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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1974, Abilene, Texas                               "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Mm YEAR, NO. 48 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 4, 1974-SEVENTY.S1X PAGES IN SIX Prison Spokesman lac DAILY 25c SUNDAY -t-lc Sute Sila TM By JIM BARKER Associated Press Writer HUNTSVILLE, Bursts of gunfire erupted in- side the Texas prison where convict Gomez Carrasco was holding 12 hostages Satur- day. Minutes later, a prison official said of the 10-day ieige; "it's over." Ron Taylor, director of in- formation of [he Texas De- partment of Corrections, dec- Siege Over lined to make further com- ment. He said further details would be forthcoming shortly. An ambulance departed from the prison about p.m. The Huntsville Memorial Hospital reported a man with a gunshot wound in the chesl was brought in at 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 be was not sure of weapons were fired but said it sounded like M-16 rifles. TSe first burst of fire came at, approximately p.m. Sporadic gunfire followed the initial bursts, and shotguns were also apparently fired. All of the .gunfire came from within the prison where Car- rasco and two other inmates have been holding hostages since last Wednesday. Corrections Depart-. men! spokesman Taylor said, shortly.before the out- burst of activity that there was "something critical com- ing down" involving an ex- change of some of the hos- tages. He told some newsmen, "Brother, I think this is it." After the gunfire broke out, all of the lights 'et the front of the prison were turned out for a short lime. 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 Collapsed ceiling Luckily, the ceiling of the Ii Luckily, the ceiling of the Iinmanuel 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'sCeilingCollapses A wall that "had leaned for years" was blamed for the collapse of the ceiling of the auditorium of the Imman- nel Baptist Church at 1241 Cypress. The Rev. Mickey Fugat, pastor, said old-timers in the church told him the wall had been leaning since the build- ing was built sometime between 1936 and J93S. HE SAID the north wall apparently moved a foot or two, pulling the ceiling away from me south wall, causing the roof to fall in. "We're pretty sure (he insurance is not going to cover the minister said, explaining that the collapse was apparently caused by a structural de- fect, rather than weather conditions. "But the rain may have had some effect on 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 diet say the auditoriom is "a total loss." He said services this Sun-, day will be held in the fellowship hall whjch is connected to the auditorium but-was not damaged. "WE MAY MAKE other arrange- ments later. Two churches have al- ready offered to share their building with he said. The damage was discovered Satur- day morning by church secretary Mrs. Janice Johnson. She said the'ceiling apparently fell during the night and said a neighbor reported hearing a loud noise about 2 a.m. "But we aren't sure if that's when it she said. Deadline Set For Brazos Dam Queries By JERRY REED 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 wtich 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- zos Authority and of Stonewall, Kent and King counties. The U.S. Army Engineer Division of- fice in Dallas and the district office in Fort Worth completed'a report on the cause and tbe solution to salt pollution on the Salt Fort of the Brazos. The Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, basedin Virginia, in re- viewing the report has recommended that 25 per cent of the cost of .construe- tion of (he proposed dam's, and all of the operation and maintenance costs, be borne by non-federal sources. The board also has requested'comments from interested parties: Since tbe construction plan bears a price tag of that means units of government within. Texas would be asked to spend an initial and a year in per- petuity for the project. THE BRAZOS RIVER Authority, charged wilti overall supervision of wa- ter use throughout the river's 840-mile basin, has no plans to finance the non- federal share of the cost, said Col. Walter Wells, executive director. there is no equitable and just way of making the beneficiaries said Wells. "The benefits are so diffuse and widespread. .very similar to flood control (for which the federal government bears the whole "It is more unfair to stick some of the beneficiaries with all costs." said Wells. The BRA executive said selling the See DAM, Pg. 1 Impeachment Sentiment Growing irtiiic utpDic _______ By LOUIS HARRIS (C) 1974 By Chicago Tribw 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 (he House Judiciary Committee, the num- ber who now favor impeachment has jumped from 53 to 66 per cent. By ES-31 per cent, a majority also now believe "The U.S. Senate should vote to convict President up from simple plurality fell that way just prior to the House Judiciary Com- mittee televised debate and vote. .SIGNIFICANTLY, by 49-13 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 convic- tion of the President by 52-31 per cent, and 1972 Nixon voters share this same view by 59-34 per cent. Thus, it can be concluded that President Nixon still has a hard-core of supporters coming lo 31 per cent of the public, although by all measures his backing has been badly eroded 'by the decisive vote to impeach by the House Judiciary Com- mittee. 