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Publication: Abilene Reporter News September 1, 1974

Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 1, 1974, Abilene, Texas ®f)t HWIene Reporter 'WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSc TO FRIENDS OR FOES W E SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES MTH YEAH, NO. 76 PHONE 673-4271ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER I, 1974—NINETY-SIX PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS 25c SUNDAY +lc Slate Sale. Tu . Showing their stripes These four tiger cubs 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 part of the day Sunday, are probably the last group of cubs the zoo will have because of new federal guidelines prohibiting the sale of tigers and other animals on the endangered species list. (Staff Photo by Gerald Ewing) Sniper Spree Leaves Three Dead, 7 Hurt Bv STEVE MONTIEL Associated Press Writer INDIO, Calif. (AP) — A sniper terrorized motorists on a lonely stretch of desert for nearly six hours before dawn Saturday, killing three persons, injuring seven others and riddling several autos with bullets. A car matching the description provided by witnesses was pulled over about 25 miles west or Blythe, a city on the Califomia-Arizona border, and the driver was arrested without a struggle. Riverside < ounty Undersheriff Robed Presley said. Presley identified the man as Richard Harold Hicks, IU ut Tucson. Wiz. He was booked for investigation of murder and assault with intent to commit murder. Sheriff’s ( apt. Cois Byrd said a .22-caliIjer sawed-off rifle and some expended cartridges were found in Hicks’ tar. Officers said the sniper apparently chose his victims — many of them on Labor Day weekend outings — at random, pulled alongside them on Interstate IU and fired from his moving car. Nine separate shooting incidents were reported, they said AP MAP SHOWS WHERE MI ol the dead were men w ho had been shot in the head while driving along a desolate stretch of interstate IO. the main artery between Los Angeles and Photnix, Anz. Most of the injured also had lieen driving, officers said, indicating that the sniper fired out the passenger's window while speeding past the victims car to his right. They said four of the seven wounded were shot and the others were slashed with glavs which shattered when bullets burst their car windows. Presley and Byrd reconstructed the 150-mile trad of terror this way: ANB Official Named As Vice President DuWayne Nail. veteran Abilene 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 has lived in Abilene for the past lf) years following graduation from Hardin-Sim-mons. He spent seven years with Commercial Credit, eleven years with First National Bank of Abilene, arui lur the past year has served as manager of Ed Melson Mobile Home Company. *‘VVe are delighted to add an officer of Nall’s stature to our growing staff,” Hodges said. Abilene National has approximately tripled its size in the last five years, he added. Nail, who will handle both business and installment credit, is married to the former Johnnie Lee Dillard ut Abilene, and they are the parents of six children — Chuck. David, Dee, Mike, Stacy and Leslie. Nail is a deacon al Universi-ty Baptist Church, coach and DEWAYNE NALL . . . new loan officer treasurer of the Key City Lit-the League, a director of the Cooper Booster Club and a past president of tile Southwest Optimist Club Ile was born in Young Coun tv and went to high school in Graham. At about 12:25 a.m., a car driven by Martin B. Esquivel was hit by three bullets while traveling east on Interstate IO. The shooting occurred near Banning, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. No one was injured on that occasion but the sniper continued east on Interstate IO and apparently didn’t miss again. The first shooting death occurred at Indio, about 35 miles east of Banning, when the sniper got off the highway long enough lo fatally wound Jose B. Romero, 50, of Pasadena, at the first intersection. Then he returned to the highway Here deputies lost track of the time sequence but they said Billy Gene Tegarden. 4! of Bell Gardens, was killed in his pickup truck .about Jo miles east of Indio. Further east, about 15 miles east of Desert City, tile sniper fatally wounded Herman R. Edge. 25, of Long Beach. Presley said two truck drivers witnessed the shooting of Edge and began trailing the sniper, attempting unsuccessfully at one point to force him off the road. They used a citizen’s band radio in the truck to get the license and description of the vehicle to authorities. Deputies at first said Hicks was stopped at a roadblock but later they said he simply-had been pulled over by one of the many law enforcement officers who were called out lo look for the sniper. Among those shot at after the third death were Harold Sumpter. 51. and Ins 17-year-old son Mark, of Whittier. The father was hit in the cheek by a bullet fragment and the son was struck in the eye, seriously injuring him, deputies said. After treatment at a hospital in Blythe, he was taken to an eye specialist in Phoenix. Two other persons were hospitalized with gun shot wounds and were reported in satisfactory condition. The second person fired at during the spree was Reginald Garcia, 21. of Anaheim. He was approaching Indio around 3:15 a.m., en route to the Colorado River with his wife, her brother and the brother's girlfriend, 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 hitting the bottom of the 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 the passenger side.’’ Reporter-Hews Closed Monday Both editions will be published os usjol Monday, labor Day, but the business and advertising departments will be closed, Call for Classified Ads Until Noon You may place or kill a classified line ad any time Monday morning from 8 A.M. untd-12 noon. lf You Miss Your Paper Call 673-4271 before 9 for the morning and before 7 P M, for the evening edition and one will be delivered to you. Have A Happy Holiday! Ford Asks 90-Day Delay Of Federal Pay Increases Inside Todoy A Look At 1974 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 labor contends they are an economic drain. Pg. 23A. An express train speeds through a red light at the entrance to the roil station in Zagreb, yugoslavia, flipping over and killing an estimated ISO passengers. Pg. BA. AFL-CIO President George Meany says "there is every indication" that the United States is heading into a depression. Pg. loc.. Abilene Event* Calender 22A Amusement* ... ........1-4* Austin Notebook ..........SA Berry's World ........... 4A Books..................I    BA Bridge ... .............I    BA Classified ..........B-13C Crossword Puzzle.........IBA Editorials .............4    A Form News ...........I    BC Horoscope ............11A Hospital Patients........BA Jumble fusile.........IBA Merkels ............ 1J-1SC Oil ............. 12,    UA Obituaries .............IBA Recording*      3B Setting the Scene...... 28 Sports ...............1-7C Tesos    ...    22A This Week In West Tesos . . 22A Today In History ....... 3B To Your Geed Health  IBA TV Tab...........1-14E Women's New* ........1-120 By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (A Pi -President Ford asked Congress Saturday to defer for 90 days an October pay increa>.e for 3.5 million federal employes and said he will push ahead w ith a plan to cut 40,000 jobs from the government payroll. in a message to Congress, Ford said the two moves taken together would lop about $1 billion from the lederal budget for the current fiscal year that began July I. The President billed his announcement as part of the tight against inflation, saying: • The federal government is taking an cnemial first step m holding down the fedora’ budge’ and showing the way of restraint by all Americans.” Congress has 30 days in which to disapprove Ford's plan to postpone automatic Od. I pay hikes for 1.4 million civilian workers and 2.1 million military personnel. In the abience of a vote to disapprove, the higher wage rates would go into effect Jan. I. The increases, to be paid under an automatic formula for making tederal salary levels comparable with those, in private employ men!. are expected to average about 5 5 per cent. Ford also announced he is accepting a plan by former President Richard M. Nixon lo reduce the federal endian payroll by ah.Oho jobs below the total budgeted for the current fiscal year. “Wherever possible,’’ h e told Congress, “there reductions will be accomplished through normal attrition.'’ The President estimated de ferral of pa) hikes would cut spending by $700 million this year, while the cut in jobs would save about $3tt) million. Ford said ho regretted seeking a postponement of the pay increase but added. “I ain convinced of its necessity.” He went on: “Federal employs who I am asking to make a sacrifice are the foundation of sound, effective and efficient government ... nevertheless, at this critical time in the economic health of our nation. I must lull on all Americans without exception to make sacrifices in order to hold down wages and prices.” Because federal tvorkei s make up one of the largest groups cf employes in the c o u n f r y, Ford said, they “have a special role to play in the tight against Inflation he cause we in government set the example.” Clyde Posses Bond Issue CLYDE — Clyde voters barely decided to accept a $750,000 school building program in a 312-3ttl bond issue vote Saturday. The bond election was called bv the Clyde School Board to provide funds for new facilities and the remodeling of present facilities. Ti.e school board will meet Tuesday to canvass officially the bond elect in vote and to hold a public hearing on the school tax rate. The tax rate tentatively has been set for $1.30 per $100 valuation based on 40 per cent of appraised value. If the official canvass reverses the bond election result, the tentative tax rate is $1 per $100 valuation based on 40 per cent of appraised value. Clyde Supt. LF. Newton said. The tax rate last year was $1.60 per $100 valuation based on 30 per cent of appraised value. Items to be funded by the bond issue include a new elementary school, a new science facility, music building and library for the high school and remodeling of existing school buildings. If the Saturday vote count stands up, bids probably will be let about the first of the year. The new elementary school is to be built on a 17.4 acre tract about three-fourths ol a mile west of the present campus on F.M 18. The land was purchased la^t year, New ion said. T h e elementary building would house kindergarten classes through grade five ami would be completed by January, 1976. Primary and elementary classroom buildings on the present campus would be remodeled to house high school vocational courts. The present high school would become a middle school for graces 6-8 The holding which presently bolds elementaiT and junior high students would be used for high school classrooms