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Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - March 4, 1964, Cedar Rapids, IowaPubic ursary Cedar rapids Benny a goofy balls and pop pills.? by Tom Kuncl a recent rash of arrests by local police in incidents growing out of the illegal Possession of prescription drugs is no cause for real alarm yet according to local and state officers. Police chief George Matias told the citizen times that to my knowledge we hav e 4 no problem in Cedar rapids. He continued Are marijuana heroin and other morphine based drugs. These things that have been popping up Are Barbiturate Type they Call them Benny goof balls Pep pills yellow jackets you name it. They re All pretty much the same thing Matias stated. Within the past two weeks two arrests have been made and several suspects questioned concerning illegal prescription drug traffic in Cedar rapids. A nurse was arrested for the alleged theft of drugs from a local Hospital and a 23 year old Man was taken in to custody for an alleged attempt to sell prescription drugs in a West Side bar. Incidents involving drugs Are a periodic Phenomena according to chief Matias. It looks like one of those periodic flurries we get every so often. Matias said. Well get a splurge of it then it Dies Down. A few years ago we had a problem Call pm 5-6042 for subscriptions on Lylo 819 3rd Avenue South West volume i no. X published weekly in Cedar rapids Iowa March 4, 1964 read by Linn county families with Valo. Inhalers the added. Matias pointed out that tracing the drugs Back to their Point of origin is a a difficult task. You catch one peddle and he got it from someone else and the other one got it from someone else and so Matias said. Chief Matias told the citizen times that the Cedar rapids police department has no special narcotics Bureau. Our problem Here in t that he said we Are Able to handle it with our staff and if a special problem should arise we have a state narcotics agent in state narcotics agent Ken Jones told the citizen times that he Felt recent arrests did not reflect an increase of illegal drug traffic but an in creased alertness by local officers. Local officers have become More conscious of the Jones said. Queried about that a Large Supply of drugs had cont d on Pes mrs. X enters county attorney race i. Charge that Gary or _ v county attorney in the november election n a fired another shot this week in his running feud with present Linn county attorney demo crat Jack Fulton. Fulton last week dismissed Bernau s criticism of the . S office and accused Bernau of not campaigning on the issues. Bernau had been critical of Fulton in his hand Ling of Omvik cases add claims juvenile problems and what Bernau termed the wholesale dismissal of cases from the court in an interview with the citizen times last week Fulton defended the record of his office and charged Bernau with attempting to Campaign on superficially popular issues and ignoring the real in answer to Fulton s charges Bernau made the following statement to the citizen times. Popular and important ing lost every Omvik Case actually tried in municipal court that he is not doing enough to solve juvenile delinquency problems that he is not adequately utilizing his office in reducing the Ever increasing Rad Case Load and abuses and that his claimed reduction of Back log of pending criminal cases is the result of a wholesale dismissal of 380 cases at a taxpayer s Cost of loaded statistics his concern is justified Bernau continued. Not Only has the present county attorney lost every Omvik Case actually tried in municipal court but every criminal Case of any kind actually tried in municipal court. Further he Well knows that the 154 Omvik convictions he claims during 1963 really represents the number of those accused of the crime who merely walked into court and i readily accept the suggest plead guilty without trial. This Ion of the present. County a Tome y that i have chosen As issues in this Campaign subjects which Are popular with the taxpayers and voters of Linn county furthermore i intend1 to continue to Kosoi those subjects which Are of sufficient Public importance to be popular Are Campaign issues. Blasts . Office from his reply it appears that the present county at Tomey is concerned about my announcement of candidacy calling attention to the e fact is a loaded statistic used to attempt his poor record and he knows that this figure has nothing to do with cases actually tried in court and nothing to do with the ability of his office to prosecute cases successfully. There is no test of a prosecutors skill and professional ability in taking a plea of guilty. I propose a More Vig Orous hard working prosecution of criminal cases. . Problem exists the present county at Torney has stated that there not do any in this area of Law enforcement How Ever i submit that there is a juvenile delinquency problem in this county and i propose that the county attorney s office assume an Active role in the fight against this prob Lem. I would create a county attorney s juvenile Board As a positive step com posed of representatives of churches schools labor unions service clubs and other interested groups before which the involved juvenile and Parent would appear. We need positive action toward a solution riot a negative do nothing attitude. Add abuses the present county at Torney has attempted to focus the blame for any add abuses on the Board of social Wel fare. He has pointed out that it is that Board and not his office that is responsible for the investigation and determination of any cases of fraud and deceit. Every Effort should be made by the county attorney s office to insure that the benefits of the add program Are preserved for those children who Are legitimately in need. The Case of mrs. X As an example of the present county attorney s handling of add cases there is the Case of mrs. X who is now after a Long history of attempting to secure support any other Way receiving add cont Dong 6 Sara Soukup i Gary Craig Stewart appeared before District court judge William Eads Friday and was formally charged with manslaughter. Stewart 22, was charged As the Driver of a car which crashed on a grave 1 Road near Marion last week killing Sarah Soukup 15, of Spring Ville. Stewart and three other teen age passengers in the car were injured. Witnesses told sheriffs officers that Stewart was driving in an erratic manner prior to the Accident judge Eads set March 5 As the Date for Stewart to enter a plea to the charge. If convicted Stewart could be Given a prison sentence of up to seven years. Special edition nest week because the citizen times goes to press Early tuesday morning we were not Able to report the happenings of the special meeting held on the Cedar Valley Roadway tues Day morning and evening. The entire citizen times news staff is at work this week preparing a special Cedar Valley Roadway edition which will be delivered to your Home next week. It will be the most comprehensive and factual report that we Are capable of producing on the information now available. We Hope that it will be use Ful in helping our readers understand All aspects of this vital Issue

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