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Publication: Abilene Reporter News February 24, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - February 24, 1974, Abilene, Texas Editor Positively Identifies AbductorWk Abilene Sporter-Bods "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 252 PHONE 0734271    ABILENE,    TEX..    79604,    SUNDAY    MORNING,    FEBRUARY    24,    1974—EIGHTY PAGES IN EIGHT SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY +lc State Sale. Ta*Fishing, Archery, Beauty at Sports Show Today ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta Constitution Editor Reg Murphy positively identified his abductor Saturday as the husband of a couple arrested in the kidnaping. Murphy’s Story, Pg. 12A William August Halm Williams, 33. and his 26-year-old wife. Betty, were being held in Outdoor shows are for kids While moms and dads attend the outdoor show at Taylor County Coliseum mainly to see the exhibits and tips offered by the experts, the children know that all the boats and camping gear are just secondary to the candy apples, popcorn, cotton candy and soft drinks. Showing talent in the eating department are. left, David DeHav, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dana DeHay of Brownwood, and Linda Hudman. 2, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Victor.Hudman of Abilene. (Staff Photos by John Davis) Recreation Industry Still Optimistic By MIKI* MI It PH EY Reporter-News Staff Writer Although a drop in attendance at the 1974 Outdoor and Vacation show might be attributed to the fear of a gas .shortage, the exhibitors at the show do not feel the energy scare will greatly alter the recreation bu} mg habits of people in this area of the country. Many of the exhibitors, who make their livings in the recreational vehicle sales business felt that once the initial shock of the energy scare wears off. recreation and leisure-time pursuits will be one of the last areas in which Americans significantly change their energy consumption habits. •‘YOU ( AVT take people’s fun away from them, pointed out I. R. Yaw. owner of The Fishing Village at Fort Phantom Lake ‘Then they wouldn't want to work.” A co-director of the show which continues Sunday at Taylor Count} Coliseum. Ham Middlebrook!, estimated Saturday night that attendance at the show is off between IO and 15 per cent over last year. •Offhand," he theorized. “I wouldn’t be sur- Stations Get Green Light To Hike Gas Rate Two Cents Bv HARRY F. ROSENTHAL WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal energy chief William E. Simon announced Saturday that 90 lier cent of the nation's gasoline stations may raise prices an extra two cents per gallon March I. The decision was generally aproved by representatives of various gasoline dealers associations, some of which had threatened a nationwide gas station shutdown for Monday. Federal energy officials had met all day with the dealer representatives before announcing the decision, which federal officials said was despited to compensate the dealers for loss of volume and increased costs of doing business. But the Federal Energy Of* Govemors oppose rationing coupons, Pg. SA flee did not budge rn its ruling that stations could not sell only to regular customers. This issue alone had prompted some dealers to threaten a shutdown. S i rn o n told a news conference the price increase applies only to independent retail dealers, not to stations owned by major oil companies. Independents own their own stations or lease them from oil companies and account for 90 per cent of the nation's 235,000 gasoline stations. Major oil companies own the other IO per cent. The two-cent increase will be in addition to any monthlyMilitants For AHS By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Writer Abilene High School Principal Bill Graves Saturday laid the responsibility for civil disorders at the school last week at the doorstep of “about 40" militant black students. However, in answering four student grievances. Graves outlined several programs which he said will be enacted to alleviate racial tensions and prevent future outbreaks of violence. HOWEVER. GRAVES said four uniformed policemen will be at the school Monday to check any further civil disorders and to keep outsiders away. In an interview with The Reporter-News, Graves enumerated the four grievancesBlamed Disorders expressed to him by black students in two days of meetings following the disturbances. which began Monday. The grievances, which Graves called “afterthoughts” and “symptoms rather than causes,” included: # Objections to a film. “Green Pastures." shown iii conjunction with Black History Week. and portraying 'a factual representation of Negro religious beliefs of 30 years ago.” # A claim of excessive number of black students being suspended # Having police officers in the building. # A claim of lack of black student leadership. Graves called the protests See PROTESTS, Pg. 2A. Cal. I increase in costs through by the dealers from their suppliers. Federal regulations allow dealers to pass on increased costs once a month, and the Federal Energy Office said these increases had been averaging two or three cents a gallon over the past three months. FEO said the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was 35 9 cents on Feb. 8 plus taxes that averaged another 12 or 13 cents, but prices vary widely trom the average. After the decision was announced. Robert J. Jacobs, executive director of the Indiana and Illinois gasoline dealers associations, said the senile stations now have no excuse not to cooperate with the FEO. The two-cent increase. Simon said, “supercedes the one-cent increase granted Feb. 16 for service station owners with less than 85 per cent allocation" of their 1972 supply. That one-cent increase would have been effective March I. Many of the dealers had complained that only about o n e *h a I f of their nullifier would qualify for the one-cent increase since about half of them were getting more than 85 per cent of the 1972 supply of gasoline. They argued that a dealer getting *86 per cent of his 1972 suppiv would have gotten no increase. FEO officials said that the now-superceded one-cent increase would have applied h> stations owned by major oil companies if they were getting less than 85 per cent of their 1972 supply. The officials said these stations now would get neither the one-cent nor the two-cent extra increase but could apply to FEO under existing regulations for approval of an increase after 38 days’ notice. prised if we’ve had a big drop in out-of-town visitors to the show because of a concern about getting gas.” He added that in-town attendance might be off because schools did noi meet in Abilene Friday, and many families had made other plans for the long weekend. But Middlebrook* emphasized that the Saturday crowd had been a good one. and he is optimistic alxwt the Sunday attendance. Activities Sunday will get under way at I p.m. and exhibitions will continue throughout the afternoon with the final exhibition slated for 5:30 p.m. when the 1974 show will come to an end. BLT WHILE the energy crises may have affected tile crowd, the exhibitors were optimistic about the future of their industry. Joe Holer and Milt Nodler, representatives of boat manufacturing companies at the show. indicated that boat sales were booming in spite of the nation's energy woes. “The whole thing doesn’t tether an avid sportsman at all.' revealed Nodler “One guy who Ixiught a boat from me said he would steal gas out of his wife s car if he had to in order to fish " Nodler is the district representative for the MFG boat company, and added that at 15 boat shows he has attended in the past two months, “very few people have even mentioned a concern alxiut getting gas for their boats.” Holer, a representative of Tide ('raft Boats of Minden. La., said the initial shock of See OUTDOOR, Pg. 2A. C ol. 4 Man, 22, Admits Abilene Robberies By JOHN GANDY Reporter-News Staff Writer A man who said he committed four robberies in Abilene and made his escapes on a yellow 10-speed bicycle borrowed from his sister was finally thwarted Friday night when he tried to rob an Anson motel. Buddy Johnson. 22. was charged with the Anson robbery Saturday in the court of Justice of the Peace Ernest Spraberry of Jones County. Bond was set at $25,000. Johnson admitted early Saturday morning that he had committed four robberies in Abilene in the last two months, and law enforcement officials in Taylor County said formal charges would be filed before Justice of the Peace Silas Clark in \bilenc Monday. DISTR! C T Attorney Ed Painter said Saturday a wai-rant had been filed and bond had been set at $50,000, but Johnson will not appear be fore Justice of the Peace Silas Clark to be formally charged until Monday. The 22-year-old man tried to rob Lane's Motel on Highway 180 in Anson with a toy gun, but the motel s owner and his son apprehended him and called the Jones County Sheriff* office, police said. Roy Lane, the motel s owner, said the man entered the motel about 10:40 p.m. Friday and “stuck a gun to my right ear." [.ane said that at first he was spellbound and didn’t know what to do. "Then I decided to try and throw him off guard, xo I yelled out to my son in the other room ‘Don’t shoot him. James, don’t shoot him.” WHEN THE MAN turned hts head to look. Lane said he* spun around and locked his arms around the robber. Then his son James came in with a shotgun and they forced the robber onto the floor. A juvenile waiting outside the motel was also subdued. The elder Lane said the gun used by the robber turned out to be a toy, although he added that “It's as realistic as you’ve over seen not to be the real thing." After the robber was taken into custody by deputies from the Jones County Sheriff’s office. he was brought to Abl- Inside Today Friends Asset for Law Officer Retired FBI Agent Coleman (Bill) Mabray says friends are an asset to a good law enforcement officer. Pg 17A. Nearing retirement age L S Disc Judge John Since will still handle some of the Watergate trials in the coming months Pg 20A Abileman Philip Craik really is a music man and he'll prove when he plays the role of Harold Hill in Hardin-Simmons University's production of "The Music Man." Pg. IB. The British elections aren't Quite like the American presidential campaigns, AP special corespondent Hugh Mulligan finds Pg. 10A Abilene Events Calender 2B Amusements 1-4B Austin Notebook SA Berry's World 4A Big Country Calendar 40 Books 48 Bridge 4B Business News 6-8C Classified 9-1 SC Crossword Rustle 20A Editorials 4A Farm News 22.23A Horoscope 21 A Hospital Patients 7A Jumble Puttie UA Markets 6-8C Obituaries ISO Oil 8C Recordings 21 Setting tho Seen# IB Sports.......... 1-5,16C Texas IBA This Week In West Texas 9A Today in History 4B To Your Good Health 24A TV Toh 1-16E Women's Newt 1-12D lene by police officers Jim Nance and Jim Johnson for questioning concerning the other robberies. Following the questioning, Nance and Johnson asked that the news media be present as witnesses, and Reporter-News Night News Editor Marven Weitrel was one of those who watched the man sign statements admitting the four robberies. HE ADMITTED robbing the Alamo Motel, 2957 S. 1st. on Jan. 25; the Save-a-Minit Grocery. 1702 S. 20th, on Feb. 4; the Century Motel, 3509 S. 1st. on Feb. 6; and the- Preston Milk Store, 1925 S. 20th, on Feb. 12. The man said he had used his sister s 10-speed yellow bicycle in all of his escapes in Abilene. I he officers said Johnson also admitted robbing a motel in Sweetwater and a drive-in grocery in Lubbock, but that he couldn't remember the places' names. The two officers took him back to Anson about I a rn. Saturday, and he is being held in Jones Countv Jail. Comanche Falls In Cage Finals A late rally fell short for Comanche Saturday and Slaton took the Class 2A championship in the state schoolgirl basketball finals Pq IC the custody of federal authorities in lieu of $1.5 million bond after being charged in the kidnaping. Murphy, 40, was kidnaped by persons claiming to represent the previously unheard-of “American Revolutionary Army.” He was lured from his home Wednesday night and released unharmed Friday night after a $700,000 ransom was paid by his newspaper. Three suitcases bulging with money were recovered, but the FBI said it had not yet determined whether they contained the entire $700,000. “There is no doubt Williams is the man I left home with,” Murphy told reporters. Murphy characterized Williams as a “sick man” who didn't really understand the political ideas he spoke of. “He is not the sharpest of men. but he is very canny in some ways,” Murphy added. The couple was arrested Saturday morning without resistent^ at their home in Lilburn. about 24 miles northeast * of Atlanta. The arrest came just hours atte** Murphy was freed. As they entered the federal courthouse for an arraignment on Saturday. Williams said to reporters, “My wife is innocent. The army has been defeated. It's dead." Williams was charged with violating the federal Hobbs Act. which forbids extorting money from a company engaged in interstate commerce. US. Magistrate J. Roger Thompson set bond at $1 million. Mrs. Williams was charged with knowing about the alleged crime and not reporting it. She was held on 1500.008 bond. The FBI initially released a statement saying the couple had been charged with kidnaping. but they explained later that no federal kidnaping charges had been filed because there was no proof Murkly had been transported across state lines. Thompson set a preliminary See MONEY. I»g/ 2 A. Col. 5 Polished showlady Lone Murdock, (itll grader at Jayton Elementary School, was one of the toughest competitors at the Kent County Livestock Show at the Clairemont Show Barn Friday night during the first dav of the show. Lories parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bervie Murdock of Jayton. Her brother, Craig. IO, had the reserve grand champion lamb. Story, picture Pg. 22.'V (Stall Photo by J. T. Smith) . Mitt mutt* Ute Urn bu* details ;

  • Dana Dehay
  • David Dehav
  • Ed Painter
  • Ernest Spraberry
  • Harry F. Rosenthal
  • J. Roger Thompson
  • Jim Johnson
  • Jim Nance
  • Joe Dacy
  • Joe Holer
  • John Davis
  • John Gandy
  • John Since
  • Linda Hudman
  • Marven Weitrel
  • Milt Nodler
  • Reg Murphy
  • Robert J. Jacobs
  • Roy Lane
  • Silas Clark
  • William August Halm Williams
  • William E. Simon

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: February 24, 1974

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