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2 Galesburg Reflister-Majl,(folesbura, Fridoy, Aug, 10, 1973 Vacationing State Trooper Captures Mercer County Fugitive Near Oak Run By WILLIAM CAMPBELL (Staff Writer) Alfred Eugene Barger hadn't slept at alt Wednesday night. It was sultry and hot arid it seemed like he had been running forever. There were police officers, dogs and airplanes — all on his trail. And now some guy was pointing a shotgun at him. HE WAS WET, shoeless and the mosquitoes had chewed him to pieces. He had stolen a truck and two cars and wrecked one of them. Another man caught him trying to steal another vehicle and he was forced to run again. Now there was this guy with the shotgun. Scores of state troopers, At Elmwood sheriff's deputies and others with no apparent police affiliation had been combing the country side for Eugene Barger for the past 22 hours since he sawed his way out of the Mercer County Jail two counties away in Aledo. Everywhere he went there was some kind of a cop or other. Eugene Barger Was tired of running. The guy with the shotgun turned out to be a policeman too, although he wasn't dressed like one. Me was a state trooper on vacation. TROOPER ED ROHWEDER and his children had visited relatives in Geneseo Thursday, returning home to Victoria shortly before 4 p.m. Two Teens Held For School Fires ELMWOOD — Two boys, 16 and 17 years old, were to be charged today with arson after they were arrested Thursday for allegedly setting two fires at Elmwood High School. The 16-year-old was being held at the Gift Avenue Home, Peoria, and the 17-year-old in the Peoria County Jail pending filing of the formal charges. The fires were discovered Thursday about 4:30 a.m. by Elmwood Police Lt. Onie Maness, who called the fire department. The fires, in the principal's office and teachers lounge, apparently were discovered about five minutes after they had been set. City Tax Sticker Sales Are Down City of GaJesburg vehicle tax sticker sales for 1973-74 are $141 short of last year's total after the first week of sales, Olga Nelson, city clerk, said today. Last year by this time, $11,539 was collected, but this year $11,398 only has been taken in. Stickers are on sale weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the city clerk's office in City Hall. Mail orders also will be taken. Deadline to display the city stickers is Sept. 1. Volunteers Will March Sunday More than 100 volunteers will make a house-to-house march Sunday requesting donations for the fight against muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases are cripplers and killers. New techniques of diagnosis help pinpoint these diseases faster than ever before, making the list of their patients and their needs longer and more costly. Don E. Boynton, campaign chairman, said money is needed to support services and finance research centers around the world. Strike Ends BELLEVILLE, 111. (UPI) About 5,200 building construction laborers today ended a one- day strike in 12 Southern Illinois counties. However, 500 highway laborers remained on strike in a dispute over overtime pay. The boys allegedly entered by breaking an office window and then pouring gasoline around the rooms, said Elmwood Police Chief Glen Hooten. A bay window, two sets of books, a desk and chair were damaged by the fire. Acting on information from a witness who saw the two boys fleeing the school, police arrested the suspects. Authorities said both confessed to setting the fires, and that the confession of the 16- year-old was substantiated by a polygraph test given Thursday in Pekin. Both boys had dropped out of Elmwood High School during the past two years, officials said. Local Trades, Labor Group Makes Plans Coronation of a Labor Day queen will launch activities planned by the Galesburg Trades and Labor Assembly for this year's Labor Day weekend here. The queen will be crowned Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m. with Bill Rogers of Radio Station WMBD, Peoria, as master of ceremonies. The queen and her court will receive more than $1,000 in prizes from merchants in Galesburg and the surrounding area. Galesburg has been rated 10th in the nation and first in the state for its annual Labor Day celebrations, according to Roy Delawder, chairman. Other activities this year include a parade Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. More than 85 units are expected to make the march- down Main Street. A free dance witf be held later that day at 8 p.m. at the Labor Temple, 2243 Grand Ave. Two-Car Wreck Kills Six People MOUNT CARMEL, III. (UPI) —Six persons were killed and four others injured in a two-car collision. Thursday north of here on Illinois 1. Wabash County Circuit Clerk Elbert Dougherty and three members of his family were among those killed. Four other members of the family were injured. Ned Morgan, the Victoria marshal, telephoned Roh* weder and told him an es- , capee from the Mercer County Jail had