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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta BOOK YOUR SUMMER ALASKAN CRUISE Now Complete information upon request Contact ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 Chomos not guilty in father's death By LARKY BENNETT 'llci-ahl SlaH Writer i Alvin James Chomos, 25, of Taber was found guilty of; the cbarge of non-capital mur- dor when he appeared before Judge K. Moore in tbc Lcth- liridge sitting of the Alberta Supreme Court Tuesday. The charge resulted from the shotgun slaying of his father Alec, 55, at their Taher home early in the evening of Feb. 15. In presenting his decision, Judge Moore said evidence presented by h o I Ji Edith Chomos, wife of the dead man, and her son Alvin, who was charged, lead him to accept (he explanation of self-defence presented by defence lawyer L. D. MacLean of Lethbririge. During tlie 712-hour trial court was told the dead Mr. Chomos had a violent temper and was unable to control him- self once he became angry. Both Mrs. Chomos and Alvin told the court they had been beaten and threatened many limes by the deceased man. Mrs. Chomos said she had lived In constant fear of her husband because he threatened to kill her with a knife or burn the house down wilh everyone in it. Alvin told the court his fath- er had beaten him many times, "mostly with his fists, but once he used a scoop shovel." Court was also told the eld- erly Cliomos had thrown his six-year-old grandson down a flight of stairs during a lit of temper. "He was an evil-minded and jealous man, he was always Willie Dixon blues show Wednesday Willie Dixon and Ihe Chicago All-Stars, will perform in a concert of modern blues Wed- nesday at p.m. at the Lcthbridge Exhibition Pavilion. The concert is part of a West- ern Canada tour sponsored by Earth Breeze, Iho company wliicli also sponsored John Lee Hooker's performance. Touring wilh Willie Dixon is the High Flying Bird, a new West coast group. Tickets are available at Lei- ster's and Musicland. CUFF BLACK, Certified Denfol Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE 327-2822 HUMIDIFIERS AND FURNACE AND REFRIGERATION SERVICE Chorlton Hill Ltd. 1262 2nd Avo. S. Phone 328-3388 accusing me of running around wilh other men and was jeal- ous of anyone 1 talked said Mrs. Ctiomos. An argument on the night of the shooting resulted when the deceased Chomos discovered his wife had purchased lunch meat for sandwiches for Alvin. I had been divorced since my son Darwin was months old, and had been living at nome so someone could care for him whiie I was at said Atvin Chomos. "My father didn't like me living at home and fought with my mom whenever she bought food for be said. The fight grew progressively worse until Alvin beard his father threaten to kill his moth- er wilh a "big knife." "I upstairs from my bedroom in the basement and told my father lo stop picking on my mother all the Alvin told the court "I went back downstairs to my room and began to read a book, but beard noise in a kitchen cupboard. was afraid my father getting a kmfe. Without thinking I took my shotgun and four or five shells from a box and started back upstairs. "I wanted to have something to make him listen to Alvin said. "When I got part way up the stairs I saw my father in the hall with a knife. I told him to put it down and stop what he was doing. He turned, swore and threatened to kill me os well, tiien he came toward me. "I squeezed the trigger, heard the gun, felt something splash in my face and saw my father fall to one he con- tinued. "In a daze I returned to the bedroom, but heard a noise up- stairs that sounded like a body falling. "I thought he had killed my mom and was afraid Darwin w o u 1 d be next. I ran back up the stairs and saw him in the hallway with one arm behind his back and the other extend- ed like he still had the knife. "I remember shooting again and I must have shot another time because he was shot throe Alvin said. When he saw his fattier fall motionless in the kitchen, Alvin ran from the house to the back yard with his gun, but decided he should not run away. "I leaned my gun in the hall and went down to my room where I started to he said. He was in his room and cry- ing when the Tabor Town Po- lice who had been called by his mother from a neighbor's house arrived and arrested him. I didn't really believe my father was dead until the police told me the next said Alvin. EX7RA WEAR FOR EVERY PAIR SHOE REPAIR MIKE HANZEL 317 7th STREET SOUTH SERVICE LTD, REGULAR EVENING AUCTION AT THE WAREHOUSE 1920 2nd AVE. S. THURSDAY, APRIL, 20th TERMS CASH SAU STARTS P.M. NO RESERVE Antiques Collector's Items I-ovcly Oak Jacobean Love Scat; Sm. Coal i Wood Heater (ivilh brass 2 Old Churns; Old Coffee Grimier; 2 Military Saddles: Ink Well; Aladdin Lamp: 2 old Car Lamps; Indian Head Dress; Coin Scl; Pr. Frosted Glass; Mexican Spurs; Piclure Frames: Lg. Bottles. Rollaway licds; Good Flcetwood Console TV; Vanity Dresser; Ping Pong Table; Chronic Table Chairs; Lg. Chest of Drawers; 2 30'' Gas Kangcs; Crib t Mattress; Barbecue; Crosley Fridge; Old Forge. Good CIL Repeater 22 Rifle; 3 Single Box Springs Mattresses; Portable TV; Chrome Chairs; Lg. Jug in Basket; Coffee Table; Folding