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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., July ll, 1974 Iowa Crime Rising: Barn Destroyed Gazetf# Photo by Dale Hankins The charred remains of a tractor are about all that remains of the barn on the John Heasley farm, located three miles south of Rowley. According to Walker, Brandon and Rowley fire officials, the blaze began about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when sparks from brush Heasley was burning ignited the barn. Also lost in the fire were a pickup truck, silo, boat and 19 pigs. The nearby frame house also sustained heat damage. Losses have been estimated at $12,000. Vinton Delays Public Hearing On School Budget VINTON — The annual meet Ing of the Vinton school board was held Monday night, but the budget hearing which had been scheduled was not held because budget forms were not made available from the state comptroller’s office in time for publication deadlines to be met. The 1974-75 budget hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. The board accepted the resignation of Fred Zeller, junior high math teacher. Pacts Approved The following contracts were approved: Steve Archibald, industrial arts; Steven Long, junior high science; Bernice Duello, {sixth grade English and social studies; Beverly Gilbert, one class of junior high home economics and teacher associate, and Bernice Wilson, teacher associate at West elementary. The board discussed the purchase of a divider oui’tain for the high school gym so that both boys and girls physical education classes could be held at the same time without bothering one another. Because of the estimated cost of the curtain — over $5,000 — the board decided to try to get along without the divider curtain for the fall and discuss the purchase later if it seemed to be a necessity. Papers Due Nomination papers for two positions on the board plus the board treasurer are due Aug. I. The terms of board members, Dr. S. L. Anthony and Helen Van Steenhuyse, and Treasurer Al Happel, will expire. Candidates may obtain nomination papers at the board office in the Lincoln building. The board discussed opening a gymnasium in the summer for basketball. Dr. Robert Jacobson, superintendent, pointed out summer basketball coaching is illegal. However, the board felt a recreation program might be accepted and Dr. Jacobson was instructed to check the legality of opening the gym for a summer recreation program which would be available to everyone. Number of Central Committee Members Debated at Convention Dont Blame Police: ICC By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) - Besides adopting a platform, Iowa Republicans at their up-coming state convention will vote on a proposed new constitution for the Republican party of Iowa. The main issue, at this time, on the constitution appears to be the number of members on the Republican state central committee. The document, as drafted, calls for two members from each of the six congressional districts plus the national cornin i 11 e e rn a n and committeewoman, for a total membership of 14. This marks a slight departure from the present setup as the national committeeman and committeewoman serve in an ex-officio capacity and have no Allamakee School Boosts Graduation Credit Level WAUKON — In line with increased course offerings and the common custom of students to take five subjects, the Allamakee Community school board raised the requirements for graduation to 19 units, including one unit of physical education, an increase of two units. At its annual meeting this week, it accepted bids for the 1974-75 school year: milk — Dorchester area, Onstad Dairy, Spring Grove, 8.32 cents per half pint; Waterville and Waukon, Bob Mac’s Dairy of Waukon, 8.7 cents (awarded in consideration of service to the Waterville school); gasoline — Sun Oil Co., 41.6 cents a gal.; fuel oil — Northeast Farm Service, 30.8 cents per gal. Sullivan Insurance Agency presented the low bid of $3,168 for fleet insurance, but decision was delayed pending investigation of the Iowa Assn. of School Boards’ school package insurance plan. i The board approved the 1974-75 budget calling for $2,444,101 in the general fund and $171,209 in the schoolhouse fund. A budget hearing will be held Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. at the senior high. A special board meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday to consider shop building plans and other business. In other action, three new personnel were approved, including an additional vocational agriculture teacher, Jim Power of Thompson, Mo. • A group from Dorchester preented a request for improved activity bus service and additional staff for next year. The board decided to service the Dorchester-Churchtown route by separate activity buses to each area. voting rights. Both would have a vote under the proposed draft. Republican state Chairman John McDonald reports he has heard proposals for increasing the membership anywhere from 14 to 26 members. Ben A. Webster of Des Moines has a minority report on file to increase the membership to four members from each congressional district, two men and two women. Some other delegates are talking about three from each district. McDonald said he really doesn’t consider the size of the GOF central committee a major issue, although he expects it will receive considerable debate at the convention, July 19-20. Most of the proposed constitution for the Republican party is an up-date of the present document and covers such things as auxiliary organizations, county committees, caucuses, conventions and meetings. The convention will start 3 p.m. Friday, with district caucuses. The main order of business will be selecting district committeemen and committeewomen. The schedule: First district I— Hotel Fort Des Moines. Second district — Hotel Sa-very. Third district — Holiday Inn Downtown Fourth district — Saver}'. Fifth district — Savery. Sixth district — Ramada Inn. By Gordon Hanson DES MOINES (AP) - Criminal activities in Iowa suburban communities are rising, but there is an uunrealistic expectation of what police departments can do to curtail them, the Iowa crime commission (ICO reports. “Police have strictly limited control over the factors that make up crime,’’ says Harold Smith, ICC planning manager. “It would be unfair and