The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on April 15, 1976 · 25
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The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado · 25

Grand Junction, Colorado
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Thursday, April 15, 1976
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Thurnday, April 1$, 1171 Contrasting testimony given iFf county court jury trial The Dally Sentinel -Page IS A W 4 By MARY LOUISE GIBLIN Sentinel itafl writer Former police officer Richard Deavens' testimony this morning In Mesa County Court contrasted sharply with Tuesday testimony given by a CBI agent in the marijuana possession and official misconduct case against Dea-vens and Bobby Wilson. Deavens, 27, of 227V4 W. Parkview and Wilson, also 27, of 138 N. Sixth are charged with possession and dispensation of less than one ounce of marijuana, a petty offense. Both also are charged with conspiracy to commit official misconduct, and Deavens is charged with official misconduct of a public official. Both charges are misdemeanors. Deavens took the witness stand this morning, after a number of police offi- "cers had testified for the defense in the jury trial. Concerned about call Several of them testified that Deavens had told them he was concerned about a telephone call he had gotten at the police station from a Kathy McDonald asking that he sell her drugs. There was also testimony that Deavens told some of them he felt he was being set up. Some also remembered that he had asked them for identification checks but they could put no date on those requests nor could they remember names. Deavens told the court that he had been contacted by Sam Antonopoulos of the Athens Motel, who had a man named Rick Hampton who was interested in a bar-lounge being planned at 323 Rood. Deavens said he told Hampton he would get in touch with the owner, Bobby Wilson.-On the following Tuesday, Deavens testified he and Wilson met with Hampton and aaman identified as Joe Rico, who claimed to be a member of the Mafia. Rico asked him "five or six times" for marijuana, speed, and other drugs, and Deavens testified he told Rico he didn't know where to get it. Claims no agreement Deavens claimed there was no dis- Motorcycles are targets of thieves, police say A motorcycle and cycling assessories are among items stolen from two residents in separate incidents reported to authorities. Harold H. Hill of 2542 Texas reported the theft of his motorcycle, valued at $700, occurring early in the week after it was parked at his home. According to a police report, the ve- hfcle was locked at the time of the theft.-In another incident reported to Sheriffs deputies, Wilford F. Hermance of 2846 Rd. C said a leather motorcycle pad and three crash helmets were stolen from his vehicle Monday night. The items were valued at $140, a de- GJ man dies when car hits truck . A 19-year-old Grand Junction man died following a vehicle collision early this morning west of the city. Dead is Richard Dale Ryan, 19, of the La Harpe Hotel at 260 Main. The man died of massive head, injuries after he was thrown from a vehicle driven by Robert G. Silliman, 19, , of 2436 Elm Ave., the State Patrol reported. The accident occurred at 12.-58 a.m. about four miles west of Grand Junction on the 1-70 expressway. The State Patrol report said Silliman was driving a vehicle east on 1-70 at a high rate of speed when the car went partially onto the shoulder and struck the rear of a tractor trailer parked along the road. Silliman was taken by the city rescue squad to St. Mary's Hospital with two cuts on his head and bruises. The parked truck was left on the highway by driver, Ronald T. Matthews, 24, of Charlotte, N.C., the State Patrol reported. According to a spokesman at Western Bearings Inc., 706 S. Ninth St., Ryan was employed at the company for the past year and a half as a shipping and receiving clerk. Ryan attended Central High School for a short time in 1972, according to school records. partment report stated. In other reports of local authorities : - Joan M. Cox, 21, of 541 Colorado was arrested by police early this morning in the 500 block of Colorado. The woman was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an officer . observe a woman driving down Ute and S. Fifth Street. - - Frulta police arrested Willima L." Madaris of 1211 S. Fifth St. late Wednesday afternoon on Aspen Avenue in Fruita. Madaris was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid operator's license. ' - Robert E. Unfred of 607 Rolin told sheriffs deputies that someone stole $127 in tools from the bed of his pickup truck while it was parked at his residence. The incident occurred sometime early Wednesday morning, a department report stated. cussion of an agreement on money to bi given by Rico to the proposed club. H said : "I told him 1 was in no position h give him any information at ail. I nevei told him I'd give him any specific infor motion. I had no information f could give him." Deavens also said Rico had told hire that some day he could retire and they would "set everything up legitimate." "I advised him I liked my job,'; Deavens said. He told the court he had