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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR .WORLD EXACTLY AS 94TH YEAR, NO. 70 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79G04, MONDAY 'EVENING; AUGUST 26, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Plice'15 Cents Auociaitd Prew yPI Targets of Manhunt Three escaped convicts from Colorado Slate Penitentiary were still being sought Monday by more tlian 200 police in the Stephenville area. From left arc Dalton Williams, Richard Magnum and Jerry Ulmer. The men are wanted for murder, rape and burglaries in a of terror. (AP Wirephoto) Captives: Convicts Vowed Fight to Death BT EUJE RUCKEH Exam Exemptions Talked for Jr. Highs Q. I heard talk earlier (his year about Junior high kids nol having to lake semes- ter exams if (heir grade average is high and If they haven't missed over a lew days of school. I think it's a good idea. It Mill help stop kids from skipping classes and they'll Iry carder. A bunch of us are hoping the schools Will try year. A. It's in the talking stage. So far only the high schools have exam exemptions but school adminisli-ators sire open to any- fliing that will encourage students to stay in school and study, Supt. of'Sqliools liar- old Brinson says possibly the. program could go into effect for the junior highs by the last part of the school year. Q. An. Action Line Column about veal and lamb said veal is sold primarily In Jewish areas since It's used in ceremonial cooking. Please advise what that means. I sure would like (o know for when my non-Jewish friends ask ME! Wcrt you thinking of Ihe lamb shank bone tradition- ally used in the Passover Seder? i A. As it turns out, we were. Sometimes we get confused. A roasted Iamb shank bone is one of five or six different tilings on a tray. placed in the middle of the table commemorating the Jews' exit from Egypt. A Jewish friend explained the signifi- cance. The 10th plague upon Pharaoh was': the death of tlie first-bom in every house- hold. Jews were told to place an X on their doorway with Uie blood of a lamb. The angel of death passed over marked houses but Pharaoh's son died because his house was unmarked. Pnaraoh decided the God of the Jews was more powerful than his gods and he let the Jews go. Thanks for keeping us accurate. Q. TVhy Is the water so bad in Slonc- gate? It tasks and smells like rollen wood, leaves and dirt. Some days It's worse. It's not thai way in other parts of (own. A. Most city walcr comes from Plian- tom Lake but since that lake is so low, yours is piped in fronvLake Abilene. The algae causes the difference in taste, says the city water superintendent. q. Does anybody here (rain dogs? I suppose obedience training Is what I want. My son gave me a shepherd puppy for my back yard and I jusl need lo have her obey commands and not jump on people. A. Duane Moser's held dog obedience classes at the National Guard Armory for several years. He'll have a class forming shortly. Watch the ads. Moser passed along a quick remedy for when the pup jumps, bring your kjiec up hard and flip him. Exposure to this action a couple times will give him Ihe message and he'll quit it. It won't hurt him but will surprise the foci out of him. Q. where would a person find the feder- al code far mtblle I'm building a mobile borne oat of a school bus and want It (o meet the federal code. A. Write to Mobile'Home Manufacturers Assn., 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago 60C06 for Ihe booklet, "Standards for Mobile Homes." It costs has body and frame designs and installment of plumbing, heat- ing aiid electrical systems. For the stale code, wrilc Texas Department of Com- munity Affairs in Austin. By ROY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Al'rlter GHA1IAM The three es- caped convicts b'Eing sought near Slephenville vowed that lliey will not be taken alive and lhat would kill any policeman who tried to cap- ture them, according to two New Mexico women who were High Keeps Rains West Of Abilene By JOE DACY II fleporter-News Slafr Wrller A low pressure trough caus- ing rains in far .West Texas has stubbornly decided to slay put, forecasters at the Nation- al Weather Service said Mon- day. The system, which' so. far. lias not heeded the prayers of Abilene area farmers and ranchers, has remained sta- tionary for Hie past (our days, blocked by a high pressure system in the cast, weather- man Darrell Crawford ex- plained. .The so-called "B e r m u d a a common summer phenomenon, is" centered over Oklahoma and Northeast Tex- as and is keeping the rain-giv- ing trough out of the Abilene area. "There's nothing lo push tills Crawford said. "Everything has to shift (east- ward) together." "Our cliance is lhat maybe some showers will break out of the trough line and drift over this he said. Although cooler tempera- lures have affected the area, the rains remain mainly in far West Texas, he said. No rain was measured at Municipal Airport over the weekend. Several cities around the slate measured some precipitation, including Childress with I. II inches and Gorce with .75. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nol [on a I Weaker Service (Weather Map, Pg, i ft) ABILENE AND VICINITY ClO-friTe radius) Considerable cloudiness and mild wflh a sllghl chance of tra tfvoiKjh Tuesday. Southeasterly wfnds 5 ta ]5 mprt. High fotfav nnd Tusjdoy in the near 90s, toniqM near 70. Prob. ability of rain 20 per through Tues- TEMPERATURES Mondoy o.m. 76 Itelaled coverage, PgS. 5, 8A, IB p.m. 68 90 79 76 Address Action Line, Box 30, Ahllett, Texas 7HM. Names will not he hut questions must be signed and addresses given. Please lacludt telephone -imhtrs UposslUe Hfgh orxf low (or U hours ending 9 a.m.: M nnd 7J. Sunrise today: sunset tonight: Sunrise tomorrow: Barometer reading noon: Jfl.13 FrKhcs. Humidity at 'noon 41 per cent. NEWS INDEX Amusements 2B Bridge 5B Classified 4-IOC Comics 5C Editorials 4A Horoscope 5B Hospilol Palienls 63 Obituaries 3A Sports MC To Your Good Health 4B TV Leg 28 TV Scout 26 Women's Mews It I, released near here Saturday after being held capllve.ny the trio during a 27-hour reign of terror. The convicts who raped the wojne.n after kidnapping them near Alainogordo, N.M., about 5 p.m. Friday, "gave the im- pression lhat they will fight to the death 'before being taken back into Graham policeman Jim Nance said the women lold him. Nance, a former Abilene po- lice detective who resigned in. May lo join the Graham Po- lice Dept., was the officer who picked up Betty Jane Tucker, 23, anil Janice Lefcvcr, 22, af- ter they had been released by the convicts Saturday night. "THEY ABE LUCKV. to le alive. We can't figure out why they Nance said, point- ing out that the young women heard tlje shots which ;killed Stonewall County rancher T.L. Baker, although lliey were not eyewitnesses to the shooling. Nance said that before the women were turned over to the FBI for questioning alwut their kidnapping across', stale lines a federal offense they told him about their: har- rowing experience with the convicts. It began near Alamogordo, N.ST., about 5 p.m. Friday and the young women were with- Hie convicts conslantly unlil about p.m. Saturday, Nance said. During that time, he said, the women were as- repeatedly. Also, they had nothing to.eat during Hie 27-hour ordeal. The young women, stale so- cial svorkers in New Mexico, were en route to visit their parents for the weekend, and were stopped alongside the highway when Ihe trio pulled up and blocked Ihem in. "They said they tried to back up and get away, but the men fired a shol at them and they slopped. The characters (hen abandoned Ihe vehicle they were in and took Ihe girls and llieir car." Al Lovinglon, N'.M., Ihe trio stole a pickup camper. The women were made to stay in the back ot the camper contin- uously from then on, always accompanied by one or two of lite convicls, he continued. WHEN BAKER was gunned down, "they said they heard it, but didn't see Nance said. "They had one man watching them and keeping them quiet. After- wards, they look the women to Die house and told Ihem what they had done." Nance said (he young wom- en were hysterical when he talked-to Ihem. Although as- saulted, they liad not been tor- lureU, he said. Nance said the women lold him the men came straight from New Mexico lo Baker's home, not committing any oth- er crimes en route, "as if they had a mission to do." The men stole some canned goods.'from Ihe Baker home, but 'didn't'isliare any1 of the food with the women, they said. A couple of other stops were made, presumably one in Hamlhi where tiie trio sighted, but tile women were hidden in; the camper and couldn't tell where they were, Nance said. NEXT STOP the women knew something about was in where the con- victs robbed a 19-year-old man and took some guns arid.his Mercury Cougar. "Thejvsaid lliey. were jusl thrown into the back scat. They didn't know what kind o[ car it was, only that it had a black lie said.' Then Ihe convicls apparent- ly drove from Breckenridge around Possum Kingdom Lake, and.c-afne up on the east side of Graham on Highway 16. "They didh'l even come into Nance said, but "let the girls out at the edge of town and backtracked tlieir way out of here." A short lime later, Ihey. were involved iji a running gun battle near disabling a highway patrol car.