Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 2, 1974 · Page 1
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Io\\a a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 — No. 104 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Thursday, May 2, 1974 — Ten Pages Delivered by Carrinr Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week Siflgle Copy ICC Orders Maple St. Signals The Iowa State Commerce Commission has ordered the installation of automatic crossing signals at the Maple Street crossing of the Chicago & North Western railway tracks in Carroll. The order was dated April 'Mind-Reader — Mad scientist and helpless vitim might be a likely explanation, but the actual situation is nothing so frightening. A volunteer assist Calthech Calthech biologist Dr. Derk Fender test his "mind-reading" helmet. The electronic cap measures electrical output from 97 brain locations in charting pathways by which messages move from one brain hemisphere to another. Collected in a split second, over a million bits of information are fed through a computer which translates date a into a visual contour "map" of the brain on a screen. Working with IBM in developing the technique, the Pasedena scientist must construct a special helmet with prescisely positioned electrodes for each subject. Land Use Measure Killed for Session DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)The Senate has effectively killed for this session a bill to develop a state-wide land use policy. The Senate voted 27-21 Wednesday to return the measure to the Senate Natural Resources Committee for further study. There are only Denies Violation SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — Air America, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency airline, was used to transport North Vietnamese troops captured by South Vietnamese forces in a battle this week, U.S. Ambassador Graham A. Martin admitted today. Martin denied that this was a violation of the Vietnam ceasefire agreement, which says in Article 4: "The United States will not continue its military involvement or intervene in the internal affairs of South Vietnam." Martin made his admission after Associated Press photographs taken in the Mekong Delta showed uniformed South Vietnamese troops loading handcuffed Vietnamese aboard a plane marked Air America. The ambassador said he authorized the transport of a wounded North Vietnamese at the request of the South Vietnamese government for "humanitarian reasons." He said he didn't know six other prisoners would be added to the flight. a few days left in the current legislative session and that committee is not scheduled to meet again. The House had passed the bill 67-26 April 2 after the bill had previously lacked sufficient votes to carry the House. The bill was the end product of two years' study by an interim study committee. It was designed to reorganize the Soil Conservation Department into a Soil Conservation and Land Use Department which would be required to establish the new state land use policy. Sen. Karl Nolin, D-Ralston, made the motion shortly after Sen. William Winkelman, R- Lohrville, made opening remarks on the bill. "The bill has had two years study and several days debate in the House," Nolin said. "It has more than 40 pages and its basic objective is very important—but whether the bill carries out these objectives is questionable." But Winkelman said the bill was "probably the most important legislation you will have the opportunity to work on this decade" and should be debated. And Senate Majority Leader Clifton Lamborn, R-Maquoketa, admitted there might be some defects in the bill but said "it's a lot easier to correct something (next year) than start all over." He predicted the land use policy measure would come back to haunt the legislature each year—like twin-trailer trucks— until it is finally passed. 30. The Maple Street crossing, long considered a dangerous intersection, was the scene of a car-train crash last winter that claimed one life. The Commerce Commission Find Boy Hanged in Jail Cell TIPTON, Iowa (AP)-A 16- year-old Davenport boy, who spent much of his life inside various institutions, has been found dead in his cell at the Cedar County jail. Jeffrey Scott Felder, who legally was a ward of the state, was found by a deputy sheriff Tuesday night hanging by a denim jacket that had been tied to the cell bars. Sheriff Eugene Hancock told the Davenport Times-Democrat. Iowa Department of Social Services officials expressed shock and dismay over the incident and pointed to the need for laws to permit juveniles to be detained in facilities other than jails. This was the third such incident in Iowa this year. Benjamin Rosa, 18, Marengo, hanged himself with a pair of socks in the Story County jail in Nevada on Jan. 2, the day after he was arrested on a rape charge. Dean Beurskens. 16. Marshalltown. hanged himself Jan. 19 in the Marshall County jail where he was being held as a runaway. Felder, who was arrested in West Branch Monday night on a warrant issued by Newton police, was the only prisoner in the jail complex at the time, said Hancock. He was last seen alive shortly before 7 p.m. when supper dishes were taken from his cell, said Hancock. Hancock said he had talked with Felder earlier in the day and the boy gave no indication of being despondent or ill at that time. The only thing that seemed to worry him was that he might be taken back to the Mental Health Institute at Mount Pleasant, from which he had walked away April 19, the sheriff said. Hancock said he reassured the youth he would be taken back to Newton as soon as authorities came for him. Newton officials were to have arrived either late Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Felder was being held on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny over $20. An investigation of the handling of Felder's case from the time of his arrest to his death is being conducted by the Department of Social Services, said Mrs. Catherine Williams, Des Moines, who acted as Felder's legal guardian. A separate investigation of the death also is being conducted by the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation. estimates the