been spotted near the Oak Run development. Rohweder loaded up a sawed* off shotgun and along with Warren Hatch, a Victoria auxiliary policeman, they be* gan their own search. "Figured someone ought to get out there and catch him," Rohweder quipped afterwards. The two men were cruising on Spoon Lake in a boat operated by Ed Kiner, an Oak Run official. They had a police radio to main* tain communication with other lawmen tramping through the nearby woods Police Arrest Maquon Man After Fracas A 21-year-old Maqon man was booked on an array of weapons charges early today after he and his wife held Galesburg pat* rolmen at bay with a .45 caliber pistol before fleeing through a crowded hotel lobby. Arrested after his car crashed into a utility pole on Linwood Road near the entrance to St. Joseph's Cemetery was Robert Van Treese. His wife Gloria, 29, was injured in the collision and was admitted at Cottage Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition shortly before noon. Van Treese is charged with aggravated assault, armed violence, reckless conduct and illegal use of weapons. Similar charges are pending against his wife, who reportedly suffered fractures of both arms and other injuries when their speeding auto careened into the pole. Disturbance Police were called to the 3- Crown Room at the .Hotel Custer Thursday shortly after 11:35 p.m. to quell a reported disturbance. The first officer to arrive was met by a stampede of bar patrons running out the doors of the bar and the hotel. "She's got a gun and they're both crazy!" a woman shouted at the officer, who called for assistance. Three .officers entered the bar and reportedly saw Mrs. Van Treese drop a gun into her purse. She and her husband started for another door and one of the patrolman grabbed Van Treese. The woman reportedly stepped back and pointed the gun at the three officers. At least one police officer also drew his gun. A woman opened a door to the bar and Mrs. Van Treese briefly pointed the gun at her. Fearing a shootout would result in injuries to innocent bystanders, the officer released Van Treese, who allegedly took the gun from his wife and cov- See 'Police'- (Continued on page 21) and watching from an airplane Circling overhead. A deputized Doberman Pinscher galloped along the lakeshore — more concerned with rabbits than Eugene Barger ^but nevertheless another cop. ROHWEDER S radio crackled and a voice reported a mart getting out of a boat on the west end of the lake. On the way to investigate, they decided to check a partially constructed house where Barger might be hiding. As Rohweder and Hatch stepped out of the boat and started up a path to the house, a young blonde man wearing levis and a yellow tank shirt dashed into the trees in front of them. They doubled back and came at the place from a different direction when the man ran across the trait in front of them and stopped. ' "What's youf name?" RolP weder asked. "WHAT?" the tattered young man reportedly responded. "Who are you?" Rohweder said he asked again. "Eugene Barger," he told the guy with the shotgun, and the search was over. "I dropped a shell down into the chamber and told him to stand right there," Rohweder recalled. "Asked him what he was carrying and he said some medicine and a pack of' wet cigarets. He crossed the lake— either waded or swam it," Rohweder speculated. Barger WM arrested to June in Florida where a auto* sequent CIMCK revealed ne was wanted Hi Mercer County Cor btetfary. He was returned to Aledo and locked in the county Jail until July 15 when he and another inmate, Le* Roy Braemer, IB, apparently used a hadwaw Made, smuggled to them by a visitor, to out away, the bars of a second floor window. They jump* on lo irooooni, Din HI Muier suffered a broken foot and gave up several hours later in CMeefourg. That jaftr*ak Ignited a See Tugitiye 9 - (Qmtinued on page 10) : .I,*"' 1 !!'!?"'",!: Two brothers—Jay and Jon Van Tress, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Tress, Abingdon, this week showed the grand champion and reserve grand champion steers in the 1973 Knox County 4-H Show. Above, Jay receives the championship trophy for his 1,070- pound crossbred steer from Roger Wen- Champion Steers ~ strom, vice president of the, Knox County Livestock Feeders Assn. Below, Jon gets a trophy from Merle Anderson, sales manager for Spoon River FS Services. Jon's crossbred steer weighed 1,050 pounds. Both boys are members of the Bracken Busy Bees 4-H dub. Alexis Board Prexy Seeks Support Weather and River Stages ALEXIS - Village Board of Trustees President, Charles Sabbath, said today he will resign unless he obtains support for his actions in firing Village Marshall James Wayne and Jerry Olson, village utility employe. Sabbath fired the two Thursday for what he called "disobedience" and because they allegedly "plotted".against him. "I run the town," Sabbath asserted. "Somehow Jimmy Wayne and Jerry Olson conspired to some form of mutiny. And because