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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LFTHnUIDGE HERALD Fridoy, November 34, It was another of those days Wednesday was a typical forget about your hair day, as the two young la- dies pictured here illustrate. Lori Jack, a Grade 11 stu- dent at the Lethbridge Col- legiate Institute, can hardly see through the hair in her face. And Linda Latta, in Grade 10 at LCI, aims into a gust as she heads home from school, books in hand. The photo at left shows what the wind was doing to the property of all those who haven't raked the fall's leave. Here, the leaves plas- ter a fence at the Exhibi- tion park. The weather man predicts a slight let-up in the wind today and tomorrow. Wed- nesday's gusts reached up to 60 miles per hour, but were not to go higher than 30 to 40 miles per hour today. Highs Saturday will be about 45 degrees with over- night low temperatures of 20 to 25. KRESGiE'S SISCOUNT JAPANESE MANDARIN ORANGES Box Yd. ,27 5-lb. box ,77 per box 7? MAGNETIC PHOTO ALBUMS .........................r Each WHITE HEATHER Ib. 4-Ib. pkg..... Only RCA STEREO CONSOL Yd. FLANNELETTE YARDAGE 57 PRESTONE ANTI-FREEZE Col........ .24 Anil-Freeze. Gal. WINDSHIELD WASHER PANTI HOSE 97 MEN'S DRESS SHIRTS Each ONE DAY ONLY WHILE QUANTITIES LAST OPEN SATURDAY 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M. KRESGE'S Bad cheques plague Lethbridge businesses By LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer Local businesses lose hun- dreds of thousands of doUers yearly as victims of fraud, lays a City Police detective. "At least a business a day in the city loses money by ac- cepting cheques they later dis- cover to be Terry Wauters, City Police detective sergeant in charge of fraud in- vestigation, said io an inter- view. Det. Sgt. Wauters said it was Impossible for him to be cer- tain of the exact number of worthless cheques businesses receive, because all of them are not always reported. sure of my estimate of a bad cheque a day for some business In the city. If all of the bad cheques received were brought to the station there would probably be more than _we could he said. "Most businesses bring a bad cheque to the station only as a last resort after all their attempts to collect it have been exhausted. Police are not collection agency The common practice In the city is to contact the writer of a bad cheque first to if the money can be obtained. If this fails often the case is taken to the small claims court or turn- ed over to a collection he said. "Some busiMMei tun a bid cheque Into the police fai the hope that we will collect it for them. They ire wrong, it is not our job to collect money for a bid cbequexfebt. "When a bad cheque is turn- ed over to the police, ill of the circumstances surrounding its writing are investigated. If it appears It was i deliberate at- tempt to gain money with a worthless cheque, then t charge Is laid. "Even a criminal ctmvicUon of the writer of the bad cheque does not guarantee the mer- chant his he said. Beware the team approach Bad cheques are often "pass- ed" to businesses by one per- son or a team of persons who pass through the city, get as much money as they can, and then leave. "On one occasion a man and woman team came to Leth- bridge on a Saturday afternoon and started cashing cheques at all of the major stores. In a few hours they had collected and were back on the road. "They hit Tiber next, then moved on to Reglna and were finally arrested and convicted of fraud somewhere down East, said Det. Sgt Wauters. A record of all bad cheques Is kept on file hi Ottawa. Each time a bad cheque is given to the police it Is forwarded to the file. Once a pattern has developed the cheques are matched and often the writer is identified and apprehended. Here's what you can do To help cut down on the bad cheque probelm in tha city Det Sgt. Wauters suggests mer- chants follow his advice and: think before accepting .clieques on a holiday eve or weekend, when the banks are iclosed and checking an ac- count is impossible. be careful of clients who become indignant at request for adequate identification. be cautious about cashing juveniles' cheques, because they are not legally responsible. think twice before cashing a cheque for more than the amount of purchase. be wary of r person who attempts to cash a second cheque within a day or two of the first. Second party cheques risky remember there is an addi- tional risk in cashing a second party cheque (you are trusting two beware of cashing cheques that have the company name stamped rather than printed on them it either means a very small company, or a bad- cheque passer. don't accept a cheque that shows changes (have it rewrit- don't accept a post-dated cheque, or a cheque more than a month old. ask for at least two pieces of Identification, a driver's li- cence alone is not good enough. the best types of I.D. are those with a picture. Compare signatures on the I.D. with that on the cheque and keep a rec- ord of the address of the writ- er. don't accept the cheque unless it is signed in front of you. if in doubt note the de- scription of the writer on the back of the cheque, don't rely on memory. if you are worried, call the bank to see if the money is in the account, but remember you don't know how many oth- er cheques have been written on that account. if the person writing the cheque is from out of town, find out where he Is staying and call there for confirmation. don't be rushed into taking a cheque, take all the time you need to be certain it is good. limit the authority of em- ployees to accept cheques and one initial it. deposit all cheques promptly. remember the person who accepts a cheque that proves to be bad will be needed as a witness in court. Fraud charges pending Bad cheques are not the only examples of fraud to be found in the city. Four court cases Involving v.irying types of alleged fraud- ulent