Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 26, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Moo.. Aug. 26. 1974 Unparalleled Year Iowa Report Cites Education, Low Jobless Rate DES MOINES (AP) Iowa had an unparalleled year of economic growth, a report presented to Gov. Robert Ray shows. Entitled "The Quality of Life in Iowa: An Economic and Social Report to the Gov- ernor for the annual re- port is aimed at assessing the economic and social condi- tions of the state and present those findings to the governor. The report, released Mon- day, covers such areas as the level of criminal activity, the health status of lowans, the quality of education and the status of minorities in Iowa. Iowa had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the na- tion in 1973 2.9 percent, compared with 4. SI percent for the I'. S. this year's report shows. Personal income increased by 14.1 percent to billion, compared with a 10.4 percent gain fur (he iiiilinii- Persona! income from manufacturing was up 12.6 percent. High Production In agriculture, the report says although slowed by ad- verse weather conditions dur- ing the spring planting sea- son, Iowa farmers continued to produce at record and near- record levels in 1973. Corn production reached its second highest level in histo- ry, exceeding the billion- bushel mark for the third year in succession. Production totaled IU24 billion bushels, down two percent from the 1972 total of 1.230 billion. Acreage planted in corn was up five percent to 11.1 million acres, but late planting reduced the yield per acre from 116 in 1972 to 108 bushels in 1973, the report says. Soybean production reached a record level, rising to million bushels from the 216 million produced in 1971. That represents a gain of 24 per cent, the report says. Soybean yield per acre fell (rom 38 to 34 bushels, the re- port says, but because of the 19 million increased in acreage total production, ex- ceeded the year earlier total The value of production of total crops totaled MB billion 1973 placing Iowa number one in the nation in value of crops productions. California and Illinois came in second and third, respectively. The report says the railroad industry continued to face problems in 1973, but says there were strong signs solu- tions may be found in the near future. It says the department of transportation should lead to better rail service in 1S174. In education, the report shows a downward trend in enrollment in the state s pub- lic and non-public school districts in 1973 for the fifth consecutive year. Knrollment There was a total of students enrolled in the slate's school districts in 1973, compared with 722.455 stu- dents in 1972. The decline was attributed to the declining birth rate and the aging Iowa population. No sudden reversal in such figures is expected, the report says, and projected enroll- ments are expected to decline. The report says, howe.er. that a study prepared by the Miuv.es! Research iiiNtilulr ranks Iowa's educational system as the best in the Unit- ed States, putting it ahead of other states with excellent systems such as California. Oregon. I'tah and Wyoming. 1970 Census Data from the 1970 census, the most recent source of in- formation available on minori- ties, shows Iowa's minority population was or 15 percent of the total stale popu- lation of 2.824.376. Blacks made up 78 percent of that group with a popula- tion totaling In the metropolitan areas where blacks are concentrat- i-d, their family inaim'1 considerably below the aver- age for white families, the re port says. Family income closest to the while average in 1970 was in Cedar Rapids where the in- come was for whites and for blacks and the lowest was in Sioux City where the incomes were and respectively. Attribution The report attributes such differences to household composition, occupation, ed- ucation and discrimination There is a need to alleviate poverty for minority group members 11! the metropolitan areas, the report says, but determining if their nerds are being adequately funded and administered is difficult. The report says the Iowa department of social services does not tabulate the recipi- ents of state aid under its programs by race and says the Iowa civil rights commis- sion has a limited amount of statistical data to assess the effectiveness of minority programs. The report recommends regulations be modified to allow public agencies to classify protected classes, as such, to better serve their needs. Mezvinsky: No Prosecution KANSAS CITY (AP) A member of the house judiciary committee said Sunday congress will never vote on prosecution of former Presi- dent Richard M. Nixon or on possible immunity for the for- mer Chief Executive. Rep. Ed Mezvinsky (D- who cast the 20th and deciding vote for impeach- ment of NLxon in the house ju- diciary committee hearings made the comment when he appeared with Rep. Jerry Litton (D-Mo.) on the monthly "Dialogue with Litton" program. The two freshmen members of congress spoke to more than 700 persons at the TWA building near Kansas City International airport. No Power "Congress simply does not have the power to delve into Mezvinsky said. "The judiciary committee was hearing evidence on impeach- ment because of obstruction of justice, abuse {if power and other subversions of the Constitution. "The fact that Nixon may have been in violation of fed- eral law and have possibly committed a felony is some- thing that congress has noth- ing to do with now." Mezvinsky