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Sandusky Register (Newspaper) - May 25, 1971, Sandusky, Ohio Billy Bauer Wants To Be A Cop In New York ftmes-Potf NEW YORK Billy Bauer wants to be a policeman. That is a hell of a thing to want to be in the city of New York this week. But Billy is not about to change his mind. On June 16, if he passes his exams, he will be graduated from the police academy. On June 17 he will be patrolling the streets, with a gun in the holster on his left hip. LIKE ALL ROOKIE policemen, he will be assigned to one of the worst slum neighborhoods in the city: to the South Bronx, or Harlem, or Brownsville. He is hoping it will be to the 41st precinct, in the South Bronx, which has the highest crime rate in New York. "If I'm going to learn this job," he said Monday, "that's the place to learn it." Today, in the South Bronx, they are burying Waverly Jone*, one of the two policemen shot in the back in a Harlem housing project Friday night. Wednesday, in Deer Park, they will be burying Joseph Plagentini, the other policeman who was murdered Friday night. In respect for the two dead officers, Billy Bauer was wearing a black ribbon across the shield on his gray rookie's uniform. But the double killing has not lessened his determination to become a cop. "This city is in a mess," he said. "It's going to get worse before it gets better. Maybe me and the other fellows at the academy can do something about it." HE IS NOT REALLY sure what he can do. But a portentous fate appears to have made Billy Bauer become a policeman. Perhaps it will show him a way. He was born in the East Bronx, and grew up around Westchester Avenue. He was not a very good student in school, and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. The thought of being a policeman never entered his mind, until the job was almost thrust upon him. "It was a day in August," Bauer said. "I was playing handball at Orchard Beach. My friend came along and asked me to go with him. I asked him where he was going. He said he was going to take the test for the police academy. I said I'd see him tomorrow, but he told me to come along and take the test, too, as a Joke. I didn't want to be a cop. He's the one who did. His father is a sergeant on the force, and my friend wanted to be a cop, tpo. So I went and took the test with him, as a joke. I passed, and he failed. I went to the police academy. He got drafted and was killed in Vietnam." BAUER RECALLED this while standing outside the Grand Pizzeria, on Second Avenue near 20th Street, around the corner from the police academy. He eats lunch there every day. Across the street, dozens of kids were playing basketball and sof tball in a schoolyard. Some of them were not much younger than Billy Bauer, who is 21. He became 21 on Jan. 16, the same day that he was sworn in at the police academy. "That was going to be the biggest day of my life," Bauer said- "I was really going to celebrate. 1 got two $20 tickets to 'Two by Two,' you know, the Danny Kaye show, for men and my girl. We're going to be married some day, but we haven't decided when. And I made reservations at the Copacabana. We were really going to live it up. But that was the day of the police job action. As soon as we were sworn in, I got sent up to a precinct in the Bronx to help out with clerical work. Forty bucks down the drain. That's what happens when you're a cop." OTHER THINGS, TOO, happen when you're a cop. On April 12, Bauer got his first field training, on assignment to the 30th Precinct in North Harlem. ' 'My second call was a gun call," he said. "A woman called and said her husband had a gun. I went out there with two other officers. I was scared. I kept thinking about what they had told us at the academy. Unlock the gun in the holster. Keep it riding high and easy to reach. When you come to the corner of a corridor, peer around it before you keep going. 1 was playing it by the book. The other officers were much looser. They're used to gun calls. Everybody in Harlem has a gun. You have to get used to it. "There was no shooting that time. The gun was in the guy's coat when we entered the apartment, and Please turn to page 12 TheWo/iM At VWi DooMtep CLOUDY, COOUR SANDUSKY REGISTER FOUNDED 1822 VOL. 149 NO. 35 SANDUSKY, OHIO TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1971 TEN CENTS Woman Is 'Fair' After Bay Rescue A woman rescued by police last night after she was found floundering in Sandusky Bay was listed in fair condition at Good Samaritan Hospital this morning. THE WOMAN, Mary JbAnne Remy, 38, 204 Lawrence St., was floating 100 yards, from the pier at the foot of Lawrence Street around 6:45 p.m. yesterday, when police arrived. Ptl. Doug Davis, alerted by a man pointing to the woman in the deep channel; waters, jumped in and swam after her, police said. DAVIS BROUGHT the woman to within 25 feet of the shore, where she was helped into a boat by Ptl. Wayne Weber, Ptl. Leonard LaRose, and an unidentified man. Police said Weber also jumped in to help Davis with the woman. The Remy woman said she was a "JoAnne Barnes" but was later identified by relatives, according to police. POLICE TOOK the woman to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was admitted. VITAL STATISTICS BIRTHS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Mr. and Mrs. Walter Agsten, 2614 Tiffin Ave., Lot 18, Son. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gipson, 154 Monroe St., Monroeville, Son. Mr. and Mrs. William Collins, RR 1, Whites Landing, Vickery, Son DBATHS Albert Fritz. 128 Perry St. Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pf lieger, Monroeville Eric John Rehfuss. Aurora, O. Holland T. Meyer. 