of information from Wayne, both conspired not to take orders from me," Sabbath charged. "So I had no choice but to relieve both of their duties immediately because of insubordination." Sabbath said he did not know the reasons for their actions. He added the town did not have a policeman but a "roving deputy" who traveled out of his jurisdiction. "I gave hdm orders he should not leave the Alexis limits," Sabbath said. Olson reportedly had not appeared for work for three days. After the second day, Sabbath ordered him back to work. "I tried to be reasonable with him. I will let no one put the Village of Alexis in jeopardy," Sabbath said. "They can't say they did not have a second chance." Wouldn't Listen Sabbath charged that Wayne convinced Olson to stay away See 'Alexis'- (Continued on page 21) ™n*SM. Saturday partly cloudy. Low tonight upper SOs to low TO* north, mid Gds south. High Saturday MB. AU W A S, 5 18RN ILLINOIS: SIIRIM chance of a thuiiderghower tonight. Saturday partly, sunny. Low tonight upper son to around 70. High Saturday around 80. mlSYte! Ofntttny *alr tonight and Saturday. Lew ton ght Mi north, am -WAt W»ATM*a Noon temperature, sij momlne/a low, (ft Sky partly cloudy* wind out of the Southwest at 9 m.p.h. (Thursday's maximum, M; minimum, 67). Sun roae today at S :0S, sets at 8:03. Precipitation .ItoMjkn Inch, for Thursday, .91 of an ttcBf Humidity M%. Dubuque— S.9 no change Davenport— 3* rise 0.2 BurIinfton-4,9 MM 0.3 § eekuk-&6 rise 8.0, rafton—lB.* MM 0.1 Alton -4 .0 fjsi 1.7 < . ..... Cage atHMMt^lM MB 'At. S edrla-l§.l MM fi.i AVana -~7 J MM 0.1 4 • B«fltdatown-».« MM ft.4 St. Chatles-19,8 MM l.l Record Crops; Under Forecast WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Agriculture Department rhumky estimated farmers will harvest record crept of corn, soybeans and wheat this year. But the agency*! lugust crop report showed production of all three crops below earlier projections. Related Stores: Page 28 The wheat crop, estimated in July at 1.749 billion bushels, was forecast on the basis of Aug. 1 conditions at 1.717 billion bushels, up 11 per ceht from last year but 32 million bushels, 2 per cent, bejow the previous month. Reports of heavy export orders recently have sent wheat prices to record levels and produced demands for export controls to soften prices for U. S. consumers. The estimates of corn and soybean production first full-scale forecast for those key livestock feeds this year, put corn production at 5 .661 billion bushels, up 2 per cent from last year, and soybeans at 1.540 billion bushels, up 20 per cent. HOWEVER, the department last month had tentatively projected potential corn production at 5.880 billion bushels and soybeans at 1.588 billion bushels. The new soybean estimate appears close to earlier-government projection of demand in the year ahead. But if earlier federal estimates that domestic and export corn demand in 1973-74 will reach 5.9 billion bushels are borne out, and if Thursday's crop estimate is not raised in late forecasts, reserve stocks will have to be used to supplement the 1973 crop. The wheat estimate was substantially below estimates of total domestic and export demand for the 1973-74 season indicating the wheat reserve will be drawn down by next summer to the lowest level in more than 20 years. The new corn and wheat estimates were expected to produce fresh pressure for export controls, which administration officials have so far resisted. The report also estimated grain sorghum production at 945,863,000 bushels and indicated cotton production would be down to 12,740,000 bales. PER ACRE YIELD of corn was estimated at 92.1 bushels compared with a record 96.9 bushels last year. Corn acreage for harvest was put at 61,479,000 acres, up 4.2 million acres. The crop compared with a 1972 harvest of 5.553 billion bushels and a 1971 record of 5.641 billion bushels. Government farm policymakers, stung by heavy drains on U. S. supplies during the past year because of booming export demand, had moved this season to ease domestic food inflation by spurring increased production. Some 40 million acres were freed from government crop control programs and about 25 million of them returned to production of grains, soybeans and other key commodities. The new wheat estimate included 1,293,053,000 bushels of winter wheat, now almost entirely harvested, compared with 1,185,890,000 bushels last year. It also included 82,264,000 bushels of durum wheat compared with 87,035,000 estimated last month and 73,037,000 bushels produced last year. Prices of durum, used in spaghetti 1 products, have risen sharply recently because of heavy export demand. The estimate also included 341,676,000 bushels of other spring wheat compared with 341,796,000 bushels estimated in July and 285,848,000 bushels produced in 1972. WINTER WHEAT yields were estimated at 33.5 bushels an acre compared with 34 bushels last year; durum at 27.7 bushels compared with 28.6 last year; and other spring