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Spring! Ir li Mo Baiig Jfrnts rc 24. 1976- CeeS ft psfifion drive for home rule The Jaycees apparently mill have the support of three key people: Greene County Presiding Judge John Squibb and associate judges-elect Shirley Maddy and Earl Sla-ens. Says Sjuibb of home rule, "It just makes sense for the people of Greene County to make their own decisions. We would have the power of government and decision-making at the local level." Squibb thinks the Jaycees' decision to push home rule will be significant. "Getting the signatures has been the holdup," he says.

"If they commit themselves to it fully, they have the organizational ability to get the 14 members of the commission come up with a charter keeps county government the same. Slavens says be will throw his active support behind the. campaign only if "the groups involved concern themselves with the one issue self government." Squibb also is familiar with the Montana plan and be would like to see it in Missouri. "I would like to see it so it doesn't change the structure of county government," Squibb says of home rule. "I think a charter that brings selfgov-1 ernment to Greene County and' keeps the structure as it is would be approved." auu reduce its dependence on federal grants, which she says, have strings attached.

'We'd have a better chance to say our own piece about things," she says. "Eight now, Fm afraid we're not living oa our own merit." Slavens, a member of the oM charter committee, is strongly in favor of home rule. "With home rule, local people solve local problems," he says. "It gives the county complete independence. The county is able to do anything that's not prohibited by state law." However, Slavens only wants home rule, which be refers to as "self-government," if it doesn't cause the current would bring.

"It scares the hell eut of the people because you're changing their form of government." he says. Slavens believes that if county residents were allowed to vote just on obtaining the right to self-government, which involves creating a legislative as well as executive branch, they would approve it. "Once the power is in the hands of the county residents they would have the right through their vote to change anything later," he says. To achieve the form of home rule he wants, Slavens said it would either take a new state law or making sure through the selection process that the By BOB EOSS Suff Writer A new campaign is cranking up to bring the charter form of government to Greene County, more than two years after a similar effort sputtered and died. The Springfield Jaycees decided Thursday night to adopt the issue of county home rule as one of its major projects for 1977.

About 250 petition carriers will take to the streets early next year in an attempt to gather the more than H.000 signatures of voters required to call for a commission to write the charter, says Mike Faulkner, chairman of the Jaycees project. County," Faulkner says. Faulkner hopes 20,090 to 25,000 signatures can be collected by the middle of May. The extra signatures are needed, be says, to offset duplication and challenges. Once the petitions are certified, the circuit judges and the probate judge will appoint 14 persons to a commission to write a charter.

Under slate law, the commission has a year to work on the charter before it is submitted for a vote of county residents. A simple majority is required for its adoption. Mrs. Maddy sees home rule as a chance for the county to gain some "self-composure," structure county government to change. He would like to see the state pass a law like one in Montana that allows counties to have self-government without drawing up a charter at the same time.

Slavens fears a charter commission would drastically change the governmental make-up. "Home rule should be separate from changing the form of government," he says. 'They should be two distinct issues. That's what they did in Montana." Slavens believes that several counties in Missouri have had trouble getting their charters approved by voters because of the changes those charters A similar petition drive sponsored in 1874 by th now-inactive Charter Committee for Greene County succeeded in getting about 5509 signatures, falling well short of the requirement, according to its chairman, William M. Stone, Jr.

The League of omen Voters helped in the drive. Faulkner is certain his campaign won't have the same fate. "I have all the confidence we'll get the signatures," he says. "No doubt about it." The reason the service organization picked home rule as a project "is to bring the powers Jefferson City now holds over ns to the citizens of Greene Police ocfi ehouffe Officer gave Freeman ride to airport i I I i rr -i. I I v.

v. '-) r- f'i- Vl -v 'Trm- I I I 77 1TI i-M 1 rrh: meeting in Denver was arranged through the office of City Manager Don Busch, Freeman said. Freeman pointed out that he arrived in Springfield at about noon Dec. 1 from the Denver meeting, and it would not have been possible for an employe of the restaurant to pick him up because that is one of the busiest parts of the day for his business. He also said other council members had used the police for transportation to the west side of town to investigate complaints against City Hall by a resident of that area.

"Paul Redfearn's car was out of service and Miriam Cone's was in Kansas City," he recalled. "They called and asked if the city could provide them with transportation to see about the Lloyd Walker situation. No public works vehicle was available or something, and anyway they went in a police (Walker has since sued the city in connection with a City Hall directive that forced him Suff pkU by Bb Liadrr Afmosf home Soldiers everywhere are familiar with the seemiiigly eadless waits that sometimes accsmpany trips hsme fr the holidays. This servieemaa waits kis tan far a bos ride Thursday Bight ta tke Cantisectal Trallways statUi kere. By MIKE KELLEY Suff Writer Springfield police officers were pulled off their beats to provide a city councilman with transportation to and from the Municpal Airport for a recent out of town trip, Springfield Newspapers has learned.

Although council members are provided with funds to pay for their expenses on out of -town trips that relate to city business. Councilman Larry Freeman defended his use of police transportation on economic grounds. "My personal cars were tied up," he explained. "My wife was out of town and the other car was being used at the restaurant (Freeman manages the Wrangler Inn). I felt it was cheaper for a police car to do it than for me to hire a taxicab or something else." Taxi fare from his house to the airport.

Freeman said, is about $4 25. Police transportation to and from the airport for Freeman's trip to the National League of Cities' annual Murder OZARK When Christian County Sheriff elect L. E. (Buff) lamb returns to office in January after a four year absence he'll face an unsolved murder case which opened in 1969 during a previous term as sheriff. Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of Carol Blades, a 20-year-old Nixa housewife whose body was found more than a year later on Christmas Day 1970.

Failure to resolve the case figured in Lamb's defeat by Joe Mayberry during the 1972 primary elections; Mayberry subsequently was elected sheriff. Last August, however, the events were reversed and Lamb takes over Jan. 1. The sheriff elect said he still considers the case open. in forest is high seven years ago still a mysfery Incoming sheriff faces case that opened in his previous term OSiS in council urs streets, said it is not unusual for a patrolman to be pulled off his district beat to give a ride to a councilman or perform a number of other non -law enforcement functions, such as delivering letters between city offices or picking up visiting state and federal officials.

"It's customary as far as I know throughout the country." Loveland said be had talked to the officer who picked Freeman up at the airport, but it was not the result of any complaint that might have been lodged. The chief said he merely wanted to talk to officers who had come in contact with city councilmen recently to keep abreast of police relations with council members. Those relations have been strained since an investigation was launched Dec. 13 into a number of allegations of misconduct against the police which were brought to the attention of City Manager Don Busch by several members of the council. in court.

"I've run a lot of suspects," said Mayberry, "but I can't put anything definite on it." "I think I know pretty well who's behind it, but we can't say," he added, explaining that "anything that's gone as long as that you've got problems with." He said he's run about 15 persons through lie detector tests, most recently about a year ago, and that one man "failed" the test twice. But, observes the sheriff, that's not enough to build a court case. Asked whether he planned to offer any information gathered during the past four years to the new sheriff, Mayberry said he felt it would be Lamb's responsibility to contact him (Mayberry) if he were interested. Louis Horton, Mrs. Blades' father, remains optimistic after seven years that some solution to his daughter's disappearance and death will someday develop.

He keeps in touch with the sheriff's office. At the time of the original investigation he hired a private detective who was dismissed, Horton claimed, at Lamb's insistence. Horton has his share of theories and suspects but. like others, he awaits some solid break. gestion of a poinsettia plant, and that was in 1919, Krenzelok said.

The poinsettias we buy now are a hybrid variety, and since 1957 very few of the reported ingestions have produced any symptoms at all, although the sap of the poinsettia can be irritating to the skin. Krenzelok suggests treating the plant with respect and keeping it out of the reach of children, but he says it need not be considered a "fatal" plant. Other house plants and decorative Christmas foliage are more dangerous. "Most house plants will not cause a fatality if ingested," Krenzelok said. to move a fence which city surveyors claimed was a few inches inside the city right of way.) Freeman also pointed out a case two years ago when an ice storm made it difficult for council members to get to a regular council meeting.

"I don't know who directed that it be done," Freeman said, "either the mayor or the city manager. But they did send police cars to pick at least five council people up." Council members spend their own funds driving to and from council meetings and other functions in the city. Freeman also pointed out. "I don't mind," he added. "I knew this when I ran for council It takes a lot of your personal time.

It costs money. There are interruptions from your business, interruptions from your family." Police Chief Gordon Loveland, who has complained on numerous occasions in the past that there are not enough policemen patroling the city's U. S. 160 on the west edge of town. Officers located three persons who reported they were driving onto the highway when they saw the Blades car coming from the south, driven by a man, that the man stopped the car, jumped out and ran diagonally across the small field toward the laundry.

The three caught a glimpse of his face, but investigation failed to locate him. Two Christmases later a Ponce de Leon farmer searching for stray cattle found Mrs. Blades' body in a glade five miles west of U. S. 160 in Stone County.

Mayberry said that during his tenure he's had several leads, but not enough to develop a case that would hold up In the last 82 years, Springfield has had measurable snow on 10 Christmases. The depths ranged from one inch, recorded on several Chnstmasses, to six inches which blanketed the city in 1966. On 10 other Christmas Days, the city received light snow, but no accumulation. By MARILYN McPARTLIN lalversity MlnesU News Service What would happen if you nibbled a bit of your Christmas poinsettia? Probably not much, at least in comparison to the effects of other greenery you'll find decorating many bouses during the holiday season. Poinsettia plants are not as toxic (poisonous) as some people think, according to Ed Krenzelok, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and associate director of the Hennepin County Poison Center.

There has been only one reported death attributed to in "I've never quit working on it," he said. "There's a lot not come out," Lamb maintained. He insisted he had knowledge of those untold aspects of the case, but declined to discuss them. When asked if his personal knowledge was sufficient to solve the case, he replied, "Well, I won't say that." "Knowing something and getting it solved is two different things." Lamb would neither admit nor deny he suspected anyone in particular. "I can't say." On the day of Mrs.

Blades' disappearance, Dec. 15, 1969, she had begun doing laundry at a Nixa laundromat. Her clothing was found in the laundry and the car she drove was found abandoned beside forecasters expect a high temperature in the upper 40s or low 50s, increasing cloudiness and a 30 per cent chance of rain tonight. The rain may change to light snow before ending Saturday, Roush said. The low tonight will be near 30, and the high Saturday will be near 40, he said.

In 1975. the last council election, there were 14 persons vying for 5 positions. Deadline for filing the petitions, which must have signatures of 100 registered voters for zone candidates and 200 signatures for general candidates, is 5 p.m. March 7. In addition to the three general seats hich will be open.

Zones 1, 2 and 4 will be contested. Dr. Paul Redfearn, of Zone 4, has indicated he does not plan to run again. General councilmen whose seats will be available include Garrett Wnght, David James and John Pratt. Pratt has said he will not run again, but James and Wright have not indicated publicly their decisions.

Although Greene County began using computerized punch cards in the Nov. 2 presidential election, council candidates will be on the traditional ballot because of a City Charter provision. The charter requires that names must be rotated on the ballots. "The only way we could do it (use machines) is to have as many booths as See POSTS. Page IS It may snow, but only flurries He was unhappy with the original investigation, contending that it was not thorough.

