Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 30, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Aided by 50 teen-age commandos, Cambodian government troops drove off an enemy attack Saturday five miles south of this capital city.
The fighting raged for eight hours. At one point, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attackers, supported by local guerrillas, got within 40 yards of government lines.
The battle marked the latest round in a series of probing assaults against Phnom Penh’s outer defense lines.
The commander of the government troops estimated the enemy force at 300 men, including a large number Cambodian guerrillas. It marked the first time any sizable number of local guerrilla fighers were in action near the capital.
The defending government force also numbered about 300 of which 250 were government regulars and the other 50 were teen-age recruits.
The enemy losses were unknown. The attack force dragged their casualties off the battlefield. Losses to government troops were said to be two killed and two wounded.
The attack was aimed at the government positions at Moat Krasar Krao, a locality well within artillery and rocket range of Phnom Penh.
Before they left the area, the attackers scattered leaflets calling on the government soldiers to rally to their side and join the fight against “American imperialists.”
Chicano Rally Erupts in Riot
Flag for a mother
Mrs. Mary Campbell of Fort Pierce, Fla., receives the folded flag that had covered her son’s coffin until burial Saturday in a formerly all-white cemetery. Army Maj. Ludwig Bezemek presents the flag. (AP Wirephoto)
Whites Threaten to Bodies as Black GI
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -A black soldier, who died in Vietnam and lay in a coffin while lawyers battled over his funeral, was buried Saturday in an all-white cemetery as some white grave owners threatened to remove their relatives’ bodies.
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens had refused to bury the body of
Hashish Smuggling Plane Chased Down
IRAKLION, Crete (AP) - An American twin-engine plane, carrying $670,000 worth of smuggled hashish, was seized on this Greek island Saturday after being chased across the Mediterranean by Lebanese and Greek jet fighters.
Police said five Americans aboard the Convair 240 were arrested. The plane and its cargo of 1,467 pounds of hashish were seized.
Before the jets forced them to land at Iraklion airport, the men had swapped cigarettes for hashish at a secret Lebanese landing strip and made off
SMOKING 'FOWLS' BUCKLEYS' NEST
Abilene firemen Saturday battled a fire possibly started by a bird with a cigarette.
Firemen responded to a call Saturday afternoon at 1709 S. 19th, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Buckley.
The Buckleys were bricking their house, and on one side the exposed window facings were being used by nesting birds.
A fire department official said that one of the birds probably carried a lit cigarette into his nest, causing the fire.
Only the one window facing was destroyed, and damage to the house was described as light.
through a hail of police gunfire, officials in Beirut reported.
The official Lebanese statement also said two British planes were among the air armada that chased the aircraft from the Middle East. But the Royal Air Force in London denied it.
John M. Cusack, chief of European operations for the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, said in Paris that police forces and air traffic controllers throughout the eastern Mediterranean helped track the plane.
With warplanes from various bases standing ready to intercept it, Cusack said, the plane flew erratically for a time and then was tracked over Cyprus and Rhodes.
Running low on fuel and needing minor repairs, the aircraft finally landed at Iraklion where authorities had been forewarned that a suspicious plane was heading in their direction from the Middle East.
A search disclosed the 13 bags of processed hashish, and police arrested all of the men On board.
They were identified by Cusack in Paris as John Robert Moore, 41, Las Vegas, Nev., the pilot; copilot Philip Irwin Amos, 30, and Kenneth Connell, 28, both of California; David Mantels 30, of Ohio; and Robert Black, 29, of Illinois.
20-year-old Army Spec. 4 Pon-dexteur E. Williams since Aug. 20, but a U.S. District judge ordered the burial.
As cemetery manager James A. Livesay supervised final preparations for the burial one elderly man angrily confronted him in his office.
“I don’t want my brother and his wife buried here with niggers,” shouted EJ. Moulder, 79. He demanded to have grave markers removed from the graves and asked Livesay, “Why didn’t you take it to a higher court?”
Later, Moulder said he owns the plot next to that of his brother and sister-in-law for himself and is considering having all the bodies moved out.
“It’s degrading to the cemetery,” Moulder said. “Why don’t they bury him over the hill where he belongs? It’s a third-rate cemetery now.”
Livesay told a newsman, “This goes on all the time.” “Some people want to remove their loved ones,” he said, but added, “I don’t anticipate any, though. These first reactions will cool down.”
On his desk was a stack of more than 200 “poison pen let-
ters” from across the country, all received Thursday and Friday. Three secretaries were opening an equally large stack of mail from Saturday.