wheat at 28.1 bushels compared with 28 bushels last year. The new soybean forecast of 1.540 billion bushels compared with last year's crop of 1.283 billion bushels. Per- acre soybean yields were put at 27.4 bushels an acre compared with last year's record of 28. Soybean acreage for harvest was estimated at 56,173,000 acres compared with 45,755,000 acres last year. The Illinois corn production estimate was 1,005,900,000 bushels, compared with 1,004,300,000 in 1972. The estimated yield per acre was 106 bushels. THE ILLINOIS WINTER wheat production estimate was 38,400,000 bushels, compared with the July forecast of 38,680,000 and the 1972 production of 54,000,000. The Aug. 1 estimate of Illinois soybean production was 295,360,000 bushels with a 32 bushel per acre yield The 1972 production was 261625,000 bushels. Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Illegal Donations SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former campiaign worker for U.S. Rep. Edward R. Madigan and a Decatur businessman on charges that illegal corporate donations were made to a Madigan campaign. The 13 - count indictment named Donald V. Limdsey of Dedatur, who worked for Madigan in the 1972 campaign, and William L. Booth plus two Decatur corporations headed by Booth, Andec and Midstate Machinery. The indictments charge that! federal campaign laws were violated when Booth approved use of 17 .654.75 in corporate funds to help finance some Madigan campaign activities in the 1972 Republican primary. Booth himself first called public attention to the contributions when he signed a notarized statement last September saying he contributed more than $7,000 in corporate funds to Ma- digian's assurances that the corporate donations ware legal. He said his auditors later told him the donations violated federal law. Madigan Not Named Madigan, a Republican from Lincoln and a farmer state representative, was not mentioned in the indictment. Booth said in his statement that he used about $3,600 in cor?! porate funds to pay Lindsey'sj salary for three months as a full - time Macon County campaign chairman for Madigan prior to the March 21, 1972, primary. He also said he used corporate funds to pay $3,408 to a Decatur advertising firm for Madigan television commercials in March, 1972. K convicted, Lindsey and Booth could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison each and fined. The two corporations could be fined $5,000 each on each count. The Booth statement was issued at a news conference Sept. 9 by Democrat Lawrence Johnson, Madigan's opponent in the general election in the 21st dsi- toct. Says 'Smear Campaign' Madigan promptly denied any personal knowledge of the charges and accused Johnson of conducting "a smear campaign." After a heated campaign, Madigan defeated Johnson by about 17,500 votes in the seven- county district. Booth said in the statement that before agreeing to pay the n-ioney "I specifically asked Mr. Mariagan if it would be proper." "He told me he was a state representative and knew about these things and it was perfectly all right. He also said lie would take care of any problems, but assured me there would be no problems because contributing in the way he suggested was perfectly legal," the statement said. Johnson Advised Him After learning he acted illegally, Booth said he w a s "disillusioned and confused" and turned to Johnson for help. Johnson advised him to make a public statement and turn his records over to federal officials. "This is the same kind of investigation which was conducted earlier by the Select committee of the Congress to inves­ tigate campaign irregularities," Madigan said in a statement from Washington. "You may recall that in January that committee which is a panel of the House which is similar to the Waitergate panel in the Senate issued a re- report staying, and I quote in substance, 'that there was no evidence whatsoever that there wias any wrongdoing on my part.' " Madigan said "...as far as these charges pending against these other two rnen it is pending litigation and I do not feel that I'm in any position to comment on it because frankly I don't know all of the details now and I never did." 85 Hogs Stolen, WorthmftOO SPRINGFIELD (UPI) Lauren Crowe went to his feeder lot near Williamsville Thursday morning prepared to take his hogs to market. However, Crowe discovered that someone else had beaten him to the punch. Eighty-five hogs, valued at $11,000, had been stolen. CARD OF THANKS We wish to extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. John Bohan and the start of St. Mary's Hospital in caring for our beloved wife and mother, Jane Rosene. We also wish to thank our many friends for their sympathy and comfort during the time of our loss. Wayne Rosene & Family Peyton's Upholstery & Auto Trim Shop is Now In Their New Building at 454 S. Henderson St NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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