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Troopers plan Iowa magazine The Iowa State Troopers As sociation announced plans Tuesday to publish a quarterly magazine to raise funds for scholarships, emergency financial assistance for patrolmen, and rewards for private citizens who assist in the arrest 61 criminals. The association ~ made up of 410 members of the Iowa Highway Patrol, including officers" — has contracted with Organization Services Corp. of Boston, Mass., to produce the magazine, to be called The Iowa State Trooper. Will Solicit Patrolman Neil Griffin, association president, said representatives of Organization Services will begin soliciting advertising today from "major Iowa businesses." Griffin said patrolmen will not be directly involved in seeking advertisments and there will be "no pressure" put on prospective advertisers. If the magazine is profitable, some of the proceeds will be used to set up a rewards program in which probably $1,000 could be offered for information leading to the arrest of persons involved in serious crimes. "We feel some incentive has been needed for private citizens to come forward," Griffin, a patrolman from Charles City, said in an interview. The association also hopes to establish a scholarship program for college or vocational students. The $500 a year scholarships would be renewable and priority would be given to youths who have assisted lawmen in some way or have been the victims of a crime. Also eligible would be outstanding seniors of the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys' Ranch near Fort Dodge, said Griffin. The ranch, which the association already helps support, is primarily for boys who have had scrapes with the law. Patrol Aid Also to be established from the magazine's proceeds will be a fund from which highway pa- Jrolmen could be granted as- "sistance in case of natural disaster, serious illness or injury not covered by insurance, or some other reason, said Griffin. He said he also expects the publication, which will be at least 100 pages and include color reproductions, to be valuable in improving the group's relationship with news media and in selling its programs to the Iowa Legislature. Establishing a statewide award for valor to go to private citizens acting on behalf of law enforcement also was announced by the association. ., Aug. 27, 1979 • DM MOINES REGISTER / S Down in 'The Pit' at UNI Fred Foils, left, a graduate University of Northern Iowa (UNI) student, who Is In charge of Shull Hall, men's dormitory, tells students why they have been assigned to the cramped quarters In the basement of the building. Thirty-eight freshmen and transfer students have been assigned to the basement, because other housing space is not available at Cedar Falls. The crowded quarters have been labeled, "The Pit." Classes began Monday at UNI. WILL APPEAL HOUSE SEAT Republican State Chairman John C. McDonald said Tuesday that a Polk County District Court decision upholding Iowa House action removing Lyle Stephens as a state representa- :ive will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court later this week. The Democrat-controlled House removed Stephens, a Le- M a r s Republican, because some Plymouth County absentee ballots in the 1974 elec- :ion were mailed in, . rather than collected by a team of notaries public as required by law. But McDonald said the House hrew out all 135 absentee bal- ots cast in the county, while questions had been raised about only 43 ballots cast by nursing rome residents. Referring to the decision by District Judge Wade Clarke, McDonald said, "We believe he district court ruling failed o address the critical questions in this case. The main question which still must be resolved is whether the Iowa House has the right to deprive Plymouth County residents, or any lowans, of their right to vote." Stephens was replaced by Orange City Democrat James Spradling. Trial begins libel suit on Trial in a $400,000 libel and damage suit arising from use of a photograph in a safe-driving advertising campaign began in Polk County District Court here Tuesday. The suit was filed by Mrs. Virginia Lee Johnston of 3913V4 S.W. Seventh St., who contends that the photo, used in conjunction with headlines such as "Drinking and Driving," "Speeding," "Getting High" and "Running a Red Light," falsely implies that she had committed the offenses mentioned. She said the ads also give the impression that a boy in the picture was killed as a result of "unlawful and criminal conduct." The suit was filed against Fairall & Co., a Des Moines advertising firm, and the Inde pendent Insurance Agents oi Des