The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri on July 14, 1980 · Page 1
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The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune from Chillicothe, Missouri · Page 1

Chillicothe, Missouri
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Monday, July 14, 1980
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Serving Chillicothe and area for 120 years Ctolltcotfje Constittition-^nbune VOL. L l l CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI--64601 MONDAY, JULY 14, 1980 TWELVE PAGES NO. 166 Weekend heat takes 100 lives-Teasdale declares state of emergency KANSAS CITY, Mo. ( A P -G o v . J o s e p h T e a s d a l e declared a state of emergency throughout Missouri today as the result of a relentless heat wave that has claimed at least 137 lives in the state. In an executive order signed around 1 a.m . Teasdale ordered National Guard units in St. Louis, Kansas City, Spr- ingfield and Jefferson City placed on alert to provide any a s s i s t a n c e needed for emergency transportation. "A shortage of energy resources and problems in the distribution of energy which affect the health, safety, welfare and economic well- being of the people of Missouri, require invoking the law to proclaim an energy resource e m e r g e n c y , " Teasdale said in the order. Teasdale said he called the White House Sunday night and asked for energy disaster assistance. He named William Dye, state budget director, to serve as statewide coordinator of efforts to ease the emergency. "I have seen first-hand the extent and the harshness of the extreme heat which has gripped our state for nearly three weeks. Missourians are 1 suffering and dying," the governor said. The governor said he would ask the state Department of Natural Resources to require utility companies to furnish in- formation to determine the extent ol their supply and distribution problems The heat-related deaths confirmed over the weekend in St. Louis boosted to 78 the number of deaths in that city since the heat wave began nearly three weeks ago. Nearly all were victims of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. - · : .-" - : · TWO AVALON MEN in their mid-thirties were found with multiple gunshot wounds in the living room of this home and died as a result of their injuries in what Livingston County authorities are calling an apparent homicide-suicide Sunday. Authorities said an exchange of gunfire in the area of the front porch began the shooting incident, which also wounded a 23-year-old woman. Dead on arrival at Hedrick Medical Center was"33-y?ar-old Theodore (Teddy) T. Nichols. Gary Bruce Durnil, 35, died Sunday just before 6 a.m. in a Kansas City hospital. The incident began shortly after midnight Sunday. --Constitution-Tribune Photo Avalon shooting kills two; wounds one Livingston County law enforcement authorities are calling the shooting incident that claimed the lives of two Avalon men early Sunday m o r n i n g a n a p p a r e n t homocide-suicide. A 23-year- old woman, the wife of one of the dead men, was also wounded in the incident. Dead are 33-year-old Theodore (Teddy) T. Nichols and 35-year-old Gary Bruce Durnil. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds. Wounded and listed in good condition at Hedrick Medical Center is Mary Jane "Doc" Durnil. "From what we've been able to establish from our in- news notes Hospital notes Admitted to Hedrick Medical Center have been Mrs. Floyd Kincaid, Rt. 1; Charles McCormick, 2219 Tomahawk Rd.; Zearl Bethards, 1113 Broadway; Mrs. Lawrence Underwood, Hamilton; Mrs. Betty Rucker, Carrollton; Leonard Overton, Gallatin; Kelly Maberry, 200 Second St.; Mrs. Beverly Fugate, Utica; Mrs. Elva Eklund, Hamilton; Mrs. Vera Todt, 1113 Webster; Mrs. H.F. Barley, Chillicothe^ Mrs. Larry Caselman, Wheeling; Mrs. Steven Tarr, Carrollton; Harvey Holden, 44 Tenth; Mrs. Buel McKerrow, Wheeling; Ronald Dixon, Browning; Henry Schneiter, Utica;and Mrs. Paul Merrill, 114 Asher. Dismissed have been Erin Ashbrook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ashbrook, 1208 Hogan; Mrs. Genevieve Carter, Sperry Nursing Home; Mrs. Leroy Colliver, Tina; Mrs. Richard Darr, Rt. 4; Forest Derickson, 624 Samuel; Mrs. Ronald Grizzle, Hale; Mrs. Wiley Henson, Rt. 4; Mrs. Stan Hunt and son, Breckenridge; Miss Dana Kirkland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Kirkland, Trenton; Mrs. Carl McBee and son, Laredo; Mrs. Helen Roney, 827 Locust; Mrs. Erma Smith, Brookfield; Mrs. Cecilia Whitehead, 1401 Clay; Mrs. Vivian Williams, Pattonsburg; Oscar Williams, Rt. 4; and Mrs. Elizabeth Wright, Altamont. Low water