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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               MORNING, JULY 12, lOTO-gixTYglX PAGES lOc SUNDAY Associated Prea (F) Miss Universe, 70 version Marison Malaret, 20, Puerto Neuvo, P uerlo Rico, right, lets out, Students Find German Border Behind Them, Not in Front FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) One of three American college students told Saturday how they innocently walked through an East German border minefield, spent nearly 36 hours in Communist custody and were forced to buy clothes before being released. In a telephone interview from Hamburg where the three were staying, Douglas J. Terry, 19, of Rockaway, N.J., said, "In the process of looking across the border we ended up across. It was a good experience but I don't think we'll be going back for awhile." Terry, Sanders S. Ergas, 19, also of Rockaway and Steven Stoller, 19, of Scarsdale N.Y., wore driving toward Copenha- gen Thursday afternoon when they slopped at a suburb of the West German Baltic port of Luebeck. "We saw the border right nearby and thought we'd take a look Terry said. "A West German Border guard told us we could look across if we went behind some nearby houses. "We didn't realize a three-foot high iron fence right behind the house was the border so we went across in the direction of a big iron fence about 10-feet high and started to take pictures." He said it didn't occur to them they were in a mined "death strip" of the East German bor- der. Then an East German patrol truck pulled up, Terry said and border guards with automatic weapons forced them into the truck and drove them to a "small military base." The three were searched and a series of interrogations began in which Terry said "they told us we were in trouble and were spies." "They weren't too happy with Terry said, "but we told Mother of Three Drowns in S'water SWEETWATER (RNS) _ A 39-year old mother of three drowned late, Saturday after apparently going for a swim in Lake Sweetwater. The body of Mrs. Pat.sy Jean Frazier was found less than an hour after a search party was formed. Justice of the Peace Ralph Shafer pronounced her dead at p.m. According lo Nolan County Sheriff Joe Slater, Mrs, ftazier was apparently alone al the time. Slater said the lake keeper reported Mrs. Frazier missing about p.m. Two men arriving to join the search party, John Higgins and Dan Lester, found Ihe body in the water about 80 yards from the lake cabin owned by Mrs. Frazier and her husband, Wayne, who is owner of Well Service in Sweelwaicr. Slater said the drowning could have occurred as much as three hours before the body was found. He said Ihcre were no indications of foul play, bul Judge Shafer did order an au- topsy. District Attorney Weldon Kirk aided in the investigation. Funeral is pending with Pat- terson-McCoy Funeral Home here. Surviving are her husband, Wayne L. Frazier; one daugh- ter, Vicki Lynn of Ihe home; Iwo sons, John Boger awl Den- nis Wayne, both of the home. them we were against the war in Vietnam and the U.S. in Cam- bodia." "We are against the Terry said, "but we over exag- gerated it. We saw they liked it so we kepi pushing it." The appearance of the three long-liaired Americans startled Ihe East German policemen and border guards, Terry said. "All I had on was a pair of torn shorts, no shirt or shoes, They couldn't believe it, they were stunned." They spent the night in cells in the East German town of Grcvesmuehlen and Terry said they were cold and the food was bad. Friday morning they were told they would be relumed lo the West thai night but first the police took them into town to buy clothes. "It was clear either we bought clolhes or we didn't go Terry said. "They made us buy worth of clothes each. I got a shirt that felt like it was made of pa- per and Ihese burgundy, iridis- cent panls and some clogs." lliey were taken to the rail- way station Friday night and the East German police made them hand over what was left of I heir few dollars in East German and West German gave them in ex- change candy bars, a hox of cookies, some bubble gum and a bottle of vodka. American consulate officials met them in I.nebeck and ac-. companicd Ihem lo pick up their car that was still parked near the border. Soviets Readying 300 SS9 Rockets WASHINGTON (AP) The Soviets were reported Saturday to have close to 300 giant SS9 missile Jaunchers now ready [at use Or under construction. The new information will have repercussions in the coming de- bate over such mailers as the ABM and the U.S.-Soviel arms- curb talks. The ,SS9s loom large in U.S. strategic calculations because they are rated able to knock out the U.S. Minuteman missiles de- signed to deter the Soviets from laurelling a nuclear war. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird told newsmen Thurs- day the Soviets are proceeding apace with their interconti- nental ballistic missile pro- gram, including new construc- tion, since the U.S.