Dixon Evening Telegraph from Dixon, Illinois on August 10, 1971 · Page 1
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Dixon Evening Telegraph from Dixon, Illinois · Page 1

Dixon, Illinois
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Tuesday, August 10, 1971
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TUESDA D ixon E vening T elegraph Serving the Heart of the Rock River Valley for More Than a Century Did 284-2222 121 st Year Number 8 5 DIXON, ILLINOIS, August 10. 1971 16 PAGES The Petunia City PRICE TEN CENTS NEWSROOM NOTES_ (From AP) — Despite the shrinking U.S. combat role, the Army’s desertion rate in the Vietnam conflict has climbed to the peak set in World War II. The number of desertion cases in the first 10 months of the 1971 fiscal year, which ended June 30, increased to 68,449, the equivalent of 4»2 combat divisions. Desertion-absent without official leave for more than 30 days—has been on the rise since escalation of the Vietnam war was begun in 1965. In 1968 the desertion rate surpassed the Korean war high of 22.5 per 1,000, but until not it had been below that of World War II. According to figures supplied by the Army, the rate of desertions for fiscal 1971 as of April was 62.6 per 1,000 men, compared with 52.3 for all of fiscal 1970. During World War II the Army’s desertion rate hit a peak of 63 for 1,000 in 1944. The AWOL and desertions rate for the Navy and Air Force is almost miniscule compared to that of the Army and Marine Corps. The Marines, however, report a decline in their desertion figures from a high of 59.6 per 1,000 in fiscal to 56.1 per 1.000 last year. A great majority of deserters Jake# either are picked up or voluntarily return to their units. Because of the legal difficulty in proving intent of never returning to duty, most are tried on the lesser charge of being AWOL. A Senate Armed Services subcommittee accused the Pentagon two years ago of a lack of concern and failure to deal sternly with the thousands of servicemen running away each year. In response, the Defense Department last September established a uniform policy for all the services to follow in dealing with deserters. The Army blamed the Vietnam war for the big increase, citing some soldiers’ fear of being wounded or killed in combat at the most frequent reason for running away. Most of those going AWOL did so after receiving their Vietnam orders, the Army said. But today the casualties are down and few'er replacements are being sent ot the battle zone—15,000 a month compared with 45,000 per month in 1968. Although the desertion rate has reached a high. Army officials say they are encouraged by monthly statistics showing the number of runaways has dropped slightly each month since January. Nursing home at former wire mill is proposed By ROBERT H. NELLIS Managing Editor Donald Luebbe, Scruggs and Hammond planning firm and captain of the Dixon study team, today told the County Board of Supervisors a 136-bed nursing home could be constructed on the second floor of the Reynolds Wire Building at First St. and Crawford Ave. for an estimated cost of $830,000, or $6,100 per bed. He reported the nursing home would use only 46,000 square feet of a total of 200,000 square feet in the building. Luebbe explained to supervisors uses for other portions of the building include utilizing the two top floors for constructing 90 apartments for the elderly; using the 112 floors on the River Street side for indoor parking facilities to accomodate 124 cars; leaving 18,000 square feet on the first floor on the First Street side for development of commercial activities and-or for a medical clinic. The planner reported the total cost to rehabilitate the building, including the cost to acquire it, is estimated at $3 million. The 90 apartments for the elderly are estimated to cost $1.015,000 or $11,300 per apartment. The going cost for new construction is from $12.000 to $14,000 per apartment, Luebbe stated. Providing the 124 parking spaces is estimated to cost $152,000 or $1,270 per stall, and the estimate calls for $318,000 to develop the first floor area for commercial, service or medical clinic uses. Luebbe explained the acquisition cost of the building is about $1 per square foot and that it would cost $5 per square foot to build a structure. He suggested the outward appearance of the building as it stands today is not pleasing but reported only the hull will be used. Luebbe asserted all windows would be replaced and inset so that the building structure, rather than the windows, is noticeable. He reported the estimated costs include providing heat and air conditioning for the building and noted the structure is al- ( See NURSING HOME ... page 4) Police study background data in murder case Investigation into the strangulation murder of 18- year-old Deborah Danhaus of Amboy centered today on background information. L^e County sheriffs deputies, along with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation and Illinois State Police detectives, are checking the background of the attractive victim for anything which might link to the crime. In the quest for new clues, law officers are checking an ex-boyfriend who now lives in Kentucky, and questioning relatives and neighbors. Police have been able to piece together only very little about the whereabouts of the girl from the time she was reported missing Monday evening until the time her body was discovered. Miss Danhaus was found dead Saturday afternoon in a field overgrown with weeds and brush along Morgan Road, about two miles north of Amboy. Indications are she died at least 48 hours before she was