Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1974, Abilene, Texas
WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE. SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 947H YEAR, NO., 60 PHONE 673-4271 TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST 16, 1974 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Auociaud Prtit I Follows Bouncing Checks ;The hot clieck files seeivt lo district handling the bounced notes. One man has had so many bad checks lhal his history is kept in a separate file. (Staff Photo) Checks Warm Up With the Weather .BY JOE DACY It Reporter-News-Staff Writer Hot weather and hot checks seem to go together. A spokeswoman for the dis- trict attorney's office said Thursday that summertime forgelfulncss and, perhaps, the urge to splurge, have account- ed for a "Iremdous increase" in lite number of bad checks since mid June. Belly Dewey, who handles (he misdemeanor' check de- pa'rtmenl in the districl attor- ney's'office, said that checks for trivial ilems make up a. large portion of (he increase. As an example, she related the recent case of a man who bounced a check for a new swimsuit. Cost? A mere ?7, she said. In addition, she said, Hie persons who con- tinually wile had checks, are repealing more often during Ihe warm, summer days. "I THINK Ihey just don't Dewey explained. "They see an item they want, write a clie'ck for it and don't lliink about Ihe con sequ- ''She said that more than 200 persons in the connly arc responsible for a majortiy of Ihe thousands of bad checks wrillcn over Ihe years. One man, now in prison, holds the record wilh somc- Ihbink like 250 checks, al- though no official records could he found. Normally, she said, Ihe checks that bounce are for from lo rive to 10 per ccnl of the cases are felonies, which may run into Ihc thousands of dol- lars she said. Mosl of Ihe checks come back for "insufficient funds." However, there are three oth- er categories: account closed, no account, and unable lo lo- cale. Tficse last two bring an im- medialc warrant, she said, be- cause foul play or fraud is always suspected when the bank cannot find who wrote tlie check. Mrs. .Dewey said 'hal in mosl of Ihc fraud cases, -counter checks, llwse not per- sonnlized, arc used mosl oflcn with'delicious names anil ad- I t dresses and a forlorn explana- tion llial "I leri' my driver's license al home." TRANSIENTS commonly re- sorl lo a scheme lhat allows them 16 get non-personalized checks easily. They open a small checking account, say ?40 on a accept Ihe bank's "courtesy" checks, and then wile bad checks all weekend, Mrs. Dewey ex- plained. Allhougli this docs not hap- pen very often, she.said sever- al checks for hundreds of dol- lars can bounce across her desk during the following week when the bank finds out il has been had. The merchants, of course, are those who suffer, but Mrs. Dewey said some of Ihem are careless and do not follow check guidelines recently strengthened by the district attorney's office. Mcrchanls should compare. Ihe picture on the driver's li- cense, and take down the number and (he address of (he person making the check, she Most, people, -Mrs. Dewey said, realize their, mistake, arid if they are nol habitual check-bouncers, apologize meekly when the .error is brought lo tlie district attor- ney's atlcnion. After all, she (hey have It) days to pay the check and so avoid misdemeanor proscculion. But there are some who do nol seem to understand what Ihcy arc expected to do. "I DON'T IIAVK Ihe money (hose one woman saiil bluntly. "You must take (he next step." Mrs. Dewey said she was told. "Slio acted like it was up lo us lo take care of she recalled. And another man, frightened into (he shakes because ne though he was going to be put in jail, made a then added several more bad checks to (he list. "We don'l get loo manv of she admitted, adding lhat (he vacation-time tempta- lion of a swimsuit and Ihc like were Hie culprits, during the hoi check heal wave this summer. Cyprus Government Flees Nicosia BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Cyprus government, fled Nicosia today as Turkish Iroops were v.'i'hin hours of slicing off tlie lop third of the island. Turkish Premier Bu- lent Ecevit said his forces would cease fire at 6 p.m. noon EDT and use con- quered land to impose a ferter- aled slate with separate Turk- ish and Greek administrations. Turkish forces, have already taken Famagusta, 35 miles east of the capital of Nicosia. They were completing the con- quest of Morphou, 20 miles west of Nicosia, and were driving on toward Letka, II) miles further west. At ihe same time, Turkish air and artillery attacks forced the Cyprus, government lo abandon tlie capital and flee lo the south