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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Totiday, Octebtr 13, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 102 Witnesses Testified At 17-Day Hearing FT llUCSOtaS Jl _------O Missing Documents Played Significant Role In Ontario Police Inquiry whih, in Lnwrence of file senior OPP officers in the Bur- a conversation with Chief Lawr- testimony was denied By ED SIMON TORONTO (CP) Three cop- ies of a traffic ticket vanished from a police officer's in-tray. A file on a 25-year-old criminal record never reached its proper pigeon-hole. A letter got lost during a mail strike and a little black book apparently disap- peared during an office reorgan- ization. Each of the missing docu- ments played a significant role in the provincial police inquiry which completed 17 days of hearing evidence here. Final submissions from coun- sel remain to be heard Tuesday before Mr. Justice Campbell Grant of the Ontario Supreme Court begins sifting the testi- mony of 102 winssses, much of it contradictory, on George Clin- ton Duke's relationships with senior OPP personnel and with persons of known criminal ac- tivity. .The inquiry arose from a speech to a legislature commit- tee June 4 by Dr. Morton Shul- man, New Democratic Party member for Toronto High Park, in which he alleged that Mr. Duke an Oakville, Ont., lawn equipment dealer, associated with top OPP officers and with Daniel Gasbarrini, John Papalia and Donald (Red) LeBarre. Gasbarrini and Papalia have been convicted of narcotics off- ences, although Gasbarrini's last conviction was in 1M9. Le- Barre has a record as a book- maker. The missing traffic ticket in- volved a careless driving charge against Mr. Duke after his car left the roadway on a ramp leading off the Queen Elizabeth Way at Burlington, Ont., March TICKET MISSING The inquiry heard evidence that three copies of the ticket were left for processing on the desk of Cpl. Morley Leeking, court officer of the OPP's Bur- lington detachment, but were no longer there when he reported for duty. As a result, Mr. Duke was never Served with a summons and the case never went to court, although additional cop- ies of the ticket found heir way to the detachment files and OPP central records. Insp. J. H. Jones told the in- quiry he received instructions March 28 from his immediate superior, Staff Supt. A. M. Rodger, to withdraw the charge because of insufficient evidence and that he passed on his instructions to the constable who investigated the accident. Sup. Rodger, one of two offi- cers under suspension and fac- ing charges of disobeying an order to stop associating with Mr. Duke, denied ordering the charge to be withdrawn. The inspector said he as- sumed Supt. Rodger's instruc- tions had been carried out be- cause the case did not appear on the court docket when it was scheduled to be heard and he entered a withdrawal on the de- tachment records. Constable James McConnell, the investi- gating officer, said he did not withdraw the charge. The old criminal record be- longed to Mr. Duke, who was deported from the United States in 1942 after serving 12 years for first-degree robbery. HAS MANY GUNS The inquiry was told that a copy of the record was sent by the RCMP to the OPP's weap- ons branch in 1967 and filed with registration papers from Mr. Duke's extensive gun collection and his permit to carry a restricted weapon out- side his home. Police said a copy should have gone automatically to OPP central records but that the pro- cedure had been overlooked. In 1968, OPP Commissioner Eric Silk and several of his top aides were guests at Mr. Duke's home. The commissioner said he would not have accepted the Million Expansion Announced EDMONTON (CP) Inter- provincial Pipe Line Company will spend million on ex- pansion in 1971, mainly on in- creased pumping capacity on the existing oil pipeline be- tween Edmonton and Sanu'a. The increase will be the maximum practicable short of building a new line between Edmonton and Superior, Wis., the firm said here. Sixty-six pumping units with total capacity of horse power will be installed at 41 locations along the existing three-line system. Pipeline capacity will be in- creased by barrels a day west of Sarnia, bringing total capacity at Gromer, Man., to'1.3 million ban-els a day. Gromer is the most easterly receiving point on the system. East of Sarnia, the system will be increased barrels a day to GETS SMALL SHAEE PERTH, Australia (Reuters) Retired accountant Aubrey Fry did not forget his 51-year- old son, Lancelot, when he died. He bequeathed him 10 cents. Fry's will, lodged for probate Friday in the Western Australia Supreme Court, directs that tlie r.ost of his estate he given to Ihe West Australian Di- vision of (lie National Henri Foundation. invitation if he had known of the record and that he ordered all OPP personnel to break off so- cial contact with Mr. Duke when he learned of it a few months later. Supt. Rodger and Supt. Albert Wilson, the other suspended offi- cer, said they received the com- missioner's order but had fur- ther contacts with Mr. Duke after receiving a subsequent tel- ephone call from Assistant.Com- missioner John Whity, in which he suggested that they break off relations gradually. The conversation was con- firmed by Mr. Whitty, who said he made the suggestion because he felt the commissioner's order for an immediate break was un- duly harsh treatment of a man who had apparently rehabili- tated himself. The letter that got lost in the mail was sent to Mr. Silk by Chief Leonard Lawrence of the Hamilton police force in July, 1968. FEARED FOR MFE The chief said he wrote to the commissioner after a confiden- tial interview with Mrs. Duke, who told him she feared for her life because of her husband's association with Papalia and LeBarre and also mentioned Mr. Duke's relationship with Supts. Rodger and Wilson, the senior OPP officers in the Bur- lington area. Chief Lawrence said his letter advised the commissioner that, because of conditions prevailing among senior OPP officers in his area, normal law enforce- ment was not possible. The letter was mailed the day before the start of a three-week mail srike and never got to Mr. Silk. The coninussioner said he first learned of its existence in a conversation witii Chief Lawr- ence last August. The black book, last seen in the offices of the Duke Lawn Equipment Co., contained a list of guests accommodated in an apartment owned by Mr. Duke in the Bahamas. Elizabeth Citron, a confidante of Mrs. Duke, said she had been told by her friend that Supts. Rodger and Wilson had been guests in the apartment. Her testimony was denied by Mr. and Mrs. Duke and by the two officers. Mrs. Duke offered to produce the book, which she described as a complete record of persons using the apartment, to substan- tiate her denial. But she subse- quently reported that it could not be found and had presum- ably gone astray during a reor- ganization of the company's off- ice space. Prices effective until closing Saturday, October 17th, 1970 TABLE RITE RED BRAND STANDING RIB ROAST HEINZ TOMATO JO-oi. bottle Ketchup 2..95" ALBERTA STEER BEEF HEINZ BREAD AND BUTTER Pickles 32-ci. jar Ib. 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