discovered. Sheriff Quest said the investigation is “not at the accusatory stage right now.” He added the sheriff’s department is not going to rush into any theory concerning the murder. Today, thinking among law enforcement officials close to the case indicates it is doubtful that the attractive 18-year-old was sexually assaulted. When her body was found, the blue jeans she was wearing were pulled down to her knees, but policement think non-sexual reasons were responsible for this. A coroner’s inquest Monday determined cause of death as asphyxia due to strangulation with homicidal intent. When she was found in the bushes, her long hair covered her face, and her arms were bent upward so that her unclenched hands were parallel to her head. The body was found about six feet from the road. Blood found beneath the girl at the scene of discovery indicated she might have been dumped in tne tield shortly after her murder. As yet, police are not convinced a vacuum cleaner hose, found near the spot where the body was discovered, is the murder weapon. Miss Danhaus’ car was found Saturday in the Amboy- Central School parking lot, about two miles from where her body was found. Police found part of a vacuum cleaner in the back of the car, a small blue Datsun. Stains of blood spotted a small area of the car’s interior, and reportedly, there was blood on the vacuum cleaner found in the foreign car. But according to sheriff’s deputies no signs of a struggle are apparent in the car. Miss Danhaus lived with her parents, George E. and Dorothy Campbell Danhaus, at 218 South Mason Ave., Amboy. She was employed at Woodhaven Lakes, a land-developing corporation south of Amboy. She worked in a public relations-secretarial capacity. An autopsy was performed Sunday at Dixon State School by Dr. Cesare Manetti, a Rockford Pathologist. The exact time of death could not be determined without further tests, he said. He added the body had deteriorated so that it was impossible to definitely determine if she had been sexually assaulted. According to the parents, Miss Danhaus had a date with Stan Allen of Amboy, a co-worker at Woodhaven Lakes. Allen told police the girl had dropped him off at his home late Monday night. Funeral services for Miss Danhaus were held Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Amboy. Burial was in Payson Cemetery, Payson. She graduated from Amboy High School in 1970, and was an honor student. She was active in school activities. More bloody clashes in Northern Ireland Striking color photos of moon GROWING— Cement is steadily crawling up the side of the 135-foot reactor containment building at the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company plant at Wiscasset, Maine. The reinforced cement walls will be 4>/2 feet thick at the base and will taper to 2»/2 feet thick at the top. The structure will be 135 feet in diameter. The entire plant is now 80 per cent completed. (AP Wirephoto) BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — New clashes between British troops and rioting youths broke out today in Northern Ireland only hours after the bloodiest day in 50 years of religious and political feuding. Northern Ireland paid a heavy price for the violence of Monday—14 dead, 94 injured and millions of dollars of property damaged. Of the injured 39 were shot. The fresh fighting came first in Belfast’s Andersontown district when troops moved in to demolish barricades of burned- out cars built during Monday’s fighting. In Londonderry’s Catholic Bogside area, mobs pelted soldiers with stones when they moved toward barricades there. Troops fired gas canisters to break up the crowds. Sniper fire cracked now and again in Belfast. Although a fragile peace descended with first light, now and again snipers fired on British troops. At midday, in the Lower Falls area of Belfast two soldiers fell wounded by sniper fire. The Protestant-dominated government on Monday rounded up more than 300 suspected terrorists and Prime Minister Brian Faulkner invoked emergency powers to intern them indefinitely without trial. He said the raids were aimed at the outlawed Irish Republican Army, which is dedicated to reuniting Northern Ireland with the Irish Republic by “bullet and bomb” if necessary. The reaction was swift and bloody—a wave of rioting, shooting and looting. British troops were the main targets for roaming bands of guerrillas. The death toll from Monday’s fury may be higher. Some unofficial reports said 20 persons died in the street fighting in Belfast, Londonderry, Newry and other towns. “We don’t know how many people may have died where the fighting was thickest and have simply been hauled away by friends,” said a British army spokesman. Fire and explosion wreaked havoc in homes and factories across the six counties of this British province, but with the dawn a semblance of normal life returned to the capital’s littered streets. In two years of rioting Belfast alone tots up property damage and personal injury claims of $39.6 million. SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — The space agency today released five strikingly beautiful color pictures taken by astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin as they explored a valley of the moon at Hadley Base. Scientists, meanwhile, continued their preliminary examination of Apollo 15’s moon rocks and doctors scheduled an extra physical exam for the spacemen, who returned to earth Saturday from their 12- day journey. The first Hadley Base pictures released show the astronauts, their lunar lander Falcon and their moon car on the stark, desolate lunar plain. The sky is jet black, the deep