attempted to check Rico out in the police department without success four times. He said he was told he couldn't get anything without a date of birth. Deavens also said he was suspiciouf of Rico's claims he had come by private plane to Grand Junction and had gone to the FAA tower to find out about weather and private planes on Wednesday. He had run into Rico leaving on i commercial plane, he said. He notec that police and sheriff's officers had also been at the airport and he though! they had Rico under surveillance. Prosecution testimony During prosecution testimony Tuesday afternoon, CBI undercover - agent Kenneth Brown testified that he had come to Grand Junction as Joe Rico. He said he had been brought to Grand Junction by the police to check rumors that Deavens was involved in narcotics. Brown said he had told Deavens and Wilson that he would finance the bar for them, if it could be a front for gambling, prostitution and narcotics. "They said they did not want any part of my activity, but would allow my activity at their bar," Brown testified. Deavens said that, in his position in the police department, he would supply information, and Wilson, who indicated he expected to be elected to city council, would get the license, according to Brown. At two points in the evening, I gave them a chance to back out, Brown said, testifying they had not done so. Brown also testified that they had given him a small bag of marijuana, as an evidence of good faith. There were definite agreements made that evening of what they could do for me and I could do for them, Brown said. 1 - Emergency radio ' Dr f William Doell, county coroner and a staff physician at Osteopathic Hospital, .practices with one of the two-way base radio stations installed in preparation for implementing a 24-hour emergency service early next week. The second unit is installed at the nursing station, where it will be monitored by a ward clerk. Sentinel photo by Dennis Hogan. Plumbers plan meet with commissioners By DON FREDERICK Sentinel staff writer , Local plumbers are attempting to arrange an informal meeting with the Mesa County Board of Commissioners to push for adoption of a plumbing code in the county. Henry Heidel, a member of the newly formed Western Colorado Master Plumbers Assn., said Wednesday night he hopes to have a meeting with the county commissioners scheduled in the next few days. At such a meeting, Heidel and other local plumbers plan to urge the commissioners to adopt as their own the existing state plumbing code. Such an action by the commissioners would allow the city-county building department to inspect the plumbing of homes being built in the county. No authority now Building department inspectors cur--rently do not have this authority because the commissioners have adopted no plumbing code. Homes in the county are now technically covered by the state plumbing code but enforcement of these regu lations is up to one state official who is stationed in Denver and rarely visits the area. The lack of effective inspection of plumbing in the county is one reason, Other plumbers at last nights meeting also pointed out these fees should more than offset the extra costs of training local building inspectors to perform county plumbing inspections or even the Western Colorado plumbers associ- hiring a new inspector for the job. ation has been formed. In discussing the lack of county plumbing inspection last night at a meeting of the association, Heidel said, You dont mind paying for something you get, but when youre paying for something you dont get, thats another matter. Heidel was referring to the fact that plumbers currently are required to pay a small fee to the state for each plumbing installation job in the county. This money is supposed to help finance state inspections. Should the county commissioners adopt a plumbing code, the installation fees would be increased and paid directly to the county. Doug Casebier, president of the plumbers association, noted that this is one reason the commissioners should be receptive to adopting a plumbing code. Plumbers support code The plumbers also were adamant in their support of adoption by the county commissioners of the state plumbing code rather than the "uniform plumbing code which was adopted a few years ago by the Grand Junction City Counci). The plumbers complained that the uniform plumbing code, which is basically drawn from regulations in California, is more expensive to follow than the Colorado plumbing code and also allows too much discretion on the part of building inspectors. Heidel says he is preparing drawings to illustrate for the county commissioners that the state code would cost the customer less money while providing effective regulation. However, Richard Hollinger, chief inspector for the city-county building department, plans to recommend that the . commissioners adopt the uniform plumbing coder-Hollinger says he does not agree with the plumbers that the uniform code is much more expensive than the state code. He also says that since the city has adopted the uniform code, it would make more sense for his inspectors to enforce these same regulations in the county. The plumbers association also last