Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 14, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Saturday, July 14, 1973
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> 2 ^alesbufg Reaister-MQih Odiesbufg^. HI, Sgturdgy,. July 14, .1973 Council Scheduled To View 8 Annexation Ordinances Galesburg may soon be enlarged dependiiKg on what the City Council does with eight annexation ordinances coming up Monday on first reading. AH eight ordiances involve Ipmopenty which, dity officials may annex without consent of the owner. State statute^ say an area may be pulled into the municipality if it is less than 10 acres in size and is surrounded by a titled property already within the corporate limits. Those properties in question are 90, 57 and 25 W. Carl Sandburg Drive; property on North Henderson Street near Club 19; Club 19 property; 269 N. Seminary St.; Cottage Hospital property on East Davis Street, and 498 E. Davis St. These and other areas on the fringes of the north, east and southwest sections of Galesburg were outlined for annexation in a comptehensive study compiled by Linda Greeriberg, a temporary city employe. The report was received by the council last Monday. Final Action Water well improvements to the city water supply in Oquawka, which may cost almost $300,000, are scheduled for final council approval. These improvements also were outlined Monday in an informal session by Donald Houser, Houser, easier and Hutchison, a Jacksonville firm. Also set for final approval is an agreement with School District 205 for a physical education and recreation complex. Ten tennis courts and a baseball stadium will be constructed north of Van Dyke Field near Galesburg High School The entire project is estimated to cost $301,192, The agreement, already signed by school officials, details how the city and school district will share the cost, operation and maintenance of the facilities. Access Roads The council is also scheduled to consider a petition for access roads off West Main Street into a proposed Toyota dealership. Mayor Robert Cabeen and aldermen have been at odds over the issue of access roads versus frontage roads parallel to the highway. Cabeen maintains that access roads would not be as safe as frontage roads. A revised area-wide TOPICS .(Traffic Operations to Increase Capacity and Safety) plan is also scheduled for approval. State officials told City Manager Thomas Herring some changes in wording and more information was needed. If the state, approves the projects listed in the TOPICS plan, it will go to the federal government for final approval and the city Will ask for federal and state help in funding the projects listed. Other ordinances to be considered would Vacate Ferris street from Edwards Avenue to the west end and vacate the alley immediately south; designate Farnham Street as a through street; remove parking on both sides of Gfove Street between Lincoln Street and Whitesboro Street. Bids will be considered for: —Repairs to various bridges over Cedar Fork Creek. — Repairs to Kiwanis Park sewer. — Improvements to McClure Street. — Winter uniforms for the police department. — A vibrating roller for the street department. —1974 vehicles for water and electrical divisions. Appointments to various boards and commissions also may be made. These include the Airport Advisory Committee, Airport Zoning Administration, Board of Zoning Appeals, Citizens Advisory Committee, Overall Code Review Committee and Human Relations Commission. Boy Decapitated in Chopper Crash At Heart of Illinois Fair Opening By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) PEORIA — There won't' be any more helicopter rides this year at the Heart of Illinois Fair. One person was killed and two seriously injured Friday afternoon when a helicopter, being used for commercial rides for fair visitors, crashed and burned near the main entrance to Peoria's Exposition Gardens. Dead is Chris Child, 4, who was decapitated by the chopper's rotor blade. His father, Robert Child, 34, operator of the Child Memorial Home, Henry, is listed in very critical condition today at St. Francis Hospital. Child was in surgery for more than four hours yesterday following the mishap. Mary Anne Chijd, 29, the dead boy's mother, received a back injury when she was struck by the rotor. She is in guarded condition today at the hospital. Pilot Not Hurt The pilot, Robert Packard, 42, of Shelby, N.C., walked away from the crash uninjured. Witnesses say the helicopter was coining in for a landing on its second tour of the day when it suddenly dropped straight to the ground, hit, bounced about 20 feet in the air and then crashed. Moments later the craft exploded. Most witnesses were uncertain whether the Child family was thrown from the helicopter or pushed out by the pilot, who