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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                4 Dec. 1174 UPl Tclcphoto Smoofh Sailin' Alan Cumpston, 22, glided peacefully over the ice on Gray's lake in Des Moines recently. A student at the University of Iowa, Cumpston said the ice on Iowa's lakes is right for ice sailing only about five days each season. LEAA Awards Grants WASHINGTON (AP) The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) has awarded grants lo the state of Iowa and to Pottawattamie county to bolster their crimi- nal justice systems. A grant to Iowa will fund law enforcement projects selected by the Iowa crime commission, said Richard Velde, LEAA administrator. A grant to Potta- wattamie county will assist in building a county courthouse and city-county law enforce- ment center "that will bring all criminal justice functions under one Velde said Saturday. "The complex will include courthouse facilities, county detention facilities thai will house the community-based rehabilitation program, court and prosecution functions, and police and sheriff services." Grants totaling million have been awarded for Ihe project, Velde said. Weekend Crashes Kill Nine Bv The Associated Press Nine persons died in week- end traffic accidents in Iowa, including a Ilawardcn man who was killed when the snow- mobile he was riding slruck a slop sign. Frederick Marriorf, 37, Monticcllo, was killed late Sunday morning when his car collided on highway 151 north of Anamosa with one driven by Henry Recce, 50, of Dallas, Texas. Recce, his wife, .lean, 49, and their daughter, Mary Ann Dvorskey, 24, Iowa City, were hospitalized Sunday in Ana- mosa. Mrs. Dvorskey's 4-year-old daughter, Christina, was treated and released. Services for Mardorf will be held Thursday at at St. Matthew Lutheran church. Visitation will be held after HI Tuesday at Goettsch's. James Venard, 22, Ilawar- dcn, died early Sunday when he was thrown from the snow- mobile on which he was a pas- senger, authorities said. The vehicle, driven by Nor- man Peck, Ilawardcn, struck a stop sign while traveling in a ditch along Iowa highway 12 at the south edge of Ilawar- dcn, officers said. I'eck was taken to a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital. Timothy Lawrence Shields, 19, Spencer, was killed early Sunday when his car wcnl oul of control on a city street and struck a tree, police said. Cyrus Merle Hodgell, 19, ru- ral Gilmore City, was killed early Sunday when the car in which he was a passenger went into a ditch at the north edge of Rolfc in Pocahontas county and overturned. The driver of Ihe car, Jerry Lee Sandvig, 24, Rolfe, was charged with driving at a high rate of speed and with wreck- less driving. He was in poor contition Sunday in a Fort Dodge hospital. Jo Lee Good, 18, Lewis, was killed Saturday night when the car in which she was riding struck a utility pole al a shop- ping center entrance in Allan- lie. The driver, Craig Loseke, Long Trucks a Legislative Issue? By Val Corley DES M01NES (AP) Long trucks one 'if the most controversial issues in the 1974 legislature may be a hot issue again in 1975. Cov. Robert Hay vetoed a measure during the 1974 session that would have permitted 65-foot twin-trailer trucks to travel on the state's four-lane highways. But he later signed legislation to permit the long trucks lo travel in cities on the slate's border, increased the allowable length of livestock trucks by five feet to BO feet and told the new department of transportation to make recommendations on longer twin-trail- er trucks. The DOT last month held a public hearing on whether to allow the US-foot trucks on state highways and is scheduled to make a decision Jan. 8, the week before the legisla- ture convenes. If the DOT voles to increase the length of the twin-trailer trucks from the current per- missible 61) feet, the legislature has 60 days to overrule that decision. A decision by the DOT to allow the longer trucks would most likely stand, especially if the transportation commission limits the longer trucks to fourlane highways, an As- sociated Press survey of legislators indicates. If the DOT decides against allowing Go- foot trucks, there is enough support in the legislature to pass a bill to allow the longer trucks anyway. Ihe AP survey shows. But (here would not be enough support lo override another veto. DOT Chairman Robert Rigler says the commission