Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 12, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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300 SS9 Rockets
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Manson Malaret, 20, of Puerto Neuvo, Puerto Rico, right, lets out a scream of delight as she discovers she has been named M iss Universe Saturday night in the annual pageant on Miami Reach. First runnerup is Debbie Shelton, ‘left, Miss U.S.A. from Norfolk, Va. (AP Wirephoto)
Students Find German Border Behind Them. Not in Front
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviets were reported Sate; day to have close to 300 giant SSO missile launchers now ready for use or under construction.
The new information will have repercussions in the coming debate over such matters as the ABM and the U.S.-Soviet arms-curb talks.
The SS9s loom large in U.S. strategic calculations because they are rated able to knock out the U S. Minuteman missiles designed to deter the Soviets from launching a nuclear war.
Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird told newsmen Thursday the Soviets are proceeding apace with their intercontinental ballistic missile program. including new construction, since the U.S.-Soviet strategic arms limitation talks— SAI/r—reopened at Vienna in mid-April.
He declined to give figures. Last spring he said 220 SS9s were deployed and 60 were under construction.
The new U.S. findings, drawing heavily on intelligence from seemg-eye satellites, supersede various unconfirmed reports in recent months that the Soviets had stopped or slowed down their ICBM expansion since the SALT talks first began last November.
According to U.S. sources the up-to-date verified evidence indicates:
—Building has started on approximately three new SS9 flights. Since each flight has six missiles, this would add about 18 to the previous U.S. estimate of 280 SS9s deployed or under construction.
—At least a half-dozen of the 60 SS9 launchers Laird previously listed as under construction have now become operational.
—The Soviets have continued new construction of other ICBMs such as the SSM, a smaller missile comparable to the Minuteman.
Unlike the SS11, believed able to carry a one-megaton (one-
million-ton TNT equivalent) city-busting warhead, the SS9 is rated capable of delivering a 25-megaton warhead or a cluster of throe five-megaton warheads accurately enough to destroy Minutemen in hardened silos.
Pentagon experts have estimated that 420 SS9s, with multiple warheads, could knock out
95 per cent of the 1.054 land-based U.S. ICBMs.
Some opponents of the U.S. Safeguard antiballistic missile program had used the earlier reports of a slowdown in the Soviet missile expansion as an argument against President Nixon's plan to expand the American ABM. One major reason for Safeguard is to defend Minutemen against SS9s.
CJC Proposes Extension To Meet Abilene's Needs
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — One of three American college students told Saturday how they innocently walked through an East German border minefield, spent nearly 36 hours in Communist custody and were forced to buy clothes before being released.
In a telephone interview from Hamburg where the three were staying, Douglas J. Terry, 19, of Rockaway, N.J., said, “In the process of looking across the border we ended up across. It was a good experience but I don’t think we’ll be going back for awhile.”
Terry, Sanders S. Ergas, 19, also of Rockaway and Steven Stoller, 19, of Scarsdale N.Y., were driving toward Copenhagen Thursday afternoon when they stopped at a suburb of the West German Baltic port of Luebeck.
“We saw the border right nearby and thought wre’d take a
look across,” Terry said “A West German Border guard told us we could look across if we went behind iSome nearby houses.
“We didn’t realize a three-foot high iron fence right behind the house was the border so we went across in the direction of a big iron fence about 10-feet high and started to take pictures.”
He said it didn’t occur to them they were in a mined “death strip” of the East German border.
Then an East German patrol truck pulled up, Terry said and border guards with automatic weapons forced them into the truck and drove them to a “small military base.”
The three were searched and a series of interrogations began in which Terry said “they told us we were in trouble and were spies.”
“They weren’t too happy with us,” Terry said, “but we told
Mother of Three Drowns in S'water
SWEETWATER (RNS) - A 39-year - old mother of three drowned late, Saturday after apparently going for a swim in Lake Sweetwater.
The body of Mrs. Patsy Jean Frazier was found less than an hour after a search party was formed. Justice of the Peace Ralph Shafer pronounced her dead at 10:40 p.m.
According to Nolan County Sheriff Joe Slater, Mrs. Frazier was apparently alone at the time. Slater said the lake keeper reported Mrs. Frazier missing about 9:50 p.m.
Two men arriving to join the search party, John Higgins and Dan Lester, found the body in the water about 80 yards from the lake cabin owned by Mrs. Frazier and her husband, Wayne, who is owner of F&R Well Service in Sweetwater.
