Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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) - Tho Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAN) has awarded grants to the state of Iowa and to Pottawattamie county to bolster their criminal justice systems.
A MHH.519 grant to Iowa will fund law enforcement projects selected by the Iowa crime
commission, said Richard Velde, LEAA administrator.
A $280,481 grant to Pottawattamie county will assist in building a county courthouse and eity-county law enforcement center “that will bring all criminal justice functions under one roof,” Velde said Saturday.
Weekend Crashes Kill Nine
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Nine person died in weekend traffic accidents in Iowa. including a Hawarden man who was killed when the snowmobile he was riding struck a stop sign
Frederick Mardorf. 37, Monticello, was killed late Sunday morning when his car collided on highway 151 north of Anamosa with one driven by Henry Reece, 50. of Dallas, Texas.
Reece, his wife, Jean, 49, and their daughter. Mary’ Ann Dvorskey, 24, Iowa City, were hospitalized Sunday in Anamosa
Mrs Dvorskey s 4-year-old daughter, Christina. was treated and released
Services for Mardorf will be held Thursday at I 30 at St. Matthew Lutheran church. Visitation will be held after IO Tuesday at (ioettsch s.
James Venard, 22, Hawarden, died early Sunday when Im* was thrown from the snowmobile on which he was a passenger, authorities said.
The vehicle, driven by Nor
man Peck. Hawarden, struck a stop sign while traveling in a ditch along Iowa highway 12 at the south edge of Hawarden. officers said.
Peck was taken to a Sioux Falls, S D., hospital.
Timothy lawrence Shields. 19, Spencer, was killed early Sunday when his car went out of control on a city street and struck a tree, police said Cyrus Merle Hodge!!, 19. rural Gilmore City, was killed early Sunday when the car in which he was a passenger went into a ditch at the north edge of Rolfe in Pocahontas county and overturned The driver of the car, Jerry Lee Sandvig. 24. Rolfe, was charged with driving at a high rate of speed and with wreck-less driving. Ile was in poor contition Sunday in a Fort Dodge hospital Jo Lee Good. 18, Lewte, was killed Saturday night when the car in which she was riding struck a utility pole at a shopping center entrance in Atlantic
The driver, Craig J .awoke,
Long Trucks a Legislative Issue?
By Val Corley
DES MOINES (AP) — Long trucks — one of the most controversial issues in the 1974 legislature — mav be a hot issue again in 1975
Gov Robert Ray vetoed a measure during the 1974 session that would have permitted 85-foot twin-trailer trucks to travel on the state’s four-lane highways.
But he later signed legislation to permit the long trucks to travel in cities on the state's border, increased the allowable length of livestock trucks by five feet to HO 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 65-fnot trucks on state highways and is scheduled to make a decision Jan 8, the week before the legislature convenes.
If the DOT votes to increase the length of
the twin-trailer trucks from the current permissible 60 feet, the legislature has HH 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 Associated Press survey of legislators indicates
lf the DOT decides against allowing 65-foot trucks, there is enough support in the legislature to pass a bill to allow the longer trucks anyway, the AP survey shows.
But there would not be enough support to override another veto.
DOT Chairman Robert Rigler says the commission is attempting to determine how 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 mer 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-footers to four lane highways.
Trucking interests huve asked for the longer trucks for years, contending Iowa is the only state west of the Mississippi (hat does not allow the longer twin-trailers.
They say the longer trucks are as safe as the ones currently allowed and that Iowa industry suffers because it is more.expensive to ship bulky items in the smaller trucks
Many truckers say they use more fuel either skirting Iowa when they have the longer trucks or breaking the twin-trailers into two units to travel across the state.
But in vetoing the B5-foot truck bill last spring, Gov. Ray contended allowing the longer trucks would increase the traffic on a I ready-crow (led interstate HH across Iowa.
He said the longer trucks and increased traffic would more quickly wear out the highways at a time when the highway commission can’t afford to rebuild or to repair existing roads.
“The complex will include courthouse facilities, county detention facilities that will house the community-based rehabilitation program, court and prosecution functions, and police and sheriff services.” Grants totaling $4 75 million have been awarded for the project. Velde said
Scherle Seeks Position With (JSDA
WASHINGTON (UPI) -Rep. William Scherle (Rio-wa) is on his way out of congress, but the southwest Iowan says he is looking for a job with the U.S. department of agriculture so he can continue to work for the American farmers.
Scherle said during the weekend he has tentatively-agreed to accept a post with the USDA because he is concerned about what might happen to Iowa agriculture interests during the next congress.
The Iowa Republican said he does not plan to return to his 320-acre farm near Henderson and says he might try-running for elective office again on 1976. An eight-year veteran of the house, Scherle was defeated by Thomas Har-kin. an Ames lawyer, in November.
