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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta City is 'drunk capital' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridgo was the drunk, capital of Alberta dining June with total arrests under the Alberta Liquor Act surpassing the combined liquor arrest totals of Calgary and Edmonton, The Herald has learned. In June, 570 persons were arrested for liquor offences in the city compared with 220 in Edmonton and 242 (unofficial) in Calgary. Lethbridge surges even further ahead of Ed- monton in the number of drunks in the streets and other public places with 527 arrests made in the city during June unde- section 83 and of ihe liquor act. Edmonton police arrested only 71 persons under the same two sections or the act during June. Calgary police has not yet released a breakdown of liquor offences in specific categories at press time. City police estimate at least 70 per cent of the liquor arrests in Lethbridge are made in the 5th Stresth-Galt Gardens area. Chief Micbelson also expressed concern that the drunk problem ir. the city could become even more difficult to control if the proposed changes in Alberta's liquor laws ellow a person to carry open liquor in public. A provincial government committee recommend- ed this month that illegal possession of liquor as it now exists bs removed from the Alberta Liquor Act as an offence. Chief concerned The controversy following the announcement in this province has baen mainly directed at illegal possession of liquor in an automobile, but Chief Michelson is concerned the change may also apply to a person not in a vehicle. The present Alberta liquor laws state that no person shall have liquor in his possession within the province other than in a place where he is author- ized to be in possession as provided in the act. Harold Vosburgh, chairman of the Lethbridge Police Commission, says a meeting of the commis- sion will be held as soon as a copy of the pro- posed changes -can be obtained. "Once we have studied the report we'H go back to them (government) with a factual presentation with our concern about the he told The Herald. says the frequency of drinking Gardens and other public places win in- crease if illegal possession is removed from the liquor act because a policeman would have to see a person drinking before an arrest coultf be made. The drunk problem is already taking up enough police man hours without adding to it by making the laws more lenient, be adds. "The police don't make the laws but are charged with enforcement of the law and I -think it's up to the people who believe that we have problems now to oppose changes in the liquor laws that are likely to increase the says the chief. Often citizen groups have much- more effect on legislators than do police organizations, be said. More manpower The patrol, arrest, detention, court work and paper work involved in controlling the alcohol prob- lem requires raore manpower than most people think, the chief suggested. Lethbridge has 1.34 police per population compared to a Canadian average of 1.9 and an Al- berta average of 1.7 per pesons- Any unusual policing situation requires extra effort and work and with the winter Games coming to the city, the police commission has tentatively approved an increase of seven men in 1974, says Chief Micbslsoo. Letteridge Police Chief Michelson says the strict enforcement of the liquor laws by the city police is part of the force's preventive policing program. Arresting drunks in public places ties up more men than it should, but at the same time the city police are likely preventing a liquor-orientated more serious offence, be claims. "Each drunk is a candidate for a more serious charge if he is not in the chief says. At the fair Attendance 1972 record 11688 '64) 17 540 ('69 20 178 (TO) 16030 (TO) 20738 C66) 995 24 461 90.889 SkyoJvers at Sports Canada display Talent contest, Yotmgstreet Coffeehouse Official opening of Whoop-Up Days, Commissioner Victor M. Sepal- presiding: grandstand show. Le- Van Dyke Show and pony chuck- races; drawing for Kinsmen and Jaycces' Midnight All exhibits close Casino closes. TUESDAY PIONEER DAY a.m. Oa'e; open a.m. Food For You. Kiddaes' Zoo, Live- stock Display, Kakidarts open. The Letlibridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 182 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JULY 16, 1973 TEN (TENTS TWO SECTIONS IS PAGES RICK ERVIN phcfr Award-winning district band in city parade Magrath-Cardston Marching Band, which swept three firsts in Calgary Sta mpede competition, entertains during city fair kick-offs. 78th Whoop-Up on its way The 78th edition of Whoop-Up hoopla was pushed through the starting gate this morning aa bands, floats, novelty entries and horsemen paraded by thousands of spectators on 13tb St. N. and jw the 'central busi- perfect, with the sun coming out as the pa- rade. marshalled. A slight breeze was just cool enough to raise goosebumps on the bikini' dad girls on the floats and keep the spectators comfort- able. The influence of the RCMP Centennial was evident in the parade with several colorful entries saluting the Mounties. Fifteen bands provided marching music for the pro- cession. They came from 'as far away as West Germany. The Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute band led the parade. Asst. Commissioner Victor M. Sepalla, senior RCMP of- Parade winners Comic and Novelty Class Marsha Goshinmon, 283 4th Ave., Hardieville, first; Lee Aran Harrison, 631 13th St. S., Lethbridge. second. 