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I Coss County United Way Today's United Way campaign total is 174,979, up $4,175 from Wednesday's total. Founded In 1844— LOGANSPORT, INDIANA 46947 THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 6, 1977 Phon* 219-753-75 U ... / City Asks Boost In Water Rates A city utility petition for a 50 percent increase in water rates will be heard Wednesday l>y the Puhlic Service Commission. The PSC Is the state regulatory body which controls utility rates. Just as in recent changes In the Lngansport electrical rates, the PSC 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 same officer who has heard both of the city's requests tor electric increases. The public will be represented by Thomas Funk of the Public Counselor's office. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in room OUR of the State Office Building. The rates for water service in the city have not been raised since 1953 and the petition filed with the PSC calls for a so per- cent increase. Minimum hillings (up to :),(K)0 gallonsi will be increased Irom $1.5(1 to $2.25 and the bill for a family using 10,000 gallons per month will increase from S-l.BS to $7.01, The water department now has back bills of approximately SBO.ooo and there has been some concern in the city council that the new rates will not result in sufficient revenue for the utility to opcrale at a reasonable profit margin. . ' According to the public counselor's office the only filings in the rate case arc the city's petition for rates and'supporting revenue si atement. , k Keprescnling the city at the hearing will be Lebanon Attorney David Richoy. The rate consulting firm for the city is Me- Cullough and Associates of Indianapolis. Doctor Who Led Laetrile Fight Dies After Cutting Her Wrists SOUTH BEND. Ind. (UPIl - The woman doctor who led the successful lobbying effort to legalize the controversial substance I.actrilu as a treatment for cancer was pronounced dead Wednesday, five days after she was found • with her wrists cut. Dr. Helen Calvin, 49. South Bend, was found unconscious last Friday with her wrists slashed in an office of her home. Relatives said she dad been depressed for several weeks. A law to legalize Laelrilc 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, Ind. (UPI) - 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 6fiO striking employees would not return to work until the contract was ratified by the workers. A vote on the pact was scheduled Friday. The workers' contract expired Aug. ;ii, but they agreed to continue on the job while a new pact was being negotiated, 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 latest round of bargaining sessions between United 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 ,laiest contract proposal were not. immediately available. :., in the halls of the Staluhouse in the days before the bill was passed and even delivered a blistering attack against the Senate presient pro tern when he failed to assign the bill to a commillee. Three physicians pronounced Dr. Calvin, dead at l«:l. r > a.m. after they determined there had been no brain activity for two days although other bodily functions were maintained by life support systems. The systems were disconnected minutes after Dr. Calvin's kidneys were removed for passible transplant operations in Indianapolis. A doctor at the Veterans Administration hospital said it-was likely such transplants could be made sometime today. ' Dr. Louis Grwnski, a deputy coroner, ^ Court Session Anthony Kiritsis puts his coal on before an afternoon court session in Indianapolis. Kiritsis was present during jury selection. He is charged with holding a hostage last February. (UPI) Judge Sets Limits In Kiritsis'Case said death was caused by a loss of blood from the cuts Dr. Calvin suffered Friday, The Weather INDIANA: Clear and cold tonight with frost north and scattered light frost central. Lows In the mid 30s to around 40. Sunny and cool Friday. Hlghsinthetis. City Rejects Bids On Two Properties As Too Low The city of Logansporl sold two of the. bag filter and its installation tor the city ilir nipfps nf nrnnorlu it hnH un tnr- ci\i\ ivm/ni* nlint TK«* ,. A «i..,...* ..._ : . *._ F o r e c a s .: t . ' . •;. '.. v 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 5()s north to mid 60s south, but around 70 central and south but •around 7o central and south Sunday. .four pieces of properly it had up for sale Wednesday. The Board of Public Works and Safety received five bids on the three Water Street properties and the old sexton's quarters on Pleasant Hill, Lionel Billman, 200 E. Roselaxvn Ave.. purchased the sexton's home and 1.07 acres at 1233 Pleasant Hill for $9,075. The only other bid on the property was from George and Pearl Bending, Burnettsville for $5,000. The pond and ,629 acres of land on Water Street were purchased by Harrv and Judy Wcller, 1001 Water St.. forSSOO,' Two bids were received for the home and 4.247 acres of Water Street property, but neither was accepted because they were way below the appraised value 'of the property, $5,500. The two bids received on the property were $l,«0l from City Policeman Homer Shafer. 