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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thtra itill a number of SUMMER AND FALL CHARTER FLIGHTS Still Available Call us Now. For Information and travel ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Conlrt Mall Phono 328-3201 The LetWnridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, June 25, 1973 PAGES 13 TO 20 IETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Lower 71 h Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7411 CHAIRS Juvenile facilities advocated for city By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Juvenile offenders should never be put in jail, a Leth- bridge psychiatrist believes. At present, if police arrest a juvenile (a girl 18 and un- der, or a boy 16 and under) they can detain the child for up to four days before bring- ing the youth before a judge of the family court. In most cases, even a re- peated offender will be charged and then sent home to his or her parents. But under some circum- stances, juveniles are detain- ed in a cell block in the base- ment of the RCMP building in Lethbridge and it is this situation which Dr. Lawrence Kotkas condemns. "Kids at that age are im- he said, and the experience of being luck- ed up can turn them against society, against the machin- ery of the law. Dr. Kotkas suggested in a Herald interview that the provincial government should build a facility where juveniles could be detained pending court appearances in a community environment rather than the cold concrete and steel of a jail cell. In England, he said, the government runs "remand homes" staffed by capabte people who can observe the children in a natural setting and prepare "pre-sentence re- ports" to help the court han- dle the case in the best pos- sible way. These homes, other than a gate and a high wall, have no physical security system, the psychiatrist, said. With a competent staff, cells and bars are unnecessary. Det. Sgt. Frank Korth, a member of the city police ju- Runaways sometimes jailed While an argument could be made for jailing a juve- nile who just committed a crime, what crime is a run- away responsible for? In Lethbridge, children who have run away from home are sometimes put in jail. Cam Bracken, regional ad- ministrator for the depart- ment of health and social de- velopment, says that in very rare cases, runaways are placed in RCMP cells, where juvenile offenders are held, in rigid separation from adult prisoners. The department and the police have developed a FACTS OF LIFE THE1JE FLYING NO, Jvr THEEE is A FORM OF -not WILLING CONJTCICTOC. 1H IHDIrX.THAT FLATTENS ITJ BODY AND _ MTVTVPES. And another fact you should know for your speak- ing appointments, sales meet- ings, conventions, etc we have the PORTABLE PRESENTATION EAZEL complete with stand, bul- letin board, and chalk board. Available now ot SOUTHERN STATIONERS LTD. 316 7th Street South Phone 328-2301 working agreement that be- fore a juvenile is sent home, a social worker must be able to interview the runaway. And most runaways are housed either in a foster home or in Sifton House, the department's juvenile hall. Mr. Bracken told The Her- ald that several months ago, two runaways were repatri- ated to their homes without an interview. "It's not illegal, we just like to have the added pre- caution of a social worker in- he said. Dr. Lawrence Kotkas, a city psychiatrist believes that under no circumstances should a runaway be locked up and that in every case, a full investigation of the situa- tion should be made. He also said that police and social workers should begin by taking the side of the juvenile and try and find out what factors made home life intolerable. Parents are really on the block when one of their chil- dren leaves home, Dr. Kotkas said. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CUNIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th SI. S. Phono 328-4095 AKROYD'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND GASFITTING 24-HOUR SERVICE WORK New Installations Phone 328-2106 Special rates for Sr. Citizens DR. R. S. FABBI OPTOMETRIST 314 8th Street South APPOINTMENTS PHONE 327-3331 WHAT DO YOU WANT? When it comes to a pharmacy we think that we know what you expect to receive. Naturally, the first thing is professional attention and services. For when your health is involved you want to be sure that everything is done and done correctly. In addition we think you expect us to have the products you want or that your physician may write a prescription forr readily available. And, without