Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - February 3, 1966, Cedar Rapids, Iowa DOES ML CjRCULATf T John Ely vs. Bruce Glenn on THE POVERTY PROGRAM Complete Weather Forecast 362-1171 I ll) owa's INDEPENDENT Newspaper WE WILL INFOKM THE PUBLIC WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR EMpire 5-6078 VOLUME FIVE NUMBER FIVE -TIMES 606 4th Avenue South Ebst PUBLISHED WEEKLY IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA FEBRUARY 3, 1966 DID COUNTY ATTO R N E Y WITHHOLD EVIDENCE I've got a lot to be thankful for friends and family stuck by me and two great lawyers believed me when I said I didn't steal the says Ken Weber. just because the jury found the man innocent, doesn't mean he didn't take the that's just our system of says Jack Fulton Testimony in a recent District Court trial revealed that the county attorney's office withheld evi- dence which could have affected the establishment of the guilt or innocence of a young Cedar Rapids man. llth St.NE truck and withheld a month's pay as "payment against the note. The same evening Weber was ar- rested and placed under bondjhaving been charged with em- bezzlement by agent. Brought to r trial in December of a county investigator, showed that. the county attorney's office knew that another worker at the station had been taking funds during the same period as the alleged em- bezzling. This knowledge was withheld from the prosecution's case and according to Jack Fulton, county attomeyjhas not since been acted upon. E. R. Christie of Iowa City had employed Weber for seven years as attendant, dealer and station manager for the Apco Stations. But on Tuesday, October Mr. Christie and his attorney con- fronted station manager Weber with accusations that the company was short Mr. Christie had taught Weber the retail value in- ventory system used at the sta- tion but demanded a cash-on-hand and deposits accounting on this occassion. Christie took Weber's records, after first asking Weber and his wife to sign a note of re- sponsibility for the money, and Weber, Christie, and the latter's attorney then went to the police- station. Weber signed the note with no objection, thinking no mon- ey was missing. He stated this to police and denied any theft. Christie asked Weber to return to work but the following Friday fired him, took Weber's 1956 G.M.C. o 4> -c -j n ja i p. co cr 1-H o o 00 V-r a'i i- prosecution had juggled records and that his story.was fabricated because he readily answered all questions except where the money was. But if Weber had lied, it was noted that the prosecution would have brought their witnesses back to refute him. They did not. During the testimony, county in- vestigator John Hlavacek stated that his queries had resulted in the admission of thefts over a period of time by one of Weber's co-workers. When asked by. de- fense counsel what he had done with the information, Hlavacek re- plied he had turned it over to the county attorney's office. This in- formation was not presented-by the prosecution nor was the un- named worker called to testify. As defense council pointed out, the prosecution failed to show that Weber took any money or con- verted money to his private use. The Citizen-Times would like to know, if any money is missing, where has it gone? Further, if an admission of theft by the other worker exists, are charges being filed? When questioned by the Citi- zen-Times, county attorney Jack Fulton said there is no invest! ga- tion in progress now, "Just be- cause the jury found him innocent doesn't mean he didn't take the That's just our system of justice." Evidently his office feels the case is closed. But eight other employees also had access to cash drawer and it has not yet been established where the supposedly missing has gone. Ken Weber has filed suit against Christie, asking in darn- ages and fees, charging finalicous prosecution, loss of work and damages to his reputation. His attorneys are Nelson and Fassler. At the time of his arrest Weber's salary was per month. In the year between the arrest and the trial he worked at a number of jobsj being denied work by some corrr Bruce Glenn Against the program The so-called War oh Poverty appears to be the only war in which the current Administration is un- willing to negotiate, Rather, noth- ing short of unconditional sur- render is demanded. When the good people of Scott county, believing in government of, by and for the people, appeared ready to vote down a proposed community action program, the vote was arbitrarily cancelled. The Governor of Iowa complained publicly in mid-Decem- ber that he was rather unthought- fully ignored when it came to being informed just where the next bat- tle in the War on Poverty was to take place. ,And by late January, Mayor Bob Johnson of Cedar Ra- pids frankly told the United Com- munity Service board that "This (War On Poverty) really isn't a locally controlled program..." With all this smoke, one would certainly expect to see some fire. So while sociologists, political and politicians do all they can to produce more smoke, let's see if we can 't discover where the flames are and just what they are burning. As will be readily noted as you continue reading this report, much of the information is from firsthand experience. For I was a selected participant in a War on Poverty Institute held this past summer (1965) at California State College at Los Angeles. These factual observations in It's fiord to believe that something like this could happen to a person. thank God 1 was able to prove I wasn't guilty" panics because of the pending charges. He worked at 31 an hour in Solon. Then for an oil products repair company for several months. He is presently station manager Miss Fire Fighter The Cedar Rapids Fire Fighters Local number 11.held their annual banquet Friday, 'January 28 at the Cedar View Country Club. The occassion was marked by the pre- sentation of new officers, selection iam Smith, Walter McNamara, Myron of "Miss Fire Fighter-" for 1966, Oxley and Keith Kennedy. John and comments by speaker Vernon Cook, International Vice President of the Union. Officers installed were Robert Thompson, President; Ed Vosmek, Vice-President; Bob Simon, Secre- tary; La Vern Daugherty, financial Secretary and Robert Salasek, InTcdmrnentjng on the the Honorable H.R. Gross states, "The review of Mr. Glenn's experience deserv- es the widest possible distribu- tion and I commend his remarks to the attention of my colleagues." I was employed by the Los Angel- es City Schools and taught at John Muir Junior High. The school, not far from the ill-famed Watts area, is considered, ''adjacent to a pov- erty In mid-spring 1965, an official of the Federal office of Economic Opportunity (war on pov- erty) in the area served by the school spoke at a regular faculty meeting of the. school; This official's major point was :that going to have to change our way of thinking a great deal to accept the idea of men never working in their entire lifetime; but living from cradle to grave on federal welfare; This would be accomplished by. taxing those of us so "fortunate" as to have jobs to support those for another oil company which be- so "unfortunate" as to be perman- lievedin him, hiring him as attend- encIY unemployed, Almost unbe- ant and moving him up to manager lievable, isn't it? as positions became available. Well, when faced with this infor- nation in a radio debate, the Iowa '.irector on the War on Poverty re- plied that it was "an unfortunate remark." Indeed. Especially since I happened to hear it and have been telling all who will take the time to listen. Now the War on Poverty Institute mentioned earlier was setup ex- clusively for teachers in areas designated as "poverty-pockets" and those adjacent to such pock- ets. Limited to sixty recommended by their Principals as in the top 10% of his teaching institute cost a total of The stated purpose s of this In- stitute were to. aid teachers of "disadvantaged" youths and to .give us an inside view of the War on Poverty. Not only did we be- come privy to what is going on currently, but we also learned of Cont. page 4 He is married and the father of a two year old girl. treasurer. Bonnie Helgevold is the new "Miss Fire Attending were state Senators John Ely and Tom Riley, and re- presentatives Dave Crozier, Will- Helming and John Connors, Presi- dent and Secretary of the Iowa Association of Fire Fighters, were also present. Additional Fire Department news is the hiring of three men; Virgil Johnson, James Pauba, Ronald McLean, all of Cedar of February 1st.