The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on March 31, 1976 · 1
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Wednesday, March 31, 1976
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M f The Daily 32 pages Newsstand price J 5c Truck talks 'far apart' on money ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, III. (AP) -Teamsters union and trucking Industry negotiators remained "far apart" on crucial money issues today as the midnight deadline for a nationwide truck strike approached, federal labor officials said. Bogged down Labor Secretary W.J. Usery Jr. said contract negotiations were bogged down over four or five economic issue:, Although he declined to elaborate, those issues reportedly Include a differ ence of 75 cents an hour in wage increases, 6 a week in other benefits and cost-of-living allowances. Usery and James Scearce, acting head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, planned to continue meeting with both sides today in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the National Master Freight Agreement. A Teamsters spokesman said at midmorning that Usery and Scearce were meeting with industry representatives in their continuing efforts to reach an agreement. The current contract covers about 400,000 truckers and warehousemen who move about 60 per cent of the nation's total output of manufactured goods. Usery reported late Tuesday night that some progress was being made and said he felt enough time remained to fashion a settlement. He added, however, I am hopeful, but at this moment I certainly cannot in any way indicate ... I see an agreement. Were talking about a national agreement that has many implications not only for this industry but for the nation this year. Inflationary impact The Ford administration is concerned that a large settlement in favor of the Teamsters would have an inflationary impact on upcoming contract negotiations in the rubber, construction, electrical appliance and auto industries. , , , In weekend voting by union members across the country, Teamsters leaders received Overwhelming authorization to call a strike if a settlement is not reached before the present contract expires. Cooling off period Usery said Tuesday that no decision had been made to seek a Taft-Hartley Injunction and invoke an 80-day cooling off period, but federal sources said preparations to seek the necessary court order were being made in Washington. An injunction would order resumption of work for the cooling off period if a strike is begun, but dissident Teamsters have threatened wildcat strikes if such a back-to-work order is imposed. The labor secretary told reporters that a cost-of-living allowance is "certainly one of the more serious issues now. Key point A key point in the talks with Trucking Employers Inc., representing 16,000 firms as the industrys bargaining agent, has been the Teamsters demand of no ceiling in the next contract. Drivers earn from $7.18 to $7.33 an hour under the existing contract. Senate OKs 'sunset' bill DENVER (AP) - Colorado bureaucrats would be forced to justify the existence of their boards and commissions every six years under apropos al approved in the Colorado Senate Today.' The so-called sunset bill passed on a 31-1 vote. Only Sen. Ruth Stockton, R-Lakewood voted against the measure, t Legislative review The bill would force 44 agencies, boards and commissions administered by the state Department of Regulatory Agencies to come up for legislative review every six years. In order to continue operation, the legislature would have to take, specific action to continue the agency or it automatically would cease operations. The first of the agencies would come up for termination in 1977, a second group in 1979 and the remainder in 1981. Henceforth, the agencies would come up for review every six years. The bill was amended in the Senate to include a requirement that a performance audit be performed on the agency and the audit must be completed three months before the termination date. Sen. Fred Anderson, R-Loveland, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said the audit provision was intended to help the legislature assess the agencys effectiveness. Accept amendments Rep. Gerald Kopel, D-Denver, the measure's prune sponsor, said the House, which has already approved the bill, probably will accept the Senate amendments. Common Cause spokesmen said the bill is the first of its kind to receive approval in any state legislature and is considered a model for other states interested in such legislation. Fun you where find it is After cab ride from Denver Grand Junction police nab man who took car for 'test drive' By DON FREDERICK " Sentinel staff writer The suspicions aroused in a De Beque gasoline station manager by a Denver area taxi cab led to the arrest Tuesday night of a man accused of stealing a $4,000 car from a Grand Junction automobile dealership. Thomas Edward Schultz, 40, was arrested by Grand Junction police at 6.40 p.m. Tuesday and charged with the theft of a 1976 Volare from Williams Chrysler Plymouth, Inc., 224 N. Seventh. Never returned - Jack Williams, owner of the automobile dealership, reported to police that Monday afternoon a middle-aged man CAB lacks evidence in Callaway probe WASHINGTON (AP) - The Civil Aeronautics Board said today there is insufficient evidence to establish that former Army Secretary Howard H. Callaway violated CAB regulations in obtaining special landing rights for charter planes near the Colorado ski resort he controls. But the board said it is sending its report and materials it gathered during its investigation to the Department of Justice for use in its investigation into the matter. The CAB said the Justice Department had requested the report and materials. The board also said it was sending its report and investigative materials to the Defense Department because Callaway