Abilene Reporter News, January 17, 1954

Abilene Reporter News

January 17, 1954

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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 17, 1954, Abilene, Texas IPARTLY CLOUDY VOL. LXXIII, No. 215 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" — Byron A$9odmted Preu (AP/ ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 17, 1954—FORTY-EIGHT PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS PRICE DAILY 5c, SUNDAY lOc Wounded C-City Man Charged in Gun Battle Shooting 85-MPH Follows Chose -I« Ä y    A    r    cv,,.    ^    k7 BY KATHARYN DUFF Reporter-Xews State Editor COLORADO CITY, Jan. 16—David W. Leach, 27-year-oId Colorado City police character, was charged with assault with intent to murder here Saturday night as a result of a predawn gun battle with officers. The charge, filed by District Attorney Eldon Mahon, will be investigated by the 32d District Court grand jury here. 2 Hospitalized The pistol fight followed a car wreck which put ex-Police Chief H. S. (Dick) Hickman in the hospital with a broken collar bone. Leach also was hospitalized in Root Hospital here with a bullet wound through his right thigh—as a result of the gun battle.    ^ Leach was with Hickman and another Colorado Citian, Tom Keeling, in Hickman’s car when it overturned about 3:30 ajn. at the mtersection of a bypass from U.S. Highwav 80 and State Highway 101 in the southwest outskirts of Colorado City. Keeling .suffered only minor in-i j«--j    *    k but the policeman opened ^flíe."*^* It's March of Dimes Week in Abilene Major activities of the March , Royd; Optimists. E. L. Crawford; of Dimes drive this week will in- FTrhamyi» r-n»-    t,.    t- dude , ,Mu<ici.l M„xh of Dimr. T.^hange. Cu, McCart> .Ir ■ Kay City Kiwarus. Preston Clark. Jr.; Bomber Nils House; All 3 Crewmen Die hospital after first aid treatment. Leach, alfhouch a bullet from the pistol of Police Sgt. Leon Yea-gar had pierced his thigh, made his escape on foot from the wreckage. He said he walked "about three miles.” ending up about 6 a.m. asking refuee r.t the home of a Colorado City Negro, Mollie j Washington, who lives about 100! yards south of the railway station — about a quarter of a mile from About eight shots were exchanged in the dark, the sergeant said. Leach made his getaway. Patrolmen. Rangers and sheriffs from other counties hurried to Colorado City to set up a hunt for Leach. The anonymous tip on his whereabouts came about 9 a.m. Chief Hulme. Sgt. Yeagar and program over KRBC. the j-ccond annual Polio Blockade a wishing well, and a telethon over KRBC-TV The firv? phase the local polio campaign. dii*ected by H-SC Dean W. T. Walton, gets undcr- » I » M K "’j    Evening    ;    frcMo    murk;i-    slcie»    into    m    house    near captatn.s ; the .Nashville airport and exploded the scene of the wreck and shoot- i Ranker Wood went to the Negro’s ing,    j    cabin and found him. Police, on an anonymous tip, i Mollie, 65 - year-old Negro “who went to the Washington home al>out! said she had known Leach since 19 a.m. and captured Leach with-1 he was a little boj.” said he out an>' fireworks. ‘Hickman's Cun’ Police Chief Sam ilulme See C-CITY, Pg. 8-A. Cols. 1-2 *T WAS GONX.A GIVE UP, JESS”—Howard Sheriff Jess Slaughter, who was wanting to question David Leach in connection with a robbery in Big Spring, joined in the seaicu for the Colorado Citian. He is shown here questioning him at Root Hospital. (Staff photo by David Barros), for vh,ch ,ro ,0 bo „.mod. | sold Co-ed> from the four major Abi-» member*, lene schools will be asked to help The house was badly burned, but Vay this afternoon when Radio "iih the fund raising. Bald-J the occupants escaped .serious in- Station KRBC conducts a s;>ccial program from 1 30 to 5 p. m. During the prxigram. cars will l>e stationed throughout the city to pick up contr butioiis from any-one who will telephone the station asking the service. Wishing Well Beginning Tue,>day nunning. Abi-Icniaiis u ill have a chance to make some wishes as they contribute their money in wishing well fashion The well will be located at North 2ml and i’ine Street. Bert Chapman, who is chairman of the special committee, has announced The wi.shing well wiil be in operation through Friday with the Rotary. Exchange. Civitan. .