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   Duncaville Suburban (Newspaper) - May 25, 1989, Duncanville, Texas                                 -i. I'-,-  C 1 T  í____ .  í Q  \ \  -i -^s  < o-j  .-O  \  35 CENTS  Ji ^ j r;.Oj Ly/ iim'.gp'Mi«:.■.! i íj; ' ^ í ; ; 'j ^ '' i ! s"-. ^ ____________ _ ......^  D  ^ " í  •/A V.;::.  MAY 25. 1989  ,r,,.. _! J.......... .. J__a........ - .......■ ^ J, „  ......"j  VOL. 29, NO. 43  4 SECTIONS  Panthers swe^p by'Horns, still rolling in playoffs,  —Page ID  Prison ministry leads local woman Into cx)unsellng.  — PagelB  01  Police, feds combine ío anesí six  in Duncanviñe marijuana bust  Bjf Tom Bryson  StaffWrUer  . Ajoint operation by Duncanville police and federal immigration cfficcrs Iluesday resulted in six arrests and the confiscation of more dian a ((uarter ton of marijuana-'' the largest drug bust in Puncanville history.  Agents of the Immigration and , Natu^ization Service had been watching ' a business warehouse shop at 706 East Redbiid Lane, No. 120, for several months ' before calling Duncanville police to assist .. theh} with a raid at about 2:15 p.m. ; Six Duncanville' officers and eight im-- migration agents arrested five men and one woman and seized about 788 pounds of marijuana, $32,500cbh, a semi-automatic handgun; a Chevrolet van and a Lincoln ..Continental sedan.  Police said five of the arrested persons are Mexican nationals. The owner of the ' shop, Jose Sanchez, 27,of 3914Falls Drive ' in D^as, was chaorged with unlawful pos-, session of marijuana over 200 pounds and transferred to Dallas Sheriff's Office cus-tody Wednesday under $120,000 bond.  Cesario Manuel Cantu, 21, of Dallas, ^ was taken to DSO on the same charge and same bond.  .. RobertEarl Smith, 38, of Grand Prairie, was charged with criminal conspiracy to : possess marijuana over 200 pounds. He 'was transferred to DSO Wednesday on  $100,000 bond.  Maria Martinez-Garduno, 27, of Dallas, and Fortino Chavez-Alcaraz, 23, were being held on immigration charges.  Police said the sixth person was released, pending further investigation.  "Immigration has had an ongoing investigation for thelast severalmonths dn those particular, people at that particular location," said Duncanville Police Sgt. James Gowsert. "Word was from immigration they were suspected of smupling drugs and illegal aliens out of there.  Ronald C. Chandler, district director of the Dallas INS office related the incident in a prepared statement Wednesday.  "Sanchez and his body shop have been under investigation by INS agents for transporting illegal aliens for about eight months," he said. "Two months ago, infor?.. mation linking Sanchez to narcotics trafficking was developed and a joint investigation was initiated with the Duncanville police.  "Tuesday afternoon, a van was observed arriving and leaving die body shop and was stopped by INS agents and Duncanville police officers. The marijuana could be smelled and seen in the van. It was seized and the driver arrested.  "The $32,500 was found in a 1985 Lincoln Continental parked outside the body shop and owned by Smith's property See RAID, Page 2A  Suburban photo by Kirk J. Crippons  Duncanville police Sgt* James Cowseri weighs a 30-pound "bale" of marijuana recovered Tuesday afternoon as part of the largest drug raid in Duncanville history. Six people were arrested and 78S pounds of maryuana seized in the operation, conducted jointly with federalimmlgration officers.  ■ • - ~ Suburban photo by KirH J. Crippens  Siiiii story  Diihcanville High School junior Brian Rawlings tells his story during the second positive peer leadership seminar held Saturday as a part of the New Focus program. About 1(K) students attended the all-day event at DHS.  By TomBryson  Staff Writer  Galling it the lesser of three legislative evils, Duncanville school officials said Tuesday the so-called school finance bill could cost the district an estimated $ 141,000 in lost state funding and spur a tax increase.  Having unanimously passed the state Senate May 2 and the House last week, the bill supposedly attempts to assert equity in state funding for all school districts, rich or poor.  The differences between the Senate and House versions of the measure ¿re set to be hammered out in a conference committee.  Grand jury  A Dallas county grand jury is soon to hear the case of a Duncanville police sergeant who shot and killed an off-duty Dallas officer following a domestic quarrel last month. ' Investigatoh said the grand jury will consider the case June 5. Police added all shootr ings are routinely referred to the grand jury.  Sgt. Glenn Repp HI was reportedly con-  Diincflnville ladepsndent School District Depu<> Superinuindent Ken Brem said the change m "wealth factors" in the district woilld cause a loss of $750,0(X) in state funding according tp present state to local funding ratio formulas.  However, Brem said the bill would hardly affect Duncanville positively as it calls for  enrollments will result in DuncanvUle's loss of an additional $141,000 in state funds it would have otherwise had without the school, finance bill,  "The only value is in that particular bill, ijd lose less money than in some of the others maTwere proposed," Brem said. Accordinfe to Texas Education Agency  state aid to be prorated according to the local^^igirgs^a fljfor substitute for the bill would district's tax effort. resdlt in a D  . He explained the state property tax board, which die Texas Education Agency uses for figuring wealth factors, is reflecting increased wealth in Dunc^ville. That, combined with almost no variation in student  Duncanville loss of $ 1.04 million in the first ye'ar and $1.7 million over the legislative biennium.  