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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBR1DOE HERAVD Ihundoy, March 1, 1973 Provincial court Merrick charged in gun incident A 21-year-old Lethbridge man appeared in provincial court Wednesday charged with pos- session of a dangerous weapon, and pointing a fire-arm, and was remanded in custody, and without plea, to March 7. Frank Clark Merrick, of 405 Eideau Court, was charged af- ter a man held several police- man at bay in the police sta- tion Feb. 1. In denying a bail application made by Merrick's lawyer, John Boras, Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson said he had to consider two things: whether Merrick would appear if re- leased, and whether the release would be in tire jublic interest. He said that it was not be- cause, he thought that Merrick would not appear that he was refusing the bail application. After the hearing, Mr. Boras said he was considering an ap- peal to a higher court on the denial of bail. At p.m. Feb. 1, police received a complaint that a window at the Leonard Rook residence, 1135 29th St. S., had xen broken. When police arrived at the address, they found that the window had been shattered by a shotgun blast. At this information was be- ing relayed to tiw police sta- tion, a man walked into the station acd oointed a gun at the desk sergeant. Another sergeant asked the man to put the'gun down, and the gun was then trained on Mm. The man was eventually talk- ed into putting the fire-arm down oa the counter, and as police moved to take the gun, the man grabbed it, and a shot was fired into the floor. The next morning, police re- ceived a complaint from a mo- torist that a shot had been fired at his car as he was driving down 3rd Ave. Businessman charged assaulting police A Lethbridge businessman charged with assaulting a police officer, escaping from lawful custody, and impaired driving was remanded to March 7 after a court appearance Wednesday. Henry Krahn, of 222S 28th St. S., pleaded not guilty and elect- ed to be tried by a judge, with- out a jury, on the charge of escaping custody, and reserved his plea on the other charges. Krahn's wife, Trudy, appear- ed in provincial court last week facing a charge of assaulting the same police officer, oil the same day, Feb. 19. Mrs. Krahn, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, will appear in court March 14 tor trial. A Lethbridge' youth convicted in January of mail theft pleaded guilty Wed- nesday to a charge of proba- tion violation. The order was made in August after Andrew Kenneth Shurgalo, of 230 Rtdeau Court, was convicted of another charge, and given a two-year suspended sentence. Shurgalo, and another youth were arrested Dec. 16 after city police received a call that a mail box had been tipped over. He received a six-month exten- sion on the original suspended scvence. The original probation order required Shurgalo to "keep the peace and be of good behav- and because he was found guilty of the.mail theft offence, he was in violation of that or- der. has been remanded to March 7 to allow the probation branch to compile a pre-sen- lence report. A Lethbridge real estate com- pany charged under the Labor Relations Act with failing to pay wages to three employees ap- peared in court Wednesday and was remanded to March 16. Quinton and Dale Agencies Ltd. allegedly failed to pay sev- eral employees all of their prop- er wages within a certain time period after the employees hac terminated their employment. A 29-year-old Calgary man charged with theft over has been remanded without plea or election to March 14. Gordon John Ramchuk was charged after a sum of money was taken from Thriftway Pharmacy Feb. 17. Children9s book circulation declines at local library The role of the Lethbridge Public Library is changing to an adult-dominated institution, according to ihn annual report for 1972 on the library. The 1972 registration of child hook borrowers dropped to 688 from in 1068 leaving the ratio of child to adult bor- rowers at 39 to 61. By com- INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lower Floor 517 4th Ava, t. Phono 327-1541 parison, in 1S63, 55 per cent of the registrations were children. The two neighborhood branches have felt the effects of the trend more than the down- town branch. The south branch declined 49 per cent in circula- tion of children's books, the main branch declined 20 per CUit. A net increase of books last year brought the total stock to Periodicals offered at the li- brary number 234, including 20 newspapers, 137 periodical sub- scriptiore; and 22 professional journals. Total circulation for adults was 193.879 and for children, fi i r dilation decreased by about books last year compared wttii 1971. Circulation figures in 1972 were the lowest since 1963. The old Capitol Theatre In its'younger days Capitol Theatre was a fine showcase for fine enlertainment. Soon it will be rubble, making way for the cily's down- town redeve I o p m e n t project. And this is the way it is now closed and discarded but sliU capable of a litlle glit- ter. Bill Groenen photos NOTICE To All Customers and Friends EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 1973 ACTIVE W SERVICE 1238-3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-5020 Will be Known as VAN'S TV SALES SERVICE 1235.3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-5020 JIM VAN 100 Wait for doctor up to 3 months Excepting emergency situa- tions, Southern Albertans can expect to wait for up to three months to get an appoint- ment for professirial medical services in Lcihbridge. The waiting time longest in the dental tjid ophthalmologist (eye) specialties, ranging up to three months for the more pop- ular practitioners. Waiting time for medical doctors, both gen- eral practitioners and special- ists, averages about one month. The medical professions have requested their ethics of non- advertising he followed and their names not published. One dentist who has practis- ed in Lethbridge for six years his a waiting list six weeks ahead while a clinic with four resident dentists is booked un- til the end of March. The clinic has a waiting list of four or five patients on call wailing for a cancellation of an tppointment. Another dentist, in business for only six months, has a wait- ing time of only one week. He Labor council backs small city grocers The Lethbridge and District Labor Council decided Wednes- day night it will ask city coun- cil to safeguard the small local grocer from chain store oper- ations. The decision resulted from a request by tha Retail Clerks union, wluch said it felt the closing bylaw should restrict late night opening of corner grocery stores to square .'cet. Monday night city council passed first reading of a by- law amendment which would increase the floor area for con- fectioneries to square feet to allow Currie's Foods Ltd. to fall within the late night, Sun- day and holiday operating hours. The netail Clerks union ex- pressed fears this would open the doors to chain operations to the detriment of most of the city's local grocers. In fthcr business the labor council decided to donate in March, Apill, May and June to tho hire a student com- mittee. The labor council con- stitution stipulates that it can donate a maximum of to other organizations. It was felt, however, that the hire a student program in Lethbridge was deserving of more because of its past suc- cess and tho council wanted stuferts to know that labor is behind them, so the monthly payment scheme was devised. is one of the few dentists who work Saturdays and as a result is booked for three weeks ahead on that day. A dentist in one of the shop- ping centres has a waiting time for an appointment of two to threo weeks. The reasons given by each dentist or his assistant were similar a genera! shortage of dentists, an increasing awareness of dental hygiene and appreciation of dental care and an increasing population. One dentist said the fact that people are not using all possible precaution against dental health burdens the dentists Fie said most of the dental work in Lcthbridge is ropairalive try, not precautionary maintenance. The orthodontists in the city work by referral only. 1( the situation is an emergency, pa Uents arc seen within the week Generally patients must wai about one month for work straighten teeth. More priority Is given to a patient 15 or 1 yeari old than one six cz seven because the development f tho prcbicm is more critical. For persons requiring eye examinations, somo practition- ers are booked until May and July. Again, a shortage of spe- cialists able to operate and to real eye disease are the main reason for the waiting list. Persons requiring a general check-up by a medical doctor can expect to wait three to four weeks for a regular appoint- ment. Emergency cases are dealt with immediately. Several medical doctors stressed that as long as the pa IXnt is wiUing to co-operate he can be treated much sooner Many patients demand tha they see a particular doctor and In these cases, the appoint ment will usually fake longe lo get. Tho number of doctors Lolhbridge while not critical, is such that all of them are kepi extremely busy. One doctor pro jccted Lethbridge should hav a greater doctor population it the next two to three years. Something l> Happening At MVEISTOHC CITATION PANELLING There is a citation head- board panel for every building end remodelling project. Sea us for a real good seledion a) only. EACH 1602 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5777, 3J7-56S8 Open Monday thru Friday a.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. FREE DELIVERY "CHARGEX" ;