\bilene Kiwanis. Scriuma. and the Optimist Clubs serving as ,s|>on- i sors.    i John Reiishaw, program mana-' gcr of KRBC-I N . announced that j Saturday night beginnmg at 8 p m. his station will sponsor a telethon to raise a goal of SS.tkXK Radio Station KRBC will carry the program begumiiig at j 10 p.m., Rt'iishaw said.    j The second annual Polio Block- ' ade of 11 major intersections in , the Key City will be thrown up Sstuniay from 8 i. m. to 6 p, | m. by mcmlH is of nine local men's service ilidis and ctveds : from Abilene High School and the three colleges. These Robin HtKxis of the March of IMmes will flag each car that comes to their intersections and ask all of its wcupants to contribute to the iHilio dn\c Each car that stop.s and contri-: butes will be given a windshield tag, which w ill be that car’.« free I pass through all polio blockades I for the remainder of the day. Netted S6.200 Vic Baldridge, chairman of the blockade next Saturday, said that the s>steih was highly successful la.st year, aceounting for more than S6,200 in contributions to the local .March of Dimes drive Ahilene*.s blot kade netted the most funds, lu'r eapit.y-wise, of; • ii cities which used the idea last * year, H.ildridge reiKirted * t)n the basis of windshield , ridge said. jjurj-. Mrs. Lewis Huggins, about 40. was released from a Nashville the former police chief. Hickman, told him the gun leach used in the shooting belonged to hiim I^ach is wanted on a forgery» charge in Big .Spring, on a swindle charge in Odessa, for questioning in connection with an armed robbery in Big Spring and on a theft hospital after treatment for minor I charge at Garden City. Ranger John Wood of Midland said. This is the second time within a month that Leach has been wounded by a policeman’s fire. The other time — which actually’ led to this newest episode — was the .Saturday before Christmas in Big Spring. Howard County Sheriff Jess Headquarters for the polio blockade .u-e at the Coca-Cola Botding Company. Blockade captains are to report there at 7:30 a. m. Saturday for materials and instructions for their intersections. Fund.s received will come in to blockade headquarters every two hours and a running account of the returns will be available for press, radio, and television, as the irDimcs*’treTsuror“F7ed L    '    arrivV.’described    |ioin ’    •    the scene this way:    |    the    manhunt    and    stayed    to    ques- —    '    "The    house was on fire and the    I>»ach. said he had wanted to    ; plane was scattered to smithereens    l^e    armed    robbery    ^ over about a three-quarter-mile !    Vernon    luquor    Store    there! area. The largest part of any of ; Injvhich an armed man took about the victims I saw was a section of , 5l"0. a man from the waist up. The rest *    Slaughter had i.ssucd « pickup was just a jumble of torn feet,    «»d since that time hands and leg.s"    Colorado    City police had been The Sewiirt Air Force Base public vvalchlng for him. information office .said the plane    Dennis Holdup injuries and shock, Huggins, who was in the back yard when the plane crashed, rushed inside the house as it was sprayed with burning gasoline to rescue his wife and her father, Zaik Boner. 79. Describes Scene Charlie Davis, fire and police chief at nearby Donelson, who was MAYOR URGES DIMES SUPPORT Mayor C. E. Gatlin in a proclamation Ks.sucd Saturday called on Abilene citizens lo give wholehearted support to March of Dimes activities scheduled the rest of January. • Inasmuch as the .March of Dunes is the only .source of income to carry on the battle against ixdio” Mayor Gatlin declared. ”1 take this means of urging the citizens of .Abilene to give their utmost coo{>eration, in time and money, to Insure that the present financial campaign in Taylor County* is a success." He cited the KRBC .Musical March of Dimes Sunday from 1:3d to 5 p. m.; the wishing well to l>e otH'rated downtown Tuesday through Friday, the I’olio Blockade Satuixlay and the KKBC-TV Telethon Saturday night. was returning to Sewart from a mi.s.sion lo Shaw .