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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 4, 1974, Abilene, Texas ®fje Alette Sporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron MTH YEAR, NO. 48 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 4, 1974—SEVENTY-SIX PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS 15c DAILY 25c SUNDAY +lc Sui* Salt. TmPrison Spokesman Says Siege Over By JIM BARKER Associated Press Writer HUNTSVILLE, Tex. (AP) -Bursts of gunfire erupted inside the Texas prison where convict Fred Gomez Carrasco was holding 12 hostages Saturday. Minutes later, a prison official said of the 10-day seige: “It’s over.” Eon Taylor, director of information of the Texas Department of Corrections, dec lined to make further comment. He said further details would be forthcoming shortly. An ambulance departed from the prison about 10:15 p.m. The Huntsville Memorial Hospital reported a man with a gunshot wound in the chest was brought in at 10:19 p.m. Several bursts of gunfire, which seemed to come from automatic weapons, broke out after prison officials had said the lengthy siege appeared to be nearing a point of crisis. Guards scurried out into the street near the prison, two helicopters circled the prison and water was pumped from fire hoses into the prison area. A guard said he was not sure what type of weapons were fired but said it sounded like M-16 rifles. The first burst of fire came at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sporadic gunfire followed the initial bursts, and shotguns were also apparently fired. All of the gunfire came from within the prison where Carrasco and two other inmates have been holding hostages since last Wednesday. Corrections Depart-. ment spokesman Ron Taylor said shortly before the outburst of activity that there was “something critical com ing down” involving an exchange of some of the hostages. He told some newsmen, “Brother, I think this is it.” After the gunfire broke out, all of the lights at the front of the prison were turned out for a short time. Fire trucks sprayed water into the prison. A voice was heard on the police radio saying: “Get that pressure up, goddamn it. get some pressure up.” Minutes ", ^ ■'V r- ,    f**' ^ J***    ... '    AP*'    ^    St* j*~:- PT-    __ . r XA A r~ P%L 'a* r*    r --    '7    A-    PL    s-    P~, -    7-    r-    7-r,    >7    >7    X    X-    A jim'* *&r f ,,v.: * /% VA ^ "is + a A* x ti ^    ^    ^    >'*35# ■    -    *    a, * C r* p*~ JL - ^    JZS*    % A. rjL ^ X* X. ^ • /*- •« A ,' X ~ST-**- ^ .J J ^2 * ■ N -> v -er ic ■v v 7?' Je- \ TV ~ r    '    > A* a £.'fL apsed ceiling X Luckily, the ceiling of the Immanuel Baptist Church auditorium chose late Friday night or early Saturday morning to collapse instead of Sunday morning when worshipers would have been inside. This picture of the damage was taken Saturday afternoon. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) Church Auditorium'sCeiling Collapses A wall that “had leaned for years” was blamed for the collapse of the ceiling of the auditorium of the Immanuel Baptist Church at 1241 Cypress. The Rev. Mickey Fugat, pastor, said old-timers in the church told him the wail had been leaning since the building was built sometime between 1936 and 1938. HE SAID the north wall apparently moved a foot or two. pulling the ceiling away from the south wall, causing the roof to fall in. “We’re pretty sure the insurance is not going to cover it,” the minister said, explaining that the collapse was apparently caused by a structural defect. rather than weather conditions. “But the rain may have had some effect on it,” he added, noting the church had several leaks which may have weakened the building. He said the cost of the damage would not be known until Monday when an architectural engineer will look over the destruction. Fugat did say the auditorium is “a total loss.” He said services this Sunday w ill be held in the fellowship hall which is connected to the auditorium but was not damaged. “WE MAY MAKE other arrangements later. Two churches have already offered to share their building with us,” he said. The damage was discovered Saturday morning by church secretary Mrs. Janice Johnson. She said the ceiling apparently fell during the night and said a neighbor report&d hearing a loud noise about 2 a.m. “But we aren’t sure if that s when it happened.” she said. Deadline Set For Brazos Dam Queries By JERRY REED Reporter-News Staff Writer Aug. 30 is the deadline for interested parties to have a say about three dams that may be completed about 1990 in the watershed of the Salt Fork of the Brazos River. The three dams — all of which are to be wholly or partly in Stonewall County — are designed to block the flow of heavy concentrations of salt into the main channel of the Brazos. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed the salt-impounding dams after a study of natural salt pollution in the watershed. AMONG the interested parties are likely to be found officials of the Bra-j /.os River Authority and of Stonewall, Kent and King counties. The U.S. Army Engineer Division office in Dallas and the district office in Fort Worth completed a report on the cause and the solution to salt pollution on the Salt Fork of the Brazos. The Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, based in Virginia, in reviewing the report has recommended that 25 per cent of the cost of construction of tile proposed dams, and all of the operation and maintenance costs, be borne by non-federal sources. The board also has requested comments from interested parties. Since the construction plan bears a price tag of $50,285,000, that means units of government within Texas would be asked to spend an initial $12,321,250 and $216,000 a year in perpetuity for the project. THE BRAZOS RIVER Authority, charged with overall supervision of water use throughout the river’s 840-mile basin, has no plans to finance the nonfederal share of the cost, said Col. Walter Wells, executive director. ‘“Really, there is no equitable and just way of making the beneficiaries pay,” said Wells. “The benefits are so diffuse and widespread. . .very similar to flood control (for which the federal government bears the whole cost). “It is more unfair to stick some of the beneficiaries with all costs,” said Wells. The BRA executive said selling the See DAM, Pg. ICA, Col. I Impeachment Sentiment Growing By LOUIS HARRIS (I ) 1974 By Chicago Tribune By a 66-27 per cent majority, the American people believe “The House of Representatives should vote to impeach President Nixon so he can be tried by the U.S. Senate." In the wake of the impeachment recommendations of the House Judiciary Committee, the number who now favor impeachment has jumped from 53 to 66 per cent. By 56*31 per cent, a majority also now believe “The U.S. Senate should vote to convict President Nixon.” up from simple plurality who felt that way just prior to the House Judiciary Committee televised debate and vote. SIGNIFICANTLY, by 49-43 per cent, people who voted for the President in Harris Poll 1972 now favor an impeachment vote by the House. By a narrow 45-44 per cent, a plurality of Republicans still oppose such action. Enrolled Republicans oppose conviction of tile President by 52-31 per cent, and 1972 Nixon voters share this same view by 50-34 per cent. Thus, it can be concluded that President Nixon still has a hard-core of supporters coming to 31 per cent of the public, although by all measures his backing has been badly eroded bv the decisive vote to impeach by the House Judiciary Committee. The action of the Judiciary Commit tee in turn meets with 65-29 per cent favor among the public. Significantly, people who live in the south reacted positively to the impeachment vote by a margin of 59-35 per cent. The standing of the Judiciary' Committee rose dramatically as a result of its impeachment deliberations. By 62-30 per cent, a solid majority now give the committee high marks on its handling of the impeachment proceedings. Prior to the televised debate, the public gave the committee negative marks by 48-36 per cent. CHAIRMAN Peter Rodino also is now- field in much higher regard than before the committee took its decisive steps. Uodino’s efforts now meet with 58-22 per cent endorsement, compared with the 38-32 per cent negative standing for him recorded before the committee vote. A similar reversal took place in the public’s assessment of Judiciary Committee Counsels John Doar and Albert Jenner. Before the televised debate and vote, the public gave them negative marks by 35-29 per cent. Now they are rated 43-22 per cent positive. Democratic members of the committee were given 46-32 per cent negative marks before the decisive vote, but just after the event rose to 55-32 per cent positive. Significantly, Republican members of the committee also improved their standing from a 53-24 per cent negative to a post-impeachment See RODINO’*, Pg. ISA, Col. I Voters Back Two Hospital Districts By SCOTT TAGUORINO Reporter-News Staff Writer COMANCHE - Bond elec-ons in two Comanche County jwns passed Saturday, one alidating the creation of a ospital district in De Leon nd the other authorizing a ew Comanche Hospital Dis-rict. The De Leon election, which k-as held, in part, to validate a revious election approving a ie Leon Hospital District, lassed 585 for and 198 against. A SECOND proposal on the ►allot which called for the is suance of $490,000 worth of tax bonds for the expansion and remodeling of the De Leon Municipal Hospital passed by more than 300 votes with 564 for and M2 against. Comanche voters okayed a proposal to create the new district by a slimmer margin, 822 for and 708 against. That proposal created a hospital district for the rest of Comanche County not already in the De Leon or Eastland districts and provided a hospital board with the power to levy annual taxes at a rate not to exceed 75 cents per $100 valuation for taxable property. It was necessary to hold the new election in De Leon because the previous election in 1973 did not comply with new state statutes, Hiram Smi h Jr., a De Leon Hospital District board member, said Saturday night. By passing the first proposal, the De Leon board was also given the right to levy taxes not to exceed 75 cents per $100 valuation of taxable property. Fred Williams, president of the board, said that about $300,000 worth of tax bonds and $700,000 worth of revenue bonds would probably be issued this fall,” depending on the market." This money will be used to pay for an 18,000 square foot addition and remodeling of the present hospital. “WE HOPE to be able to take bids (on the construction! toward the latter part of the fall,” he said. The addition will have from 40 to 42 new beds and be built adjacent to existing hospital. Had the proposals failed, the See VOTE, Pg. UA, Col. 8 STEP to begin City police inaugurate a new program Monday when STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) begins at 5 intersections, Those sites are: S. 1st and Pioneer, N. 1st and Cedar. S. 1st and Willis. S. 1st and Sayles and N. 6th and Grape. Story, Pg. 10A. later another voice said: “Hold pressure steady.” A single shot was heard moments later. A small crowd of townspeople from Huntsville gathered about a block away, where police had set one* of several roadblocks. The outside lights around the walls were turned on again at 9:50 p.m. Ambulances which had moved into the prison ^founds earlier in the night were moved to the west gate of the prison. Taylor had said earlier that am armored truck, demanded by Carrasco, had been moved into the prison grounds. IRTaylor asked, 5th graf Taylor asked radio and television stations to impose a voluntary blackout on the situation for at least an hour. Lat er he asked them to extend the blackou. Taylor told newsmen that “the situation is even more critical now than when I talked to you before. Things are moving slower than we anticipated.” Taylor also asked reporters to stp using their walkie-talkies around the prison. In early negotiations. Carrasco obtained from prison officials a set of walkie-talkies and a two-way radio. Prison officials’ talks with Carrasco and his two inmate lieutenants picked up again Saturday afternoon after the release of Linda Woodman. 44. a prison librarian. Mrs. Woodman was turned loose, Carrasco said. to act as a persona! messenger in relaying his escape plan. A Wet Week Area Gets Light Rain Light morning showers presented Abilene with an official .31 inch of rain Saturday, bringing the Key City's precipitation total for the year to 9.18 inches. Saturday’s showers which began around IO a.m. wound up a week in which an official 1.60 inches fell. Heaviest rainfall of the week was Tuesday’s 1.28 inches. In spite of the precipitation recorded on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the city’s rainfall for the year is down over five inches from the norm of 14.67. Dyess weathermen recorded .02 inch Saturday from intermittent* rains which fell from 9:40 a.m. to noon. Temperatures during the two-hour rain period dropped from the 70s to the upper 60s for a low' of 67. Abilene was not the only town to benefit from the scattered showers caused by a cold front which stretched across the state from Longview to San Angelo. Baird recorded an inch of rain ending about 11:30 a.m.; Blackwell measured .70, Tuscola .50 and Winters .40. Eastland netted an official .36 inch while other Big Country towns recorded smaller amounts ranging from .15 to only a trace. National Weather Service forecaster Jerry O’Bryant said rains in the Key City la>t week “pretty well saturated the ground but were not heavy enough to create any run-off or raise lake levels. He said another inch or Where It Rained ABILENE: Municipal Airport Total for Year .31 9 18 Normal for Year 14.67 Dyess AFB .02 BAIRD LOO BLACKWELL .70 BRECKENRIDGE TR DE LEON .ll DUBLIN .ii EASTLAND .36 RANGER TR TUSCOLA 50 WINTERS .40 more now could create the necessary run-off but said it is unlikely any more rain will fall since the cold front has weakened and moved southerly out of the area. All probability of rain was dropped out of the forecast for Sunday. O’Bryant said Abilemsnn can expect clear to partly' skies through Monday with mild temperatures and east and southeasterly winds. "We should be in for at least three days of nice, mild, dry days,” he said. Most of North Texas received rain from the front. Cloudiness was scattered near the frontal line and skipped over into the coastal plains. The National Weather Service said the system would weaken and drift to the south, reaching the coast by Sunday. Shower activity was to continue in Central and Northwest Texas. Temperatures Saturday, ranged at midday from 60 at Dalhart to 93 at Victoria. Inside Today School Chiefs Simmer Over Dolph's'No' Most Texas school officials are quietly simmering because Gov. Dolph Briscoe won't call a special session to deal with educational finoncina. Pa. 19A. Since becoming coeducational, Brownwood School and Home is more lik# the outside world Pg I /A. Reported suicides among the very young have more •than doubled over the past 20 years Pg. !8A. Mrs. Jim Crockett, a widow at Huntsville, Tex., is enduring her daughter's severest crisis. Pg 6A. Abilene Events Calender 4B Amusements    ......I-41 Austin Notebook    .....SA Berry's World ..........SA Bio Country Calender  4B Books................ 4B ■ridge    .........21A Business News ...    .    24A Classified    ........9-1 SC Crossword Fusile .........12A Editorials     4A Form News    .......I BC Horoscope    ......25 A Hospital Patients    .    . 2A Jumble Puzzle    25 A Markets    22-24A Obituaries    I SC Oil    BC Recordings    4B Setting the Scene    IB Sports . .    I.BC Texos    4B This Week In West Teses    4B Tedoy in History    .    . 2B To Your Good Heeltb    12A TV Toh    I.IBF Women's News    1-140 ;

  • Albert Jenner
  • Eon Taylor
  • Fred Gomez Carrasco
  • Fred Williams
  • Gerald Ewing
  • Hiram Smi H Jr.
  • Janice Johnson
  • Jerry Reed
  • Jim Crockett
  • Linda Woodman
  • Louis Harris
  • Mickey Fugat
  • Peter Rodino
  • Ron Taylor
  • Scott Taguorino
  • Walter Wells

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: August 4, 1974

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