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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta DON'T LAUGH! NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER FOX YOUR 1973 CHR1SMAS HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY REGISTER NOW AND DON'T BE DISAPPOINTED ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILIAGE MALL PHONE 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION LethbriSge, Alberta, Tuesday, March 13, 1973 PAGES 11 TO 22 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. J Lower 7th Street Shopping Mall Itthbrlitgi, Alberto ?hon< (403) 32B-741T FILING CABINETS COX TRIAL 5 shots fired at close range By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Slaff Writer Coaldale man charged with attempted murder shot liis es- tranged wife five times at close range with a .22 calibre revolver and then ran, accord- ing to evidence presented Mon- day in Alberta Supreme Court iri Lethbridge. -Sheldon William Cox had been separated from his wife, Henka, since November, 1972, and in the early morning of Dec. 24, visited her at her home at 2222 24th Ave. in Coaldale, armed with the revolver. The visit was in violation of a re- straining order made Dec. 8. Mrs. Cox, who has since Ijeen divorced from Sheldon Cox, testified that on Dec. 23, she had been visited by friends and relatives, all of whom had left the home by about 2 a.m. SAW TRUCK Before the visitors left, she had seen a half-ton truck which appeared to be her husband's. "f was nervous because I had seen his truck drive by, so I checked all the doors to make No progress in teachers' strike sure they were she said. She then lay down on the couch, and was awakened a short time later by a noise. Mrs. Cox told the court that she got up and saw her husband in the front hallway. 'HIT WIFE' He had a pistol, "and he hit me with it and said 'so you're having an affair with a how low can you "Mrs. Cox testified. Evidence indicates that Cox then grabbed her and wrestled her to the floor, choking her. Cox struggled free, Cox liit her in the face with his fist, and she ran outside. Cox ran after her, and told her, according to Mrs. Cox, that if she didn't stop, he would shoot her. On returning to the house, their eldest daughter, Terry Anne, was seen running hack to her bedroom. CALLED POLICE Cox followed her and asked if she had phoned the police Terry Anne replied that sh had. Oox then said, "I may welt start turned an walked towards the door. "I couldn't believe it when th first shot was Mrs. Co said. "He just kept shooting an< I was wondering when l'< die." Cox left th ehouss and Ten Anne again called the police. Mrs. Cox said that on the night in question, she could smell beer on Cox's breath, but that he wasn't drunk. CRYING During much of her testi- mony, Mrs. Cox was crying. On cross-examination 'by de- fense counsel Elaine Thacker, Mrs. Cox said that jealousy had been the biggest problem in their marriage. The mention Cox made of the affair with the policeman ap- parently arose after he had seen a police car outside Mrs. Cox's home in the early morn- ing of Dec. 24. Evidence indi- cated that the policeman was invited in for coffee by a friend of Henka Cox. BILL GBOENEN photo DAUGHTER CALLED Terry Anne Cox was then called to testify against her fa- ther, but was not sworn be- cause of her age. She is 10 years old. She the court she had .been awakened that night by "loud talking and stuff." Terry Anne had previously been instructed by Mrs. Cox to call the police if Sheldon Cox attacked the mother. Thus, when her parents went outside, Terry Aline left her bedroom and called the police. When Mr. and Mrs. Cox re- turned, "Dad asked me if I phoned the police. I said I did, and he said, 'if you did, I'll While the cat is aivay Gloria Gingras alone in her classroom at St. Michael's School in Pincher Creek while strike in on. Gov't plans no interference; Hohol hopes for settlement By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Only into its second day, the strike by rural Alberta teachers erupted today in a se- ries of counter-claims by offi- cials of the Alberta Teachers' Association. Rural educators in Southern Alberta began their strike Mon- day in 18 school districts. They are protesting contract propo- sals made by the Southern Al- berta School Authorities Asso- ciation. SASAA chairman Ray Clark said teachers have been offer- ed a G.2 per cent hike for 1973, a 2 per cent salary hike for the last four months o! 1972 and complete trustee contributions to the Teachers' Disability Fund if teachers accept a 16 month contract. Mr. Clark has repeatedly said the 2 per cent offer on four months of 1972, based on the full. 12-month year, amounts to a G per cent boost. Mr. Clark, with Alberta School Trustees' Association public affairs director Hal Mar- tin and members of the SASAA bargaining team, left Leth- bridge late Monday. DENIED ATA communications consul- tant Mel Spackman today de- nied Mr. Clark's evaluation, terming the 16-month proposal "a loss to every rural teacher compared to the concilia- tion board award which teach- ers have already