But Williams was buried, with his mother’s Bible on his beribboned chest.
Army riflemen fired 21 rounds into the cloudless sky as Williams’ mother, Mary Campbell, soaked her twisted handkerchief and white gloves with tears. She received from Army Maj. Ludwig Bezemek the American flag which had draped her son s coffin.
The GI coffin was lowered into a grave in a special section reserved for veterans of the armed forces and their families.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Mexican-Ameru an antiwar rally rn East Los Angeles erupted in violence Saturday when looting in a liquor store nearby led to an incident touching off a riot that lasted about four hours, officials said.
No deaths were confirmed and earlier reports by sheriff’s officers of two deaths proved wrong.
Officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators.
Reports often conflicted or changed. At one time the sheriff's office said two had died, then that one was killed. “We were the victims of poor information,” a deputy explained.
Both the police and sheriff’s office termed the outbreak “definitely a riot.” A fire station was damaged by fire and a department store was destroyed.
As night fell following a sweltering afternoon, some SOO officers remained at the scene, a one-mile-square area sealed off by roadblocks.
Demonstrators burned buildings, smashed store windows and injured police officers in pockets of a five-mile-square area of East Los Angeles, where one million Mexican-Americans reside. Stores with “brown power” signs supporting the rally were spared.
Police said demonstrators smashed and burned two squad cars.
Officers said 25 policemen were hurt, one requiring surgery. They said at least 23 demonstrators were injured.
The sheriff’s office reported 60 arrests. •
A spokesman said the mistaken reports of deaths occurred when a car carrying two men rammed a police barricade and then slammed into a power pole. Both were at first reported dead, the sheriff seriously injured, and the other unhurt.
The snapped power line caused a blackout to 1,500 residents for many hours afterward.
The trouble erupted near a
Mexican-American rally at Laguna Park, where antiwar supporters had gathered after a three-mile peaceful march.
Rally sponsors denounced the violence and said they didn't do any thing to start it. A rally organizer, Gonzalo Javier, termed the outbreak “very disheartening” but accused deputies and police of using too much force too fast.
The clash “tragically documents what the attitude of police is against Mexicans in this country,” asserted Javier.
Rally spokesman* said the trouble started because officers moved in without warning, causing some persons to panic and fight back.
“They didn’t give us any
warning before they* set off the tear gas.” one person complained. Deputies said that although only handfuls of demonstrators had caused trouble, they had to clear everyone out of the park to disperse the troublemakers.
Officers raid the trouble broke out when youths tried to loot a liquor store near the rally site and greeted summoned officers with rooks and bottles.
Particularly hard hit was a two-mile stretch of Whitter Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in the community.
The rally, billed as the National Chicano Moratorium, had been predicted to draw 100,000 Americans of Spanish descent from around the nation. Far fewer showed up.
LBJ Park Termed 'Act of Affection'
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By BETTYE NICHOLS Special to Tile Reporter-News
STONEWALL—The bands played, flags waved and thousands gathered at the 269-acre Lyndon B. Johnson State Park Saturday for the formal dedication ceremony of the park, located on the Pedemales River near Stonewall.
Former President Johnson, Luci and Lynda, along with their families, made the state park a very special place despite the August heat, felt intensely under the live oak trees surrounding the dedication stage.
The key-note speaker, LL Gov. Ben Barnes, spoke of the park as “tangible expression of affection by the people of the state for President Johnson.” He said that Johnson's record proved him as the greatest conservation president since Theodore Roosevelt.
Lady Bird was referred to by Barnes when he said, “No president had a more willing partner than you, M r. President.”
Barnes said, “The park is a tribute to a man and the country from which he sprang. And a belated Happy Birthday, Mr. President. May you spend many more days looking across the Pedemales River to this park that will bear your name forever.”
Johnson’s 62nd birthday was
Thursday, two days before the park dedication ceremony.
Pearce Johnson, chairman of the Parks and Wildlife Commission, introduced Johnson, who was attired in a gray suit accented with a vivid red tie. Looking very relaxed, the ex-president was very soft spoken as he addressed honored guests and neighbors of the Hill Country.
Johnson referred several times to the Pedemales River
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Oilmen to Seek Price Hike
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KERRVILLE, Tex. (AP) -Texas independent oil men declared Saturday the state has reached its capacity of oil production and a price increase is essential to encourage new exploration and recovery.
