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Billings Herald (Newspaper) - April 29, 1948, Billings, Montana Historical society Charge GI Swindle Three California Men Are Indicted in Veterans Housing Deals April 21 By W. C. MITCHELL Wednesday, April 21, the Las Angeles Federal Grand Jury re- turned a 53-count Indictment charg- ing a GI housing swin- dle by three Fresno, California, men. The three 'defendants in this in- dictment are: "William C. Albany, owner of the William C. Albany in Fresno, a former lieutenant-commander in the Seabees, and chairman of the 1947 Fresno Grand Jury, -M. Vail, real estate sales- man, former air force captain and a member of the American Legion's seven-man national housing com- mittee. Wade J. Howells, real estate sales- man and former army captain. Six of the fellow veterans they are accused of defrauding in the Fresno housing swindle were called before the Federal Grand Jury -by U. S. Atty. James Carter and his assistant, Paul Fitting, after months of investigation. The indictments were returned before Federal Judge Paul J. Mc- Cormick. He issued 'bench war- rants and set -bail at each. The indictment charges one count of conspiracy. Maximum penalty on conviction is two years in pris- on, fine or both. Counts 2 to 40 charges the de- fendants with "wilfully building houses not in accordance with the plans and specifications submit- ted in the application lor prior, ities." 'Counts 41 to 53 charge and defend- ants with "wilfully selling houses at over maximum selling price fixed in the application for prior ities." Maximum, penalties on each of the counts range from one to two years In prison or to lines, or tooth. If each of the defendants should be convicted on every count, he faces a maximum penalty of 54 years in prison, in fines, or both. The alleged swindle involves in the construction and sale of 55 houses in the Southern Home Site Tract in Fresno, and (Continued on Page 5) Rush Athletic Park Work for Opening Game Workmen are rushing the 000 remodeling job at Athletic park so that it will 'be completed and ready for the opening home game next Tuesday night when the Bil lings Mustangs meet Salt Lake This week the work on the park was nearlng completion. The next boxes in front of the old grandstand thp ers along the third base line have been constructed. The fence uroiuu the park are completed and pa'nl cd. Ticket booths, trunstilcs anc the press .box are also completed Workmen are now busy placing backs one all the seats at the parl: New wire screening will be in stalled in 'front of the box scat. and bleacher sections before tli opening game. An improved light ing system, will also be in opera tion which will give 33 pcreen more light than the old system. The -complete home game sched ule for the Mustangs is as follows lows: May 4, 5, 6 Salt Lak May 7, 8, 9 Ogdei May 11, 12, 13 Idaho Falls May 21, 22, 23...: PocateU May 24, 25, May 27, 28, 29 Twin Fall May 30, 31 Great Falls June 13, 14, 15 Oedei June 16, 17, 18 Salt Lak June 29, 30, July 1 .Idaho Fall July 2, 3, 4 Great Fall July 8, 9, 10 Bois July 11, 12, 13 Twin Fail July 24, 25, 26 .Jocatell Aug. 12, 13, 14 Salt Lak Aug. 15, 16, 17 Ogde Aug. 2B, 27, 28 Idaho Fall Aug. 29, 30 31 .Focatell Sept, 2, 3, 4 -Twin Fal Sept! 10, Falls battalion. OL 30 THURSDAY, APRH. as, TO NEW POSITION Montana Slot Machine Clubs Set A New State Record Kenneth L. Cook, who resigned- Saturday as assistant county agent for Yellowstone county has been appointed agricultural de- velopment agent for the North- ern Pacific railway at Seattle, ef- fective May 1. Cook, -who has here two years, will serve the railway in Washington, northern Idaho and Oregon; Af- ter completing a four-year course in agriculture at the University of Cook went direct into the army. He served 23 months in New Guinea and the Phillipincs ana was an infantry major on his return to the United States in January, 1946. He is 27 years old. National Guard In Recruiting Drive A National Guard recruiting of flee or Billings is now open at 2919 Montana avenue for the Intensl- ied National Guard program. Capt. M. Blake and 1st Sgt. William. 