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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 3

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Thursday, August 28, 1975
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'CREST'SEEN IN DORMITORY BED SHORTAGE HOUSING CoHttnued from Page One ' buttons," Branson continues. "However, since we have so few units of subsidized housing available, our priority ratings tend to favor nonstudents in most cases." Rousing Statistics The letter also sums up the housing situation by citing city statistics.' Since 1969, a total of 1,285 housing units in Iowa City have been destroyed — 330 by urban renewal, 548 by removal of Army-style barracks phased out by the U of I, 142 by the U.S. General Services Administration to make room for a new Post Office building and 245 "others," mostly by private developers. The majority of this housing was in the downtown/area or adjacent to the campus. The demolitions have, in large part, caused the shortage of cheap rooms near the campus that most students now are demanding, A Paradox The city also points to a paradox in the housing shortage: An overall increase of 1,662 housing units in Iowa City since 1969 despite the heavy demolition and a relatively insignificant increase in population. i Branson points out, however, that although the last student housing constructed by the U of I was completed in the late 1960s, the student enrollment has increased from 18,659 in 1987, to 21,271 in 1974. U of I officials expect enrollment to be about the same this year as last year. Branson also notes that private housing development in Iowa City "has been in a slowdown, plus the fact that increases in construction costs, taxes and utility costs have caused significant rent increases" for Iowa City tenants. Most observers have noted that the most serious problems are being faced by married students with families and foreign students who arrived here during the summer, not realizing the crisis situation. I Information Asked Branson is asking 'that the | regents keep the city informed "about the status of planning for future student housing. It is our desire to co-operate as fully as possible." Meanwhile,-U of I Vice-President for Administrative Services William Shanhouse said Wednesday that at this time the university still is not planning significant increases in new student housing. .5; Some discussion of student I housing at the three state universities is expected to take place at the regents meeting in September in Ames. The U of I, Iowa State University in Ames and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls all have had to cope with overflows of students hi campus residence halls. Shortage "Crest" Also, Shanhouse said, he believes the U of I dormitory bed shortage has "crested" as of the middle of this week. Shanhouse said, as of Wednesday, there were 5,880 valid dormitory contracts with 5,460 students already checked in — some 485 of them in temporary quarters. "We are now starting to move temporaries into permanent housing," Shanhouse added, noting there is a lag of about 48 hours in the process of moving. The U of I hopes to have all temporary dorm- residents moved to permanent quarters in from four' to six weeks. Thuw., Aug. 21,1978 • DE8 MOINES REGISTER / 3 MBOIITlM PHOtO BY OEOR06 CiOLLA Attorney for Clemens assails accusers, calls for dismissal Jack Musgrove, curator of the State Historical Museum, examines a mastodon bone found Sunday along the west bank of the Dei Moines River, south of Jester Park, by Ron Miller, 1215 OvW Ave., and Us fishing companion, Dr. Robert L. Pettit, of 2918 Thirty-fourth St. According to Musgrove, the bone is the upper end of a femur (hind leg bone) of a young mastodon, an dcpnaut-type aalnur that roamed what to now Iowa »ome 10,000 to 12.00C yearg ago. The ball Joint on the end ot the femur fits Into the animal's Up socket. Mnsgrove said the seams, or sutures, in the bone bad not all solidified at the time of its death, indicating it was a young animal. A billion meter* of lava from volcano MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AP) The Tolbachik volcano on the Soviet Union's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula has spewed more than one billion cubic meters of lava from its crater since it began erupting six weeks, ago, Tass reported Wednesday. Because of the remote location of Tolbachik, no residents of the peninsula are endangered by the eruptions, Tass said. Mastodon bone found near Des Moines Snethen defiant, profane in testimony at murder trial By GENE RAFFENSPERGER Daniel Snethen, charged with murder in the death of an Adel youth, was defiant and profane on the witness stand at his trial in