might have sensed the chopper would catch fire following the crash. Brent Hewitt15, who was Victim of Helicopter Crash The body of 4-year-old Chris Child of Henry, who was killed Friday afternoon in a helicopter crash at the Heart of Illinois Fair, is taken from the scene of the accident. In photo at right, Peoria firemen spray the wreckage of the helicopter, which crashed and burned while attempting to land near the fairground's main gate. (Register-Mail photos by Steve Stout.) selling programs near the front gate, said the pilot pushed young Child and his father from the craft. Hit in Head "When the helicopter crashed," Hewitt began, "the metal landing runners bent and crashed through the glass window, pinning the pilot to his seat. I think he was afraid the helicopter would catch fire so he .pushed the kid out. The rotor b'ade hit biim in the head. "Just seconds afterwards," Hewitt continued, "the man jumped out of the helicopter. The blade hit him several' times. After that I couldn't see anything. The smoke and flames were too thick." Hewitt said he ran to the scene of the accident hoping to help, "but a policeman told me to 'get the hell out of here before something explodes.' I took his advice," he said. Craig Burgess, a ticket taker at the, main gate, confirmed 'Hewitt's StorV that the pilot was pinned in the wreckage. Burgess, however, believes the Child family was thrown from the helicopter when it crashed. Nose Dive He said the helicopter came down in a "nose dive," and people emerged about five seconds later. Packard "was jammed in the cockpit by the controls, which caime up against him when the helicopter crashed," Burgess said. Five firemen on duty at the fair saw the craft come in for a landing, then they sawi. black smoke. They left the fire tent at 12:42 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, the firemen called for more help. Three pump­ ers, a ladder company, a tanker and two rescue squads answered the call. While fair ofifioiaJls praised the efforts of the residue squads, many persons were critical of the ambulance service. It took ambulances nearly 15 minutes to reach the crash scene. The chopper, a B-G model, was owned by Helicopter Charters Inc., Shelby, N.C. It was the firm's first 'accidentafter more than 14 years in business. A Federal Aviation Agency investigating team flew to Peoria yesterday within two hours of the crash. A report is exr peeled next week. Microwaves for Weed, Insect Control COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (UPI) —. Scientists Friday demonstrated a 16-ton machine which they say kills weeds and insect pests immediately with none' of the harmful after- 1 effects of chemical poisons. John Hughey, president of Oceanography International Corp. which developed the "zapper" with Texas A&M University, said the machine slays weeds, fungi, nematodes and soil insects by applying microwaves directly to the soil at any depth up to two feet. Treated soil is immediately ready for planting with no concern for toxic results. The zapper demonstrated Friday weighed 32,000 pounds, is 22 feet long, eight feed wide and nearly 10 feet high. It has a road speed of 10 miles per hour, but in the field moves at one-half to four miles an hour. It can treat up to 75 acres a day, Hughey said. Later commercial models are expected to weigh 10 tons. Hughey said it hopes to build 1,020 of the machines during the next 10 years. "We plan to offer a custom service for at least the next two years," he said. "Later, we hope to use a lease or license method of operation.'" It was designed for use in fields where present costs of killing weeds and pests exceeds $15 an acre. The Weather ILLINOIS: Tonight partly cloudy and cooler north, mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely central and south. Sunday partly sunny, cooler south. Low tonight upper 50s north, mid or upper 60s extreme south. High Sunday upper 70s or low 80s north and central, low or mid 80s south. IOWA: Variable cloudiness and cooling trend through Sunday. Scattered showers or thundershowers south and east tonight. Low tonight upper 50s to mid 60s. High Sunday mostly 70s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Generally fair and cooler tonight. Sunny and pleasant Sunday. Low tonight mid 60s. High Sunday mid to upper 80s. EXTENDED FORECAST ILLINOIS: Fair Monday, partly cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday. Generally warm. Highs mostly in 80s. Lows mostly in 60s. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 73; morning's low, 66. Sky cloudy, wind out of the N.W. at 9 mum, 92; minimum today at 5:43 a.m., sets at 8:29 p.m Humidity, 64%. RIVER STAGES Dubuque—7.2 fall 0.3 Davenport—5.1 fall 1.2 Burlington—8.7 fall 0.3 Keokuk—5.4 fall 0.7 Quincy—11.5 fall 0.1 Alton—22.8 fall 0.7 Grafton—15.3 rise 0.1 St. Louis—12.9 fall 1.0 Cape Girardeau—22.7 fall 0.4 LaSalle—13.1 fall 0.1 Peoria—12.1 fall 0.3 Havana—12.4 fall 0.5 B*ardstown—12.9 fall 0.6 Cyclist Dies After Hitting Steel Cable HERMON—Gerald J. Lee, 16, of Hermon, died Friday at St. Mary's Hospital where he had undergone emergency surgery following a motorcycle accident earlier. Employes for the moving firm were waiting for Illinois Power Co. workers to shut off power in an overhead line before they could proceed, when the youth Witnesses said the youth was,rode into the taut cable. The riding back and forth on what motorcycle passed under the is known as the "Old Elevator j cable which struck the boy in Road" in front of the Hermon the chest, witnesses said, throw Grain Elevator. He had passed tie elevator several times. A Farmdngton moving com pany, Charles Balagna & Sons, I mishap occurred about was moving a warehouse and had stretched a cable across the road.. Witnesses said the cable was about four feet off 'ng him from the bike. He was taken to St. Mary's by an Ab- The 9:20 ingdon ambulance service. a.m., authorities reported. The youth died six hours later. He had sustained internal injuries. An inquest will be held later, m.p.h. '(Fridays maxi-|fhfc ground and was not marked. Jiccording to Knox County Depu unimum, 69.) Sun rose^y b ar ncades Or flags. M~~WW CI ty Coroner Norbert Schactner. Funeral for the youth will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Larson Funeral Home, Abingdon, Rev. Frank Deninger officiating. Burial will be in Abingdon Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. Gerald Lee was born Feb. 1, 1957, in Peoria. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald V. Lee, rnd lived near Hermon. Surviving along with his parents are a sister, Mary Elizabeth at home, and grandparents, Mr. Joseph W. Lee, Chicago, and Mrs. Leona Keithley, Phoenix, Ariz. He was a student at Galesburg High School. Area Resident Killed in Cycle Mishap DAHINDA — George Thomas (cycle went into a ditch, flipped Hunt, 28, near Dahinda, was over and threw both Hunt and fatally injured Friday in a motorcycle accident near Metamora. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. at the scene by Woodford County Deputy •Coroner, Bernard Remmert. his rider off. Hunt hit a wooden fence post and was thrown into a metal gate. His passenger was taken to St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, According to Remmert, Hunt and a passenger, John Fast, were riding on a motorcycle along with two companions, Harold Rast of Pekin and Reginald Lee, Peoria, on another cycle. The four were traveling south on Girls Scout Camp Road two miles north of 111. 116. The cycle Hunt was driving;a I where he is listed in fair condition. Mr. Hunt was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Galesburg, and married Sandy Rinchick Dec. 30, 1970, in Knoxville. He was a machine operator for Caterpillar Tractor Co., Morton, and was a member of the Dahinda United Methodist Church. He was also member of the Dahinda liamsfield High School. He served with the U.S. Army in Germany. Surviving are his widow; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Hunt, Dahinda; a son, Craig; a daughter, Rachel, and a stepdaughter, Jacqueline, all at home; two brothers, Carl E. and Richard L., both of Dahinda. Funeral will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Dahinda United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Maquon Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening at the Martin Funeral Home, Knoxville. The body will lie in state Tuesday from noon rounded a corner, left the j American Legion Post. He at blacktop and veered out of con-1tended Dahinda grade schools .'until the hour of service'at'the trol on the gravel shoulder. The and was graduated from Wil-'church Fulton Sludge Treatment CANTON, III. (UPI) — The top layer of material in one of the Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District's sludge basins here will be pumped out and shipped back to Chicago for treatment to eliminate noxious odors, the district announced Friday. The material was to be piped to Liverpool, then sent by barge to Chicago for treatment at the district's Stickney plant outside Chicago. Bart Lyman, general superintendent of operations for the sanitary district, said the action may solve an odor problem that has brought complaints from the Fulton County Board of Health and from area residents. "We're going to be experimenting over the next five days," Lyman said. "If it's successful, we're going to do it on a continuing basis." Lyman said he had asked the district board for an initial $600,000 for the project, though he noted that it could cost more than $1 million. Robbers Kidnap Cop LINCOLN, 111. (UPI) -t Two armed robbers took about $900 and