Scherle said he plans to return to Washington in mid-January to look into a specific position with the USDA. He said he especially wants to keep an eye on the house agriculture committee next session to ensure that the unit protects the farmer and doesn't only watch out for consumer interests.
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20. Omaha. Neb., and two other passengers were hospitalized
Both drivers were killed in a two-car crash Friday night at an intersection of Iowa highway 38 and a county road near Olin
The victims were identified as Franklin Blahmk, 48. Monmouth. and Linda Herrington. 31, Olin
Steven ( lark. 25. Council 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 raino
The death of Inland Spidle. 30. Allerton, in a one-car accident in Wayne county Saturday was reported Monday morning.
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Drinking Drivers To Be Target In State Anti-Fatality Campaign
By Hardsell Weber
DKS MOINES (IDEA) -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.
Ifs within the realm of possibility, l^arson said, that Iowa could wind up the year with under HOH fatalities, which would be the best the state has done in 20 years This forecast is predicated on motorists continuing to voluntarily drive slower to conserve on gasoline, a practice credited for slashing the 1974 traffic death toll in Iowa by nearly 20 percent Through Dec 26. the state had recorded 657 traffic fatalities for the year, a drop of 153 over the corresponding date a year earlier When compared to the five-year average, the state’s record for the year is even more impressive, a decrease of 176
Iowa recorded 813 traffic deaths in 1973; the five-year average is 841.
Larson pointed out the largest reduction in traffic deaths occurred on Iowa’s primary and secondary roads, not the interstate.
Prior to the 55 mph speed limit, which went into effect March I. the speed limit on Iowa's primary and secondary roads was 79 mph unless posted. Daytime speed limit on the interstate was 75 Larson credits the highway patrol for a very effective job, he claims the best in the coun
try, in keeping motorists in check.
During the first ten months of 1974. the patrol had a whopping 30H percent increase in the number of speeding tickets issued Through October, the patrol had issued IM.HHH speeding tickets, compared with 31.BHH for the same period in 1973.
While most of these tickets went to motorists traveling the interstate system, l,arson believes the aggressive campaign served as a deterrent to motorists on the primary and secondary system.
Larson is asking the legislature for an additional 35 highway 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-wuns who over-party New Years eve and wind up suffering from traditional hangover symptoms of upset stomach and diarrhea may have a virus instead, health officials say.
A gastro-intestinal virus is making the rounds in Iowa. although illnesses have not yet reached epidemic proportions, Dr. Julius C onner, head of the Polk-Des Moines health department says.
to the virus’ effects, but ‘Test and a liquid diet seem to take care of the virus in a matter of a few days. Conner says.
program aimed at reducing the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol.
Commissioner I,arson estimates. at a minimum, that one-third of the fatal accidents in Iowa involve drinking drivers. The national average is SO percent. Since Iowa does not require blood samples of people killed in traffic accidents, there is no way of knowing the precise figure
I^irson 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-toryelists voluntarily using helmets and goggles.
Through Dec. 26 the state had recorded 66 motorcycle fatalities compared with 72 for the entire year in 1973.
Charge Washington Man With Breakin
IOW A CITY — Steven LeR-oy Kelly. 24. of Washington, has been charged with attempted breaking and entering of the Drug Pair store in the Towncrest shopping center in Iowa City.
Kelly, apprehended by police on the premises of shortly before midnight Sunday, was also charged with posession 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 county over the weekend
Eugene William Hoppe, 34, of Mabel, Minn . was taken to Winneshiek County Memorial hospital then transferred to St. Mary’s hospital at Rochester, Minn , for treatment of facial injuries and multiple fractures received when his car hit a concrete bridge near Bluffton about 2 p.m. Sunday.
Winneshiek sheriff’s officers charged him with failure to have control of his car. Hoppe was driving alone; his car was demolished.
Kristin Lee Stuhr. 21. of Cedar Rapids, received facial cuts and a knee injury at 2:80 a rn. Sunday when the car she was driving struck a pickup parked on a Decorah street. Damage to her car was $750 and damage to the pickup, owned by Ronald Juve of rural Decorah, was estimated at $250.
Miss Stuhr was charged with striking an unattended vehicle. She was treated at Winneshiek hospital. A passenger, Russell Bruemmer. 22, of Decorah refused treatment for a bruised knee suffered in the accident.
The third accident involved a car driven by Gerald Schmitz, 22, of rural Fort Atkinson which sheriff’s officers said crossed to the wrong side of highway 150 and hit the left side of a bridge I 1/2 miles south of Festina at 3:30 a rn. Saturday . The car was demo-lished Schmitz was charged with failure to have control of his car.
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