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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 3, 1975 Gleichen man shot on reserve; charges filed A 25-year-old Gleichen man is in serious condition in a Calgary hospital today follow- ing a shooting incident in Cardston Saturday night. RCMP said Robert Delaney was shot in the right shoulder by a 7 millimeter magnum ri- fle in an incident at a residence on the Blood Reserve at p.m. Satur- day. Details of the incident were not released by RCMP. Renfrew Tallow, 25, of the Blood Reserve, has been charged with wounding Mr.- Delaney. Youth shot accidentally A 17-year-old Lethbridge youth is in satisfactory condi- tion in St. Michael's hospital after accidently shooting himself while cleaning his gun Saturday. Lethbridge city police say Gerard Aubin, 614 15th St. S., was cleaning his semi- automatic .22-calibre rifle when the gun discharged hitting him in the shoulder. Mr. Aubin had removed the ammunition clip but apparent- ly there was a shell in the chamber when the gun went off about 5 p.m., police say. The bullet was removed Sunday. Chin Lake improvement opposed Mr. Tallow, who was arrested after the shooting, is scheduled to appear in court today at Cardston. RCMP investigation of the incident is continuing. Man shot at party A. Lethbridge man is in satisfactory condition in St. Michael's hospital after being shot in the leg with a shotgun at a party Saturday night, Lethbridge city police say. Robert Knoll, Suite No. 13, 1619 Scenic Heights, was ap- parently shot by a woman about 5 p.m. No charges have been laid and the incident is still under investigation. Canadian groundhog sealed in burrow It was a grand day for Lethbridge Groundhcg-o- philes Sunday, excepting the weather. But for a few brief attempts at brightness near mid- afternoon, the day was as dull as dishwater. The groundhog couldn't have seen his shadow, and that means spring is on its way, according to myth. But alas, the wee fellow's den was frozen over and he couldn't get out. There was better news from less frigid climes however. According to news reports from Puiixsutawney, Pa., the local furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, squint- ing from his interrupted winter sleep, missed his shadow for the first time in 15 years even though the weather was clear. Hundreds of spectators, lining Gobbler's Knob, witnessed Phil's prophecy at a.m. EST. Sam Light, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, dressed in tails and a silk hat to summon Phil with a knock of an acacia wood cane on the groundhog's burrow. The ceremony, which has been going on there for the last 90 years, stems in part from a belief associated with the Christian holiday of Candlemas. The saying goes that, "If Candlemas be fair, there'll be two winters in the year." That tradition combined with the German belief of the Pennsylvania Dutch that hedgehogs could forecast the weather. Groundhogs were the closest they could come to hedgehogs. Cloud of snow obscured crash Only one man suffered minor injuries Sunday in a five-car pileup in a cloud of snow from a plow four miles north of Fort Macleod. RCMP said the snow plow was crossing an overpass at the junction of Highways 2 and 3 about p.m. Sunday. A large cloud of snow was created and a northbound car, driven by Gordon Coombs, of Vulcan, who suffered minor injuries, drove into the cloud and was in collision with a southbound car driven by Irvin French of Sundry. Police.said after the first collision, another1 southbound car, driven by Roy Harty, of Calgary, collided with the other two cars, followed by another southbound Vehicle, driven by Leonard Belzil, of St. Paul. A fifth car, driven by Keith Flaman, of Coaldale, then piled into the other four vehicles. Damage was said to be ex- tensive to all five cars. The snow plow was not involved in the wreck. Vandal cost high for LCI windows City rounds up 275 homes to house Games visitors Lethbridge residents have offered 275 homes to Winter Games organizers rounding up housing for Games spec- tators. Lodgings boss Gayle Jensen says "we haven't filled all the homes that have been offered." He says the crush of spectators will probably come when the Games start Feb. 11. "We thought we'd be swamped with requests for lodging by he adds, "but a lot of people are on He says the Games had a "good response" from city residents offering their homes for bed and breakfast. An average charge for a room with fresh bedding daily and breakfast appears to be he says. Games organizers have been unable to inspect all ac- commodation, he adds, because "there's a lack of volunteers and time. Anyone offering or requesting TABER (HNS) The St. Mary River Irrigation District opposes development of Chin Lake by a service group unless the provincial government is involved, says Bob Bogle, Provincial Conservative Party candidate for Taber Warner. Speaking to the Taber Kinsmen Club, Mr. Bogle said: "Unless the provincial government is ready to go in, they (SMRID) support