said he has no doubts the Nixon case will be handled by a grand jury. "The grand jury will have to deal not with a violation of the Constitution but a violation of he said. A Pardon The Iowa congressman said he is sure congress will not grant immunity to Nixon should he be convicted of Watergate crimes. "I don't think congress has this pow- he said. However, Mezvinsky pre- dicted NLxon .probably would be granted some type of pardon from the grand jury if convicted. Iowa Prof By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) -The Iowa criminalisties laboratory in Des Moines, which is operated by the state bureau of criminal investigation, is coming into its own. Although the crime lab has been in operation for only three years, it is earning a reputation among law enforcement people of being very-professional in helping to solve crimes. Perhaps the classic example is the case of the "missing "It's a very remarkable said Michael L. Lab Ea R< berg, crime lab administrator. It involves a person who had been stabbed to death. "Apparently a fight occurred prior to the stabbing and in the course of the fight the suspect's hands were cut and little pieces of fingertips were cut off and left at the Rehberg said. An investigator found the small particles 'of skin and a suspect was arrested after the lab was able to "fracture match" the pieces of skin back to his fingers, Rehberg explained. "It was just like a picture puzzle." Although this case is a little grotesque, it demonstrates the variety of techniques employed by the lab in helping local and state law enforcement officers solve crimes. Work Load Each year that the lab has been in operation it has experienced a sizable increase in its work load. In the first six months of this year it handled approximately examinations, compared to for the same period last year. Analyzing drugs requires the full-time attention of three staff people. Last month they handled 425 drug cases which required the analysis of approximately items. Since the Federal Drug Enforcement administration stopped accepting cases three months ago from local law enforcement agencies in Iowa, the crime lab has been practically overwhelmed with requests for assistance in testing drug samples. This change, Rehberg said, primarily involved law enforcement agencies in the Du-buque, Clinton and Davenport areas who were using the federal facilities for testing drugs. "We used to get 75 to 80 percent of the requests; now-all the drug cases in Iowa come Rehberg said. Document Section The lab's document section is one of its busiest. Last month it processed 85 cases. This was just too much of a work load for one man, another staff member is being added to this section, Rehberg revealed. The bulk of the work in the document section centers on examining samples of handwriting for check forgeries. But the personnel is also called on for judgments about documents and their authenticity, typewriter identification comparisons and a myriad of other assignments. The state bureau of criminal investigation has two marked vehicles it uses as an extension of the criminalisties laboratory. These cars are sent to the scene of the crime to help sift out clues, Rehberg said. "Sometimes law enforcement people want the public to know lab technicians are on the scene; it's one of the most highly visible arms of law enforcement. "With the emphasis courts are placing on physical evidence, the lab is becoming increasingly he said. Case Load Rehberg was the chief chemist with the Wisconsin state crime lab at Madison before he came to Iowa to head up the newly-created crime laboratory in 1971. At first, the lab was receiving 100 to 150 cases a month. This month Rehberg expects it will handle over 700 cases. The staff has grown from eight to 18 during that period. The crime lab believes a major reason :or the increase in the number of cases submitted is that law-enforcement personnel are better trained today. "They realize what the lab can Rehberg said. Another reason, he said, is an increase in the amount of drug usage in the state. During the three years he las been in Iowa, Rehberg said he has seen an increase in the number of violent deaths in the be he said. "Prisons are not really built for rehabilitation of inmates or of past Presidents." Litton said the American public now is asking for leniency. "How much mercy is given to him is something we'll all have to wait and Litton said. "I think as a whole the house would like to show some mercy." District Elections Slated DECORAH Three candidates have announced their candidacy for election in director district 2 for the Area Education Agency board of education and two candidates have filed for director district 3. Director district 2 candidates are Lloyd Meier, Clermont; Linus Rothmeyer, Calmar, and Kenneth Schultz. Postville. Filing for district 3 are Carroll Sunde, Decorah; and Bill Withers, Waukon. District 3 school members will meet Monday in the Senior, high building, Waukon, at 8 p.m. to elect one of the three candidates. Included in this district are Allamakee, De-corah, Eastern Allamakee and Mar-Mac. District 2 members will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the administration building at Calmar. Community school districts included in the director district are Howard-Win-neshiek, North Winneshiek, Postville, South Winneshiek and Valley. Press Ground, Air Search for Missing Pilot DES MOINES The information officer for the Iowa wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) says 25 lowans are involved in the three-state search for a Galesburg, 111., pilot missing since late Wednesday. CAP spokesman Gene Kellogg said Sunday 35 flights totalling 60 flying hours and three ground searches in Iowa have been conducted for L. B. Lundry, 67, a pilot with more than hours of flying time to his credit. Lundry was last heard from about five miles from the La-Crosse, Wis., airport during heavy fog conditions. Searches also are being conducted by CAP members in Wisconsin and City Students Register for Classes CENTRAL CITY School registration will continue Tuesday in the school gymnasium. Families with last names beginning A-M register Monday and N-Z Tuesday. School begins Wednesday at a.m. Motorist Treated Following Crash WINTHROP-Lcland C. Roepke, 22, rural Winthrop, was treated at a hospital and released after his 1974 car went out of control and slammed into a bridge a mile west of here Sunday night. Authorities said the westbound car landed in a creek after the crash. Roepke's car was demolished. He was not to sell your riding mower fast? 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Ellis Hatfield, 32, Des Moines, died Sunday of inju- ries suffered in an Aug. 15 crash in Des Moines and Floyd Wiederin, 43, Lake City, died Sunday of injuries suf- fered last Wednesday in a collision near Carroll. Officers said Fred Erskin, Des Moines, was killed Satur- day night when his motorcycle and a car driven by Claude Isabelle, Luther, collided on highway 17 near Luther. Keith Mueller, 19, Osage, and Bruce VVadden. 12. Phoenix, were killed in sepa- rate one-car accidents Friday. Mueller was killed when his ear ran off a Mitchell county road about two miles south- east of Osage. The car in which the Wadden boy was riding ran off a Johnson county road near Swisher, authorities said. Larson Calls for Stiff Gun Laws DES MOINES State Public Safety Commissioner Charles Larson has called for stiffer sentences to make gun crimes more difficult to im- plement in the wake of a dou- ble slaying at the downtown Holiday Inn here last week. He said he thinks proposals which would impose severe punishments for such crimes would be helpful. A possibility might be a five-or ten-year sentence without any parole, he suggested. Larson added Iowa is more liberal than some states such as Michigan, Illinois and New York in allowing gun purchases. He said many per- sons come to Iowa across the border from Illinois to buy guns for criminal activities. The commissioner also said a three-day cooling period in the purchase of guns might be useful, particularly in curtail- ing crimes of passion. A delay in the completion of Suspend Sentence on Drunk Driving Charge INDEPENDENCE John David Gilson, 27, was given a 180-day suspended jail sent- ence after he pled guilty to an July 18 drunk driving charge. The court also ordered him to enroll in a drinking driver's course with the Northeast council on Alcoholism and his license was revoked. 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Larson, did however, take note that such legislation might disgruntle a sportsman, who saw a gun he liked for hunting purposes, for exam- ple, and wanted to buy it that same day. Postal Burglaries Under Investigation BLUE CRASS U.S. Postal Service authorities have joined local law officers in the investigation of four post office burglaries during the last week in Eastern Iowa. The latest break-in occurred Saturday at the Scott county- town of Blue Grass, where a money order machine was stolen. There were break-ins re- ported earlier at the Clinton county communities of Wei- ton, Low Moor and Zwingle. Mar-Mac Institutes "Floating" Schedule McGREGOR Mar-Mac high school Principal Michael J. Coury has instituted a new- daily schedule for this year's students which he feels is unique to the district. Called the "floating eight- period it replaces the traditional seven-period day. In addition tn the seven class periods, one will be add- ed each day which is not permanent, but The aim, Coury said, is to allow the school to offer, and students to take, eight sub- jects without adding to the school day's length or the number of faculty members. Eight-Class Cycle On each day, one of the eight classes for which a student is registered will not meet, so the student attends seven classes each day, but over the cycle period may par- ticipate in eight courses. Coury admits the "floating eight-period schedule" seems confusing. However, he feels the students and faculty will quickly adapt to its operation. "The main reason we are adopting this new Coury said, "is to make more courses available to students. Generally the easiest way to do that would be to add facul- ty members or lengthen the school day. Advantages Our budget does not allow us to increase the number of teachers, and I'm sure neither students nor teachers would be too excited about a longer school day. Thus, the new schedule is a desirable al- ternative." Other advantages cited by Cuury are the increased number of class offerings open to students each semes- ter and the number of double sections offered of courses with high student demand. "Since students are now- able to select from more courses, it should also lead to smaller class sizes, in which the students should benefit by- receiving more personalized and individualized said Coury. MAYTA8 wash-power mmcs FACTORY TRAINED SERVICE Open MOM. and Thun. 'Til 9.00 P.M. 215 In Avo. SE PEGPUS Phone 366-7436 ;