Moines. Driving Ad Johnston's suit alleges thai the agency created a safe-driving ad and used a picture — allegedly of Johnston — kneeling beside a young boy wrapped in a blanket. She says the photo was used without her permission. She states in her suit that the picture must have been taken in October, 1970, when a 16- year-old boy darted in front of her car. The boy sustained a Judge overrules 2 objections SNETHEN Continued from Page One Ing and he attempted to thumb a ride. "It was Danny in the kid's car." Foster testified. "I said to Danny, 'Where's the kid?' and Danny said, 'I left him back there.' " "Thought He Was Joking" Fenton pressed Foster on what else Snethen said in the car and Foster replied: "He said they were arguing . . . fighting. He said, 'I think I killed the kid.' I told him I thought he was crazy. I thought he was just joking around." Foster testified that Snethen drove him in the'"kid's" car to downtown Des Moines where Foster had left his car. Once there, Snethen told Foster to follow him, but Foster went another direction, he told the court. Foster testified that he drove back out to where he had been with Snethen and "the kid," and he saw a fire. Shortly afterwards, Foster said he saw Snethen walking. Foster testified he took Snethen to his home and they went to bed. Found Burned Car When Hawbaker's body was found Sept. 2 by a fisherman, police checked the area and found Hawbaker's burned car. Fenton handed Foster a color pi r tare of the body of Hawba- fcer and asked if the dead person in the picture was the same "kid" he had been referring to in earlier testimony. "It looks similar to him." replied Foster. "But I think the kid I saw in the car had longer hair." Snethen was arrested on the murder charge Sept. 25, while he was a prisoner in the Polk County jail on another charge. Police said that Snethen had been on a ''weekend furlough" from a state-operated halfway house from the evening of Aug. 31 to the evening of Sept. 2. After the arrest, Snethen de- manded a hearing on his mental competency to stand trial. A jury found him incompetent in March, but in May a second jury found him competent. Snethen, bearded and wearing his long, brown hair in a pony tail tied with a rubber band, sat quietly in a chair at the counsel table Tuesday. His only reaction to the court proceedings was to lean forward to look at pictures of the Hawbaker youth which were introduced as evidence. His mother, Darlene Foster, sat in a front row seat in the courtroom, about five , seats down from Sandra Caffrey of Dallas Center, sister of the Hawbaker youth. Caffrey left the courtroom in tears at one point Tuesday while Fenton was introducing pictures of the victim and passing them to the jury to view. In his cross-examination of Foster, Mike Wilson, Snethen's attorney, drew from Foster a statement that he saw Snethen inject himself with a needle the night of Aug. 31, and that in Foster's opinion "the kid" with them was intoxicated that night. Accidents Cited Foster, answering questions from Wilson, said Snethen had suffered "10 to 12" auto accident injuries over the years and that many of the injuries were to the head. Foster testified he felt the accidents affected Snethen's memory and general mental health. Other witnesses included Thomas Randolph, an Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCD agent, who testified that Hawbaker's body had nine puncture wounds in the chest, a two-inch gash on the back of the head, a cut on one ear and several puncture wounds in the back that appeared to have been made by a burning object. Knife .Sheath Randolph also lestjfjpd he found an pmpty leather knife sheath next to the body. Earlier. Fenton showed the sheath to Foster and asked if it was his, Foster replied he did own one similar to the one held by Fenton, but he did not positively identify it as his own. John Tinker, a BCI agent, testified that he talked to Snethen at the BCI office Sept. 25 and told Snethen he was a suspect in the slaying of Hawbaker. Tinker quoted Snethen as say ing, "You got to be out of your mind if you think I'm going to admit to killing somebody." Tinker said at that interview Snethen was advised of his constitutional rights and his right to a lawyer and that Snethen acknowledged this in writing, Snethen's mother, who was present, also signed the acknowledgement, Tinker said. Objections Overruled Tinker testified that Snethen told him that Foster was not involved in the case. Snethen then said he would tell officers the story of what happened but he wanted his lawyer present, Tinker testified. "But he kept on talking," Tinker testified. Tinker said Snethen's statement was taken down in shorthand and later typed, and that Snethen read the statement and signed it. Defense attorney Wilson objected twice to Tinker's continued testimony about Snethen's statement, but Judge James P. Denato overruled both objections. Court was adjourned for the day with Tinker still on the stand. Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. today. in $400,000 safety ads fractured collar bone and a broken leg when he was struck, but h6 charges were filed, according to the lawsuit. Each ad containing the photo also contained a paragraph which read, "Is it worth a child's life? Drive carefully throughout the school year." The picture allegedly showing Johnston and the boy was used in newspaper advertisements, television ads and billboards in the Des Moines area. Johnston claims the agency used her picture for monetary gain and ignored her right to privacy. Her petition calls the ad campaign "false and defamatory," and libelous advertising used with "reckless disregard" for her name. Cross-Petition The case has been complicated by a cross-petition filed against Fairall by the Independent Insurance Agents, in which the agents argue that any money be granted should be paid by the ad firm that actually chose the photo. In a response filed by Fairall, the firm charges that Johnston gave her "implied consent" when she failed to request a retraction or a stop to publication during-the-l973_advectising_ campaign. The advertising firm also argues that the photograph used was in the public domain, 'having been previously published and displayed to the general public." The trial, before Judge Dale Missildine, is expected to run about 10 days, and will include he showing of the television ad in the courtroom. Woman named to court LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (AP) — Gov. David Pryor has named Klsijane Trimble Roy as the first woman to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court. UNI Continued from Page One can't do it in a room with 38 guys in it." The "Pit" crowd was unanimously concerned also about the lack of security for their belongings and the difficulty in getting to sleep with so many roommates. All of the residents of "The Pit" are either freshmen or transfer students. Swallow said that he lived in a Cedar Rapids apartment while attending Kirkwood College the past two years. -When-Imoved-out-oMhe apartment last weekend, I brought everything up here, including a desk and a chair. That's why I've got stuff spread all over in here and out in the car," he said. One of the temporary residents of "The Pit" is state champion 119-pound wrestler Scott Rollings of Des Moines who is attending UNI on an athletic scholarship. He said that if a dorm room doesn't become available soon, an assistant coach at UNI has offered to provide him a room in his home. Housing Director Elmer said that UNI officials "didn't see this situation coming until the third week of July," and that the overcrowding in the dorms is in direct contrast to last fall when UNI classes opened with the dorms 500 students short of capacity. The reasons, he said, are an increase in enrollment, lack of off-campus housing, and the higher costs of living off campus. Elmer said he is confident that permanent rooms will be found for all the men (UNI's women dorms aren't overflowing) living in temporary quarters. Some of the men in The Pit" aren't so sure. "Someone told me that we might as well buy a Christmas tree for "The Pit" because we'll sure be down here then," said one, Hits federal policy for inflation By ARLC) JACOBSON RMiittr At>iftuifn«ii eater Farm credit will continue to be available, but interest rates remain uncertain — due in large part to the federal government's economic policies, a farm credit official said here Tuesday. Aubrey Johnson, fiscal agwv for the nationwide Farm Credil System, told a stockholders meeting of the Omaha Bank for Co-operatives that inflation i.< still the No. 1 problem in agri culture and no end to (he current inflationary cycle is in sight. The largest single factor in the cycle is the federal government, Johnson said, which is borrowing |2 billion a week. If Budget Balanced If the government's current budget were balanced, he said an additional $3 billion to $6 billion would be put in circulation during the first six months. That money would be channeled into commerce, taking the pressure off the interest tate, he said. "The money market moves on expectations — that is built into the cost of money — and each time there is an upward interest rate spiral, a few farmers and a few businessmen are crowded out," he said. Money for farm