Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 25, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 25, 1973
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*I 2 Qofe^ura Register-Mail, &lesbufa, III. We$m$fayJu\yA%±971 lie u I - .it • SUM A* ff&l •m •m* sa» aw Mb <*< ••4*1 taw m> SB' 9BT W 31 jo* *4» JStift •M State Senate Rapn Walker Veto of Road Program, Plots Override SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Sen' ate President William Harris says he thinks he has found a good campaign issue to use against Gov. Daniel Walker in next year's legislative elections — the governor's veto of $139.2 1 million in supplemental freeway funds. He also says Republicans will ' try this fall to override that veto. Harris spent a full day Tuesday flying around the state explaining that issue at television news conferences and criticizing Walker for the way he plans to help the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Winding up the tour at the state Capitol, Harris, said the seven-city swing was intended only to "inform" the public of Plan Group Gives Agenda Inst met ions The City Plan Commisison Tuesday night instructed City Manager Thomas Herring to place nothing on meeting agendas until all pertinent material is submitted. "If it holds an engineer or developer up a month he'll probably learn," said Ben Sieg, commission member. . The decision was made because, in the past, engineers have come before the commission with plats of land which were incomplete. And in some instances, preliminary or final plats were not submitted in time for the city manager and director of public works to review them thoroughly. A preliminary plat of Putnam Estates, section two, located one mile north of Lake Storey, was cited as an example. Preliminary and final plats must be submitted to the city manager before even the preliminary plat may be placed on the, agenda. Final information on the subdivision was submitted Monday but the agenda was compiled last week. Not Enough The preliminary plat did not show all necessary details, commissioners said/Curb and gutter type was not shown and no easements for utilities were pictured. Since the property is located outside the city limits, but within one and a half miles from the city, the city and county plan commissions must act on it. Action on the request was delayed until the city receives the opin ion of county planners. In other business a request to rezone a lot at 460 Fifer St. was granted. The site will be changed from a residential district to neighborhood commercial if approved by the City Council. A car wash and laundromat will be constructed there. Walker's actions. But, asked whether the veto might not be. a potent campaign issue for' the Republicans, he said he believes it is "one of the questions of interest to the body politic." The Pontiac Republican concentrated heavily in his prepared statement on Walker's newesi plan for emergency aid to the CTA — a scheme which Harris said would result in the "indirect" use of road fund money for mass transit. "The people should know that governor Walker is using money intended for road work downstate to prop up the CTA," Harris Said In Carbondale. He referred to the governor's pledge to have the state take over some $12 million in road work in the Chicago area, freeing that amount for use in shoring up the ailing transit authority. Walker said that step, plus early state payment of some $7 .2 million will be due the CTA next year, would stave off potential fare increases the service cutbacks. A better plan, Harris said, would have been creation of a six-county, Chicago-area mass transit district, financed by a complicated sales tax reduction scheme. Republicans proposed such a district during the spring legislative session but were unable to pass it. "Walker's CTA help is only temporary," Harris said. "The mass transit crisis will continue. and, in the meantime, Governor Walker will have spent millions of dollars in highway funds only to delay the day of reckoning for a permanent solution. , "Road money will be gone forever and 1 the problem will not have been solved." On the related issue of the proposed supplemental freeway system, Harris said Republicans plan to try to restore to the program $139.2 million in construction money cut last week by Walker's veto power. He said he is confident such an override effort can succeed although "I do not Have a firm hpaidcount." "The people are paying for this system of freeways," Har­ ris told the Capitol briefing, "The need and requirement for these roads is unmistakable.