Saturday, September 12, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1970, Abilene, Texas 10 DaMMMK Trinity 6Jtokord IJHamiin" "o !8 (Winters 21 6jHamlin 28 Anson 45 Breck 12 Cross Plains 25 Haskell 20 Ballinger 38 Baylor 0 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT nfiTlTT y So neor, yet so far A study hi incongruity now graces the local scene at Ninth and Vine streets in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The picture tells the story. (AP Wirephoto) Coast Braces for Ella BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (AP) _ Hurricane Ella appeared head- ing for the Tampico area of the Mexican Gulf Coast late Friday with of 100 miles per hour and tides up to 8 feet. The eralic storm was ex- pected lo make landfal! before midnight about 50 100 miles south of tliis southernmost Tex- as city, the Weather Bureau said In its 5 p.m. advisory. Gale warnings and a hurricane watch were in effect north of Brownsville to Port Aransas with a hurricane watcli continued on the rest of the Texas coast. Tides of 5 lo 8 feet were ex- pected in Uie Brownsville-Port Isabel area with gale force winds as far north as Port Aransas early in the night. Tides up to 8 feet were expected in the Brownsville area as Ella moved inland along with heavy rains of 6 to 8 inches. In the patli of Ihc storm are the Lower Hio Grande Valley's rich citrus crops. The Texas Gulf Coast still has not fully recovered from Ihe bat- tering of Hurricane Celia, which hit the'Corpus Christ! area Aug. 3. Brownsville is 150 miles south of Corpus Christi. Refugees clogged slreels and highways as they fled from the storm area. Rescue and relief teams rushed into the Lower Rio Grande Valley, where Browns- ville and dozens of her Texas communities sit in a rich, semi- tropical agricultural region. "It's been such a short time since Hurricane Celia it seems we just went home and had a good sleep and had to come said an official at dis- aster headquarters in Austin, the state capital. The National Guard was told to be ready to move when need- ed. Weather observers estimated Ella's winds at 90 miles per hour while she still was well at sea, with tides as high as eight feet above normal. Ella first gained notice when she moved across a tip of Mex- ico's Yucatan Peninsula Thurs- day, moving forward at a mere 10 m.p.h. and with winds under Comanche Escapee Nibbed in De Leon hurricane force of 75 m.p.h. Tiie disturbance turned into a hurricane later Thursday and speeded its forward move- ment to 20 m.p.h. It slowed slightly Friday morning and its wind strength increased. The decrease in Ella's forward movement caused the Weather Bureau lo estimate arrival lime several hours laic rthan first predicted. Many of the hurricane refu- gees went only a short distance low-lying Port Isabel and South Padre Island inland to Harlingen and Rio Grande City. Tiie Weather Bureau warned mobile home residents as far as 50 miles inland to seek safety. Long lines of care formed at gasoline stations, the vehicles filled with children, clotlung and dogs. Even those not leaving the area filled their gas tanks, for if electric failed, gas sta- tion pumps would not function. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department put 18 boats on trailers ready to head for the Valley for rescue service. Two parks department planes were standing by. NEWS INDEX Amusements.......... 4A Astrology 8D Bridge 8A Church 4, 5C Classified 3-7D Comics 6, 7C Editorials ..............2D Form Markets 8, 9C Obituaries 3A Oil 9A Sports 1-7B TV Loo 6A IV Scour 6A Women's News 3C NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) Six- ty-two freed hijack hostages, mostly American women and children, arrived in Nicosia on Friday night with talcs of a ter- ror-filled existence under tiie guns of Palestinian guerrillas. Their plane was hijacked last weekend and brought to a de- sert airstrip in Jordan. They were laken to Amman several days ago and flown to Cyprus on Friday by a Jioyal Jordanian plane. Cyprus heallh authorities immediately checked the weary, bewildered arrivals for cholera vaccinations. A teen-age American girl who did not give her name said, "It was a terrible experience, espe- COMANCHE (HNS) Billy Wayne Scott, 17, of De Leon, one of the Iwo Jiieti who escaped from the Comanche County Jail early Thursday, was appre- hended in De at a.m. Friday by I he Comanche sheriff's department. A department spokesman said Scott did not resist arrest and was alone. The other escapee, Stephen Olho Sanders, 23, of Gorman, was still at large. The Taylor County Sheriff's office said Jalc Friday night that Comanche authorities had re- quested a watch for