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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - March 1, 1987, Galveston, Texas                                TRANSITION PLANS MAPPED SPORTS PROSECUTION PLEA IGNORED fts LIU IN PRISON MTAILSPAOI14A I See First Financial Center in our Lobby to purchase your IRA or Call 7636561 for details H InterFirst FOIC i MV5 EfIP RE M i CnCF I L M COM G BOX 1 LLrtS TX 75381 TOYOTA 2112 GULF FRWT LEAGUE CITY 3322541 1967 Galveston 1967 Galveston Newspapers Inc VOL 144 No 325 Member Associated Press SUNDAY MORNING MARCH Texas Oldest Newspaper Daily Sunday turn isle into giant party Theme of Mardi Gras parade laces jazzy festival with a tropical flavor ByTERI CROOK News Staff Writer GALVESTON Revelers turned out in force Saturday night for the isles most popular Mardi Gras parade An estimated spectators of the third annual jKnights of Momus parade kept lawmen busy police said but created few major problems The theme of Momus Sails the Caribbean laced the traditionally jazzy festival with island touches An entrepreneurial spirit mingled in the carnival atmosphere as residents strategically near the parade route rented out carlength plots of land to A photographic look at Mardi Gras PageSC tourists for as much as each People lined the parade route along Seawall Boul evard 25th Street and the downtown area early in the day although a steady stream of traffic con tinued to flow into Galveston even minutes before the procession was scheduled to begin Some of those early downtown merrymakers paid an extra to enter a fourblock area of the Strand Blocking the area raised the ire of a few Strand merchants until City Manager Doug Matthews re vised it Saturday morning A fence had blocked the patrons from access to some stores so that Tre mont House Masked Ball patrons could walk unhar rassed from the hotel to a building on Strand Mat thews took the fence down after a merchant pro tested The cordonedoff section offered those within an occasional glimpse of a street act such as a juggler or Outside the gates a small but vocal group sang hymns and carried signs exhorting the revelers to Repent and be By the carnivalgoers were staking out territory from which to watch the parade At 21st Street and Seawall Boulevard last minute prepara tions by parade participants were taking place in quiet surroundings The show began almost on time and quickly pro ceeded up 25th Street in an orderly fashion accord ing to police There were 13 floats marching bands the Philadelphia Mummers Bahamian Junkanoos giant walking heads and clowns all led by parade mar See MARDI GRAS Page 15 A Police kept busy but no serious problems evident ByARLENEBATTISTA News Staff Writer GALVESTON Water spewed from an untapped Tire hydrant floats were slowed to pass what was thought to be a live electric wire in the street and several children were lost in the 1987 Mardi Gras crowd But in the words of one police officer it was a rowdy crew but nothing in Units from 15 sources joined forces Saturday to help Galveston police control the crowd that converged on the island and though they were extremely busy following the parade there were no reports of serious injury or major accidents a GPD dispatcher noted Island officers from the night and evening shifts were combined to work one shift from 3 Saturday to 3 Sunday said GPD Sgt Lenny Chide In addition officers from Houston League City the Galveston Sheriffs Office Clear Lake Shores Tiki Island Constable Precinct 4 Kemah Friendswood Galveston SWAT the Texas National Guard Department of Public Safety and Texas were on hand to help with crowd and traffic control Traffic onto the island was heavy and steady throughout the morning and the pace picked up as the clock ticked closer to the parade deadline By there were reports of people damaging a Houston Police Department patrol car by walking on the hood and a resident was reported to be selling parking spaces along a public street Shortly after the parade began police received reports of people jumping on a float at 25th and Avenue P and at 22nd and Strand a motorist reportedly drove through a barricade into a crowd No one was reported injured in either incident A downed telephone wire at 25th and Broadway temporarily slowed the parade as officials believed it to be a live electric wire At p five minutes after the downed wire was reported the Galveston Fire Department was called to shut off a fire hydrant which was spew ing water along the parade route in the 2300 block of Mechanic Its like eoine through a survival course but we di did get to the See TRAFFIC Page ISA 8 persons killed 117 hurt in Mississippi tornadoes LAUREL Miss AP Powerful tornadoes swept across southcentral Mississippi on Saturday killing eight people and injuring at least 117 others fallen trees and power lines blocked rescue efforts Weve got injuries along a 15to 20mile said Carl Carlos Jones