Asserting that the nation is confronted with a serious fuel crisis, they voted to seek a price increase of crude oil in “the interest of national security” and to meet growing U.S. demands.
And, they said, the “most practical alternative” to the proposed increase is “government help.”
Some preferred “government subsidy.”
That was the tone of a resolution hammered out amid much controversy at a meeting of the executive committee of the Texas Independent Petroleum and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO).
TIPRO is the state’s largest independent oil association.
The group broke from its agenda for a stormy debate on the problems facing the independent operators and several said they were now “ready to fight” for higher crude prices.
The committee endorsed a statement by President William J. Murray of Austin to the Railroad Commission that the state is now producing oil at a rate that it cannot efficiently sustain over a long period of time.
Going a step further, Murray said in effect that Texas has exhausted its “net, sustainable, efficient, spare production capacity.”
Murray, among the first in the industry to warn that spare capacity estimates were I
myth, said the 79.9 per cent demand factor for September will require Texas to produce more oil than it can maintain without waste.
In an indirect response to some critics, Murray told the 30 oil men that oil is not being withheld from the market to force prices up.
Murray, a former chairman of
the Railroad Commission, said: “What I’m saying is, if you’ve got it, let’s let them have it, even at the discount prices. But let’s clear up the illusion ... that we’re withholding it from the public ... we haven’t been and aren’t going to withhold oil to get a price increase ... but we’ve run out.”
Julian Martin of the TIPRO
staff asserted that “as long as Washington thinks the state has two million plus spare capacity, you’re not going to get a price increase.”
James West of Stamford said, in a resolution, that a price increase is necessary if more oil is to be produced from expanded drilling in reworking of old projects.
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Chamber of Commerce Push For JC Petition Under Way
The Abilene Chamber of Commerce Saturday issued a call for more people to sign petitions for a junior college election.
“It is urgent,” said President Ed N. Wish-camper, “that 385 more signatures be secured on the election petitions by Thursday.”
WISHCAMPER was speaking for Judge Raleigh Brown, chairman of the chamber s Junior College Task Force, who was out of town.
Wishcamper invited citizens to call the Chamber of Commerce, 677-7241, and a person will be sent to any home or business with a petition for signing.
State law requires that IO per cent of the county’s qualified voters sign petitions requesting an election to create a junior college. These petitions then must be certified by Taylor County’s school board and approved by the Coordinating Board for State Colleges and Universities before an election can be called by the Taylor County Commissioners Court
SCORES OF volunteers, mostly members of the Abilene P-TA Council, had circulated petitions during August. A total of 3.397 signatures were obtained, but when they were checked against county tax rolls and voter registration lists, only 2.517 were found to be valid. A total of 2,902 is required.
Petition signers must pay county taxes on property and must be registered to vote.
SIGNING THE petition is not a vote for the junior college, Wishcamper explained. “It is simply helping fulfill a requirement of state law so that an election can be held. Then at the election, people will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether to establish the college.”
The junior college would provide vocational and technical training in mechanics, welding, refrigeration, data processing and similar skills. It would also provide academic studies leading to degrees, with a proposed contractual arrangement with Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry College and Abilene Christian College for student instruction.
Man Drowns In Swim After Boa!
A 44-year old Abilene man drowned Saturday around 6:30 p.m. as he attempted to swim for his boat on the west side of Fort Phantom Lake.
A member of the Jones County sheriff’s department said an eyewitness reported the victim, Sam Maddox, 2741 Old Anson Road, was loading his boat when it drifted away from the dock. Maddox attempted to overtake the boat by swimming, but got in trouble in deep water.
The witness said that someone threw Maddox a life jacket but that he was unable to reach it.
Abilene safety cruiser operator and police diver Robert Rutledge recovered the body after a dragging operation by Abilene police and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department that lasted 40 minutes.
Maddox was pronounced dead at the scene by George Harrell,
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Chance of Rain Forecast in Area
The Weather Bureau has forecast a chance for scattered thunderstorms Sunday through Monday, with a 40 per cent probability of rain Sunday and a 20 per cent chance for rain Sunday night.
In the Rig Country, Brady and Stamford both had traces of rain Saturday afternoon.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Atither Map. Po. t i)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mlle radiuj) — Partly cloudy and worm with a chance of scattered thunderstorms Sunday through Monday. Th# afternoon high* In the iower 90s, th# low Sunday night In tho upper 60s. Viands southerly IO to IS m p h Probability of rain Ie 40 per cent Sunday and ?0 per cent Sunday night.
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