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Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, September 4, 1963
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1963 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH PAGE FIVE Series of Police Scandals Continues By HARRY P. ROSENTHAL Associated Pross Staff Writer In Denver, the scandal involved half a hundred policemen; in Chicago it was 10; in Burlington, Vt., it was 11. The job of ferreting out policemen accused of turning into thieves instead of turning them in has been slow and difficult. Last to join the list is Kansas City, Mo., where five policemen are charged with burglaries that netted less than $5,000. And Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., has seven policemen under indictment. Self-Search Kansas City's police force still is undergoing a thorough self- search. In Denver, Chicago and Burlington time and effort have healed the scars and there is evidence that some good has come out of the problem. CHICAGO — "The progress which has been made during the past y/ 2 years has been phenomenal," says Virgil W. Peterson, operating director of the Chicago Crime Commission. "A very solid foundation has been laid upon which to build for the future. The commission feels that the law enforcement structure in Chicago at the present time indeed is encouraging." DENVER — "There is lots of work to be done, but things seem to be working out well," says James Slavin, the police chief hired after the wholesale arrests of policemen in 1961. Slavin resigned immediately after a change of the Denver city administration and now is on the staff of Northwestern University. BURLINGTON — "We've come up with some mighty good men," since hiring practices were tightened, says Police Chief Arthur J. Caron. He credits salary increases and more supervisory personnel for a new attitude in his department. The police scandals in the four cities had remarkably similar patterns. In Denver a patrolman was arrested in August I960 on a charge of rifling the safe in a downtown cafe. Several m ore policemen were arrested in the next few months. A special investigator was appointed by the governor and in September 1961 more than 20 policemen were arrested in a convicted, five were acquitted, ('barges were dismissed against one and two still are to be tried. The police chief, James E. Childers, resigned soon after (he arrests, saying worry over the scandal had affected his health. In Chicago, Richard Morrison, 23, a burglar, told the state's attorney in 1959, "My cop pals acted as lookouts." Ten policemen were charged with burglary or conspiracy or both. Orlando W. Wilson, a professor of criminology, was brought from California to head the department and he completely reorganized it. Burglaries The Burlington case broke in late 1961. It too, involved burglaries by department members. Five policemen were arrested over a five-month period and six others resigned. Chief Caron took over the 51-man department after [he investigation. In Kansas City, a 24-year-old patrolman directed attention to limself last July by discovering and reporting too many burglaries. Within six days, four morej oolicemcn — all members of the same platoon — and two civilians were arrested. Police Chief Clarence M. Keley, who took over the force two years ago after 20 years with the ?"BI, said repeatedly: "We will wash our own linen." The department is questioning all 890 members of the force. Kansas City, Kan., also is in po- ice turmoil. City officials are try- ng to find a successor to John J. Theroff, who resigned as police chief July 23 on demand of the state attorney general. The attorney general was investigating charges of five police officials of police brutality and laxity in en- orcement of liquor and gambling aws. In Nassau County, Long Island, saven county police officers were indicted Aug. 13 after an investigation of the looting of four stores of goods valued at $10,000. A police inspector was sent back to a desk job and a deputy inspector became a captain. Two lieutenants and five sergeants were transferred to other assignments. Two policemen are under suspension and the girl friends of seven officers indicated are charged with receiving stolen property. In ad- a in ShipmanHigh Class of '53 Has Reunion SHIPMAN — Members of Shipman High School class of 19(53 held thrir reunion at the Ship- mnn Community Park Sunday. Class members and their fam ilics who attended were; Mis, 1 Mary Burns, and Donald Breit- wiscr both of Bunker Hill; Mrs. Shirley Patrick Wheeler Cavney Wiltshire and of Plainview; joining Suffolk County, half down policemen have been single day. In all 50 policemen and cx-policemon were arrested I trouble within the past three years and suspended. Thirty-two were I and some of the cases still are Ronald Lahey of Woodburn; Anna Mae Huff Mills and Wayne Bar nett both of Shipman. The class will observe the 10th anniversary in May at the Shipman high school alumni banquet. Honored on Birthday SHIPMAN - Louie Gene Johnson was honored Sunday on his 115th birthday with a dinner at Beaver Dam State Park. Guests were; Mr. and Mrs. Jeddie Foiles, Pleasant Hill; Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson and Donna, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Foiles, Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Foiles and family, Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson and family, David and G lend a Johnson. Honored at Dinner SHIPMAN — Lt. and Mrs. Dean Heal and daughter were honored at ;i dinner Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Heal near Mt. Olive. Heal is stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Those who attended from Ship man were; Mrs. Mary Ahrling, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Halliday and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ahring and family, and Mr. and Mrs. William Cromwell and fam ily. Plan MYF Meeting SHIPMAN — Members of the pending. In Chicago, Wilson instituted a number of drastic reforms including establishment of an internal investigations division "which conducts investigations of personnel with the view of maintaining high integrity and rigid discipline that are so essential if the force is to function efficiently." As a result, the Crime Commission found in 1962, there was "tremendous improvement in the solution of major crime in Chicago in 1961." J & A Springman HAS BORG-WABNBB FURNACES Godfrey, III. Ph. Hansen Reunion at Carrollton Home CARROLLTON — Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hansen entertained at a family reunion Sunday evening honoring their sons and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hansen and children of Oklahoma City. Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hnnsen and children of Westmont, 111., who were weekend guests of their parents. The Richard Hansens were en route home from a vacation spent in Colorado. Nephew Ordained CARROLLTON — Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Combrink have received word that their nephew, James F. Dowd, son of Mr. and Mrs. David D. Dowd Sr., of Massillon, 0., was recently ordained as a Presbyterian minister and has accepted the pastorate of Condit United Presbyterian church near Sunbury, 0. Parents of Son CARROLLTON - Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Hutchens of Chicago Heights, are the parents of an eight - pound, five - ounce son, Jeffrey Alan, born in St. James Hospital Aug. 28. This is the second child and second son of the couple. Hutchens, a former Carrollton resident, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Hutchens, formerly of Carrollton, but now of Robinson. Marriage Licenses CARROLLTON — Two marriage licenses were issued Aug. 30 in the office of Richard McLane, Greene County clerk. One was issued to Ronald G. Stuart of Pawhuska, Okla., and Miss Don- Prin Prof to Participate In Williamsburg Seminar MYF will meet at the Methodist Church Thursday at 7 p.m. to go to Playland in Alton. The outing is to honor those from the church who are leaving soon for college. After an evening of entertainment refreshments will be served. Charles B. Hosmer Jr., assistant professor of history at Principia College, will be among the nine internationally - known authorities participating in thej seminar for Preservation and Restoration at Williamsburg, Va., Sept. 8-11. Hosmer's topic, "Private Philanthropy and Preservation," will be discussed, Sept. 10. Approximately 200 preservation leaders in the United States and authorities from overseas will attend the seminar to review the history and clarify the philosophy of the preservation movement. The three -day conference is sponsored jointly by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Colonial Williamsburg, the organization responsible for the restoration of Virginia's 18th - century capital. Born in Italy of American parents, Hosmer attended Principia College where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1953. After service in the United States Army, he taught social studies in the public schools of Long Island, N. Y. He received a Master of Arts De- jgree from Columbia University in 1956 and, in 1961, a Ph.D. degree from the same institution. He returned to Principia to teach American history and is currently engaged in preparing for publication an enlarged var- sion of his dissertation on the history of preservation work in the United States to the year 1926. na Meyer of Carrollton. The other was issued to Frank B. Johnston and Mrs. Patricia Ann Johnston, both of St. Louis. . I WE DO OUR OWN FINANCING AT SLACK FURNITURE and APPLIANCE CO. 203 W. Third St.—Downtown Alton Long Terms—Many, Many Months to Pay! Moro Paper Drive Set for Sept. 1 MORO — Cub Scout Pack 101 will have a scrap pnper drive Sept. 21. They plan to have a truck stationed in town at 9 a.m. and donors ran bring collections to the truck. Moro Nofrs MORO — Mr. and Mrs. D a n Ayres have received word from their daughter, M;ixine, following hor arrival in Germany. She has been assigned to a government elementary school in Baumholder, Germany, where children of the army personnel are enrolled. Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Dorscy are home following a visit with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lyndel Cooper and family at Los Alamitos, Calif. Dr. and Mrs. Lyle Schertz and family have returned to their home in Arlington, Va., after a 10 - day visit with Mrs. Schcrtz's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brazier. Mr. and Mrs. George Hanoi of Rural Route, Brighton, have moved into the house formerly owned by the Oscar Hurst family. The Hancis have four children. Mrs. William Volger is a patient at St. Anthony's Hospital, Alton, for medical treatment. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schramn and daughters were visitors of Mrs. Schramn's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kasten Sunday. Schramn was recently sep- 7 Fires at Wood River Last Month WOOD RIVKIl Fire Chief Krvin A. Tliion reports a lolal of seven fires for the month of August as contrasted with 10 for the same period 'luring August of 1062. A breakdown of (ho typo fires shows: three in buildings, two brush and grass nnd two vehicle fires. The department received one false alarm during the month nnd made two investigative calls. MEXICO CITY Mexican! PERTH-Australian coin n»- markcts report a demand for| chins makers want government 1 cereals. jhrlp. BKRCHTESGARDKN - Rescue trams are being told to stand by in this Bavarian mountain spot to help tourists who may be hurt climbing up for a look at Adolf Hitler's secret retreat. arated from the U.S. Marine Corps, having served three years as a lieutenant. Mrs. Schramn before her marriage was Miss Kay Holbeck nnd formerly lived here. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lanterman of Alpaka, Fla., visited Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kasten Saturday. 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