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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Hushed court hears statement EDMONTON (CP) A hushed Alberta Supreme Court heard the statement Thursday of 24-year-old Stewart Thompson of Edmonton, charged with non capital murder in the strangulation slaying of stock speculator Robert Connolly, W. Diane Voss, 20, of Edmonton, was also charged with non capital murder A third person charged in the case, 23-year-old John Alexander Button of Hamilton, Ont.. pleaded guilty to non cpaital murder in a surprise move Wednesday and was sentenced to life imprisonment. An Edmonton detective read Thompson's statement after Chief Justice J. V. H. Milvain ruled it was admissible. The chief justice had held a "voir dire" trial within a trial to determine if the statement, made about a month after Mr Connolly's death in January, 1973, was freely and voluntarily made. WAS AFRAID Thompson took the stand during the hearing to say he gave the statement only because he was afraid. He also said he continually asked for a lawyer, but that police failed to act on his request. However, Detective S Sgt Frank Leach said the only mention of a lawyer was when Thompson spoke to his wife, asking her to contact a lawyer The detective said she Defused The only issue during the hearing was the admissability of the statement given by Thompson last year, and Chief Justice Mil- vain said he felt the statement was voluntarily made. He did not comment on the discrepancies in testimony during the hearing. S. Sgt. Leach then read the statement to the court, quoting Thompson as saying he, Voss and another girl were in the Cecil Hotel, drinking heavily, and that Mr. Connolly "propositioned me about the two girls that were with DEAL SOUGHT WASHINGTON (AP) -The House of Representatives judiciary committee, hoping to break a deadlock with the White House, is willing to let President Nixon's lawyer help screen tapes requested for its impeachment inquiry. The proposal is contained in a letter renewing a request for tapes of 42 presidential conversations that has been pending since Feb. 25, and setting a deadline of next Tuesday for the White House to say whether they will be forthcoming. Gold rush ends VICTORIA (CP) The second gold rush at Bakerville, the restored village in the Cariboo where millions of dollars worth of gold was taken out of the ground a century ago, is over, the provincial parks announced Thursday. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE SATURDAY SUNSET Lethbridge Pincher 53 16 Grande Prairie 01 Banff Calgary .41 Penticton .03 Prince George Kamloops .02 .49 Saskatoon Regina Winnipeg Toronto .11 Ottawa .05 Montreal .21 St. John's 15 Halifax .51 Charlottetown .41 Fredericton .29 Chicago 14 New .05 Miami Las Vegas Phoenix Athens Rome Pans London Moscow FORECAST: Lethbridge Today, sunny. Gusty winds. Highs near 55. Lows near 35. Saturday, cloudy periods, showers along thermountains, highs near 55. Medicine Hat Today, sunny highs near 55. Lows near 30. Saturday, occasional qloudy periods, highs near 55 Calgary Today, mainly sunny, highs near 55. Lows 25- 30. Saturday, cloudy periods, showers along the mountains. Highs near 50. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Partly cloudy through Saturday. Scattered showers and chanc.e of a few thunderstorms Saturday. "Gusty southwest winds east slopes Highs both days 55 to 65 Lows tonight 30s-. West of Continental Divide Cloudy today with a few widely scattered showers Frequent showers tonight decreasing Saturday. Highs both days 50 to 60. Lows tonight 30s. Columbia, Kootenay Overcast with periods of rain or drizzle today. Highs 45 to 50 Mostly cloudy Saturday. A few showers. Lows in the 30s. Highs 45 to 50 THRIFTY RITCHIE STOCK WATERERS Electric Heated Waterers... For Cattle, Hogs and Sheep. Most available now. Buy Early and be> Ready... GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Highway Box 1202 Phone 328-1141 AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m., April 5, 1974. All highways in the Lethbridge area are bare and dry. Highway 2 north, Fort Macleod to Red Deer, bare and dry. Red Deer to Edmonton has occasional slippery sections. Highway 1 Trans-Canada west, Calgary to Golden, bare and dry Golden to Revelstoke has had of new snow and is wet with occasional slippery sections. Banff-Jasper Highway has had a skiff of new snow with some drifting. Sanding is in progress where necessary. Ptrti of ettry: Times In Mountain Standard Time opening and closing times: Carway 8 a.m. to S p.m Chief Mountain closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonlta 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kingsgateopen 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts7 a.m. until 11 p.m.; Wild Horse to4 p.m.; Rooaevtlle 7a.m. to 11 p.m. Logan Pass. (Canada. Customs hours moved one hour earlier Jan. when Montana went on daylight Lalonde backed in slamming football door OTTAWA (CP) Health ttnttolar Marc Lakodo received notice Thursday that he appareatiy hat the support of New Democrat MPt In bit flfht to hoop American foothaU out of Canada. The notice came from Mark Rose (NDP-Fraser Valley West) who introduced in the Commons a private member's bill which would make it difficult for any American football league team to operate la Canada. The bill would require that Canadians make up at least M per cent of the playing members of "international profes- sional rugby football leagues." Outside the Commons Mr. ROM said he introduced the Mil just to show support for Mr. Lalonde, who plus legislation to keep American football leapw oat of this rawMry. It is believed tbat Mr. t tatfcUttoi to similar to that which Mr. Lalonde is plMialai. Mr. Laionda has fcfoa quoted players on a foowad team. Any law that tbat oM-aai: or more of the players must be Canadian would make It difficult, if not impossible, for a team in an American football league to operate. Mr. Rose said be believes that western NDP MPs support Mr. Lalonde in his attempt to protect the CFL from American competition. The majority of the 39 New Democrats in the Commons come from the West. Eleven come from the Toronto area and some of swvatives, oppose Mr. UdaMs's propaaal. Mr. Uiaade beUevoi tht d% wftUdleiif wast whayaJ> iBai Jr., heads the New WorlJFMthal Northsaea. Mr. ROM said the NDP has not saokea oa football I he feela It is time it dtt compared legislating finadlaa eoatoat on football with regulations CaeaOen content on ra- dio and tetevtstoa. Sport is an important subject about B per cent of each newspaper deals with it-end the NDP should be talking about it. he said. Doctors save his legs Jimmy Burr, 29, a Detroit steel worker whose right leg was severed and left leg severely injured by a machine last January poses with the three surgeons who repaired the limbs in an eight-hour operation in Warren, Mich. From left: orthopedic surgeon and team leader, Dr. A. Ronald Rook, cardiovascular man, Dr. Lee A. Rea and neurosurgeon, Dr. Clark J. Okulski, at the hospital yesterday. Minister made decision to buy Romanian oil VOtG OH OTTAWA (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Thursday the decision last fall to purchase high- priced Romanian oil was made by him, not by oil companies advising his department. Pressed in the Commons for the third consecutive day on the purchase at 99 Vz cents a gallon, Mr. Macdonald said the decision was made after checks of other possible heating oil supplies. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield asked if there wzz consideration of a -possible conflict of interest due to the government picking up supply options held by a company on the technical advisory committee working with Mr. Macdonald's department. Mr. Macdonald said the committee, concerned about a possible heating oil shortage in Eastern Canada, recommended only that supplies be obtained It did not offer advice on any specific contract. The Romanian oil was part of 26 million gallons of heating oii bought by the government as insurance against a feared shortage during the winter The government made the purchase after picking up pur- chase options held by Canadian Fuel Marketers Ltd an affiliate of the international Shell organization. Both Canadian Fuel and Shell Canada were represented on the advisory committee. SHELL BENEFITS T. C Douglas, New Democrat energy spokesman, asked if Mr. Macdonald was aware that Shell International Canadian held in U.S. theft SAN DIEGO (AP) A Canadian has been charged with taking more than worth of jewelery and other valuables from the Del Mar home of financier Charles K. Fletcher Francois Gauteau, 52, of Toronto, was indicted by the San Diego County grand jury Wednesday on charges of robbery, conspiracy and burglary. He was the fourth man charged in the case. Authorities said Gauteau was arrested in Los Angeles was the main beneficiary of the transaction The minister replied that it made sense that the two Shell affiliates were on the com- mittee because they are among the major oil firms doing business .in Eastern Canada. These companies were an important source of information on the oil situation. Mr. Macdonald told Harvie Andre Centre) other bids were scrutinized before the purchase was made Because of concern about alternate, sources of supply, the Romanian purchase was deemed necessary. The oil was obtained between Nov 22 and Dec 22 after the energy department's advisory group heard that Canadian Fuel held options on 1.5 million barrels. Canadian Fuel offered to ex- ercise the options on behalf of the government provided that Ottawa honored an existing contract the company had with Romania. The rest of the oil was pur- chased through the company's options from Caribbean sources. Non-white offenders not treated unfairly EDMONTON (CP) A University of Alberta has shown that poor and non- white offenders are not treated unfairly by the province's criminal justice system, but