THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, January 12, 1971
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Police scandal hits Ohio city; 6 arrested
By TOM NUGENT
(Reprinted, with permission, from
the Detroit Free Press.)
BOWLING GREEN, O.-Al-
most half the police force in
this once peaceful college com-
munity of 22,000 has been ar-
rested on burglary charges, set-
ting off snickers up and down
"The people in this town, they
just shake their heads," says
Wood County Prosecutor Dan
Spitler, who launched a probe
of the 16-man Bowling Green
Police Department last Septem-
ber. "It's a joke, that's all. It's
"It's been bad," says 65-year-
old Mayor F. Gus Skibbe. "I told
my wife I might run again,
right away she threatened di-
vorce. She says she won't come
downtown - afraid somebody
will snub her."
Since September, Spitler's in-
vestigation has produced grand
jury indictments for breaking
and entering and concealing
stolen property against six
members of the 16-man Bowl-
ing. Green Police Department,
two part-time policemen and
two Bowling Green State Uni-
versity security guards.
It has also produced a wave
of public anger, a ferocious
search for scapegoats, and some
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"It's gotten so bad," Skibbe
says, "that policemen writing.
tickets are having people ask
them: 'Got any steaks for sale
tonight?' or 'How many hams
you got?' Public confidence in
the police is at an all-time low."
Some city officials, however,
hint darkly that the whole in-
vestigation was trumped up by
Spitler, who, they insist, has
motives of his own.
"I'm only gonna make one
comment about Spitler," says
burly, balding Walter L. (Ollie)
Zink, the Bowling Green direc-
tor of service and. safety. "Did
you ever hear of Jim Garrison?
I'll say no more."
Garrison, of course, is the
former New Orleans district at-
torney who has been struggling
for years to prove that there
was a conspiracy to kill Presi-
dent John F. Kennedy in 1963.
The first wave of grandjury
indictments, which came in
mid-September brought break-
ing a n d entering charges
against Patrolman T h o m a s
Woodbury, 30, and auxiliary po-
licemen Howard Lashuay, 33,
and James Falls, 22.- Charges of
concealing stolen property were
placed a g a i n s t Woodbury's
younger brother, Ronnie, 22,
also a patrolman.
THE SECOND wave of in-
dictments, issued last week by
the 15-man Wood C o u n t y
Grand Jury, brought breaking
and entering charges against
Lieutenants Matt Brichta, 33,
and Galen Ash, 31; Patrolmen
Claude Clouse, 43, and Robert
Barber, 24, and Bowling Green
State University security guard
James Beaupre, 31.
4 tenth man, university guard
and former city policeman Evan
Long, 31, shot himself to death
as police attempted to arrest
him Dec. 29.
The Woodbury brothers have
already pleaded guilty and are
now awaiting sentencing. The
five officers indicted last week
will be arraigned Monday.
Some officials at City Hall
insist that Spitler has only the
testimony of the Woodbury
brothers on which to build his
case. They note also that most
of the nine burglaries covered in
the indictments involved petty
articles like lunch meat and
cigarettes, at least one TV set
and some small appliances.
Both the mayor and Safety-
Service Director Zink hint
broadly that Spitler, incensed=
over plans to enforce zoning
laws which would prevent him
from renting several houses to
university students, and per-
haps politically ambitious him-
self, may have concocted all
of the charges after the Wood-
"That's ridiculous," snaps
Spitler. "I'm not going to hang
my tail out on a case like this
and-bing, bing, bing-lose four
times in a row. It doesn't make
sense. I'll tell you this- that
Zink is hiding something, and I
don't think it's lunch meat."
"The tough thing about this
one," says a merchant on E.
Wooster St., "is that most of
those men have fine records.
Brichta, for example. He's been
working with kids for years. It's
impossible to believe. All I can
say is that Spitler better have
Four of the accused police-
men, interviewed by the Free
Press, vigorously denied any
"I'm not guilty," Brichta said.
"I think the public trust has
been violated and I think an
entire form of government has
been destroyed. The whole
thing has been such a comedy
of errors . . . I've got six kids in
school, they're taking flack.
It's the most vicious thing I've
THE MAN in the street seems
to think the entire city govern-
ment may be involved.
They're all in it," said Rich-
ard Converse, 40, from behind
his barber's chair on Main St.
"Hell, for all I know, the pro-
secuting attorney's in on it too.
"It's gotten so bad," Con-
verse says, "that the new joke
around here is about the fellow
who called the police to report
a burglar in his house. Police
told him just to get the guy's
badge number, they'd pick him
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