Abilene Reporter News, May 25, 1962

Abilene Reporter News

May 25, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR EXACTLY AS IT 81ST YEAR, NO. 342 ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS (ff Astronaut on Ship After Missing Area Disaster Seems Near for While By BEM PRICE CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Earl Lee overshot his landing area by 250 miles arid had to be rescued by jet helicopter. For a fearful 35 minutes, while he was out of radio contact with the world, it appeared the space operation might be on the verge of a disaster, but the Navy .lieu- tenant commander was soon dis- covered serene and well on a Life raft, his Aurora 7 spaceship float- ing nearby. Subsequently, in a telephone conversation with President Ken- nedy from the aircraft carrier Intrepid, Carpenter said, "My apologies for not having aimed a little bit better on re-entry." His rescue from the rubber raft bobbing in a flat calm sea about miles southeast of here came shortly after p.m. At that time he had been gone from Cape Canaveral for seven hom-s and 45 minutes. The astronaut, 37, apparently had been floating on his raft since he landed about p.m. Carpenter's wife, Rene, 33, and their four children made history of a sort by watching the actuai launching from the beach hove, something no other astronaut wife has ever done. .At a news conference Thursday night, the blonde, green-eyed Mrs. Carpenter told reporters: "Not once in the past three years would f have had Scott do anything less than he did The news that Carpenter had been sighted came shortly after p.m. from a Navy patrol Skaggs St., 32, mechanic in an Abilene garage, was fatally in- jured Thursday evening when a car on which he was working at bomber. The Coast Guard at the Virgin Island said he came down off Anegada Island, 19 degrees and his home here slipped off a jack 29 minutes north latitude and and crushed his body. The acci- ?eerf and one-half minute wes' longitude, dent occurred about 7 p.m. Mr. Skaggs was rushed by Bailey ambulance to Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Born Sept. 6, Abilene he had lived in'Clyde for the past two years, moving here from Abilene. He was employed by Ross Motor Service in Abilene. Funeral is pending at Bailey Funeral Home here. Surviving are his wife and two sons, Earl tee Jr. and Harold Eugene, all of the home; his mother, Mrs. Belle Stephenson of toon; one brother, L. L. Skaggs of Hamlin; a half brother, Charles Stephenson of Stamford, and four stepbrothers. At a pos' launch news confer- ence the Project Mercury opera- tions director, Walter C. Wiliiams, Tornado In Throck Area Unconfirmed Light hail and rain fell at Throckmorton Thursday evening and Abilene's U.S. Weather Bureau picked up radar echoes of possible tornadic activity in that area. Chief Meteorologist C. E. Sitch- ler said echoes showed an indi- cation of a tornado in the area from Fort Griffin to Throckmor- ton, with hail and high winds. However, a report of a tornado in the sparsely-settled area was not confirmed. Thundershowcrs, first reported 10 miles east of Haskell and mov- ing cast, dissipated after passing from to five miles south of Throckmorton, At Snyder, the temperature reached a sizzling 105 degrees, one degree higher than the previous day's maximum wading: The forecast for this area calls (or chance of scattered thun- dershower.4 Friday and Saturday with a high both days of M-1W and low Friday night of 70, Thursday's wai H, tin low said the overshoot resulted be- cause the spaceship was not in a proper attitude when the bi'ak'jig rockets fired. Williams said it came in at a much shallower angle than planned and instead of being tilted at an angle of 34 degrees to the horizon was actually in- clined between 24 and 26 degrees. This, he said, caused it, in ef- fect to skid aiong at a less steep re-entry angle. As soor, as the news was layed to Kennedy that Carpenter was safe aboard the Intrepid, the President called him bj telephone and said, "I'm glad you got picked up in good shape, jnd we want to tell you that are for you and send the very best luck to you and to your wife." Carpenter then offered his apol-. ogies. The White House revealed that Kennedy had authorized the Na- tional Aeronautics and Space Ad- ministration to award Carpenter the space agency's Distinguished Service Medal. While he was in the water, two paramedics medical technician jumped to his aid from a plane in event he was injured and to affix a rubber float to the space capsule. They were rescued by another helicopter; To get Carpenter into them'the" aTh, ASTRONAUT'S WIFE Mrs. Rene Carpenter, blonde wife of astronaut Scott Navy skin divers dove from the Carpenter, radiates happiness as she appeared at a news conference at Cocoa helicopter to his assistance. They