pressure Steve Hopper, chairman of Public Water District No. 2, announced today that water pressure is low in the area of Highway 190 North to Highway 65 West. Users are requested to cease watering lawns as Water District No. 2 usage is far in excess of what is being purchased from the city, according to Hopper. Pressure clinic cancelled Due to the extremely hot weather, the Livingston County Health Center is canceling the blood pressure clinic scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Health Center office. It is important for residents, especially the elderly, to stay out of the heat if at all possible. If the hot weather subsides, the blood pressure clinic will be held Wednesday, July 23, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Health Center office. Continued on Page 12 --Deaths-- Robert Seth Wadley Gary Bruce Durnil Earl F. Gerhart Thomas Hugh Stoner Theodore Nichols Emily F. Snowden k Agnes Sallee A vestigation, we believe that we have a homocide-suicide situation," said Livingston County Sheriff Leland O'Dell. "We have sent evidence to laboratories to confirm this and we should have the results in several days." Sheriff O'Dell said the investigation would still be continued on the local level while authorities wait for the laboratory results. All three persons involved were transported to Hedrick Medical Center by Chillicothe Ambulance. Nichols, who was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a motorcycle accident eight years ago, was dead on arrival at HMC. Authorities said he was alive when they arrived at the scene, but they could only feel a weak pulse. Durnil died shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday at the University of Kansas Research Medical Center, Kansas City, from his wounds. He had been transferred to the Kansas City hospital s h o r t l y a f t e r b e i n g transported to Chillicothe His wife was admitted to HMC with facial wounds. The dispatcher at the sheriff's department received a telephone call at 12:25 a.m. Sunday reporting a shooting at Durnil's residence on the north side of Avalon. When members of the sheriff's department arrived at the scene they found Mrs. Durnil in the front yard walking around, O'Dell said. The bodies of Durnil and Nichols were found in opposite ends of the living room. Durnil's body was lying along the east wall Continued on Page 12 Meadville Homecoming opens Strickler Park BY SCOTT GORDON C-T Staff Writer The 1980 M e a d v i l l e Homecoming is now history, being held under hot and humid conditions Friday and Saturday. However, a large number of people braved the elements and attended the various activities at the western Linn County town's annual get- together, which included the dedication of the new Strickler M e m o r i a l Park, a large parade and the coronation of the Homecoming royalty. Strickler Park Dedicated One of the highlights of this year's homecoming was the d e d i c a t i o n of S t r i c k l e r Memorial Park, an approximate 3-acre area near the city's west side, which is equipped with a shelter house, a high-quality physical fitness trail, and numerous pieces of children's playground equipment which were made possible through the donation of a considerable sum of money to the community by the late Herb Strickler, a longtime resident who passed away in December, 1977. A three man park board designated by Strickler in his donation to the city, composed of Meadville Mayor Howard E. Gordon, W R. Wright and Meadville banker Lejartd T h a r p , a l o n g w i t h t w o assistants, sought and were granted matching government funds for construction of the park. Tharp spoke to an estimated post-parade crowd of 400 people, introducing memberb of the Strickler family who were present for the ceremony, relating some of the history of the family, and elaborating on the personal qualities of the new parks benefactor "In summarizing the great attributes and the superior c h a r a c t e r that were the makeup of the late Herb Strickler, I will say that he was a friend, he was trusting; he was generous, he was a farmer, and he could make his dreams come true," Tharp stated to the gathering. Tharp challenged the community to maintain the park, "up to Herb Stickler's standards " Mcadville East Ward Alderman Royal Jackson spoke for Mayor Gordon and the remainder of the city council in expressing great pride in the new facility, and echoed the hope that the facility be properly used and maintained, so all could enjoy it Continued on Pago f. What's Inside Sports 2-3 Red Raiders, SPA U^n Baseball (p2) Royals Streak On: 10 '/2 games up (p2) Major League Standings (p3) Opinions 