Daily Republican Register (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, Mount Carmel, Illinois Grant application filed Tues. for semi - county sheriff's unit By Jim Bass If grant approval is given by the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (ILEC), Wabash County could have a Wabash Semi-County Sheriff's Police by m i d-s u m m 0 r . The grant application was filed Tuesday. What is the Wabash Semi-County Sheriff's Police? It would be an addition of four deputies and patrol cars to the present three-man Sheriff's Department. Plans are to use these deputies tobetterpatrol outlying areas in the county such as Hellmont, Keensburg, Allendale and Lancaster, with at least two men on duty every hour of the day. How much is it going to cost'.' "Without a grant it would probably cost from $12,000-$1,5,000 to add another deputy (salary, car and equipment) to the present department," said Wabash County Sheriff Bennie Wood. "However, for $3,42,5 the county will be able to participate in the ILKC grant which will provide salaries, cars and equipment for four deputies," said Sheriff Wood. The $3,42,5 represents five percent local participation in the total $r,8.48« ILKC grant, which will come from state and federal funds. Federal funds will provide 90 percent and state funds will roinid out the additional five percent. The grant will be renewable for three years. The county share will include uniforms, gasoline and personnel equipment (leather, weapons). The rest of the grant w ill provide salary money and four fully equipped police patrol cars. The application for the grant was submitted Tuesday with the Vincennes Trail Law FInforcement Commission (VTLEC), which is a regional clearinghouse for the ILI'X'. The VTLEC consists of a 12-countyarea in Southern Illinois. Jack Sanders is the organization's executive director. What is this going to do for rural law enforcement? According to Wabash County Sheriff Bennie Wood, house burglaries and thefts from rural homes have been on the upswing. "Insteadofpatroling a part of the county once a night," said Sheriff Wood, "it will provide a 24-hour patrol with deputies located in all portions of the county." Deputies, as it is now planned, will be residents of the patrolled districts of Be 11 m <)n t, Keensburg, Allendale and Lancaster. "The deputies will not be employed at the new Wabash County .Jail," emphasized Sheriff Wood, "they will be responsible for the patrolled areas. They will be on 24-hour call and will handle cases, accidents and then report to the Sheriff's Department.". Wood said it is planned to have the four new deputies patrol at least eight hours a day, with varied schedules. "The new Wabash Semi-County Sheriff's Patrol is meant to prevent crime before it happens, instead of just solve crime," said Wood, "and will give each village law protection they have not had in the past." Wabash County States Attorney Dale Allison, in talking about the grant and the service it will provide, said the county rural area is a hard place to patrol. According to the grant, there are 404 patrolable road miles, and a total county rural population of .5,150 persons. In comparison, the city of Mt. Carmelhas a total population of nearly 8,100. The Mt. Carmel Police Department has nine officers, including Police-Community Relations (PCR) Officer Allen Agers and Chief of Police Don Price. The city police have a much smaller area to patrol and, according to a survey taken earlier this year concerning surrounding cities of the same size, the number of patrolmen the city currently has is low in comparison. Presently, Sheriff Bennie Wood, Chief Deputy Wallace Compton and Deputy Jerry Shular are covering the rural expanse of the county. States Attorney Allison said the planned system would provide more direct surveillance as well as make it easier for persons to contact deputies and make the response for help come a lot quicker. Allison indicated Wayne County has had a program similar to this for the past year. And he said there is a lot of enthusiasm and praise for that program. New arrival... The Thursday Daily Republican-Register VOLUME 135, NUMBER 92 MOUNT CARMEL, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974 1 SECTION 10 PAGES 10 CENTS MITZI WEIGHED 65 pounds and stood 30 inches tall at birth on May 6, according to the birth announcement issued by Charles R. Jones and family of West Salem. Mitzi is the first buffalo born in this area for as long as anyone can remember and she is attracting many sightseers. At right, eight members of Buffalo Trace Council Cub Scout Den Six, Pack 482 visited Mitzi yesterday under the watchful eyes of a protective bull. Den mother Mrs. Jerry Showalter, at right, and assistant Debbie Altadonna accompanied the boys. (Staff Photos) Illinois News Gov. Walker sees Watergate smokescreens CHICAGO (UPI) - Gov. Walker has accused two Hepublican officeholders of trying to blunt the effect of Watergate in Illinois by attacking his administration. The governor told a news conference Wednesday Attorney General William Scott and Cook County State's Attorney Bernard Carey were starting grand jury investigations as "smoke screens for Watergate." He accused them of "smearing" members of his administration without any proof of wrongdoing, and abusing their authority by making accusations of criminality before the grand juries start their work. "Do either Mr. Scott or Mr. Carey