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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 19, 1981--Page 7
Neighbors band
together in fight
against crime

Ar rnoto
Tonight Show host Johnny Carson blasts the National Enquirer during his,
Tuesday night show. Carson denounced an article about him and said the
publication "stinks."
Caro quips force_
jurors' dismissal

Rather than quivering behind bolted
doors, some Ann Arbor residents
favoring stepped-up police protection
are taking matters into their own han-
Neighborhood Watch, a program
begun last fall under the direction of
Ann Arbor Police Detective Bernard
Price, had banded together neighbors
in one-block sections of the city who
look and listen for signs of criminal ac-
WE'RE BASICALLY recruiting eyes
and ears for the police department,"
Price said recently.
Patterned after similar programs in
cities across the country, Neighborhood
Watch operates primarily in large
housing complexes on the outer fringes
of Ann Arbor.
"It's more or less socializing and
really getting to know your neighbors,"
Price said. "People watch each other's
property, apartment-sit, and know each
other's cars. If a strange car is seen in
the area, the residents can obtain the
license plate number and call us on a
special communication hookup."
program was initiated soon after the
September stabbing 'of Rebecca Huff,
one of three Ann Arbor women mur-
dered last year.
Claudia Myszke, resident manager at
Forest Hills Townhouses, reports that
the program has, prevented both
possible break-ins and a major fire.
According to Myszke, one resident
recently observed an arson attempt
from her window and reported it to her
court captain, who contacted police.
Each household of 24-30 has a court
captain, who is notified os suspicious
"THE PRESENCE of the court cap-
tain helped the resident proceed with
the case (against the alleged ar-
sonist)," Myszke explained. "She knew
that she had support and wouldn't have
to face the police alone."
Although the police department
decided to start with large apartment
complexes, it ultimately wants to in-
volve the entire city, Price said.
"We're shooting for the whole Ann
Arbor community," he said. "We go out
into various neighborhoods, put on

presentations about hdne security, in-
vite the residents to organize, and
assist them with the organization of a
Neighborhood Watch program."
PRICE SAID that the idea for Neigh-
borhood Watch originated with Police
Chief William Corbett, who joined the
Ann Arbor department last July.
Corbett, formerly commander of
Detroit's Fourteenth Precinct, ex-
plained that the program was ex-
tremely successful in Detroit.
"We took a specific part of the city, in
one-block areas, to try to get greater
than 50 percent of the residents to par-
ticipate," Corbett said. "In the Detroit
pilot area, we got 100 percent par-
ticipation and reduced crime by 50 per-
cent," he added.
The police department introduced the
program to the University's Baits
Housing on North Campus in Novem-
ber, according to Resident Director
Anne Richter.
"A NUMBER OF people had ex-
pressed concern to me in the fall after
those three girls were murdered,"
Richter said.
It was a great deal of fear, rather
than a crime problem, that motivated
Baits residents to organize a program.
"We're just trying to make people more
conscious of their environmental
surroundings," Richter said.
"People are interested and excited
about the program," agreed Carol Bir-
ch, property manager at Parkway
Meadows housing cooperative. "We've
had fantastic participation-96 or 97
percent," she said.
Birch explained that the program
currently exists only in the senior
housing sections, but will eventually be
set up in the family section as well,

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LOS ANGELES-Two jurors were
dismissed from Carol Burnett's $10
million libel suit against the
National Enquirer yesterday after
they heard Johnny Carson attack the
tabloid on the "Tonight Show," but
the judge denied a defense motion
for a mistrial.
Superior Court Judge Peter Smith
excused the jurors after questioning
the panel individually in his cham-
With only one alternate juror left
to fill an empty chair, attorneys for
both sides agreed tocontinue with 11
"EVERY JUROR and alternate
was questioned rather extensively
as the result of certain publicity that
went, on (Tuesday) night on
television," the judge told the
reassembled jury without
elaborating on the "publicity."
On his show Tuesday night, Car-
son denounced the Enquirer's
current story about an
estrangement from his wife as "ab-

solutely, completely,1 100-percent
falsehood" based on "innuendo,
gossip, half-truths and speculation."
Carson called the publication "and
the people who wrote this liars."
BURNETT testified Tuesday that
she sued the supermarket weekly for
printing a "pack of lies" portraying
her as rude, uncaring, abusive and
drunk in a Washington restaurant
five years ago.
Enquirer attorney William
Masterson had asked Smith to poll
the jurors to find out if any of them
saw the Carsonshow, then moved
for a mistrial after two jurors
acknowledged seeing it.
"I asked for a mistrial I think for
fairly obvious reasons," Masterson
told reporters outside court. "It was
prejudicial publicity containing one-
sided views which were unsubstan-
Miss Burnett told reporters she
had seen a replay of Carson's com-
ments before she came to court.
"I thought he was wonderful," she

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Regents get grim minority news
(Continued from Page 1)

Begin your day

The attrition rate for minority
students traditionally has been much
higher than that of non-minority
students, with only 39.2 percent of the
black freshmen who entered in 1975
receiving degrees as compared to 59.3
percent of the white students who en-
tered at the same time.
According to Eunice Royster,
assistant director of the Opportunity
Program, most of the students who
drop out of school do so for reasons
other than academic difficulties.
network of support systems which
provide counseling and tutoring to
educationally disadvantaged students,
many of whom are minorities. Royster
said the five full-time counselors see
more than 600 students per month.
"They (minority students) don't find
the University to be a very warm
Wpace,"~ said Royster.
The level of competition and lack of
support from other students contribute
to minoritX attrition, she added.
THE UNIVERSITY may claim it is
attempting to increase minority
enrollment and make life easier on
campus, but several student leaders
say they are not satisfied with the
University's efforts.
Minority students will address the
Regents in their public comments
session at 4 p.m. today.

"They ought to be ashamed of them-
selves-they have not lived up to their
commitment," said Michigan Student
Assembly Vice President Virna Hobbs,
referring to the University's agreement
more than a decade ago to try to reach
10 percent black enrollment by 1973.
LSA Student Government member
Emerson Baty said minority students
are "not looking for handouts or to have
any Wrong corrected," but want
something to be done.
"It's a frustrating thing to know

people who have come up here and left
after a year," he said.
The University has adequate support
services for minority students, accor-
ding to MSA Vice 'President for
Minority Affairs Kenneth Reeves, but
many minority students come to Ann
Arbor unprepared to meet the Univer-
sity's tough academic standards.
Reeves suggests that the University
should' strengthen its commitment to
minority students by reaching students
before they come to the University.

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