a 'hands off policy and are holding firm on this position." Mr. Bogle said SMRID manager Jake Thiessen told him the irrigation district is leary of service organizations being involved in development because enthusiasm wanes and the project is into office. to bring skates Prime Minister opening ceremonies, the Trudeau is 'expected to prime minister will bring his skates for a return to quarters at the one-day visit to Holiday Inn. "Nobody Lethbridge later this seems to. know if month to officially open Margaret will accom-the 1975 Canada Winter pany the says Mr. Games. Simpson. The prime minister The following mor. willarnvehereFeb.il F b M in time for a late after- Twill officially F .at open the 400-metre Lehbndge Community oval at the if6' .u Sportsplex. The prime Following the recep- his I'rnHai showmanship and sport proclaim the Games enthusiasm, is expected open and light the to don b, d and dis. Games torch, which has hjs skatin st ,e at travelled across Canada to promote the 13-day 2Sw sport event. During official open- From there, the PM. ing ceremonies, the will fly to Pincher prime minister -will Creek to take in skiing visit with athletes at a competition at West-Western hoedown, says castle. Mr; Trudeau will Games publicity officer then return to Al Simpson. Lethbridge and leave After the official Southern CANADA WINTER GAMES SOUVENIRS Nickel Plated SPOONS 395 Gold Trimmed Black Steins sex c Reports of sexual Call China 327-5767 fajfar Dtntil Mtchinic CLIFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. LomrLml PHONE dramatically, the Lethbridge city police force's year-end report shows. Violent crimes, excluding sexual offences, remained about the same as in 1973 but burglaries increased by about 43 per cent, the report reveals. Travel office open The Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta office opened this morning despite the loss of its entire four member staff Friday. Linda O'Connell will answer phones and greet tourists and Joe Balla will assume other tourist promotion duties on an interim basis until the association can replace the staff members who suddenly quit last week because of internal problems in the organization. The association is to begin advertising today- The destructive work of vandals will cost the public school board at least as replacing the windows in the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute cafeteria is required. A proposal to go before the board today recommends replacement of the boarded broken windows with "armor plate" glass and a size reduc- tion of each plate to reduce the cost of breakage in the future. The change in the size of the glass plate would leave the cafeteria with 26 small win- dows instead of seven large glass openings. In a letter to the board, LCI principal C. D. Guenter -ad- vises against the replacement of the glass with bricks. If the windows were bricked in, the cafeteria would lose the sunshine atmosphere that now "characterizes that beautiful facility" and sur- veillance of that side of the school would become a con- siderable problem, the letter states. Dr. Guenter points out LCI students have taken excellent care of the interior, walls and furniture in the cafeteria. Several of the windows were broken this school year as objects such as beer bottles were tossed through them from the'outside. The school board has receiv- ed a quotation of from Advance Glass and Aluminum Company and from Chemistry text published A chemistry textbook for first-year university or college students, co-authored by University of Lethbridge professor Loren G. Hepler, has been published. Entitled "Principles of it is part of a series of books published by Macmillan in the United States and Collier- Macmillan in Canada. Dr. Hepler, a professor of chemistry, has written several other books. His associate in the preparation of "Principles in Chemistry" was Wayne L. Smith, an associate professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Three honored for 30 years PINCHER CREEK (HNS) Three members of the Pincher Creek Lions Club have won 30 year charter chevrons, They are Jim Crawford, Boss Zoeteman and Corbett Lynch Staunton. Canadian Pittsburgh Ltd. for the replacement of the large plate windows. Souvenir programs on sale The souvenir program for the 1975 Canada Winter Games is here, and for sale. Winter Games publicity of- ficer Al Simpson said this morning programs would be officially released to the public at a press conference at noon today. The program contains more than 100 pages of infor- mation on Southern Alberta and sport events. The bilingual program, delayed a month by transla- tion problems, will be on sale Tuesday at Action Central. It will also be sold door-to- door through Southern Alberta by Girl Guides, Mr. Simpson said. The program also enters each purchaser in a draw, with a Hawaiian holiday for two as first prize. Second prize in the program draw is a color television and third prize, a portable dishwasher. Program boss Bob Parkyn told