cost of the installation of the automatic signals for both Maple Street and the service road entering Maple Street will be $35,350. Of that amount, the commission has ordered the city to pay 10 per cent, or $3,535. The remaining cost, not to exceed $31,815, is to be paid from the Iowa Highway Grade Crossing Safety Fund. The Commission also estimates the annual maintenance cost for the equipment to be $985, of which $450 will be paid from the state grade crossing fund and the remainder by the railroad. After the city has deposited its portion of the initial cost in an escrow account, the railroad will have nine months to complete the project. The city has 30 days in which to make the deposit, so the control signal should be installed not later than 10 months after the April 30 date of the ruling. The ruling also says the plans for the installation must be submitted to and approved by the commission. The city had filed its request with the Commerce Commission on January 28 of this year. A hearing on the request was held at the commission offices in Des Moines on March 13. At that hearing, Chicago & North Western officials released a traffic count they had taken at the crossing during two 12-hour periods, on February 21 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on February 25 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The report said the count included 40 pedestrians, 152 automobiles, one bicycle, two tractors and 46 trucks using the tracks. The ruling stated, "the intersection of Maple Street and four railroad tracks and various obstructions to the motorist's view of approaching trains create a hazard at this crossing location. We find automatic HERMAN FORD- MERCURY New Dealership Building — Construction is under way on U.S. 30 west here on a new building which will house Herman Ford and Mercury, Inc. when completed. Lloyd Herman, owner of the business, said plans call for the structure ( represented in the Patman Aided by Bankers WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Wright Patman, chairman of the House Banking and Currency committee, has reported raising more than $100.000 for his re-election campaign, the largest single segment of which has come from savings and loan and banking interests, according to the citizens lobby Common Cause. Reports filed by the Texas Democrat and a fund raising committee with the clerk of the House covering campaign finances through April 12 show Patman had raised $105,205 and spent $81,350 in his campaign. A compilation by Common Cause shows that $33,945 of Patman's campaign receipts came from savings, loan, mortgage and other banking interests. Patman, who is also chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, faces two challengers in Saturday's Texas primary, including Fred Hudson Jr., whom he beat for the nomination two years ago. He spent only $26,423 in the 1972 primary campaign and won 57.5 per cent of the vote. He was unopposed in the 1972 general election. Individuals and organizations identified with savings and loan institutions have contributed $14,870 to Patman this year, the reports show. Individuals whose occupations were listed as involving savings and loans gave $4,045 between February and April through a Bethesda, Md., drawing above) to be completed this fall. He said the business will move the the new site either in the fall or winter. The new building, being constructed on a two-acre tract behind the Lincoln Motel, will be about twice as large as the company's present building, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and North West Street. Herman said the Lincoln Motel will be razed before the new building is opened. The new facility will have 12 service stalls and a display area about four or five times larger than the one in the present site. Herman said. The company now employes 17 persons, but Herman said that number will increase after moving to the new building. Shift Meggison's Trial to Pocahontas Rep. Wright Patman committee called "Friends of Wright Patman." This includes $3,185 from 65 individuals associated with savings and loans in New York State. The largest single items in the reports were a $10,000 loan from the National Bank of Washington and a $10,000 contribution from Texarkana, Tex., attorney Connor W. Patman. Hudson, himself a savings and loan official, reported raising $18,401 for his campaign, and Glen Jones, the third candidate in the Democratic primary, reported $23,109. The only Republican candidate, James W. Farris, said he has raised $5,550. Area Forecast A chance of thundershowers ending Thursday night and turning cooler with winds becoming northerly 12-18 miles per hour. Lows near 50. Clearing and cooler Friday with highs in the 60s. Rain chance in per cent. Thursday night 20. District Court Judge James C. Smith, Carroll, Thursday granted Loren E. Meggison, Urbandale, a change of venue for his trial on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder. Judge Smith ordered that the trial be changed from Carroll County to Pocahontas County. No trial date has been set. Attorneys for Meggison, charged in connection with a shooting incident Nov. 10 outside the Red Carpet Lounge here, argued that pretrial publicity of the case prevented Meggison from receiving a fair trial in Carroll or surrounding counties. Meggison, president of Meggison Real Estate, Inc., of Des Moines, pleaded innocent to the charges in arraignment proceedings here Jan. 29. On April 9 attorneys for Meggison, Russell S. Wunschel, Carroll, and Lawrence Scalise and Robert Gamble, both of Des Moines, filed affidavits from residents in Carroll, Calhoun, Greene and Sac Counties stating that Meggison could not receive a fair trial in those counties. In a hearing Monday on the change of venue motion. Wunschel told the court there was local animosity towards the defendant and said an examination showed animosity in some other counties. At the hearing Monday Joe Beck, an area prosecutor with the attorney general's office, claimed there was no evidence to support Meggison's claim that he could not receive a fair trial here. Beck also pointed out that neither Meggison nor James Meggison, See Page 8 Fighting Subpoena WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon's lawyers, fighting a Watergate subpoena, were given six more days today in a move to avoid turning over any more tapes and documents. U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica set a hearing for May 8 on White House arguments that Nixon should not have to honor a sweeping subpoena from the Watergate special prosecutor which had been due today. Sirica gave the prosecutor's office and attorneys for seven defendants in the Watergate cover-up trial until 2 p.m. next Monday to file answers to a White House motion that the subpoena for materials covering 64 presidential conversations be quashed. A hearing on all the motions was set for May 8. The White House said the tapes and supporting documents sought contained con- Nixon, See Page 8 signal protection should be installed for both Maple Street and the service road entering Maple Street." The ruling continued, "the most appropriate type consists of flashing-light signals with automatic short-arm gates and one bell, one flashing light signal with one-way indication for protection of service road entering the east side of Maple Street, at an estimated total installation cost of $35,350. Permits of Dealer Reinstated The Iowa State Commerce Commission has reinstated in full force the grain dealer's and warehouse licenses for Cyril Tiefenthaler, doing business as the Farmers Grain Company, Breda, after a hearing was held in March. The licenses were suspended .in a ruling by the ICC on March 13, but the grain dealers license was temporarily reinstated on March 19 after the commission received a request from William G. /Polking, attorney for Tiefenthaler. A warehouse examiner maintained a daily surveillance of the operation of the Farmers Grain Company as set out by the order on March 19. In its findings, the commission said Tiefenthaler had received grain during the time of a previous license suspension from Nov. 21, 1973 to Feb. 16, 1974. The ICC said Tiefenthaler had also stored grain on his farm in unlicensed and unbonded warehouse facilities for which he failed to make payment within 10 days. The commission also stated in its findings that Tiefenthaler had allowed grain stored in 'licensed warehouses to mix with grain stored in unlicensed and unbonded warehouses on his farm. The warehouseman failed to maintain correct, complete and adequate records to show all deposits, purchases, sales, storage obligations and loadouts of the warehouse, the ICC charge. Also, the findings pount out the Tiefenthaler added amounts to the open Permits, See Page 8 Ferguson is Available to Give Programs Rep. W. R. Ferguson (R-Glidden) has announced that he is available to groups in this area to give a report on actions taken by the recent session of the Iowa legislature, and to answer questions about legislative action. Groups wishing such a program may write to Rep. Bill Ferguson, Glidden, Iowa or call 712-659-3144 during the days and 712-659-3485 evenings. Tax Relief Package Passed by the House DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— The Iowa House has passed a package of sales, income and inheritance tax relief, even though critics warned that it could precipitate tax increases within three years. Estimated cost of the package is $39 million to $42 million yearly in state revenue. The bill received 77-20 final approval in the House Wednesday. Voting for the bill were Reps. Frank Crabb (R-Denison); W. R. Ferguson (R-Glidden); C. W. Hutchins (D-Guthrie Center). Worked out by a joint Senate-House conference committee, the bill now goes to Gbv. Robert Ray for his signature. Rep. Norman Roorda, R-Monroe, chairman of the House 'conferees, said the measure "probably has the greatest fiscal impact of any bill considered in this session." He said the legislative fiscal director estimates the bill would reduce state revenues by $117 million over the next three years. It would leave the state general fund with a $5.2 balance at the end of fiscal 1977. There are those who say the state cannot afford that much money, Roorda said, but "the dollars this bill takes from the Iowa Treasury it leaves in the pockets of almost every citizen of the state. The greatest percentage of relief would go to low income people. There were those who claimed that the tax package would reduce the treasury balance to a dangerously low level and force an increase in other tax rates in two or three years. Some charged it was only being passed to "buy votes in an election year." "The stench from the ces- . spool of election year politics permeates this chamber," declared Rep. Willis Junker, R- SiouxCity. Junker said the legislature started out seeking ways to use the state's huge surplus "wisely, for one-shot items," but instead winds up voting for "this miserable package of ongoing expense to the state.'' He said the conference committee compromise "deserves to be sunk." Rep. Brice Oakley, R-Clinton, said he opposed the package "not because I ascribe any nefarious political maneuvering to anybody, but because our income projections and spending projections are much to close. "If we take this package and do not cut out something else, we are going to have to raise tax rates in two, or certainly in three years." The bill would exempt food that is eligible for purchase with federal food stamps, prescription drugs, diabetic sup- 'plies such as insulin, and prosthetic, ortheopedic and orthotic devices from the 3 per cent sales tax. It would raise the standard state income tax deduction from 5 per cent to 10 per cent of income, and the maximum from $250 to $500 per person. The inheritance tax exemption for a surviving spouse would be doubled from $40,000 to $80,000, and the law would be changed to exempt from taxation half the joint tenancy property owned by a husband and wife. Test Hover Train — Like something from a science fiction film, this hover-craft startles onlookers due to its unusual design but its West German producers are developing it as part of a hover train capable of speeds up to 300 miles per hour. The 16-ton, remote-controlled craft hovers a few inches above the test track and is propelled by magnetic force.

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