held the Pentagon post. Landing rights The Civil Aeronautics Board reported on a probe by its Bureau of Enforcement into Callaway's efforts to obtain the landing rights at an airport near Crested Butte in Colorado, where a firm Tm Grand Junction, Colo . Wednesday, March 31, 1976 Carmen Quintana, II, and her brother, Angelo, 12, use the cement railing in front of the Mesa County Courthouse today for a slide. They apparently are not the first to put the structure to such use, for the cement is worn smooth at that spot. Sentinel photo by Dennis Hogan had asked to test drive the car and never returned. The car was found Tuesday in Evergreen. According to Grand Junction Police Detective Gary Richardson, Williams plans to reclaim the car later this week. Schultz gave his address as Anaheim, Calif. According to Richardson, Schultz convinced a taxi cab driver in Lakewood to drive him to Grand Junction. Richardson said that though Schultz had little money, he told the cab driver he would pay his fare after cashing a money or-der in Grand Junction. Late Tuesday afternoon, the cab in which Callaway owns controlling in-1 terest has developed a ski resort. Callaway resigned as President Ford's election campaign manager Tuesday as several government in-vestigtions involving the Crested Butte resort proceeded. Callaway had been on leave at his own request from the campaign job since published reports that before resigning his Defense Department job he met in his Pentagon office with Agriculture Department and Forest Service officials to argue for expansion of the resort. Expansion opposed The Crested Butte resort is on government land, and local Forest Service officials had opposed its expansion. The CAB said its investigation showed Callaway had communicated with two members of the board while he was Army secretary about air transportion to Crested Butte. (Related stories on page 3) v- stopped at the fg Beqbe 66 Service Station to refuel, Richardson said. Scrounge for money The manager of the service station, Leland Dunnagan, said this morning he" became suspicious when Schultz and the cab driver had to scrounge for money to pay for gasoline and a pack of cigarettes. Dunnagan, who used to drive a cab in Grand Junction, said the situation didnt look right." He added, "A taxi cab 250 miles from where it's supposed to be and with just barely enough money to pay for $3 worth of gas just doesn't add up." Dunnagan contacted the State Patrol, which in turn called the police. The cab was stopped and Schultz arrested at the intersection of U.S. 6 and 26th St. by four policemen headed by Officer Ronald Maez. Richardson said the arrest of Schultz was set in motion by the suspicions of two young people. Williams told police the man who stole the 1976 car had been accompanied by a man and a woman in their late teens or early 20s. Williams said the man had identified these young people as his stepson and stepdaughter. Met la a cab Richardson said two young people have told law enforcement authorities in Jefferson County that they met the man in Grand Junction in a cab. They also said the man explained his acquis-tion of the new car by saying his lawyer would mail a check to the Williams car dealership for payment of it. The two young people, according to Richardson, say they became suspicious when the man offered to give them the car in exchange for money for a motel room in Lakewood. Richardson said the young people then contacted law enforcement authorities. Before an arrest could be made, however, the man had left the area, Richardson said. Richardson said Schultz did not have the cash to pay for the $167 05 taxi fare that the trip from the Denver area to Grand Junction cost. Police officer suspended in report probe By RAY SULUVAN Sentinel staff writer Grand Junction Police Officer Stan Lumbardy was suspended without pay this morning until a police department inquiry board can determine if he lied about being shot at March 21 near the eastbound 1-70 ramp at Horizon Drive. Acting Police Chief Ed VanderTook announced the action came only after Lumbardy took a polygraph test Monday, the incident was re-enacted at the scene, lab test results were received and numerous interviews were conducted. Department charges Services Capt. Fred Becker said Lumbardy is facing departmental charges of making a false report and conduct unbecoming an officer. The captain said Lumbardy was first relieved of duty at 5 p.m. Monday after the polygraph test was given. Becker said that the board of inquiry members will be Lt. Robert Kibler, Sgt. Jerry Frazier and Patrolman Roger Thomas. The three will hold a closed, informal hearing early next week at the police station, he said and will investigate the evidence and charges against Lumbardy. They will make a recommendation on any disciplinary action to VanderTook within 10 days after the hearing. In the event the charges are sus- tained, the chief of police will then make a recommendation as to the appropriate disciplinary action in the matter. This recommendation will be made to (City Manager) Harvey Rose, Beck- er said. Lumbardy reported he was snot at about 11:30 a.m. March 21, a Sunday, after stopping a car with an expired license plate on the interstate just past the entrance ramp. A bullet grazed his upper left arm, leaving powder burns on the shirt and a burn mark on his arm. The officer said he lost his portable car radio as he ducked and jumped back from the gunman, who was sitting behind the wheel of a green 1971 Dodge car. As the car sped away a rear tire supposedly hit the radio and flipped it up in the air. Shattered window Lumbardy said he then fired a shot and shattered the cars rear window. Lumbardy told The Sentinel in the ensuing moments he decided not to waste time looking for the radio and chased -the fleeing vehicle, reaching speeds up to 95 miles per hour, up into Plateau Canyon when his patrol