coast port of Limassol Cyprus President Glafcos derides .and. his niinisters fled so hurriedly that the doors of the descried presidential of- fices were left banging in the wind. There was no evidence thai any attempt had been made to remove files or other papers. The building was completely deserted. Even the armed po- lice guard surrounding it until earlier in the day was no- where to be seen. A portable radio in the of- Pastoral Care Future Viewed The Rev. John DeFoore, executive director of the Pastoral Care and Counsel- ing Center, discusses future plans for the center's ex- pansion and additional ser- vices, and what's been ac- complished in a story on NEWS INDEX Amusements 5C Bridge ID Business Mirror.......... 10D Classified 2-9D Comics 7C Editorials............... 4A Horoscope ID Hospital Polienls 1OA Obituaries 3A Sports To Your Good Heclth......SB Travel 8-9A TV Log -4C TV Seoul 4C Women's News........ 2-3B lice of the president's secre- tary was still blaring martial music from Cyprus radio. The desk of the president was orderly and in the middle was a large manila envelope wilh the American Embassy stamp on it. Tlie envelope was empty. Telephones, were ringing. A diplomat from West Ger- VP Word Now Seen Next Week WASHINGTON (A P) President Ford probably won't announce his choice for vice president until next Tuesday or Wednesday, his spokesman said today, as speculation cen- tered on former New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and Republican National Chair- man George Bush. White House Press Secre- tary Jefald F. lerHorsl talked of the probable timing of the announcement at a breakfast session with reporters. He repeated that Ford had not yet made up his mind or ;.f he had was keeping .his own counsel. Meanwhile, the Washington Post quoted a source close lo Ford as saying Bush "has Ihe inside Irack" while the Detroit Free Press used similar phrasing in reporting thai Rockefeller was Ihe leading contender. In a dispatch from its Wash- ington bureau, the Free Press said two other top contenders, Buslt and Sen. Ho w a' r d IF. Baker 'Jr., R-Tenn., had dropped iii favor. However, the Post quoted "a source close to President Ford" as saying Bush has Ihe "inside track" to the vice presidency. The Post said its source per- sonally favored Rockefeller. Both newspapers said their sources indicated Ford has not made a final decision. As he was leaving hjs subur- ban Alexandria, Va., home to- day, Ford was asked whether he had reached a decision on the vice presidential nomina- tion. "I haven't been flunking about he replied with a smile. man Embassy across the strecl was wandering around the empty corridors in search of. a single government official lo talk lo. "Where is everybody? Where is tlie he asked. The flighl of Ihe Cyprus gov- enimenl was joined an hour laler by the com- missioner on the island, Ste- phen Olver, and his staff. A convoy of 10 cars and Land Hovers, each one bright wilh Union Jacks fore and afl, sped through Ihe deserted streets of Ihe capital. The backs of the vehicles were piled high with files. Olver drove his own car, a silver gray sedan, and was at the tail end of the He waved to a newsman who cltased after the convoy as it headed down the road to Li- massol, 50 miles lo the south. Kcevit the Turkish troop.s were expected lo reach their "military objectives no later than the' cease-fire He said the military objectives did not exceed Ihe polilical ones Turkey asked for at Ihe Geneva conference table. The objectives apparently involve carving out a Turkish sector in the northern third of the island which would be cut off from Ihe south by a line bisecting Cyprus from Lefka in the west to Famagusta in' Ihe easl. The Turkish Iroops have al- ready taken and Ecevit s statement indicated that they expected to lake Lef- ka too by Ihe cease-fire dead- line. Ecevil defined Turkey's sec- ond military operation on Ilic island as an "unprecedented victor y" because "history shows that military operations on islands are among the mosl difficult lo carry oul." He said "this not only shows Turkey's skill in making war bill also the genuineness of Rest Home Fire Claims 6 Persons UROQKilAVEN, Miss. (AP) Six patients died and 10 persons were injured today when a fire destroyed Moore's Rest Home easl of Brookha- vcn. The blaze" burned the Iwo- slovy frame structure to the ground. Firemen got the alarm-about 2 a.m. but were unable to save the building. Authorities said nurse's aide Christine Carnley lefl the; building wilh the first patients to escape, then'returned sev- eral limes to belp others nee. A spokesman al King's Daughters Hospital here said Miss Carnley suffered tirst- and second-degree burns on her shoulders but "will be