Vol. V, No. 25
A bill in the General Assembly on 4
Domes t ic Violence requires police to ?
. assist victims in home violence cases
and would create a new trespass law to
protect the battered spouse.,
"In the past police fiave' been
unresponsive to a woman's cry for*
? help." said Attorney Elfen Gerber.
"This bill requires fhem to be responsive."
"People can get more protection,"
. who is a member of the Governor's
Crime Commission. "We will be ableassistance
- afraid of a suit."
The Domestic Violence bill spedLocal
by Sharyn Bratcher
The Department of Housing aiid"UrbarrDg
in Washington has reached a verdict on a por
complaint filed by local organizations against
community development program. As yet,
neith :r the city nor the complainants knows i
Larry Stanley assistant director of the HUI
Greensboro confirmed that the report is there,
not been released to the city or to Benjamir
T air* a 1 A i/4 ? * ?L *
Livgai niu, auui ucv 1UI IIIC lZailOIlS WflO
- Last June the N A CP. the League of Worn
community development program, charging tl
minated against low and moderate income pe
They cited defects in the following areas: Stj
housing assistance needs; assistance provided
tion and demolition; relocation; rehabilitation;
tive action; and historic preservation.
In October HUD representatives from W
came to Winston-Salem and toured the rede^
areas. It is the report of their findings that boi
and the complainants are waiting to see.
If the report agrees that the city did di<
against low and moderate income persons, th
have to modify its plan. If the report does n<
the groups* charges, they have the option of 1
matter to court and presenting their case ther
Neither Gary Brown, the city s community <
ment director, nor the group's attorney Benjai
knows what is in the report, and Larry Stanlej
to discuss its contents. He said that copies of 1
would be sent to Brown and Erlitz within the n
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take when answering a domestic ?
violence call. First, it states that the
officer shall respond to the request for
assistance "As soon as practicable."
The bilt requires the officer to take
whatever steps necessary to protecf
the complainant, and to advise the
person of sources of shelter, medical
care, counseling, etc.
If the victim of dumestic violence?
requests it, the officer shall transport
her (or him) to an appropriate facility,
such as a hospital, battered women's
The bill also instructs the officer to
accompany the cotnplainant to the
residence and wait while he or she
packs clothing or other personal items.
"We used to just have to wait
however, ? M ^S^KflgQ
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en Voters, " Adult Baste
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.elopment b* Sharyn B?tcher
th the city Staff Writer ^
Forsyth County has 21
icriminate new registered voters,
e city will hanks to Adult Basic Edu>t
support ation teacher Benny Mctaking
e. "We were talking alevelop
bout voting," McBride exmin
Erlitz plains, "and I asked how
j declined many voted in the last
the report election, and nobody had.
ext week. Then I found out they
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masonry variety It too costly for poor
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The bill also outlines "Domestic
Criminal Trespass," making it illegal
. for a person to enter after being * 1
forbidden to do so the premises of a
present or former spouse or person he
has lived with.
The bill grants authorities permission
to keep the defendant in
~~custody for a maximum of 24 hours
before determining the conditions of
"We definitely need some help on
domestic violence;1' commented District
Attorney Donald Tisdale, saying
that he was not familiar enough with
the new bill to comment on its possible
Tisdale aid point out two factors
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ad, on* at the twenty-ooe wwh-mtittwd
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weren't even registered." and then she ga
rvictsriae teaches a cou- oath."
rse of Adult Basic Educat- "It was easi
ion at the city garage, thought," Bobb
When he learned that his sid. "Ihadalwi
class of city employees to know how to r
were not registered voters, I'm glad I got a
he asked a register, Ms. ' Conrad explaii
Bonnie Covey to visit. the last presiden
"It took about four min- i?n want*
utes," class member Ed but was unable t
Westmoreland recalled. "I was not registen
had to fill out a card, and "I good
answered some questions, commented McB
By John W. Temple ton
Staff Writer in
George Gunter and Jeremiah Graham th
pointed down the rolling hillsides of the
city operated Evergreen Cemetery to- ci
wards the patchmarks dotting the t
Each patch of red dirt, explained h'
Gunter and Graham, cemetery care- Sl
takers, represented a grave which they
had had to "backfill" because of
"The people complain to us when the T
come in at Easter; they even accuse us
of putting in a new casket over the top of fc
the old ones," said Gunter. is
The two caretakers walked on down Hi
ta sfni:. AtnLwrfuf gtw*nr wits t pftffS'" **
of dirt ready to be placed on the graves. R
Responsible for the sinking, in their w
nrriwte,- tsrtfil? um of vro&fen boxes' P
nmuuuu 1&UL.I& HiMEiduf miwrny ?
liners. The purpose of the liners, either *'
wood or masonry, is to support the
grave sit^ and keep dirt and moisture
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which nesavs have been effective in
domestic violence cases in Forsyth
County. One is the fact that the
district attorney's office will not drop
domestic violence cases after the
complainant presses charges.
