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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Vol. 137, No. 194 Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Alton Telegraph Printing Co.. 1972 Alton, Illinois, Wednesday, August 30, 1972 5 SECTIONS 56 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 18SG Police recruit exams used repeatedly contrary to rules By ARTHUR J. THOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer Although written examinations f o r police candidates are not to foe used over and over agin, the Alton Civil Service Commission has not ordered any new tests since 1969 while giving exams for police recruits in 1970 and 1972, the Telegraph has learned. A spokesman for the Public Personnel Association (PPA) in Chicago, the agency from which the Alton Civil Service Commission gets the written exams, said it is imperative that the tests not be re-used to rule out the possibility of cheating. Mrs. Joan Bacus, secretary of the civil service commission said Tuesday she couldn't remember the last time Alton ordered new tests from PPA. Mrs. Betty D. White, senior personnel examiner and head of the testing service for the PPA, told the Telegraph that her records indicate that Alton last ordered 25 new exams for police candidates in 1969. Since then the examination for police recruits has been given twice by the civil service commission, including a test in March of this year. "If they are using the test over and over, we want to know about it because it is against regulations," Mrs. White said. Mrs. White said the PPA also stresses the importance of local commissions validating the examination, or making sure the tests measure what they are purported to measure. Dr. Lee P. Brown, a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, in an assessment of the Alton civil service selection system, concluded that the written exams are not validated, where the effect is to disproportionately exclude minorities due to inherent cultural bias in standard ability forms. In other words, if the test is evaluated as a general I.Q. type of exam, the danger is that the test will measure the applicant's cultural background rather than an ability to absorb training for a specific job. If the Alton test results are not "validated", or interpreted, in this non I.Q. manner then the Alton commission's procedure is faulty, experts said. Mrs. White said the PPA exam is not a general I.Q. 'test, but an aptitude test. She cautioned, however, that the exam must be evaluated properly and validated by the local commission as Dr. Brown pointed out. Mrs. Bacus said she didn't know how the commission validated the written exams. Efforts to reach the commission chairman, Thomas Krepel Jr., today were unsuccessful. Commission member John Paul told the Telegraph that answers to such questions would have to come from Krepel. Paul said, however, that because of the attention focused on the civil service selection system, he was sure some changes would be made. The commission, Paul said, was waiting to hear from Dr. Brown on other recommended testing devices for police and fire recruits. The written examination used by the commission includes questions on vocabulary, reading comprehension, arithmetic reasoning, arithmetic computation and an observation and memory section. Mrs. Bacus said to her knowledge the tests are evaluated only with a score sheet. Mrs. White said the tests purport to measure the ability of the candidate to absorb training on the job or through a training academy, "so it cannot purport to measure job knowledge," such as an T.Q. test. She said the exam, however, does include some questions on general knowledge but the testing service has been able to circumvent some racially biased questions. "Until we know how blacks, Nixon flies to Hawaii tonight for summit with Japanese leader By FRANK CORMIER SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — President Nixon will welcome Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka to Hawaii tonight for summit talks he hopes will strengthen prospects for peace in the Pacific. Nixon scheduled a full morning of work at the Western White House here before taking off from the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for Honolulu's Hickam Filed. While on the island of Oahu, Nixon will spend most of his time with Tanaka. But he will hold a Vietnam conference Thursday with Ellsworth Bunker, U. S. ambassador to Saigon, and will set aside some time for trying to win friends and influence voters. A campaign-style welcome was readied for him at Hickam, and he planned to mingle with Hawaii's business and civic leaders at a reception given by Clare Boothe Luce, who served as ambassador to Italy during the Eisenhower administration. Mrs. Nixon will also do some goodwill hopping, flying to Hilo on the island of Hawaii Thursday to visit volunteer service projects and be entertained at a luau. Vietnam and politics dominated a 39-minute news conference Nixon held Tuesday outside his San Clemente home. Some of the highlights: —Bombing of North Vietnam and the mining of its harbors will continue until there is substantial progress toward a settlement of the Pentagon sets withdrawal timetable By FRED HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) Pentagon sources expect the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam to fall to about 25,000 men by Dec. 1, some 2,000 fewer than President Nixon's goal for that date. These sources also predicted Tuesday that the number of troops staying behind will fall to about 20,000 before