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f IQWA NEWS Des Koines, Iowa, »Sunday Morning, July 27, 1969 Local News Section MEDICAID CHECK DOCTORS COURTS KEEP SPEEDERS ON ROAD:FULTON Cut Speed to Avoid License Suspension By Nick Lamberto Public Safety Commissioner Jack M. Fulton thinks some courts are reducing speeding charges to avoid suspensions ol drivers' licenses. "That's about the only con- elusion you can come to when you look at some of the reversals and reductions in higher courts," Fulton said Saturday. Since June 1, 1968, the Public . Safety Department has suspended the licenses of drivers convicted of speeding more than 16 miles an hour over the speed limit. Said Fulton: "We're concerned about the number of reversals by higher courts when it appears obvious on the surface that the sole reason was because of the effect a conviction at a higher rate of speed would have on a person's driver's license. "The same thing happened when the cutoff figure was 21 miles an hour — when a license was suspended for speeding that much above the limit. The charges frequently seemed to be just below the 21 figure," Fulton said. "I'm going to ask all the police and sheriff's departments of the whole state to send us a report directly of a serious violation at the time the ticket is issued: , "The law allows us to suspend the license for any serious violation, not specifically for 16 miles an hour over the speed limit. "But we deem 16 miles over the limit to be prima facie evidence of a serious violation. . . Arresting Officers Absent "I'm concerned that in some cases where the speed has been reduced in court that the arresting officers may not even be there to give testimony," he said. "The court could determine, I suppose, that the evidence, was insufficient to prove the driver was going 55 miles an hour but sufficient to prove he was going 45." Fulton said he wasn't only concerned with reversals of «peeding charges by higher courts but also by possible reduction of speeding figures in lower courts "to accommodate the 16-mile-an-hour figure." Several lower court judges have complained about rever- FULTON- Please turn to Page Seven RAPE ATTEMPT AT ASHWORTH A Drake University coed told | police a man armed with a knife attempted to assault her in Ashworth Park Saturday afternoon. Saturday's incident took place in the same vicinity and' at about the same time of day | that a Des Moines woman was raped less than a month ago. ! The 20-year-old coed said she , and a girl friend were taking a stroll along a secluded path 300 yards south of the park's swimming pool about 3 p.m. when a voice from behind them ordered the pair to put up their hands. The girls turned around and saw a man described as between 22 ud 35 years of age, 5 feet, I teches tall, wearing a mesh stocking over his face, a T-shirt and blue jeans. The man forced them off the path with a knife and grabbed at the Drake coed, the girls told police. The coed's companion screamed and the man fled back towards the swimming pool, police said. On July 5, at about 3:30 p.m., a 28-year-old Des Moines woman was raped within 100 yards of the location where Saturday's incident took place, REGISTEK PHOTO BY LARRY NEIBERGALL Swingin' at the Swimmin' Hole When July's heat sizzles, Bob Clark, 15, of 4200 S.E. Twelfth st., Des Moines, has a cooling off process that even beats air-conditioning. Clark demonstrated recently by swinging riverward to join his friends in the clear, cool water of Middle River east of U.S. Highway 69 north of Indianola. The river, which runs through Banner Mine Public Recreation Area—an old strip-mining region—is a popular Warren County swimming spot. Derring-Do At Dentist's (The Register's Iowa News Service) BAYARD, I A. - Courage, for a 7-year-old, is setting a good example for your 4-year-old brother when you have to go to the dentist. Mrs. Richard Vaughn of Bayard was instructing her sons, Tommy, 7, and Doug, 4, before their grandmother toolHhem to the dentist. She told Tommy to let Doug see the dentist first because if Tommy cried, Doug would be sure to. Tommy, however, flatly told his mother: • "I'm going first. I won't cry. I may shiver a bit, but I won't cry." CROCHETED FLAG .