-Soviet stra- tegic arms limitation at Vienna in mid-April. He declined to give figures. Last spring he said 220 SS9s were deployed and 60 were un- der construction. The new U.S. findings, draw- ing heavily on intelligence from seeing-eye supersede various unconfirmed reports in recent months that the Soviets had stopped or slowed down their 1CBM expansion since the SALT talks first began last No- vember. According to U.S. sources the iip-tn-date verified evidence indi- cates: has started on ap- proximately three new SS9 flights. Since each flight has six missiles, this would add about IB to the previous U.S. estimate of 280 SS9s deployed or under construction. least a half-dozen of the 60 KS9 launchers Laird previous- ly listed as under construction have now become operational. Soviets have continued new construction of other ICBMs such as the SS11, a smaller missile comparable to the Minuteman. Unlike the SS11, believed able to carry a one-megaton' (one- million-Ion TNT equivalent) city-busting warhead, the SS9 is rated capable of delivering a 25-megaton warhead or a clus- ter of three five-megaton war- heads accurately enough to de- stroy Minutcmen in hardened silos. Pentagon experts have esti- mated that 420 SS9s, with multi- ple warheads, could knock out 95 per cent of the land- based U.S. ICBMs. Some opponents of the U.S. Safeguard antiballistic missile program had used the earlier reports of a slowdown in the So- viet missile expansion as an ar- gument against President Nix- on's plan to expand the Ameri- can ABM. One major reason for Safeguard is to defend Minute- men against SS9s. CJC Proposes Extension To Meet Abilene's Needs NEWS INDEX Abilene Events 12-A Amusements 10-12-A Attrelogy 3-B Austin Notebook IT-D Berry's Books 13-C Bridge.............. TC-A Business Outlook........6-B Classifieds..........6-11-0 Crossroads Report 3-B Crossword 3-B Doctor's Mailbox 1-B Editorials 12-C Farm...............12-D Hospital Patients....... 4-A Jumble...............3-B Letter ta Servicemen 2-B Markets............4, 5-B Obituaries 6-A Oil..................8-A Records 12-A Sports 1-5-D Texas! 1-B Texas Poll 2-B To Your Good Health 2-B TV Tab (Pullout of Sect. Bl Women's News 1-11, 13, 14-C Chamber of Commerce President Ed Wishcarnper said no action has been taken on a proposal for Cisco Junior College to establish extension courses in Abilene under contractual relationship with the three senior colleges and without an Abilene tax base. Lcland Willis, Cisco Junior College president, submitted the proposal to his board of regents at its monthly meeting Friday. Letters were sent to Abilene Chamber of Commerce officials requesting a meeting with members of the Abilene Council, Study of Higher Education to discuss the proposal. Wishcamper said, "I had a copy of a letter a couple days ago from President Leland Willis, but there has not been time to bring it before the junior college task force and the Chamber Board of Directors. The board would have (he jurisdiction." "1 will bring it (letter) to the attention of the proper chamber authorities at the next opportunity which will he al Ihe July hoard meeting. That board meeting will be July he said. Willis said the plan is dependent upon the disposition of legal questions affecting the use of state money and church- related schools which are now before the stale Attorney Genera! in Austin for a ruling. He said it is also dependent upon Abilene'.s acceptance of what he described as a program that would both satisfy Abilene's need of a community college and prevent a ruinous competition between two junior colleges serving about the same area. If acceptable, the CJC president said, the extension program will give Abilene students an "at home'' community school of Ihe type desired and relieve Abilene of any tax obligation for support. Wishcamper said, "There is no position that the Chamber has taken, and 1 cannot predict what the chamber's position would be. Anything I would do would be after consultation with the Board of Directors." Willis said a similar program for Brownwood was submitted to his regents at the .same time. He added that (he board took a favorable view of the proposal but would have action pending further developments. Cisco Junior College has operated extension courses in Graham, Breckenridge and elsewhere for a number of years nml currently has a technical vocational nursing school project under way in both Abilene and Brownwood. The junior college enrolled almost students last fall. The Chamber of Commerce established a Junior College Task Force upon the recom- mendations of Dr. Jack R. Woolf to the Chamber Board of Direc- tors late in May. Woolf, professor of engi- neering and higher educalian and president emeritus at the Uni- versity of Arlington, repprted that there was a definite need tor a junior college in Abilene and recommended a college task force be formed. He reported Abilene was the only one of 23 metropolitan areas in Texas without a junior college. Winters Child Dies After Drinking Gas WINTERS (RNS) A one- year-old boy died at p.m. Saturday shortly after being taken to North Runnels Hospital in Winters after he drank gaso- line. The child, Coogan Ray Neff, Was being kept by a babysitter while his mother, Mrs. Thelma Neff, was at work when Ihe accident occurred. The chilti (lied about 15 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Henry Bredemeyer, investi- gating police officer, said the gasoline was the remainder of Million Being Sought For State School Buildings The slate Board of Mental Health and Retardation voted Saturday in Austin to ask Ihe legislature for a million construction program at Abilene State school in fiscal 1972-73. The proposed construction would include a warehouse at an administration building for and Ihe million renovation and aircondi- lioning of Ihe ward buildings. Also among the board's requests to Ihe legislature for 1972-73 construction funds were for a ward building and for renovation and aircondilioning of the adminis- tration building at Big Spring Slale Hospital. L. W. Cain, Superintendent of some that had been used to fill a Jawranower and was in a small container in the yard. According to police, the baby- sitter said she had just checker! on the child and had gone back in the house. She looked out the window at the baby, and he seemed to be gagging. After finding that the child drank gasoline, the babysitter got neighbors to take him to the hospital since there was no phone in the home. The hoy was born May 81. 