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October 6, 1977

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Coss County United Way Today's United Way campaign total 18 174,979. Up $4,175 from Wednesday's total. Founded In 1844— UXSANSPORT INDIANA 46947 THURSDAY tVSNINC, OCTOBER 6. 1977 Phon« 219-753-7511 City Asks Boost In Water Rates A city utilitv petition (or a 50 percent increase in water rales will be heard Wednesday by the ^W^^^S.'^^,, The PSC is the slate regulatory body which controls uti it> rate? Jud as in recent changes In the Lngansport electrical rate"' thePSC will conduct a hearing on the application and then issue'its ruling before the rates can go into effect Hearing officer for the PSC will he Harold Hilt, the s. in. or fleer who has heard bolh of the city's requests for electric n- i™ The public will be represented by Thomas Funk of Ihe public Counselor's office, The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in room !KMi of the Mate TheMes,!fr waler service in the city have not been raised since ISM and the petition filed with the PSC calls for a * per- cent increase. Minimum billings (up to 3.000 gallons) will be increased from $1.50 to $2,25 and the bill for a family using lu.ooo gallons per month will increase from $4.115 to $7.01. The water department now has back bills of approximately $80.000 and there has been some concern in Ihe city councithat the new rales will nol result in sufficient revenue for the utility to operate at a reasonable profit margin. . , According to the public counselor's office the only filings in the rate case are the city's petition for rules and supporting revenue statement. Representing the city al the hearing will be Lebanon Attorney David Richey. The rate consulting firm for the city is Mc- Culloush and Associates of Indianapolis. Doctor Who Led Laetrile Fight Dies After Cutting Her Wrists SOUTH BEND. Iiiri. (UPH - The woman doctor who led the successful lobbying effort to legalize the controversial substance l-aelrile as a treatment for cancer was pronounced dead Wednesday, five days after she was found . with her wrists cul. Dr. Helen Calvin. •)!). South Bend, was found unconscious last Friday with her wrists slashed in an office of her home. Relatives said she had been depressed for several weeks. A law to legalize Laetrile as a cancer treatment in Indiana was passed during the past session to allow the use of the substance. Dr. Calvin appeared regularly Tentative Agreement Reached In Strike WARSAW, Jnd. (LTD - Union and United Telephone Co. negotiators reached a tentative contract agreement early today a company spokesman said. United spokesman Joe Lumm said the company's 660 striking employees would not return to work until the contract was ratified by the workers. A vote on Ihe pnct was scheduled Friday. The workers' contract expired Aug. .11. but they agreed to continue on the job while a new pact was being ncgoliated. A tentative agreement was reached during the first week in September, but the employees, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, rejected the contract proposal and walked off the job Sept. 12. The latesl round of bargaining sessions between Unilcd and IBEW officials began Tuesday, and a tentative agreement was hammered out in a session which began Wednesday and ran until the early morning hours today. . " Details of the .lalest contract proposal werenotimmediatcly'available. .., ; in the halls of the Statehouse in Ihe days before the bill was passed and even delivered a blistering attack against the Senate prcsient pro tern when he failed to assign the bill lo a committee. Three physicians pronounced Dr. Calvin, dead al 10:15. a.m.-after they determined there had been no brain activity for two (lays although other Ixidily functions were maintained by life support systems. "The systems were disconnected minutes after Dr. Calvin's kidneys were removed for possible transplant operations in Indianapolis. A doctor at the Veterans Administration hospilaKsaid it-was likely such transplants could be made sometime today. Dr. Louis Grwnski, a deputy coroner, said death was caused by a loss of blood from the cuts Dr. Calvin suffered Friday. F The Weather o City Rejects Bids On Two Properties As Too Low r e c a s f INDIANA: Clear and cold tonight with frost north and scattered light frost central, laws In the mid 30s to around 40 Sumy and cool Friday. Highs in the 60s. The city of Logansporl sold two of the. tour pieces of property it had up for sale Wwi n csd ii V The Board of Public Works and Safety received five bids on the three Water Streel properties and the old sexton's quarters on Pleasant Hill. Lionel Billman. 200 E. Roselawn Ave.. ourchased the sexton's home and 1.07 acres at 1233 Plcasanl Hill for $»,075. The only other bid on the property was from George and Pearl Bending, Burnellsville, for $5,000. The pond and .