^ The Senate president said the state can atiora me program proposed by the Republicans a statement Walker challenged throughout the legislative session. Harris used a state plane for his tour and said the cost will be borne by his office's travel fund. He said he sees nothing, wrong with using state money to inform the people of legislative activity through such tours and said he has never criticized similar trips taken by Walker. Besides Springfield and Carbondale, Harris's tour took him to Quincy, Peoria, Moline, Rockford and Champaign. .Jill;, 1 • 'uiiiir I Regional Council Director Explains Group Benefits Explores Sunken Liner Support ship Narragansett with a 12-foot- long "sea habitat" aboard is anchored over the site where the luxury liner Andrea Doria sank in 1956. A team of skindivers, Donald Rodocker, 27, and Christopher Delucchi, 22, of San Diego, will be lowered in their underwater chamber 245 feet below the surface in hopes of recovering $1'million-worth, of treasures from the wreckage. The liner sank after being struck in a dense fog by the ocean liner Stockholm. UNIFAX Newly-Created City Posts Remaining To Be Filled Applications for Gaiesburg's newly-created post of city planner seem to be a bit slow in coming. The city began advertising for a city planner in early June. Since then four persons have applied for the job. None of the applicants is a local resident, said David Walker, assistant to the city manager. The City Council in budget discussions earlier this year decided to hire a planner at a salary of between $12,000 and $13,- &7C a year. Applicants thus far range from university research associates to a man who has been a fulWime mayor for 12 years. The city is also conducting what appears to be a more productive drive to find a Human Services director, also a post created by the council this year. As of yesterday, 16 applications had been filed with the city manager. Salary Range The position will pay from Street Closing McClure Street from Coulter Avenue to the existing pavement near the Santa Fe Railway track will be closed indefinitely, according to James Morrow, director of public works. The street is being repaired and resurfaced. $10,356 to $13,224 a year. Interested persons range from program directors of YMCA's to workers for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to a vocational rehabilitation instructor. Walker said it is possible a director will be found before a city planner because of the difference in the number of applicants. The Human Services director will coordinate activities, of ihe Human Relations Commission and the Economic Opportunity Office. The city planner will update and maintain the city's comprehensive plan and maintain a liaison between the cjty and other governmental un.'ts. The West Central Illinois Regional Council of Public Officials makes it easier for individual units of government to provide needed services, Richard Gale, director of the council, told city and county officials last night. The task becomes more manageable when all members of the 6-county region pool their resources, Gale said. Members in the council include Knox, Warren, Henderson, Fulton, McDonough and Hancock counties. The director said a technical assistance program is being instituted by the council, with a planner hired. He said the council has offered its service to larger units of government within the council for assistance in making decisions faced by cities and counties. Citing stripmining as a crucial problem facing Knox County, Gale said a study is underway and should be concluded by September or October. Detailed Study He said that by communicating with state agencies, counties outside the council and the coal companies, the council hopes,to produce a study detailing such aspects of the problem as land, companies engaged in strip- mining, use of stripmined land and profit and tax figures from the companies. "We hope to meet coal company officials on common [ground to get the information we need. When you do get involved in a court hearing, the [council would have good, solid mfiomation to produce," Gale said. Gale expressed the opinion to planners that Knox County has taken a good stand on reclamation standards for stripmined land. No Figures Questioned about the progress of the study at the close of the meeting, Gale said no Storey POW Committee Ends Activities A committee which had planned the welcome home for Maj. Thomas Gordon Storey, returned prisoner of war, concluded its activities at a Tuesday night meeting. Roger Coleman, publicity chairman, read a tetter frorr\ the Storeys expressing gratitude for their reception during their stay here early in June. The family will move to Colorado Springs, Colo., late in August, where Maj. Storey will be stationed at the U. S. Air Force Academy. Storey,, a Galesburg native, was released last spring after spending six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He returned to the community to speak to the graduating class of Galesburg High School. The committee voted to donate the small amount remaining