4-H Clubs .Lethbridge Northern 4-H Beef Club, first; Readymade 4-H Club, second. District Commercial Class Okanagan Similkameen Tour- ist Association, first; City of Medicine Hat, second. Commercial Class City of Vernon, B.C., first; City of Lethbridge, second. Fraternal Class .Letb- bridgeCoaldale 4-H Club, first; Lethbridge Jayceties, second. Glamor Horse Class Cor Neat, first; Cliff Peterson, sec- ond. Glamor Novice Class Trena MerriU first; Judy Gregor, second. Best Dressed Cowboy Steve Kapcsos. first; Dale Hawkins, second. Best Dressed Cowgirl Joan Perlich, first; Dixie Gray, sec- ond. Flat Saddle Class Carin Davidson of Mountainview. Staffim Class Trena Mer- ril of Cardston. IB the OtiMrctTs MOBnted Classes Under eight years, first and second place winners were Dave Periich and Brad- ley Ericksen. Girls eiglrt to 1C years Maxine McKenna, first; Tracy Ericksen. second. Boys right to 16 Fears Blair Bartell, first; Jason Bar- Jcll, second. Arabians Class Leah Hill, Sherman Hill, second. Family Riding Class Cal BraidJey family, first; Dave Roberts family, second. Antique Car Class Oscar Tysland, Lethbridge, driving a 1926 Dodge, first; L. Orchard, Vnlcan. driving, second. Prcwated Car Class Gef-rgeson's Southern Fried Chicken, first; Picture Butte OJdtimcrs, second. ficer in Alberta, was tbe grand- marshall of the parade. Tbe morning was hectic but relatively uneventful for the po- lice. In addition to the regular shift, city police had a man on each of the intersections -the parade route and four extra men were assigned to patrol car duty. Firemen were alert for em- during the parade but none occurred. Gates at the grounds were open at 9 a.m. but most ex- hibits- didn't open until 11, just about the time the parade was concluding downtown. The midway, Casino and beer garden opened about noon. Post time for the first day of racing in the Whoop-Up Days meet was p.m. The celebration will be offi- cially opened at 8 p.m. by Asst. Commissioner Victor M. Sepalla, senior RCMP officer in Alberta. Following the open- ing, country singing star LeRoy Van Dyke and the pony chuck- wagon races will highlight the grandstand show. Meanwhile Cleve Hill and Sven Ericksen were named to the Lethbridge Exhibition's Hall of Fame today. Both have served as pres- ident of the board and are now members of tbe advisory board and committee chairmen. Mr. Ericksen was instrumen- tal in building tbe exhibition pavilon in 1961 and Mr. HOI has served as parade marshal for 29 years. Exhibition board president Fred Pritchard announced the new members of the hall at a luncheon honoring visiting dig- nitaries. Their naming brings membership of the hall, cre- sted in 1962, to 14. Tbe last member named was former all- round cowboy Mel Fengstad, in 1969. The other members of tbe hall are Dr. W. EL Fairfield, R. H. (Dick) Painter. Charhs A. Bryant, W. T. Hill, Harold G. Long, George Lomas, C. E. Parry, A. W. Shactieford, E. S. Neils, W. L. McGillhray and Herman tinder. ARMS CARGO SEIZED Captured officers describe v gruelling jungle life drama DUBLIN (AP) Police and troops swooped on a British freighter today and seized eight cases of arms and ammunition bound from Montreal to em- battled Northern Ireland. Police said the "fairly large" consignment of weapons was destined for the Irish Republi- can Army, which is fighting to oust Britain from Northern Ire- land and to unite it with the re- public. The weapons were seized aboard the freighter Manches- ter Vigour which docked Sun- day night. The owners said the ship made no other stops en- route from Montreal. One man was arrested. His idenity was not made public. Police said they acted on a tip. When they went aboard the ship they went straight to one of the 51 containers to be un- loaded here. It contained the 11 cases of arms. Officials said the container was addressed to a fictitious ad- dress and was marked as con- taining "machinery parts." They declined to make public the.name of the consigner in Canada. Escapee sought DRUMHELLER (CP) Po- lice were searching early today for a 22-year-old prison- er who escaped by jumping a wall and eluding two guards. RCMP said they consider Victor Leroy Freeman danger- ous. Freeman, who escaped about p.m. Sunday, is an Amer- ican citizen serving a two-year sentence for robbery. Ex-Nixon lawyer admits raising campaign funds WASHINGTON (AP) Her- bert Kalmbach, President Nixon's former personal law- yer, acknowledged today he raised funds to pay the original seven Watergate defendants but denied any prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in or its later cover-up. Kalmbach's prepared testi- mony was made public while White House aide Richard Moore faced continued question- ing at the Senate's televised Watergate investigation. Kalm- bach was to him to the witness table. Kabnbach said: "My actions in the period im- mediately