Abilene Reporter News, September 3, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. .78 PHONE 673-4271 79604, TUESDAY. EVENING, SEPTEMBER 3, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Astaciattd Pmt KKKPicks tional 1 ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -The National Knights Ku run presiden- tial'.ahd'yice "presidential can- the first time in 1976, and: they have already chosen their men. James H. Venable, the imperial wizard, said Dale Reusch, 35, of Lodi, Ohio, dragon in re- ceived 'the presidential .nomi- nation and chose Scott Nelson, '-35; of Houston, Tex., the impe- of the Texas Fiery Knights, as his running mate. They were chosen on'Monday as the Klan wound up its an- nual'convention. Venable said this is the first time Ihe Klan "has ever spon- sored a candidate for national office." He said the Klan will cam- paign against foreign aid, wel- fare, IHe United Nations, tax- es, the present chairman of the Federal Deserve Board and the current system of "re- gional government." Venable said the Klan chose its candidates early "because we hope to comply with each state's law and get enough sig- 1 ''We'll get them on the bal- lot by petition like George Wallace Venable said. wanted, to -get ready in time to have all our contacts made for pur petitions." About 25JMpeT.son's'. attended Ihe klan meeting at 'where Ihe group has met for ihc.past 45 years. KLAN'S PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE Dale Rcuscli: pledges allegiance at'KKK rally AP Wire'pholo 'Stout' Cold Front Ties Low for Date By JOE DACY II Reporter-News Staff Wrilcr An "unseasonably cool" front scut temperatures ulum- meling to a record-tying 52 de- grees Monday, and is creating a chance for even cooler tem- peratures Tuesday night. Forecasters at the National Weather Service said that the "stout" cold front "lias all the cliaraclcrislics of a wintertime Weatherman Jerry O'Bryant said Tuesday morning that the high pressure system behind the front has pushed .it deep DHo Southwest Texas and even Texas Has Early Chill of Autumn BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Most Tcxans awoke to what felt like an autumn chill today in the wake of a cold front still finishing its sweep across the stale behind savage thun- derstorms. Temperatures dipped within a few degrees of freezing in the rur-handle-Plains sector, and it was still noticeably warm only in extreme South Texas. There also were a few show- ers and thunderstorms linger- ing along arid behind the fron- tal system, which by early morning had pushed into the extreme northwest part of the Gulf of Mexico and still lay across Texas south of Corpus Christi and Laredo. Before Hie storms finished passing, Houston measured 2.IS inches of rain within an hour, and Del Ttio received 1.57 inches in. the six hours just before midnight. Vicious winds lashed out -from the line of thunderstorms marking the fronl's-palh and sightings ot several tornadoes were reported in Southeast Texas, including three" funnel clouds in the Houston vicinity. While there was no word of damage from the twisters, fierce winds snapped power lines around Athens in Kast Texas and battered trees and housetops in other places. As calmer weather returned today, Texans living near the coast still kept a cautious watch on Hurricane Carmen, which was haltering across Mass Murder Sanity Jury Seen By JIM BARLOW Associated Press Writer. HOUSTON (AP) David Owens Brooks, 19, a young fa- ther accused of taking part in the homosexual mass murder of 27 youths, is expected today .to ask for a jury to determine his sanity. Brooks, accused in four of the deatha uncovered'last year 'after the alleged leader of the .ring was shot to death by a third member, was due in cqurt for pre-trial hearings to- day. Another delendant; Elmer Wayne Henley, 18, was found guilty in six of the deaths and sentenced to 595 years in pris- by a jury in San Antonio case was moved on a change of venue. .Ted Musick, Brooks' lawyer, says he will ask state District :Court Judge William M. Ilat- ten to set a sanity trial Nov. 4 for the defendant, who is mar- ried and the father of a seven- mohlh-old. child born while he was held in jail on bond. The July would determine if Brooks is presently sane and competent to help in his de- fense on the charges. .If Ihe jury decides lie' is, :a trial on the first.of four'cases would be'set. The-sensational case erupt- ed July 8, 1973, when Henley telephoned police and'said he had shot and killed Dean A. Corll, 33. Henley, and Brooks both gave statements to police and led them lo three sites where the bodies of the youths were found. fn Henley's trial in July, prosecutors recounted graphic stories of boys, lured lo Coi-ll's home where they were tied (o a torture board, homosexually raped and then murdered. Musick said if a jury de- cides Brooks is sane, he will seek a change of venue, lie also said .he might consider letting his client accept a deal offered by prosecutors to plead guilty to all four cases and receive a single life term, the maximum sentence. "I think at that linie we cer- lajnly would not rule out a. the lawyer said, "Cut at this Umc, we have not made a If Hie case goes lo (rial, Mu- sick said, Brooks will plead temporary