surface dust is gray. There are shots of the two astronauts saluting the American flag; Irwin sitting in the moon buggy and standing beside it, and the buggy itself, surrounded by the footprints of the explorers. Rising in the distant background in four of the pictures are sections of the Apennine Mountains, their tops rounded like terrestrial hills. A sixth color shot shows the command ship Endeavour orbiting 70 miles above the moon. It was snapped from the Falcon. On the inside of today's paper The world’s largest electric furnace has been put into operation in Sterling. See page 12. One of the biggest boosters of Frank Robinson as a major league manager is his own Baltimore Oriole skipper Earl Weaver. See page 11. Other features Editorials Farm news page 2 page 3 Local news Society news page 4 page 6 No serious council objections to hydroplant plan City Council members voiced no serious objections to the recommendation that City Hall be moved to the Commonwealth Edison hydroplant and took the matter under advisement. . The council also accepted the second highest bid for uniforms for the municipal band; got into a discussion about property owners illegally hooked onto city sanitary sewer lines, and awarded a bid to C. K. Blair for $4,844 to do construction work in connection with a Graham Street water control project. Commissioner Arthur Tofte asked whether the city should not be sure the state would take over responsibility for the dam before accepting the hydroplant for conversion into a City Hall. Mayor Warren Walder assured him the issue would be resolved before title was transferred. Commissioner James Dishman raised the question of how much it would cost to build a new city hall somewhere else. Donald Luebbe, chief planner for Scruggs and Hammond, who made the recommendation, told Dishman the floor area could be reproduced but the esthetic and unusual factors of the hydroplant and its location could not be duplicated. A discussion brought no firm estimate but general agreement was it would be more costly to build a new structure than to rehabilitate the hydroplant. Walder noted there are 13,610 sqaure feet on one floor and the space could be doubled by simply adding another floor and suggested this amount of usable space in a good building could not be gotten for less than the $217,000 estimated to convert the hydroplant for use as a city hall. Higher costs reported in other news me- dias include the cost of filling the headwater millrace, constructing a parking lot and a water front, part of which apparently will be eligible for federal aid grants. In addition to the $217,000 building conversion estimate, the proposal says the millrace tilling may cost from $54,000 to $81,000 and that development of parking facilities and a waterfront park may cost another $75,000. Walder said estimates he has received to remodel the present City Hall total almost $150,000. Dishman noted during the time he has been commissioner of public property he has become aware “This building is rapidly deteriorating and must soon be replaced.” Walder echoed these sentiments calling the present structure, “dirty, unsightly and unsafe.” In connection with accepting the bid of De- Moulin Bros, and Co., Greenville, of $6,014.40 for supplying uniforms for the Dixon Municipal Band, Dishman reported band director Robert L’Heureux and band members favored the uniforms selected, even though they were not from the supplier with the lowest bid. Walder read a letter from L Heureux which noted a local clothier “Hank” Henry had been called in to make judgements about quality of materials and workmanship and that L’Heureux, band members and Henry quickly eliminated three of the samples offered and concentrated on the tw'o remaining offerings and selected the cheaper of the two. The mayor said he thought this explanation was due the public since the low bid of $5,198 was not accepted. The request from a property owner outside the city to hook onto the city sewer lines prompted a discussion about this practice and developed into an exploration of how many are illegally hooked onto the city lines. Mayor Walder reported only two property owners are paying the extra fee the city requires. City ordinances state a property which is not in the city nor contiguous with its limits provides the owner pay a $250 fee in addition to other costs and pay the city the difference between the tax rate for the property and the city tax rate. Commissioner James Burke suggested a cooperative study be made by the Lee County Denartment of Public Health, the city attor­ ney and the Street Department to determine where any illegal hookups are and cut them off. He later conceded the study w'ould be difficult since it involves going onto private property. Burke once said he thought there had been some “midnight jobs,” but later declared he did not think any of the city’s licensed plumbers are involved in such activity. Dishman reported interment fees and lot costs at Oakwood have been raised. Interment fees now are $90 for an adult Monday through Friday. $100 on Saturday, and $200on Sunday or a holiday, and the cost of lots has been increased $15 each. Dishman also declared the charge for the city mowing weeds has been increased to $20 per hour and that a minimum charge is $20. Walder backed this up by exclaiming, “We are going to collect the weed-mow ing fees or else put leins against the properties.” The council approved bills totaling $76.305.05. Break out the storm gear W ” l'Xrr ‘ Proposed uses for Reynolds Wire building revealed. (Telegraph photo) '■M if! ■I

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