Alleged Prison Gun Smuggler Arrested HUNTSVILLE, Tex. ( AP) \uthontses Saturday arrested a man they say helped smuggle the pistols used by inmates vv ho held over a dozen persons hostage for ll days in an attempted breakout from the Texas prison here. A prison official also said that another man. now an inmate at Ute prison, was the man who actually smuggled into the prison three pistols used by Fred Gomez Carrasco and two other inmates in the incident, which ended iii four deaths. Police in San Antonio Saturday arrested Benito Gonzales Alonzo, 39, a former inmate of the prison, then flew him to Huntsville. He was charged Friday in Huntsville with capital murder. Prison officials say Alonzo has served a prison sentence for theft. A prison official, who a-'ked that be not be named, said they have evidence that Alonzo delivered the three pistols to another inmate, lawrence J. Hall. Hall had been questioned about a possible* role in the escape. .Shortly after his questioning. he escaped from the prison but was captured Monday in San Antonio at his home. Hall was a trusty who worked outside the prison unit during the day. He has not been charged in the Carrasco escape attempt the prison official said Alonzo obtained the guns from George Cisneros. 30. of san \ntorao. who obtained them from three other men who have been charged with buying the guns for Carrasco. Cisneros has been charged with capital murder in the case and is still at large Mso charged with capital see ARREST, Pg. JA. (OI. IAct of Mercy' Amnesty Plan Recommended By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -Two Cabinet officers Saturday recommended that, us “a unique act of mercy,” more than 28,000 Vietnam era military deserters and draft dodgers lie allowed to earn their way back by spending up to 18 months in civilian public service. Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Atty. Gen. William S be also told President Ford that returning deserters and draft evaders should be n** ;”ed to “execute & formal pledge lur ’.ternate service including a form of reaffirmation ol allegiance to the United sm’es.” They suggested that the term spent working in hospitals, schools, environmental work and other community or charitable organizations cor’d be redu cd “in consideration of the circumstances or individual cases.” White House sources said Ford is expected to announce a conditional amnesty program next week. Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst cautioned that Hie recommendations are “not necessarily what is going to come oui.'’ He said Ford “has some ideas of his own that amend the recommendation. ’ Ford intends to put his program into effect through executive action, said terHorst, declaring that “no congressional action would be required ” In response to 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 received dishonorable discharges or have been convicted and are serving prison terms. Schlesinger and S -.xbe pi e-ferred to call the program “earned re-entry” and “reconciliation” rather than amnesty. “This program is designed as a unique act of mercy, intended to heal the nation s wounds.” they said in a joint s i x -p a g e memorandum to Ford. “In no way us it in’ended to condone acts of evasion or desertion,” they said. Spokesmen for draft dodgers and deserters living in Canada and relatives of such men have rejected conditional amnesty or any acknowledgment of wrongdoing. They have in sisted on unconditional amnesty, contending that the V ietnam war resisters acted out of conscience. Schlesinger and Saxbe pie-sented their proposals to Ford at a nearly two-hour White House meeting 12 days after the new President made a surprise announcement opening the w ay to conditional amnesty. Ford, who had requested the report, took the recom-mendations under study. Sources said he asked for additional information. In a memorandum. Sehlesin* gcr and SaxDe said there are about 15.500 di ait evaders and 12.838 deserters potentially eligible tor the program. About 3.000 of the draft dodgers and some 1,500 deserters are living in I anatta, they said The Cabinet officers suggested that applications should be accepted starting 30 days from the date Ford formally proclaims the program and that deserters and arati dodgers be given 120 days from that lime to make their move. There have be n suggestions in Congress that amnesty legislation would be revived now that Ford has indicated he ni-iht accept some form of amnesty. However, some con gressmen have singested only the President can offer amnesty. The report said more mourn might be needed, however, to administer parts of the pro-gram. Saxbe and Schlesinger recommended limiting eligibility to those “who committed offenses” belwcen Aug. 4. 1964 when Congress en (-ted the Tonkin Gulf resolution, and the withdrawal ut the last I's. forces from Vietnam on March 23. 1973. The draft evader would ionium subject to indictment un see PLAN, Pg. 2A, Vol. 7 ;

  • Bell Gardens
  • Benito Gonzales Alonzo
  • Billy Gene Tegarden
  • Cois Byrd
  • Fred Gomez Carrasco
  • Fred S. Hoffman
  • George Cisneros
  • George Meany
  • Gerald Ewing
  • Harold Sumpter
  • Herman R. Edge
  • J. Hall
  • James R. Schlesinger
  • Joe Hodges
  • Johnnie Lee Dillard
  • Jose B. Romero
  • Martin B. Esquivel
  • Reginald Garcia
  • Richard Harold Hicks
  • Richard M. Nixon
  • Steve Montiel

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: September 1, 1974

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