Beacn) Thursday night after her husband's successful orbital flight. (Af iee FLIGHT, Pg. s-A, Col. 4 ________________________ Angelo Man Held In Ballinger Kidnapping By WII.BERT WIGGS Reporter-News Staff Writer kidnapping here Thursday in the alleged abduction of attractive BALLINGER A 27 year -old shelia Allen, a 9-year-old third 1 San Angelo man was charged with gratjer. Richard Edward Powell was committed to the Runnels County jail in lieu of a bond set .by Justice of the Peace Earl A. Cope. Sheriff Don Atkins said there is a possibility that additional charg- es could be filed against the crip- pled Korean War veteran in Coke County, where he was arrested about three hours after the alleg- ed abduction. Atkins and other officials quiz- zed Powell more than an hour after the man was brought here following the arrest. Atkins said Powell signed a statement admit- ting he abducted the girl. Officials said a "series of lucky breaks" led to Shelia being found and an arrest. Powell was arrested without re- sistance by Coke County Deputy Sheriff Jesse Parker and City Marshal Constable Oscar Ren- shaw, both of Bronte. The Coke County officials, said they were led to Powell by an unidentified member of the Air Force who was slopped as a pos- sible suspect. Renshaw said the airman was VICTIM OF KIDNAPPING Shelia Allen, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Allen of Ballinger, hugs her Shetland pony, "Whipped after she wu returned home after being kidnapped as she walked near Ballinger Elementary School. Shelia was found Mfe more than three hours after a stringer lured her into his car. (Staff Photo by Henry Wolff) WEATHER U. S. HEI'ARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU Map. Pale ABILKNK AND VICINITY (Radius 40 miles) Partly cloudy and warm Fri- day and Saturday. for Mattered thundershowcrs both evenfniw. HUh both days Jxiw Friday night NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS: Clear to nartlv cloudy and warm Friday anrt Sat- urdav. Isolated late High M-S7 NORTHEAST TrXAS: Partly cloudy and warm Friday ar.d Saturday. High Friday IU-94. NORTHWEST TEXAS: Clear In partly cloudy and a lew iate Inunderttorim Frt 1M ITlan. 77 71 S Hgjk HiC low for p.nv: W afti IB. k M nllht: Mhr> reiatfll II X I f.m.: II f MM, stopped because only he and a young girl were in his car. "The car didn't fit the descrip- tion we Renshaw told a Re- porter News newsman, "but we figured he might. have changed cars or something." Renshaw said the airman identi- fied the girl with him as his daugh- ter, but recalled having seen the wanted car carrying a man and girl during his drive. The officer said the airman then led him and Parker to a point three miles east of Bronte and about a halt mile north of State Highway 158, where Powell and the girl were found. Several officials aiding in the search said stopping of the un- identified airman was "just one of the breaks" they had in the They said the first came shortly after an alarm was spread. It came from Steven Everett, anoth- er 9-yeaf-old third grader who at- tends the same school as Shelia. First Lead Steven was the first lead offi- cers had on the car driven by Powell. The youngster told school and police officials the man drove a black and yellow Pontiac. School Principal E. B. Blackburn said the boy repeatedly insisted the car was a Pontiac. "I saw the name on the front of he told officials when asked why he was so certain about the car. It developed his family has the same model car. Atkins said the alleged abduc- tion occurred about a.m. See BALUNGER, Pg. 5-A, Col. 1 OVER PROTESTS Sayles Parking Ban Now Law By BILL McAHA Reporter-News Staff Writer Abilene city commissioners Thursday withstood a diversified barrage of criticism resulting from traffic controls along a section of Sayles Blvd., then agreed unani- mously to write the controversial limited parking ban into law. In response to pleas fram the critics, commissioners also agreed to direct Police Chief Warren Odd- son to tighten enforcement of speed limits along the tree-lined boulevard. And there were strong indica- tions from commission discussion that the street will be widened be- tween S. 9th and S. itth Sts. in conjunction with major redesign of the Saytas-N. lut-N. 2nd SU. intersection. Another thorn in the sides of Sayles people, the 10 mph school nne affecting S. nth St., will he ifftwvfcd Monday Tr flc Endow Bud Taylor i promised. Other commission news li-A, 4-A, 4-B The. ordinance puts into W city's law books parking prohibi- tions on the west side of Sayles between S. 9th and S. 14th SW. between 4 and 8 p.m. on week- days and OP. the east side of Sayles from 7. to a.m. About a dozen women resi- dents of Sayles appeared at NO, i-A, Cd. I NEWS INDEX UCTIOH t ;

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