-. After tlie women were let out, "they walked up lo a'mo- ld, got a room and yvaited an hour like they, were told to Nance said. "Then" they called .the police 'and I -went out and picked them up. That's the first 'iy'c .kn.ew: they'd been THE WOMEN.werelakpn to. Graham MenioriaftiHospital for- treatment and "were, kept under- protection by the FBI; untU By JIM CONLEY Keporfer-News Slaff- Writer S T E P II E N y 11, L E Bloodhounds and a dragnet of lawmen trudged through the wet fields and woods west of here Monday morning track- ing three Colorado prison escapees who have left a trail of deatlt behind them. At p.m., as a heavy downpour fell, the dragnet closed from the northwest to Ihe soiilhcast headed toward Stephenville. The rain cut risi- bility nol only between the hel- icopter search units and the ground, but it also hampered communicalions between the bloodhound patrols and other law enforcement units. A REPORT at about a.m. over a Department of Public Safely radJo indicated that the bloodhounds, which had been brought from Gates- ville, had been put on tlie scent of the escapees. DPS Sgt. James lieggs told Tlie Reporter-News al p.m. lhat the men had not been sigliled since tlie appar- ent early morning sighting of one of Ihem outside Stephen-, villc. The Associated Press had quoted a DPS trooper as say- ing one of their number using binoculars saw Ihe tliree walk- ing along a creek, a tribulary to tlie South Fork 'of tlie Bosque River. lie said Hie dogs seemed to be following a trail -eastward along the creek bank toward Stcphenville. But he added that the trail was "not partic- ularly hot." OFFICERS SAID tlie blood- hounds were given clothing apparently worn by tlie escap- ees to smell, and then.set out on tlie chase. The trio is be- lieved (o have broken into a farm, home of Jlrs. C. It. Procter, evacuated during the niglit because of fear of Ihe convicts. The home was pillaged, guns taken, tlie beds slept in and telephone lines cut, offi- cers said. Concern grew'in a commu- nications command post in Stephenville City Hall shortly after noon that the escapees might slip through Ihe portion of the dragnet, at Stephen- ulle's western limits. Dist. Atly. Bob Glasgow, said, "Have they (the law- men) been told about that housing project out there? That might be hard to cover." Earlier Monday, officers been deployed along FM S, trying to seal off that road anil Texas 108. Along both roads, officers armed with ev- erything from sholguns to au- loniatic weapons searched Ihe area ..for-signs of (he .three men-wh'p apparently sighted a few miles northwest of here early Monday n'lora- This is 'the first.confirmed sighting of the 29, -..Richard -Hag- nuni, 22'. -and 22, since 2 a.m. Sunday. He said that "younger, DPS officers and some other men were deployed along those roads which describe a V- shape point of the V at Stephenville. At the open part of the "V" the north- western sector, Glasgow said' that about 12 Texas Hangers and possibly other more expe: rienced lawmen would start a sweep eastward into Ihe point of the "V" once dogs arrived al about a.m. A liglit-to-mediuin rain was falling (luring Ihe morning. Reports came in lhat a farm home north of Slephsnville Viad been ransacked sometime Sunday night. A broken-in screen was the clue which led officers lo step up Ihcir manhunt. It was at lhat farm home Ilial one of the convicls was believed sighted running toward cover. THE SCENF, Monday morn- ing along FM 8 was like a movie. Almost every hundred Staffers See Giant State Surplus fiy LEE JONES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) Legislative Budget Board slatlers as- tounded the board today by predicting Ihe 1975 legislature will have billion available for expanding stale programs over the next two years. Key item in Ihe forecast was .in cslinialed million surplus in Hie general revenue fund al Ihe close of Ihe next fiscal year, Aug. 31, 1975. "It's time to reduce asserted Sen. Tom Crcighlon, D-Mineral Wells, who said lie plans to push next year for a sales lax reduction of one cent on the dollar. "Senator, Is it fair to as- sume