Chairs; Green Bathtub; G.E. Fridge; Wash Tiasins: Steam Cleaner; Power Mow- ers; Grass Sweep; Quantity of Bicycles; Ping Pong Table; Bird Cage Complele Beds; Kcssler 12 Ga. Shot- gun; Floor Lamps; New Trike; Sm. Modern Love Seat Footstool; Boiler; Floor Lamps; Table Lamps. T961 DODGE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: HURIBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 1920 2nd AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE AUCTIONEERS TED NEVVBY KEITH ERDMANN lie. 41 tie. 458 The Lcthbtidgc Herald SECOND SECTION Letlibridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April 19, 1972 PAGES 15 TO 23 NOW IN OUR NEW LOCATION CECIL OXENBURY DISPENSING OPTICIANS LTD. 101 PROFESSIONAL BLDO. 740 4lh AVE. S. LE1HBRIDGE, ALBERTA Summer is coming. Be ready wilh a pair of Preicriplion Sunglasici. LCC program By KON' CALDWEL1 Hera til Staff Writer A man loses his promotion "ind his job. Another is humiliated by a joteoiial employer. The reason: (hey lacked ci- hcr [lie ability (o read and vritc or couldn't handle basic idclition and subtraction, These incidents and others ike I hem have prompted the rCthbridge Community College o initiate a new course aimed it teaching people basic com- munications skills. The problem came (o liphl vben a worn an wroi e to t lie college stating that her hus- band couldn't read or write und asked if (he college could ielp. Then it was found that sev- eral students enrolled in (lie 'THE SUCCESS OF OUR OPERATION LIES THERE" These "operators" are not medical men. They are lelh- bridge businessmen, members of the Lethbridge- Chamber of Commerce. They are tying up the loose ends for a day- long operation tomorrow. The operation Is known os a blitz. It is a blitz for chamber memberships. Members of the chamber and Joycees will be calling on 150 Jo 175 business and professional people, soliciting their supporf to further the work of the chamber. Left to right, clockwise, are; Jim Dunstan, membership commitlee chairman; Wilf chamber manager; Terry Bland, chamber presi- dent; and Gerry Fry, membership contact. Kerber Photo By MARLENE COOKSIIAW Herald Staff Writer The youthful charm and exuberance of the Tucson Ari- zona Boys1 Chorus stole the show when it was allowed to show through their disciplined performance at the Yates Me- morial Centre last night. The 23 members, aged 10 to 15, are currently on one of their annual [ours under the aus- pices of the Overture Concerts Association, Lethbridge was a stop on a three-month tour which led them to Whitecourt today and mil continue through the Northwest Terri- tories and Hawaii. The choir was formed in 1939, and has been directed by Jef- frey Ilaskel! since 19G5. Their most outstanding per- formance in Tuesday's pro- gram was definitely their stag- ing of four songs from Oliver. Scott Biirkholder, 14, gave a beautiful, engaging and sensi- tive portrayal of Hie show's star, Oliver, backed by bis col- orful companions in Food, Glo- rious Fowl; Consider Yourself; and Thank Yon Very Much. His performance of Where Is Love was a sincere and talented one. The rest of the program ranged from exceptional to mediocre, primarily because of the choice of songs. The boys are gifted wilh amazingly voices and are extremely versatile enter- tainers. Although their voices are ca- pable of commendably per- forming such songs as The Lord's Prayer, Patron Das Macht Der Wind and some of the more mournful carols by Benjamen Britten, the songs don't corne off well because of the age of (he singers. The singers were much more SUBWAY Septic Tank Service Ltd. 128 North Mayor M. Dr. Phone 326-2298 Day 327-4058 Night Fibre glass S e pf I c Tanks or Cisterns sold, or complete in- stallation of same. FORMALLY KNOWN AS SUBWAY CONCRETE at home and much more en- joyable in their renditions of Three Hungarian Folk Songs; Dem Bones; Thome from High Chaparral, for which they wrote the words; and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. One of their most unexpected songs was the opening 0 ada. The choir's life and enthusi- asm, contributed to by director Jeffrey Haskcll, saved it from the lack of stage personality, which a lot of older choirs suf- fer from. Mr. Haskell was obviously a talented performer in (he mu- sical field, as demon- strated in his single solo and several piano accompaniments. The dramatic presentation, both his own and that of the choir, in most cases less than perfect, however, and de- tracted from tlie high musical standard, The solas, by Ken Ryals, 11; Wendel Burncs, 13; and Scott Burkbolder, gave the three a chance, which they used well, to perform honestly and dis- play a good deal of talent and personality. Two of the choir's more dis- appointing songs were Green- sleeves and I Was Born Under a Wondering Star. Their emo- tionless recitation of the two beautiful ballads was not up to their other work. The chorus was a talented, well-trained and unusual addi- tion to the Overture Concerts events. The 1972-73 season vill in elude as-yet undated perform ances by the Canadian Opera Company, the ballet ensemble Los Compagnons de la Danse the CBC Vancouver Radio Or- chestra, and an operetta by the Vienna Nights, from Europe. Season tickets arc available from Jean Ringland. Cancer