resume classwork. He missed half his freshman year, took only two subjects bis sophomore year and this year has missed $ne full plans for a feasibility study on the proposed traffic violations bureau for magistrate court. Judge Franks was named by fellow Magistrates Orville Kerr and Louren G. Davidson to make the study. Judge Franks said a decision will be made by all three judges, hopefully by March 30.

Missouri law allows the initiation of the traffic window for minor, non-moving traffic violations. "The purpose of the violations clerk would be to handle a great volume of the non-moving cases in an economical and efficient manner, yet convenient to the taxpayer and consistent with fair judicial practice," the judge said. Our courts presently handle several thousand of these casen annually, and it was sug gested by Prosecuting Attorney Wampler in his year-end report that a violations bureau would provide much-needed relief to his staff and other county employes." Judge Franks said his study will include a trip to St. Louis, where such a plan is in operation, and conferences with Springfield municipal court officials. The judge also will make a caseload study of the average time spent by citizens and court personnel on tbe typical non-moving case.

CITY COUNCIL will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 22 because of the observance of Washington's Birthday on Monday, when city offices will be closed. peting with Missouri for place, ment of the proposed facility. Various estimates place the present life span of Lambert at 10 to 20 years. NASA officials developing the STOL say the aircraft will be commercially feasible by 1978.

Current surveys show that 80 per cent of all U.S. air passen gers travel less than 300 miles and SO per cent fly less than 500 miles. These figures tend to make STOL a hichlv attractive al ternative for heaviiv nontilatMl urban areas such as St. Louis. A businessman could feasibly board a STOL near the St Louis Arch and travel to a destination nerhans close to Chicago' tn This would cut out time spent traveling to and from airnnrts in both cities, The "STOLnorta" could In.

cated in satellite fashion. In and around the entire urban area. The sponsor of the legislation, Senate Majority Leader William J. Cason, of Clinton, is expected to bring the bill up for consideration this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Considerable opposition has arisen to the idea of letting Southwest Missouri State College, Southeast Missouri State College, Central Missouri State College, Northwest Missouri State College and Northeast Missouri State College become universities.

Proponents, however, are confident of first round approval. Leading the anticipated opposition is Sen. Albert M. Spradl-ing, D-Cape Girardeau, who is expected to raise arguments that adoption of the legislation has serious constitutional questions surrounding it. Sen.

Spradling, who has been engaged in a battle with Southeast Missouri State College president Dr. Mark Scully over several issues recently, holds the opinion that such action by the boards of regents of the colleges to change their names to universities would "put them out of business." Vote Reporting He told The Leader and Press, "By leaving in the word state in the names of the schools, we may be walking into something we don't want" He was referring to Section 9 (a) of the 1945 Constitution, which sets forth the government of the "state university." It reads: "The government of the state university shall be vested in board of curators consisting of nine members appointed by the governor, by' and with the consent of the Senate." Sen. Spradling also has some reservations about the future of the state colleges, if they are allowed to change their names. "There are many questions in my mind as to whether the change in names is going to bring an additional responsibility as far as establishing new graduate programs, and if so, it would be a duplication of efforts presently being carried at Mis souri University." Because of his constitutional arguments. Sen.

Spradling Is ex pected to offer an amendment to the bill, which is co-sponsored See UNIVERSITY, Page 17 Involves Only 'Do Short Takeoff Landing Plane Magistrate Richard L. Franks announced a "substantial change in policy by my court only in an endeavor to better serve the citizens of Greene County." Gould STOL Aircraft Rise Above Second Tort Need? Pass' ills It Depends on How Senators Word It By MIKE McGRAW Washington Correspondent For Leader and Press WASHINGTON A new piece of aircraft hardware has en tered tbe debate over where to place the proposed new metro politan St Louis airport Rep. James Symington (D 2nd District) told a meeting of Citizens for a Missouri Airport that "thorough examination of the STOL (short takeoff and landing aircraft) and its implications to air service is war ranted before, not after, irreversible plans and investments are made in a major new airport" Symington feel that the STOL, which will be used mostly for flights averaging 500 miles, could possibly lighten the load on Lambert field, making a new airport elsewhere less of a necessity. Illinois also has created an greatly reduced as STOL can maneuver in much less space' than conventional aircraft. STOL technology has come a long way since the concept was first introduced.

According to Gerald Kayten, NASA's director of Experimental Transport programs, "If you are talking about a plane that can land and take off on a short field, STOL technology is here "We could expect to see commercial use of the technology for STOL by 1977-78, or in the very early 80's." The ultimate STOL that NASA engineers have in mind would resemble present-day jetliners in looks and characteristics. It would use whig flaps and nozzles to redirect thrust power in a downward direction to allow a plane carrying ISO or more pas- See AIRPORT, Page 17 "Shall this bill be reported with a recommendation that it do pass?" Five of the above mentioned six senators stood firm in their support of the State Reorganization Commission's report and voted "yes." They were Sens. Blackwell, Bradshaw, Jones, Joynt and Spradling. Sen. William Waters of Kansas City defected and voted "no," but his crossing was cancelled out by Sen.

Lawrence Lee of St. Louis, who joined the five in voting "yes." Because the motion on the reorganization and coordination of higher education was not put "Shall this bill be reported with a recommendation that it do pass," the spirit of the recently adopted rules change was cir- As it turned out, the motion was, "Shall this bill be laid over for further study?" and the vote was 7-6 in favor. Six of the senators Blackwell, Bradshaw, Jones of Kansas City, Joynt, Spradling and Waters voted, "no" on the motion, thus standing up for the proposed constitutional amendment and the public's chance to vote on it Before the vote could be taken on the measure that would reorganize 87 separate state agencies into 10 new departments and the Office of Administration, Sen. Raymond Howard, a St. Louis Democrat, left the room.

That left 12 members to decide whether the Senate should debate the matter on the floor. In this case, the motion was put, By WARREN GEL'Rttf Staff Writer JEFFERSOM CITY When the Senate Judiciary Committee used a parlimentary trick last week to avoid recording Individual votes on the "Little Hoover'' Commission's recommendations, several members of the Capitol press corps were understandably upset So they decided to try and find out which of the 13 senators voted to kill the proposals that representeda blueprint to streamline state government's executive branch and offered a hope of coordinating the efforts of public higher education. When this newspaper, along with two others, later published those votes which were taken behind closed doors and were supposed to remain secret several senators were up in arms. The first measure to be delayed was the one that would have created a Coordinating Board for Higher Education to supersede the present Missouri Commission on Higher Education as a constitutionally chartered body with broad powers of review over the state universities and colleges. The trick was in how the main motion was put 11 The recently adopted rules change on vote reporting deals only with bills reported with a "do pass" recommendation, so if a bill does not get out the public isn't supposed to know what the vote was or even if a vote was taken, i.

airport authority and are com- Air traffic congestion could be f. fir-.

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