"Sometimes the victim is scared and
wants to drop the charges to avoid
further trouble," Tisdale said, "But I
let the defendant know that it's not in
her power to drop the charges, so he
can get mad at me--not her."
The other measure taken in domestic
violence cases is enrolling the
offender in social services classes .
where counseling is given Tisdale
pointed out that in cases where the
battering spouse attends these classes,
there is rarely a second occurence
, w\fi*>. v<5^
i wtt daai Mabcr Ed
voters recruited from the
irned a Little Extra
ive me the "You'd be surprised at the
people who aren't regiser
than I tered. When the registra
ie Conrad came, we invited other
ays wanted workers to come and get
egister, so registered. I went down to
chance." the garage before work and
led that in made a little speech asking
tial elect- them to come. About ten
;d to vote, showed up."
:o since he The class is part of the
;d. Adult Basic Education proabout
it," gram of Forsyth Technical
? Sin kage
ivay from the casket and the body
iside. The wood boxes decay after a
eriod of years and fall apart, causing
The caretakers would like to see the
ty require masonry liners for the grave
>efore the cemetery expands into the
istem section at the bottom of the hill;
awever, citv orooertv management
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jperintendent Harold Bolick said there
re no plans to require the liners.
Opposed tQL_ any requirement for
lasonry liners are the members of the
win City Funeral Directofs Associaon.
"President Carl H. Russell, the
>rmer alderman, said their opposition
based on the extra cost that masonry
ners would mean for their customers.
You've got so many people r>ut there
a mufliwy TTner," &iatd?
ussell. "If they try to require-it, we
ill object to it for the sake of those
concern*** aWmtt tHr- ?
nd thewtifir who don't qualify for a
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s Week Saturday, February 10, 1979
The Roots of Blacks Winston-Salem^-enters the
exciting years of the early 1900a, when black
entrepreneurs were busy building business and tht =
community as a whole was busy building institutions.
Old-time residents give their memories of what it
was like during those years. Their vivid accounts
bring thai not-so-distant "history to life7~As a special ~
treat, we are printing excerpts of an oral history
interview with Odell Clanton, an "85-year-old native
with a sharp memory and keen powers of
The fifth installment of the roots of Black
Winston-Salem begins on page 6
Also, for the first time, we are using actual pictures
dating back to the early 1900s, of black pioneers in
the building of Winston-Salem. There's a picture
page on page 7, which you will find most interesting.
The American system of justice is supposedly based on
the adversary concept ? that the facts of a judicial
hearing could be arrived at through the clash of opposing
The adversaries are supposed to be the plaintiffs and
the defendants. However, in a recent case in the local
District Court, it appeared more that the adversaries
were the defendant versus everybody else.
When his case was called, the defendant, a tall,
extremely slim black man in his late teens, was led
through the side door.
"Take off your hat in this courtroom," pronounced the
judge, and lightening quick, a bailiffs hand snatched the
hat from the defendant's head. ^
Taken a back, the defendant faced the crowd and held
his hands as if to say, *1 didn't get a chance to take it off
myself,' as he was ushered on to the lectern reserved for
defendants. * ' '(
As the court clerk went through the formalities of
swearing him in, the defendant's beltless pants began to
droop. The bailiff, hardly able to hide a snicker, grabbed
the pants by the back pocket to hold them up.
The judge then asked the defendant what was his plea.
The young man responded with a "Huh."
The judge asked, "Can you hear me?"
The defendant replied, "Hear?"
The judge, beginning to get exasperated, asked, "Do
you know where you are?"
The young man raised his arm in a panoramic sweep
around the room, but said nothing.
The judge tried another tack. "The man next to you,
do you know who he is?"
tne youtn loosed at tne saw!, 'He's^ the
The judge then asked, "Can you look at his clothing
and tell me what he is?"
The youth turned and said, "Gun, holster, belt, shirt,
tie..." as he pointed to the various parts of the bailiff's
uniform. Laughter broke out and the judge hanged his
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The judge finally decided to asked the defendant if he ?
wanted a court-app^jnted attorney. The youth nodded
yes'and the case was ^Hjtinued.* The ^outh was led back
OTrnhr^adE'-ifcjor^-? ?? ? ? _
youth won a victory of sorts. But another viewpoint
might be that he was in a no-win situation.
-John Temple ton
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