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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 TLe Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., Sept. 26. 1974 Out-of-State Motorists Study Into Payment Records Set By Harrison Weber DES MOINES — (IDEA) — State 'Safety Commisioner Charles I^rson plans to canvass district court officials to determine how many out-of-state motorists accused of violating Iowa’s traffic laws welsh on paying their fines. Larson decided to query clerks of district court on this issue after a legislative committee received testimony that a significant number of out-of-state motorists arrested on traffic charges in Iowa were either failing to appear in court or stopping payment on their checks after returning home Ender the new court reform system, a person arrested for a “scheduled violation” has the option of appearing in court before a magistrate, or the arresting officer may take the individual to the nearest mail box to witness the person mailing a check or cash, along with the citation and an admission of guilt, to the traffic violations office in the county. Fines Specified Minimum fines for ll scheduled traffic violations have been spelled out by the legislature A person wanting to plead guilty remits the amount of the fine, plus $5 in costs, in an envelope provided by tile arresting officer If the person wishes to plead innocent, he may post bond by paying one-and-a-half times the minimum fine plus $5 in costs. The cash or check is to be mailed in the presence of the arresting officer If the individual fails to appear in court, it s considered a default and. according to Larson, should be transcribed to the individual’s home state as a violation. But there is concern some of the magistrates are dismissing these charges, particularly against out-of-staters who do not show for their hearings and consequently no record is made on their driver’s license Before Magistrate The highway patrol also faces a difficult, if not impossible. task in taking all motorists to mail boxes to remit their fines or to magistrates if the motorists are accused of violating a law that is not among the ll scheduled violations. Speeding ten miles over the limit, for example, is not a scheduled violation, and the motorist is supposed to be taken before a magistrate. But finding a magistrate can pose a problem for the arresting officers since there are only 199 full-and parttime magistrates as opposed to 503 justices of the peace under the old system. During the first six months of this year the highway patrol issued approximately 51.000 speeding citations, more than twice as many as the patrol wrote for the corresponding period a year ago Consequently. I^arson said, sometimes a patrolman doesn’t have the time to take a person before a magistrate for an immediate trial Commissioner Larson thinks the speed limit for a scheduled violation could be higher, possibly 15 or 20 mph instead of ten The safety department, he related, would like to see the number of scheduled violations expanded to include certain other type violations, such as failure to yield and running a stop sign Other Violations The scheduled violations, besides speeding up to ten mph, are: illegal parking, registration card or plate violation, improper lights, improper muffler, defective equipment, motor running unattended, failure to dim lights, violation of restricted license, stopping on traveled portion of a highway, and violation of height, length or width of a vehicle. Bond for traffic offenses beyond the ll scheduled offenses is supposed to be set by a magistrate; this may be done over the telephone. Some counties are setting it by a posted schedule; it varies from county to county and judicial district to judicial district. The law is “grey” in this area, according to Iarson. who would like to see the legislature consider a uniform bond for a number of offenses. Another possibility the legislature may want to consider is to allow the motorist accused of a scheduled violation to. in effect, plead guilty by paying the traffic fine on the spot by putting cash or a check in an envelope and turning it over to the arresting officer. Several states, including Minnesota, have gone this route. Burlington Man Hospitalized by Highway Mishap HIU.', - Sgt Oliver B Caldwell. 30, Burlington, serving with the lT. S. air force. was in University hospitals in fair condition after a Thursday morning pickup-semi trailer truck collision. According to investigating officers, Caldwell was driving his pickup truck south on highway 218 south of Hills when he apparently veered and struck a parked semi. The driver of the semi, Richard L. Lindvall, 40, Eagle Grove, was not injured. As a result of the 7:20 a rn. accident, the pickup was demolished and the semi received approximately $2,000 damage. Caldwell was pinned in the cab of his truck for approximately 30 minutes. Sheriff’s deputies sawed through the steering wheel before Caldwell could be removed to an awaiting ambulance. Reformatory Escapee Found in Ottumwa ANAMOSA—An escapee of the state men’s reformatory here was found in Ottumwa and returned to the prison Tuesday. James LeRoy Walters. 22, Agency, escaped July 5 while on furlough He was serving a IO year sentence on a forgery charge Study Finds Nuclear Disaster Chances Less Than Believed DES MOINES (AP)- The risks to the public from nuclear reactor accidents are no larger, and in most cases are much smaller, than people have been led to believe, according to a new study. Spokesmen for Iowa Power and Light Co., who released the study data Wednesday in Iowa. said the $3 million effort was by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Likelihood The investigation contends that, “The likelihood of reactor accidents is much smaller than many non-nuclear accidents having similar consequences.” Among accidents having “similar consequences,” the study said, were "fires, explosions, toxic chemical releases, dam failures, airplane crashes, earth quakes, hurricanes and tornadoes ” In juries he report also concluded that non-nuclear accidents “to which society is already exposed are about IO.0U0 times more likely to produce large numbers of injuries to people than are nuclear plants.” The risk of deaths from various causes placed that of fatal motor vehicle crashes at one in four per