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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDGE November 6, 1974 Man receives three-year jail sentence for rape of hitch-hiker B> JIM GRANT Herald Stall Writer FORT MACLEOD A tear- ful plea of 'help me I've been raped" was ignored by a stranger alter a young hitch- hiker accepted a ride and was assaulted near here last spring In Alberta Supreme Court Monday, more than six months after the incident took place, the 20-year-old Regina woman finally fouuu someone who sympathized with her plight Clifford E Provost, 32. of Brocket was sentenced Tues- day to three years in prison tor the rape of the woman Mav 2 The trial lasted two days here before Chief Justice J V H Milvam. Prior to handing down the sentence, the chief justice called the practice of women City Scene Cost of confederation revealed The cost of Canadian Confederation to Alberta is the subject of a research paper to be made public Nov 13 in Calgary by the Independent Alberta Association. The brief, prepared in part by University of Lethbridge economist H. M. Axford, examines the cost of national union to this province. The study was commissioned by the IAA, which describes itself as a "non political fact finding group dedicated to the re negotiation of Alberta's position in Confederation and the preservation and fostering of the prin- cipals ot free enterprise and the rights of individuals. GORDON COLLEDGE Taber cable connections begin Taber Cable Television Ltd will begin connecting sub- scribers later this month, the firm's president said Tuesday from Taber in a telephone interview. "We should have it on. hopefully, by Nov. 15." said Ken Greentree. Broadcasting will begin later, offering two television stations from Lethbridge and two from Great Falls, Mont. As equipment becomes available, two radio stations, background music, a weather and community channel and FM reception will be added, said Mr. Greentree. Hold ups in material delivery have delayed construction slightly, he said. All cable has been laid in the areas with un- derground service. Depression play set Thursday Ten Lost Years, the third professional production presented by Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge in as many months will be staged at the Yates Memorial Centre Thursday. The production follows Anne of Gree Gables and the Citadel Theatre's The Rivals into the local theatre. It is set in the great depression of the 1930's. Wreck hospitalizes one person An accident at 6th Avenue South and Mayor Magrath Drive Tuesday about midnight resulted in one person being admitted to St. Michael's hospital and S4.000 damage Lethbndge city police said a northbound car driven by James Cammaert. 24. Box 355 Lethbridge and a westbound vehi- cle driven by Joseph M Kenna, 50. 2516 4th Ave. S., collided. Mr. Kenna was admitted to St. Michael's with a fractured collar bone and possible fractured ribs and his wife Margaret, a passenger in the Kenna vehicle, was treated for a sore hip and released. The accident is still under investigation. Colledge bids for nomination Expressing a need for the next ML A from Lethbridge West to be sitting on the government side of the legislature, a former televi- sion broadcaster today an- nounced his intention to seek Progressive Conservative nomination. Gordon Colledge, now an in- formation officer with the Lethbridge Community College, said in a prepared statement "I feel I have the background and experience to effectively communicate the needs of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta in Edmon- ton." The 31 year old former host of an Edmonton based television public affairs show said he was particularly concerned about Lethbridge getting its share of the resource revenue that is pour ing into provincial coffers. "Living and working in Lethbridge, I have caught the spirit of development that is currently sweeping over the city and with my years of ex- perience of working with people. I feel I can capably channel ideas and concerns to achieve results for Lethbridge." Mr. Colledge has lived six of the past eight years in Lethbndge. YES! WE CUT KEYS WHILE YOU WAIT! Call Hardware 327-5767 DOWNTOWN 606 608 3rd Ave. S. Jeans taken from window With the cold weather approaching a thief broke a window at Herb's Western Wear. 308 5th St. S Tuesday about 3 a.m. and made off with a pair of jeans. U of L to offer short plays The University of Lethbridge department of dramatic arts is presenting two short plays in the campus drama studio. Nov. 6. 7 and 8 at p.m Featured will be two unusual an American and a Japanese poet: Carlos Among the Candles by Wallace Stevens and Hanjo by Yukio Mishima. The public has been invited to at- tend the productions Admission is a 25-cent donation. Taber air committee formed TABER (HNS) Morris Thompson has been named chairman of the Taber Airport administration committee. He represents the local chamber on the committee. Other members are. Donald G. Windrum. town council: Lynn Wenbourne. Taber Municipal District council: Jack Kin- niburgh. and Kenneth McDonald, members at large: and Roscoe F Gibb. Taber industrial co ordmator. secretary. Man arrested for hash possession Certified Denial Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BUCK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 VANTA'S ECONOMY MEATS 904-7th Ave. S. Phone 329-4545 Groceries next door at Wilsons and VANTA'S RANCHLAND MEATS WESTMINSTER SHOPPING PLAZA Phone 328-0637 YOUR FREEZER BEEF EXPERTS G'ade A .eri iiscered ned Sra-iflcd 3ee' Cut W'scaed Froze- 6cc' Sausacc -eqjcv