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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Murder for hire in Eastern Iowa editor s note drug stories Are becoming commonplace a even in Iowa. But the three stories beginning today Are not commonplace. They examine the Eastern Iowa drug scene which has led from peaceful pot parties to theft prostitution and murder. It is a violent scene told in the words of a police informant a prostitute a housewife and an investigator. By Ford Clark Gazette correspondent copyright 1977 Cedar rapids Gazette Iowa City a drug traffic has run the Gamut from the rebellious marijuana smoker of the 60s, to the harder drugs of the 70s, and with it has come organized theft prostitution and now murder for hire. And say officials Here who know its really not because of the Lack of police manpower or Money or the courts. Quot mostly its the attitude of Many private citizens a detective Tom Crowley of the Iowa City police department said. Quot As Long As people think its the in thing to do to have cocaine parties on their patios on sunday afternoons As Long As there is Public apathy toward drug use we re going to continue to lose the but murder theft rings organized prostitution Isnit that a Little much for Rural Iowa informant Speaks first we quote a police informant Quot if you want someone killed in Iowa City it will Cost you $500.&Quot Crowley who with officer Dave Harris constitutes a special drug investigative team in Iowa City told the Gazette Quot to have a police officer or a state undercover agent killed would Cost you a Little rumours in this area indicate that upwards of 20 drug related killings have taken place in Johnson county Over the last to years and that further if you Quot know the right people a killing for hire can be arranged. Iowa City police chief Harvey Miller referred questions about the drug scene to sgt. Crowley. Quot we be had information that there Are killings for hire available in the area a Crowley said. Quot we had an informant who had his Throat Slit from ear to ear. He was found in his car. Quot but although that was in connection with an Iowa City Case the actual killing took place in a neighbouring state. Quot at the same time i would say there have been upwards of a dozen drug related killings in the Iowa City area in the last to years. And if you knew the right people in the drug scene there would be no prob Lem in hiring someone to kill your Crowley arranged for an interview with a police informant with the police sergeant present to confirm or deny the informants comments. The informant quoted the $500 Price for a killing and added. Quot but you got to know the right people. The right people in this Case Are a lot of dudes in the local drug scene. They snuffed killed my partner i can Tell you that. Not that in a going to give you any details because then they could make me. Quot but you figure drugs Are Between a three and five million Dol Lar business right Here and you get in the Way of that or you make a bad move in that scene and they just move you out. And when they do you in its just one step to making a hit outside the scene for Money. And if they done to want to do it for Money they bring someone in to do it. Quot drugs Are Iowa City a leading Industry Quot he said and related How they became that lucrative. $17,000 becomes $1,000,000 Quot i bought me a Pound of heroin that was Back in 1974, and the Price was $17,000, never Cut 96 percent hire. I Cut it into fourths sold it another step along the line and made a Quick $32,000 profit. Please turn to Page to. Cedar rapids associated press up new York times Cedar rapids Iowa a sunday May 29, 1977 Section a a volume 95, number i done to miss. Iowa s second movie technicality to void drunk Driver cases inflation worry grows Washington apr even with help from the new tax Cut Many americans face a substantial loss of purchasing Power this year because of inflation. With the year nearly half Over government figures indicate that inflation will be significantly worse this year than in 1976 when consumer prices advanced 4.8 percent. Inflation pushed consumer prices up 3.2 percent in the first four months of the year and the Carter administration recently raised its inflation forecast for All of 1977 from 5.3 percent to 6.7 percent. Triggers Stock drop but the recent Pace of inflation is causing speculation that it could be worse than that before the year is Over. Administration economists expect a slowdown in the inflation rate after midyear especially in food prices which have risen 5 percent in the first four months. Nonetheless there Are signs of concern. President Carter told a news conference thursday that his Quot main concern at this Point on the economic scene is the rate of inflation. A and the Pace of inflation clearly is behind moves by the Money managing Federal Reserve Board to tighten growth of the Money Supply to make Loans More expensive. On Friday several major Banks raised their prime lending rate for Loans from 6l/z to 6% percent the second increase in a week. Since higher interest rates can discourage economic growth the Stock Market responded by pushing the Dow Jones Industrial average for stocks below 900, to 898, for the first time since Jan. 7, 1976. Retail sales fell although Carter has previously said inflation and unemployment lbs Cia London apr Sig Mickelson former head of lbs news said Early sunday he approved cooperation Between lbs news staffers and the Cia during the 1950s. But he said he would oppose such cooperation today. He also said there was no link Between the Cia and radio free Europe radio Liberty inc., which he now Heads. Mickelson was questioned in a Telephone interview about a new York times report in which he was quoted As saying he Quot did no to raise an Eyebrow about cooperating with the Cia because of the implied a could be battled simultaneously his latest statement appeared to move him a big step closer to the position of former Treasury Secretary William Simon that inflation was Quot Public enemy no. there Are a lot of reasons Why Carter and his advisers worry about the recent High rate of inflation. For one thing rising prices mean Consumers May have to Cut Back on expenditures. There were signs that this May have started in april when Proval of William Paley chairman of lbs. Mickelson who works out of Washington and is on a business trip to London said it was inaccurate to say that lbs Cia cooperation began in october 1954. Quot the cooperation had begun Long before then a he said. Quot that was when i was informed of he said that Austin Goodrich identified in the new York times report As a Cia Man was a lbs Stringer in Stockholm whose reports were used on the network Only about once a month. Goodrich had been on the lbs payroll for at least a year be retail sales failed to increase for the first time in months. The combination of reduced consumer buying plus higher interest rates could endanger administration goals for economic growth and employment. The real purchasing Power of workers paychecks declined in april for the fourth time in five months and was 0.1 percent below what it please turn