car fan belts snapped and he lost the power steering and the suspect. , An intensive ground and air search the same day failed to find a suspect or a car matching the patrolmans description. Becker emphasized the basis for todays action comes after a thorough, 10-day investigation which doesnt sup-' port a single thing Lumbardy said took place. Some of the conflicting areas, Becker said, the board will look into include : A Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lab test says the muzzle of the gun leaving the powder burns on the shirt Businessmen form own protection association .By DON FREDERICK Sentinel staff writer A group of Grand Junction businessmen, located mainly in the south section of town, are forming a countywide protective association aimed at reducing crime and watchdogging the criminal justice system. A spokesman for the group, William Jarvis, Jr., who operates the American Auto Salvage Company at 1001 S. Third St., stresses that the association does not plan to embark on vigilante action or informal night patrols of high crime areas. Rewards ' Instead, Jarvis says the group initially hopes to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminals, particularly burglars, and lobby before government officials for more money and personnel for the police department and sheriffs office. Says Jarvis, If it takes 50 of us down at the city council meeting to raise hell aboijt crime, fine, lets do it Jarvis also says members of the group have the feeling that criminals are not being punished. As a result, the association plans to investigate the procedures followed by law enforcement agencies after a suspect in a crime is arrested. Wed like to see where the prosecution of criminals is falling down, he says. lPublic meeting The group, called the Mesa County Protective Assn., has called a public meeting to explain its goals at 7 .30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at the sheriff's office, Seventh and Ute. Most of the initial members of the group are businessmen in the south section of town. William Jarvis, Sr., owner of Bills Body Shop at 228 Rood, is currently serving as president of the group. One of the members, John Bonella, manager of Castings, Inc. 860 Fourth Ave., says he hopes rewards will prevent and reduce crime in the section of STAN LUMBARDY . . .March 21 incident was only three to four inches away from Lumbardy when the shot was fired. Drawing Inconclusive An attempt last week by a CBI artist to come up with a composite drawing proved inconclusive. The final drawing was similar to a photograph laying near where Lumbardy and the artist were sitting. Two state patrolmen sitting in Thompsons Corral restaurant off the interstate near Palisade saw Lum-bardys car go by but not a green Dodge with its rear window shot out. Lumbardy said he was tailgating the suspects vehicle about this tune. A state game and fish employe was coming down Plateau Canyon about the time the call went on the air and turned his car around and went back to the Col-lbran exit. He pever saw the suspects car. The radio case was found scuffed just on one side, after reportedly being flipped in the air by the car wheel and landing in the gravel on the side of the road. The radio was not damaged and was used on the next shift. Becker said since the hearing will be informal hearsay evidence is admissible. If the city conducts a formal hearing later, he said it has to be structured much the way a court case is and Lumbardy can then be represented by a lawyer. ' 1 : ' Polygraph test He said Lumbardy took thq polygraph test voluntarily after being asked. As a public service employe he can be ordered to take one, but an order wasnt necessary, Becker noted. He said the test questions dealt primarily with the March 21 shooting report and only a few questions were related to two other incidents in which Lumbardy said he was shot at in the last year. No suspects or vehicles were ever seen in those cases. I Lumbardy, 25, has been with the city police department sjjce March 11, 1974. He could not be reached for comment on the suspension or departmental charges. town where his business is located. Bonella says he has been hit quite hard" by burglaries. He says that witl in the last month three thefts have occurred at the business. He adds that his soft drink machine was broken into so many times that he finally removed it. Another member of the group, Jack Munro, owner of Munro Supply Company, Inc., 808 S. Ninth, says crime has not been much of a problem for his business. Private agency Indeed, Munro believes his business is located in one of the best parts of town in terms of the crime problem. Munro adds that he employs a private security agency to patrol his business at night. Munro sees the purpose of the protective association as being to identify the needs of local law enforcement agencies and press for their recognition before government officials. Munro also says, I don't particularly like the name they chose for the group. It gives me visions of A1 Capone. Another member of the group, Joe Loffreda, owner of the Plateau Equipment Supply Co., 805 S. Eighth, hopes the offering of rewards might reduce the thefts that are afflicting elder citizens in the downtown Grand Junction area. Loffreda says he is particularly dismayed by some of these old people in town getting hit in the head for $2. Future goal Loffreda also mentions that a future goal of the association may be to pur chase recreation equipment to provide an outlet for young people. Like William Jarvis, Jr., Loffreda believes young people are responsible for most of the burglaries in the Grand Junction area. At least one local law enforcement official, Sheriff Dick Williams, expresses support for the association. He says he agrees with the group that the offering of rewards may help reduce crime.

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