insanity. If the jury found he was insane at the time of the deaths, Brooks could not be prosecuted but could be sent lo a mental lios- pilal. Musick said in any (rial ho will also attack the statement his client gave police. The lawyer said Brooks was in such poor menial shape the statements are iiivalid. "Our only grounds for sup- pression .will be lack of mental he said. Henley was convicted in two ol U.c four deaths v, Ir i c h Ilrooks is also charged that -Ray Lawrence, lo, and J o h n n y Del-one. Brooks-also the deaths of James'Eugene Glass and Ruben Wilifoid Watson, 17. Lawrence, who lived across the street from Henley, had been nvssiiig only several weeks when his body was found buried in a bbalshed rented by Cprll. DcLone, missing since Hay 1972, was found in a shallow grave on a beach at High Is- land, Tex. The bodies of Watson1 ami Glass were also found in the which yielded the remains ol 17 youliis. Enforcement Drug Fight's Main Tool A regionol drug obuse planner says that, for the present time, law en- forcement is the primary tool available for fighting the 19-county region's, drug abuse problem, which costs the taxpayers million annually. See story, Pg. IB. NEWS INDEX Amusements.............9A Bridge 7C Business Mirror........... 43 Classified..............4-7C Comics................. 3C Fdiloriols 4A Horoscope...............6A Hospital Palisnts ..........3A Obituaries...............2A Sporls................ 1-2C To Your Good Health...... 48 TV Log 9A TV Sccut 9A Women's News........... 3S 'Emergency' Was a Routine Thing By ELLIE RUCKER Q. Page KB, August 26, morning edition, col cm n 4 has a legal notice n'kere city Abilene passed an occu- pational aid ad valorem lax and de- clared ai emergency. WhaS is ths ad valorem tax, what Is ai occupational tax aid wkat IB blazes is tbe emergen- cy? A, Actually tie emergency was kind of thing. Surely you've heard of a routine emergency? Final passage was needed quickly In allow plenty of time for the budget to be printed by the beginning of the fiscal 1. This const.llutes an "emergency" 1C you're in city govern- ment. Ad valorem lax is the personal property tax-and it must be levied every year. Whether :or hot. Ihe lax is raised (it was not) Ihe state requires a new ordinance be passed assessing personal property ev-i ery year, says City Manafier Fred San- Snriic'lhing. goes for the occupational tax. Tli.fs iax is one. the slate levies on various occupations. A city is authorized lo do likewise up to a certain per ccnl of Ihe amount Ihe state collects. In Abilene only people selling hand guns pay occupa- tional lax. The lax was not increased, just assessed for anollicr year. Q. Someone wrote lo your column about Abllcnc's four unsolved mur- ders. We discussed this a bit bill can fhlnk of only three Mrs. Geneva .Tacksony Ite boy and the I arty whose body was fount in a creek. We can't think of (he 4th one. A: You didn't name Shnron Kay Walls who vyas murdered 21, The woman found floating in the creek was Mrs. N. D. (Eloise) Stecle. Q. With all the commotion about painting Unplugs; could the [ire chief have a few words? The hydrants may no I he color coordinated (o Ihdr sur- roundings bill there arc Important rea- sons why (hey're pa'lnled (he way (he.y are. The color on fop of Ihe hydrant Indi- cates (he number of gallons of walcr available. A red lop means danger, only 500 fo gallons a minute can nc pumped. If more water (lie firemen know rot (o lay another en- fiine lo i( bu( (o look for another hy- drant. Yellow means caution, 750 lo gallons a minulc, and green means'go ahead, (here's plenty ot water l.Oflfl gallons a minute or hcltcr. The color coiling speeds us up so we know what we're doing. A.. Fire Cliief D. C. Musick'says, ton, that Fluorescent paint helps fircmcnlocalc plugs quickly.no mailer how dark or how hard it's raining. He says the.men. can't possibly remember where every of the fireplugs arc located. They know, for Micro's a plug a I N. 21st and Pine but don't wliich'corner until Ih'ey gel there. The paint makes the ping easy 16 see wilh Ihe spolliglu. If the city gels involved, in decorating fireplugs, looks like each or whatever- will have a red, yellow or green "liclmet" and a fluorescent uni- form. Thanks for keeping us informed, Chief Musick. Q. Where do I write Sissy Farcn- Ihold? I had a conlribulkm lor her campaign and forgot (o mail it. Now I hear she needs some help paying off her campaign expenses hut I ilon'l know where lo send anything. A. Supposedly slic's opened an office in Houston but that phone or address isn't listed so maybe it's not official yet. Her homo address is 4034 Pipingrock Lane, Houston 77027. We feel sure she'll accept your contribution at home. 0. ffhal arc (he purple and while flowers (he. city planted at S. 7IN and Snylrs? They've been beautiful all summer. I'd like some In my yard. A. Those arc periwinkles. Address questions to Action l.lr.o. Box 30, Abilene, Texns Names will not be used Jnit questions must he signed nnd addresses listed. Please In- clude telephone numbers If possible. the Yucatan force over land but expected to regain strength as it reached open water over the Gulf of Mexico. Temperatures near dawn dived to record lows for the date at many Texas