(The Register'! low* Newt Service) NORTHWOOD, IA. - Mrs. Eno Hendrickson of North wood has hand crocheted a flag which she started in February and finished Sunday in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts. CITY LASHED Need to Upgrade 'PEER REVIEW' BY STORM AS »-M- PoKce Cited® PAYMENTS SIRENS WAIL Funnel Sighted at Following i.s the first of two articles analyzing a recent comprehensive study of problems in Ihr DPS Moines Police : Department. By Stephen Seplow - _ e - _ ^ "Sincp a police operation is expensive, and because so much l-«55 and 1-80 depends on the quality of the personnel, it is obvious that only the very best should be selected for police positions, that they should be trained adequately, that they should be properly moti- By Maury Levitt The sound of sirens alerted e soun o srens aerte ... . ........ - . . -• , Dos Moines residents to the re- vatcd " nri fairly disH l )lill( ' (l - ;)ntl th: " lh(> > - shmil(l b « a(lviinmi turn of vicious, jittery storm aml ™ m l )ptls "" >(l '" ' w.th the soundest 'known prin- weather Saturdav afternoon. ' .i.j . . ., , , • , i ., , , , , I hat is the ymil laid nut in ihc recently completed sudy of 'Acting on instructions of the ,(„, | )(VS M,,j ncs 'p,,|k T Dqwmienl by the'lniernalional Associ- Weather Bureau, we sounded .„„,„ of Chicfs „, Po | i(r the sirens at 5:47 p.m. for a duration of five minutes," Po- Willingness to Chi.nge lice Sergeant Irvin Thompson Some important innovations have been made to meet that said. goal, and the report notes a clear willingness of the part of Chief The Weather Bureau said the ; Wendell Nichols and the city administration to make more. closest sighting to DCS Moines! But, * ne report makes obvious (hat while Des Mnines has a was given by a service station |8 ood P°li ce force— even better than good in some respects the at the Intersection of Interstates 8° a! of excellence has not been achieved. " E — '"* ! 35 and 80. The Weather Bureau said they advised police to sound the alarms before they were able to confirm the service station sighting because of inadequate time. Two area residents were hos- . There are some 270 men on the police force and most of what is known about them is agonizingly superficial. Companies that sell newspapers or insurance know more about the id and the ego and the motivation of their employes than does the police department. And this is troubling to a lot of people, including the experts who wrote the report, because policemen deal daily with life's most delicate situations. They carry guns and they legal- satisfactory condition Saturday night at Northwest Hospital. Tornado Activity Weather Bureau officials said a confirmed sighting of a tor-j nado touching ground was made i at Battle Creek at 3:05 p.m. j ww area residents were nos-i , . . .7 —' * B — — pitalized when a tree fell on their j ly can shoot pcople '" lhe course ol a da y' s work automobile at Thirty-seventh! "^ ne f' aw in the selection system (for new recruits i is the street and Grand avenue duringi ' acl{ of an y psychological or psychiatric examinations" the re- the storm. P ort sa y s in appraising the Des Moines police department. Marian-and Mildred Moffitt,: Actually, the report goes on, some standard psychological both of 525 Fourteenth st., West tests are i' ven at tne Police Academy, hut "they are not pro- Des Moines, were reported in cessed by a psychologist or psychiatrist at this time." Neither, says Chief Nichols, are the routinely-given I.Q. tests examined by competent specialists. "We can no longer afford to appeal only to those who arc impressed by a uniform, the security and benefits, or the com- araderie of police service," the report states, and it recommends: . —w.^ v,.w,.i» ai ".</« p.m. The immediate institution of written psychological tests, the The Weather Bureau traced results of which should be available to the examining physicians. the funnel's activity northward In addition, no one should be allowed on the force with an I.Q, of along the west side of Fort uruler HO. Dodge to Lehigh, where it was Nichols agrees. He says he would like to use the psychiatric again reported to have dipped to and I-Q- tests, "but at. present there i.s nobody to interpret the ground at 3:25. them." Locally, rain was reported to! He is forced to ignore the tests now he says, because the city be .88 of an inch, and reached! simply doesn't have the personnel to read them accurately. 