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   Advocate (Newspaper) - April 11, 1972, Victoria, Texas                                126lh Year No. 325 THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE Victoria, Texas, 77901, Tuesday, April 11, 1972 Guseman Out as Chief 20 I'utfi's 10 Cents JOHN GUSEMAN Police Chief John Guseman was apparently fired Monday although is was officially handled as a resignation. A letter of resignation from Guseman was released early Monday afternoon by City Manager John Lee following a visit to his office earlier In the day by a number of women em- ployes of Ihe police department. Lee had "no comment" when questioned if Guseman had been asked to resign and about events leading up to the resignation. "The less I say about that the he said. Lee said that he would not deny, however, that a delegation had called an him, but he also refused to comment further on the purpose of their visit. A member of the delegation contacted by The Advocate said she was told not to make a com- ment. "All 1 can say is no she said, "All of us have no comment." The women employes, which included everything from police agents to secretaries and dispatchers, were apparently bent on resigning after voicing their complaints about the situation involving the police chief. Tax Warning Given CHICAGO (AP) Treasury Secretary John Connally said Monday that perhaps millions of tax returns that might have gone uninspected will receive a thorough audit by the Internal Revenue Service because of what he called widespread fraud by tax consultants, Connally, addressing the 50lh annual meeting of the National Association of Broad- casters, said a survey recently completed by the Treasury Department in the southeastern United States showed that 97 per cent of lax returns pre- pared by persons other than the taxpayer were fraudulent. "We are going to do some thing about he declared, "Forty in- diclments have been handed down as a result of the investigation we made, and we are going to check thousands, perhaps millions, of returns had not intended to check before." Later, at a news con- ference, Connally was asked what kinds of fraud were detected in the probe. They were "little things for the most such as listing a baby born in January as a dependent for the previous year, he replied. He did not elaborate further. Talking about the nation's economy in general, the former Texas governor said Americans are in for rough days and that in- dividual sacrifices will have lobe made to return the country to the world leadership status it en- Joyed in post-World War II days. In 1946, he said, the United States had the only viable economy in the world and was alone in its ability to produce. He said America set out to share with the people of the world, to rebuild and rehabilitate. "And we have been he said, "because we no longer stand alone on a pedestal. We have expended our surplus to the point where we've had to devaluate the dollar." Now, he said, there are other economic forces in the world and the United States is in competition with equals that often outproduce this country and often are more ef- ficient. "We have to make some basic decisions about what kind of a nation we are going to he said. "We have to make certain sacrifices. We didn't ask for the mantle of leadership that we nad." "It was a conscious decision on Ihe part of one to accept it and it will lake the same kind of individual decisions to restore America to its position of world leadership." The Advocate learned the employes were senl back to work with the promise that the situation would be taken care of. A few hours later the chief's letter of resignation was disclosed. Contacted at home Monday night, Guseman said he felt that his letter of resignation was "self explanatory" that that he had no further com- ment on why resigned. Mayor Kemper Williams Jr., the only member of City Council who was apparently apprised of Ihe chief's resignation before II tiippiaml. also wouldn't talk, except to say the resignation was being accepted with regrets. Asked about the delegation that visited Lee. Williams said "1 don't know that for a fact." "He probably has people in and out all the time asking for someone's he added. "This has been a challenging and interesting Guseman said in the letter of resignation. "I wish to thank you, the mayor, council and the thousands of Victoria citizens who have given us their support over the years to make the Victoria Police Department second to none in the State of Texas. "I believe 1 have fulfilled the first requirement of a police administrator by leaving this department and the Cily of Victoria a better place tor my having been here." Lee said he accepted the resignation "with regrets" and that Guseman "has done an excellent job of building the police department." "I'm sorry he is leaving at this he said. In refusing to comment on the events that led up to the resignation, Lee said he would "let Ihe resignation speak for itself." Guseman became police chief in Victoria in 1961. He began his police career as a patrolman in Kansas City, Mo., the San Antonio police, and was chief of police in both Harlingen and Bryan before accepting the position in Victoria. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. County Gasoline Bids Close By ROV GRIMES Advocate Staff Wrlltr Extremely close bidding marked the opening of proposals Monday by Ihe Victoria County Commissioners Court for supplying the county's needs in gasoline and oil products, the bid finally being awarded on a dollars-and-cents com- putation based on the estimated total usage of gasoline and diesel fuel. The successful bidders turned out (o be the Gulf Oil Corp. which offered a price of 15.10 cents per gallon on high-test gasoline, 13.10 a gallon on regular gasoline, and 12.18 cents on diesel fuel. Figuring this up on a basis of gallons of gasoline a year and gallons of diesel fuel, the computation showed a total cost of about Next in line was Mid-Coast Oil Sales, representing Phillips 66 products, with a total estimated cost of based on 15 cents for high-test gasoline, 13 cents for regular and 12.5 cents for diesel fuel. Third was the Alkek Oil Co., with a total computation of on a price of 15.65 for high- test gasoline, 13.65 for regular and 11.65 lor diesel fuel. Other bidders, included the Humble Oil and Hefinlng Co., Mobil Oil Sales, York Oil Cor- poration, Victoria Butane Co. and Continental Oil Co., with none of them too far In advance of the three low bidders. ft is estimated that the supplying of oil products by a single low bidder will save the county on the average of about five cents per gallon on gasoline, amounting to a reduction in costs of about a year. At the request of Sheriff M. W. Marshall, the salaries of field deputy sheriffs were increased from per month lo per month, besides a raise for Chief Deputy Sheriff Oscar Cavallin from to a month. Cavallin, however, resigned Monday. The increases were requested on Ihe basis of the purchase of four new sheriffs' automobiles by the county for use by field deputies, and the resultant loss in mileage fees for use of personal automobiles which have been paid heretofore. The sheriff originally requested raises of a month for each of the deputies, and a motion to grant the request was made by Com. E. L. Crisp of Precincl 2, on condition that the raises would be acceptable lo the federal pay board. This motion died for want of a second, but another motion by Com. Alvin Helweg of Precinct 3 lo increase the salaries by per month, seconded by Com. Marvin Lockhart of Precinct 4, was adopted unanimously. This, loo, will be submitted to the pay board, since the deputies and all other county employes were given a five per cent pay increase at the beginning of this year to pay for their share in becoming affiliated with the county and district employes reliremenl system of the state. In connection with the purchase of the four new sheriffs' cars, the Commissioners Court also completed acquisition of a parking lot across the street on Glass Street from the sheriff's depart- (See COUNTY. Page IDA) Farm Official Asks Control On Beef Cost WASHINGTON (AP) A House Agriculture subcom- mittee, probing into reasons for recent higher beef prices, heard Monday a call for a freeze on the price spread be- tween the catUe producer and the consumer. Cy Carpenter of the National Farmers Union made the sug- gestion as he told congressmen that meat marketing margins have a tendency to grow wider regardless of what is happening to the cattlemen's prices. He said that prices in the beef markets in the MidWest a week ago were down per hundredweight and have sag- ged some more since then. "If indeed the farm price has gone down by then the re- tall price ought to be back at the August 1971, about cents a pound at retail if the meat packers and food chains use the same rule of thumb on Ihe way down as they did on the way he said. Chairman Graham Purcell, D-Tex., opening the three-day hearing, said i( is imperative that ways be lound to improve Ihe present marketing system. CnucKK An egoUit li a fellow who certainly knows a good thing when he says It. Board To Urge Cycle Action By HENRI' WOUF JR. Advocate SUIt Writer Victoria Park Commission authorized Chairman Ed Pribyl Monday to approach City Council to recommend thai steps be taken lo find a suitable place outside of Riverside Park for motorcyclists lo use for recreational purposes. Specifically, the commission will ask council lo consider letting the cyclists use aportlon of the IBS-acre Athey tracl Dial the city Is purchasing for 2 future landfill site adjacent to the park. If Ihls Is not suitable, the commissliH! would like council >.o again consider a small 18-acre site owned the city on Die Guadalupe River and below the present sanitary landfill site. Several years ago City Council turned down a recom- mendation thai cyclists be allowed to use the smaller tract after residents on streets leading lo the site complained about the proposed cycle traffic. The Athey property would be easily accessible lo cyclists and Is not located adjacent lo residential development. In addition to recommending that steps be taken lo assist the cyclists In finding a' place to ride, other than In Riverside Park where motorcycle I raf fie has c retted a number of problem s, the commission wants the council to prohibit off-the-road motor- cycle riding in Riverside Park and to provide a park ranger or policeman to work the park on a regular schedule. The recommendation that a pla.ce be provided for the cyclists to ride would also hinge upon Ihe cyclists providing proper regulations and supervision for the ana. Suitable liability arrangements would also have to be agreed upon. Several cyclists were present for the meeting and were represented before the commission by Bob