1900, in Ballinger. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Stevens Memorial Chapel in Coleman with burial in Coleman City Cemetery. Survivors besides the mother include two brothers, Ricky and Kenneth, both of the home; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Thompson of Coleman and Mrs. Dora Lee Neff of Baird. Abilene State School, said the school had requested the construction. "We fell it is needed very he said. "We have had numerous meetings and have gone into it with the board. The board had to decide which projects were justifiable. So, we arc very happy that they saw fit to approve ours." The board also approved the renovation and aircondi- tioning of two buildings at the Big Spring institution, already budgeted by (he last legislature for the fiscal year beginning Sepl. i. The architectural firm of Gary and Hnherlz of nig Spring was named to be in charge of the work. Acting MHMR commissioner Earl Scott asked the board for an additional for the nig Spring Slate Hospital budget for the 1970-71 fiscal year, to continue "the outreach" services bejng provided through (he institution. The board agreed and made the request, part of a million request for adcli- lional money for the department for the next fiscal year. The board also gave its stamp of approval on the departments operating budget for fiscal years Among the items was a request for to operate Abilene Stale School in 1072 and for 1973. The new Turn to ABILENK, Pg. 2-A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU IWcalher Map, Pg, 12-DJ ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) Pfiniy cftxjdy and hot Sunday. Sunrfay nigh! ana fViontJay. High bolh days rcrtr 100; fow Sunday niflht 78. Winds Aoulheriy 10 lo 70 m.n.n. TEMPERATURES p.m. B5 64 79 79 80 84 50 91 Hiqh ard for JJ-houri 'ending 9 a.nt.; V) and 79. High and low same dale last year; 102 rkihf: sunrise loday sunset Irnitiht: af p 28 05 al 9 p.m.: 77 per cent. vv. of cliarge of the work. Turn to ABILENK Pg 2-A Austin Hospital Report Shows Abuses By JACK KEEVER menial health Commissionor inrr _, By JACK KEEVER Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) The State Mental Health Board said Satur- day it had "nothing to hide" in issuing a long report of sex, drug abuse and possible mis- Ireatment of patients at the Austin Slate Hospital. "We have no intention of while-washing Chair- man Ward Burke nf Lufkin said just before (he report climaxing a month-long probe of the palient hospital war, made pub- lic. The report, prepared by acting r menial health Commissioner Earl Scott and his legal staff, avoided "undercover" work and relied on interviews with un- named hospital employes and persons who have made charges including patients. The document quoted security E'laids as saying they have witnessed "numerous incidents involving sexual Intercourse be- tween patients" and frequently have discovered patients and former patients "drunk on the hospital grounds." itep. Edmund Jones of Hous- ton appeared al the board meet- ing with a paper sack full of whiskey and beer bottles he said he had picked up on the hospital lawn. He said that lo make cer- tain it was not just an accumula- tion of bottles over a long time he returned wllh a private de- lec'live the next morning and found a whiskey bottle, a beer can and a bottle of cough syrup which contained codiene, a drug. Most of Ihe sexual activity lakes place in the evening afler supper, the report said, but one incident was said to rave oc- curred, during regular working hours. A girl, 16, became pregnant while a patient, claiming the father was a former hospital employe, 19. She said, however, her 50 or 60 meetings with him all look place away from the hospital. "No concrete evidence could be furnished" on the availabil- ity of narcotic and hallucinatory drugs to patients, the report said, but a child care worker al- leged that aspirin and darvon were given Indiscriminately to .naltenls and that the drug cab- inet was not kept locked. Four teen-agers were observed sniffing lighter fluid "until they would fall over and begin lo shake and laugh." At the 70-hed children's psy- chiatric hospital for boys aiid girls aged 5 to 16, patients with "suicidal Icndencics" are strip- ped of (heir cinlhes and placed in "quiet the report said, ft noted, however, that a former employed stated that children without such tendencies had been disrobed and put in the rooms for as long as 30 days. Doctors feel the rooms are necessary to keep the patients alive, the report said, and "they did not believe Ihere was an acceptable alternative method of doing this." The report mentioned two girls being laped togelher at the wrist until they ready lo stop fighting anrl the handcuffing of a deaf mute palient, 12, to an outdoor basketball goal post be- cause her screaming was dis- nipting an entire ward. The girl remained there for H hours, Hie report said, except when she had to go Inside to use the restrootn. Her meals Turn to AUSTIN, Pj. 2-A   

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