inaccurate to hold them responsible.” He said Wednesday the commission “emphasizes citizen awareness and involvement in crime reduction programs. A little common sense on the part of the citizen in protecting his property will go a long way.” Property Crimes The FBI uniform crime report indicates in recent years “a sizeable increase of property crimes in the suburban communities and smaller cities in the Des Moines area,” the ICC said in a report. “The trend is statewide as well,” said Dan Felsen, assistant planning officer. The report summarizes property crimes in Polk county suburbs in 1972-1973. It is the result of a six-month compilation of crime fre- Sigourney RAVE Winners Announced SIGOURNEY - First place winner of the 1974 RAVE (Rural Amateur Variety Entertainment) event was a 14 member vocal group from Tri-County high school. They will represent Keokuk county in the district contest in October. Second place went to a four-piece instrumental group led by Greg Peiffer on guitar, Dale Cavin on trap set, Sharon Peiffer, organist and Bruce Peiffer, bass guitar and saxophone. Joy Cassens placed third with a ballet-acrobatic dance routine. quency data completed last month by the ICC’s planning section. Selected for the study were police departemnts in Altoona, Ankeny, Clive, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. Different Causes “Each city was found to be unique, very often with different possible causes for the offenses,” the report said. But general comparisons of increasing criminal activities in the eight towns might be made with other suburban areas in Iowa. The report classifies property crimes as burglary, auto theft and larceny, which comprised “94 percent of the reported crimes in Iowa,” Smith said. “The other 6 percent are person-to-person crimes — murder, rape, robbery and assault. Iowa is fortunate in that these crimes are not that common.” Many Factors “There are many factors — social, geographical, economic, political, and others — that affect the crime level in a particular area.” The report says apartment la? eny is becoming more prevalent as “more working people choose apartment living.” Many of the buildings “are nearly empty during the day, making them prime targets for thieves.” “There is a rapid turnover of renters and it is doubtful whether the manager knows who is living there at any given time . . . They also contribute to much of the larceny from autos, of auto parts, bicycle theft, motor vehicle theft and burglary.” Apartment Complexes “Large apartment complexes, by virtue of their anonymity, are prime targets for thieves living “within the complex as well as thieves from without.” The report said thefts in homes are the most common type of larceny from buildings. “ . . . The larger the population, the more residential larceny there was.” However, many reports of residential thefts were “unfounded, exaggerated or reported only because of an in-s u r a n c e company requirement. Many of the articles reported as stolen are actually lost or missing.” Easy Access Some suburbs are ex-periencing increasing numbers of larcenies because of their easy access to major highways. These included thefts from autos, motels, restaurants, service stations, shopping centers and other commercial establishments. The report also said: Because some suburbs are expanding at a fairly rapid rate, thefts from construction sites can be expected. Bicycle theft in most cities appears to be a crime with which the police can do little . . . With more people now buying the expensive racing bikes, bicycle theft may soon become a major category of property crime. Larceny from autos and of auto parts is a category under which many reports are made for insurance purposes. The police chiefs interviewed estimated that approximately 50 percent of the reports were either unfounded or exaggerated. Construction of large shopping centers will undoubtedly compound the problem of all types of crime, including shoplifting. Motorcycle theft is becoming more common and are usually stolen from in front of the owner’s home. Vehicle theft can be associated with cities where there is heavy through traffic. Most vehicles seem to be stolen from in front of the owner’s home . . . due to lack of preventative effort on the part of the owner. It appeared the majority of vehicles were stolen for transportation, not profit. Why increasing crime in suburbia? Crime Moves “Statewide, we can probably assume that, as the population of cities moves to the suburbs — and oftentimes the wealth and developments move also — the crime comes with it,” Smith said. “The problem holds true in any city. Crime moves with any form of development.” Felsen added: “If we knew exactly what the cause is, we could do something about it.” “What makes it difficult,” Smith said, “is that there are so many factors involved in making up the crime rate. A mistake made is that some people take one factor — such as societal permissiveness — and focus on that and blame the entire increase in crime on one factor.” Recommendations « In addition to the report’s findings, the ICC “offered recommendations to the police chiefs in the eight suburbs to resolve their local problems,” Smith said. “Without exception, the chiefs were aware of the criminal activities going on” and were attempting to curtail them. He said Iowa’s eight regional crime commissions submit annual criminal justice plans to the ICC. “In the plans, each drew an in-depth crime analysis of major cities, such as Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Waterloo.” “On the basis of that crime profile, the commissions proposed programs where ICC money could be used to reduce crime in their areas.” “In effect, the area crime commissions are doing a similar exercise in each major city, and its suburbs, in the state.” SEMI-ANNUAL SALE Now In Progress 25% to 50% • Suits • Sport Coats • Slacks • Tie • Hats • All Weather Coats 25% or more OFF • Walk shorts • Swim Suits • Jackets • Leisure Suits • Knit Suits DRESS SHIRTS From Our Famous Name Brands, We Can’t Mention The Names But You Will Get the Savings. Values to $15 Jlolky's SHOP FOR MEN LINDALE PLAZA* CEDAR RAPIDS Put up some savings and get Free books from Bohemian. Here’s only one of the Better Homes and Gardens books we’re offering to our savers. 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