Abilene Reporter News, September 1, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

September 01, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1974, Abilene, Texas Wat Mm "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" 94TH YEAR, NO. 76 PHONE 673-4271 These four ligcr caibs showed their stripes Saturday to holiday visitors at Nelson Park Zoo. A fifth cub in the litter died. Zoo officials say these young tigers, which will remain on display parl of-Die day Sunday, are probably the last group of cubs the zoo will have be- cause of new federal guidelines prohibiting the sale of tigers and oilier animals on the endangered species list. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) Sniper Spree Leaves Three Dead, 7 Hurt STEVE MON'flEI, Associated Vress Writer Calif. (AP) A sni- per terrorized rnotorisls on a lonely stretch of desert for nearly six hours before dawn Saturday, killing three per- sons, injuring seven others and riddling c several autos with bullets. A car matching the descrip- tion provided by witnesses was pulled over about 25 miles west of Blylhe. a city on the California-Arizona border, and the driver was arrested 'with- out a struggle, Riverside County Undcrsheriff Robert Presley said.. Presley identified the man as Richard Harold Hicks, of Tucson, Ariz, lie was booked for investigation of murder and assault with intent to commit murder. Sheriff's capt. Cois Byrd said a .22-calibcr sawed-off ri- fle and some expended car- tridges were found in Hicks' car. Officers said the sniper ap- parently, chose his victims many of them on Labor Day weekend outings at ran- dom, pulled alongside them on InlersUilc 10 and fifed from his moving car. Nine separate shooting incidents were re- ported, they said. AP SHOWS WHERE All of the dead were men who had been shot iu the head wbile driving along a desolate' stretch of Interstate 10, the main artery between Los An- gfies and Photirix, Ariz. Most of the injured also had been driving, officers said, in- dicating that the sniper fired out the passenger's window while speeding past lite-vic- tim's car tuhisrighl. They said four of the seven wounded were shot and tile others were slashed with glass which shattered when bullets burst their car windows. Presley and Jiyrd recon- structed the 150-mile trail ot terror this way: ANB Official Named As Vice President DuH'ayiie Nail, veteran Abi- lene bank official, has been named vice president and loan officer of Abilene National Bank according to Joe Hodges, board chairman and president. Nail will assume his duties Tuesday. Nail lias lived in Abilene for tlie past 19 years following graduation from Hardin-Sir.t- mons. He spent seven years with Commercial Credit, elev- en years with First National Bank of Abilene, and for Hie past year has served as man- ager of Ed Melson Mobile Company. "We are delighted to add an officer of Kail's stature lo our growing Horjgcs said. Abilene National has approxi- mately tripled its size in the last five years, he added. Nail, who-will handle business and installment cred- it, is married to the former Johnnie Lee Dillard or Abi- lene, and they are the parents of six children Chuck, Dav- Dee, Mike, Slacy and Les- lie. Nail is a deacon at Universi- ty Baptist Church, coach and DWVAYNE NAU, new loan officer treasurer of Ihe Key Cily Lil- League, a director of Ihe Cooper Booster Club and a past president of the South- west Optimist Club. He was born in Coun- ty and went to high school in Graham. At about a.m., a car driven by. Martin B. Esquire! was hit by three bullets while traveling east on Interstate 10. The shooting occurred near Banning, about east of Los Angeles. N'o one was injured on that occasion but the sniper contin- ued east on Interstate 10 and apparently didn't miss again. The first shooting death oc- curred at Indio, about 3i miles east of Banning, when the sni- per got off the highway long enough to fatally wound Jose B. Romero, 58, of Pasadena, at the first intersection. Then he returned to the highway. Here deputies lost track of the lime sequence but they said Billy Gene Tegsrden, 41, of Bell Gardens, was killed in liis pickup truck about 15 miles east of Indio. Further cast, about 15 miles cast of Desert City, the sniper fatally wounded Herman 11. Edge, of Long Beach. Presley said two truck driv- ers witnessed the shooling of Edge and began trailing the sniper, attempting unsuccess- fully at one point to force him off Ihe road. They used a citi- zen's band radio in the truck to get Ihe license and descrip- tion of the vehicle to aulliori- lies. Deputies at first said Hicks was stopped at a roadblock but later tliey said he simply had been pulled over by one of the many law enforcement of- ficers who were called out to look for the sniper. Among those shot at after the third death were Harold Sumpter, 51, and his 17-year- old son Mark, of The father was hit in the cheek by a bullet fragment and the son was struck in the eye, serious- ly injuring him, deputies said. After trealment at a hospital in BIyilie, he was taken to an eye specialist in Phoenix. Two other persons were hos- pitalized with gun shot wounds