The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 9, 1975 · Page 7
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 7

Provo, Utah
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Wednesday, April 9, 1975
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Page 8-THE HERALD, Provo. Utah, Wednesday, April 9. 1975 ^ Utah Cities Get Instructions On New Local Option Sales Tax SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The Utah League of Cities and Towns today is in the final stages of mailing out it recommendations to its 216 members, telling them how to prepare for implementation of the additional quarter per cent, local option sales tax. Bennie Schmiett, executive director of the league, said copies of the proposed ordinance passed by the state legislature plus a cover letter, were being mailed out Tuesday and today. Schmiett said both his league and the Utah Association of Counties are supporting implementation of the quarter per Causeway Declared Tax Waste SALT LAKE CITY (UPI)-A Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce official says the causeway across Great Salt Lake to Antelope Island is "a bottomless pit" for (he taxpayers' money. Del Brewster, chairman of the chamber's Great Salt Lake Committee, said Tuesday that money being wasted on the seven-mile roadway could be better spent improving the recreation facilities on the lake's south shore. "Millions of dollars are being funneled into the bottomless pit of the seven-mile causeway," complained Brewster. He said the state had promised the roadway to Antelope Island would be open on weekends this spring and summer, but the Park and Recreation Department has now pushed that date back to the fall when construction is completed. Brewster said it will be interesting to see how many millions are finally spent "to make some kind of access available to the island for a limited number of users.'' He said the southern shore of the lake is passed daily by thousands of persons. "There is ideal accessibility for the vast majority of Utahns and visitors alike. Many amenities are available for development and enjoyment on the south shore, but are being grossly neglected," Brewster said. Boy Slayer Is Placed In Custody OGDEN (UPI) - A 16-year- old Ogden boy, found guilty in the shooting-death of an Intermountain Indian School student and the wounding of the student's companion, has been placed in the State Industrial School. First District Juvenile Court Judge Charles Bradford said Tuesday both charges against the youth "were proven." Ruben Gonzales was ordered placed in the school here. Bradford said the sentence would be "evaluated" next June. Gonzales was charged as being a juvenile delinquent in the manslaughter death of Willian Warlie, 19, Big Pine, Calif., and the attempted criminal homicide of Lloyd Wyatt, 19, Reno, Nev. Wyatt, 19, Reno, Nev. The defendant had pleaded self defease to both charges. His attorneys said the science would be appealed. The shooting occurred Feb. 22 here. Police said the incident resulted from an argument between the victims, Gonzales and Gonzales' father, Jesse Gonzales. Warlie was dead at the scene. Wyatt was hospitalized for four days with head wounds. cent sales tax increase by the July 1 deadline. But the director said the local governments will have to advertise the proposed increase for at least 20 days, and it will have to be in effect by June 1—30 days before the implementation date—before the State Tax Commission can begin collec- tions. The increase, tacked onto the half per cent option sales tax passed by the legislature in 1959, would bring in an estimated $10.5 million to the states cities and towns. The collections for the first quarter of fiscal year 1976 would be returned to the communities by the State Tax Utah-Based Club Ponders Airlift SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) — A Utah based air travel club says it would like to airlift 100 Vietnamese orphans to Salt Lake City—if it can cut through international red tape. Officials of the Air Caledonia Travel Club said they would like to make a flight to Vietnam April 23rd. Jack Elliott, owner of two DC8 jet airliners used by the club, said the U.S.State Department had given tentative approval to the plan if the club can find an adoption agency that can place the children — and if the South Vietnamese government approves. Elliott said there appeared to be no shortage of familes in Utah willing to adopt children. He said the club had received hundreds of phone calls from interested people along with several contributions to help finance the $150,000 trip. Elliott also said several local nurses and doctors—including Salt Lake City-County Health Director Harry Gibbons—had volunteered to make the flight and take care of the children. "Flying over there and back is the easiest part of the whole bloody thing," said Elliott, a native of Glascow, Scotland. "There is no shortage of homes wanting children," the dub official said. "The problem seems to be getting a release from the Vietnamese government. Right now we are looking for an adoption agency that has 100 kids in Vietnam ready to go." Elliott said the club was negotiating with half a dozen agencies—adding that the most likely prospect was the Holt Adoption Agency in Eugene, Ore., which has been handling placement of many of the orphan immigrants. He said if the Oregon firm was chosen many of the children may not end up in Utah. "But as long as we get them out of Vietnam, what's the difference," Elliott said. Malpractice Insurance Issue Outlined for State SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The State of Utah may purchase malpractice insurance for its employes—or assume legal responsibiliy for any claims against them, Attorney General Vernon B. Romney said Tuesday. State Health Director Lyman Olsen asked for the legal opinion because some state employes have been concerned about the high price of malpractice insurance — which can cost as much as $8,000 per year for some types of surgeons. "It's an issue we have been trying to have resolved for years," Olsen said. "We wanted to know just how much the state could do." Olsen said some other states had refused to defend doctors in malpractice suits even though they thought they were acting as employes of the state. Romney said a "governmental entity has the authority to purchase liability insurance for the officer or employe.'' "Otherwise, the governmen- tal entity must defend any claim against the officer or employe arising from acts or