417 Pearl St. Hide-A-Bed This Wont Ad brought rnulti after just one Insertion. BROWN colonial hide-abed sofa. 100. Phone0004000 RESULTS) If you nova an unwonted Hide- A-Btd you too eon find a buyer quickly with, a ydy, Low-Cow gaguJar Family Want Ad. To Mm* Yaw ta% Wwtf Arf JWtfCdi 625-5500 on4 oik for the* WANT AD DEPT. Wo'M do flht mil Your wi mm iwm mmrmI Col Mora 5 p-m. City Orders Merchants' Plan Study PATROLMEN DAVIS AND WEBER PULL MARY JOANNE REMY FROM BAY WATER ...while Ptl. LaRose stands by with boat. (Register photo - Charlie Lewis) State Resource Officials Drop Support For Channelization Plan By TERRYSHEELY Register Outdoor Editor Environmentally-concerned Department of Natural Resources authorities today declared their opposition to the proposed Huron River channelization plan and withdrew the department's previous approval. THE ACTION could have invaluable impact on a fight by local opponents of the proposal to save eight scenic river bends north of Milan from being straightened and replaced with a 2,100-foot man-made channel. Involved is approximately 3,300 feet of meandering river bed which the State Highway Department intends to straighten out to accommodate construction of a bridge spanning the river as part of the proposed four-lane Rt. 250 relocation project. David Meeker, top-level administrator under DNR Director William B. Nye, said this morning the department has taken a position opposed to the river relocation based on projected damage to marine and wildlife habitat. BASIS FOR THE DNR position was a report submitted late Monday by two field investigators who walked the stretch of river in question to determine it's natural resource quality. "The director has said that he is opposed to any channelization project that is not absolutely necessary and we feel that the proposed channelization here is not absolutely necessary," Meeker said. Meeker said the department is seriously concerned with the effect a channelization program would have on existing marine and wildlife habitat. HE POINTED OUT the area offers "pretty good fishing" and is a watery link with the Division of Wildlife's coho salmon program. " We are especially concerned with the effect this would have on fish life in the river and animal life that uses the shoreline habitat,'' Meeker said. Meeker said the DNR is withdrawing approval of the project given last November during the Rhodes administration. Contrary to previous indications, Meeker said, the preliminary plan submitted by the highway department for DNR approval did not "show any channelization work." MEEKER SAID DNR authorities have scheduled a meeting with the highway department Thursday "to discuss this project along the lines of minimizing the channelization as much as possible or eliminating it altogether." The DNR opposition could have a fatal affecton the planned river straightening. In line with environmental safeguards, all highway projects are required to receive DNR approval before they are committed. Please turn to page 12 After formally accepting the merchants' plan aimed at boosting downtown retail trade, city dommissioners last night ordered a staff investigation to see how the plan could be implemented as soon as possible. JAMES HENDRICKSEN, one of three businessmen who sparkplugged the idea, handed Mayor Leo Braeunig a petition from property owners affected by the plan. Hendricksen, along with James Schuler and Robert Shiff, said they have the support of 88 per cent of those involved. THE PROPOSAL would see: - creation of two new parking plazas serving the entire four-block central business core. - establishement of a special assessment district to pay for the property owners' share of the estimated $521,275 total cost. - elimination of some of midtown's worst building blight. - encouragement for merchant remodeling plans to beautify pedestrian walkways. HENDRICKSEN AND Schuler told the commissioners last night they would like to see prompt action on their plan. City Solicitor John Lehrer asked the businessmen to draw a plan to be presented along with the petition. SCHULER REPLIED the petition clearly states which parcels of land are included and outlines the taxing district. He said the group behind the project would meet with Lehrer to see exactly Mass Slaying* Common In Vietnam-Henderson FT. MEADE, Md. (UPD- Every large American combat unit in Vietnam has carried out mass slayings of Vietnamese civilians, according to the officer who commanded troops at My Lai. : Col. Oran K. Henderson, facing a court martial on charges that he covered up atrocities committed by his own soldiers, said Monday it is the troops' own reluctance to talk that has kept "Every unit of brigade ilie hat its My Lai bidden someplace," Henderson told reporters in an interview during a recess at his precourt martial hearing. But he added: "Every unit doesn't have a Ridenhour." Ronald L. Riden-hour was the Vietnam veteran whose letter to the secretary of defense focused attention on the My Lai incident. Henderson also disclosed that in December, I860, he wrote Army Chief of Staff Gen. William C. Westmoreland saying he would take full blame for the actions of his troops at My Lai in order to save the Army further embarrassment. ' . ,'M� if'". < ^ TENNESSEE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN PATtOl CHATTANOOGA STREETS ...protecting on uneasy peace since a Nearc was shot lot) night. (UM) what he wants so there would be no delays in implementing the program. Commissioners Harold Schaeffer, Leo Braeunig and Joe Weske spoke out for the plan. SCHAEFFER SAID the local plan "should be exhausted" before the city goes through with federal urban renewal. Braeunig said the merchants' Please turn to page 12 Accused Killer Helped Search For Akron Pair AKRON, Ohio (UPI) - Kenneth Lykens was alone in the home he shared with his parents and a brother last Monday night when two neighbor girls disappeared. He helped in the massive search for them that went on into the night. Police were holding Lykens, 27, today without bond in the knife slayings of grade schoolers Lori Crowe and Lorna Ritz, both 9. Their slashed bodies were found a week ago today in a ditch several miles from here. Lykens was arrested by police Sunday during routine questioning at his home as detectives continued to puzzle over the killings. They reportedly found two litter bags the girls had been carrying, a pair of glasses Lori had worn and a hunting knife in the Lykens home. Troops In Control Of Chattanooga CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UPD-Police shot and killed a young black man in Chattanooga's fourth straight night of violence Monday night, but Mayor Robert K. Walker said a stringent curfew had "dramatically reduced" the city's strife. Leon Anderson, 23, was the first person to die in the violence that started Friday night when a soul music show was cancelled. Mayor Walker said Anderson was shot to death by city police and state troopers in the predominantly black Alton Park section, where he said "there had been numerous reports of officers being fired on." Describing Anderson's death, Walker told a news conference that officers observed a person crossing a street at about U p.m.-four hours after the curfew started-"with something in his hand." "The man turned and hurled some type of missile. The officers called for the man to halt"
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