blitz succeeds The Canadian Cancer Society today that it has the objective of XK) from door-to-door ean- 'assing in the fund-raising :ampaign. Campaign chairman Cecil Gordon said the total objective if the Lethbridge district is with the City of Lctb- iridge contributing and be district The business canvassing part >f it, which ended last week, vas s vice es s ful, and bus mess canvassing chairman Peter Chumik said the objective of will be met. "We are confident the total objective will be Mr, Gordon said. Mr. Gordon asked residents to mail their donations to the society if they have not been approached by canvassers by tonight. "Because of the shortage canvassers, we will extend our door-to-door canvassing to to- night, but tonight will be the last he said. special Priority Employment rogram could not road well ?rtough to follow bnsic Jnslruc- ions. Mariclle Parjuin, an Instrue- or at the college, said many icople left school at the age of 1 or 12 to go to work when heir family necxiod financial support more than they needed in education, ami they simply inve n ever bad the oppor- .unity to return to school. Mrs. Paquin said she hopes who need this type of '.raining won't be too embar- rassed to come to the classes. "We deal with much more se- rious problems here constant- she said. "These are just people thai we can She told of Ihe mar, who lost !iis job when his boss discover- ed he couldn't add and sub- tract. "This man worked for four fears in n .slaughter house and was promoted. On the first day at bis new job lie found he had add and subtract and so be I old his boss that be couldn't do Hie job. "Instead of getting his old job back, be was fired." Mrs. Pncjitjji said there has icon good response to the pro- gram so far. Twelve people b a v e called a 1 r e a d y and the program lastrt even been advertised. Some of (he calls have come Tom the rural areas surround- ing Lethbridge. The classes begin May 1 and will run for 12 weeks. They will held three hours a day, starting at 3 a.m. There will he 10 to 12 stu- dents per class, but there will be no limit on total enrolment, Mrs. Paquin said anyone who attends the classes regularly will be able to handle the Grade 8-leveI college courses at the end of the 12 weeks. The course is free, and if it is successful it may be continued this fall. CHECK-UP A regular medical check-up will help prevent cancer, ac- cording to the Canadian Cancer Society. Hire-a-Student starts May 1 The Hirc-a-Studcnt program, a community project co-ordi- nated by Canada Manpower, will be open for business ip Lcthbridge May 1. Folk festival Thursday The 1972 edition of Winston Churchill High School's Folk Festival will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Yatcs Mem-, orial Centre. Ten groups will provide en- tertainment, with last year's first and second place winners, Itenee Wright and Miki Mur- aki, being two of the entries. Trophies will he presented to first and second place winners. Adjudicators are Lily Lartcr and Sheila Pisko. Tickets arc 50 cents for stu- dents and for adults, and nrc available at Churchill, Leis- ter's, and the box office prior to the festival. Anglo Distributors SERVICE CENTRE 419 5th Street South Phono 328-6922 NOW OPEN Government Licensed Technician Repairs to Pndios, Televisions and Tcipo Recorders. SONY LLOYDS DUAL NORESCO Till Lethbridgc offices will be at 323 7th St. S. Jim Kanishiro, senior man- power counsellor in charge of the program said, "We're opti- mistic that we'll have as good a summer as last." He added that new industries coming into the area are good itidicators of success. of the Canada Manpower Centre for students is Hod Lomas, a gradutc uni- versity sdideni, who has been Appointment Kisel of Lcthbridge was appointed a marriage commissioacr under a cabinet order today autho- rized by tlie Marriage Act. The appointment is cfcctive imme- diately. at the centre for two months, doing preliminary work. T li c Hirc-a-Student program comprises representation from Hie Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, Lcllibridgo and District Labor Council, the Lethbridge Community College Students' Council, the Univer- sity of Mhbridge Students' So- ciety, the Alberta department of youth, culture nnd recrea- tion, the city's news media, and from tlie business commu- nity in general. As with last year, there will he co-ordinated service in the district touiis. HUMIDIFIERS C A SHEET METAL LTD.' 1709 2nd Avc. S. 328-5973 April 23rd to April 29th is National Secretary's Week SURPRISE HER WITH A April Special For Only For 2.95 OR A Bud Vase nd 2 Ros For only And 2 Rosei M QP KEEP HER HAPPY III KEEP HER 111 Marquis Flower Shop MARQUIS HOTEL PHONE 327-1515 Baird remanded John David Baird, 25, of Lethbridge was remanded for one week without plea when he appeared in Lethbridge magis- trate's court this morning, with property bail of set. He is charged wilh the at- tempted murder of .lack Stan- ley Soltys, 21, also of Lcth- hridge, following a shooting in- cident in Baird's home Friday night. Soltys remains in serious condition in hospital. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DHNTAl MECHANIC Striwnrfi BUg. 222 5th St. S. 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