Buy Economically priced Bench Style meaU at Vanla's Your Speciali Low. Low. Low 1. Fresh Daily Beef Sausage Ib. 79C 2. Fresh Hourly Ground Beef Ib. 69C 3. Chuck Steaks Ib. 4. Boneless Baron of Beef Ib. 1 .39 5. Arm Roast, lean Ib. 1.19 6. Picnic Ham Ranch Style Ib. 79C 7. Hunter Sausage 1 V> Ib. Sticks Ib. 89C 8. Pork Chops Centre Cut !b. 1 .29 9. Pork Sausage Ib. 89C 10. Pork Steaks Ib 89" IMPORTED CMEESE GOUDA MILD 1.39 Ib. MEDIUM 1.69 !b OLD 1.79 't your Delicatessen Sfuiage SIDES OF BEEF C 89' ALL OTHER NOW ON DISPLAY LOW PRICES Pleven ie 2 !o you FREE COFFEE and HOT DOGS 20c S A man was arrested Tues- day night by Lethbndge city police after a quantity of a substance believed to be liquid hashish, with a street value of 52.400. was found in his possession The man was picked up by police at the Greyhound bus depot 411 5th St S and when -'-arched a' the police station 1'njr with a liquid found I Jovd Pinney. 21 B r js i-cheduled to appear in Lethbndge provin- rial court today (Wednesday; rhdrged with the possession of i narcotic the purpose of accepting rides from total strangers "foolish." However, the fact that a foolish girl accepts a ride from a stranger is not and should not be considered to be an indicator of the girl's acceptance of sexual inter- course, he said. When summarizing his case, Crown Prosecutor Art Larson pointed out that vic- tim's testimony was not destroyed by the defence and was consistent .with the testimony of other witnesses she encountered after the in- cident. Defence counsel Bob Babki argued that there was reasonable doubt raised by the testimony of the accused when he testified that he did have her consent for sexual intercourse. The woman testified she was conscious at all times not Last night at the opera John Arab as the poet Rodolfo and Barbara Collier as Mimi appeared in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme at the Yates Memorial Centre Tuesday. The opera, presented by the Overture Concerts Association, played to a crowd of 425. Coalhurst sewage plan suddenly without site The sewage collec- tion and lagoon system plann- ed for the hamlet of Coalhurst has been delayed until the County of Lethondge can find a new site for the lagoon. County manager Bob Grant said Tuesday Coalhurst area farmer Hans Vant Land has withdrawn from an agree- ment with the county to locate the lagoon on his land east of Coalhurst and west of Highway 25 and spray irrigate effluent from the lagoon. The county had reached agreement with Mr. Vant Land, but the accord was modified following a stormy appeal hearing Oct. 30. "We'll have to look for an alternate the county manager said. Ken Blom, senior health inspector for the Barons Eureka Health Unit said that Provincial financial aid sought for gallery here Lethbridge could have its first "real" art gallery if the provincial government shows its support to the tune of S60.000. requested by the Southern Alberta art gallery association. Dr Van E. Christou. presi- dent of the recently incor- porated association, said this morning the motion to apply for the grant was passed at a meeting Tuesday night. The applicatiOi he said, will go to the minister of culture youth and recreation for renovations of the city's old public library, as well as for operating expenses of the association 'or the first year. W-- (nnvjncpd the old 15 an idea) wr.'-r0 -.V can appeal to of all ages. It's right downtown, he said The art gallery association decided against campaigning locally lor funds, "for the lime bring at least We feel the people of Lethbridge have already shown an interest and the city set aside the building for Dr. Christou ex- plained. If the grant is okayed. Dr. Christou said. "The gallery in Lethbridge will be the fourth in the province but it will be unique in that it will be truly regional for all of Southern Alberta, not just Lethbridge." "The CYR are interested in having this type of facility in Southern he claimed. But if the grant is denied. Dr. Christou said the art gallery association will "wait and see. We don't know what will happen. We'll take it from there." extra expense and delays in planning may be avoided if a new lagoon site can be found east of the original site. Then the gravity fed collection system in the hamlet can be built as planned. But costs and planning time will increase if a new site re- quires sewage to be pumped out of Coalhurst, he warned. Coalhurst developer Jack Look said costs could be 20 per cent greater by next summer. "It's unfortunate there was so much opposition and at such a late date." important to get sewage service in as soon as possible." he said, adding health hazards will be "pretty bad" if this winter is wet. County council is expected to discuss a new lagoon site at its Nov. 15 meeting. to show fear to avoid provok- ing the accused into causing bodily harm to her. She told the court she never reported a previous rape attempt she experienced in British Columbia in March. There too, the incident involv- ed a stranger who picked her up while she was hitch-hiking. Prior to reaching a verdict of guilty. Chief Justice Mil- vain said evidence presented indicated the woman did not give consent by her actions and if what she did construed consent, it was based on fear. "Regardless of what modern society may say" about these matters, "it is not a common and natural thing for a girl to embark on sexual intercourse with a total stranger" especially in an en- vironment that isn't con- ducive to such action. IN PICK-UP The rape took place on the seat of a pick-up truck in a field between Fort Macleod and Brocket. The woman said her ex- perience began about mid- afternoon near Fort Macleod when the accused offered her a ride toward her destination, Coleman. She worked at Coleman last spring but has since returned to Regina. After about 10 minutes of driving on the highway in a westerly direction, Provost informed the woman he had to stop for a few minutes to see his cousin about a ranching matter and pulled off on a side road. After talking for a short period of time with his cousin, and giving him a bottle of beer, the accused drove the vehicle to a clearing and stopped to drink a beer, the victim testified. The woman testified she asked Provost to take her back to the highway at least three times. "I wanted to get out and run but there was nowhere to she said. Provost then drove the vehi- cle from the clearing back to his cousin's place, to another clearing, back to his cousin's and finally to the clearing where the assault took place. While driving between the clearings and the cousin's house, the woman said she was afraid of Provost and his relatives at the cousin's place. "They're his friends, not mine. They won't help she recalled thinking. Each time the vehicle was parked at the clearing. Provost had at least one beer and on one occasion ate hogdogs he was given during one of the stops at his cousin's place, the court was told. Provost said he also gave the woman a beer. She said she only took half a beer after he suggested he would take her back to the highway if she drank it. The woman testified that Provost suddenly grabbed at her and then started to choke her when she attempted to make a quick exit. She said she thrust a lighted cigarette into his hand. This did not deter the accused, she said. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX. C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL IAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Open ThuredBy Evtintng till 9 p.m. PHONE 326-0372 2716 12th South The Royai Canadian Legion General Stewart Br. No. 4 Wishes to announce that the 19 Routes not covered in the Legion POPPY CAMPAIGN will be covered on Thursday, Nov. 7th Commencing at p.m. MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP and he raped her twice. The accused testified the (burn on his hand was from branding accident on the ranch where he works. After the incident, Proves drove back to his cousin', place. Although Provost denied the woman was ever in a tearful state, John Provost testifiec that she ran up to him, half talking and crying the words "help me I've been raped." RAN AWAY The woman said she starteo down the gravel road back to the highway on foot and the accused came after her with the truck and took her back to the house. Meanwhile, John Provost entered his house to watch television. After having coffee, the ac- cused drove the victim to the highway and proceeded to drive west again, claiming that he was taking her home. When he began slowing the vehicle while approaching another gravel road leading off the highway, the woman said "I was afraid he was go- ing to kill me so I jumped out." She landed on her head, received several cuts and bruises to the face, injured her back and laid on the pave- ment unconscious. Provost lifted the uncon- scious body into his vehicle and continued down the highway under the observa- tion of a passing motorist, who reported the incident and testified in court. COUPLE HELPED The accused then took the woman to a home near the highway and asked the couple who resided there to wash her bloodied face. While in the bathroom with the woman of the house, the victim, again in a tearful state, told her that she had been raped and asked for a ride to the highway. The couple drove the woman to the hospital where she reported the rape to hospital personnel and the RCMP. The chief justice told the court, rape offences carry a maximum sentence of life im- prisonment. However, noting that more violent rape cases carry a sentence of about eight years and Mr. Babki's suggestion that the accused had a large family and the case did not in- volve extreme violence, he handed down the lighter sentence of three years im- prisonment. PENNER'S PLUMBING Speciahzmg m service Wi Water Heaie'S Plumbing 1209-2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz BMf.Z22 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 LETHBRIDGE HOME DESIGHS BLUE PRINTING has moved to 419-STAFFORD DRIVE SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION ftvinm South Thursday, November 7th Tims tort Sale starts p.m. No Bwirw Good Westinghouse 2 doer 14" fros! free Jndge; nice complete bed with matching vanity: dresser and stool: apt. size gas range. Vega electric cream separator, AS" bor spring and mattress RCA Victor console color TV. Chore Master rolo 'iMer with 3 h.p. motor, shower cabinet 2 trailer to'iets. Chrome table and 3chairs. Viking 2 door tndge: cui'1-in electric range and oven, Westinghouse 3 wa> combination TV-stereo- radio; large mirror: 54" box spring and mattress; Chrome chairs, gas and electric ranges, hospital bed; log radiant, nice pair of table lamps, high chair; playpen, oil heater. RCA TV, Chrome truck rack; rollaway bed. portable TV: twin rinse tubs. Sunbeam snow blower. Hoover vacuum TV stand. 2 India swords, Philco 1ndqe TV tables 35 mm slide projector; rifle, car top rack, croquet set. skis Copymatedry copier, small trailer hitch, vacuums more items too numerous to mention SALE CONDUCTED Bv HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 1920 2nd AVE S. LETHBRIDGE TED NEWB> KEITH EROMANN i ic 010283-41 Lie. 012116-458 ;