rejected." A conciliation board had j awarded teachers a 6.2 wage in- ease for the 12 months of 73. CUFF BLACK, Certified Dental Madianic BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAl DENTAl BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2827 INCOME TAX MDlVIDUAt, FARM, and BUSINESS RETURNS MHO DOUGLAS 27 Slreel 'A' N. fh. 328-0330, 328-1705 She then heard shooting, and saw her father fire a shot and leave the house. When she came closer, her mother was lying in a pool of blood, she said. Cox was arrested later that morning. The trial continues today. By GREG McINTYHE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The provin- cial government is currently not considering an imposed set- tlement to end the rural South- ern Alberta teachers strike, La- bor Minister Bert Hohol said Monday. However, the possibility of binding arbitration exists, he said in an interview. If the Alberta Teachers As- sociation and the Southern Al- berta School Authorities Asso- ciation cannot reach a volun- tary settlement to the current contract dispute, teachers could be ordered back to work and an arbitrator appointed by the government, he said. The arbitrator would deter- mine the terms of settlement and those terms would be bind- ing on both parties. tliis is not a pos- sibility at the said Dr. Hohol, who spent from 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday in Letlibridgc trying to bring trustee and teacher representatives togeth- er. Teachers struck Monday in the dispute which began with negotiations last May. Dr. Hohol said the two sides are still separated on two im- wrtant matters money and he duration of the Contract in- volving teachers in 18 school di- visions south of Vulcan exclud- ing the cities of Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. First 12-person jury- deciding shooting case I The first jury trial in Leth- bridge since 1967 opened Mon- day in Alberta Supreme Court before Mr. Justice A. J. Cullen. The nine men and tliree women will decide whether evi- dence presented to the court is sufficient to convict Sheldon Serve The Perfect Food For All KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN "Ir's Finger Lickin Good" SPECIAL SAVINGS ON BULK ORDERS FOX SMAll OR URGE PARTIES! BREAD PIES PASTRIES BIRTHDAY and ANNIVERSARY CAKES We deliver anywhere in Southern Alberta FOOD and PASTRY SHOP 2021 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 328-8161 170T M.M. DRIVE PHONE 328-7751 Villiam Cox of the attempted lurder of his estranged wife, [enka Cox. The trial marks the first une Uiat a 12-person jury has een empanelled in this judicial istrict. Prior to a 1968 amendment to ic Criminal Code of Canada, uries in Alberta and Saskatch- wan were composed of six leople. This provision, which still ap- ilies in the territories, was made to allow for the sparse jopulations in tiiese two prov- nces. Jury selection was brief Mon- lay morning, with 13 pnrepec- ive jurymen (and women) re- fused. Under Canadian law, neither the crown, nor the dcfnese, is required to show cause for re jeclion of a jury candidate. Jury lists are compiled ;he clerk of tha court from vot ing lists in November of each year. Bail granted suspect One of two men charged with the attempted armed robbery of a mail truck at Brocket Feb. 2S was released on bail Mon- day after an appeal of an ear- lier ruling Friday in provincial court. Jean Jacques Rochon, 43, of Montreal, was released by Judge L. S. Turcofte on cash and property bail. Bail was refused Friday by Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson because of concern for public safety. Paul Lukiv, 40, of New West- minster, B.C., was released on i.OOO bail Friday. The two men will appear in rovincial court in Pincher reek Thursday. Replying to questions in the legislature, Dr. Hohol said "I would anticipate that within a short time a day or two Ihey.will be back voluntarily at the negotiating table with the assistance of our mediation staff. "If they are not back in a short time, I will invite them on behalf of the government to re- turn to the negotiation table forthwith The minister said negotia- tions would likely resume Wed- nesday morning. Replying to Dick Gruenwald (SC Edu- cation Minister Lou Hyndman said government grants to pay teachers salaries in the school divisions on strike have been eliminated while the strike on. Under an amendment to the school act last year, up to 60 )er cent of grants for instruc- ional spending are automa- tically withheld in the event of a strike, said Mr; Hyndman. Mr. Gruenwald asked if the government would take action against any teachers that re- turned to work voluntarily dur- ing the strike. The education minister said he'd advise them to consult lawyer before doing so. Replying to former S o c r e d education minister Bob Clark Mr. Hyndman said correspon dence courses are not available to students out of class because of a strike. Correspondence courses are for students who cannot or dinarily attend school because they are in hospital or remote areas or for other reasons sai< Mr. Hyndman. AIR CONDITION NOW with the ROUND ONE ALCON REFRIGERATION