The Michigan Daily-Saturday, May 6, 1978-Page 3
is too many
By THOMAS O'CONNELL
A convicted felon's escape attempt
was cut short Thursday night when he
decided to stop off at a party store
before leaving town.
Jack Koester, 53, had pulled up in
front of the Main Party Store at the
corner of Main and Ann around 7 p.m.
when he was confronted by Officer
Mark Parin of the Ann Arbor police.
PARIN HAD noticed that the tem-
porary Ohio license tag on the car
Koester was driving was hanging up-
side down. When Koester could not
produce the vehicle's registration,
Parin decided to run a routine iden-
tification check on him.
The officer soon discovered that
Koester was a wanted fugitive who had
escaped from custody at the Veteran's
Administration Hospital in Ann Arbor a
short time before. He had been tran-
sferredtherefor medical treatment
from Southern Michigan Prison in
Koester is serving three concurrent
sentences for felony convictions, in-
cluding three to five years for larceny.
He was immediately locked up by
police and returned to the prison
DETAILS of his escape from the
hospital have not been made available.
Prisoners from Jackson are regularly
transferred there for treatment.
Unfortunately for Koester, the iden-
tification check run by Officer Parin
turned up outstanding warrants on him
from 13 communities in Michigan and
Ohio. Law enforcement authorities in
those towns were apparently unaware
that Koester had been caught and im-
The outstanding warrants included
charges of car theft in Detroit, counter-
feiting in West Bloomfield, fraud in
Farmington Hills, Waterford, Shelby
and Royal Oak, and an undefined
fugitive felony warrant from Koester's
hometown of Toledo.
See ESCAPED, Page 13
First freighter of spring uDily 'h0t0 byPER I
A true sign of spring - second only to the robin - a freighter churns its way through the waters of Lake Michigan at St.
Ignace, near the Mackinac Straits, in the morning sun.
ROSEN NAMED NEW DIRECTOR:
Provitt quits Ply mouth
By MICHAEL ARKUSH quickly named David Rosen as the new Stehman praised Provitt for "h
director. Rosen is the current director cellent job under the most diffic
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Evelyn Provitt, acting director at the
Plymouth Center for Human Develop-
ment, resigned yesterday to accept a
position with the U.S. Department of
Health, Education and Welfare (HEW).
Provitt had replaced Dr. William
Womack on February 24 after the
Detroit Free Press reported that
Womack failed to investigate
allegations of abuse which allegedly
occurred at the institution.
however, came as no surprise. Provitt
had indicated originally that she only
intended to spend approximately eight
weeks at Plymouth,
Dr. Vernon Stehman, director of the
Department of Mental Health (DMH)
'I think it' a good more be-
cause achile Proritt i'as a top
bureaucrat. she nerer at-
teni ted to speak openly trit h
11s. We beliere Rosen ill be
of the Macomb-Oakland Regional Cen-
cumstances." He said she has made
significant contributions to the advan-
cement of services for mental health
patients during the last 12 years.
WILBUR COHEN, University School
of Education Dean and chairman of a
task force investigating charges of
abuse at Plymouth, also complimented
the 47-year-old Provitt. He commended
her for implementing specific
programs to improve conditions at
Plymouth and called her new position
"a fine promotion and a complete
recognition of her ability."
Members of the Plymouth
Association for Retarded Citizens
(PARC), a parents group which has
Professor honored s ... you can join the cyclers, who'll peddle
In an article in yesterday's Daily on faculty from noon until 5 to raise money for the Ecology
award winners, one recipient's name was omitted. Center in its eighth annual Bike-a-thon . . if you
Donald Lewis of the Mathematics Department was prefer hiking, trudge along with the Outing Club on
selected to receive a senior faculty Distinguished its trek which departs from the Huron St. entrance
Aelci evem en a noaclyDstnuse of the Rackham Bldg. at 2 ... "Close Encounters
Achievement Award. with the Funeral Industry" will be the subject of the
annual meeting of the Memorial Advisory and
A correction Planning Service at 7:30 at the First Unitarian
Church, 1917 Washtenaw . .. Open Singles
The front page of yesterday's Daily was inadver- celebrates the "Rites of Spring" at an8 o'clock par-
tently dated Thursday, May 4. We apologize for any ty at 721 S. Forest, apt. 504. Bring a snack to
confusion caused by the error. share ... on MONDAY from 12:15-1:45 Diane
Ruble of Princeton University will hold a
colloquium on "Development of Social Comparison
Happenings.. Processes" in 1211 SEB ... at 2, the Ann Arbor
are rare, today. At 8:15, retired University Public Library offers Israeli folk dancing lessons
Prof. Kenneth Pike speaks on "Static, Dynamic and for elementary school children ... enjoy an hour-
Relational Aspects of Verbal Art" in Rackham Lec- long carillon concert beginning at 7 emanating
ture Hall. That's the concluding lecture for the Con- from Burton Tower - . . at 7:30, the Washtenaw
ference on the Semiotics of Art ... on SUNDAY, County Chapter of the Michigan Association for
the Ann Arbor Handweaver's Guild holds its eighth Emotionally Disturbed Children holds its May
annual sale from 10-5 at the North Campus Coin- meeting at Logan Elementary School, 2685 Traver
, Page 12
Blvd. "The Impact of an Emotionally Disturbed
Child in the Home" will be the topic of discussion.
Room at the top
In this era of politicians with big egos, House
Speaker Tip O'Neill is the first to admit he needs
more head room. So the Massachusetts Democrat
has switched from a medium-sized car to a Lincoln
Continental because he wanted a vehicle that gave
him enough room to wear his hat. The 6-foot-3-inch
O'Neill said the car's roof was too low. "It
didn't leave room for you to wear a hat," he ex-
plained. "I'm a great hat wearer." Never fear,
though, O'Neill and an aide say the Lincoln actually
will cost $550 a year less to lease and has gas
mileage comparable to a smaller car.
On the outside ...
Things should be drier, but we'll still have
variable cloudiness today. Expect warmer tem-
peratures with a high in the upper 50s.