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Gazette Weekly (Newspaper) - May 17, 1978, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa City police no longer punching bags By Ford Clark Gazelle correspondent IOWA CITY A warning to anyone who might throw a punch at an Iowa City or Coralville Police of ficer You may not only end up in you could very easily end up in court being sued for Says Harvey Iowa City police chief This is not a declara tion of but the days when you e could attack a police officer and ex pect nothing more than a jail sen tence are As police we are public not public What this means is that if you bring charges against an Iowa City police officer you had better be able to prove or face the strong possi bility of a And if you at tack an Iowa City police officer you must face the possibility that if that officer is injured or you could easily face a civil suit for hun dreds of thousands of As police chief would he encour age such lawsuits by his officers As a public said I cant encourage such its but I will not discourage I am now in the process of drafting a memo for consideration by the city asking whether the city could join a police officer in a suit filed against a private citizen who has physically abused an Because if an officer loses time on the or is then the city is It has lost a valuable City attorney John Hayek said his office regards any attack on a police officer as a very serious mat ter and we will give any such memo from the chief considerable In the are any Iowa City officers thinking of filing a civil suit against any private individuals for damages I would not care to name the spe cific cases as they are still in the said But I know of at least two separate cases in which I am confident our officers will file for civil There will be considerable sums of money in Iowa City police officer Bill Kid expressed many of the same Weve decided that as police officers were Now as a policeman I expect a cer tain amount of physical but there is nowhere in my oath that it says I have to suffer physical damage just because I wear a blue You the old rules you thump I thump But now the rules seem to you thump Im supposed to pat you on the no the days of working someone over in a back room are and thats a good But it works both Would he sue if someone assault ed him in the line of duty and caused him serious injuries In a said officer What it comes down is more and more police officers are here I take my I will be pushed no Coralville Police Chief Robert It really is a twoway Our after do not get paid to get They are paid to protect private and if in doing so they receive a per sonal then I think the city should consider entering and filing a lawsuit against the lawbreaker as Not that serious study shouldnt be given before taking such but I as do most police that the day when you can go around slugging police of ficers or trying to knock them down with a and expect no more trou ble than a jail those days are Miller admitted that it might be possible for an officer to file a false or misleading report with the idea of Harvey Miller making money out of a civil suit later I think the chances of it are Reports are checked too care plus the officer knows he would face instant dismissal if it could be shown that his account of an incident did not fit the facts of the Miller The fact that police can file such suits may come as a surprise to most as it did to several inter viewed in Iowa City Said one Iowa Gail I didnt even know they could do such a I guess I just always figured that the chance they police might get beat up was just part of the While expressing the same sur prise that such a civil suit could be filed to collect Carl Gal rural Iowa City I guess that the cops are starting to think they have the same civil rights as anyone And I guess maybe they do if they can But Miller has the last What it comes down is that in creasingly police officers are saying We are as good as anyone we have the same rights as anyone We are here to serve the citizens of Iowa but we are not here to serve as punching Survey shows farm families AMES AP A general profile of Iowa farms shows the families are satis not dependent on off farm and the opera tions are not The median age of farm operators is declining that theyre getting said Ronald an economist at Iowa State Uni versity and director of the sur There was a period not so many years ago when the me dian age of all farm operators was over 50 by quite a explained The me dian age of the farm operators in this study is a bit less than 50 about His information comes from the ISU report Profile of Iowa Farms and Farm Fami lies 1976 released last Wed Questions were asked last spring of 933 households representing all 99 Only percent reported a land debt in 1976 while 52 percent had an equipment and livestock That is not as surprising as it said because the average farm operator has been on the land for several We were not surprised I saw as a very healthy response that a large portion of the people appar ently are quite satisfied with continued Most families are also con tent with their even though the average house is 57 years I suppose one factor that I was a bit surprised by was the relatively low proportion of farm operations of which there are people working off farm for wages or The economist said about threefourths of the operators and wives reported they never worked offfarm during A comparison of the kinds of farms in the state revealed percent are single opera percent are partner ships and less than 2 percent are family The survey also showed de cisions are generally made jointly by husbands and using a variety of sources farm the extension other government and pri vate This is a condensed For the full read The Cedar Rapids Gazette daily and EASTERN IOWAS WEEKLY NEWSPAPER VOLUME NUMBER 27 CEDAR IOWA MAY 1978 Iowa Amtrak to end Hearings planned By Dale Kueter Gazelle staff writer The Iowa Department of Trans portation plans to hold several pub lic hearings to determine reaction to a proposed Amtrak reorganization which would virtually eliminate rail passenger service in the Transportation Secretary Brock Adams Monday May 8 sug gested Congress trim miles from including the dropping of the California Zephyr between Chicago and The two Zephyr trains use the Burlington Northern tracks across southern stopping at Burling Mount Osceola