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Friday, November 8, 1985
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dateline Michigan Friday, Nov. 8, 1985 DETROIT FREE PRESS 18A OAKLAND BOARD RESOLUTION Expert urges action on teen pregnancies, infant deaths The world's highest teenage pregnancy rates and alarming infant mortality in the United States demand immediate, comprehensive responses from a society that too often tells teens that "sex is bliss without consequences," a leading children's advocate said Thursday in Dearborn. Marian Wright Edelman, president of the national Children's Defense Fund, said in a speech to the Council of Michigan Foundations that teenage pregnancy and high infant mortality rates in the United ' States are related and complex problems, but that they can be solved. The audience was made up of leaders of Michigan's largest foundations, including the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and representatives from area corporations. "We have inexcusably high rates of unwanted pregnancies, abortions and single parenthood" among teenagers, Edelman said. "It is adult society's failure to help teens weigh decisions at critical points that leads to this." There were 1.1 million teenage pregnancies in the United States in 1982, she said. The problem is serious for the entire population, she said, "but in the black community, it is a crisis that threatens the progress of the entire community." Edelman cited infant mortality rates in Detroit 20 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, double the national average and triple in some impoverished neighborhoods as evidence of the consequences of continued neglect of the problem. She blamed the "bankruptcy of our responses," which she said refuse to take into account the reality of teenage sexual activity 2 FBI probes net 8 arrests By JOHN DUNPHY Free Press Staff Writer The FBI wrapped up two investigations Thursday with the arrests of two men for bank robbery and six other men in connection with a heavy equipment and truck theft ring. A First Federal of Michigan employe and his cousin were charged with the July 13 armed robbery of $69,812 from the First Federal branch office at 21500 Grand River in northwest Detroit. Charged were Detroiters John Bla-lock, 32, and Volian (Al) Howell, 24, identified as Blalock's cousin. Blalock, a teller at the First Federal branch, made a key that fit the lock to a drive-up teller building, according to court documents filed in connection with the case. Howell and another man, identified as William Arlington, drove to the Advertisement 3IH f Marian Wright Edelman and the "confused cultural messages" about sex sent to teenagers. "One of the conflicts in our value .system is that we want our girls to be chaste and our boys to score," she said. "We send our teens constant messages through the media (and) through our rock music that sex is bliss without consequences." PROGRAMS TO COMBAT teen pregnancy and infant mortality need to do five things, she said: Better prepare all youths, including the poor, for adulthood. Build academic skills that lead to self-sufficiency and success. Stress the importance of "plain, good old recreation" for keeping teenagers constructively occupied and "too tired to get into trouble." Provide comprehensive teen health services, including referrals for family planning and pre-natal care. Educate young people, especially those who are poor, about family life and responsibilities. In an interview after the speech, Edelman said: "We need to place much more emphasis on prevention, not just contraception and abortion. There are no quick fixes, but these problems are solvable if we take community leadership. It's absolute common sense to invest in prevention." branch July 13 and Howell entered with the key and waited in a rest room, according to the documents. Shortly after 9 a.m., Howell pulled a gun on two women tellers who had entered the drive-up teller building with two metal cash boxes, the documents said. The major break in the investigation came Oct. 6, according to the court documents, when Arrington was shot in the chest by Howell at Blalock s urging. While being treated at Henry Ford Hospital, Arrington gave a state' ment to Detroit police, the documents said. The six arrests in the heavy equip ment and truck theft operation bring to 21 the number of people arrested in a million-dollar ring the FBI has been investigating for two years, said Jo seph Jackson, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI office in Detroit.. Orion Twp. prison opposed PONTIAC - The Oakland County Board of Commissioners went on record Thursday against a state proposal to build a regional prison in Orion Township. The commissioners passed, 18-8, a resolution critical of the study upon which the state based its recommendation to build a 548-bed medium-security prison on 92 acres in the Bald Mountain State Recreation Area. The board's resolution said the study largely ignores criteria developed by the state for prison site selection and includes "many inconsistencies." MT. PLEASANT Bank officer charged The Bank of Alma's chief loan officer here was charged in warrants Thursday with forging notes worth $1 million. Ronald Denslow, 37, is accused of forging and negotiating a pair of $500,000 promissory notes in the name of a Mt. Pleasant resident who was out of the country, authorities said. Police said Denslow, a bank vice-president, cashed a check in Midland before disappearing Wednesday. ADRIAN GM workers arrested Twenty-six General Motors Corp. These Detroit area roads will be closed or rerouted during the weekend, according to Michigan Emergency Patrol Inc., a volunteer group that monitors traffic and road contruction. Southbound Southfleld freeway from Tireman to Mubbard Drive in Dearborn I will be closed from 10 tonight until 6 a.m. Monday. Traffic will be diverted to the service drive. Northbound Southfleld freeway from the Edsel Ford Expressway to Michigan Avenue in Dearborn will be closed from 10 tonight until 6 a.m. Monday. Traffic will be diverted to the freeway service drive. Southbound Fisher Freeway exit ramp to Brush Street is closed until December. The right lane of the northbound Lodge Expressway from Livernois to McNichols will be closed from 6 tonight until 9 a.m. Monday. The center lane in the same stretch will be closed from 7 tonight until 9 a.m. Monday. Some entrance and exit ramps in the stretch also will be closed. Readies E xclusive Designer Suits its 18988 Valued at 4j s395 Created exclusively for Kosins Big & Tall. Choose from two and three piece styles. Made from l()0'r wool and wool blends. 