Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 5, 1963 · Page 15
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 15

Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, September 5, 1963
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PAGE SIXTEEN ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1963 New State Police Probe On SPRINGFIELD. III. (Api-Gov Olto Kernrr today said an invest! Ration is bring made of report? of further irregularities atnoni, iiortheaslern Illinois slate ti-oop ers—this time about alleged kick hacks for favoring certain towini; operators. Director Joseph Rnpen of the State Puhlic Safety Department said: "It appears that some police men have been receiving kickbacks of 33 to 50 per eent of the towing charges by favoring certain operators." Last year the state police of the northeastern area were affected by a scandal about alleged payments by truck operators to troopers for overlooking overweights. Ragen said the latest reports of favoritism "appears to have been prevalent for at least 10 years. It has resulted in money being taken out of the pockets of motorists because of increased service charges, and in harassment of towing operators." Chief violations, he said, appear to be in District 4, headquartered in Blue Island; District 2A, headquartered in western Chicago and District 15, which supervises the Illinois toll roads. The investigation has been un der the direct supervision of James McMahon, assistant de partment director. Kerner in his • announcement said that a picked group of troopers made simultaneous visits today at 10 a.m. to 70 towing service operators to investigate the reports of kickbacks for favoring one towing operator over another. Six-Month Traffic Toll Shows Rise CHICAGO (AP)-The National Safety Council reported today that accidents killed 47,200 persons in the United States during the first six months of 1963. Though the total figure is 3 per cent higher than last year, the death rate for all accidents per 100,000 population was 53.0 per cent, compared with 52.7 per cent during the first half of 1962. The auto fatality rate per 100, 000 population was up to 22.8 per cent from 21.9 per cent. Rates in other classifications remained constant or slightly lower. The total number of deaths, all estimated, and their causes, were: —auto accidents, 18,930, up 5 per cent. —accidents in public places, excluding auto, 8,200, up 3 per cent. —accidents at work, 68,000, up 1 per cent. —accidents at home, 14,800, up 1 per cent. Disabling injuries from industrial accidents remained steady at 6.29 per 1 million man - hours worked, according to reports submitted to the council by 20 indiys- tries. Child? s Finger Cut in Mishap Of Door, Pole A painful experience accompan-j ied kindergarten registration at] Lincoln School Wednesday morn ing for Michael Killon, 4. Michael suffered a lacerated finger when his right ring finger was caught between the door of the family car and a nearby telephone pole. His finger was caught when he tried to keep the door from hit ting the curb, his mother said. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Killon, 1015 Liberty St., he was treated at Alton Memorial Hospital and released. Minor Collision EAST ALTON — A minor auto mobile collision occurred between a car driven by Kldon R. Bailey. 42, of 804 George St., Wood River and a car driven by Ellwood Bernhardt. 45, of 503 E. Franklin St., Edwardsville. The accident occurred about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday on W. St. Louis Avenue and East Alton at the railroad crossing. The cars proceeded over the railroad tracks after the signal changed and collided. Damage to the cars was minor. Entitled to Rest SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Anybody walking through the Missouri Ozarks is entitled to sleep beside the road without fear of being arrested for vagrancy, Magistrate E. A. Harbour ruled in dismissing a case against a 38-year-old traveler. "This is a free country," Judgf Harbour ruled, "and a man is entitled to travel through the conn- l».y. I just don't understand how a man could be asleep by the highway while he's traveling and be wrested for vagrancy. Case ____ Koreans Mass SEOUL —A new military buildup is being observed in North Permit 931 LADIES! WE GIVE UP! MUST SELL OUT TO THE BARE WALLS BOND'S 117 West Third all LADIES COATS \ all LADIES SUITS a|| SPORTSWEAR all LINGERIE • all yours at prices ri to ribbons! •NoC.O.D's • No deliveries • Alterations as usual Open Mondays-Fridays Till 9 p.m. Permit 931 SHOP TOMORROW TIL 9 0 EVERYTHING BOND'S CLOSES ITS DOORS FOR GOOD NoC.O.D's No deliveries Alterations as usual m Alterations as usual Use your Bond charge account .. 1 Hour Fm> J'ttrkiug ut Pujfc and (Shop trotyl With I'urchasc ol *a or More. 117 W. 3rd, Alton, III. H0ft*i919

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