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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                4 Rapid'- Thiirs.. Sept. 26, 1971 Ouf-of-Sfote Motorists Study Into Payment Records Set By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) Stale 'Safety Commisinncr Charles Larson plans to canvass district court officials to determine how many out-of-state motorists accused of violat- ing Iowa's traffic laws welsh on paying their fines. Larson decided to query clerks of district court on this issue after a legislative committee received testimony thai a significant number of out-of-state motorists arrested on traff- ic charges in Iowa were either failing to appear in court or stopping payment on their checks after returning home. Under the new court reform system, a person arrested for a "scheduled violation" has the option of appearing in court before a magistrate, or the arresting officer may take the individual to the nearest mail box to witness the person mailing a check or cash, along with the citation and an ad- mission of guilt, to the traffic violations office in the county. Fines Specified Minimum fines for 11 scheduled traffic violations have been spelled out by the legislature. A person wanting to plead guilty remits the amount of the fine, plus in costs, in an envelope provided by lac arresting officer. If the person wishes to plead innocent, he may post bond by paying one-and-a-half times the minimum fine plus S5 in costs. The cash or check is to be mailed in the presence of the arresting officer. If the individual fails to appear in court, it's considered a default and, according to Larson, should be transcribed to the individual's home state as a violation. But there is concern some of the magistrates are dis- missing these charges, particularly against out-of-staters who do not show for their hearings and consequently no record is made on their driver's license. Before Magistrate The highway patrol also faces a difficult, if not impossi- ble, task in taking all motorists to mail boxes to remit their fines or to magistrates if the motorists are accused of violat- ing a law that is not among the 11 scheduled violations. Speeding ten miles over the limit, for example, is not a scheduled violation, and the motorist is supposed to be taken before a magistrate. But finding a magistrate can pose a problem for the arresting officers since there are only 198 full-ana parttime magistrates as opposed to 503 justices of the peace under the old system. During the first six months of this year the highway patrol issued approximately speeding citations, more than twice as many as the patrol wrote for the corresponding period a year ago. Consequently, Larson said, sometimes a patrolman doesn't have the time to take a person before a magistrate for an immediate trial. Commissioner Larson thinks the speed limit for a scheduled violation could be higher, possibly 15 or 20 mph in- stead of ten. The safety department, he related, would like to see the number of scheduled violations expanded to include certain other type violations, such as failure to yield and run- ning a stop sign. Other Violations The scheduled violations, besides speeding up to ten mph, are: illegal parking, registration card or plate violation, improper lights, improper muffler, defective equipment, mo- tor running unattended, failure to dim lights, violation of re- stricted license, stopping on traveled portion of a highway, and violation of height, length or width of a vehicle. Bond for traffic offenses beyond the 11 scheduled offenses is supposed to be set by a magistrate; this may be done over the telephone. Some counties are setting it by a posted schedule; it varies from county to county and judicial district to judicial district. The law is "grey" in this area, according to Larson, who would like to see the legislature consider a uniform bond for a number of offenses. Another possibility the legislature may want to consider is to allow the motorist accused of a scheduled violation to, in effect, plead guilty by paying the traffic fine on the spot by putting cash or a check in an envelope and turning it over to the arresting officer. Several states, including Minnesota, have gone this route. Burlington Man Hospitalized by 1 Highway S s m Jc s 9 n B ff> 1 fa 1 i r HILLS Sgt. Oliver L6SS 1 HQH raldwell. 30. Bnrlingtnn, ing with the U. S. air MUINES The fatal nuclear reaction accident to be killed in a year was in University hospitals to the public from nucle- deaths. auto accidents, versus fair condition after a reactor accidents are no Of the 15 million people liv- tenths of one death from day morning and in most cases are ing within 20 miles of U.S. re- accident at one of 100 trailer truck smaller, than people actor sites, could expect According to investigating officers, Caldwell was driving his pickup truck south G DGCn ICQ 10 believe, HC-cording to a new study. Spokesmen for Iowa With Substance highway 218 south of Hills when he apparently veerec and struck a parked semi. The driver of the semi Richard L. Lindvall, 40, Light Co., who released the study data Wednesday in Iowa, said the million effort was by the Massachusetts Institute of Be Winner: Ray CRESTON vot- bunch of people waving vour ers are able to sorl out (he campaign signs and chant substance from the political criticism at a television cam- Grove, was not in (his election and those era crew As a result of the a.m. accident, the pickup was demolished and the s'emi received approximately damage. Caldwell was pinned in investigation contends (hat, "The likelihood of accidents is much smaller than many non-nuclear accidents having similar consequences who offer the "H does require under-substance will be the winner, standing and depth to face the c predicts Gov. Robert Ray. problems