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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, May 15, 197? THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Insurance firms partly at fault in arson cases MONTItEAL (CP) The head of M o n I r e a 1's arson squad says insurance compa- nies are partly responsible for rcafing a situation where sct- ng fires on purpose is prolil- blc. Detective-Lieutenant Jean- ,ouis Fourcaudot said his iles arc crammed with cases f arsonists trying to collect nsurance money and most of .hem could have been pre- 'ented. "All the insurance compa- lies have to do is ask the Fire Underwriters Investigation bureau about the owner and he commercial establishment seeking a new insurance pol- the lieutenant said in an interview. This organization was set up to help insurance compa- nies cut down on the risks but PUNISHED Bruised, her hair shorn, 15-year-old schoolgirl Elizabeth Hylands lies in a Belfast hospital where she is being treated for the effects of the "punish- ment" meted out to her by the Irish Republican Army She wos found near home in the lower falls area of Bel- fast after being tarred, Feathered and beaten. The official wing of IRA in a statement said the girl had been punished for belonging o a "spy ring." (AP Wirephoto) .S. war veteran shows his spirit WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) John Coughlin can't walk, so he flics. Coughlin, 38, has spent 20 years in a wheelchair. An ac- cident during the Korean War left him a paraplegic with useless legs. But his chest and shoulders are strong; so is his spirit. He drives his wheelchair out to his small single-engine air- coupe, tosses his legs on to the wing and hoists himself into the cockpit. Now, after two weeks of training and nearly three years after receiving his pri- vate pilot's licence, he is qual- iticcl to lake to Ihe skies when he can't even KCC has his instrument rating. "To a flyer, dial's the dif- ference between being an am- ateur and a Coughlin said. He said he knows of only one other instrument-rated pilot who is paralyzed "and lie was a military pilot before his injury and all he had to do was re-learn." "There are four or five oth- ers who fly, but just for their own pleasure." he said, add- ing that he plans lo reopen a charter boat business and do his own fish spotting from the air. C o u g h 1 i n 's aircrafl Is steered by a wheel instead ol by rudder pedals common to most small planes. He stops it with a hand brake. "I never dreamed I woult be able to do anylhing like he said. "It's something I can do, and do well. You don't have lo ask me I enjoy it." Gun permit demanded SEE THE LENS THAT DARKENS IN THE SUNLIGHT (VARIGRAY) OP.t-ICAt rjhi-SCRIPriON CO VANCOUVER (CP) Mar garct Lucas, whose husband said six shots were fired a him through his apartmen door, picketed the publii safety building here de- manding a permit for a gun lli-s. Lucas joined a civi workers picket line with a sign saying: "A second-clas Canadian mother wants tb right to protect her childn and home." Thursday, she left her children, aged four and 11, i the court clerk's office, an they now are in the care o the Children's Aid Society She said she needs a gun t protect them. The couple were friends Charles Shepherd and Bett Stein, found murdered in city home Good Friday. NOTICE THE SENATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA ANNOUNCES THAT on June 30, 1972, seven of the 30 representative members ol the Senate of The University of Alberta arc due to retire. Since the Senate is designed to act as a two-way chnnnel of communication between iho University and the public of Ihe Piovince, the Nominating Committee of the Senate will be pleased to consider suggestions from the general public regarding replacements for the retiring members. The Universities Act stipulates that the representative members are elected "to represent affiliated colleges or institutions, geographical areas and groups and organizations with an interest in the university." Suggestions should he direclerl to MR. A. D. CAIRNS, Registrar The University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta by Juno 1, 1972 they don't take advantage of it." The FUIB was established In 1923 and has files on every fire that resulted in an insur- ance company paying out more than in claims. "We suspect many insur- ance agents are too busy gathering business instead of checking out whom they are an FUIB spokes- man said. The lack of advance investi- gation is one of the reasons for a 10-per-cent arson rate in Montreal. One out of every 10 fires in :he city is deliberately set, Lieut. Fourcaudot said. In one ease last fall, an ar- sonist just released from jail bought a small business with, ton-owed money and took out fa.OOO worth of insurance on it. He had Ihe policy's value in- creased to within two weeks of his release from jail. The insurance company agreed to increase the policy without investigating the busi- ness. A month later, police inves- tigating a fire that destroyed the building arrested the man. They said he was planning lo pay off his loan with his claim money and pocket the rest of the He now is serving a second prison term for arson. Lieut. Fourcaudot says 20 per cent of fires set deliber- ately in Montreal are de- signed with insurance claims in mind. Other sr4 fires lit- eraUy for the fun of it and not all of them were children or adolescents. "We arrested a business- man last year who set fires during his lunch the lieutenant said. Fires had also set by jealous wives or husbands Although the crimes they in- vestigate are rather spectacu- lar, arson squad members spend long hours sifting through the files of the FUIB, the fire commissioner's office and questioning witnesses. I'ANTS CAUGHT FIIIK Lieut. Fourcaudot said most of the squad's cases are built on circumstantial evidence. The only easy cases were the ones in which a suspect con- fessed. Two years ago, in one of the few cases where someone con- fessed to committing arson, a suspect was caught with his pants, down. The s u s p c c t's trousers caught fire while he was at- to set fire to an vast-end garage. He fled the garage in his underwear leav- ing bis wallet behind. Police found the wallet wilh all the identification intact and went to the man's home. The mart, wearing a pair of pants twice his size, ran up the street and was about to open the front door when po- lice moved in. "He was so surprised ho confessed to everything on the Lieut. Fourcaudot, said. The squad had encountered variations on the arson theme, including the restaurant and store owners who only want pail of their establishments destroyed so that equipment or merchandise they couldn't pay for or sell could be elimi- nated. Some owners hired a man for or more, depending on Ihe amount of insurance and risk involved in the job. Police records show a num- ber of persons have been killed or injured in the proc- ess KILLKU IN BLAST Two men trying to burn down an east-end fish were killed when naptha fumes came into contact with the pilot light of a gas heater. Lieut. Fourcaudot said: "They forgot about the gas heater and went about placing the naptha bagj on the floor and slashing them open. force of the explosion sent them flying through the door into the street." 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TEFLON FRY PAN KRESGE PRICE 7" SIZE CLEAR GLASS ASHTRAY 1 PLAYER BADMINTON SET CARLTON 6 TRANSISTOR RADIO PHOTO ALBUMS DINNERWARE SET 20 Pieces! Service for 61 See Wednesday's Herald for more Big Anniversary Savings This week shop until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ;