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DES MOINES TRIBUNE Tuts., March 2, 1982 ,.jri?f V rrnlmiiM.lnii.niw'- n in .....n. imnn . r.. -f ,. , lT-,j TRIBUNE PHOTO BY WARREN TAYLOR Don Cook presents a petition to the West Des Moines City Council supporting Police Chief Orval Cooney. Cooney, W.D.M. officers both win at council session By John Lancaster . The officers brought their wives, Police Chief Orval Cooney brought his friends and relatives. When the West Des Moines City Council meeting adjourned Monday afternoon, both sides could lay. claim to a victory. For the 49-year-old ex-Marine, the target of numerous allegations of misconduct by nearly three-fourths of his patrolmen, the meeting was a forum for his defense. But the officers got what they have been asking for. On the recommendation of Mayor George Mills, the council unanimously approved the appointment of a Mason City lawyer, Charles McManigal, to investigate problems within the 37-person department The crowd that wedged itself into the stuffy chambers and spilled into the hall heard city clerk Jerry Proudfit read four letters in praise of Cooney. Several persons in the audience, including Sgt. Lyle McKinney and reserve officer Wendell Terry of 704 Fiftieth St., praised the chief, and a local insuranceman, Don Cook of 4300 Aspen Drive, presented a petition with 471 signatures in support of Cooney. After the meeting, several of the 14 patrol officers who made their allegations against Cooney in two Tribune articles last month rebutted some of the charges made against them by Cooney's supporters. In reply to Cook's suggestion that Cooney deserved credit for rejuvenating a "floundering" department, Officer , Colin McBee said this morning: "If Cooney took over a KMart ALUMINUM FOIL r 2 m 58t FOR TUBULAR HANGERS & 5 II .03 Women's Casual SPRING & SUMMER SHOES 1 I ... t i ORVAL COONEY Mi I ii, 1" .III. jU aJ WfVik. Womn' A. v floundering department (when he became chief in 1976), then why is it still floundering?" The officers had charged that Cooney runs the department with threats and intimidation, is a bigot, shows favoritism to friends and relatives, beat a handcuffed prisoner and compromised a burglary investigation implicating his son. Proudfit read a letter from Reserve Officer Harry Owen accusing two officers, whom he did not name, of staging a work slowdown in response to the firing of officers Mike Mahaffey and Dave Seig last month. In response, Officer Larry Richards said outside the council chambers: "That's the most asinine thing I ever heard." Added Tom Thielman, "If anything, we're working harder (since the allegations came to light)." Among the more serious charges lodged against Cooney was that he compromised a burglary 1979 investigation implicating his son, Alan. In a letter read at Monday's meeting, Sgt. R.G. Rushing stated that he had interviewed the burglary victim, contractor Don Drake, "and he related to me he saw no cover up or compromise by Chief Cooney and credited Alan Cooney with being essential in recovering the stolen items." Drake, contacted this morning, said that he did meet with Rushing but "all through the meeting I indicated disappointment with the way it (the burglary investigation) had gone down." Drake had said earlier that Cooney had asked him at the time about dropping the investigation in exchange for his stolen construction tools, a charge Cooney denies. Officer Colin McBee, accompanied by Julie Barrows, wife of Officer Paul Barrows, presented the council with a petition bearing 1,440 signa Pbt Pourri' First Quality SHEET SETS (includes fitted bottom & top sheet & 2 standard pillow cases) Queen Size '17.99 13.99 Full Size Twin Size '9.99 POCKET T-SHIRTS 100 Cotton Irregular Rig. $2.59 S,M,l,XL Assorted Colors C 2for i tures backing the officers in their call for a "third-party" investigation. The officers, their wives and their friends were largely silent in comparison to Cooney's supporters, who punctuated the meeting with sharp applause whenever Cooney was praised. Both of Cooney's sons, Alan and Terry, were in the audience. After the council named McManigal to look into the officers' charges, Robert Conley, a lawyer for Teamsters' Local 147, which represents most of the West Des Moines patrol officers, strongly endorsed the choice. The officers also asked at the meeting that Polk County Attorney Dan Johnston look into the charges of Cooney's interference in the Drake burglary case. Johnston said this morning, however, that the timing of the officers' request was a little suspect. "Frankly, I'm a little concerned about patrol officers who complain about something illegal several years" after it was supposed to have happened, he said. Johnston added that because the claim was coupled with complaints about Cooney's administration of the department, "the claim is a little bit tainted." He said, however, that if the officers chose to submit the evidence to him through normal channels, he would review the caie. Journalists hounded him, Hart says WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Rev. B. Samuel Hart says liberal journalists and critics who disregard "the voice of the church" hounded him out of contention for a seat on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Reagan agreed to withdraw the nomination last week after Hart requested that his name be dropped from contention. K Mart INSTANT ICE TEA MSTAMTj 30z. Jar Reg. $1.99 FOR tl) in Close-Out and Slightly Irregular TOWELS INFANT SLEEP 'N PLAY SET rr-S 1 8 ffTfl Assorted $VV4J Polyester 4f YsiT &Ny)on McManigal: 'A fair and honest man9 McManigal Continued from Page One fact-finding thing. So my role is a little different than it normally is." McManigal said he never has served in quite the position he will have as chief investigator of the West Des Moines police complaints, but he noted that the job "is analogous to a lot of the things we do in labor law." He said he wants to talk with all employees of the police department and will begin setting up meetings next week "to lay down the ground rules" of his investigation. The investigation could take as long as a couple of months and will cost the city $10,000 to, J 15,000, Mills said Monday. Of his job, McManigal said, "my understanding is I am employed by the city council, but that I have an independent status and that I am to make an investigation and issue a fact-finding report." McManigal has practiced