head on and come c "Voters are a great deal up wjtn tlic Rav more perceptive than some declared political candidates give them Rav said the issue is clear cab of his (ruck for approximately 30 minutes. Sheriff's deputies sawed through the steering wheel before Caldwell could be removed to an awaiting accidents having 'similar the study said, were "fires, explosions, toxic chemical releases, dam failures, airplane crashes, earth quakes, hurricanes ind tornadoes. Ray said at a Un- jn this campaign for the first ion county Republican fun- fourvcar term for governor in draising dinner here Wednes- modern Iowa history-which I day- candidate can do the best job There is a great deal more leading Iowa from now until to this can-.paign than seeing 1978. which candidates can make morc than veilr j "wildest charges, which through a winter and spring of j Reformatory can issue the most tnc opposition's primary and a Found in Ottumwa An escapee of Hie state men's reformatory here was found in report also concluded hat non-nuclear accidents "to which society is already ex-Dosed are about press releases, which summer of constant criticism candidates can do the most We have heard nothing of talking, which candidates can substance from the other turn out the cutest side." Ray charged. said Rav. and returned to the prison likely to produce large numbers of injuries In people are looking for 6 are the men and women who Uayton Hog Show James LeRoy Walters, are nuclear plants." The risk of dc'iths performance ahead cif ELKADER The Clayton Agency, escaped July 5 while on furlough. He was serving causes placed that of atal motor vehicle talk, he said. county Pork Producers Assn. "It doesn't lake -a lot of will conduct its annual hog ifl year sentence on a to stand on a box show the evening of Oct. 10 at in four per person, a street corner with a the Elkader Sales barn. to one in 300 million solid-state f console Be all set for New Fall TV color shows and sports real savings Choose Now we'll bring out one of these beautiful sets Shop Mon. and Thurs. 'HI 9 p.m.... and all day wait 106 2nd Avenue SW CJ Gazette Photo by Tom Merryman Abandoned One more Iowa barn stands abandoned and forgotten in the Iowa countryside, this one just off highway 149 north of Sigourney. The years have taken their toll on the structure, and now weeds grow as high as where the roof once rested. Occupational Information to Iowa Students DES A new unit, .he Career Information system of Iowa has )een added to the guidance iervices section of the state department of public instruc- ion. CISI will provide occupa- ional information to Iowa itudents in grades 7 through Erik Eriksen, previously a consultant in the guidance services section, has been named supervisor of the unit. The staff will collect data and integrate its usage into schools and other social serv- ice agencies. Information will be made available to students using a microfiche reader, a teletype, or a cathode ray tube coputer terminal. CISI is based on two career education projects, lOWAs- cript and CV1S (Computerized Vocational Information Sys- tested in schools throughout the stale. Murderers Resentenced; Previous Decision Illegal CLINTON con- victed murderers' have been resentenced to correct what District Court Judge Charles Pelton, Clinton, describes as "illegal sentences which were just plain void." John Boehmer, 38, Goose Lake, and Harley Turner, 24, Savanna. III., were sentenced by Judge M. L. Sutton, 75, Clinton, after entering guilty pleas. Sutton, who retired in May, had sentenced the men indi- vidually to an "indeterminate period of not to exceed 40 years." Pelton, 34, succeeded Sutton and said he resentenced the men Wednesday "to clean up the record." They were each given 40 years in the stale penitentiary at Fort Madison. "There just is no provision for an indeterminate sentence in murder or treason cases. They are specifically exempt- Pel ton said. "It's not earth shattering, but it should be corrected since technically the sentences were void." Turner pled guilty to murder in the July 30, 1973 slaying of Earl Long. 59, rural Calamus, and was sentenced by Sutton on Feb. 5. Boehmer pled guilty to homicide in the second degree in the Oct. 28, 1973 death of Glen Stark, 46, owner of Glen and Vi's Tavern at Charlotte Boehmer was sentenced April 11. Vearl Stark, Plattsmouth, Neb., brother of Glen Stark, asked the Iowa attorney gen- eral's office to review the sentence when he was told that Boehmer could be pa- roled in six months because of its indeterminate period. The review of Boehmer's case revealed a similar sent- ence given Turner. Dungarees The word dungarees arrived from Dhunga, India, where denim work pants were fash- ioned in the Fifteenth century from cloth woven in the French city of Nimes. Pauses to Take Picture; Saves Child's Life DAVENPORT (UPI) Leonard Ciaglia's decision to take one more picture of a swimming pool saved the life of a 3-year-old child. Ciaglia was taking pictures around the swimming pool of his apartment complex Tues- day and when he thought he had enough, went inside his apartment. However, he decided he needed just one more picture and when he returned, he saw 3-year-old John Cabage of Peorla, 111., lying in the pool. Ciaglia pulled the child from the pool, began adminis- tering mouth-to-mouth re- suscitation and the youth came around. He was. listed in good condition Wednesday at Mercy hospital here. The youth and his mother, Mary Cabage, were visiting at the apartment complex when young John wandered off and fell into the pool. The Want Ad number is 398-8234. 12 Years of Inflation Go Down The Drain! FOR EXAMPLE 1974 MODFI Whirlpool Washer 'UUCL LAE5300 Whirlpool Elec. Dryer.................. 1962 MODEL LJA44 Washer LJD32 Whirlpool Elec. 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