leveling out to a minimum force. The President announced Tuesday the latest troop reduction, from about 39,000 at present to 27,000 by Dec. 1. He refused to say whether additional withdrawals would follow. However, Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird said the 27,000 will not be the minimum force expected to remain in Vietnam pending a war settlement, meaning another withdrawal is likely. The President said Tuesday, as he has said before, that some U.S. troops will remain in Vietnam while "there is one prisoner of war in Vietnam or missing in action not accounted for." ^Straight Arrow's' feathers pulled? By JOE MELOSI Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - The showdown between Madison County Circuit Clerk Willard (Butch) Portell and LLoyd (Straight Arrow) Bentley may not come off this year because of a legislative rjoof up, the Telegraph learned today. Failure by the Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation declaring the office elective or appointive, as set out in the new constitution, has moved the Illinois Court Clerk's Association into legal rear. The association, composed of over 100 circuit, appellate and supreme court clerks and headed by Portell, has retained a Peoria law film to test the issue in court. A spokesman for the firm- told the Telegraph today that a suit may be filed Friday in an effort to define the legal status of the clerks. On the same day, the clerks' association will ho'.d its annual meeting at the Holiday Inn here and a report is expected to be given by the head of a subcommittee researching the "constitutional question." Portell said that legal stops were initiated recently when "it was brought to my a'- tention on the possibility <hat our election on Nov. 7 is illegal." Portell said he had discussed the situation wiln "judges and lawyers of constitutional knowledge and they are also in doubt as to the election." Portell's opponent in the election, Bentley, accused Portell of pushing the legal action, as head of the Court Clerks' Association, to avoi.1 a showdown at the polls. Bentley said Portell mentioned the no-race possibility with him at the eourthoira recently and that he accused Portell of using his position with the Court Clerks' Association to "push this position." Bentley told the Telegrapn that "This guy is really concerned about me. That's why he is pushing it." war. Neither activity will be halted "as an election eve tactic." —Of the controversial bugging of Democratic National Committee headquarters, he said: "We want the air cleared. We want it cleared as soon as possible." anyone in government or in his campaign who declined to cooperate with investigators will be fired. —The President, in seeking a second term, is bidding for "a clear mandate for what I have called change that works." He said he wants to forge a "new majority" embracing Democrats as well as Republicans. —Nixon will spend most of the next six weeks in Washington, making only occasional one-day campaign trips. But he will step up the tempo in the final three weeks of the campaign, stumping hard and covering the whole country. Nixon said' he a n d Tanaka will discuss "initatives towards the People's Republic of China and towards the Soviet Union." But he placed greater emphasis on economic problems. Noting that Japan enjoys a tidy surplus in trade with the United States, he said, "I believe that out of this meeting will come some progress in trying to reduce that unfavorable balance." Inside Editorial . Let's correct testing. civil . A-4 service Rowan A-5 Silly aspects of black revolution. Poet Writes cell. book to fight A-3 sickle Sports B-2 Spite eyes fourth gold medal. Family . . . . A-9 Horticultural show Sept. 14. Weather . Little change 70. high 90s. Television . Thursday: B-l low B5 Comics B-7 Obituaries Mind Your Money . Watchdogging roof firms. Classified . . . . A-8 repair Stocks Personal Finaniv . Saving on medical bills. D-2 Amusements D-2 D-2 A-8 A-ll Puerto R leans or any minorities answer certain questions, we can't change them." A member of Mrs. White's staff acknowledged that, for instance, in a vocabulary test a word or phrase may have a different meaning or connotation to a black because of his cultural background as opposed to a white person. As a result, certain questions may tend to in e a s u r e the applicants cultural background rather than his ability to handle a specific job. Economic Opportunity Commission guidelines require that the tests be validated to measure what they purport to measure — the ability of the recruit to be trained as a policeman, he said. Mrs. White said the PPA would offer technical assistance to Alton in evaluating the written exams if the Alton commission would ask for it. The Justice Department's Community Relations Seryice has also offered its assistance to the city in establishing minority -recruitment and community relations programs to correct employment practices which discriminate against blacks. A state human relations official said culturally-biased examination devices for police or fire candidates is a form of "institutional racism." ''In this form of discrimination, nobody is intentionally trying to keep minorities off of jobs, but it is happening because they are being excluded by the biased examination devices," he said. During the last examination for police recruits in Alton, 65 persons made application, of whom 12 were black. Of the entire 65 applicants, three withdrew their names before the test was given; seven were disqualified because they lived outside the city; two failed the