question yau expect us to be prompt, friendly, dependable and reasonable. We feel that we qualify in every way to be the kind of phar- macy you demand. GEORGE and ROD say HOW LONG ARE PRESCRIPTIONS KEPT? Most of them are kept around for too long. This is dangerous because many medicines can lose their potency even when stored properly. And, an old medicine when used for "similar" symptoms of a past illness may in many cases cause great harm. DRAFFIN'S DISPENSARY AND DOWNTOWN FREE CITY WIDE DELIVERY GEORGE RODNEY Haia Medical Bldg. 401 5th St. S. 601 6th Ave. S. Free Delivery Call 328-6133 Call 327-3364 venile detail, says that ju- veniles are only placed in custody if the police can't contact the parents, or if it appears that the child may be dangerous. Juveniles who are highly intoxicated, or under the in- fluence of drugs, are occa- sionally placed in jail and Dr. Kotkas states that jail could be the worst place for them. "The police are unable to tell if they need medical at- tention" and people under the influence of drugs or alcohol sometimes commit suicide. Both he, and another Leth- bridge psychiatrist, Dr. Scott Angus, agree thzt a detoxifi- cation centre should be add- ed onto the hospital to han- dle both juveniles and adults. The medical profession has resisted, to a certain extent, the concept of detoxification centres, Dr. Kotkas said, but drunks and drugged people shouldn't be in jail cells be- cause they're in a potentially life-threatening situation. The police could, for in- stance, pick up a diabetic who appears to be drunk and throw him in a cell. Whsn the person goes into a diabetic coma, the police would prob- ably think he was passed out. Frank Byrne, a family court judge in Lethbridge, also agrees that a juvenile detention home should be built but qualifies that it would still have to have a couple of cells. "There will always be a hard-core of children who have to be locked up for a short time because there is no other way of keeping Judge Byrne says. Dr. Angus says his heart is not bleeding for the juveniles. The police are very good at reaching the parents and finding alternatives to deten- tion. "I think all that can be said is that sometimes you have to restrain people for their own good. "It's a genuine problem that is not going to be solved by an emotional reaction to words like 'cell' He added that while the po- lice don't do a perfect job handling juveniles, society can't attack them if there are no alternatives. Judge Byrne said he has heard of cases where juve- niles have been held over a long period of time before they were allowed to contact either parents or a lawyer. Early this year, an Ed- monton juvenile was held by Calgary city police for three days before he was sent to his parents. Although his par- ents knew where he was, they were unable to contact him. Bob Clark, Social Credit MLA for Olds-Didsbury, help- ed get the boy released and he said in a telephone inter- view that it was the third such case he has been in- volved in. "I think what happens is that juveniles are let fall be- tween the slats. Because of over-work or lack of care, they just sit there." "Unfortunately, I feel that this is happening more often thar it should Mr. Clark said. The father of the boy told The Herald that as far as he's concerned, the system for handling juveniles "stinks." "Stuff like that shouldn't happen in a democracy the province is too right- the father said. Driving Lessons By Hour Phone 327-1241 ABC DRIVING ACADEMY We pick you up in the cityl AIR CONDITION NOW with tbi ROUND ONE Carrier ALCON REFRIGERATION ITD. FURNACES, SHEET METAL and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 9214 43 SI. 5. Mi. 327-5114 BILL GROENEN phota Cooling it Twelve-year-old Steve Romaniuk of 2905 15th Ave. S. cools off at Henderson Lake neatly skirting city safe- ty regulations that prohibit swimming in the park waters. Skies are expected to remain sunny today and Tuesday as summer temperatures remain in the high 70s. Steve's refreshing nook is located on the bank of Henderson Lake where the irrigation ditch flows at the southeast corner. Richard Burke named assistant city editor Announcement was made today by Managing Editor Don Pilling of the appoint- ment of Richard Burke as as- sistant citv editor of The Her- ald. Born in Calgary, he receiv- ed his early education in Cal- gary before his family moved to Lethbridge. Hs graduated from the Lethbridge Collegi- ate and spent two years at the University of Calgary before entering university in the United States where he