kidnaped a police sergeant when they held up a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant here Friday night. Police said the stockingimasked robbers forced Lincoln Police Sgt. Ronald Robbins into a police car after he and two other Lincoln policemen arrived while the robbery was in progress. Robbins was found an hour later, handcuffed to a tree near Hopedale. He was not injured. Before leaving the restaurant with Robbins, the robbers forced the restaurant's assistant manager, Berle Shoot, 26, to lie on the floor. Police said the robbers put an object under Shoot's legs, telling him it was a bomb and*he was not to move for 30 minutes. Shoot did not move for 3 Mi hours, until Lincoln police and an Army bomb disposal unit from Granite City removed the object, which they said was a woman's comb folded in half. Authorities said the robbers also took the five employes in the restaurant to a back room and tied them with-wire. Police said the two men are still at large, and they are believed to be traveling in the squad car. Police Guilt Not Proved ST. LOUIS (UPI) - The St. Louis Police Department does not plan to take immediate action to discipline seven police officers who were involved in mistaken drug raids in Collinsville, 111., April 23, Police Chief Eugene J. Camp said Friday. Camp said the police department has no evidence that the seven men were guilty of any wrongdoing. He said the department would wait until a federal investigation into the raids is complete before a local investigation is made. Six federal narcotics agents from the Drug Abuse Law . Enforcement Agency and their supervisor were suspended, without pay earlier this week for their parts in the raids on the homes of Donald Askew and Herbert Giglotto. Police Board President Col. Theodore McNeal said results of the grand jury investigation into the raids would determine if action is to be taken against the policemen. Local Man Drowns At Lake Bracken A Galesburg man drowned Friday about 8:45 p.m. while swimming with friends at Lake Bracken. Witnesses said Jon William Bilderback, 21, formerly of Colchester, hit his head while going down a slide into the swimming area. Apparently knocked unconscious, Bilderback disappeared beneath the water. Heart Association •resentative Is The victim, who was a guest at the country club, was employed at Mobile City. A witness to the mishap, Dean Stone, said Bilderback was swimming with Stone's sons, Gregg and Jeff. While going down the slide, Bilderback attempted to stand up, Stone said. The victim slipped and fell backwards, striking his head on the slide. He then tumbled into the water: Knoxville and Abingdon fire departments conducted dragging operations. The body was recovered Cottage Teacher Mrs. Marjorie G. Crisiman, „ . T c-overea at 9:40 p.m. Knox liepresentatlVe IS County Coroner Roger Hannam r oronounced Bilderback dead at 10:15 p.m. Obituary 414 Lawrence Ave., has been 1 The victim, son of Mr. and appointed to represent the Knox Mrs. Donald G. Bilderback of County Heart Assn. in Gales- Colchester, was born March 14, burg. The announcement was 1952, in Huntsville. He was made this week by the associ- graduated from Colchester High ation. !School in 1970 and ITT Techni- A registered nurse, she will leal School, Indianapolis, Ind., assume the responsibility ol in- in 1973. He was a member of farming residents of ths associ-! the Colchester Christian Church, ation's educational programs, j Surviving are his parents; a Mrs. Crisman is associated w'.Mi Cottage Hospital as a critical care instructor and is presently serving as chairman of the association's Community brother, Barry of Colmar, and two sisters, Mrs. Michael (Donna) Flynn, Carman, and Mrs. James (Sue) Churchill, Media. Funeral will be Sunday at Service and Education Commit- 2:30 p.m. at the Colchester tee - Christian Church. Burial will be A member o<? the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Illinois Nurses Assn., she served two years as sscretary of the county's heart association. Demo Club Picnic Set for Sunday Knox County Democratic Club's eighth annual fish and chicken fry will be Sunday from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Firemen's Park, Wataga. j The event, to be held in the park's pavilion, will be held; •rain or shine," said Craig Loyiti, chairman of the Knox' County Democratic Central 1 Committee. 1 at Woodlawn Cemetery,, Augusta. Friends may call at Jones Mortuary, Colchester, today pfter 5 p.m. , Memorials may be made to the Colchester Christian Church building fund, the family said. Henderson Township FIRE DEPT. ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL Wednesday, July 18 HENDERSON, ILL. Serving From $ P.M. Sandwiches, Csfce, Pie Entertainment by Knoxville Band

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