2.6 inches in one hour at Ames, No Place For the Unfit, the Unstable, the Righteous Bullies He adds, however, that even without the tests most of the recruits unfit for police work are weeded out during the first year of service, which is probationary. The report, incidentally, 2.25 inches at Okoboji, 2.07 at Spencer and 2.75 inches five miles northeast of Hartley. j Dispatchers at Des Moines Fire Department headquarters said they were deluged by an average of seven calls a minute during the sounding of the sirens. Police reported that water was standing knee-deep between Grand avenue and Locust street in the 400 block. suggests that the probation period be extended to 16 months. Over the Coffee* 'Attract Tourists With 'A Typical Iowa Farm* j By James Ney I (Register Slall Wriler) • • ! WILTON JUNCTION, 1A. - A new tourist attraction has! opened here: A real honest-to-goodness Iowa farm. ; ; Travelers who had never looked over a farming operation—I and some who had — detoured ' |off Interstate 80 to stop at the headed the women's committee, iMelvin Hansen farm two miles spearheading the tour, said the ; n o r t h of the I Wilton Junction interchange. The farm had been billed as ; "a typical Iowa farm" by the Cedar County: real IFarm Bureau. Hansen and,,,. about 42 Farm Bureau mem- ! holdl "g a l ° ur of , * tv P lcal farm idea germinated last winter. ' "We were talking about it and we thought there must be a lot of city people who don't know where their meat and ce- come from. We decided bers served as tour guides for three days. Farm Bureau women served "good Iowa food" at "non-profit" prices. Tell Story It was all done to tell the story of the Iowa farm to city people who might not realize where a significant portion of | their food supply comes from. Mrs. Clair Nebergall, who ° u d be informative for Posters and brochures telling of the tour were placed in Interstate 80 rest areas, motels, filling stations and restaurants along the way. The women, with the help of the Iowa Farm Bureau, sent FARM^lease turn to Page four V Who is unfit to be a policeman? "Docs a guy want to strap on a big gun, pin on a badge and use his authority?" asks Nichols. "Then this is the guy 1 don't want. We don't want any self-styled righteous bullies." And as a matter of fact, Nichols says, one of every 8 re- All of Iowa with *h Cruits is dismissefi durin g his firs t year 'for not having the psy- «.n L f h ,h , .° X " thol °g ita l stability to be a police officer. cepuon of the southeast portion, That may be so, but the report emphasi/es that the DCS WEATHER- Moines police department uses no reliable guide to measure the Please turn to Page Three por irr m , , » ' UMLn— P/po.se turn to / J n</c- Four CITE DELAYS IN POWER REPAIR Hundreds of DCS Moines residents were without electrical '. power following Saturday | night's storm, some for several ' hours. Matters weren't helped when many of Iowa Power and Light Company's emergency crews were delayed in reaching the trouble spots because repairmen were attending the com- 1 pany's annual picnic at Riv-l erview Park when the storm broke. ' The 3400 block of Ravina drive received unusually slow service during the storm, police reported. The Fire Department sent a truck and three men to the scene at 5:44 p.m., they reported. A Fire Department dispatcher notified the power company of the trouble shortly after 6 p.m. To protect residents of the area from exposed high voltage lines, the fire crew remained at the scene until 7:41 p.m., a dispatcher said. At 7:15 p.m., a police officer was called to tne scene to lend assistance, and he waited for two hours until crews arrived about 8:15 p.m., police said. Police dispatchers said they notified the power company "a half-dozen times" about the problem, but to no avail. A spokesman for' the power company could give no reason Saturday night for the lengthy delay in the arrival of repair crews. The Moon, I Presume?' O NLY RARELY in the field of human endeavor does an event manage to capture the universal attention of mankind. Charles Lindbergh flying across the Atlantic. Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel. Sir Edmund Hillary climbing Everest. Last week saw such a time, such an event. Hushed multitudes gathered before their television sets to follow the epoch and national commentators philosophi/ed on ultimate meanings. A single question burned in the hearts and minds of the American people: Given the existing conditions, was a safe return possible? And then, at last — triumphantly, gloriously — the question was answered. The safe return was a, reality. S O MUCH for Joe Namath's decision to sell his saloon and return to professional football this fall. We can all sleep a little more soundly in our beds tonight, knowing Pete Rozelle is commissioner of the National Football League. The man is a credit to his race. The Namath affair brought to a successful conclusion, it was possible for the rest of us to turn our attention to the more general run of news — like Apollo II, for example. I've never been much of a fan of space travel (on the theory that any trip that requires more than two suitcases isn't worth the effort) b u t those guys walking around out there on the surface of the moon were really something; a truly mind- boggling event. One could even sympathize with the woman who called the paper to announce that the whole thing was a gigantic put-on, that it wasn't really happening. But would Walter Cronkite lie? No, it really happened and things will never quite be the same because of it. T HE MOON walk was a convincing demonstration that the space program was worth the 24 billion bucks we spent on it. 1 mean, if we can afford to spend $31 billion every year on turning corners in Vietnam, $24 billion for a look at two guys romping on the moon is a bargain. Of course, there are those who claim, with some justice, that compared to Vietnam anything is a bargain, even Spiro Agnew. But this fact remains — if you spent the $24 billion for ... say . . . feeding the hungry poor, what would you have? A lot of fat poor people. This way we got a great COFFEE- Please turn t<) Page Two OVER $15,000 Received Top Sums In Iowa , By .lorry S/.umski Only n Iowa medical doctors uill undergo "peer review" of their payments from Medicaid, accurding to I) r. K 1 m e r .Smith, chief of medical SCTV- i c e s in the Slate Depart-i ment of Social Services. D r. Smith said only doc-1 tors who received $15,000 or m ore from Medicaid in 1968 are scheduled for "peer review" by committees of doctors appointed by the Iowa Molical Society, a professional organization. Medicaid is a state-federal program paying doctor, hospital, drug and other bills for the aged, disabled and poor. Dr. Smith said the society considered a $10.000 cut-off but decided on $ IS. (ion. t'.Jiist 1,1 are in that category," he said. . Too F.xut'iisive The Department of Social Services is letting professional organisations handle "utili- sation reviews" required since July 1 by the federal government. Officials say the department can't, afford the cost of a state system of policing payments. Federal law requires stales to make sure Medicaid money is properly spent. Iowa chose to do this by letting professionals check their peers. Dr. Smith said of the $15,000 gauge for medical doctors: "You have to start somewhere. Because it's a new thing, comparatively, you want to do it correctly." He said in the future more thorough reviews will be done with computer assistance. Dr. Smith said the Iowa Osteopathic Society also has decided on a $15.000 "peer review" level. He said he doesn't know what amounts other professional organizations have chosen as bases for review. The Iowa Dental Association used $12,000 as a starting point, checked samples of 17 dentists' Medicaid bills last weekend anil said "no evidence of fraud" was found. The samples were selected by the; dentists under review. After the review was criticized as too soft, association officials" revealed "sev- MEDICAID- Please turn to Page Six STORE HELD UP, POLICE NAB 3 i Three bandits robbed the Hin- ky Dinky store, 2700 Ingersoll a v e . , of an undetermined amount of money Saturday afternoon and police arrested three suspects within an hour. Charged with armed robbery were Delbert Richardson jr., 22, who gave . his address as 1215 Fourteenth st., and George W. Carter, jr., 26, who said he lives at 946 Sixteenth st. A 17- year-old youth arrested was turned over to juvenile authorities. i Police said three bandits | entered the store at .approxi- j malely 3 p.m. and demanded ; money from Marty Emanuel, ! a cashier. i Store employes told police the bandits were armed with a re; volver and a sawed-off shotgun. ; They fled in a car, and police quickly gave chase to an auto matching the description of the getaway vehicle. Within minues, 21 city police and county lawmen responded to {he alert and converged on Woodland Cemetery after the suspects abandoned the car. , Two of the suspects were ; caught in the cemetery and the ' third was arrested a short time ,later.

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