grad- uated from California State University in Northridge. He has been a member of The Herald's editorial depart- ment for two years, covering many phases of the local and district news scene, includ- ing city hall. Under the direction of City Editor Terry McDonald, Mr. Burke will assist in the gath- ering and presentation of lo- cal news. He will also handle special reporting assignments. Boy killed hunting goptiers An eight-year-old Pincher Creek boy is one of at least 18 persons who died accident- ly on the Prairies this week- end. Keith Patrick Roberts was shooting gophers with friends north of Lundbreck 10 miles west of Pincher Creek, last night when he was shot with a .22 calibre rifle. The accident is believed to have happened when a young friend moved the gun to take a quick shot at a gopher and shot the Roberts boy in the chest. An inquest will not be held. A Canadian Press survey from 6 p.m. Friday to mid- night Sunday showed 10 dead in Alberta, six in Manitoba, and two in Saskatchewan. Alberta's victims included seven in traffic, one drown- ing, the accidental shooting, and one killed when the ton- gue on a tent trailer fell on him. In Blairmore, RCMP have released the name of 54-year- old woman who died Friday night when the car she was driving went out of control and rolled in a ditch north of Lundbreck. The women has been identi- fied as Alice Patterson, of Coleman. Elsewhere in the province, two men were killed in a sin- gle-vehicle accident on High- way 28 near Cold Lake, about 180 miles east of Edmonton, early Sunday morning. The victims were Riel Joseph Robinson, 43, and Robert Roger DeSauliniers, both of Lafond. Alta. Douglas Jack Maddison, 16. of Delburne, was killed early Saturday when a half-ton truck in which he was riding left a road, overturned and pinned him beneath it. A resident of the Sturgeon Lake Indian Reserve near Valleyview Ralph Standing Ribbon, 26, was killed Satur- day when the driver of a car backed up as Standing Rib- bon was sleeping on the ground behind the vehicle on the reserve. A youth whose name was not released was killed Sun- day morning when a car struck two guard rails before descending an embankment at an overpass on Highway 2A about 1 mile south of Red Deer. William Mateson, 31. of Ed- monton, died Saturday after a four-car collision at a city intersection. One adult and three children were taken to hospital following the col- lision but their names and conditions were withheld. RICHARD BURKE He and his wife, Sara, and son, Aaron, reside at 1407 Lakemount Blvd. Wind flips trailer., car A Manchester, Missouri, man is in satisfactory condi- tion today in Lethbridge Mu- nicipal Hospital after a gust ot wind overturned his trail- er and car. Edward R. Belt was driv- ing his four-wheel drive ve- hicle north on Highway 4, with a travel trailer in tow. Near the railway tracks at Stirling, 16 miles south of Lethbridge, a gust of wind flipped the trailer over, over- turning his car. Damage is estimated at BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS Custom Installations Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Lerh.) DENTAL LAB ITD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. 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In- terchangeable for left hand ironing if neeesiary. sMer15'95 IP'" SPECIAL Call Housewares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN CANADA'S FINEST COLD FUR STORAGE Call 327-4348 for Rapid Pick-up CANADIAN FURRIERS Paramount Theatre Building THE AUCTION 2508 2nd AVE. N. LICENSE 1553 BLOCK REGULAR TUESDAY EVENING SALE, June 26th p.m. Beautiful contemporary two piece sectional with corner table, apartment size International fridge, bookshelf, plastic swim pool, selection of floor polishers, bicycles, lawn chairs, lovely corner vanity table, oak captains chair, china cabinet, lovely carpeting, 8' flat bottom aluminum and wood boat, bicycle rack, wooden counter, selection of oak picture frames, occasional chairs, cu. ft. Zenith deep freeze, car top carrier, trikes. chicken feeder, hip waders, chester- fields, beds and mattresses, self defrosting Norge fridge, new dresser and drawer set. Skil saw, long shag covered stereo siand, metal tea trolley, stereo and record stand on casters, apartment size range, combination oil electric range, good weigh scales, lovely old dining room table. Many more items too num- erous to list. RALEIGH 3 SPEED GIRLS' BIKE like new MEN'S BRC 10 SPEED BIKE 2 months old Pick-up service for consigned goods available. Phone 327-1222 Auctioneer: JOHN BEREZAY Lie. No. 803 ;