Polk County District, Court Wednesday. At various points m his one- hour testimony, Snethen called Judge James P. Denato a liar, referred to his own attorney as "Mr. Baggy Pants" and used profanity in referring to Polk County Atty. Ray Fenton ind to Snethen's mother. Snethen covered his ears at one point, announced to the court that he would not answer any further questions, and threatened to tear up a document held by an attorney. He also demanded that the court appoint a "real lawyer" to represent him. Attorney's Question At the end of his questioning, Mike Wilson, Snethen's attorney, asked Snethen: "Did you kill Timothy Hawbaker?" Snethen answered: •"! don't believe I did." Near the end of his' cross- examination, Fenton asked: "Do you recall telling the doctor at Oakdale (the Iowa Security Medical Facility, where Snethen was taken for psychiatric examination) that you killed Timothy Hawbaker?" Snethen replied: "I ain't killed nobody that I can remember .... I ain't never killed nobody." A statement Snethen had made to police was introduced into evidence Wednesday, and bis mother tearfully testified of her love for her son and of his medical and mental problems over the years. Medical Testimony Snethen, 25, of Des Moines, ie charged in the death of Hawbaker, 18, of Adel, whose beaten and stabbed body was found Sept. 2, 1974, in a cornfield just southeast of Des Moines near the Des Moines River. Medical officials testified Wednesday that Hawbaker died from a blow to the head and that his body had nine stab wounds in the chest and several p u n c t u r e-burn holes in the back. Snethen was arrested Sept. 25, 1974, and charged with the crime. At the time of his arrest, he was a prisoner in the Polk County Jail on another charge. Police said he was on "weekend furlough" from a Den Moines halfway house the weekend that Hawbaker was killed. "Guilty Suspect" In Snethen's statement to police, he says his half-brother, Glen Foster, 19, was not involved in the matter. One part of Snethen's statement, as read to the jury, says: "I will say I am a guilty suspect in the case, but I can't admit to any murder or anything." At another point, the statement says: "The whole thing was an accident. I didn't mean it to happen, it was a pure accident." Foster testified Tuesday that he was with Snethen the night of Aug. 31, 1974, when they met what Foster described as "a kid." Foster said Snethen and "the kid" got into an argument In a remote area southeast of Des Moines and that he (Foster) left. Foster said Snethen later told him: "I think I killed the kid." Defense attorney Wilson argued at an earlier court hearing that Snethen was insane when he made his statement to police. 2 Competency Hearings Snethen had two competency hearings prior to this trial. At the first, a jury found him mentally incompetent to stand trial, and two months later a second jury found him competent Wilson has relied heavily on a defense that Snethen has suffered, mental problems for years as the result of head injuries suffered in automobile accidents. Snethen's mother, Darlene Foster, told the court Wednesday she is not sure her son can read. She said Snethen has served time in seven prisons. Weeping, she said that she loves her son but that last summer she found he was using drugs. She said that she saw a change in his attitude and that Snethen complained of violent headaches. Mrs. Foster said she went \o see her son the night he was fPICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Robinson Pharmacy has moved to Sun Park Fair Pharmacy. Prescriptions & records are now located at Sun Drug. We will provide you with the same efficient & courteous service that we are noted for. Rhon* 543-3618 PARK FAIR PHARMACY P«rkF«lrC«nt»r 2nd & Euclid arrested on the murder charge and told him that officers had told her that her other son, Glen Foster, was a suspect in the slaying. "Let Him Go Home" Mrs. Foster said Snethen then asked that police be brought into the room, and she quoted Snethen as telling the officers: "I did it, I did it. Let my brother go home." When Snethen was on the witness stand Wednesday, County Atty. Fenton asked him about previous statements by Snethen's mother, and Snethen snapped: "She ain't my (expletive) mother, and I've told you that before, and I: don't want you saying it again." Shortly after that exchange, Mrs. Foster, wiping at her eyes, left the courtroom. . During cross-examination by Fenton, Snethen repeatedly answered questions with ones of his own, such as "What day?" and "What boy?" Several times he said, "I don't know what you are talking about." Book Turned Over At one point, Fenton asked to see a book Snethen carried in his pocket, but Snethen refused to give it up. Judge