Sanders in this area. However, Abilene Police Capt. Edwin O'Dell said the only evidence local authorities have that Sanders may be here is that the stolen car the men used in Ihcir escape was found on a gravel road off State 38 near Abilene. The Comanche spokesman said Scolt apparently used a steel bar to knock off a window lock in his cell. He then climbed through a six-inch space between the ceiling and the window lo Ihe next floor, where lie found keys lo open Sanders' cell. Scott told sheriff's deputies the men picked up a woman in Comanche and drove toward Abilene in a stolen car. When tlic car broke down, Sanders left walking toward Abilene. Scolt and the woman hitchhiked back to Comanche. Sanders was being held for auto theft, and Scott had been jailed as a delinquent after breaking his parole from Gates- ville School for Boys. Scolt had a previous escape from the county jail on his record. Ranger Voters Will Decide Again on Proposed Hospital RANGER (RNS) Citizens of Ranger will htild a special cleelion Salurclay concerning (he proposed Ranger Hospital Voting will be hold at the Ranger Rccrc-alinn Building be- tween 8 a.m. lo 7 p.m. Judge will he Don Adams with Airs Iris Hummcll as alternate judge. An election was held May 24, 1969, and voters approved the hospilal district by a Iwo-to-onc majority. The election was con- tested and was thrown out by the of a recent Su- preme Court ruling concerning eligibility of voters in such elec- tions. The proposed hospital will cos! ahoul Citizens also will he voting on a bond issue to help pay for the hospital. Local citizens have already raised over in pledges and money towards IhD hospital and have received a promise of a grant from the Federal Government if Ihc election carries. The City of Ranger has also applied for a grant from Hill-Burton, federal agency. Also on the ballot will he the election of .seven members of Ihe hospilal board of directors. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arab guerrillas sent 62 hijack victims to Cyprus and freedom Friday and moved 23 other host- age air travelers from desert captivity to hotels in Amman. The fate of more lhan 240 re- maining hostages, held under armed guard aboard three jetli- ners, was uncertain early Satur- day. In Beirut, Lebanon, the guer- rillas' Central Committee re- ported that buses left Amman late Friday for the jetliners, parked at a military airstrip 25 miles away, to pick up the host- ages. But there was no word from the scene that the operation of transferring the hostages from the planes to the buses had started, Nor was there information on developments in a key issue of the guerrillas' de- mand for freedom for Arab commandos jailed abroad. The guerrillas want the re- lease of seven guerrillas jailed in Britain, Switzerland and West Gemnany and the repatriation, of all guerrilla prisoners in Is- rael, In exchange for the host- ages. Israel has refused to ne- gotiate and other governments have demanded the freedom of all the hijack victims, including Israeli nationals. Hostage cialty the hijacking "There was panic on plane. "They wouldn't let us go to the bathroom and there was no food." "It was terrible landing at the desert airstrip. Some women fainted. On the plane there was no air and toilets wouldn't flush. We couldn't move very much and people were very tense and couldn't sleep, "Commandos were walking up and down with guns. "In Amman it was very frightening. "There was a lot of shooting and shelling and we were lying on the floor and corridors crying." Fourteen-year-old Jo Sykes from Vermont proudly showed cameramen a couple of bullets which he said he dug out of the walls of the sixth-floor room of liis hotel in Amman. An elderly Jewish woman who refused lo give her name said, "I am glad that everything is all over, but it was a terrible ex- perience. "In Amman they were very nice. We had to deal with the government, not commandos." American Ambassador David Popper and embassy staff were at the airport to help the re- leased hostages. The passengers looked dishe- veled as they disembarked from a Jordanian airlines Cara- vclle which was chartered by the International Red Cross. They carried few belongings. One Hed Cross official said: "I'.ven now, though clear of .lor- they are nervous in case the long arm of the guerrillas can still reach them." the Computer Taxes' Councilmen By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Slafl Writer At first It looked rather bad a city councilman owing the city back taxes? A city department head, too? And finally, the mayor himself? said the councilman. And as It turned out, the list was wrong. The names had been changed...In