eye test; four were disqualified because of police records; four were under 21; one did not have a valid Illinois driver's license and two were disqualified because of a poor credit rating. Of the twelve black applicants, three failed the written exam; four did not show up for t h e test; one withdrew before the written test was given; one was disqualified because of po<tr credit rating and one was disqualified because he was under the age of 21 and ons did not have an Illinois driver's license and another resided outside the city. Mrs. White's and Dr. Brown's views raise the question that the three blacks who "failed" the written tests may have had an acceptable score if the tests had been properly interpreted. As a result, there are no blacks on the existing eligibility list for policeman. Mrs. White said the PPA stresses the importance of using the written exam only as the first step. The local commission must use other devices to accurately measure attitude and a person's ability to handle a job, she said. "If there is no local active minority r e c r u i t m e n t program, chances are you won't get many blacks ihat will be able to pass the exam," she said. Somebody's distressed Somebody is in trouble at Alton city hall but it is not necessarily the city administration. Tuesday the American flag was flying upside down—which is the national alarm for something, some- body, or some place being in "distress '. The only person distressed today was a new maintenance man at city hall who, in his first day on the job, ran the flag up the pole with the union stars clown. Edwardsville schools will open; issue being decided By JIM LANDERS Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - School will resume Thursday >n the Edwardsville School District No. 1 as negotiators remained closeted early this afternoon with Judge James Monroe, trying to work out a statement. The official ruling, or if there was any, could not be immediately determined although the word was passed down to Telegraph reporters waiting the decision that schools would open tomorrow. It was not made clear ;f the return to school was based on Judge Monroe enjoining the teachers to return or if an agreement was reached between teachers and the school board at the court's insistance. The Telegraph learned today that the three-man EEA negotiation team has made a concession on the binding arbitration demand which has been the main impediment to a settlement of the strike. The EEA negotiators, an informed source told the Telegraph, offered to delay until 1973 the stipulation that any decision on disagreements placed before a board of arbitration would be binding on the school board and the teachers. The board negotiators, however, declined Tuesday night to discuss the compromise. The injunction filed Tuesday by attorneys for the Edwardsville District No. 7 Board of Education. Named as defendants in the injunction motion were the EEA, Illinois Education Association (IEA) and "all the teachers of Community Unit School District No. 7, too numerous to mention." The injunction asked for a fine of $1,000 per day against the EEA and IEA officers if the teachers failed to return to the classroom. Also, the temporary injunction motion requested that distribution of leaflets by striking teachers and district schoolchildren be halted. Tuesday, dozens of school-age children were canvassing Edwardsville pleading the teachers case. Leaflets explaining the EEA position were distributed on street corners and to cars stopped at intersections. The school board maintains that the strike is an illegal action violating an agreement signed May 8, 1972 between the EEA and the board. The preliminary agreement contained a no-strike clause which the school board said has been violated. The EEA counters that they are not striking but have no contract and therefore the members voted on a "no contract-no work" position. In addition to the injunction motion, a counter-suit asking the court to order the school board to "bargain in good faith" was filed Tuesday morning by Edward L. Welch, an Edwardsville attorney. Welch's legal action has not been an issue yet. H o w ever, Welch was allowed to question Dodds at the Tuesday afternoon hearing. Welch filed an intervening petition at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The hearing began at 3 p.m. I n testimony, Dodds maintained that the district would forfeit state educational aid funds because of the strike. Dodds said the district is paid an average of $4 daily for student attendance. Dodds said the district must hold classes a minimum of 180 days by June 30, 1973. Under cross - examination by IEA attorneys, Dodds said the distnct could schedule classes beyond the present June 1 closing date. Also, Dodds said the district could use scheduled vacation periods to convene extra class sessions in order to meet the 180 day minimum. The EEA has remained adamant in its request for binding arbitration which the school board says would weaken the power of the board. Binding arbitration would (See Page 2, Col 8) Alton major-crime upturn not as bad as rate increase in area, nationally By JOHN STKTSON Telegraph Staff Writer Major crime in Alton increased less than one per cent last year compared to ;i St. Louis metropolitan area crime rise of 3.3 per cent and a national major crime increase of seven per cent. The FBI Uniform Crime report showed today that Alton's major crimes went up from 920 in 1970 to 928 in 1971. The Crimp Index listing of in a j o r crimes includes: murder and non-negligent h o in i c i d e , forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larcency over §50 and auto theft. Total crime in Alton during 1971, however, increased more than 11 per cent with listings for 2,124 crimes compared to 1,870 total in 1970. Listed under total crimes, but not included in the seven major crime classifications, are such incidents as simple assault, theft under $50 and non-negligent homicide FBI statistics show a rise of eight points to 928 for Alton's nime index. The index is used in compiling national measures of the Koscot mastermind arrested in Florida trend and distribution of major crimes: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny over $50, and auto theft. Alton's index is the same as 1969's. In 1970 it was 920. Only communities of 20,000 and over are covered in the report. Towns comparable in size to Alton showed larger percentage rises in their (.•rime index figures. Granite City had a listed index figure for 1971 of 1,539, compared to a previous 1,444 in 1969. At Belleville, the index rose from 732 in 1970 to 765 for lasl year. A breakdown of totals ior the seven crimes comprising the index for Alton shirks: showed an actual reduction in total crime, the sheer volume (3.0 million in 1971) of reported urban crimes remained awesome. The slowing of the increase in the crime rate over-all was wholly attributed to a dip in the growth of property crimes; burglary, larceny over $50 and car theft. Bicycle thefts were up 17 per cent nationwide. Violent crime, including murder, rape, robbery and serious physical assaults by one person on another, was up 11 per cent. .Much of the increase ir. violence, at least in ]:ropoi- lion 10 other areas, was h the suburbs Murder arrests of subir':> M youths IS vears and vnun ' r GLENN TLKNEK By BILL McKAUIN Telegraph »taff Writer Glenn W. Turner, the self- m a d e millionaire and mastermind of Koscot Interplanetary, the cosmetic franchise debacle which formerly operated in Wood River, was arrested this morning at Sanford, Fla., and charged in connection with similar troubles in that .state. Turner's operations are currently under various court actions in 42 states, including Illinois and Mist-oui, mostly for pyramid selling of fran- chises in Koscot and Dare-To Be-Great, a Norman Vincent Peale-type of self-confidence course. Turner was arrested today as he stepped from his private monogrammed Lear jet, one of the material symbols of the former sewing- machine salesman's rise from s h a r e c r o p p e r ' s son to millionaire head of 7\) companies. Operations of all Turner-run businesses are centered in Orlando, Fla., where sheriff's deputies recently sealed up the main office and confiscated all files Turner's legal troubles center on the differences between claims made by Koscot and Dare-To-Be-Great franchi.se salesmen and actual f i )i a n c i a 1 possibilities for franchise buyers. In Illinois, hearings were held round the state in efforts by the attorney general's office to get refunds lor investors who could prove they were fooled into buying expensive "distributorships." During late February arid early March of this year, the hearings moved into East St. Louis, where one area couple got $1,11(10 refunded (of an original $2.000 investment) when a Koscot lawyer sitting in on the hearings made an offer to avoid .si ill another lawsuit. Suits and countorsuits have been a:- much a part of Turner's operations as the mink oil which is the base of Ko.scot cosmetics. In the oddest suit filed yet in the Turner saga Tunier himself filed suit m June against attorneys general in 2fi states, including Illinois. Turner charged in his S.illll million suit that the stale officers have been conspiring against him and three of his companies. The suit \va> filed ui Vennont. A recent compilation b\ the I'.S. Chamber of Commerce .shows only three sta'.e.s and the Virgin Islands where no action of any kind i> contemplated against any Turner enterprise. The stales are Georgia. Louisiana and Xew Mexico. In 42 stales and Puerto Hico. legal action ha* been started against Turner. In the remaining states, the companies are being watched or investigated. lx)cally, Koscot operated a storefront warehouse and sale.s room for franchise selling ai 2.'< K Ferguson in downtown Wood Uiver. but has since gone underground after exposure bs Telegraph stories and action by a I'ouk County judge, hailing franchise selling by Turner in (See Page 2. I'ol. 1) murder and nonne'-iH^ent were up 14.ri per cent; n>b- inanslauuhter, Tr, forcible berry arrests, 22.2 |HT cent; rape. ti; robbery, (14: larceny, 10.0 per ceni; a g u r a \ a t e d assault, . : >U: aggravated assault, 1S.1 per burglary, 4(i4: larceny OUT cent, am! \;o\.-in crime $n(l, _2(i; and auto ihcfl, ll:i generally, 17 'J |>er tvui The picture nationally Incident.-; of pro.si'.mi..in and showed crime Mowed a bit in organized \ ice. (trunk driving Its rise. aiiJ einbe/./lenieiit al»i \u-ic The FBI M'ifKia} reporrei.1 up am<in ' suburban you'd th.it .serious crnin 1 rose b> 7 Bui theic 'Aas a ;> 2 !>••! ci-iit per cent nationwide ;n I!i71, dccif.i.se in mni'b'T, uf the smallest incre.i.se since .suburban l-'.-n .: -IT-- ... . us. il l!itl:"i when it was h IK-!'e..-n: u! !',.;.•• < mujMrt >l v. .MI • 11 The Fl'-l ivporleii .1 '-'. |>'.T i"T i'-.'!> ;.• 11-••••• >i j''••'•.',-. i.- cent hike in big cn> crane, I'rojt/ny r.'-ie i^n.i.r. 1 , compared with 11 per IAHI ill l.il-.eM;, .ilM loijir!, V.IM i.;> tile suburb-. !•! .' jici t eir .n, 1 ': ' j'lMl AIK| \\h:k i' u'- 1 c.' e.s MI;'!,' ii ii:'<-i

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