in its treasury to VIVA (Voices in a Vital America), an organization which spotlighted the plight of prisoners of war. George R. Miller, Galesburg High School principal, was chairman of the committee. Weather and River Stages ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy With chance of some thunderstorms tonight; a litUe cooler north, continued warm central and south. Thursday partly sunny; a little cooler and less humid north and central, not quite so warm with chance of showers and thunderstorms south. Low tonight 60s north, mid 70s extreme south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: A period or two of showers and thunderstorms likely tonight, ending early Thursday. Low tonight 65-70. High Thursday 85-90. LOCAL WEATHER NOon temperature, 84; morning's low, 70, Sky mostly cloudy, wind calm. (Tuesday's maximum, 85; minimum, 69.) Sun rose today at 5:52 a.m, sets at 8:21 p.m. Humidity, 75%. EXTENDEDFORECAST ILLINOIS: Fair to partly cloudy Friday through' Sunday, Low 60s. High 80s. . RIVER ISTAGES Dubuque—7.6 no change Davenports .9 fall 0.3 Burlington—8.8 fall 0.2 Quincy—11.7 fall 0.3 Grafton—15.6 fall 0.4 St. Louis—21.6 rise 1.0 Cape Girardeau—25.4 rise 4.4. LaSalle—12.1 fall 0.7 Peoriar-12.6 no change fiigure had yet been compiled from miming sources. Robert Masterson, Knox County zoning .administrator, pointed out that the council could be useful in lobbying for needed legislation. "We are in a part of the state where good highways are much needed, and the council could lobby for the region to get them," he contended. Douglas Bergmann, R-lst, Knox County Board member and delegate to the council, suggested that the county and city plan commissions turn over some of their problems to the council and its staff. "The City of Galesburg and Knox County are the largest contributors to the council, and it's time we start using some! of the resources we're paying for," Bergmann commented. Fun and Fill Among specif ic problems mentioned during the course of Jast night's meeting were recreation and landfill. City Manager Thomas Herring asked Gate what the city and county in turn could do for the council. "You are the key to our success since you offer the greatest opportunity for inter-action. We hope you will take action to make sure the council continues to function," Gale replied. At an earlier meeting of the Knox County Regional Planning Commission, Masterson reported to members that an additional analysis on the trRownship water management survey has been received from Daily and Associates, Peoria engineering firm. The zoning administrator told members that no bill had yet been received for the additional study but it had been estimated that the cost would be $4,500. Yet to Gome Masterson said the benefits of the additional study are yet to be seen, that he had hoped for more information than the study provided and that he found certain points to be redundant, "I found minor insufficiencies in" the report, but it was instrumental in helping Knoxville get funds for its sewer improvement program," Masterson commented. The study covers Galesburg, Henderson and Knox townships and was funded in part by a $19,000 federal grant. Wayne Lester Raney . ... had gun in cell 2 Guards Kitted In Escape Try LUCASVILLE, Ohio (UPI) One of two guards killed Tuesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility here was shot by another-guard who was attempting to gun down an armed prisoner trying to escape, officials said today. /The prisoner, Wayne Lester Raney, 25, armed with a pistol, had run from his cell when it was unaccountably opened by remote control and killed guard Arthur Sprouse, 40. Raney took guard Gary Underwood, 24, and two others hostage and held them for an hour and a half in a maximum security cellfolock after killing Sprouse befpre another guard fired in an attempt to kill Raney. But he hit Underwood in -the side and killed him, Officials said. . "He (the' guard) fired under supervision," said John Linta, director of public information for the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.'' Linta said the guard who opened the door was undergoing intensive questioning: today by the patrol. "The door to his (Raney's) cell was opened at central control," said Linta. "We dort't know why the guard opened it. A telephone call was made for Raney right before that." Linta said Raney, who was questioned > or charged in connection with nine other murders, ran out of his cell directly to Sprouse find "shot him in the head." County Officials on the Way To Extradite Dallas Laws Knox County officiaHs left this morning to return Dallas Laws, accused murderer and escapee from the Knox County Jail, to local custody. Sheriff Rayder Peterson and Donald Hulick, special investigator for the office of the state's attorney, were scheduled to