is attempting to determine bow- many additional trucks will enter the state if the longer trucks are allowed and if the state can increase its revenue from the larger trucks to cover road damages. Although the majority of the lawmakers say they favor the longer trucks, few would approve them on narrow roads. Most would limit the 65-footcrs to four-lane highways. Trucking Interests have asked for the longer trucks for years, contending Iowa is the only state west of the Mississippi that does not allow the longer twin-trailers. They say the longer trucks are as safe as (he ones currently allowed and that Iowa in- dustry suffers because it is more.expensive to ship bulky items in the smaller trucks. Many truckers say they use more fuel ei- ther skirting Iowa when they have the longer trucks or breaking the twin-trailers into two units to travel across the stale. But in veloing the 65-foot truck bill last spring, Oov. Hay contended allowing the longer trucks would increase the traffic on already-crowded interstate 811 across Iowa. He said the longer trucks and increased traffic would more quickly wear out the high- ways al a lime when (lie highway commis- sion can't afford to rebuild or to repair exist- ing roads. Scherle Seeks Position With USDA WASHINGTON (UP1) Kep. William Scherle (R-Io- wa) is on his way out of con- gress, hut the southwest lo- wan says he is looking for a job with the U.S. deparlmenl of agriculture so he can con- tinue to work for the Ameri- can farmers. Scherle said during Ihe weekend he has tentatively agreed to accept a post with the USDA because he is con- cerned about what might hap- pen to Iowa agriculture inter- ests during the next congress. The Iowa Republican said he does not plan lo return to his 320-acre farm near Hen- derson and says he might try running for elective office again on 1976. An eight-year veteran of the house, Scherle was defeated by Thomas liar- kin, an Ames lawyer, in Nov- ember. Scherle said he plans to re- turn to Washington in mid- January to look into a specific position with the USDA. He said he especially wants lo keep an eye on the house agri- culture committee next ses- sion lo ensure (hat the unit protects the farmer and doesn't only watch out for con- sumer interests. LAFF A DAY Drinking Drivers To Be Target In State Anti-Fatality Campaign 20, Omaha, Neb., and two oth- er passengers were hospital- ized. Both drivers were killed in a Iwo-ear crash Friday night ul an intersection of Iowa highway 38 and a county road nearOlin. The victims were identified as Franklin Blahnik. 48, Mon- moulh, and Linda Herrington, 31.0lin. "Nohndv ;my .'iHontinn In Steven Clark, 25, Council mc Bluffs, was killed Friday night when the car he was driving ran through a guard rail on 1-80 south of Newton and landed on a county road exit ramp. The death of Leland Spidle, :iO, Allerton, in a one-car acci- dent in Wayne county Satur- day was reported Monday morning. Xtongerti ...If you want the finest Paints NOTICE HOUSE OF FIREPLACES 2055 North Towno Ln. N.E. will close at noon on Tuesday, December 31 and will reopen on Monday, January 6 at A.M. Happy New Year to All! CONGRATULATIONS BOB HANSON Bob was involved in over of real estate transactions during 1974. Our heartiest congratulations go out to Bob and the satisfied people he served. Colonial Office Center 1500 Second Avenue SE toaii of lulfon Uulliph lining Sirvki The Company Built by Ifi friends By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) State Safety Commissioner Charles Larson says the state is going to zero in on the drinking driver in 1975 in an all-out effort to reduce traffic fatalities. It's within Ihe realm of pos- sibility, Larson said, that Iowa could wind up the year with under 600 fatalities, which would be the best the state has done in 20 years. This forecast is predicated on motorists continuing to vol- untarily drive slower to con- serve on gasoline, a practice credited for slashing the 1974 traffic death toll in Iowa by nearly 20 percent. Through Dec. 26, the slate had recorded fi57 traffic fatali- ties for the year, a drop of 153 over the corresponding dale a year earlier. When compared to the five- year average, the state's re- cord for the year is even more impressive, a decrease of 17fi. The Average Iowa recorded 813 traffic deaths in the five-year average is 841. Larson pointed oul the larg- est reduction in traffic deaths occurred on Iowa's primary