High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives May 5 1974, Page 16

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - May 5, 1974, High Point, North Carolina 16a High Point Enterprise sunday May 5, 1974 abducted boy finally Home by William Schiffman associated press writer Modesto. Calif. A Blond Dye used to disguise 2-year-old Tommy Lauvers tousled Brown hair has almost grown out but reminders of a year he spent with another identity remain. The toddler walks with a rolling gait perhaps from Lack of practice. Tommy s Mother Frances Lauver. 23, says he was just beginning to say Quot Mommy and daddy when he was kidnapped More than a year ago today he still talks at that level. Tommy is a sturdy 31-Pounder with striking Blue eyes and a wide expressive Mouth which Breaks easily into a Grin. One change since the kidnapping is a set of baby Teeth but Tommy appears Little altered otherwise. Mrs. Lauver said. Quot he eats constantly and he ate constantly before. He still loves mashed potatoes a she added Tom Lauver 28. Found out about his son s new Teeth the hard Way. Quot i was sitting there rocking him counting his Teeth one night and crunch it did t take me Long to learn not to poke my Finger in his Mouth. Quot he even wrinkles his nose like he used to a Tom said. His Mother Calls it Tommy s Quot Rabbit a few months of Loving and playing with the toddler have eased memories of the Long weeks when the Lauvers wondered if they would Ever hold Little Tommy again a or if he was still alive. Quot it seems to me now like the year never mrs. Lauver said. The youngster then la months old was abducted by a Man with a knife who accosted mrs. Lauver As she loaded groceries into her car Jan 20. 1973. After driving around a few minutes the kidnapper pushed her from the car after taking her name and address and promising to Contact her to return the child. The Contact never came. Weeks turned into months As officers checked hundreds of tips but produced no clues. Finally a woman who moved Here after the abduction read a first anniversary newspaper account of the Lauvers loss. She thought a neighbor s adopted child looked like a photo of the Lauver boy printed with the Story and called detectives. Sheriff s deputies confirmed the identity by checking footprints and returned Tommy to his parents feb. 5, Robert William Coffey. 30. Identified by mrs. Lauver from a lineup As her child s Abductor pleaded guilty to the Kidnap charge and faces up to 25 years in prison. Marjorie Coffey 31, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the crime and faces up to five years in prison. They Are scheduled for sentencing May 9 in stanislaus county Superior court. The coffees reportedly were unable to have a child of their own they called Tommy Quot Shawn a Alice Williams Coffey a sister said she never saw the child mistreated or dirty. They really loved him and took Good care of him. He had boxes of toys in his room. Housing major item permits pass $1 million Mark in recent weeks a Chi an emotional reunion of Tommy and his Mother and father approval of construction of a 60-unit High Point Public housing authority development played a vital role in pushing the total for recent building permits above the $1 million Mark. The City s inspections division issued a permit valued at $893,969 for construction of a 60-unit apartment development on Leonard Avenue. The Overall total of recent building permits was $1,293,703. These also included permits valued at $231,600 for eight new houses and five permits Worth $110,555 for business improvements in addition the inspections division issued eight permits Worth $15,965 for repairs to dwellings and 26 permits valued at $38,060 for improvements to dwellings. It issued seven permits Worth $3,550 for roofing work Southern film. In received a $12,000 permit for an expansion to and existing Industrial building located on English Road. The improvement will add 825 Square feet. The Metal plating and fabricating co. Received a $45,000 permit for a 72.000 Square foot addition to a warehouse located on West Fairfield Road John Wesley Camp Assn. Received a $19,000 permit for construction of a cafe building on Futrelle Road Wachovia Bank and Trust co. Received a $29,555 permit for a canopy at n main Street Structure and the Mobil chemical company received a $5,000 permit for an equipment room to be erected on English Road. The following received permits for new houses Greenwood Charles inc., for an $18,500 House on Chat Field Street James Mahon for a $29,000 House on Johnson Street Spence and Lester for two houses one Worth $31,800 and the other at $32,000 both on Cambridge Street revival Bethel Baptist Church Cox Avenue High Point May 5 May la services at 7 30 nightly Ria. Ervin Hyde evangelist special singing each Piht everyone Welcome or Rev. Darrell l. Cox pastor 2 a wire photo and when he had a cold or something they took him to the doctor a and worried a officers at first said Tommy a Ankles were red and swollen As if they had been bound but now they and the Lauvers refuse to discuss his feet speech or any other aspect of the youngsters medical situation because of the pending trial. In spite of their elation at having Tommy Back some of the trauma lingers. Mrs. Lauver won t take Tommy shopping with her in the car alone. Quot ill take him out with me if someone else is along otherwise. I take him to his aunt s House she said brushing her straight Brown hair from her face. The battered Brown station Wagon from which Tommy was kidnapped sat in front of their