to Page 3. Fore Mickelson took Over radio and television news he said. Quot it came As quite a Surprise to me a Mickelson said describing his reaction to learning of Goodrich Scia connections at a meeting in Paley a office with two Cia agents. Quot since this took place in Paley a presence i assumed that cooperation with the Agency carried the chairman a Blessing a Mickelson said. Quot i Felt Jujj fact that in working with the Cia to the extent we did we were carrying out Paley a Paley said through an inter medi please turn to Page 3. Links confirmed much has been written about the Sylvester Stallone movie being filmed in Dubuque while at the same time another movie which also May get nationwide viewing has been quietly in the works in Iowa. You la find the exclusive Story today on Page id Iowa scene Section. Single fathers single fathers raising children by themselves have the same problems As single mothers but they seem to get More sympathy and a frequently heard suggestion is that Quot you need a Mother for those to get single fathers reaction to single parenthood see Page 15f, family focus Section. The farm Bill Eastern Iowa Farmers like some of the measures being considered for the new farm Bill but done to like others. Almost unanimously they want no payments made to Quot outside investors like corporations and foreign investors. Farmers of All political persuasions and affiliations Tell their opinions on Page 6d, one of three agriculture pages this sunday. The Community Center there have been differing statements about if and How far behind schedule the new five seasons Community Center is. An in depth look at it concludes that the building is behind schedule explains Why and tries to assess How far. See Page 5a, general news Section. Index a Eastern Iowa a leading daily City Pinal 45 cents by Tom Alex Gazette staff writer an Iowa supreme court decision last week in a drunk driving Case has sparked concern about the legality of dozens of drunk driving cases a and perhaps other indictable misdemeanours a in Linn county. Because of a technicality the supreme court threw out the Jasper county drunk driving conviction. Whether the same technicality could affect drunk driving convictions in Linn county remains in doubt. Nevertheless court officials said by Friday four challenges had been made in Linn county. Information approval the Appeal in Quot state is. Thomp Sony presented a question of whether the Iowa code permits a full time magistrate to approve a county attorneys information. An information is the formal name of the document which contains the charge. A county attorneys information is filed in lieu of an indictment the court said Quot we hold it does not and we therefore reverse defendants conviction with instructions that the trial court enter an order dismissing the information under which this Protection took Linn magistrate Brent Harstad has approved Many county attorneys information in drunk driving cases court sources said. Reached saturday Harstad said he would have nothing to say until he had read the full opinion. Quot vast Impact Linn associate District judge Anthony Scolaro when asked for comment saturday said Quot All in be seen is a summary of the opinion but id say it appears it could have a vast Impact on the multitude of drunk driving cases we he said he read the summary opinion Early Friday and by the end of the Day four challenges already had been made by attorneys representing clients in drunk driving cases. The Section of the code in question was 769.8, Quot approval by judge. It reads Quot the information before being filed shall be presented to a District judge or District associate judge of the county having jurisdiction of the offence which judge shall endorse his approval or disapproval thereon. If the information receive the approval of the judge the same shall be filed. If not approved the charge shall be presented to the next grand jury for reached for comment saturday . Omer the Jasper county magistrate who heard the Case in Quot state is. Thompson said he did no to know the Case had actually been appealed. Omer said he knew that there had been talk of an Appeal prior to conviction but that he had heard nothing More. Quot housekeeping problem Buena Vista county magistrate Cameron Arnold of storm Lake said in a Telephone interview saturday Quot i think the supreme court is Correct. I Haven to approved any county attorneys information in these Arnold added that he did no to think it was the Legislatures intent to exclude full time magistrates from approving information in indictable misdemeanours but that Quot it the legislature Hasni tas yet cleaned Arnold said the Case could affect pending drunk driving cases and if it were retroactive could affect past convictions. Arnold said he Hadnot read the entire opinion either. Quot there is a Bill which corrects that a Arnold continued. Quot House file 284. Its in the House now and i done to think ifs been argued yet. Legislative housekeeping is the he said Quot our procedure Here is that the District judge approves the information and after they Are signed they can be just what problems May be posed for prosecutors and from what Angle defense attorneys will address the question if they address it at All is hard to say court sources said. Linn county atty. Eugene Kopecky was unavailable for comment saturday. General news Section a late news 1,3, to editorials 6,7 deaths 3 Marion 15 City Hall notes 5 report card 16 trend Section b features 1-4 financial 5-8 want ads Section c want ads 1-13 crossword 6 Iowa news Section d state 1-5 farm 6-8 political notes 5 sports Section e sports news 1-8 family focus Section f features 1-12,15 food 5 around town 2 Garden 19 arts 13 movies 20,21 books 14 travel 23 building 16-19 to list 22 bodies of fire victims were strewn across the ground outside the Beverly Hills supper club in Southgate ky., saturday night. Raging nightclub fire death toll tops too Gazette leased wires Southgate by. A More than too holidaymakers engulfed in panic smoke and flame died when fire raced through a nightclub crowded with 5,000 people saturday night. Southgate fire chief Dick Riesen Berg said there were Quot too known dead and More bodies still Riesenberg who blamed Many of the deaths on panic said a number of people had been trapped inside the building in this northeastern Kentucky Community across the Ohio River from Cincinnati screams could be heard from people trapped inside the two Story Beverly Hills supper club one of the largest nightclubs in the Midwest. The fire chief said the Blaze was out of control. Singer John Davidson a frequent guest Host on televisions Quot tonight show was about to go on stage when the fire broke out. He was reported Safe. One witness counted 15 bodies at the South door of the building where a priest was giving the last rites. Please turn to Page 3. Partly Cloudy weather partly Cloudy today and monday. Chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers. Highs both Days in mid 80s. Lows tonight near 60. Today a chuckle sign in an Orchard god help him who helps himself a copyright
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