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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Garetle: Jfon., Feb. 11, 1974 Fifth Major Blaze Strikes Mason City MASON CITY (AP) The fifth major fire in 13 days dam aged a downtown Mason City early Monday and forced firemen to rescue three persons by ladder. Firemen received a call aboi 4 a.m. and the blaze, which wa confined to nine apartmen above a comer building, wj brought under control about hours later. Fire officials said about 1 persons were in the seven 01 cupied apartments at the tim of the fire, but only three had t be rescued from the two-stor building. No injuries were re ported. Cause Unknown Mason City Fire Chief Do Holt said the cause of the blaz the fourth in the downtow area in two weeks has no been determined and there is n immediate estimate of damage. Holt responded with "no com ment" when asked if arson was suspected. Firemen said 11 businesse underneath the apartments re- ceived smoke, water and some structural damage. One fireman said he though the blaze started in a hallwa; going up to the apartments. "It sure the hell didn't star by said a fireman when asked about the cause. The three rescued persons said they were awakened about 4 a.ui., but flames and smoke blocked a hallway eat. They broke out window screens with then- fists and called for help. "It was Just a lucky thing thai they (firemen) got here; in said Grant Giddings o: Hampton, one of those rescued. He said there was no way the ie i b Wyckoff Tells Predkfs Outlawing !Ankeny Lawyer n Plane Tn I _ _ _ three could have escaped except by the firemen's ladders. Thirteen days ago a fire half block away gutted five businesses and caused damage. Ofier Fires Since, fires also-have dam- aged a jewelry store, a supper club on the edge of town and last Saturday morning the Ead- mar hotel downtown. Fire officials said the blaze at Helzberg's Jewelers was caused by defective wiring and the blaze at the hotel started in a linen closet, apparently from a cigaret. Sows, Pigs Die In Farm Blaze MECHANICSVILLE Seven- teen sows and 20 litters of pigs perished Sunday night in blaze which destroyed a two- story hog house on the Dean Moore farm six miles south of Mechanicsville. Five or six other sows were believed to have escaped the burning building. Eight hundred bales of straw stored on the sec- ond floor were lost to the flames. Family members discovered the hog house ablaze at p.m. and alerted Mechanicsville firemen. A check of the building only 30 minutes earlier had re- vealed nothing out of the ordi- nary. The building was totally in- volved by the time firemen ar- rived. No other farm buildings were threatened. No cause was immediately de- termined. 10 YEARS AGO The Vati- can had reached agreement on church-state relations with Cze- choslovakia that would permit Prague Archbishop Josef Beran, 75, to go to Rome for possible elevation to cardinal. Plans To Seek A Third Term DES MOINES State Rep. Russell Wyckoff (D-Vinton) an- nounced Monday he will seek a Russell Wyckoff hird term to the Iowa house rom the 31st district. The district includes parts of 3enton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Linn and Tama counties. Wyckoff, who will be 49 on Jarch 2, is an army veteran of Vorld war II, is married and the father of four children. A fanner, he is a member of he house committees on appre- ciations, natural resources, and county government. Fire Destroys Carter Lake ity Complex Of Nuclear Power Plants DES MOINES Nuclear! Plymat (R-Des which iwer plants will be outlawed would prohibit construction of power plants within the next five years, con- prohibit any new nuclear power plants hi Seeks Post of Atty. General DES MOINES Ankeny lawyer, Richard Her- smner advocate Ralph Nader Iowa during the nest five years. predicted in Des Moines. j The Duane Arnold nuclear He said the plants could be I power plant in Palo near Cedar replaced by coal, oil and natu- Rapids was criticized by Nader, ral gas until electric generators! who said the plant is too close to using solar energy could be de-; Cedar Rapids. I At Philadelphia Naders visit to Des Moines. Saturday was sponsored by Citi-i said the AEC re- zens United for Responsible to issue a license for a] ergy (CURE) and the Iowa u milcs from Philadel-' dent Public Interest Research Phia because was too close to Group c''v- pointed out that the mann, Monday formallv an- Richard Hermann _ Quality Control j Palo plant is less than 11 miles j from Cedar Rapids. Nuclear power plants have aj "It seems like the AEC has history of "shoddy quality con- double standard on human life trol" and a history of accidents, are rural people's lives less im said Nader. He said an Atomic Energy Commission report in- dicated that 800 serious ac- portant than urban people' he questioned. Nader, who said he doesn' nounced that he will seek Democratic nomination for at- torney general. Hermann, 44, made a verbal attack on Atty. Gen. Rich- cidents had occurred since the! believe the energy crisis is real plants went into operation. said nuclear power plant Nader endorsed a bill which [present "serious problems o has been introduced in the Iowa j safety, reliability and nationa legislature by Sen. William security. Legislative Notes by Frank Nye O> CARTER LAKE (UPI) In continued Sunday to etermine the cause of a costly ire which broke out in the ear- y-morning hours at a three- uilding