ramshackle three Story Home for the entire year the boy was gone Quot i just done to want to have anything to do with she said with a scowl. Now it will be junked or sold. Mrs. Lauver Felt they could t take Tommy Back to the old House so they moved to a two bedroom Home in this Central California City surrounded by vineyards and fruit Orchards Tom Lauver a Handyman for a Mobile Home sales firm lost the use of his arms temporarily doctors say it was a reaction to the Shock of the abduction the paralysis gradually disappeared and he returned to work after a few weeks. Quot after it happened i was kind of lost a mrs. Lauver said softly. Quot i prayed every night about it. I never gave up. But after a while i could be logical about it and discuss it without breaking Down every time. A in fact two Days before Tommy was found. I had gone off the Pill so i could have another child. Now i think i ii wait a As she talked. Tommy wobbled across the floor among his toys laughing a Graham Cracker crumbling in his hand he refused to say a word but his reaction made it Plain he knew what every word meant. He started a game of give and take with a Small rubber monster a birthday gift. Handing it to his Mother then immediately demanding it be returned. Back and Forth the tentacled red creature went while Tommy smiled and bounced slowly on the sagging Pillow. Mrs Lauver proudly displayed Tommy a room brimming with toys and new furniture a presents from a Community party on his birthday feb. 20. More than 500 modest ans who followed the Lauvers year of anguish turned out to share their Joy. Tommy a room has new Wail to Wall carpeting donated by a local merchant bunk Beds and a new Dresser almost fill the Small room. In the living room. Squashed amoeba like in front of the Small television set. Is a yellow beanbag chair Quot he watches a sesame Street from there a mrs Lauver added. Tommy constantly wandered Back to his Mother who was curled in the Corner of a worn sofa. Her soft eyes followed him As he clutched toys scattered around the $14 billion charged Washington a americans used Bank cards More than 632 million times in 1973 to charge nearly $14 billion. This represents a jump of More than $3 4 billion Over 1972 when total Dollar volume for purchases and Cash advances amounted to less than $10.5 billion the american Bankers Assn reports retail sales volume for 1973 climbed to More than $12 billion an increase of 34.6 per cent Over 1972 figures Cash Advance volume increased 31.3 per cent to total More than $1.4 billion at the end of 1973. You re invited to Lay led revival Hillcrest Baptist Church Mcneil re. Off Hwy. 66 South Kernersville . Date May 5-10 services sunday 11 00 . Each night 7 30 . Speakers Glenn Mann Gene Abbott Carroll p. Welborn Harry m. Cline Charles Kegerize Randall l. Rudd Kenneth Hewett special music Church choir and special groups pastor Vincent g. Wall come feel the Hills and valleys of your feet Scholl room a Mother again after a year in limbo. Mrs. Lauver admits Tommy will be spoiled. Quot if i done to do it Tom and she in t worried that her son does no to walk or talk As Well As he might. Quot i think once he starts its going to come out like you career people get positions Washington api president Nixon has nominated Dean Hinton a career foreign service officer to be ambassador to Zaire. Nixon also nominated career Diplomat William d Wolle to be ambassador to the sultanate of Oman. We . Quot Bill Quot Anderson Republican candidate for county commissioner a native of Guilford county a resident of Guilford county a realtor a Farmer a educator yes no increase City teachers supplement pay for to months work in a county zoning policy in a equitable taxation 0. A recreation in a improvement of police and fire Protection s a equal representation of All citizens of Guilford county a a builder a new Broom sweep bes exercise sandals come rest your feet in the hollows and the rises. Experience the coolness of polished Beechwood against the warmth of Bare skin. Feel the Little Mound we Call the toe grip that helps you turn Mere Steps into a Beautiful toning and Awakening for your legs. Scholl the original exercise sandals. Feeling is believing. Better than Barefoot. Red White Blue or Bone cushioned leather strap. Raised Heel or Flat Bone Only. $12.95. Mann drug stores available at store no. 3, no. 4, no. 6 and Westchester mall a a a Howard d. Cole for District solicitor District attorney vote tuesday May 7th vote tuesday May 7th a in 7th year of experience a senior assistant District attorney to Doug Albright a three times the prosecution experience of both his opponents combined a experience in the High Point and Greensboro District and Superior courts a responsible for narcotic prosecutions in this District professional and civic qualifications educated in Guilford county school system . History political science Law unc Chi special student a Medicine memorial Hospital . And Greensboro bar association member National and . District attorneys associations youth services bureaus Board of directors youth care of directors . State employees credit Union Board of advisors Young democrats club Board of directors lecturer Federal Bureau of narcotic and dangerous drugs . District attorneys narcotics . State Bureau of investigation Greensboro police department juvenile Justice league of women voters gateways participant for a position where experience is essential Howard d. Cole for District solicitor Democrat District attorney a a a a a

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