Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
16-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Thursday, June Court gets for man's paries A local man who broke several windows in a Lethbridge home with his cane was found guilty in provincial court Wednesday after a two-hour trial. The accused, George Patrick Fitzpatrick, 53, of 1401 7th Ave. S., represented himself in court. He was interrupted several times by Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson for what the judge termed, "irrelevant questions." Thomas Ripley, 14, 515 13th St S said he saw Fitzpatrick coming from the backyard of his home with a cane in his hand April 24. Fitzpatrick went to the front door and began knocking, Ripley said. Ripley then heard a crash and thought Fitzpatrick had accidently broken the window on the door. However, Fitzpatrick then proceeded to break several other small windows Ripley said. He broke eight windows, one in the back and seven in the front, causing damage, according to testimony. Fitzpatrick told the court he broke the windows because he thought Percy Ripley, 56, was beating his wife in the house. He said he did not do anything illegal but was there to aid Ripley's wife. Irmgard Ripley told the court her husband was not beating her. After Fitzpatrick broke the windows, Mrs. Ripley called police. Fitzpatrick was fined plus costs "and was placed on six months probation with the condition he remain away from the Ripleys and their house. Candidates say abortion woman's own choice issues tackled Socred Vern Young, left, New Democrat Bessie Annand, Liberal Sven Ericksen and Conservative Blaine Thacker Judge gets tough with drinkers ORIGINAL MINIATURE SCULPTURES (Made in Alberta) These are hand made of genuine horseshoe nails and each figure is indi- vidually designed. Skiers, golfers, hunters, fisher- men 95 450 5 and U Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN A dramatic crackdown on alcohol offenders including four-month mandatory jail sentences was announced in provincial court here today. Provincial Court Judge L. W. Hudson told the morning docket that persons convicted of a first drinking offence would spend a day in jail. But if they were convicted on a similar offence within 30 days, they would be sent to the Lethbridge Correctional In- stitution for four months. There would be no option of a fine. The announcement followed a conference Wednesday setting out terms of an inten- sified alcoholism treatment program in the institution. "We are doing this because we are not getting anywhere with drunks. Judge Hudson said. The program will give them one break to help themselves, he said. Meanwhile. Norm Cowie, regional director for Southern Alberta for the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission, said the program has shown results after four years operation in Edmonton. With the authority of Solicitor-General Helen Hunley. Edmonton Provincial Court Judge Carl Rolf who in- stituted the program is carry- ing it to other centres, he said. Lethbridge is the first city to take it on for a trial. "This worked with sur- prising degree of success in Edmonton." Judge Hudson said He made the surprise an- nouncement following Wednesday's meeting with Mr. Cowie, and Judge Rolf and Lethbridge Police Com- mission Chairman Harold Vosburgh. Acting on his own an- nouncement, Judge Hudson sentenced one man pleading guilty to being intoxicated in a public place to one day in jail. He told the man if he didn't do something about his drink- ing problem and appeared and was convicted again within 30 days, he would go to jail for four months to take the en- forced alcoholism treatment program. Judge Hudson will continue his severe stance on drinking in Gait Gardens. If convicted of a drinking offence originating in Gait Gardens, persons face a fine or given 45 days in jail on the first offence. On a second offence, the policy-will apply. By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Women should be able to decide about their own abor- tions and be paid if they choose to work in the home, a majority of party spokesmen suggested Wednesday during a spirited Lethbridge election forum. "The majority of people regard abortion as an unfor- tunate necessity but a New Democrat Bessie Annand, the only woman candidate in the July 8 election for Lethbridge, told the forum on women's issues. Cardston Tories meet A Spring Coulee farmer, John Thompson, 50, was elected president of the Progressive Conservative Cardston Provincial Con- stituency Association Wednes- day night. He succeeds Bob West, a Magrath teacher, in the post. Mr. Thompson was elected by acclamation at the association's annual meeting. Gladys Sheer of Magrath was elected secretary, Robert Campbell of Del Bcnita was elected first vice-president and Charles Ackroyd of Ray- mond second vice-president. A 25-member board of directors was also chosen. Dave King (PC Ed- monton Highlands) and Bob Babki, regional director for the party, addressed the meeting. The association ex- pects to nominate a candidate in the riding by the fall. The decision is for a woman and her doctor to make, Mrs. Annand said. It should never be considered a first line of defence. But when contracep- tives fail, it should be available without regard to in- come, remote location, or the biases of individual hospitals, she told the forum at the new public library attended by about 50 people. Social Credit candidate Vern Young said his party's attitude towards abortion is changing. It was his personal view that it is the "mother's right to decide" and that his party will not hold to its belief in regulatory