Slater said the drowning could have occurred as much as three hours before the body was found. He said there were no indications of foul play, but Judge Shafer did order an autopsy.
District Attorney Weldon Kirk aided in the investigation.
Funeral is pending with Pat-terson-McCoy Funeral Home
Surviving are her husband, Wayne L. Frazier; one daughter, Vicki Lynn of the home; two sons, John Roger and Dennis Wayne, both of the home.
them we were against the war in Vietnam and the U.S. in Cambodia.”
“We are against the war,” Terry said, “but we over exaggerated it. We saw they liked it so we kept pushing it.”
The appearance of the three long-haired Americans startled the East German policemen and border guards, Terry said. “All I had on was a pair of tom shorts, no shirt or shoes. They couldn’t believe it, they were stunned.”
They spent the night in cells in the East German town of Grevesmuehlen and Terry said they were cold and the food was bad.
Friday morning they were told they would be returned to the West that night but first the police took them into town to buy clothes.
“It was clear either we bought clothes or we didn’t go back,” Terry said.
“They made us buy $10 worth of clothes each. I got a shirt that felt like it was made of paper and these burgundy, iridis-cent pants and some clogs.”
They were taken to the railway station Friday night and the East Gentian police made them hand over what was left of their money—a few dollars in East German and West German marks—and gave them in exchange candy bars, a box of cookies, some bubble gum and a bottle of vodka.
American consulate officials met them in Luebeck and ac-, companied them to pick up their car that was still parked near the border.
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Chamber of Commerce President Ed Wishcamper said no action has been taken on a proposal for Cisco Junior College to establish extension courses in Abilene under contractual relationship with the three senior colleges and without an Abilene tax base.
Leland Willis, Cisco Junior College president, submitted the proposal to his board of regents at its monthly meeting Friday.
Letters were sent to Abilene Chamber of Commerce officials requesting a meeting with members of the Abilene Council. Study of Higher Education to discuss the proposal.
Wishcamper said, “I had a copy of a letter a couple days ago from President Leland Willis, but there has not been time to bring it before the junior college task force and the
t’hamber Board of Directors. The board would have the jurisdiction.”
“I will bring it (letter) to the attention of the proper chamber authorities at the next opportunity which will he at the July board meeting. That board meeting will be July 31,” he said.
Willis said the plan is
dependent upon the disposition
of legal questions affecting the use of state money and church-related schools which are now before the state Attorney General in Austin for a ruling.
He said it is also dependent upon Abilene’s acceptance of what he described as a program that would both satisfy Abilene’s need of a community college and prevent a ruinous competition between two junior colleges
serving about the same area.
If acceptable, the CJC
president said, the extension program will give Abilene students an “at home’’ community school of the type desired and relieve Abilene of any tax obligation for support.
Wishcamper said, “There is no position that the Chamber has taken, and I cannot prediet what the chamber’s position would be. Anything I would do would be after consultation with the Board of Directors.”
Willis said a similar program for Brownwood was submitted to his regents at the same time. He added that the board took a favorable view of the proposal but would have action pending finnier developments.
Cisco Junior College has operated extension courses in Graham, Breckenridge and elsewhere for a number of years
and currently has a technical vocational nursing school project under way in both Abilene and Brownwood. The junior college enrolled almost 1,100 students last fall.
The Chamber of Commerce established a Junior College Task Force upon the recommendations of Dr. Jack R. Woolf to the Chamber Board of Directors late in May.
Woolf, professor of engineering and higher education and president emeritus at the University of Arlington, reported that there was a definite need for a junior college in Abilene and recommended a college task force be formed.
He reported Abilene was the only one of 23 metropolitan areas in Texas without a junior college.
Winters Child Dies After Drinking Gas
WINTERS (RNS) - A one-year-old boy died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday shortly after being taken to North Runnels Hospital in Winters after he drank gasoline.
The child, Coogan Ray Neff, was being kept by a babysitter while his mother, Mrs. Thelma Neff, was at work when the accident occurred.
The child died about 15 minutes after arriving at the hospital.
Henry Bredemeyer, investigating police officer, said the gasoline was the remainder of
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some that had been used to fill a lawnmower and was in a small container in the yard.
According to police, the babysitter said she had just checked on the child and had gone back in the house. She looked out the window at the baby, and he seemed to be gagging.