night considered giving to the Mesa County District Attorney's office a list f persons suspected of installing plumbing in the county without a proper state license. All the about 20 members of the association are master plumbers, which means they have at least six years experience at their trade and have passed a state test. Colorado law requires that a master plumber be in charge of all plumbing installation jobs. The plumbers decided to postpone release of the list of suspected unlicensed, plumbers. Heidel noted that if the commissioners adopt a plumbing code, "We can clear up 90 per cent of the unlicensed plumbers through the resulting inspections. , Radio set-up to offer medical help Two two-way radio base stations installed at Grand Junction Osteopathic Hospital this week have paved the way for 24 hour emergency medical services which will be implemented early next week. Dr. Fred Brown is in charge of coordL nating the emergency room coverage -by staff physicians on a rotated basis. The base stations will enable the hospital to function as part of the communications network which links ambulances, hospitals, and law enforcement and firefighting equipment throughout the Western Slope area. Hospital personnel are being trained to operate the equipment by Red Crawford, who also installed the stations. The equipment, valued at $1,200, is financed by the hospital. One unit, at the central nursing station, will be monitored by a ward clerk as well as the, physician on duty in the emergency room. The clerk will be responsible for notifying specialists or other personnel in advance of the patient's arrival. Basalt Board withholds appointments By LLOYD LEVY Sentinel correspondent BASALT - With three newly elected members taking their seats, the towns board of trustees Wednesday failed to reappoint the chief of police and the town administrator with the result that their tenure is now in question By secret ballot, the trustees unanimously vetoed to reappoint town attorney Edward Simonson and municipal judge Mitchell Carlson. Town clerk and treasurer Charles Bishop was reap- pointed by a 4-1 vote. The vote on reappointment of town administrator Bill Caillie, however, was one yes, two no, and two to table the matter for further discussion. On reappointment of police chief Tom Davis, the vote was one yes, two no, and one abstention. Reappointed as acting officials The trustees then voted to reappoint both Davis and Caillie as acting officials for two weeks so that trustees can use that time to reach a decision. Trustee Betty Terrell was -absent from the meeting. After the regular public meeting, the trustees held an executive session closed to the public to discuss the tenure of both Caillie and Davis. According to those present, no decision was reached. In Caillies case, reservations were expressed concerning his tactfulness in dealing with the public, some trustees thinking he had been unnecessarily abrasive at certain times. In Daviss case there was criticism of his use of discretion in enforcing the towns ordinances. Among other actions at Wedensday's meeting, the trustees voted to deny a water tap to a fast food outlet planning to open a store in the new commercial section across Colo. 82 from the towns school complex. Considerable concern There has been considerable concern about this commercial action for many months. The lahd in question was annexed with the understanding that commercial development would take place in 1971 and was then officially granted commercial zoning last year. This year a 7-11 store opened there and school officials are already concerned about students crossing the highway to patronize the store. Monument wilderness in hopper Bills to designate 10,300 acres of the Colorado National Monument as part of the national Wilderness Preservation System have been introduced in Congress. Sen. Lee Metcalf of Montana, Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington, and Sen. Paul Fannin of Ariz., are co-Sponsors of the Senate bill. Rep. Keith Sebelius of Kansas introduced the bill in the House of Representatives. Why a Colorado legislator is not a sponsor or a co-sponsor is not known. The land that would be designated as wilderness is largely in the canyons and the mesas between the canyons. Robert Benton, superintendent, said, "There would be no change in who administered the land with or without wilderness designation." The wilderness designation legislation is the second bill concerning the monument to be introduced in this session of Congress. Sen. Floyd Haskell introduced a bill Feb. 23 to enlarge the monument by 3,000 acres and to make some boundary changes. Part of the land to be added is in No Thoroughfare Canyon, that was left out of the monument when it was created. None of the land to be added would be designated wilderness. Wilderness designation means that no motor vehicle is permitted and that man is just a visitor. Travel into wilderness areas is by foot or horseback. WILDERNESS PLAN COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT COLORADO ACREAGE TOTAL MONUMENT NON FEDERAL WILDERNESS 17 S6S 62 27 SO 119 70 006 B MARC h r DSC V. I 1 I I

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