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Nevada Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Reno, NevadaReno evening Gazette 323-3161 Reno Nevada tuesday february 6, 1973 eleven wife charged with murder family cruelty blamed in Sparks shooting Case by Margaret Allender the prosecution Laid the groundwork this morning in the trial of a Sparks woman accused of murder. Anna Swanson 48, is on trial in the shooting death of her husband Wilbert Ross Swanson who was the owner of the Handy Stop bar on Prater Way. He died oct. 14, at the Swan son Home 1865 g st., from a Bullet wound in his upper Stom Ach. Witnesses this morning included a pit Boss from a club frequented by the couple a spark police officer and the Telephone Sammy Davis or. Sammy Davis to perform at Reno Ball Sammy Davis or. Will per form at the Arthur Murray Val Entin e Ball feb. 23 at the Pioneer theatre auditorium according to co chairmen of the event Brothel operator Joe con Forte and Arthur Murray Man Ager Sandi Desilva. George Hagan executive director of the Nevada heart association said even though the affair is not an official hear fund function All proceeds Wil go to the american heart association. The Ball had been originally scheduled for feb. 17 at the Riverside hotel but has been changed because of the size of the expected audience Conforte said. I be been associated with the heart association in Many cities and 1 think it s Davis said. I was asked to be one of the performers Sun Day and i said i d be Happy to Stead parents to discuss All year school wednesday evening at at Stead elementary school parents will have a Chance to quiz school District personnel on the pros and cons of year around school. The meeting will be held As the meetings at Sparks Middle school and Dilworth Middle school have been to inform both the parents and the District. Or. Marvin Roth associate superintendent for instruction in the Washoe county school District said the meetings Are sometimes misunderstood. There Are still people who think the school District is cram Ming year around school Down their throats. I Don t know Why Roth surmised people were misinterpreting the District s an Swers to questions about the new concept. Reno considers Revenue sharing spending plan although it took no forma action the Reno City Counci spent about a half hour monday tentatively deciding How it Wil spend its Revenue sharing Mon ies. The biggest slide of the million was tentatively allocated to Street improvement. And Al of the other temporary shares were earmarked for capital improvement. The second primary priority was the Public safety building site which could get the facility which includes a Central fire station and communications Center will be located at second Street and Evans ave nue. Another was next on he list and scheduled to go or Park site acquisition with for construction of a Ark maintenance garage. About was proposed for the construction of bicycle trails around Virginia Lake. At the beginning of the Money Reno poverty Agency expected to be continued the director of the economic Opportunity Board of Washoe county said monday the loss if Federal funding in no Way Means the dissolution of the Only funds for the Job s Cen ral administration planning i Ision and research wings would be eliminated under the president s proposal Aid Job executive director Iloyd Phillips in a written state ment. But these wings Are a Neces Ary part of the Agency for hey determine plan and Over be All our other Hillips said. The Job s Core programs Tveith the possible exception of steals on wheels will still re Eive Federal funding. The program which supplies of lunches for the elderly Falls under the older americans act hich has been vetoed by the resident. Alternative sources of fund no to replace Federal Leo monies Are being systematically ought from local governments business and civic Hillips said. Letters have been ent to All county commission is and City councilmen saying Money from local political Odies will be necessary to con Niue operations. There is still some Hope for ederal funding Phillips noted funds have been appropriated the end of fiscal year 1974 or the Leo and Phillips be Eves Congress May fight the impoundment of funds. Discussion City manager Joe Latimore listed several areas which could be considered. On his list were de trap alcoholic rehabilitation programs the Purchase of a police helicopter for the Reno housing authority and several others. However the councilmen Sale they did t want to get trapped into providing continuing sup port to agencies and programs which have been Hurt by Federal cutbacks. They suggested these agencies go to the area Council of governments Tor help. Troubled this is Hugh Harrison for Merly of Reno who has pleaded innocent to fraud charges in Piedmont calif., in a Case involving an Oak land widow. Harrison was in jail on the charges when his wife and her son were shot to death last week in pied Mont. Harrison had also been adjudicated bankrupt in . Federal court in Reno last August. Up telephoto hearings set for Monroe measures Gazette journal legislative Bureau sen. Warren l. Monroe d Elko chairman of the Legisla Ive functions committee has it a hearing on a Public meet no Bill for thursday afternoon n room 231 of the legislative building in Carson City. Senate Bill 144, introduced riday by sen. Richard Bryan a Las vegas provides that imely notice must be Given of 11 meetings of Public bodies. T also brings legislative committees under the scope of Neada s Public meeting Law. Monroe said he will schedule hearing later on Senate Bill 53, requiring lobbyists to Reg Ster. Operator who got the emergency Call the night of the shooting temper described Frank Bossi pit Boss at the Silver club in Sparks testified Swanson had knocked chips from a gaming table after i had been informed he was bet Ting Over the limit. He said he had been acquainted with the Swansong through seeing them frequently in the club am described Swanson As the Typ that just explodes All of a Sud sgt. Gordon Jenkins a Detec Tive on the Sparks police department said it was common knowledge among Sparks police officers the Swansong had continuing marital problems some times erupting in violence Anc both drank to excess. In opening statements presented to the jury monday Chie criminal Deputy dist. Atty. Larry Hicks and defense attorney Peter Echeverria painted Sim Ilar pictures of circumstances surrounding the death of Swan son. Family tragedy Hicks called the killing a fam ily tragedy and outlined the a of the shooting As one of drink ing and gambling and another n a Long series of disputes be tween the Man and wife. He said the couple had nol gotten along for years and Ai one time Swanson had been committed to medical attention for his drinking and related emotional problems. This is really a tragedy and s certainly not the usual Mur Der he said. There is evidence or. Swanson had prob Ems with alcohol and his Emo ions and drank gambled and eat his expressed fear he said mrs. Swanson Hac expressed fear that Day to a Riend because her husband Hac Jeen drinking. This is a family tragedy by at the same time it is hot a killing excusable by he said and asked the jury to re urn a verdict of guilty to the murder charge. Echeverria said the facts were Clear in the Case. This in t a murder in said. It tells of a Man who devised and schemed his own death by his horrible Atti Ude toward society and his fam ily in cruelty claimed he then outlined the 32 year he Swansong had been married and cited instances of Swan son s cruelty to his family. He Aid he will Call the three Daugh ers of the couple to testify o the brute sadistic beast f a father he was. This lady has borne a Cross which is he said. He killed himself it was an Echeverria said. There was no intent it was Elf defense and justifiable Hom cide. What happened that night was just a crazy thing and not fuse blamed for blackout about 30 Southwest Reno omes were blacked out by a o w e r outage monday night ditch began at . And asted for 55 minutes. A Sierra Pacific Power co. Spokesman said a melted fuse n a circuit which runs East off a Reington Avenue caused the blackout to Homes in the Arling on and Lander Walker and it. Lose streets area. Victim of Bulldozer vandals the three bedroom House under construction in Lemmon Valley was heavily damaged monday by two teen agers who drove a Bulldozer three quarters of mile to smash into the building. Damage was estimated at Gazette photo Albert Conton Conton named to regional planning Board the former advertising director for the Reno evening Gazette and the Nevada state Jour Nal Albert d. Conton has been named to the regional planning a Mission by the Washoe county commission. Conton was appointed during a personnel session of the coun y Board monday commission chairman Bob Rusk said today the entire Board Felt the Gen Leman had no vested interest n any area except in the com a Unity Rusk said today Conton replaces longtime Lanning commission member Loger Teglia who resigned in january. Conton 54, retired from his newspaper Post Jan. 1, ending career which began when he joined the staff As an Adver Ising Salesman in 1947. He is currently listed in who s Ivhon in the West which salutes is efforts in the United Way boy scouts civil air patrol Nevada travellers club and episcopal Church. The Reno native has served i Nevada California and Naonal advertising associations and won numerous awards for advertising excellence. Nevada Road toll this year to Date 22 last Vear to Date 18 student editor makes apology the student newspaper at the University of Nevada Reno was published today in an abbreviated form. Meanwhile its suspended editor has sent an open letter of apology to the Nevada Senate or an advertisement published or a sexual device. Linda Nagy acting Sagebrush editor resigned during the weekend. She had been appointed last week after the suspension of editor buddy Frank. Also suspended was the Busi Ness manager Barbara Ray mond. The staff put the newspaper out today. Short notice miss Navy told the student publications Board i care about the but at this Ime it is impossible for me to accept this responsibility with such Short the Sagebrush today is four pages with an advertisement in Sert. One Page is devoted solely to news. The suspension hearing for Frank and miss Raymond will be held wednesday afternoon at and will probably be open to the Public. Frank said the Board might make its final decision in a closed personnel session but he was not certain. Open letter after the publication of the advertisement Frank with the concurrence of miss Raymond addressed an open letter to the Nevada state Senate and the student publications Board. He said most of my Deci Sions have managed to slip by n a relatively unnoticed fashion or the last 28 issues. Consid ering the limited budget and ize of our paper we have done relatively Well. Last year the newspaper won a number of wards and thus far this ear we have received commendation from both . Sen tors As Well As the William i. Hearst foundation and the professional journalism society. Sunday evening preparing or the tuesday paper i made n editorial decision which has apparently jeopardized the exis ence of the newspaper and will perhaps have a definite role n the Overall future of the uni Hersity at the time of publication i had some justification or running the and i now feel he decision was a serious error. My previous rationale was that the newspaper was intended exclusively for an adult audience in an intellectual environment. The product advertised indeed seemed the Antithesis of the educational and social Structure promoted by a University. It seemed a sad commentary on the state of affairs that such a product even existed. Disagreeing with the Reno City Council s ban of adult Book stores and Reno newspapers ban of a rated movie advertise ments i feel that Complete ignorance was of Little value in solving social ills. Began to question tuesday morning after