complex owned by the ity of 'Carter Lake. The fire station and adjoining maintenance garage sustainec eavy damage, and Police Chiei toy Housh said officials feared ley were total losses. The third uilding, used as a workshop, .so was badly damaged, but oush said it may be able to be ebuilt. New Truck Also destroyed were the city's no fire trucks one just pur- lased two weeks ago. Other quipment owned by the corn- unity such as snowplows and anding equipment, were saved. Housh said the fire was re- orted at approximately .m. He said officials had "no dea" how the fire started. here were no injuries. Several units from the Omaha re department and volunteers rom the nearby community of 'onca Hills aided Carter Lake iremen in fighting the blaze. Housh, who was at the scene iroughout the night, said the utside help was invaluable. Borrow Fire Units "Without the aid of Omaha remen and those from Ponca 'ills, we wouldn't have left hat we he said. Arrangements were being made to borrow fire trucks from alston and Irvington, Neb., until the Carter Lakes units can e replaced. While it is a part of Iowa, arter Lake is on the Nebraska de of the Missouri river and nly a short distance from toiaha. Henry P. Hughes Dies at Cascade CASCADE Henry P. ughes, 79, a Duroc hog for 47 years and one- me deputy Jones county asses- T, died Sunday at Shady Rest are center. Mr. Hughes also had served secretary of the Washington wnship school board, was a Fischer, Riley Exchange Shots Over Liability Bill MOINES A bill to raise minimum liability coverage in U auto insurance policies was passed by the senate and sent to the house last week. Variously labeled "a lawyer's bill" and "an insurance company the measure increases cover- age for injury or death one person to from for injury or death of two or more persons to from and for property damage to from When the bill showed up in the house, Rep. Harold "Grumpy" Fischer (R-Wells- an insurance agent, filed an amend- ment changing the title. instead of "An act relating to minimum limits for compliance with the motor vehicle financial responsibility the Grumpy one would have the title read: NYE "An act relating to the establishment of a lawyer's retire- ment system." Cesspool, Eh? he learned of the Fischer amendment, Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar who piloted the bill through the senate, labeled Grumpy "a cesspool of self-interest." When Grumpy heard that he promptly denied it. "If'it was a matter of said he, "I'd be for the bill so I could make more commission." veteran of World war I and a charter member of Cascade American Legion post. He ateo belonged to Cascade Knights of Columbus. Surviving are four sons, lletus and Milton of Cascade, Alfred of Dubuque and Loras of Davenport; a daughter, Mrs. Ewald Gerken of Cascade; 15 two brothers, Wilfred and Tony of Portland, Ore., and two sisters, Mrs. Mi- chael Shae and Mrs. Gerald Harrington, both of Cedar Rapids. Services: Tuesday at 10, St. Martin's church. Devaney's. Family Physician Course at Iowa U. IOWA CITY A four-day- ong "Refresher Course for the 'amily Physician" will be held at the University of Iowa Tues- day through Friday at the Iowa Memorial Union. There will be group lectures, >anels, small discussion groups, and films. Topics will include dealing with heart and respira- ory problems and emergencies, caching health education, help- ing children through adoles- cence, and appraising health hazards. Law-and-Order Proponent Hits Felon Furlough: DES MOINES (UPI) The president bf a statewide law- and-order group said Saturday the legislators who supported house passage of a bill allowing convicted felons and murderers to enjoy furlough privileges will be held accountable if any crimes are committeed by the inmates while they are outside prison walls. Darrell Kearney, Des Moines, president of the Iowa Commit- tee to Support Your Local Po- lice, said the 'house passage of the furlough proposal Friday was "outrageous" and announ- ced his organization Will fight passage in the senate. Kearney said one of the last law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 1973 was a Florida state police officer who was (murdered by a fur- loughed felon. Kearney said his group will lobby against the bill in the senate and request reconsidera- tion of the measure in the house. Lois Kopecky, her husband Edward, and their family live at Mount Ver- non Road and 44th Street SE. A lot of you may know Lois through her hobby dog obedience training and showing at dog obedience trials. We're pleased to announce that Lois has completed our seven-week training session and is now a Sales Associate with Gibson Realtors. Call her at home (363-3342) or at our office (393-5670) and watch your Real Estate problems get solved. Fred J. GIBSON CO, REALTORS Serving Eastern Iowa Turner Hits Lack of Openness in Legislature By Harrison Weber Dally Press Aua. DES MOINES Atty. Gca. Richard Turner Monday ques- tioned some of the current prac- tices of the legislature. "In my considered Turner said, "there is less openness in the legislative de- partment of government today than ever before." "Bandied About1 Turner, a former state sena- tor, said despite all of the ef- forts of the legislature to open up its procedures, bills are being "slipped out of commit- tee" so the public doesn't have a fair chance to examine their contents. In an interview, Turner said bills are "bandied" about by lawmakers and suddenly in- troduced as committee bills. Within a matter of days a bill can be introduced and passed Harrison Weber ard Turner for not taking a by both houses, Turner said. stronger stand on job discrimi- nation, particularly against the elderly. Hermann claimed that 17 per- cent of Iowa's population is of retirement age, of 60 or more. He also criticized Turner for reportedly "not seeking out leg- islation to protect the elderly and the disadvantaged from tax and utility increase..." Hermann, a native of Sheldahl, is the past Ankeny police judge. were distributed prior to a public hearing and 150 of these went to legislators and the legislative research bureau retained ten copies. "This means that only 40 copies of this very complex bill were available to the 2.8 million people of Iowa including the 44 the press, every bill had a number and people could find mil the contents the bill be- fore the committee took any ac- tion. "When I was in the legisla- ture, it was the practice for a legislator to introduce a bill. A number was immediately as- signed to that bill; it was print- ed and read for the first time and assigned to a committee where people had a chance to look at it and to propose amend- ments. You don't have that chance Turner said. What he objects to is that dur- senate Judiciary committee and i is expected to be debated on the ing this "incubation period" a bill has no number nor sponsor and therefore is not printed and available to the general public. The attorney general cites several examples, bnt says the "classic" is the criminal code revision bill. The bill, which was drafted by an in- terim study committee, con- tains 255 pages. Turner said, "only 200 copies senate floor within a relatively short time. No Opportunity The general public, he empha- sized, is not afforded a genuine opportunity to have any in-put into the bill after it has been approved by the committee. "In the olden days, even withj committee meetings closed Rites Tuesday for Mrs. Albert Noonan CASCADE Irene Noonan, lawyers on my staff, the 99 86, widow of Dr. Albert Noonan, county attorneys, 100 Iowa died Saturday in Monticello hos- judges and nine members of the state supreme court." Furthermore, Turner said, the bill has been voted out of the pital. Surviving are a son, Ray- mond, of Cascade, a daughter, Mrs. Charles Hartman of Darl- ington, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: Tuesday at 11, St. Patrick's church, North Garry Owen. Devaney funeral home of Cascade has charge. 30 YEARS Cha- plin was indicted on charges of violating the Mann act and con- spiracy to violate the civil rights of Joan Barry, who ac- cused him of being the father of her child. Branch Line Tax Exemption Eyed By Val G. Corley DES MOINES (AP) -Railroads would be exempt rom .property taxes on their jranch lines if they used the noney saved to improve those ines under a proposal pending n the Iowa senate. Sen. Calvin- Hultman (R-Red chief sponsor of the bill, aid he would introduce the neasure early this week. To prevent hardships on local chool districts, cities and coun-ies, Hultman proposed that the tate reimburse local taxing uthorities for the revenue they vould lose. Prove Spending To gain the property tax ex-mptions, railroads would have o prove to the department of evenue that they had the money earmarked for taxes on improving the branch line that would have been taxed. The tax relief would not be available for main rail lines, Hultman said. He said the property tax exemptions would be in lieu of direct state aid to the railroads as proposed by Gov. Robert Ray in his energy message. Hultman's proposal would also excuse the railroads from the state sales tax on the rails, ties and gravel they, use to improve those branch lines. "The railroads are keeping up the main Hultman said. But he said the railroads have found they do not make enough money on the branch lines to keep them in good repair. Hultman's measure is a to a proposal by the Iowa Railroad Association to exempt all rail lines in Iowa from local property taxes and continue those exemptions without reimbursement to the local authorities. The Red Oak Republican noted his proposal would only exempt branch lines from the taxes in the .years the money was spent to improve the tracks. Miles "Basically, there are miles of branch lines in Hultman said. "If all the railroads took advantage of the tax exemption, it could cost the state million a year." But Hultman said it is necessary to do something to improve the branch lines so grain can be can't afford to have all our transportation hi one area Hultman said. "We need the trucking industry and we need the railroad industry." Hultman said the tax exemp-lions are a complete answer by any means. But we've got to start looking for alternative transportation." OMtar Sajritos (Sazrfte Established In 1813 by The Goietle Co. and published daily and Sunday at 500 Thlrtf Avc. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second Class Postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rotes by carrier 85 cents a week. By mall: Night edition and Sunday 6 Issues S2.25 a month, S24 a year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 issues a month, S25 a year. OtXer states and U.S. territories ua a year. No mall subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. 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