Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on December 1, 1977 · Page 16
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 16

Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, December 1, 1977
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Page 16 Garden City Telegram Thursday, December I, 1977 Jailed That's Easy; Getting Out Bit More Difficult GCCC DEBATERS, back row from the left: Diane Lorkovlc, Steve Bellman, debate instructor; and Mark Lott. Front Row, Bill Crump, left, and Lee Leckner. (Photo by Jon Hardesty). College Debaters Pack Home Trophies This year's Garden City Community College debate team is on its way to revive the college's trophy tradition under the tutelage of Steve Beilman by bringing home two trophies from a tournament at Colorado State University. The team is made up of freshman students Diane Lorkovic of Garden City, Lee Leckner of Pratt, Mark Lolt of Minneapolis, and Bill Crump of Ulysses. Lorkovic and Crump won second place in the beginners division and Leckner and Lott won the semi-finals trophy. The Garden City Community College team was the only representation from Kansas and the only community college team in the tournament, held on the CSU campus at Ft. Collins, Colo. The competition was made up of four-year colleges from five states. "The accomplishment of our freshman debaters represents outstanding achievement because they dominated the beginners' division and ended up with two of the four trophies awarded," Bellman said. These outstanding freshman students started debate program on their own. We're looking forward to continued success and hopefully the capturing of more trophies during upcoming tournaments in Texas and Oklahoma," Bielman is in his first year as the forensics instructor at Garden city Community College. He was a forensics instructor at Regis High School in Denver before joining the college faculty and received his master's degree at the University of Northern Colorado. STAG AT KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 6:30 P.M. DINNER AT 7:30 LAMB FRIES, BAKED HAM MEMBERS AND GUESTS ^— HAYS (HNS) — Getting arrested and thrown in jail is easy. Everyone knows dozens of ways to accomplish the feat. Getting out of jail is a bit more difficult but Hays bail bondsman John Littlejohn works overtime to give those in Western Kansas jails an opportunity to gain their freedom if only temporarily. Littlejohn became a bondsman six years ago at the request of a friend who was looking for an agent in the Hays area. Bonding work is an "enjoyable hobby," a sideline to his real estate business. As a bonding agent, Littlejohn gets two or three calls a week and posts bail for about half of the people that ask for help. He views his bonding agent duties as a public service and doesn't inquire into the guilt or innocence of his "clients." He insists that everyone except persons charged with first- degree murder has a constitutional right to post bond. Those who want Littlejohn to bail them out must pay an amount equal to 10 percent of the bond as commission. Littlejohn and the insurance company he represents split the commission. Bond-seekers must also produce a friend or relative willing to sign as indemnitor and reimburse the insurance company if the client skips the country. The signature is enough to insure small bonds although the indemnitor may be asked to produce collateral on large bonds. A $1,000 bond is about the average in western Kansas and the largest bond Littlejohn ever posted was $25,000 for a man accused of embezzlement. Littlejohn has each recipient file a family and personal history form before bond is posted. The history is used to track down persons who skip, but Litllejohn has never had to forfeit bond because a client ran out on him. The bank embezzler paid his bank in full, Littlejohn says proudly. Most of Littlejohn's contacts originate through law officers and lawyers. A bondsman has to be on good terms with police because, they can't recommend a specific bondsman, they do give their prisoners the names of bondsmen serving their area, he says. Littlejohn has discovered that it pays to advertise and gives area jails decks of playing cards displaying his name and phone number. Sheriffs and police know which bondsman will come when called, he adds. Littlejohn considers 24-hour service a must and carries a paging unit when he is fishing, camping or can't be reached by phone. "Most clients treat bond- smen like they would a lawyer and are grateful for their help. They're in jail and we're the only ones that can get them out," he says. Littlejohn says dealing with accused criminals has not lowered his opinion of his fellow man but has given him a better insight into the way a person's mind works under stress. Bond recipients in western Kansas are usually local people who find themselves in jail for the first time rather than hardened criminals. They don't know how to react to the situation and regain their freedom, Littlejohn says. In western Kansas a person likely will never have the need for a bondsman after his first experience with one, he adds. Only six of his clients have been repeat offenders. A lack of hardened criminals and repeat offenders usually found in larger cities works against a bondsman's profit motive and makes Western Kansas an unattractive area for full-time bondsmen. Judges know the local of- fenders aren't going anywhere before their trial- and often release them on their own signature bond or set a low, bail, Littlejohn explains. Ten percent of a $500 bond isn't very much when it has to be split with an insurance Co. and still cover expenses to Goodland or Hill City, he adds. Meeting interesting people and a "different type of clientele than that found in the real estate business" is the benefit that keeps him in the bonding business. His most interesting customer, according to Lit- llejohn, was an Englishman arrested in Hays for DWI while driving a Rolls Royce to Denver. The Englishman was going to sell the car in Denver and had enough money to pay the 10 percent commission but had nothing to put up as collateral. The man finally offered his British passport as collateral and was back in Hays a few days later to pay his fine, Littlejohn says. Two Kansans Die in Crash Miller, 23, and Barbara Wesl- hoff, 19, both of Mulvane, Kan. DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Two young women were killed in a collision- late Tuesday afternoon about 2 miles east of Derby near the southern edge of Wichita. The victims were Marilyn Officers said the driver of the second car, Danny Birmingham, 16, of Derby, was seriously injured. Good News! for Telegram subscribers Garden City residents may now pay for their subscription for six months or a year instead of paying your carrier each month. You may pay at The Telegram office and your carrier will receive credit. THESE RATES, APPLY WHERE CARRIER SERVICE AVAILABLE. 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