LTD. FURNACES, SHEET METAL and HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING 22 M 43 St. S. Ph. 327-5816 Diefenbaker to address Gundlock testimonial Former Conservative prime the Rt. Hon John Diefenbaker.' nithorized Five bylaws. authorizing the city to borrow most f it for improvements to the valor treatment plant and dis- ribution centre, were given irst reading by city council Monday. Borrowing for the water sys- em improvements amount to while is ear- narked for sanitary sewer con- struction, for storm sew- er construction, for lane paving and for street laving. minister John Diefenbaker will be in Lctlibridge next month to address a testimonial dinner for former Lethbridge MP Deane Gundlock. Mr. Diefenbaker will be ar- riving ui Oie city about noon April 14 from Calgary, and will be returning to Calgary the fol- lowing day. Ken Hurlburt (PC Leth- who made the an- nouncement, asked Southern Al- bcrtans "to join with me in pay- ing tribute to Deane Gundlock, who represented the people of tliis area for 18 years, and to meet a truly great Canadian, Clarification Leslie Roy Brooks, son of Roy Brooks of 2314 15th Ave. S., is not the Leslie Brooks who testified in the recent trial of William David Threinen. Les- lie Vernon Brooks, of Box 73, Lethbridge, was the witness and his testimony was report- ed in Friday's Herald. Murder hearing April 16 A preliminary hearing into a charge of non-capital mjuriler against a 24-year-old Medicine Hat man is to be held April 16 Harvey Eason was chargec Feb. 26 following Ihe death in Medicine Hat hospital Feb. 24 of his two-year-old son Kodney The preliminary hearing, se Monday on request of defense council, will he held to deter mine if there is enough evi dence to bring Eason to trial. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Lelh.) DENTAL LAB ITD. 204 Medical Dental Elcfg. Phone 327-6565 Ph. 2716 12 Ave. S. Open Thuri., Fri. till 9 p.m. The dinner, to be held on tl ight of April 14 in the agn ultural building on the exhib ion grounds, is being sponsor by the federal PC con tituency association of Leth ridge. A spokesman for the associa ion said tickets to Oie event vill be available to the publi a first come-first serv basis. In addition to Mr. Dietenbak ;r, dinner organizers cxpcc 'quite a few Ottawa MPs and op-level representation from he povincial government" to attend the testimonial. Mr. Gundtock, last elected in 1968, did not contest the last election. "Losses range from for teacher with a degree and no xperience to for a acher with six years cduca- on and 10 years experience in he 1972-73 school year. "The only positive step taken y trustees is their offer to pay portion of the disability plan, offer is not acceptable on 16-month Mr. Spack- ian said. NO TALKS Although both Mr. Clark and Vl'A officials remain in Lcth- ridge this week, mediation alks officially ended at ,m. Sunday. Mr. Clark has said he doesn'l )lan to resume bargaining with eachers for at least a week. Mr. Spackman said the "ne alive offers of trustees" heir insistence on a 16-month "ontract have not allowed eachers to offer any "positive alternatives." NOT ACCEPTABLE He said trustee offers seem o have been an approach only :o the public and the press "in an attempt to influence public reaction not a position which would in any way be accept- able to teachers." Rural (eachers have or- ganized strike headquarters in salon of the Holiday Inn at Lethbridge which includes one conference telephone, two regular telephones, duplicating machines and typewriters. In addition, the ATA has sel up local strike headquarters at 15 communities from the Crowsnest Pass to Brooks. EXPENSES PAID All expenses are being paic through the ATA. Teacher ne- gotiator Bill Casanova, repre senting the ATA, has refused to estimate what the total tab wil be: "We'll let you know in two months' time what the hill RAY CLARK he told reporters. Mr. Casanova returned to his Calgary office late Monday. Another teacher negotiator, Russ Purdy of Lethbridge, told reporters SASAA trustees have millions of surplus dollars in their 1972 budgets. Mr. Clark, who has admitted SASAA now holds some funds, has stated the money is not sur- plus but is already committed for use during the year. Financial statements of five school districts within SASAA, distributed to reporters, by Mr. Purdy, show accumulated sur- plus of million and invest- ments of million. He s a i d the 1972 statements, received by the ATA from the school districts, prove trustees can afford to meet teacher de- mands for salary, Alberta and Blue Cross Health Plan payments. STATEMENTS The five districts listed by Mr. Purdy shows: Willow Creek School Division, accumulated surplus, County of Vulcan, accumulated surplus, term deposits and bonds, County of Forty Mile, accumulated sur- plus, bonds, bounty of Warner, investments, HOO.OOO, school committee sur- plus, Pincher Creek school Division, accumulated surplus, term deposit receipts, Both teachers and rural trus- tees say they expect the school strike to last at least two weeks. Super Special! 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