credit must compete for investors' dollars with other possible investments — the largest of which is the $2 billion in bonds sold each week by the federal government. "We are coming in, the corporations are coming in, and •he investor can shop around. That has a tendency to raise prices," Johnson explained. "Until we get the government toned down from . . . deficit financing, the money market will be very crowded." Farm Credit System Next to the federal government, the Farm Credit System, of which the Omaha Bank for Co-operatives is a part, is the largest user of the nation's money markets, Johnson said. Last year, the system took in approximately (21 billion through bond sales, and this year the figure will approach $24 billion, he said. "There is no question of availability of money to finance farm credit," Johnson said "We will be able to get the money to meet the needs o responsible farmers. "The question is the interest rate. If the economy continues to move forward and recovery picks up this year, I believe that interest rates will continue upward in 1976." Johnson handles bond sales for 37 banks, including 1.1 banks 'or co-operatives, 12 land banks and 12 federal intermediate )anks. Oft th» Record ''Er, ah, I hone my banging on my ceiling didn't disturb yonr trumpet playing." DOT to retain employe cash incentive program By DAN PILLKR R*t littr Stiff Wrllir COUNCIL BLUFFS, 1A. Commissioners of the Iowa Dep a r t m e n t of Transportation (DOT) decided Tuesday to retain their employe suggestion cash incentive awards despite Director Victor Preisser's suggestion that the program has little value. Preisser urged (he seven commissioners who govern the DOT not lo spend the money, saying, "I think it is a waste." A total of $1,000 in DOT funds has been set aside for the awards. The funds would RO lo em- iloyes who submitted sugges- ;ions that would save money. The Highway Commission, the DOT's predecessor, started ttie program four years ago. Preisser, who became DOT director last January, said a study by his staff showed little savings in the suggestions sub mitted by employes. "And further, more money was spent in management, time investigating the suggestions than was saved in the suggest i o n s themselves," Preisser said. But Commission Chairman Robert Rigler of New Hampton who also was chairman of the old Highway Commission, said "I know we saved tens of thou sands of dollars with those sug gestions." Commission Vice-Chairman Stephen Garst of Coon Rapid: agreed with RigJcr and sug gested fhal (he program be ontinued, at least until the DOT staff has a chance to tudy all pay scales and raises under the merit employment system. Richard Johnson, DOT administration division director, ixplained another problem with he cash awards. "If we have five nominations, we would usually select one." le said. "So we would have one happy guy and four that were inhappy." Police probe lowan's death OMAHA, NEB. (AP) - Omaia police are investigating the eath of Mary Jo Smith, 19, a Walvern. la., resident, whose body was found Monday in a itch in the southern edge of tie city. Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Smith of Malvern, pparently came to Omaha sev- ral months ago. She had been un over by an auto, authorities aid. Acting Douglas County Coroner James Keenan ordered aV autopsy, and police began checking part of a hubcap ound near a point where Smith's purse was found Sunday. The purse led to the iden- ification of the body. Omaha police said Mary worked at an Omaha hamburger stand for a few days, and that she was evicted from her southside apartment last Saturday. Corrtctlon Information in the Sunday Register's "What's Going On? tL column on Aug. 24 for the Iowa State Fairgrounds is incorrect. Neither the USAC races listed or Aug. .11 nor the Sportsmen Special races listed for Sept. 1 will be held. However, the regu- ar Saturday night stock car aces will be held at 8 p.m. The Register regrets the error. i Fall 75 Special Selling . »39 normally $57 Wear now and into (all . . . tupplt and light yveight Maricaine, a washable knit of arnel and nylon ityled with flattering high cowl neckline and self lash. From a well known maker. Sizes 8 to 16 IIHIIII HVil I \l>! Stacked Up >.OQOQOO| High style footwear. Take a giant.step in the newest .shaped, stacked heels. Also platforms in the height you like. In black, brown. Men's sizes to 12. \ r .\ iobOOOOODOOOrv ^^ • U • • ^- • • • %^J • • • |^ Keeps America On Its Feet I • Merle Hay Mall... Des Moines, la. • Marshalltown Plaza. . . Marshalltown, la. • Kennedy Mall. . . Dubuque, la.

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