(29 acres of land on Waler Street were purchased by Harry and Judy Wcller, 1001 Water SI., for $600. Two bids were received for the home and 4 247 acres of Water Slreel property, but neither was accepted because ihcy were way below Ihe appraised value of the property. $5,500. The iwo bids received on the properly were $1,801 from City Policeman Homer Shafer, 25 Seybold St., and $1,000 from George and June Coze, Rl. 1. No bids were received on the 4,552 acre tract of Water Street land. The land Is appraised at $4.552. The board awarded the contract for a bag filter and (Is installation for Ihe city power plant. The contract was given to Ihe • Gibson Hart Company, of Kansas City, which was low wilh.a bid of $87,000. The filler is needed to remove ash particles from Ihe plant's stream discharge, and will correct one of the five , violations the city is currently cited with by the Indiana Stream Pollution Control Board.; • . ' The board approved specifications for a tractor and weed cutler. Bids will be opened al 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 26. The traclor and weed culler will be purchased wilh revenue sharing monies. The board accepted the resignation of Fireman Gene Rose; approved curb and aulterlng applications for 82 feet for RJL Curry, 705 Race St.. and 65 feet for Robert Orr 540 Burlington Ave.; and approved the electrician license of James Cumbee. . Claims were approved for city expenses, $1076555: utility expenses, $92,348.79; utility .transfers, $18,250; city payroll. $98.637.28; and CETA payroll, 16,657,46. Due to conflicting Wednesday meelmgs,- the board will hold its meeting next week al 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Indiana extended outlook, Saturday through Monday; Warming over the 'weekend, then colder again Monday with a chance of rain Sunday. Lows mostly in the 40s Highs mostly mid Ms north to mid 60s south, but around 7« central and south but •around70 central andsoulhSunday, Drop In State Aid Forces Wood lawn To Retrench Woodlawn Center has been forced to retrench because of reductions in slate The class for severe and profound adults has been dropped and the vacated positions of vocational cvaluator and a teacher are not being filled because of Ihe cut in aid. Mrs: Carolyn Moore, executive director of the Center, said Wednesday. Plans to enlarge the services offered by the center also have been at least tem- porarily'abandoned. The prc-school program, which was to have been lengthened to 10 months, will remain at nine months and transportation which was to have been implemented in January will not be possible. Mrs. Moore indicated. Plans also had been made to start a community based residence for five or six clients next year If sufficient funds had been forthcoming. The financial plight of the local Center may be alleviated at o meeting of the state budcet agency on Oct. 14. Gov. Otis Bowen Stly^mJounced that the difficulty '•rose because the Department of Mental Health expected federal Title XX funds to bring in more money lhan is actually being Woodlawn Center has an annual budget : of almost $310.000. but tt percent of that comes from funds generated in the county, •including tax money. United Way funds, ^'fifts. and workshop revenue, Mrs: Moore •said The General Assembly cul Its aid other than Title XX money from $69.210 in the 1977 fiscal year to only $21,504 for the new fiscal year that began July 1. This was done in Ihe expectation that Woodlawn Center would receive more Title XX money than the $70,570 It received last year. Although this may be true in large cities such as Gary and Indianapolis, where there am many welfare recipients. It is not- true here where the welfare cases are relatively few, Mrs. Moore said. She pointed out that 43!67 percent of the proposed Title XX expenditures must be for welfare recipients, and only 20 percent of the Woodlawn Center enrollment comes The Woodlawn director sald'the General Assembly Is trying to force counties to assume a larger share of the cost of maintaining facilities for the retarded. Cass County government increased us appropriations for Woodlawn Center from 130 000 to $40,000 this year, but the, $10,000 mcrease~was far less than the $ffi,ooo reduction in state aid outside the Title XX ^R is hoped that additionarstate funding will be forthcoming to enable Woodlawn Center to maintain the high quality brasrams It provides to mentally.-relarded awTdevelopmentally disabled citizens in Ihis community." Mrs. Moore said. She unted local citterns to write to.lhe -Stale Budget Agency and to. the governor in support of the request for more funds News State State School Superintendent Harold Negley will ask the Indiana Board of Education Oct. 2p to consider a plan for scholastic evaluation of Booster Public school students. PAGE 19 National Wholesale prices rose 0.5 percent in September, the Labor Department reported today. It was the largest increase since April and a signal that summer- long stability in the inflation rate may be nearlng an end. PAGE 16 For the first time since airmail was introduced in 1918, a major new type of postal service—express mail-will start officially Sunday, PAGE 19 International Algeria has turned down a Japanese request for the return of five Red Army hijackers, six terrorists and $6 million that Japan exchanged for.their 515 hostages. PAGE 16 Sports The Los Angeles Dodgers evened the National League playoff series with a victory over Philadelphia. PAGE 13 New New York Yankees took, it on the chin in the first American League playoff .game. PAGE 15 Logansport's Berries host New Castle and former head coach Mark Surface