and were reported in salisfac- lory condition. The second person fired at during the spree was lleginald Garcia, 21, of Anaheim. He was approaching Indio around a.m., en route to the Col- orado River with his wife, her brother and the brother's girlf- riend, when the sniper pulled up and fired inside. "I heard some type of a pop-pop sound." Garcia told a reporter later. "We thought it was some kind of a rock hit- ting the bottom of Ihe car Then he (the sniper) let go with a big bang. The glass shattered and the impact was so hard that glass hit my wife's side, and she was on Ihc passenger side." Reporter-Hews Closed Monday Both editions will be pub- lished 05 us-jtil Mondoy, lobor Doy, bui the busi- ness and advertising de- paftmeijls will be closed. Call for Classified Ads Until Noon You may ploce or kill a classified tine ad any time Monday morntng from 8 noon. If You Miss Your Paper Coll 473-4271 before 9 for ine morning and be- fore 7 P.M. far the even- ing edition and one will be delivered to you. Happy Holiday! Ford Asks 90-Day Delay Of Federal Pay Increases Inside Todoy A Look At1974 Football What's ahead this year for Big Country Football fans? The Reporter-News sports staff has put it in a nice package. Section F. Farmers say laborers from Mexico are needed, but organized iabor contends they are an economic drain. Pg. 23A. An express train speeds through a red light at the entrance to the rail sta- tion in Zagreb, Yugo- slavia, flipping over and killing an estimated 150 passengers. Pg. 8A. AFL-CIO President George Meany says "there is every indication" that the United Mates is heading into a depression. Kg. UC. Abilciw IrcnU Calendar Amusements Auslin Notebook 5A. Berry's World Books........... B'i'lae .................ISA Clesiificd .............8-13C Crossword Puizle........ 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The President billed liis an- nouncement as part of the. fight against inflation, saying: "The''federal.1 government' is taking an essential first step in holding-down the' federal budget and shoeing the way of restraint by all Ameri- cans." Congress has 36 days in which lo disapprove Ford's plan to postpone julomatic Oct. 1 pay hikes for i.-l million civilian workers and 2.1 mil- lion military personnel. In the absence of a vote to disap- prove, the higher wage rates would go into effect Jan. J. The increases, to be paid un- der an automatic formula for making federal salary levels comparable willi those in pri- vate arc espect- ed to average about 5.5 per cent. Ford also announced he is accepting a. plan by former {'resident Richard M. Nixon 1o reduce the federal civilian payroll by 49.000 jobs below the total budgeted for the cur- rent fiscal year. "Wherever h e told Congress, "these reduc- tions will bs accomplished through normal altrilion.'' The President estimated de- ferral of pay iiikcs would cut spending by million this year, while the cut in jobs would save about million. Ford said he regretted seek- ing a postponement of the pay increase but added, "1 am convinced of its necessity." He went on: "federal employes who f am asking lo make a sacrifice are the foundation of sound, effective and efficient govern- ment nevei'lheless, at this critical time in the economic health of our tnUon, 1 must talVbh all Americans without exception to make sacrifices in order to hold down wages and prices." Because federal wor'-icrs nw.ke up one of the largest groups of employes in Ihe c n ti n i r y, Ford said, they "have a special role to play in the fight against inflation' be- cause we in government set Ihe example." Clyde Passes Bond Issue CLYDE Clyde voters barely decided lo accept a school building pro- gram in a 312-302 bond issue vote Saturday. The bond election was called by the Clyde School Board lo provide funds for new facili- ties and the remodeling of pre- sent facilities. school board will meet Tuesday to canvass officially the bond elect'an vote and to hold a public hearing on the school lax rate. The tax rate tentatively has been set for per SIM val- uation based on 40 per cent of appraised value, ff the official canvass reverses the bond election result, the tentative lax rate is per ?100 valua- tion based on 40 per cent o( appraised value, Clyde Supl. L.K. Newton said. The tax rate last year was S1.60 per valuation based on 30 per cent of appraised value. Items lo be funded by the bond issue include a new ele- mentary school, a new science facility, music building and li- brary for Ihe hhh school anil remodeling of existing school buildings. If the Saturday vote count stands up, bids probably will be let about the first of Ihe year. The new elementary school is to be built on a 17.4 acre tract about three-fourths of a mile west of the present cam- pus on Fit IS. The land was purchased last year, Newton said. T h e elementary building would house kindergarten classes through gj-ade five and would be completed by Janu- ary, 1976. Primary and elementary classroom buildings on the present campus would be re- modeled to house high school vocational courses. The pre- sent high school would become a middle school for grades 6-8. The