and secondary roads, not the iulcrstutc. Prior to the 55 mph speed limit, which went into effect March 1, the speed limit on Iowa's primary and secondary roads was 70 mph unless post- ed. Daytime speed limit on the interstate was 75. Larson credits the highway patrol for a very effective job, he claims tiie best in the coun- try, in keeping motorists in check. During the first ten months of 1974, the patrol had a whop- ping 300 percent increase in the number of speeding tick- ets issued. Through October, the patrol had issued speeding tickets, compared with for Ihe same peri- od in 1973. A Deterrent While'most of these tickets went to motorists traveling the interstate system, Larson believes the aggressive cam- paign served as a deterrent to molorists on (he primary and secondary system. Larson is asking Ihe legisla- lure for an additional 35 high- way patrolmen. Howard Miller has stepped aside as chief of the highway patrol to head up a special New Year's Hangover Could Be Virus DES MOINES (AP) lo- wans who over-party New Years eve and wind up suffer- ing from traditional hangover symptoms of upset stomach and diarrhea may have a vi- rus instead, health officials say. A gastro-inlcstinal virus is making the rounds in Iowa, al- though illnesses have not yet reached epidemic proportions, Dr. .Julius Conner, head of the Polk-Dcs Moines health de- partment says. lu the virus' effects, but "rest and a liquid diet seem to take care of the virus in a matter of a few Conner says. program aimed al reducing the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol. Commissioner Larson esti- mates, at a minimum, that one-third of the fatal accidents in Iowa involve drinking driv- ers. The national average is 50 percent. Since Iowa docs not require blood samples of peo- ple killed in traffic accidents, there is no way of knowing the precise figure. Larson cited several other reasons for the drop in traffic deaths in 1974. These include less travel with motor vehicle fuel tax collections down 2.94 percent so far this year plus more mo- loryclists voluntarily using helmets and goggles. Through Dec. 26 Ihe state had recorded 6H motorcycle fatalities compared with 72 for the entire year in 1973. Charge Washington Man With Breakin IOWA CITY Steven LeR- oy Kelly, 24, of Washington, has been charged with at- tempted breaking and enter- ing of the Drug Fair store in the Towncrest shopping center in Iowa City. Kelly, apprehended by pol- ice on the premises of shortly before midnight Sunday, was also charged with pusession of a controlled substance. The suspected marijuana was found following a routine search at the police station. Three Crashes In Winneshiek DECORAH Two persons were hospitalized and two cars demolished in accidents which occurred in Winneshiek coun- ty over the weekend. Eugene William Iloppo, 34, of Mabel, Minn., was taken to Winneshiek County Memorial hospital then transferred to St. Mary's hospital at Roches- ter, Minn., for treatment of fa- cial injuries and multiple fractures received when his car hit a concrete bridge near Bluffton about 2 p.m. Sunday. Winneshiek sheriff's offi- cers charged him with failure lo have conlrol of his car. Hoppe was driving alone; his car was demolished. Krislin Lee Stuhr, 21, of Ce- dar Rapids, received facial cuts and a knee injury at a.m. Sunday when the car she was driving struck a pickup parked on a Decorah streel. Damage to her car was and damage lo Ihe pickup, owned by Honald Juve of rural Decorah. was estimated at Miss Stuhr was charged with striking an unattended vehicle. She was treated at Winneshiek hospital. A pas- senger, Russell Bruemmcr, 22, of Decorah refused treal- ment for a bruised knee suf- fered in the accident. The third accident involved a car driven by CJerald Schmilz, 22, of rural Fort Al- kinson which sheriff's officers said crossed lo the wrong side of highway 150 and hit the led side of a bridge 1 miles soulh of Festina at a.m. Saturday. The car was demo- lished. Schmilz was charged with failure to have control (if his car. really enjoy a Happy New Year. .with A New Electric Overhead Door Opener and A New Door! Your Christmas Gift money can help on this practical, lasting gift! FREE 3O DAY TRIAL Free Estimates, Easy Terms "the Original" Since 1921 Garanteed Service and Installation! You'If see what a big difference ft FIBERGLASS Doors let in more light! 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