Tuesday, December 24, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Christmas Giving Gazette Photo by I A Wary! The spirit of Christmas giving is alive in Palo this year. Jeff, I I, and Billy Hanover, I 2, are the proud owners of a model horse ranch, made for them by John Vinson, Palo. Vinson spent over a year making the ranch, built of Styrofoam imbedded with rocks. His creahons are a hobby and he will not sell them. Instead, he gives them to special people at spe etal times of year. The boys’ mother, Alice Hanover, had planned to transport the present home by sled, but its weight necessitated pulling the sled behind the family car. Betting Bill Passage Unlikely Charged tty Val ( arley DKS MOI NKS (AP) - De-spiti* heavy pressure by horse liners, the lima legislature is unlikely to legalize parimutuel betting during the coming session. an Associated Press survey shows. And proponents of a measure to create a state-run lottery have even less supiwirt. the survey shows. Sen George Kl ii ley (I)-Pes Moines) has introduced both pari-mutuel betting bills and state lottery bills in the past and Hep James Caff rev (lines Moines) has sponsored pari-mutuel bills in the house Palfrey says he intends to introduce a pari-mutuel bill in the house this session and feels “it stands a good chance." Hope ta Debate Kin ley. who will In* the Democratic floor leader this session, says other legislation will have top priority, but he expressed hope a pari-mutuel bill. to legalize letting on horse and perhaps dog races. will be debated sometime during the two years of the coming legislature The AP survey shows the aenate is almost evenly divid ed on permitting pari-mutuel betting, but the house respond*^ 2*1 against legalizing betting at races Sentiment in both the house and senate is 2-1 against creating a state lottery, legislators told the AP Tully Talbot of Audubon, a member of the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Assn who has talked with legislators about a pari-mutuel bill. said his organization is planning a petition drive to get the legislature to debate the issue. Stay in (am in it lee In past sessions, pari-mutuel and lottery bills have stayed in committee and have : not been debated by either j house Palfrey maintains that pan motel betting is a good way to raise state revenue without in creasing taxes “A lot of people are going out of state and spending money anyway,’’ he said “If we had a track in the state of Iowa people could spend their money here and it would turn over and over here." Backers of pari-mutuel letting say the state could gain $25(1 (NHI to $4 million annually in taxes on pari-mutuel operations and another $Wi million would Im* added to the state s economy from horse breeding and training and increases in hotel, travel and similar businesses Some legislators believe Iowa should follow other states, including neighboring Illinois, which are raising money for their treasuries by conducting lotteries. Illinois l ottery “The one in Illinois is quite popular among the people on the Iowa border," said one eastern Iowa legislator Hep Don Avenson (D-Oel-wein) says he could support a state lottery “if the funds are earmarked for property tax relief and education Sen Forrest Schwongels (H Fairfield) said he could support both pari-mutuel betting and a state lottery it it could be really shown that income would lie large and if a large organized crime unit is included Many of those who. oppose 1 pari-mutuel betting feel that it would Im 1 a step toward organized crime coming into the state and many feel legalized horse betting and legalizes! lotteries would make it tea* easy for the |>oor to lose* what money they have NKW HAMPTON - Ronald Negel, lf). Waukon, has been charged in Chickasaw county in connection with resent breakins at Thronson Oil ('n in which $10 was taken, and Dorfman Auto Supply in which $400 was taken By Bal Horning Drake University Jrjumollsm Student DKS MOI NKS (I OPA) -The days of small town police departments are numbered, according to Jack Callaghan, director of Iowa law enforcement academy at Camp Dodge north of Des Moines C allaghan said countryside law enforcement programs, in which all law enforcement resources in a county are placed under one roof. will eventually eliminate what he described as poorly trained small town police departments “Small communities are hard put to ‘afford’ the kind of officer needed today,” Callaghan said. Callaghan said there are two basic types of countrywide law enforcement, the "contract system " and the “unified concept." C anfract Cnder the contract system, police officers are directly employed by the individual town but the county sheriff coordinates their activities and establishes a countywide communications system The “contract" arrangment is used in several Iowa counties. including Lyon. Osceola and Clinton and allows more complete patrolling of the county and quicker call-re-sponse time The unified concept combines all law enforcement resources into one unit directed either by the sheriff or an administrator This approach was pioneered in Iowa in Decatur county in July 1973 During the first year of the program there. livestock thefts were drastically cut and farm machinery thefts were virtually non-existent, according to a county report. Decatur County Sheriff Doral Houck credits the improvement in part to the fact that officers are now on the scene of a crime within two to five Discover for yourself the fast, low-cost results you get from classified ads! leition on City $ovommont? 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Before the program began, officers needed an average of one and a half hours to respond to a ( all Also, all IO men under Houck have professional police training, uncommon in many small town and counties in Iowa Their ability to conduct thorough investigation has led to a marked decrease in livestock losses bv theft In the first six months of 1973. livestock theft losses totalled $10,HJO in Decatur county In tho last half of the year, with county wide law enforcement in operation, livestock theft losses dropped to $3,995. Success of the Decatur county program stimulated the interest of several other Iowa counties in countywide law enforcrnent Wapello, Keokuk, Louisa, Wayne, Taylor and Hancock counties have contacted Gordon IMepla. director of the South Iowa area crime commission. alxiut setting up countywide programs there. IMepla helped Decatur county organize its program and is now involved in a similar program in Des Moines county IMepla said the Des Moines county system will be “a very sophisticated system I hope it will serve as a model for other counties in Iowa to follow “Crime fighting in rural Iowa is mostly by the seat of the pants. But crime can be reduced if we just put all our resources together,“IMepla said Received Grant Des Moines county received a $72 CHM) state and federal grant in September to begin its program and will. in IMepla s words, “build on paper a law enforcement agency for the county " IMepla said the program is “a totally new concept in Iowa" and that “sonic permissive legislation is needed to help implement countywide law enforcement. In September. IMepla asked the Local Funding and Budgeting study committee of the Iowa legislature to consider a proposal that would allow country wide law agencies to establish their own retirement and benefit systems and absorb existing civil service systems when necessary. Also, IMepla asked for legislation that would allow counties to levy a separate tax to support law enforcrnent. State limits on county taxing now prevent county governments from raising the money necessary to support a countywide law enforcemnt agency IMepla believes a 5-mill across the board lew would support a countryside system sin h as Decatur county’s. About half of Decatur county’s $14H.OO<i first-year budget was supplied by federal funds. But IMepla warned that these grants are not guaranteed or permanent — and that counties should expect to support these systems out of their own pockets. Per Capita Cast If Decatur county residents had supported their program in the first year, the cost would have b«H*n about $14 HH per capita This compares to an average of H3 Iowa towns which shows $15 HH per capita was spent for municipal police de-parnienU in 1973. In WI Iowa counties, an average of $3 H9 per capita was spent to support sheriffs departments Xtonqefo ... lf you wont tho finest Paints Merry Christmas To All Our Friends and Customers From Your Full Service Bank EMTER* STATE HAAK Courteous Banking Sen'ice 129 I nth Are. SW M i-HI 1.1 AU Aeronat* Inmured Af if 10.000 by P.0.1.1'. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Dec. 24, 1974 Small Town Police Units Will Consolidate by County