'otter, who are attached to the Sixth army are In charge. The ffice iwlll be open from noon un- 11 p.m. daily except Saturday, it will be open from 9 ajn o 9 p.m. According ta the local guard men from 17 to 35, in- :lusive, are eligible for National iuard training, but persons with, previous military service are not prevented 'by the maximum age imit from Joining the guard. For- mer service men can also be en- isted in the rating they held when :hey were separated from service Pay for guardsmen Is one day's regular army pay for the two-hour night meeting attended each week Longivity also counts on guard pay. A maximum of 48 drills are set for the year. In addition the members attend a two-week field training camp each year where they receive regular army pay td jrade. The recruiters point out that young men with no previous mill training can receive such training right here in Billings without it interfering with their ed ucation or civilian occupation. I selective service and universal rail itary training become a law legis latlon is proposed to exempt nwm bers of the National Guard, Under the intensified program for the new National Guard, guard members become eligibe for spe cialized training in a variety o technical fields said Captain Blake Among some listed were engineer ing, communications, electronics and, in special cases, aircraft train. ing. Billings National Guard units which are now a part of the 163rc Infantry combat team, under th new guard organization taclud headquarters and headquarters clubs are be- ing incorporated this year at a rale unequaled in Montana history, a study of records of the secretary of state revealed this week. The study was made by a member the Great Falls Tribune staff. Virtually all of the cluis are be- ig formed to take advantage of orney general has held on at least wo occasions that final responsi- bility for determining whether u club qualifies rests -with the board of equalization. Yet last June the joard announced issuance of a number of licenses with the state' ment it was doing so only because t- had been advised by the attor ney general's office that failure to issue licenses to clubs meeting: the standards set by the law and thu secretary of state's office probably would result In mandamus actions to force the -board to deliver. So far there has been no test of the slot machine law before the supreme court. Ample opportunity ex.sts because Judge Guy C. Dcrry of Billi'i'gs held in a Great Palis case that slot machines are lotter- ies and Judge George W. Padbury of Helena held in a Gallatln county case that they are not. If slot machines are lotteries, they a.'e >anned by the-constitution and the Icens.'ng law must fall. If they are not, the supreme court's decision in he Great Falls Taxlcab club case the effect that, if an organi- zation is not carrying out, in good aith the purposes for which it was ncorporated, the" raits relating-to operation rather than intent ex- pressed at the time of organiza- ,lon are the things that must prevail. In view of the attorney general's opinions, responsibility for dctej- nining whether a club Is-living up to its expressed declarations In ar- ticles of Incorporation lies (1) with ;he board of equalization, which las the power to enforce all pro- visions or the 1945 licensing act, including that which prohibits op- eration of slot machines except by xmaflde religious, fraternal, char- itable or nonprofit organizations, or (2) with county law enforce- ment officers, who may be aided by information obtained by equal! sation board agents in prosecution of criminal cases or who may be assisted by the attorney general's office if civil abatement proceed ings are instituted. lity MarWe Tournament Finals Are Saturday The city-wide marble tournament iponsored by the Billings Junior chamber of commerce is in its inal stages with championship games scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday at Garfield school grounds. Con- ducted ,by the department of public recreation there are 112 entries this ear. Results of the tournament so far are: Orchard Sam- Reitor, 119 Jefferson; runner-up, Jimmy Tate, 33 Roosevelt. North Edward Jolnes, 211 N. 15th; runner-up, Donald Shear- er, 211 N. 15th. Eli- seo Compas, 406 S, 23rd; runner- up, Cresensio Garcia, 21 S. 25th. Charles Strat- ford, 411 Riverside; runner-up, Ken- neth Strauch, 506% S. 35th. The winner for Junior high, was Kenney Olson, route 1, who took third place in the 1947 state tour- ney. The runner-up is Dale Clark, 915 S. 27th, who was Billings 1947 champion and took second place at the 1847 state tourney. These boys are favored for champ and runner-up of the present city tour- ney. The matches at MeKinley school were held Wednesday afternoon and at EroacVMater Thursday after- noon. The last school match will be at Pratt school Friday after- noon. The winner ol the city will take part in the state VFW tour- nament at Great Falls under the joint sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Billings VFW post. Teen-Agers Conduct City Council Meeting Billings teen-agers eluded a railroad underpass con- MAY OPEN LAUREL OIL POOL Gerald H. Anderson reported Monday that he may have a good oil well at the Anthon Kohl farm five miles south ol Laurel. He said that green oil and gas shot high the air Sunday night when the bit Third battalion, and I, reached. 