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   Advocate (Newspaper) - April 14, 1972, Victoria, Texas                                126th Year No, 328 THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE Victoria, Texas, 77901, Friday, April 14, Kennedy Tells HisTSide Officer Quits Job With City After Being Fired Twice Ex-Police Capl. Thomas G. Manager John Lee's fnr i. CT H) Ex-Police Capl. Thomas G. Kennedy, who described himself as "tired of being agreed to an Advocate request Thursday afternoon to tell his side of the story in the incidents this week that led to the firing of John Guscman as police chief. It's ex-police captain because Tom Kennedy resigned Thursday. "I'd been fired twice already this week and I wasn't going to let them buy me back this (Thursday) Kennedy said. "I'm tired of (he city manager and other people telling 'my side' of the Kennedy told The Advocate. When a delegation of women employes of the Victoria Police Department marched to City Manager John Lee's office Monday in the action that finalized the decision to ask for Guseman's resignation, Kennedy was described as the officer who had "helped the girts with their problem." Kennedy said he became involved in the "situation" at the police department about two or three weeks after he returned to Victoria from Oklahoma. A veteran of 12 years in the law enforcement field, Ken- nedy, 36, left the Victoria Police Department in June of 1970 to finish his college work. He attended Central Stale University at Edinond, Okla., receiving a bachelor of arts degree in government, being listed on the Dean's Honor Roll for three semesters. In lale December of last year, he returned to the local police department with the position of manager of the investigations division. "Within two or three weeks after I returned to the depart- ment, I began to receive in- formation that things just weren't Kennedy said. "A woman employe first came to me and asked 'Can I trust 'As much as any one, I guess' is what I told her. And she preceded to tell me of a situation that the women employes were having to contend with." "Individual women talked with me about the situation oft and on for several Kennedy said, emphasizing HAPPY TIMES II was a big night in Victoria Thursday for gubernatorial candidate Ben Barnes as he greeted more than persons al an old fashioned fish fry at the Community Center. From left Barnes Rally in City are Al Hogan, Victoria County Barnes for Governor chairman, Bob Lilly, Dallas Cowboy defensive star, Barnes and Mrs. Bep'Barnes, College Move Vowed By JIM O'BFtlBN Advocate Staff Writer The only Ihings missing reminiscent of an old fashioned political rally Thursday night at the Community Center was a grove of oaks, a meandering river and red galuses, as more than persons turned out to welcome Ben Barnes, guber- natorial candidate, at a fish fry that ran out of fish long before all the well wishers had been fed. Barnes told his supporters everything they wanted to know, that he would push for an upper level college for Victoria at Ihe next special session of the legislature, that he would debate any and all of his op- ponents and that he wanted to be governor of Texas. "I don't intend to wail for (he next regular session of Ihe legislature. I'm going lo go to the special session of the legislature to gel funding for an upper level college for Victoria, win, lose or draw come the May Barnes told the cheering crowd. "I'm not going to tell you here tonight that I'm going to ride a white horse into the governor's mansion and thai everything will be all right if I'm elected governor. I can't do that. But I am going lo tell you that if I am elected I'm going to see that all the people of Texas will be represented." "We need an open govern- ment for said the tall former farm boy, who in a span of little more than a decade has risen to the second highesl political office in Ihe state. Barnes said he was willing lo one of the candidates and "Ben Barnes stands this tall above every one of them." Cory drew more applause when he told the crowd that "six and one-half years from now I'm coming back to Vic- toria and run for the legislature again, because I love working in Ihe legislature for all Ihe fine people in Victoria and Calfioun County. I plan to retire in Victoria and I have made my plans for Ihe he added. Dallas Cowboy star Bob Lilly, who accompanied Barnes on the trip, said that "the only u'ay Ihe Cowboys could ever win the Super Bowl was because they had leadership and Ben Barnes can provide the same winning leadership for Texans." Following Barnes1 talk several candidates for local offices spoke to the crowd, each one given an alloted time at Ihe mike to plug for votes. LnucKle Don't worry II the Internal Revenue Service Ihe shirt off your back. They've got a bureau of some kind to keep II In. T, own Talk Veronica Trujlllo surprised at being named "the pretties! girl" by Stroman's DECA club. Vick llaynes offering a few comments about pill bugs while carrying out his regular duties Vernoti l.eur learning how lo change diapers again Mrs, Sally Brzoiowskc earning a few laughs, Carmen ,'Cano receiving a home .''economics clasi'ln her home. debate Issues with any or all candidates in Ihe race. "I don't like what's happened in he said, alluding to the Sharps scandal. "And I didn't gain a thing from it, and I didn't have a thing to do with it. 1 wasn't involved in any way. They've probed Ben Barnes from head to toe and they can't find a thing wrong tht he has done. He hasn't been any part of what has he added as the crowd roared its approval and applauded for more. Thursday night was definitely Ben Barnes night in Victoria. Other candidates have their day ahead, but for the enthusiastic supporters of Ben Barnes, Thursday was his night and he and his well wishers enjoyed every minute of it. Dick Cory, former legislator from Victoria, set the tempo of the rally when he told the crowd that he had served with every June 79 Trial Set 