points, dropping to 40 degrees at Per- rytdn arid 41 at Plainview in the Panhandle-Plains sector- It e a d i n g s at other points ranged through the 50s and 60s except in deep South Texas, where it was 77 at Corpus Christi and 79 at McAUen. Stronger Carmen Expected JIERIDA, Mexico (AP) Hurricane .Carmen lost much of its force early today as it crossed the Yucatan peninsula and headed into the Gulf of Mexico, but'was- expected to regain strength as it moved over open water- Three dead were reported in its path. The -storm's broad and dis- organized center was located early today about 50 miles cast of Campeche at latitude 19.1 north and longitude 90.5 west, and Hie center winds had dropped to a minimal hur- ricane force of 75 m.p.h. The sloi'm center advanced only .25 miles to the north in the next three hours and was reported at 19.5 north .latitude and 90.5 west longitude. Carmen was expected to .move into the Bay of Cam- peche today, but forecasters at the National Hurricane Cen- ter in Miami said it. was too early to predict what areas of land might be threatened once the storm reached open water. into Mexico, which is uncom- mon even in winter, he said. But the "worst" may not over yet, he indicated. THAT HIGH pressure sys- tem me. cause'of all the cold air which is circulating out of the.north in a counter- clockwise has not yet settled over Abilene. When it does, possible Tues- day night, O'Bryant said he "wouldn't he surprised" if the mercury dropped to 50 de- grees. That would.break an 1891 record'of 51. Monday's temperature tied a 1915 record arid forecasters had to go all the way back to a.m. Monday to find a high temperature1.'78.degrees. "Let's-put some snow ;in ths O'Bryant quipped, with the official beginning ot fall now 20 days away. O'Bryant said he still con- tends that Hurricane Carmen, now over water in tbe Gulf of Camwehe north of the Yuca- tan Peninsula, could affect Abilene weather. Because, of its passage over land the hurricane is now at minimum force, 75 mph, but is expected to reorg- anize. THE DIRECTION it takes and the movements of. that strong high pressure system north of Abilene could eventu- ally determine whether the Texas coast mil be hit or not. The. disorganized tropical storm is heading that -way, northwest, but at 5 mph. Nevertheless, if it picks up speed, as hurricanes usually do over warm Gulf waters, Abilene's front could become a "steering factor." O'Bryant said Monday that the high pressure system could turn the storm away from the coast, toward the northeast. Meanwhile'that same high pressure dome is expected to clear the clouds out of Abilene, skies and send (he mercury clown with brisk, cool winds, he said. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nfflior.ol Weather Service (WeBrfitr Mop, Pg. 3A) ABILENF AND VICINITY [IfrmiJe radius) Decreasing cloudiness lodoy [air lonighl and Wednesday. Unseasonably coo) today.' and tonight. Wnrmcr Wedncsdoy. Northeasterly winds 12 (o ?J mph loday diminishing HTqrVlodav neor 70. Lov; fonipHf m rnc lower 5Cs, High .Wednesday In Ins upprr Hfgh and low far 14 hours.ending f a.m.: 7a rnrj 52. Hfgh Irr.v same dafs lB3l year; 75 end Sunrise fotfav: sunset Tonight: sunrise Traffic Deaths Over DY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic accidents claimed 41 lives and Texas counted a to- tal of 64 violent deaths during Ihe extended Labor Day week- end. The number of fatalities on streets and highways exceeded by seven an advance estimate by the Texas Department of Public Safely of 34 such fatali- ties. These vcrc among the latest victims in the holiday period from C p.m. Friday to mid- night Monday: Three members of a Kansas family died Monday near Bo- gnta in East Texas when their car struck a tree. They were Cecil Pallon, 39; his son Rob- ert, 17; and his stepson Ken- neth Owens, 16, all of Shaw- nee, Knn. Palton's wife and another son were hospitalized. A residential fire claimed Hie life of Johnny Jartsky al his Sinton home Monday. James I.ockwood Jr., 24, drowned Monday in Lake Con- roe. The body was recovered by swimmers about 30 min- utes after he was reporlcd missing. Larry Bennett, IS, was slabbed and shot lo death Monday morning in a cafe argument at Cameron. Doris Mario Young, 29, of Conroe was shot' and killed Monday at a service station. Police siiid a man was arrest- ed and charged. A young couple was killed early Monday when a car ran over (hem as they lay sleeping in the middle of Texas 71, near Marble Falls, slate police said. The victims were Ituss C. Townsend, 16, of Winde- mere, Fla. and Diane G.' Wurtz, 15, or Orlando, Kia. In iN'acogdoches, Joe Paul King, 25, and his wife Deborah died Monday when their car collided with a tractor-trailer truck on U.S. 59 Their 3-year- old daughlcr was seriously in- jured. In Falls County; Dexter Dawson, 11, drowned Monday in Ihe Old City Lake. Donald Elmo Davis, 19, of Fort. Worth died Monday in a two-car collision one mile west of Slephenville on U.S. 67. SEll IT! BUY IT! RENT IT! FIND IT! A WEEK-ENDER WANT AD 15 WORDS 3 DAYS SAVE S2.00 Additional words 15' each No pho.ne orders Cash in cdvance Deadline 3 pm No refunds ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS, ;

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