Denato twice ordered Snethen to give the book to Fenton. "Will I get it back?" demanded Snethen. Denato ignored the queston. When Fenton told the court reporter to mark the book as evidence, Snethen said to Denato: "You're a liar. You said I could have it back." Denato also ignored that statement, and he made no comment when Snethen used profanities to describe Fenton and Snethen's mother. Hawbaker's father, Donald, and several other .relatives and friends of the slaying victim were among the audience in the small courtroom Wednesday. The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon, but Fenton told Judge Denato that he will call a psychiatrist today and that he might recall Snethen to the stand. By DAVID YEPSEN The attorney for Polk County Sheriff Dick Clemens, saying 'the evidence is clear this whole matter was instigated by couple of unhappy people" of questionable "credibility," asked the State Campaign Finance Disclosure Commission Wednesday to dismiss allega ions against the sheriff of financial wrongdoing. John McClintock, a Des Hoines attorney, made the motion before the commission at he close of the two days of hearings before the body. Rule "Shortly" Commission Chairman Charles Rehling of Davenport took McClintock's motion under advisement and said the commission would rule "shortly." He later said that 'the matter would be handled "expeditiously," and that he hoped ihe commission could meet 'within a week or so" to make i decision and compile a re- wrt. - , The commission heard the case involving allegations that Semens and his campaign 'ailed to report donations and n-kind contributions during the 1974 campaign. The agency is empowered to review such allegations and make a recommendation as to whether an accused violator should be prosecuted. Sources of Allegations McCiintock said in his closing arguments that while the testimony "might indicate errors were-, made," there was "no way to find any criminal "intent on the part of the campaign organization. During Wednesday's hearing, McClintock bore down on the source of the allegations, made by Clarence Dungan, jr., a former part-time deputy, and supported by Daniel Kauzlarich, a 'ormer Des Moines police officer who .was director of operations early in the sheriff's administration. Both men were fired by Clemens, and McClintock called them a "couple of former dis gruntled employes." First Debate This is the first time the commission has debated the content of a disclosure report rather than just seeking to have candi dates file such reports, commis sion officials have said. For that reason, the matte becomes of interest to politi cians throughout the state, they said; McClintock said the entire case against Clemens was "great injustice" and a "warn ing to anybody running for public office" that they "could be exposed to this kind of treat ment and made to respond to these kind of charges." This could discourage people from seeking office, he said. Denied Donations . Clemens testified that he did not receive any $100 cash contributions from either Kauzlarich, Mrs. Kauzlarich or Dunagen. The three had testified Tuesday they each gave the sheriff a $100 cash contribution. Clemens also testified that his campaign conducted several meetings that Dunagan and Kauzlarich attended where workers were told to report all contributions to the campaign treasurer, Diana Byerly. He said the two either did not follow that or were not telling the truth in their testimony that be personally took $100 contributions from several people. "Could Have" But Clements said he "could have" given $100 to Byerly to open the campaign account.' Clemens and Byerly both said they coujd not remember where the $100 came from to open the account. Clemens said it might have come from small contributions given to him while he worked at his Des Moines car wash. Dunagan had testified he gave Byerly the $100. Byerly and Clemens also testified that the campaign did not give out receipts for cash con- Gift Russ Casson, a Des Moines Mitcher, testified Tuesday he gave a $50 cash contribution to Clemens campaign and wanted o remain anonymous. Clemens said he was present in Casson's office when an en. velope was handed by .Casson to Dunagan, who was told by Clemens to turn it over to Byerly. By law, all contributions over 25 must be disclosed. Clemens characterized Kauzlarich as a "minor" figure in the campaign and labeled Dunagan as someone who was 'hanging around and not doing anything. He sat around and griped a lot." Didn't Worry Clemens said he had "never seen a copy of the disclosure law until this" and that he did not worry about the financial aspects of his campaign. "I should have, no doubt. I should have token the response bility," the sheriff said. McClintock's tactics during the hearing was to attempt U impeach the credibility of tbi witnesses against his client and to minimize what errors were ound. He first called Tom Whitney, state Democratic chair and a member of the County Board of Supervisors. Whitney told of a conversation he had with Kauz- arich in which Kauzlarich told him of "serious doubts he had about the administration of Mr. Clemens." Ours Exclusively HALSTON Collection For Men tributions. Instead, any cash contributions were recorded with the others, leaving the do nor-with. no-proof of a «ift-»—Hani he campaign. 