12 Plead Not Guilty In Gambling Counts All 12 men charged with conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business last month in Federal Court pleaded not guilty Thursday lo all counts when arraigned before U.S. Federal Judge Owen D. Cox in Victoria. In a hearing that lasted slightly less than an hour, Judge Cox gave attorneys for the defendants until May i to file whatever motions they wished concerning their -clients, and granted government attorneys until May 15 to prepare answers for any such motions, He set trial for 9 a.m. June 19. Attorneys for some of the defendants made numerous in- terruptions in the court proceedings, attempting to file motions on behalf of their clients concerning wording of the indictment. Some claimed that the wording on their copies of the in- dictment differed from lhat of the original, apparently over the words "bookmaking and some claimed that their copies referred to "policy making" instead of "bookmaking." Attorneys repeatedly asked assurances from Ihe judge that they were not waiving any rights. Cox, occasionally showing signs of irritation, told the attorneys thai "I have never heard of any arraignment waiving anything." Cox told the defendants and court thai If a request were made of him, and there was not a dissenting voice, he would move the case to trial in Corpus Chrisli on the same dale. He noted however lhat al present the plan is to try theease In Victoria. Ass isl an t U, S. AI lorney Edwa rd B. McDonough Jr. of Houston, in charge ol the criminal division of the Southern District, read the indictments from the original document. There are 15 indictments wilh which the men are charged and for a time it seemed that McDonough would have to not only read each of the indictments, but to ask each defendant individually if he pleaded guiliy or nol guilty to that particular charge. However, after the first five were read this way. defendant! were asked if ihey pleaded guilty or not guilty to'indictments 6 (SwPLEAD, Page UA) TOM KENNEDY Television Antitrust Suits Due Programming Control Issue WASHINGTON (Al1) The Justice Department said Thurs- day it intends to sue the major television networks for alleged antitrust violations. A spokes- man for the Columbia Broad- casting System said the govern- ment seeks to transform the networks into conduits for inde- pendently produced programm- ing. In a brief announcement in Washington the department said it had advised CBS, the National Broadcasting Com- pany, the American Broad- casting Company and Viacom International, fnc. of its intent. Viacom operates cable tele- vision systems and the syndi- cated program business for- merly owned by CBS. Department spokesmen de- clined to discuss the suits until they are filed, possibly within a few days. Robert D. Wood, president of the CBS television network, said the government seeks lo transfer control of programm- ing schedules to advertising agencies and motion picture producers, and to prevent the networks from producing their own programming. A CBS spokesman said he un- derstands the Justice Depart- ment's goal to be an arrange- ment whereby advertising agencies would produce pro- grams or purchase them from independent producers, then purchase time from networks. Presently networks control their own programming, buying or producing programs, sched- uling them in specific time slots and then selling adverti- sers time within those pro- grams for commercial an- nouncements. It was not clear whether the suit would require networks to relinquish control of news pro- gramming as well as entertain- ment. The department said ABC, CBS and Viacom had rejected out-of-court settlements on terms offered by the govern- ment. It said NBC had not re- sponded to an offer. ABC said Ihe suit was "with- out merit." "We therefore rejected the department's offer to settle the case on the terms in the com- plaint and have instructed counsel to defend the case vig- ABC said. It said UA per cent of the entertainment programs shown (See ISSUE, Page UA) Index SB SB -138 Mirlttrt fA TV Scout IB Boy Airlifted To Hospital Advocate News Service CUERO Jerry Hess, 13- year-old Cuero youth who underwent a kidney transplant lasl year, was airlifted to Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio at p.m. Thursday after being bitten by :i copperhead snake. Hess, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hess, was sent to the San Antonio Hospital in case the snake bite caused a shock reaction. He was airlifted by a hWcopter. that he never met with the girls as a group but only on an in- dividual basis. "I didn't know what to do myself. "The next thing 1 heard the girls had banded toegher and were going to march to The Victoria Advocate. "You have to understand, I was a loyal city employe. I felt such a march would destroy the police department. So I tried to head it off. My argument was that their complaints should be handled within the city, and that they could find relief in Ihe city system." "Last Kennedy said, Mayor (Kemper Williams Jr.) talked with me. and lold him what the women in the department had said. "The mayor advised me this was a 'delicate problem' that should be handled within Ihe city. He asked me not to say anything about i( to anyone, (hat he would take it from there. He advised me to 'cool it you'll get some kind of relief.1 City Manager Lee was out of the city last week and The Advocate understands the mayor decided to wait until Lee returned Monday lo refer Ihe matter to him. Kennedy meanwhile left the city Thursday night and spent the weekend in Oklahoma, returning Sunday evening. "My phone started ringing as soon as I got in the house Sunday Kennedy said. "One of the messages wns (See 1 WANT, Page 14A) f Officer's Going Seen by Choice 3 City Manager John Lee described the Tom Kennedy resignation as saying tlial lie wanted to cm phasize that the police officer "wasn't run 
                            

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