all right." The hospital said none of the eight rest home patients it had was in critical condition. An- other patient was reported laken lo a hospital at nearby Monticello. The cause of Ills' blaze was not known. The dead were identified as Mauley A. Burg he i% 81; Adolph Beavers Jr., 22; Kalie Currie, 84; Willie Waldrop, 49; Julia Welch, 92; and Nannie Lewis, 84. our peaceful be- cause, "in order lo achieve an end which could be achieved few days militarily we spent weeks at Ihe negotiating lable." "We even undertook diplo- matic demarches knowing be- forehand they would produce no he said, apparent- ly referring" Lp his Irip to Lon- don before Turkey invaded Ihe island on July 20. "In fact the foundations have been laju" for a federated Cynnf5-state'..wilh Iwo sepa-' rale autonomous- regions and administrations, which has rJtcctrjnir proposal from the beginning as possible Ecevit said; He expressed belief that the. results of the Turkish military operation "removed the obsta- cles blocking the negotiations" on'Cyprus, j Turkey resumed military .lion'-on the strife-.torn island early Wednesday following the collapse oE tlie second round of Geneva peace talks Tues- day night. Ecevit said, "Now we have ample time for detailed work towards setting up a new state of Cyprus. Now the security of the Turkish cypriots is under strong guarantee." WEAllif U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service (Wealhir Mdp. Pq. IDA) ABILENE AND VICINITY rodius) Clear- lo pdrlly cloudy end warm through Saturday. South 8-18 mph. Hfqh this aHernaon. and Saturday In mfd low In low 70s. High and lovt lor 24 ticurs ending 9 a.m.: 93 and 71. Hi'gfi ond Fow some dale lasT ve-ar: and 4P. Sunrise sUnsel laiiqlil: sunrise States' Rights Proposed By EPA Over Clean Air Dyess Man Dies In Hemisfair Leap SAN ANTONIO A Dyess AFB airman squeezed through protective bars at the Hemis- K.iir -Tower here Thursday night and leaped 620 feet lo his death. He was identified as Airman I.C. Tionnie Wayne Scolt, 20, of the DCth Bomb Wing. POLICE SAID Scolt died af- ter telephoning a television slalio'n of his-plans, using a pay plione from an observa- lion deck. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ayloid Scott, said Ronnie had not appored depressed before Ihe jump. He left behind a 19-year-old estranged wife in Boston, Mass. Airman Scolt was bom Feb. 15, 193-1 in Seguinc, Tex., and entered the Air Force on July 13, 1972. Two security guards tried to grab him. "He just crawled Ihrongh Ihe bars and said guard Paul Rodriguez who was three feet away. "I grabbed for him but couldn't gel him." The protective bars ace six inches apart. The guards and several po- licemen went to Ihe tower shortly before (he jump aflcr a television newsman received a call from a man who told him he would give him a good news story by jumping from Ihe tower. The'newsfrian. Gene Lively of WOAI-TV, called police. "I couldn't believe it was 1 a witness snid. There were aboul 30 persons on (he observation deck. Guard Sanlos Martinez said lie saw Scolt using a pay tele- phone from lite observation deck. He said he questioned him but Scolt lold him he messing around." At Iba( t i in e apparently Scolt was making his second call to Ihe television station asking why police had been summoned. Then he jumped. On March 15, 1970, Margari- lo Guzman Jr., 19, jumped lo his dcalh from the lower. The tower was built in 1953 for the HcmisFair, an interna- tional fair in which al least 20 countries participated. 'WASHINGTON (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency today proposed allow- ing states lo decide how much protection to give existing clean air based on their needs for industrial and eco- nomic development'. The proposal marked a deci- sion by-EPA that a federal court order barring "signifi- cant" deterioration of clean air must be interpreted nol in absolute terms but against the of community de- velopment planning. The agency lias been consid- ering how lo define significant deterioration for more than Iwo years, ever since Ihe court decision in May 1972 in a lawsuit brought by the Sier- ra Club, a.well-known environ- mental group. Deputy Administrator John R. Quarlcs Jr., said loday's new proposal combines ele- ments of the earlier alter- natives but represents a basic decision. In July 1973, EPA proposed four alternative plans and con- ducted public hearings to dis- cuss Ihem. Three would have imposed federal limitations on air pol- lution increases while Ihe fourth would have allowed ,1 local definition of deteriora- tion. Quarie's 'said the new pro- posal was "a recognition that deterioration of air quality can he regarded as 'signifi- cant' only within the broader perspective of public expecta- tions and desires concerning the manner in which a partic- ular region should be.devel- oped." "Air quality alone should nol dictate entire patterns of economic and social he said. EPA proposed three classifi- .cations for air quality regions and proposed placing all re- gions initially in "Class II where moderate change is de- sirable but where stringent air quality constraints are never- theless desired." Quarlcs said the Class II designation normally would al- low construction of huge 000 gemawalt coal-burning power plants or other large industrial installations but they would have to include the "best available" pollution con- trol'technology.