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

Des Moines, Iowa
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Friday, August 29, 1975
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Frl., Aug. 29, 1975 • DES MOINES RtOllftR/* Jury weighs evidence in cocaine case By NICK LAMBERTO A U.S. District Court jury started deliberation in theV caine smuggling trial of two lowans Thursday but was sent home' for the night after it failed to reach a verdict by 10 p.m. Joseph Patrick Carey, 26, of Booneville and Charles Eldon Gould, 26, of Des Moines were indicted by a federal grand jury oh charges of conspiring to import cocaine and of aiding in the importing of cocaine. David Keith Miller, 28, of Altoona also was indicted on the charges. He pleaded guilty last week and is awaiting sentencing. Key Witnesses The jury of eight men and four'women got the case about 6: IS p.m. Thursday. It deliberated until 10 p.m. - with a break for dinner - and was sent home by Judge William C. Hanson." Miller and his sister, Barbara Ann Kenworthy, 20, of De& Moines — named as a co-conspirator but not a defendant — were the principal prosecution witnesses in the trial. Miller testified that he and Gould each had put up $3,000 and Carey had put up $1,000 to finance the purchase of cocaine in Colombia, South America. He said he kept the $3,000 buried in a box in a farm field because he didn't trust banksi Kenworthy told how she carried 2V& pounds of cocaine in the hollowed-out heels of two pair of shoes. She was arrested in Miami. Fla., May 17 and later was allowed to continue to Des Moines with a powder substituted for the cocaine, according to testimony at the trial. When she arrived in Des Moines she indicated to Miller that "she was wired and told me police were coming," Miller testifited. Her husband, Steve Kenworthy, 20, who gave his address as 5800 N.W. Eighty-sixth St.. testified that a federal narcotics agent told him that his wife "saved my neck." Several Versions Raymond J. Gazzo, attorney for Gould, told the jury that Mrs. Kenworthy told several versions of smuggling the cocaine until she found one that satisfied federal officials. Hanson overruled -defense motions for a mistrial that con tended newspaper stories — including an estimated value o! the smuggled cocaine — could be inflammatory to the jury. When the men were arrested in Des Moines last May, U.S Atty. Allen Donielson called it the largest cocaine case in the state's history. Romaine Thorn ton, special agent for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, said the cocaine had a street value of between $200,000 and $2 million, depending on the quantities in which it was sold. Foreign policy hearings set WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday announced plans to elicit ideas on the course U.S. foreign policy should take in coming decades. Chairman John Sparkman (Dem., Ala.) said the pane "will conduct as many as 20 non-partisan educational hearings designed to clearly spel out the various options avail able to the United States." The hearings will extend over a period of monthsTwittT first one scheduled for Sept. 10 on public perceptions of foreign policy. ftEOISTlft PHOTO SY W. L. TAYLOR D,M, SHOOTING VICTIM DIES i Thomas Lee McConkey, 38, of Itoona, died Thursday about 9 hours after he was shot in he face in a parking lot of a Des Moines tavern. Police said they knew of no motive for the shooting and no irrests had Thursday. The victim remely critical condition at Mercy Hospital since the shoot- ng occurred about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday behind Sondy's Lounge, 2929 E. University Ave. Dr. R. C Wooters, Polk Coun- y medical examiner, said McConkey had been shot in the eft cheek. An autopsy will be performed today, Wooters said. McConkey was repairing s >ack door on the lounge and had gone to his pickup truck to let! some materials when the shooting occurred, police said, nvestigators said McConkey's wallet containing money was ound in his pocket. • PAUL LENEN Hospitalized after robbery Dorothy Sweeney, 65, a double amputee who is confined to a wheelchair, is placed in a fire department ambulance Thursday after two young men beat her with a hammer and robbed her of about $20. i Two beat, rob widow confined to wheelchair i By GENE RAFFENSPERGER > A widow, confined to a wheelchair, told police two young men came to her house Thursday afternoon, hit her with a hammer, and robbed her of about $20. Dorothy Sweeney, 65, of 2026 Meek Ave., told officers the two men entered her home on a ruse that they were newspaper carrier salesmen. She said one of the men threw a blanket over her head, and while she was covered, she was struck on the head with a hammer. Police cars converged on the scene and a short time later, an officer reported seeing a suspect running in the neighborhood. Detective William Wilson said an officer fired a shot at the suspect but apparently missed him and the suspect escaped. Sweeney was taken to Mercy Hospital for observation. Gets Phone Call She told Detective Wilson this story of the robbery: She received a telephone call from a man who identified himself as her paper boy and told her that he wanted to come to the house to talk about a subscription because the carrier was in a contest and wanted to get more customers. Two young men arrived shortly afterwards and one stayed near the front