\ir Force Rase, S. C .Sewart i.s about 15 miles .soutlu’ast of the Nashville field. Names of the victims were withheld pending notification of relatives. Raported No Trouble The Sewart spoke.srnan said the pilot had reported no trouble In a radio contact with the Nashville range station 14 minutes beforo the cra.sh. .\nother B26 had arrived at Sewart a few minutes before and made a safe letdown from a 1.100-foot overcast, he said. The Weather Bureau reported light icing conditions in the clouds, but there was no indication that this had anything to do with the crash. .A board of .Air Force of ficers Is investigating. Austin Crash Fatal To Abilene Jet Pilot I,each told officers and repKiriers of complicated cvent.s that day in j Big Spring — admitting to a forgery* and to theft of a pistol, but emphatieally denying any knowledge of the liquor store hold- . up.    . About 30 minutes after the stick-1 up. a Big Spring policeman. Var-1 nell Johnson, beg»n questioning i l.^ach in a bus station. The police-' man. I^each said, pulled a gun. j I^each had a gun — a new one he said he had "lifted that morning" from Holman Service Station. a .38 Super. "The — thing was empty.*’ he said. As Leach fled, the Big Spring ptvliceman shot, the bullet going through the fleeing man's right foot. "How did you finally get away." Sheriff Slaughter asked. "Hopped into the back of a «low moving truck." I,each explained. I Since then, l^ach has been hunt- \ ed He said he never got meoical aid for his fool. Hickman Mum on Arrival in Abilene By DAVE BRÜMBEAU Dick Hickman, who was "law" in Colorado City for about 34 years before he was fired in 1951. was in Hendrick Memorial Hospital here last night. But his account of what happened In an auto chase and gun battle at Colorado City early Saturday morning wasn’t known by the press. I ".Are you telling me I’m commit-the I ting murder by taking Hickman’s piciure? ' asked the photographer. "No. of .course not." said Dixon. "Don't you think it would be sensible to let Mr. Hickman tell what happened after he is cleaned up?” the newsman asked Dixon. “Not today’. Tomorrow, maybe,” said Dixon. Hickman did not have difficulty Hickman rofused to see news- t in getting from the car and walking EX-4 HIEF DICK HICKMAN .1951 photo—no pictures allowed now SEARCH DROPPED Snyder Mon Accused Of Attack on Wife An Abilene Jet pilot. Capt. lUv belt Harold Ward, 31, stationed at Tyndal Air Force Base, Fla., ■ was killed Saturday’ shorily after noon in the crash of his T-33 pa.vses given last year," he said.    near    Berg.strom    AFB. it s a eon.servati\e estimate that nioie than 18.(kK) Ablleni.ins were |    Waid    wa« the    son of Mr. contacted through the polio block ,    ¡p    ^vard.    2133    Swcn- •de. That Is tlie number of pass- i ♦» that were useil in the bhuk- ,    ^    member of the    3d2.Sth ade operation, he rejHirfed. aiul niaiiY of the eai > yielded mor«* Ihan oiie coiiti ibiiiion. Vou mlght think the polio bloek-ade would snarl \blleiie traifu Not so, .says Ba'Jrhlge. Not a aingle íiieideiit of irafíic eonfu- Fighter Group at Tyndal .AFB and a veteran of almost 14 year* in the service and active re.ierve. H'.s wite and two small *oii.s live at Tyndal, near Panama City, Fla The jet trainer crashed about •!on or unreasonable tie-up was five miles north of Bergstrom and reiHjrted during last year’s OiHua- atmut one-half mile east of Austin tion Stop.    '    Ju.st    after take-off, according to "W’e hava discm-ised the block-, the Asswiated Press, SNYDER. Jan 16. (RNS> — Of- statement to him and County At-WherealwutiTof the iun stolen »t 1    dropped    iheir    search    here,toraey WayUnd Holt and the as- Bi, sprin, 1., ,,1.1 .    ,0    p..    I    ch.rg,    tll.-d    T.cr    ,h» woman, who claimed she w as at-^'*** taken. t.icked by two Spani.sh - speaking; Saturday morning Blalock lepud-men. made a statement and wasjiated his statement. He was recharged with aggravated »ssault j    bond    just after !„oon Sjturd.y. men at Hendrick, where he was brought shortly after dinner. A new’sman met Hickman and two men accompanying him outside tbe hospital as they arrived. One of the men who brought Hickman to Abilene said Hickman would see reporters Sunday and "you can have all the picture you want.” The man at first refused to give his name to a newsman. He later was identified as E. B. Dixon, a brother-in-law of Hickman. .A second man also wa§ w'ith Dixon and Hickman when they arrived at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. His name also was given as Dixon but he refused to say if he was related to Hickman or how his name is spelled. "Spell it anyway you like." he ripp^. "This is none of your business.” The Dixons threw themselves between Hickman and a photographer to prevent pictures being made of the former Colorado City ‘ chief of police.    j "You’ll get p.ctures over my | dead body." said E. B. Dixon, : "You better watch it, Buddy, i Just go ahead and do it." said the ' other man in a choked voice a.<< ; he placed himself between the • camera and Hickman.    ; into the emergency entrance hall at Hendrick Memorial Hospital. Ha walked to a chair and sat down. Fred Higginbotham. Hendrick Hospital assistant administrator, met the trio. "I’U have to have your name for the hospital.” said Higginbotham. Dixon gave his name. "Is this man under custody or charged?” Higginbotham asked. “No. Not at all. .Nothing Ilka that," said Dixon and laughed m9> mentarilj’. Hickman, himself, looked at tha reporter but said nothing. The reporter asked. "Wouldn’t Mr. Hickman like to tell what happened. Surely he wants to . "A’ou're just like all the rest," said Dixon. "Can’t you wait?” Norther's Edge Hits Abilene lice. Colorado City pcUice said they had believed the man was in Cokv racki Cit.v, at lea.st part of the lime since. Foiiowad Car Early Saturday mormng. Sgt. Yeagar THE WEATHER Î Sheriff Homer Whisnand said ¡    , Kenneth Gerald Blalock. 29, a* The investigation started after > eagar »aid, he    and 1'strolman j    «»ation    attendant    made    •    i    his    wife    told officers sha was at Melvin Browne    noticed Hitk- *^"'*"'    "    attendant,    made    a    ,    ^ man.s ear, with    j. and Hickman a pas.senger, on a downtown Colorado Cit.v street. "On a hunch" they’ followed R to Keeling’s home, nie sergeant; had called another patnd car. driv-' eii by David ShackeifoiM. to ffic! scene. The patrol cars parked, turned off their lights and waited "They went into the house and we saw them come out wiih Leach." Sgt A'eargar said NEWS INDEX - I alone at her home about 9 45 p.m. * Thursday. Her husband, who works I’. *. DVF.SaTWKNT Or C'U.MWIRCE WE.STMKR at RFAl' ABIUENK A.VD VlCINrXY — Partly cloudy iuRday. Sunday ntfht and Monday: no imporUint Umptratura chaugra, mait-muni Sunday near «0. mbUmum Sunday Blfht SS: mui'.mum Monday «0 NOR PH CkNTRAL TEXAS- ParUf Cloudy, not to cold tn north {Kvriloo. Sunday : Monday. parUy cloudy and nos much ehangi- la ttmparatura. WEST TKXAS Clear lo parUy cloudy: !at lught. was away. Tlie couple ^^^cowta Pan^Ldl; f ha.s no children. ^^e chase started then, a chase wmlch ade with the .Abilene Police Dt»- Eartment," Baldridge satd. "and ava »«cured their full approval and co<H>eratlon with the undertaking." Sarvic« Clubs Halp Abilene men’s service rlubs which will participate In the ih»-llo blockade, and the hlockada captain for each, are Klwanl*. Ocorga Brown; Uoii'a Dub, Fred IB* sister, .Mrs. Patricia Ward Warwick, who lives wiih their parents. said that cause of the crash was thought to have been mechanical difficulty. Capt. Wtnl’a family in Abilene was notified of his death about 6 p. m. Satimlay with a call from his wife in Florida. A graduate of Abilene High School, Capt. Waixl Joined tha Na-i CAPT. ROBERT H. WARD , . . mechanical trouble Uonal Guaiti at 1« In 1938. He was called to the Army on Nov. 18. 