- The stales then could rctle- signate areas into one of two other categories: I. Where almost no change from current air quan- ly patterns is desired. In ibis category "any development would also require best-avail- able control technology and- would be restricted within a light limitation on increases'ol air pollution. III where major in- -dustrial or other growth is de- sired. In many cases, Quarles said, large concentrations .of new industries and olher.pol- luting development would ".be permitled only in these [re- gions. Instead of adopting regula- tions now, Quarles said the basic approach was being re- proposed for a second round of public comment "to focus more clearly on procedural and technical issues now that the broader conceptual is- sues have been largely re- solved." Underground Drains Only Downtown Q. Why is it Ihe city of Abilene was built without an underground drainage system? A. Two reasons basically, says our City Engineer John Conely. We have such small amoiml of annual rainfall it would be hard to justify Hie expense of a full underground drainage system. Second, the downtown area does have underground drainage which empties inlo Cedar Creek. But not cvciy area in (own is accessible lo a creek lo satisfactorily carry oft water. Q. Being an avid, but new, Abilene television watcher, I've come (o won- der why KRBC-TV las two separate channel numbers. One for San Angelo, one for Abilene. Why the two channel numbers, ami 3? A. In Hie mid MOs Ihc FCC allocated VIIK channel numbers according to popu- lation so channels would not interfere with each oilier. Abilene was smaller popula- lionwise lhan San Angelo; San Angelo was allocated three VHP stations (3, 6 and Abilene got one In Ihis part of Ihc U.S. Ihere must be a minimum of 190 miles between stations using Ihe same channel number. If KR15C were to broadcast on Channel 9 in San Angelo and Channel 9 in Abilene Hie sig- nals would meet mid-way and black each oilier out, snys Dill Terry KlinC-TV sta- tion manager. By EUJE RUCKEB Q. We walkers who for heallb rea- sons or for recreation enjoy walking, have quite a problem. Where do HP walk? Try the sparse sidewalks flr Ihe side of [he slreel or Ihe alley and our hairdos arc ruined. We are scalped or run Ihc <-nanee 'of losing an eye ulicn we walk briskly. Cars pose a problem in the middle of the street. A. Cities, in Ihe last 10 or 20 years, are just nol designed with the walker in mind. You could either wage a campaign for sidewalks in your neighborhood (and wilh it move to cut back tree limbs and bush- else walk in the streets. We just don't have Jogging or walking paths but Ihcre's hope. Somewhere down Ihe line parks and rccrealion department plans call for hiking trails.. Q. On you furnish me wilh Ihc iiiiinc o[ an or service club Ihul patches quilts for chnrllahlc organizations or cvrn .sells Ihem anrt Ihc funds go a charitable lion? 1 nine a of scrap mule rial I'd like (o donate. A. Quillers at Central Church of Christ, 925 Cypress, will be glad to have-any quill scraps you can spare. Drop them by Ihe church, office any week-day morning be- Iwpen 10 and noon or give Mrs. Paul Gardner a ring. Probably there arc some other quilting groups in need of scraps. When we hear from (hem, we'll lei you know. Q. Hey Ihere. American Karate Club Isn't the only place holding karate classes for women. Dyess Kajakembo Class has a class open (o anyone con- nected In any way with ffce military and (he YMCA hoMs classes too. A. We didn'l ignore.yoii intentionally, just didn'l find out about you 'quick enough. Thanks for keeping us accurate, for information about Dyess classes, call Sgt. George Jackson at the Service Club. They meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Bolh men ami women may join. Two new karate, classes are forming Sept. 6 al Ihc YMCA. They'll mecl Friday evenings at Saturday mornings at Kgt. Jackson teaches holh. Address questions lo Action I.lnc, Box 31, Abilene, Texas Names will not be usfd but questions must be signed and addmsrs given. Vlcast In- iliidc telephone lumbers If possible.