have any sense of decency?" he asked. Asked if he thought Illinois Holidayland... FATHER TIME has asked the seasons to find their respective holidays and the first grade class at South School, under the direction of Mrs. Mildred Henager, obliges in the musical "Holidayland" to be presented Friday evening for the combined PTA meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. in the South gym. Mrs. Pat Moore will serve as pianist for the presentation. (Staff Photo) Twenty donors needed for Tuesday drawing Unless the Wabash General Hospital Auxiliary finds 20 mo donors, the scheduled drawing Tuesday, May 14, of 30 units could be cancelled, according to Mrs. Linda Effland. The auxiliary is planning on a total of 80 units from three May drawings. The May 14 drawing is a special "morning" drawing, beginning at 10 a.m. It is especially for persons who work afternoons and can't attend the regular afternoon sessions. The next regular 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. drawing will be conducted on May 22. Interested persons should call Mrs. Linda Effland at 262-7111 to make an appointment. Republicans could possibly divert attention from Watergate, Walker replied, "1 see a lot of evidence of Republicans here and everywhere trying to divert attention from Watergate." Carey and Scott announced jointly on Tuesday grand juries will investigate activities of the state Savings and Loan Board and two state environmental agencies. Scott said state Sen. Donald Swinarski, D - Chicago, had bragged openly that he controlled three members of the Savings and Loan Board, was responsible for their appointments, and was the man to see if anyone in the industry needed a favor. Swinarski, who raised some $75,000 to help Walker pay off the campaign debts, also had "clout" with members of state environmental agencies, Scott said. And he said there are indications that Samuel Booras, director of the Illinois Institute for Environmental Quality, had improperly intervened in cases before the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Walker denied that Swinarski was "close" to his administration, said he didn't know how much money Swinarski raised for him, and said Swinarski had not influenced his appointments. The governor said Scott was "late in jumping on the bandwagon" in the S & L case, because Walker fired or asked for the resignation of all three S (S: L board members when their relationship to Swinarski was discovered. Senate Levels Conflict Charges At III. EPA By JEFFERY L. SHELER SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -The Senate Executive Committee has charged ordered a subcommittee probe into conflict of interest charges leveled against Richard H. Briceland, director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The committee, in a unan- LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS Bellmont School Spring Musical The Bellmont School Spring Musical will be held at the Bellmont School gym Thursday evening, May 9. at 7:30 p.m. Route 15 Closing Begins Tuesday The District Illinois Department of Transportation Office in Effingham announced Tuesday that through traffic on Illinois Koute 15 between Albion and Mt. Carmel will be detoured starting Tuesday, May 14. This portion of Route 15 is expected to be closed to through traffic until sometime this fall. The detour route will run south from Albion on Route 130 to Grayville and then north on Route 1 to Mt. Carmel. Signs indicating the detour route will be prominently displayed. Delta Theta Tau Geranium Sales This Saturday Delta Theta Tau will sponsor the annual Geranium Day Sale Saturday, May 11. There will be 600 plants for sale on the courthouse lawn. Historical Society Accepting Items The W a b a s h C o u niy Historical Society will be accepting contributions of items of historical interest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week after 1 p.m. Items may be taken to the Grace Greenwood Building, located behind the Mt. Carmel Public l-ibrary or persons may call the Mt. Carmel Public Library and iten:is will be picked up. Death John H. Schmitt Weather By United Press International Illinois: Cloudy tonight, showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy Friday with chance of showers. Low 40s extreme northeast, mid 50s extreme south. High Friday 50s extreme north, 70 extreme south. In Mt. Carmel Wednesday the high was 68 and the low was 52 with .38 inches of precipitation. The Wabash River stands at 6.30, down .46 from Wednesday's reading. One year ago the high was 79 and the low 54. Extended Forecast: Illinois: Partly cloudy Saturday and Sunday, chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy Monday. Low 50s north, 60s south. High 60s north, 70s south. A Prayer for Today Our Father, we thank Thee for the Word. We accept it gladly. Now, grant us understanding. Evil is real. Persecutions come to all. Give us strength for the dif-ficuU days. Amen. Rabid dog suspect taken from pound after biting child Special Olympics participation is possible with local support An urgent request has been issued by the Wabash County Health Department for the return of a small, light brown, mi.xed breed dog that was taken from the County dog pound sometime on May 7. According to officials, the dog had been in quarantine as a rabies suspect after biting a four-year-old boy on May 3. If the animal is not returned by Monday, May 13, (the day