you will be a candidate for cracked Rep. N'ci.l Caldwell, D-Anslclon, chairman of Ihe House Appro- priations C'ouimiUcc. Related story, Pg. Jim Oliver, -issistant. direc- tor of Ihe board staff, laid oul Ihe predicted surplus, based on booming returns from stale taxes, particularly the. sales tax and the levies on oil and natural production. Oliver forecast thai sales tax growth would return lo normal levels in 1975 while the oil production las increase would.tall lo a more modest growth rate tnan the 65.7 per cent recorded during Ihe 1971 fiscal year. Sales lax revenue jumped 20.3 per cent in fiscal 197-1, compared wilh normal growth of 9.6 per cent, Oliver said, for a difference of million in "abnormal" income." The oil lax'.s surge added mil- lion more lo the treasury Ihan it would have been expected under normal conditions, he said, and the natural gas lax's excess was million. Oth- er major laxes, cx-cepl for Ihe motor-vehicle, motor (uel and utilities levies also grew at faster than normal rales. Oliver estimated billion in general revenue vyould be available for appropriation by Ihe legislature thai convenes in January. He said Ihe lawmakers would have Sl-5 billion re- maining to spend al tlieir dis- cretion even afler: stale programs at exisling levels. slate employes a 23.8 per cent pay raise spread over fiscal 1976 and 1977, at a cost of million. more Ihan million Inio -the Foundation School P v o g r a m lo meet up million thai the state might lose if its federal revenue sharing is Icr- minatcrl. million on emergency measures thai Cov. Dolph liriscoc is expect- ed to submit at the slart of Hie session, including more state aid lo hard-pressed public school districts Caldwell asked Oliver about the impact of further inflation on (he rosy picture. Oliver said Ihe pay raises that were included in his esti- mate covered all but about million of the potential rise in the cost of stale gov- at present program to inflation. Oliver nlso warned thai "tilings in (his area can cluingc very rapidly." when they were accompanied to Dallas by their parents-and flown home to New Mexico, he said... Nance- said the women told" him the.convicls "were' car.e-. ful thai we didh'l hear any of -'_ their-plans, piher than what', they'would do. to them-if we-, tried lo escape, 'ahd what they; would Ulq to ;any' policeman ;who tried'to catch "Their lives were threatened saioV; L impression1, the -girls got .was 'that' the characters certainly'do not intend lo be- taken alive.'They'gave J ihey will fight Nance said. r stale- Minima! "'charge's I had been trio-in "Gru- ham because.they didn't enter feet or so, patrol car was pulled up lb Ihe fence line facing north, with at least two officers holding rifles or looking Ihrough binoculars to- ward tile rolling woodland.' Iloadbloclis extended every mile or so outside of. Eastland and newsmen or: others with proper idenlificaljqnr had to explain tlieir reason's for trav- el before being allowed .'Ihrough.. Two persons whose testimo- ny helped put two of the men behind pars are dead in the wake of the 'prison escape, and at least seven have been injured. Two women kid- naped in New Mexico before the trio stalled (he Texas bloodletting were assaulted re- peatedly before being re- leased, otherwise unharmed, in Graham, police said. Texas Ranger Capt. G. W. Rurks is coordinating Ihe manhunt by more Ihan 200 armed men iii an area north and west of here. Bloodhounds were brought in, bul Burks said Ihe trail was too cold for the dogs.to follow. Rain and wind obliter- ated any scent, loo, he said.- Burks said Ihe convicts could live indefinitely off the wild game in the area. OFFICERS SAID the three convicts were, reported to have left a "death list" in the Colorado penitentiary at Can- See Route, Pg. 8A, Col. t Refwrter-News New Subscription 7ftt coit of everything that en- Itfi into production has riitn flreally in p0jl monlhwlria fteportfr- hi beir lo ob- higher rolhcr than pon them on to Hi naden; thh i( no poisi- bfi. Effective compciUd lo [pcrcaM the price of the carrier-delivered papen ift 13.30, laV ircfud.d, for Doily and Sunday and lai tfudtd, for Morning, Ewfng and Sunday- Thii repreienti only o penny o day and ynur young canler-buimcu men in ihii frweair. Al Ihe price ihe Reporter' Newi will itill remain the belt buy In metropolitan field. Wi pltdge to continue our trodi- lEon of publiihing an inftretting, and deptfHfabk newt-   

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