ommissions committeed during the performance of his duties," Romney's opinion said. But the attorney general said the state is not liable for "gross negligence, fraud, or malice" on the part of its employes. Romney also said a state employe threatened with a law suit must inform the attorney general's office in writing within 10 days if the state is to assume responsibility. State Finance Director Herbert Smart told the board of examiners Tuesday it would be best to let the state handle any claims against its employes because the cost of the malpractice insurance was prohibitive. Olsen said he would discuss the attorney general's opinion with employes of the division. "If they are satisfied, we'll drop the matter," he said. "If not, we will.ask for permission to buy the insurance." Utah Murder Suspects Face Trial in Wyoming ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (UPI) — Three Utah suspects in the murder of a Rock Springs iron worker were bound over for trial Tuesday, one on first-degree murder charges and the others as accessories. Debra B. Taylor, 18, of Salt Lake City is charged with first- degree murder. Burl Malone, 34, and Lonnie R. Stewart, 21., both from Ogden, are charged as accessories. The trio was released under previous bail of $5,000 each. They are suspected of murdering Edward J. O'Gara, 35, Jan. 18 in a Rock Springs motel. An anonymous tip led deputies to the body along Interstate 80 near Green River. Authorities believe the body was dragged from the motel, and later dumped along the road. Justice of the Peace Ford Bussart said Sweetwater County Deputy Prosecutor Robert Pickett dropped accessory charges against a 17-year-old Ogden girl. Rock Springs Police had said the girl had phoned in the tip leading them to O'Gara's body. He had been shot four times. In IDS Church Probe Commission about Oct. 1. Schmiett said the league, the counties association and the tax commission met Monday with the Utah Attorney General to determine if local governments had the option of collecting only the half per cent sales tax and not the full three quarters per cent tax. Both the commission and the attorney general ruled they would have to collect the full three quarters per cent or nothing. Schmiett said his league is advising its members to adopt collection of the full amount, and if they do not need the additional revenues, to reduce other local taxation levies. Five Years To Life Is Sentence CASTLE DALE, Utah (UPI) A 21-year-old Wisconsin man was sentenced to five years to life in prison Tuesday for robbing a Utah Highway Patrolman of his pistol, holster, belt and badge. Seventh District Judge Edward Sheya pronounced sentence on Barry Anderson of Baldwin, Wis., one of two men arrested on aggravated robbery charges after a patrolman was overpowered and handcuffed to a fence alongside Interstate 70 last fall. Anderson was found guilty last month by an eight-member jury which deliberated only 45 minutes. John Buhl, 18, Capistrano Beach, Calif., the other defendant, pleaded guilty and began serving an indeterminate sentence in the State Industrial School this month. Trooper James Sauls pulled over a car containing two men last Sept. 29 west of Green River, Utah, to issue a speeding citation. He was overpowered and his gun taken. Sauls was then handcuffed to a fence and his gun, holster, belt and badge, along with other items, were stolen. Anderson and Buhl were arrested later that night after checking into a motel in Price, Utah, about 60 miles northwest of where the trooper was jumped. Feedback Sought On Zoning SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Salt Lake County commissioners want to hear from residents about proposals to zone adult bookstores and theaters out of residential neighborhoods and away from schools and churches. The commission listened Tuesday to two zoning plans which would restrict adult stores from operating within three blocks of a church or school or within 300 feet of any area zoned residential or agricultural. One plan would allow the stores in any area that met those criteria, while the other would limit them to areas zoned C- 3, a commercial zone. Assistant Planning Director Ken Jones said the C-3 rule might eliminate such stores from the county since he would think of no area in C-3 which is not within three blocks of a church or school or 300 feet from a residential area. Jones warned the commission the ordinance has to be carefully written, since if it is totally restrictive, it will be invalidated by the courts. He noted that any ordinance adopted by the commission, which said it wanted feedback from the community before taking action, would be effective only in unincorporated areas of the county. FBI Says No Evidence of Illegal Wiretaps SALT LAKE CITY (UPI)-A Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry has turned up no evidence that the Mormon Church used illegal wiretaps in excommunication proceedings against an advocate of polygamy. Charles R. McKinnon, special agent in charge of the FBI's Utah office, announced the results Tuesday of the second part of an investigation into the allegation made to the Justice Department "by a third party." The person claimed "telephones were monitored illegally and subsequently the recordings used by LDS Church officials," the FBI official said. "A full investigation by the FBI has been completed," McKinnon said. "That investigation has not revealed validity to the allegation." He said the federal agency plans no further action in the case. The alleged wiretapping took place three years ago in connection with an ecclesiastical court which excommunicated a Dugway, Utah, man for advocating polygamy — which the church has not condoned since the late 19th century. The subject of the alleged activity agreed with the FBI's report, also saying there was no evidence of wiretapping by the faith. "This whole thing i« founded on gossip and hearsay," he said. "I never made any formal charge against the church. I'm not fighting the church. There is no evidence of wiretapping, and as far as I'm concerned, it was a dead issue three years ago." "If anyone has infringed on my rights, it has been the news media, especially the Associated Press," the former Mormon said. "I don't know why they keep after it. There's just no evidence against the church of any wiretapping." Last summer, the Justice Department routinely warned the church against using illegal bugging or wiretapping in its excommunication proceedings. 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