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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - December 16, 1973, Chicago Heights, Illinois No. 75 a Sims str do pm Chicago Heights s want ads 755-9500 news Skyline 5-6161 want ads 755-9500 news Skyline 5-6161 72nd year 80 pages�?5 sections sunday. December 16,1973 15 cents per copy chief says gasoline a More dangerous than dynamite a Chicago Heights Man recently watched his car explode into flames after he turned a Comer spilling gasoline which was being carried in some containers on the seat of the car. Fire chief Hobert Walters warns that such accidents May become More common due to the fuel shortage and a tendency on the part of individuals to store gasoline. The Chicago Heights fire chief said he has seen persons placing extra tanks of gasoline in the trunks of their cars and in their garages. He said that he has heard about persons trying to build special gasoline storage tanks to fit inside vehicles a they re setting themselves up for a bomb a a chief Walters said. Under certain conditions gasoline is More dangerous than dynamite he added. A fire results in approximately one out of six serious rear end collisions due to the rupture of Gas tanks in vehicles Quot chief Walters said. About 12,300 persons lose their lives in fires in the United states each year chief Walters said explaining that about 25 per cent of that figure die in car fires. The chief said that in Chicago Heights two or three persons have died in the past few years As a result of the mishandling of gasoline cautioning persons about the a extreme danger Quot of gasoline chief Walters pointed out that gasoline Vapours cannot by seen and Are More flammable than gasoline in the liquid state thief Walters said i it s suppose you Are working in your garage Anda gallon of gasoline is spilled on the Cement floor once the gallon of fluid of gasoline vaporizes into the air in the enclosed room it has the equivalent explosive capacity of 600 Gallons of gasoline vapor in equivalent to the Force of 83 one Pound sic is of Dyna Lutr when ignited and All it takes to ignite the vapor is one Small spark consider that this could happen in the confined areas of your automobile Quot chief Walters said. The fire c Hief explained that if Gas line must by stored safety it ans should be used such cans have pouring outlets with tight fitting Caps or valves which close automatically unless pressure is applied to a Spring also these cans have vents continued on Page if inside the Star today up in smoke along with the increasing emphasis on fuel saving being stressed to a suddenly Energy conscious America the demand Lur thai old standby firewood has also risen How to keep warm the old fashioned Way Page i 15 toys that Hurt the u s. Consumer product safety commission estimates that there Are at least 132,000 toy related accidents each year t is on which toys to buy and which to avoid for safety reasons an available in a special feature Page k i easy on the ears it s not just jazz ifs Psi jazz governors state University boasts another exceptional jazz group of note Page 15 Page Page classified advertising. The hot Corner. Cd business director .0614 Keg Arthur s court. Cio dining. Entertainment guide a 14, 15 movies c 14 tutorials a 14 obituaries a6 especially Tor i 6 sports c 16 grand jury investigation East Heights officials May testify in probes layer not a stranger Chicago Heights fire thief Robert Walters demonstrates the advantages of using a safety can to carry gasoline. The can is vented so that the lighter i it no will Mil cause the contents of the Container to burst into Flam s. Also the Cap is controlled by a Spring which will Force the can to close automatically. Photo by Nance Reese by Arthur Fried Cook county investigators Are launching what one of them described As a quite an extensive grand jury probe of the East Chicago Heights Village government following the arrest wednesday afternoon of police chief Robert Stone. The 38-year-old Stone head of the Village police department since 1969, is free on $16,000 Bond after being charged with bribery theft and official misconduct. He was suspended from the police Force thursday evening by mayor Saul l. Beck and the Village Board pending the outcome of his Case. Stone called the Star Friday afternoon to charge that the Case against him was engineered by members of the administration of former mayor Luvert Listenbee. A a some people have it in for me Quot he said. A a it s pretty rough on everyone Quot Stone said of his arrest. But he added that he had been a treated fairly Quot by county authorities. In addition to Stone four other members of the nine Man Village police Force were called before the grand jury thursday. Other officials including members of the Village Board Are expected to testify Early this week according to investigators. Relevant police records have been subpoenaed. Leon Meyers a detective on the Cook county sheriffs police Force and Ron Dillon an investigator for the states attorneys office said the current probe will not be limited to police affairs. They said the Village boards controversial $1 million Purchase of a water and sewer system from a private Utility company is also under study along with an alleged attempt to Plant a paper bag containing marijuana and hypodermic syringes in Becky a Auto last april 4 during his mayoral Campaign against Listenbee. Meyers said the probe began last Spring when he Learned of a plot to assassinate Stone. As the investigation broadened Dillon and other members of the states attorney s staff entered the Case. The two investigators said one of the charges against Stone is an allegation that he sold at least one dozen police badges during the past two years. Some of the badges were recovered monday night in a raid on a store in Chicago according to the investigators. A Chicago Man who worked at the store was arrested in connection with the raid. Meyers said the badges and accompanying identification cards were used by civilians to Purchase guns. He said that badges from police departments other than East Chicago Heights were recovered during the raid but deemed to name the departments. Other allegations under investigation in continued on Page 41 learning the alphabet is fun for these first Grade students at Jefferson school in Chicago Heights. The children move from letter to letter on a the Rug Quot As the Leader spins the dial and Calls out the positions. Board faces dilemma Over Revenue sharing amid comments that perhaps they had opened a a a Pandora a Box Quot of Money requests Bloom township auditors reviewed suggestions about possible uses for Federal Revenue sharing funds. In greek mythology Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Reportedly she had a Box which she opened letting Loose every