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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Record Year for Meter Thefts By Bill Lavelette Last year was a banner year for Ihieves who look a record number of parking meters from the streets of Cedar Rapids. If Public Safety Commis- sioner James Steinbeck has his way anyone convicted of taking parking meters won't have anything of a banner na- ture for a long time. Last year saw the thefts of more parking meters than in all of the last ten years com- bined. The figures kept by the city's traffic engineering de- partment show a record 222 meters taken in 1973. The loss comes to worth of equipment and maintenance costs. Steinbeck freely admits he thinks the courts should make an example of anyone caught stealing meters. "I want the support of the court system to make the pun- ishment he said. "I think it would surprise a lot of people to know that the crime is a Steinbeck said. "When people really start to thinking, it's not child's play. "We've got the laws on the books to deal with this prob- lem." The state legislature has passed a specific law to prose- cute the thefts of parking meters. The crime is not in- eluded under genera) larceny laws. The law provides for a jail sentence of up to one year or a fine of not more than or both on the first offense. Subsequent convictions may bring a jail term of up to five years or a fine of not more than or both. "If this problem continues, we'll have to consider this a priority and we'll take manpower needed to handle Steinbeck said. The effort to combat the crime may include plain- clothes officers staking out the problem areas. The depart- ment's helicopter would also be available, he said. "Let someone be a victim of circumstances. I don't pity the Steinbeck said. "It doesn't bother me one bit to make an example of someone." Thefts of meters have in- creased over the years, ac- cording to Mel Meyer, city traffic engineer. Each of the last fen years has seen a continued rise in thefts of meters. Library Iward A national award for out- standing elementary library programs will be presented to Cedar Rapids Community school officials at a luncheon Thursday at p.m. at the Roosevelt hotel. The school district received the award, which is accom- panied by a cash prize, from Encyclopaedia Brilanntca and the American Assn. of School Librarians. Presenting the award will be Warren E. Preece, editor of En- cyclopaedia Britannica, and Bernard M. Franckowiak, AASL president. The award presentation will follow a tour of selected elemen- tary media centers beginning at 9 a.m. The money will be used to buy books and materials. B.C. and A.D. The custom of dating events B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (anno Domini, in the year of our Lord) was introduced about 525 by Dionysius Exiguus, a Roman abbot and astronomer, who set Christ's birth 753 years after the founding of Rome. Put your finger on what you need read and use want adsj regularly. I Newsman-Author In C. R. Thursday The man who was special as- sistant to Richard Nixon during the President's unsuccessful 1962 gubernatorial campaign in California will be in Cedar Rap- ids Thursday for two speeches. Journalist Alvin Moscow will speak on "Richard M. Nixon: The Aftermath or the After- myth" at 8 p.m. in Cherry audi- torium. A reception will be held for Moscow afler the lecture in Stuart lounge, Gage Union. Moscow will also speak p.m. that day at Kirkwood college, room 140, Linn hall Both speeches are open to the public. During Moscow's work with Nixon, he wrote speeches anc served as a spokesman to the oress. Moscow also helped or- ganize and research Nixon's Alvin Moscow best-seller, "Six which ivas published in 1962. Moscow said that lie is one of few newsmen to have both worked with Nixon, and covered he President from a journalistic viewpoint. Moscow's speeches :ii Cedar Rapids will attempt :o explain Nixon from both views. He lias had experience in vir- ually all phases of journalism. He has served as assistant to he night city editor for the N'cw York Times, as a reporter and radio news writer for the New York City bureau of> the perfect polyester! 19.99 Three Piece Weekender Three parts with unlimited fashion know-how. Short sleeve jacket with Western yoke, pull-on pant and contrasting skirt. Phone orders are welcome. Sizes are 12 to 20 and to Downstairs Budget Store and Lindale Budget Shop THE KILLIAN COMPANY, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406 Jean Joyce, Personal Shopper: Please send me the following out- fits at 19.99 plus 60c state sales tax and 75c to cover postage and handling. i i> I I Name___........----------......__________D Charge I Address -.....-......._________________C] Check i City____________Slalo.......Zip..........rj C.O.D. Associated Press, has written magazine articles for "Reader's and the New York Times Magazine section, and served as a com- mentator for the ABC Evening News in 1968. He has written several books. Moscow is the author of "Merchants of Heroin" (1968) which deals with organized crime in narcotics. He traveled to Afyon, Turkey, to speak with the opium farmers, and then traced a shipment of narcotics to Istanbul, Damascus, Beruit, "arsailles and New York. He is currently completing "The Rockefeller a biography of the five Rocke- feller brothers, which will be published next year by Double- day. The book deals with the Rockefeller, family from 'the time of John D. Rockefeller, sr., who founded Standard Oil, "until the day I stop writing it." Use Pop Music As School Bells CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) iolon high school has switched rom bells to the Beatles, bal- ads and blues to mark breaks n classes. E. James. Kotora, assistant principal, said the bell system he suburban community's chool had used "sounded too nstitutional and sometimes it vouldn't work." Now the school uses four- minute, tape-recorded musical selections including rock, country-western and seasonal songs. "The kids like the Ko- tora said. "The teachers seem to enjoy more of the romantic ballads and blues. "The atmosphere is more re- laxing and he added. Eleven years ago just two meters were reported miss- ing. In 1964, the number dropped to one. But in 1965 it totaled 12 and went to 13 in 1966. Just three meters were taken in 1967, but 15 were reported missing in 1968. The year 1969 saw 13 meters disappear. In 1970 the number of miss- ing meters reached 34. In 1971 the number totaled 59 and in 1972 the number was 71. The city's meter depart- ment not only considers the loss of the meter mechanism, but also the revenue that could have been earned from parking fees. Each meter taken in 1973 was valued at Meyer said. When the cost of manpower needed to replace the missing meter is included, the total cost per meter is he said. The loss of revenue is un- known, Meyer said. Each meter varies in volume. Thefts of meters have con- tinued through the early months of 1974. The rash of thefts that hit the city during the holiday season continued for the first weeks, but has tapered off recently. So far this year over 40 meters have been taken, Meyer said. Presently there are about meters on the city's streets, most of which are con- centrated downtown. Few of the missing meters are recovered Police and city officials think the meters are removed and then broken open in the privacy of a resi- dence. The empty mecha- nisms are disposed of in deso- Linn Dentists Meet Tuesday The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., April 7, 1974 Dr. Forrest ScandreH Dr. Forrest Scandrett of the University of Iowa college of dentistry will speak to the Linn County Dental society Tuesday at the Montrose hotel. The cock- tail hour begins at p.m. with dinner at His topic will be "Current Concepts of Removable Partial Denture A native of Ames, he was graduated from the U. of I. den- tal college in 1965. Following graduation he spent three years in the U.S. Public Health ser- vice including an internship in San Francisco. He received an MS in prostho- dontics in 1970 from the Univer- sity of Texas. He has been on :he U. of I. faculty since then, is acting head of the depart- ment of removable prosthodon- .ics. Reservations can be made by calling Dr. Igram at 365-3216. late locations, theorize. authorities Lincoln's Party Was Only Successful Third Since 1854, there have been only four presidential elections "n which all third parties to- gether polled more than 10 per- cent of the vote; in most elec- tions since 1860 fewer than one vote in 20 was cast for a third party. 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