on Friday in a homecoming attraction. PAGE 13 Lewis Cast will be to a crucial "must win" situation ovFrtday In order to stay in Mid-Indiana Conference contention. PAGE 14 / Court Session Anthony Kiritsis puts his coat on before an afternoon court session in Indianapolis. Kiritsis was present during jury selection. He is charged with holding a hostage last February. (UP1) Judge Sets Limits In Kiritsis' Case INDIANAPOLIS lUPIl - Prosecution and Defense attorneys were allowed 4n minutes each today (o lay the groundwork for the cases they will present to prove that Anthony Kiritsis was 'or was nol sane in February when he kidnapped a real estate man and held'him hostage for more than tW Marion County Superior Court Judge Michael Dugan sot Ihe limits for the opening statements.earlier when,he also warned prospective jurors that they likely would be kept locked up and under a.news, blackout foruptoamonth. . • . • "The panel of seven men and five women finally was seated •Wednesday in the lliird preliminary day of ^.proceedings. Four alternates - Iwo men and two women also were selected.- ' All spent their first night scqueslered together al the Columbia Club .jusl over two blocks from the City-County Building where the courtroom was. located,. Nine of the jurors were isolated Tuesday night. _ . The jurors had.an average age of 38 years and ranged In age from 18 to fio. .- : Kiritsis, 45, Indianapolis, is charged with kidnaping, armed robbery and extortion in the abduction last February of real estate executive Richard Hall in a dispute over plans lo develop properly Kiritsis owned on the city's west side. Hall was paraded along downtown streets on a leash attached to the trigger of a shotgun before Kiritsis negotiated for a police car which was used to drive to the Open House Set At Fire Station The Logansporl Fire Department will hold ils annual open house Sunday to kick off National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Chief Frank Murray said persons can tour central fire slalion, 76 S. Sixth St.. from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served at the tire station, along with candy and. si.ckers for children. Those children wishing to ride a: fire truck may do so ; at Riverside Park between Ihe'same hours as Ihe open house. Murray stated. • '. During the fire prevention campaign week (Ocl. 9 .through Oct. 15) I.ogansport firemen will be conducting inspections of all businesses, factories and schools in the city. west side apartment. Kiritsis kept police at bay for 63 hours, claiming to have the door and windows attached to explosives. Defense lawyers opened the trial by admitting he committed the acts charged, but said he was innocent because he was legallv insane at the lime. Dep'uty Marion County Prosecutor George Montgomery indicated Wednesday he would possibly not call any of his expert witnesses on Kiritsis' sanity until later in the trial, '" , Selection of the last jurors and alternates was delayed Wednesday for about-an hour when chief defense-attorney Nile ' stanton complained the prosecution was trying to "intimidate" witnesses. Slanton said prosecutors were .interviewing the potential witnesses privatelv and coercing them into the sessions'with threats. Those Stanlon said were intimidated included Stale Police Sgt. Frank Love who the lawyer said was threatened with arrest. -v . Dugan settled the matter by ordering both sides to provide each other daily lists of witnesses questioned outside the court. Prlc» P«r Copy. Tw«l»ty C«nH SSTax Overhaul / Fashioned WASHINGTON (UP)) — The House Ways and Means Committee has fashioned a bill to raise Social Security taxes sharply over the next decade and determine the level of retirement benefits for generations to come. The measure. Uie most extensive overhaul of Social Security since 1972. was expected to receive final approval by the committee this afternoon en route to the full House. The committee says the measure will put Social Security back on a sound financial basis well into the next century. Otherwise the program's retirement fund would run out of money between 1983 and 1985: the disability fund, as early as 1979. A key part of the bill attempts to insure that each future generation of retirees gets benefits which are about the same proportion of his working pay as those now in retirement. ' The bill also would: -Bring federal, stale and local government workers.and employes of nonprofit organizations under mandatory Social Security coverage in 1982. -Raise the' amount of wages retirees can earn before losing part of their Social Security benefits from the present $3,000 to W.OOO next year and 1 $4.500 in 1979, The increase would apply only to retirees h5 and over. , — Eliminate instances in which present law treats men and women differently. For example, a man who takes care of a disabled child could receive benefits that now go only to women. . Beginning next year. Uie bill would raise Social Security payroll taxes equally for employers and employes - above and beyond increases already scheduled. The additional increases would .be steeper for higher income workers. A person making $10.000 this year must pay an annual Social Security tax of $585. Under existing law this will increase to $645 in 1986. Under the bill, it would increase further to $690 in 19HG. . A worker earning $37.500 now pays $965 a year in lax. This would go to $1,896 in 1986 under existing law: to $2.586 in 1986 under the bill. ... But the biggest step the committee /proposed to close the deficit has (o do with benefits, . - .