Wells, a local at- torney engaged to represent them in attempts to get an area set aside for motorcycle riding. City Parks Director Dan Clark said there is a portion of the Alhey property that would be suitable "right now, except for a little mowing, building a gate and culling a road into Ihe i.roperty." He said there is enough foliage to cut down on the noise factor. Chairman Pribyl said that the commission was waiting on a directive from Cily Council to make recommendation, but after the discussion it was decided to begin work on a recom- mendation anyway and the commissioners loured the Athey property following Ihe meeting. Wells said the motorcyclists realize that cycles are not compatible wilh some other park uses and that this is one of the reasons they are asking that an area be set aside lor their use. Noting that motorcycle riding is a recreational sport, Mrs. Melvin Uck, a new member of the commission, said she feels that "It is Important for us to find a spot for them." Commissioner Richard Ortiz said he "would definitely like to see them out of the saying that he also realizes that the city has some obligation to find a place that the cyclists can use. "I think we all agree something must be Priby] said. Wells had suggested that the commission consider Ihe Athey property as a possibleslle. development for landfill purposes Is not projected for several years, Clark said. Prior lo the discussion on motorcycles, Pribyl wu re-elected chairman of Ihe commission. Harold Cade was elected treasurer, replacing Robert Thomas, who recently resigned (See BOARD, gt-UA) ARMED Segard points a handgun out a car window in Paris Monday as he and two other prisoners made their escape from the Palace of Justice. The trio, which included Segard's wife who had been free on bail and provided the weapons, held nine persons hostage for more than three hours ;is they negotiated for a get-away car. 8 Warships Leave California SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) At least eight warships left Southern California naval bases Monday for undisclosed deployment. Sailors said they were going to Vietnam. Meanwhile, President Nixon indirectly criticized the Soviet Union for supporting armed aggression in South Vietnam. At a State Department ceremony in Washington for the signing of a convention prohibiting biological and toxin weapons, with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin on the platform with him, the President unmistakably chastised Moscow for supplying arms to North Vietnam for its current offensive. Declaring that a "great responsibility particularly rests upon Ihe great Nixon said that "every great power must follow the principle that it should notencouragedireclly or indirectly any other nation to use force or armed aggression against one o( its neighbors." Later, at the White House, presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler- declined to respond to questions about Nixon's comments at tlie treaty ceremonv. Ziegler said, in response to a question, that plans are proceeding for Nixon's late May visit to Moscow and that an advance team of technicians probably will go to the Soviet Union later this month. The Navy refused to comment on the departure of four warships from Long Beach and four more from San Diego. They reportedly will rendezvous with the carrier Midway. The .Midway left its base at Alamcda and sailed out the Golden Gate from San Francisco Bay in late morning, newsmen said. The four Long Beach-based ships previously had bean scheduled to leave 3d days from now for the western Pacific. The sailing foil owed sudden cancellations of all leaves for siiip personnel, said sailors aboard. "We cannot comment on ship movements." a Navy public af- fairs officer in Long Beach said after newsmen watched the ships depart However, Secretary of Defense Melvin H, Laird said in Washington that additional air and naval forces will be seni [o Southeast Asia Ihisweek to bolster American forces against the North Vietnamese offensive. The Navy did identify Ihe names of Ilic ships, although refusing to say where they were going. Chief Deputy Quits in Huff B52s Hit Oscar M. Cavallin unexpectedly quit as chief deputy1 sheriff of Victoria County Monday. Sheriff M. W. Marshall confirmed that Cavallin resigned Monday morning. He said Cavallin would remain on the payroll through May 1 because of vacation lime coming. Cavallin said Monday night that he had no comment to make at present on his resignation other than it was "politically motivated." "I will have a statement to make in several days concerning my Cavallin said "but I will need that much time to compile facts and figures." Cavallin, once mentioned as a possible can- didate for the sheriff's office, has been openly supporting Kenneth Rosenquest in the sheriff's race. Cavallin apparently guil during a healed discussion with Sheriff Marshall. There apparently was no connection with his abrupt resignation and lhal several hours laler of Police Chief John Guseman a few blocks away. Marshal! would have no comment on what precipitated Cavallin's resignation. Cavallin could not be located for comment. Cavallin was appointed chief deputy by Marshall June 1, 1968, after having served as a deputy sheriff for the department since May 19 1964. He previously had served as chief deputy in Calhoun County from 1952 to 1956. Prior to that lime, he was with the U.S. Bureau of Animal