Holland Evening Sentinel (Newspaper) - November 22, 1963, Holland, Michigan
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1963
Study Drive To Retain Road Funds
LANSING (UPI)— a petition drive may be started to try and change Michigan's new constitution to retain earmarked funds for highways and keep an elective highway commissioner The Michigan Good Roads Federation wants its executive director. Don Potter, to “explore the procedures for initiating by petition a referendum or two referendums to accomplish this purpose ”
The action came at a meeting of the federation s board of directors Thursday.
Potter said the federation board, on a 19-11 vote, said it wanted to reserve gas and weight taxes for highway purposes only, which is specified as construction, maintenance, ad-; ministration and acquisiton of property.
The new constitution taking effect Jan I leaves to the legislature the defining of highway purposes A highway commissioner would be appointed by a bipartisan board, to be named by the governor, under the new document.
The federation fought these two portions of the constitution during the 1961-62 constitutional convention.
Potter said a decision was expected by Dec 15 on the proce dure to be followed and if finances were avilable for a petition drive to get the referendum on the ballot “In addition to the financial question, there is a legal problem,” he said “We do not yet know exactly how initiative referendum is to be conducted under the new constitution ”
Three members of the federation, holding ll votes on the board, opposed the proposed action These were the Associated Letroleum Industries of Michigan. Municipal League and County Road Association “They opposed it on a question of timing, rather than need,”
Potter said. “They felt we should wait until we see if highway funds were going to be raided by the legislature before we should initiate a change to prohibit the raiding ."
Potter estimated 360.000 signatures would be needed for a successful petition drive About 267,000 are required, he said, and the extras would be to cover the margin of error for disapproved signatures.
Move to Help Fish Industry
WASHINGTON (CPI) - The Senate voted Thursday to broaden the small business disaster loan program and include spec- State Police Capt jai relief for the Great Lakes fish packing industry hit by the recent botulism incidents.
The provision was written into a Senate bill which increased the small business administration's revolving loan fund by $34.3 million The revised loan program would cover all kinds of natural disasters.
An amendment by Sen. Philip A. Hart, D-Mich,, co-sponsored by the senators from Minnesota and Wisconsin and Sen. Pat NcMamara. D-Mich , authorized loans to small businesses suffering “substantial” economic injury as a result of disease or toxicity in their product from natural or undetermined causes, j the Packers of smoked whitefish, some of which resulted in fatal or near-fatal botulism, have suffered a “severe disaster,” Hart said.
Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., said many fish packing companies are in severe difficulty as a result of the fish “scare.”
A second small business bill also passed by the Senate raised from $400,000 to $700,000 t h e amount of capital that the agency may invest in a small business investment company on a matching basis. It also removed the $500,000 limitation on the amount that an investment company can furnish to a small business firm.
THE HOLLAND, MICHIGAN, EVENING SENTINEL
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State Trooper Arrested Following Robbery of Bank
DETROIT (UPI)—It was with an air of deep sadness Thursday j night that State Police Commissioner Joseph Childs called newsmen to State Police Headquarters in East Lansing—one of his troopers had been arrested as a bank bandit.
Scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. Federal District Court here today was State Police Trooper Andy J. Salkovich, 32, a member of the Department sine© 1956 and a father of three.
He is accused of robbing the National Bank of Royal Oak of $3,156 Salkovich has already admitted the holdup to his superiors and turned over th© money which he had taken.
He was being held in th© Wayne County Jail.
The story unfolded slowly Thursday night at the Royal Oak Police Station where Sal-kovich admitted the holdup to Fred Davids, Sgt. Philip Deckebach of the Royal Oak Police Department and FBI agent Fred Toedelt.
It was about 1:30 p m Thursday that the Naitonal Bank of Royal Oak was robbed. The bandit walked in. went to the I window of Mrs. Gayle Robinson, 24, Royal Oak and handed her a green plastic bag
He pointed a 38 caliber pistol at Mrs. Robinson.
“Fill it up,” he commended as he pushed the bag toward her.
At another window a customer approached teller Frank E Helsom. 21, Southfield, and told him. “pardon me. but a man at next window' has a gun pointed at the teller.”
Helsom pushed the alarm and ran after the bandit.