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 5W5 per cent. The standing of the Judiciary Com- mittee rose dramatically as a result of its impeachment deliberations. By 62-30 per cent, a solid majority now give the committee marks on its handling of the impeachment proceedings. Prior lo the televised debate, the public gave the committee negative marks by 48-36 per cent. CHAIRMAN Peter Rodino also is now held in much higher regard than before the committee took Hs decisive steps. Uodino's efforts now meet with 58-22 per cent endorsement, compared with the 38-32 per cent negative stand- ing for him recorded before the com- mittee vote. A similar reversal took place in the public's assessment of Judiciary Com- mittee Counsels Doar and Albert Jenner. Before the televised debate and vote, the public gave them negative marks by 33-2J per cent. Now they are rated 43-22 per cent positive. Democratic members of the commit- tee 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 of the comriiittee also im- proved their standing from a 53-24 per cent negative to a post-impeachment See RODKSO's. Pg. UA, crt. 1 Voters Back Two Hospital Districts By SCOTT TAGUORINO Reprter-Nevs Staff Writer COMANCFE Bond elec- tions in two Comanche County towns passed Saturday, one validating the creation of a hospital district in DC teon and the other authorizing a new Comanche Hospital Dis- trict. The De Leon election, which held, in part, to validale a previous election approving a De Leon Hospital District, passed 5K> for and 19} agaiusl. A SECOND proposal on the ballot which called for tlic is- suance of worth of lax- bonds for tbe expansion and remodeling of the De Leon Municipal Hospital passed by more than 3Ht votes' with 5ft for and 202 against. Comanche voters okayed a proposal to create the new dis- trict by a slimmer margin, S22 for and 708 against. That proposal created a hos- pital district for the rest of Comanche County not already in the De Leon or Eastland districts and provided a hospi- tal board with the power to levy annual taxes al a rale not lo exceed 75 cents per valuation for taxable property. It was necessary to hoM the new election in De Leon be- cause the previous election in 1973 did not campry witti new state statutes, Hiram Smith Jr., a De Leon Hospital Dis- trict board member, said Sal- urday night. By passing the first propos- al, the De Leon board was also given the right to levy taxes not to exceed 75 cents per valuation of taxable property. Fred Williams, president of the board, said that about worth of lax bonds and worth of 'revenue bonds would probably be is- sued this depending on the market." This money will be nsed to pay for an square foot addition and re-' modeling of the present hospi- tal. "WE BOPE to be able to take bids (on the. construction) toward the latter part of the he said. The addition will have from 40 to C new beds and be built adjacent to existing hospital. Had the proposals failed, the See VOTE, Pg. UA, I STEP to begin City police inaugurate a new program Monday when STEP (Selective Traffic Kn- forcement Program) begins at 5 intersections. Those sites are: S. 1st and Pio- neer, N. 1st and Cedar, S. 1st and Willis. S. 1st and Saylcs and 6th and Grape. Story, Pg. IDA. later another voice said: "Hold, pressure steady." A single shot was heard mo- ments later. A shiall crowd of townspeo- ple from Huntsville gathered alxiut a block away, where po- lice had set one' of several roadblocks. The outside lights around the walls were turned on again at p.m. ArAulances which had moved into the prison g-ounds earlier in the night were moved to the west gale of the prison.. Taylor had said earlier that am armored truck, demanded by Carrasco, had been moved into the prison grounds. !RTayloi' asked, 5th graf Taylor asked radio'and tele- vision stations to impose a voluntary, blackout on the situ- .ation for at least an .hour. Lai- A Wet Week er he asked them to eiteml the blackou. Taylor told newsmen that "tlte 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 sip using their walkie-talk- ies around ifoe prison. In early -negotiations, Cav- nisco 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 alter the relea.se of Linda a prison1 librarian: Mrs. Wood- man was turned loose, Carras- co said, to act as a personal messenger in relaying his cs- cape plan.. Area Gets Light Rain Light morning showers pre sented Abilene with zn official 31 inch of rain Saturday, bringing the Key City's precip itatioii total for the year to' ?.18 inches. Saturday's showers' .which began around wound up a week hi which -an official 1.60 Heairiesf rain- fall of the week was Tuesday's 1.25 inches. In spite of the precipitation recorded on Tuesday, Thurs- day, Friday and Saturday, the city's rainfall for the year is down over five inches from the norm of li.67. Dyess weathermen recorded .02 inch Saturday from' inter- rains whicflieU from a.m- to noon. Temperatures during 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 scat- tered' showers caused by a cold front which stretched across the state from'Long- view to San Angelo. Baifd recorded an inch of rain ending.about a.m.; Blackwell measured .70, Tus- cola .50 and Winters AS. Eastland netted an official .38 inch while other .Big Couu- .try towns recorded smaller amounts ranging from .15 to only a trace. National Weather Service forecaster Jerry O'Bryant said rains in the Key City last week "pretty well saturated the ground but were not heavy enough to create any run-off or raise late levels. He 'said -another' inch or Where It Rained ABILENE: Municipal'Airport Total for Year Normal for Year Dyess AFB BA1RD BLACKWELf, BRECKKN'RIDGK DE LEON DUBLIN KASTUND RANGER TUSCOLA WESTERS .31 S.I8 H.67 .02 1.00 .70 TR .IS .12 .36 Til .50 .40 more now tould create necessary run-off hut said ft is' unlikely any more, rain fall since 'he cold fiont Jus weakened and moved souther- ly out of the area. All probability of -rain was dropped out of the forecast for Sunday. O'Bryant Said AbiteniMs. can expect ;efear- -to partly skies through Monday with' mild temperatures, and east" and .soulheasterlv winds. "IV'e stouM be in for at least three days of nice, mild, dry days, "he said. Most, of North Texas re- ceived rain from the front. Cloudiness was scattered near the frontal line and skipped over into the coastal plains. The- National Weather Serv- ice said the system would weaken and drift to the south reaching the coast by Sunday. Shower activity Was to contin- ue in Central and Northwest Texas. Temperatures Saturday, ranged at midday from 6fl at Dalhart lo 93 at Victoria. Inside Todoy School Chiefs Simmer Over Most Texos school officials are quietly simmering because Gov. Dolph Bris- coe won't coll a special session to deal with edu- cational financing. Pg. I Since becoming coeduca- tional, Brownwood School and Home is mare the outside world Po I Reported suicides among the very young have more doubled over the past 20 years; Pg. ISA. Mrs. Jim Crockett, o widow at Huntsville, Tex., is en- during her daughter's se- verest crisis. Pg. 6A. 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