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Carroll, Iowa
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Iowa a place to gio* Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 101—No. 271 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, 51401, Tuesday, November 17,1970—Eight Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each «| Qg Slngl« Evening for 50 Cents Per Week Copy Recommendations to Go to Legislature— Iowa Crime Unit Planning Centralized, Automated Data System By Kelley Manning (Drake University Journalism Student) (Distributed by Iowa Daily Press Association) DES MOINES — Law enforcement officials in Iowa may be pursuing a fugitive in one county while that same person already has been arrested, or even convicted, in another. This example, c i t ed by George Orr, executive director of the Iowa Crime Commission here, illustrates the lack of centralized statewide crime information. Orr calls the present information and criminal record system a "shambles." However, a centralized and automated data system is being planned with recommendations to be made at the next session of the Legislature. When such a system goes into operation, Orr said, there will be a big jump in crime statistics. "We'll shock the hell out of everybody," he declared. "This is something we've got to brace the people for/' As for the current crime rate, Orr tells those who ask that he doesn't know. "We can't come close to intelligently talking about crime," he said. Leonard S. Murray, supervisor of the Iowa Bureau of Crim­ inal Investigation here, said filtering the founded from unfounded local crime reports, plus the absence of centralized record keeping, have caused an inaccurate crime rate calculation. But Murray said he bad no idea on what Orr based his statement that the present system is a "shambles." Col. Howard S. Miller of the Iowa State Highway Patrol said his men are not as well informed with crime and traffic data as they might be. "The system can be improved," Col. Miller said. The reason there is no central repository for crime data is that local and county law agencies are not required to forward such information to state agencies. Instead, records are widely scattered. In addition, crime reports are manually kept, making it difficult to keep them up to date, said John Boozel, community relations assistant of the Iowa Crime Commission. "We could be months behind What the crime rate is now," he said. The automatic data system would permit fast input and output of a variety of information, including information on automobiles and drivers. Ninety per cent of those com­ mitting crimes use a car, Col. Miller said. In addition, centralized information would permit the state to better analyze the characteristics of cars and drivers involved in accidents, thereby permitting better evaluations and recommendations concerning traffic safety, according to Leroy Petersen, state director of Iowa Planning and Programming. Darrell Grice, senior state planner for Iowa, cited examples of how an automatic information system would help law officers: If a highway patrolman spots a car and wants a quick check, a radio call would activate the system; a judge could quickly obtain background information on a convicted person before passing sentence; a warden could know a good deal more about a prisoner with such information helping in decisions about the risk associated with the convict, parole potential, etc. A professional staff, Planning Research Corporation from Washington, D.C., has been hired as consultants for planning the computer-based information system. They are being paid $327,000 for 15 months of planning. Allen Voorhees and Associates and the International Association of Chiefs of Police are sub-contractors. The corporation was hired June 29 and has until September, 1971, to come up with a workable plan that will go through three stages: the basic system design, the implementation planning, and detailed system design. Under the Highway Safety Act, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the national government is paying for 40 per cent of the designing stage costs, while Iowa is paying 60 per cent through the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. There is a possi- ity, said Grice, that the fed­ eral government could pay for the entire implementation stage. The money would come from two different federal acts: Highway Safety Act and the Omnibus Crime and Safe Streets Act. Grice said that by Dec. 1 the consultant team will have a basic design blueprint Which will be taken to the Legislature in January. Mlore funds will be asked at that time. Comptete implementation of the data system may take many years, depending on available funds, Grice said. Cost of implementation has not yet been formulated by the consultants, he said. Nixon, GOP Leaders Agree on 'Rock-Bottom Wish List' WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon and Republican congressional leaders agreed today on a "rock bottom wish list" of legislation they would like the 1970 Congress to act upon before adjournment. The "wish list" phrase was used by Senate GOP Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania in discussing with newsmen the 90-minute meeting with Nixon. House Republican Leader Gerald Ford of Michigan referred at first to the current "lame duck" congressional session, then added, "some might characterize it as a ruptured duck." Ford said he hoped Congress might accomplish more before adjournment than would appear likely at the present. Basic items on the administration's most-wanted list of legislation were six pending appropriations bills and such other items as welfare reform, emergency school 'aid, manpower training, Social Security increases and bills affecting highways and housing as well as occupational safety. Scott, who agreed with Ford that Congress was unlikely to adjourn sooner than three or four days before Christmas, said past experience indicated there would be casualties among the bills the administration wants. On Monday Scott offered his own list of leftover legislation he said should be handled. Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the majority leader, who had 'asked for "a rock- bottom list," said Scott's — worked out in a conference with White House liaison officials — was a reasonable one. E also was a long one. The Scott agenda included more than 30 measures he said Should be handled before ad- journmnet. "I suspect there will be some casualties," Scott acknowledged. "I'm not able to publish a casualty list this early." Scott and other Republican leaders were called to the White House today to discuss the reconvened election-year session with President Nixon. Mansfield said the list Scott produced was one Congress could handle over the next four or five weeks. "If they get together, they can do it," he said. "It doesn't seem unreasonable to me." But, Scott said, and Mansfield agreed, that the session might run on until Dec. 23. Scott, who opposed the idea of a lame-duck session in the first place, said this one will be an ''unmitigated disaster" marked by political disputes and attempts to load down legislation with the pet projects of people who will not be returning next year. The Republican leader said enactment of all pending appro* priations bills is absolutely essential. There are eight awaiting action, including the giant defense appropration, and a transportation bill that would provide $290 million to continue the controversial supersonic transport aircraft program. He also put on the must- pass list a new farm bill, which is likely to stir partisan debate; action on a Social Security increase and the Nixon welfare reform plan; a new airline-ticket tax to pay for anti-hijacking guards, and a $1.5-biflion emergency school aid program designed to ease the course of desegregation. Iowa to Receive 'Windfall 9 in Federal Welfare Assistance It was Mansfield who urged that congressional leaders and the administration get together "a rock-bottom list of legislative items which should not wait for disposition until the next Congress." The list Scott produced included such items as a ban on obscene advertising, Nixon's proposed tax on the lead use in gasoline, creation of a consumer- protection agency, and the constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women. But much of the legislation on the Scott list seems certain to be jettisoned for the sake of adjournment. Congress will have to act before quitting on an extension of automobile and telephone excise taxes, due to expire Dec. 31. Mansfield said the Senate would vote before Thanksgiving on Nixon's veto of a bill restricting campaign spending for radio and television. (By Iowa Daily Press Association) DES MOINES — Iowa stands to receive from $3-to-$4 million a year more in welfare assistance from the federal government than was anticipated. This "windfall" is tied to the formula used to apportion federal welfare funds. A state's per capita income is a key factor in the distribution of these funds and Iowa's per capita income apparently has not kept pace in relation to other states. Consequently, instead of paying 55 per cent of the cost of welfare programs in Iowa, the federal government, starting in the next fiscal year, is expected to foot 58 per cent of the bill. The executive council of the state department of social services had voted to recommend the state spend $74 million in the 1971-73 biennium for income maintenance service. The state funds recommended included $36.3 million for old m 4P- ml t 1 E1R E S El EC T RIC Marks Move —Staff Photo Heires Electric is celebrating its move into anew location on Fifth Street with a grand opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-21. The building now occupied by Heires Electric, across the street north of the Great Western parking lot ,was completely rehabilitated under Carroll's central business district urban renewal project. Dick Happe is the owner and manager of the appliance firm. age assistance, $913,994 for aid to the blind, $3.2 million for aid to the disabled and $33.7 million for aid to dependent children. Counties pay about 21 per cent of these programs, except for old age assistance which is financed entirely by state and federal funds. A spokesman for the social services department said the difference in the federal allocation, from 55 to 58 per cent, could mean that Iowa would receive up to $4 million a year more than originally calculated. Conversely, two years ago Iowa had to spend about $4 million a year more in welfare programs because the federal participation was reduced by several percentage points. Sen. James F. Schaben, an auctioneer, has asked the attorney general's office for an opinion on the legality of the action taken by the revenue department in saying that the sales tax should apply to farm sales. Schaben cites a district court opinion which held that such sales were considered as "casual" sales and therefore the sales tax should not be collected. A question is also being raised as to whether the department had submitted its new interpretation of this rule to the legislative departmental rules committee, The chairman of the highway commission, Derby Thompson, thinks commission members should be appointed to six year terms instead of four and should be limited to two consecutive terms. The Burlington Republican who has served eight years on the commission says that a term of four years is too short It takes awhile for a commissioner to get acquainted with all of the commission's problems and its policies, he explained. Dr. Charles Gratto Dr. Grotto Speaker for SCS Banquet Dr. Charles Gratto, associate professor at Iowa State University, Ames, will be the featured speaker at the Carroll County Soil Conservation District annual banquet, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Manning Elementary School. Dr. Gratto's major work has been in resource economics. Program for the evening includes the banquet, awards and an election for three commissioners. The event will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the District. Voting for commissioners will take place prior to the dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Manning school. Tickets may be obtained from the SCS Office, 1240 "C" Heires Ave, Carroll. Area Forecast (More Weather on Pag* 2) Partly cloudy Tuesday night, lows 27 to 33. Wednesday mostly fair, highs 47 to 53. Precipitation chances in per cent: 10 through Wednesday. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon's legislative program for the new Congress may include proposals on land use, junk automobiles, mercury and other toxic matter, and trash dumping in oceans. Preparation of proposals on these items and other environment problems is now the top priority of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, says its chairman, Russell E. Train. But it's a heavy burden on a small agency with relatively little money whose 15 professionals are supposed to ride herd on the entire environment. Train's council is also responsible, for example, for reviewing hundreds of environmental impact studies, submitted by other federal agencies along with program proposals. Train acknowledged in an interview the council could not give those studies "the kind of very careful, detailed review ... tot we would like." To fulfill those responsibilities adequately, said Train, "we ought to be somewhere between two and three times as big." At present, the council has, in addition to its three members, only a dozen professional staff assistants and about 30 other workers. In addition, the council's $1.5 Congress .... See Page 2 'Si Opens in —Staff Photo Loehr's Jewelry is one of the stores that opened its doors on the Westgate Mall this week. The jewelry firm, owned and operated by Allen Loehr, will hold a grand opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-21. The ribbon cutting ceremony for Westgate Mall, the block-long, completely enclosed climate-controlled mall, will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Russian Spaceship Releases Self-Propelled Lunar Module MOSCOW (AP) - Luna 17 made a successful landing on the moon today and discharged a self-propelled lunar module which, is conducting experiments 65 feet from the mother ship, Tass announced. The module, called Lunok­ hod 1, is moving about on an eight-wheel chassis, the Soviet news agency said. The vehicle, like the unmanned Luna 17, is controlled from the earth, and all its systems are functioning normally, Tass said. The announcement said the wheeled vehicle carried a "French reflector for laser location on the moon." It was another first for the Soviet program of unmanned space exploration, the first time a moon ship after landing has sent out another module to conduct experiments. Luna 17's landing on the moon was first reported by the Bochum Observatory in West Germany. It said the spaceship Munched last Tuesday put down on the northern half of the lunar surface at 0400GMT—11 p.m. EST Monday—and began transmitting piotures of excellent quality 83 minutes later. Heinz Kaminski, director of the Bochum Observatory, said Luna 17 appeared to be a greatly improved version of Luna 16, the first unmanned space vehicle to land on the moon and return to earth, a feat accomplished in September. Luna 16 brought back samples of the moon's surface, and Luna 17 is expected to do likewise. Luna 16's success put the Soviet Union back in lunar competition with the United States after the U.S. Apollo landings of 1969 had overshadowed previous Soviet efforts. Lunokhod 1 left the mother Ship by a gangplank at 0628GMT, Tass said. The module carried scientific apparatus, control instruments, television cameras and radio communication devices to carry out "scientific investigations on the surface of the moon at various distance from the landing spot," the announcement said. Ground controllers maneuver the vehicle with the help of television information on the position of the vehicle and the nature of the lunar terrain, Tass said. Luna 17 made a soft landing in the area of the Sea of Rains, Tass reported. In Bochum, Kaminski said Luna 17 represents the actual start of automatic lunar exploration. However, despite Russian claims to the contrary, Kaminski said he believes Luna 17 is part of the Soviets' preparation for manned moon flight. Union Rejects Soviet Money DETROIT (AP) - A $50,000 gift offer from a Russian workers union has been "courteously rejected" by the United Auto Workers, a UAW spokesman has confirmed. It was learned that UAW President Leonard Woodcock mentioned the offer last week when the union's national General Motors Council met behind closed doors to recommend ratification of a new contract with the automaker. "We have enough trouble in connection with the strike without getting Moscow gold involved," Woodcock told delegates. Hughes Opens GI Drug Abuse Probe WASHINGTON (AP) — A special Senate subcommittee opened a new probe of GI drug abuse today that will include a hard look at one of the moat abused intoxicants of all—alcohol. Sen. Harold Hughes, D-lowa said in a hearing-opening statement the over-all drug problem, including drinking, may be so serious as to threaten national security. The same allegation has been raised by Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, D-Conn., in GI drug abuse hear­ ings before his juvenile delinquency subcommittee. Pentagon officials concede drugs are a problem but generally deny that the nation's defenses are impaired as a result. The Hughes probe comes at a time when interest in the problem has been rekindled by a dramatic television newsfilm sequence last week depicting a squad of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam smoking marijuana. Hughes, who licked a drinking problem of his own, heads the new inquiry as chairman of the special subcommittee on narcot­ ics and alcoholism. He made clear he considers the abuse of alcohol in the same league with the abuse of marijuana or hard drugs. Hughes said the purpose of the inquiry is to generate possible solutions, not publicity. "Our objectives are to determine the dimension and nature of the drug problem in the armed services," he added. He said staff members have visited Vietnam, toured Army and Air Force bases in Thailand, talked to men along the demilitarized zone in Korea and checked on the situation with psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. The senator said the growing number of men in uniform using drugs represent a problem inseparably linked to drug civilian life. "The unprecedented, epidemic growth of the problem everywhere in our society today poses a new and alarming threat to our public health and social stability and quite possibly to our national security," he said.

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