boards. Sven Ericksen. Liberal can- didate, said immediately after the forum adjourned that abortion should be strictly a question for the woman concerned, her doctor and her husband. But Blaine Thacker, standing in for Progressive Conservative Ken Hurlburt, questioned whether a line can be drawn on abortions. "What difference is there in principle between one day or 180 he said. He said the rights of a husband and the "rights of a three-month-old child unborn" have to be considered. Mr. Thacker said the Conservatives want abortion legislation reconsidered in the Commons and voted on in a "free" or non-part-line vote. Mr. Thacker did join Mrs. Annand and Mr. Young in arguing for serious considera- tion of wages for women working at home. He said the Conservative party is debating the question of the government paying an income directly to women who chose working at home instead of at another career. Many women on their own UNIROYAL ZETA RICK ERVIN photo I Mileage Guaranteed Tires ZETA RADIAL IroncladGuarantee OHEEE MILES Burned out science classroom Science teacher Allan Alston surveys damage, while pupils peer in through windows Morning fire damages school 75% MORE HAZARD PROTECTION" 20% MORE CAR CONTROL' 12% MORE TRACTION AND YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY ON GAS. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. COALDALE A fire destroyed two rooms of the St. Joseph's School here before classes this morning, halting most activities at least for today. Although classes which And to be extra sure of safety let our Service Department give you a Safety Check on: BRAKES SHOCKS BALANCE ALIGNMENT All work is performed by to complete safety and satisfaction. 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Data Processing Services 201 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7883 now have no choice but to stay home caring for their children and collecting welfare, he said. Mr. Young said either a man or woman working in a home provided a valuble ser- vice and should receive an in- come for their contribution. Mrs. Annand said both men and women should be treated equally if one chose to look after the home and children. Women were being forced into the labor force to care for their families, but have no op- portunity to accumulate a de- cent pension during their years as unpaid home help, she said. Mr Thacker told the forum that Conservatives recognize discrimination against women exists in the public service. But he said minimum quotas for women in higher paid positions are not the answer. Promotion has to be by merit and a Conservative government would "en- courage" women at lower levels to get more education and training. Both Mr. Ericksen and Mr. Young said advancement has to be based on qualifications and personal initiative. Mrs. Annand, on the other hand, said "laws with teeth" are required to prevent dis- crimination against women civil servants. The forum also touched on the question of legislative dis- crimination against Indian women losing their status when they marry white men. The debate on the question was inconclusive. Sponsored by the newly- founded Lethbridge and Area Women's Place, the forum was the third event in a series of public discussions on women in society. Suspect in custody following break-ins Lethbridge City Police have a suspect in custody following break-ins today at city hall, Alberta Government Telephones, Silverwood Dairies Ltd. and the provin- cial court house. Nothing was reported taken from ACT, some keys and change were reported taken from city hall and police were still investigating at the provincial court house and Silverwood Dairies. Police say about a.m. two night operators at AGT saw a man in the building. They asked him what he wanted and he then left. About 10 minutes later they heard glass break in the next office and discovered a window to the roof broken. Melvin Red Crow of Stan- doff reported to city police Wednesday his car was stolen Tuesday after he loaned it to a friend. His friend, Ivan Many Fingers, reported the keys to the vehicle were taken from his boot while he was sleeping. Three bikes valued at belonging to southside residents were reported stolen from the YMCA. 515 9th St. S., Wednesday. A bike valued at belongong to a northside resident, was reported stolen from the Lions Pool. 411 16th St. N. and a bike valued at was reported taken from a southside residence. Certified Owrtal CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL UM. PHONE 327-2122 from the school said he smell- ed smoke about 6 a.m. but went back to sleep. Smoke and water damage to other parts of the school is ex- tensive. Ash-black water flow- ed from the damaged rooms into other areas. "The only big thing is tomorrow's graduation. if we can have it or not or where we can have it." Sister Imeida said. The graduation was set to be conducted in the school's gym- nasium Friday with the last day of school set for June 28. Heavy smoke hung in the gym. located across the hall from the damaged rooms. The principal said she would know later today if she could use the school after the fire department brings in fans to clear the smoke. The school houses Grades 1 to 9 flRT STUDIO ON flCTW OVENUE ARTISTIC PICTURE FRAMING 710-5 AVE S I lETHBftlDCE-AiTA HEIHO DEEKEH Manager JUST ARRIVED A GOOD SELECTION FOLIAGE PLANTS ALSO TERRARIUMS FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street South Phone 327-2666 AIR COMPRESSORS TonV Mounted Mounted Air Cooled Water Cooled OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236-36 St. North Phone 327-1571 or contact the 'OLIVER DEALER" nearest you.