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The Times STATE TT THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17. 1994 Police investigate possible lead in student's disappearance "What they're doing is saying, We will allow all kinds of speech except for certain kinds of speech. Rabbi Avi Grossbaum Group sues to erect menorah in Indianapolis courthouse it -f i Indiana Civil Liberties Union and the Jewish Community Re- lations Council. The council's executive director, Marcia Goldstone, said-there is a consensus in Jewish -communities here and across the country that private religious symbols should not be displayed on government property. And while Lubavitch is a Tricia Lynn Reitler Missing since March 1993 Larry Hall Arrested on unrelated Illinois warrant Tricia Lynn Reitler, 19, was reported missing in March 1993 from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.

MARION (AP) -Police on Wednesday checked to see if a man arrested on a warrant from Illinois was involved in the disappearance of an Indiana Wesleyan University student almost two years ago. Larry Hall of Wabash referred to the disappearance of Tricia Lynn Reitler while he was being interrogated, said Arvern Owensby, deputy chief of the Marion Police Department. Hall was arrested Tuesday in Marion on an attempted abduction warrant out of Vermilion County, DL HalL 33, also mentioned several other cases, but Owensby said it was possible the information could have come from media reports. Police were checking to see if Hall knew anything about Reitler's disappearance besides what already had been reported by the media, Owensby said. "A lot of the information from these different cases was in the papers," he said.

"Anybody that had access to the media and the paper could have gotten enough information (to talk about the case)." Hall waived extradition and was on his way back to Illinois on Wednesday, said Cpl. Patrick Mickel of the Grant County Sheriffs Department. Though they still are investigating the link between Hall and Reitler, Owensby said there was not enough information to hold HalL Reitler, 19, disappeared in March 1993 after leaving a drugstore near the Indiana Wesleyan campus. The Olmsted Falls, Ohio, student's jeans, branch of Jewish orthodoxy, its-r position on the matter is not in; line with that of the country's: largest Orthodox the Union of Orthodox Jewish-; INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Orthodox Jewish group contends in a lawsuit that a ban on religious displays in the City-County Building is an unconstitutional abridgement of freedom of speech and religion. The Lubavitch of Indiana is requesting a preliminary injunction allowing a rabbi to erect a menorah in the building's lobby in time for Hanukkah, which begins at sunset Nov.

27. The federal lawsuit was filed last week by Rabbi Avi Grossbaum, the group's executive vice president. It seeks a judgment declaring the ban unconstitutional. A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m Friday before Judge David Hamilton in U.S. District Court.

The Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority adopted a policy last year that prohibited religious displays. Until then, Grossbaum had been allowed to exhibit his five-foot tall wooden menorah a nine-pronged candelabrum -each Hanukkah since 1985. The authority said such dis plays "convey the appearance of governmental endorsement of religion" in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The display of a Christmas tree was allow to continue because, as set out by the U.S.

Supreme Court, it is a secular symbol. Grossbaum said he was concerned that the city's policy violates freedom of speech. "What they're doing is saying, vWe will allow all kinds of speech except for certain kinds of he said. "That in fact is what I believe is in violation of the First Amendment. "When the government is the arbiter of what speech one may or may not have, it's Grossbaum's suit names both the building authority and its general manager, Ronald Reinkmg.

Reinking has referred calls to the agency's attorney, Howard Kahlenbeck. Kahlen-beck declined to comment The building authority's decision was made partly in response to complaints from the Congregations ot America, Goldstone said although Lubavitch is not a member of the community relations coun- shirt and shoes were found three days later in a muddy field several hundred yards from the drugstore. Police found what they suspect to be Reitler's blood on a pant leg. Reitler's parents, Donna and Garry Reitler, said Marion police called them Tuesday night to tell them they might have a break in their daughter's case. "(They) informed us that a fellow named Larry Hall was giving a confession, that he abducted Tricia and two other girls," Garry Reitler said.

Reitler said he has mixed feelings about the possible lead. "To see a possible end eliminates all hope we might have had, but in the same sense it gives us a focus and maybe it will come to an end now," he said. til, the group does include otheiHIp. local Orthodox organizations. 1 "We believe that it is sound public policy," she said of Grossbaum's lawsuit.

Such displays carry with" them the "unmistakable matur" of government approval, which is expressly prohibited in the Constitution, she said. Drunken driving conviction overturned fX" ThamasvSk 9 rri TV1 DATS I OF OUffnnl ANNIVERSARY! kJ Celebrating 90 years Of Style regularly. Mullis notified city police and followed Van Pelt into a parking lot. Mullis put a portable flashing red light on top of his car, showed his sheriffs identification and ordered Van Pelt to stand by his car until city police arrived. "Mullis' detention of Van Pelt, however brief, interrupted Van Pelt's freedom and restricted his liberty of movement," the opinion written by Judge Edward W.

Na-jam Jr. saidL "Therefore, we hold as a matter of law that this detention constituted an illegal arrest." That makes all evidence arising from the arrest, including the blood-alcohol test, inadmissible as evidence, the court said. Gary D. Van Pelt was convicted in March 1993 of driving while intoxicated. He had been ordered by Monroe Circuit Court Judge Douglas R.

Bridges to serve 30 days in jail and pay a fine and costs of $653. Van Pelt had been accused of driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.10 percent, on Sept. 7, 1991. The appellate court ruled that actions taken by Robert Mullis made up the illegal arrest. Mullis, an unpaid special deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, was in his personal car in Bloomington when he saw Van Pelt driving ir Officer's lack of uniform makes traffic stop illegal, appeals court rules INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the drunken driving conviction of a Bloomington man because the officer was not in uniform at the time of his arrest.

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