person, compared to one in 300 million for fatal nuclear reaction accident deaths. Of the 15 million people living within 20 miles of U.S. reactor sites, 4.200 could expect to be killed in a year from auto accidents, versus three tenths of one death from an accident at one of IOO nuclear plants. Candidate With Substance Will Be Winner: Ray CRESTON (AP)—Iowa voters are able to sort out the substance from the political talk in this election and those candidates who offer the substance will bt* the winner, predicts Gov. Robert Ray. "Voters are a great deal more perceptive than some political candidates give them credit for.” Ray said at a Union county Republican fundraising dinner here Wednesday. There is a great deal more to this campaign than seeing which candidates can make the “wildest charges, which candidates can issue the most critical press releases, which candidates can do the most talking, which candidates can turn out the cutest phrase.” said Ray What people are looking for are the men and women who put performance ahead of loose talk, he said "It doesn’t take a lot of knowledge to stand on a box on a street corner with a bunch of people waving your campaign signs and chant criticism at a television camera crew “It does require understanding and depth to face the problems head on and come up with the answers.” Ray declared. Ray said the issue is clear in this campaign for the first fouryear term for governor rn modern Iowa history—which candidate can do the best job of leading Iowa from now until 1978 “For more than a year, through a winter and spring of the opposition’s primary and a summer of constant criticism, we have heard nothing of substance from the other side.” Ray charged Clay tan Hag Show ELKADER — The Clayton county Pork Producers Assn will conduct its annual hog show the evening of Ort IU at the Elkader Sales barn /OU get best-of-the year^j prices NOW...on NEW V solid-state All 1974 Models must go! Be all set for New Fall TV color shows and sports thrills—at real savings Choose Now— we ll bring out one of these beautiful sets Shop Mon. and Thurs. ’til 9 p.m.... and all day Saturday—Don’t wait 106 2nd Avenue SW HWBK*' rn •** *' ■*'*+ Gazette Photo bv Tom Merryman Abandoned One more Iowa barn stands abandoned and forgotten in the Iowa countryside, this one just off highway 149 north of Sigourney. The years have taken their toll on the structure, and now weeds grow as high as where the roof once rested. Occupational Information to Iowa Students DES MOINES- A new unit. the Career Information System of Iowa (CISG, has been added to the guidance services section of the state department of public instruction (’ISI will provide occupational information to Iowa students in gradt*s 7 through 12. Erik Eriksen, previously a consultant in the guidance services section, has been named supervisor of the unit. The staff will collect data and integrate its usage into schools and other social service agencies Information will be made available to students using a microfiche reader, a teletype. or a cathode ray tube coputer terminal. CIS! is bast'd on two career education projects, IGW Ascript and CVIS (Computerized Vocational Information System), tested in schools throughout the state. Murderers Resentenced; Previous Decision Illegal CLINTON (AP)—Two convicted murderers have been resentenced to correct what District Court Judge Charles Peltnn, Clinton, describes as "illegal sentences which were just plain void.” John Boehmer. 38, Goose Lake, and Harley Turner. 24. Savanna. HL, were sentenced by Judge M. L. Sutton. 75. Clinton, after entering guilty pleas. Sutton, who retired in May, had sentenced the men individually to an “indeterminate period of not to exceed 40 years ” Pelton. 34. succeeded Sutton and said he resentenced the mon Wednesday “to clean up the record.” They were each given 40 years in the state penitentiary at Fort Madison. “There just is no provision for an indeterminate sentence in murder or treason cases. They are specifically exempted,” Pelton said “It s not earth shattering, but it should be corrected since technically the sentences were void ” Turner pled guilty to murder in the July 30,    1973 slaving of Earl Long. 59. rural Calamus, and was sentenced by Sutton on Feb. 5. Boehmer pled guilty to homicide in the second degree in the Get. 28, 1973 death of Glen Stark, 46 owner of Glen and Vi’s Tavern at Charlotte. Boehmer was sentenced April ll. Vearl Stark. Plattsmouth. Neb , brother of Glen Stark, asked the Iowa attorney general’s office to review the sentence when he was told that Boehmer could bt* paroled in six months because of its indeterminate period The review of Boehmer’s case revealed a similar sentence given Turner. Dungarees The word dungarees arrived from Dhunga, India, where denim work pants were fashioned in the Fifteenth century from cloth woven in the French city of Nimes. Pauses to Take Picture; Saves Child’s Life DAVENPORT (UPI) -U*onard Ciaglia s decision to take one more picture of a swimming pool saved the life of a 3-year-old child. Ciaglia was taking pictures around the swimming pool of his apartment complex Tuesday and when he thought he had enough, went inside his apartment. However, he decided he needed just one more picture and when he returned, he saw 3-year-old John Cabage of Peoria. 111., lying in the pool. Ciaglia pulled the child from the pool, began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the youth came around He was listed in good condition Wednesday at Mercy hospital here The youth and his mother, Mary Cabage, were visiting at the apartment complex when young John wandered off and fell into the pool. The Want Ad number is 398-8234. 12 Years of Inflation Go Down The Drain! FOR EXAMPLE 107a kennel LAA5300 Whirlpool Washer MUDtL    :    LAE5300 whirlpool Elec. Dryer.................. *388.00    pr 1QA9 Mnnci UA44 Whirpool Washer j    LJD32 Whirlpool Elec. Dryer ....... $475.90    Pr 1974 MODEL    /    EAT 19PT Whirlpool Refrigerator..................*443.00* 1962 MODEL    /    HI UT Whirlpool Refrigerator................. *589.95* 'bdsec) on recommended distributor retail price guide using nearest comparable models SIMILAR VALUES ON DISHWASHERS, FREEZERS, RANGES, COMPACTORS — SEE AND COMPARE! Actual 1962 Distributor’s Price List On Display In Our Store! 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