'No Part of It" He said'Kauzlarich told him he was "dissatisfied with his role" in the sheriff's office. Herb Gates, Polk County )emocratic chair, testified ;hat Dunagan told him about :he alleged financial irregularities, and he said he told Dunagan to get an attorney. "Otherwise, I wanted no part of it," Gates said. Herman C. Hansen of 1500 E. Twenty-third St., spad he was a campaign worker for Ciamens and took the candidate around to several persons who might be potential contributors. tsen-said-he- is-a-former- DesJWoines police officer and currently works as a federal investigator for the Veterans Administration. "Kicked Oat" He said that on June 8 Kauzlarich told him he was "going to get the sheriff to resign or kicked out of office" so that Kauzlarich could be appointed sheriff: Hansen said Kauzlarich told him he was "going to get that sheriff out, and that you're looking at the next sheriff." He said Kauzlarich told him he was going to run for the office and that if he won Hansen would have a job. Filed Affidavit Thecommission's involvement began in the sum- mer when Dunagan filed an affidavit with the commission alleging financial wrongdoing. Because state law allows only an opponent, the opponent's campaign organization or the commission itself to file a formal complaint, the commission asked Polk County Atty. Ray Fenton to investigate Dunagan's allegations. After hearing a report from Fenton's office, the commission filed a complaint with itself accusing Ctemens of noi properly reporting the amount of cash on hand at the beginning of each reporting period, the name and mailing address of each person who had made contributions to the political committee and the total amount of tributions made to the committee and the oal amount of contributions or proceeds from 'any fund-raising event. Loses uniform to irate skunk Ttit dnlittr'i lowi N*wi itrvlM IOWA CITY, IA. - An Iowa City police officer found himself without a uniform Wednesday when he came out the loser in an encounter with a skunk entrapped near a residence here. Police Officer Tom Walden, answering a complaint call, was sent out with orders to shoot the bothersome skunk on sight but, before the mission was accomplished, the skunk took the offensive and sprayed the officer. Walden's boots and uniform had to be destroyed. In a request to Iowa City City Manager Neal Berlin for a new uniform for Walden, acting Police Chief David Epstein noted the uniform Walden was wearing at the time of the encounter was "more fragrant than good public relations would die tate." Walden, however, did shoot the skunk. Gallup, NMson to Information panol WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) President Ford Wednesday nominated pollster George A. Gallup and television rating executive Arthur C. Nielsen, jr., to be members of the United States Advisory Commission on Information. Cosmos 757 MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AP) Russia Wednesday launched Cosmos satellite 757. Cost of living in C.R. rockets Tin RMltltr'i Iowa N«m ItrvlM CEDA RRAPIDS, IA. - Figures released by the Iowa State University Extension service Wednesday show the cost of living in the Cedar Rapids area is increasing at a much faster rate than the national rate. The consumer price index in Cedar Rapids rose S.2 per cent during the second quarter of this year compared to the U.S. average of 2.3 per cent and was 11.6 per cent above last year's consumer price index in Cedar Rapids. A breakdown shows food prices soared 5.2 per cent during the quarter, transportation costs 4.7 per cent, and housing 3.3 per cent. The figures for Cedar Rapids are used to help compute .the U.S. cost-of-living by the Department of Labor. CLEAN UP ON THIS ONE! ABSOLUTELY ALL OUR PINE SUMMER FASHIONS NOW ON SALE AT FINAL CLEAR-OUT BARGAIN-BASEMENT PRICING! NOTHING HELD BACK! FAMOUS LABEL FASHION! JR. & MISSES! REG. TO $65. • SPORTSWEAR! • TOPS! • PANTS! • DRESSES! • LONG DRESSES! • COATS! • PANTSUITS! • SKIRTS! • SHIRTS! •SWEATERS! • SHORTS! • SWIMWEAR! ET CETERA, ET CETERA! VTSMFKKTS

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