“I ran after him. but when he reached his car. the holdup man turned and looked at me.” Helsom said. “I calmly walked to a Buick which was parked in front of his car and pretended to get into it as he watched me.
“He hit a car as he drove out and I picked up a stone and struck his car with all the force I could muster.” the teller said, j The accident and the dent from the stone were what led to Salkovich’s arrest The FBI a>ked all collision shops in the area to be on the lookout for the 1963 convertible used in the holdup.
It paid off
Alex Cutrubes, 69. who works with his son at Al s Collision Shop, said he recognized the car after FBI agents had visited and asked him to be on the alert for the auto “He was nervous.*’ Cutrubes said, and after Salkovich left. Cutrubes called police.
The arrest was made by Salkovich’s commanding officer at the Centerline Post. Sgt. Walter Stevens. It was 6:30. Salkovich had been assigned to the post only three months ago following his transfer from the Newaygo Post. He was living in the barracks at the post while waiting for the arrival of his wife, two daughters and son.
They were scheduled to join him as soon as he completed
arrangements for a rented Succumbs to In
home which Hwy were to move KALAMAZOO (UPI) - Mrs
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in IO days. Henry Will, 71, Kalamazoo, died
apt. Davids said Salkovich late Thursday night in Bronson I thT county or* state level.
Secretary of State James M. Hare said he did not take anv
LANSING (UPI)—One section of Michigan’s uniform Commercial Code, scheduled to take effect Jan. I, poses serious problems for various local and state officials, the governor’s office was told Thursday.
Some people who will be working with the law want its effective date delayed, which would require action in the special legislative session next month, and others merely want the one section amended, said Richard C. Van Dusen, Gov. George Romney's legal aide.
“The executive office has no position on whether or how the law should be amended, but early next week I will make a recommendation to the governor on whether to include consideration of delaying the effective date during the special session,” Van Dusen said.
The legal aide met Thursday with spokesmen for the registers of deeds, banking associations, uniform code proponents, small loan industry, state bar association and the secretary of state's office.
The section in question requires dual filing of security instruments. such as chattel mortgages. both locally and at the state level.
“About half want the effective date of the act deferred until July—with the idea this section could be changed during next year’s session—and the rest say it should take effect in January as scheduled, and be amended after experience with the dual filing provision indicates the wisest change,” Van Dusen said.
Spokesmen attending the meeting also were split over how the section should be changed — whether to require the filing at
UNITED NATIONS. N. Y. j (UPI) — The U. N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer .Space prepared today to endorse a set of legal principles agreed upon by the United States and Russia after months of negotiations.
Chief points in the basic law of space promulgated in the agreement are acknowledgment of the right of non-governmental agencies to launch space projects — a concept originally opposed by the Soviet Union — and provision for international consultation on space projects that could interfere with activi-ites of other countries — a proposal at first opposed by the United States.
Among the birds that can he taught to talk are the piping crows of Australia, the mynah, parrot, some species of jays, macaws and even starlings.
was "choked up with remorse Davids said the former A i r Force veteran only said, “you're right.”
Stevens, when he turned Salkovich over to the FBI. said, “He was a good officer.”
It was the second time within
Hospital of injuries suffered Wednesday in a traffic accident.
position on the change, but hoped a decision would be made soon on whether the new law would take effect in January “We believe about 500,000 financial instruments will be
Named Assistant Dean
STANFORD. Calif. (UPI) -Dr. Donald Stilwell has been appointed assistant dean for stu-a year the State Police Depart- dent affairs at the Stanford Uni- blowing our way if it takes ef-ment had been rocked with the versity school o f medicine, it feet and we need to get staff news that one of its own had was announced Thursday. ready to handle this,’ Hare said,
disgraced their number.
Detective Lieutenant Carl Robinson, head of the State Police Racket Squad, was arrested last May after admitting he took money held as evidence In a gambling case.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny by conversion and still is awaiting sentence. State Police estimated he took $14,000 over several years Salkovich was paid $7,224 a year in his post.
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GRAND HAVEN — Julius Keway, 34, Grand Haven was sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond L. Smith Thursday to 18 months to IO years in Southern Michigan prison on a charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor female.
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