25 Seybold St., and $1,000 from George and June Ooze. Rt. 1. • <• No bids were received on the 4.552 acre tract pi Water Street land. The land Is appraised at $4.552. The board awarded the contract for a -•"•o •••"'• »i>u ivo ufijiuffttijui/ iui iJin uiiy power plant. The contract was given lo the Gibson Hart Company, of Kansas City which was low with.a bid of $87,000. The filter is needed to remove ash particles from the 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 .cutter. Bids will be opened at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Oct. 26. The tractor and weed cutter will be purchased with revenue sharing monies. The board accepted the resignation of Fireman Gene Rose; approved curb and guttering applications for 82 feet for R.J. Curry, 705 Race St., and 65 feet for Robert Orr, 540 Burlington Ave.; *nd approved the electrician license of James Cumbee. . Claims were approved for city expenses, $10,765.55; utility expenses, $S2,348.79; utility .transfers, $18,250; city payroll. $98.637.28; and CETA payroll, $6,657.46, Due lo conflicting Wednesday meetings,the board will hold its meeting next week at8:30 a.m. Thursday.. " •'-• News Briefs INDIANAPOLIS (UPli - Prosecution and-defense attorneys were allowed 45 minutes each today lo lay the groundwork for the cases they will present to prove thai Anthony Kiritsis was or was no( sane in February when he kidnapped a real estate man and held him hostage for more than two days. Marion. County Superior Court Judge Michael Dugan set the limits for the opening statements, earlier when he 'also warned prospective jurors that they likely would be kept locked tip and under a. news blackoul for up to a month. . ." The panel of seven men and five women finally was seated-Wednesday in the third preliminary day of the.proceedings. Four alternates — two men and two women — also were selected:' All spent their first night sequestered together at the Columbia Club just over two blocks from the City-County Building where the courtroom was located.. Mine of the jurors were isolated Tuesday night. The jurors had an average' age of 38 years and ranged In age from 18 to 60.- J Kiritsis, 45, Indianapolis, is charged with kidnaping, armed robbery and extortion in the abduction last February of real estate executive'Richard Hall i'ri a dispute over plans to develop property Kiritsis owned on the city's west side. Hall was jiaradcd along downtown streets on a leash attached to the trigger of a shotgun before Kiritsis negotiated for a police car .which was used lo drive to the 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 legally insane at the time. ' Deputy 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 abou tan . hour, when chief defense 7 'attorney Vile Stanton complained the prosecution was trying to "intimidate" witnesses. : , Stanton said prosecutors were interviewing (he potential witnesses privately and :coercing them 'into the sessions with threats. Those Stanton said were intimidated included Stale Police Sgt, Frank Love who the lawyer said was threatened with arrest. Dugan settled the matter by ordering both sides to provide each other daily lists of witnesses questioned outside the court. Prte* P«r Copy, Twenty C*nts SS Tax Overhaul / Fashioned WASHINGTON (UP1) — 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, the most, extensive overhaul of Social Security since 1972, was expected to receive final approval by Ihc committee this afternoon en route to the full House. The committee says the measure will put Social Security back on a sound financial basis r well into the next century. Otherwise the program's retirement fund would run out of money between I9R3 and 1985; the disability fund, as early as 1978. A key part of the bill attempts to' insure that each future generation of retirees gets benefits, which arc about the same proportion of his working pay as those now in retirement. '< • * ' The bill also would: —Bring federal, state 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' $4.300 in 1979. The increase would apply only to retirees 65 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, the 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 1 «8fi. A worker earning $37,500 now pays $965 a year in tax. This would go to Sl,«9ti in 198B under existing law; to S2.5S6 in ]« under thebill. But the biggest step the committee / proposed to close the deficit has to do with benefits.-.-• A low-income worker now receives in retirement 60 per cent of his working income; average pay workers gel back 42 per cent; high-income workers. :)u per cent. Under the present law, these would rise to 106 percent for low .wage earners in the _. year. 2050; 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. Drop In State Aid Forces Woodlawn To Retrench Woodlawn Center has been forced lo retrench'because of reductions in state aid. . The class for severe and profound adults has been dropped and the vacated positions of vocational evaluator and a teacher arc not being filled because of the cut in aid, Mrs. Carolyn Moore, executive directoroftheCenter. said Wednesday. Plans to enlarge the services offered by the center also have been at least temporarily -'abandoned. The prc-school program, 'which was to have been lengthened to 10 months, will remain at nine months and transportation which was lo 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 a meeting of the slate budget agency on Oct. 14. Gov. Otis Bowen recently announced that the difficulty arose became the Department of Mental Health expected federal Title XX funds to bring In more money than is actually being ' received. • . . Woodlawn Center has an annual'budget of almost $310.000. but at percent of that cornea from funds generated in the county •including tax money. United Way funds gifts, and workshop revenue, Mrs; Moore Mid. The General Assembly cut 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 I. , This was done in the expectation that Woodlawn Center would receive more Title XX money than the $7o;570 it received last year. Although this may be true in large cities such as Gary and Indianapolis, where there are 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 Ihc Woodiawn Center enrollment comes in that category. The Woodlawn director said the General Assembly Is trying to force counties to assume a 1 larger share of the cost of maintaining facilities for Ihc retarded. 