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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, August 20, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Constable Bruno patrols reserve EDMONTON (CP) Bruno Sagmeister is a special sort of cop. His beat is the Enoch In- dian reserve, his employers the 450 members of that reserve, and he is one of only two white constables serving Indian reserves in the prov- ince Most band constables are natives. A former ambulance driver, Constable Floods trouble Assam wildlife By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) When a farmer in the town of Kalibari in Assam province opened his door one night, he was confronted by an unusual visitor. The caller was a massive rhinoceros The beast had been forced out of the Kaziranga wild life sanctuary by the waters of the Brahmaputra River. Large areas of Assam in northeast India have been in the grip of floods for more than a month. Police say the one-ton rhino probably managed to enter the town unnoticed because the streets were deserted. In any case, it had no alternative but to seek refuge in Kalibari be- cause there was flood water all around the area. The villager shut the door in the rhino's face and escaped by a backdoor. Within minutes a police party was at the scene with guns and ropes. The refugee rhino was put in a cage and will remain as the guest of the government until the floods subside. No wild animal can be shot in Kaziranga and surrounding areas. Punishment for killing a rhino or tiger may amount to a fine of Reports from Assam say that hundreds of wild animals have been driven out of their usual habitat by the flood waters of the Brahmaputra and its tribu- taries. Many have invaded towns and villages in search of safety. A tiger sought asylum in a school building in Sibsagar district. Fortunately, the school had declared a holiday because of the floods. Wild life experts fear that many rare species like rhinos and tigers may have been drowned in the Brahmaputra. Forest officials say, however, there has been no report of any villager being killed by rhinos, tigers and other beasts fleeing from the river floods. "The beasts seem to be more frightened than the human said a forest official. "But we are distributing additional guns among villagers as a precaution." CARPETS Sugg. Retail Our Price Rubber Backed Shag .............9.50 6.50 Casual Twist 12.95 9.00 Axminister 19.50 14.50 DISCOUNT CARPETS 1285 3rd Avenue South Phone 329-0274 Sagmeister at the age of 36 took on his new position after taking a three-month law enforcement course at Lethbridge Community College. He got the job at Enoch last November. Since then he has been enforcing the bylaws of the reserve and making suggestions about "whatever vs needed to make the community a better place." He deals with minor of- fences such as theft under assault and property damage cases, leaving the major offences to'be dealt with by RCMP. "I've got a good relation- ship going with the commu- much as a cop can have he says. On reserve Married with four children, Constable Sagmeister lives on the reserve He says white band constables have a place in reserve police forces since they have no family or lifelong friendship ties with band members. But he adds that half or more of any band force should be different reserves. He suggests band con- stables should be subject to improved and continuous training. "Constables can't and shouldn't be hired or given authority until they receive adequate training." Constable Sagmeister has been known to use his discretion in dealing with wrongdoers, handing out punishment that he feels befits the crime. Recently some youngsters smashed windows in a private building on the reserve. In- stead of taking them to court, Constable Sagmeister ordered the culprits to pick up bottles along the reserve roadsides and use the deposit money from those bottles to pay for the damaged windows. The Enoch band has pro- vided the constable with a new four-wheel-drive cruiser, radar, oxygen equipment for emergencies, an office, a car telephone and a police dog. _____________ STAVELY AUCTION MARKET Cattle Sales Start at a.m. EVERY WEDNESDAY Call Bob Phone 228-3777 CATTLE Local and Eastern Buyers always present Stavely, Alberta Logger Ron Poirier of Che- mainus, B.C., runs the biggest little one-horse logging operation in the world. Along with Shadowfax, the horse; Oggie, the dog and Freddie, the cat, Mr. Poirier runs a turn-of- Jtie century mill. He does all the work him- self, when he feels like it. For Sale! 1970 SKYLARK 10' CAMPER Complete with stove, fridge, heater system. Room for Bathroom. 2100 CUNTS' EQUIPMENT Phone 653-3534 or 653-4398 CARDSTON, Alberta GALANT along with other S.B.L. bulls now make their Home at CANADIAN GENETICS for more information contact: .-.-.-YX? Galant-SBL II A.S.A. No. 10 C.S.A. No. 11 Jan. Weight, May 2.600 Ibs. Canadian Genetics (Leth) Ltd. Located 2'A miles East and mile South of T1J 4A2 Lethbridge Airport or 3 miles straight South of Stewart Elevator on Highway 4. P.O. Box 1103, Lethbridge, Alberta "VISITORS WELCOME" Phone (403) 329-3212 ;