law in Mason City since he was graduated from the University of Iowa in 1963. He is a partner in the firm of Laird, Burington, Bovard, Heiny, McManigal and Walters, which employs 12 lawyers and is the largest firm in Mason City. The firm's clients include a number of public agencies, including the City of Mason City, and most of the school districts in the area, as well as a number of banks, the Mason City Globe Gazette, Associated. Milk Producers Inc., Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. and Dayton-Hudson Corp. McManigal said he is one of less than 15 lawyers in the state with an expertise in labor law. He said he entered that line of practice shortly after his graduation when a client came to the firm with labor problems and "I drew the short stick." McManigal was born in Omaha, Neb., but grew up in Glen wood. He's married and has two sons and a daughter. Hubbell is named Goodwill head James Hubbell HI, vice president of Hubbell Realty Co., was named chairman of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Des Moines at its annual meeting last month. Elected vice chairman was Robert Larson, vice president of The Bankers Life. Rosemary Shearer was chosen secretary, and Edward Zehr was reelected treasurer. Giants of the fur trade The Northwest Co. and the Hudson's Bay Co., two giants of the fur trade, merged under the name of the latter in 1821. WiUW IIS UM fill Get your newglasses at Pearle, and you will get a membership in the Amoco Motor Club. . During the Pearle Safe Driver Crusade, month membership in the Amoco Motor we're out to make you one of the safest Club. One of the lest around, drivers on the road. Start by getting a thor- There's never been a better time to take ough, professional eye exam. And do it to- care of the most important equipment in day. Because right now when you get your your car, your eyes. And there's no better new glasses at Pearle, you will get a six- place than Pearle. Nobody cares for eyes more than Pearle. ( pearle y vi8too center J Merle Hay Mall Des Moines 278-2325 LUVi. a-year-oia playing her part ClZIA rassed you felt as a kid if a IsHlfU "caught" you playing with Continued from Page One ever told a story to a 5-year-old would be touched. "She's really amazing," said Bradley C. Engel, who plays the father. "I haven't worked with a' lot of children, so maybe I'm not the best one to compare, but she has no fear, and she has a tremendous memory." During one show, Engel said, he noticed Molly (out of the audience's view) mouthing lines to be spoken by other members of the cast. "She knows the whole show," Engel laughed. Engel said Molly "senses that the audience is being entertained," but she has no ego that needs to be fed, as do some adult players. Karen Tilton, playhouse office manager, said no one now associated with the playhouse can remember when a child played such a non-frivolous role, and no one can remember any child with such mature skills and attitudes. "She knew all of her lines, and those of the rest of the cast, before they did," Tilton said, "and she still cues them." Brownless pointed out that Molly still can't read, so she had to memorize lines as they were told to her. In early rehearsals, Brownless said, Molly was like any kid, wandering around, poking into the scenery, exploring nooks and crannies onstage. But she never missed a cue. "Her lines would come," Brownless said, "but God only knows from where." Brownless said Molly's acting ability may stem from a willingness to "play" without being self-conscious. Remember how embar Meetings set for 'salvage food bank Two meetings will he held here next week in connection with the establishment of a "salvage food bank" for central Iowa. A public meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. next Monday at the Cottage Grove Avenue United Presbyterian Church to provide general information. A planning seminar to develop the organization necessary to set up the food bank is slated for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Bankers Life Auditorium, 711 High St Bob McCarty of Second Harvest, the national food bank network, will be at both meetings to share his experiences and answer questions. A food bank salvages usable food currently going to waste and collects A S14RL1 COMPANY Southrtdge Mall Des Moines 287-4707 s mm Will."""! 1 "'" -v. . ' . X . ' '''SRiw:.. ' ,m.l i i .mil i - n , .nm.hoi ii,,ff.iiii , f ,,' t rassed you felt as a kid if an adult "caught" you playing with toys or being Superman or Wonder Woman? Molly simply isn't embarrassed, Brownless explained. But offstage, Brownless said, "I think she's probably the ultimate average kid." Molly is one of four children of William and Anne Schwab, 656 Thirty-eighth St Anne works in the savings bond department at Bankers Trust Co.'s main offices downtown; William is .a maintenance worker now "at liberty." Molly attends Grace Methodist Church preschool. "She's a fairly dramatic personality," her mother said, adding that Molly has taken acting lessons at the playhouse. She said it is too early to know whether Molly will be an exceptional student academically. Except for dancing lessons, Anne Schwab said, no effort is being made to push Molly into shew business. Oh, .she acknowledged, if opportunities arise for her to do television commercials or appear in more plays, fine. But go for movie fame? "We wouldn't, move to Hollywood and look for it," the mother said, "but if something came up where I thought she'd fit in, I'd take her out there." Is Anne tempted to become a pushy "stage mother"? "Not me," she vowed. "Molly has plenty of other people to do that." It would be nice to end this script with a profound comment from Molly. But remember, she's only 5. So... Columnist: Hey, Molly, would you like to be a television star? , Molly (nods, with feeling); Ab-ba-dabba-dooooo it in a centralized location for distribution to agencies and organizations that provide free food to the poor. For more information, contact Karen Ford or Jim Kilen at 244-5155, or John Prasher at 243-2151 or 1-800-532-1275. Negligence charged PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS (AP) -The Coast Guard has charged two officers of a barge carrier with negligence to use radar in a collision with a freighter off the foggy coast of Texas last month. Two men were injured. Marshalltown Mall Marshalltown 753-8035

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