After finding that the child drank gasoline, the babysitter got neighbors to take him to the hospital since there was no phone in the home.
The boy was born May 31, 1969, in Ballinger.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Stevens Memorial Chapel in Coleman with burial in Coleman City Cemetery.
Survivors besides the mother include two brothers, Ricky and Kenneth, both of the home; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Thompson of Coleman and Mrs. Dora Lee Neff of Baird.
The state Board of Mental Health and Retardation voted Saturday in Austin to ask the legislature for a $2.4 million construction program at Abilene State school in fiscal 1972-73.
The proposed construction would include a warehouse at $330,750, an administration building for $595,546 and the $1.5 million renovation and airconditioning of the ward buildings.
Also among the board’s requests to the legislature for 1972-73 construction funds were $787,500 for a ward building and $236,250 for renovation and airconditioning of the administration building at Big Spring State Hospital.
L. W. Cain, Superintendent of
Abilene State School, said the school had requested the construction.
“We felt it is needed very much,” he said. “We have had numerous meetings and have gone into it with the board. The board had to decide which projects were justifiable. So, we are very happy that they saw fit to approve ours.”
The board also approved the $228,500 renovation and airconditioning of two buildings at the Big Spring institution, already budgeted by the last legislature for the fiscal year beginning Sept. I. The architectural firm of Gary and Hohertz of Big Spring was namrd to be in charge of the work.
Acting MHMR commissioner Earl Scott asked the board for an additional $30,000 for the Big Spring State Hospital budget for the 1970-71 fiscal year, to continue “the outreach” services being provided through the institution. The board agreed and made the request, part of a $2.3 million request for additional money for the department for the next fiscal year.
The board also gave its stamp of approval on the departments operating budget for fiscal years 1972-73. Among the items was a request for $7,051,000 to operate Abilene State School in 1972 and $7,455,000 for 1973. The new
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Sun sot last niche 8:48; sunrise today: 6:40; sunset tomaht: 8:48
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.05. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 27 per cent.
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Austin Hospital Report Shows Abuses
By JACK KEEVER Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) - The State Mental Health Board said Saturday it had “nothing to hide” in issuing a long report of sex, drug abuse and possible mistreatment of patients at the Austin State Hospital.
“We have no intention of whitewashing anything,” Chairman Ward Burke of Lufkin said just before the report climaxing a month-long probe of the 2.200-pat lent hospital was made public.
The report, prepared by acting
mental health Commissioner Earl Scott and his legal staff, avoided “undercover” work and relied on interviews with unnamed hospital employes and persons who have made charges including patients.
The document quoted security guards as saying they have witnessed “numerous incidents involving sexual intercourse between patients” and frequently have discovered patients and former patients “drunk on the hospital grounds.”
Rep. Edmund Jones of Houston appeared at the board meet
ing with a paper sack full of whiskey and beer bottles he said he had picked up on the hospital lawn. lie said that to make certain it was not just an accumulation of bottles over a long time he returned with a private detective the next morning and found a whiskey bottle, a beer can and a bottle of cough syrup which contained codiene, a drug.
Most of the sexual activity takes place in the evening after supper, the report said, but one incident was said to have occurred during regular working hours.
A girl, 16, became pregnant while a patient, claiming the father was a former hospital employe. 19. She said, however, her 50 or 60 meetings with him all took place away from the hospitat “No concrete evidence could be furnished” on the availability of narcotic and hallucinatory drugs to patients, the report said, but a child care worker alleged that aspirin and darvon were given indiscriminately to .patients and that, the drug cabinet was not kept locked.
Four teen-agers were observed
sniffing lighter fluid “until they would fall over and begin to shake and laugh.”
At the 70-bed children’s psychiatric hospital for boys and girls aged 5 to 16. patients with “suicidal tendencies” are stripped of their clothes and placed in “quiet rooms,” the report said. It noted, however, that a former employed stated that children without such tendencies had been disrobed and put in the rooms for as long as 30 days.
Doctors feel the rooms are necessary to keep the patients alive, the report said, and “they
did not believe there was an acceptable alternative method of doing this.”
The report mentioned two girls being taped together at the wrist until they were ready to stop fighting and the handcuffing of a deaf mute patient, 12, to an outdoor basketball goal post because her screaming was disrupting an entire ward.
The girl remained there for 24 hours, the report said. except wrhen she had to go inside to use the restroom. Her meals
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