The'Herald the Games society has three weeks to sell copies of the souvenir program. The program, 'he added, is designed to not only detail every aspect of the Games, but also provide buyers with a souvenir document. "If we sell them all, the cost to the Games will be he said. Limited advertising has defrayed printing costs. "We felt that, sure, we want to pick up money through advertising. So during a month period we merely ask- ed people if they would like to advertise We merely gave them the opportunity." The book has no liquor or tobacco ads, though "this was not done deliberately." City Scene Mining, chess, at library Strip mining, chess and children's stories are all on the agenda for public programs this week at the Lethbridge Public Library. Children's time, for parents, and pre-schoolers with stories, crafts and films, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday. The Chess club will play chess in the Board Room today from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A public forum on strip mining with naturalist Andy Russell will be held at p.m. Tuesday in the Theatre Gallery. It is sponsored by the Committee for an Independent Canada. The Women's Place will present "Women and Sports" at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Theatre-Gallery. Sync swimming tickets sold out All synchronized swimming events are now sold out, says Winter Games ticket boss Pat Berti. All seats in the Ex- hibition Pavilion for the final night of gymnastic competition have also been sold, she adds. For closing ceremonies, only seats in the Sportsplex remain. There are tickets still available for opening ceremonies. Games tickets are on sale at Action Central on 3rd Ave. S. Annand elected to NDP post Bessie Annand, New Democratic candidate in Lethbridge East, was elected Sunday as general vice president of the Alberta New Democratic Party. Election of officers capped a three day convention held at Calgary's Palliser Hotel. Ted Scheurkogel, secretary of the Lethbridge Metro NDP Association, said the theme "Canadian resources for was a highlight of the convention, the disappoint- ment of many people with the Conservative government is leading to growing NDP strength in the province, he said. Woman's condition now fair A Lethbridge woman !is in fair condition following an acci- dent at I8th Street and 2nd Avenue B North Friday. Irene Matlas, 23116th St. N., suffered a broken hip in the ac- cident. She was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by Philip G. Bosch, 24, Coalhurst, which was in collision with the Kremenik vehicle. An earlier story was incorrect. Student vote Wednesday Students at Lethbridge Community College will vote Wednesday on two referendums, one on food services and the other on the student building trust fund. Polls will be set up in each school, and will be open from 9 a.m. to a.m. An advance poll was set for today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in front of Room 7. Hypnotist featured at carnival A hypnotist will be featured on the first full day of the Chinook Winter Carnival at Lethbridge Community College. "The Great Romane" will perform at p.m. today in Room 60 at. LCC. Today's noon hour activities will include wrestling in the main hallway and gymnasium. Man served at home Leslie Curtis, 517 Rideau Court, who has been convicted of being in possession of stolen cupboards was served with a notice to appear, in court.at his home after police seized the cupboards at Hurlburt Auction Service. The Herald's story Saturday was incorrect. Fourth biography distributed A national department store chain has begun distributing the fourth volume in its series of biographies to schools across Canada. Simpson-Sears Ltd. is now sending the fourth volume of its Dictionary of Canadian Biography series to Alberta schools. The 782-page volume records the lives of 550 men and women who lived from 1741 to 1770. The series was undertaken by Sears in 1967 to mark Canada's centennial. YOU MUST FACE THE FACTS Your body is a wonderful machine that requires a certain amount of necessary care and enough intake of energy each day to keep it operating efficiently. Neglect your body and your health suf- fers. Then you live a less happy life. Isn't it good insurance to visit regularly an expert on body care, your physician, and follow his advice? Do it soon. George and Rod say... Interested in Metric Equivalents? for our complimentary "Metric Conversion DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN There were five reports of sexual offences in 1974 com- pared to 32 in 1973. MANY UNREPORTED The co-ordinator of Sexual Assault Concern, a newly- formed Lethbridge support group and crisis line for vic- tims of sexual assault, says many sexual offences aren't reported because of the un- pleasantness of going to court. The co-ordinator says she has talked to at least three people since July who have been victims of sexual assaults but have not reported them. Lethbridge Police Chief, ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC MMrbMi.mMII.1. Phone 3M-40IS RODNEY 441-iHlM.S. FrttDtHnnr GEORGE Mi Mi An. I. CM 1M41M C.P.C.D. DEVELOPING PEOPLE, PROGRAMS, ORGANIZATIONS 327-5724 Ralph Michelson says he has no way of knowing how many sexual offences go un- reported. Interestingly, three of the five sex offences reported in 1974 were against male per- sons. However, Chief Michelson says, police usually get about three reports of male assaults every year. The Lethbridge police force is holding its own in most areas of serious crime but how long it will be able to do this "gives us some Chief Michelson says. Bank robberies and murders are happening all around Lethbridge and he says he doesn't know how long these crimes may be kept out of the city. EXAMPLES Examples of the serious crime, he says, are: the two armed hold-ups of banks in Southern Alberta in the last six months of 1974, the rape and murder of an 84-year-old woman in Fort Macleod in June and the killing of a police officer in Calgary in a December shoot-out. Lethbridge statistics show there were three robberies reported in the city in 1974 one more than in 1873. There were no murders, although there was one in Assaults decreased from 116 in 1973 to 213 in 1974. Reports of break-ins increased by 105 to 352 in 1974. Chief Michelson says offences committed by juveniles ac- count for the increase.'Many break-ins are the work of juveniles who. have escaped from government institutions. FEW HARD DRUGS He 'doesn't think the increase in break-ins was an indication there was a grow- ing use of hard drugs in the city as.is Sometimes the case in larger cities. He maintains hard drugs are not much used in Lethbridge. Statistics back this claim up. Of the 82 federal drug offences reported in Lethbridge in 1974, only one involved an addicting type of drug. Marijuana offences reported number 73. Drug statistics for 1973 were not available. Chief Michelson says most drugs used in the city are soft drugs used as a form of enter- tainment rather than addic- tion. There were 169 reports of thefts of automobiles last year 29 more than in 1973. Reports of thefts of more than increased by 14 in 1974 to 116 while thefts of less than were down 132 from 1973 to 664 reported in 1974. SHOPLIFTING There were two reports of shoplifting more than in 1174 and 31 reports where the items were worth lets than COO. Statistics on reports of shoplifting in 1973 were not available. There were 198 reports of fraud in 1974, two more than the previous year and Z9 offen- sive weapon offences were reported six more than In 1973. Other offences under the criminal code numbered in 1974 which is 303 more than were reported under that heading in 1973. Chief Michelson says the increase is due mainly to increased instances of wilful damage in 1974. There were 635 such reports. Reported violations against the provincial liquor statutes were down 625 in 1974 to There were 871 people charg- ed with being intoxicated in 1974 four more than in 1973. Police arrested people for intoxication but did not charge them. This is 556 less than in 1973. IN CAR DRINKING Chief Michelson says in- stances of drinking-in cars is on the upswing in the city. Empty beer and liquor bottles littering Lethbridge streets are evidence of this. "For some reason or another we're missing them (people drinking in cars.) We're going to have to step up our enforcement in this he says. Reports of driving while im- paired offences have gone up 50 to 220 in 1974 over 1973. However, Chief Michelson feels this is not because there are more impaired drivers on the road but because police are catching more through the Stop-Check program. In 1974 there were 24- hour suspensions of driving licences 05 more than in 1973. There were speeders tagged in 1974, 367 more than in 1973. There were 235 people charged with stunting with their cars 39 more than in 1973. There were traffic ac- cidents in Lethbridge in 1974 up 403 from 1973. There were 689 people injured in these ac- cidents which is 132 more than in 1973. TWO KILLED two city residents, a four- year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, were killed in traffic ac- cidents in 1974. Prior to their deaths, Lethbridge went over two years without a traffic fatality. There was in property damage from the ac- cidents more than in 1973. Police received com- plaints in 1974 424 less than in the previous year. They took prisoners, 220 less than in 1973. "TRY AND STOP US" Comirig to 1090CHEC FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 192? PHONE 3274HI E. 8. t. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETNMHD6E DENTAL LAB KM MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. MIKE HANZEL For tnr, Mr 371-7lh Street South Big Brothers Of Ltlhbridie ANNUAL MEETING Wed., Feb. 5th p.m. Red Croee Building (7th Avenue and 12th Street sT) Business Election of Officers, Quest Speaker- Mr. Cliff Hall, Agency Relations Director, Big Brothers of Canada, Hamilton. All Interested persons tre welcome to attend ;