Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Polk Sheriffs Office Criticized for Lax Procedures: Prisoner Armed
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My Harrison Weber
DKS MOINES (IOPA)- The Polk county sheriff’s office has been sharply criticized by the state’s citizens’ aide for lax security procedures in transporting prisoners to state penal institutions.
The criticism, in part, stems from an incident at the Fort Madison penitentiary iii which a prison official discovered that a prisoner being received from Polk county had a four-inch hunting knife on his person.
Warden Lou Brewer asked Citizens’ Aide Thomas Mayer to investigate the incident, which occurred May I.
Carried by Prisoner
An investigation by Mayer disclosed the knife had been among the prisoner’s personal belongings at the time he was arrested by the Des Moines police department.
The knife was in a sack of property which was placed in the automobile used to transport the prisoner to Fort Madison, Mayer reported. This sack, he added, was carried by tho prisoner when he went into the penitentiary complex.
Upon arriving at the peni-
tentiary, the prisoner was turned over to the prison registrar for custody and normal processing, which includes a “shake-down.” During this procedure, according to Mayer, the prison registrar was called out of the room to answer a long distance telephone call.
Upon his return he noticed among the prisoner’s personal effects a knife sheath. Checking further he discovered the knife.
At that point, the registrar stepped out of the room and inquired whether the Folk county deputy was still in the institution
Told that he was not, the registrar then asked if the deputy had informed anyone that the prisoner had a weap
on among Ins personal belong ings. The registrar was told nothing had been said about .such a weapon, Mayer report cd.
When questioned by tile citizens’ aide, the prisoner indicated the Folk county deputy knew the knife was there and had even warned the in mate “not to cut himself with ii ” according to Mayer.
Lew Rhodes, chief deputy for Folk Sheriff Sam Wise, promptly responded to the citizens’ aide report.
Knife Fell Out
'Die deputy involved, Rhodes reported, said he allowed the? prisoner to carry his personal belongings into the penitentiary. While in the presence of the registrar, according to the deputy, a hunting knife with a four-inch blade fell out of the prisoner’s property package.
The deputy said ho put the* knife, along with I he prisoner’s belongings, in the place provided by the registrar.
“Isn’t this a hell of a thing to be in a prisoner’s effects,” the deputy recalls telling the registrar.
Folk county Chief .Judge (iibson C. Holliday has issued an order to the* effect that any weapon or contraband will be taken from a prisoner iii Folk county and not returned until the individual has served his entire sentence
Iii addition, Rhodes said he has issued orders that prison er’s properly will be carried in the trunk of the transport mg vehicle and will be turned over to the penitentiary’s registrar by the deputy delivering the prisoner
Rhodes also noted in a letter to th<* citizens’ aide that fie and Sheriff Wise have teen r e s p 0 n s i b I 0 for the Folk county sheriff’s office for only throe months.
“In that three months, this is the first complaint we have had from any institution,” he said. “I have absolutely no way of knowing whether these people have been lax in their duties. I have searched the tiles, and have found no other complaints. I will assure you that any complaints made to this office will he investigated and corrected.
Bl oui n Lists 1973 Taxes; Reports Family Net Worth
DUBUQUE — Democratic candidate for the nomination to US. congress, State Sen. Michael Blouin (D-Dubuque) Friday released a copy of his 1973 state and federal income tax forms and a statement of net worth.
In a statement, Blouin said, “This year’s disclosure of our income tax form is a continuation of a practice which I began in 1971 when I became the first officeholder iii the state of Iowa to lay tax records open to the public.
“At that time, I stated that such disclosures were necessary if politicians were ever to restore credibility in government again. I still firmly believe such efforts are necessary and, therefore, have continued this practice.’’
The Blouin family income for 1973 totaled $15,266.21, which included Blouin’s legislative salary of $5,860 and his commis
sions from $alescount, Inc., I minus expenses of $4,844.7!. Also included in the total arc his wife’s teaching salary of $1,857.50 from the Dubuque Community schools and her legislative secretary’s salary of $2,704.
On their federal income tax form, the Blouins, filing a joint return, took itemized deductions of $4,906.04 and exemptions on four people of $3,000. On their remaining taxable income of $7,360.1 7 the Blouins paid $1,258.40 in federal taxes.
On their state income tax form, the Blouins filed separately on a combined return and j took itemized deductions of $5,043.90 for a taxable income of $10,222.31. After taking a tax credit of $50 for four individuals, they paid $265.61 in state income taxes.
Blouins also released his fain-1 ily’s net worth of $14,293.76. This I included assests of $39,666.55 and debits of $25,372.79.
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