does show that native people are imprisoned twice as often as whites for failure to pay fines. The study, completed as part of a doctoral paper by John Hagan. a graduate sociology student and director of the department's Alberta criminal justice project, says because of the province's legal aid system, most offenders have access to lawyers MY Hagan examined records from Alberta's correctional institutions, the adult probation department, and the Edmonton crown prosecutor's office to determine whether extra- legal factors influenced the sentencing of particular classes of defendants. He examined about cases tried in 1973 and found that criminal sentencing in Alberta conformed to the legal requirements of justice. The higher incident of native and n.on-white imprisonment "seems to derive largely from alcohol related said Mr Hagan legislation TORONTO (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp indicated yesterday that the federal government may allow a free vote in the House of Commons on the question of proposed legislation to keep the new World Football League out of Canada Mr Sharp was asked in a question period at Osgoode Hall Law School whether the government will enforce party discipline when the matter comes to a vote "I wouldn't think he said. Asked if the government is serious about keeping Toronto Northmen out of Canada, Mr. Sharp said only that Health Minister Marc Lalonde plans to introduce legislation on the question. "I am aware that as far as many people in Toronto are concerned the Northmen would simply bring more football entertainment here, and it's not seen as anything more than that. "But the view is quite different from places like Edmonton, Calgary, Regina or even he said. SPOT FOOD The fruit-eating bats of Af- rica. Asia and the Pacific islands have excellent eyesight that enables them to spot their food amidst thick foliage 1972 Mercedts 350 SI Coupe Phone Calgary 403-281-8980 For further information Phont ROY MclNTOSH at 328-9271 Kino CHRYSLER ODD3ELin Comer of 3rd Ave. and 11th St. S. Phone U8-I271 Man is fighting to erase name from records OTTAWA (CP) A man who says he was told to change his name so he could receive a new social insurance number now is fighting to have his name expunged from RCMP criminal records. Tnis was revealed Thursday by William Kempling (PC-Halton-Wentworth) as he related in the Commons another of the tribulations of a Dundas, Ont., man whose wallet was taken by a pickpocket in 1970. The man, who does not want to be identified, lost his social insurance card, birth certificate and driver's licence, all of which have been used fraudulently by another person. Mr. Kempling says the man who used the documents is in Stratford, Ont., jail serving a short sentence But that man now says the papers were taken by American police. Mr. Kempling has told the Commons that a government official says there is no way of reprogrammmg the social in- surance computer to change a person's number and has sug- gested the man change his name instead Thursday, Mr. Kempling said inside and outside the Commons that he has asked Solicitor-General Warren Allmand to check, the records kept by the RCMP. There was a charge against the man's name in Grand Forks. B C Meanwhile, Mr. Kempling is awaiting word from Manpower Minister Robert Andras on how the man can get a new social insurance number. He has said the man is both- ered annually by the revenue department about unpaid taxes on jobs he never held. The man also was plagued by the stigma of someone else's criminal record when he looks for work. Mr. Andras has said he is in- vestigating. ESTABLISH ROADS The Canadian federal government is committed to spending million a year until 1986 to establish a roads network in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. SEE "THE THING" RAEWOODMOTORS 1403 3rd AVI. 8. NOMINATIONS ARE INVITED from Alberta citizens for two places on the Committee on the Articulation of High School and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Persons selected for this committee may hold off fee for a period of two years and the appointment may be renewed. Duties of the committee are as follows: (a) The committee shall be advisory to the "Minister of Education and the Minister of Advanced Education. (b) The committee shall concern itself with problems related to the standards for admission from Alberta high schools to provincial post-secondary educational institutions. (c) The committee shall concern itself with provincial high school accreditation procedures. (d) The committee shall have the authority to enact such bylaws as are necessary for the conduct of its business Organizations or individuals wishing to nominate a person to a place on this committee should send the name of the individual and supporting information Dr. J. S. Hrabi, Associate Deputy Minister, Alberta Education, 9th Floor, Executive Building, 10105-109 Street. EDMONTON, Alberta before April 30. ADVANCED EDUCATION ;