He also notes a petition drive requesting a grand jury probe, a drive which brought no results. The sheriff-elect denied Hor-ton's charge that Lamb had told him to get the private investigator out of the county. "I did not tell him to get out," Lamb said. "He (Horton) lied." Lamb said he and the investigator had even exchanged notes on the case. Lamb said his relationship with Horton soured when he refused to arrest the persons Horton suspected.

"If I was to arrest the 14 different people in Nixa he asked me to, he'd be a mint man," Lamb said. Police arrest two near breakin site Two men were taken into custody and a third was being sought late Thursday night in connection with a breakin discovered at Lady Baltimore Wholesale Grocery Company, 1635 West Walnut. Officer Charlene Baker said two persons were arrested near the building after a car was found backed up to it. "but they may cause serious irritations of the stomach or mouth, vomiting and diarrhea." Children are the primary victims, especially one-to two-year-olds who are starting to climb and move around, and four- to five-year-olds who are starting to experiment. House-plant ingestions are the source of many of the calls to the Hennepin County Poison Center, Krenzelok said.

Although most calls are from the worried parents of children who have sampled a plant, there are occasional calls about adults. "Children ingest plants from ignorance," he said. Ozarkers hoping for a bright, white Christmas will probably have to settle for a few snow flurries Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. "For measurable snow accumulation, the probability would be a slight chance," weather specialist Fred Roush said Thursday. Interest in April's election for six City Council seats is heavier than usual, City Clerk Don Kelley said Thursday, when four more persons obtained petition forms.

Even though petitions for positions on the ballot cannot be submitted until 8 a.m. Jan. 6, eight persons have indicated they plan to run in the April 5 election. Ronnie Ussery, 2207 North Campbell, is the most recent person to ask for a petition form. He indicated he plans to run for one of the three at -large seats.

Other persons who obtained petitions include: Jack Steck, 904 Devonshire, swimming and health instructor at Drury College, Zone 2. Lillian Baumgartner. 1109 Benton, chairman of the Citizens' Committee to Investigate City Utilities, at large. Jeff Goldstein, 845 South Mission, who unsuccessfully sought the Zone 2 post to which Wayne Barclay was appointed after Ann Reed resigned. Goldstein owns a printing firm, Zone Robert Savage, 1725 South Link, student at Southwest "Adults do it from stupidity.

This can be of more concern around holiday party time." Plants, berries and nuts vary in their toxicity as they age. "For example," Krenzelok said, "green acorns are extremely toxic, but dried and cured acorns are completely safe." This makes it hard to say what any particular plant will do if ingested. "There is a lot of empiricism in the treatment of plant poisonings. Each situation must be assessed separately," he said. Holly berries are quite dangerous.

In children, a fatal dose would be in the range of 20 to 30 berries, Krenzelok said. Fatalities seldom occur, 1 Missouri State University, at -large. Bill Anderson, 4259 Mt. Vernon, accountant, at large. Angela DeBaldo, 664 South National, an outspoken citizen on a variety of issues, at large.

James Keltner, who recently appeared before council to discuss police treatment of diabetics, at large. In addition to those eight, Councilmen Wayne Barclay and Jerry Slavens have indicated they plan to run for the posts to which they were appointed to fill vacancies caused by resignations. They have not obtained petitions yet for their Zones 1 and 2 candidacies. Two other persons who have been approached about running include Donal Stanton, Southwest Missouri State University professor, 1314 East Belmont; and L. D.

Hoagland, former police lieutenant, 2664 East Meadowmere. Both men live in Zone 4, but Hoagland said he is considering candidacy as an at-large contender. If all the persons known to have considered running find places on the ballot, there will be at least 12 persons already. though, because most people don't have that many berries in their homes. Smaller amounts can cause severe reactions nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain in children and adults.

Mistletoe berries, which are also toxic, cause similar symptoms. "There has been a move in some states to outlaw mistletoe because of its toxicity," Krenzelok said. Ingestion of the berries can lead to an increased breathing rate, difficulty in breathing and respiratory depression. One reported death occurred about 12 hours after the person drank a See PRETTY, Page IS i A.

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