40.XL-54XL. 350 Units Lathrup Village 26300 Southfield Rd. North Of lO'a Mile employes were arrested Thursday on charges of delivering cocaine, LSD and marijuana at the company's Adrian plant. Four non-employes were being sought. Lenawee County Sheriff Richard Germond said the arrests capped a nine-month investigation. LANSING $1.4 million winner Wednesday night's $ 1 .4 million Lot- to jackpot had a single winner, lottery' officials said Thursday. A computer check indicated that 296 people matched five of the six numbers for $916 second prizes while 11,423 matched four numbers for $29 third prizes. The six numbers were 7, 11, 12, 21, 28 and 30. SWARTZ CREEK Dump owner charged Charles Berlin of Grand Blanc has been charged with failing to notify officials about hazardous wastes being buried at the Berlin & Farro liquid incinerator in Swartz Creek between 1972 and 1979. Federal law requires owners of dump sites to notify officials of the site and to identify hazardous substances being buried. Berlin, part owner arid Either all northbound or all southbound lanes of the Lodge Expressway between Eight Mile and Telegraph in Southfield will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. every night through mid-November. All ramps between the Edset Ford Expressway and the Southfield freeway in Allen Park are closed until 1987. Lincoln Avenue east of Main Street in Royal Oak is closed until Thanksgiving. Beech Daly Road north of Van Born Road is closed until December. The southbound Novl Road entrance ramp to westbound I-96 is closed until Thanksgiving. Clarkston Road between Lapeer Road and Orion Road near Lake Orion is closed. Westbound Michigan Avenue from Evergreen to Outer Drive in Dearborn is closed, with a 1.1-mile detour. The eastbound Van Born Road entrance to the southbound Southfield freeway Is closed until 1986. Attention All Kostas Big & Tall Our expanded X-Long unsurpassed selection of L lassie Sport Coats Valued at $ $275 Available in a variety of colors and textures. Made from 100 wool and wool blends. 40XL 300 Units '"Where Fashion Reaches New Heights" president of a company that operated the dump, filed for bankruptcy in 1980. The site is being cleaned up by the EPA and the state. DETROIT 6 weapons seized Five knives and a karate star were confiscated from students during a weapons search Wednesday at Mackenzie High School. Police said five students were carrying marijuana, one had a bottle of liquor, and three people were detained because they were not students. The weapons sweep was the seventh since the start of the school year. DAVISON $1 million awarded A former athlete at Davison High School was awarded more than $1.3 million Thursday for brain injuries he suffered when his car collided with a train seven years ago. The suit by Russell Calleson, 23, claims railroad crossing warning devices were inadequate. Because of the injuries, Calleson has difficulty with walking and using his hands and with abstract reasoning, his attorney said. A Wayne County Circuit Court jury Thursday also awarded $50,000 to his parents. The money is to be paid by Grand Trunk Western Railroad and the American Association of Railroads. in bt lef B PONTIAC - Bloomfield Hills lawyer Ivan Barris, who apparently shot himself to death Oct. 10, left a personal estate valued at $600,000, according to his will filed this week in Oakland County Probate Court. His wife and two sons, Roger and Bradley, are named as his heirs. D WARREN Two Detroit men, Eddie Hall Jr., 19, and Terry Meadows, 29, were arraigned Thursday in District Court in Wednesday's armed robbery of the Tek-Ni-Kal Credit Union. Police said they recovered about $3,000 after arresting the men. Both were held in lieu of $250,000 bonds. X-Long Men T7TT Tl a Heights department features an the season's finest fashion Long-Rise Slacks Specially $CJC Priced From 15988 - 54XL Choose from a wide variety of our long rise slacks, in assorted colors. 32-52 Long. 600 Units Suit, 12 ( Ml. PtMunt tl . I Lansing -if I Ponllac At Detroit yUr I nMW) I Shop employes spoil gunman's quick getaway The gunman got the money Thursday, but two employes of a downtown shoe repair shop made sure he didn't have it long. James Ward, 63, and Eugene Mitchell, 44, of Dominicks Shoe Service, at 121 5 Griswold, gave this account: About 1:15 p.m., a man with a gun took $200 to $300 from the shop. They chased him to a waiting cab. Ward stopped the taxi driver from leaving while Mitchell pulled out the man with the gun. The man shot at him three times, shook loose and ran toward Woodward. Police said two officers arrested a man minutes later as he tried to board a bus. Mitchell said he was amazed he had not been hurt by the shots. The reason, police said, was that the gun was a starter pistol with blanks. They said a Detroit man is expected to be charged with armed robbery. Betsey Hansell 0 Dateline Michigan Is edited by Andrea Ford. D Call (313) 222-6600 with new tip and story suggestions. 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