building which presently Imlds clemcntaiy and junior high students would be used tor'high school classrooms. Alleged Prison Gun Smuggler Arrested 1IUNTSVILLE, Tex. f AP) _ Authorities Saturday arrested a man they say helped smug- gle the pistols used by inmate's who held over a doze'u persons hostage for 11 days in an al- lempted breakout from the Texas prison here. A ptison official also said that anolher man, now an in- mate at Uie prison, was the man who actually smuggled into the prison Three pislols used by Fred Gomez Carrasco ami IWQ other inmates in the incident, which ended in four deaths. Police in San Antonio Satur- day arrested Benilo Gonzalcs Alonzo, 39, a former inmate of the prison, then flew him to Huntsville. He was charged Friday in Uuntsville with capi- tal murder. Prison officials say Alonzo has served a prison sentence for theft. A prison official, who asked (hat lie not bo named, said they have evidence that Alon- zo delivered the three pistols to another inmate Lawrence J. Hall. Hall had been questioned about a possible role in the escape. Shortly after his question- ing, he escaped from the pris- on but was captured .Monday in San Antonio at his home. Hall was a Irusty ivhn worked outside the prison unit during the day. He has nol been charged in the Carrasco escape attempt. The prison official said Alonzo obtained Ihe guns from George Cisneros. 30, of San Antonio, who obtained them from three other men nlio have been charged with buy- ing the guns for Carrasco. Cisneros has been charged with capital murder in the case and is still at large. Also charged with capital See AKUI'ST. Pg. 2A, col. 1 'Act of Mercy' Amnesty Plan Recommended By rrtKO S. HOFFMAN AP Military WASHINGTON (AP) -Two Cabinet officers Saturday rec- ommended that, as "a unique act of more Ihan Vietnam era military deserters and draft dodgers he allowed lo cam their way back by spending up lo 18 monlhs in civilian public ietv- ice. Secretary of Defer.se James R. Schlesinger and Ally. Gen. William S also told Presi- dent Ford liial returning des- erters and draft evaders should be rf-'-cd to "execute a formal pledge for -llernalc service including a form uf reaffirmation of allegiance to Ihe United Si ?tes." They suggested lhat the term spent working in hospi- tals, schools, environmental work and other community or charitable organizat.ons cor'd be "in consideration of the circumstances or indi- vidual cases." While House sources said Ford is expected lo announce a conditional amnesty program next week. Press Secretary Jerald F. terliorst cautioned Uwi the recommendations are "nol necessarily what is going lo come He said Ford "has some ideas of his own lhat amend the recommendation.'' Ford intends to put his pro- gi-ani into effect th rough exe- cutive aclhn, said terliorst, declaring that "no congres- sional action would be re- quired." In response lo questions, he said the Ford program would aim at dealing fairly not only with those now abroad or in hiding at home, but also with others who have already re- ceived dishonorable dis- charges or have been com id- and are serving prison terms. Schlcsinger and S'.xbe prc- feircd lo call the program "earned re-entry" and "recon- ciliation" rather than amnes- ty. "This program is designed as a unique act of mercy, in- tended to heal the nation's they said in a joint s i x -p a g e memorandum lo Ford. "In no way is it intended to condone acts of evasion or de- they said. Spokesmen for draft dodgers and deserters living in Canada and relatives of such men have rejected conditional am- nesty or any acknowledgment of wrongdoing. They have in- sisted on unconditional amnes- ty, contending that the Viet- nam war resistcrs acted out ol conscience. Schlesinger and Saxbc pic- scntcd their proposals lo Ford at a nearly two-hour White House meeting 12 days after Ihe new President made a sur- prise announcement opening tfic way to conditional amnes- ty. Ford, who had requested the report, lock the recom- mentations uridfer study. Sources said he asked for ad- ditional information. In a nieniorafidmv. frttcsin- gcr and Saxbc said there ate about tiraiL evaders and deserters polcnliiilly eli- gible for the program. About 3.000 of the draf. dodgers ar.d some desorlen arc living in Canada, they said. The Cabinet officers sug- gested that applications should be accepted starting 30 days from the date Ford formally proclaims Ihe program and lhat deserters and draft dodg- ers be given 120 days from that time to make Iheir move. There have be.n suggestions in Congress that amnesty leg- islation would be revived now thai Ford has indicated he night accept some form of amnesty. However, some con- gressmen have only the President can offer amnes- ty. The report said more mon- ey might be needed, however, lo administer pails of the pro- gram. Saxbe and re- commended limiting eligibility lo those "who committed of- fenses" between Aug. 4, 1961. when Congress en cted the Tonkin Gulf resolution, and the withdrawal ol the last U.S. forces from V i c t n a m on March 28, 1973. Tlie draft evader -would re- main subject to indiclmenl im- See 1'U.N, 1'g. 2A, tol. 7 ;