Milestones: Aug. 12, 1985

RETIRED. William J. Obanhein, 60, tough, taciturn police officer in his native Stock-bridge, Mass., made reluctantly famous when he arrested visiting Folk Singer Arlo Guthrie for littering on Thanksgiving Day 1965, thereby becoming the heavy, "Officer Obie," in Guthrie's talking blues epic, Alice's Restaurant, and in the 1969 hit film in which each played himself; from his position as chief after 34 years on the force because, he said, of his frustration with the courts and smalltown politics; in Stockbridge. Obie and Guthrie, a resident of nearby Washington, Mass., became friends after the clash over trash.

DIED. Herbert Scoville Jr., 70,...

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