Induslry in El Paso and had been a rancher in Ihe Big Bend area of West Texas Briscoe Speaks in Jackson Advocate News Service EDNA Gubernatorial candidate Dolph Briscoe, speaking at a rally in front of the Jackson County Courlhouse here Monday, said he believes people in Texas feel this is the time for a change. "We have been most en- couraged, traveling around our state, and we are here today asking for your help. We believe Ihe people want a change in government and we can bring this about with your Briscoe, a Uvalde rancher and banker, and Mrs. Briscoe were introduced to nearly 200 persons by Claudius Branch, his Jackson County campaign manager. The Democratic candidate said recent polls show his campaign is gaining. He said the people of Texas this year will determine Ihe kind of government the state will have for many years to come. Briscoe told his audience he favors public hearings in both houses on important issues, so the people will know what is going on. He hit the increase in (Related story. Page 7B) the cost of government, and called for more sound business principles. Answering questions from reporters after his talk, Briscoe repeated he favors a strong ethics bill for Ihe State Legislature. He said he is against forced busing to achieve racial balance in schools, and favors local control of school districts. He also said he is opposed lo a state income tax. After spending about an hour in Edna, Mr. and Mrs. Briscoe and their parly left by char- tered bus for E speaking engagement at the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce banquet. Weatk er Cloudy and partly cloudy and continued warm Tuesday through Wednesday. Southeasterly winds increasing to 12-20 m.p.h. and gusty in the daytime, diminishing at night. Expected Thursday tem- peratures: High, mid-Ms; low, low-70s. lex Otim Otitol! Ml MM It n IM ftttot JA KA Sfttrli 71 TV t> 4A TVScwl W a 7A 41 UA Armed Bandit Flees I With in Cash j A bandit armed with a small caliber revolver held up 5 Claude Hill Texaco Service Station at Moody and Water 8 about a.m. Monday, and escaped with in currency, i g Laddie Laza, of 104 W. Murray, night attendant at the i g station, (old police lhat the man, estimated to be in his early H; 30's, pointed the revolver at him from the door of the station, ;'i and told him to "Open the reeisler and give me the money." i A few moments laler, Laza said, he again demanded, 8 "Hurry up and gel the register open." j After Laza gave him the bills from Ihe register, the :J bandit ordered him to lie on the floor, and left apparently on fool. Laza said he investigated a few moments later, but saw nobody, and indicated he had not heard any auto engine 8 start. S Laza described (he man as being of ifexican-American jj extraction, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing i; approximately 170 pounds. He was wearing dark blue or 8 ij black trousers, with a white short-sleeved shirt at the lime S Laza said. ;J; Laza indicated that he couldn't tell the caliber of the 5 g chrome-plated revolver, but lhal it was not of large caliber. search was quickly launched by the Victoria Police 5 Department, but no arrests had been made by late Monday S The bandit touched nothing in the station, Laza told SJ g police, and added lhat he wasn't interested in anything but i f the currency in the cash register, g Hill, in checking lo determine Ihe amount taken, said i g apparently was in bills, and the remainder in 5 5 denominations of and r 111 North Viet SAIGON (AP) Heavy fight- ing flared Monday on two sides of Quang Tri Cily, a key North Vietnamese objective about 20 miles below Ihe demilitarized zone. Elsewhere, fighting ap- peared to have slowed in the 12-day enemy offensive. Orders from President Nixon sent B52 bombers 145 miles north of the DMZ against tar- gets around the port of Vinh. H was Ihe deepest penetration of North Vietnam, ever by the gi- ant planes and their first raids round a major enemy city. Eight miles east of Saigon, a lone Vicl Cong sapper slipped into a South Vietnamese ammu- nition dump before dawn Tues- day and set off an explosion that destroyed an estimated 25 per cent of Ihe ammunition in the dump. The Saignn command as- serted in a Tuesday morning communique that infantry, ar- tillery and air aolions killed 243 North Vietnamese troops in three bailies at points three to five miles west and southwest of Quang Tri Cily on Ihe north- ern front. Officials said Hie B52 strikes near Vinh were a calculated show of strength by President Nixon. None of the eight-jet .Stratofortresses was reported hit in the raids. Continued B52 strikes, how- ever, would run a high risk that one or more of America's mightiest bombers mighl be shot down, causing highly clas- sified equipment (o fall into enemy hands. T T 11 NI 1 own 1 alk j Charles Clover trying to calculate how many chickens he'll have to cook Sun- day. .Mitchell PTAlo present awards in the Project Appearance Cbnlesl at tonight. Tommle Matchett advising Stroman Band Boosler Club members tonight's meeting has been postponed and the next meeting will be in May. .Commander Ben V. Holrheuser urging all members of VFW Post 4144 to be present tonight at 8 for the nomination ol officers for the coming year. .Anna Marie and Theresa Hernandez proud of autographs. .Francet Wedemelcr reminding Rowland parents of PTA meeting at tonight.   

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