entrance and one went to the kitchen where Sweeney was. One of the men grabbed a blanket from a bedroom, just off the living room, and threw it over her head. A hammer, belonging to Sweeney, was used to strike her over the head. "We'll kill you,; 1 Sweeney said one of the men told her. The men then ransacked dresser drawers in the bedroom and emptied her/ purse. She said the loss included a $13 check and from seven to 10 $1 bills. Sweeney, a double amputee, said she was not knocked from the wheelchair. CallTblice Two youngsters, Paul Lcnen, 10, of 1532 Harding Road, and Ralph Bunce, 14, of 2030 Meek .aird arrives or Tokyo visit TOKYO, JAPAN Ave., told police they were playing next door to the Swce ney house and saw two men run from the house. The boys called police aftei they went into the Sweene; house to find out what had hap pened and Sweeney told them she had been robbed. Detective Wilson said one the officers fired a shot at suspect in the 1800 block Washington Street. Charles Bunce, DCS Moine Register and Tribune circula tion services manager, said th newspapers are not runnin any promotion campaign fo carrier salesmen in the area o the Sweeney home. Police said the two young sters described the men wh( fled the Sweeney house a black and about 20 years old. Mosquito battle DANVILLE, ILL (AP) Municipal workers entering the twenty-third day of a strike Thursday received permission from the City Council to man spray equipment to fight mos quitoes that may he carrying encephalitis germs. End open-water dredge spoil dumping, corps told By LARRY STONE TM Rtf llttr't OuMttr Writir The Iowa Conservation Commission, criticizing the Army Corps of Engineers for the way it handled a recent dredging project near Harpers Ferry, has called for an end to open- water dredge spoil dumping. Gerald Schnepf, chief planner for the commission, said the corps gave the commission only two days notice before dumping dredged sand on Jackson Island in the Mississippi River. He said the sand was dumped on the Iowa side of the river because Wisconsin officials would not issue a permit to dump it in a private landfill there. No Damage No damage was done to the island, he said, but commission biologists prefer to meet with the corps beforehand to negotiate disposal sites. Schnepf said the commission also objected to the depth of the dredging, which he said was about 2 feet more than normal. The commission adopted a position paper that called for and end to open-water dredge- spoil dumping, and an eventual ban on any disposal in the flood plain. Sites Recommended The, paper also recommended several sites where it said the corps should reopen side channels that have been closed by dredging operations. It listed a number of sites where cities, counties or private parties have requested dredge spoil for fill or other uses. These include: city and county ice-control sand, a commercial-residential development in Marquettc, a recreation area in Dubuque, county conservation areas in Dubuque and Jackson counties, and dike development at the Green Island area. Schnepf said these sites would have to be studied in more detail before any actual spoil disposal could , be approved. Philip Brandon serves Inver House on his private island you think get richei been made late had been in ex (AP) Dormer Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird has arrived in Tokyo for a one-week visit, say ng he intends to write an ar- icle on Japan. Laird, currently a counselor for Reader's Di- ;cst, met with foreign Minister (iichi Miyazawa on Thursday. Doctor testifies that Snethen told him he killed Hawbaker By DAVID YEPSGN The clinical director of the Iowa Security Medical Facility at Oakdale testified here Thursday that Daniel Snethcn told him he killed 18-year-old Timothy Hawbaker of Adel. Dr. Paul Loeffelholz, who heads the facility, made the statement during the murder* trial of Snethen, 25, who is accused of killing Hawbaker on Aug. 31. But another witness, Dr. John Garfield of Des Moines, a clinical psychologist, said Snethen once told him he did not kill Hawbaker. Fourth Day of Trial * The two doctors gave their testimony during the fourth day of the trial. A Polk County District Court jury of eight men and four women is expected to begin deliberations today after hearing closing arguments from lawyers in the case and final instructions from Judge James P. Denato. Loeffelholz said Snethen made the comment during an initial interview when Snethen was sent to the facility for psychiatric examinations and tests. He said Snethen told him the incident with Hawbaker began with a "minor accident" in downtown Des Moines in which Snethen and Hawbaker were involved. The two, along with Snethcn's half brother, got into Hawbaker's car and "eventually be- gan driving around and drinking," Loeffelholz said. ' "Words Exchanged" Some words were exchanged which led to anger and the patient (Snethen) began to choke" Hawbaker, the doctor said. Loeffelholz said Snethen told him he "grabbed the neck of his assailant," who eventually "went limp" and Snethen "realized the victim was probably dead." Loeffelholz testified Snethen "dW know the nature and quality of his act." Later in his testimony, the doctor said, "I have to come to the conclusion, while not being physically present, that he (Snethen) knew what he was doing" when he allegedly killed Hawbaker. Loeffelholz said Snethen