depart today at 6 a.m. by charter flight. , Peterson said yesterday that the 1,700-mile flight would probably require about 10 hours. The sheriff's office this morning said they were awaiting word from Peterson on his estimated time of arrival Thursday. Peterson said yesterday there was a possibility he would make arrangements to have Laws de­ tained in a maximum security facility outside of Knox County. Laws escaped from the Knox County Jail Nov. 13, 1971, and had been at large until his arrest in Newport, Wash., late last month. Knox County > officials were notified early yesterday that Laws had signed an extradition waiver and could be returned to Knox County. Laws was being held on a murder charge at the time of his escape. He was originally charged with the March 3,' 1971, murder of Mrs. Elizabeth McKinney, a Galesburg waitress., An escape charge was added after he fled the county jail. Coroner's Jury Hands Down Verdicts on Recent Deaths Two verdicts of accidental tkath and one of suicide were returned at a coroner's jury inquest last night into three recent deaths. Roger Hannam, Knox County coroner, conducted the inquests at Hinchliff - Pearson -West Chapel. Accidental death was the jury's finding following an inquest into the death of Jon William Bilderback, 21, Colchester, who drowned at Lake Bracken July 13. Dean Stone, who resides, at Lake Bracken, told jurors that Rlderjjack, who was one of his employes, had been helping set a mast on a sailboat prior to going swimming with Stone's two sons. Stone said he and his wife followed the group to the Lake Bracken beach area where they found their sons shouting that Bilderback had hit his head on the slide on a raft arid disappeared into the water. Searching Dives He said he swam to the=raft and dove several times while his wife got additional help. He commented that he thought Bilderback did "a pretty dumb trick." He set the time of the -i-^aceident at 8:30-8:45 p.m. arid told jurors Bilderback consumed oiJt- beer about 5 p.m. Greg Stone told jurors that the beach was closed and no life­ guards were on duty when the accident occurred. He said he saw Bilderback attempt to go down the slide while standing up, fall backwards near the bottom, striking his head, and fall into the water. He said the drowning victim surfaced once and went back under the water. Don Adkins, Knox County Sheriff's deputy, testified that he had received the accident call at 8:55 p.m. He said the body was recovered about 9:45 p.m. about 15 feet from the raft. Jeff Stone presented corroborating testimony. Suicide The jury found that Sandra L. Firch, 25, Geneseo, com­ mitted suicide by hanging herself at Galesburg State Research Hospital July 20 about 5 p.m. Mrs. Madelyn RundLe, Little York, registered nurse and supervisor at the hospital, told the jury she and two co-workers were preparing to leave the hospital when one of the coworkers spotted Miss Firch's body in a courtyard. Mrs. Rundle said she immediately went to the courtyard, cut down the body, called a "code blue" to bring all emergency procedures into play and started artificial respiration. She said there was no sigh of life. Mike DeForest, Galesburg Police Department, said the department received the call at 5:30 p.m. and produced diagrams of the area and structures. Several Attempts Mrs. Helen .Maxwell, 1527 N. Cherry St., a mental health supervisor, said Miss Firch had made several attempts at suicide, the most recent July 16. Miss Julie Brown, 1097 W. Berrien St., also testified. Miss Firch was pronounced dead by the coroner July 20 at 5:45 p.m. A verdict of accidental death was reached following the inquest into the death of Gerald J. Lee, 16, Hermon, who died after his motorcycle collided with a cable being used in a building-moving operation near the Hermon grain elevator. Fred Balagna, Farmington, testified that his firm was moving a metal building down the road. He said a cable stretched 12-15 feet from truck to trailer at the time of the accident. He said the truck puling the trailer was on the road as was another truck with warning lights flashing when Lee rode his motorcycle into the cable. He estimated that the cable was 3-4 feet off the ground, ^aw Cable Mike Carr, Wenona, who was doing construction work nearby, said Lee had been up and (town the road several times prior to the accident. He testified that he was approximately 50 feet away from the moving operation and could see the cable. Ernest Curtis, Abingdon police chief, said he answered the accident call with the Abingdon ambulance at 9:20 a.m. Lee was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital July 13 at 3:15 p.m. Death was attributed to shock due to internal injuries. Presenting corroborating testimony were Larry Balagna and Clarence Shover.

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