194(1. After transferring into the Army Air Corps in 1942. he receixed hit wings In 1943 and served as an 8«a CRASH« Rf. S-A, Col. S took off west on Highway 80 j and built up to an 85 mpU race. \ The fleeing car turneil oft soutn on the hypa.ss to Slate 101 it flipped when It tried to make the curve onto the state highway. Yeagar said he posted patrolman at either tide, then went to the j overtunied auto He helped Hick-1 man out, and Keeling followed. ' •Stick 'Em Up’    ' When Leach came out of the wreckage ha had his hand on his gun, the policemso aaid. Ltach or- Reed Runner Fof# 2 Letters to Editor S Oil Newt 10-11 SECTION i Highway Imprevemcntt 1 Jwniur Mut(ci«n> . 1 City Relitic* 1 Hauting Newt ____ 2 CliureH Newt . . . . 4 Iditartalt ... _____ 4 ieek Review t ____ 7 SECTION C Hatkell Haitiet ... 1 Rath ion« bly Speaking ... 4 Naweamart 7 Gardan Tapt'ct .....7 Nallywood ioauty . , , . • Campus Chettor ... .....f Abikina Artist f Amutomants 10-11 SECTION 0 Sports 1. 1- 1 Farm Nows ......... ... 7-8 uon oJ Sk'uUi Pl«ins Sund«). Monday, ■    J    .L    t    1    J    .    .    i    i>arUy cloudv and culdtr la Panhandlp. I Nhe >aid the men knocked her to j east tfxas aoudy to patUy cloudy : the ftiHir and stoiupt d on her siom-i and coatiauod cool Sunday a Unia war>u-lach until site was u,H-onscious. i ” on the ivaat Hmvn'.’-ng »outh«a*ur,y Mon- I When .she i-estaincil consciousne.s.s, i u,j- jthc men had Ictl. she said. She i socth cixtral Texas ParUy ,» ,i.e ,oi,.pho„, ...u' •a-<* to ra.'i ainds on tha roaat bccomlDi aouthaaaivrly Monday telephone and I called police, she said. The woman was able to gi\e of-liccr.s Utile descripti-oa of the men ! sai because the only Ugotiiig at the house during the incident came from a gas heater, she said. %. M. Ti.wr«a\TiaEs Sat New Plotoons Heod For Certnon Service P M 42 90 9d 9« HEIDELBERG, liermany, Jan. 16 uft—The I S. .Army has announced the first two platoons of American soldiers trained under a ,    .    .    .    _____ new sy stem as a untt for overseas ! i si a. m., aunaai toniahi S M a n , - •* V« .    1 ovrraca* »«rowiattr randta« «t • M a. at lilt. service wiU arrive next month. i »tisuv« aunuatiy at • M 9. m. m%7 1 M 9 Mi a 10 • M .. S3« ...... • 30 1 30 s ao ....... • 30    ... 10 le ..... u M It M High «Ml to« tamparaturaa tor to-Qoura •odlng at • 30 «. m Si and M High aiul low tampotaturaa aama dato laat yaar M and It SunMt laat aifhl S t1 ». m.. ttuarim Uh 48 4‘. 4J 41 Abilene enjoyed balmy weather Saturday and more of the same was due Sunday after a freefing dry norther in a surpri.se move suddenly veered east while rushing down out of the Panhandle Friday night straight for thi.s area The leading edge of the norther ' came dose to .Abilene, so close that the western edge of the cold air which followed it was between Cisco and Abdeue Saturday night, the U. S. Weather Bureau at Municipal Airport said. The weatherman estimated Cisco’s maximum temperature Saturday was a cool 38 degiees, compared to a high of 58 degrees in Abilene, which wa* missetl by the norther by only a few miles. Two vast forces combined to push and suck the norther enough that it missed here, the weather-mau >aul. •A high pres'.ure area In Texas did the pushing. A low pre.smre in the Northeast did the .sucking. "We were just barely nussed.” the weatherman .said "Vou might say we were in the fringe area,” .Although the veering dry norther mis.sed Abilene, the mercury dropjwd to 30 tlegree* early Saturday The Imv Sunday night was ex- , pet ted to be 33. A high of 60 was I forecast for Sunday and Monday. Gent Tierney Bock LOS ANGELES UB — Acirass Gene Tierney, who has retumad to Hollywood after thraa years in France, plans to mska a agovto and than go back to Farta. ;

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