'Cass County government increased its i appropriations for Woodlawn Center from $30.000 to $40,000 this year, but the $10.000 Increase was far less than the $48.ooo reduction In state aid outside the Title XX funds . "It Is hoped that additlonarstatc funding will be forthcoming to enable Woodlawn Center to maintain the high quality programs It provides to mentally-retarded and devefopmentally disabled clthens in this community," Mrs. Moore, said. She urged local citizens to write to-the Slate Budget Agency and to the governor in support of (he request for more funds State State School Superintendent Harold Negley will ask the Indiana Board of Education Oct. 20 to consider a plan for scholastic evaluation of Hoosier 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 nearihg 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 18 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 Cass Will be to a crucial "most win" situation on Friday J? order to stay to Mid-Indiana Conference contention. PAGE M Open House Set At Fire Station The Logansporl Fire Department will hold its annual open house Sunday to kick off National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Chief Prank Murray said persons can tour central fire station. 76 S. Sixth St.. from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be served at the "tire station, along with candy and swkers for children. Those children wishing to ride a fire truck may do Wai Riverside Park between the same hours as the open house. Murray staled. • • During the fire prevention campaign week (Oct. 9 .through Oct. 15) Logansport firemen will be conducting inspections of all businesses, factories and schools in the city. Cass Sells Properties And Jail Equipment Cass County made a healthy profit from the sale of 38 properties Wednesday. Total income from the public auction'of the real .estate at the courthouse was $10,837.50. Quit claim deeds for the properties will be signed by the Cass County commissioners on Oct. 12. The only property containing a house, located at 819 I9th St., .was sold to Beverly Spilznogle for $4,500. It had been appraised at$2,000 The two lots which were part of the county 'highway garage property on apiece sold for amounts ranging from $2SO to $425, while one appraised at $150 brought $340. Larry Aaron w as 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 lo get them back on the tax rolls. The public auction of articles from the county jail kitchen, held at the same time, brought a net of $76.95. Biggest bargain of the sale was picked up by County Recorder Jack Harvey. He _ - " '— •• ry~ Ct- ,f" —!"•• *J, «•* Mp uj ^UMIIIJ 1VCUJI Ud 4/dLJt nmvCY. HC Chicago^ Street were bought by Hugh _paid only $10 for the commercial size dish Anjim_< inr SHK^ fin/f t\\r ri*i»nn Vnti.*^* r__ .. L_^ > _» i__. ..»_ > .. Adams for $865 and by Donna Ybung for $875; Each of those lots had been appraised at $750. They were the only two in the sale that had. not previously gone through a delinquent tax sale. -Twelve pieces of real estate that had been appriased at :$l apiece sold for varying amounts ranging from $3 lo $160. The lots that had been appraised at $50 washer and drainer that the county purchased for the jail less than two years ago atacostoMI,m In sharp contrast was the $45 paid in the 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 the other articles sold. Public Hearing On Planned Lease For County Building Set Oct. 19 "The county commissioners will hold a public bearing Oct.; 19 on the proposed lease for the new county building. . The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in the commissioners' room of the courthouse. County Attorney John O'Neill said the proposed lease to be entered Into between the Cass County Jail and' Courthouse Building Corporation as lessor and' the county commissioners as lessee will be for a term of 22 years. ~ ' -• . i> ' x The lease, which, will begin with .the completion of the building, provides for an annual rental of 1330,000. Payments will be made on The lease each June 30'- and • December 30. As additional rental, (he commissioners 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 sitc-of the old jail, extending slightly into Court park. The present courthouse then wilt be • demolished and. will be replaced by a 'parking lot. Construction of the new. county building Is expected to begin around Dec. 1. Dick Byers and John Steinberger this week (old-the county commissioners the progress that has been made in completing final details leading to construction of the building.^ Byers, who' drew the plans for the .„_.„..„,.._. .„..„., ..^. v^.,,,,,,.,0,,,,,1-,, _ f — i „.„ _.„ Mn . ,,.„.„ „„ ulc will be required to maintain insurance on building, said the Stale Fire Marshal has the, building and to pay for any alterations agreed only two windows will be needed on " Ihe'flnf-IJoor of the,four-story building instead of the four that he first thought would be required. ' One of those windows will be in the county auditor's office and the other u-ill or repairs. If the net interest cost to the corporation on the First Mortgage Bonds to be issued by the corporation to pay the cost of the bufdling i* tess than S', 4 percent, the annual rental isto be reduced accordingly .wwi^j •UMltuira VtttVC OIHf CHC;VUICr,'<Will. be in the waiting room of the county health department. The windows will be on the Court Park side of the building. Byers said he was determined that the cast 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 the building in case of afire.. ' • Byers said the new drawings will be submitted to the state this week and approval is expected by the latter put of next week or shortly thereafter. He said the Administrative; Building Council and State Fire Marshal already have given approval for construction to begin, and Steinberger'said the changes • will not delay construction or add to the 1 cost of the building since reductions in cost are being made in other areas. The members of the holding corporation will meet at 3 p.m. next Monday. They will sign Mine contracts and select a trustee forlhebond handling at that meeting:

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