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Oelwein Daily Register (Newspaper) - November 27, 1981, Oelwein, Iowa News in brief State Three die on Iowa highways OTTUMWA Iowa AP Three people have died on Iowa highways in the Thanksgiving holiday weekend which began Wednesday night Two people were killed and four injured in a crash in Ottumwa Thursday afternoon when their car ran off a highway and crashed into a concrete pylon authorities said Dead on arrival at an Ottumwa hospital was Lundquist Roberts formerly of Galesburg 111 Randy Marriman also formerly of Galesburg was dead on arrival at University Hospitals in Iowa City The injured were identified as Bruce Ruberg 24 Maria Ruberg 30 Randy Tousley 22 and Troy Tousley 18 all of Galesburg Matthew Campbell 22 Ankeny died in a accident about six miles east of Reinbeck on Iowa Highway 175 Wednesday night Black Hawk County Sheriffs officers said Campbell may have fallen asleep before his car left the road and struck a steel fence Campbell a student at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny was returning to his parents home in Reinbeck for Thanksgiving Set trial in shooting EMMETSBURG Iowa AP The trial of Larry Johnson 25 Ruthven on charges of attempted murder and terrorism will be held in January or February in Palo Alto County District Court Judge James Andreason says Johnson pleaded innocent to the charges earlier this week He is charged with firing a samll caliber handgun at two Fort Dodge residents Gene 56 and Ken Johnson 53 at the Mud Lake Fur Farm north of Ruthven on Nov 11 while they were hunting ducks Larry Johnson who leases land near the lake for trapping was arrested by a state trooper who was hailed by the duck hunters He is free on bond Conlin reiterates candidacy WATERLOO Iowa AP Roxanne Conlin reiterated this week that if Harold Hughes is able to run for governor in 1982 she most likely will be a candidate for lieutenant governor But Ms Conlin who is campaigning throughout the state under the banner of the Roxanne Conlin for Governor Committee will not say flatly she would not run against Hughes for gubernatorial nomination Ms Conlin was in Waterloo this week for a citizens forum one of 13 she is having throughout the state Former Gov and Sen Hughes said last week he wants to run for governor but he may have a constitutional problem because he did not move back into Iowa in time for the required two years residency to be eligible for governor Family overcome at Des Moines DES MOINES Iowa AP A family of five was treated for smoke inhalation and possible carbon monoxide poisoning at a Des Moines hospital Thursday Fire authorities said some wires in a furnace overheated in a home on Des Moines south side and that plastic insulation around the wires caused smoke in house Mark and Patty Ross and their three children William Janice and Mark Jr were sent to hospital treated and released Minor damage was reported to the house Who stole Christmas trees DUBUQUE Iowa AP Someone has stolen about 100 Christmas trees from a park in Dubuque authorities said Officials said the Dubuque YMCA purchased the Scotch pines for resale and had left them at Marshall Park Tuesday evening The trees were gone when workers returned Wednesday although the park gate was still locked The trees would have been sold for to each authorities said Holiday bummer for turkeys By The Associated Press lowans got a real bargain on their Thanksgiving turkeys but the Iowa turkey farmers say they lost money on the birds Its been an economic disaster for turkey growers said Pete Hermanson of Story City who has beeen raising turkeys for 30 years and who heads the Iowa Turkey Federation Were get ting about 75 percent of the cost On the average it costs about 40 cents a pound to raise a turkey to a fullgrown gobbler said Hermanson who raises about 200000 turkeys a year Iowa farmers raise more than one million gob blers a year Turkey farmers ended up spending about to get the average bird to market Processors this year have been paying the farmers about 30 cents a pound this year The problem people arent eating enough turkey at non holiday meals Sambos laid off 10000 CARPINTERIA Calif AP The closing of 447 Sambos restaurants in 43 states and the resultant layoff of up to 10000 employees in an attempt to ease the chains financial crisis has left it with 667 facilities still operating company officials said Arthur Dowd Sambos vice president told The Associated Press Thursday that the closings were unrelated to a company decision Wednesday to consider declaring bankruptcy if lenders refuse to restructure the debt The November closing of 447 restaurants has laid off up to 10000 employees based on an average of 20 to 25 employees per restaurant Dowd said Sambos posted losses of million in 1979 million in 1980 and million in the first nine months of this year Last month the chain announced that it had failed to pay a million first installment on a million restructured loan Holiday death toll tops 100 By The Associated Press The nations Thanksgiving holiday traffic death toll climbed past 100 today with more than half the weekend still ahead By 3 am EST 109 deaths had been counted The National Safety Council estimated that between 480 and 580 people would die in accidents on the nations roads during the period A year ago there were 504 traffic deaths During a weekend of the same length at this time of year about 580 could be expected to lose their lives