evil now known to Man. A a Pandora a Box May have been opened when Uncle Sam sent us the first Check a Raymond Bruno township supervisor said at thursdays Board of auditors meeting. One version of the greek legend holds that Pandora a Box contained blessings but these blessings turned to evils because she was not authorized to open the Box. Revenue sharing Money is collected by the Federal government through income taxes. The Revenue sharing program is designed to Aid local governments by returning income tar Money to them and letting local officials decide what the localities need since Bloom township received its share the township auditors have received a steady Stream of suggestions As to How the Federal Money should be spent township auditors have decided to review the merits of each request individually. At thursdays meeting auditors approved their first Revenue sharing Bill. This Money will be used by Purchase tickets Worth $1,650. Enabling too senior citizens to see a performance of Piotr Tchaikovsky so a Nutcracker Ballet on Friday in Chicago also discussed at the meeting were complications concerning an already approved motion granting $15,000 in Revenue sharing funds to each of the three fire districts in the townships unincorporated areas. Stanley Wilczynski jr., township attorney said Friday that he is studying some Legal problems regarding the $15,000 Grant to the Holbrook department. Reportedly the difficulty involves the fact that the department is organized As a private corporation instead of simply being a fire Protection District such As the Miller Woods and Olympia gardens organizations. Contributing Revenue sharing Money toward the erection of traffic signals at Torrence Avenue and Sauk Trail Sauk Village was considered also auditors decided they needed More information before making a decision on that matter. Questions raised included How much Money would be contributed by Sauk Village and whether it would be better to buy or rent the traffic signal devices. Auditor Louise Marshall pointed out that it might not be economically Wise to rent a Light. The problem does not seem to be temporary she said. She commented that she would t want to rent a car for a month if she knew she would need one for several years. In other action at the meeting auditors postponed consideration of some other requests for Revenue sharing Money. Also the possibility of obtaining medical and life insurance coverage for township employees and elected officials was reviewed at the meeting. Explaining insurance coverage and costs by the auditors was Dominic Calacci of Occidental use insurance company of California. Calacci said he had made a similar presentation in the Spring of 1970. The township has Between to and 15 employees who could qualify for the insurance he said. Insurance coverage for employees would Cost the township Between $360 and $450 a month he said. Calacci recommended the insurance be provided As a fringe Benefit to employees. Calacci said he would be willing to help auditors draw up specifications for securing proposals from various companies. Discussions at the meeting revealed that auditors were not certain whether they should include themselves in the policy. In 1970 it was Felt that auditors should be excluded from any group insurance policy. Calacci said in other business Paula Klein presented a report about the Bloom township committee on youth she said the teen employment opportunities Tempo program was doing Well. Also she explained that the youth committee was seeking an assistant director for Tempo. Auditor Carmine Frisco said that perhaps a Man should be hired for the position because a Man might be Able to Deal better with local industries. In other action a spokesman for the Chicago Heights Community action Council asked auditors about the status of a Winter work proposal which was suggested in october. He was told that the committee on youth is reviewing that proposal. The next meeting of the committee on youth will be held at 6 pm january 3, at Bloom township Hall. Investigator will county sheriffs police believe the Slayer of a 16-year-old Crete township girl whose bludgeoned body was found eight Days ago is from the Crete area. The body of Brigitte Regli of 1748 Sangamon Street a Junior at Crete Monee High school was found by a Hunter in a secluded wooded area a mile West of Dixie Highway South of elms court Lane on the afternoon of december 8. About 48 hours after she disappeared. Investigator Jack Waters of sheriffs police who is in charge of the probe said police believe the girl who died of extensive head injuries was killed near the site where her body was found. Tile girl reportedly was last seen alive shortly after school december 6 by a fellow student As she walked toward her Home a half mile from the school. The witness saw the girl enter a a Light coloured Small car Quot occupied by two Young men according to Waters. Waters said sheriffs police believe whoever killed the girl was from the area because she would not have entered a car occupied by strangers. A we feel that she almost had to know who it was Quot it who killed he said Waters. A your investigation has led us to believe that she have gotten into a car with someone she did no to As for a motive for the murder Waters said a we can to determine that. There a no indication of a reason for the investigation is continuing Waters said and All persons who might have information related to the Case Are being interviewed. Police Are particularly interested in obtaining information from anyone who might have seen cars parked in the Vicinity of elms court Lane and Knacke Road on the afternoon of december 6, Walters is More than Cou appropriated the Chicago Heights City Council finally received a bid on the Otto mall beautification project but the offer appears to be a few thousand dollars More than the City wanted to pay. Avendale landscaping and Nursery a Lombard firm was the Only company to file a bid on the project monday evening the second Date set aside by the City for responses. The City had advertised for bids once before but had been forced to read ver use when none were received the City Council has appropriated $10. My for the project the first step in a c Campaign aimed at Beau fyme the entire City Avondale s bid was $12,020. But the firm also submitted an alternate bid which would require the City to spend $11,210 the City Council must now decide whether to appropriate the extra Money for the project or to postpone it until next Spring in Hopes of obtaining a better Price. Also opened at monday evenings meeting were a number of separate bids on tires and fire Hose. They will be submitted to the City purchasing department for a recommendation at next weeks Council Inee Ting

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