-. . A low-income worker, now receives in retirement 60 per cent of his working income; average pay workers get back 42 per cent: high-income, workers; 30 per Under the present law. these would rise to 106 per cent for low wage earners in the year 205<r 70 per cent for average wage earners and 48 per cent for high wage earners. , Future retirees would lose these large increases, remaining at about today's percentages. Cass Sells Properties And Jail Equipment .Cass County made a healthy profit from Ihe sale of .18 properties Wednesday, Total income from the public auction of the real estate at the courthouse was $10837-50 Quit claim deeds for the properties will be signed by the Cass County commissioners oh Oct. 12. The onlv properly containing a house, located aV819 19lh SI., was sold lo Beverly Spltznogle for $4,500. II had been appraised at$2.ooo The two lots which were part of the county highway garage property on Chicago Street were nought by Hugh Adams for $865 and by Donna Young for $875. Each of those lots had been appraised al $750. They were the only two in the sale that had not previously gone through a delinquent lax sale. -Twelve pieces of real estate that had been appriased at $1 apiece sold for varying amounts ranging from $5 ta $160. The lots that had been appraised at $50 apiece sold for amounts ranging from $250 to $425, while one appraised at $150 brought $340. , Larry Aaron was auctioneer for the sale, which attracted a large crowd of bidders. Most of the properties sold are in the city of Logansport. The county sold them to gel them back on the lax rolls. The public auction of articles from the county jail kitchen, held at Ihe same lime, ..brought a nel of $76.95. Biggest bargain of the sale was picked up by County Recorder Jack Harvey. He paid only $10 for the commercial size dish 'washer and drainer that the county purchased for the jail less than two years ago atacoslof-$l.:t72. .,..,. In sharp contrast was.the $45 paid in we auction for an antique "penny" weight scale Trays, plates, pie pans, cookie sheets, pitchers, bowls, a roaster, a knife sharpener, a flower vase, and a butcher knife were among Ihe other articles sold. Public Hearing On Planned Lease For County Building Set Oct. 19 ~The county commissioners- will hold a public hearing Oct. 19 on the proposed tease for the new county building. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. m the commissioners' room of the courthouse. County Attorney John O'Neill said the Brooosed lease to be entered into between theCass County Jail and' Courthouse Building Corporation as lessor and' the county commissioners as lessee will be for eea will begin with, the completion of the building, provides for an annual rental of $32>;000. Payments will be made on the lease each June 30- and December SO. • . As additional rental, the commissioners will be required to maintain jnsurance on the building and to pay for any alterations ° r in!he net interest cost to the corporation on the First Mortgage Bonds to be issued by the corporation to pay the cost of the buldling is less than V* percent, the annual rental is to be reduced accordingly. The lease gives the option to the commissioners to purchase the property on any rental payment date. The new four-story courthouse and jail will be erected on the site.of the old jail, extending slightly into Court park The present courthouse then will be -demolished and will be replaced by a ^Construction of the new, county building is expected to begin around Dec. 1. Dick Byers and John Stemberger this week told the county « B 2 ra ' sskM * r £ 1 i|£ progress that has been made in completing final details leading to construction of the !" U Byers." who drew the plans for the building, said the State Fire Marshal has agreed only two windows will be needed on the flrsT floor of the four-story building instead of the four that he first thought would be required. " ' One of those wino^rcrwlll be in the county auditor's office and the other will be in the waifln«.room of the county health department The windows will be on the Court Parksideofthebuildlng. Byers said he was determined that the east side of the building already has sufficient openings because of the stair towers. The two windows are being; required to give firemen additional means of entering Uiebuildingincaseofafire. _ Byers said the new drawings will be submitted to the state this week and approval is expected by Uie latter part of next week or shortly thereafter. He said the Administrative Building Council and State Fire Marshal already have given approval for ?»«^ lon j° begin, and Steinbergcr said tb^changcs - ^ifi not delay construction or add to the cost of the building since reductions in cost arebdngmadeinotherareas. ; „ The membersof the holding corporation will meet at 3 p.m. next Monday:TheywHI sign some contracts and select a trustee for the bond handling at that meeting:

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