Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - December 13, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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BOTH VEAR, NO. 183 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MOHNING, DECEMBER 13, 1970—EIGHTY-EIGHT PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS
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surp^^Food LimiM Welfare Food Stocks $50,000 Home
Divorcee With $950 Income Draws Free Groceries
lties'prngram?^'6 ‘° participale in 'ra>lor Coun,5’’s Surplus Commod-
. , p'acP ,('ounl.V fc,s its own sliding scale for the maximum income a Household may have before being rendered ineligible.
In Taylor County a lone individual is ineligible to receive commodities if he has an income of more than $125 per month. If there .are two in the household, the limit is $170; three, $190; four, $210-five, $230; six, $250; seven, $270; eight, $290; nine, $310; and IO, $330.’ After IO persons, $15 per person is added.
Resources in excess of the value of $300 for one person or $450 for two persons will render the household ineligible. After two. $50 Is added for each additional person up to $600.
Not considered as resources are: homesteads, household goods, essential transportation (except current year model automobiles), tools of trade, loan value of insurance up to $1,000 per person and livestock necessary for home-produced food. Only IO acres can be claimed as a homestead.
By ROY A JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer
A young divorcee in her 20’s who owns her own luxurious ranch home, a registered quarterhorse and $6,000 automobile — and whose income through Sept. 24 was at least $950 per month — has been receiving free groceries through the county’s Surplus Commodities Program for the past three months, it was learned Thursday.
A full look
Enough is enough — especially when you’re only three years old, trying to gobble down a portion of the 850 pounds of chili served Saturday at Abilene High’s Chili Day. Kendall Barnes, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barnes Jr. of 2410 Rountree, was one of over 2,000 persons served by the Eagle Band. The band netted about $1,000, according to Jim Wilson, treasurer of the Booster Club. (Staff Photo by Linda Pullig)
Friends tell of the woman’s bragging about trips to tropical islands and of raising registered thoroughbreds. An expensive dog usually accompanies her when whe goes for a spin in her 1970 Oldsmobile Toronado.
Chagrined public officials verified The Abilene Reporter-News findings Friday and immediately discontinued the young woman’s participation in the program designed for the county’s low income families.
Checking official court records on file with the district clerk’s office, a reporter found that the woman was receiving $800 per month temporary alimony from her husband and $150 per month child support from an exhusband at the time she applied for the free groceries on Sept.
17, listing an income of $150 per month.
WITH THE approval of County Judge Roy Skaggs,
commodities food program Administrator Isabel (Easy)
Avauza opened his confidential files on the woman’s case to The Reporter-News after the error was pointed out.
Coincidentally, the files
showed that the woman was due to report to Arauza’s office for review of her case on Friday. She did not appear and was automatically sent, a form notifying her that her participation in the free food program had been cancelled.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Weather Service (Weather Map, Pg. 7-D)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Clear to partly cloudy Sunday. Increasing cloudiness Sunday night and Monday. Chance for light rafn Monday J
High Sunday in low 60s; low Sunday ruff * in upper 30s. High Monday near 60. Lift ' southeasterly winds Sunday, increasing )
IO to IS miles per hour Monday. \ )
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V ...... 1:00 57
26 2:00 59
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29 ............ 4:00 58
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30 ......... 7:00 46
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Hiah and low for 24-hours ending 9 p.m.: 60 and 26.
High and low same date last year: 68 and 34.
Sunset last night: 5:34; sunrise today: 7:31; sunset tonight; 5:34.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.32. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 42 per cent.
The file also showed that the woman's application was handled bv an employe no longer in Arauza’s office/and Judge Skaggs praised Arauza’s administration of the complex program.
“It is obvious,” Judge Skaggs said, “that some things like this are g;oing to happen. Mr. Arauza is doing the best job he can with the limited amount of time and personnel he has. Until he has
the opportunity to personally check on a given situation, I hate to see him get the blame for having it happen.”
A REPORTER visited Arauza’s office and observed his handling of one of the reviews before informing him of the newspaper’s intentions o f running a story about the divorcee’s having received the free groceries.
In the case he was handling at the time, Arauza reluctantly “cut off” a 65-year-old man who had been receiving the free groceries since inception of the program here in September, 1969.
“It broke my heart to have to do that to him.” Arauza said, “but his payroll receipts showed that he made $137 during the
See DIVORCEE, Page 3-A
Debt to Society: SIO Per Month?
2 Killed at Snyder en Route to Game
SNYDER (RNS) - Two oung men from Dallas were died instantly about 11:30 a.m. aturday eight miles north of nvder on U.S. 84 in a one-ear rash.