4 Reflections: Bill Writes "Instant Food In Crete" On-The-Street: Chuck Haney "Faithful Fans In Soaring Temperatures" C-T Editorial: Another Blunder by DOE" Money Talks: Louis Rukeyser writes of Reagan's Economic Program Jack Anderson: "Merry-Go-Round", The Skeletons in the Republican Party People News 5 At Wit's End: flrma Bomb-ck writer of r»fl"'rion in the newspaper of April 29 Special Fair Days Special Page 7 Television Programing 8 Fair Schedule 9 Comics, Puzzle, Astro-Graph, Dear Abby 11 The heat wave toll in St. Louis is the worst since 246 died in 1966, including 54 on July 14, 1966. Officials say the morgue in St. Louis is overcrowded. "This is a gradual thing," said Mayor James F. Conway, who declared a health emergency Friday. "A tornado can move in and kill dozens of people suddenly, but then it's all over. But this heat can build over several days and get to you gradually. We're urging people not to fool around with it." The death toll in Kansas Ci- ty rose to 51 today, but that figure might not even come close to tho number of deaths caused by UXHlegree weather, authorities said Since July 1, 89 bodies have been found by police in circumstances that led authorities to believe that heat was a factor in the deaths There was a decline Sunday in the number of deaths recorded in Kansas City fiom Friday and Saturday, when an average of almost a body an hour was bound by police In .iiUliliuii 10 ihe h u m a n la t a h t i e s , the St Louis /oo re- ported Sunday that its adult male orangutan, Kalle, had died of heat prostration. "Although the oran's natural habitat is the tropical rain forests of Malaysia, Kalle with his long-haired coat apparently could not cope with the recent St. Louis heat wave," u 700 spokesman said T e m p e r a t u r e s over the loo-degree mark were common across the state again Sunday, with highs ranging from % at St. Louis and Cape Girardeiiu to 101) at Kansas City. Ccmlliiueil on I'ujJO 12 Heat, violent crime weave deadly pattern BY SCOTT L. GORDON C-T Staff Writer The month of July has seen a n a v e r a g e d a i l y h i g h temperature reading in the 100-degree range, causing a rash of heat-related deaths which currently stands at 137 in Missouri, and problems for law enforcement agencies as more violent crimes are occurring due to the torrid conditions. In the Chillicothe area, at least two shooting incidents and a number of assaults have occurred, leaving at least 3 persons dead as the result. A question in many people's minds is,"Can this be linked to the heat wave the region is experiencing?" The Constitution-Tribune asked that question of a n u m b e r of area l a w enforcement officials, including the commander of State Highway Patrol Troop H in St. Joseph, F.H. Roam "This is almost always so in times of adverse weather conditions,"Roam said,"we arc certainly having an increase in the assault type crimes in the area." When asked if there was any specific area which was more inclined !o see violent types of crime, i e , urban areas vs. rural areas, Roam stated that the incidents so f;ir have been scattered t h r o u g h o u t his t r o o p , n o t i n g t h a t t h e Chillicothe area has seen quite a number of the crimes Chillicothe Police Chief Maynard Hall told the C-T that a current increase in some areas of crime in Chillicothe can not truly be attributed one way or another to the 100 degrees plus weather. In other towns and cities in the local area, the situation is reported to be basically the same, a minor increase in violent activity, with some locations reporting the biggest increase having been in vandalism. A Trenton police official reported an increase in "kid-type" crimes since the Fourth of July period "We've had more incidents of people pushing over birdbaths, breaking fences and causing trouble for our night men between midnight and :i or 4 a.m." Brookfield Police Chief Noel Clarke noted thut he was sur- prised t h a t more violent crimes have not been occurring in light of the high temperatures "There are two things that happen when it gets this hot for this long, the number of crimes go up and they get more violent," he said. Officials at Carrollton are "holding their breath that something doesn't break loose" in their city. A Carrollton police official told the C-T that last year was u "real dilly," causing this year's crime rate to look insignificant in comparison Chief Hall and other local law enforcement authorities noted that people should simply think before they enter into an argument or altercation, thus helping to keep the peace. The Constitution-Tribune contacted a psychologist at St. Joseph State Hospital on