this case protecting the guilty, although unintentionally. What happened was that the Abilene City Council recently was golnj over a approval of deletions from several tax rolls. The lists were of taxes which had been determined uncollectable due lo such circumstances as being unable to locale the per- son. And the reason the city of- ficials were on (he list, along with a host of other prominent Abilenlans, was because the city's computer was incorrectly programmed. It selected one name above Uie name on the list which should have been selected from the dly Ux rolls. "Everything else on the list was said Fred Smith, <tata processing director, "including the account numbers, Ihe amount of money owcil, the type of tax owed am! reason for the deletion." Smith explained that the city did not go by the names but by the account numbers, and that the names hart been added to the list only lo aid the coundlmen or whoever had reason lo see the list. So, except for Ihe momentary confusion and disbelief, no harm was done. In fact, laughter often filled the room. The first to find his name was Councilman Joel Applcton. "Hey, my name's on he said, within range of the tele- vision camera and microphone as a film of the meeting was be- ing made for viewing later In the day. "I've got my canceled check to prove Appleton said, adding, "at least my wife was supposed to have paid It." While others searched for and found names of friends, Apple- ton whispered to a reporter, "Pssst. Bob's name Is on here too." (Bob Armlstead, assivant city editor of The Reporter- News and former city hall Reading the code number for why his tax could not be col- lected, Appleton shook his head. "Unablt lo locate" was the apparent reason. "Some of my neighbors are on to COMPUTER, Pg. t-A The commandos have threat- to blow up the planes if their demands ar enot met by 9 p.m. CDT Saturday. Although exact figures have not been available, more than 400 international airline passen- gers became hostages when Swiss and American planes were hijacked Sunday and a British jet was seized Wednes- day. Of these, 171 were permit- ted to leave the planes and go to Amman where 62 were freed Friday to leave that country. Some 200 of the hostages have spent five sweltering days aboard the cramped airliners despite appeals by the Interna- Ttirn In HIJACKERS, Pg. 2-A McKINNEY, Tex. (AP) Charles "Tex" Watson, defeated in his fight against extradition, left for California Friday to face trial for his alleged part in the Sharon Tate slayings. He came out of McKinney's 92- year-old sandstone jail which has been his home since last December, within minutes of the arrival of two Angeles de- tectives who came for him. A crowd of townspeople saw him emerge from the building and stand, a detective at each elbow, on the jail steps lo face news cameras. He looked very different from when he was a member of the California lijppie clan. His hair had a conservative short cut without sideburns. His clothes were striped slacks, a striped blue shirt with a ma- roon tie, and a double-breasted blue blazer. Watson said, not a word as he was hurried into a waiting High- way Patrol car and driven away to Love Field, Dallas, on the first stage of his journey west. "It is the end of the extradi- tion said his lawyer, Bill Boyd. "There's nothing more we can do. The Supreme Court has Ihe final say." Boyd said when he broke tiie news to Watson, Uie 24-year-old former high school athlete "showed very little emotion." "He showed a great deal of detachment, as he has all Boyd said. CHARLES 'TEX' WATSON detached, as always WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weaker Map, Pa. roj ABILENE AND VJCTNITY radius) Partly cfotwy Saturday through Sunday. Turning cooler on Sunday wifti chance for scalJerM showers Sunday afternoon. High Saturday fn the low Low Saturday night 70. High Sunday in Ine row Probability of rain Sunday 3D per cent. Southerly winds 10 to ?0 mph becoming northerly en Sunday. TEMPERATURES FrJ. a.m..............Rl. (A BA bl 67 92 M 90 M 64 90 B9 64............. BA 63 76 84 Ktgh and low for 24-hours end Erg 9 P.m.; 72 and 62. High and low sarno dale Jait year; 49 and Su.-i'ef p m.j sunrise a.m.; lonlohl: p.m. Sarcmr-ler reading 01 p.m.: 25.11, Humidity 9 p rn.: SI per cent. I hat time again Fourth down Inches to go for a first down and about the same distance to the goal line: The situation was a typical one Friday night as high school football season again opened for Big Country fans. This par- ticular scene was in the Abilene High-Trinity game. Trinity scored on this situation, but AHS won the game, 23-12. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley) t