1.005 feet in what is prob and M companies of the battalion. ably the cloverley sand. A pro- company, ildes, street improvements and traf-, ic problems. The teen-age officials met with the city council in regular session and at the conclusion of their meeting the regular city officials ,urned the session over to the ;een-agers. One of their first or- ders of 'business was the unamim- ous adoption of a resolution desig- nating youth week a's an annual event for Billings. Don Stemaway, mayor, brought the meeting to order. Responding when Emmajane Carter, city clerk, called the roll were Gus Anton, Grace Jones, Dick Lambrccht, Dav- id Lcuthold, Jim Cutts, Duane Mc- Curdy and Teressa Kessel. One alderman, Roy Morlcdge, was ab- sent. Other officials to the teen-age administration taking part in the meeting were Jim Reynolds, city attorney; Marynell Curtis, treasur- er; Keith Thomas, police Judge; Joe Keating, engineer; Dick Greg.- ory, chief of police, and Dick Knoche, fire chief. Clean-Up Week Set for Next Week PROCLAMATION Whereas, the general health and welfare of our citizens de- pend upon wholesome surround- ings arising from good clean clean living conditions, and Whereas, the lives and prop- ty of our people are endangered by fire caused by the cluttered conditions in homes, factories, alloys and streets, and Whereas, unity of effort is re- quired for the future develop- ment of our community. Therefor, I, H. E. Biddlnger, Mayor of the City of Billings, do hereby designate Sunday, May 2, 1948, as olficial open; ing day of the Clean-Up, Paltit- Up, Fix-Up Week, sponsored by 'municipal, civic and other or- ganizations, and call upon all departments of the city, clubs, schools, churches, boys' and girls' clubs, and all other as- sociations, and other people in general to take an active part in this constructive program for community improvement to In- sure its success. Dated this 26th day of April, 1'JiU. H. E. BIDDINGER, Mayor, City of Billings. Next week is official "clean-up week" for Billings I The city will cooperate iwith all residents by lauling away their rubbish. Citi- zens of Billings arc urged to clean their entire premises Including yards, alleys, garages, basements and attics of accumulated rubbish and pile it in the alleys for coV lection by trucks of the city's -de- parunent of sanitation..- A. S. Todd, head of the city's de- partment or sanitation sold today that the department's trucks would haul away usual rubbish and trash, jut that they would not handle trees, large limbs of trees, scrap buildlgn material or dirt. Small branches and shrub trimmings would be all right according to Mr. Todd. Fire Chief Lucian B. Smith to- day urged all citizens of Billings to take part in the annual Clean-up campaign. "Home fires cost U. S. I property owners more than two million dollars each year. Many of these fires start in trash-filled basements. An important point in orotecting property is to keep basp- ments, garages and attics free of all he said. WITHHOLDING TAX DOPE NOW IN THE MAIL Employers in Billings and Mon- tana who are concerned about the new withholding tax on, salaries and iwages of their employees, which ibecomes effective on May 1, will have the necessary informa- tion within the next few days ac- cording to Thomas M. Robinson, collector of internal revenue for the district of Montana. Mr. Robinson said Tuesday that Circulars WT, information In con- nection with the withholding of in- come tax under the Revenue act of 1948, are being placed In the malls .and will be in the hands of all employers throughout the state of Montana within the next four or five days. The well is in section Cancer Fund Drive Lags With only a few days left for Yellowstone county's cancer cam- paign close to four thousand dol- lars of the goal has been received by Mrs. George A. Mit- chell, county commander. Tag-day last Saturday netted for the found. Twenty-five girls from Y.W.C.A. Seventh and Eighth clubs from city schools sold the tags. Mrs. Mitchell said today that she hoped that donations would flow her office the next few duys to Uelp reach the goal. AIRMEN TO HOLD DANCE The Billings Air Reserve officers association and Air Force associa- tion will hold a spring dance to the Amvets hall Friday night. Open to members and their guests this event will attract many out-of- town people. A special invitation to attend has been extended to Biliings Reserve and National guard officers. DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY Complete Oil News Page 14-15 Agriculture News Page 10 Paging: "Babs" Allen Page 6 Editorial 1'agc 2
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