County Civil Defense direc tor Officials called units of the National Guard to help clear roadways and prevent looting Saturday night at damage sites inside the twomilewide swath Jones County which bore the brunt of the storms fury was declared a disaster area said Gov Bill Allain who toured the area Saturday evening About 150 homes were destroyed and 492 families were forced to seek other shelter because of damage to their homes said Dusty Perkins spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency The Salvation Army Red Cross and area churches were finding places for displaced residents to stay the night Allain said onefourth of the injuries were serious said Carl Carlos Jones County Civil Defense director Details were not available Saturday evening One or more tornadoes spawned by a storm system that had dumped heavy rain and caused flooding in other parts of the state hit at midmorn ing and killed three people in the community of Glade five miles southeast of Laurel The area was hit so bad that they apparently couldnt get to all the said JoAnn Dunagin nursing director at South Mississippi State Hospital in Laurel Another person was killed on the outskirts of Laurel and the four other fatalities were reported elsewhere in the county said Jones County Deputy Larry Harper A tornado ripped through the eastern part of Glade a farming community of about 300 people See TORNADOES Page 15A Weather ARE A FORECAST Sunny High mid 60s low near 50 Fair tonight Monday sunny high mid 60s GALVESTON BAY North winds near 15 knots northeast wind near 10 knots tonight Waters slightly chop py to choppy BEACH WATER 58 degrees More Passing Parade Don and Marge Ulsh of Friendswood are back from a Caribbean cruise visiting Cozumel the Grand Cayman Island and Ocho Rios in Jamaica That 10foot long alligator that everyone oohed and aah ed at in the Krewe of Aquarius parade was built by local ar tist Eddie Palomo with help from his family and partner Deborah Butler It took first prize Happy Birthday Artie Elten Balsam Carol Anna Coffnian Karen Linton Daryl Wayne Mardis Matthew Tang Carol Coffman Evelyn Jones Mark J Gibbon Mildred Jones Ada L Barnett Norva Mark and Dennis Paul Byrd Jr Also born today David Niven actor Ron Howard film actor director Happy Anniversary to Leon and Hazel Phillips who are celebrating 50 years Index Bulletin Local Money Of Special Police Texas TV Rescued Donation upswing breathes new life into CanDo By THOMAS MUELLER News Staff Writer TEXAS CITY CanDo Search and Rescue has grown accustomed to the unusual In fact the organization spends most of its time rescu ing boaters and swimmers who find themselves in trouble in the Texas CityGalveston area Until last year the group had performed that task thou sands of times without great concern for their future Thats when donations dwin dled equipment failed and the group faltered on the verge of collapse A severe storm thatswept through the area last May left one of the groups boats under water and several members of the group along with three children and four adults who had been rescued from a Mud Island fishing expedition swimming in 10foot seas off the Texas City Dike The rescue attempt suc ceeded All the fishermen and rescuers survived The boat however went to the bottom Rescuers later hauled out the vessel and repaired it but the expense of maintaining the ag ing boat became too much for strained CanDo coffers Though the group was busy as ever numerous aid calls and rescues each weekend donations kept dwindling Boats grew older and couldnt be repaired The rumor of a foldup gained credibility Then private citizens stepped in First a Santa Fe man do nated a boat Then a Galveston woman donated Finally a third citizen donated his boat to the rescue operation That generosity bought time and perhaps some lives as well Behind those donations CanDo has geared up for another season of rescues Its gonna noted CanDo organizer Boots Reed Reed spent several months pondering the fate of his rescue group which has pulled swimmers boaters fishermen and surfers from salty sea waters Some of those people donate to the volunteer group after their rescue but most just go along their merry way he said Its been a problem A lot of people want the service but they want it for nothing Last year it really got Reed recalled As equipment wore out he had no choice but to curtail rescue services He estimated the group has bypassed some 30 calls in the past few months It hurts my feehngs to tell people I cant go but thats just the way it is You cant get em if you dont have a he said Fortunately he said that excuse is now outdated In response to a call for help cit izens came forward and rescued the failing service Donations to date include one 17foot boat and an 18footer as well each equipped with a 115horsepower outboard motor A Galveston woman who See RESCUE PageiSA   

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