what can be done to avoid confrontations in periods of stress caused by the hot weather. Dr. Dave Dawson, who works part lime at the Chillicothe Counseling Center, staled that the best way to get a l o n g in e x t r e m e l y hot Continued on Page 12 Water supplies faring well despite lack of rain The string of 100-degree days being experienced by a large portion of the Midwest is taking its toll on tempers and, in some places, the drinking water supplies. This condition has been prevalent in the Kansas City area in recent days, with water rationing and temporary shutoffs becoming a familiar item to residents. Record Water Use The Chillicothe Municipal Utilities set a new record for single day water usage on Saturday, when 2,735,000 gallons went through the city water plant. Gene Bennet, a Municipal Utilities o f f i c i a l told the Constitution-Tribune today that the record eclipsed the previous record of 2,474,000 gallons, set on July 14, 1976, exactly four years ago. However, the temperatures in July, 1970 were nowhere near the 100 to 1011 degree marks set so far this month. B e n n e t t s a i d t h a t t h e average weekly usage for the month of July has been 2.5 million gallons, also breaking a July, 1U7G record of 2.2 million gallons Despite the record water use, the .supplies are generally stable, Bennett said "We art- gelling along well with Vciter usage, we. have three wells going and we're getting all the water we need right now," he said An official of Livingston County Public Water Supply District Number',!. Steve Hopper, told the C-T today Dial due to low pressure in the district's lines, patrons are be- ing asked to stop watering their gardens and lawns until further notice is given. Hopper stressed that there is not a water shortage, but merely problems of keeping pressure in the lines due to the increased demand. Area Supplirs 'Adequate' Water supply officials in several area towns and cities expressed no problems so far in keeping up with the public's demand for water. Officials in Hamilton, Trenton, G.'illalin, Meadville, L a c l e d e , B r e c k e n r i d g c , Braymer, and Carrollton all reported no shortages H o w e v e r , some w a t e r supervisors noted that the continued good supply of water depends greatly on just how long the current heat wave drags on Temperatures soaring again The summer of 1980 is beginning to make its mark in the memories of Chillicothe area citizens Ten of the first 13 days in the month of July have recorded temperatures in excess of 100 degrees O v e r a l l t h e Chillicothe area has seen 13 days this summer in which the mercury peaked over the century mark. A tola) of 31 days have seen temperatures over the 90 degree level, as well. The area has had seven consecutive days of 100-plus degree weather, with t h e ' l o w e s t m a x i m u m temperature reading in the last week at 105 degrees. Nine of the last 10 days have recorded temperatures over 100 degree. Twice, including Sunday, the summer high to date of 108 degrees has been reached. The average temperature for July in the Chillicothe area is almost 101 degrees. The average temperature for the month is misleading of the overwhelming heat the area has sustained in that on July 2 a series of showers lowered temperatures to 72 T h e o n l y o t h e r d a y s temperatures haven't "gone over the 1(X) degree mark the m a x i m u m r e c o r d e d temperatures wen: !·'! and !)7 degrees The average le/nperaturc for the last seven days is just under 107 degrees The area has received .1)3 of an inch ol preciuil.itiori for lii«; month Missouri official!) announced today that the state is s u f f e r i n g f r o m a s l i g h t drought in that the average r a i n f a l l is down four to five inches at this time There is little relief in sight as weather forecasters are predicting the loo degree weather to continue through h riday Weather-- Fair and warm tonight and mostly gunny Tue*d«y with · slight chance for a thunderstorm. l^)w tonight upper 7M. High Tuesday upper 90s. Winds becoming wruterly around !· mph tonight. (,'hancr of rain 20 prrcent tonight end Tue»d«y. OFFICIAL TEMPERATURES Saturday's Maximum Saturday's Minimum . . yesterday's Maximum . Yesterday's M i n i m u m , . . . Today's M i n i m u m River Stage, Sidy . . YEAR AGO TODAY M a x i m u m Minimum FIVE-DAY FORECAST MfSSOimr-Exlended forecast for Wednesday through Friday-continued hot with little or no precipitation. High around 100, low in upper 70s or low 80s. LAKE STAGE Lake of the Ozarks 656.0; 1.0 foot over normal level; up 0.1. 107 .75 108 .78 .78 5 8 .96 .68

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