Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Venter Sees No Conflict; Ray Supports Ethics Code
The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Tues., Nov. lf, 1974
DKS MOINES (AP) - Gov. Robert Ray said Monday he is interested in a code of ethics for state employee, but he says the problem is how to write it so it covers everybody and doesn’t hamper the operation of state government.
Ray was speaking in response to a copyrighted story in Saturday’s Des Moines Tribune, which .‘.aid Deputy State Auditor Ray Venter has placed thousands Moines Tribune, which said Deputy State Auditor Ray Venter has placed thousands of dollars worth of state business with a bonding company he serves as a director and paid legal consultant.
"lf a person sits on the board and is fund by the company and then has a direct hand in celling its bonds to state employee—that would be a conflict,” Flay said
"I want to do whatever we can to eliminate conflict and suspicions An examination of records in the auditor’s office showed that of the approximately HO surety bonds now held by employes of that office, about 70 were purchased by Venter—using tax money —from Merchants Mutual Bonding Co.of Venter receives $1,200 annually from Merchants Mutual for attending four txiard of directors meet-
Winnecs Named in Stanley Poster Contest
STANLEY — Following are the first-place winners, by grade, in the fire prevention poster contest:
First grade — Diane Geistkemper; second grade — Daniel Hansen; third grade — Robie Irvine; fourth grade — Lynn Reeker; fifth grade — Dan Palck, sixth grade — Julie Gibson.
OELWEIN — Tools and money were taken in a weekend breakin at Oelwein high school, police were told Monday . Entry was gained through an unlocked window on the east side of the building. Missing were shop tools, $10-15 from the principal’s office and money and candy from vending machines.
ings yearly and for providing occasional legal advice. His state salary is $19,898 a year.
Faying Bonding Firms
At the present cost of the bonds, the auditor’s office is paying Merchants Mutual about $1,400 a year and Midwestern Casualty & Surety Co. of West Des Moines about $800
Venter, an 87-year-old former state insurance commissioner, said he sees no conflict between his paid job with Merchants Mutual and his role in placing the conflict between his paid job with Merchants Mutual and his role on placing the majority of auditor’s office surety bonds with the company.
"Even if I weren’t a director (of Merchants Mutuam), I’d take exactly the same position I do,” Venter said. "I get no commission from it and no adulation for it.”
Yenter’s boss, State Auditor Lloyd Smith, said he did not know Venter was on the payroll of Merchants Mutual.
"He (Venter) has handled the bonds completely all the eight years I have been here (in office)," said Smith. "I didn’t know he was a director. I’d stand on a Bible and say that
Smith said the system that has allowed Venter to pick the companies that get the bonding business will be changed.
Iowa Likely to Begin Selling 80-Proof Liquor
DES MOINES (AP)—It is likely that Iowa will give in to the national trend and start allowing 80-proof liquor products within nine months, says State Beer and Liquor Control Department Director Holland Gallagher.
He said that Iowa is currently the only state that will not accept 80-proof scotches, bourbons, blends and Canadian whiskies. State law now requires that all such products sold in Iowa be 88-proof.
Distillers nationwide are starting to produce 80-proof products, contending the products will help stem an inflationary trend.
Changing the proof from 88 to 80 means the alcoholic content of the products will go from 43 percent to 40 percent.
The lower proof also will mean a decrease in the federal excise tax distillers pay on the liquor from $1.81 per fifth to $1.88 per fith.
Take Lp Issue
Gallagher said he and
state beer and liquor control council, which makes policy, have discussed allowing the 80-proof products in the state.
and will take up the issue again at a meeting Saturday.
Iowans would be able to get bottled in Imnd bour Ism, which by definition is 100-proof, and gins, vodkas and a variety of other spirits that currently range up to 100-proof.
Youth Accused of Breakin at School
DECORAH - A 17-year-old Decorah boy was turned over to juvenile authorities Monday following a breakin Saturday at the East Side elementary school.
According to Decorah police, the* youth took a quantity of lunch tickets, some postage stamps and about $3 in change.
Entrance was gained into the building by crawling through an outside window and prying open an inside window in the principal’s office.
All missing items have been returned to the school.
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Innocent Plea On Charge of Resisting Arrest
Ward, 37, route two, Tama, has pled innocent in Tama county district court to a charge of resisting execution of process.
District Judge John L. Hyland set jury trial for Dec. 18 and reduced his bond from $1,500 to $1,000.
Ward, a resident of the Mesquakie Indian settlement, is accused of striking Deputy Sheriff Clyde Wanatee, 48, when W anatee was assisting a wrecker crew extricate a hijacked truck loaded with live hogs that was stuck in a timbered area on the settlement where it had been abandoned.
Motions on an armed robbery charge against Ward in connection with the incident will be heard Wednesday.
Ward remains in the Marshall county jail where he has been held since his Oct. 17 arrest.
$156,000 Suit Filed in Tama
TOLEDO — A suit seeking $158.(HK) in damages was filed late last week in Tama county district court by Larry and D*ah Jiroutek, Cedar Rapids, who charged Gregg Anthony Goos, 21, Gladbroook, with negligence in an accident in which Jason Jiroutek, 3, was killed.
The petition also states injuries received by Larry and Ix*ah Jirtouek and their other son, Travis.
According to the petition, (ions’ car entered the lane of the Jiroutek vehicle while attempting to pass when the two ears collided.
Jiroutek seeks $5,(HH! for injuries he suffered, damages to his car and loss of time from employment. Mrs. Jiroutek seeks $10.(HK) for her injuries, while $1,000 is sought Travis Jiroutek’s injuries. Jiroutek also asks $50,000 for amounts Jason would have accumulated during his life, and $90,(KHI for other medical expenses.
Ready for Winter
Standing atop a small "mountain’’ of salt, Melvin Jones, Des Moines, an employe of the Des Moines city street department, surveys some of the salt stored in expectation of the fight against the ravages of winter on city streets, as cold weather approaches.
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