knew what he did was wrong because "he told me he made an effort to conceal what he did" by trying to hide the victim's body and by burning the victim's car. Body in Cornfield Hawbakcr's body was found in a cornfield in southeast Polk County. Loeffelholz was called by Polk County Atty. Ray' Fenton in an effort to rebut testimony by Garfield, who had testified earlier that Snethen suffered from "paranoid delusion." Loeffelholz said it is "quite possible to fake mental illness . . . psychiatrists don't like that but, frankly, we make mistakes." Garfield had said it was "highly unlikely that this particular individual would be capable of suffering order." luccessfully feigning from a mental dis- Snethen Testifies He said that because the patient would have to learn about the disorder, and that because of Snethcn's "limited intellectual function and limited reading ability, it would be inconceivable he could read to understand any type of psychological test." Garfield said Snethen told him, "I know I didn't kill Timothy Hawbaker. [ haven't killed anybody ... at least not in the last several years." Snethcn testified briefly Thursday. His attorney, Mike Wilson, called him to the stand to explain a scar on his arm. Snethen admitted trying to kill himself. One of the defense strategics in the trial is an effort to prove Snethcn was insane. Tried Competency Snethcn was once judged incompetent to stand trial, but was later judged by another jury as competent to stand trial. However, court officials say competency to stand trial is based upon the ability of a defendant to understand the charge against him and the ability of, the defendant to aid an attorney in preparing a defense. • They say that although Snethen was judged competent to stand trial, that question has no direct-relationship to whether he was insane at the time of the crime. The trial is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. today in DC- nato's courtroom. Amtrak prepares for Labor Day crunch WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Amtrak announced Thursday it has added extra equipment to several of its trains in order to handle the expected crush of Labor Day travelers. Even though the added equipment will provide more scats for passengers, Amtrak urged travelers to travel Saturday and Sunday, when the number of passengers lighter. is expected to be Correction It was incorrectly reported in The Register Tuesday that Sow* ers Farms, Inc., of Story City had filed a petition for bankruptcy in U.S. District Court here. The firm has filed a peti- • tion in bankruptcy court for protection from its creditors while it arranges its financial affairs to pay its debts. The Register regrets the error. Questions and answers about new Freedent chewing gum Q« What is special about Freedent gum? A. Freedent is the only gum to be specially formulated so it will not stick to most dental work. Q« How serious is this problem? A. The Wrigley Company has received many letters from consumers who had the problem. People all over the world said they were very anxious to get a product they could chew. That's why Wriglcy's developed Freedent chewing gum. Q. How many pcoplchavc the type of dental work that may cause sticking problems? A. Over .10 million people in the U.S. alone. Q. What exactly causes the sticking? A. The surfaces of the synthetic materials used in the manufacture of caps, bridges, full dentures and other dental work do not retain moisture; they become almost dry instantly. So ordinary gum sticks. The Freedent gum formula overcomes this problem. Q« Does Freedent taste good? A. Freedent has a delicious mint flavor. The formula has no effect on the taste quality, so even people without a sticking prph-j Icm can enjoy chewing Freedent pum. Q. Where has Freedent hecn tried, and how well did it work? A. Freedent has become one of the most popular brands in Scotland where the Wrigley Company first introduced it last year. Consumer reports there continue to show wide satisfaction with the new gum and to confirm its non- sticking properties in actual use. Q' Did Freedent work for everyone? At During a five-month test, only one person reported that Freedent adhered to ;\ denture. (It turned out that medication for arthritis had roughed this pcrsons's acrylic denture and caused the problem.) Q. Has F'rccdcnt hccn used in the U.S. by people with a sticking problem? A. Yes. The Wrigley Company introduced Freedent early this year in nine west- ern states and the response lias been most enthusiastic. People have written letters praising Freedent for its non-stick formula and for its flavor. Rising sales of Freedent and consumer surveys also show that Americans want and like this new gum. Q. Is Freedent now available everywhere in the U.S.? A. The gradual introduction of Freedent into chewing gum displays across the country will be complete by this fall. Each bright blue pack of Freedent contains live sticks and costs 15r. New Freedent gum wont stick to my dental work!' "I had to-give up chewing ordinary gum because of the sticking problem. But Freedent, the new gum from Wrigley's, is specially formulated nol to stick to most dental work. So I'm free to enjoy chewing again. And I like the fresh mint flavor of Freedent. Everyone does." Try some yourself. New F'rcedenl in (he bright blue pack. You'll like it.

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