Killed in the accident were ames Randall Allen, 18, and lichael Earl Williams, 17, both
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Class AAAA Permian 32
S. Oak Cliff 13
PA Jefferson 12
Class AAA Brownwood 35
Injured seriously was Horace Mark Wheeler, 20,
of Dallas. He was taken to Cogdell Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Hendrick Memorial Hospital in Abilene.
The three young men were en route to Lubbock to attend the semi-final football game between Odessa Permian and South Oak Cliff of Dallas.
Wendell Rehm. highway patrolman who investigated the accident, said the 1970 model automobile driven by James Allen apparently left the highway on the left side, jumped a culvert and landed in a dry creek bed. The vehicle was totally demolished.
Justice of the Peace J. P. Billingsley pronounced Allen dead at the scene of the accident. Williams was dead on arrival at the hospital.
Funeral for James Allen Is pending at Bolger Funeral Home in Snyder.
Ixical arrangements for Michael Williams were handled by Bell-Seale Funeral Home.
Williams’ body will be transferred to Lotts Mortuary in Dallas.
Williams was bom Sept. 16, 1953, and was a student at Crozier Tech High School in Dallas.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams of Dallas; one sister, Donna Gayle Williams of the home; one half-brother, Nelson Simons Jr. of Dallas; one half-sister, Debra Simons of Dallas.
Youth Given Year in Jail For Bottle Toss at Game
TODAYS YEWS INDEX
An archeological discovery, believed a campground, dating to the Folsom Man who inhabited this land about 12,000 years ago, has been made in the sandy land generally north of Merkel.
Preliminary exploration has been done on the site by archealogists from the Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
4 The discovery has been named the 'Steadman Site" in tribute to the late Foy B. Steadman, longtime Trent postmaster, who led scientists to it.
See pictures and stories, Page 1-B.
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Women's News J-8.10-16-C
BRECKENRIDGE (RNS) -Charles E. Mason, 20, was found guilty Saturday of aggravated assault for throwing a bottle during a football game here Oct. 23 and was sentenced to one year in jail and a $200 fine.
Mason was tried for throwing a bottle which injured an Iowa Park fan during the Breckenridge-Iowa Park football game.
County Atty. Jack Eden had asked for a one-year sentence plus a $500 fine. Maximum punishment for the misdemeanor offense is confinement in the county jail for two years.
The charge went to the jury late Saturday morning after Vernice Mason, sister of the de.endant, testified that she was the one who threw the bottle which allegedly struck Mrs. David Uhren of Iowa Park.
Earlier two witnesses testified that they saw Miss Mason throw the bottle and two others said they saw Mason throw it. Mason also testified he saw his sister throw the bottle and that he did not throw one.
Dr. Richard Carvin of Iowa Park, who treated Mrs. Uhren for a broken jaw, fractured palate, and several broken teeth, testified as to the extent of her injuries. Mrs. Uhren also took the stand. Also testTying for the state were Breckenridge school superintendent Jim Wilkerson and Stephens County Sheriff Don Ragland.
Miss Mason said she came forward to take the blame for the incident aiter her brother was jailed. Mason has been in,
Stephens County jail since his arrest a week following the football game.
Much of the. testimony centered around whether Mason could throw with his right arm. Both of the state’s witnesses testified Mason threw the bottle with his right arm.
Witnesses for the defense testified Mason was left handed. Tommy Lee Jones, who said he had worked with Mason in
See BOTTLE, Pg. 2-A
By JON STANDEFER Rpporter-News Staff Writer
Don’t sneer at justice the next time you hear about a criminal getting probation: he’s helping keep your taxes down.
The statue of the blindfolded lady holding the scales pretty much sums up the dilemma of probation, at least in Taylor, Jones and Callahan counties; the fact that the vast majority of adult probationers are getting little or no benefit from an undermanned probation department is balanced by the fact that these same probationers are enriching the three counties’ coffers by something like $30,000 a year—a subsidy to the taxpayers.
A close look at the adult probation office that serves the three-county area comprising the 42nd and 104th Judicial Districts turns up some telling facts:
• ITEM: A person convicted for a crime pays for it—literally, if he is probated, at a rate of $10 per month for the term of his
A youth convicted of a drug-possession offense for the first time, for example, generally gets a probated term of at least six years. He must pay the $10 monthly fee as long as he is on probation, although his term may be reduced if he stays out of trouble. More than two dozen youths here are currently serving out probated terms of six years or longer for drug-related offenses. This is, of course, in addition to any fines or court costs assessed.