activities are pending as the result City Police investi- gations, says Det. Egt. Terry Wauters. The cases include charges against the operator of a local collection agency, the contract arrangements of a CiJgary con- tracting firm, a quick invest- ment scheme involving more than as well as a case of fraudulent cheques. "Other types of fraudulent operations in Lethbridge have included pyramid sales opera- tions, get rich quick schemes of varying kinds, guaranteed suc- cess plans and bogus Invest- ment said Det. Sgt. Wauters. Trial adjourned in break-in case Trial of a charge of breaking and entering against an 18-year- old city man has been ad- journed until Wednesday. Michael Henry Kwartel of 609 10th St. S. was allowed to remain free on cash and property bail following the adjournment of the 3V4-hour trial Thursday in Lelhbridge provincial judge's court. Mr. Kwartel is one of three young city men charged with the Oct. 3 break-In at the Lelh bridge Collegiate Institute which resulted in dam- age and the theft of i small radio. The two other men pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced to jail terms. Allen Joseph Wood, 16, of 1503 10th A Ave. S. was sen- tenced to two years less a day at the Lethbridge Correctional Institution. Timothy John Cran- ley, 18, of 1313 10 Ave. S. was sentenced to one year in jail. Union, packers settle Labor management contract negotiations aren't always long and bitter. It. took about 10 hours of ne- gotiation between the Canadian Food and Allied Workers, Local 740, and Canada Packers Ltd. to arrive at a happy settlement. The Lethbridge settlement, arrived at Tuesday, gives mate employees a 52 cent per hour and females a 45 cent per hour wage increase over two-years. The new contract, which ex- pires Nov. affects about 70 employees. Spring semester students to tour university Dec. 2 Students who have applied for admission in the spring se- mester will be given a conduct- ed tour of the University o[ Letlibridgc Dec. 2. Members of the public arc also Invited to tour the facili- ties between 10 a.m. and l p.m., a university spokesman said. The open home Is the second of Its kind to givo prospective students and the public an op- portunity to know the resources of the university. Tire first one was held last August for stu- now enrolled as fresh- men. Snowmobile accident rate down Snowmobiling accidents claimed 116 lives in Canada last year, according to a report re- leased by The Canada Safety Council. The death count was two less than the previous winter, the report said. The total number of fatal ac- Construction awards given for U of L The University of Lethbridge academic residence building has made its mark on the Inter- national construction scene. The university recently won several awards presented by the Pre-stressed Concrete In- stitute at a meeting In Atlanta, Georgia. Both the architects, Erlck- scn-Masaey, and the structural ffligineers, Bogue Babicki won awards lor "excellence in arch- itectural and engineering de- sign." The jury making the awards said the build- Ing "Is very dramatically sited between hills and acts as both a visual and physical bridge (panning the valley. "This building Is a very strong statement that somehow Is not overpowering. It seems to be a building with wonderful out- ward views and a place where students enjoy U said. cidents was 102 In 1971-72, down 10 from the previous year. Sta- tistics show that 51 per cent of the accidents involved snow- mobiles colliding with other motor vehicles. The majority of the fatal ac- cidents occurred alter dark. Drownings which resulted from a snowmobile breaking through the ice on a river or lake totalled 24 In 15 such In- stances. Of the 116 killed, 96 were drivers, 17 were passengers and tliree were pedestrians; 102 of the victims were male while the other 14 were female. The 25-44 age group was the hardest hit with 52 in that cate- gory being killed. Thirty-eight LDS meeting this tveehend More than members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are expected to attend the quarterly confer- ence of the Lethbridge Stake Nov. 25-26. Elder Mark E. Petenen, of Salt Lako City, an apostle in the Mormon Church, will be the featured sneaker at the confer- ence. He hits been a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles since 1944. The Sunday session will be held at 10 a.m. in the Stake Centre on Scenic Drive. The general public Invited to at- tend. were in the 16-24 age group, 14 in the over 45 group, and 11 were under 15. The age of one of the victims wae not available. The location of the accidents centred around road areas with 65 occurring on public roads. Besides collisions and drown- ings, other types of accidents involved, trains, burns, and drivers and passengers being thrown off their machines. Eight people died as a result of snowmobile train collisions with three dying from burns after their snowmobiles had burst into flames alter collid- ing with vehicle. Quebec reported the most snowmobiling fatalities with 71. Ontario had 30 snowmobiUng deaths while Manitoba had six, New Brunswick four, B.C. two, and Nova Scotia, Saskatchew- an and Alberta one each. Meanwhile In Calgary, L. H. Robinson, western regional di- rector of national and historic parks said limited use of over- snow vehicles will again be per- mitted in western national parks this winter. Permits are required to oper- ate an oversnow vehicle within the Parks and are available without charge from park gates ard administration offices. National park stale that these vehicles must slay on designated trails. This is for the operator's safety as well as to protect the habitat of wild animals, Mr. Robinson said. Straying from the trail or harassing wild animals could lead Io a fine or six months in jail. SAND f GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP k T SAND AND GRAVEL A 1 STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 ;