the paper s distribution i began to question my decision and that questioning continues Frank ended his letter with an apology to All the and offended and a pledge that no further material of this nature would appear in the student paper if he is editor. Carson civic auditorium Bonds to be sold Gazette Carson City Bureau the Carson fair and recreation Board monday authorized the Sale of Worth of Bonds for construction of the proposed civic auditorium in Mills Park. And it selected local architects Perry Means and Thomas skip Wall to design the Esti mated Structure. The difference Between the Bond Issue and the eventual Cost would be made up by the City with the fair Board repaying the Money out of future room tax Revenue. Board members also agreed of substitute an up to heating and Cooling system for one which would Cost the difference according to Oard chairman Dominic Oxoby would be used to finance strengthening the stage s sup port Structure. The Board and mechanical Engineer John Beard discussed the relative merits of Gas versus electric heating with supervisor George Gottshalk s insistence on he former prevailing by unan Mous vote. Teen agers smash House with Bulldozer a 13-year-old boy told Washoe county sheriff s deputies Mon Day he bulldozed a House under construction in Lemmon Valley because it interfered with his Dow and Arrow Rabbit Hunting investigators said. The boy and a 14-year-old companion were placed in wit Tenberg Hall for investigation of destruction of private prop erty. Officers said the House suffered damage thursday in the amount of the House at 11470 Silka st., s one of three new houses being built. It is owned by Flannagan construction co. Officers quoted the younger Doy As saying the location is a warm spot where rabbits congregate. The youths found a Bulldozer about three quarters of a mile away fiddled with it until they could run it then drove Back and rammed the House five Imes. Then they went around break no windows with Sticks officers said. The sheriff s office reported he boy s parents could be held table for damages under civil a. Koor Urz commended Gazette journal legislative Bureau retired Nevada Secretary of state John Koontz is commended in Senate concurrent Resolution 5 adopted monday by the upper House and sent to the Assembly. Heroin hotline help curb the heroin traffic Call the heroin president Nixon and the . Department of Justice have urged All citizens who May have any information on heroin pushers to Call a nationwide toll free Telephone number As a Quick convenient Way to report. That heroin hotline Tele phone number is 800-368-5363. Gazette readers Are urged to clip this item and keep it in a convenient place. The caller need not identify him self and May Call the num ber at any time Day to night. New training program has jumped attendance 300 per cent what Reno s Reserve sailors do without an Ocean by Jim Beazley when attendance started dropping off in cmdr. Bill Howton s naval Reserve unit in Reno he did t give the us Ual lectures to his men on Hon or and duty. Instead he decided to change the Type of training offered and the results have been a jump in attendance of about 300 per cent. Naval Reserve surface division 12-49 my As the Navy formally Calls the unit has been number one in the 12th naval District for the last two years in attendance and is near the top this year. But near the top in t Good enough for Howton. So when attendance dropped drastic action was called for. The main thing that was keeping us number one was motivation and interest and the Only Way to keep this is in giving Ach member the Type of individualized training he wants and the commander said. To do this Howton went to the officers and men in the unit and set up several special training courses. We be started courses like Basic photography radio and television repair Basic scuba diving marksmanship cur rent events and furniture re finishing and carpentry. It takes away the feeling of playing a military role and re places it with Concrete knowl Edge which can be used now by the reservist and if he s Ever Howton explained. He said he decided to try this new approach to training because he feels the unit and the Navy would Best Benefit from it. We have a very professionally oriented group of people in this unit. There Are University students journalists accountants attorneys. And All these people have a very nigh learn ing ability also talents to be shared with fellow besides Howton said we just Don t have the sea train ing capabilities Here in cmdr. F. E. Mccandless the commanding officer of the training Center in Reno praises Howton s program. It has improved attendance 300 per cent. Commander How ton is attempting to broaden the personal and professional capabilities of his men. He s emphasizing that the reservist is More than just a Sailor that he s also a Mccandless said. How Are plans 5gin5for7rie you of Joe 5hia00tnik? he was Pray Choice in he 5 of just speaker q on the unit s Good record Mccandless commented there s no magic it s the drive the leadership of com Mander Howton and his offi cers and a spokesman for the com mandant of the District said the commandant considers commander Bill Howton to be an outstanding officer. Under his leadership 12-49 has twice won the commandant s trophy for mobilization the spokesman added the commandant. That any program which will enhance an individual s mobilization readiness will Benefit net Only the individual but the Navy As cmdr. Edward Hannon the director of naval Reserve pro Grams twelfth naval District has a slightly More reserved opinion of the new training approach. We re reviewing the pro Gram now and waiting for re sults. We still have a wait see attitude. We re looking for retention of personnel in the naval Reserve program and at the same time training for these people in their particular the commander said the program is still very new and he has not reviewed it in detail yet. Newspaper of

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