foDowiag tbe break-in which involved the raising of funds to provide for the legal defence of the Watergate de- fendants and for tbe support of their families were prompted in the belief that it was proper and necessary to discharge what I assumed to be a moral obligation that had arisen in some manner unKDown to me by reason of earlier events. fact that I had been di- rected to undertake these ac- tions by the No. 2 and No. 3 men on the White House staff made it a bsohrtely in- comprchensiblp to me that my actions in this regard couW have been regarded in any way as improper or unethical." SAIGON (CP) "Upon my approach a pistol was put to my head and the adventure really began." So Capt. Ian Patten of To- ronto described today the beguv ning of a 17-day drama during which be, another Canadian and two South Vietnamese lived a gruelling jungle life, as prison- ers of the Viet Cong. They dis- appeared June 28 and were re- turned Sunday after lengthy ne- gotiations. Patten and Capt. Fletcher Thomson of Ottawa told a news conference of trekking jungle trails while bound and of being hit by rifle butts on more than one occasion. They were in the Xuan Loc area, 45 miles north- east of Saigon. They told of daity "conversa- one five-hours long after an eight-hour trek, and sleep- less nights as the Viet Cong sought to make them confess they were not connected with the International Commission of Control and Supervision They said their captors hsd orders to "apprehend" ICCS personnel and told of secret sig- nals designed to keep their mo- rale up when they were sepa- rated. TIED UP FOR 1% DAYS Patten -said he was not only "rifle butted" and pushed around occasionally, but also kept bound for days when he refused to cooperate. However, through the whole news conference, the men de- clined to condemn the Viet Cong or its Provisional Revolu- tionary Government Patten mentioned only "cer- tain personalities" and both said they were fed as well as the Viet Cong themselves and were treated humanely by most of the men. Patten said: "I was rifle-but- ted on a couple of occasions. I was pushed around a little bit That's basically tbe thing. Men- tally. I was hurt more with the treatment that was given to the Vietaamese people (that were with us. I don't mean physical treatment; I just mean the whole harassment they were getting. That bothered me more than anything." The two Vietnamese, an inter- preter and a driver, were re- leased with Patten and Thom- son. All four were with tbe ICCS at Xuan Loc. The two men described walk- ing gruelling miles through the jungle, up and down hills, in and around bamboo, fording the white bound. The travels took about 30 hours of their total detention. Patten said their captors pro- vided them with food and other essentials. They ate rice and vegetables with occasional pieces of dried meat or fish. "We lived in very uncomfort- able conditions on numerous oc- casions, but so did they, be said. "In the jungle we were on occasion under a thatch-style roof and no walls, of course. But on the whole we were be- neath a sheet of plastic about 4 feet by 12 feet, in a hammock." Trucleau pledges action to solve west problems VANCOUVER (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau closed the Liberal conference on western objectives Sunday with an ad- mission that he was "a little bit ashamed that it took us so long to get around to finding some of the solutions to western prob- hms" and a pledge that federal action is on the way. He said the federal govern- ment will go into the western economic opportunities confer- ence in Calgary later this month with "concrete solutions to concrete problems." Mr. Trudeau said the cabinet would carefully study resolu- tions and ideas from the three- day think session on Liberal failings hi western Canada. Mr. Trudeau promised federal action to ensure that more western resources are devel- oped. He said there would be import-export controls to help western industry; tbe trans- portation system would be re- formed; financial institutions would be decentralized and a pacific environmental institute would be established on the Pa- cific coast. He said the federal govern- ment's announcements were not intended as "goodies" to pacify the West but admitted that sty additional support would be welcome. Senator Richard Stanbury told the 180 delegates at the closing session Sunday that a positive result of the last etec- ticn was a new determination to tackle root causes of "It is essential now for him (the prime minister) to devote his great talents and energies to removing the root causes of About town T. GOV. J. Grant Mac Ewan pleased that all six men named honorary chiefs at Standoff Sunday had hair on their chests, bat sug- gested some of them should consider what a girdle might do for them Pierre Brr- ton two-stepping to a slow Indian beat. Inside JS t'-' Six new honorary Kainai chieftainships were be- stowed at Standoff Sunday v........Page 10 Classified 14-16 Comics ................12 Comment 4 District ..............3 Family II Local News ..........9-10 Markets 13 Sports 6-8 Eintertaminent 5 TV 5 Weather................ 2 LOW TONIGHT 50. HIGH TUESDAY 70: SUNNY, WINDY ;