council statisticians said Americans traditionally tend to stay at home during the Thanksgiving weekend more than on other holidays For counting purposes the holiday began at at 6 pm local time Wednesday and continues until midnight Sunday The worst Thanksgiving weekend was in 1968 when 764 people were killed Two killed in airplane crash PLATTEVILLE Wis AP Two East Dubuque 111 men were killed early Thursday in a airplane crash about a mile from the Grant County Airport between Platteville and Cuba City The victims were identified as Ronald Armstrong 27 whose body was found about 80 feet from the plane and David D Riechers 29 whose body was found with a portion of the craft Grant County authorities said a hunter reported hearing what sounded like an airplane crash about 4 am but searchers were hampered by fog and rain and the plane was not located about two miles south of Platteville until 4 pm Unhappy with nativity scene PIERRE SD AP The American Civil Liberties Union says it will probably go to court to stop a nativity scene from being displayed in the state capital rotunda Gov Janklow sees nothing wrong with the depiction of the birth of Jesus and he said it is more of a seasonal decoration than a religious display But Evelyn Griesse head of the state chapter of the ACLU said It would be hard to turn our backs on such an obvious violation of the First Amendment separation of church and state International IRA plants bomb in car BELFAST Northern Ireland AP Authorities say IRA guerrillas planted a bomb in a hijacked car and set it off at a British army checkpoint near the Irish border wounding four soldiers and four civilians Police said one of the soldiers remained in serious condition following the bombing Thursday evening at the County Fer managh village of There was no immediate comment on the bombing from the outlawed Irish Republican Army which is fighting to drive the British out of Northern Ireland and unite the predominantly Protestant province with the mainly Catholic Irish Republic Typhoon Irma kills 176 MANILA Philippines AP Strong winds and huge waves spawned by Typhoon Irma killed at least 176 people on the main Philippine island of Luzon the official Philippine News Agency reported PNA quoting reports from government relief agencies said Thursday that 93 people were missing and 37 were injured The typhoon battered the Philippines biggest island with 128 mph winds Tuesday were the coastal towns of Garchitorena and which the news agency said were swamped by waves generated by the typhoon The waves nearly devastated Garchitorena a town of 20000 sparing only the home of the mavor Polish ruling Politburo proposes antistrike law WARSAW Poland AP The Communist Partys ruling Politburo has asked the government to submit an anti strike to Parliament the official Interpress news agency said today the Central Committee The speech was not immediately published and no other details were available Jaruzelski had threatened to push through an antistrike law if appeals by the party and Meanwhile police surrounded Parliament went unheeded by the firefighter officers school in Solidarity the first union free of Warsaw after 338 cadets refused to end a Interpress said Gen Wojciech Jaruzelski the party leader who is also premier and defense disclosed the Politburo demand in an opening speech to party control in the Soviet bloc Alternate Politburo member Wlodzimierz told the Central Committee that firm and effective means of action were needed because Solidarity had ignored the partys appeal for an end to strikes The Central Committees secretary for the economy Marian Wozniak in a report of the Politburo accused Solidarity of blockading all government attempts to save economy from collapse Wozniak said that national income would drop by 15 percent this year reaching 1974 levels and that Poland was faced with declining worker discipline black market speculating un VOL 305 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 271981 PER COPY OELWEIN Libyan hit men in US WASHINGTON AP US government believed to have already entered the United States security officers take very very seriously through Canada reports that Libyan or other extremist hit Quoting unidentified sources ABC said monitoring of the Canadian border especially in the Detroit area had been increased as part of a or other extremis hit teams might attempt to assassinate President Reagan or other top US officials sources said today The sources declining to be identified said reports were received last week that one or more assassination teams might infiltrate the United States from Canada or by other means There special investigation under the direction of FBI Director William H Webster The ABC report said FBI agents had been pulled off other cases and formed into a coun group to concentrate on finding were that these warnings originating Lib FBI officials in Washington were in the Middle East mentioned some six wouldbe available for commen on tne killers and listed their names Robert Wagus assistant district director for Accordingly security measures are said to have for he Immigration and been tightened by the Secret Service the FBI and Naturalization Service in Detroit said today he other government security specialists was aware of tnc increased Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and R f the Canadian border Secretary of State Alexander M Haig Jr are due to travel abroad soon and security officials are Wagus said