the quarantine should end) the young boy may have to undergo a painful series of rabies shots. Officials said there would be no questions asked if the dog is returned to the health department. Thanks to the support given the Special Olympics Tag Day, sponsored by the S.A.E. Chapter oftheMt. Carmel High School, as well as the combined efforts of the Wabash County Association for Retarded Children, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, and Dr. R. L. Fuller, two local Special Ed. Classes will attend and participate in the 1974 Special Olympics at Carbondale, Illinois, on Friday, May 10. The students from Miss Karen Thomas' M I Class at South School, and Paul Medlin's High School M I Class have been training to bring back medals and ribbons in several track and field events. This annual event is sponsored by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and the SIU Recreation Department and supported by donations collected during Olympic Tag Day held here on April 6. Participants from institutions for the handicapped, shelter care workshops and homes. Special Ed. Classes, and from the community in general are traveling from the 37 southernmost counties of Illinois to participate in this year's Olympics. Medal winners will travel to Chicagoon July 11 to compete in the State Meet. The Special Ed. Classes and their teachers expressed a special thanks to the local Association for the Mentally Retarded, who is supplying the transportation, Delta Theta Tau for paying for meals, and especially Dr. Fuller for giving the required physicals, as well as the citizens of Mt. Carmel for their support. imous vote Wednesday, called for an investigation to determine if a pay arvangemenl in whiifi*^he former-f«derarRPA official receives both state and federal pay, violates conflict of interest prohibitions in the Illinois Constitution. An environmentalist group called Citizens for a Better Environment has filed suit in U.S. District Court charging that Briceland is still on the federal payroll in violation of state and federal statutes. Briceland held a $36,000 -a-year job with the federal EPA for two years before (Jov. Daniel Walker appointed him to the $35,000-a-year state post. The Senate confirmed the ap-pointmentearlier this year. Briceland has admitted to receiving $l,000-a-year from the federal government in addition to this state salary. He said he also receives retirement and other benefits from his old job, but performs no duties for the federal EPA. The arrangement, he h a s said, is provided for under the federal "Intergovernmental Transfer Act," which allows for federal employes to transfer to stiite jobs of a similar nature. He said he has maintained the (Please turn to Page 10) ' Servicemen's News C II E R R Y POINT, N . C . (FHTNC) - Marine Lance Corporal Gerald R. Ilorton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Ilorton of 404 N. Main St., Grayville, Illinois, was awarded a Meritorious Mast while servingatthe Marine vorps Air StJition here. A Meritorious M.ist is a personal commendation from his commanding officer. A 1972 graduate of Grayville Community High School, he entered the Marine Corps in October 1972. Key Club fund drive to assist County Sheltered Workshop First donation... DONATION OF the first $1 in the Mt. Carmel High School Key Club's fund drive for the Wabash County Sheltered Workshop was made to Club President Jim Pettyjohn (left) by Mt. Carmel Mayor Tommy Stroup. (Staff Photo) A fund drive has been planned for this weekend by the Mt. Carmel High .School Key Club to help the Wabash Count > Sheltered Workshop meet its 1974-75 local goal of $11,000. $11,000 is the local share required for the Workshop to receive a $39,000 state grant for the continued operation of the workshop which provides training and jobs for physically and mentally handicapped persons in Wabash Counts. At present, workshop clients make stuffed animals, ceramic items and are working on a contract with Thordarson-Meissner Inc. to salvage materials from outdated television yokes. In addition to a door-to-door canvass seeking donations, Key Club members also plan to contruct a stand for the use of the Sheltered Workshop during such activitiesas the fall Ag Festival and Ruritan Festivals. The club will also be assisting with the collection of aluminum and nylon for the Workshop's activities. Future expansion plans both in size and client number magnify the importance of securing the stiUe grant for the coming fiscal year. At present the woi kshop has seven steady clients. By .luly 15 plans call for 10 to 15 clients with another increase to 25 clients by September 1. Along with the increase in clients served, the center is planning to move from its present location at (iUi .Market Street to the larger facilities of the former C'o-l'".d Cue Building, by July 1. There are (¡(i persons in Wabash County on the list to be interviewed foi- possible admission in the Workshop's programs. Money received in the local fund drive and from the state grant would be used to pay for the move, for staff inci-eases, more equipment and highei- wages for the handicapped woi kei s. In addition to the funds collected by the.MCllS Key Club, other public donations and a con t r i b u t i oti f i-om the Workshop's sponsoring agent, the Wabash County .Association For HetardedChildren, are also expected to help meet the $11,000 needed to match state grant funds.