and Only Fort which is on the Santa Fe would retain Am trak service part of the Chicago to Los Angeles The Santa Fe cuts across the tip of southeast Les chief of the IDOTs railroad said hearings would be held soon to find out pub lic demand for rail passenger service and We have delayed the hearings pending the proposed Am trak he Whatever the results of the public the best evidence of Am trak needs in Iowa is usage or lack of Our previous surveys have shown low rail passenger rider ship in said But we will survey the whole question again this summer to see if anything has An organization called the West ern Association of Railroad Passen gers has suggested that Amtrak shift its Iowa operations to the Chicago and North But an official of the Chicago and North Western indicated the com pany wouldnt be very enthusiastic about operating Joe manager of public said the railroad would do it if Amtrak re But we havent forgotten a history said Such service would only increase the tax It would cost a lot of money to start up such The people voted with their automobiles to do away with the he There is no There is considerably more popu lation along the North Western route than the present Burlington route across southern The North Western operates through Cedar Carroll and Council Studies show that the current Burlington route provides conven ient access within 30 miles of a terminal to less than 10 percent of A North Western route would increase access to 33 percent of the states The Rock Island line runs through the Quad Iowa Des Moines and Council but its railbed is considered too poor to handle passenger While the North Westerns double track is in much better there appears to be little interest in pushing it as an alternative to the Burlington Donald Gardner of Cedar a member of the IDOT said the potential just doesnt meet the requirements of good Its a he This a condensed version of the original story which ran in The Ga zette last For the full read the daily and Sunday Cedar Rapids Nof all memories are fond ones for Jamesen Oelweins Rundle loves his job Gazette photo by Duane Crock When he was barely out of Wally Rundle of Oelwein was already in training to be a According to hed sometimes grab a garden pretend the house was on and spray away at the Now 32 and chief of the Oelwein Fire Rundle is as enthusiastic about firefight ing today as he was when he was a little The young fire chief recalls his most spectacular time with the department as the 1968 tornado that devasted a large section of the We were on duty five days after that doing rescue work and checking Although an enthusiast about his Rundle admits there are times he could live such as when the department used to rescue We were trying to rescue a cat and it decided to hang onto my I got cut up That ended the pet Rundle was featured recently in the Neighbors a regular feature spotlighting Eastern lowans in the Satur day morning Cedar Rapids By Tom Fruehling Gazette staff writer Remember the big globe that used to occupy a prominent spot in the Cedar Rapids airport terminal Airport manager Roy Jamesen wishes he could forget like dreams of airplane it keeps coming back to haunt Mention of the which measures about 12 feet in diameter and weighs around 200 causes Jamesen to shake his head and Which is what he was doing this morning after the airport commission decided it might want to again put the globe on public display when and if the terminal is ex you thinks he might have given the thing The an gift from the Hall Foundation to the airport 25 years has always been a crowd But it has never really won the affection of primarily because to place it in an area suit able for viewing takes up about 625 square feet of Jamesen figures the already cramped terminal space can be put to better every time there is a revolution in Africa or else where the globe immediately be comes out of For four years since the ter minal was remodeled and United Air Lines area the globe has been stored in It was shipped to New York to have the map updated since the airport commission had no place to put has remained there in by the are another area of concern to Storage fees and insurance cost a And the map needs updating meaning several thousand more dol DONT Ml Eastern Iowa Nows your chance to see preColumbian funerary art from ancient Check Whats happening on page Agriculture Toddville farmers have ended their soil erosion Page Food You have to understand the language when cooking by Page Consumer Threelegged pantyhose Page A computer selects you to receive a free Too good to be true Page People Robbies a Center Point always was acci dent Page Opinion A local attorney calls for changes in the Social Security program in the Outlooks Page Sports Eastern Iowa high school girls gear up for the state girls track meet this weekend in Des Page TV Our reviewer takes a highly critical look at two popular movies currently making the The Greek Tycoon and The Page The Weekly Stories published in The Gazette Weekly are rewritten and condensed versions of stories previously pub lished in the daily and Sunday Cedar Rapids For the FULL subscribe to The Cedar Rapids Gazette daily and Now the fellow in Brooklyn who has been babysitting the globe in his garage is moving to and somebody has to retrieve Faced with this Jamesen arranged for the Greater Downtown Association to take the matter out of his According to Bill executive director of the the idea was to dis play it somewhere in the planned downtown The airport led by Chairman Robert decided last Thursday to rescind this agree at least for the time I think it belongs in the said So Id like to hold off giving it to anybody until we take a look at the expansion I think we should be able to accommodate Jamesen responded to this sug gestion by noting that at todays con struction the 625 square feet needed for the globe comes to around Commissioner John Huey commented that is a lot to pay for an essentially nontrans portation But he added that hes not much for aesthetics anyway and deferred to the wishes of Commissioners Paul Howke and Hladly likewise For his Poharsky said it didnt matter much to him if the air port backs out of the We didnt ask for it in the first Bud Jamesen was looking for a place to put so we well take Its a unique nostalgia sort of thing and should be on dis play
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