the INS does not have the manpower especially concerned that these two high Cabinet to increase the number of agents on duty at the officers might be exposed to danger from other border He would not comment on whether those possible assassination teams abroad although who are on duty are on a heightened state of alert there did not appear to be any intelligence on The Libyan government has denied previous specific threats overseas reports that Libyan leader ABC News reported that Libyan agents has sent hit men to the United States in an had been assigned to assassinate Reagan and effort to kill Reagan and other high government other top high officials and the network said were officials Dramatic rescues at sea Changes planned for junction near Oelwein Iowa Extended Forecast Sunday through Tuesday A chance of rain or snow Sunday fair Monday and Tuesday Highs in the 30s Sunday warming to the 40s Tuesday Lows mostly in the 20s HAMILTON Bermuda AP A rescue plane spotted two men clinging to an overturned lifeboat today in the Atlantic Ocean east of here members of a crew that abandoned a West German cargo ship reported stormy seas The American tanker Chancellorsville which was in the area was expected to pick up the men and then continue searching for the 22 others the Coast Guard said in New York The Coast Guard received an urgent radio message Thursday saying the vessel was sinking about 215 miles east of Ber muda and that the 24 people aboard were getting into life rafts There was no further com with the ship officials said While one plane on Thursday reported sighting a flare in the vicinity there have been no sightings at all since then Coast Guard spokesman Lt by Solveig Larson Register City Editor Changes are being planned for the junction of Highways 3 and 150 two miles north of Oelwein the highway division of the Iowa Department of Transportation IDOT has revealed The IDOT told of the planned changes in a letter to Lt Stan Kuch commander of District 10 of the Iowa State Patrol in Oelwein Kuch had recom mended on Oct 30 that changes be made at the intersection to improve safety The REGISTER carried a series on Oct 24 and 26 about the junc tion Since 1975 and through the time the series ran the in has been the site of 30 accidents with 16 of them injury related A letter from DE McLean director and chief engineer of tiTE highway division to Kuch states that the Ames staff and district personnel were at the junction to review it One of their recommendations being considered according to McLean is to require all vehicles approaching the center of the intersection to stop In other words eastbound traffic approaching the intersection would be required to stop in addition to the present stops required for northbound traffic and westbound traffic turning south McLean out in the correspondence that this change would prevent the predominant type of accident which is occurring at this in ie right angle collisions between northbound traffic which failed to yield the right of way to eastbound traffic In the REGISTER study of the accidents since 1975 it was discovered 15 or half of the 30 accidents involved what McLean alluded to in the letter The IDOT engineer pointed out to Kuch if the recommended change is adopted and becomes implemented signs would be changed Signs with the message Cross Traffic Does Not Stop would no longer be necessary nor appropriate concluded McLean The District 10 Patrol Com mander had recommended to IDOT a flashing beacon be installed above the new sign that presently has the message Right Turn 30 MPH for eastbound traffic planning to turn south McLean said Kuchs suggestion has merit In the letter McLean went on to say We recognize that there have been problems with trucks making this maneuver Serious consideration will be given to implementing this suggestion Kuch had also recommended supplemental signs with the message Cross Traffic Does Not Stop be placed below the stop signs at the center of the intersection As McLean an the recommendation of adding a stop sign for eastbound traffic that suggestion was listed as not necessary or ap Adding rumble strips or warning bumps to the pavement before the stop signs was also mentioned to the REGISTER by Lt Kuch The patrol official was gratified that IDOT was planning to take some action about the intersection Before changes are com the IDOT commissioners must vote on the changes McLean was not available for comment Friday morning as IDOT offices were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday McLeans letter ended with the statement We will work with your organization in making those changes which will improve safety for motorists passing through this intersection Since the REGISTERS series ran one more accident has occurred at the junction The driver was injured in the crash The total number of accidents in 1981 at the intersection has reached seven all involving injuries Coast Guard spokesman Lt John Frost said the prost this morning planes noticed a large oil slick is the area He said three Coast Guard aircraft and a US Navy plane In another sea two Canadian would continue searching for survivors helicopters battled gales and rescued 26 people IOWA WEATHER Cloudy skies prevailed over most of Iowa Friday morning while skies were mostly clear across the southwest corner of the state Winds were northwest at 5 to 15 miles an hour Over night lows ranged from 23 degrees at Council Bluffs and 24 at Lamoni to 32 at