Exceptions, such as for the very poor, are extremely rare, but may be granted at the discretion of the judge. State law authorizes the judge to assess up to a maximum of $10 a month probation fee but doesn’t compel it.
• ITEM: State guidelines suggest there should be one probation officer for each 75 probationers; the single adult probation officer for Taylor, Jones and Callahan counties is currently handling more than 550—more than seven times the state recommendation.
• ITEM: Adult Probation Officer Bill McCay had already collected more than $23,000 in probation fees, in the first IO months of 1970, and the total for the year will probably reach $30,000. This is almost twice the $16,369 budget McCay operates on.
• ITEM: Virtually everyone concerned agrees that one man cannot effectively oversee the rehabilitation— for which probation is at least partly designed— of 550 people. Judge Raleigh Brown of the 42nd District Court says at least one more fulltime officer is needed; McCay himself says it would take no less than four “to really do the job.” However, according to state law, it is the responsibility of the district judges— in .this case, Brown and Judge Neil Daniel of 104th District Court— to hire additional manpower.
WHEN A CONVICTED defendant is granted probation, there is a long list of terms he must follow, among them: besides
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PROBATION OFFICER BILL McCAY
... as long as they report and pay
paying the $10 monthly fee, he must report to the probation officer once a month, not leave the county without permission, be in at a reasonable hour each night, avoid “injurious” habits such as alcohol and drugs, and of course, not break any laws.
(Incidentally, a youth convicted recently for theft got a new condition added: keeping his hair short enough to comply with public school regulations.)
While not hidden, the probation-fee system is not widely known.
“I didn’t know about It until this fellow asked me to help him get a job, because nobody wanted to hire someone on probation, and he said he needed a job badly to pay his $10 a month.”
The speaker was a member of the Abilene Police force, and he added: “It wouldn’t surprise me if some of those guys knocked over (burglarized) a service station just to pay their probation fee.”
THE JOB of the probation officer, according to Article 42.12 of the amended Code of Criminal Procedure, is “to conduct pre-sentence investigations, supervise and rehabilitate probationers, and enforce the terms and conditions of probation.”
In actual practice, however, probation for most can be reduced to simpler terms: stay out of trouble, and send in your IO bucks a month.
McCay admits that he spends most of his time trying to keep reins on the 25 per cent or so known probation violators; as for the
See PROBATIONERS, Page 2-A
'Poor Girl' Pays Back Christmas Debt
With only 12 days left before Christmas, Goodfellows still need over $9,000 to meet their goal of $16,500 to help underprivileged families.
That means an average of at least $750 a day must be donated if the goal is to be met.
Contributions Saturday amounted to $356, making a total of $7,410.50 received, less than half the goal.
The Goodfellows are facing a crisis this year as over IOO or more families than usual have asked for help, and IOO more requests are being considered for certification.
Meanwhile a woman who isn’t too well off herself has donated $10 to the Goodfellow fund.
She wrote, “I am sending you $10 to help get things for those dear little children.. .I was once on the Goodfellows list myself... J wa* every year., .we got Iou
of things. . .my boy got some toys. I know how that is. I was raised a poor girl so I am sending you $10 to help the poor little children.”
Requests and contributions may be mailed to the
Goodfellows, The Abilene Reporter-News, P. O. Box 30, Abilene, Texas, 79604.
Mr. and Mrs. I. N.
Wilkinson Mary Edna Worthy Mr. and Mrs. Don Heinze — in lieu of Christmas cards to Abilene friends In memory of Mrs. J. I. Moore’s sister, Mrs. Boyette—Mr. and Mrs. Davis O. Nunn 10.00 Mr. and Mrs. Philip Tinsworth Mr. and Mrs. John B.
Griffin and Kathy Anonymous
A. J. Jones
Mr. and Mrs. H. A.
Mrs. Frank E. Smith
In lieu of Christmas Cards to Area friends — Mr.
50 OO 10.00
Boy I I'M STILL DOING CARDS ANO THERE ARE ONLT IO SHOPPING PAy5 TILL CHRISTMAS/
and Mrs. C. E. Gladden
In memory of
our Daddy — Lona Jo
and Lon Dennis, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. B. J.
Lt. Col. and Mrs.
John H. Hug
Mr. and Mrs. J.
In lieu of
Christmas Cards — Mr.
and Mrs. Virgil Musick
Mr. and Mrs. Billy
Acknowledged ...... $7,054.50
total to Data ........