A House Public Education Committee proposed substitute for the measure would  See TAXES, Page 12A  fronted by off^luty Dallas Sgt. Larry Wise outside his residence 442 Kelly Court at about 3:15 a.ml April 16. Police report Wise had been quarreling with his ex-wife and had been drinking.  Wimesses said he Uireatened Repp and officer Stacy Holden several times with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver before Repp fu-ed  once, striking Wise in the chest. Wise also fired but the bullet lodged in a bicycle near the fron't door. Wise was pronounced dead at Charlton Methodist Hospital, Repp was not injured. Investigators filed no charges in the incident, adding they believe the shooting was justified.  Project Graduation^ billed as a drug-free and alcohol-free celebjration for 1989 graduates of Duncanville High School, is from 11 p.ra. until 6 a.m., June 1 at the Duncanville IJoliday Inn.  Leslie Flaneiy, coordinator of district intervention serviceis, said the party wUl follow the forrnal commencement ceremonies ear  lier the evening of June 1 at PanUier Stadium.  Sponsored by the High on Life group at Duncanville High School and the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, the party is in its second year. Last year it drew about 250 party-goers, butFlanery said sponsors are expecting a larger crowd this year.  Project Graduation will feature a casino  night jfor the students, and the play money they win can be used at die endof the evening to bid on a variety of auction items. There also will be drawings throughout the evening for prizes and gift certificates, all donated by local merchants, parentis and member of the community.  Dancing throughout die evening will fea  ture Y-95 disc jockey J.D. Ryan. In addition io snacks served throughout the party, there will be a sitdo'wn breakfast served during the early morning hours, said Flanery.  Highlight of the evening will be the awarding of two prizes to two lucky seniors in attend^ce — trips for two people for three nights, including airfare and beachfront  hotels, one to Acapulco and the second to Puerto Vallaita.  The celebration is open to all graduating seniors and one guest per senior. Tickets are $15 per person and those who purchase them in advance at DHS will receive a Project Graduation T-shirt. Tickets also will be sold at the door die evening of the party.  From sU^reports  A. stout south wind destroyed the  arimial Honors Day activities Friday at Panther Stadium.  Filling mpst of the home side of the stadiumrthe student body watched and cheeifed as awards from attendance to scholarshii) were bestowed. DHS j^cipal Lynn Dobbins said the end  to ^o^ize students who have i^eived honors m thek areas of iiiterest.  To open the assembly, spnior counselors " -Diane Dilworth and Nancy Pollard presented Itfe'alljr awarded scholarships.  '">Mrs.' Louise Alexander presented the Loui^ ,^exander Scholarship to Michelle ^y ^d^ Guy Huggins, This scholarship, begun iri-1982, pays for tuition, books and ' fees for four years at the University of Texas at:Arlingtonf;The students also must be enrolled in theReserve.Officers Training Corps  (ROTC) during freshman and sophomore years.  Miss Amy will seek a business degree and Huggins will stody engineering. ,  The scholarships are die niost extensive offered to DHS students attending UTA. The scholarship fund has about $68,000, with about 10 percent available annually for use.  "Kiree former recipients are graduating from UTA this semester, making two scholarships available.  Duncanville Homebuilders' Association scholarships went to Lillie Davis and Carla Chapman.  Shawn Christiansen, Virginia Kilgore, Matt Daniel and Rick Taylor received die Duncanville All-Sports Association scholarships.  Michelle Dean was awarded the Wal Mart scholarship.  An award, in memory of DHS graduate  Suburban photo by Dave Wujclk  George Ogden, was awarded toLeslie Arnold Louise Alexander Scholarship recipients Michelle Amy andt Guy Huggins flank See HONORS Page9A Mrs. Alexander during Honors Day ceremonies held Friday at Panther Stadium.  Amid die overcast skies and a few drops of rain, the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce's lOüi Annual Open Golf Tournament at Thomtree Country Club was played widiout interruption Monday.  One hundred tíiirty-two golfers played 18 holes of golf. But, only one team ended up witii die winning honors: Ron Medien, Jerry Wilson, Billy Bob Stewart, and Pat O'Gonnell. The winning foursome also holds the honorable distinction of being All-Stars on SMU's 1966 Championship Golf Team.  Other winners include: second place -Dean Lewis, John Certa, Gil Smidi, and Chuck Pangbum; third place - Gary Williams,.Vic Powell, Lou McKeman, and Hugh McKeman; fourth place - Bobby L^wrimore, Mike Young, Louis Kubica, and Cullen Eubanks; aiM fifdi place - Jay Bird, Jerry Smidi, Fibber McGhee, and Royce Hines.  While the golfers enjoyed an afternoon of  See GOLF, Page 12A  ß^f.  C-3 „ ^   

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