Des Moines Highs Thursday were from 33 at Mason City to 59 at Burlington Winter Gov Ray has eye surgery MARSHALLTOWN Iowa AP Gov Robert Ray Friday successfully underwent cataract surgery and should return to his duties in two weeks Dr John The operation went very smoothly and we would anticipate a good visual result said Graether who performed the operation Ray 53 has had the cataract problem in which the eye lens becomes opaque for several years Graether said he performed an intraocular lens implant In that procedure he surgically removed the cataract and replaced the natural lens with an artificial lens made of plastic Full recovery will take about six weeks to two months but the governor should be able to leave the hospital Saturday and in about two weeks he should be able to resume essentially all of his normal activity Graether said Hell be doing some things in the interim but I dont want him to be doing any reading or lifting which would disturb the wound Graether of the Wolfe Clinic performed the operation at the Marshalltown Area Community College He said Ray was sedated but was not put to sleep He said the governor will return to Mar in two weeks for an examination and again about a month later Graether said Ray would probably need a new type of reading glasses The doctor said cataract surgery is one of the most common types of operations performed by Wolfe Clinic The clinic has performed more than 4000 of the operations since it started in 1975 The governor was accompanied by Mrs Ray and an aide precedented since just after World War II and attacks on the administration and the party Authorities set a 1 pm deadline for an end to the by 338 cadet trainees at the firefighters officers school and police cars surrounded the building but the officers took no action as the deadline passed The cadets began the three days ago to press demands that they be removed from the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry and that their school be included in an academic reform law now before parliament They also demanded immunity from punishment for their strike In southeastern Krosno a strike by 1500 oil field workers went into its fifth day today in an effort to change ad ministrative rules that will allow them to produce more oil The field produces about 2 percent of annual needs Most of the rest is im ported from the Soviet Union In the southern Silesian city of Chorzow Solidarity unionists met to decide their next step after declaring a strike alert in all the regions factories over the beating of about 20 union activists Solidarity officials said riot police attacked the unionists Wednesday because they were posting signs and painting slogans on railroad station walls The unionists were freed but Solidarity said a general strike was possible if the police go unpunished Boy gets new heart BIRMINGHAM Ala AP A Birmingham boy who doesnt know he got the heart of another teenager in transplant surgery is sore but in good spirits So far en University of Alabama Hospitals spokesman John Wright said Thursday Its kind of a thing Eric Boyd underwent a three hour operation Tuesday after doctors determined he had a heart disease a form of heart muscle damage for which there was no therapy and after a donor heart was made available The heart came from Todd Massey 14 of Columbus Ga who died Monday following a motorbike accident Erics mother Dorothy Wann said her son is doing fine now physically and emotionally He is handling this well The youth has not been told he has a transplanted heart A heart transplant is very scary for a she said For now we just told him that his pumping chambers have been replaced Later on when he can deal with it well tell him exactly what hap Masseys parents said their son had been so full of love that they had to donate their dead sons heart to Eric Boyd the doctor asked us if we would consider this I didnt even hesitate said Jimmy Massey The youths body was flown to Birmingham Tuesday The identity of the donor and the interview with the boys family was published Thursday in The Birmingham News Todd Massey died a at Columbus Medical Center of massive head injuries he received Sunday in a motorbike accident al an abandoned skateboard park near his home Todds father said the boy loved everybody and everybody loved him The spirit of his son still lives on HOLIDAY MIX Mike a kin student al Sacred Heart Elementary School in Oelwein whipped up a little something for the holiday Mike and other kindergarten students were making cornmeal muffins as part of a class activity A photo feature of he project will bo found on page 10 by Kichard Wilkin son Sports Tab theast Iowa Farmer which is part of todays REGISTER The first annual Winter Cage Mat Edition featur ing girls bas boys basketball and wrestling teams From all the schools of Northeast Iowa is part of todays REG ISTER Be sure to read the 28 page tabloid section an out standing ad dition to sports coverage by Sports Editor Rick Photographer Richard Wilkinson Inside today CONGRESSMAN TOM TAUKE helped President Ronald Reagan end a budgetary stalemate earlier this week See story by the REGISTERS Washington Bureau on page 2 LEW THIS THAT column will be found on page 5 For JOHN PUFF OH OELWEIN the cows have finally come home See feature story in the Nor PLUS City Briefs Funeral notes Hospital not os Crossword Comics Sports Briefs Today in History Editorials Daily Data
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